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Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 08:50 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

I rode about 30 miles on that path today. Most of...

I rode about 30 miles on that path today. Most of it is pretty safe. There are a few dog walkers but not bad.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

I remember when they first came out, around 1969....

I remember when they first came out, around 1969. My friend was crazy about them but I was "meh". I think there have been 2 more iterations with different members.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

Weekday slowday. There were people but there are...

Weekday slowday. There were people but there are stretches where you don't see anyone. It's pretty cool.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 04:50 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

The next valley over the hill has a huge network...

The next valley over the hill has a huge network of paved bike paths. It's nice to be able to spin along and not have to deal with cars. It gets nuts in places on the weekend but during the week I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

I rode the mup for a couple hours. It was nice...

I rode the mup for a couple hours. It was nice and I wore gloves and a helmet. I did not have a handle bar bag but I did have a fredly seat bag. I went over 20mph, which is elite. I waved at a lot of...
09-23-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 15,376
Views: 878,949
Posted By big john

I had Biopace in 1987. Does that count as oval?

I had Biopace in 1987. Does that count as oval?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

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Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 901
Posted By big john

Someone should start a "Someone explain this...

Someone should start a "Someone explain this waving thing to me" thread. We haven't had a waving thread in a while.
09-22-20, 10:05 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 13,069
Posted By big john

Each situation can be different and you have to...

Each situation can be different and you have to use your judgement. Today I rode 50 miles with some friends and we were waved through several intersections by drivers. One time we weren't sure and we...
09-22-20, 08:31 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 13,069
Posted By big john

They're trying to be nice. The only time it...

They're trying to be nice. The only time it bothers me is when I can't see them through their tinted windows. I'm ready for them to wave me through and it's a lot nicer than a lot of things drivers...
09-22-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 15,376
Views: 878,949
Posted By big john

I just sold a set of Ksyrium Elites which had a...

I just sold a set of Ksyrium Elites which had a new rear rim due to me ripping the spoke nipples out of the rim for the third time. They were purchased to replace some Cole wheels which have a broken...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

I use toe covers and Merino wool socks down into...

I use toe covers and Merino wool socks down into the 30s. Pcad told me about using chemical warmers inside the toe covers when it gets into the 20s. Never found booties to cover my size 49s.

I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

I have a solar shower and I've used it in the...

I have a solar shower and I've used it in the mountains at Lake Tahoe and it gets nice and warm.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 08:04 AM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=68&v=9...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=68&v=9WsqSoKYAF0&feature=emb_logo
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

It's more like swapping a car that's out of gas...

It's more like swapping a car that's out of gas for one with a full tank.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 07:50 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 1,995
Posted By big john

I was mountain biking with a friend who was on...

I was mountain biking with a friend who was on his Pugsley. The trail had steepish switchbacks filled with loose rocks and sand. He had a clear advantage in those turns.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 07:43 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 1,995
Posted By big john

Maybe, but who's putting enough pressure on their...

Maybe, but who's putting enough pressure on their hands to get blisters? Maybe a fixed gear rider who is honking on the bars while climbing?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 07:41 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 1,995
Posted By big john

Were there other riders on fatbikes? Have you...

Were there other riders on fatbikes? Have you done the same ride on a different type of bike? I'm curious if you felt the fatbike was an advantage. I guess it would be in some conditions.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 1,995
Posted By big john

I don't think I've ever heard of road riders...

I don't think I've ever heard of road riders getting blisters.
09-21-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 3,136
Views: 305,044
Posted By big john

I don't have any data at hand but I have driven...

I don't have any data at hand but I have driven my head into the ground both with and without a helmet. I prefer to have a helmet on when this occurs.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-20, 08:17 AM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

It looked like it was going to be another blowout...

It looked like it was going to be another blowout until the Nuggets came roaring back, which they've been doing a lot lately. The lead was swapped back and forth during the last minutes and it took a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

It has nothing to do with capacity.

It has nothing to do with capacity.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

What a finish!

What a finish!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-20, 07:55 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

I don't think I could enjoy cycling if I had all...

I don't think I could enjoy cycling if I had all that running around in my head.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

Lakers/Nuggets, tough game.

Lakers/Nuggets, tough game.
09-20-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 15,376
Views: 878,949
Posted By big john

With pants?

With pants?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

And it changes depending on how fast you want to...

