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06-16-24, 09:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,271
Posted By downtube42

In all fairness, OP suggested the Trek, called it...

In all fairness, OP suggested the Trek, called it reasonably priced, noted there was a dealer nearby, and asked why not. That'd be why so much Trek. We're just playing the role of enablers.

If'n...
06-16-24, 06:39 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,946
Posted By downtube42

When nobody's looking, I go to puppy paws.

When nobody's looking, I go to puppy paws.
06-14-24, 11:25 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 5,076
Posted By downtube42

I don't take the Marine Drive trail on the...

I don't take the Marine Drive trail on the non-river side. Some sketchy bits over there so I stick on Marine Drive. River side is good.

I ride that loop fixed gear quite a bit. There's brand-new...
06-14-24, 11:02 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 5,076
Posted By downtube42

Wait, you're in Beaverton? Dang. IMO you...

Wait, you're in Beaverton? Dang.

IMO you need to ride a 100k on this bike. I have this super-flat triangle 100k that goes Milwaukie, Kelley Point, Troutdale, Gresham, Milwaukie. 75% MUP, most of...
06-14-24, 10:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,271
Posted By downtube42

I bought a CF Domane about a year ago. I'm still...

I bought a CF Domane about a year ago. I'm still somewhat shocked I paid what I did, but there it is. Deciding factors over various options were fender mounts and room for wider tires (35 with...
06-14-24, 10:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 346
Posted By downtube42

Rainlegs. Essentially chaps covering the front of...

Rainlegs. Essentially chaps covering the front of you thighs and upper calves, leaving the back open. $50 on Amazon. Good enough for Portland, good enough for Holland.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-24, 09:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 903
Posted By downtube42

I always hesitate to advise someone buy used,...

I always hesitate to advise someone buy used, since IMO you need to know a little more what you're doing than buying new. But there are cetainly good deals out there.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-24, 09:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 903
Posted By downtube42

Domane has fender mounts; clearance for 32mm plus...

Domane has fender mounts; clearance for 32mm plus fenders. Emonda does not. That was a deal breaker for me, as I ride brevets in the rain quite a bit.

As far as AL vs CF for comfort, I'll add this...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-24, 01:55 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 4,152
Posted By downtube42

Last weekend I finished a long ride with 67...

Last weekend I finished a long ride with 67 headwind rainy miles. My face was angled down more than normal due to rain and wind, and I noticed a white dot appear on the center bead of my front tire....
06-07-24, 04:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,071
Posted By downtube42

Years ago there was a thing known as The Game aka...

Years ago there was a thing known as The Game aka SCM aka Silly Commuter Racing, whereas an equipment and clothing based handicapping system determined ranking. A scalp was earned by passing (and...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-24, 03:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 657
Posted By downtube42

Nope. Not relevant at all. It's faster than...

Nope. Not relevant at all. It's faster than walking or taking the bus, which are my options. I mean, I could buy a car, but that seems pretty extreme.
06-07-24, 03:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,071
Posted By downtube42

It won't noticably help performance. Tires...

It won't noticably help performance.

Tires might. Bike fit might.

But it will help you feel part of the group, which could affect performance.
06-05-24, 07:24 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,436
Posted By downtube42

Fun. I used to volunteer at a bike co-op a...

Fun.

I used to volunteer at a bike co-op a lot, and a fair number of people use wally world bikes for transportation. The last straw for me, to consider them anything but BSOs, was when I saw a...
06-04-24, 10:55 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,650
Posted By downtube42

Saddle position, before shopping for saddles. ...

Saddle position, before shopping for saddles.

Saddle tilt is first. Set it up level. This may be be tweaked later, but start level.

Saddle height next.
Too high is going to cause a number of...
Replies: 8
Views: 1,132
Posted By downtube42

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Views: 1,132
Posted By downtube42

600k, and with it a fixed gear SR series, done....

600k, and with it a fixed gear SR series, done. Like many things rando, it seemed crazy impossibly hard, then I did it. Hard, but not impossible. Key takeaways: it's all about the saddle, and the...
05-25-24, 02:46 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 5,412
Posted By downtube42

Imagine if you will that someone invented a new...

