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04-02-20, 05:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 423
Posted By jpescatore

I don't think any wheel on trainer requires a...

I don't think any wheel on trainer requires a trainer tire.

I've gone both ways: I started out just using what was on my bike that I put on the trainer, fairly expensive a treaded Schwalbe tire....
03-19-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,206
Posted By jpescatore

I've generally only had 2 bikes for many years: ...

I've generally only had 2 bikes for many years:

1. A 1996 Trek 520 touring/road bike that I would use for all road riding and once or twice a year on multi-day touring.
2. A beater bike, for a...
03-16-20, 06:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 810
Posted By jpescatore

Gotta be a contrarian, at least for unloaded...

Gotta be a contrarian, at least for unloaded rides - I'm more comfortable, faster and ride further on my Domane road bike than my trusty Trek 520 touring bike.

To stay at 3 bikes, I got rid of my...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-20, 06:33 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,595
Posted By jpescatore

The big local club around here, Potomac Pedalers,...

The big local club around here, Potomac Pedalers, put out some good common sense guidelines here (https://www.potomacpedalers.org/covid-19-announcement), based on advice from a member who is a...
03-10-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 670
Posted By jpescatore

Check your spokes - a friend who is a snowbird...

Check your spokes - a friend who is a snowbird had his spokes all rust up after leaving his carbon bike down in their FL home over the summer, even though no other problems.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-04-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,022
Posted By jpescatore

I started pretty close to the earliest time for 2...

I started pretty close to the earliest time for 2 day riders - it was pretty much the usual mass start cluster-f. Not as bad as some local centuries, actually. The first few miles cyclists own the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,022
Posted By jpescatore

I did STP last year - loved it. I rented a...

I did STP last year - loved it.

I rented a bike since I was flying in from Maryland and brought my seat and my usual saddle bag with usual tools, etc. No real need for anything more, and there...
Forum: Touring
02-20-20, 05:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,389
Posted By jpescatore

My Trek 520 is a bit older, more like 1995! In...

My Trek 520 is a bit older, more like 1995! In more recent years I've had great success for Schwalbe Marathon tires, now using 32mm. Zero flats, long life, rated pretty highly for low rolling...
01-28-20, 05:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 739
Posted By jpescatore

Just to take the contrarian point of view: my...

Just to take the contrarian point of view: my road bike did not get 5 pounds heavier over the holidays!
01-24-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,854
Posted By jpescatore

I've got a Domane SL6, a great road bike and I...

I've got a Domane SL6, a great road bike and I have ridden it (with 32mm tires) on gravel stretches of local rides - the bike is fine on the gravel stretches, the tires (Continental GP5000s) are too...
01-23-20, 06:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 644
Posted By jpescatore

Personally, I'm a wide body rider that is only...

Personally, I'm a wide body rider that is only breaking 20 mph when going downhill - tinkering with aerodynamics of the GPS computer, or even the bike itself, isn't going to meaningfully gain me any...
01-22-20, 05:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 644
Posted By jpescatore

Kinda the differentiator: if you mostly care...

Kinda the differentiator: if you mostly care about how fast and how far you are going, get the Bolt. It is lighter and more aerodynamic, but not as useful as a map display/routing/ integrate other...
01-12-20, 05:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,096
Posted By jpescatore

Winter hasn't started yet here in Maryland - did...

Winter hasn't started yet here in Maryland - did a 40 mile club ride yesterday in 65 degree weather! Windy and damp, though.

Plus, it is always dry and in the 60s in my basement and on Zwift...
01-04-20, 05:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 631
Posted By jpescatore

A PSA of 34 is enormously high - definitely get a...

A PSA of 34 is enormously high - definitely get a real test done.

I'm 62, I have a family history of prostate cancer so I've been doing the urologist testing regularly as the level has been...
01-02-20, 06:04 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,621
Posted By jpescatore

The only time I've come close to 7,000 miles was...

The only time I've come close to 7,000 miles was when I bike commuted. That was about 4,000 miles per year of "free cycling" and the other 3,000 miles was one long ride per week, an occasional second...
12-31-19, 04:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,115
Posted By jpescatore

The standard guidelines are to consume 30 - 60...

The standard guidelines are to consume 30 - 60 grams of carbohydrates per hour of riding, which equates to 120 - 240 calories consumed which will offset 30 - 50% of the calories you burn. That...
12-30-19, 05:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 796
Posted By jpescatore

If you wear a heart rate monitor, you can track ...

