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Old 07-11-20, 12:23 PM
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And it looks like NCOM will likely be well under my temperature target. Like, the daily average high (averaged between Oct and Nov) is barely at my finger-safety level.
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Old 07-11-20, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Everything's bigger in Texas!

My lesson from today's ride is that it's doable for me if the roads are smooth, not so much if it's brutal chipseal.
Would you do that on your road bike or tri bike? I know you feel like the tri bike is a lot more comfortable.

And I may have missed it, but what distance are you looking at doing?

Kudos for the spousal support, I've mentioned doing the Ride Across Wisconsin before and my wife seems open to the idea of support as well
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96 hours for 1000 miles? Geez.

Isn't the standard 1200km brevet a 90 hour limit? And that's *only* 745 miles.
Sure, but this is a race. Unlike brevet riders, who I firmly believe ride to eat, these folks eat to ride fast. Plus, the support factor, food on the go, flat repair in the car while you ride a replacement wheel, all help.
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I generally wave to most cyclists going the opposite way, and offer a verbal greeting to those going my way as I go past them.

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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
Would you do that on your road bike or tri bike? I know you feel like the tri bike is a lot more comfortable.

And I may have missed it, but what distance are you looking at doing?

Kudos for the spousal support, I've mentioned doing the Ride Across Wisconsin before and my wife seems open to the idea of support as well
I would do the 208. The unfortunate thing is I have Raynaud's, and while that's a fairly minor condition for a lot of things it means I can't ride in the cold very well (not without BarMitts and warmers stuffed in them). And "cold" for this purpose is <60* if it's sunny, more like 65* if it's humid. Average morning temperature in Marfa in late Oct/ early Nov is 50*.

As for which bike... probably both. The tri bike is not a lot of fun or climbing or descending, but it's of course free speed on the flats and straights, which there are several large sections of. However, crucially, it's even worse for the fingers, and there's no way to put BarMitts on it.
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AG did also say I could just pick a spot to do a solo century and she'd SAG that if I wanted, which I may take her up on. I've never seen what I could do on one of those with the leash off.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
I would do the 208. The unfortunate thing is I have Raynaud's, and while that's a fairly minor condition for a lot of things it means I can't ride in the cold very well (not without BarMitts and warmers stuffed in them). And "cold" for this purpose is <60* if it's sunny, more like 65* if it's humid. Average morning temperature in Marfa in late Oct/ early Nov is 50*.

As for which bike... probably both. The tri bike is not a lot of fun or climbing or descending, but it's of course free speed on the flats and straights, which there are several large sections of. However, crucially, it's even worse for the fingers, and there's no way to put BarMitts on it.
​​​​​​Ah that's a bummer

How is the tri bike worse for your fingers? Is there really much of a wind break with drop bars vs tri bars?
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Old 07-11-20, 02:06 PM
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Morning thunderstorms cleared, the roads dried and I was able to get out for a not-quite-as-long-as-I'd-hoped ride. But it was all good. In thinking about doing some longer rides, I was deliberate about setting an absolutely boring pace for the first couple hours. That decision paid dividends in the last couple of hours.


And now to eat all the foods.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Went through a little tucked-away rural chunk this morning.


That guy needs a new mechanic
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With the ride today, I crossed 2k on the Cervelo.
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Worked on the firebird yesterday. Backed it out of the garage, drove to the gas station put gas in it. Parked it in the driveway while I cleaned the garage. Started raining. Got in to close the windows, and turned on the wiper. Instantly stripped the ds wiper arm. Got out to look at it. Also managed to crack my brand new windshield somehow.
It just never ends.
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Old 07-11-20, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Morning thunderstorms cleared, the roads dried and I was able to get out for a not-quite-as-long-as-I'd-hoped ride. But it was all good. In thinking about doing some longer rides, I was deliberate about setting an absolutely boring pace for the first couple hours. That decision paid dividends in the last couple of hours.


And now to eat all the foods.
​​​​​​A solo 17mph near century is a boring pace?

