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09-16-21, 08:52 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 568
Posted By downtube42

Things that might bite you, some you already...

Things that might bite you, some you already mentioned.

Starting too fast. Newbs do it, veterans do it, pros do it. Don't do it.
Getting dehydrated. Depending on the weather, this can be...
09-16-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 483
Posted By downtube42

My dad was a semi-pro baseball player before and...

My dad was a semi-pro baseball player before and after the war (II). He was old for a dad, so I have no recollection of him younger than late 40's. I don't recall him doing anything the least bit...
09-16-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 476
Posted By downtube42

No so long ago, I was riding my tallbike with my...

No so long ago, I was riding my tallbike with my 30-something friends and decided to stand on the top-tube like I did as a kid. They freaked out; which I found hilarious.

I couldn't bring myself...
09-15-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 2,630
Posted By downtube42

Somewhere out there on the internet archives is a...

Somewhere out there on the internet archives is a bit of cycling wisdom that says, ever so well, that you can never be prepared for every eventuality. Carry what you decide to carry, fully aware it...
09-15-21, 09:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 476
Posted By downtube42

It's a useful skill, congrats. When i ride...

It's a useful skill, congrats.

When i ride my recumbent, it's super annoying to have to stop for something that would be ezpz with a few seconds no hands. Zip up a jacket, peel a banana, open a...
Forum: Touring
09-14-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 398
Posted By downtube42

Some things to consider. Water. How far...

Some things to consider.

Water. How far between water sources, how much do you want to carry, are there camp sites with water. If water is scarce, you might want to design your days around water...
09-14-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 787
Posted By downtube42

I ran a bike co op for a number of years, and...

I ran a bike co op for a number of years, and held numerous fundraisers. My conclusion is thinking small is a waste of time. Selling small donated things or local (unknown) artist's creations will...
09-14-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 2,630
Posted By downtube42

On my commute bike, I pump it up to 60psi and...

On my commute bike, I pump it up to 60psi and ride until it starts feeling silky smooth. That's about 20psi, and several weeks time. Repeat.

On my sport bike, I top off tires every ride. Just...
09-14-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 671
Posted By downtube42

Yes I carry a tube, and pretty much all the...

Yes I carry a tube, and pretty much all the things mentioned.

On a 600k about a month ago, with light fading, temp dropping and 40ish miles to go, the rear flatted and didn't seal. Ended up using...
09-13-21, 06:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 692
Posted By downtube42

Ride more, you'll go faster and/or further. ...

Ride more, you'll go faster and/or further.

Other than that... that's cycling.
09-13-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 951
Posted By downtube42

I'm on board with tanwalled vintage, blackwalled...

I'm on board with tanwalled vintage, blackwalled modern. Not a fan of the recent emergence of modern tanwall race bikes.

I recently built up a Soma Fog Cutter and opted for blackwalls because...
Forum: Foo
09-12-21, 08:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,003
Posted By downtube42

The world has moved on; it doesn't support people...

The world has moved on; it doesn't support people who lack mobile devices. There might be exceptional niches, but one could argue that being able to live well without being connected is a luxury few...
09-10-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 414
Posted By downtube42

Depending on how much you were riding before, the...

Depending on how much you were riding before, the first half of that month and a half may have just been much needed rest.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-21, 03:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 506
Posted By downtube42

It's all up to you. If you're okay with current...

It's all up to you. If you're okay with current outcomes, no need to change. Lower gears will allow you to get up the steep bits with slightly higher cadence, but you know that. Lower gears may...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,914
Posted By downtube42

On the topic of tubeless to tubed (not VS). On a...

On the topic of tubeless to tubed (not VS). On a couple recent long rides I had two experiences of putting a tube in a tubeless tire, on the side of the road, then continuing the multi day rides....
09-08-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 154
Posted By downtube42

Pinkie Numbness

After getting my bike fit, I did two long rides - a 600km with 40k feet of climbing, and a week later a 1200km with similar climbing. I had some tingling in my pinkies after the 600. Now I have...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 516
Posted By downtube42

I'm here in Portland, OR trying to sell my...

I'm here in Portland, OR trying to sell my Priority Eight - IGH, Belt drive, dyno lights, hydraulic discs, fenders, and an hardly getting nibbles at $500. Shrug
09-07-21, 09:50 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 5,087
Posted By downtube42

U-turner blindly assumed nobody was coming up...

U-turner blindly assumed nobody was coming up behind. Bad assumption.

