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09-25-22, 06:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 459
Posted By downtube42

Got my flu shot at the office clinic Tuesday...

Got my flu shot at the office clinic Tuesday morning.

I didn't give it a thought, but in retrospect when my cycling buddy said "hey let's go for a ride" Wednesday night I begged off saying I felt...
09-25-22, 06:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 710
Posted By downtube42

If you did all those things ironically, it was a...

If you did all those things ironically, it was a performance masterpiece.
09-22-22, 06:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 805
Posted By downtube42

The signal to noise ratio in bf is mighty low.

The signal to noise ratio in bf is mighty low.
Forum: Introductions
09-20-22, 03:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 67
Posted By downtube42

Welcome, from a former Indy resident. The city...

Welcome, from a former Indy resident. The city has sure changed since I left over 20 years ago.
09-20-22, 12:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 251
Posted By downtube42

I'd love to see it without all the smoke of my...

I'd love to see it without all the smoke of my last visit; I couldn't see the lake, and just an outline of wizard island. That whole area was empty, quiet, and eerie.

Day 3 of Craters 1200 - 180...
09-19-22, 10:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,109
Posted By downtube42

Dude, I'm 210lbs and can get up any hill. I may...

Dude, I'm 210lbs and can get up any hill. I may be 6'2" instead of 5'5" but dragging 210 lbs up a hill is still dragging 210 lbs up a hill. That weight is more than all my buddies, and they drop me,...
09-18-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 741
Posted By downtube42

This thread made me realize I'm about to turn 100...

This thread made me realize I'm about to turn 100 years old, in kilometers.
09-18-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 736
Posted By downtube42

Low saddle definitely can cause knee pain.

Low saddle definitely can cause knee pain.
09-17-22, 06:12 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,166
Posted By downtube42

The thing about riding with an injury is, you...

The thing about riding with an injury is, you have to accommodate your specific injury. General advice, conventional wisdom, and other people's experience does not take your specific injury into...
09-17-22, 06:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 736
Posted By downtube42

​​​​​What about looking for another doctor or...

​​​​​What about looking for another doctor or surgeon - one who's willing to consider your current and preferred lifestyle, rather than just your age.
Replies: 17
Views: 677
Posted By downtube42

Some of my earliest rando rides were in Kentucky....

Some of my earliest rando rides were in Kentucky. I thought, "why are these guys going so stupidly slow up hills?" A hundred miles later I found out why, when i was the lantern rouge. Somewhere in a...
Replies: 99
Views: 7,409
Posted By downtube42

This past weekend I rode the SIR Third Time's a...

This past weekend I rode the SIR Third Time's a Charm 1000k, just about 3 weeks after my first ever DNF, at LEL. I reverted to my Sella Anatomica saddle, placing the blame for LEL squarely on the...
Replies: 17
Views: 677
Posted By downtube42

I think you can do 100 miles on an ill-fitting...

I think you can do 100 miles on an ill-fitting bike without things going too far south. That becomes less true quickly as the distance increases. I think dealing with comfort on the bike is as...
09-14-22, 10:52 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 2,160
Posted By downtube42

It all depends on whether, when you're doing that...

It all depends on whether, when you're doing that non riding stuff in-between, you're still on a ride.

I do multi-day brevets, and I consider them a single ride because the clock is ticking. Even...
09-06-22, 07:30 PM
Replies: 321
Views: 7,539
Posted By downtube42

I think the MUP concept is already a stretch....

I think the MUP concept is already a stretch. Casual cyclists tooling along at 10 mph can get along with pedestrians and dog walkers, as long as everyone plays nice. Add in a commuter in a hurry to...
09-06-22, 02:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 691
Posted By downtube42

Sounds sort of like coffeeneuring...

Sounds sort of like coffeeneuring (https://chasingmailboxes.com/category/coffeeneuring/), which is way cool, but with pie. Could be fun.
09-05-22, 06:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,081
Posted By downtube42

Never trust the locals

Never trust the locals
09-02-22, 09:55 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,942
Posted By downtube42

Those evening or middle of the night calf or quad...

Those evening or middle of the night calf or quad cramps are brutal. I get out of bed and stretch them out.

