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Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-22, 07:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,354
Posted By Random11

Great to hear that you're back to riding. I've...

Great to hear that you're back to riding. I've been forced off my bike a few times for medical issues (not cycling related), so I don't have to imagine how much you wanted to get back in the saddle.
09-20-22, 04:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 274
Posted By Random11

I'm sure I'd enjoy that. One of my sons, who...

I'm sure I'd enjoy that. One of my sons, who lives in Florida and is a classical musician (and cyclist) plays in a summer orchestra in Bellingham most summers. This past summer he had his bike...
09-20-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 274
Posted By Random11

My Third Century

When I started cycling almost five years ago, a Century seemed like a "bucket list" accomplishment--something I'd like to do, but wasn't sure I'd ever be able to. Someone had posted on BF (and I've...
09-17-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 980
Posted By Random11

I don't know that this will be particularly...

I don't know that this will be particularly helpful, but I was a runner for more than half a century and had to give it up because of knee problems. X-rays and CT scans show advanced arthritis in...
09-15-22, 08:45 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 2,232
Posted By Random11

This might describe me. I'm just thinking that if...

This might describe me. I'm just thinking that if I ride 100 miles in one outing, that's a century, even if I stop a few times along the way. I am motivated to do 100 miles because a century seems...
08-27-22, 03:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 969
Posted By Random11

I usually ride in the morning. I've heard that...

I usually ride in the morning. I've heard that exercising in the morning raises your metabolism for the rest of the day.
08-21-22, 04:25 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,892
Posted By Random11

My guess is that you won't notice much...

My guess is that you won't notice much difference. I have a Diverge with 700x38c tires and a Cervelo Caledonia with 700X30c tires, and ride the bikes interchangeably over paved roads. I do notice...
08-07-22, 08:09 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,535
Posted By Random11

I use bar-end mirrors on my drop bars. I find...

I use bar-end mirrors on my drop bars. I find them essential when making left turns.
07-28-22, 12:09 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,366
Posted By Random11

As a cycling enthusiast, I was interested in...

As a cycling enthusiast, I was interested in discussing some of my thoughts on the motivation to ride with other cycling enthusiasts. Can you suggest a website or discussion group where that might be...
07-26-22, 11:23 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,366
Posted By Random11

I'm happy to give lots of credit to those who are...

I'm happy to give lots of credit to those who are motivated to train. Maybe my initial post was trying to justify my lack of motivation. But if I thought a change in my riding habits would improve my...
07-25-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,366
Posted By Random11

I'm Not Training; I'm Exercising

Every morning I ride 15-20 miles over rolling hills. I rarely miss a day. I enjoy riding, but one motivator is that I think it's good for my health. I get occasional advice (and see it here) on what...
07-18-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 397
Posted By Random11

I'm not against buying new bikes, particularly if...

I'm not against buying new bikes, particularly if it will inspire you to ride, but have you tried riding your existing bikes on that route? They might be as good for your purposes as new bikes.
07-17-22, 01:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 614
Posted By Random11

Lots of you are making a joke out of this, but...

Lots of you are making a joke out of this, but I'm wondering the same thing. Case in point: I have a 2019 Specialized Diverge with a 2x drive train which is perfect for the rides I do. The current...
07-15-22, 07:24 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,055
Posted By Random11

I first heard this on BF several years ago, and...

I first heard this on BF several years ago, and have repeated it a few times myself. My typical ride is 15-20 miles, but I rarely miss a day and consistently ride more than 100 miles in a week. I...
07-02-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 2,995
Posted By Random11

Not exactly the same thing, but I ride through...

Not exactly the same thing, but I ride through residential neighborhoods and people often put things at the curb they are discarding (furniture, children's toys, yard ornaments, etc.). A few times...
06-15-22, 07:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By Random11

Several decades ago I was in Washingon, DC, and a...

Several decades ago I was in Washingon, DC, and a local was giving me a ride to the airport. We got to his car and he had two of "The Club" steering wheel locks on his car. I asked him why he had two...
05-21-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 11,189
Posted By Random11

... the other guys in your riding group call you...

