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Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-22, 07:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 352
Posted By downtube42

When I'm warmed up and comfortable, 90 is where...

When I'm warmed up and comfortable, 90 is where I'll settle. When I'm tired, spinning along at 90 is the fastest way to the finish.
12-05-22, 09:42 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,413
Posted By downtube42

A quote from the article is You feel cold most in...

A quote from the article is You feel cold most in your fingers, ears and toes, so be sure to cover these areas.?

Perhaps useful for someone from a hot climate who has never experienced weather...
12-05-22, 12:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 362
Posted By downtube42

Hands I can manage by moving them around. Hotfoot...

Hands I can manage by moving them around. Hotfoot I can address by loosening shoes or worst case unclipping and letting the foot hang for a moment. Low back pain after a long climb I can alleviate by...
12-04-22, 04:42 PM
Replies: 72,890
Views: 11,840,608
Posted By downtube42

Hmm. Frame size 27", wheel size 26". Stolen, or...

Hmm. Frame size 27", wheel size 26". Stolen, or clueless owner?

The last thing i want is another bizarro sized everything wrong threaded beautiful riding French bike. Somebody else buy it please.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,595
Posted By downtube42

I did stem to bar ends for years, in the days of...

I did stem to bar ends for years, in the days of cloth or thin plastic tape. No need for finishing tape, as the plugs finished it off. Then I learned that was wrong and changed my ways. Like a...
12-04-22, 04:01 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,512
Posted By downtube42

Since starting on Strava I have 35k miles, with...

Since starting on Strava I have 35k miles, with about 15k of those on a recumbent, which includes some very long rides. Pre Strava the mix was probably more heavily recumbent.

Now the recumbent is...
12-03-22, 04:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By downtube42

Never seen it done. Now that it's been...

Never seen it done.

Now that it's been thought, you must do it.

Looking forward to it.
12-03-22, 04:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,495
Posted By downtube42

Maybe too late, but Tilt down as needed to...

Maybe too late, but

Tilt down as needed to protect soft tissue. Note that angle changes as your torso angle changes. Everything is connected to everything.

Move saddle back to address butt...
12-01-22, 09:54 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,790
Posted By downtube42

I don't know if Cash was inspired by Leadbelly,...

I don't know if Cash was inspired by Leadbelly, but if he wasn't he shoulda been. That is real prison blues.
12-01-22, 12:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 740
Posted By downtube42

I'm on 'Wahoo SYSTM (formerly sufferfest), which...

I'm on 'Wahoo SYSTM (formerly sufferfest), which is another structured training program rather than social platform. They emphasize having a training plan with goals, and workouts (which barely...
Forum: Touring
11-30-22, 09:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 270
Posted By downtube42

Starting is Portland and riding to Astoria is a...

Starting is Portland and riding to Astoria is a good idea IMO. Adds 100+ miles to the front of the trip, but it is a nice ride. I've always taken the route along the Nehelam river, which is dead on...
11-30-22, 12:35 AM
Replies: 989
Views: 275,531
Posted By downtube42

I'm 62, recently picked up a '88 Dave Scott...

I'm 62, recently picked up a '88 Dave Scott Ironman Expert the P/O had converted to ss/fg. It's my first foray into FG and I'm enjoying it so far. I'm a randonneur; we'll see how far I want to go on...
11-29-22, 09:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 664
Posted By downtube42

Ha, yeah, I moved from Indiana to Oregon at 57,...

Ha, yeah, I moved from Indiana to Oregon at 57, so climbing also became my thing by necessity. I'm slow af climbing, at 215 lbs, but I love it. Actually kind of hate it in the moment, but as soon as...
Forum: Touring
11-29-22, 09:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 270
Posted By downtube42

There are buses from Brookings to Eugene where...

There are buses from Brookings to Eugene where you could pick up Amtrak to Portland, but it's iffy whether you can stow a bike under the bus with baggage. It depends on available space.

How about...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-28-22, 08:21 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,429
Posted By downtube42

I've run 35mm and 32mm GK Slicks, and now 32mm...

I've run 35mm and 32mm GK Slicks, and now 32mm GP5k, on my rando bike. Prior to that bike build, I'd never run wider than 28mm on a road bike.

I'm not too lazy to ride a 1200km brevet, but I'm too...
11-25-22, 02:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 281
Posted By downtube42

Nothing looks seriously out of whack to me. If...