A google search of cramping, with a fair amount of editing out the crap, will uncover...
09-02-22, 09:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,942
Posted By downtube42

I used to get bad leg cramps during or after club...

I used to get bad leg cramps during or after club rides, 20-40 miles in length.

Then I started doing randonneuring, rides of 120 miles or longer. The first time I cramped 40 miles into a 400km...
09-02-22, 09:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 178
Posted By downtube42

Shipping to 97030? I was the youth group...

Shipping to 97030?

I was the youth group tent zipper repair guy BITD, so I can probably handle that. Figuring out why it broke is harder than the fix.
09-02-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,081
Posted By downtube42

That is one complex Dan Henry....

That is one complex Dan Henry. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Henry)

BITD before GPS and all the things, I painted many a Dan Henry. My strategy was paint 'em fast and get down the road before...
09-01-22, 10:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 776
Posted By downtube42

I like having options to choose from. If it...

I like having options to choose from. If it weren't for the influence of such fads as MTB, triathlons, CX, and gravel, we'd all be riding Eddie's bike. How would we know who's C&V?
09-01-22, 05:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 401
Posted By downtube42

76 miles in 11 hours? What are you going to do,...

76 miles in 11 hours? What are you going to do, take naps along the way?

I kid, I kid. Google doesn't know all the things. Which is a good thing perhaps.
09-01-22, 12:25 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,478
Posted By downtube42

Thanks but... I lived in west Texas for a year,...

Thanks but... I lived in west Texas for a year, and in that time had my fill of the desert. I'll take the wilderness, solitude, and lack of cell phone signal, but prefer to be surrounded by trees....
09-01-22, 09:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 777
Posted By downtube42

Back in the day, things were different. Fix...

Back in the day, things were different.

Fix your own fork (https://www.welovecycling.com/wide/2020/09/10/eugene-christophe-broken-fork-at-the-1913-tour/)
...
08-31-22, 10:35 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,557
Posted By downtube42

I've had a trucker come up beside me from behind...

I've had a trucker come up beside me from behind at a red light, honk twice as warning, and start turning right. I sprinted out of that scenario. Just a simple bullying move on his part. If I'd been...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-22, 09:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,224
Posted By downtube42

The doc's timeline will be based on Americans of...

The doc's timeline will be based on Americans of typical fitness, dietary habits, and overall health. If you're on here, that's indication you might beat that timeline. Which is nice, but it's really...
08-31-22, 09:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 826
Posted By downtube42

nvm

nvm
Forum: Recumbent
08-30-22, 05:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 828
Posted By downtube42

Oh man. Once you've crossed that barrier of...

Oh man. Once you've crossed that barrier of riding a unicycle in public, anything is possible. Levels unlocked, just do ****. Get that 'bent, it'll be an experience.
08-29-22, 07:20 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,478
Posted By downtube42

Ride a bike on every continent, ride a brevet in...

Ride a bike on every continent, ride a brevet in every state, ride every 1200k on the planet, ride the Transcontinental route, ride the Northern route, ride the Southern route, bikepack everywhere,...
Forum: Recumbent
08-29-22, 02:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 828
Posted By downtube42

To me it's not an either/or proposition; I ride...

To me it's not an either/or proposition; I ride both, and find they each have their benefits. YMMV.

If money, space, and time were limitless, I'd have every kind of bike imaginable. As it is, I...
Forum: Recumbent
08-28-22, 10:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 828
Posted By downtube42

I'm riding upright these days, after a few...

I'm riding upright these days, after a few decades of long distance on a bent. Comfort wise, for me, it's night and day. The bent is frickin luxurious. 200k, 300k, 400k in a day, 400 miles/24 hours,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-22, 07:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 881
Posted By downtube42

​​​​​I was entering an on ramp onto I-465 in...

​​​​​I was entering an on ramp onto I-465 in Indianapolis, driving my lovely Renault Le Car, when i noticed a Ferrari on my ass. I floored it. Nothing much happened, at least not right away, but by...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-22, 10:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 881
Posted By downtube42

In the original silly commuter racing points...

In the original silly commuter racing points system, you had a base score then got points added or subtracted based on add-ons. Beards added, lycra subtracted. One could pile on the points with gym...
08-25-22, 06:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,377
Posted By downtube42

BITD, when a pro racer cracked on a climb, he...

