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06-27-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 3,894
Posted By downtube42

Overheard tip while eavesdropping PBP grizzled...

Overheard tip while eavesdropping PBP grizzled veterans in Paris: if you want to finish fast, be brutally selfish. Make temporary alliances on the road, and abandon them if they slow you down. Make...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-22, 11:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 329
Posted By downtube42

https://forum.bikeradar.com/discussion/12575770/si...

https://forum.bikeradar.com/discussion/12575770/silly-commuting-racing
06-24-22, 09:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,206
Posted By downtube42

Congrats. Enjoy every moment you can! 39...

Congrats. Enjoy every moment you can!

39 months to go. I expect I'll miss herding software engineers, but I surely won't miss navigating upper management power games and egos.
Replies: 80
Views: 5,365
Posted By downtube42

I am really enjoying dot-watching the Cascades...

I am really enjoying dot-watching the Cascades 1400. Lots of people I know, both from the PNW and elsewhere. I'm checking everyone's mileage via RWGPS route, estimating when people will finish the...
06-24-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 787
Posted By downtube42

What's the quote - politics is like underwear,...

What's the quote - politics is like underwear, everyone has it but nobody wants to see it. Something like that.

But these days people intentionally walk around with their pants sagging below...
Forum: Foo
06-23-22, 01:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 449
Posted By downtube42

The day I scraped the tolltag off my car was a...

The day I scraped the tolltag off my car was a very happy day.
06-23-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,934
Posted By downtube42

It's situational. In some settings it conveys an...

It's situational. In some settings it conveys an appropriate level of humility, in others, weakness. Don't take that IMO **** into the c-suite; say it with an outrageous level of confidence or get...
06-22-22, 03:42 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,022
Posted By downtube42

Nada. During a recent PT eval, the therapist...

Nada.

During a recent PT eval, the therapist said "thank god for cycling". In other words, in the range of motion used by cycling my joints are smooth as silk. Outside that range, it's like a 61...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-22, 04:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 653
Posted By downtube42

Not all recumbents are equal. Low racer, high...

Not all recumbents are equal. Low racer, high racer, 26/26, 26/20, etc. Difference in rider height and maneuverability vary greatly. Tradeoffs are typically around performance.

As far as learning...
Replies: 80
Views: 5,365
Posted By downtube42

Ride Report: SIR Summer Populaire. The original...

Ride Report: SIR Summer Populaire. The original plan was to do a perm pop here in Portland with a buddy, who was going to earn his Mondial award about 24 miles into the ride. But just before the...
06-17-22, 10:20 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,006
Posted By downtube42

When i lived in Indiana, I commuted in temps from...

When i lived in Indiana, I commuted in temps from -20F to 100F. Those were rare and extreme days though; 10-90 was closer to normal.
But I'll claim 120 degrees then.

In west Texas, I did a 10...
06-17-22, 07:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,525
Posted By downtube42

There's a short ramp on my evening commute, about...

There's a short ramp on my evening commute, about 1/4 mile into the ride, that leaves me huffing.

That same ramp at the end of a 60 mile weekend ride is pffffft.

Weird but true.
06-17-22, 11:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 312
Posted By downtube42

In my experience recovering from a herniated disc...

In my experience recovering from a herniated disc and subsequent surgery, position is more critical than shock absorption. Spines are mechanically complex and back issues are unique, so YMMV. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-22, 10:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 808
Posted By downtube42

I went with Horner's Noxema suggestion. Seemed...

I went with Horner's Noxema suggestion. Seemed going well until I did a 600km brevet in two solid days of rain. I only re-applied at the overnight at around 350km; probably in those conditions a...
06-15-22, 09:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 435
Posted By downtube42

I want to know about that cap he's wearing under...

I want to know about that cap he's wearing under his helmet.

Also, I can't see myself with the big beard, but he wears it with style.
06-15-22, 12:59 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 3,129
Posted By downtube42

If we dial it out even further, most of us could...

If we dial it out even further, most of us could acknowledge that we are all *******s on occasion. When we're riding bikes, driving, walking, or posting online. Maybe a few angels in here, but even...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-22, 08:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 991
Posted By downtube42

I missed this bit of info. Start with this:...

I missed this bit of info.

