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Forum: Foo
07-28-21, 11:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 420
Posted By downtube42

The downside of buying new is, you have a...

The downside of buying new is, you have a boatload of capital tied up in a depreciating asset sitting out in your driveway. Either that or the lending institution has their capital sitting in your...
07-28-21, 10:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 298
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, 09:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 387
Posted By downtube42

It's known but not well understood that heart...

It's known but not well understood that heart attacks are more common in the morning, and more frequently fatal. Dehydration is considered a factor. Other theories exist; some could affect...
07-28-21, 06:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 402
Posted By downtube42

Any ride will do.

Any ride will do.
Forum: Foo
07-28-21, 01:31 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 711
Posted By downtube42

Most of my life I've had one close friend at a...

Most of my life I've had one close friend at a time - maybe a dozen in total over the six decades. They've come and gone with life transitions and moves.

That's the case now; we're work colleagues...
Forum: Foo
07-23-21, 12:09 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,032
Posted By downtube42

I've moved from Indiana to Texas to Portland, OR....

I've moved from Indiana to Texas to Portland, OR. It seems like three different countries. Texas was a culture shock, Portland less so but still different. The US certainly offers a variety of...
07-21-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 335
Posted By downtube42

I'd like to think we'll be lucky, but I'm afraid...

I'd like to think we'll be lucky, but I'm afraid it's going to be a very bad summer here in the PNW. I've never been one to have a bug-out bag or plan, but I'm working on one. It's a tinder box here,...
07-21-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 418
Posted By downtube42

Yeah I've got the same legs but am 4" taller. I...

Yeah I've got the same legs but am 4" taller. I go for the tallest frame made just so I'm not folded up like a pretzel from the waist up. When i built up my Soma Fog Cutter I went with the 61cm...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-21, 01:56 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,757
Posted By downtube42

I've recently (well, 3.5 years ago) moved to...

I've recently (well, 3.5 years ago) moved to Portland OR, which has good transit coverage. So for my commuter, secondary to flat repair is my Hop card. That'll get me home without having to make the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 10:17 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,757
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: 123
Views: 2,467
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: 531
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...
07-18-21, 10:30 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,770
Posted By downtube42

The question will always be there, because it's...

The question will always be there, because it's impossible to prove he's not. Testing has been exposed to be imperfect.

As has been stated, his rivals have either crashed out, made early...
Replies: 70
Views: 5,693
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: 1,158
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: 5,693
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: 5,381
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: 669
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: 1,968
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...
Forum: Foo
07-09-21, 09:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 389
Posted By downtube42

Some years ago I was in an engine company...

Some years ago I was in an engine company innovation group, and we investigated the feasibility of collecting engine sounds via smartphone, and comparing them to an online database of known failure...
07-09-21, 12:20 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,600
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: 5,693
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: 2,229
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, 10:20 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,126
Posted By downtube42

I think the formula is fabulous. I can crush it,...

I think the formula is fabulous. I can crush it, which tells me I'm effectively 12 years younger than my calendar age. My plan is to suffer a little harder at each birthday, and live forever.

Let...
Replies: 70
Views: 5,693
Posted By downtube42

I'm sitting at R 11, which is a most stressful...

I'm sitting at R 11, which is a most stressful place in the R12 pursuit. Next weekend I'll either ride a permanent or drive up to Seattle for a brevet, and get it over with.
07-06-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,229
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: 3,130
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: 1,428
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: 2,313
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: 756
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: 1,428
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: 2,087
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?
07-04-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 3,914
Posted By downtube42

"No healthy person" indeed. A person who does not...

"No healthy person" indeed. A person who does not exercise their body will be well adapted to a sedentary existence. That person, upon deciding to exercise, could indeed bonk at ten miles.

In my...
Forum: Foo
07-04-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,428
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...
07-04-21, 01:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 669
Posted By downtube42

A/C still down since Monday afternoon, but i...

A/C still down since Monday afternoon, but i don't think it's been over 90 since. Cool nights, fortunately. I've replaced a blown fuse in the outdoor unit, now waiting for a capacitor. If that's not...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-21, 08:57 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,870
Posted By downtube42

n = 4 1/2 Rando bike (Soma Fog Cutter) ...

n = 4 1/2

Rando bike (Soma Fog Cutter)
Hardtail
Commuter (Priority Eight, IGH belt drive)
Recumbent (Volae Team, sad former rando bike that's currently ignored)
The half-bike is a unicycle...
07-01-21, 09:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 666
Posted By downtube42

Most co-ops are not competing with for-profit...

Most co-ops are not competing with for-profit shops; they serve a different clientelle. At the same time, bike co-ops often result in more people on bikes, which leads to even more people on bikes,...
07-01-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 7,287
Posted By downtube42

I think a competent defense attorney would point...

I think a competent defense attorney would point to the endless instances of fans on the road, fans flying over the peleton on MTBs, pushing riders, spitting on riders, running drunk along the road,...
07-01-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,644
Posted By downtube42

Both Haldeman and Robič had two winning years...

Both Haldeman and Robič had two winning years where their times were different by almost 24 hours. Haldeman's were consecutive years, the 2nd being slower. Weather is a huge difference.

I've only...
Forum: Foo
07-01-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,768
Posted By downtube42

Oh I'm the guy. I don't know if say I hate Texas,...

Oh I'm the guy. I don't know if say I hate Texas, I would say i hated living in Texas. I also have no desire to visit 🤔. Yeah even my brother in Houston realizes the climate is effed and is worried...
Forum: Foo
07-01-21, 12:19 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,768
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.
Forum: Foo
06-30-21, 11:05 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,768
Posted By downtube42

Sometimes they write software. :twitchy: ...

Sometimes they write software. :twitchy:
Sometimes they write a lot of software :crash:

800 line functions with one big fat case statement, globals galore, magic numbers, and mnemonic variable...
06-30-21, 10:53 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,644
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: 1,644
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: 1,125
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...
06-30-21, 12:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,356
Posted By downtube42

I did some damn hot rides when I live in west...

I did some damn hot rides when I live in west Texas. I recall a TT when it was 115F; I rode out there, did the 10 miles, and rode home. I did a full brevet series - 200k, 300k, 400k, 600k, as well as...
Replies: 24
Views: 1,125
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: 1,644
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. ...
06-28-21, 01:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 500
Posted By downtube42

My best friend and best cycling buddy just turned...

My best friend and best cycling buddy just turned 30, and I'm 60. Compatible on the climbs we are not, given I'm 6'3" 200# and he's more like 5'6" and 160#. Living in the Portland, OR area, all we...
06-27-21, 10:45 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 8,092
Posted By downtube42

I was 30 miles from the end of a 600k, when i ran...

I was 30 miles from the end of a 600k, when i ran over something that put a 1/2" cut in my GP5000, right down the center. Sealant spraying like mad. I rolled the bike until the cut was on the bottom,...
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