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WhyFi 07-28-20 06:36 AM

We've been getting a lot of rain, but it's been unusually cooperative in terms my riding schedule. Woke at 5:30, per usual, and saw that some rains had moved through. Clouds were still lingering and provided a nice sunrise -

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...89e5bfb897.jpg

Unfortunately, the roads were still wet, too, which means an increase in puncture likelihood, and I heard my rear tire hissing upon getting home. I'm scheduled for a sealant level check tomorrow, but my mileage rate has just about doubled in the last six weeks, so it might be that I'm actually past-due. Guess I should see to that today. :o

seedsbelize 07-28-20 06:58 AM


Originally Posted by gnome (Post 21610663)
Must be time to service the winter commuter. Or at least pump up the tyres. It felt like trying to ride through treacle this morning.

What exactly is treacle?

MoAlpha 07-28-20 07:03 AM


Originally Posted by seedsbelize (Post 21611047)
What exactly is treacle?

Molasses.

MoAlpha 07-28-20 07:04 AM


Originally Posted by BillyD (Post 21610987)
My wife’s been making sauerkraut lately. And kimchi. I’m not into either one. She and an organic farmer friend are preparing an instructional slide show for some upcoming event.

Sauerkraut is part of my childhood and a comfort food, in combination with German charcuterie. Kimchi, I can take or leave.

seedsbelize 07-28-20 07:09 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21611009)
We've been getting a lot of rain, but it's been unusually cooperative in terms my riding schedule. Woke at 5:30, per usual, and saw that some rains had moved through. Clouds were still lingering and provided a nice sunrise -

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...89e5bfb897.jpg

Unfortunately, the roads were still wet, too, which means an increase in puncture likelihood, and I heard my rear tire hissing upon getting home. I'm scheduled for a sealant level check tomorrow, but my mileage rate has just about doubled in the last six weeks, so it might be that I'm actually past-due. Guess I should see to that today. :o

How does wet roads cause punctures?

seedsbelize 07-28-20 07:11 AM

I am of Pennsylvania Dutch descent, and my wife of Polish descent. Good food all around. We are both big fans of cabbage in all its forms, kimchi excluded.

MoAlpha 07-28-20 07:14 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21610435)
Isn't it wonderful and terrible?

Honestly, it wouldn't be so alluring if I didn't feel such a very real difference in the saddle. But it's there. And it's addicting. :twitchy:

Yes, even when one's age makes it a pitiful joke.

Anyway, went out and did a few long LT intervals this a.m,, which had the predicted and desired effect on the eFTP.

Velo Vol 07-28-20 07:15 AM


Originally Posted by gnome (Post 21610682)
I haven't had sauerkraut in a while.

You're missing out.

Originally Posted by Pirkaus (Post 21610873)
My grandmother used to make sauerkraut in a large crock in her basement.
The memory of which has rendered the canned stuff inedible, some of the jarred stuff is marginally "ok".


Originally Posted by BillyD (Post 21610987)
My wifeís been making sauerkraut lately. And kimchi. Iím not into either one. She and an organic farmer friend are preparing an instructional slide show for some upcoming event.

It's been years since I had homebrew, if I ever had it at all. Sounds like I'm missing out.

Been thinking about probiotics lately.

WhyFi 07-28-20 07:24 AM


Originally Posted by seedsbelize (Post 21611067)
How does wet roads cause punctures?

It makes it more likely for debris to stick to the tires, giving them more of a chance to puncture on each rotation, and the wet somehow makes it easier to cut through the rubber, though I'm not sure on the physics of it.

WhyFi 07-28-20 07:29 AM


Originally Posted by MoAlpha (Post 21611078)
Yes, even one's age makes it a pitiful joke.

Anyway, went out and did a few long LT intervals this a.m,, which had the predicted and desired effect on the eFTP.

That's a nice little jump - kudos!

Velo Vol 07-28-20 07:31 AM

Big Bicycle is taking over UK!

'Fix your bike' vouchers launch, as cycling to be prescribed on NHS



A government scheme offering £50 bike repair vouchers will launch in England on Tuesday as part of plans to boost cycling and walking.

An initial 50,000 vouchers will be made available online later in the day on a first-come, first-served basis.

The prime minister also announced that access to bikes will be available on the NHS as part of the strategy.
#P&R

Mods please do not delete.

MoAlpha 07-28-20 07:35 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21611098)
That's a nice little jump - kudos!

