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11-16-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 493
Posted By CAT7RDR

I see GMR and GRR were added to the LA County...

I see GMR and GRR were added to the LA County Road Closure site through the 18th for a Red Flag Warning.
https://dpw.lacounty.gov/roadclosures/

Moderate winds forecasted 10-20 mph at Mt Baldy...
11-16-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 340
Posted By CAT7RDR

A headlight makes sense to hikers who can see mtn...

A headlight makes sense to hikers who can see mtn bikers off in the distance and at least be aware and not caught off guard. A lot of hikers wear earbuds/phones and will not hear a bell. Just my take...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,430
Posted By CAT7RDR

If Walmart wants to become a major player in the...

If Walmart wants to become a major player in the bicycle market, I imagine they could put together a winning business plan and become a major player in short order.

It will be interesting to see...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,430
Posted By CAT7RDR

I see the MSRP on the DA and Ultegra models...

I see the MSRP on the DA and Ultegra models dropped $1,000 and $500 respectively, Slow sales? Or, just marketing? Seems like with Walmart's purchasing power, those prices could drop further and be a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-19, 02:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,220
Posted By CAT7RDR

I look forward to cold morning rides in the...

I look forward to cold morning rides in the winter when (please laugh) it is in the 30's in SoCal. The problem I have is after a few hours in the saddle it is in the 50's and I am a bucket of sweat....
11-10-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 19,526
Posted By CAT7RDR

Did my usual Encanto to Mt Baldy Lodge Sunday...

Did my usual Encanto to Mt Baldy Lodge Sunday ride. GMR-GRR was open but I got up early enough to avoid the motorcycle mayhem on the way up. Came down GMR without seeing a motorcyclist flying off the...
11-10-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,726
Posted By CAT7RDR

I have a pair of Oakley Black Iridium. I like the...

I have a pair of Oakley Black Iridium. I like the clear contrast optics but they just do not fit right under my helmet. I use them now for hiking. Oakley would not fill my Rx request so screw'em.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,302
Posted By CAT7RDR

True, unless you are constantly going uphill or...

True, unless you are constantly going uphill or are on a fixie.
11-07-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 19,526
Posted By CAT7RDR

I have a 2XU Windbreak 180 Cycling Jacket that...

I have a 2XU Windbreak 180 Cycling Jacket that works to shield the cold wind but breathes in the back so I do not overheat. I find this sufficient with a balaclava, thermal compression top and...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,302
Posted By CAT7RDR

Since the thread is 10 years old, I will add it...

Since the thread is 10 years old, I will add it is no longer about miles but elevation gained. I would much rather do another loop to add a 1,000 ft then deceive myself thinking adding 1.5 miles is...
11-04-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 8,180
Posted By CAT7RDR

I was side-swiped about a year ago on a canyon...

I was side-swiped about a year ago on a canyon road with little to no shoulder. A Camry driven by a young woman veered into me. I was lucky and was able to stay on the bike and make a panic stop....
11-02-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,193
Posted By CAT7RDR

Wind resistance! Posters above nailed it for you....

Wind resistance! Posters above nailed it for you.

So the the question is, "Can she ride in a more aero position?" Or, can the bike be made more comfortably aero?

Also, some days we are just...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-01-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,693
Posted By CAT7RDR

My Fulcrum 5 LG have about 5K miles on then and I...

My Fulcrum 5 LG have about 5K miles on then and I am 220# and beat the hell out of them on expansion joints and rough tarmac. Still true and no busted spokes. No complaints. My 28 mm Specialized...
11-01-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 8,180
Posted By CAT7RDR

Cycling is not for the meek. To the OP:...

Cycling is not for the meek.

To the OP: sounds like you have to ride through the San Pedro cargo district to get to the Palos Verdes area. I would drive there then ride. Nothing good comes out of...
10-31-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 8,180
Posted By CAT7RDR

Route selection is critical as is time of day and...

Route selection is critical as is time of day and traffic peaks. You might also consider making yourself as visible as possible i.e. daytime running lights, safety vest and commanding the lane when...
10-31-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 374
Posted By CAT7RDR

Strong smell of smoke in Hacienda Heights area....

Strong smell of smoke in Hacienda Heights area. Winds have calmed down. Experiencing a lot of throat irritation. Thinking about riding in the San Gabriel Mtns tomorrow.

My Terrier just keeps...
10-30-19, 07:54 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,472
Posted By CAT7RDR

Two mindsets to consider. First, it is my...

Two mindsets to consider.

