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LAJ 03-29-22 03:11 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22455143)
But I AM an Old!

I'm not young!

LAJ 03-29-22 03:12 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22455148)
I looked up the last race I rode, and the time I did to get 2nd in D would have put me about 7 minutes behind the winner in C. :cry:

Ah, well. Something to shoot for, I suppose - less suckitude in my new category.

This drafting thing you talk about? It becomes important. You'll get pulled along, but you absolutely have to be very attentive. I'm sure Zwift and road are alike there.

seedsbelize2 03-29-22 03:20 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22455080)
Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCGD9dT12C0

They were never really that young. None of us were.

seedsbelize2 03-29-22 03:27 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 22455107)
AG's Fit ate a battery every couple of years, and it would try but fail to start. That's why I thought it might be that for yours; small cars often have small batteries that are not tolerant of age-related power loss. (softball over home there) The Saturn's battery has lasted a long time... which only makes it likelier, though I'll be curious what happens.

The factory battery in our Fit lasted less than 4 years. I had a Chevy truck back in the 80s, whose International battery lasted over 15 years. I bought the truck from my uncle's estate.

Bah Humbug 03-29-22 03:28 PM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 22455155)
I bet that's a never-ending discussion.

With Kona slots on the line? It's like P&R.

Bah Humbug 03-29-22 03:31 PM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 22455159)
This drafting thing you talk about? It becomes important. You'll get pulled along, but you absolutely have to be very attentive. I'm sure Zwift and road are alike there.

One of the things I've had to get used to with my return to Trainerville (and the Tacx virtual rides exclusively) is the need to hammer downhill into tight corners to get the best workout. Really want to coast into them... but no, in Trainerville you can be spinning 100RPM and 40MPH on a downhill switchback. It's still a little unnerving.

WhyFi 03-29-22 03:32 PM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 22455150)
datlas Bike Closet is having a sale on Assos bibs. I just ordered two pair of the cheap ones at $99 a pair.

I should jump on those, sometime, but I've already got four new sets of bibs since last fall. :o

seedsbelize2 03-29-22 03:33 PM

I failed to mention how much I'm enjoying the ride on Gatorskins. The bike is full SP, so that likely dampens some of the (stated)harshness.

genejockey 03-29-22 03:40 PM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 22455159)
This drafting thing you talk about? It becomes important. You'll get pulled along, but you absolutely have to be very attentive. I'm sure Zwift and road are alike there.

Crap. That's what I've BEEN doing!!!

EDIT: I think the biggest difference between Zwift races and races IRL is there are no curves in Zwift, no places where you stop pedaling to take a curve, for example. Also, no slow starts. It's full gas from the gun.

BillyD 03-29-22 03:53 PM


Originally Posted by Shimagnolo (Post 22455071)

​​​​​​​Now that's funny right dere.

Mojo31 03-29-22 03:58 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22455181)
I should jump on those, sometime, but I've already got four new sets of bibs since last fall. :o

What are good bibs these days, say up to $150?

I have PIs because that is pretty much what you can get around here, but they are just not that good for 3 hour+ rides. Not sure I can drop the hammer on $200 bibs.

genejockey 03-29-22 04:07 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22455207)
What are good bibs these days, say up to $150?

I have PIs because that is pretty much what you can get around here, but they are just not that good for 3 hour+ rides. Not sure I can drop the hammer on $200 bibs.

My experience is that bibs are almost as much a person-by-person thing as saddles. I found that Louis Garneau FitSensor bibs in XL fit me and do what I need a bib to do, and every time I try something else, I'm disappointed. I got some Performance "Ultra" bibs that fit, but as I rode the legs kept crawling up into the crotch, and the pad is too thick over the sit bones so it actually localizes pressure there. I got some Castellis that fit once I got down to 200 (XXLs), but they don't come up far enough in front. I got some from The Black Bibs, which are so slippery I spend the whole ride sliding my butt back into place on the saddle.

So, I now have enough of the LGs for a week's riding without wearing any twice. And I'm disinclined to try another brand.

datlas 03-29-22 04:18 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 22455107)
AG's Fit ate a battery every couple of years, and it would try but fail to start. That's why I thought it might be that for yours; small cars often have small batteries that are not tolerant of age-related power loss. (softball over home there) The Saturn's battery has lasted a long time... which only makes it likelier, though I'll be curious what happens.