... the other guys in your riding group call you Mr. [Lastname] while they refer to all the other riders by their first names.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-22, 07:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,209
Posted By Random11

I have a Cervelo Caledonia and a Specialized...

I have a Cervelo Caledonia and a Specialized Diverge. I can tell you that the Diverge is much more stable than the Caledonia.
05-14-22, 07:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 851
Posted By Random11

I love posts like this. Congrats to you and Nora....

I love posts like this. Congrats to you and Nora. Nora's showing older riders like us that it's very possible to keep riding well into our 80s. She's an inspiration to me, and I'm sure to many other...
05-09-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 687
Posted By Random11

You're looking good, Irwin. Thanks for starting...

You're looking good, Irwin. Thanks for starting this thread. As a senior citizen myself, I love to hear about older riders who are keeping at it.
05-09-22, 08:24 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,755
Posted By Random11

I like those names better than Gravel anything....

I like those names better than Gravel anything. I've rarely had my bike on actual gravel. Dirt? Yes. Sand? Yes. Grass? Yes. Lots of pavement. Gravel? Rarely. As I ride it, it is a multi-surface bike.
04-17-22, 07:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,511
Posted By Random11

I don't know whether this is correct, but when I...

I don't know whether this is correct, but when I bought my bike, it came with those orange inserts and the shop told me to put them in when I take off the wheels, so I do. It's easy to do and I've...
04-13-22, 08:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,543
Posted By Random11

Seems like there was a similar thread here in the...

Seems like there was a similar thread here in the past year. For me, 60 degrees F (16 degrees C) is ideal. Cool but not cold.
03-29-22, 07:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,079
Posted By Random11

I'm 71 and as far as I can tell, I haven't slowed...

I'm 71 and as far as I can tell, I haven't slowed down at all. But I have an advantage over many of you. I didn't start riding until I was 67. Apparently, any negative effects of aging have been...
03-27-22, 07:55 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,290
Posted By Random11

I don't Wanna Know

I'm pretty disciplined about riding almost every day, pushing pretty hard, but not exhausting myself. I know the mileage of the routes I'm riding, but outside of the miles, I'm not metering my...
03-20-22, 04:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,322
Posted By Random11

Not sure my advice applies to your specific case,...

Not sure my advice applies to your specific case, but when I started riding again at age 67 after 40 years off, I did feel a bit uneasy and unstable. After a few months I felt much more comfortable,...
03-05-22, 11:27 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,566
Posted By Random11

I'd get a bike stand, something like this RAD...

I'd get a bike stand, something like this RAD Cycle Black 1-Bike Portable Floor Stand Garage Bike Rack HWD630532 (homedepot.com)...
02-25-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,226
Posted By Random11

I like RaceFace Chesters.

I like RaceFace Chesters.
02-24-22, 07:09 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,058
Posted By Random11

Very inspiring, Doug. I see many people in this...

Very inspiring, Doug. I see many people in this thread thinking like you (and I) do. Don't let age alone take you off your bike. I also see some sobering counter-arguments. One thing that is in the...
02-17-22, 08:21 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,384
Posted By Random11

I like my Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon. Nice...

I like my Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon. Nice on pavement, and good for off-road riding. I also have a Caledonia, but I never ride it off-road. I ride the Diverge off-road. The Caledonia is more...
01-29-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,019
Posted By Random11

I know times have changed, but I got a new bike...

I know times have changed, but I got a new bike when I was 11 and rode it until I was 18. By that time, the bike was pretty well trashed.
12-13-21, 09:10 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,808
Posted By Random11

I'm 71 and rode 104 miles one Sunday in October....

I'm 71 and rode 104 miles one Sunday in October. I got a new bike in August (Cervelo Calendonia) and wanted to do a Century on it, so I did. I also did a Century the year before on my old bike...
12-09-21, 07:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,502
Posted By Random11

If you're riding solo, I don't see much of an...

