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10-18-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,556
Posted By CAT7RDR

Look for opportunities to force yourself to ride...

Look for opportunities to force yourself to ride beyond your comfort level.

Today I was strolling at about 7.5 mph up a 2 mile canyon road with a 6%-8% grade. About one mile in, I was passed by...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-17-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 336
Views: 17,567
Posted By CAT7RDR

In keeping with my seething hatred for e-bikes, I...

In keeping with my seething hatred for e-bikes, I am on the market for a steel fixie.

Already have my Copper Riveted Brooks B-17 ready.

Call me a purist. :thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 336
Views: 17,567
Posted By CAT7RDR

My fearless prediction is the world will be...

My fearless prediction is the world will be littered with battery powered motorized bikes in 10 years.

IMHO, there are intrinsic rewards from actually achieving cycling goals that a motor robs me...
10-13-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 16,668
Posted By CAT7RDR

Still getting over a chest cold with a hacking...

Still getting over a chest cold with a hacking cough. I did not want to go two weeks without a ride. Headed out to Encanto Park with ideas about riding up to the Icehouse Canyon Trailhead.

The...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 336
Views: 17,567
Posted By CAT7RDR

I always fancied myself being athletic even as I...

I always fancied myself being athletic even as I advanced into my 50's.

A motor of any kind just distorts this idea. I would rather go on easier rides as I age, in keeping with my ability, than...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,639
Posted By CAT7RDR

How about some paradoxical intention? ...

How about some paradoxical intention?

"Whatever you do, do not go out for a bike ride."
10-03-19, 01:55 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,835
Posted By CAT7RDR

A bike is a relatively inexpensive way to...

A bike is a relatively inexpensive way to experience life that rewards sweat equity.

The more I climb, the better the scenery, the better I feel.
10-02-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 475
Posted By CAT7RDR

Matt Stephens, before he left GCN, did a...

Matt Stephens, before he left GCN, did a masterful job on the HIIT videos. Solid workouts in the 30 to 60 minute range that worked well with my cheapo fluid trainer.
09-29-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,507
Posted By CAT7RDR

Even going from 25mm to 28mm was immediately...

Even going from 25mm to 28mm was immediately noticeable with less road chatter, less hand/shoulder fatigue and just more enjoyable on longer rides.

Performance, can't say I noticed a difference....
09-29-19, 02:07 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 16,668
Posted By CAT7RDR

I've been looking forward to a ride up to Mt...

I've been looking forward to a ride up to Mt Baldy Village with the change of weather. I started at Encanto Park and warmed up along Sierra Madre before ascending GMR-GRR. Small pockets of snow were...
09-23-19, 01:59 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,436
Posted By CAT7RDR

I watched my Cateye cycling computer tumble off...

I watched my Cateye cycling computer tumble off into a storm drain.
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Lost a couple of Podium water bottles as well.

Biggest loss was not riding for 25 years.
09-22-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 16,668
Posted By CAT7RDR

Nothing too exciting, just riding around the...

Nothing too exciting, just riding around the local hills of La Habra Heights, Turnbull Cyn and looping back to Hacienda Heights. Good turnout of riders along East-West Rd.
...
09-21-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 503
Posted By CAT7RDR

A mountain bike or hybrid makes sense when you...

A mountain bike or hybrid makes sense when you consider you will be in an upright position. I think having multiple hand positions to be able to adjust your tilt will also be important.

I enjoy...
09-21-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,369
Posted By CAT7RDR

The biggest cause of my accidents were caused by...

The biggest cause of my accidents were caused by no one other than myself.

Fatigue and poor focus at inopportune moments were direct causes of my last three accidents,

I cannot blame other...
09-17-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,512
Posted By CAT7RDR

I had my MTB saddle assembly break apart while...

I had my MTB saddle assembly break apart while riding over a wooden bridge. Bolts and nuts fell in between the planks and into the river below. Twenty miles from home, I had to make the Call of...
09-16-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,435
Posted By CAT7RDR

I do not hangout at my LBS. It is a business and...

I do not hangout at my LBS. It is a business and they are not my friends.

It's tough enough for small businesses to be successful without some yahoo wasting their time.

Now, if I am there for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,367
Posted By CAT7RDR

The only thing I can add is get out of your local...