Nothing looks seriously out of whack to me. If you aren't having any comfort issues with that mileage, there's no reason to make a fit change. Knee pain, back pain, hand pain or numbness are...
11-22-22, 11:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 600
Posted By downtube42

My first exposure to FG on a brevet was at Paris...

My first exposure to FG on a brevet was at Paris Brest in 2011, when I realized the Belgian guy I was riding with was on a FG. We were coming into Paris for the finish, which gets a little lumpy, and...
11-22-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 600
Posted By downtube42

I'm absolutely not an elite anything; my focus is...

I'm absolutely not an elite anything; my focus is randonneuring and formerly some 24 hour races. In that world, it's all about keeping the level of effort sustainable, never going deep. Gearing is...
Forum: Commuting
11-22-22, 12:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 205
Posted By downtube42

Some of the best rides I've had started out that...

Some of the best rides I've had started out that way. Weird.
11-15-22, 07:45 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 3,147
Posted By downtube42

Sounds like DFW

Sounds like DFW
Replies: 103
Views: 8,631
Posted By downtube42

Saturday two of us rode RUSA Perm #01124 -...

Saturday two of us rode RUSA Perm #01124 - Portland to Olympia, taking advantage of a dry and relatively calm day. We did have a slight headwind most of the day, but nothing significant. We left...
11-13-22, 11:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 735
Posted By downtube42

I rode Portland to Olympia yesterday, 200km, then...

I rode Portland to Olympia yesterday, 200km, then took Amtrak home. Slight headwind most of the day, but all things considered a great ride. A November day without any precipitation is a win. Add...
11-13-22, 11:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 443
Posted By downtube42

It's a technique used by arctic explorers, to...

It's a technique used by arctic explorers, to keep their sleeping bags and shoes dry. A vapor barrier inside the insulating material contains the moisture.

A thin base layer under the plastic...
11-13-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,328
Posted By downtube42

It seems the nature of many people with this...

It seems the nature of many people with this hobby do tend to collect bikes. I'm no exception.

Some years ago I started volunteering at a local bike Co op, and realized much of my non riding bike...
11-09-22, 11:00 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 4,070
Posted By downtube42

My cousin owned a machine shop for quite a while,...

My cousin owned a machine shop for quite a while, specializing in custom metalwork for rich folks. Massive fireplace fronts, custom timber joinery, etc. Typically he'd fab the parts using modern...
11-08-22, 10:40 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,595
Posted By downtube42

Seems like yet another variation of the...

Seems like yet another variation of the millennium old "kids these days" diatribe.

Stuff changes, people adapt.

I think personal mobility devices will have a far bigger impact on automobile...
11-08-22, 01:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 735
Posted By downtube42

PNW'ers do have a reputation for being a bit...

PNW'ers do have a reputation for being a bit standoffish, aloof even. Relatively speaking, of course.

So perhaps not a surprise it's quiet in here.

I'm number three, in case anyone lost count.
11-06-22, 09:24 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,198
Posted By downtube42

When I lived in the midwest, I didn't go out...

When I lived in the midwest, I didn't go out without Halt. It has to be super readily reachable, and you have to hit them in the face, but it will stop a dog cold.

All the tricks like sweet...
Forum: Introductions
11-04-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 250
Posted By downtube42

Welcome. I'm east over in Gresham, active in...

Welcome.

I'm east over in Gresham, active in the long distance and randonneuring group.

I ride out the Gorge way a lot, but I do ride down through Oregon City occasionally, heading down to...
11-01-22, 05:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,461
Posted By downtube42

My rando bike is really pretty. Everyone told me...

My rando bike is really pretty. Everyone told me that as they passed me at LEL. Pretty red color, matchy fenders, classic lines.

They mostly finished, I DNF'd. I like my pretty bike, but I'd...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-01-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 475
Posted By downtube42

Fenders are a must in the PNW (to me; we have...

Fenders are a must in the PNW (to me; we have fender deniers here like everywhere). Exposed socks, as stated, are effective wicks in all cases. Exposed socks without fenders equals quick saturation....
10-30-22, 11:20 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,302
Posted By downtube42

When the other riders start to drop you, go as...

When the other riders start to drop you, go as deep in the red as you can, for as long as you can, then a little further. So deep you're afraid you might not make it home. So deep you might puke....
10-29-22, 09:28 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,833
Posted By downtube42

Embrace my inner lazy man. That's not the...