The bump isn't real, though. eFTP decays over time and I had no power data to update it since the winter. However, that number matches my indoor 20 min estimate, so I think there's some headroom for this season.

indyfabz 07-28-20 07:35 AM

Dropped off the car before 8, walked down the block to Whole Foods then walked home in maybe 15 minutes. I was dripping with sweat by the time I got home.

ViaBike 07-28-20 07:41 AM

One Cape Cod shark got loose and attacked a swimmer in Maine for the first time today... It's not just them drivers being bad...:bang:

WhyFi 07-28-20 07:42 AM


Originally Posted by MoAlpha (Post 21611111)
The bump isn't real, though. eFTP decays over time and I had no power data to update it since the winter. However, that number matches my indoor 20 min estimate, so I think there's some headroom for this season.

Ah, so it was gradually sinking, the further away you got from measured values, and this just brought it back up in line with expectation?

FWIW, I feel like it's not terribly easy to get good FTP figures outdoors. Around here, at least. There's always someone or something breakin' my stride and then there's enough variability in incline that it takes a lot more fussing to stay on target. This is my excuse for assuming that any FTP figures derived outside are underestimating my potential. :p

Velo Vol 07-28-20 07:45 AM

Wonder what a government bicycle repair voucher covers? Seems it should be part of the COVID bailout packages here.

rjones28 07-28-20 07:47 AM


Originally Posted by BillyD (Post 21610976)
It was 78 degrees when I woke up an hour ago. Where the hell am I, Texas?

We have lots of extra water. Swollen creeks, washed out roads, etc...

big john 07-28-20 07:50 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21611089)
It makes it more likely for debris to stick to the tires, giving them more of a chance to puncture on each rotation, and the wet somehow makes it easier to cut through the rubber, though I'm not sure on the physics of it.

It makes it easier for debris to get a "bite" on the tire. When I rode dirt bikes it was easier to get a flat on wet rocks than dry, at least that was the thinking.

big john 07-28-20 07:54 AM


Originally Posted by MoAlpha (Post 21611060)
Sauerkraut is part of my childhood and a comfort food, in combination with German charcuterie. Kimchi, I can take or leave.

I like the hot German potato salad. My mother also made Dumph Kraut, sweeter than regular kraut.

abshipp 07-28-20 07:59 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21611089)
It makes it more likely for debris to stick to the tires, giving them more of a chance to puncture on each rotation

https://www.renehersecycles.com/wp-c...9_wm080819.jpg

:innocent:

WhyFi 07-28-20 07:59 AM


Originally Posted by abshipp (Post 21611153)

Looks heavy.

abshipp 07-28-20 08:02 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21611125)
FWIW, I feel like it's not terribly easy to get good FTP figures outdoors. Around here, at least. There's always someone or something breakin' my stride and then there's enough variability in incline that it takes a lot more fussing to stay on target. This is my excuse for assuming that any FTP figures derived outside are underestimating my potential. :p

I've recently discovered how difficult it is to ride intervals well. Surprising just how fast my heart rate drops with even the slightest decrease in incline. I tried some 20' Z3 intervals yesterday and with the longer length I also found myself getting distracted and not paying attention to what I was doing.

MoAlpha 07-28-20 08:06 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21611125)
Ah, so it was gradually sinking, the further away you got from measured values, and this just brought it back up in line with expectation?

FWIW, I feel like it's not terribly easy to get good FTP figures outdoors. Around here, at least. There's always someone or something breakin' my stride and then there's enough variability in incline that it takes a lot more fussing to stay on target. This is my excuse for assuming that any FTP figures derived outside are underestimating my potential. :p

Yes, that's what it is.

I find outdoor efforts much easier than indoor. I think it's mainly the richer sensory feedback. Descents are obviously an issue, but I can avoid the big ones and bring up the mean power by pushing it on the uphills. I'm sure purists would be aghast, but it has real-world validity.

big john 07-28-20 08:08 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21611156)
Looks heavy.

Too much drag, like having the brakes on. Non aero.

MoAlpha 07-28-20 08:10 AM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 21611145)
I like the hot German potato salad. My mother also made Dumph Kraut, sweeter than regular kraut.

:thumb: Well, MY mother prepared her sauerkraut with a little brown sugar and white wine with a sprinkling of caraway seeds. I think she learned that from someone in my father's family. When I was a kid I thought it was too sweet, but I like it now.


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