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07-02-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 604
Posted By downtube42

I think a 5 hour solo flat century is a very good...

I think a 5 hour solo flat century is a very good accomplishment for a recreational cyclist. That's a lot of qualifiers though.
07-02-20, 09:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 114
Posted By downtube42

Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 987
Posted By downtube42

I used to live in southern Indiana, on the edge...

I used to live in southern Indiana, on the edge of the Knobstone escarpment; pancake flat North of us, wrinkly with short sharp rollers south. The Tuesday night group, the fast guys, typically headed...
06-30-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 114
Posted By downtube42

Bridgestone Altair

https://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/bik/d/portland-bridgestone-altair-12-speed/7143589163.html

The price seems high but in the covid market where bike shops and Dick's are out of bikes, who knows?...
06-30-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 4,990
Posted By downtube42

Logic can only dismantle what was built with...

Logic can only dismantle what was built with logic. New information can only only change ideas built upon information.

I do have a friend who's brother recently left a religious cult after 16...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-20, 05:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 200
Posted By downtube42

Many long distance riders find loosening shoes...

Many long distance riders find loosening shoes provides relief. Feet swell, and a pinched foot can pinch nerves.

We also tend to move our cleats back, sometimes to the point of drilling custom...
06-29-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 528
Posted By downtube42

Yep, gotta find the root cause, starting with the...

Yep, gotta find the root cause, starting with the location of the hole in the tube. Can be tedious. Might require multiple more flats to occur. Become diligent about tire and tube orientation on the...
06-29-20, 06:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 723
Posted By downtube42

I read so many stories about Eagle Scouts who...

I read so many stories about Eagle Scouts who saved someone's life, that I got the idea you had to save someone's life to make Eagle. That was pretty darned depressing, because I just didn't see that...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 11:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,103
Posted By downtube42

David Blase was my high school biology teacher....

David Blase was my high school biology teacher. He was kind of odd, rode a bike to school and wore knickers. He told some crazy bike stories. He organized a bike race every year at the school called...
06-28-20, 09:54 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 4,990
Posted By downtube42

I'm just trying to figure out what role Kevin...

I'm just trying to figure out what role Kevin Bacon is going to play in the movie. Fauci seems a natural, but maybe there's a down on his luck dude trying to date a waitress at a San Angelo diner,...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 523
Posted By downtube42

Tools and skills to fix the basic stuff. For the...

Tools and skills to fix the basic stuff. For the rest, walking shoes, rain shell, and a wool sweater.
Forum: Foo
06-28-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 667
Posted By downtube42

The sad thing about high school seniors who think...

The sad thing about high school seniors who think those will be the best days of their lives is, for too many itf them it's actually true.

My mom grew up in the great depression, and those...
06-28-20, 10:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 755
Posted By downtube42

If you start the worldwide naked bike ride in...

If you start the worldwide naked bike ride in Portland thinking you'll stay partially clothed, you'll soon feel like a pretender. Then you'll notice the creepers and middle aged oglers along the...
Forum: Foo
06-27-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 892
Posted By downtube42

Stock is up like 30% since January 1st? It's...

Stock is up like 30% since January 1st?

It's a minor PR glitch. No need to change anything.

/sarcasm
06-27-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 4,990
Posted By downtube42

People seem to think that the virus will be...

People seem to think that the virus will be understanding and fair. After all, since all those protestors got together and did stuff, shouldn't non protestors be able to get their hair cut?

It's...
06-23-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,597
Posted By downtube42

Doesn't matter. I mean, I carry both, but one day...

Doesn't matter. I mean, I carry both, but one day you'll find it doesn't matter what you decided. Eventually something will break you can't fix, and your phone will be either dead or in your garage....
Forum: Foo
06-22-20, 09:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 608
Posted By downtube42

That cat is saying just shoot me now. I have...

That cat is saying just shoot me now.

I have yet to imbibe in the legal stuff. I hear from reputable sources that people of my generation who try today's offerings are unprepared for the potency....
06-22-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 6,615
Posted By downtube42

A $500 bike hangs in the garage because the owner...

