I have all four frame materials referenced above in my “fleet” of bicycles. Each has it’s advantages or disadvantages relative to performance, ride quality, weight, cost, repairability and durability. The most repairable, in my opinion, are steel and titanium. Aluminum, to me, is at the bottom as it is less repairable (for a bicycle frame) and…[Read more]
Brian and Stanford make good points. Bike fit is important along with a saddle that fits you (and positioned correctly). Lots of training time (saddle time) getting the rear end in shape makes a big difference. If you are getting the saddle time you indicate, you have other issues that could be addressed… Fit, saddle, quality shorts or a…[Read more]
Well, before or after RAGBRAI, you should just go ride it to see for yourself. According to the following link, the start elevation was 771′ and max elevation was 1,149. The average grade is about 6% but it starts out at 2-3% and gradually gets steeper. I do remember a pitch in there for over a 100 yards that’s 19%. Of course, there’s nothing…[Read more]
Worst – Ear buds reduces one’s awareness of what is going on around them. Most, essentially, become “deaf”. At least deaf riders have a jersey or a sign advising others they are deaf and unable to hear.
Large boom boxes on a trailer with loud, distorted sound is incredibly annoying. Also, they create a safety hazard by…[Read more]