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RE: A little lighter subject to discuss

I found the ride on tubulars more comfortable than clinchers when I was racing amateur and for Clemson. The sidewalls have more give with tubulars than clinchers at the same psi (rolling resistance). Have you done the assault on Mt Mitchel? Between Mt Mitchell and Bridge to Bridge -17 times.( in my previous life) I once was lucky enough to be on the starting line with George Hincapie. I used to train on the Blue Ridge parkway. Guy
Guy Roan 02/18/21 05:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: A little lighter subject to discuss

As was said, most of the weight ends up on the rear tire because you sit closer to directly over it than the front wheel. Additionally, think about if you approach something like a curb that you are going to ride over, you end up unweighing the front wheel by pulling up on the bars and potentially pedaling to further lighten the front. Most people will then hit the curb with the rear wheel at or near full weight (a prime source of pinch flats). Some riders are able to shift their weight forward before the rear tire strikes and essentially lift the rear tire up onto the curb, but most don't practice enough to have that kind of bike/body control. This is a road bike with 700 x 23 tires - I don't jump curbs Guy
Guy Roan 02/18/21 04:57pm Around the Campfire
RE: A little lighter subject to discuss

The rear tire of a bike simply wears faster. On my road bikes I go through 3x as many rear tires than fronts. Braking, fast take-offs, climbing hills and the majority of the weight is largely focused to the rear wheel. But as another poster said, flats in the rear are much easier to handle and far less dangerous while the bike is in motion than a front flat. You may want to look at the PSI in your tires. Bike tires should be checked and inflated on every ride due to the rate at which they lose air. Bike tubes/tires are light to save weight and thus thinner and more porous. Add to it the low volume of air to begin with and psi lowers quicker. Low air is the number one cause of flats on bikes. Mainly due to pinch flats/snake bites and wear on the inside. I usually run max PSI unless I am on a trail or someplace I need the extra grip from a lower pressure. Decent tubes and fresh tires also help. I noticed you are from Wilmington, NC - Do they still have the "tin man " triathlon there . I did that in my previous younger life and really enjoyed it. Guy
Guy Roan 02/18/21 04:54pm Around the Campfire
RE: Mad Dash for Drinking Water

Trivia: "One gallon (US measure) of water weighs approximately 8.3 pounds. If the snow in your one gallon container weighs four pounds then the water content of the snow is almost 50 percent which means it will take two gallons of snow to make one gallon of water." 50% would be a very wet snow. Trivia is good ! Guy
Guy Roan 02/18/21 04:51pm Around the Campfire
RE: Mad Dash for Drinking Water

Just scoop up the snow and melt it (assuming you can). Boil it for a few minutes to kill anything that might be in it and you'll have water. Comes in handy for drinking, cooking and flushing toilets. When we were kids growing up in Bean town the word was "don't eat yellow snow" Guy
Guy Roan 02/18/21 01:29pm Around the Campfire
A little lighter subject to discuss

I want one of you bicyclists to tell me why every time I get a flat tire it is in the rear wheel where I have to put the bike upside down, do much cursing and get all kinds of black gunk on my hands before getting the chain off, the tire loose, the old tube out, the new tube in, the chain back on the little gear and then back on the bike. I call it "Murphy's flat rear tire wheel rule" Then to top it all off; on yesterdays flat after going through all the nonsense above when I turned the bike back up the wheel fell off. Duh! I forgot to tighten the threaded nut and close the little quick release lever Can any of you other cyclists relate ? Guy
Guy Roan 02/18/21 11:51am Around the Campfire
RE: Mad Dash for Drinking Water

At home in the mountains, I have my own water supply that is a spring about 70 feet above the house. One of our daughters who is a chemical engineer took some along with her city water and had them tasted. Results: the mountain water was pure (drink it as is) The city water: all kinds of chemicals (advised filtration) We are so spoiled that the only water we will drink when we are in our trailer is bottled spring water Guy
Guy Roan 02/18/21 11:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Moderna vaccine (Personal experiences)

Got our Moderna #2 Friday , made both of us " sleepy " next day . Nap felt good . You are one of the lucky ones. A few reported kicked-by-mule full course, one day flu — body ache, mild fever, headache... We are scheduled for our second Moderna dose tomorrow ( the 19th). We'll report back on reaction (s) Guy
Guy Roan 02/18/21 08:10am Around the Campfire
RE: wind power

It appears to me that most of the country's power grid is just fine. May be Texas needs a few lessons on the best way to create electricity Guy
Guy Roan 02/18/21 06:58am Around the Campfire
RE: wind power

For what it is worth: Those are cooling towers and what you see is pure clean steam. Note, that the two smoke stacks beside them do not have any smoke coming out of them. That is because what is to the right of them is a combination of an electrostatic precipitator and a scrubber that cleans the particulate. Hopefully this won't start an environmental war. I just want people to understand what they are looking at Guy
Guy Roan 02/17/21 11:05am Around the Campfire
RE: popping/clicking noise from hot water heater?