BITD, when a pro racer cracked on a climb, he lost huge time because he couldn't turn the cranks over. Cracked meant something, physically and mentally. Destroyed. Done.

Now they downshift,...
Replies: 71
Views: 7,225
Posted By downtube42

Funny you mention the height difference. When I...

Funny you mention the height difference. When I switched from my Selle Anatomica leather saddle to a more modern saddle, I failed to compensate for the ~1.5cm difference in saddle height (modern...
08-23-22, 10:33 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 1,871
Posted By downtube42

On a ride day A pour-over at home, fresh...

On a ride day

A pour-over at home, fresh ground with my hand grinder. Probably 20oz. Cream, no sugar.
2nd cup (ha, cup, what a concept) somewhere at or near the start, with some kind of pastry....
08-23-22, 03:38 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,448
Posted By downtube42

You didn't actually know the third bike was...

You didn't actually know the third bike was stolen. Yes it looked suspicious, and indeed it turned out to be the case, but you didn't know. Riding a crappy bike, being poor, ghost riding a bike......
08-23-22, 03:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 550
Posted By downtube42

Free in terms of money, but not in terms of space...

Free in terms of money, but not in terms of space and your time. The latter is the most valuable thing you have; far more valuable than money. Having said that, if spending your life this way is...
Replies: 71
Views: 7,225
Posted By downtube42

I guess you're talking about this ...

I guess you're talking about this
https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/reviews/biking/bike-saddle/fizik-aliante-gamma-kium

I'll see what's available locally.
Replies: 71
Views: 7,225
Posted By downtube42

I was just looking at suspension seatposts...

I was just looking at suspension seatposts yesterday!

I'm currently running 32mm tires at 50/55 psi. My frame will easily fit 35mm or more on 700c wheels. I have a 650b wheelset with 42mm tires;...
08-21-22, 09:42 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 8,589
Posted By downtube42

If you ride in the real world, needing to walk...

If you ride in the real world, needing to walk out is always a possibility, however remote. If karma exists, that smugness about being prepared will come back and bite you in the ass.

When you...
Replies: 71
Views: 7,225
Posted By downtube42

OP here with an update on this slightly old...

OP here with an update on this slightly old thread.

The Terry Fly saddle that I ended up selecting did not fare well at London Edinburgh London. In fact i abandon at 520 miles, just over half way,...
08-15-22, 12:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 578
Posted By downtube42

But pig iron, evidently, does sweat. ...

But pig iron, evidently, does sweat.

https://www.historynet.com/sweating-like-pig-come/
08-15-22, 02:59 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 955
Posted By downtube42

We call it doing stupid things with friends. It's...

We call it doing stupid things with friends. It's addictive. Not for everyone, but anyone can do it.

There is a gateway event called a populaire, as short as 100k, designed to draw the newbs in....
08-14-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 955
Posted By downtube42

Without any kind of power data, a rule of thumb...

Without any kind of power data, a rule of thumb is too go harder on hard days than you think is possible, and easier on rest days than you think is possible. That is, if your goal is improvement...
08-14-22, 11:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 955
Posted By downtube42

Brevets are a type of organized long distance...

Brevets are a type of organized long distance that emphasize self sufficient and camaraderie. Distances typically range from 200 km to 1200 km, with 400 km the longest usually done without sleep. The...
08-14-22, 08:36 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 955
Posted By downtube42

Short ride of a mile to the local coffee shop or...

Short ride of a mile to the local coffee shop or brewpub, long ride of 400 km/day on a brevet. I don't really find my rhythm until about 40 miles; sometimes it doesn't happen at all, but when it does...
Replies: 99
Views: 7,409
Posted By downtube42

2019 I was fast enough on the bike to have time,...

2019 I was fast enough on the bike to have time, and I used that time to stop at every roadside tent, pop up cafe, and festival. It was fabulous, and one day i want too travel to pbp without my bike....
Replies: 99
Views: 7,409
Posted By downtube42

Not surprising. Front what I understand, a...

Not surprising.

Front what I understand, a late reroute due to construction increased the difficulty substantially. I had planned for Yad Moss, and didn't pay sufficient attention to the reroute....
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