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01-18-23, 11:36 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,895
Posted By downtube42

With a pump and patch kit, you can fix a lot of...

With a pump and patch kit, you can fix a lot of flats. Adding n tubes makes the first n repairs quicker. Same for CO2. But ride long enough and far enough, you'll hit n+1 flats.

The pump also lets...
Replies: 3
Views: 319
Posted By downtube42

I was up in the Seattle area over the weekend for...

I was up in the Seattle area over the weekend for a family event, so I bugged out early Sunday for a 100k. I started a P-12 in November to go along with my ongoing R-12.

Just a 100k, but between...
01-17-23, 01:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 985
Posted By downtube42

Sometimes I find myself in a situation that makes...

Sometimes I find myself in a situation that makes me feel vulnerable. Usually it's traffic, but sometimes it remoteness or weather. These are situations I put myself in voluntarily, in the course of...
01-08-23, 06:56 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,110
Posted By downtube42

I'm always cynical about (us) old timers pining...

I'm always cynical about (us) old timers pining for the old ways, complaining kids these days don't have the skills we had. Technology moves on, old skills become redundant, new skills are needed to...
Replies: 107
Views: 9,346
Posted By downtube42

I can't resist the urge to sum up an amazing year...

I can't resist the urge to sum up an amazing year of milestones.

SR series
ACP 10000
7th R-12 completed in August
RUSA Cup
Ultra Randonneur (10th SR series)
Rando Scout 50+
Mondial Award
Replies: 3
Views: 319
Posted By downtube42

January 1st I did the Oregon Randonneurs Wine...

January 1st I did the Oregon Randonneurs Wine Country 200 brevet, so that gets my December R-12 ride checked off, plus a head start on my PBP qualifying SR series.

It was foggy and right around...
Replies: 107
Views: 9,346
Posted By downtube42

Last rando ride of 2022 was Perm pop #4584 again...

Last rando ride of 2022 was Perm pop #4584 again on 12/28, this time single-speed instead of fixed. I wanted to try out the 17 tooth gearing I have on the SS side, compared to 16 fixed. For this...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-26-22, 09:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,220
Posted By downtube42

220k ft over 5800 miles for 38 ft/mile. Back when...

220k ft over 5800 miles for 38 ft/mile. Back when I lived in Indiana, it ranged from 14 to 19 ft/mile. I expect those years when I managed 19, I rode a fair number of miles in Kentucky.

I should...
12-20-22, 11:27 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 63,515
Posted By downtube42

The Bike Farm in Portland seems to be going...

The Bike Farm in Portland seems to be going strong. They're only open two nights a week due to volunteer availability, but it was busy when i stopped by a couple weeks ago. I was looking for a frame...
Replies: 107
Views: 9,346
Posted By downtube42

I missed the two nice December weekends, and rode...

I missed the two nice December weekends, and rode my December 200k today. The same RUSA Perm #01124 - Portland to Olympia I rode in November, but solo this time and 10 degrees colder. 24F at the...
Replies: 107
Views: 9,346
Posted By downtube42

Perm pop #4584 today, on the fixed gear. Weather...

Perm pop #4584 today, on the fixed gear. Weather was 39-41F, sprinkles, light wind. I chose to ride this triangle shaped loop counter clockwise, because the long stretch along the Columbia river is...
12-05-22, 09:42 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 9,287
Posted By downtube42

A quote from the article is You feel cold most in...

A quote from the article is You feel cold most in your fingers, ears and toes, so be sure to cover these areas.?

Perhaps useful for someone from a hot climate who has never experienced weather...
12-05-22, 12:15 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,270
Posted By downtube42

Hands I can manage by moving them around. Hotfoot...

Hands I can manage by moving them around. Hotfoot I can address by loosening shoes or worst case unclipping and letting the foot hang for a moment. Low back pain after a long climb I can alleviate by...
12-04-22, 04:42 PM
Replies: 73,956
Views: 12,015,273
Posted By downtube42

Hmm. Frame size 27", wheel size 26". Stolen, or...

Hmm. Frame size 27", wheel size 26". Stolen, or clueless owner?

The last thing i want is another bizarro sized everything wrong threaded beautiful riding French bike. Somebody else buy it please.
12-03-22, 04:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 481
Posted By downtube42

Never seen it done. Now that it's been...

Never seen it done.

Now that it's been thought, you must do it.