A $500 bike hangs in the garage because the owner isn't really interested in riding.

A $5000 bike hangs in the garage because the owner is scared of what might happen to it if he rides.
Forum: Foo
06-22-20, 05:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 608
Posted By downtube42

Seriously, when I moved to Texas the plan was to...

Seriously, when I moved to Texas the plan was to stay at least five years. We made the mistake of vacationing in Norway. After weeks in the cool green, when that plane was descending into the hot dry...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,882
Posted By downtube42

If you want to do it with data, go for it. I...

If you want to do it with data, go for it. I believe a data driven approach to training will, if followed, yield the best result. I can't help at all. There are books on the topic

I've followed a...
06-20-20, 10:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 613
Posted By downtube42

<sigh> Bike month, trying and failing since...

<sigh>

Bike month, trying and failing since 1956 to encourage Americans to use bikes for transportation.

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a0fb784dad.jpg...
06-20-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 769
Posted By downtube42

On a flat bar rigid MTB with slicks, which is...

On a flat bar rigid MTB with slicks, which is pretty hybridish. I was with a good buddy, we chatted the whole way. After a while we rolled into town and we're like, seriously, that's it? It was a...
Forum: Commuting
06-20-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 520
Posted By downtube42

Thanks to this thread, I just bought ten of these...

Thanks to this thread, I just bought ten of these at $3.99. I'm thinking panniers, handlebar bag, seat bag, who knows. I have lots of bikes with places for bags.
...
06-20-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,043
Posted By downtube42

There's some rule of thumb that says if your legs...

There's some rule of thumb that says if your legs burn downshift (more spinny), if your lungs burn upshift (more mashy). Like all rules of thumb, take it with a grain of salt.

On the other hand,...
06-19-20, 11:54 PM
Replies: 1,806
Views: 183,224
Posted By downtube42

The Incas, by Garcilaso De La Vega. It's not...

The Incas, by Garcilaso De La Vega.

It's not a quick read. In fact I've been working on it for six months.
Forum: Commuting
06-19-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 520
Posted By downtube42

Not to overstate, but it's been a mini quality of...

Not to overstate, but it's been a mini quality of life enhancement.
Forum: Commuting
06-18-20, 11:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 520
Posted By downtube42

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06-17-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,609
Posted By downtube42

Sometimes, sure. Usually I'll tell myself I'll...

Sometimes, sure. Usually I'll tell myself I'll just ride a couple miles just to move. Sometimes that's what happens, but a lot of times I end up doing quite a bit more.
Forum: Foo
06-17-20, 10:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 221
Posted By downtube42

We use it, two phones. I switched when we were...

We use it, two phones. I switched when we were going to travel internationally and wanted phones that would just work. They did, flawlessly, and without the absurd charges from other networks.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-20, 09:59 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,186
Posted By downtube42

Oh, you're right, that was the Blackbird. ...

Oh, you're right, that was the Blackbird.

The space shuttle story I was thinking of was a phone in to Car Talk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moAqzM4ptm8
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,186
Posted By downtube42

Cycling buddy of mine was an Air Force vet. He...

Cycling buddy of mine was an Air Force vet. He would say "jets are fast, bikes are slow".

Then there's the story of the space shuttle captain who stepped in on some radio conversation about...
Forum: Foo
06-13-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,182
Posted By downtube42

I live in the PNW. Love it. December is when I...

I live in the PNW. Love it. December is when I want to go somewhere else, with sunshine.

I lived in the SW, west Texas specifically, for a while. December could be 90f or 20f or both in the same...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,186
Posted By downtube42

The older we get, the less raw athletic potential...

The older we get, the less raw athletic potential we have. Most of us recreational athletes have so much headroom to our potential, we can stave off significant performance loss for a long time....
Forum: Foo
06-11-20, 11:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 926
Posted By downtube42

The spine is a mechanically complicated thing,...

The spine is a mechanically complicated thing, with a nerve bundle running up the middle and smaller bundles branching out. Muscles, tendons, discs keep it all aligned and enable movement. Our modern...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,186
Posted By downtube42

On a 1200k like PBP the fast guys on the front...