You assumed u-turner would stop or continue in a straight line. Bad assumption. That would be reasonable behavior, but the...
09-05-21, 10:14 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 4,745
Posted By downtube42

I don't ride a recumbent all the time, but when i...

I don't ride a recumbent all the time, but when i do... I wear non cotton undies and lycra swimming jammers. Chafe free for two of three PBPs :)

On the upright, I find the same getup tolerable for...
09-05-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 4,745
Posted By downtube42

October 2019 I went JRA on my commuter, wearing...

October 2019 I went JRA on my commuter, wearing jeans, cotton tee, and sandals. Crashed and broke my neck.

OTOH, I've ridden a bajillion miles in lycra, never broke my neck.

Cotton may not...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-21, 12:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 516
Posted By downtube42

REI, of those, if it fits. Where do you...

REI, of those, if it fits.

Where do you live? Is there any kind of bike co-op? Next Q would be, is it open?

I live in the rainy PNW, and definitely like discs on my commuter.
Replies: 88
Views: 7,745
Posted By downtube42

Crater Lake 1200 pre-ride, a week following the...

Crater Lake 1200 pre-ride, a week following the SR600. Tough ride, stunningly beautiful along the coast and in the forests. Sadly, Crater Lake was hidden in wildfire smoke when I came through. The...
Replies: 88
Views: 7,745
Posted By downtube42

Don't know about Sophie, but I definitely am. ...

Don't know about Sophie, but I definitely am.

I suppose I could have gone on rather than slept at Gov't Camp, but there would have been nothing open to the finish. That second sleep was good.
09-02-21, 11:33 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,597
Posted By downtube42

Computer and EE classes were 90% male, for sure....

Computer and EE classes were 90% male, for sure. But the campus was another story, and my electives were balanced. No, there were plenty of young ladies around.
08-27-21, 12:28 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 5,211
Posted By downtube42

For my commutes, wallet goes in right pants...

For my commutes, wallet goes in right pants pocket and cell phone in left. That might be wool knicker or poly cargo shorts, depending on weather.
Rationale: I don't wear cycling clothes on my short...
08-27-21, 12:01 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 3,785
Posted By downtube42

After finishing paris-brest-paris the second...

After finishing paris-brest-paris the second time, I wanted to memorialize the event with a tat. I thought about it for three years. Eventually I went with the ACP logo, above my right ankle...
08-26-21, 11:22 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,669
Posted By downtube42

To answer this I did a quick scan on strava of my...

To answer this I did a quick scan on strava of my ride log over the last few months. Here's what I see.

Rides per week range from 1 to 7, I'd guess averaging 3.5. Note I don't record utility...
Replies: 88
Views: 7,745
Posted By downtube42

Day 2 and 3. I'm really going to have to shorten...

Day 2 and 3. I'm really going to have to shorten this up, as it's late and I have a 1200k starting in two days. I'll hit the highlights.

Nothing was open at Dufur for breakfast, so we ate what...
Replies: 88
Views: 7,745
Posted By downtube42

This PNW summer has been unusually warm with some...

This PNW summer has been unusually warm with some extremely hot periods, and quite dry. This ride does a large loop around Mt. Hood. The west side of Hood is typically cool and damp, where the east...
Forum: Foo
08-23-21, 11:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,077
Posted By downtube42

I don't know where them YFZ folks came from, but...

I don't know where them YFZ folks came from, but when I rode by their ranch in my Texas days it gave me the heebe-jeebies.

Some of those ranches way the heck out there in the desert - the kind...
Forum: Introductions
08-23-21, 10:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 127
Posted By downtube42

Welcome! That's an amazing story, I'm sure it...

Welcome! That's an amazing story, I'm sure it will continue.

I have fond memories of Aukland, and New Zealand in general. My wife has family there so we did visit once. Such a pretty place.
...
Replies: 88
Views: 7,745
Posted By downtube42

Well that's done. What an adventure. Concerns for...

Well that's done. What an adventure. Concerns for heat were unfounded; we were generally okay on the flats and climbs, cold on the descents, and scary freezing cold on the night descents, of which...
Forum: Foo
08-19-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,892
Posted By downtube42

I'm 60 and I look 60. Just for reference. My...

I'm 60 and I look 60. Just for reference.

My cycling bud is 30, he calls me bro, fam, bruh. His usage says he considers me a close friend. If a stranger called me any if those, it would seem a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-21, 09:28 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,569
Posted By downtube42

I once had a stick flip up into my spokes and...

