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09-23-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 498
Posted By CAT7RDR

If it was a mountain bike and the front shocks...

If it was a mountain bike and the front shocks were in need of replacing I could see swapping to a steel fork on the cheap which is what I did on my 29'er.

Otherwise, save your duckets for a...
09-23-21, 05:54 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,593
Posted By CAT7RDR

I have used the 50-34 combination for short...

I have used the 50-34 combination for short climbs without issues.
On occasion I'm zenning out and forget I'm in the 50-34 or 50-30 on climbs but snap out of it when I realize my error.
09-22-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,046
Posted By CAT7RDR

Developing novel routes from home is what I spend...

Developing novel routes from home is what I spend most of my time on so that is my rabbit hole.
I hate wasting time traveling to a location just to start a ride. There are exceptions like vacations.
09-21-21, 01:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 855
Posted By CAT7RDR

I imagine if there is an Amber Alert or Tornado...

I imagine if there is an Amber Alert or Tornado Warning you are in Zone 6 for the rest of the ride. :rolleyes:
09-21-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 855
Posted By CAT7RDR

I purchased a cheap 4G flip phone and already had...

I purchased a cheap 4G flip phone and already had a leather case for it. Fits in my middle rear jersey pockets nice and snug and heavy enough not to move.
For $25 per month I have an emergency...
09-18-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 985
Posted By CAT7RDR

Was stung on the lower gums once on a ride by a...

Was stung on the lower gums once on a ride by a bee.
Had that Bubba from Forrest Gump look going for me.
09-18-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 985
Posted By CAT7RDR

For mouth breathers: close your mouth when riding...

For mouth breathers: close your mouth when riding through a cloud of gnats.
09-18-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 546
Posted By CAT7RDR

Hmm. . . It would drastically change the look of...

Hmm. . . It would drastically change the look of the bike to also have a tan saddle and tan bar tape. I like different. All black is blah to me. ...
09-17-21, 07:29 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 117,287
Posted By CAT7RDR

Did my usual Puente Hills ride. 38 miles and...

Did my usual Puente Hills ride.
38 miles and 4700 feet of climb. Legs are feeling it.
Had a healthy Mule Deer bound in front of me descending Turnbull Cyn. Amazing how they can bound up a canyon...
09-17-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,715
Posted By CAT7RDR

If you can ride 60 miles in relative comfort with...

If you can ride 60 miles in relative comfort with your contact points - hands, feet and butt, you'll do OK.

Hydrate well for a few days leading up to the ride. Plan on taking in 200-300 easily...
09-16-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 1,475
Views: 2,039,643
Posted By CAT7RDR

Welcome aboard! Looking forward to ride...

Welcome aboard!

Looking forward to ride reports.
Helps me to gain info and expand my riding horizons.
09-15-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 117,287
Posted By CAT7RDR

NFS restrictions are supposed to end Sept 17. ...

NFS restrictions are supposed to end Sept 17.

We'll see if that changes now that CA is a year round fire season.
Could use some of that Pineapple Express this year for sure.
09-14-21, 03:19 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 117,287
Posted By CAT7RDR

Shortish conditioning ride doing repeats around...

Shortish conditioning ride doing repeats around Turnbull. getting stronger, long way to go.
Sunny and about 80F with very little traffic on the roads. 30 miles and 3700 feet of climb....
09-14-21, 07:05 AM
09-12-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,817
Posted By CAT7RDR

^^^^^Funny. My next bike will be a single speed...

^^^^^Funny. My next bike will be a single speed or flip/flop Fixie because I want to simplify things and decrease repairs and maintenance costs.

I just bought an older model flip phone to...
09-12-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 764
Posted By CAT7RDR

Depends. If there is no cell service, no bike...

Depends. If there is no cell service, no bike services, potential for walking 10+ miles just to get phone service, or no rescue will be forthcoming, sure, I've carried an extra used tire. Shred a...
09-12-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,817
Posted By CAT7RDR

Yes, I am imperfect. I am in the whole time,...

Yes, I am imperfect.
I am in the whole time, distance, matter energy continuum.
09-12-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,817
Posted By CAT7RDR

I looked into Strava. I have Garmin, I use...

I looked into Strava. I have Garmin, I use ridewithgps to map rides. I use a poor man's Cateye to record distance.

