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01-08-21, 12:38 PM
Replies: 111
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Posted By Syscrush

I didn't reply when this was posted, but I did...

I didn't reply when this was posted, but I did read it and have thought about it a lot in the crazy times since then. I really appreciate the kind words and the perspective.

Yesterday was my 50th,...
08-10-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,403
Posted By Syscrush

I haven't really gotten into peanut butter, but...

I haven't really gotten into peanut butter, but for rides that are long enough to warrant a meal break, I am a big believer in Nutella sandwiches. Add banana to the sandwich or just have a banana...
08-08-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Thanks very much for the entirety of this post. I...

Thanks very much for the entirety of this post. I agree 100% with those points, specifically.

Despite being super out of shape right now, I do have some experience with endurance activities in the...
08-08-20, 06:39 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Well, I no longer think that those very short...

Well, I no longer think that those very short interval numbers were a fluke. I had a good ride yesterday and reset almost half of the values in my power curve. All numbers are seated on a cargo bike...
07-30-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Well, forgive the formatting on this, but here's...

Well, forgive the formatting on this, but here's a shot of my avg power numbers for increasing intervals at about 3 weeks in. I kind of think that those numbers for <10s are some kind of fluke - like...
07-24-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Well, between the early failure of my Wahoo Bolt...

Well, between the early failure of my Wahoo Bolt and the massive global outage of the whole Garmin ecosystem, I feel like my grumpiness about crappy bike computers has been a bit validated. I mean,...
07-15-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

I'm starting to find my groove doing these short...

I'm starting to find my groove doing these short (~1hr) training rides with lots of resistance.

I'll say that it's definitely a huge help having the power meter and HRM. I may sign up for...
07-10-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Thanks. I originally chose the Bolt + Assioma Duo...

Thanks. I originally chose the Bolt + Assioma Duo combo based on your recommendation, plus I think that it looks nicer than the Edge - I was really pleased that I was able to find the Edge in pink....
07-07-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

My piece of crap Wahoo Bolt died at the start of...

My piece of crap Wahoo Bolt died at the start of my second ride with it. My sincere advice to anyone looking to get power meter and bike computer is to just pay the premium and buy both from Garmin....
07-07-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Well, you just made a friend for life, buddy! ...

Well, you just made a friend for life, buddy!

I'm not doing HIIT type training right now because it's hip, but because with a 5 year old and a 2 year old (and me off work as the primary...
07-06-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Well, we plan, covid19 laughs... Through some...

Well, we plan, covid19 laughs... Through some combination of time, careful use, and the covid-mandated changes in my routine, my rotator cuffs are feeling almost 100% better. It took longer than what...
01-22-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

X-rays and ultrasounds indicated that I should...

X-rays and ultrasounds indicated that I should not require surgery, but I'm having a consult next week anyhow. Physiotherapist gave me a list of stretches and exercises to do and said that from what...
01-09-20, 11:03 AM
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Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

That's helpful info, thanks!

That's helpful info, thanks!
01-08-20, 09:18 AM
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Posted By Syscrush

I'm very sorry for your loss. AGREED!

I'm very sorry for your loss.


AGREED!
01-07-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 111
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Posted By Syscrush

HAPPY NEW YEAR Hey all. Late fall and early...

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Hey all. Late fall and early winter kinda sucked for me in terms of cycling & prep for this goal - my rotator cuff and/or bursa are so jacked up that I had to stop even commute...
10-20-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Hill Hunting

For today's Sunday training ride, I decided to keep it short but intense, so it was just 20k, but with 10 repeats of a short nearby hill (https://www.strava.com/segments/726126) that averages 5% but...
10-07-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

12% doesn't jibe with my own experience there or...

12% doesn't jibe with my own experience there or this chart:
https://veloviewer.com/segments/638944

EDIT: Actually, looking closer, there are some kicks to that 10%+ range there on the...
10-07-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

I finally got out for a dedicated training ride -...

I finally got out for a dedicated training ride - I consider this a "pre-baseline", where my real baseline ride will be once I'm set up with a power meter & computer (hopefully before the snow...
10-01-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 31,235
Posted By Syscrush

Well, it took a while, but this week the Sputnik...

Well, it took a while, but this week the Sputnik got the 2x5 IGH drivetrain, and the Gios got a new owner.

My dadbike (Surly 1x1 26'er with Alfine 8) became my city bike, and I basically stopped...
09-30-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

It fit by removing one spacer and re-dishing the...

It fit by removing one spacer and re-dishing the wheel. You're right about the cable stays, but that was addressed with some clips and a hanger. I picked up the bike and went for a shakedown ride...
09-25-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Because this is a training & nutrition forum, I...

Because this is a training & nutrition forum, I wanna share a bit about my experience so far with doing intermittent fasting for weight loss plus cycling for fitness.

First, like anything related...
09-25-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

I'm 100% with you on this. This is exactly my...

I'm 100% with you on this. This is exactly my thinking.


That makes sense, thanks.
09-24-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

This is actually a great idea.

This is actually a great idea.
09-23-19, 01:44 PM
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Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

My focus right now is on cutting weight and...

My focus right now is on cutting weight and riding when I can (which right now is not enough). I do not expect to make this work via gear, but I'm sharing my ramblings on gear selection because it'll...
09-23-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Another quick note about the DEXA scan results....

Another quick note about the DEXA scan results. First, my scoliosis is clearly visible in the scan, but it's not gotten worse so I'm not worried about it. Second, my right leg has 0.8 lbs more lean...
09-23-19, 05:41 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

I have multiple IGH bikes. The Schlumpf + XRF-5...

