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10-25-21, 11:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 832
Posted By downtube42

Rain cape and fenders is a breathable combination...

Rain cape and fenders is a breathable combination that will keep you dry, from neck to knees. Unless it's windy, that is. With wind, it's more like neck to mid thigh.
10-25-21, 07:18 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,225
Posted By downtube42

Imagine some dude in Florida wanted to go to...

Imagine some dude in Florida wanted to go to Pittsburg to buy some steel, but was really bad with maps and ended up at your house instead. So he murdered your dad and brother who were visiting, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-23-21, 10:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 831
Posted By downtube42

C3 fracture here, two years ago, cycling. ...

C3 fracture here, two years ago, cycling.

Probably was six months before I was fully comfortable on the bike, particularly descending.

I've worked on improving my descending and cornering...
10-23-21, 09:19 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,225
Posted By downtube42

Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway, to Crown...

Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway, to Crown Point and back is the backbone of many rides. Options off the highway for more miles and climbing. Partial climb up Larch Mountain if even more time....
Forum: Foo
10-20-21, 06:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 625
Posted By downtube42

The affidavit says "The defendant's actions and...

The affidavit says "The defendant's actions and inability to follow directions put multiple deputies at risk for potentially getting shot at"

That sentence is a crime.
Forum: Commuting
10-19-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,199
Posted By downtube42

I was going to say forget it, until you mentioned...

I was going to say forget it, until you mentioned the prior buzzing. Assuming that means an illegal and/or dangerously close pass, that's a whole 'nother level. Report that.

If an "accident"...
10-18-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 691
Posted By downtube42

Saturday I rode 146 miles. It took almost 14...

Saturday I rode 146 miles. It took almost 14 hours, so that's technically slow AF. At the other end of the distance spectrum, when I race CX, my goal is to be not last in the 60-64 age group. Also...
10-18-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,569
Posted By downtube42

Nice! My year-round commuter and utility...

Nice!

My year-round commuter and utility bike over the last 5 years has been a Priority 8, IGH belt drive, with full fenders and dynohub. As a utilitarian machine ready to go every day, whether in...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 902
Posted By downtube42

Move to a warmer or dryer climate. I tried all...

Move to a warmer or dryer climate. I tried all the things, but that one worked.

Airflow does keep them clear. If someone twisted my arm into moving back to the midwest, maybe I'd rig up some kind...
10-15-21, 09:36 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,100
Posted By downtube42

Usually I carry 2 water bottles, so I'll stop...

Usually I carry 2 water bottles, so I'll stop when I'm out of water. Usually that's 35 miles or so, less if hot more if cool.

Sometimes I'll carry 3 bottles, and extend appropriately.
10-14-21, 07:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,414
Posted By downtube42

Tribalism. Stranger danger. It's a human thing. A...

Tribalism. Stranger danger. It's a human thing. A survival tactic.
10-10-21, 11:52 PM
Replies: 3,056
Views: 754,741
Posted By downtube42

Soma Fog Cutter at Timberline Lodge, Government...

Soma Fog Cutter at Timberline Lodge, Government Camp, OR
Focus Mares Cx bike at Oaks Park, Portland, OR...
10-08-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 423
Posted By downtube42

Fitter lowered my seat a few mm. When prompted on...

Fitter lowered my seat a few mm. When prompted on bar width he measured and said i could go with 44cm, up from 42cm.

I mentioned saddle issues. He wants me to go away from the leather saddle...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-21, 12:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 655
Posted By downtube42

I think human brains don't intuitively do well...

I think human brains don't intuitively do well with probabilities and statistics. The success of lotteries is good evidence for that.

When I'm out riding in the middle of nowhere with no car seen...
Forum: Foo
10-08-21, 12:03 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 995
Posted By downtube42

The last car I owned before going full Portland...

The last car I owned before going full Portland was a Protege DX sedan. At 1.6l, with 105 hp and a manual tranny, the fun per hp was through the roof.

One of my first cars was a Mazda RX-2, which...
10-06-21, 09:36 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,719
Posted By downtube42

I recall one day my Nissan took maybe 900 msec to...

I recall one day my Nissan took maybe 900 msec to start instead of the usual 500ms, and I shouted out loud "FINALLY, SOMETHING INTERESTING". Eventually I gave it to my brother because I was just damn...
10-06-21, 09:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 593
Posted By downtube42

Get well and get back on the bike.

Get well and get back on the bike.
10-06-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 863
Posted By downtube42

On rides in the last few years I've seen two...

On rides in the last few years I've seen two broken seat tubes, a broken chainstay at the BB shell, a broken seatpost, 2 broken derailleur hangers, and a broken handlebar (mine). In 45 years of...
10-06-21, 09:03 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,415
Posted By downtube42

Earlier this year I did a 4 day ride. It was...

Earlier this year I did a 4 day ride. It was billed as 10k feet climbing per day; I failed to notice the last day was a zinger. Rounding a bit...
Day 1 was 10k feet up, 10k feet down.
Day 2 was 10k...
10-05-21, 09:26 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,415
Posted By downtube42

Last few years I've been around 5k miles and 200k...

Last few years I've been around 5k miles and 200k feet.

My last year living in Indiana, 2016, I averaged 14.8 feet per mile.
2017 living in west Texas, it was 18 feet per mile. That's pretty...
10-05-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,517
Posted By downtube42

My strategy has been to use the co-op for parts...

My strategy has been to use the co-op for parts storage. Donate, buy, repeat. Combined with volunteering, where I can get my wrenching fix, my garage stayed tidy.

Then COVID shut them down and I...
Forum: Foo
10-05-21, 02:27 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 814
Posted By downtube42

Favorite find of mine when working on embedded C...