First, it is my opinion that as a whole people are generally more reactive and less civil than a generation ago. Take all forum responses with a grain of salt and...
10-29-19, 09:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 493
Posted By CAT7RDR

Not to throw it too much off course but I was on...

Not to throw it too much off course but I was on a motorcycle blog that indicated a road cyclist was chased by a mountain lion on GRR. I see deer, coyotes, foxes and bobcats but have never seen a...
10-28-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,453
Posted By CAT7RDR

As a larger rider 6'2" 220 lbs and 55 y/o, I find...

As a larger rider 6'2" 220 lbs and 55 y/o, I find weight lifting: squats, lunges, dead lifts, leg raises, rollovers and oblique raises essential to give me the power I need to make long climbs and...
10-28-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,754
Posted By CAT7RDR

As a recreational rider, I see no need for one...

As a recreational rider, I see no need for one and money can be better spent on other essential gear.

I ride the same route every other Sunday so I can track improvement by reviewing my times as...
10-27-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 19,526
Posted By CAT7RDR

Did my usual Encanto to Mt Baldy Lodge Out and...

Did my usual Encanto to Mt Baldy Lodge Out and Back on GMR-GRR. Must have been fifty cyclists today on GRR. Wind was not an issue. Only breezy coming back on GRR. GMR-GRR is really a local treasure. ...
10-25-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 493
Posted By CAT7RDR

Wind was not an issue early morning last Sunday...

Wind was not an issue early morning last Sunday on GMR or GRR. All gates were closed including the one below the shack and the one entering GRR from GMR. Winds were predicted to be 15-20 mph at Mt...
10-20-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 19,526
Posted By CAT7RDR

Felt a lot stronger today and started again from...

Felt a lot stronger today and started again from Encanto Park and worked my way up GMR to the shack. All gates were closed today due to fire danger. Did not see LEO on the ground or in the air. I had...
10-18-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,091
Posted By CAT7RDR

Look for opportunities to force yourself to ride...

Look for opportunities to force yourself to ride beyond your comfort level.

Today I was strolling at about 7.5 mph up a 2 mile canyon road with a 6%-8% grade. About one mile in, I was passed by...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-17-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 380
Views: 23,720
Posted By CAT7RDR

In keeping with my seething hatred for e-bikes, I...

In keeping with my seething hatred for e-bikes, I am on the market for a steel fixie.

Already have my Copper Riveted Brooks B-17 ready.

Call me a purist. :thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 380
Views: 23,720
Posted By CAT7RDR

My fearless prediction is the world will be...

My fearless prediction is the world will be littered with battery powered motorized bikes in 10 years.

IMHO, there are intrinsic rewards from actually achieving cycling goals that a motor robs me...
10-13-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 19,526
Posted By CAT7RDR

Still getting over a chest cold with a hacking...

Still getting over a chest cold with a hacking cough. I did not want to go two weeks without a ride. Headed out to Encanto Park with ideas about riding up to the Icehouse Canyon Trailhead.

The...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 380
Views: 23,720
Posted By CAT7RDR

I always fancied myself being athletic even as I...

I always fancied myself being athletic even as I advanced into my 50's.

A motor of any kind just distorts this idea. I would rather go on easier rides as I age, in keeping with my ability, than...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,884
Posted By CAT7RDR

How about some paradoxical intention? ...

How about some paradoxical intention?

"Whatever you do, do not go out for a bike ride."
10-03-19, 01:55 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,362
Posted By CAT7RDR

A bike is a relatively inexpensive way to...

A bike is a relatively inexpensive way to experience life that rewards sweat equity.

The more I climb, the better the scenery, the better I feel.
10-02-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 998
Posted By CAT7RDR

Matt Stephens, before he left GCN, did a...

Matt Stephens, before he left GCN, did a masterful job on the HIIT videos. Solid workouts in the 30 to 60 minute range that worked well with my cheapo fluid trainer.
09-29-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 9,189
Posted By CAT7RDR

Even going from 25mm to 28mm was immediately...

Even going from 25mm to 28mm was immediately noticeable with less road chatter, less hand/shoulder fatigue and just more enjoyable on longer rides.

Performance, can't say I noticed a difference....
09-29-19, 02:07 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 19,526
Posted By CAT7RDR

I've been looking forward to a ride up to Mt...

I've been looking forward to a ride up to Mt Baldy Village with the change of weather. I started at Encanto Park and warmed up along Sierra Madre before ascending GMR-GRR. Small pockets of snow were...
09-23-19, 01:59 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,906
Posted By CAT7RDR

I watched my Cateye cycling computer tumble off...

