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Forum: Commuting
01-25-22, 08:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 602
Posted By downtube42

In blackberry season I frequently stop on the way...

In blackberry season I frequently stop on the way home and have a before-dinner snack. There's enough variation in sun exposure that I have ripe berries en-route from the beginning of the season to...
Forum: Touring
01-25-22, 08:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 92
Posted By downtube42

I have Google Fi for my cell service. Travel...

I have Google Fi for my cell service. Travel between US, Canada, Germany, France, and Scandinavia has been completely seamless and without any extra cost. Cross the border, the phone says "Welcome to...
Forum: Touring
01-25-22, 06:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 92
Posted By downtube42

Apps are fine as long as you have data. Your...

Apps are fine as long as you have data.

Your phone's technology and cell carrier's policies will determine if it works and how much it will cost.
Replies: 29
Views: 1,680
Posted By downtube42

Yeah this is one if the challenges with a rando...

Yeah this is one if the challenges with a rando setup. Typically I'm going to be more upright, but a headwind stretch on a long brevet could be an hour or a day.
Forum: Foo
01-25-22, 09:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 79
Posted By downtube42

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Forum: Foo
01-24-22, 06:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 351
Posted By downtube42

A church I was involved with wanted to connect to...

A church I was involved with wanted to connect to the local community, and came up with the idea of raised-bed vegetables gardens. So they bought the materials, planted vegetables, cared and tended...
01-24-22, 06:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 89
Posted By downtube42

Personally I'd skip the foot pegs. I don't think...

Personally I'd skip the foot pegs. I don't think they add much value, and potentially get in the way.

I've used DIY balance bikes like this to teach non-riding adults how to ride, and they work...
01-24-22, 06:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 523
Posted By downtube42

The OP's definition of "road" is pretty key here....

The OP's definition of "road" is pretty key here.

Some people consider disc brakes to be not road. Some people consider steel to be not road, some consider generous tire clearance to be not road,...
Replies: 29
Views: 1,680
Posted By downtube42

Yesterday I visiting the library and specifically...

Yesterday I visiting the library and specifically looked for saddles with flatter profiles (side to side). There were two or three options, and I went with the WTB Koda. They only had the steel-rail...
Forum: Foo
01-23-22, 01:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 299
Posted By downtube42

Rules 9 and 5. Also it's excuse to buy more...

Rules 9 and 5.

Also it's excuse to buy more bike stuff.
Forum: Recumbent
01-23-22, 01:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 618
Posted By downtube42

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Forum: Foo
01-21-22, 06:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 428
Posted By downtube42

I found myself at the bottom of a ravine with...

I found myself at the bottom of a ravine with what turned out to be a broken neck, from some poor decisions involving a bicycle and a steep curvy road. Chances are I'll do something similar in my...
Forum: Foo
01-18-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 737
Posted By downtube42

If you order a product from my company, you're...

If you order a product from my company, you're looking at delivery in August 2023 and counting (as compared to 90 days in normal times). Which means we won't make any money on your order until August...
Forum: Recumbent
01-18-22, 07:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 618
Posted By downtube42

Site has been down or debilitatingly slow for...

Site has been down or debilitatingly slow for quite a while. Weeks I guess.

Re: the certificate, indeed. The issue generates either a warning or blocks the site, depending on what computer I'm...
Forum: Foo
01-18-22, 05:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 667
Posted By downtube42

Yeah with eight of us kids that's a whole heap...

Yeah with eight of us kids that's a whole heap ton of sibling rivalry. My mom was super strict on not allowing fighting, so it all came out in the monopoly. You are right, the game is all about the...
Forum: Foo
01-17-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,827
Posted By downtube42

Back when i lived in West Texas, I took some...

Back when i lived in West Texas, I took some Indian coworkers out in the country for visit. A couple of us rode bikes, the rest arrived by car. The guys were so utterly astounded at the emptiness....
Forum: Foo
01-16-22, 03:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 667
Posted By downtube42

https://www.meetup.com/Beaverton-Table-Top-Card-Bo...

https://www.meetup.com/Beaverton-Table-Top-Card-Board-Gamers/

One of the dozens of Portland area board and tabletop game groups on meetup; it has 1800+ members. It's a thing.

I probably carry...
01-16-22, 02:07 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,771
Posted By downtube42

100 miles into my first 600km brevet, it was...

