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Forum: Foo
07-19-19, 12:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 783
Posted By downtube42

If you keep your s**t together, you're a lush....

If you keep your s**t together, you're a lush. Once your s**t falls apart and you're living on people's sofas or in the rough, you're a wino. I don't think there's a third option.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-19, 10:14 PM
Replies: 18,645
Views: 3,690,436
Posted By downtube42

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Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-19, 11:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 713
Posted By downtube42

About 150k into a brevet, the rest of the group...

About 150k into a brevet, the rest of the group is quietly planning how to make it look like an accident, and/or how to dispose of the body.
Forum: Commuting
07-16-19, 11:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 922
Posted By downtube42

I understand sometimes you just get an itch for a...

I understand sometimes you just get an itch for a new bike, and that's that.

OTOH, in my view a full-rigid MTB is an excellent commuter platform. Strong frame, strong wheels, usually have eyelets,...
07-15-19, 08:55 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,937
Posted By downtube42

Hey folks, we created a cyclist. I know the...

Hey folks, we created a cyclist.

I know the OP had a role as well, but I'm going to claim some credit for making a positive impact.

Cheers.
07-14-19, 11:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 784
Posted By downtube42

Two things. First, once a week doesn't cut it....

Two things. First, once a week doesn't cut it. Second, doubling your ride length is too big a step.

Do your 10-15 mile ride 3 times/week, for several weeks. Then do 15, 15, 20 for a couple weeks....
Forum: Commuting
07-13-19, 10:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,854
Posted By downtube42

Mostly commuted year round for the last 20 years,...

Mostly commuted year round for the last 20 years, though there have been occasional exceptions. My commute has typically been embarrassingly short - because I buy houses close to work.

When I...
07-13-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,446
Posted By downtube42

52 is nothing. Ignore it, and definitely do not...

52 is nothing. Ignore it, and definitely do not allow it to be an excuse. Moving on from there...

Gradually increasing ride distance does two things. First and most discussed it increases your...
07-13-19, 12:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,584
Posted By downtube42

Only if I'm in contention for the hour record in...

Only if I'm in contention for the hour record in my age group.
07-11-19, 09:59 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,568
Posted By downtube42

Buzz we have in abundance. Marketing we have....

Buzz we have in abundance. Marketing we have. Anecdotes we have. Product we have. Wild claims we have. People making money we have. Opinions we have.

Statistically valid evidence of solutions are...
07-11-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,568
Posted By downtube42

This is the real story, as far as I'm concerned....

This is the real story, as far as I'm concerned. Everything else is anecdotal and/or marketing.
Replies: 14
Views: 922
Posted By downtube42

For up top I'll have a wool LS jersey, Lycra SS...

For up top I'll have a wool LS jersey, Lycra SS jersey, and rain jacket. At any given time I'll wear one, two, or all of those. Three pair of socks, one if those is wool. Two pair of poly underwear...
07-10-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,568
Posted By downtube42

I use a combination of profanity and...

I use a combination of profanity and passive-aggressively ignoring, directed at the offending muscle. Works every time.

I'll be teaching this technique at a cycling-specific cramp prevention...
Replies: 14
Views: 922
Posted By downtube42

I have heard about companies providing drop bag...

I have heard about companies providing drop bag service. I have no knowledge about the quality of their service.
http://www.baxterscyclingtours.com...
07-08-19, 12:38 AM
Replies: 13,467
Views: 2,687,228
Posted By downtube42

Dang, that was a while ago. Since then, I gave...

Dang, that was a while ago. Since then, I gave the Super Sport to my son, who subsequently joined the Air Force and took it with him to bases in San Antonio, South Korea, Turkey, and now Charleston,...
07-07-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,937
Posted By downtube42

I've had the joy of teaching two adults to ride....

I've had the joy of teaching two adults to ride. In both cases they were riding in less than an hour. The technique you're using is essentially what I've done. The pedals are a bother initially, but...
Replies: 127
Views: 11,285
Posted By downtube42

Got me a frame number. F, cause I'm special....

Got me a frame number. F, cause I'm special. Still undecided on my strategy. Ride fast/sleep lots, or go full on sleep deprivation. Maximize bakery stoppage or eat control food. Accept every beer...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-19, 01:56 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,829
Posted By downtube42

I always put in a new tube, after finding/fixing...

