Commuting - Very long commute club: week 14
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This has to be quick because I am supposed to be someplace else right now. Let's play Gsboh's game. How much weight have you gained/lost because of your vlc/xcc activities? If you have lost weight, simple enough. However, if you have lost weight and then got involved in a relationship due tyo your new hot bod, then you h ave to add the weight of your SO.
I have a pretty much zero sum balance. I eat more when I ride the long miles and stay about the same weight. I look lieka body builder from the waste down. Above...not so much. :eek:
07-09-06, 08:40 PM
I have lost 30 lbs from January till now. I am at 175 lbs and loving it.
07-09-06, 09:01 PM
Im at 155 which is where Ive been for years....
I might go up to 158 in the winter.
For whatever reason I just dont change :eek:
Same here, I'm at 148 at the moment, and if I puff up to my fighting weight I might make a buck fifty two. The body of Jimmy Stewart here.
07-10-06, 04:51 AM
I have lost 20 lbs - 197 to 177 since starting commuting in April. Ten more to go. My wife won't get on a scale yet, but my commuting keeps her motivated to exercise more. She has gone down two sizes. If you really want to add it up though, I have lost 3720 lbs. I sold my Pickup when I started commuting. :)
07-10-06, 08:08 AM
Oh with my wife weight I'm at 305 lbs. she about 130 lbs and I'm at 175 lbs. And if you take away the vans weight that we sold then we have lost 6000 lbs. It was a ford windstar. So I'm at -5695 lbs. :lol:
HA! I lost 2,000 lbs when I didn't buy that car because I bike to work!
07-10-06, 06:27 PM
I took the day off today for recovery. Ran my first Triathlon yesterday - 2:19 for a 1/2 mile swim, 17 mi ride and 6.2 mi run. I am a really poor swimmer, but I made up a lot of time on the ride - the daily ride really helps. I had a great time passing lots of people going up the 1000 ft climb.(2,800ft to 3800ft over 10 miles).
If you're interested, here is a motion-based link to my bike ride:
Anyway, I had a great time, and am looking forward to being back on the bike to work tomorrow, and to my next race.
I have lost 30 lbs - 197 to 177 Come again?
I reckon i've lost about 20 kilos (40 lbs or something).
I've also lost a lot of weight out of my wallet in bike gear - i swear i break everything i touch on my bike. Maybe 20 kilos worth of coins? :D
At least 1 friend who no longer talks to me because i don't give them a lift - funny how 'friends' materialise when you have something to give. At least 100kg there.
But, i homebrew beer because i ride my bike. Found out about it from a fellow commuter. So that's at least 70 kilograms of stock at any one time.
So 70 kilos lost in total.
07-11-06, 04:24 AM
Ok, Ok, 20 Lbs AND my basic math skills:rolleyes:
07-11-06, 05:44 AM
Man on Sunday some A**hole took my Cyclecomputer for my bike. Now I am waiting for a new one to get here. It was in the breakroom at work so it had to be a co-worker that took it. I hope that I never find out how took it, because I will put a beat down on them like they never seen before.
Bummer on the computer, Cig.
I had a slow ride in today. My brakes are sqealing horribly, and catching hard, making it difficult to slow down, so I didn't go too fast to begin with. I think when I cleaned my bike I got some bike cleaner on the rims.
I've probably lost a few lbs since commuting, but I'm not into weighing myself. I feel better and look better, though.
07-11-06, 07:25 PM
Well, with out the computer I am running faster. I think it's because I don't really know what speed I'm running till I get home and do the data sheet. Today comming home I made the 17.12 miles with a clock time of 59 min and a Ride time of 44 min. What I do is time the stop at lights and subtrack it from the clock time. So I ended up with a ARTS of 23.47 mph. My ride in with a ARTS of 18.52 mph.
I have order a new computer but it won't be here till next week.
The air today is so thick and heavy (and polluted)! DC was built in a swamp, and sometimes it shows.