The only thing I can add is get out of your local climb "comfort zone" and since you are in SoCal get out to Angeles Crest, GMR, Mt Baldy/Ski Lifts, Crystal Lake/Dawson Saddle/Wrightwood and delve...
09-08-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 16,668
Posted By CAT7RDR

Encanto Park>Hwy 39>East Rd>North GMR>GRR>Mt...

Encanto Park>Hwy 39>East Rd>North GMR>GRR>Mt Baldy Village>Encanto via Baseline/Sierra Madre.

About 60 miles and 5,800 ft climb in 5 hours w/ breaks.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,526
Posted By CAT7RDR

I frequently start my rides before dawn. No clubs...

I frequently start my rides before dawn. No clubs are out that early.

I was interested in a couple of local clubs but reviewed their routes. Boring!!!! Their choices of roads were poor and did...
09-03-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,845
Posted By CAT7RDR

I use a "Wow!" meter. As in, "Wow, that is...

I use a "Wow!" meter. As in, "Wow, that is beautiful!"

The only cost is sweat equity.
09-02-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,832
Posted By CAT7RDR

Ride up grades, don't buy upgrades. Someone...

Ride up grades, don't buy upgrades.

Someone wiser than me once said this.

Your gearing is very generous for hills. Just ride more up hills. You will get stronger over time.
Forum: Touring
09-01-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 686
Posted By CAT7RDR

Came back from Mammoth Lakes to SoCal (by car)...

Came back from Mammoth Lakes to SoCal (by car) via Hwy 395 and Hwy 14 in July. Is it doable? Yes. Is it advised? No.

The shoulders on Hwy 14 are non-existent in large parts with just rumble strips...
08-31-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,111
Posted By CAT7RDR

I have some 2XU thermal tights for the winter and...

I have some 2XU thermal tights for the winter and recently picked these thermal bibs up:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HN3T2PT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1.

The 2XU's...
08-31-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 16,668
Posted By CAT7RDR

Rode in the local hills today around Chino Hills...

Rode in the local hills today around Chino Hills and La Habra Heights. 65 miles and about 5K of climb.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/4010070370
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,748
Posted By CAT7RDR

Big John, Onyx Summit from the Mill Creek Visitor...

Big John, Onyx Summit from the Mill Creek Visitor Center looks like a must do. Looks like Hwy 38 is cyclist friendly according to previous threads. Thanks for the suggestion.
08-23-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,473
Posted By CAT7RDR

Sunglasses/eye protection.

Sunglasses/eye protection.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,748
Posted By CAT7RDR

Got a taste of Rock Creek Road to Mosquito Flats...

Got a taste of Rock Creek Road to Mosquito Flats this summer and hope to try Horseshoe Meadows, Whitney Portal and the full Lower/Upper Rock Creek Rd this Fall. I am a novice climber. I discovered...
08-22-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,339
Posted By CAT7RDR

At your price range I would probably look for...

At your price range I would probably look for something like a used Fuji Jari. A gravel bike that can be used for bikepacking.
08-22-19, 01:39 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,448
Posted By CAT7RDR

I am making a habit of filling water bottles at a...

I am making a habit of filling water bottles at a natural spring on Highway 39 heading up to Dawson Saddle in the Angeles National Forest. Cold and clear without any problems so far.
...
08-19-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,463
Posted By CAT7RDR

To the OP: Have you ever considered renting...

To the OP: Have you ever considered renting different types of bikes to narrow down what would best fit your needs?

A quick interweb search indicates you have several bike rental options in...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,854
Posted By CAT7RDR

You answered your own question. I have been...

You answered your own question.

I have been able to complete several long ascent bucket list rides because of the 11-34 cassette offering 27, 30 and 34 cogs with my 34 chain ring. Sometimes you...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,854
Posted By CAT7RDR

It cost me $400 to upgrade from a short cage...

It cost me $400 to upgrade from a short cage 11-28 drivetrain to an Ultegra 8000 long cage RD, 11-34 cassette and chain installed by my LBS.

IMHO, worth the extra $ to have a finely tuned...
08-19-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,816
Posted By CAT7RDR

I have to agree with the OP. My cargo jerseys...

I have to agree with the OP. My cargo jerseys were not cheap but the bottom hemlines started fraying and coming apart after two years and my new $80 shorts are already showing excessive wear after...
08-19-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,032
Posted By CAT7RDR

I ride for enjoyment first and fitness second. I...

I ride for enjoyment first and fitness second. I will make an Idaho stop at intersections that are stop sign only with no near traffic. Otherwise, I stop and wait for most stop lights unless my...
08-17-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 16,668
Posted By CAT7RDR

Finally made it up to the Mt Baldy Ski Lifts sign...