I watched my Cateye cycling computer tumble off into a storm drain.
.
Lost a couple of Podium water bottles as well.

Biggest loss was not riding for 25 years.
09-22-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 19,526
Posted By CAT7RDR

Nothing too exciting, just riding around the...

Nothing too exciting, just riding around the local hills of La Habra Heights, Turnbull Cyn and looping back to Hacienda Heights. Good turnout of riders along East-West Rd.
...
09-21-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 570
Posted By CAT7RDR

A mountain bike or hybrid makes sense when you...

A mountain bike or hybrid makes sense when you consider you will be in an upright position. I think having multiple hand positions to be able to adjust your tilt will also be important.

I enjoy...
09-21-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,817
Posted By CAT7RDR

The biggest cause of my accidents were caused by...

The biggest cause of my accidents were caused by no one other than myself.

Fatigue and poor focus at inopportune moments were direct causes of my last three accidents,

I cannot blame other...
09-17-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,686
Posted By CAT7RDR

I had my MTB saddle assembly break apart while...

I had my MTB saddle assembly break apart while riding over a wooden bridge. Bolts and nuts fell in between the planks and into the river below. Twenty miles from home, I had to make the Call of...
09-16-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,627
Posted By CAT7RDR

I do not hangout at my LBS. It is a business and...

I do not hangout at my LBS. It is a business and they are not my friends.

It's tough enough for small businesses to be successful without some yahoo wasting their time.

Now, if I am there for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,540
Posted By CAT7RDR

The only thing I can add is get out of your local...

The only thing I can add is get out of your local climb "comfort zone" and since you are in SoCal get out to Angeles Crest, GMR, Mt Baldy/Ski Lifts, Crystal Lake/Dawson Saddle/Wrightwood and delve...
09-08-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 19,526
Posted By CAT7RDR

Encanto Park>Hwy 39>East Rd>North GMR>GRR>Mt...

Encanto Park>Hwy 39>East Rd>North GMR>GRR>Mt Baldy Village>Encanto via Baseline/Sierra Madre.

About 60 miles and 5,800 ft climb in 5 hours w/ breaks.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,597
Posted By CAT7RDR

I frequently start my rides before dawn. No clubs...

I frequently start my rides before dawn. No clubs are out that early.

I was interested in a couple of local clubs but reviewed their routes. Boring!!!! Their choices of roads were poor and did...
09-03-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,930
Posted By CAT7RDR

I use a "Wow!" meter. As in, "Wow, that is...

I use a "Wow!" meter. As in, "Wow, that is beautiful!"

The only cost is sweat equity.
09-02-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 7,029
Posted By CAT7RDR

Ride up grades, don't buy upgrades. Someone...

Ride up grades, don't buy upgrades.

Someone wiser than me once said this.

Your gearing is very generous for hills. Just ride more up hills. You will get stronger over time.
Forum: Touring
09-01-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 732
Posted By CAT7RDR

Came back from Mammoth Lakes to SoCal (by car)...

Came back from Mammoth Lakes to SoCal (by car) via Hwy 395 and Hwy 14 in July. Is it doable? Yes. Is it advised? No.

The shoulders on Hwy 14 are non-existent in large parts with just rumble strips...
08-31-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,273
Posted By CAT7RDR

I have some 2XU thermal tights for the winter and...

I have some 2XU thermal tights for the winter and recently picked these thermal bibs up:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HN3T2PT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1.

The 2XU's...
08-31-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 19,526
Posted By CAT7RDR

Rode in the local hills today around Chino Hills...

Rode in the local hills today around Chino Hills and La Habra Heights. 65 miles and about 5K of climb.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/4010070370
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,875
Posted By CAT7RDR

Big John, Onyx Summit from the Mill Creek Visitor...

Big John, Onyx Summit from the Mill Creek Visitor Center looks like a must do. Looks like Hwy 38 is cyclist friendly according to previous threads. Thanks for the suggestion.
08-23-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,580
Posted By CAT7RDR

Sunglasses/eye protection.

Sunglasses/eye protection.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,875
Posted By CAT7RDR

Got a taste of Rock Creek Road to Mosquito Flats...

Got a taste of Rock Creek Road to Mosquito Flats this summer and hope to try Horseshoe Meadows, Whitney Portal and the full Lower/Upper Rock Creek Rd this Fall. I am a novice climber. I discovered...
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