Imagine if you will that someone invented a new coffee cup that instead of having the well known handle has instead a series of small bumps and wispy thin hoops that fit the hand exquisitely. It does...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-24, 02:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,492
Posted By downtube42

Lots of options, don't overthink it. Fixie. SS,...

Lots of options, don't overthink it. Fixie. SS, internal hub, rigid MTB on slicks, older road bike, vintage Schwinn. Make sure it fits, add fenders, ride. Lube the chain on occasion. Done.

Your...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-24, 11:34 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,385
Posted By downtube42

I had to borrow a helmet for a ride recently; it...

I had to borrow a helmet for a ride recently; it was a Lazier with more vents than my helmet. But what I really appreciated was the better sightline from how it sat on my head. When down on the...
Replies: 8
Views: 1,132
Posted By downtube42

400k fixed done; tough as expected. Only...

400k fixed done; tough as expected.

Only five started the Oregon Randonneurs Covered Bridges 400k; three of us from Oregon Randonneurs, one from Seattle, and one from Idaho. It was cool but not...
05-20-24, 09:44 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,686
Posted By downtube42

Worst thing that can happen is you become a...

Worst thing that can happen is you become a waxing fanboy :eek:
Forum: Commuting
05-18-24, 09:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,268
Posted By downtube42

Current job, I don't transport food. We have a...

Current job, I don't transport food. We have a small cafeteria, and I eat there about half the time. The other half I ride with a group going out for lunch. That's been about the last six years....
05-18-24, 05:40 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,309
Posted By downtube42

I've ridden a ton of solo miles randonneuring,...

I've ridden a ton of solo miles randonneuring, day and night. I prefer to ride my pace, stopping when I want for how long I want. I rode most of Paris Brest Paris solo four times. Same with all the...
Forum: Touring
05-17-24, 09:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 973
Posted By downtube42

Ignore the numbers and just ride. Make sure it's...

Ignore the numbers and just ride. Make sure it's fun, so you want to ride more. Forget time, distance, and speed. The only time that matters is when you need to get back home.

Your legs and lungs...
05-17-24, 09:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,103
Posted By downtube42

This. Saddle fore/aft, and making the...

This.

Saddle fore/aft, and making the appropriate saddle height change, is rotating your COG around the crank. If you rotate it back far enough, it's a recumbent. I used to ride a recumbent, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-24, 10:48 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 20,127
Posted By downtube42

The randonneur test for field reparability is...

The randonneur test for field reparability is pretty straightforward.

Pack up your tubes and repair kit in your luggage of choice or pockets. At midnight, turn on the sprinklers. At 3am take...
05-13-24, 10:07 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,035
Posted By downtube42

I was a cyclist in Indianapolis when Nelson Vails...

I was a cyclist in Indianapolis when Nelson Vails and Mark Gorski were racing at the Major Taylor Velodrome on the west side, and the fixie scene exploded. The cool kids were walking around wearing...
05-10-24, 06:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,575
Posted By downtube42

Remove the tube and inflate it fairly large. Put...

Remove the tube and inflate it fairly large. Put it in the trunk of your car for a few days. If it's still inflated, you have gremlins. Otherwise, is a slow leak and must be found with extreme...
05-10-24, 06:10 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,354
Posted By downtube42

If I'm not hungry all the time, I'm not losing...

If I'm not hungry all the time, I'm not losing weight.

It doesn't matter how much or hard I ride, I can (and will) eat more than I burn, unless I stay hungry.
05-08-24, 10:25 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,582
Posted By downtube42

Detroit Bikes' Sparrow frame built up for...

Detroit Bikes' Sparrow frame built up for randonneuring. 300km brevet action.

I thought the aluminum frame might be too harsh for distance, but with 32mm tires it's a smooth ride.
05-06-24, 09:13 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 6,969
Posted By downtube42

But seriously. The risk isn't so much about the...

But seriously. The risk isn't so much about the government having details about your daily life, but that that information will eventually, through one data breach or another, become essentially...
05-03-24, 10:44 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,782
Posted By downtube42

Tires tend to expand a bit, so I'd be concerned...

Tires tend to expand a bit, so I'd be concerned if new tires are that close. I'd probably shop around for tires that are a tad less tall.

ENVE SES 700C at 29mm perhaps.
05-03-24, 10:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,220
Posted By downtube42

White Industries MI5 135mm Shimano HG rim brake....

