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11-20-20, 04:47 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,089
Posted By jpescatore

If I lived in a condo, with no easy way to do an...

If I lived in a condo, with no easy way to do an outdoor chain cleaning, I would do this (which is what I do to clean the chain on my old bike that stays in the basement on the trainer for riding on...
11-18-20, 04:52 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 961
Posted By jpescatore

It is possible to outfit your bike and a dumb...

It is possible to outfit your bike and a dumb trainer with sensors and use Zwift, but I decided I wanted the full experience and didn't go that way. So, for smart trainers:

There are two inputs...
11-11-20, 05:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,083
Posted By jpescatore

A cheap and easy way to get more hand positions...

A cheap and easy way to get more hand positions on your hybrid is to add bar extenders like these ...
11-06-20, 05:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,165
Posted By jpescatore

Much like for those annoying Check Engine Light...

Much like for those annoying Check Engine Light or Low Toner Indicators, there is an inexpensive solution for those blinking time displays:
...
Forum: Touring
11-03-20, 04:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,006
Posted By jpescatore

I'm on the side of not waving on cars - not for...

I'm on the side of not waving on cars - not for worry of any legal liability but if they can't see ahead far enough to make that decision on their own, they shouldn't pass me.
11-02-20, 07:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,239
Posted By jpescatore

Good article here ...

Good article here (https://www.trainingpeaks.com/blog/normalized-power-intensity-factor-training-stress/)on "normalized power" and training load of different types of rides.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-20, 06:51 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,726
Posted By jpescatore

TortoiseAvenger - you may want to look at the...

TortoiseAvenger - you may want to look at the "Level of Traffic Stress" scoring methodology that came out in California a few years ago and that is in use by my county's transportation planners....
10-30-20, 04:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 604
Posted By jpescatore

The first time you ride 4 hours in a saddle, I'm...

The first time you ride 4 hours in a saddle, I'm sure you will have discomfort - but, without changing your saddle, by the 3rd or 4th time you ride that long, you very likely may not. If it doesn't...
10-28-20, 04:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,149
Posted By jpescatore

I've been doing a mix of hiking and biking for...

I've been doing a mix of hiking and biking for many years, really never had to force one to take a back seat to the other - just keep it mixed.

I've found biking hills does keep me in pretty...
10-26-20, 04:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,098
Posted By jpescatore

Years ago I started routinely inspecting my tires...

Years ago I started routinely inspecting my tires (and wiping down my chain) after every ride - I think over the years most of my flats were on the next ride after the puncturing agent got on/in the...
10-24-20, 06:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By jpescatore

Calorie burning estimates always vary wildly -...

Calorie burning estimates always vary wildly - for 1 hour of cycling, I've seen power meter-based estimates and actual lab testing report ranges from 300 to 900 calories per hour. Different by...
10-24-20, 04:50 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,195
Posted By jpescatore

There are several rides I do where you crest a...

There are several rides I do where you crest a hill and you are either rewarded with an amazing view of nearby ridges, or you are rewarded with series of rolling hills going down through the next...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
10-24-20, 04:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By jpescatore

A few days ago some friends walked the Towpath in...

A few days ago some friends walked the Towpath in the Seneca/Riley's Lock area (around mile marker 25) and resurfacing was underway. She said "all done at mm 25 and south, in process mm 25 to 31."
...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
10-22-20, 04:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By jpescatore

The resurfacing hasn't gotten any closer \to...

The resurfacing hasn't gotten any closer \to Georgetown than Edwards Ferry at MM 30, supposed to now started working on there to Swains Lock, mm 16 or so.
10-20-20, 04:47 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 4,657
Posted By jpescatore

Several times as a kid, riding on the highway to...

Several times as a kid, riding on the highway to Jones Beach and coming back from Montauk on Long Island - bikes not allowed on either.

As an adult, once in DC I was stopped for not fully stopping...
10-14-20, 04:49 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,125
Posted By jpescatore

I bought into higher visibility colors - when...

I bought into higher visibility colors - when buying new helmet, gloves, socks, shirts buy the brighter colors and on the road wear those.

Use all my older darker stuff (including old dark helmet)...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-20, 04:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,251
Posted By jpescatore

I usually replace my SPD-SL cleats when they look...

I usually replace my SPD-SL cleats when they look about what yours look like.