Finally made it up to the Mt Baldy Ski Lifts sign this morning. Perfect riding day sunny, light breeze, light traffic on GMR-GRR and plenty of cyclists making the summit. Really a collegial...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 6,402
Posted By CAT7RDR

In the summer, I will use a Camelbak with 70...

In the summer, I will use a Camelbak with 70 ounces of chilled water plus two 25 oz thermos bottles one with Cytomax and one with whey protein mix. This was sufficient for a 55 mile 6K climb ride...
08-14-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 16,668
Posted By CAT7RDR

Left the equestrian center at 0600 to beat the...

Left the equestrian center at 0600 to beat the heat up South GMR, down North GMR, then worked our way over East Rd then the forest road to Cogswell Dam along the West Fork of the San Gabriel River....
08-13-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,063
Posted By CAT7RDR

To the OP: please read the "We are Going to Yell...

To the OP: please read the "We are Going to Yell at You" thread. :notamused:

https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/200479-we-re-going-yell-you.html

Sorry in advance. I could not resist.
08-13-19, 08:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,200
Posted By CAT7RDR

Not much in the way of hills except for the...

Not much in the way of hills except for the Torrey Pines grade, but when I visit SD I start in Oceanside and ride up to La Jolla then flip around for a scenic ride on PCH. Makes for a nice 50 mile...
08-10-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,975
Posted By CAT7RDR

Anger is often the first emotion expressed with...

Anger is often the first emotion expressed with jealousy and envy being the primary thoughts/feelings.

This is a sensitive topic with my g/f because she is not physically able to cycle at this...
08-10-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,975
Posted By CAT7RDR

Hmm... I smell a trust issue here. Perhaps...

Hmm... I smell a trust issue here.

Perhaps you need to be direct with her what her concerns are?

And, how you can mitigate/reconcile her objections?

Anger is the secondary emotion, what are...
08-10-19, 10:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,047
Posted By CAT7RDR

Less traffic, less angry motorists, cool sea...

Less traffic, less angry motorists, cool sea breezes, the sun cresting over a mountain and an increased chance of seeing wildlife are also some pleasant positives about early AM starts.
08-09-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,625
Posted By CAT7RDR

I chanced upon these Ceroti wanna be Italian bibs...

I chanced upon these Ceroti wanna be Italian bibs that are really manufactured in China. I was very skeptical but purchased the Pro Power Black for $49. I have only worn them once on a HC climb and...
08-08-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,785
Posted By CAT7RDR

Kitty, The short answer is my weight lifting...

Kitty,

The short answer is my weight lifting is moderate only at 10 to 15 reps with 25 to 35 lbs dumb bells. At 55 y/o I have tendonitis/rotator cuff issues and arthritis in my hips and lower back...
08-08-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 16,668
Posted By CAT7RDR

Good timing too! We were descending Hwy 39 about...

Good timing too! We were descending Hwy 39 about 2 miles south of the gate when two CHP motorcycle units passed us coming up.
08-08-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 16,668
Posted By CAT7RDR

Left the West Fork parking lot about 0630 and...

Left the West Fork parking lot about 0630 and made our way up Hwy 39. I had my 29'er and my brother chose his Emonda. Falling Spring is still producing clean cool water and we stopped twice for a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,083
Posted By CAT7RDR

Hello Kitty passed you?...

Hello Kitty passed you? https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/679x679/71tbzsczlnl_ux679__3652c4082cdc2495243c367d0b82259559aa3836.jpg
08-07-19, 08:18 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,785
Posted By CAT7RDR

Kitty, sounds like you are doing great in your...

Kitty, sounds like you are doing great in your new cycling venture.

We all have to start from somewhere at our differing fitness levels. Try to think of your progress in years and a permanent...
08-04-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 16,668
Posted By CAT7RDR

Rode the Tour of Hacienda Heights-La Habra...

Rode the Tour of Hacienda Heights-La Habra Heights-Whittier Hills with my Bro. Several riders out enjoying the hills even with our early 0600 start time to beat the heat.
...
08-02-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 27,073
Posted By CAT7RDR

We are all going to die sometime. I just...

We are all going to die sometime.

I just hope I can complete those epic bucket list rides before I leave this world.

I pray before every ride for safe travels.

Seems to calm the anxiety and...
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