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Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-29-21, 04:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 120
Posted By jpescatore

I haven't done DC to Annapolis for years but a...

I haven't done DC to Annapolis for years but a recent alternative is the route the East Coast Greenway takes - look here (https://www.greenway.org/states/maryland). It is not the direct route as it...
07-27-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 685
Posted By jpescatore

Yes, many years ago when I was a kid and my...

Yes, many years ago when I was a kid and my father knew one of the officers. Pretty much all the good bikes were sold before the official sale, so I got a a pretty good bike for $25.

Today, maybe...
07-27-21, 05:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 688
Posted By jpescatore

If you search for "cycling shoes" online you will...

If you search for "cycling shoes" online you will get mostly shoes that require special pedals on your bike. You can still use them, you will just not put on the cleats and you will pay more for them...
07-20-21, 06:13 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 5,071
Posted By jpescatore

Another YMMV situation, but here is what worked...

Another YMMV situation, but here is what worked for me: I could lose some weight just by adding exercise, but it was impossible to maintain.

More simplified math with lots of generalization:...
07-20-21, 05:42 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 5,071
Posted By jpescatore

First, the disclaimer: Everyone's Mileage Varies ...

First, the disclaimer: Everyone's Mileage Varies

Here's a rule of thumb I've found works for me - I used it when I lost 50 lbs to get down to my current rate of 220 lbs - at 15 mph I believe I...
07-09-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 473
Posted By jpescatore

I've had no problem with road tires on flat,...

I've had no problem with road tires on flat, straight, shallow stretches of sand on road bike tires with minimal tread on them, a la the Continental GP 5000s I use now (32mm). But, on rides with...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-05-21, 04:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 335
Posted By jpescatore

Indian Head MD Rail Trail Deja Vu All Over Again

On Saturday, my wife I drove down to White Plains MD and rode one of our favorite Maryland rail trails - the Indian Head Rail Trail...
06-18-21, 04:13 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,631
Posted By jpescatore

Two years ago I bought a Jamis Renegade with a 1x...

Two years ago I bought a Jamis Renegade with a 1x SRAM drivetrain, I love it. I use my road bike for most hilly rides, the Jamis is for gravel/trails and light touring. But had an extended period of...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-21, 05:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,094
Posted By jpescatore

The low end is limited by pinch flats - depending...

The low end is limited by pinch flats - depending on the width of the rim and size of the tires, go too low and hit a bump and the tube gets squashed between the tire and both sides of the rim and...
06-16-21, 04:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 867
Posted By jpescatore

Lotta variables beyond aging. How you handled the...

Lotta variables beyond aging. How you handled the heat/humidity from a drinking/eating/rest perspective is one. I'm 64 - the hardest ride I've ever done was a flat century ride when I was about 35....
Forum: Touring
05-28-21, 04:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 870
Posted By jpescatore

Sorry to hear about that. Back in Jan 2020 I did...

Sorry to hear about that. Back in Jan 2020 I did 4 days of biking from Venice FL to Jacksonville that included a lot of biking on 17 - I hated almost every mile. Very high speed traffic, there was...
05-24-21, 04:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 382
Posted By jpescatore

I've had that happen a few times in the 5 years...

I've had that happen a few times in the 5 years I've been on Zwift. I use Apple TV and it does seem to be more likely to happen after an update to the Zwift software.

Usually, one of these two...
05-24-21, 04:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,260
Posted By jpescatore

I swing as far left (US centric...) as possible,...

I swing as far left (US centric...) as possible, and turn my head away when I'm passing anyone mowing their lawn or whacking their weeds - and give out a Thanks wave whenever they see me and are nice...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
05-20-21, 04:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 409
Posted By jpescatore

Four County 82 mile ride

I did my annual (well, not in 2020) bike ride from our house to friends' house in Lusby MD, crossing Montgomery, Prince Georges, Anne Arundel and Calvert County. Beautiful weather for the ride, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,634
Posted By jpescatore

I prefer the way Phil Gaimon's version...

I prefer the way Phil Gaimon's version (https://philthethrill.net/the-new-rules-of-cycling-aka-philuminati/) of the rules cover it:

Rule #2: Wear whatever the hell you want.
05-05-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,427
Posted By jpescatore

Situation dependent - if it looks like a short...

Situation dependent - if it looks like a short rise or just a wind guys, I just grind harder. Looks like a hill or I've turned into a headwind, go down a gear or two.

In general, I've had a bad...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-21, 04:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 501
Posted By jpescatore

First check that your pads are centered around...