Before I got a smart trainer and started doing Zwift, I'd often replace them a bit earlier at the start of a new...
10-09-20, 04:06 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,418
Posted By jpescatore

On a local back road I do many times per year, I...

On a local back road I do many times per year, I just happened to synch up with a residential trash truck which kept passing me and stopping in front of me to empty trash cans into the truck and I'd...
10-03-20, 05:04 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,254
Posted By jpescatore

Skewing old here: back in the ancient days, like...

Skewing old here: back in the ancient days, like the 1980's, the equivalent of Bike Forums was rec.bicycles.misc on what were called the USENET newsgroups for those who had actual Internet...
09-26-20, 05:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 386
Posted By jpescatore

"Drink before you are thirsty" was the best...

"Drink before you are thirsty" was the best advice I ever got for long rides. Whatever hydration/eating approach you used on your successful 50 mile ride, do that again and you'll be fine!

I try...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
09-26-20, 05:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 310
Posted By jpescatore

They generally do clean up that section within a...

They generally do clean up that section within a week or two of flooding but since the flooding was so bad that Beach Drive to the north is still closed south of Pierce Mill, they have focused...
09-15-20, 03:44 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,073
Posted By jpescatore

Another suspicious sign: his chain looks really...

Another suspicious sign: his chain looks really clean, too clean.
09-13-20, 05:59 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,964
Posted By jpescatore

I bought a Jamis Renegade with a SRAM...

I bought a Jamis Renegade with a SRAM 1xdrivetrain, use it as my "non-road" bike most of the time, lightly loaded touring other times.. 11x42 on the back, a tiny 38T on the front. On my road bike I...
09-12-20, 03:52 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,073
Posted By jpescatore

They have since caught and charged the idiot...

They have since caught and charged the idiot cyclist causing problems on the W&OD trail - here (https://www.arlnow.com/2020/09/07/arrest-made-in-aggressive-cyclist-case/).

I'm glad I have...
09-01-20, 06:15 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,415
Posted By jpescatore

Like most hobbies, there are many different...

Like most hobbies, there are many different reasons to bike - that's why there are so many different forums on BikeForums!

Most of my riding hours are not training hours, I don't do racing at all...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-20, 05:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,171
Posted By jpescatore

I was late to even join the padded shorts world...

I was late to even join the padded shorts world for cycling and then generally bought low end shorts from the Nashbars of the world. Never had rear end pain but on century rides or multi day 60+ days...
08-18-20, 05:35 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,969
Posted By jpescatore

I bought a Domane SL6 in 2017 and love it, but I...

I bought a Domane SL6 in 2017 and love it, but I had a lower end road bike between my hybrid biking days and buying a pretty high end road bike. You might look at some bikes a few notches below the...
08-17-20, 03:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 738
Posted By jpescatore

Since you said "I rode it and surprisingly,...

Since you said "I rode it and surprisingly, despite the fact that it wasn't a real road bike, it was nice to ride," my recommendation would be to just ride it with the heavier wheels to get back in...
07-31-20, 05:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,614
Posted By jpescatore

I was a "routine dehydrator" for many years, both...

I was a "routine dehydrator" for many years, both biking and kayaking (where you need your hands all the time, even harder to drink while moving), and hiking for that matter. Bonked once or twice...
07-31-20, 04:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 716
Posted By jpescatore

Have you tried gel-padded gloves?

Have you tried gel-padded gloves?
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-20, 04:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 396
Posted By jpescatore

My wife often drives up to visit her brother who...

My wife often drives up to visit her brother who lives near Mercersburg PA, about a 75 mile ride north of us. Once or twice a year I'll put my bike on her car and ride up with her and have her drop...
07-25-20, 04:03 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,441
Posted By jpescatore

A great book is "The Time Crunched Cyclis...

A great book is "The Time Crunched Cyclis (https://trainright.com/time-crunched-cyclist-3rd-edition/)t" - explains lots of the science behind training, has workout suggestions for different types of...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-25-20, 03:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 313
Posted By jpescatore

I love the GAP - in 2017, twenty years after the...

I love the GAP - in 2017, twenty years after the first Old Men's Bike Tour, those same 4 guys plus wives and another dozen friends, did the GAP in a hub and spoke way - I did a Cycleblaze journal...
Forum: Touring
07-24-20, 04:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 796
Posted By jpescatore

Throwback Thursday Touring Post: Waynesboro VA to Williamsport in 1997

Back in 1997, three friends and I did our first multi-day, self supported (credit card style) tour. We had a journal up on one of the guy's personal Verizon web sites for a few years but then Verizon...
07-17-20, 04:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,360
Posted By jpescatore

Planks, squats and situps are part of my routine...