Embrace my inner lazy man.

That's not the plan, that's actual.
10-27-22, 09:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,036
Posted By downtube42

I'm not a metallurgist, but I used to work for...

I'm not a metallurgist, but I used to work for one. He was also an alcoholic, and most of the work orders were written when he was lit, but that's another story.

Heat treating is a pretty generic...
10-27-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 3,859
Posted By downtube42

The rationale for deciding legal vs illegal...

The rationale for deciding legal vs illegal includes various institutions' profit motives, religious ideologies, racism, and social pressure. So the question boils down to is there a logical reason...
10-26-22, 06:49 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 3,859
Posted By downtube42

They cite this study:...

They cite this study: https://www.jsad.com/doi/10.15288/jsad.21-00404#_i10
which says this:

Bicycling leads to the highest number of sport and recreation–related emergency department (ED) visits...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-22, 08:41 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,524
Posted By downtube42

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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This ride out of Mineral Wells Texas had the largest...
Forum: Recumbent
10-21-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 634
Posted By downtube42

Used 2 wheel bents are cheap. I saw a pair of...

Used 2 wheel bents are cheap. I saw a pair of Rans Rockets on Craigslist for $400 a few weeks ago - great starter bents imo. V-rex or any 26/20 Bacchetta are good starters. $300-400 is common in my...
10-20-22, 08:22 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,770
Posted By downtube42

I walked my first paved hill, at London Edinburgh...

I walked my first paved hill, at London Edinburgh London, this year. I ended up walking three. It was also my first ever DNF.

In that case, it was not okay. Being indicative of my lack of...
10-18-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,341
Posted By downtube42

That's what I'm talking about.

That's what I'm talking about.
10-18-22, 08:55 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,341
Posted By downtube42

Where is that Zen story that suggests you don't...

Where is that Zen story that suggests you don't need to carry ****? Even the bicycle is superfluous. No matter your material preparation, life will throw something unexpected your way. With the right...
10-18-22, 05:15 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,407
Posted By downtube42

I pull the light wool knickers out when the...

I pull the light wool knickers out when the morning temp is below 45F. Otherwise I'm baking on the commute home, particularly since it's a downhill in the morning and uphill in the evening.

Last...
10-16-22, 09:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,805
Posted By downtube42

https://vimeo.com/50872582 Those would be...

https://vimeo.com/50872582

Those would be miles, not ks. And if you think that's just a movie, think again.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Blase

He was my HS biology teacher, and a...
10-15-22, 10:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 630
Posted By downtube42

I feel like when it's deep into a long brevet -...

I feel like when it's deep into a long brevet - say day 2 on a 600 at least - my stomach becomes a machine. It can take anything I throw down and send it straight to my legs. I do get tired of...
10-15-22, 10:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,336
Posted By downtube42

Lugs for fenders, rack mounts on the seatstays,...

Lugs for fenders, rack mounts on the seatstays, cantis. That would make an awesome and gorgeous year-round commuter and utility bike.
10-10-22, 09:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 768
Posted By downtube42

It's taken me a while to figure out what's going...

It's taken me a while to figure out what's going on with rear triangle spacing and alignment on this bike, but I see now what was done with the SS/FG conversion. What I don't understand is why it was...
10-10-22, 12:11 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,147
Posted By downtube42

Agreed. A honk from a car behind is...

Agreed.

A honk from a car behind is unfriendly. Always. It's not "I'm here", it's "I'm here and I'm in a car. Get out of the way." That's not friendly, it's an implied threat. Essentially saying,...
10-05-22, 09:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,280
Posted By downtube42

I was climbing a hill in a small southern Indiana...

I was climbing a hill in a small southern Indiana town, when I noticed someone was yelling at me. From a distance, I could see a local hanging his head out the window of his pickup yelling something...
10-05-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,280
Posted By downtube42

"Tree down up!" is perhaps my favorite road...

"Tree down up!" is perhaps my favorite road warning yell. Of course everyone behind knew exactly what I meant.

Perhaps the best way to understand why people say what they say is to pause after...
10-01-22, 10:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,982
Posted By downtube42

Not retired yet but I've traveled internationally...

Not retired yet but I've traveled internationally with my bike. I find it stressful, and a pain. I'll do it again for long brevets, but for normal rides likely not. Airline practices are...
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