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09-15-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,290
Posted By aaronmcd

If your fast enough they'll stop laughing.

If your fast enough they'll stop laughing.
07-21-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 30,499
Posted By aaronmcd

Still lots of messengers here, still faster than...

Still lots of messengers here, still faster than driving and parking most places, but I think the personal electric vehicles could take over the delivery game. Still not enough bike lanes but there...
07-15-20, 11:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,891
Posted By aaronmcd

Back a few years ago 3 hours was a medium ride. I...

Back a few years ago 3 hours was a medium ride. I remember I once did the morning race ride at 6:30, then rode to half Moon Bay and back just in time to meet up with the noon ride and do that. That...
07-15-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 5,224
Views: 308,078
Posted By aaronmcd

We've been in the bay area a while now and want a...

We've been in the bay area a while now and want a change. We sold our AZ house and are wanting to buy somewhere but don't know where. Kairee likes being near beaches, but also really wants to move to...
07-12-20, 10:50 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Oh yeah where is he? Get bored of this place? ...

Oh yeah where is he? Get bored of this place?

I haven't mentioned all my recent dirt crashes since getting the gravel bike - sliding out, hitting a log, trying jumps and falling on my ass...
07-12-20, 10:00 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Looks like I'll be off the bike and out of the...

Looks like I'll be off the bike and out of the gym for a bit. Rode 75 miles and then tried to make a light, freaked out when I saw a car inching forward, and crashed myself in the intersection,...
07-11-20, 01:06 AM
Replies: 5,224
Views: 308,078
Posted By aaronmcd

We owed 6k so we waited until after we closed on...

We owed 6k so we waited until after we closed on our house sale end of June.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-20, 01:03 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,147
Posted By aaronmcd

Cold sucks. When I was racing I would go out in...

Cold sucks. When I was racing I would go out in 40 degree rain and train.
Heat is just a bit annoying. I did one crit in 100 degree heat. Brought 3 bottles with ice water, plus an ice sock in my...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-20, 12:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 657
Posted By aaronmcd

Do quick release skewers wear out?

I already searched online.

I've had issues with my Flo wheels and wobbling, brake rub, and more recently the rear wheel skewer would actually come loose during sprints. At this point the hub was...
07-10-20, 10:57 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

On the bright side, I bet your TSB is super...

On the bright side, I bet your TSB is super positive right now
07-10-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Did the same 1 hour hilly loop I've been doing....

Did the same 1 hour hilly loop I've been doing. Finished it in 57 minutes with an IF of 1.07. 15 minutes Z5+, 23 minutes Z1. Perhaps I get to (have to?) increase FTP.

Added a gym workout this...
06-30-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Gym this morning, working my way back up on...

Gym this morning, working my way back up on deadlifts but trying to not overdo it. 385x2 top set today.
1 hour ride this afternoon on the loop I've been doing lately. It's nice cuz I can get maybe...
06-30-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

I don't really understand how racing on Zwift is...

I don't really understand how racing on Zwift is supposed to work. First off, why does w/kg even matter unless it's all climbing? Even if they estimate your frontal area based on weight it shouldn't...
06-30-20, 01:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 620
Posted By aaronmcd

Following. I've been thinking of getting the...

Following. I've been thinking of getting the resolutes. My Gestalt sees more pavement than dirt, but the dirt is sees can be pretty intense. And the whole point of the bike is to get off road, even...
06-29-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Oh I just noticed this also made my first 200+...

Oh I just noticed this also made my first 200+ mile week in just over 2 years! Yearly mileage from Strava:...
06-29-20, 12:31 AM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

First real big ride in a year at least. Rode 8...

First real big ride in a year at least. Rode 8 hours today. "Only" 90 miles in that time cuz I was on my gravel bike exploring some cool trails. Rocks, roots, ruts, mud, fun. Got a sausage and beer...
06-26-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Did a few jumps at the track, followed by 10...

Did a few jumps at the track, followed by 10 minutes at 106,102, and 98% with 5' rbi. Suprathreshold gives a really lousy TSS/difficulty ratio.
06-19-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 5,224
Views: 308,078
Posted By aaronmcd

Meant to go visit AZ and play some nerd-cards...

