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04-19-24, 12:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 917
Posted By bblair

Got it today! The lock thing was back ordered,...

Got it today! The lock thing was back ordered, but here is my old bike ready to roll. ...
04-17-24, 06:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 758
Posted By bblair

.......otherwise I would have do something...

.......otherwise I would have do something productive every morning after breakfast.

I did productive for 40 years and am tired of it.
04-11-24, 03:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 758
Posted By bblair

At least here, the "arguments" are not really...

At least here, the "arguments" are not really arguments. More like telling your biking bud that his post ride beer is crap and yours is sooo much better.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-24, 11:54 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 15,539
Posted By bblair

You're right. My point was, that for a...

You're right.

My point was, that for a significant price, the gains are very, very small.

Today on a club ride, I got dropped 'cause 18mph was all I could manage. Not sure by how much, but...
04-07-24, 07:33 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,178
Posted By bblair

I have seen newish riders pedal at very high...

I have seen newish riders pedal at very high cadences because they read that some expert or pro said to do it. Not only does it look rediculous, but they always seem to get tired early.

Ride...
03-31-24, 08:07 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,712
Posted By bblair

Whenever I get a new pair of eyeglasses, they...

Whenever I get a new pair of eyeglasses, they feel awful. I hate them. wanna throw them in the trash. But I eventually get used to them. But a few years down the line, I need a new set. The old ones...
03-29-24, 08:13 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,167
Posted By bblair

I am not as concerned about getting dust in my...

I am not as concerned about getting dust in my eyes as I am getting impaled by flying roof shingles. Yes, I have seen those come off old barns several times. Plus, it's not fun. Mainly, it's not fun.
03-28-24, 07:01 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,167
Posted By bblair

Too windy for me. Not only demoralizing, but...

Too windy for me. Not only demoralizing, but dangerous having debris flying around.

And why is it that fighting an awful headwind seems never to be followed by a screaming tailwind? 10-mph...
03-28-24, 06:49 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,712
Posted By bblair

Obviously, the fit calculations are based on...

Obviously, the fit calculations are based on studies and averages, but I wonder if age is factored in. I am not nearly as flexible now as I was 50 years ago and riding on the drops is more...
03-27-24, 05:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 917
Posted By bblair

Went to my LBS today and he convinced me to...

Went to my LBS today and he convinced me to order a Sea Sucker rack. That is what he uses and I have had good experiences buying what the owner actually uses.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-24, 07:06 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,207
Posted By bblair

I just realized that in a few days is the "fourth...

I just realized that in a few days is the "fourth Sunday of the month!"

Sadly, probably more of an individual time trial than a group ride.
03-20-24, 09:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 191
Posted By bblair

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I always wanted to buy my own robot....
03-20-24, 08:43 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,417
Posted By bblair

Everything has gone up. Been to a grocery store...

Everything has gone up. Been to a grocery store lately?

I always look for sales, even if I don't need them. Chains and tires will keep.

But $89 for tire, $198 is really not terrible considering...
03-20-24, 08:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 191
Posted By bblair

Taipei Bike Show

We went to Taipei, Taiwan to visit our son and saw signs advertising this gigantic bike show! Really for industry insiders, but open to the public on the last day. A few highlights:...
03-13-24, 07:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 693
Posted By bblair

The problem that I often have is that a small...

The problem that I often have is that a small portion of the tire seems to be seated too low, not up into the hook. Inflate/deflate and work it...sometimes the soapy water trick works, but I have...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-24, 06:07 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,036
Posted By bblair

Can you buy the red bike and pay extra to have...

Can you buy the red bike and pay extra to have some components upgraded? Does Trek sell bare frames, or do you have to buy the whole bike?
02-23-24, 01:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,423
Posted By bblair

I was on prescription niacin for a while, maybe...

I was on prescription niacin for a while, maybe 10 years ago (Niaspan), mainly due to bad reactions to several statins. I finally found one that didn't give me any problems though.

Apparently,...
02-22-24, 08:58 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,960
Posted By bblair

LSD.....Base Miles.....Zone 2....... That...

LSD.....Base Miles.....Zone 2.......

