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06-26-22, 10:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 591
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Heck, I know a guy who rode 30,000 miles/year for...

Heck, I know a guy who rode 30,000 miles/year for a couple years. He worked up to it with 20k, 25k. Then he got tired of miles and climbed 1.5 million feet. Then he got divorced.
06-17-22, 05:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 603
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

And cramping isn't due to lack of electrolytes or...

And cramping isn't due to lack of electrolytes or dehydration. It's due to insufficient training for the what's being attempted. It's not complicated.
06-17-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,652
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Aerobic ability, pros, and Merckx: Aerobic...

Aerobic ability, pros, and Merckx: Aerobic ability involves a lot more than lungs and RBCs. Scientists are just now beginning to understand the chemical underpinnings of repeated muscle contractions....
06-16-22, 07:57 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,652
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

No, of course not on the "upstroke" because...

No, of course not on the "upstroke" because that's done by the relatively weak hip flexors. I work my hip flexors at the gym, but they still aren't much. The hammies are for pulling back at the...
06-16-22, 08:41 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,652
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Won't make a noticeable difference. The only way...

Won't make a noticeable difference. The only way to test foot retention is to experience it, i.e. rat trap pedals, clips and straps. When I stop, I always put my right foot down. So on the left side,...
06-15-22, 11:12 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,652
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I rode flats for about 10 years and many, many...

I rode flats for about 10 years and many, many miles and long days before I got toe clips and straps. I was astounded at how much better foot retention was. Night and day. I suppose I was what one...
06-15-22, 11:02 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,652
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

They're called clipless pedals because they...

They're called clipless pedals because they eliminate clips and straps. That's what they're called as in your first sentence. The clip is not the rat trap. The rat trap system is the special cleat on...
06-15-22, 09:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 346
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I'm ancient and plan and hope to have a CTL of 67...

I'm ancient and plan and hope to have a CTL of 67 the day before my July event ride, and that's after an 10 day active taper down from 79. I've been doing this sort of thing for a couple decades and...
06-15-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 346
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

When I do those really early starts, i move my...

When I do those really early starts, i move my bed and waking times an hour/day over as many days as necessary so that on event day, I have had my normal sleep the night before.

My personal...
06-14-22, 09:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 409
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I use a heart rate monitor for all athletic...

I use a heart rate monitor for all athletic activity. I know that a low active HR after a tiring ride means I should stay active but cut the time and intensity back until my HR comes up normally with...
06-14-22, 05:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 346
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I'm 77, so I only did 32 TSS the day before my...

I'm 77, so I only did 32 TSS the day before my birthday miles ride. Had a very good ride.
06-13-22, 11:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 221
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I don't have flare and don't see a reason for it....

I don't have flare and don't see a reason for it. Bar width is supposed to be about the distance between your AC joints which is what I guess you are referring to? I prefer compact bars. I seldom use...
06-13-22, 10:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 436
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Well, get out and ride in the hottest part of the...

Well, get out and ride in the hottest part of the day for an hour or two whenever you can. Riding in the heat helps more than anything else. Be sure you take electrolytes with your water, I use...
Forum: Touring
06-13-22, 02:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 680
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The difference is that with the attached bivy,...

The difference is that with the attached bivy, you leave it out in the sun to dry before you pack it up. If it's wet, I dunno. Not a good idea anyway. Cut it off and use a separate bivy bag? Not...
06-13-22, 02:15 PM
Replies: 26,312
Views: 2,831,001
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Not today, but yesterday I rode my 77 birthday...

Not today, but yesterday I rode my 77 birthday miles, only about 2400'. I rode the first 54.2 with my wife on our tandem, our usual Sunday group ride. Then I got on my single and rode home with a...
Forum: Touring
06-13-22, 01:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 680
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

One can find very good light stuff. As above,...

One can find very good light stuff. As above, tent should be in a separate bag. My wife and I have a tent/sleeping system which all fits into a Sea and Summit Large compression sack. The 3-person...
06-13-22, 12:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 436
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Have you been diagnosed with hyperhyrosis? I've...