If you wear a heart rate monitor, you can track your rides by time pretty easily - just use any app that will read/store and upload to Srava. Polar has a simple app I use sometimes in spin classes...
Forum: Touring
12-26-19, 05:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,629
Posted By jpescatore

On Tuesday I biked from Brunswick MD to north of...

On Tuesday I biked from Brunswick MD to north of Harper's Ferry on the C&O Towpath, mainly to see the bridge damage.

First off, the resurfacing work is pretty much complete all the way up to mile...
12-23-19, 05:54 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,386
Posted By jpescatore

Kind of a click-baity title - the Internet...

Kind of a click-baity title - the Internet connectivity of new smart indoor trainers is allowing teams and race organizations to more easily identify potential elite athletes, vs. creating them!
12-20-19, 05:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 773
Posted By jpescatore

This is one of those "Let me set up a myth that...

This is one of those "Let me set up a myth that doesn't really exist and then disprove it." The myth he claims is out there is "Wider tires always roll faster due to a larger contact patch." Then...
12-19-19, 05:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,034
Posted By jpescatore

If you are going to use Zwift, yes - definitely...

If you are going to use Zwift, yes - definitely worth it. If you didn't get bored on the fluid trainer and weren't going to try Zwift, I'd say just get another fluid trainer.

For me, indoor biking...
12-13-19, 05:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,233
Posted By jpescatore

Gatkins - you are correct on the basic concept:...

Gatkins - you are correct on the basic concept: the gear ratio is the number of teeth on the front chainring divided by the number of teeth on the cog in use in the rear. The lower that ratio, the...
12-12-19, 04:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 884
Posted By jpescatore

I got it as well. Since I work in cybersecurity,...

I got it as well. Since I work in cybersecurity, and given how easy it is on Strava for others to follow you and comment on your rides, I always wondered why that wasn't already happening!

Since...
12-04-19, 04:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,219
Posted By jpescatore

Some other easy ways of softening your ride: ...

Some other easy ways of softening your ride:

Put on some of the more padded bar tape, like the gel type.
Try out a bike with more "compliant" handlebars, if you like the feel put those bars on...
11-29-19, 06:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,631
Posted By jpescatore

I've been using a wheel-on trainer (Wahoo Kickr...

I've been using a wheel-on trainer (Wahoo Kickr SNAP) for 3 years now. After using old road tires and having lots of rubber dust around the trainer, I bought a Continental trainer tire and no more...
11-25-19, 05:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 857
Posted By jpescatore

I've been using a SNAP for 3 years now, one minor...

I've been using a SNAP for 3 years now, one minor problem over the years that required tightening up a bolt. I have a 25 year old Trek 520 with a 3 x 7 speed drivetrain that I leave on the SNAP over...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-19, 05:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,148
Posted By jpescatore

Three thoughts, well - 4 really: I have...

Three thoughts, well - 4 really:


I have created a set of Tabata interval workouts in Zwift - I'll throw one in every now and then when I only have 30-45 minutes or less to ride. I've become a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-19, 05:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 701
Posted By jpescatore

I weigh 230 lbs and run 80 on my 32mm 700cc...

I weigh 230 lbs and run 80 on my 32mm 700cc tires. I've played around between 90 - 70, after many years at 90. I honestly couldn't tell much difference but flats did go down at 80 compared to 90. The...
11-12-19, 05:24 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,465
Posted By jpescatore

I am a 1X drivetrain convert

I decided to do a "N-2+1" I bought a new carbon road bike in 2017, still had my 28 year old Schwinn hybrid for rail trail/towpath riding or rides with my wife, and my 22 year old Trek 520 for loaded...
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 04:14 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,705
Posted By jpescatore

I've become a fan of high viz on my moving bits -...

I've become a fan of high viz on my moving bits - gloves and socks. A few years ago on an early start group ride I noticed how that stood out even after my mind seemed to filter out the high number...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-19, 04:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,879
Posted By jpescatore

Three years of using disc brakes on two different...

Three years of using disc brakes on two different road bikes. Short answer: Love the performance, love the disc brakes enabling me to use wider tires. Cost of ownership is a little higher than rim...
10-11-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 614
Posted By jpescatore

It has been many years, but I pulled my daughter...

It has been many years, but I pulled my daughter (and occasionally her friends and our dog) in a Winchester trailer in the Maryland/Washington DC area and occasionally on vacation. I never felt the...
10-07-19, 05:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 586
Posted By jpescatore

It depends on how hard those every day rides are....