Start with this: There IS a problem. This is known. You can talk yourself into "it's not this" and "it's not that" to the point where it can't be anything. But it's...
06-14-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 426
Posted By downtube42

Full muscle recovery from that kind of effort...

Full muscle recovery from that kind of effort could be a week, even longer if the intensity was high. I do a lot of 200k rides, of varying intensity. Usually I feel fine within a couple days, but I'm...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-22, 03:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 991
Posted By downtube42

Swap the front/rear tires & tubes, and see if the...

Swap the front/rear tires & tubes, and see if the problem moves. That'll probably tell you whether it's tire or rim.
If the problem recurs but has moved, discard the tire/tube, replace with new, and...
Forum: Foo
06-13-22, 08:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 748
Posted By downtube42

I crashed my bike and broke my neck at the bottom...

I crashed my bike and broke my neck at the bottom of a ravine a couple years ago. That would have been a sweet way to go - on a ride, oops went a bit too fast around a corner, oh dang this is going...
06-13-22, 05:59 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,934
Posted By downtube42

Actually it was while visiting India that I had...

Actually it was while visiting India that I had some of my most fundamental western beliefs challenged. The very notion that my beliefs were "western" rather than universal was the real eye opener....
06-13-22, 02:32 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,934
Posted By downtube42

It is your opinion that this is a fact. I'm sure...

It is your opinion that this is a fact. I'm sure your confidence is extremely high.

It's my opinion that 1+1=2 is a fundamental truth; I have opinions about what the symbol "1" means, what the...
06-13-22, 11:50 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,934
Posted By downtube42

As my 7th grade English teacher Mr. Louis would...

As my 7th grade English teacher Mr. Louis would say, "Don't ever say 'in my opinion' because everything you say is your opinion."

So I didn't preface all that crap with "in my opinion".
06-12-22, 04:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 450
Posted By downtube42

If you're coasting because you're uncomfortable,...

If you're coasting because you're uncomfortable, like your butt or hands, then fix that issue. If you're not comfortable at the speed, address that with practice or better tires or even bike geo. If...
06-12-22, 04:12 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,934
Posted By downtube42

I imagine marketing people in the bike tire...

I imagine marketing people in the bike tire industry are struggling. One upon a time the goal would have been to claim the highest max tire pressure the engineers and lawyers would allow. Now if you...
06-11-22, 04:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 795
Posted By downtube42

Bike will be fine as long as you don't do any...

Bike will be fine as long as you don't do any shenanigans like ride off curbs.
06-11-22, 04:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 211
Posted By downtube42

Thanks, good info. Looks like I have some more...

Thanks, good info. Looks like I have some more work to do this weekend.
06-11-22, 04:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 211
Posted By downtube42

Indeed, I discovered the pump was essentially a...

Indeed, I discovered the pump was essentially a squirt gun when i was cleaning things up. I've never seen that before. Lesson learned.
06-10-22, 09:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 211
Posted By downtube42

Maintenance after long rainy ride

Over the weekend I rode a 600km brevet, almost all in light to medium heavy rain. It included twenty or so miles of gravel/dirt roads. At times my shoe covers were coated with a layer of mud and...
06-10-22, 08:44 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,257
Posted By downtube42

My best 25 mile rides are followed by four to...

My best 25 mile rides are followed by four to sixteen more 25 mile rides. Usually sleep after eight to ten of them. I have taken a few roadside naps on long rides; those are pretty sweet.

​​​​​...
06-10-22, 05:21 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,934
Posted By downtube42

I wonder why the rolling resistance guy doesn't...

I wonder why the rolling resistance guy doesn't throw a rough surface on his drum, even once, to experimentally address the topic of smooth drum vs relatively rough roads.

I expect the answer is,...
06-09-22, 01:05 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,468
Posted By downtube42

My last bad crash the last thing I recall is...

My last bad crash the last thing I recall is hearing gravel under my tire under hard cornering, and recognizing this was going to be bad. There was a heck of a lot I did wrong that put me in that...
06-08-22, 08:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 847
Posted By downtube42

I do what I think is reasonable, and shrug off...

I do what I think is reasonable, and shrug off the close calls.

Statistics say I'll probably die a slow lingering death after a stroke or congestive heart failure. I've seen that happen with my...
Replies: 80
Views: 5,365
Posted By downtube42

Aside I pre-rode Crater Lake 1200 last year, and...

