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Forum: Southeast
07-07-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,408
Posted By insignia100

I was a bit disappointed when I moved to...

I was a bit disappointed when I moved to Knoxville to find that the MUP system is rather disjointed. I started cycling in Tucson, AZ, which has The Loop (131ish miles of nice mostly interconnected...
07-07-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,198
Posted By insignia100

7/4/2019 - 26.4 miles 7/7/2019 - 8.2 miles ...

7/4/2019 - 26.4 miles
7/7/2019 - 8.2 miles

Total: 34.6 miles
07-04-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,198
Posted By insignia100

June was not good to me due to work schedules and...

June was not good to me due to work schedules and weather schedules that didn't mesh. This month my goal is 150 miles (again).

7/4/2019 - 26.4 miles

Total: 26.4 miles
06-15-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,420
Posted By insignia100

Bike fit is important, but don't forget to work...

Bike fit is important, but don't forget to work on core strength, too! Especially if riding a bike with race geometry vs endurance geometry, or in my case, switching from a hybrid to my first road...
06-11-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 972
Posted By insignia100

I'm very happy with my wheel set of Velomine. The...

I'm very happy with my wheel set of Velomine. The customer service was fantastic (I sent an email at 9 PM and the owner actually replied within an hour).
06-11-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 9,599
Posted By insignia100

The rain this weekend in East TN really put a...

The rain this weekend in East TN really put a dent in my plans. That said, I was able to get out for a great ride this morning. I'm going to have to play catch up, however...

Goal: 150 miles
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Replies: 12
Views: 2,885
Posted By insignia100

My best recommendation, unfortunately, falls out...

My best recommendation, unfortunately, falls out of your budget. I personally believe Walmart bikes are a waste of money, and would rather see you save that $200 (use it for normal expenses while...
06-06-19, 06:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,483
Posted By insignia100

You can get individual Gatorade powder packets....

You can get individual Gatorade powder packets. They are pricier than the tubs of powder, of course, but they otherwise fit your requirements. If you don't need the sugar from the Gatorade, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,740
Posted By insignia100

I'll second that. I'm significantly more...

I'll second that. I'm significantly more comfortable on drops due to the variety of hand positions I can use compared to the flats on my Giant Escape. I don't foresee ever going back unless I get a...
06-01-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,535
Posted By insignia100

Just goes to show, sometimes cheaper saddles can be better!

I recently picked up a Giant Composite Defy 1 as my first road bike (excellent deal used, and I am loving this bike so far). My first few rides using the stock saddle started giving me saddle sores....
06-01-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 9,599
Posted By insignia100

Goal: 150 miles June 1: 23.6 Total:...

Goal: 150 miles

June 1: 23.6

Total: 23.6
05-28-19, 06:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,760
Posted By insignia100

What cameras do you use?

The thread on cameras got me thinking -- what are some popular cameras for cyclists? I have a GoPro Hero 3, but the batter life is pretty poor when looking at it from a "dash cam" perspective. I'd...
05-26-19, 07:57 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,114
Posted By insignia100

:popcorn

:popcorn
05-26-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,894
Posted By insignia100

May 1 - 8.6 miles May 6 - 17.6 miles May 11 -...

May 1 - 8.6 miles
May 6 - 17.6 miles
May 11 - 3.83 miles
May 19 - 19.93 miles
May 22 - 20.12 miles
May 23 - 14 miles
May 26 - 20.3 miles

Total - 104.38 miles
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,149
Posted By insignia100

I was just thinking to myself that I've yet to...

I was just thinking to myself that I've yet to have a helmet that I thought was hot. Then I remember that I shave my head. Solution: Shave your head. Then every helmet will be a summer helmet. ;)
05-23-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,894
Posted By insignia100

May 1 - 8.6 miles May 6 - 17.6 miles May 11 -...

May 1 - 8.6 miles
May 6 - 17.6 miles
May 11 - 3.83 miles
May 19 - 19.93 miles
May 22 - 20.12 miles
May 23 - 14 miles

Total - 84.08 miles

I was out of town for a week, otherwise the total...
05-22-19, 12:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,321
Posted By insignia100

I've never felt the need to have both feet on the...

I've never felt the need to have both feet on the ground with the bike under me. Perhaps its the fact that I've ridden motorcycles for years and that's not possible on most motorcycles unless they...
05-19-19, 06:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,431
Posted By insignia100

I actually picked up a road bike week before last...

