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Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-29-21, 04:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 42
Posted By jpescatore

I haven't done DC to Annapolis for years but a...

I haven't done DC to Annapolis for years but a recent alternative is the route the East Coast Greenway takes - look here (https://www.greenway.org/states/maryland). It is not the direct route as it...
07-28-21, 12:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 409
Posted By jpescatore

The ratios on the 11x32 work well for me but I'd...

The ratios on the 11x32 work well for me but I'd like that lower granny gear - most of my riding is in hills and I weigh 220lbs.

My other bike is a Jamis Escapade I use for light touring - it has...
07-28-21, 05:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 409
Posted By jpescatore

I ride a 2017 Domane SL6 disc. What I lust for on...

I ride a 2017 Domane SL6 disc. What I lust for on the 2021 Domane SL6 is the storage compartment in the down tube and the 11 x 34 rear cassette compared to the 11x32 on mine.

I think the SLR comes...
07-27-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 418
Posted By jpescatore

Yes, many years ago when I was a kid and my...

Yes, many years ago when I was a kid and my father knew one of the officers. Pretty much all the good bikes were sold before the official sale, so I got a a pretty good bike for $25.

Today, maybe...
07-27-21, 05:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 383
Posted By jpescatore

If you search for "cycling shoes" online you will...

If you search for "cycling shoes" online you will get mostly shoes that require special pedals on your bike. You can still use them, you will just not put on the cleats and you will pay more for them...
07-27-21, 05:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 736
Posted By jpescatore

Around here (Maryland) deer are rampant and...

Around here (Maryland) deer are rampant and evolution does not yet seemed to have convinced deer to look both ways before they cross the road. A few years ago a deer tried to leap over our car (which...
07-20-21, 06:13 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 2,671
Posted By jpescatore

Another YMMV situation, but here is what worked...

Another YMMV situation, but here is what worked for me: I could lose some weight just by adding exercise, but it was impossible to maintain.

More simplified math with lots of generalization:...
07-20-21, 05:42 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 2,671
Posted By jpescatore

First, the disclaimer: Everyone's Mileage Varies ...

First, the disclaimer: Everyone's Mileage Varies

Here's a rule of thumb I've found works for me - I used it when I lost 50 lbs to get down to my current rate of 220 lbs - at 15 mph I believe I...
07-09-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 459
Posted By jpescatore

I've had no problem with road tires on flat,...

I've had no problem with road tires on flat, straight, shallow stretches of sand on road bike tires with minimal tread on them, a la the Continental GP 5000s I use now (32mm). But, on rides with...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-09-21, 04:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 326
Posted By jpescatore

"INSERT STATE NAME HERE Welcomes You!" road sign...

"INSERT STATE NAME HERE Welcomes You!" road sign sayings, and the same sayings on license plates, are often oxymorons.
...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-08-21, 05:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 326
Posted By jpescatore

Rt. 5 and 301 have been widened a lot over the...

Rt. 5 and 301 have been widened a lot over the years, traffic heavy but moves much better these days.

The road crossings for the IHRT are very well designed but the crossing traffic is definitely...
Forum: Touring
07-08-21, 04:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,029
Posted By jpescatore

Got spam email from REI about stuff back in...

Got spam email from REI about stuff back in stock, and Revelate products were highlighted.
07-06-21, 06:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 445
Posted By jpescatore

I second the GAP. But my top suggestion is...

I second the GAP.

But my top suggestion is on the edge your 8 hour range: the Erie Canal Trai (https://www.ptny.org/cycle-the-erie-canal/trail-map)l. Last month my wife and I used a Christmas...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-05-21, 04:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 326
Posted By jpescatore

Indian Head MD Rail Trail Deja Vu All Over Again

On Saturday, my wife I drove down to White Plains MD and rode one of our favorite Maryland rail trails - the Indian Head Rail Trail...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-21, 04:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 630
Posted By jpescatore

I think there was an article last year that 75%...

I think there was an article last year that 75% of the Tour de France riders had moved from 23mm to 25mm, so if you planning on riding that hard and fast there is probably a noticieable difference.
...
Forum: Touring
06-23-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,029
Posted By jpescatore

REI carries Revelate and may have some in stock

REI carries Revelate and may have some in stock
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-21, 05:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By jpescatore

I rented an aluminum Fuji Sportif Disc for the 2...

I rented an aluminum Fuji Sportif Disc for the 2 Day Seattle to Portland US 206 mile ride in 2019. I think it lists for $1500 or so, really liked that bike, would buy one if I needed to replace my...
06-21-21, 05:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By jpescatore

I"ve been using a Wahoo Kickr SNAP for 4 years...

