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07-19-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 118
Posted By big john

You didn't say where you are or what the terrain...

You didn't say where you are or what the terrain is like. Here, there is plenty of dry, rocky stuff with holes and ruts. Steep climbs and descents, too.

I've had fully rigid bikes and 2 hardtails,...
07-18-19, 10:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By big john

Just suffering up that climb Mile 80 for 7.7...

Just suffering up that climb Mile 80 for 7.7 miles. I've done it before but since I've got more out of shape (and older) I'm having a harder time convincing myself to do these kind of rides.

Also,...
07-18-19, 07:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By big john

Legs are tired but ok. I'll try to get out for...

Legs are tired but ok. I'll try to get out for about an hour tomorrow and spin a bit.

The climbing on the century is mostly front-loaded but there is a brutal little climb on the return trip that...
07-18-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By big john

Did you gain any weight during your break from...

Did you gain any weight during your break from riding?

Most of the riding I do involves climbing, though @210# I am not a great climber. Yesterday I climbed about 2000 feet on my 32# mtb in about...
07-17-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 413
Posted By big john

You could look for an older hardtail mountain...

You could look for an older hardtail mountain bike, or even a full rigid bike. They're durable, can do anything you want, and you can put road slicks on if you like.
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07-17-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By big john

How many days off the bike per week? How many...

How many days off the bike per week? How many hours per week?

I'm trying to stay off the bike 2 or 3 days per week and ride at least 10 hours. Seems to be starting to work.
07-16-19, 08:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,253
Posted By big john

I went up to Mount Baldy Village on the 4th and...

I went up to Mount Baldy Village on the 4th and the weather was perfect. Some cloud cover in the early part of the climb, then patchy clouds, full sun, then the descent was no higher than 80, IIRC....
07-16-19, 06:06 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,425
Posted By big john

Your location says NYC. Are you riding in the...

Your location says NYC. Are you riding in the city? Seems like that would be thrilling.
07-16-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 743
Posted By big john

There are so many options now it's tough to pick...

There are so many options now it's tough to pick a mountain bike unless you really know what you want. I'm 65 and over 200# so when I upgraded my mtb last year I chose an "enduro" style bike with...
07-15-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,425
Posted By big john

Never saw you looking like that! One time years...

Never saw you looking like that! One time years ago I had tonsillitis and started the ride feeling sick and we went over Mill Creek Summit into a cold headwind. 6 miles of climbing without the right...
07-15-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,425
Posted By big john

A few years ago I did the Hwy 39/Angeles Crest...

A few years ago I did the Hwy 39/Angeles Crest loop on a hot day. I tried to ration my water early instead of stopping for fear of losing the group. Some time after Newcomb Ranch I got sick. Tiger...
07-15-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 908
Posted By big john

It's possible I may do one of them but I haven't...

It's possible I may do one of them but I haven't done a century in a while. I'm trying to crawl out of that well myself. I retired in April and have been trying to do lots of climbing. We'll see how...
07-15-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 908
Posted By big john

Haven't seen you around here in ages! We met a...

Haven't seen you around here in ages! We met a few times years ago.
07-15-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 908
Posted By big john

You're ignoring aerodynamics. A large suv is...

You're ignoring aerodynamics. A large suv is pushing a lot more air than a small econobox. Then there's acceleration. Heavy cars and heavy people on bikes need more energy to accelerate up to speed...
07-13-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 524
Posted By big john

Better is good!:)

Better is good!:)
07-13-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 524
Posted By big john

So, what happened?

So, what happened?
07-13-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,253
Posted By big john

Make sure you aren't locking your elbows, your...

Make sure you aren't locking your elbows, your hands should be able to relax with a light touch on the bars while you are cruising.

I noticed you have your bars above the height of the saddle. If...
07-12-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,458
Posted By big john

My body image is way to negative to wear a tank...

My body image is way to negative to wear a tank top.





I've always felt the same way about fit. I've had jerseys from Performance, Pearl Izumi, Voler, and Zoic that fit comfortably. I like a...
07-11-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,458
Posted By big john

That's cooler.

That's cooler.
07-11-19, 05:11 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,458
Posted By big john

Too hot in a jersey? What do you wear instead?

Too hot in a jersey? What do you wear instead?
07-10-19, 02:46 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,608
Posted By big john

It's absolutely amazing! I think they have to...

It's absolutely amazing! I think they have to back it up by doing runs in both directions within a certain %.
07-10-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,608
Posted By big john

Sam Whittingham had the top speed record for a...

Sam Whittingham had the top speed record for a human powered fully faired recumbent for years. His record was about 83 mph, unassisted. He also said he had the record for the fastest crash. IIRC he...
07-09-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,425
Posted By big john

I started riding as an adult in the early 80s...

I started riding as an adult in the early 80s when I was around 30. I did it to get in better shape for off-road motorcycling and I was also a smoker.

I started with 5 mile loops on a flat bike...
07-08-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,608
Posted By big john

Let's take life advice from a guy who didn't make...

Let's take life advice from a guy who didn't make it to 28.
07-07-19, 10:22 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 21,911
Posted By big john

That's fine with me. I don't care about e-bikes...

That's fine with me. I don't care about e-bikes on the trails or the roads as long as the riders aren't a menace. I don't care about any of the other stuff in your post because I don't have an...
07-07-19, 08:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 968
Posted By big john

I was there and nobody noticed the quake, at...

I was there and nobody noticed the quake, at least that I heard. I heard about it at the lodge from someone's phone.
07-07-19, 08:09 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 21,911
Posted By big john

Maybe you should contact the Forrest Service and...

