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Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-20, 08:51 AM
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Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

I was an automotive instructor at a private...

I was an automotive instructor at a private school. They had classes for welding, nursing, dental tech, etc. They fired my boss (industrial coordinator) and asked me to interview a potential...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

Before today I don't think I ever heard anyone...

Before today I don't think I ever heard anyone mention the quantity of someone else's shifts. And I've done 2000 group rides in the last 20 years, lots more before that.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

I'll be dipped. The owls we had made a nice "who"...

I'll be dipped. The owls we had made a nice "who" sound. It made me feel like everything was OK.
09-19-20, 06:06 PM
Replies: 5,159
Views: 298,498
Posted By big john

Ever go to Jalama Beach? It's kinda remote,...

Ever go to Jalama Beach? It's kinda remote, twisty road 15 miles off Hwy 1, 15 miles from the tunnel/junction with Hwy 101 above Goleta. Years ago it had nothing but a tiny store and you could always...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 05:48 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

I rode 72 miles today, longest ride in a while....

I rode 72 miles today, longest ride in a while. Not too hot, maybe 92-94 at the highest, and not too smoky since the wind shifted. I shifted too, probably hundreds of times and a bunch on the front,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 05:33 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

At my last house in the canyon I would have owls...

At my last house in the canyon I would have owls in the trees right outside my bedroom window. I think their sound is very soothing and I could go to sleep easily when they were talking.Definitely...
09-19-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 475
Posted By big john

That's the thing I don't think I've ever seen,...

That's the thing I don't think I've ever seen, someone standing and pedaling with no hands.

I have seen people crash while riding with no hands on the bar including a friend who veered left in a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 04:50 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

My shop got sued by the owner of an X1/9. It was...

My shop got sued by the owner of an X1/9. It was ridiculous but we lost anyway. Never worked on a Fiat after that. A shop I worked for got sued by a Volvo owner, she won. It was also quite ridiculous.
09-19-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 475
Posted By big john

I've always found standing to climb is harder on...

I've always found standing to climb is harder on a mountain bike than a road bike. I can do it a little better with the suspension locked out and a couple gears higher than normal.
09-19-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 475
Posted By big john

I don't think I've ever seen anyone do that.

I don't think I've ever seen anyone do that.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

I think the early Volvos were in the same league...

I think the early Volvos were in the same league with Lucas electrics and Girling hydraulics and SU carburetors. Some people loved them.
Then there were Fiats.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

We're numb. It's 2020, after all.

We're numb. It's 2020, after all.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 10:35 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

You make me proud.

You make me proud.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 09:58 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

Motorcycling in the desert and one of the guys...

Motorcycling in the desert and one of the guys broke his throttle cable at the top end. I read somewhere about making the front brake into a finger throttle, so I tied the broken end to his brake...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

I remembered I had one break on my touring bike...

I remembered I had one break on my touring bike someplace in Kentucky. I had a spare with me but it was some kind of universal wire that had a ferrule on each end, (different sizes) so I had to cut...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

rip RBG

rip RBG
09-18-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 138
Posted By big john

Always enjoy reading about your rides!

Always enjoy reading about your rides!
09-18-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 250
Posted By big john

How much drop from your saddle to the top of the...

How much drop from your saddle to the top of the bar? When I was younger I could use a 4 inch drop, now only about 1 inch or a little more.
Certain glasses cause me neck pain because I have to raise...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

Yeah, I'm pretty bad at maintaining my machines....

Yeah, I'm pretty bad at maintaining my machines. I used to be pretty good about it. I think working on tens of thousands of cars kinda cured me. I let my last car go several years without an oil...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

I broke the front shifter cable about 25 miles...

I broke the front shifter cable about 25 miles into a ride, had to ride back in the small ring. I put on an old one I had at home as a temporary fix until the new cables came in. That has to be more...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

See second photo above. And put new brake pads on...

See second photo above. And put new brake pads on before you go.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

This is near the top of the final climb before...

This is near the top of the final climb before the ripping descent back to the lake. I need to do that again some day.

...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

A few years back 8 of us did a ride near Lake...

A few years back 8 of us did a ride near Lake Isabella where you take a shuttle van to 9200 feet and ride singletrack back down to the lake 2500. It's mostly downhill and drops 5000 feet in the last...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 10:02 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

Here is the promotional video. ...

Here is the promotional video.
https://www.bikemag.com/features/originals/inaugural-bike-mag-pilgrimage/
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 09:45 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

Looks like fun, extra nice that it's close. I've...

Looks like fun, extra nice that it's close. I've never been to an actual bike park but I have thought about it. They have one at Mammoth Mountain where you buy a lift pass and it takes you up to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

A bike park? Or trails in a park?