On a 1200k like PBP the fast guys on the front suffer by choice, finishing with no sleep in 43ish hours. The real, brutal, life changing suffering happens at the back. People just barely making the...
06-09-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,414
Posted By downtube42

I broke my neck on a fast twisty descent last...

I broke my neck on a fast twisty descent last October, just about a mile from my house. I was cleared to ride in early February. I knew I'd get back there eventually, but I've not been a hurry. Just...
06-07-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 974
Posted By downtube42

I remember some cultural training years back...

I remember some cultural training years back about how far apart people stand during conversations. Japanese were among the furthest apart, Italians were almost nose to nose. Americans somewhere in...
Forum: Foo
06-07-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 873
Posted By downtube42

I'd kind of like to hear from a Constitutional...

I'd kind of like to hear from a Constitutional scholar on this topic of funding/de-funding the police. I understand the Police are part of the executive branch, which is charged with enforcing the...
06-07-20, 12:13 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,606
Posted By downtube42

I'd be really happy if you could find a noise I...

I'd be really happy if you could find a noise I can hear before my wife does. Because she flipping always hears bikes coming first, and seems to somewhat enjoy grabbing my sleeve and yanking me aside...
06-06-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,871
Posted By downtube42

False dichotomy. Law enforcement does not...

False dichotomy.

Law enforcement does not require corruption and racism.. It's just been there so long we have accepted it as fundamentally true.
Forum: Foo
06-06-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,010
Posted By downtube42

Y'all are getting this wrong. She's saying, "Hey...

Y'all are getting this wrong. She's saying, "Hey mf, If I was bigger, this would be you."

Now that one that drug a rabbit home? I'd be sleeping with one eye open.
06-06-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,871
Posted By downtube42

Just to add a little spicy realism to your story,...

Just to add a little spicy realism to your story, we found out two weeks later the looters were actually undercover officers, and the head of security (who's brother in law was the president of the...
06-06-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,871
Posted By downtube42

Corporations don't like their products showing up...

Corporations don't like their products showing up in videos that differ from their preferred image. Fuji is a bike company. Their image is sport, active life, health, outdoors. If they were a...
06-01-20, 10:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,076
Posted By downtube42

I suggest upgrading to clips for safety and...

I suggest upgrading to clips for safety and focusing on working together as a team. Whichever starting technique you use, you'll get better with time. FWIW, I think if the captain is significantly...
06-01-20, 10:04 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 10,807
Posted By downtube42

I self medicated myself out of debilitating...

I self medicated myself out of debilitating social awkwardness in my late teens with alcohol and marijuana, then avoided all intoxicants through college until about age 45. Weird, I know, everyone...
06-01-20, 09:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 981
Posted By downtube42

Unless you've been competitive at a high level,...

Unless you've been competitive at a high level, you have plenty headroom between your actual performance and your potential. So it's a decision: train smarter and maintain or even improve, or keep...
05-28-20, 11:12 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,582
Posted By downtube42

The Fred family tree had many branches. Deep in...

The Fred family tree had many branches. Deep in Fred history, Fred showed up for a club ride in gym shorts, gym shoes, tee shirt, with a POS bike, then proceeded to drop the group. This is the root...
05-28-20, 10:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 424
Posted By downtube42

I've understood the six foot rule as guidance to...

I've understood the six foot rule as guidance to the public for the purpose of slowing spread among the population. For that purpose, it still seems effective. Not, by any means, is it intended to...
05-27-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 617
Posted By downtube42

I turned a road tire inside out once, same...

I turned a road tire inside out once, same reason. I was a long long way from home, so I spent an hour and got it back outside out. It was fine, eventually.

Not a good use of time.
05-25-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,109
Posted By downtube42

When I lived in Columbus, IN, I could leave my...

When I lived in Columbus, IN, I could leave my bike outside unlocked at work without concern. One snowy day I even left it overnight unlocked. Of course it was there in the morning.

Now I live in...
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