Believe it or not, years ago in the 1980's I could get on my bike and enjoy the...
09-11-21, 06:48 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,817
Posted By CAT7RDR

You mean having some outside application is...

You mean having some outside application is supposed to motivate me to ride my bike with more effort?

Gosh, I thought I was in charge of my own health and fitness.
Guess I will have to join...
09-10-21, 09:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 764
Posted By CAT7RDR

Do not ride tubeless myself. I do know that...

Do not ride tubeless myself.
I do know that being out in the middle of nowhere with no rescue possible and walking 10+ miles would completely suck.
I carry two tubes just in case. Weight is less of...
09-09-21, 04:45 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 5,483
Posted By CAT7RDR

^^^^^^MUPS are a mess in SoCal on the weekends...

^^^^^^MUPS are a mess in SoCal on the weekends especially.
The only thing I'd add is the closer you get to the beach the more crowded it gets and the number of 25+ mph e-bikes also increases.
The...
09-08-21, 03:14 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 4,985
Posted By CAT7RDR

I'm devolving. In time I'll be wearing...

I'm devolving. In time I'll be wearing flip-flops, cutoff 501's and Fruit-of-the Loom tanks and ride a cruiser.

For now, guilt compels me to wear out my overpriced Lycra products and continue to...
09-08-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 117,287
Posted By CAT7RDR

Been hiking more lately but I miss cycling and my...

Been hiking more lately but I miss cycling and my shoulder is still healing.
Got in a short but punchy ride in the La Habra Hgts-Whittier Hills. Quite a few cyclists out for a midweek morning....
09-08-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 117,287
Posted By CAT7RDR

You cannot pay me enough to ride the LART. A few...

You cannot pay me enough to ride the LART. A few years back I was run off the trail by a gang of about 40 mini-motorcyclists taking up the whole trail and running cyclists off trail for fear of being...
09-08-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,448
Posted By CAT7RDR

I have or have had 105 and Ultegra mechanical on...

I have or have had 105 and Ultegra mechanical on two road bikes.
Cleaning and maintenance makes a world of difference on whatever you have.

As a recreational cyclist, I will save some $$$ and...
09-07-21, 05:51 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 117,287
Posted By CAT7RDR

I encourage you to visit the Advocacy & Safety...

I encourage you to visit the Advocacy & Safety sub-forum and do a search on riding against traffic.

https://www.bikeforums.net/advocacy-safety/
09-07-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,117
Posted By CAT7RDR

Always wise to shut it down if you are cooked. ...

Always wise to shut it down if you are cooked.

All my centuries have been self-supported with only water stops.
Last one did not end well. Crashed on railroad tracks at mile 98.
I was fatigued...
09-06-21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,598
Posted By CAT7RDR

Enjoy the aches and pains. It is a symptom of...

Enjoy the aches and pains. It is a symptom of improved conditioning.
09-04-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 4,985
Posted By CAT7RDR

Depends 20 mile ride to the beach and back on a...

Depends
20 mile ride to the beach and back on a cruiser on a sunny day - not so much.

Mountain century that starts at 30F and ends at 80F, with morning rain - you bet.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-21, 09:31 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 991
Posted By CAT7RDR

The most recent one happened so fast I did not...

The most recent one happened so fast I did not have time to even contemplate a move.
Pinch flat on the front tire slammed me into the asphalt on my left shoulder and hip going about 20 mph rounding...
09-03-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,245
Posted By CAT7RDR

As a driver exiting and entering a driveway, you...

As a driver exiting and entering a driveway, you are not expecting a cyclist at 15 mph closing distance fast and often visually impaired by vehicles and trees.
Certainly some streets are to be...
09-03-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,348
Posted By CAT7RDR

It's kind of like having your fly open. The...

It's kind of like having your fly open.
The fraternal brotherhood of cyclists states we need to look out for each other.
09-02-21, 07:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,245
Posted By CAT7RDR

More hazards on sidewalks than the roads where I...

More hazards on sidewalks than the roads where I live.

What makes you think riding on a sidewalk is a safer way to go?
09-02-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 818
Posted By CAT7RDR

Kinda sucks the NFS decided to shutdown all...