A bike park? Or trails in a park?
09-17-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 475
Posted By big john

https://www.elliptigo.com/products/elliptigo-11r/...

https://www.elliptigo.com/products/elliptigo-11r/

Ever see one of these things?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

We in the hyper cellular community do not approve...

We in the hyper cellular community do not approve this message.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,413
Posted By big john

Personally, I don't like having extra weight on...

Personally, I don't like having extra weight on the bar and if I'm going out and need a gallon of water I use 2 bottles and a Camelbak. I tried a bar bag with 2 extra bottles in there but didn't like...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 04:19 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,413
Posted By big john

Out here where it can be over 100 degrees some of...

Out here where it can be over 100 degrees some of us are using bags or packs to carry extra water and food and even extra tubes. Earlier this year when all club rides were cancelled and many of our...
09-17-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 475
Posted By big john

I stand on hills and flats to use different...

I stand on hills and flats to use different muscles but not for very long. I rode 10 miles across our valley with a local pro racer and he stood the entire time. I was pushing pretty hard to keep him...
09-17-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 155
Posted By big john

Very glad to read that nobody went down. And...

Very glad to read that nobody went down. And headwind is more noticeable when pulling? Hmmm..
Keep the pictures coming!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

"It'll grow on you".

"It'll grow on you".
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

We sometimes ride through a canyon where there...

We sometimes ride through a canyon where there used to be an egg ranch. It's a long, slow climb out and the rotten eggs were disgusting on a hot day, it even made people sick.
A guy I know worked at...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 06:20 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

Are they the same as "Lifetime" movies?

Are they the same as "Lifetime" movies?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

I used to listen to sports talk radio on my drive...

I used to listen to sports talk radio on my drive to work and Keyshawn Johnson was one of the hosts. He had some Tuna stories. He was also very passionate about the subjects they discussed.
Keyshawn...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 05:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 470
Posted By big john

On my Shimano 7 speed bikes with standard double...

On my Shimano 7 speed bikes with standard double Ultegra crank I ran a 39 in front and a 28 in back with a short cage derailleur and had no problems. I had 3 different bikes set up like that and I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

I'm a Laker fan, so I prefer them over Denver,...

I'm a Laker fan, so I prefer them over Denver, but Miami has looked surprisingly good.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

Part of it had to be "here we go again"...

Part of it had to be "here we go again" mentality. You have a 20 point lead and all of a sudden you can't buy a shot? Of course that happens at the same time as Murray or Jokic getting hot.
I guess...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

I like 'em, and I like the Joker, but the...

I like 'em, and I like the Joker, but the Clippers had them 3-1 and couldn't finish, even with 20 point leads in 2 of the elimination games.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

Watching another game 7 in the NBA playoffs....

Watching another game 7 in the NBA playoffs. Clippers are having another epic collapse. 3 games in a row.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

It didn't clear here but 2 of us did another 50...

It didn't clear here but 2 of us did another 50 mile ride and most of it was quite pleasant until we climbed back into the valley and it was nasty. I don't feel like I damaged myself like I did on...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 06:23 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,663
Posted By big john

Usain Bolt was said to hit 28mph at some point in...

Usain Bolt was said to hit 28mph at some point in his 100m sprint. No marathoners can do that. Marathoners can do 12+mph for 2 hours. Bolt could never do that.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 06:19 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,663
Posted By big john

If a sprinter can hide in the pack for most of...

If a sprinter can hide in the pack for most of the stage and conserve energy and then get a good leadout that could be a winning combination.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 06:07 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

Yes, consistency is tough over time like that. A...

Yes, consistency is tough over time like that. A friend of mine climbs over a vertical century every year. Usually over 600,000 feet in 8K miles. Doesn't sound that hard, 10,000 feet per week will...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 05:54 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

I know, I just mentioned the cuts because, well,...

I know, I just mentioned the cuts because, well, cuts happen.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 03:36 PM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

I might get 5k from a front tire but never a...

I might get 5k from a front tire but never a rear. Loaded touring 1000 miles and the rear is toast. I think I would be lucky to get 2k on my road bike rear tire. Many of them get cut up before the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-20, 07:50 AM
Replies: 6,479
Views: 85,777
Posted By big john

I wish I did. But then, I never put on 10 or 15...

I wish I did. But then, I never put on 10 or 15 pounds during periods of gluttony. 5, maybe, but it usually comes right back off if the gluttony subsides.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,821
Posted By big john

Nothing unusual for me. I expect at least 10k...

Nothing unusual for me. I expect at least 10k miles from a rear wheel before the rim cracks.
09-14-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 5,159
Views: 298,498
Posted By big john

Don't jinx us.

Don't jinx us.
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