Favorite find of mine when working on embedded C for a Fortune 500 company:

#define extern

Yep, that's it. If you're driving down a US highway, that **** is running on a very large vehicle in...
10-01-21, 11:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 506
Posted By downtube42

I switched to a recumbent twenty years ago due to...

I switched to a recumbent twenty years ago due to lower back problems. Since 2010 I've gotten into ultra and randonneuring, riding a half dozen 1200km rides and several 24 hour races. I'm well over...
10-01-21, 03:15 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,713
Posted By downtube42

That's the stuff. While at the same time...

That's the stuff. While at the same time listening to a dude one stand over regaling you with stories his life on the road the last 18 months, as he rebuilds the BB on his crusty old Raleigh.
10-01-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 423
Posted By downtube42

I can for a bit. This ride was roughly 60 hours...

I can for a bit. This ride was roughly 60 hours of riding over four days though.
09-30-21, 10:24 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 4,072
Posted By downtube42

Commuting and utility riding, I'm wearing street...

Commuting and utility riding, I'm wearing street clothes. But that's usually less than 5 miles.

Short sporty rides, say under 20 miles, I'm often wearing unpadded swimming jammers and non-cotton...
09-30-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,137
Posted By downtube42

Conventional thinking is, MTB yes, road no....

Conventional thinking is, MTB yes, road no. Personally I find the helmet visor too high to be of much value.

I find a cycling cap under the helmet more useful. Usually I have the brim flipped up...
09-30-21, 09:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,713
Posted By downtube42

I'm really missing volunteering at a co-op. As...

I'm really missing volunteering at a co-op. As opposed to my profession of dealing with engineers, projects, executives, and software, the bike co-op is a place of sanity and simplicity. Down to...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-21, 03:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 523
Posted By downtube42

Non-cotton underwear. If that doesn't work,...

Non-cotton underwear.

If that doesn't work, rotate your saddle slightly (left or right, try them both).
09-30-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 4,069
Posted By downtube42

A cycling buddy of mine, half my age, just rode...

A cycling buddy of mine, half my age, just rode Seattle to Crater Lake - 1200km and 12k meters - fixed. Thinking about the extreme cadence he rode makes me shudder. I tend to think there's an...
09-29-21, 07:10 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 4,069
Posted By downtube42

Used to be a newb would have their tires too low,...

Used to be a newb would have their tires too low, cadence too low, and seat too low.

Now we have road tubeless at 50psi and mashing as an option, and my bike fitter just lowered my saddle a cm...
09-29-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 651
Posted By downtube42

Gravelking Slicks come in a variety of sizes -...

Gravelking Slicks come in a variety of sizes - 32mm, 35mm, 38mm.
https://www.panaracerusa.com/products/gravelking-slick-folding-gravel-tires
09-28-21, 06:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 484
Posted By downtube42

Funny, I'm rocking the steel FC fork and am...

Funny, I'm rocking the steel FC fork and am curious if the CF fork would give a smoother ride.

The FC is my randonneuring bike, and I'm always in pursuit of increased comfort for all-day rides. I...
09-27-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,713
Posted By downtube42

Bike co-op is a pretty broad term that covers a...

Bike co-op is a pretty broad term that covers a wide range of business models and areas of focus. Almost all share:

Bicycle related
Non-profit (some legally 501c3, some under an umbrella 501c3,...
09-25-21, 11:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 206
Posted By downtube42

Should be fine.

Should be fine.
09-24-21, 09:47 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 4,822
Posted By downtube42

When tubed, you don't want an airtight seal...

When tubed, you don't want an airtight seal outside the tube. You want air inside the tube, not air trapped outside the tube.
Forum: Touring
09-24-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,087
Posted By downtube42

Whatever force in the market (or the minds of...

Whatever force in the market (or the minds of marketers) gave us gravel, adventure, randonneuring, all-road, and cyclocross as distinct types of bikes has done us all a great favor. We have...
09-23-21, 09:51 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 4,822
Posted By downtube42

If i were going to run tubed on tubeless rims,...

If i were going to run tubed on tubeless rims, two things is do are replace the tubeless tape with rim tape, and use tube type tires. No worries
Forum: Touring
09-23-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,087
Posted By downtube42

I just did some of the coastal route - down the...

I just did some of the coastal route - down the Oregon coast from Astoria to Reedsport, then inland to Crater lake. I started with (brand new) 32mm GP 5000 TL tires, but ripped a sidewall before even...
09-22-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 26,694
Posted By downtube42

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_20210831_131734584_60884db7830a2f2d5b448bf7cf8aecc639e44ca8.jpg
Headed south from Crater Lake toward Klamath Falls. Day 4 of the...
09-19-21, 11:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 652
Posted By downtube42

A thin wool jersey is pretty versatile. With a...

A thin wool jersey is pretty versatile. With a windbreaker it's good to mid 30's, along it's tolerable into the upper 70's. Add leg warmers, gloves, neck gator. All that can be carried in jersey...
09-18-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,273
Posted By downtube42

1980, I test rode a Fuji Royale and an Austro...

1980, I test rode a Fuji Royale and an Austro Diamler. The sales person talked me in to the Fuji, using brand recognition. Not only was the AD the better bike, the Fuji was smaller. Knee problems...
09-18-21, 05:21 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 2,953
Posted By downtube42

People who manage 100 miles in five hours usually...

People who manage 100 miles in five hours usually figure out a couple things. One, mostly nobody cares. Two, others can do it in four.

Same thing for 100 miles, and 200. Same thing for 200 and...
09-16-21, 08:52 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 2,953
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: 30
Views: 1,129
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: 49
Views: 1,675
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: 268
Views: 6,217
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: 49
Views: 1,675
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: 852
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: 1,160
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...
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