I always put in a new tube, after finding/fixing the cause first, of course.

If I've got a long way to go, I'll patch the hole on the spot, and stow it. My rationale for patching immediately but...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,733
Posted By downtube42

I'd go with 35 and wet. Now pull that high number...

I'd go with 35 and wet. Now pull that high number down to 95, if humidity is below 70%, then I'll go with heat.
Forum: Commuting
06-28-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,733
Posted By downtube42

I lived in Indiana, where "hot" means 90F and 90%...

I lived in Indiana, where "hot" means 90F and 90% humidity.
Then in west Texas, where "hot" means 115F, bone dry, and relentless skin cancer causing sunscreen defeating blazing heat stroke inducing...
Forum: Touring
06-27-19, 11:22 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,089
Posted By downtube42

GPS for nav, phone for communicating and taking...

GPS for nav, phone for communicating and taking pics.

One of these days I'll get around to setting up an old Android with RWGPS and give that a go, but thus far I've not had sufficient motivation....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-19, 11:14 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 9,027
Posted By downtube42

I used to ride brevets in Ohio and Kentucky with...

I used to ride brevets in Ohio and Kentucky with another randonneur who used no electronics at all. A paper cue sheet and dead reckoning were his tools. Old school, riding a 600k with nothing but...
06-24-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 12,248
Posted By downtube42

Iron mule, somewhere in Ohio or Kentucky. From a...

Iron mule, somewhere in Ohio or Kentucky. From a short tour I did in 2007.

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/pics/docs/00/00/29/83/large/Day_4b_Iron_Mule.jpg
Forum: Foo
06-22-19, 01:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,610
Posted By downtube42

Crown Point is the turnaround on my...

Crown Point is the turnaround on my Tuesday/Thursday after work ride. Every time we stop and look at the view, and every time the lighting is different. It's like living in a postcard. The ride back...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 10:06 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,731
Posted By downtube42

I live in Portland, OR. October through May, rain...

I live in Portland, OR. October through May, rain is life. Fenders are always installed, rain gear is always in a bag, generator lights are always on, and wool is my friend. Honestly, riding in a...
Replies: 4
Views: 2,436
Posted By downtube42

I rode with Ed on a 1000k in North Carolina a few...

I rode with Ed on a 1000k in North Carolina a few years ago. A group of us rode most of the distance together, going fairly slowly to keep together. Out of the blue, Ed just launched away from the...
Replies: 17
Views: 1,384
Posted By downtube42

I always fall for the old French bikes. Don't do...

I always fall for the old French bikes. Don't do it. Though sweet riding, they are high maintenance. Nothing is standard, not the parts, the direction you turn things to unscrew them, or the tools...
Forum: Touring
06-12-19, 11:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,953
Posted By downtube42

Raccoons can make a mess of things, and you sure...

Raccoons can make a mess of things, and you sure don't want one coming in your tent after food residue. If there's even a hint of bears around, you may as well hang your food a few feet higher and...
06-10-19, 11:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,195
Posted By downtube42

You got it. Saved me twice on the first ride. ...

You got it. Saved me twice on the first ride.

An improvement is to mount a lamp on the wheelie bar. Battery powered would be a bonus.
Forum: Touring
06-09-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,296
Posted By downtube42

A rule of thumb I've heard is you can ride in a...

A rule of thumb I've heard is you can ride in a day what you train in a week. Just like on a bike, on a uni hydration, fuel, and pace are key to sustained rides.

I ride a uni, but my longest ride...
06-07-19, 12:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,195
Posted By downtube42

Love Bike

or Couch Bike 2.0. Build for Portland's Pedapalooza "Department of silly bikes" ride. It was quite a hit....
06-06-19, 12:54 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,113
Posted By downtube42

Continuous, even power is the goal if you're...

Continuous, even power is the goal if you're after maximum efficiency on a solo ride. Up hills, down hills, up wind, down wind. Use gearing to keep power output and cadence as constant as possible....
Replies: 211
Views: 15,648
Posted By downtube42

Memorial weekend was the Oregon Randonneurs 600k,...

Memorial weekend was the Oregon Randonneurs 600k, and my final PBP qualifier. The forecast called for rain Saturday with lows in the low 40's and highs only in the 50's. Sunday's forecast was a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-19, 10:44 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,417
Posted By downtube42

Nope. On a brevet, my phone comes out at...

