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09-20-21, 10:52 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 853
Posted By friday1970

If you ride roads, ALWAYS wear a mirror. See cars...

If you ride roads, ALWAYS wear a mirror. See cars before they see you, and track them as they pass. If anything, I feel much safer by knowing where they are behind and if I need to move over to the...
09-17-21, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 213
Posted By friday1970

You can find used rollers cheap on FB...

You can find used rollers cheap on FB MarketPlace. I bought a set for $40 in the Detroit area. And now that I have used rollers, I only use my fluid trainer for when I want to watch a movie or...
09-16-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,021
Posted By friday1970

All depends on the surface. You said you have...

All depends on the surface. You said you have 27"x1.25 tires? You should be fine for surfaces like what I see on the GAP. I would lower pressures to 60psi to help absorb the small bumps.
08-27-21, 10:18 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,015
Posted By friday1970

I'm a young guy around these parts at age 50. But...

I'm a young guy around these parts at age 50. But I find my overall speeds are my faster this year than any of my previous. I cannot climb hills like I used to. But I think my mental strength is far...
08-27-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 575
Posted By friday1970

I don't have any remedies or suggestions, other...

I don't have any remedies or suggestions, other than Vitamin C and Gatorade. This, and keep cycling to build your lungs back up.
I've been on the fence about getting this shot, even though I believe...
08-27-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 5,332
Posted By friday1970

LOL. Someone asked below "What constitutes a...

LOL.

Someone asked below "What constitutes a serious rider?".
Definitely not me. I'm an "avid" rider. 3-4 times a week, usually one really fast, hard drive, one easy going ride, a long Saturday...
08-26-21, 12:34 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 5,332
Posted By friday1970

I'm a serious rider. I'm not joking.

I'm a serious rider. I'm not joking.
08-25-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 3,856
Posted By friday1970

I'm in the same boat. Drunk in the Philippines,...

I'm in the same boat. Drunk in the Philippines, woke up with a tat. Not a bad one. But I wish that I knew then that I would rather not have it later in life.
08-23-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,245
Posted By friday1970

I just rode this up on the 11th of this month....

I just rode this up on the 11th of this month. What a tough ride for someone coming from the midwest. I stayed near Leadville for 3 nights to acclimate, and it probably wasn't enough. But after a...
07-29-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,647
Posted By friday1970

And pints! We do like our pints. Then again, a...

And pints! We do like our pints.
Then again, a half-liter sized mug isn't so bad either. A full liter stein...yeah....eliminates any need for half-liters or silly small pints.
07-29-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,217
Posted By friday1970

Wife walks in.. "What are you doing!!!!" ...

Wife walks in..
"What are you doing!!!!"

I'll just clean mine in the kitchen sink and not have the wife walk into an awkward situation.
07-27-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,493
Posted By friday1970

For a $500 road bike, it's going to be aluminum...

For a $500 road bike, it's going to be aluminum frame and fork. Either a low end 7speed or 8 speed groupset, and heavier/cheaper wheels and tires. It will probably weigh around 24-25 lbs.
For an...
07-19-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,206
Posted By friday1970

Aren't 650b bikes the same thing?

Aren't 650b bikes the same thing?
07-16-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,644
Posted By friday1970

I'm curious as to how this turns out. I've seen...

I'm curious as to how this turns out. I've seen Denali's on CL and always wondered what it would be like converting over to decent components.
I did something similar with my DSG Nishiki Maricopa. I...
07-16-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,755
Posted By friday1970

To answer the OP's question. Yes, this is part of...

To answer the OP's question. Yes, this is part of my training for a long Saturday brevet.
Here's what I do. Thursday afternoon, a slice of greasy pizza. Thursday night, about 3-5 beers. Friday...
07-04-21, 03:27 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,066
Posted By friday1970

A 1980's steel bike is perfect for a 40 mile...

A 1980's steel bike is perfect for a 40 mile ride. An older steel frame does very well in absorbing the road buzz. You find quite a few randonnuers riding older steel framed bikes because of the...
07-02-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,066
Posted By friday1970

You got this. What is your average pace? And what...

You got this. What is your average pace? And what type of bike and what tires? Just make sure to eat something sweet and full of calories about halfway. Drink plenty of water.
Also, since it's a few...
06-09-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,378
Posted By friday1970

I'm a bit late to this thread. But I feel the...