Have you been diagnosed with hyperhyrosis? I've done a good bit of organized long distance riding. Even the heavy sweaters with whom I've ridden don't carry more water than do I: one bottle and a 70...
06-12-22, 09:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 436
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I haven't ridden much gravel but my guess is that...

I haven't ridden much gravel but my guess is that you really don't want to pedal until you spin out on gravel. Is 40 a little scary? If that's the issue and this is in hilly terrain, maybe you're...
06-11-22, 03:34 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,652
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Simply an observation, not a prescription. I.e....

Simply an observation, not a prescription. I.e. if there were cyclists who rode flats, I would have seen them. I've been riding lots for decades. That said, I've only ridden in the eastern and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-22, 09:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 559
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Or in the past 100,000 years for that matter....

Or in the past 100,000 years for that matter. Obviously.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-22, 08:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 586
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yeah, dead wheels just aren't worth it. OTOH, you...

Yeah, dead wheels just aren't worth it. OTOH, you have the hubs. All you need is spokes, rims, and a TM1. You'll be very happy you did the build, like for years.
Wheel Building...
Replies: 2
Views: 197
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It is said, "ride low and sleep high." The idea...

It is said, "ride low and sleep high." The idea is that riding at altitude is actually counterproductive because you're not putting out as many watts as you would at sea level. OTOH, sleeping high...
06-10-22, 09:32 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,723
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

This and genejockey's post sound exactly like...

This and genejockey's post sound exactly like what my diagnosed-with-Afib riding buddies describe as their first experiences of same. Their Afib gradually got worse until warming up didn't help but...
06-10-22, 09:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 840
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

There's a new study out which says that nothing...

There's a new study out which says that nothing helps "bad knees" as much as simply walking. I believe it. My secret weapon for staying uninjured has been to go hiking or snowshoeing in the mountains...
06-10-22, 09:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 601
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I do a lot of indoor training on my rollers. I...

I do a lot of indoor training on my rollers. I just do it. It rains here a lot and it's quicker than the maintenance required to ride outdoors. Except for recovery spins, I don't think I get much out...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-22, 09:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 586
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It's easier to change out a rim than to replace...

It's easier to change out a rim than to replace spokes. I tape the rims together and move one spoke at a time, old hole, new hole. The lacing takes care of itself, no thinking required. And I have...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-22, 05:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 586
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I did go to Cornell for engineering, though I'm...

I did go to Cornell for engineering, though I'm not a professional engineer. Stress and strain is what engineering is all about. You must have noticed that you have to stretch a spoke with a 1.8...
06-10-22, 04:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 540
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

You'd have to measure the pedal axle to saddle...

You'd have to measure the pedal axle to saddle top distance on both bikes, but it looks to me like the Fuji has a noticeably higher saddle. If it were my bike, I'd take out all the spacers and put on...
06-10-22, 12:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,436
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

IME it depends on the terrain. Around here, every...

IME it depends on the terrain. Around here, every ride will have 6%-10% grades, some fairly long, and SS works fine. fixed does not, though that depends on rider strength. Obviously big g.i. will be...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-22, 04:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 586
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Since I started building my own wheels over 20...

Since I started building my own wheels over 20 years ago, I've never broken a spoke. I do 2 things: use a Park TM1 tensiometer and double-butted 14-15-14 (2.0-1.8-2.0) spokes. Double-butted spokes...
06-09-22, 04:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 117
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Here you go:...

Here you go: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39757957
Hope you can open it whether you have RWGPS or not.

The roads up to Sultan are quite ordinary. I've ridden them many times. Beyond Sultan, I...
06-09-22, 12:48 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,652
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Though my impression is that the OP rides on...

Though my impression is that the OP rides on roads and streets, and maybe now unpaved trails. It's all the same. MTBers use clipless off-road.

I should have addressed the OP's concern a bit more...
06-09-22, 11:00 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,652
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

79pmooney has it just right. That's how it is,...

