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07-28-21, 10:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 395
Posted By downtube42

Old school thinking is to start with KOPS to...

Old school thinking is to start with KOPS to dictate saddle setback and height, and use stem length and height. Deviating from KOPS is taboo.

New school thinking is KOPS is meaningless except as a...
07-28-21, 06:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,234
Posted By downtube42

Any ride will do.

Any ride will do.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 10:17 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,971
Posted By downtube42

Corollary Q is, what have you used? From...

Corollary Q is, what have you used?

From commuting, sport rides, centuries, brevets, 24 hour races:

Patch kit - yes
Tire levers - yes
Tube - yes
C02 - yes
Pump - yes
Boot - yes
07-18-21, 11:03 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 2,850
Posted By downtube42

When I do it, it's a typo enabled by spell-check....

When I do it, it's a typo enabled by spell-check.

When others do it, it's indicative of their uneducated, slothful existence.

Clearly.
Forum: Foo
07-18-21, 10:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 545
Posted By downtube42

I've spend my career in embedded software...

I've spend my career in embedded software development for industrial equipment. Try marrying silicon, with obsolescence cycles in terms of a few years, with equipment having development cycles that...
Replies: 70
Views: 5,954
Posted By downtube42

Anything 200K or longer counts, either a...

Anything 200K or longer counts, either a scheduled brevet or a permanent route. There's a P-12 for 12 consecutive months of populaires; 100k or longer. One big positive of the R-12 is that I come...
07-18-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,290
Posted By downtube42

I'm not a fan of metrics, because most metrics...

I'm not a fan of metrics, because most metrics are indirect measures of the thing you're actually trying to increase. People focus on the metric, missing the actual point. That happens in business,...
Replies: 70
Views: 5,954
Posted By downtube42

R12 completed! Actually last weekend, with a...

R12 completed!

Actually last weekend, with a 200k perm. Ridgefield-Etna-Silverstar starts/ends in Portland but most of the miles are across the river in Washington state. The ride crosses the I-5...
07-15-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 5,650
Posted By downtube42

Same same on the daughter and in-laws. But I also...

Same same on the daughter and in-laws. But I also lived in Texas for 18 months, inadvertently and unfortunately, but based on that experience I claim to be more Texan.

Y'all means all of you, in a...
07-12-21, 10:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 685
Posted By downtube42

My AC is working like a champ since I replaced...

My AC is working like a champ since I replaced the capacitor. I'm hoping it never gets stressed like that again.
07-10-21, 11:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,024
Posted By downtube42

...when I'm riding my recumbent downhill and I...

...when I'm riding my recumbent downhill and I get passed by an upright bike.

...when I'm on my road bike and I can't beat my recumbent uphill PRs

...when my choice of bike is determined by...
07-09-21, 12:20 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,672
Posted By downtube42

I think the format and rules of the tour are...

I think the format and rules of the tour are fantastic, giving us so many races within the race. We care about stage winners because they've built pageantry around stage results, just as they've...
Replies: 70
Views: 5,954
Posted By downtube42

Not the paperwork; these days it's all electronic...

Not the paperwork; these days it's all electronic anyway.

The stress is about not wanting to screw up and somehow miss a month. Either injury, illness, or skipping a bad weather weekend only to...
07-07-21, 01:00 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,404
Posted By downtube42

I spent part of my childhood living in the city,...

I spent part of my childhood living in the city, and part living on the family farm in SE Missouri. Messed up parents, but that's another story. The rural midwest in the late 60's and early 70's was...
07-06-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,404
Posted By downtube42

US centric response. I grew up in Indiana,...

US centric response.

I grew up in Indiana, and rode extensively in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. The land of uncontrolled rural and suburban dogs, and antisocial dog owners. I've been concussed and...
07-06-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,295
Posted By downtube42

If you're trying for sex appeal, you're in the...

If you're trying for sex appeal, you're in the wrong sport on the wrong place on the internet talking to the wrong people.

If you're not trying for sex appeal, see a doctor.
Forum: Foo
07-06-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,468
Posted By downtube42

I've really really tried to like IPAs. Since most...