I have multiple IGH bikes. The Schlumpf + XRF-5 that are going on the Sputnik are currently in a 1988 Gios Compact frame. It will take a bit of work to fit them to the track frame, but it's doable....
09-22-19, 06:56 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

OK, this was a big week for me with 2 important...

OK, this was a big week for me with 2 important developments.

The first is that I finally had my DEXA scan and found that my fat-free mass is almost 10 lbs higher than I thought. This means that...
09-20-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Would it be stupid to set up a C3 with a 1x12...

Would it be stupid to set up a C3 with a 1x12 drivetrain so I can throw a really small chainring on there for the big day? Yes. But getting a 105 bike and swapping the crankset so I can run a smaller...
09-19-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

I rode an RS 10 years ago and it blew my mind....

I rode an RS 10 years ago and it blew my mind. When I was riding it, I thought "This is the most comfortable road seat I've ever been on - I'm getting one no matter what." When I got off and checked,...
09-19-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Those are amazing photos - thanks so much for...

Those are amazing photos - thanks so much for sharing them.

So, like, I should just stop worrying and get a C3?
09-18-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

So, I just made the mistake of watching this...

So, I just made the mistake of watching this Hambini video where he just excoriates the engineering and manufacturing of the post-PON Cervelo bikes:

VIDEO

It's not enough to derail my fanhood...
09-17-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

It's the overarching unifying principle of my...

It's the overarching unifying principle of my life for the next 16 months. I think of it every time I want a snack or a beer, or consider taking the streetcar to work instead of the bike.


This...
09-17-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

This is really helpful, thanks. My plan does not...

This is really helpful, thanks. My plan does not include the descent for the reason you give.

I won't be able to get to 6000 training miles in the year leading up to the ride, nor will I be...
09-16-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Thanks all for the pointers on relevant...

Thanks all for the pointers on relevant resources, I really appreciate it.

I won't be getting an indoor trainer for 2 reasons: first, there's no place to fit one in my house. Second, I think it's...
09-09-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Another week, another 3 lbs cut. Enjoying the...

Another week, another 3 lbs cut. Enjoying the easy progress while I can. Scheduled for a DEXA scan tomorrow afternoon, which should serve as a very interesting baseline.
09-07-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

OK, after giving the subject of gear a lot of...

OK, after giving the subject of gear a lot of thought, I've decided to sell my 2 weird bikes (IGH road bike that needs new dropouts, and my fixie) and buy a nice comfortable entry-level carbon road...
09-02-19, 05:39 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Quick update

I'm a week in to my strict weight loss regimen now. I gave up booze 2 weeks ago, and have been doing IF for weight loss. I'm not one of these "IF makes you stronger, smarter, and cures cancer" types,...
08-29-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Thanks - I really appreciate your insights and...

Thanks - I really appreciate your insights and experiences on this.

Honestly, I'm inclined towards an analytical and measured approach, but I don't want to turn this pursuit into a job. I think...
08-29-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Thanks for the pointer, I'll look into it. But...

Thanks for the pointer, I'll look into it. But given that my main training bike has a Schlumpf Drive, I have doubts about working out fitment.



Because cycling computers are garbage. I'm...
08-27-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

I'm doing a bit of research and finding that...

I'm doing a bit of research and finding that despite there being an explosion in the number and type of available power meters, they're all still stupid expensive and require the use of a dumb head...
08-26-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

OK, so this weekend I had the last beer of my...

OK, so this weekend I had the last beer of my 40's, and I also braced myself and hit the scale to check out the damage. It looks like I'll need to cut more like 70 lbs rather than 60. If I can cut...
08-22-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

I feel like there would be value in getting a...

I feel like there would be value in getting a power meter, so I'll have some idea of the effort I'm able to put down vs. what will be required to haul myself up above the clouds. Is there any good...
08-13-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Thanks. By "wearing actual cycling clothes for my...

Thanks. By "wearing actual cycling clothes for my commute", I basically just mean cycling shorts. Depending on weather and mood, I'll wear my Club Ride shorts or leggings over them. I have all this...
08-12-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

This is a great writeup, thanks for sharing it.

This is a great writeup, thanks for sharing it.
08-12-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

Thanks to all for the support and advice. The...

Thanks to all for the support and advice. The following are small steps, but I want this to be a document of my preparation, so here it goes:

First is that I'm gonna start wearing actual cycling...
07-27-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

A little update on my hardware: The Jamis is...

A little update on my hardware:

The Jamis is really nice, and I love it, but it's a bit punishing to ride right now - even with its kinda low gear ratio. I think it'll stay in the basement until...
07-27-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 29,110
Posted By Syscrush

My road to Haleakala

Hi all. I decided a few years ago that I want to ride up Haleakala for my 50th birthday. I still have that goal but I'm up against a few challenges:

I'm about 60 lbs heavier than I should be for...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-17, 08:50 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,537
Posted By Syscrush

I missed this before and don't know if anyone's...

I missed this before and don't know if anyone's still interested, but after 2 years I'm very happy with the Kojak 26x2.0 tires.


I'm really just a fair-weather rider, so I can't comment on how...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-17, 12:13 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,537
Posted By Syscrush

Here's a quicky update: 1. The more I ride...

Here's a quicky update:

1. The more I ride this bike, the more I love it.

2. At a bit over 2 years old now, my son is really into riding in the baby seat on Pinky and in the trailer behind...
10-11-16, 11:21 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,749
Posted By Syscrush

I care more about a tapered headset than about...

I care more about a tapered headset than about internal bearings, but this bike will never have either and it's fine.

I would like to put a nice modern road disc carbon fork on this bike, but it...
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