Nope.

On a brevet, my phone comes out at stops two or three times a day, to let my wife know I'm okay. Other than that, it's stowed in a waterproof bag.

I love it when my world shrinks down to...
06-01-19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,896
Posted By downtube42

100 miles a week is, what, an hour a day? If you...

100 miles a week is, what, an hour a day? If you have a sedentary job like most of us, that's barely enough exercise to keep you from completely falling apart. Diabetes, heart disease, and a plethora...
05-11-19, 03:40 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 18,022
Posted By downtube42

My perspective is the opposite: I'm annoyed old...

My perspective is the opposite: I'm annoyed old bikes have become so popular they're no longer cheap. When the ever-changing concept of what's cool bumps into my life, it's usually expensive.

I'll...
05-08-19, 10:46 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,586
Posted By downtube42

Meh. I discovered randonneuring at 50,...

Meh.

I discovered randonneuring at 50, started 24 hour races at 52, set an ultracycling PR at 55. Oh, and the year I set my PR at 400 miles in 24 hours, the event was won by a 55 yo who covered...
05-05-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,650
Posted By downtube42

I have a vintage Windsor 2x5 that came with a...

I have a vintage Windsor 2x5 that came with a 50-52 double. The cogs were far apart, so each rear shift was a large jump. The rings being so close, each front shift was asmall jump. So think about...
05-03-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,084
Posted By downtube42

The original post could be written by me. All my...

The original post could be written by me. All my numbers are astoundingly good, doctors say I'm as fit as someone half my age... except BP. It started climbing when I was in my early 50's. Without...
05-02-19, 12:43 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,553
Posted By downtube42

I see it as a space issue. Everyone in public has...

I see it as a space issue. Everyone in public has some amount of personal space. People with dogs extend their personal space. A long leash means more space is theirs. A leash across the MUP claims...
05-02-19, 12:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,079
Posted By downtube42

The main thing is to ride. I absolutely believe...

The main thing is to ride. I absolutely believe HIT works at increasing fitness. My issue with is I pretty much hate it, so I end up skipping sessions. Just Riding Around (JRA) however, I love, so I...
04-30-19, 01:38 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 16,839
Posted By downtube42

Headtube is stubby, seat post tube is a stupid...

Headtube is stubby, seat post tube is a stupid name, and top tube sounds arrogant. Chainstay actually would have been kind of cool, but seatstay sounds like a put-down. Downtube is clearly the best...
04-27-19, 10:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,287
Posted By downtube42

I think she needs a taller frame. With that seat...

I think she needs a taller frame. With that seat height, it's tough to get the hands high enough for an upright position. A taller frame but not a longer top tube.

Every spinal injury is unique....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-19, 11:16 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,041
Posted By downtube42

I just don't think this is something the world...

I just don't think this is something the world needs to know about me.
04-23-19, 08:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,159
Posted By downtube42

Ten random tidbits: 1) You can ride in a day...

Ten random tidbits:

1) You can ride in a day what you train in a week.
2) Don't increase your longest ride by more than 50%.
3) Learn to finish your training rides fueled and hydrated.
4)...
04-23-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 10,669
Posted By downtube42

It's really about making travel as quick and...

It's really about making travel as quick and convenient as possible, and the overall system easy to use. In urban grid cities, getting anywhere with one transfer is ideal. In more linear areas,...
04-22-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 10,669
Posted By downtube42

More routes. Grid system of main lines and...

More routes.
Grid system of main lines and feeders.
Straight routes.
More frequent buses.
More hours.

Platforms for main lines.
Pay at the platform.
Platforms at walk-in height.
04-20-19, 09:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,038
Posted By downtube42

Go test ride some bikes. Drop bar, flat bar,...

Go test ride some bikes. Drop bar, flat bar, gravel, adventure, hybrid, whatever. Buy what makes you grin.

Don't over analyze. They are all great.
Replies: 55
Views: 6,079
Posted By downtube42

Whichever one is more comfortable. Nothing else...

Whichever one is more comfortable. Nothing else comes close.
04-19-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 11,019
Posted By downtube42

Most recreational riders are operating so far...

Most recreational riders are operating so far below their athletic potential, that age is not much of a factor until quite late in life. Injuries and disease aside, sustaining speed and endurance...
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