I once had a stick flip up into my spokes and stop my front wheel dead. I was on the ground before I knew anything was happening. It was also a straight-ahead fall where I pretty much landed on my...
Forum: Foo
08-18-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 576
Posted By downtube42

Then there's the homed guy who uses the Wy East...

Then there's the homed guy who uses the Wy East trail as his personal Harley driveway, zipping past pedestrians and cyclists twice a day. Sometimes he has his Harley buddies over for a party; that's...
Forum: Recumbent
08-17-21, 11:45 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 12,464
Posted By downtube42

Strava says I have 15k miles on my current...

Strava says I have 15k miles on my current recumbent. The previous one probably had more but I didn't have Strava back then. Longest single day ride was 400 miles, and longest event was over 900...
Forum: Foo
08-17-21, 10:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 483
Posted By downtube42

I'm pretty sure the master plan for Dallas is...

I'm pretty sure the master plan for Dallas is 100% freeways and absolutely nothing else.

I wish the heck the peeps in Portland who want freeway expansion would just move to Dallas, buy a cookie...
Replies: 88
Views: 7,745
Posted By downtube42

Cool to hear from someone who's ridden the route....

Cool to hear from someone who's ridden the route. Not many people have.

Temps have cooled the last couple days and now there's even rain in the forecast. I've been prepared for hot/dry, but I...
08-17-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 400
Posted By downtube42

Interesting you cite the specific tire - Sport...

Interesting you cite the specific tire - Sport Contact II - that slid out from under me on a wet corner. Obviously it could have been a spot of oil or whatever, but I do hold a serious if irrational...
Replies: 88
Views: 7,745
Posted By downtube42

Yeah. That first climb up Larch Mountain -...

Yeah. That first climb up Larch Mountain - 36km/1100 meters - that's normally a hard day out-and-back ride, where I get home, have a shower, have a beer, and chill out the rest of the day. But on...
08-16-21, 10:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 400
Posted By downtube42

Aesthetics.

Aesthetics.
Replies: 88
Views: 7,745
Posted By downtube42

I'm riding my first SR600 this coming weekend -...

I'm riding my first SR600 this coming weekend - Oregon Six Passes SR600. To compound things, I'm the new route owner. The previous owner isn't involved anymore, and it start/finishes about a mile...
Forum: Foo
08-16-21, 06:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,233
Posted By downtube42

Funny enough, we were living in west Texas, on...

Funny enough, we were living in west Texas, on the edge of the Permian basin oil fields, when we went from two cars to one and I went to 100% bike commuting.

Now I live in Portland OR, where...
Forum: Touring
08-16-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,048
Posted By downtube42

I've flown to/from Paris three times, and once...

I've flown to/from Paris three times, and once to/from Oslo. TSA inspected every time. On the first return from Paris, they broke my headlight mount, I expect by cramming things back in. Other times...
08-15-21, 11:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 643
Posted By downtube42

Today I did another ride on the new fit. 38 miles...

Today I did another ride on the new fit. 38 miles ride with 3,761 feet of climbing. The hardest climb averaged 11.9% over 1.7 miles, on gravel. Hard AF. At the top of the gravel climb, my lower back...
Forum: Foo
08-13-21, 07:02 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,233
Posted By downtube42

Some countries and companies understand they are...

Some countries and companies understand they are in the energy business, and have diversified. They don't need to make noise. Others understand there will be demand for petroleum products virtually...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-21, 11:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 534
Posted By downtube42

Mark the saddle location, then try lowering it a...

Mark the saddle location, then try lowering it a half cm. See if that helps.
Alternatively, go back to the fitter with your story of back pain
Forum: Foo
08-08-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 331
Posted By downtube42

I have a Gates belt drive 8 speed IGH. Gears on...

I have a Gates belt drive 8 speed IGH. Gears on the inside, for sure.

Gates calls the thing in the back a rear sprocket, and the one in the front a front sprocket. I think perhaps they don't want...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-21, 05:48 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,559
Posted By downtube42

It is what it is. I've remained gainfully...

It is what it is. I've remained gainfully employed throughout, with a10% paycut more than offset by reduced expenses. The sky above my head is in pretty good shape.

Friends, family, and some...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-21, 11:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,501
Posted By downtube42

10% is one thing, 20% is a whole different...

10% is one thing, 20% is a whole different matter.

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