Kinda sucks the NFS decided to shutdown all recreation instead of allowing hikers and cyclists access to GMR/GRR like last time.
Even San Dimas Cyn is shutdown.

$10K fine. There's a lot of ways...
08-31-21, 07:42 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 117,287
Posted By CAT7RDR

Only vehicles have to pay. Nice path during the...

Only vehicles have to pay. Nice path during the weekday when it's quiet. Can get very busy on the weekends.
08-31-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 748
Posted By CAT7RDR

Did the switch on what was originally a 53/39,...

Did the switch on what was originally a 53/39, 11-23 9 speed crit bike (1999 Peloton) and is now a GRX 46/30 12-27 10 speed much friendlier road bike.
No complaints. At 57 y/o and 200+lbs I needed...
08-31-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 818
Posted By CAT7RDR

Looks like a hard closure that includes hikers,...

Looks like a hard closure that includes hikers, cyclists, MTB'ers. . .
Guess they're afraid carbon frames will assplode and cause a conflagration. :rolleyes:
08-31-21, 04:49 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 117,287
Posted By CAT7RDR

Did the Dam ride from Hacienda Hgts over Turnbull...

Did the Dam ride from Hacienda Hgts over Turnbull Cyn and caught the SGRT. Uneventful except for some light rain coming back through El Monte.
Noticed Lario Park above the Santa Fe Dam area is...
08-29-21, 05:54 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 117,287
Posted By CAT7RDR

Just for kicks and giggles I mapped a loop route...

Just for kicks and giggles I mapped a loop route into Skyline and coming out of Black Star Cyn.
Note: Green River Rd maxes out at 25% but it does not last long.

Looks like a possibility with my...
08-25-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,943
Posted By CAT7RDR

1/5 of a mile. I think you cheated yourself. Do...

1/5 of a mile. I think you cheated yourself.
Do four more hill repeats to get at least a mile then report back.
08-24-21, 06:14 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,910
Posted By CAT7RDR

Walk the pooch. Cold showers. Increased...

Walk the pooch.

Cold showers.

Increased hydration and protein.
08-22-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 117,287
Posted By CAT7RDR

Still getting back into my groove. Flexibility...

Still getting back into my groove. Flexibility improving and able to get into the drops without issues.
Puttered around the Whittier-Puente Hills through La Habra Hgts and Whittier.
New pavement...
08-18-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,909
Posted By CAT7RDR

A recent crash has tempered my pursuit of speed...

A recent crash has tempered my pursuit of speed and snappy descents. Keeping the rubber side down a tad slower is more fun in the long run.
08-18-21, 02:00 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 117,287
Posted By CAT7RDR

Nice midweek conditioning ride of 30 miles and...

Nice midweek conditioning ride of 30 miles and 3700 feet of climb riding Turnbull Cyn repeats (4) and Hadley Ave. Very quiet. A handful of riders and hikers but not much else.

Beware there is a...
08-15-21, 09:33 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 117,287
Posted By CAT7RDR

Is that the stretch of the LA River that was...

Is that the stretch of the LA River that was developed for the 1984 Olympics?
08-15-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 117,287
Posted By CAT7RDR

First Puente Hills ride in a while. Rode Turnbull...

First Puente Hills ride in a while. Rode Turnbull Cyn for the first time since crashing. I like the Michelin Power tires for grip. Not good for drag and losing watts, but very sticky on canyon roads....
08-13-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,103
Posted By CAT7RDR

Keep your composure and soldier on.

Keep your composure and soldier on.
08-10-21, 02:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,747
Posted By CAT7RDR

Small critters like raccoons, rabbits, squirrels,...

Small critters like raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, opossums, cats and coyotes would be my concern.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 09:39 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,105
Posted By CAT7RDR

I have only ridden State Highway 395 between...

I have only ridden State Highway 395 between Bishop, CA and the June Lake Loop. No issues, wide shoulders, panoramic views, two lanes each way, and little road debris. I would not ride on any...
08-09-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 117,287
Posted By CAT7RDR

^^^^^ Brings back a memory while waiting at the...

^^^^^ Brings back a memory while waiting at the Chalan Rest Area bike-crossing for the light to change, a speeding pickup truck blew the red light without even slowing. As I yelled @$$#*!=, I...
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