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06-28-19, 06:33 AM
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Posted By DougG

I can attest that I'm definitely more affected by...

I can attest that I'm definitely more affected by the heat now that I was when I was younger. I did a bike tour a few years ago when the temps were hitting the 90s (this is in Michigan, where that's...
Forum: Great Lakes
06-24-19, 11:25 AM
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Posted By DougG

I've been on those roads during the Shoreline...

I've been on those roads during the Shoreline West tour a couple of times -- those are some BIG hills back in there! I had one chance to do a route option that would take me up The Wall, but...
06-12-19, 04:57 PM
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Posted By DougG

Thanks all. I did a complete remount of the seat...

Thanks all. I did a complete remount of the seat and did my adjustments more "scientifically" and after just a few tries I think I have it where I want it. I think part of my problem has been that...
06-09-19, 08:17 AM
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Posted By DougG

Starting position for new seat

I'm aware of the effect of slight changes in seat angle, but in mounting a new seat I'm not sure how to choose a good starting position so that I can just vary from there a degree or two at a time. I...
06-06-19, 06:31 AM
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In local news today, a 76yo cyclist was hit by a...

In local news today, a 76yo cyclist was hit by a CSX train, but it sounds like he was amazingly not injured all that seriously. The train was traveling at "only" 15mph, but something that size...
06-03-19, 07:01 AM
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Posted By DougG

I've also certainly noticed a decrease in my...

I've also certainly noticed a decrease in my limit of exertion on hot days in recent years. Fortunately, we generally don't get too much of that. Some of it is my own fault for being under-hydrated...
05-19-19, 01:51 PM
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That's my quandary: I don't have a need, but just...

That's my quandary: I don't have a need, but just think it would be fun and would let me go more places easily. Almost takes me back to my motorcycling days in just effortless riding for the pure joy...
05-19-19, 11:32 AM
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Posted By DougG

I'm really torn about this. I can't come up with...

I'm really torn about this. I can't come up with a good reason for why I'd really need an e-bike at this point, but I'm kind of a techie person and am pretty fascinated by the technology and all...
05-15-19, 06:26 AM
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Posted By DougG

We have a weekly ride out of the local senior...

We have a weekly ride out of the local senior center every Tuesday called "Ride for Coffee" where as many as 12 or more of us ride out on a nearby rail-trail and other routes for a 20-30 mile outing....
Forum: Great Lakes
04-29-19, 09:55 AM
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Posted By DougG

Get a copy of "Michigan Trails" magazine...

Get a copy of "Michigan Trails" magazine (https://mitrails.org/). They usually have them at various visitors centers. It's the definitive guide to all the multi-use trails around the state, some of...
04-21-19, 06:38 AM
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Ah, yes -- my neighbor across the river (north of...

Ah, yes -- my neighbor across the river (north of Detroit). I think I went through Guelph a long time ago (almost 50 years!) en route to a friend's place in St Catharines. Aren't you right near the...
04-18-19, 05:24 PM
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Posted By DougG

One of the best things we've done lately was when...

One of the best things we've done lately was when my wife got an e-bike this year. She is strictly a casual, recreational rider, but it was difficult for us to ride together. She always had concerns...
11-20-18, 07:26 AM
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Posted By DougG

9.5-lb Road Bike

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPn4RNvn4EE

This is amazing! This guy has carbon pieces that I didn't know you could even do with carbon fiber.
11-19-18, 07:35 AM
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Posted By DougG

I use this "Dave Guy" model mudguard by PDW. It's...

I use this "Dave Guy" model mudguard by PDW. It's nice because the shield itself goes on an off with snaps so I can just leave the mounting on the bike all the time and quickly put the guard on when...
11-01-18, 06:39 AM
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Posted By DougG

I did it back in 2012 as an organized,...

I did it back in 2012 as an organized, fully-supported group tour (Road Scholar). We didn't do the whole thing, but started in Sedalia and rode to St. Charles in 6 days, with the longest day 50 miles...
11-01-18, 06:29 AM
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Posted By DougG

Michigan allows Class 1 ebikes on all MUPs by...

Michigan allows Class 1 ebikes on all MUPs by default unless specifically prohibited. I don't see this as much of a problem since the bikes that most pedestrians complain about are the groups of...
10-25-18, 01:09 PM
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Posted By DougG

I grew up in Cincinnati, so know the hills...