Looking forward to it.
11-29-22, 09:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,099
Posted By downtube42

Ha, yeah, I moved from Indiana to Oregon at 57,...

Ha, yeah, I moved from Indiana to Oregon at 57, so climbing also became my thing by necessity. I'm slow af climbing, at 215 lbs, but I love it. Actually kind of hate it in the moment, but as soon as...
Forum: Touring
11-29-22, 09:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 410
Posted By downtube42

There are buses from Brookings to Eugene where...

There are buses from Brookings to Eugene where you could pick up Amtrak to Portland, but it's iffy whether you can stow a bike under the bus with baggage. It depends on available space.

How about...
11-25-22, 02:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 521
Posted By downtube42

Nothing looks seriously out of whack to me. If...

Nothing looks seriously out of whack to me. If you aren't having any comfort issues with that mileage, there's no reason to make a fit change. Knee pain, back pain, hand pain or numbness are...
11-22-22, 11:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 941
Posted By downtube42

My first exposure to FG on a brevet was at Paris...

My first exposure to FG on a brevet was at Paris Brest in 2011, when I realized the Belgian guy I was riding with was on a FG. We were coming into Paris for the finish, which gets a little lumpy, and...
11-22-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 941
Posted By downtube42

I'm absolutely not an elite anything; my focus is...

I'm absolutely not an elite anything; my focus is randonneuring and formerly some 24 hour races. In that world, it's all about keeping the level of effort sustainable, never going deep. Gearing is...
Replies: 107
Views: 9,346
Posted By downtube42

Saturday two of us rode RUSA Perm #01124 -...

Saturday two of us rode RUSA Perm #01124 - Portland to Olympia, taking advantage of a dry and relatively calm day. We did have a slight headwind most of the day, but nothing significant. We left...
11-13-22, 11:29 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,746
Posted By downtube42

I rode Portland to Olympia yesterday, 200km, then...

I rode Portland to Olympia yesterday, 200km, then took Amtrak home. Slight headwind most of the day, but all things considered a great ride. A November day without any precipitation is a win. Add...
11-08-22, 10:40 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 3,873
Posted By downtube42

Seems like yet another variation of the...

Seems like yet another variation of the millennium old "kids these days" diatribe.

Stuff changes, people adapt.

I think personal mobility devices will have a far bigger impact on automobile...
11-06-22, 09:24 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,490
Posted By downtube42

When I lived in the midwest, I didn't go out...

When I lived in the midwest, I didn't go out without Halt. It has to be super readily reachable, and you have to hit them in the face, but it will stop a dog cold.

All the tricks like sweet...
11-01-22, 05:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,680
Posted By downtube42

My rando bike is really pretty. Everyone told me...

My rando bike is really pretty. Everyone told me that as they passed me at LEL. Pretty red color, matchy fenders, classic lines.

They mostly finished, I DNF'd. I like my pretty bike, but I'd...
10-30-22, 11:20 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,496
Posted By downtube42

When the other riders start to drop you, go as...

When the other riders start to drop you, go as deep in the red as you can, for as long as you can, then a little further. So deep you're afraid you might not make it home. So deep you might puke....
10-29-22, 09:28 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,365
Posted By downtube42

Embrace my inner lazy man. That's not the...

Embrace my inner lazy man.

That's not the plan, that's actual.
Forum: Recumbent
10-21-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By downtube42

Used 2 wheel bents are cheap. I saw a pair of...

Used 2 wheel bents are cheap. I saw a pair of Rans Rockets on Craigslist for $400 a few weeks ago - great starter bents imo. V-rex or any 26/20 Bacchetta are good starters. $300-400 is common in my...
10-18-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,459
Posted By downtube42

That's what I'm talking about.

That's what I'm talking about.
10-15-22, 10:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,383
Posted By downtube42

Lugs for fenders, rack mounts on the seatstays,...

Lugs for fenders, rack mounts on the seatstays, cantis. That would make an awesome and gorgeous year-round commuter and utility bike.
10-10-22, 12:11 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,271
Posted By downtube42

Agreed. A honk from a car behind is...

Agreed.

A honk from a car behind is unfriendly. Always. It's not "I'm here", it's "I'm here and I'm in a car. Get out of the way." That's not friendly, it's an implied threat. Essentially saying,...
10-05-22, 09:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,337
Posted By downtube42

I was climbing a hill in a small southern Indiana...