I've really really tried to like IPAs. Since most places these days with 32 taps will have 20 IPAs, 8 ciders, one lager, one hefe, one bizarro blackberry or peanut butter thing, and one of either a...
07-06-21, 12:19 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,373
Posted By downtube42

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0arsPXEaIUY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0arsPXEaIUY
07-05-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 816
Posted By downtube42

Just a few weeks ago i was climbing a long ramp...

Just a few weeks ago i was climbing a long ramp in a chilly drizzle, somewhere outside Seattle, thinking how much it sucked. But then the heat came, and i stayed inside wishing for a chilly rain.
Forum: Foo
07-04-21, 11:56 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,468
Posted By downtube42

That's Mt Hood. Ranier is more roundy on top,...

That's Mt Hood. Ranier is more roundy on top, while Hood looks like what a little kid would draw for a mountain. St Helens looks like a mountain that the top third blew off.

The sweet view of Hood...
07-04-21, 06:50 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,225
Posted By downtube42

600k brevet - ten times age in km or 6x in miles....

600k brevet - ten times age in km or 6x in miles. Technically two rides since sleeping around 400k is normal, but who's checking?
Forum: Foo
07-04-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,468
Posted By downtube42

Very stereotypical PNW Sunday today, starting...

Very stereotypical PNW Sunday today, starting taking the no. 2 bus to Petite Provence for a scramble and coffee, finished with a croissant with raspberry sauce. From there we walked division checking...
Forum: Foo
07-01-21, 12:19 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,806
Posted By downtube42

You better believe my brother in Navasota txted...

You better believe my brother in Navasota txted me in the midst of the heatwave, to point out it was only 90 in San Angelo.
06-30-21, 10:53 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,657
Posted By downtube42

These are phenomenal achievements, and the...

These are phenomenal achievements, and the athletes deserve respect.
06-30-21, 08:14 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,657
Posted By downtube42

You said this "why this is the first year since...

You said this
"why this is the first year since the race started that the winner wasn't in the 7-9 day range."

Which seemed wrong to me since I've followed this race since it's inception, and...
Replies: 24
Views: 1,232
Posted By downtube42

In between brevets, I did a few 24 hour races. I...

In between brevets, I did a few 24 hour races. I found those to be a completely different mental challenge. There's something about the clock; no matter how fast you go, it's still 24 hours. You have...
Replies: 24
Views: 1,232
Posted By downtube42

Speed is a good tool to have in your toolchest. ...

Speed is a good tool to have in your toolchest.

So is the ability to have short quick stops, fix a flat quickly, sleep anywhere, navigate, clear your mind, and self assess your mental state. The...
06-29-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,657
Posted By downtube42

The shortest time was 7 days 15 hours in 2014...

The shortest time was 7 days 15 hours in 2014 (Christoper Strasser), the longest time prior to this year was 10 days 16 hours in 1983 (Lon Haldeman).
Distance has ranged from 2901 to 3170 miles. ...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 976
Posted By downtube42

Sounds like people there wouldn't know what to do...

Sounds like people there wouldn't know what to do with a bike if they had one; theft isn't exactly going to be like in bike towns.

Get a beater bike for transportation, no QR wheels or seatpost,...
Forum: Foo
06-26-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 514
Posted By downtube42

Wisdom: Time is invaluable. 2nd Wisdom: Work...

Wisdom: Time is invaluable.
2nd Wisdom: Work is a good chunk of your life. Don't pick a job you'll dislike.
3rd Wisdom: More income does increase happiness, up to a point. Then it doesn't. I don't...
06-25-21, 07:36 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 3,950
Posted By downtube42

After decades of being a normal cyclist, I was...

After decades of being a normal cyclist, I was introduced to the world of ultra cycling and randonneuring. 24 hour races and rides longer than 200 miles changed a lot of my thinking about nutrition,...
06-24-21, 05:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,188
Posted By downtube42

I got carded two days ago, at a pizza place. I'm...

I got carded two days ago, at a pizza place. I'm 60 and can pass for 58. I understand taking discretion out of the hands of the clerk is the right thing to do, but it seems awfully silly in the...
06-24-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,188
Posted By downtube42

Nice perspective. To answer the question if how...

