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Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-21-22, 04:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By jpescatore

I live in NE Montgomery County MD and my goto...

I live in NE Montgomery County MD and my goto bike shop has been RacePace in Columbia MD - it was bought by Trek and is now Trek Bicycles Columbia. I've had nothing but good experiences with...
Forum: Touring
02-23-22, 06:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,256
Posted By jpescatore

I mostly do short (3-5 day) tours and I just use...

I mostly do short (3-5 day) tours and I just use the Kindle app on my phone. I download a few books from our local library and I'm good.

For longer tours, I usually bring my iPad mini and then...
02-04-22, 06:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 859
Posted By jpescatore

I usually get out at least a few times per month...

I usually get out at least a few times per month over the winter, along with lots of Zwift riding.

This year a bronchitis germ managed to get past all my defenses that had kept Covid away for 2...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
02-04-22, 06:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,845
Posted By jpescatore

Trek said they were ending the Race Pace Dollars...

Trek said they were ending the Race Pace Dollars reward program. I had $25 in credit, so went over to the Columbia shop. All Continental tires were 20% off and they had the 32mm GP5000s I've been...
01-28-22, 07:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,304
Posted By jpescatore

I've been using ATV for Zwift for3 years now,...

I've been using ATV for Zwift for3 years now, very solid way to go. Although, do agree the ATV remote sucks but if you use the Zwift companion app, you really don't need to use the ATV remote at all...
01-25-22, 05:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,518
Posted By jpescatore

I'm not a racer but once or so each year I'll...

I'm not a racer but once or so each year I'll have a long ride planned, like the Seattle to Portland 2 day 209 mile ride a few years ago. I'll try to add some structured training on Zwift 8 weeks or...
01-24-22, 06:31 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,161
Posted By jpescatore

Back in 2017, I made a deal with myself - lost 20...

Back in 2017, I made a deal with myself - lost 20 lbs and buy a carbon bike that would be 10 lbs lighter than my 20 year old Trek 520 steel bike. Bought a Domane and I love that bike, rally caused me...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
01-22-22, 05:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Posted By jpescatore

I ran across a CycleBlaze journal by a guy who...

I ran across a CycleBlaze journal by a guy who just posted his 2016 ride from VA Beach down along the Outer Banks - here (https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/outerbanks/a-fall-reminiscence/).
01-18-22, 09:25 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,669
Posted By jpescatore

If you enroll in Zwiftpower...

If you enroll in Zwiftpower (https://zwiftpower.com/), after any group ride or race you can see the detailed stats of yourself and any other riders in that ride or race who are on Zwiftpower (it is...
Forum: Touring
01-15-22, 05:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,027
Posted By jpescatore

I did the GAP last year, from Pittsburgh to...

I did the GAP last year, from Pittsburgh to Cumberland - Cycleblaze journal here (https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/gaptodcl/).

The interactive map is usually the most up to date and they have a...
01-11-22, 06:37 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,629
Posted By jpescatore

I've broken a lot of spokes but only twice front...

I've broken a lot of spokes but only twice front spokes.

The first doesn't really count - I was transporting our family bikes back from vacation one year and also had a car battery in the pickup...
01-08-22, 06:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 773
Posted By jpescatore

I have a Schrader valve/lower PSI one in my car...

I have a Schrader valve/lower PSI one in my car glove box and a Presta valve/higher PSI one for carrying on bike when I do multi-day rides.

Agree with the comment about the one in the floor pump...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
01-08-22, 05:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,845
Posted By jpescatore

The email didn't mention closing any stores, or...

The email didn't mention closing any stores, or any stores not being owned by Trek, so I assume the answer is all will be owned by Trek.

I once had two two touring cyclists stay with me a few...
01-05-22, 05:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,160
Posted By jpescatore

Experience with Local Bike Shops Bought by Trek

Over the years I've found "go to" bike shops that were reliable and knowledgeable and stuck with them for years. Invariably the owners retire and usually the bike shop just shuts down.

For the...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
01-05-22, 05:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,845
Posted By jpescatore

Race Pace Bikes Sold to Trek

Over the years I've found "go to" bike shops that were reliable and knowledgeable and stuck with them for years. Invariably the owners retire and usually the bike shop just shuts down.

For the...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
12-31-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Posted By jpescatore

It has been many years since I was down in the...

It has been many years since I was down in the Outer Banks, but I brought a bike on a family vacation and did a lot of riding between Corolla and a bit south of Nags Head. Lots of cars on the road...
12-29-21, 06:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,024
Posted By jpescatore

I run Zwift on Apple TV and have it set to auto...

