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10-22-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 673
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Appropriate vitamin levels have always been...

Appropriate vitamin levels have always been controversial, particularly vitamin D. It was fairly easy to determine the lowest healthy level, that's the RDA, but much harder to determine the optimal...
10-21-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 673
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

:lol: (actually just chuckling). First link:...

:lol: (actually just chuckling).
First link: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/extra-protein-does-not-build-more-muscle
Quite. More protein won't do anything unless you work out. One...
10-20-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 673
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

OTOH, methane and crop acreage loss to animal...

OTOH, methane and crop acreage loss to animal grazing are all huge problems as the earth's population keeps increasing and starvation is on the rise. The loss of humans isn't that big a deal, but the...
10-20-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 673
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I am osteoporotic as diagnosed from a DEXA scan....

I am osteoporotic as diagnosed from a DEXA scan. My worst area is my femoral neck of all things. I've never broken a bone in my life. I'm also thinking that riding hard with a too-low protein intake...
10-19-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 673
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

In some ways, it gets easier after you retire....

In some ways, it gets easier after you retire. That said, my mother warned me, "Do whatever projects you want to do while you're still working. You won't have time after you retire." She was correct....
10-19-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 673
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My wife and I joined a gym in 1979, the first...

My wife and I joined a gym in 1979, the first year we went fishing in Bristol Bay, and have been working out in one gym or another twice a week fairly regularly. I used to quit the gym during the...
10-18-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 673
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Another "How much protein?" thread

OK, so I'm 76 and still trying to do what I like to do and having some success. I also have one of those bathroom scales which uses impedance to give you numbers for percentages of fat, water,...
10-17-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 558
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

"Fast" is less interesting than far or stops...

"Fast" is less interesting than far or stops because it's so greatly influenced by ride goals, elevation gain, traffic, and associated lights and delays. The fastest ride you ever did? Your usual...
10-16-21, 07:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,180
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I think that might be the biggest thing. In the...

I think that might be the biggest thing. In the PNW it's not that much fun to ride every day in the rain and clean-up to too time-consuming, so in winter I do one outdoor ride/week and the rest on my...
10-16-21, 07:32 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,507
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

IME you are absolutely correct. Future: I didn't...

IME you are absolutely correct. Future: I didn't hit a steep drop-off until 63, another at ~70. But one just has to never quit, never give up. I haven't done a 400k since my mid-60s, but my wife and...
10-16-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,507
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I think there are so many opinions on best crank...

I think there are so many opinions on best crank length because . . . everyone's different, sorta like saddles. IOW experiment, realizing that changing any aspect of fit requires a period of...
10-16-21, 12:34 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,507
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I'm 5'6" and ride 170 on my road bike, 175 on our...

I'm 5'6" and ride 170 on my road bike, 175 on our tandem. Pantani rode 180 in the mountains. He liked to climb OOS so the long cranks gave him more power. It's hard to argue with yellow. I ride 175...
10-14-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 365
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Oh man, I'm so sorry! A riding buddy broke a...

Oh man, I'm so sorry! A riding buddy broke a pedal axle riding hard OOS, broke femur and pelvis so bad he got what looks like a bit a titanium bike chain to hold it together. He recovered and went on...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 8,020
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It isn't clear to me, having looked around, if OS...

It isn't clear to me, having looked around, if OS Endurance is as good as standard OS at 100 lbs.

I remember when car tubeless first came out, I got flats. The ordinary flat stopped happening in...
10-12-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 492
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've become such an afternoon apple eater that my...

I've become such an afternoon apple eater that my wife started buying them by the case from our local food coop. That got expensive, so I've cut down a bit. But yes, I totally agree. Small portions,...
10-12-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 539
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

"Eat food, mostly plants, not too much." "Plants"...

"Eat food, mostly plants, not too much." "Plants" of course means almost everything we eat except animal flesh. And yes, interest as displayed by the OP is a warning sign. Just stay away from that...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-21, 08:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 225
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I had the same problem on our tandem with CX-Ray...