That works great until you ride with a group. Zone 2 soon turns into Zone 4. Or maybe their Zone 2 pace is my Zone 4......

Getting dropped yesterday gave me...
02-22-24, 08:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 693
Posted By bblair

I typically buy tires before I need them and...

I typically buy tires before I need them and mount on old wheels. See, a reason to keep all that old stuff! Then, when you need them, they are stretched a little and in the right shape. And always...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-20-24, 08:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,212
Posted By bblair

So much to see in this picture! I truly...

So much to see in this picture!

I truly appreciate that you have an older bike and a Corvette. Which is more comfortable?

And parked in front of a Pizza Hut. I have stopped at a PH in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-20-24, 08:46 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,013
Posted By bblair

You are just a few years younger than me. And I...

You are just a few years younger than me. And I have come to the realization that now that I can afford all the "stuff," it just isn't as important to me. The 30-year-old me really wanted a Corvette....
02-20-24, 08:40 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,714
Posted By bblair

[/indent] I can buy the electrolyte and fluid...

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I can buy the electrolyte and fluid replacement thing. The pickle receptor....not so much.

However....I recently watched a Chris Horner Youtube where he says he rode on Coke and candy...
02-08-24, 08:39 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,743
Posted By bblair

Had a guy ride with us years ago who never...

Had a guy ride with us years ago who never carried a spare or pump or anything. "I will rely on the kindness of strangers."

"Once," we told him. After that you're on your own. He used up his quota...
02-06-24, 10:02 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,473
Posted By bblair

You spent a lot of time working on a chain that...

You spent a lot of time working on a chain that you didn't have time to lubricate.

I think that your chain broke from simple rust and corrosion.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-06-24, 08:25 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,038
Posted By bblair

Great Chris Horner Youtube video called, "Don't...

Great Chris Horner Youtube video called, "Don't Spend Money to Go Faster," or something like that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCjgrbdgPL8&pp=ygUMY2hyaXMgaG9ybmVy
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-24, 09:36 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,038
Posted By bblair

It depends. Are you a racer looking for...

It depends.

Are you a racer looking for "marginal gains" so that extra 2 seconds means a podium finish or back in the pack? Then sure. Maybe.

Are you a recreational rider stopping at the cafe...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-01-24, 08:10 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,038
Posted By bblair

Rim or disk brakes? If you said, I missed it. ...

Rim or disk brakes? If you said, I missed it.

I have rim and found limited choices for new wheels. For example. Chris King and Industry 9 no longer make those. Others do, but you'll have to put a...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-24, 09:14 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,038
Posted By bblair

LightBicycle wheels with DT Swiss 240 hubs. Right...

LightBicycle wheels with DT Swiss 240 hubs. Right in your price range. They are custom built, but have some premade ones too for less.

Only downside was that shipping took a couple of months.
01-26-24, 04:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 805
Posted By bblair

I would guess that anyone that spends their free...

I would guess that anyone that spends their free time reading Bike Forum, probably is well on their way to a healthy lifestyle.

Don't smoke, exercise and do some resistance training too. Eat...
01-26-24, 04:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 849
Posted By bblair

Maybe you just need some time off. Maybe you...

Maybe you just need some time off.
Maybe you should find a new type of cycling: public trails, short cafe rides, touring, mountain biking.
Ride with a new group, more appropriate to your current...
01-19-24, 07:04 PM
Replies: 250
Views: 19,765
Posted By bblair

Great bikes-I have 2: A CF 5200 from about 20...

Great bikes-I have 2: A CF 5200 from about 20 years ago and a tandem from older than that. I love the bikes.

But the company?

I don't like that they kicked out all the local shops and now are...
01-19-24, 06:52 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,004
Posted By bblair

I ran Zwift for a couple of years on a Win10...

I ran Zwift for a couple of years on a Win10 laptop, HDMI to my TV. Slow to load and often dropped connections.

Then I learned here about using an Apple TV box. On sale at Costco for $179. No...
01-19-24, 06:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,563
Posted By bblair

A few interesting observations: On the right...

A few interesting observations:

On the right side of the BF there are ad displays. Mine just now was for funeral planning services.