If you're riding solo, I don't see much of an advantage to a second wheelset. I have a Specialized Diverge with 700x38c tires that does fine on paved roads, in addition to light gravel. New wheels...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-22-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,729
Posted By Random11

My only bike was a gravel bike and I wanted some...

My only bike was a gravel bike and I wanted some thinner tires. So, I bought new wheels and tires, and a new bike to put them on. One thought is, it's not bad to have a second bike. It's rare that...
10-19-21, 07:54 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 9,051
Posted By Random11

Good attitude, Yuri. That was a real question. My...

Good attitude, Yuri. That was a real question. My new Caledonia seems like a great bike for me now, and I was wondering how long I'd be thinking that. But I bought the bike I wanted now, rather than...
10-19-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,397
Posted By Random11

A Diverge was my only bike for two years. I ride...

A Diverge was my only bike for two years. I ride it mostly on paved roads with 700x38c tires. It rides well on the road, and also is good off-road, though it's been a challenge on some rougher...
10-12-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 9,051
Posted By Random11

Yes, you should be able to enjoy that bike until...

Yes, you should be able to enjoy that bike until age 71 at least, if my experience is any guide.
10-12-21, 10:07 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 9,051
Posted By Random11

Older Road Bike Riders?

Two months ago I bought a Cervelo Caledonia. I'm very happy with the bike, which fits well and is a good match for my regular rides. But one thing I briefly considered before buying is how much...
10-07-21, 07:40 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 6,353
Posted By Random11

The OP raises a good question. I replace my chain...

The OP raises a good question. I replace my chain when my chain gauge shows it's worn, and about every third chain, the new chain skips so I get a new cassette to go with the new chain. But... if the...
09-26-21, 06:52 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 6,531
Posted By Random11

I'm impressed... and stand corrected.

I'm impressed... and stand corrected.
09-26-21, 12:33 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 6,531
Posted By Random11

My goal, in both my marathons and my century, was...

My goal, in both my marathons and my century, was just to do the distance. I agree that I could have exerted more effort in my ride. So this might be a better comparison. The Tour de France cyclists...
09-26-21, 12:01 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 6,531
Posted By Random11

As a former runner who recently turned to...

As a former runner who recently turned to cycling, I can assure you that running uses far more energy. As a runner, one of my goals was to run a marathon (I eventually did five), and when I picked up...
09-17-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,412
Posted By Random11

Like the OP, I had this idea that someday I'd...

Like the OP, I had this idea that someday I'd like to do a century. I thought of it as a "bucket list" item. Then somebody posted on these forums that rule of thumb that you should be able to ride in...
09-15-21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 8,522
Posted By Random11

You're probably better and quicker at changing...

You're probably better and quicker at changing tires than I am. The last tire I changed took me more than 24 hours. I had trouble getting the tire to mount and broke all my tire levers (three of...
09-12-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,412
Posted By Random11

I'm another rider who switched to Schwalbe...

I'm another rider who switched to Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires because I was having too many flats.
09-04-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 7,474
Posted By Random11

My usual rides are 15-20 miles and I wear a...

My usual rides are 15-20 miles and I wear a t-shirt and running shorts (left over from when I could run). I have padded bike shorts I wear for rides more than 20 miles. I'm not sure I need them, but...
08-30-21, 08:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,733
Posted By Random11

I may be too compulsive a rider, but I got back...

I may be too compulsive a rider, but I got back on the bike the next day. The doctor said it would take 4-6 weeks to heal, but he also gave me a sheet with some exercises to do, and didn't tell me...
08-26-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,733
Posted By Random11

It almost goes without saying, but I didn't see...

It almost goes without saying, but I didn't see it until it was too late. It was about an inch and a half in diameter and about two feet long, so not something you'd choose to run over, but also,...
08-26-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,733
Posted By Random11

Ha! Too late for me.

Ha! Too late for me.
08-25-21, 08:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,733
Posted By Random11

My First Crash

I've been riding a few months short of four years and had my first crash today. Riding solo at a pretty good clip on a residential road, when I ran over a stick I didn't see in time, which caused me...
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