Planks, squats and situps are part of my routine - core-wise I'm pretty much doing what I did pre-Covid.

Santa brought me TRX straps a few years ago, so I put them back up in the basement and have...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-20, 04:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 636
Posted By jpescatore

One first step would be to put more road-like...

One first step would be to put more road-like tires on your hybrid and maybe inexpensive bar extensions to give you some additional and less upright hand positions. I used a hybrid as a road bike for...
07-15-20, 11:54 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,658
Posted By jpescatore

Put me down for Team Kuat, I have had a NV model...

Put me down for Team Kuat, I have had a NV model for 2 years, many thousands of driving miles on it. Very easy to use, reliable. I used it to carry some touring cyclists ebikes, strong enough for...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-20, 05:53 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,329
Posted By jpescatore

My weather condition limit (whether cold, heat or...

My weather condition limit (whether cold, heat or wetness) has always been when biking stops being fun and that has changed with age. If you are an endurance athlete or racer, different story - I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-20, 05:19 AM
Replies: 2,492
Views: 350,707
Posted By jpescatore

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Jamis Renegade at midpoint milepost on the C&O Canal Towpath

You can see the...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-07-20, 05:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 710
Posted By jpescatore

Riding a Choice Section of the C&O Canal Towpath - Sharpsburg Upstream to Milepost 92

Over the holiday weekend, I rode 19 miles out and 19 back on the C&O Canal Towpath going upstream from Lock 38 in Sharpsburg MD to milepost 92, the midpoint of the Towpath between DC and Cumberland....
06-30-20, 04:06 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 13,618
Posted By jpescatore

I always enjoy his science-based videos. Towards...

I always enjoy his science-based videos. Towards the end of this one he pointed out all the studies were on stationary bikes and didn't include climbing or sprints, and they pretty much focused on...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
06-28-20, 05:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By jpescatore

That bridge is open during the week, they are...

That bridge is open during the week, they are doing final maintenance and cleanup on weekends apparently. That bridge is no longer listed on the MD DOT projects page - I think the weekend closures...
06-25-20, 04:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,630
Posted By jpescatore

Peanut butter - but from peanut butter powder...

Peanut butter - but from peanut butter powder like PBfit or PB2. 85% less fat than real peanut butter for same portion.

My wife (who does not need to lose weight) hates the taste and won't go near...
06-25-20, 04:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,191
Posted By jpescatore

800 miles is definitely lower than normal in my...

800 miles is definitely lower than normal in my experience, unless you are constantly riding in dirt/grit and never cleaning it off! I normally closer to 3,000 miles on my road bike, longer on my...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
06-24-20, 04:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 317
Posted By jpescatore

A Biking Centric Father's Day Weekend in the DC/MD/VA Area

Got in a 48 mile mix of urban trail and rural road riding over the Father's Day weekend across MD and VA and technically a bit of DC. A few photos and a write-up here...
06-18-20, 05:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,303
Posted By jpescatore

Basically, the way the pawls/ratchets in there...

Basically, the way the pawls/ratchets in there were designed. Check out the GCN video here for a good explanation.
06-16-20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 747
Posted By jpescatore

If you would test drive a car before buying, then...

If you would test drive a car before buying, then you will probably want to test drive a bike before buying. The same caveats about how much you really learn driving a brand new car for a short test...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-20, 04:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,107
Posted By jpescatore

For just increasing your comfortable riding zone,...

For just increasing your comfortable riding zone, the simple answer is ride at a speed where you are slightly uncomfortable and after a fairly short while you will be comfortable riding at the speed!...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
05-27-20, 05:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 745
Posted By jpescatore

I did it a few years ago on 28mm tires, no...

I did it a few years ago on 28mm tires, no issues. It was fun, but a long way to go from here in MD for a fairly short ride. Definitely echo the "bring good strong lights" comment.
05-19-20, 04:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 992
Posted By jpescatore

I lost 50 lbs about 10 years ago had a similar...

I lost 50 lbs about 10 years ago had a similar issue. I found that seats with less padding, more cutout and firmer seats overall felt much better. I don't think a fat rear end helps much from a...
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