When I got near the end of the test, the tech asked if I was...
01-19-24, 02:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,563
Posted By bblair

Just got my report: Normal Sinus Rhythm ...

Just got my report:

Normal Sinus Rhythm
Right Bundle Branch block

Summary
1. Normal exercise stress echocardiogram. No inducible ischemia was identified at the achieved
workload.
2....
01-19-24, 10:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,563
Posted By bblair

Just got back, and exactly as you described....

Just got back, and exactly as you described. Target HR was 138 and got up to 160, which is just under my max of 163. I think my total treadmill time was about 10 minutes.

No "results," but...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-24, 08:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,849
Posted By bblair

Cannondale Supersix Evo frame Campagnolo...

Cannondale Supersix Evo frame
Campagnolo wheelset
Ultegra brifter
Dura-Ace rear derailleur
Rotor crank


I don't know, but the above combo would be a big red flag for me. A legit team bike...
01-13-24, 02:34 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,135
Posted By bblair

I did that exact trip. Trek Travel/Glacier, maybe...

I did that exact trip. Trek Travel/Glacier, maybe 15 years ago.

Fantastic, had a great experience. I went by myself, so that was different.

Your group might be your new best friends, or you...
01-13-24, 02:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 524
Posted By bblair

Why? You will get a year or two out of your...

Why?

You will get a year or two out of your top of the line chain as it is. If you see something on sale, from a legit source, get it. Otherwise, ride on.
01-13-24, 02:16 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,743
Posted By bblair

Many times. Big group events, sure. But also...

Many times.

Big group events, sure. But also on the local bike trail. Usually they have no spare, no pump, no tools. I have fixed their flats, pumped up the tire and sent them on their way....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-24, 09:15 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,630
Posted By bblair

4500 miles, 224,652 ft climbed. My goal was...

4500 miles, 224,652 ft climbed.

My goal was 5000 miles, but I wimped out when the weather turned colder. Not gonna ride today either.

(real miles, not Zwift miles. Because I really didn't go...
01-10-24, 09:06 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,905
Posted By bblair

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I bought this tandem about 25 years ago for me and the kids. They...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-06-24, 11:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 864
Posted By bblair

My thought as well. When I was in school,...

My thought as well.

When I was in school, back in the 70's, I kept a Schwinn Varsity outside in the rack to ride to class. My real bike was of course kept inside in a humidity and...
01-04-24, 09:20 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 10,126
Posted By bblair

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Lynskey R230. New carbon wheels. Shimano Ultegra mechanical, so I...
12-21-23, 08:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,563
Posted By bblair

Just wanted to check in, so you don't think I...

Just wanted to check in, so you don't think I ghosted the thread or died of a heart attack.

I couldn't get an appointment for over a month from now. Big Health Care Conglomerate with multiple...
12-17-23, 08:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,452
Posted By bblair

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I have so much room now, I need more bikes.
12-13-23, 01:08 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,960
Posted By bblair

I am no histologist, but I gotta really wonder if...

I am no histologist, but I gotta really wonder if the whole mitochondria thing is for real. How is that measured? We all love to repeat the "science" without bothering to actually research it. Are...
12-13-23, 10:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,563
Posted By bblair

I don't know, my brother, who is an MD, at age 58...

I don't know, my brother, who is an MD, at age 58 or so was taken off the treadmill and sent directly to the hospital. Of course, he wanted to drive, typical scenario. Yea, they took him to the...
12-13-23, 08:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,563
Posted By bblair

Everyone gets out of breath at some exertion...

Everyone gets out of breath at some exertion point, right? So, the answer has to be "yes," and I am just crazy/dedicated enough to do it on a regular basis. But normal activity, no.
12-11-23, 02:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,405
Posted By bblair

Thank you! My wife thinks I am nuts because...

Thank you!

My wife thinks I am nuts because I have 6.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-23, 01:58 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,681
Posted By bblair

Apparently it's too late to constructively...

Apparently it's too late to constructively comment, but if it makes you feel good: my LBS is a Giant dealer and their bikes look fantastic. Two of my riding buddies just bought Giants-one with...
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