Maybe you should contact the Forrest Service and other land managers and insult them and badger them with your obnoxious analogies. Maybe they will change the law once they see the wisdom of your...
07-07-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 21,911
Posted By big john

I don't know what line of reasoning the lawmakers...

I don't know what line of reasoning the lawmakers use to restrict e-bike access to the trails but they are well marked where I go. Don't know what the penalty is, either, but I would guess it is in...
07-07-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,608
Posted By big john

I have gone 53 mph years ago, now I start...

I have gone 53 mph years ago, now I start thinking about it when I get near 45. To me, there is no point in pushing it while descending. My friends will wait if need be.
07-07-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 21,911
Posted By big john

The fear is that people on e-bikes going on...

The fear is that people on e-bikes going on trails on which they are forbidden can affect trail access for all. In some places trail access for bicycles has been hard fought and can be revoked if the...
07-06-19, 10:18 PM
Replies: 3,909
Views: 175,712
Posted By big john

I was on Mount Baldy on the bike for the first...

I was on Mount Baldy on the bike for the first one, too. Didn't feel anything. Second one I was home and felt a little shaking.

In 1971 I was very near the epicenter of that quake. My bed was...
07-05-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,309
Posted By big john

I saw Bob, Ken, and Terri heading down as I was...

I saw Bob, Ken, and Terri heading down as I was climbing. Also saw TJ later. I started at 8:00.
07-04-19, 09:33 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 21,911
Posted By big john

I'm 65 and I don't see one in my immediate...

I'm 65 and I don't see one in my immediate future, either, but a friend who was a good road rider now rides an e-bike with mods and extra batteries. To go on a 60 mile hilly ride he needs at least 2...
07-04-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 3,909
Views: 175,712
Posted By big john

I just went to the village. I'm not going to the...

I just went to the village. I'm not going to the ski lifts until I feel a little more in shape, if ever again. A few of my friends went all the way up.

edit: that's a fast time!
07-04-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,309
Posted By big john

I rode to Mount Baldy Village. It's not an...

I rode to Mount Baldy Village. It's not an organized ride but hundreds of riders show up because the roads are closed to cars on the 4th every year.
It's about 25 miles to the village and gains...
07-04-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 3,909
Views: 175,712
Posted By big john

Hey ff, did you go up Mount Baldy today? I think...

Hey ff, did you go up Mount Baldy today? I think I read somewhere you were thinking about it. It was great, cloud cover/fog until about 3500 feet, then sun and cool temps the rest of the way. Lots of...
07-04-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 21,911
Posted By big john

Let me just say that I am not a "naysayer" and I...

Let me just say that I am not a "naysayer" and I have nothing against e-assist or e-whatever as long as the rider is not a menace to others. Some of the analogies used here are dubious, however.

I...
07-04-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 21,911
Posted By big john

You forgot the third experiment, start climbing a...

You forgot the third experiment, start climbing a brutally steep hill alongside a fit runner. The runner, who doesn't have the added burden of a bicycle, will go ahead.
07-02-19, 09:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,615
Posted By big john

Just plan on going part way, like to the shack,...

Just plan on going part way, like to the shack, then you can turn around and cruise back down.

I haven't done it in a while but this time I'm going.
07-02-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,023
Posted By big john

I'll bet you have some really fun trails in...

I'll bet you have some really fun trails in Kentucky! I'm 65 and I still love to ride the mountain bike even though I do most of my riding on the road.
07-02-19, 04:10 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,458
Posted By big john

I use Pearl Izumi shorts for everything on a...

I use Pearl Izumi shorts for everything on a bike, road, mtb, or touring. The synthetic chamois is thin and is important for moisture management, not just for padding. In 1990 I toured for 6 weeks...
06-28-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 3,909
Views: 175,712
Posted By big john

See if they would like to go for a ride with you.

See if they would like to go for a ride with you.
06-27-19, 10:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,462
Posted By big john

Most racers wouldn't recommend buying a new bike...

Most racers wouldn't recommend buying a new bike to start racing.

Being 100 pounds heavier than you and having ridden a 55 pound touring bike I can assure you the weight makes little difference on...
06-25-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,596
Posted By big john

jppe, my legs look about the same. Doc told me...

jppe, my legs look about the same. Doc told me something about how a lot of people who get a lot of sun are low on vitamin D.

Some of the other people I ride with are starting to cover up more in...
06-25-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,596
Posted By big john

Yes, I retired in April. I couldn't face...

Yes, I retired in April. I couldn't face another summer there. I wasn't ready financially, Mrs. John is having job issues, like she might not have one anymore, but I just had to get out of there.
...
06-25-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,596
Posted By big john

Funny thing about that, last summer I had blood...

Funny thing about that, last summer I had blood work done and the only thing I was low on was vitamin D. They recommended I take D.
06-24-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,596
Posted By big john

What I got from the article is that if you stay...

What I got from the article is that if you stay in shape, drink lots, and choose good parents you should be ok. And acclimatize. I think that's the most important thing, acclimatization.

Now that...
06-23-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 3,909
Views: 175,712
Posted By big john

Been trying to regain some lost fitness since...

Been trying to regain some lost fitness since retiring in April. Wednesday I did a fairly fast ride with friends and about 4000 feet of climbing in 60ish miles.
That night I had terrible pain in the...
06-22-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 13,711
Views: 705,371
Posted By big john

Heading out to do a ride that includes a 19 mile...

Heading out to do a ride that includes a 19 mile climb. Haven't done anything like that in a while but since I stopped work I have been trying to regain some of my endurance. Had a fairly fast ride...
06-22-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,439
Posted By big john

Wow. Just wow.

Wow. Just wow.
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