100 miles into my first 600km brevet, it was 100F, I was alone in the middle of nowhere and had all but decided to quit at the next control. Crawling up a climb, I heard a Harley coming up behind me....
01-15-22, 11:16 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,771
Posted By downtube42

When I did both, i felt there was a common joy of...

When I did both, i felt there was a common joy of two wheeling, for sure. Often I'd follow a bike ride with a motor bike ride.

But motorsport enthusiasts value horsepower, speed, and sound. In...
01-15-22, 06:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 919
Posted By downtube42

On out and back routes, I ignore the returning...

On out and back routes, I ignore the returning riders when I'm outbound and wave to outbound riders when I'm returning.

I shave for neither.
Forum: Foo
01-14-22, 01:12 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,827
Posted By downtube42

Novi was a little bit before my time. When I was...

Novi was a little bit before my time. When I was pretty young, Jim Hurtubise would show up with his front-engine roadster and attempt to qualify - this was when rear-engine cars had taken over. Every...
Forum: Foo
01-14-22, 12:30 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,827
Posted By downtube42

I grew up in Indianapolis, and spent many a May...

I grew up in Indianapolis, and spent many a May day at the Speedway. Love the sounds of my youth - Offys, chest-thumping stock-block Buicks, cackling and screaming Cosworths. But not in my frickin'...
Forum: Foo
01-13-22, 10:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 511
Posted By downtube42

Got me a Mitsubish Outlander PHEV. Has a 12 kWh...

Got me a Mitsubish Outlander PHEV. Has a 12 kWh battery. I didn't buy the GT level, so no 12A @ 110v outlet for me. :(

As I understand, the 12v battery is driving the accessory output, which is...
01-13-22, 08:02 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,655
Posted By downtube42

I did it once, just to say I did. Meh. OP,...

I did it once, just to say I did. Meh.

OP, just do it and get it behind you. If it sticks, it sticks.
Forum: Foo
01-13-22, 07:52 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,827
Posted By downtube42

About the only thing I miss from the office is...

About the only thing I miss from the office is the lack of leaf-blowers. Noise-cancellation headphones don't make a dent in that sound.

My neighbor's Cobra replica is stupid loud when he lights it...
01-13-22, 03:25 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,120
Posted By downtube42

I had to tube a tubeless tire on the road a few...

I had to tube a tubeless tire on the road a few month back, due to sidewall damage. It was tough but manageable in that situation, but with cold fingers it would have more stressful for sure.

My...
01-13-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,120
Posted By downtube42

I was following another cyclist at dusk, maybe...

I was following another cyclist at dusk, maybe 1/4 mile back, on the Natchez Trace Parkway. After the other rider passed a point, a coyote trotted out, paused in the road, and sniffed the air. Then...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 10:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 487
Posted By downtube42

Like most people are saying, a no can happen...

Like most people are saying, a no can happen pretty quickly. I'll try some tweaks but 5 miles is sometimes enough to know it's a hard no.

For a yes, that's super hard without riding my longest...
01-13-22, 10:17 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,648
Posted By downtube42

Farting on a windy day is winning

Farting on a windy day is winning
01-12-22, 07:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,120
Posted By downtube42

My flat-tire technique on cold rides is to first...

My flat-tire technique on cold rides is to first take care of myself by putting on another layer, perhaps having a snack, then addressing the bike. On occasion, I've even stripped down to skin and...
01-11-22, 08:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,120
Posted By downtube42

My 2nd year of randonneuring, 2011, I did my SR...

My 2nd year of randonneuring, 2011, I did my SR series in Kentucky. On the 400k the forecast called for rain early, clearing later, and temps dropping to 50F after sunset. I was prepared for that....
Replies: 12
Views: 1,219
Posted By downtube42

January 200k, check. Darn good weather on...

January 200k, check. Darn good weather on Saturday for a January PNW Brevet. Just a bit of mist at the start, temps from mid to upper 30's if not higher, sunshine after 10am, and negligible wind. Out...
01-10-22, 03:43 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,137
Posted By downtube42

I built up a new bike 1 year ago - 11 spd 105...

I built up a new bike 1 year ago - 11 spd 105 level components with a Shimano chain. At 5k miles I checked it after experiencing some skipping. Both sides of the Park chain checker fell through like...
01-09-22, 05:23 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,137
Posted By downtube42

And what do you do with your clipless pedals. You...

