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11-08-21, 10:40 PM
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Posted By donm1967

Saturday ride ...

Saturday ride
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10-31-21, 06:09 PM
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Posted By donm1967

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10-25-21, 04:27 PM
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Posted By donm1967

Have you tried the Des Plaines River trail in...

Have you tried the Des Plaines River trail in Lake County? Really nice you can ride north for many miles.
10-25-21, 04:25 PM
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Posted By donm1967

No fall colors, but Saturday was nice sunny fall...

No fall colors, but Saturday was nice sunny fall day at Glencoe Beach...
10-17-21, 09:04 PM
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Posted By donm1967

From a PA road trip I took last year to ride rail...

From a PA road trip I took last year to ride rail trails

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10-04-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,094
Posted By donm1967

Hah yeah right. My feet and ass are still mad at...

Hah yeah right. My feet and ass are still mad at me.
10-04-21, 12:32 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,094
Posted By donm1967

Most likely this same time next year I'll have...

Most likely this same time next year I'll have moved to San Diego, so if I do another one it will be out there.
10-04-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,094
Posted By donm1967

Ride done ! The weather forecast called for...

Ride done !
The weather forecast called for rain in the morning, thunderstorms in the afternoon. It was raining on the drive there, but the on ride we didn't get a single drop.
First 75 was good,...
09-28-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,094
Posted By donm1967

Thank you all for the advice and encouragement. ...

Thank you all for the advice and encouragement.
I think I'm ready. However new concern now is the weather. Forecast is rain most of the day, temp 60-75. I know it's 5 days away and the forecast...
09-27-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,072
Posted By donm1967

I just converted to clipless SPD myself. I got...

I just converted to clipless SPD myself. I got Shimano ED500 pedals which are meant for touring and easy to get in and out of (good for beginners), and they are only $60. I did purchase sh51 cleats...
09-19-21, 03:15 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,945
Posted By donm1967

I took a bumble bee to the back of the mouth a...

I took a bumble bee to the back of the mouth a few weeks ago. Used long tweezers to get the stinger out.
09-19-21, 03:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 880
Posted By donm1967

Interesting idea

Interesting idea
09-19-21, 02:19 PM
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Views: 880
Posted By donm1967

Thanks guys, all great ideas. Another thought I...

Thanks guys, all great ideas.
Another thought I had is that I do have rear rack and trunk bag. I could mount the rack and omit the bag to save weight and just use the rack to stow a light jacket...
09-19-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 880
Posted By donm1967

Clothing for changing temps during ride

Hi all,
I tried searching for cool weather clothing advice and mostly found what to wear for cooler/cold weather. But what are people doing for rides where the temp changes? For example if it's...
09-19-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,094
Posted By donm1967

Thanks all for the advice and encouragement. ...

Thanks all for the advice and encouragement.

Yesterday we planned on riding 60 miles. My friend mapped a route that was actually 65. We took our time, drank and ate frequently, made a few short...
09-17-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,094
Posted By donm1967

Yes it's a personal goal. I'm not an athlete, ...

Yes it's a personal goal. I'm not an athlete, Had bad asthma as a kid, back problems as an adult. At age 54 feeling the best I have in a long time after my 2nd lumbar surgery in 2020. So for me...
09-16-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,648
Posted By donm1967

Maybe try touring tires. Last year I took trip...

Maybe try touring tires. Last year I took trip to PA to ride rail trails. During the pandemic it was hard to find tires locally. I ended up getting Continental Ride Tours (700x35). Smooth on the...
09-16-21, 08:52 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,094
Posted By donm1967

I figured I'd get mixed responses :) The ride is...

I figured I'd get mixed responses :) The ride is Oct 3 so not much more time to train. They say at the 48 mi rest stop is when you need to decide 68 or 100.
I did think about hills too and asked...
09-16-21, 08:40 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 4,639
Posted By donm1967

I practiced a bit on my trainer in the garage...

I practiced a bit on my trainer in the garage first. I got Shimano ED500 which are supposed to be easy to out of and good for beginners. I actually found it trickier to get in them.
09-16-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 154
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Posted By donm1967

Installed SPD pedals and cleats on my new shoes. ...

Installed SPD pedals and cleats on my new shoes. I've been using toe clips/straps forever, finally going clipless. Rode 16 at lunch to test them out. So far OK.
09-16-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,094
Posted By donm1967

Thinking about a century

I've been riding for years just for exercise, nothing extreme. Last year after back surgery I start riding more and farther. I continued this year, and bought a road bike.
I ride 15-20 mi 3-4x...
09-14-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 3,889
Views: 299,190
Posted By donm1967

Lunchtime 16 mi. Felt great, then the last 4 I...

Lunchtime 16 mi. Felt great, then the last 4 I was swearing at the wind :)
09-13-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 4,639
Posted By donm1967

Ever since I got my new bike 4 weeks ago the...

Ever since I got my new bike 4 weeks ago the chain has been rubbing slightly on the front derailleur when on the smaller sprockets so I decided to try to adjust adjust it. Not sure if what I found...
09-11-21, 09:47 PM
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Posted By donm1967

50.6 miles, my longest so far. Much easier when...

50.6 miles, my longest so far. Much easier when it's not so humid. I tried for a 50 2 weeks ago and could only make 43.
09-06-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 3,889
Views: 299,190
Posted By donm1967

Bike the Drive

Did 30 miles yesterday on Lake Shore Drive with wife and friends. Beautiful morning with great temp and no clouds...
08-22-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By donm1967

Thanks for all the replies. It's sounding more...