Meant to go visit AZ and play some nerd-cards (Magic the Gathering) with me brothers and friends, but with the spike in COVID and the nice weather here I changed plans (camp/river weekend trip with...
06-19-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Another week of not much. I did the Tuesday ride...

Another week of not much. I did the Tuesday ride I posted, plus a bit of RPE zone 2.5 on my way to the social Wednesday night ride. Hovering in the mid 60s, figure I can pick up and build more base...
06-16-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Got a nice 1 hour loop with 1500 feet of climbing...

Got a nice 1 hour loop with 1500 feet of climbing various hills. I get a lot of zone 1 and a lot of zone 4-6, not much in between. Did that this morning to leave time to go to the gym this afternoon....
06-14-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Didn't get to ride yesterday but went for a 12...

Didn't get to ride yesterday but went for a 12 mile hike up at Tomales Point with my wife. The mile or so at the end of the point is unmaintained and was pretty overgrown, and I got terrible...
06-11-20, 06:36 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Oh I just got an email that my gym is opening...

Oh I just got an email that my gym is opening equipment use on sidewalks starting Tuesday! Only 55 minute sessions and no racks or large machines, but supposedly we can use barbells, dumbbells, and...
06-11-20, 01:03 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Didn't get solid training in this week. After...

Didn't get solid training in this week. After camping Sunday night and terrible allergies I was sleeping too much to train on Monday or Tuesday. Yesterday I spent too much time researching a portable...
06-09-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 5,224
Views: 308,078
Posted By aaronmcd

A friend of mine noted that with the nearby...

A friend of mine noted that with the nearby campgrounds all closed for the virus, it would be a good time to stealth camp. There's one with 5 sites in a cove just across the golden gate with views of...
06-08-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,259
Posted By aaronmcd

My new gravel bike is 1x11-42. That range is...

My new gravel bike is 1x11-42. That range is wider than my road race bike with 50-34x11-28. I prefer the larger gaps between shifts. The difference is only a few RPM, and I'm not racing. I can slow...
06-08-20, 08:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 676
Posted By aaronmcd

I've never maintained or "cared for" my carbon...

I've never maintained or "cared for" my carbon frames. They aren't fragile.
06-08-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,143
Posted By aaronmcd

So far walking trails, fire roads, single track....

So far walking trails, fire roads, single track. Any unpaved routes are built for bikes, hikers, or fire roads. It's quite mountainous up north in Marin, and SF has some fun bike trails. I debated...
06-08-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,143
Posted By aaronmcd

No upgrades yet, unless you count a speaker...

No upgrades yet, unless you count a speaker strapped to my top tube (not in photo). I've already crashed it several times (riding stairs, jumping, etc), tore and replaced derailleur housing, and...
06-08-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,143
Posted By aaronmcd

Bought my first gravel bike last month. No frame...

Bought my first gravel bike last month. No frame of reference to other brands but I'm absolutely loving this bike.
...
05-31-20, 09:43 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Decided not to go too overboard this weekend. 60...

Decided not to go too overboard this weekend. 60 CTL seems to be that spot where it's tempting to do a big ride and ruin the rest of the week.

Was itching for a party Friday night so I joined a...
05-31-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Awesome photo. Hiking is amazing. I really like...

Awesome photo. Hiking is amazing. I really like how NON competitive it is lol. How relaxing it is. Especially overnighters. I'm ridiculously competitive so it's nice to do an activity purely for...
05-29-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,542
Posted By aaronmcd

Every year in my neighborhood there's this race: ...

Every year in my neighborhood there's this race:
https://youtu.be/NIzn799icMo
05-29-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,542
Posted By aaronmcd

I was a bit torn whether I wanted flat bars or...

I was a bit torn whether I wanted flat bars or drop bars. I chose drop bars because of the extra comfort on roads and familiarity. I definitely agree drops are where I want to be for descents for the...
05-29-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,542
Posted By aaronmcd

Well I don't particularly like crashing, and I am...

Well I don't particularly like crashing, and I am afraid of it if I think about it, but I don't usually think about it. Back when I started road riding, I took a corner too fast (or wrong line too...
05-28-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,542
Posted By aaronmcd

Oh no, my crashes seem to happen when I know...

