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06-30-22, 07:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 195
Posted By big john

When I buy a road bike I don't justify the...

When I buy a road bike I don't justify the expense in any logical sort of way. I buy one because I want it. Not because I need more gears or whatever. I just want a new bike. Still, haven't bought a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 05:28 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

I like to start at the top of Reseda, to the Hub,...

I like to start at the top of Reseda, to the Hub, then Will Rogers trail, J-drop and up Sullivan ridge or take the second drop (don't know what it's called) into Sullivan Canyon. Me on Will Rogers...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 05:13 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

We're meeting in Calabasas, going over Old...

We're meeting in Calabasas, going over Old Topanga and to PCH and climbing Encinal and back to Westlake. Some years ago I would have considered that an easy ride for a Saturday. The cookie is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 04:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 90
Posted By big john

I think acclimation is the key. If you aren't...

I think acclimation is the key. If you aren't prepared it's going to suck a lot more.
And of course drink and eat.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 04:55 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

Supposed to drop down to the high 80s this...

Supposed to drop down to the high 80s this weekend.:bday:
I've been invited to do a shortened version of a club ride with 5500 feet of gain in 62 miles. Not sure how that will go.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 01:21 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

It's normal for climbers to prefer the climb,...

It's normal for climbers to prefer the climb, I've generally preferred the climbs, even though I am slow. Long downhills can get tiring in a different way and I'm not aerodynamic.
Riding bikes has...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 10:55 AM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

It would be nice if the cookie didn't start...

It would be nice if the cookie didn't start crumbling so soon.

https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/9780446697330.jpg?w=444
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 10:22 AM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

Let me know if you find a viable alternative. And...

Let me know if you find a viable alternative. And hurry, please.
06-30-22, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4,478
Views: 702,981
Posted By big john

Sounds great!

Sounds great!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 07:47 AM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

There was a car called the Chapparral in the 60s...

There was a car called the Chapparral in the 60s with that and they were driving around the Ford GTs and the fan was quickly banned.

The most unusual Chaparral was the 2J. On the chassis' sides...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-22, 07:45 AM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

Something similar happened near here. A station...

Something similar happened near here. A station played Creedence Clearwater's version of Heard it through the Grapevine continuously 24 hours. This went on for maybe months. No commercials, no...
06-29-22, 09:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 433
Posted By big john

My LBS guy retired a couple years ago. I had been...

My LBS guy retired a couple years ago. I had been buying bikes and stuff from him for 30 years. When we first met, I suggested he carry Kucharik toe warmers. He did and I sent people from my club...
06-29-22, 08:32 PM
Replies: 4,478
Views: 702,981
Posted By big john

Is there a bike path or car free road on the...

Is there a bike path or car free road on the shore?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 08:11 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

That chart lists bald-faced hornets similar to...

That chart lists bald-faced hornets similar to honey bees. I call B.S. I had one fly up the back of my shorts one time and it stung me on the glute. The pain was intense and quite startling. Like a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 07:43 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

On the Schmidt Sting Pain Index...

On the Schmidt Sting Pain Index (https://scienceblogs.com/retrospectacle/2007/05/16/schmidt-pain-index-which-sting), sweat bee stings are rated a 1.0, where 1 is the least pain of all. For reference,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 05:45 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

Big rig crashes and is left dangling off freeway...

Big rig crashes and is left dangling off freeway bridge in Los Angeles! - YouTube
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 03:27 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

I remember. You were ready to replace the cat(s).

I remember. You were ready to replace the cat(s).
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 02:46 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

Today I drove to the next valley and rode the...

Today I drove to the next valley and rode the bike path for a change. I was doing it twice a week until gas went over $6.25 a gallon. Figured it would save me almost $100 per month to stop driving...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 01:48 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

What I did for the last 30 years was diagnosis,...

What I did for the last 30 years was diagnosis, engine performance, emissions, electronics, the stuff nobody wants to do. There was a dramatic change in 1996 with the introduction of protocols and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

Bit of Bloomfield here. Solo starts around 3:00. ...

Bit of Bloomfield here. Solo starts around 3:00.
East-West - YouTube
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-22, 07:31 AM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

I know some people hate them. I prefer to carry...

I know some people hate them. I prefer to carry everything on the bike, rather than the body, but when I go on a mountain bike ride I have to put on the larger Camelbak.
The lady in the picture is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

I worked at a shyster used car lot and some gas...

I worked at a shyster used car lot and some gas stations and eventually was partners in a garage with another alcoholic. He went to a new car dealer after we closed and I didn't end up at a new car...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 08:20 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

I liked Bloomfield in The Electric Flag and I...

I liked Bloomfield in The Electric Flag and I have 2 Jews Blues with Barry Goldberg. Kooper wrote "This Diamond Ring" which was a gold record for Gary Lewis and the Playboys.
Kooper also formed...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 06:26 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

It's just a day pack, they weren't camping....

It's just a day pack, they weren't camping. Besides, he can handle it, probably not even 10 pounds.
How about on a road bike?...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 05:49 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

Some friends are on a mountain bike trip up...