I should get faster
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Old 07-11-20, 03:20 PM
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Went through a little tucked-away rural chunk this morning.

If that's not rusted out it's worth a few bucks. Very desirable model.

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What's on your to-do list today?
Sora level content:

After bike ride in only 68* dew point, I came home and trimmed bushes in front of my house. Then showered, had lunch, a sausage, peppers, onions and mozzarella sandwich with pasta salad. Then to the new, nearby winery for a tasting. Bought a bottle for tonight then when I got home I made some French press coffee which I am now enjoying. All without taking a nap.
BTW didn't watch your video. Tldw it for me.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
​​​​​​Ah that's a bummer

How is the tri bike worse for your fingers? Is there really much of a wind break with drop bars vs tri bars?
I can't put my finger on it (ha!) but it might be about them being wrapped vs mostly-relaxed. That or the shift levers do break the airflow a bit. Regardless, it is noticeable. And riding is much worse than running; running I'm good with just gloves down to 40* or so.

Also, it goes through swings of how bad it is, but I can't figure out a pattern of diet or exercise or anything, so I just plan for the worst.
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Took the daughter to the beach when she wasn’t feeling well..... Fish won’t go hungry this summer.
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Are different 11 speed cassettes made for different situations? Example; is there a cassette better suited for hills, vs. flat land? This morning I was on the big chain ring up front, and on the number 5 from right on the back. I was cranking at about 105 rpm and decided to shift up, but it was a huge difference. My rpm dropped dramatically to 85 and I could really feel it in my legs. This old timer I ride with, swears I am missing the 18 tooth cassette, and that’s what I need for flat ground.
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Are different 11 speed cassettes made for different situations? Example; is there a cassette better suited for hills, vs. flat land? This morning I was on the big chain ring up front, and on the number 5 from right on the back. I was cranking at about 105 rpm and decided to shift up, but it was a huge difference. My rpm dropped dramatically to 85 and I could really feel it in my legs. This old timer I ride with, swears I am missing the 18 tooth cassette, and that’s what I need for flat ground.
Oh yes, there's a world of difference between a 12-25 and an 11-32, for example. Back in the 10sp days I was a bigger fan of 12-27 than the more common 11-28s because of those gaps. Now in 11sp I'm fine with 11-28,but 11-30 and 11-32 (or even 11-34) are common. What's yours?

That said, there's no one rear cog tooth count that's "right" for flat land, even though 16 and 18are commonly cited as such. It also matters what your front gears are, fitness, surface, wind...
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Took the daughter to the beach when she wasn’t feeling well..... Fish won’t go hungry this summer.
Do a little chumming?
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The plastic Bodum Travel Press coffee maker I ordered from Amazon on 6/22 is finally out for delivery after a long ***** session with them on Thursday.
Use it in health and contentment. We have a polycarbonate French press on the boat. One of life’s essentials.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Morning thunderstorms cleared, the roads dried and I was able to get out for a not-quite-as-long-as-I'd-hoped ride. But it was all good. In thinking about doing some longer rides, I was deliberate about setting an absolutely boring pace for the first couple hours. That decision paid dividends in the last couple of hours.


And now to eat all the foods.
nice ride
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Oh yes, there's a world of difference between a 12-25 and an 11-32, for example. Back in the 10sp days I was a bigger fan of 12-27 than the more common 11-28s because of those gaps. Now in 11sp I'm fine with 11-28,but 11-30 and 11-32 (or even 11-34) are common. What's yours?

That said, there's no one rear cog tooth count that's "right" for flat land, even though 16 and 18are commonly cited as such. It also matters what your front gears are, fitness, surface, wind...
I believe it’s 11 30. I just find myself cross chaining no matter if I use the big or small front chain ring. I can’t seem to find a good gear ratio I like.
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BTW didn't watch your video. Tldw it for me.
Probably too fast-paced.
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Do a little chumming?

Let’s just say the chesapeake bays water quality went down.
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Took the daughter to the beach when she wasn’t feeling well..... Fish won’t go hungry this summer.
Harsh.
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