07-12-06, 09:16 AM
Velo -- +1 on the thick and sticky air this morning. It makes the summer commute not quite as fun as it could be.
I made it back from my C & O Canal tour yesterday afternoon and then rode my regular commute route home. I think that earned me a semi-iron man status among some of the folks on the tour who don't ride a whole lot. 4 days, 200 miles and I didn't fall, injure or break anything -- so maybe my luck is changing.
I would highly recommend a C & O Canal tour for anyone in the area -- the riding is easy and the scenery surprisingly more varied than I expected.
Now its back to the daily pedal for a few days until a long weekend away. I think I'll get the bike into the LBS for a check of the bottom bracket and rear hub. It just started making an odd clicking noise so it seems time to see the pros.
As I was riding home today, through the rain (of course) my left pedal started to make sceching and grinding sounds. I happened to be only a block from a LBS, so I pulled in fro an assessment. turns out my beloved Crank Bros. Eggbeaters have turned their last strokes. I figure I have ridden about 6K miles, through all seasons on those babies.
Apparently, you can rebuild eggbeaters, so I will look into how much that will cost.
Anyways, I limped home on them, scritch scritch, scritching along.
07-12-06, 08:19 PM
Mars -- too bad about the pedals.
I forgot the main question of this week. I have lost 40 pounds since I started the VLC. Since my wife long predates the VLC I won't add her in. Since we haven't gotten rid of a car I can't claim any great gains there. After the first year I have also slowed the cash hemorhage to support my bike habit. There have still been a few big ticket items, but nothing like that first year.
07-13-06, 02:59 AM
Mars, see if you can take them apart and relube them. With all the rain they may just then some TLC. If you trust the LBS them go ahead and get them fixed. But most of the time the LBS are like car mechanics. They out to make money and that;s all. A friend of mind at work has a old bike that he wanted to fix up. So he took it to the LBS and they wanted $250 to go over the bike. I had him bring it to me. And all that was needed was a break cable and new break pads. If he had paid $250 for that it would have been wrong. So see if you can fix it youself.
The rebuild kit should be free from Crank Brothers Mars - I'm guessing you were gonna call them anyway, so i won't tell you to do it. Wife tells me i should giving people (read - her) advice.
Ciggy, good job mate.
Noob, good job too!
07-13-06, 07:53 AM
Gusboh -- thanks for the support. Losing 20 kilos isn't bad work on your part either.
No commute for me this morning. I decided to give my leg and foot that were injured in my 4th of July crash some time off the bike. Its still really bruised and swollen so I thought a little rest might be best. Plus it will give me time to get my bike into the shop for a checkup. Have a good ride everybody.
Between the happy hour (half a beer does it for me) and the hail last night, I left my bike at work and drove in today. Just as well because I have lots of stones (yes, stones) at work that I have to bring home. Flagstones, pavers and such. The benefits of being a landscape architect...the sample rock collection gets too big and we get to take them home to make some sort of patchwork patio or something.
Back on the bike tomorrow. I scoped out a new route today.
07-13-06, 02:58 PM
What I do is time the stop at lights and subtrack it from the clock time. So I ended up with a ARTS of 23.47 mph. My ride in with a ARTS of 18.52 mph.
Do you also subtract time for accelerating from a stop and decelerating to a stop?
07-13-06, 04:58 PM
No, I just start the stop watch once I come to a full stop. And then pause it just before I take off again. I also check the time I start riding and then when I am done. Then take the stop watch time off the clock time to get a good ride time. Most Computer will stop after 3 seconds so. It works out about the same as a computer ride time. My New computer will be here tomorrow and I'm off too.
Today coming home I had a clock time of 60 min with a flat tire fix and all. That gave me a ride time of 49 min. I had a little help changing the tube so fast. Their was a big bad storm rolling in behind me so I had to get the flat fix fast. I got the tire fixed and back on the bike in 4 min. And the rian was about three blocks away so I only put 35 psi in the tire and haul butt home.