Aside I pre-rode Crater Lake 1200 last year, and decided support atop a remote day three climb would have been nice. Water was a problem. It was a long dry stretch before a very remote climb, then a...
06-07-22, 09:18 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,934
Posted By downtube42

I like math it out. I think I'll use it. In...

I like math it out. I think I'll use it.

In the car repair business, at least back in the day of distributor caps and rotors, they'd say "throw a tune-up on that Chevy". So how about

throw...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-22, 08:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,036
Posted By downtube42

I'm a fan of taking a hard look at lowering the...

I'm a fan of taking a hard look at lowering the saddle. If your hips are rocking, low back pain can come on quickly. Conventional wisdom says too low a saddle stresses the knees, so you're looking...
Replies: 80
Views: 5,365
Posted By downtube42

I've ridden brevets with clubs in many US states,...

I've ridden brevets with clubs in many US states, an there is quite a bit of variety in terms of support. It's really up to the RBA, and how much support they have or want. From Indiana where the RBA...
Replies: 80
Views: 5,365
Posted By downtube42

It was far better than some chip/seal I've...

It was far better than some chip/seal I've ridden. In particular I recall a 200k out of Mineral Wells, Texas where the chip/seal was like railroad ballast half embedded in tar. Astounding.

It...
Replies: 80
Views: 5,365
Posted By downtube42

It was decent gravel; I had about the right tires...

It was decent gravel; I had about the right tires at 32mm. The downhill side had a few more potholes, so descending was a little slow.

This ride had a variety - wide highway shoulders with...
Replies: 80
Views: 5,365
Posted By downtube42

That vest is pretty much toast at this point. I...

That vest is pretty much toast at this point. I use my commemorative gear - jerseys, vests, etc - rather than keep them nice. The rando life is a tough life for clothing, so that means it all has...
Replies: 80
Views: 5,365
Posted By downtube42

Ride report. Light rain interrupted by...

Ride report.

Light rain interrupted by regular rain, spots of sunshine, then returning to light rain. Then more rain and also some rain. Fortunately warmer than forecast, so we didn't get...
Replies: 80
Views: 5,365
Posted By downtube42

I spent a solid 4 hours this evening getting...

I spent a solid 4 hours this evening getting prepped for the SIR 600k this weekend. I'm not complaining... it's a labor of love... but still. I had to break the route into 4 segments because it had...
Replies: 19
Views: 422
Posted By downtube42

Lies per word ratio of 2:3. I suppose...

Lies per word ratio of 2:3.

I suppose completing the sentence with "made by Sekine" reduces lies per word to 2:6, which for marketing verbiage is honest.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-22, 09:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,671
Posted By downtube42

You know, some of us figured that out in...

You know, some of us figured that out in kindergarten.

Congratulations on your (presumed) decades of blissful ignorance.
06-01-22, 08:55 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,378
Posted By downtube42

Phase 1: Bike on car worth more than car. Check. ...

Phase 1: Bike on car worth more than car. Check.

Phase 2: Rack on car worth more than car. Check

Phase 3: What car? Check.
05-31-22, 06:07 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,378
Posted By downtube42

Here's every t-shirt I own ...

Here's every t-shirt I own
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Except the one I'm wearing...
Replies: 27
Views: 1,000
Posted By downtube42

My friends are advising me to go 1030+....

My friends are advising me to go 1030+. Functionality, battery life, robustness. That would be my choice if I were buying one now.

I'm doing LEL this fall, and most likely will avoid anything new...
05-31-22, 12:24 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,378
Posted By downtube42

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1820x2000/img_20210624_121131639_fa653f332cb09a16bbdaac4514a10100f8d73775.jpg
05-29-22, 07:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 617
Posted By downtube42

Three points of contact with the bike: pedals,...

Three points of contact with the bike: pedals, saddle, hands. Imagine those points rotating around the center of the crank. Back, back, back until you are hanging on the bars to keep from falling off...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-22, 09:33 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 2,692
Posted By downtube42

I'm a Randonneur; I ride long distances and do so...

I'm a Randonneur; I ride long distances and do so entirely by feel rather than with power or heart data. My sense is I benefit from going a little deep on climbs, but not too far. There's a strong...
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