I was climbing a hill in a small southern Indiana town, when I noticed someone was yelling at me. From a distance, I could see a local hanging his head out the window of his pickup yelling something...
10-01-22, 10:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,226
Posted By downtube42

Not retired yet but I've traveled internationally...

Not retired yet but I've traveled internationally with my bike. I find it stressful, and a pain. I'll do it again for long brevets, but for normal rides likely not. Airline practices are...
Replies: 41
Views: 2,276
Posted By downtube42

Rumor has it the aero bar length limit will be...

Rumor has it the aero bar length limit will be lifted in 2023.

Qualify, register, pay, and participate. Otherwise you're adding the burden to the towns and roads above and beyond what the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 04:00 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,631
Posted By downtube42

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09-25-22, 06:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,644
Posted By downtube42

If you did all those things ironically, it was a...

If you did all those things ironically, it was a performance masterpiece.
09-20-22, 12:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 658
Posted By downtube42

I'd love to see it without all the smoke of my...

I'd love to see it without all the smoke of my last visit; I couldn't see the lake, and just an outline of wizard island. That whole area was empty, quiet, and eerie.

Day 3 of Craters 1200 - 180...
09-19-22, 10:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,481
Posted By downtube42

Dude, I'm 210lbs and can get up any hill. I may...

Dude, I'm 210lbs and can get up any hill. I may be 6'2" instead of 5'5" but dragging 210 lbs up a hill is still dragging 210 lbs up a hill. That weight is more than all my buddies, and they drop me,...
09-18-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,166
Posted By downtube42

This thread made me realize I'm about to turn 100...

This thread made me realize I'm about to turn 100 years old, in kilometers.
09-17-22, 06:12 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,560
Posted By downtube42

The thing about riding with an injury is, you...

The thing about riding with an injury is, you have to accommodate your specific injury. General advice, conventional wisdom, and other people's experience does not take your specific injury into...
09-17-22, 06:02 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,787
Posted By downtube42

​​​​​What about looking for another doctor or...

​​​​​What about looking for another doctor or surgeon - one who's willing to consider your current and preferred lifestyle, rather than just your age.
Replies: 107
Views: 9,346
Posted By downtube42

This past weekend I rode the SIR Third Time's a...

This past weekend I rode the SIR Third Time's a Charm 1000k, just about 3 weeks after my first ever DNF, at LEL. I reverted to my Sella Anatomica saddle, placing the blame for LEL squarely on the...
Replies: 17
Views: 1,279
Posted By downtube42

I think you can do 100 miles on an ill-fitting...

I think you can do 100 miles on an ill-fitting bike without things going too far south. That becomes less true quickly as the distance increases. I think dealing with comfort on the bike is as...
09-02-22, 09:55 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,349
Posted By downtube42

Those evening or middle of the night calf or quad...

Those evening or middle of the night calf or quad cramps are brutal. I get out of bed and stretch them out.

A google search of cramping, with a fair amount of editing out the crap, will uncover...
09-02-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,177
Posted By downtube42

That is one complex Dan Henry....

That is one complex Dan Henry. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Henry)

BITD before GPS and all the things, I painted many a Dan Henry. My strategy was paint 'em fast and get down the road before...
09-01-22, 05:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 776
Posted By downtube42

76 miles in 11 hours? What are you going to do,...

76 miles in 11 hours? What are you going to do, take naps along the way?

I kid, I kid. Google doesn't know all the things. Which is a good thing perhaps.
09-01-22, 12:25 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,828
Posted By downtube42

Thanks but... I lived in west Texas for a year,...

Thanks but... I lived in west Texas for a year, and in that time had my fill of the desert. I'll take the wilderness, solitude, and lack of cell phone signal, but prefer to be surrounded by trees....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-22, 09:55 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,808
Posted By downtube42

The doc's timeline will be based on Americans of...

The doc's timeline will be based on Americans of typical fitness, dietary habits, and overall health. If you're on here, that's indication you might beat that timeline. Which is nice, but it's really...
08-31-22, 09:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,032
Posted By downtube42

nvm

nvm
08-29-22, 07:20 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,828
Posted By downtube42

Ride a bike on every continent, ride a brevet in...

Ride a bike on every continent, ride a brevet in every state, ride every 1200k on the planet, ride the Transcontinental route, ride the Northern route, ride the Southern route, bikepack everywhere,...
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