It depends on how hard those every day rides are. When I bike commuted every day, I didn't need rest days since I wasn't really pushing my heart rate up all that high. I was also in my 30s back...
Forum: Great Lakes
10-02-19, 04:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,298
Posted By jpescatore

We were a bit ahead of the leaf colors, though...

We were a bit ahead of the leaf colors, though not sure this will be a great year for color no matter what. But, did hit some purty spots in the lower UP.
...
Forum: Great Lakes
09-30-19, 05:31 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,298
Posted By jpescatore

I promised I'd post after our trip, which we...

I promised I'd post after our trip, which we completed last week.

We ended up booking 2 nights in Glen Arbor, 2 nights on Mackinac Island and 2 nights a bit further north into the UP (I guess the...
09-09-19, 04:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,086
Posted By jpescatore

Ronno6 - depends on what your goal is. If the...

Ronno6 - depends on what your goal is. If the goal is to do longer rides, lengthen your rides. If goal is to increase your speed, do the same number of rides but faster. If your goal is to get in...
08-21-19, 05:15 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,695
Posted By jpescatore

Since you have enough money to even ask the...

Since you have enough money to even ask the question about spending more money on something not entirely necessary, you are already past the two lowest levels of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-19, 04:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 984
Posted By jpescatore

I have a squeeze bottle of Phil Wood Tenacious...

I have a squeeze bottle of Phil Wood Tenacious Oil for chains that I bought in 1979. In 2000 or so I switched over the more modern chain lube on my main road bike but still use that stuff on the...
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 05:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,993
Posted By jpescatore

I used to use and support CGOAB but he went on a...

I used to use and support CGOAB but he went on a few rants and I moved on.

I'm all for the folks that put the effort in producing content getting compensated - I pay for several different news and...
07-26-19, 04:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 406
Posted By jpescatore

Wahoo Tickr Fit Arm Band HRM Review

I like having heart rate data on rides but have never liked the mansierre feeling of wearing a chest strap sensor and the straps get so sweaty they didn't last all that long.

For Father's Day, my...
07-10-19, 05:15 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 17,587
Posted By jpescatore

Any exercise can help you lose weight, if the...

Any exercise can help you lose weight, if the exercise causes you to burn more calories than you eat. If you do that, and eat a balanced diet, you will lose weight - both by reducing fat and muscle. ...
05-30-19, 04:30 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,536
Posted By jpescatore

I Think I'm Off the Ottolock Bandwagon

Saw a recent video by the "Lockpicking Lawyer" who tried out the new, improved, stronger Hexband from Ottolock - with handheld tin snips he cut through in seconds. Links to the video, along with...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-19, 04:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,009
Posted By jpescatore

I moved up to 32mm and they have worked great for...

I moved up to 32mm and they have worked great for road riding and for the crushed decent gravel road and limestone/packet surface rail trails. For my old beater bike that I use on rougher trails...
05-13-19, 05:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 963
Posted By jpescatore

50++ Cyclists Touring the US - With No End in Sight

Earlier in the week my wife and hosted Janice and Stephen Rickey, touring cyclists who are 7,300 miles into their bike ride that started in Seattle, went to San Diego and then over to Key West and...
Forum: Touring
05-09-19, 04:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,376
Posted By jpescatore

Hosted Touring Cyclists

My wife and I hosted Janet and Stephen Rickey, about 7300 miles into their "no end in sight" ride that started in Seattle, went down to San Diego, then over to Key West FL and now up the East Coast....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-19, 04:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,155
Posted By jpescatore

Ditto - just run a cheap 1x2 or 2x4 horizontally...

Ditto - just run a cheap 1x2 or 2x4 horizontally across the garage wall where you want to hang the bikes, screwed in at the studs, and put the hangers wherever you like along the board.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-19, 04:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 807
Posted By jpescatore

Annual 80+ mile One Way Ride From Ashton MD to Solomons Island MD

Every year (sometimes twice) the weekend time and weather gods align and I will ride from our house in Ashton MD (midway between Baltimore and Washington DC) southeast to the house of friends of ours...
11-01-18, 04:20 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,295
Posted By jpescatore

Wahoo KICKR SNAP trainer, Apple TV, Heart rate...

Wahoo KICKR SNAP trainer, Apple TV, Heart rate Monitor, cadence sensor on bike. TV is newer flat screen TV I bought to replace 20 year old CRT one that had been in front of treadmill in the basement....
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