I had the same problem on our tandem with CX-Ray spokes. It might have only been on the front since I can't hear the rear. The front is at 100kgf, built it myself. It's the spoke crossings. This was...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 802
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I think post 2 is correct. Note the emphasis on...

I think post 2 is correct. Note the emphasis on friction. Friction produces heat so that's where that energy goes, probably also some additional kinetic energy. Heat death of the universe and all...
10-08-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 307
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Practice spinning faster in a lower gear on...

Practice spinning faster in a lower gear on climbs. Lower gears at the same speed work your lungs harder and your legs less. My guess is that you might best climb at over 80 cadence with the 160...
10-08-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,472
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I start in the gym in October with sets of 12...

I start in the gym in October with sets of 12 reps, gradually decrease to sets of 4 reps in June. Around April I reduce my squat ROM from full squat to half squats which increases the weight by a...
10-07-21, 01:20 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,856
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I have used a DiNotte tail light for about 20...

I have used a DiNotte tail light for about 20 years. It is extremely bright, 300-400 lumens, somewhere in that range. With a bright light like that, you point it at the ground behind you so that it...
10-06-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 512
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

In terms of health, the gentle reader can find...

In terms of health, the gentle reader can find all we currently know about diet and its effect on health right here:
https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032013-182351
All...
10-06-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 743
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

This isn't a bike problem, it's a mental issue....

This isn't a bike problem, it's a mental issue. Yes, there are crank forward bikes (google), which allow what your GF wants. They are OK for short trips on the flat, but not too much more IMO. She...
10-06-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,183
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Muscle mass is dependent on calorie intake. To...

Muscle mass is dependent on calorie intake. To put on muscle, work out and eat more. To lose muscle, work out and eat less. I know people who eat egg white omelets with catsup and work out every day...
09-30-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,018
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

She's probably just afraid of her lack of skill,...

She's probably just afraid of her lack of skill, which can put her in a very dangerous position. My wife got run over by a 1-ton truck on her single about 20 years. It was bad. It was some little bit...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 867
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've been doing group rides in the winter in the...

I've been doing group rides in the winter in the PNW for 25 years almost every Sunday, rain or not. I once went down while testing a new-to-me tire in the wet parking lot before a ride. I rode anyway...
09-28-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 800
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

It's the ass that gets broken in. When one sits...

It's the ass that gets broken in. When one sits on a saddle, flesh is compressed. This results in low oxygenation in said tissue, which results in pain and can eventually result in cell death....
09-25-21, 07:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,011
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

How much visible seat post do you see between the...

How much visible seat post do you see between the seat tube and the saddle rail clamp? About 4" is reasonable, though that varies a lot.

OK, so you have a 56 cm bike. Now measure from the center...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-21, 04:33 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 10,816
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Reading this whole thread again, as I couldn't...

Reading this whole thread again, as I couldn't remember what I'd posted, it occurred to me that threads like this attract posts from folks who are, well, unusual. I mean, most folks just ride their...
09-25-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,011
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I don't understand the numbers you've posted. How...

I don't understand the numbers you've posted. How about the teeth counts on your chainrings and largest rear cog?
09-23-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,277
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

We've always used the Proper Method. Both of us...

We've always used the Proper Method. Both of us have clipless pedals and thus Stoker is always clipped in, unless we are stopping for a longer period of time. In that case. Captain puts both feet...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 8,596
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yelling? Who said anything about yelling? I agree...

Yelling? Who said anything about yelling? I agree that yelling at someone in close quarters would be greeted with disapproval. OTOH, saying something important to another rider so that you can't be...
Forum: Touring
09-20-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,772
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Wood stove . . . this works very well up in the...

Wood stove . . . this works very well up in the mountains, at least below the Alpine zone. You need to be in a place where you can find or go down to bare dirt and of course an area where fires are...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,286
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've had drivers thank me for those bright...