White Industries MI5 135mm Shimano HG rim brake. Pick your spoke count.

$400 hub.

https://www.whiteind.com/product/mi5-rear/
05-03-24, 10:19 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,841
Posted By downtube42

An endurance bike for randonneuring. Comfortable,...

An endurance bike for randonneuring. Comfortable, fenders, 32mm tires. Mech shift hydro disc. Trek SL5 Gen 4 at $3500 would get it done. Or something not a Trek. Add dyno lighting and fenders so...
05-01-24, 07:23 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,499
Posted By downtube42

I'm not a serious cyclist. In fact I'm not really...

I'm not a serious cyclist. In fact I'm not really serious about much of anything. I have a unicycle and a recumbent in my garage for crying out loud; no serious person would own such abominations...
04-30-24, 09:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,282
Posted By downtube42

The Bike of Theseus

The Bike of Theseus
04-29-24, 08:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,282
Posted By downtube42

I can only imagine the conversations my wife has...

I can only imagine the conversations my wife has with her knitting friends, at my expense.

"My stash is in a chest of drawers in his home office, and he has no idea the contents cost twice all his...
04-22-24, 09:50 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,006
Posted By downtube42

Sounds like 12 is fairly easy. Ride 12 miles, 3x...

Sounds like 12 is fairly easy. Ride 12 miles, 3x per week, until 12 miles is ezpz. Then increase to 18. Ride 18 3x until that's ezpz.

Keep increasing by 30-50%.

If at any time, it's...
04-22-24, 06:27 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,534
Posted By downtube42

Nobody needs a power meter unless they're...

Nobody needs a power meter unless they're livelihood depend upon it. I have five bikes I don't need.

I expect it's a matter of increasing returns, as you get more fit. But it goes without saying...
04-20-24, 10:26 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,686
Posted By downtube42

You don't have to look very far to find people...

You don't have to look very far to find people doing difficult things - running, hiking, climbing, lifting, kayaking, hunting - that is clearly something compelling about challenges. And you don't...
04-19-24, 09:20 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,686
Posted By downtube42

I have two geared road bikes, one recumbent, one...

I have two geared road bikes, one recumbent, one unicycle, and a fixed gear bike. Until recently it was SS/Fixed, but I went with a fixed/fixed hub as I didn't really enjoy SS. The bike of choice...
04-19-24, 11:18 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,686
Posted By downtube42

Anytime you go against mainstream, you're going...

Anytime you go against mainstream, you're going to face criticism. Whether it's SS, fixed gear, the wrong clothing, or any other deviation from norms.

People deviate from the norms for reasons,...
04-18-24, 04:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 862
Posted By downtube42

Several ways to mount a rod. Fish are a little...

Several ways to mount a rod. Fish are a little more challenging.

I broke my rod down and carried it across the bars.
04-17-24, 12:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,187
Posted By downtube42

Uh, what? Unless you're talking about the...

Uh, what?

Unless you're talking about the small percentage of high end bikes with integrated stem and bars, threadless is significantly more easily adjusted than threaded.

Threadless stems can...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-24, 07:46 AM
Replies: 239
Views: 11,408
Posted By downtube42

My LSAH tie die kit should be arriving any day....

My LSAH tie die kit should be arriving any day. Can't wait to wear it. Flashy, perhaps garish, stupidly expensive, and worth every penny.

LSAH Jersey...
04-12-24, 10:45 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,709
Posted By downtube42

My 60cm steel Soma Fog Cutter rando build wobbles...

My 60cm steel Soma Fog Cutter rando build wobbles if ridden no-hands, somewhere around 15 mph. I don't usually ride no-hands but sometimes zipping a jacket or peeling a banana happens. A knee on the...
04-12-24, 09:12 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 12,801
Posted By downtube42

I've probably been to the same Trek store in...

I've probably been to the same Trek store in Portland. It's weird (to me) walking in there; it feels like a sterile showroom manned by a slick salesman. My takeaway is their business model is high...
04-10-24, 08:05 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,837
Posted By downtube42

I've been there on business. Indeed not much...

I've been there on business. Indeed not much going on cycling wise.

I find "wannabe pros" an odd comment. Even the Cat 1,2,3 racers I know don't expect to become professional racers, they are...
04-09-24, 10:51 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,894
Posted By downtube42

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