And what do you do with your clipless pedals. You CLIP IN, that's what you do.

"Hey, let me take off from this red light and clip in to my clipless pedals."
"Yesterday I fell over because I...
01-09-22, 04:06 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,137
Posted By downtube42

You can either replace the chain every couple...

You can either replace the chain every couple thousand miles, or just let things go all sharktooth and replace the whole shebang when it won't shift anymore. Heck maybe that's new bike time; let...
Replies: 13
Views: 516
Posted By downtube42

OP here. Thanks for all the advice, I'll...

OP here.

Thanks for all the advice, I'll continue to review the information.

I purchased some drop-bar bar-mitts and insulated waterproof shoe covers that extend up over the ankle. Also some...
01-06-22, 10:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 452
Posted By downtube42

I've bought Woom bikes for my two grandsons....

I've bought Woom bikes for my two grandsons. Quality is great, they are light, and I like the features. They are pricey; at least the bigger bike can be a hand-me-down.
01-06-22, 07:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,999
Posted By downtube42

https://photos.app.goo.gl/wqTKhDKYb7hrttms5 ...

https://photos.app.goo.gl/wqTKhDKYb7hrttms5

https://photos.app.goo.gl/UxoSoP56om4sVY2J9 (https://photos.app.goo.gl/wqTKhDKYb7hrttms5)
Replies: 17
Views: 511
Posted By downtube42

Very interested article; certainly it tells a...

Very interested article; certainly it tells a story that I'd like to believe applies to me.
Replies: 17
Views: 511
Posted By downtube42

For a few years I participated in the National 24...

For a few years I participated in the National 24 hour challenge in Michigan, as well as doing rando rides. I targeted 400 miles, and got there after 4 years. Then I quit ultras.

It was a learning...
Replies: 17
Views: 511
Posted By downtube42

Interesting, thanks for sharing. Like most...

Interesting, thanks for sharing.

Like most randos, I train and ride by feel. As age reduces my athletic potential, I'm becoming more interested in getting the most of of that potential. That...
01-04-22, 02:36 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,034
Posted By downtube42

Perhaps we need The Rules for unsolicited advice...

Perhaps we need The Rules for unsolicited advice to strangers.

I'll start.

Allowed

Tail light is out (after sunset, if taillight is present, and headlight is on)
String or clothing is...
Forum: Foo
01-04-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 313
Posted By downtube42

Curious about the well muscled dude Betty has as...

Curious about the well muscled dude Betty has as her second, I looked a bit and determined it's actor Michael Ansara (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Ansara). I've seen most of his work, but I...
Replies: 13
Views: 516
Posted By downtube42

Cold Weather Gear

What do folks use for 32-35F and rain? Hands and feet in particular.

From last weekend's experience, I just ordered some bar-mitts and thermal waterproof shoe covers. I think the hands will be...
Replies: 17
Views: 511
Posted By downtube42

I think it depends on what you consider a...

I think it depends on what you consider a randonneur. There are plenty of people who do a few 200's and maybe 300, and that's it. I expect a lot of those people hang up their bikes in the winter....
Replies: 16
Views: 599
Posted By downtube42

As far as what I think, if riding rando distances...

As far as what I think, if riding rando distances is going to reduce your quality of life because you'll be worrying about oxidative stress, then don't ride rando distances. I'm serious. Life's too...
Replies: 49
Views: 1,476
Posted By downtube42

You're right, it's a necessary distance in the...

You're right, it's a necessary distance in the learning curve. I still say it's not sexy though.
Replies: 49
Views: 1,476
Posted By downtube42

300k ain't sexy. 200k is the gateway...

300k ain't sexy.

200k is the gateway distance, the entry level distance, the ezpz rando ride that might even leave you time to mow the grass in the summer if you're quick. Keeps your R-12 going,...
01-02-22, 09:36 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,719
Posted By downtube42

Kudos for pressing roadside debris into service....

Kudos for pressing roadside debris into service. Winning.
01-02-22, 09:23 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,855
Posted By downtube42

You need to know your body and how it's going to...

You need to know your body and how it's going to respond. This will change as your body changes in response to the stress of training.

BF can give you their experience, which are data points.
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