Ask him to go back and check again to see if the switch is turned off. All it takes is for the switch to be off for a second or two with no water and the element will burn out and that is the noise he would have heard I am guessing like a few others have said that the element is burned out Guy All it takes is for the switch to be off for a second or two with no water and the element will burn out did you mean "all it takes is for the switch to be 'on' for a second or two with no water and the element will burn out?" Oops, my bad ! (another senior moment) I'll go back and change it Guy
Guy Roan 02/17/21 10:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Getting Started - Longer Distance Camping

We aren’t new to camping but new to venturing into longer distances. We are thinking about going out to Durango Colorado, from Michigan. We’ll be camping in a regular RV campground. What do we need to know, do etc? Normally we just camp in Michigan,with our dogs. We usually have our groceries bought and just gas up and head to our destination. We’re not sure if we’ll take the dogs, but it’ll be some sightseeing, hiking, photography. Thank you in advance for any tips, information , advice. Thank you If you are planning on hiking, please leave the dogs at home. As much as I love dogs and our kids grew up with one, when my wife and I are hiking out on a wilderness trail there is nothing more that I hate than to have the tranquility disturbed by barking dogs either coming down the trail toward us coming up behind us Guy
Guy Roan 02/17/21 06:59am General RVing Issues
RE: wind power

I remember quite a few years ago when they installed one in a little town south of Boston and all the surrounding houses had a suit going against it because it fouled up their Tv reception. I don't know how the suit ever turned out, but now with cable, I doubt if there would be any problem like that. For what it is worth; Every time I see a group of them all I can think is "sky pollution". I think solar cells is the way to go. Guy
Guy Roan 02/17/21 04:49am Around the Campfire
RE: popping/clicking noise from hot water heater?

Ask him to go back and check again to see if the switch is turned off. All it takes is for the switch to be ON for a second or two with no water and the element will burn out and that is the noise he would have heard I am guessing like a few others have said that the element is burned out Guy
Guy Roan 02/17/21 04:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Having Fun in the Sun!

Bought our RV lot in WPB 15 years ago for $40K and could sell for $100K today. The cost to use for those 15 years is $75K (HOA, property tax, electric). If I sold, the $15K difference for 15 years is pretty easy math...$1,000/year. If it will help, I’ll add in the $800/year interest on the $40K. First picture is on the back of our DP. https://i.imgur.com/S8Tb79cl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/B19bTNQl.jpg In the right place the value jumps by leaps and bounds. We bought our lot in Key largo six years ago for 80 K and right now there is one in a much less desireable place for 180 K. With our 2 queen size bedroom 2 year old trailer on it, it would go easily for 230 K We get bombarded from realtors with buyers wanting to buy our place Naturally we have no intention of selling - we love it here Guy
Guy Roan 02/14/21 04:42pm Snowbirds
RE: Frame strength of small TT's

I am on my third travel trailer - a 19 footer, a 25 footer and now a 37 footer. All the frames were welded and I never have had a problem The 37 footer is in a permanent spot and I snow bird in it. I wouldn't tow it for all the tea in China ! It has about a 16 foot over hang behind the rear axel and I cringe every time I think of it being overloaded in that area- going down the interstate at 60 or 65 and hitting a bump. I have never heard of the frame cracking, but then may be people don't publish it when and if it happens. Guy I
Guy Roan 02/14/21 01:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Not Crazy About Snow and Cold

I have the best of both worlds; Summer in the NC mountains and winter in the Florida Keys. I was born and brought up in "Bean Town" and after the Navy worked in downtown Boston Until I got a 50 % salary increase to move myself , wife and eight children to NC. For the snow, cold and other reasons, I would never go back north except to visit family and others that don't realize that there are other places with the cost of living lower, equal real estate for a quarter less, "other reasons" and better climate. Guy
Guy Roan 02/14/21 07:38am Around the Campfire
RE: Do you sanitize your black tank?

I don't have to worry about it any more. We don't dry camp, so I had it removed and a residential toilet installed. I still have the gray tank and it's valve is always open as is the black tank valve Back when we had it; We used the proper chemicals and dumped once a week. Then I would flush it with ten gallons of water. When not in use I would keep a few gallons of water with the chemicals in it. Never had a problem doing that with three different trailers over a 30 year span Guy
Guy Roan 02/13/21 12:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Moderna vaccine (Personal experiences)

Although technically we are not yet in the scheduled group.. Just put our names out there in case there are excess and unused doses that might just go to waste for the no-show for their appointments. Indeed, the government is pro-active. They are the ones to called us to standby by the end of the day as their trend lines are showing possibilities. And by early evening, they called again saying there are unused vials and we will be accommodated. Tip, get your reservations from a city or locations with many people who still think Covid is a hoax -- or anti-vaxx.:D;):R:p We are getting our second dose next Thursday. I like how they make appointments for the second dose. No waiting in a long line. They even said "please don't come early" Guy We can now plan for our RV trips after we get an appointment for the 2nd dose. Although with Moderna, we are already 80% prootected.
Guy Roan 02/13/21 08:18am Around the Campfire
RE: Having Fun in the Sun!

We're dry camping in the Everglades and it's too **** hot! The low last night was about 75. Give me some pity... JK We love the Everglades ! We use Flamingo as our base camp and then go kayak camping from there - Some times as many as five days. Guy
Guy Roan 02/13/21 08:12am Snowbirds
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