First check that your pads are centered around the rotor - easy to do yourself, many YouTube videos show how. I don't rubbing often from my disc brakes, but every time except 1 this fixed it.

The...
05-04-21, 04:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 473
Posted By jpescatore

CycleBlaze (https://www.cycleblaze.com)is a site...

CycleBlaze (https://www.cycleblaze.com)is a site where a wide range of touring cyclists post tour journals. During the pandemic year, new ones slowed down but people started uploading their older...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 836
Posted By jpescatore

I've used both, for a while had the pay version...

I've used both, for a while had the pay version of both. Decided paying for Strava and not paying for RWGPS gave me the best mix of ride analysis and route planning.

I find Strava useful when I'm...
04-28-21, 05:32 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,339
Posted By jpescatore

Around here, the Brood X year is to other years...

Around here, the Brood X year is to other years as the roar of a leaf blower is to the buzzing of a bee.
04-28-21, 04:24 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,339
Posted By jpescatore

I don't remember much of a problem biking when...

I don't remember much of a problem biking when they last hit us here in MD in 2014. They were mostly a noise issue and then a crunchy shell on the road issue towards the end - seemed to mostly be...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,553
Posted By jpescatore

All of the above - last summer I drove to a ride...

All of the above - last summer I drove to a ride start and forgot to bring gloves. I missed the sweat/snot wiping the most because of how hot it was, and luckily didn't need the skin protection but...
04-15-21, 05:28 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,765
Posted By jpescatore

Yesterday was an example of why I haven't paused...

Yesterday was an example of why I haven't paused Zwift in a while - rained all day, Tour de Watopia Stage 4 was scheduled at the perfect time for me - 26 mile hilly ride instead of 0 miles.
04-15-21, 05:04 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,694
Posted By jpescatore

I never need a mountain bike for my non-road...

I never need a mountain bike for my non-road riding, let alone when I used to commute on bike - I always used what was called a hybrid bike but never liked the limited hand positions of flat bars....
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
04-14-21, 05:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,627
Posted By jpescatore

I was biking and hiking a lot in 2004. Lots of...

I was biking and hiking a lot in 2004. Lots of noise but as mentioned they are usually up high and I don't remember any smacking into me while biking. Hiking the Appalachian Trail and other areas the...
04-12-21, 05:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,018
Posted By jpescatore

A really good book to read is The Time Crunched...

A really good book to read is The Time Crunched Cyclis (https://www.velopress.com/books/the-time-crunched-cyclist/)t by Chris Carmichael. A lot of well written information on training and fitness and...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-21, 04:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 267
Posted By jpescatore

Gettysburg: The Baltimore Bicycling Club each...

Gettysburg: The Baltimore Bicycling Club each year in September holds the Civil War Century ride that starts in Thurmont MD and many of the rides loop through Gettysburg.

Ride info is here...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
04-05-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 695
Posted By jpescatore

It wasn't that bad from a traffic point of view -...

It wasn't that bad from a traffic point of view - there wasn't that much traffic when we did it on a weekday. I'm comfortable road riding, but I don't think this was a scary or dangerous stretch but...
04-01-21, 05:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,770
Posted By jpescatore

I bought a RouteWerks bag to replace that Ortleib...

I bought a RouteWerks bag to replace that Ortleib bag on my wife's bike - the magnetic closure was so strong on the Ortleib, my wife would get pulled into passing busses and I'd have to drive miles...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
04-01-21, 04:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 554
Posted By jpescatore

I've hiked and biked on the Towpath for over 40...

I've hiked and biked on the Towpath for over 40 years and those bluebells are the only flowers I can name! All those other ones I refer to as "those little purple ones" or "those tall white ones."...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,291
Posted By jpescatore

I filled out a contact form to Jamis on their web...

I filled out a contact form to Jamis on their web site, telling them of my experience and giving them links to both threads - will post any reply I get.
03-26-21, 04:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 939
Posted By jpescatore

My average Zwift speeds are about 20-25% faster...

My average Zwift speeds are about 20-25% faster than IRL - there is never a head wind, never have to slow down/stop for traffic lights, stop signs, etc, and never have to slow down on even the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-21, 05:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,291
Posted By jpescatore

Jamis Carbon Seat Post Goes Kerplooey

Back in December 2019 I bought a Jamis Renegade Escapade to be my gravel/touring bike and what I ride on more relaxed road rides with my wife. Steel frame, carbon fork, crank and seat post, bit 40mm...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
03-25-21, 04:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 695
Posted By jpescatore

My wife and I did a supported multi-day ride on...