And it changes depending on how fast you want to go, and whether or not you have an ox in front of you.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

I was an automotive instructor at a private...

I was an automotive instructor at a private school. They had classes for welding, nursing, dental tech, etc. They fired my boss (industrial coordinator) and asked me to interview a potential...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

Before today I don't think I ever heard anyone...

Before today I don't think I ever heard anyone mention the quantity of someone else's shifts. And I've done 2000 group rides in the last 20 years, lots more before that.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

I'll be dipped. The owls we had made a nice "who"...

I'll be dipped. The owls we had made a nice "who" sound. It made me feel like everything was OK.
09-19-20, 06:06 PM
Replies: 5,159
Views: 299,296
Posted By big john

Ever go to Jalama Beach? It's kinda remote,...

Ever go to Jalama Beach? It's kinda remote, twisty road 15 miles off Hwy 1, 15 miles from the tunnel/junction with Hwy 101 above Goleta. Years ago it had nothing but a tiny store and you could always...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 05:48 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

I rode 72 miles today, longest ride in a while....

I rode 72 miles today, longest ride in a while. Not too hot, maybe 92-94 at the highest, and not too smoky since the wind shifted. I shifted too, probably hundreds of times and a bunch on the front,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 05:33 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

At my last house in the canyon I would have owls...

At my last house in the canyon I would have owls in the trees right outside my bedroom window. I think their sound is very soothing and I could go to sleep easily when they were talking.Definitely...
09-19-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 682
Posted By big john

That's the thing I don't think I've ever seen,...

That's the thing I don't think I've ever seen, someone standing and pedaling with no hands.

I have seen people crash while riding with no hands on the bar including a friend who veered left in a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 04:50 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

My shop got sued by the owner of an X1/9. It was...

My shop got sued by the owner of an X1/9. It was ridiculous but we lost anyway. Never worked on a Fiat after that. A shop I worked for got sued by a Volvo owner, she won. It was also quite ridiculous.
09-19-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 682
Posted By big john

I've always found standing to climb is harder on...

I've always found standing to climb is harder on a mountain bike than a road bike. I can do it a little better with the suspension locked out and a couple gears higher than normal.
09-19-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 682
Posted By big john

I don't think I've ever seen anyone do that.

I don't think I've ever seen anyone do that.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

I think the early Volvos were in the same league...

I think the early Volvos were in the same league with Lucas electrics and Girling hydraulics and SU carburetors. Some people loved them.
Then there were Fiats.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

We're numb. It's 2020, after all.

We're numb. It's 2020, after all.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 10:35 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

You make me proud.

You make me proud.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 09:58 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

Motorcycling in the desert and one of the guys...

Motorcycling in the desert and one of the guys broke his throttle cable at the top end. I read somewhere about making the front brake into a finger throttle, so I tied the broken end to his brake...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

I remembered I had one break on my touring bike...

I remembered I had one break on my touring bike someplace in Kentucky. I had a spare with me but it was some kind of universal wire that had a ferrule on each end, (different sizes) so I had to cut...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

rip RBG

rip RBG
09-18-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 191
Posted By big john

Always enjoy reading about your rides!

Always enjoy reading about your rides!
09-18-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 322
Posted By big john

How much drop from your saddle to the top of the...

How much drop from your saddle to the top of the bar? When I was younger I could use a 4 inch drop, now only about 1 inch or a little more.
Certain glasses cause me neck pain because I have to raise...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

Yeah, I'm pretty bad at maintaining my machines....

Yeah, I'm pretty bad at maintaining my machines. I used to be pretty good about it. I think working on tens of thousands of cars kinda cured me. I let my last car go several years without an oil...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

I broke the front shifter cable about 25 miles...

I broke the front shifter cable about 25 miles into a ride, had to ride back in the small ring. I put on an old one I had at home as a temporary fix until the new cables came in. That has to be more...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

See second photo above. And put new brake pads on...

See second photo above. And put new brake pads on before you go.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

This is near the top of the final climb before...

This is near the top of the final climb before the ripping descent back to the lake. I need to do that again some day.

...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 6,892
Views: 91,246
Posted By big john

A few years back 8 of us did a ride near Lake...

A few years back 8 of us did a ride near Lake Isabella where you take a shuttle van to 9200 feet and ride singletrack back down to the lake 2500. It's mostly downhill and drops 5000 feet in the last...
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