07-13-06, 08:11 PM
Light week for me this week - I have a 1/2 marathon on Sunday. with the rain I ended up with two bikes at work, but I'll get the other tomorrow, making a total of three round trips for the week. I'm kind of the in the zone (or is it a rut) All my gear is working, the ride feels fine, but I am not quite fast enough, etc. I'd be bored except that the "Tour-istas" are out with their fancy bikes and kit and want to race :)
07-13-06, 09:02 PM
Since late fall, commuting through winter (diet and other exercise) I've lost about 20 lbs. I have another 20 lbs to go. Currently I'm 212 lbs.
Marylandnewbie - welcome back; I'm glad you enjoyed your C&O trip. I qualified on Saturday by riding 50 miles in under 5 hours total time.
I'm getting replacement wheel and freewheel on my 1970's Raleigh (SheRa) and will try to put some commuting miles in to break in the old brooks B-17 narrow saddle. If it starts working well I may buy a regular black B17 for my modern road bike (****).
07-14-06, 06:28 AM
Light week for me this week - I have a 1/2 marathon on Sunday.
xroader: good luck in Poolesville......
07-14-06, 07:45 AM
Well after 4 years of hard riding my Ksyriums started to creak and groan, so I gave Eric at Ergott Wheels a call. I told Mr. Ergott that I needed a set of wheels that I could commute on and also ride a double century on. So he talked and I listened and low and behold he arrived at a nice solution.
I just finished my first commute on the wheels, which are:
White Industry H1 Hubs, 32 hole (hubs are quite beautiful)
Velocity Aerohead rims, OC rear
Wheelsmith 14g spokes drive side
Sapim Laser non drive side and front, 3x all around
Brass Nipples and Velocity plugs, so no rim strip is needed
Total weight 1544 grams, Pictures of the wheels can be seen at
Needless to say that I am through with low spoke count wheels. The Ergott built wheels were much smoother over the small bumps in the road and gave an overall better ride. I also could dive into corners better than with the Ksyriums. Will give an update once I have more than 20 miles on the wheels.
PS Newbie these are incredible strong spokes all the way around, even with the low weight.
First Impression: Great
For y'all, I dug out the scale this morning. It was in the cabinet under the sink and under a whole lot of junk! Where does that stuff come from?
So it looks like I've lost 7 lbs since I don't know when, maybe a couple of years. Losing weight was not my reason for biking to work. Avoiding subway bombs was. If I lose 7 more it will be the limit and I will have to start eating more. Five more would be fine, however.
Today's commute was interesting. KIDS, DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME. Do not race a bus in the middle lane going down Rhode Island Avenue at 8am rush hour. Do not swoosh your bike between a bus and a dumptruck an 25mph.
heh heh. it was fun, though.
07-14-06, 12:40 PM
Well got my computer and installed it. Works fine. But I did notice a big cut in the front tire. So now I'm off to get a replacement tire.
I'm working on a bike missting system for thoses hot day rides. I need to fine a good push button vale to use on the system. I'll post picture if it works out.
07-14-06, 07:04 PM
Tibikefor2 - Thanks (actually my race in Bellehaven park, though) I rode the road bike home again today. I have decided I need to get a new seat for it, and that it needs to be the same as on my other bike. Switching back and forth is all fine except for the Buttocks region - I must have stpeed five time to try to adjust the seat, but it just never felt right.
Bikers are great. On Tuesday I got to work only to realize that I had forgotten my keys. I couldn't lock up my bike - but of course the first guy I asked locked my bike up with his, and the second guy I asked had a spare lock in his office. I thought I was in for a double commute, but not with guys like these around.
Good weekend all.
slow and easy afternoon commute, with time out to take some photographs, even. I tried a slightly different commute with pretty good results. Avoids the rougher Friday night hangouts.
It's Bastille Day. I bought a cake for the office, as in Let Them Eat Cake. Nice Friday afternoon diversion. Bonne Fete for those of you who celebrate it.
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