I actually picked up a road bike week before last -- a used Giant Defy Composite 1. I hadn't set out for a carbon fiber bike, but I couldn't pass up the deal. Well, I had the shop swap out the stock...
05-19-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,222
Posted By insignia100

Definitely don't overlook drop bars. I just went...

Definitely don't overlook drop bars. I just went on my first long ride with my new-to-me Giant Defy and found that it was far more comfortable than the flat bars on my Giant Escape. Being able to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,087
Posted By insignia100

I just ordered some replacement wheels from...

I just ordered some replacement wheels from Velomine. I went with Velocity Deep-V 36 spoke rims on 105 hubs (I wanted as durable a wheel as possible because I'm a clyde). Cost $240 for both wheels,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,980
Posted By insignia100

I'll say that when I switched from a hi-viz...

I'll say that when I switched from a hi-viz yellow motorcycle helmet to a white helmet I felt that more people noticed me. Anecdotal at best, but I won't go back to any other colored helmet. I also...
05-10-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,067
Posted By insignia100

Seeing as how I've already purchased a wheel set...

Seeing as how I've already purchased a wheel set that includes a decent quality hub, strong spokes, and a strong rim, I'd be perfectly fine if a mod wanted to close this thread before it degrades any...
05-09-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,347
Posted By insignia100

I actually ordered a set of Velocity Deep V rims...

I actually ordered a set of Velocity Deep V rims built on Shimano 105 hubs. I probably won't toss the Giant wheels, but I just won't feel confident on that 16 spoke front wheel, even if the spokes...
05-09-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,067
Posted By insignia100

May have found an even better option - Velomine...

May have found an even better option - Velomine has Velocity Deep V 36/36 wheelsets for $219 with 105 hubs. What I like most is they are built with DT Swiss Champion 2.0 spokes.
05-09-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,067
Posted By insignia100

I'm concerned with the wheel as a whole. Sure, I...

I'm concerned with the wheel as a whole. Sure, I could just upgrade the spokes with stronger ones, but I still wouldn't feel confident with just 16 spokes. Since I have to upgrade the hub and the rim...
05-09-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,067
Posted By insignia100

Strong Wheels

I'm now paranoid of the wheels that came on my new-to-me bike: 16 spoke front, 24 spoke rear. I'm more concerned about the front, if only because I may get stranded if a front spoke pops. I could...
05-09-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,347
Posted By insignia100

The more I think about it, the more concerned I...

The more I think about it, the more concerned I am about the 16 spoke front wheel. If I pop a spoke, fine -- my concern would be if I'm out on a long ride and a pop a spoke I'd be stranded for a bit....
05-08-19, 08:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,347
Posted By insignia100

I intentionally left that out because inevitably...

I intentionally left that out because inevitably someone will say I overpaid. ;)

But, considering the equipment and the fact that it was a $2500 bike when new, I think I got a pretty good deal at...
05-08-19, 04:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,347
Posted By insignia100

I admit, I was a bit hesitant getting a white...

I admit, I was a bit hesitant getting a white bike due to road grime, but I am a sucker I guess...

Looking into some accessories now -- cycle computer, lights, etc.
05-08-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,347
Posted By insignia100

So, I hadn't intended on buying a carbon bike...

...but I did. I picked up a 2015 Giant Defy Composite 1 at a local shop on consignment today.

Ultegra crankset, SRAM Rival shifters, unbelievably light weight compared to my Escape 3. The ride...
05-06-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,894
Posted By insignia100

Working on my mileage. Goal is at least 100 miles...

Working on my mileage. Goal is at least 100 miles this month, maybe more, though I'll be out of town for an entire week.

May 1 - 8.6 miles
May 6 - 17.6 miles

Total - 26.2 miles
05-05-19, 07:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,431
Posted By insignia100

You make some good points everyone. I'll be...

You make some good points everyone. I'll be visiting some bike shops this week to see if anyone has any good deals on previous year models before I get too attached to 2019 model specs. I'm liking...
04-30-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 942
Posted By insignia100

https://knoxville.craigslist.org/bik/d/corbin-2018...

https://knoxville.craigslist.org/bik/d/corbin-2018-trek-madone-full-carbon/6878142929.html

Saw it just a few hours ago myself, this time in Knoxville, TN. That must be one fast bike!
04-29-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 1,295
Views: 76,158
Posted By insignia100

Did 11 miles today, slowly working up to 20 mile...