It's too soon to declare "Mission Accomplished" but it started up nicely with new battery in it this afternoon after work.

datlas 03-29-22 04:24 PM

I have not tried the latest generation Assos S9 series, but I actually prefer the pad/chamois in the S5 (the blue one) more than the S7 (the purple one).

WhyFi 03-29-22 04:33 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22455207)
What are good bibs these days, say up to $150?

I have PIs because that is pretty much what you can get around here, but they are just not that good for 3 hour+ rides. Not sure I can drop the hammer on $200 bibs.

Yeah, it really depends. The chamois is going to be a huge part of the equation, and preference is going to play in to that a lot: thick/thin, cushy/dense, fore/aft placement, etc. After the chamois, you get in to cut, level of compression, style of leg gripper (I really don't like elastic band grippers anymore - give me a wide cuff of direct-applied grippy dots, please), etc.

I don't think that I've bought anything other than Twin Six (Voler) and Rapha in the last five years, so I don't really know what's going on outside of those two. Within those brands, and under $150. I like the T6 Standard Race Bibs and the Rapha Core Cargo bibs. The T6 have a little bit of a thinner pad, whereas the Rapha is a little thicker, but it's not dense. For 20 or 30 bucks less, Rapha also has the regular Core Bibs, without the thigh pockets, but I really like the pockets and Cargo version seem, to me, to have slightly higher compression, which I like. The Cargo version are also a little warmer, which may not appeal to someone in TX, though.

If I were in the market, I'd be really tempted to try out those previously mentioned Assos.

Bah Humbug 03-29-22 04:54 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22455230)
It's too soon to declare "Mission Accomplished" but it started up nicely with new battery in it this afternoon after work.

My rule, when I lived in the frozen tundra, was that as soon as the car hesitated to start, I replaced the battery. One time trying (successfully, but still) to convince the old Civic to start in the cold was enough. If the GX does that it'll get an Optima Redtop: I was going to have AG get one but they don't make one for the Fit.

Bah Humbug 03-29-22 04:58 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22455230)
It's too soon to declare "Mission Accomplished" but it started up nicely with new battery in it this afternoon after work.

There's a P&R joke here but I probably shouldn't.

rjones28 03-29-22 05:26 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22455181)
I should jump on those, sometime, but I've already got four new sets of bibs since last fall. :o

I also have plenty of kit. But, I did just order a new pair of shoes.

WhyFi 03-29-22 06:03 PM


Originally Posted by rjones28 (Post 22455296)
I also have plenty of kit. But, I did just order a new pair of shoes.

Lake has some lace-up shoes in my size on closeout... I've been sorely tempted.

LesterOfPuppets 03-29-22 06:08 PM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 22455150)
datlas Bike Closet is having a sale on Assos bibs. I just ordered two pair of the cheap ones at $99 a pair.

I'm tempted by the deal on the Half Shorts. I should see if I can get any pro-deals first, I have a feeling the only pro-deals I can get are on PI and LG though.

LarrySellerz 03-29-22 06:10 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22452619)
I CRUSHED my best time on a 5 mile Northbound segment on Canada by about 45 seconds

thats huge, good job. How did you beat the penvelo times, I thought they went both ways on CaŮada. Canít find those penvelo dudes they should be out tonightÖ You said you have a bunch of bikes, do you have an old road bike that you want to get rid of? Iíd take it for like $200. My only road bike is this aluminum specialized with a relaxed geometry and a triple up front, it has been annoying. IDK what I donít like about it, maybe that its rather twitchy? But yeah I need a new road bike preferably an old steel thing. This specialized gives me bad vibes but once I fix it ill have to pull it out of the stable because itís my fastest race bike

indyfabz 03-29-22 06:11 PM

Veggie frittata night.


https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b5500c435.jpeg

genejockey 03-29-22 06:16 PM


Originally Posted by LarrySellerz (Post 22455356)
thats huge, good job. How did you beat the penvelo times, I thought they went both ways on CaŮada. You said you have a bunch of bikes, do you have an old road bike that you want to get rid of? Iíd take it for like $200. My only road bike is this aluminum specialized with a relaxed geometry and a triple up front, it has been annoying. IDK what I donít like about it, maybe that its rather twitchy? But yeah I need a new road bike preferably an old steel thing. This specialized gives me bad vibes but once I fix it ill have to pull it out of the stable because itís my fastest race bike

It was wind-assisted, so a lot less impressive. Did you ride Sunday, there was a monster tailwind heading North!