I grew up in Cincinnati, so know the hills whereof you speak! I've never ridden in the area as an adult, but have done some other hilly areas of the state (Amish country in NE Ohio for example).
10-25-18, 06:20 AM
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Good choice. I have a Specialized Crosstrail,...

Good choice. I have a Specialized Crosstrail, which is the Specialized equivalent of the DualSport. It's one of three (now two) bikes that I own, but sees the most mileage by far. I ride mainly on...
10-21-18, 06:37 AM
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Posted By DougG

They say that 70 may be the new 50, but 9PM is...

They say that 70 may be the new 50, but 9PM is also the new midnight! :D
Forum: Great Lakes
09-16-18, 11:08 AM
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Posted By DougG

I'm in Rochester (n of Detroit) and am very...

I'm in Rochester (n of Detroit) and am very familiar with the Michigan trail system. You have an interesting business and collection of bikes, plus some great trails to ride them on! We're doing OK...
08-29-18, 06:04 AM
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Posted By DougG

Does this mean you won't be entering...

Does this mean you won't be entering Paris-Roubaix next year? :D
08-25-18, 07:19 AM
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Posted By DougG

I have a Garmin Edge 1000 that I always use on...

I have a Garmin Edge 1000 that I always use on whichever bike I'm riding. It can talk Bluetooth with my smartphone and at the end of a ride it uploads to Garmin and from there is pushed to Strava. I...
08-19-18, 12:23 PM
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Posted By DougG

I ride in mostly flat areas by necessity and find...

I ride in mostly flat areas by necessity and find that riding like that at a steady speed & cadence can be quite tiring over the long run. I much prefer rollers where my cadence and force on the...
08-04-18, 06:50 AM
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Posted By DougG

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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This is my group of "gravel grinders" that rides every Tuesday from the...
06-19-18, 06:26 AM
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Posted By DougG

+1 on the Transit rack. Put it on when I bought...

+1 on the Transit rack. Put it on when I bought the bike in '13 and it's still serving me well. Useful as a rear fender also.
05-23-18, 11:17 AM
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Posted By DougG

I was in my late 50s and rode mostly doing "sport...

I was in my late 50s and rode mostly doing "sport touring" on BMWs. I was always a very defensive rider and never had a seriously close call. That's basically what I could see coming. I remember one...
05-21-18, 05:42 PM
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Posted By DougG

"Someday" has arrived for us

Just as background, I've never approached bicycling primarily as a competitive or achievement-based activity; I just get enjoyment out of exploring the world on two wheels. After all, I spent 35+...
05-21-18, 05:17 PM
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Posted By DougG

I just got a Saris SuperClamp EX for my new car,...

I just got a Saris SuperClamp EX for my new car, replacing an old Thule tray rack that was much bulkier and heavier to manage (the Saris is only 35 lbs). It's higher than the price range mentioned,...
05-17-18, 06:33 AM
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Posted By DougG

I'm surprised to hear that. My first disc brakes...

I'm surprised to hear that. My first disc brakes were mechanical ones on a Giant Sedona that were not so great, but I have had no complaints about the hydraulics on my first-generation 2013...
Forum: Great Lakes
05-17-18, 06:27 AM
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Posted By DougG

Ferndale in what state? If it's the one in the...

Ferndale in what state? If it's the one in the Detroit area, I was actually thinking of putting my bike on the rack the next time I take my Subaru into Hodges for service and riding around the area...
05-02-18, 07:34 AM
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Posted By DougG

That's good advice and I realize that I totally...

That's good advice and I realize that I totally suck at taking time to stretch after rides or runs.
04-24-18, 06:30 AM
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Finally got my first ride of the year in...

Finally got my first ride of the year in yesterday with 13 miles on my favorite local rail-trail. With the weather we've been having, this is the latest first ride that I can recall, and I can see...
04-10-18, 07:21 AM
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Posted By DougG

LOL -- now you're talking my speed! Speaking...

LOL -- now you're talking my speed!

Speaking of which, I'm still trying to get out for the first time this year but we had snow again overnight! Now I'm looking at Thursday afternoon when it might...
04-07-18, 08:14 AM
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Posted By DougG

Sunshine is overrated ;). My wife and I spent a...