Did 11 miles today, slowly working up to 20 mile rides, at which point I will buy a road bike and start training for a 50 mile ride in earnest...
04-28-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,431
Posted By insignia100

I think I'm going to base my decision to buy a...

I think I'm going to base my decision to buy a road bike on distance then. ;)

There is a ride here in Knoxville in September, Pedal for Alzheimers, that has a 23 mile, 51 mile, and 68 mile route....
04-27-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,431
Posted By insignia100

I'm down in Farragut at the moment, but I think...

I'm down in Farragut at the moment, but I think when my wife and I buy a house (hopefully this fall) we are going to be looking in the Karns/Hardin Valley areas.
04-27-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,431
Posted By insignia100

Road Bike Question

Hey guys! I've been on and off the forum for quite some time now, as my interest in cycling waxes and wanes. A bit of background: most of my cycling has been in the form of recumbent trikes (love my...
06-01-18, 04:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,325
Posted By insignia100

I've pretty much decided that I'll go with a...

I've pretty much decided that I'll go with a gravel bike.... eventually. Still working on my distance and weight loss, though I'm gradually increasing the former and decreasing the latter! My longest...
05-06-18, 02:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,325
Posted By insignia100

Budget is somewhere below $1500, and I plan on...

Budget is somewhere below $1500, and I plan on having to get new wheels to accommodate my weight. Not interested in carbon frames, so I figure I can get a slightly better alloy framed bike than a...
05-06-18, 01:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,325
Posted By insignia100

Road Bikes Options?

Hey guys,

I've restarted my cycling journey. Over the last 3 months I've lost around 26 lbs primarily by dieting, but also increasing my time on my Catrike (~144 miles from January thru March). In...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-16, 08:26 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,401
Posted By insignia100

I wear shoes similar to these:...

I wear shoes similar to these: https://www.amazon.com/Pearl-iZUMi-Seek-Cycling-Shadow/dp/B008SBNGGS/ref=sr_1_106?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1473992607&sr=1-106&nodeID=7141123011&keywords=pearl+izumi+shoes...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-16, 07:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,131
Posted By insignia100

The stem shifters are somewhat annoying, but...

The stem shifters are somewhat annoying, but right now I only shift once or twice during my commute, so its not a huge deal. Can't complain given the price of the bike. The brakes... suck. But I'm...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-16, 07:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,131
Posted By insignia100

First commute

I've just entered the world of bicycle commuting after buying a Windsor Wellington 2.0 from Bikesdirect.com. Granted, my commute is pretty measly compared to some people's (2.4 miles round trip), but...
09-11-16, 03:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 613
Posted By insignia100

The more that I tinker with my new bike, the more...

The more that I tinker with my new bike, the more I think the braking is more due to lack of leverage on the levers mounted on the hood. I've found it takes more of a turning motion (as opposed to...
09-10-16, 05:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 613
Posted By insignia100

Oh, I know. But the one that came with the bike...

Oh, I know. But the one that came with the bike is pretty narrow, so I'm going to try a wider one.
09-10-16, 02:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 613
Posted By insignia100

I've got a pair of cycling shorts (spandex) with...

I've got a pair of cycling shorts (spandex) with a chamois that I plan on wearing under my shorts. The padding from the chamois definitely helped, but I'll be looking into getting some additional...
09-10-16, 11:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 613
Posted By insignia100

I found that at least today, the biggest factor...

I found that at least today, the biggest factor was saddle comfort. I've been used to riding around the the lawn chair seat on the trike. I found myself coasting more to take the weight off my rear...
09-10-16, 09:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 613
Posted By insignia100

Getting back into cycling

Hey everyone, I made my introductions in the intro forum, but also wanted to introduce myself here. I'm getting back into biking after several years (though I do currently ride a recumbent trike). I...
Forum: Introductions
09-08-16, 05:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 497
Posted By insignia100

Thanks for the welcome everyone. I've already...

Thanks for the welcome everyone. I've already been lurking on the Clydesdale forum. I'm sure once I get the bike and figure out its quirks I'll have some questions. For now, I'm eagerly awaiting its...
Forum: Introductions
09-07-16, 10:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 497
Posted By insignia100

First Road Bike

Hey guys, I wanted to introduce myself. I'm an overweight guy who is getting into cycling again after several years (previously mostly just road bikes on university campus). I currently ride a...
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