79pmooney has it just right. That's how it is, even for wussies like me who rides geared bikes. A very simple thing the OP can do for a proof of concept is simply to bolt toe clips and straps on his...
06-08-22, 09:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 700
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I used to be the best sprinter in our group of...

I used to be the best sprinter in our group of maybe 30 frequent group riders, all of them younger. I did what I did to get better at it. I couldn't say if the following would work for anyone, but it...
06-07-22, 10:19 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,268
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Well . . . we buy from our local organic food...

Well . . . we buy from our local organic food coop, founding members decades ago. Don't have one? It's totally doable, start one. We're weird out here on the left coast. Lotsa grown-up hippies, etc....
06-02-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,268
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Aeropress for a 12 oz. mug. Brew time only 1:45'....

Aeropress for a 12 oz. mug. Brew time only 1:45'. Yummy. Peruvian organic free trade shade grown, like totally politically correct - maybe. I grind em for each cup.
06-02-22, 11:11 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,268
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

2c/day, 1 morning, 1 afternoon, 18g beans/cup....

2c/day, 1 morning, 1 afternoon, 18g beans/cup. Not dead yet.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-22, 09:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,582
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Here's the book. I bought the Kindle version on...

Here's the book. I bought the Kindle version on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ICWIUM/
I bought it in 2015 after at least a year of my doctor and a PT messing with my shoulders with...
06-01-22, 04:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 774
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

An hour of watching a video about something is...

An hour of watching a video about something is maybe more time than most of us are willing to give to any one subject. So watch it 10' a day.

Amen to the doctor! I've done a lot of research on...
06-01-22, 09:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 422
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I know just what you mean. Many folks on this...

I know just what you mean. Many folks on this forum including YT are probably diagnosable.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-22, 04:18 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,260
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Those are very good points. It hadn't occurred to...

Those are very good points. It hadn't occurred to me that the main use of 12-speed cassettes would be to make the total range wider rather than to make the gaps narrower. Now you're kinda riding like...
05-31-22, 03:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 774
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

In every project in which I've been involved,...

In every project in which I've been involved, success came from planning and accountability. Success is pretty heady stuff. I was just reading about new students' success in Thomas Jefferson HS of...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-22, 12:25 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,260
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I hope I have enough spare chainrings to last me...

I hope I have enough spare chainrings to last me the rest of my riding life. I also have spare 10-speed triple brifters. Cassettes don't seem to be running low. There was a bit of panic a few years...
05-31-22, 11:56 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 774
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yeah, I should also mention that one doesn't work...

Yeah, I should also mention that one doesn't work out for the sake of working out. One works out to get results. See my sig. I developed a series of exercises I want to do for strength training, in a...
05-31-22, 11:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 422
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

There are two things which can happen when you...

There are two things which can happen when you train too much, too hard. The first thing which happens is called overreaching. It's no big deal. The second is called overtraining. It's a very big...
05-30-22, 10:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 774
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Post #8 mentions one thing which does increase...

Post #8 mentions one thing which does increase leg strength. Many riders do one or all of the below:
1) Put the bike in a big gear and slow down to about 10 mph. Get up out of the saddle and STOMP...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-22, 09:49 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,260
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Thanks for the inspiration, that's nice. Here's...

Thanks for the inspiration, that's nice. Here's the calculator with that 10/36:
Bicycle Gear Calculator...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,260
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Thanks for the comments. I of course agree about...

Thanks for the comments. I of course agree about the percentages. What I was hoping for was data rather than opinions which is mostly what I got back. That calculator I posted is very easy to use. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,260
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I bought my last new bike in 2000 when I was 55....

I bought my last new bike in 2000 when I was 55. I was still riding strong for being 55. I bought a 5200 9 speed, 52-42-30 in front and 12-25 in back. I thought it was a perfect bike for me. Since I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-22, 10:41 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,260
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

We did a pass climb on our tandem, ~110 miles...

We did a pass climb on our tandem, ~110 miles into the ride, where the last 4 miles to the pass took an hour. 26/34 gear IIRC. I was 69, my wife 66, still young. Just keep turning the cranks, nothing...
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