Nice perspective. To answer the question if how that tat is going to look when your 60, here you go...
06-22-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,295
Posted By downtube42

Speaking of dress codes. After 18 months of...

Speaking of dress codes. After 18 months of working from home wearing ratty shorts, socks, and an untucked button-down shirt, I'm supposed to go in the office on July 7th wearing slacks, sport coat...
Forum: Touring
06-22-21, 11:54 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,380
Posted By downtube42

Dirt cheap: I rode tons of miles on unknown roads...

Dirt cheap: I rode tons of miles on unknown roads using paper cue sheets. Cheap, glitch free. Requires pre-planning with a PC. Waterproofness takes work. Not flexible in case of closed roads etc....
06-21-21, 05:31 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,295
Posted By downtube42

The patches had patches. Being I was her kid #8...

The patches had patches. Being I was her kid #8 and boy #4, my mom could patch the hell out of a pair of jeans.
06-21-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,295
Posted By downtube42

I'm still annoyed my wife threw away my favorite...

I'm still annoyed my wife threw away my favorite bell bottom jeans, in about 1986. They were only ten years old and had another decade of life left.
06-21-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,865
Posted By downtube42

Everyone is different; what motivates one person...

Everyone is different; what motivates one person may demotivate another. It's hard for us to know what your motivators are.

Since you have five bikes, I'd suggest riding each of those five bikes...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-21, 11:14 PM
Replies: 2,609
Views: 389,074
Posted By downtube42

Columbia river gorge ...

Columbia river gorge
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06-15-21, 08:27 PM
Replies: 240
Views: 51,268
Posted By downtube42

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Pandemic bike build - Soma Fog Cutter. Middle Fork, Snoqualmie...
Forum: Foo
06-15-21, 08:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 966
Posted By downtube42

That's pretty darned funny considering my...

That's pretty darned funny considering my experience living in west Texas. Locals live inside, running HVAC 24x7, with a few steps between the door and the car all the outdoor time they get. We'd go...
06-15-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 513
Posted By downtube42

CZ trail from Scappoose to Vernonia is a...

CZ trail from Scappoose to Vernonia is a combination of rail trail and logging roads, all gravel or dirt except a bit at the Scappoose end, about 22 miles one way. It connects to other gravel roads...
06-14-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,125
Posted By downtube42

Socks can't get soaked in the rain if you're not...

Socks can't get soaked in the rain if you're not wearing them.
06-12-21, 05:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,192
Posted By downtube42

Think about your body on the bike pivoting in a...

Think about your body on the bike pivoting in a circle, with the center of the crank as the fixed point. As you rotate back, the saddle moves back, bars move back and up. As you rotate forward,...
06-11-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,957
Posted By downtube42

I find it interesting to know that this...

I find it interesting to know that this discussion, in some form, has been going on practically since the bicycle was invented. Arguments about the right way to ride, in the style of Euraudax (fixed...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-21, 06:13 PM
Replies: 2,609
Views: 389,074
Posted By downtube42

Snoqualmie River Middle Fork, on a recent 600k....

Snoqualmie River Middle Fork, on a recent 600k. Water also falling from the sky, which was typical of this ride....
Replies: 70
Views: 5,954
Posted By downtube42

SR series completed with this past weekend's SIR...

SR series completed with this past weekend's SIR 600k. Of the 27 hours of riding time, only ten or so were in the rain.

The first 80 or so miles I rode with the main group of 7 from SIR. Then I...
Forum: Foo
06-04-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,426
Posted By downtube42

I'm expecting " here's your 2% merit increase,...

I'm expecting " here's your 2% merit increase, now get busy training the newbs and by the way the schedule isn't changing." Also, "get your butt in the office", with the unstated "because we don't...
Forum: Foo
06-04-21, 12:25 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,426
Posted By downtube42

In the last two weeks, I've had three candidates...

In the last two weeks, I've had three candidates turn down offers because they had competing offers that were full remote. One former colleague in podunk west Texas I thought I could lure to Portland...
06-02-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,037
Posted By downtube42

My grandson experienced his first road rash this...

My grandson experienced his first road rash this past weekend. He's 5, and just learned to ride a pedal bike. He was enthralled by watching his feet go round and round, and failed to notice the path...
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