I run Zwift on Apple TV and have it set to auto update the Zwift app - very rare for me to have to update before a ride, usually only after some kind of power outage.

I've been using Zwift for 5...
Forum: Touring
12-24-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,301
Posted By jpescatore

I've run both 32mm and 35 Schwalbe Marathons. Not...

I've run both 32mm and 35 Schwalbe Marathons. Not very often on wet roads but don't remember any issues - they have plenty of tread. I'm another heavier (220lbs) rider,

They got a very good review...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-21, 05:35 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,814
Posted By jpescatore

Find a bike shop that will let you road test some...

Find a bike shop that will let you road test some higher end wheels, see if you can tell the difference. Whenever differences are "quantified" by terms like sluggishness, responsiveness, twitchiness,...
12-14-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,453
Posted By jpescatore

I got opinions from 4 surgeons, including one who...

I got opinions from 4 surgeons, including one who was the Johns Hopkins sports team shoulder specialist. After showing all of them the MRI shot and talking to them, I took two off my list because...
12-13-21, 06:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 705
Posted By jpescatore

In my experience, "miles" on wheel on trainers do...

In my experience, "miles" on wheel on trainers do wear down tires faster than the same amount of miles on the road. At first I used old road tires on the old bike dedicated to my Wahoo Kicker SNAP...
12-10-21, 07:10 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,229
Posted By jpescatore

I didn't see any need to buy anything other than...

I didn't see any need to buy anything other than a better frame and better wheels, better from the point of view of lighter vs. more aero. I'm 220 lbs and don't do "weight doping" on Zwift so I'm...
12-10-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,453
Posted By jpescatore

Back in 2012, at age 55, I had a complete...

Back in 2012, at age 55, I had a complete thickness full tear of my rotator cuff. When they did an MRI that finally figured that out the surgeons I went to said "Oooh, and there is retraction, too"...
12-09-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 8,186
Posted By jpescatore

Now you just go to the "garage" in the Zwift app...

Now you just go to the "garage" in the Zwift app and see all the stuff you have earned and you can outfit yourself or "buy" new stuff with drops - I don't think I've used an unlock code in a long...
12-09-21, 06:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,273
Posted By jpescatore

Our local club has standard group ride...

Our local club has standard group ride classifications based on speed/hills/distance - but they also include "drafting" as a parameter. At the faster levels, drafting is "frequently" and at the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 9,559
Posted By jpescatore

Lots of good data saying self selected cadence is...

Lots of good data saying self selected cadence is usually going to be the most efficient, do what feels right. But, 120 seems high and 60 would seem low - measure what you are really doing.

I'm...
12-08-21, 05:14 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 8,186
Posted By jpescatore

I kinda mix my riding up with a handful of group...

I kinda mix my riding up with a handful of group rides I've found that stick to the advertised paceand don't constantly focus on the "fliers" going too fast. Who cares if 1/3 the starting group takes...
12-07-21, 06:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,611
Posted By jpescatore

I'm about 5 years and 10K Zwift miles into using...

I'm about 5 years and 10K Zwift miles into using a Wahoo Kickr SNAP wheel-on trainer, no problems.

A few times over the years, always after a Zwift update, I'd have "reverse" gradient applied -...
12-06-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,276
Posted By jpescatore

I've been loving my Kuat for 3 years now, many...

I've been loving my Kuat for 3 years now, many long distance trips along with local travel.
12-06-21, 08:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,242
Posted By jpescatore

The reality is all carriable bike locks of any...

The reality is all carriable bike locks of any reasonable weight are going to only keep the honest people honest - search the internet for "Lockpicking Lawyer" and you'll see most lock systems being...
Forum: Touring
11-30-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,273
Posted By jpescatore

My wife developed some arthritis in her left hand...

My wife developed some arthritis in her left hand and couldn't turn the front derailleur grip shifter on her Specialized hybrid. Had a bike shop switch it over to thumb shifters. Not only solved that...
11-30-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,612
Posted By jpescatore

Years ago to get a discount on motorcycle...

Years ago to get a discount on motorcycle insurance (or maybe just to get the insurance at all) I had to take a motorcycling safety course. They spent a lot of time on countersteering on curves - a...
Forum: Touring
11-22-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 746
Posted By jpescatore

Clear shelf lining - cheap and does the job, easy...

Clear shelf lining - cheap and does the job, easy to cut to size.
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
11-22-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 536
Posted By jpescatore

The White's Ferry Impasse

Did a short ride on the C&O Canal Towpath from Sycamore Landing to White's ferry and back, about 17 miles between mile markers 27 and 35.