No bikes I'm looking to get rid of, sorry. What happened to that Bianchi you were riding?

DougRNS 03-29-22 06:20 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22455357)

how are you eating the leafy green vegetables if you are on Coumadin? I take my second dose today. I've noted some light headedness. Have you experienced that?

genejockey 03-29-22 06:21 PM

That was the Northbound part of the PenVelo TT route. But I'm not in any danger of beating any PV rider's time:
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...8474550c44.jpg
Not even in the top 10% out of 32,000 riders.

big john 03-29-22 06:23 PM

Had a nice ride today, the 44 mile Northern route. It was so beautiful I wish I had brought my camera. Puffy white clouds, a little snow on the hills, a little windy on the return trip and in the low 60s.
It's one friends birthday so another friend bought lunch for everyone after the ride. A one-off restaurant with an Italian inspired menu. Really good stuff and they gave all 4 of us free dessert because of the birthday.

rjones28 03-29-22 06:24 PM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22455343)
Lake has some lace-up shoes in my size on closeout... I've been sorely tempted.

You know what to do.

LesterOfPuppets 03-29-22 06:24 PM

My friend on the Minnetonka has been slacking lately, so I started following an avid poster of Great Lakes maritime activities. Hope y'all like pics of boats :)

Apparently they're just getting moving on Lake Superior for this year.


Ok folks you wanted to see the ships sitting out below Isle Parisienne waiting to go upbound?? Well here you go... Courtesy of a crew member from the Edwin H Gott! (Not the Wheel Minion I would give him full credit LOL)

This was taken just as the Gott was approaching Gros Cap earlier this evening... Here's what you're looking at:

Foreground on the left: John G Munson
Foreground on the right: Michipicoten
North of the Munson: American Mariner
North of the Mariner: Captain Henry Jackman
North of the Jackman: Arthur M Anderson
North of the Anderson: Presque Isle
Directly north of the Gott in their wake: Edgar B Speer
They had not reached the Clyde S VanEnkevort/Erie Trader yet which is why they are not in the picture

Absolutely stellar view of what it's like out there right now

All of these vessels will start to move tomorrow and I am hoping they all clear out because Wednesday we are expecting 4-6" of snow which is not good.. I am definitely not looking forward to that and I'm sure everyone would like to get the heck out of here before that happens
https://scontent.fphx1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...3A&oe=6248976C

LarrySellerz 03-29-22 06:25 PM

Got absolutely demolished by this older (60s?) guy who wouldnít even speak to me on my commute home today. Rolled up to him on a red light and 3 miles later he broke me. Was on 42x18 single speed with a knobby front tire and sketchy brakes, but no excuses, he won fair and square. Canít spin as fast as I used to :( :( I think the COVID shot got me pretty bad.

Iíll get him next time. Actually kind of upset that he destroyed me but whatever. He even sprinted away which I thought was his downfall because I wanted to do a steady TT effort to overpower him, but no could never catch up

WhyFi 03-29-22 06:35 PM


Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets (Post 22455376)
My friend on the Minnetonka has been slacking lately, so I started following an avid poster of Great Lakes maritime activities. Hope y'all like pics of boats :)

Apparently they're just getting moving on Lake Superior for this year.

I've been itching to get in a ride around/through Lake Minnetonka. Maybe I'll have the weather this weekend.

The big boats on Superior are fun. IIRC, you should be able to access the live feed of the camera at the Maritime Visitor Center at Canal Park in Duluth, right next to the lift bridge. Before my FIL passed, when we'd visit, we'd sometimes call him and have him patch in while the kids waved.


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