I'm a bit late to this thread. But I feel the same way. While my legs are not in pain, they do feel tired all the time. I get on the bike, a few miles in, and they feel great. Two days after a ride,...
06-09-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 878
Posted By friday1970

When I was in the USMC, we never really...

When I was in the USMC, we never really celebrated it. We did our drinking and BBQ/ing. I guess in the back of our minds, it was us that didn't want to be memorialized eventually. We knew it was part...
06-09-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,367
Posted By friday1970

One of my favorite towns in the East coast. I was...

One of my favorite towns in the East coast. I was there two years ago, and I loved how every business along the main drive seemed to be a local one.
06-08-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,367
Posted By friday1970

Exactly like you. I've been calling my Saturday...

Exactly like you. I've been calling my Saturday rides "Adventure Saturday". I pick a slower, more comfortable road bike. I pick an different, interesting destination each time. (I live in Brighton...
06-07-21, 02:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,946
Posted By friday1970

If you bike enough, here's what might happen: ...

If you bike enough, here's what might happen:
It's Sunday. You had a great 62 mile ride on Saturday and your legs feel it a little. Grass is mowed. Tasks around the house are done, You've ate a...
06-07-21, 01:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,367
Posted By friday1970

You are my age. 50. Keep at it. Of 5 the last 7...

You are my age. 50. Keep at it. Of 5 the last 7 weeks, I've done 100 mile+ rides on Saturday. Keep up the riding, even if you stick to the 100k rides. You're still getting out there, and keeping...
05-25-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 12,855
Posted By friday1970

I don't have any graphs, charts, etc, to make my...

I don't have any graphs, charts, etc, to make my point. Just time spent on the rollers during the winter
When comparing drops, hoods, or hands on the tops, I do notice a difference.
Comparing the...
Replies: 21
Views: 1,833
Posted By friday1970

For me, on longer distance rides, such as a...

For me, on longer distance rides, such as a 200-300k brevet, I try to drink as much Gatorade/Powerade I can at the control stops, along with bottled water so that my two water bottles on my bike only...
Replies: 19
Views: 2,182
Posted By friday1970

Anytime is a good time to start riding in RUSA...

Anytime is a good time to start riding in RUSA events. With our group in Detroit, you must register with RUSA first. For this year, most of us start together, and we split into groups within the...
05-20-21, 12:01 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,724
Posted By friday1970

Great advice here. I use a small helmet mounted...

Great advice here. I use a small helmet mounted mirror on EVERY ride in which public roads are taken. Every car is scanned by me until it moves over the pass. I rely on it so much, I can no longer...
05-20-21, 11:47 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,724
Posted By friday1970

It's really getting bad here in Michigan. Ever...

It's really getting bad here in Michigan. Ever since it was legalized for recreational use, I smell pot nearly every single ride, and I always smell it in our parks.
The other week I was riding my...
05-20-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,049
Posted By friday1970

We saw a 19% spike in pedestrian deaths for 2020...

We saw a 19% spike in pedestrian deaths for 2020 in Michigan. Traffic was down big time. So either distracted pedestrians, or some Death Race 2000 stuff was going on that no one invited me to.
05-19-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,120
Posted By friday1970

Not so much my routes, but my routines. Heavy...

Not so much my routes, but my routines.
Heavy fast bike on Tueday/Wednesday. Fun, slower paced ride the day after that (usually to a brewery). Friday's a short spin. Saturday is long distance,...
05-17-21, 01:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,792
Posted By friday1970

"Now take this used model. This is a beauty....

"Now take this used model. This is a beauty. That's not rust, that's,,,custom brown spots. Only been ridden by, uh...grandmother. Yeah, grandmother, and only to church on Sunday. Wheels are almost...
05-17-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 5,061
Views: 3,561,208
Posted By friday1970

Thanks. I just took the High Sierra out last...

Thanks. I just took the High Sierra out last weekend for an imperial century ride on the GAP trail in Pennsylvania. Very comfortable. I had some 26 Rubino pro slicks (40-559), and installed them for...
05-14-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,402
Posted By friday1970

Sounds definitely like a keeper. My wife, on the...