Haven't done that section in a long time - it is a pretty...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
11-18-21, 07:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 554
Posted By jpescatore

Traffic on just about every hiking and biking...

Traffic on just about every hiking and biking trail ramped up during the 2020 and even after partial return to "normal" still seems like more people out hiking and biking.

I've been doing the NCRR...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,061
Posted By jpescatore

I've got mixed feelings about dial shoes: ...

I've got mixed feelings about dial shoes:

I've busted the BOA dial on 2 pairs of shoes. One was an easy fix - lifetime warranty from BOA for replacement dial/wire and easy to do.

The other was...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-21, 05:08 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,120
Posted By jpescatore

I bought into the idea of having my shoes be...

I bought into the idea of having my shoes be hi-viz, since they are mostly in motion. But, I couldn't make myself wear lime green shoes, so I bought a pair of Sidi white SPD-SL shoes for my road...
11-08-21, 05:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By jpescatore

Back in June, a woman posted a journal of her...

Back in June, a woman posted a journal of her ride from Brooklyn to Albany on the trails that make up that part of the Empire State trail, then she took the Erie Canal trail west from there.

Her...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
11-08-21, 04:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,345
Posted By jpescatore

My wife and I did day riding on the Pine Creek...

My wife and I did day riding on the Pine Creek Trail years ago, staying at a B&B in Wellsboro - really enjoyed that trail.

A great similar trip for you would have been the Delaware and Lehigh...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
11-05-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 610
Posted By jpescatore

Today at lunch I took a chance that the B&A trail...

Today at lunch I took a chance that the B&A trail construction that above DocJames posted was scheduled to start 10/20 hadn't happened yet. Bzzzt - wrong. Big chainlink fence across the Trail at Glen...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
11-05-21, 06:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 610
Posted By jpescatore

Depends on where you are starting from in...

Depends on where you are starting from in Millersville area.

I used to ride more in that area years ago - from Millersville Elementary School there is actually a paved trail (South Shore Trail)...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-21, 04:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,042
Posted By jpescatore

On Zwift, there are various workouts that include...

On Zwift, there are various workouts that include low cadence segments but I prefer just doing hilly rides (IRL and on Zwift) to improve my hill climbing. Over the years I've been raising my natural...
Forum: Touring
11-03-21, 05:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 582
Posted By jpescatore

Uploaded ride files to Relive, animations of...

Uploaded ride files to Relive, animations of Pittsburgh to Confluence here (https://www.relive.cc/view/vAOZzWwPRyO)and Confluence to Cumberland here (https://www.relive.cc/view/vwq1kXVr3LO).
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
11-03-21, 05:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,345
Posted By jpescatore

I've done a century ride this year and several...

I've done a century ride this year and several 75+ mile rides, so my legs and the rear end were in decent shape - especially for a flat ride like the GAP.

Uploaded the second day from Confluence...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
10-30-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,345
Posted By jpescatore

Definitely cool and mostly sunny for me! I...

Definitely cool and mostly sunny for me!

I uploaded the first day's ride to ReLive, so an animation of that ride is here (https://www.relive.cc/view/vAOZzWwPRyO).
Forum: Road Cycling
10-28-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,575
Posted By jpescatore

When I was looking at Giant, Specialized and Trek...

When I was looking at Giant, Specialized and Trek for a new road bike I used the site 99spokes (https://99spokes.com/) to compare my choices - I wanted what for a brief period of time was called an...
10-28-21, 05:31 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,602
Posted By jpescatore

One thing (in addition to what others...

One thing (in addition to what others mentioned, especially tar and chip/chip seal) that always causes me to think I've got a flat or leak is seeing my speed drop on my Wahoo Bolt when the...
Forum: Touring
10-26-21, 05:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 582
Posted By jpescatore

Yeah, this wasn't a stop and smell the mountain...

Yeah, this wasn't a stop and smell the mountain laurels kind of tour! I would have done it in 3 days but there were no bike slots available on Amtrak on Tuesday, so had to leave on Wednesday.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-21, 04:32 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,653
Posted By jpescatore

I'm for N+1, but only when N equals 1. I...

I'm for N+1, but only when N equals 1.

I have a Domane road bike that can do 32mm tires and sometimes is pitched as an all road bike, but the wheels and everything else are sturdy enough for me...
10-26-21, 04:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 544
Posted By jpescatore

Zwift also has automated update to Strava and...

Zwift also has automated update to Strava and other logging/exercise apps if you use any of them for your outdoor riding.
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