I"ve been using a Wahoo Kickr SNAP for 4 years now, I think they are now $500. That is a wheel-on, smart (WiFi/Bluetooth connectable to be able to do things like Zwift or Rouvy, etc.) I think you can...
Forum: Touring
06-19-21, 04:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,720
Posted By jpescatore

Agree with others, sounds like you are all set....

Agree with others, sounds like you are all set. The surface on the GAP is so good I've never had a flat and wouldn't carry a spare tire.

The C&O Towpath is a different story, but much of the trail...
Forum: Touring
06-18-21, 05:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,029
Posted By jpescatore

I switched my touring bike from my old Trek 520...

I switched my touring bike from my old Trek 520 and panniers to a Jamis gravel bike and a Revelate expandable seat bag. For a three day road trip across Florida, I went with that, a half size frame...
06-18-21, 04:13 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,626
Posted By jpescatore

Two years ago I bought a Jamis Renegade with a 1x...

Two years ago I bought a Jamis Renegade with a 1x SRAM drivetrain, I love it. I use my road bike for most hilly rides, the Jamis is for gravel/trails and light touring. But had an extended period of...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
06-18-21, 04:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,613
Posted By jpescatore

Aaah, silence! The cicadas have gone underground...

Aaah, silence! The cicadas have gone underground again.

I did a 38 mile loop yesterday down Rock Creek Park/Beach Drive with a loop around Haines Point and then back up the Capital Crescent Trail...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-21, 03:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 495
Posted By jpescatore

For my main road bike I switched to SPD-SL years...

For my main road bike I switched to SPD-SL years ago but have a gravel/touring bike that I left SPD pedals on.

Hard to really do head to head comparisons, but when I made the switch I definitely...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-21, 05:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,086
Posted By jpescatore

The low end is limited by pinch flats - depending...

The low end is limited by pinch flats - depending on the width of the rim and size of the tires, go too low and hit a bump and the tube gets squashed between the tire and both sides of the rim and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-21, 05:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 287
Posted By jpescatore

I've seen that message maybe 5 times in 4 years...

I've seen that message maybe 5 times in 4 years of Wahoo Elemnt use. Every time except one it was just an intermittent thing - try again later and it worked fine. Between your wireless, Wahoo,...
06-16-21, 04:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 861
Posted By jpescatore

Lotta variables beyond aging. How you handled the...

Lotta variables beyond aging. How you handled the heat/humidity from a drinking/eating/rest perspective is one. I'm 64 - the hardest ride I've ever done was a flat century ride when I was about 35....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-21, 05:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 558
Posted By jpescatore

To (a) keep the honest people honest and (b)...

To (a) keep the honest people honest and (b) convince the bike thief to go for the unlocked one in the parking lot, I add an old Kryptonite lock to the integrated cable lock on my Kuat trailer hitch...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-21, 05:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,147
Posted By jpescatore

I've been using tubeful GP5000 32mm on my road...

I've been using tubeful GP5000 32mm on my road bike for 3 years now. The only flats I've gotten in about 8,000 miles have been wire shard punctures - three of those and two were slow leaks that...
06-14-21, 04:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 685
Posted By jpescatore

I've tried just about every form of bike carrying...

I've tried just about every form of bike carrying approach over the years, in recent years have decided trailer hitch rack is the best overall for me.

I've been using a Kuat NV 2.0 for 3 years...
Forum: Touring
06-10-21, 06:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,761
Posted By jpescatore

My wife and I just did a few days of...

My wife and I just did a few days of rain-interrupted biking on the Erie Canal trail in the Pittsford area - pretty much rode the sections from about 5 miles west of Pittsford east to Palmyra

The...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
06-10-21, 06:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 399
Posted By jpescatore

I've had variety of saddles on my bikes over the...

I've had variety of saddles on my bikes over the years - that Selle SMP has been the most comfortable on long rides for me over the years. I've found that less saddle is more comfortable on long...
06-04-21, 04:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,659
Posted By jpescatore

Yesterday was a rainy day here in Maryland, do I...

Yesterday was a rainy day here in Maryland, do I did a Zwift group workout. The Orange Unicorn is a regular 50 minute interval-based group workout - OU is for "Over Under." After warm up and ramp up,...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
06-02-21, 04:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,613
Posted By jpescatore

Did a 24 mile local loop in the...

Did a 24 mile local loop in the Highland/Clarksville MD area and the low pitched drone cicadas were at very high volume but added was the "high pitched drone" ones. Not sure if those are just the...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
06-01-21, 04:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,613
Posted By jpescatore

I did a 38 mile loop from Davidsonville to...