Thanks for all the replies. It's sounding more like I need a professional fit with someone that can assess my capability/flexibility.
The 29" measurement was top of seat to center of BB. This is...
08-22-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,189
Posted By donm1967

When I was searching I looked at Giant and...

When I was searching I looked at Giant and Specialized - their websites list dealer locations for specific model and size you're looking at. You might find something close to you. I ended up only...
08-22-21, 08:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By donm1967

I moved the seat back a little and rode 27 mi...

I moved the seat back a little and rode 27 mi this morning. Felt pretty good, a little better on the hands but not a huge difference. At first I did feel a little more effort in hamstrings, but not...
08-21-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By donm1967

Wow I wouldn't have thought the bike is too...

Wow I wouldn't have thought the bike is too small. I'm 5'10" which put me in between med and med-large, and I went med-large. Note I have long arms. Any larger and I think stand-over would be tight....
08-21-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By donm1967

I wear running shoes. Should I try something...

I wear running shoes. Should I try something firmer until I go clipless? Maybe MTB shoes?
I stretch every day, and do exercises from my PT on off days (sometimes).

Iride01, my inseam is 33.5"...
08-21-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By donm1967

Opinions on bike fit

Hey all,
I've been riding my new/first endurance road bike for about 2 weeks. I rode a hybrid (flat bar, more aggressive posture than the typical upright position) forever. I've been plagued with...
08-17-21, 04:56 PM
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Posted By donm1967

I had an awesome trip to PA last Oct to ride...

I had an awesome trip to PA last Oct to ride various trails and rode Pine Creek - really nice, and I had the trail all to myself in the AM. Makes me wish I lived there. If you're from PA I assume...
08-15-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 3,889
Views: 299,190
Posted By donm1967

End of week 1 with my first road bike, did 26...

End of week 1 with my first road bike, did 26 miles, mostly flat, avg 16.5 mph. Not breaking any records (besides my own) but getting faster and used to the bike/position. After today's ride I'm...
08-12-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3,176
Views: 814,384
Posted By donm1967

At 54, just bought my first road bike - Giant...

At 54, just bought my first road bike - Giant Defy. I've been riding a hybrid forever. Long time back problems, feeling the best I have in many years since my 2nd lumbar discectomy in Jan 2020.
08-08-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,264
Posted By donm1967

I finally found a bike - Giant Defy Advanced 2. A...

I finally found a bike - Giant Defy Advanced 2. A little more than I wanted to spend, but it's a nice bike - CF and Shimano 105. I only had to drive 50 min to get it. I also tried a Giant Revolt in...
08-02-21, 06:52 PM
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Views: 299,190
Posted By donm1967

41 miles on my hybrid yesterday, my longest ride....

41 miles on my hybrid yesterday, my longest ride. Decent pace (for me) and I felt good afterwards. Looking forward to getting a new bike to keep it going.
08-02-21, 05:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,053
Posted By donm1967

Robert McClory was mentioned - this is a really...

Robert McClory was mentioned - this is a really nice trail.
Des Plaines River trail is best in Lake County. Well maintained. Once you get south of lake cook road or Dundee I don't think it would...
08-02-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,264
Posted By donm1967

I'm still hunting for a bike - Endurace -...

I'm still hunting for a bike
- Endurace - Canyon pushed their dates out again. Grail is another option, but dates even further out, and I don't care for the color.
- Diverge - shop sold it. I...
07-29-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,264
Posted By donm1967

I'd love to buy local, but there really is...

I'd love to buy local, but there really is nothing near me. A shop in another state is willing to ship the diverge to me.
07-28-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,264
Posted By donm1967

Hey all, I've been researching, and searching,...

Hey all,
I've been researching, and searching, and there isn't much available. There are a few possible options I'm considering (that I might actually be able to get this year):
1) Canyon Endurace...
07-23-21, 07:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,264
Posted By donm1967

Thanks all for the great replies. I plan on...

Thanks all for the great replies.
I plan on keeping my hybrid for the trail (I'm fortunate to be able to ride from my house 1 mi to the awesome Des Plaines River trail in Lake Co, IL) and add the...
07-23-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,264
Posted By donm1967

Thanks. I actually did modify my bars to get a...

Thanks. I actually did modify my bars to get a little lower. I rotated them some to angled back more vs up, and I flipped the stem to get a little lower. At first I could feel tightness in upper...
07-23-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,264
Posted By donm1967

Upgrading from hybrid to road bike

Hey all,
I've been riding my 2009 Cannondale quick 4 for a long time. I ride a mix of street and limestone trail, hence why I chose the hybrid back then. I added inner bar ends for diff hand...
05-26-10, 06:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,724
Posted By donm1967

Ranger - how much do you ride? I'm considering a...

Ranger - how much do you ride? I'm considering a new bike, Sirrus being on of them. But this post makes we wonder about durablity. Did you buy the base model?
Don
05-25-10, 08:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 951
Posted By donm1967

Thanks for the replies. I measured the...

Thanks for the replies. I measured the stand-over of my current bike last night and it is taller than the specs on the Transeo large, so I may go back and try it again. I guess I'm used to the top...
05-24-10, 07:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 951
Posted By donm1967

Need some help deciding

Hi All-
After riding my Schwinn Cross-cut for 19 years it's finally time for a new bike. I'd like to stay in the $600-$800 range. I prefer a flat bar vs. comfort-type bar. My riding is a 60/40...
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