I've had drivers thank me for those bright lights! They do appreciate it. The front light should be a sharp cutoff lamp. I've seen oncoming flashers so bright at night that not only could I not tell...
Replies: 44
Views: 1,839
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Huh. This is all so odd to me. I'm a group ride...

Huh. This is all so odd to me. I'm a group ride leader and besides my own flats, I bet I've probably fixed over 100 flats of other riders over the past 25 years. It's simply not hard, though it does...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-21, 09:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,286
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I have a DiNotte 400R - don't think they are made...

I have a DiNotte 400R - don't think they are made anymore. The next best would be the Cygolite Hypershot 350. With lights this bright it's OK to point them straight back in the daylight, but at night...
09-17-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,518
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

All true. Since I've concentrated on long...

All true.

Since I've concentrated on long rides, I've always pushed the nutritional limits. I know exactly what I can tolerate and what my ride-forever low intensity calorie/hour number is -...
09-15-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,173
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

We went down to a 24T granny and then put on an...

We went down to a 24T granny and then put on an 11-40 cassette off Amazon. That's an easy fix for you. Had to use a Wolf Tooth (has to be the real Wolf Tooth) with an MTB RD as mentioned above,...
09-14-21, 08:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 701
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

This all depends on how far and fast you want to...

This all depends on how far and fast you want to ride! There are street bikes called "pedal forward" bikes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se9Cp_f4FdM&t=3s

These are not as fast nor as...
09-14-21, 08:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,140
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes, it's very common to find relief from back...

Yes, it's very common to find relief from back pain by adopting a more aggressive position. Which is exactly the opposite of the "conventional wisdom", but has a good basis in physiology. Our backs...
09-13-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,949
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Normal. Your blood vessels become more flexible...

Normal. Your blood vessels become more flexible as you warm up and can then carry more blood. You can speed the process some by doing a couple lowish gear spinups to high rpm and then a couple of...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,183
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Thing is, you're not as old as you're going to...

Thing is, you're not as old as you're going to be! IME at maybe 63 is when the curve of lost power starts its major inflection point and that curve tightens as we get older, At 76, it's getting...
08-27-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,099
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

We about 10 lbs. heavier than you. We ride Conti...

We about 10 lbs. heavier than you. We ride Conti 5000 32mm tires at 90 lbs. They have been very satisfactory, good ride, fast, minimal flatting, no pinch flats.
08-26-21, 11:10 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,152
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

No thanks. This forum exists to assist and give...

No thanks. This forum exists to assist and give advice to folks who are interested in same, not to provide amusement for trolls. Note the title of this sub-forum. This whole thread has been a waste...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-21, 05:36 PM
Replies: 20,238
Views: 4,530,872
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My first pair of Assos bibs, T-Equipe RS S9, plus...

My first pair of Assos bibs, T-Equipe RS S9, plus both kinds of Assos butt goo. Yes, I expect miracles. Sometimes they happen . . . I also lowered my saddle 4mm, probably a more important change.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-21, 12:52 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,106
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

In our group, the first guy to the top has a...

In our group, the first guy to the top has a 7-speed steel bike, gravel tires, full fenders, and a 20 liter canvas saddle bag. It would have been cheating for him to bring his carbon bike. To climb...
08-18-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 587
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

On long rides, I try to take a swig about every...

On long rides, I try to take a swig about every 15' on my bottle of maltodextrin and whey protein. The big advantage is that I don't need to stop, open packages, etc. There is no slower speed than...
08-18-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,140
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

As burnthesheep says, ride your bike. In the...

As burnthesheep says, ride your bike. In the things-which-can-go-wrong category . . .

1) Over or under hydration during rides
2) Fueling (food) during rides, either too much or too little
3)...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-21, 10:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,305
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The more bare skin, the worse the road rash. I...

The more bare skin, the worse the road rash. I like SS with sun sleeves.
08-15-21, 09:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 497
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Not having seen you, my guess is that the...

Not having seen you, my guess is that the adjustments need to be to your body rather than to the bike, assuming that both your legs are the same length. Muscle imbalance issues can usually be sorted...
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