Some friends are on a mountain bike trip up north. I like this picture....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 05:41 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

5 of us started at 7:30 and it was nice until the...

5 of us started at 7:30 and it was nice until the last part of the ride when it crept into the high 90s. My friend who struggled on Saturday was fine today as was the lady who was expecting to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 05:36 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

I never thought I would end up a car guy. Took...

I never thought I would end up a car guy. Took t.v. repair classes in high school and t.v. classes at Sears Training Center during summers. Then came alcohol.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 04:41 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

It was 1965.

It was 1965.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 04:39 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

You should tell him to stop that if it makes you...

You should tell him to stop that if it makes you uncomfortable. Or just Cinzano his ass.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 04:33 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

I have that, also have the live double album....

I have that, also have the live double album. Mike Bloomfield gone way too soon.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 04:31 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

I still haven't figured out what I want to be...

I still haven't figured out what I want to be when I grow up.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 07:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 520
Posted By big john

I've read that some Topstone bikes have an odd...

I've read that some Topstone bikes have an odd rear wheel offset, meaning you can't just swap in another wheel. This may be true for all Topstones,, I don't know.

As others have suggested, riding...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 07:14 AM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

You could go by an upholstery shop and ask if...

You could go by an upholstery shop and ask if they have an easy solution.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 07:08 AM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

Did you try to pin it up? When my old Blazer did...

Did you try to pin it up? When my old Blazer did that I tried spraying fabric adhesive in there but that didn't work. I just pinned and stapled it as best as I could. I was not going to take the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 08:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 727
Posted By big john

Have you checked bikesdirect.com? Save up to 60%...

Have you checked bikesdirect.com? Save up to 60% off Road Bikes, Free Ship 48, Schwinn, GT, Kestrel, Fuji, Motobecane and more Road bikes. Authorized dealer for Schwinn, GT, Kestrel, Fuji,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 07:44 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

Yep. Bottom photo is a Landshark built frame, his...

Yep. Bottom photo is a Landshark built frame, his team mates were on Serotta built Huffys. Top photo is a modern frame built by Hampsten Cycles and you can order one just like it.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 07:27 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

https://pelotonmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/201...

https://pelotonmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Hampsten-Huffy-Hero.jpg

https://www.cyclefit.co.uk/uploads/_420xAUTO_crop_center-center_none/hamsten_170504_132112.jpg
06-27-22, 06:48 PM
Replies: 3,212
Views: 825,101
Posted By big john

Yes, the Rampside Pickup. Jay Leno has one and...

Yes, the Rampside Pickup. Jay Leno has one and has a video about it on youtube.
06-27-22, 05:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 808
Posted By big john

Haven't seen you posting for a while. Doing OK?...

Haven't seen you posting for a while. Doing OK? Still riding and climbing?

I love my rest days.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 05:40 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

When I visited my friend in Arkansas it was...

When I visited my friend in Arkansas it was ridiculous, something like 90+ humidity and temperature. It was hard to breathe. We went out in his car and it started raining so hard we could hardly see,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 05:28 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

My friend and I did 55ish on Saturday and it was...

My friend and I did 55ish on Saturday and it was plenty. It was harder for him and he usually kicks my butt. We'll see how he does tomorrow.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 05:25 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

I've done a bit of plumbing work on old, nasty...

I've done a bit of plumbing work on old, nasty stuff. Not a lot at the current house but last Monday I had to replace the flush valve. My cat though this was great. he is fascinated with the toilet...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 05:18 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

Must have been the humidity that got to them?...

Must have been the humidity that got to them? That's quite a rate of attrition. I usually do ok with heat as long as I have enough water and am acclimated.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 03:48 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

Over 100 here today. Tomorrow's ride should be...

Over 100 here today. Tomorrow's ride should be interesting. One of the women hates the heat and she has spent the last several weeks up at 8000 feet so she is not acclimated at all. I don't know why...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 12:17 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

fo' sho'?

fo' sho'?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 12:16 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

The guy who assembled my mountain bike didn't...

The guy who assembled my mountain bike didn't tighten the ferrule/clamp on the dropper post cable. It's internal, so when it fell off it went to the bottom of the seat tube and when I tried to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 12:01 PM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

Mark Cavendish wins British national...

Mark Cavendish wins British national championships road race - VeloNews.com (https://www.velonews.com/news/road/mark-cavendish-wins-british-national-championships-road-race/)
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 11:51 AM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

There is a house we pass which has Astroturf and...

There is a house we pass which has Astroturf and you can see the yard lines and even the numbers.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 09:38 AM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

It's likely some cheap Chinese titanium. I think...

It's likely some cheap Chinese titanium. I think it only has a one year warranty.
Brakes are mechanical with 140mm rotors.

Here's one for $700.
700C road bike frame high light titanium frame...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 10,423
Views: 131,617
Posted By big john

I used to do long mountain bike rides with...

I used to do long mountain bike rides with multiple water crossing and sandy ground. Chainsuck happens often on these rides and I resorted to smearing sunscreen and even Chapstick on the chain....
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