I did a 38 mile loop from Davidsonville to Galesvile MD on Monday. Either the concentration of cicadas is higher near Galesville or the cold rainy spell over the weekend where they were quiet had...
Forum: Touring
05-28-21, 04:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 855
Posted By jpescatore

Sorry to hear about that. Back in Jan 2020 I did...

Sorry to hear about that. Back in Jan 2020 I did 4 days of biking from Venice FL to Jacksonville that included a lot of biking on 17 - I hated almost every mile. Very high speed traffic, there was...
Forum: Touring
05-24-21, 04:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,257
Posted By jpescatore

If you are kept a journal of your trip, and are...

If you are kept a journal of your trip, and are interested, your ride would make a great tour posting on CycleBlaze (https://www.cycleblaze.com/).

I put a posting over there steering folks to your...
Forum: Touring
05-24-21, 04:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,761
Posted By jpescatore

I've done much of the Ohio to Erie trail between...

I've done much of the Ohio to Erie trail between Columbus OH and Cleveland, and around Xenia/Dayton OH. It is definitely mostly all paved, doable by a 6 year old, the few road sections are pretty...
05-24-21, 04:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 369
Posted By jpescatore

I've had that happen a few times in the 5 years...

I've had that happen a few times in the 5 years I've been on Zwift. I use Apple TV and it does seem to be more likely to happen after an update to the Zwift software.

Usually, one of these two...
05-24-21, 04:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,242
Posted By jpescatore

I swing as far left (US centric...) as possible,...

I swing as far left (US centric...) as possible, and turn my head away when I'm passing anyone mowing their lawn or whacking their weeds - and give out a Thanks wave whenever they see me and are nice...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
05-24-21, 04:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,613
Posted By jpescatore

Saturday I did a 52 mile ride around Sugarloaf...

Saturday I did a 52 mile ride around Sugarloaf and there were spots where they were much louder, spots where you heard nothing.

Sunday am, my wife and I did a hike in the Daniels Dam area on the...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
05-22-21, 05:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 399
Posted By jpescatore

The cardio/muscular condition I'm in only drives...

The cardio/muscular condition I'm in only drives how long it takes me to do a long ride. The toughness of my rear end is usually what determines the agony level of the ride!

I did the 6 Pillars...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
05-20-21, 04:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 399
Posted By jpescatore

Four County 82 mile ride

I did my annual (well, not in 2020) bike ride from our house to friends' house in Lusby MD, crossing Montgomery, Prince Georges, Anne Arundel and Calvert County. Beautiful weather for the ride, but...
05-14-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 247
Posted By jpescatore

I'd say it depends on your weight and the weight...

I'd say it depends on your weight and the weight of what you carry and the hills you'll hit.

I weigh 225 and ride a 2017 Domane SL6 disc, which I love. For a 4 day, lightly loaded (credit card...
05-14-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 674
Posted By jpescatore

Downsides of mixtes were how I finally convinced...

Downsides of mixtes were how I finally convinced my wife to go to a standard frame for her latest bike:

On hanging type automobile bike racks, often annoying and/or harder to hang with other...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 04:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,420
Posted By jpescatore

How hard climbing is has a lot of dependency on...

How hard climbing is has a lot of dependency on how much you plus your bike plus your gear weighs. You can play around on sites like Bikecalculator (http://www.bikecalculator.com/), enter your...
05-11-21, 03:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,040
Posted By jpescatore

I have a Wahoo Roam and pay for Strava. The live...

I have a Wahoo Roam and pay for Strava. The live segments pop up on many of my rides (you can turn that feature off) but most of the time I'm not out to beat my last time anyway - I'm out riding for...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,347
Posted By jpescatore

I've always just used clear shelf liner at spots...

I've always just used clear shelf liner at spots where cables or feet will rub on frame - cheap, stays on, easy to get off and replace when need be.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-21, 07:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 785
Posted By jpescatore

Add me to team Sprintech - been durable enough,...

Add me to team Sprintech - been durable enough, cheap enough, good enough.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,625
Posted By jpescatore

I prefer the way Phil Gaimon's version...

I prefer the way Phil Gaimon's version (https://philthethrill.net/the-new-rules-of-cycling-aka-philuminati/) of the rules cover it:

Rule #2: Wear whatever the hell you want.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 417
Posted By jpescatore

Ditto Koyote advice - snug is good enough. On the...

Ditto Koyote advice - snug is good enough. On the front, make sure the ratchet arm is as close to the fork/steering tube as possible without pushing too much on rim brakes, if your bike has rim...
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