Sounds definitely like a keeper. My wife, on the other hand, loves to yell about parts coming off the Amazon/USPS trucks. "How much is the costing us?" "Why do you need this?", blah blah blah.
My...
05-14-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,402
Posted By friday1970

So, how much did you tell the wife the frame...

So, how much did you tell the wife the frame costs, and what percent of that is part of the real price. I usually stick to 50% when I tell my wife how much stuff costs.
05-12-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,616
Posted By friday1970

On your mom! Just kidding When I was 12...

On your mom!

Just kidding

When I was 12 or so, I'd ride from NE Fort Wayne suburbs to Grabil to buy those large jawbreakers and other goodies from Souder's candy store, roughly 26 miles round...
05-12-21, 11:47 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,771
Posted By friday1970

Spin. If you want to ride a good brevet, you...

Spin.
If you want to ride a good brevet, you need to learn to spin.
05-12-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,645
Posted By friday1970

Do I see a bike boom coming? Absolutely not....

Do I see a bike boom coming?
Absolutely not. Why? Too many fat and lazy people.
"I never have time to exercise...." while stuffing their faces two hours plus out of the day, or binge watching GoT...
05-11-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,562
Posted By friday1970

Once your centuries are done, longer rides after...

Once your centuries are done, longer rides after that?
Really, any good decent road bike should work. Depending on the terrain will dictate your gearing, and based off your username, I assume Texas....
05-05-21, 09:54 PM
Replies: 292
Views: 9,893
Posted By friday1970

No worries, I didn't mean to say it was a POS....

No worries, I didn't mean to say it was a POS. I'm very proud of my restoration job on it. But I have to admit, it's not as fast as my aluminum framed/carbon forked bike, and not as fast. It's...
05-04-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 292
Views: 9,893
Posted By friday1970

...which in the end is still how many calories...

...which in the end is still how many calories burnt.
But I hear you somewhat on how much fun a sporty bike is compared to a heavy clunker. It is more fun to fly on my aluminum/carbon fork bike than...
05-04-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 9,893
Posted By friday1970

I would assume watts is watts You could push...

I would assume watts is watts
You could push 200 watts on a 35lb steel bike, and then push 200watts on a lightweight carbon frame/wheel bike.
You could certainly go faster on the lighter bike, but...
04-29-21, 02:10 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,442
Posted By friday1970

I just go to my local walmart and buy whatever...

I just go to my local walmart and buy whatever $10-15 UV glasses I can find that look good and cover my eyes well. They usually last a few months, break, and I get another pair. I should probably...
04-26-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,840
Posted By friday1970

Now you might be looking at a new rear wheel....

Now you might be looking at a new rear wheel. That would up the price. So $130. plus a new wheel. possibly $60+. It's not good to fix all that only to have the worst part of the tire, the bearing, go...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,751
Posted By friday1970

Adjust the seat angle a bit. I found that I was...

Adjust the seat angle a bit. I found that I was having the seat pointed down too much, I could barely last 50 miles. But my having it nearly level. soreness is nearly gone. But, that is my case,...
04-26-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 759
Posted By friday1970

I have a 1989 Miyata 1400, with the Shimano 600...

I have a 1989 Miyata 1400, with the Shimano 600 Tri Color groupset. Very, very good bike for its time.
04-26-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,326
Posted By friday1970

Sadly, they don't chase me anymore.

Sadly, they don't chase me anymore.
04-26-21, 01:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,840
Posted By friday1970

How bad are the tires? I might be wrong, but it...

How bad are the tires?
I might be wrong, but it sounds more expensive to repair than it should be.
A decent pair of smoother gravel tires would run about 70-90. 7 speed chains should only be around...
04-22-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,853
Posted By friday1970

I won't deny some of the benefits of bicycling in...

I won't deny some of the benefits of bicycling in my own personal life in regards to the Mrs. Friday1970. Let just say she looked like the wife in the Enzyte commercials after a few months of me...
04-21-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,904
Posted By friday1970

You kind of did. I was going to add something...

You kind of did. I was going to add something about no incentive, but I wont.
04-16-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,458
Posted By friday1970

Yeah, should have thought my reply through a...

Yeah, should have thought my reply through a little more. There are USBRS routes, and I was probably thinking these at the time.
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