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Posted By downtube42

Randonesia

Headwinds from mile zero to Brest, colder than anticipated nights, a right knee that was unhappy with me from day 1, a chaotic finish control that included a cyclocross skills test whilst dodging...
08-11-19, 09:08 PM
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Views: 4,694
Posted By downtube42

Friday was an eventful day for the Sofa Bike....

Friday was an eventful day for the Sofa Bike. First was the company car show, where it won "most original", earning me a $20 Amazon gift-card. It was the hit of the show; I actually gave our VP a...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-19, 06:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,608
Posted By downtube42

If you want to get faster, ride with the faster...

If you want to get faster, ride with the faster group.

OTOH, there will always be a faster group.
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Views: 4,392
Posted By downtube42

I never had a problem with water, in 2011 or...

I never had a problem with water, in 2011 or 2015. There was always someone, either a spectator or a roadside tent, who had water between controls. The key is to stop and take advantage of it when...
08-07-19, 12:01 AM
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Views: 2,267
Posted By downtube42

Brevets often start in the wee hours of the...

Brevets often start in the wee hours of the morning, to give riders the chance of finishing in the daylight. The night riding is done when you're fresh, allowing you to deal with tiredness in the...
08-06-19, 01:46 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 18,013
Posted By downtube42

I came across a cycling fatality a few years...

I came across a cycling fatality a few years back, about halfway through a brevet. I didn't know him; he was one of the stronger riders so I'd never interacted with him. It was a straight, flat,...
08-04-19, 11:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,345
Posted By downtube42

Chip/Seal near Sterling, TX was so course you...

Chip/Seal near Sterling, TX was so course you could almost steer around the chips of 1" #2 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) gravel. It was beyond belief. In San...
08-01-19, 01:03 AM
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Views: 1,450
Posted By downtube42

I ride 5 days a week, year-round. My commute is 9...

I ride 5 days a week, year-round. My commute is 9 miles round-trip if I take the normal route. In the summer, I take a long way home on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a 35 mile day. So I guess you could...
08-01-19, 12:49 AM
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Views: 1,945
Posted By downtube42

Bike upgrades, up to and including a new bike,...

Bike upgrades, up to and including a new bike, can get a little more speed out of your current fitness. So you can spend a little to lot of money and get a little improvement. It's just a matter of...
07-30-19, 11:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,272
Posted By downtube42

Go check these guys out: Cincinnati's Only...

Go check these guys out:

Cincinnati's Only Bicycle Cooperative | Mobo Bicycle Coop (http://mobobicyclecoop.org/)

Bike co-ops are generally staffed by cool bike-geek volunteers who live to talk,...
Forum: Introductions
07-30-19, 10:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 400
Posted By downtube42

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My latest acquisition - Carrera Sport beater bike.

Welcome...
07-30-19, 07:53 PM
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Views: 1,148
Posted By downtube42

I'm looking forward rather than back, chasing...

I'm looking forward rather than back, chasing this guy:

105-year-old Frenchman sets new hour record - Gallery | Cyclingnews.com...
Forum: Introductions
07-25-19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 548
Posted By downtube42

Welcome to BF. I grew up in Indy; back in...

Welcome to BF.

I grew up in Indy; back in the late 70's and early 80's there were a handful of us who commuted downtown. There was hardly a bike rack to be found and bike lanes were a pipe dream....
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Views: 904
Posted By downtube42

At every co-op I've volunteered at, unless it was...

At every co-op I've volunteered at, unless it was literally ready to ride it would go straight to scrap.

If it was literally ready to ride (including road-worthy tires) it would be a $20 bike, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 18,656
Posted By downtube42

I think e-bikes are bringing a lot of people to...

I think e-bikes are bringing a lot of people to cycling who would not be riding otherwise. Some for transportation, which IMO is a good thing - one less car.

As for sport cycling, we had a older...
Forum: Foo
07-19-19, 12:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,653
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
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Posted By downtube42

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Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-19, 11:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 858
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: 32
Views: 2,931
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: 76
Views: 6,200
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: 1,862
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: 52
Views: 4,441
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: 30
Views: 2,848
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: 70
Views: 5,374
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: 4,143
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
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Views: 4,143
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.
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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: 4,143
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...
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Views: 2,050
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
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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: 76
Views: 6,200
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...
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Views: 13,227
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: 7,756
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: 3,747
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: 3,747
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: 4,339
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: 9,523
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: 322
Views: 22,695
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: 2,055
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: 3,996
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...
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Views: 3,501
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: 1,433
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: 3,163
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: 10
Views: 4,694
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: 1,338
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: 10
Views: 4,694
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: 3,388
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: 222
Views: 18,257
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: 4,533
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: 10,358
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...
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