Oh no, my crashes seem to happen when I know what's coming and I try it anyway :lol:
I'm starting to get into the "not young" territory. At 35 crashing all the time seems a bit harder on me than it...
05-28-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,542
Posted By aaronmcd

Not like a full suspension, but it should be able...

Not like a full suspension, but it should be able to do it to some extent once I learn how.


I was practicing wheelies. I got a few good ones, got one for 4 pedal strokes. Then I was feeling...
05-28-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,542
Posted By aaronmcd

Like I mentioned I'm guessing a skilled rider...

Like I mentioned I'm guessing a skilled rider would be fine on these little jumps and stairs without suspension, but I have 50,000 miles on a road bike and 200 on a gravel bike lol. Probably a few...
05-28-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,542
Posted By aaronmcd

So far I'm ok with low traction like deep loose...

So far I'm ok with low traction like deep loose cohesionless aggregate (sand and gravel) if I see it first. The time I slid in the sand was night and I was looking at the log I was trying to get...
05-28-20, 05:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,542
Posted By aaronmcd

Yeah I didn't think of that til the first person...

Yeah I didn't think of that til the first person responded. I live in an area with lots of trails and lots of paved roads and also lots of fire roads, but not many unpaved normal roads. I got the...
05-28-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,542
Posted By aaronmcd

Could be. I just don't know. Was wondering if...

Could be. I just don't know. Was wondering if others had a similar experience. Obviously those who only ride nice flat level gravel won't be crashing, nor those who are very cautious while learning...
05-28-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,542
Posted By aaronmcd

I can ride any bike on gravel. Sure a gravel bike...

I can ride any bike on gravel. Sure a gravel bike is better on gravel than the road bike, but my Marin's primary purpose for me is an all around adventure bike. None of my crashes have been from...
05-28-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,542
Posted By aaronmcd

I've been crashing a lot since getting a gravel bike

I seem to crash it approximately once per ride so far.
Tried to ride around stairs (uphill) and hit a bump hidden by vegetation, went over the bars.
Sharp corner in sand, slid out.
Tried to hop a...
05-27-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Oh my first ever measured FTP was way higher than...

Oh my first ever measured FTP was way higher than it is now lol.
For a month or so I was squatting squatting while wearing a backpack with a dumbbell and a bunch of water in it, while holding my...
05-27-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

That's pretty much what I set out to do by...

That's pretty much what I set out to do by joining the gym. I made sure to get month to month and told them I was gonna cancel in 3 months. Turned out I got addicted and focused solely on lifting for...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,869
Posted By aaronmcd

I'm surprised water fountains are off, I haven't...

I'm surprised water fountains are off, I haven't seen that yet.
Water bottle in middle pocket.
Or water bottle in each of side pockets (if the rest of your stuff fits in the center).
Or mask +...
05-26-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,228
Posted By aaronmcd

Just took the gravel bike out yesterday, 25 miles...

Just took the gravel bike out yesterday, 25 miles of pavement to get to Fairfax before dirt. Being not slow is nice so this doesn't take all day. Felt about the same as my aero race bike on pavement....
05-26-20, 01:05 AM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

Unlike TMonk, 80 miles is still more than I'm fit...

Unlike TMonk, 80 miles is still more than I'm fit for.
Was aiming for more, but dirt is hella slow, and I'm slower than dirt. Rode to Fairfax, did some hard gravel climbs and some fun double track...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-20, 11:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,251
Posted By aaronmcd

If you have to ask than it doesn't matter. ...

If you have to ask than it doesn't matter.
​​​​If you know what's annoying you and what you need to buy to fix the issue, then maybe it's worth it.
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05-24-20, 11:31 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,228
Posted By aaronmcd

I don't ride my gravel bike when speed is a...

I don't ride my gravel bike when speed is a priority. Like in a road race.
20% is 16mph vs 20 mph. It's not THAT slow. Maybe 18 vs 20? Idk, and idc really. I ride my gravel bike when I'm just...
05-23-20, 11:53 PM
Replies: 15,517
Views: 892,473
Posted By aaronmcd

It isn't set all that low, I had it at 89% of my...

It isn't set all that low, I had it at 89% of my 12 minute effort from 3 weeks ago. May be a few watts low now. But this ride, riding at 85% felt almost like zone 2, even though I'd get tired riding...
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