Sunshine is overrated ;). My wife and I spent a couple weeks in Tucson and were going nuts by the end from the unrelentingly bright sunlight (March). Every time going outside it was wide-brimmed hats...
04-06-18, 02:00 PM
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Posted By DougG

Since bibs don't have a tight waistband, there's...

Since bibs don't have a tight waistband, there's more leeway in finding the correct size for your particular build. I had Garneau and Sugoi bibs in L, and some really nice Giordanas in the same size...
04-01-18, 06:40 AM
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Posted By DougG

One thing about getting yourself into a more...

One thing about getting yourself into a more upright riding position is that you might then start thinking about a new seat since you'll be changing and increasing the load on your hindquarters. My...
03-28-18, 02:19 PM
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Posted By DougG

That makes a lot of sense. I've generally tried...

That makes a lot of sense. I've generally tried to keep doing things like you mention, but find that it's a thin line between doing it until it's just sore and triggering a major episode like I've...
03-27-18, 05:42 PM
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Posted By DougG

I've done some of that in the past. One problem I...

I've done some of that in the past. One problem I have to correct is that I really suck at keeping up with a regimen after I've healed. I'll do the work every day, but once the pain is gone, I forget...
03-27-18, 05:40 PM
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Posted By DougG

Thanks for the post. I have an appointment with...

Thanks for the post. I have an appointment with my GP later this week and will go from there. He's conservative as far as medical intervention is concerned (minimal meds, etc.) and has always tried...
03-27-18, 02:46 PM
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Posted By DougG

Biking and back problem

Well, today I'm suffering another bout of a very sore lower back -- the kind where it's getting up from a sitting position that is really painful. This has happened occasionally for a long time, but...
03-26-18, 06:32 AM
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Posted By DougG

Suza, I thought I recognized you from the...

Suza, I thought I recognized you from the Crosstrail thread -- that's what I ride as my "trail bike." I use it main on paved and unpaved rail-trails, with an occasional true off-road excursion....
03-19-18, 06:33 AM
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Posted By DougG

I signed up for a multi-day tour here in Michigan...

I signed up for a multi-day tour here in Michigan during a record-setting summer for heat. It was 90+ the first couple of days and I can only guess how hot it was out on the asphalt roads with the...
03-19-18, 06:16 AM
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Posted By DougG

I think I've posted about this before, but why...

I think I've posted about this before, but why not consider upgrading to the Trigger Pro tires? That's what I did on my Crosstrail after the OEM set of Trigger Sports wore out. The Pros are rated for...
03-18-18, 02:59 PM
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Posted By DougG

I've always had good luck selling on CL,...

I've always had good luck selling on CL, including two road bikes about a year ago and several cars. But I'll admit that I underprice things just so that I sell them quickly and easily. In the case...
03-18-18, 09:12 AM
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Posted By DougG

I bought a set of fenders that were offered by...

I bought a set of fenders that were offered by the OEM to fit my specific bike, but after installing them and thinking about some practical considerations, I took them off and went with removable...
03-09-18, 11:42 AM
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Posted By DougG

Having had both types, I've found hydraulics to...

Having had both types, I've found hydraulics to be well worth the upgrade. Less braking effort and a lot more modulation possible. I know for sure that I won't ever go back to mechanical disc brakes...
03-05-18, 10:43 AM
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Posted By DougG

You obviously don't live in Michigan! :D

You obviously don't live in Michigan! :D
03-05-18, 07:57 AM
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Posted By DougG

When I replaced mine after they wore out, I got...

When I replaced mine after they wore out, I got the Trigger Pro series in the same 38mm size, but they are rated down to about 45psi.


Wow! That is really low pressure on the front, especially...
02-26-18, 01:10 PM
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Posted By DougG

I run for fitness and as training for local...

I run for fitness and as training for local races, where I'm reasonably competitive in my age group in 5Ks and 10Ks. I used to do distances up to the marathon, but it's too hard on my body these...
02-24-18, 07:42 AM
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Posted By DougG

I certainly do. Being primarily a runner, I do...

I certainly do. Being primarily a runner, I do that all year round, if only on a treadmill in the depths of winter. But I go to the gym two or three times a week in the winter and maybe once a week...
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