My wife and I did a supported multi-day ride on the Delaware and Lehigh Rail Trail from Glen Summit south to New Hope (and a bit further south) - really loved that trail. We had a couple of days of...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-21, 06:39 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,956
Posted By jpescatore

Back in 2013 (at age 56) I completely tore my...

Back in 2013 (at age 56) I completely tore my rotator cuff and had to have surgery. During rehab I kept pushing for the surgeon to clear me for road riding (vs. first just recumbent stationary, than...
03-18-21, 06:03 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,879
Posted By jpescatore

If I had to choose only one, I'd choose presta....

If I had to choose only one, I'd choose presta. The only down side to them is that cars don't use them so much of the public infrastructure doesn't support them. But from a valve and tube reliability...
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,702
Posted By jpescatore

It really depends on the roads you ride on. I'm...

It really depends on the roads you ride on. I'm fine with 32mm on my bikes for the roads I normally ride on. But, I did a 3 day tour from Venice FL to Jacksonville and on the advice of locals I put...
03-17-21, 05:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 571
Posted By jpescatore

I can see going tubeless for mountain biking and...

I can see going tubeless for mountain biking and maybe racing. But for me, recreational riding and touring, even with tubeless tires I would have to carry a tube and CO2 or a pump, so don't see the...
02-09-21, 05:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,603
Posted By jpescatore

You actually don't have to be riding but you do...

You actually don't have to be riding but you do have to be running the Zwift game app to check those steenken badges.

My "pain cave" uses Apple TV to ride on Zwift in the basement, but I also have...
02-08-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,141
Posted By jpescatore

The only times I'ver had had the companion app...

The only times I'ver had had the companion app *not* go in game was when my iPad was using cellular data vs. my Wifi and once where for some reason my iPad connected to the next door neighbor's...
01-11-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,171
Posted By jpescatore

My wife and I have a motto: You can't help...

My wife and I have a motto: You can't help getting older, but you can stay immature!

Exercise in general (hiking for both of us, running for my wife) definitely makes you feel younger. Biking, my...
12-22-20, 05:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,199
Posted By jpescatore

Four years of Zwift

Zwift sent me a "Four Year Anniversary" email and starting up Zwift says I've done 8,100 miles, so averaging about 2,000 miles per year on Zwift. Using a Wahoo Kickr SNAP and my 1996 Trek 520 as a...
12-18-20, 05:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,797
Posted By jpescatore

I've been on Zwift for 4 years now, and over the...

I've been on Zwift for 4 years now, and over the winters have evolved to enjoying a mix of group rides, group workouts, custom individual workouts and just plain old riding. Used to be mostly spin...
12-09-20, 05:05 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,340
Posted By jpescatore

You may run into many quotes of the form...

You may run into many quotes of the form "Remember Rule #5 - HTFU"

The Rules can be found here (https://www.velominati.com/)and are essentially a list of cycling guidelines to follow if you want...
12-08-20, 05:22 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,532
Posted By jpescatore

I saw the article here...

I saw the article here (https://rootsofprogress.org/why-did-we-wait-so-long-for-the-bicycle) last year that gave some theories on this, along with examples of some early human powered vehicles from...
11-28-20, 05:31 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,686
Posted By jpescatore

My 1996 Trek 520 touring bike is still in use on...

My 1996 Trek 520 touring bike is still in use on the indoor trainer with Zwift. Now use a Jamis Renegade Escapade for the limited amount/type of touring I do these days, but the 520 is racking up...
11-20-20, 04:47 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,058
Posted By jpescatore

If I lived in a condo, with no easy way to do an...

If I lived in a condo, with no easy way to do an outdoor chain cleaning, I would do this (which is what I do to clean the chain on my old bike that stays in the basement on the trainer for riding on...
11-18-20, 04:52 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,825
Posted By jpescatore

It is possible to outfit your bike and a dumb...

It is possible to outfit your bike and a dumb trainer with sensors and use Zwift, but I decided I wanted the full experience and didn't go that way. So, for smart trainers:

There are two inputs...
11-11-20, 05:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,045
Posted By jpescatore

A cheap and easy way to get more hand positions...

A cheap and easy way to get more hand positions on your hybrid is to add bar extenders like these ...
11-06-20, 05:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,456
Posted By jpescatore

Much like for those annoying Check Engine Light...

Much like for those annoying Check Engine Light or Low Toner Indicators, there is an inexpensive solution for those blinking time displays:
...
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