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    New personal record...and enjoying every bit of it!

    To start off, I know this is by no means a spectacular achievement for most, but to me it is my new record for riding. I rode 21.03 miles at around 13-15 mph avg this morning on my 09 DB Kalamar. This is the longest I've ever ridden. That puts me up to 60.5 miles for the week. I usually average 10 miles at around 10-12 mph.

    I just started riding seriously approx three weeks ago when I picked up my Kalamar. I actually intended to only ride 10 miles today, but before I knew it I was at 15.6 miles and figured that I might as well see if I could go ahead to finish 20 miles without wearing myself out. By the end, prob the last 2 miles, my legs tiring out on me and I was dropping to around 11 mph.

    All in all, it felt great to come home to the wife and say that I rode 21 miles. Considering two weeks ago riding 5 miles was taxing on the both of us.

    My main goal atm to be able to put in 100 miles per week and drop down from my current 275-280 lb avg to 200 - 205 lbs. I never knew riding was so fun and addictive. I find myself browsing left and right at bike forums and manufacture websites. If I can get to the point where I can easily put down 100 miles a week on my DB hybrid then I plan on saving and buying myself a nice road bike.

    Here's a recent pic of the wife and I on June 7th for our 1st yr anny.


    I'm really looking forward to losing the gut and to have much better endurance and stamina in my everyday activities. I also live in the same great city as this forums own Tom Stormcrowe and look forward to riding with him and his wife once I get in better shape so I can keep up with him!
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    Good job & congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulawman View Post
    To start off, I know this is by no means a spectacular achievement for most, but to me it is my new record for riding. I rode 21.03 miles at around 13-15 mph avg this morning on my 09 DB Kalamar. This is the longest I've ever ridden. That puts me up to 60.5 miles for the week. I usually average 10 miles at around 10-12 mph.

    I just started riding seriously approx three weeks ago when I picked up my Kalamar. I actually intended to only ride 10 miles today, but before I knew it I was at 15.6 miles and figured that I might as well see if I could go ahead to finish 20 miles without wearing myself out. By the end, prob the last 2 miles, my legs tiring out on me and I was dropping to around 11 mph.

    All in all, it felt great to come home to the wife and say that I rode 21 miles. Considering two weeks ago riding 5 miles was taxing on the both of us.

    My main goal atm to be able to put in 100 miles per week and drop down from my current 275-280 lb avg to 200 - 205 lbs. I never knew riding was so fun and addictive. I find myself browsing left and right at bike forums and manufacture websites. If I can get to the point where I can easily put down 100 miles a week on my DB hybrid then I plan on saving and buying myself a nice road bike.

    Here's a recent pic of the wife and I on June 7th for our 1st yr anny.


    I'm really looking forward to losing the gut and to have much better endurance and stamina in my everyday activities. I also live in the same great city as this forums own Tom Stormcrowe and look forward to riding with him and his wife once I get in better shape so I can keep up with him!
    So does your wife ride? If not did she ever ride? Some of my best rides are with the better half (we just celebrated 15 years here). There is a problem though when you both ride, you end up with bikes to maintain, that you don't ride.

    Case in point, we discovered that the chain on my wifes bike was too short, we bought it used, so not sure how it ended up with a too short chain. Even though big-big is not a combination that you should use, it shouldn't cause the RD to jam.

    So me with a rainy day of vacation this last week, put on a new chain that was the proper length, then discovered that some genius (probably the same one that put on a too short chain) had really goofed up the FD settings the cable was too tight and they goofed up the settings to try and compensate. Loosened off the cable, and reset the high and low points (both were wrong) then readjusted the cable pull so now it shifts perfectly. Well as perfectly as the elderly twist grip shifters allow, they have a little play, but work well enough.

    Sometimes the best thing to do on a rain day during your vacation is to sit in the garage getting the bikes tuned up.

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    yeah, she rides. She isn't quite up to 20 miles a day yet, but shes working on it. I actually woke up early this morning before my ride and cleaned our bikes up and lubes the chain and cleaned the gears, etc... took a lightly soapy/wet rag and wiped our bikes down real good and then went over it with a dry rag. I then took some wax and armor all and shined them up real good.

    I have no problem with keeping them in working/clean order. I'm prob going to have of the lbs do a tune up soon, but currently there is a two week wait for one the lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulawman View Post
    yeah, she rides. She isn't quite up to 20 miles a day yet, but shes working on it. I actually woke up early this morning before my ride and cleaned our bikes up and lubes the chain and cleaned the gears, etc... took a lightly soapy/wet rag and wiped our bikes down real good and then went over it with a dry rag. I then took some wax and armor all and shined them up real good.

    I have no problem with keeping them in working/clean order. I'm prob going to have of the lbs do a tune up soon, but currently there is a two week wait for one the lbs.
    Get a book on bike repair, like Bicycle Maintenance and Repair by Todd Downs or the Zinn of (road or mountain) Bike Maintenance. A few basic tools, and even someone that isn't that mechanically inclined can keep a bicycle road worthy. For me I mostly use tools I have accumulated over the years, for bike tools I buy it when I need it, if it's less then about $25, more then that and it's often cheaper to let the shop do the work. Oldest bike specific tool I have is a cone wrench I bought in 1978! Newest is a chain tool.

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    Well, just as I was talking about eventually upgrading down the road when my bike starts to fall apart.... my bike literally started to fall apart.

    I decided after my wife left for work that I'd try and get another 10 miles in before bed. Well, everything was well until the last mile stretch when I noticed it felt as if my left pedal was bent or something. I looked down and saw that my left side crank was about to fall off.

    Here's a quick video and some pics of the crank. I have no idea how to tighten them as this is like no bmx crankset I've ever worked on before.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kJRrGIEeIY






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    Quote Originally Posted by pulawman View Post
    Well, just as I was talking about eventually upgrading down the road when my bike starts to fall apart.... my bike literally started to fall apart.

    I decided after my wife left for work that I'd try and get another 10 miles in before bed. Well, everything was well until the last mile stretch when I noticed it felt as if my left pedal was bent or something. I looked down and saw that my left side crank was about to fall off.

    Here's a quick video and some pics of the crank. I have no idea how to tighten them as this is like no bmx crankset I've ever worked on before.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kJRrGIEeIY





    You need a square taper crank puller, most will contain the proper wrench to tighten that right up. You need to get it tightened up before riding it again, if you pop into a bike shop they can usually tighten that up for you right away.

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    Should be able to just put a proper sized socket on that nut and tighten. If you were removing the crank, sometimes you need a special tool to pull it off. Don't have a socket set, then that is what friends are for.
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    Congratulations on your person record

    Don't ever preface an accomplishment by saying something along the lines of "it's nothing compared to what some of you guys do" or "I know it's not much for you". All accomplishments are celebrated equally and we all started somewhere

    Your left crank arm has a little dust cap on it, it's that dome looking bulge at the side opposite of your pedal. If you remove the dust cap (a thin screw driver or a knife blade will do), you should find a nut underneath that can be tightened up with a socket as Guybierhaus had mentioned, or there will be a recess for an Allen wrench. I don't believe it has a left hand thread on the crank arms but pay attention when you tighten, if you turn it to the right to tighten (like normal) and it gets looser then go the other way. If you are unaware a left hand thread is the opposite of a normal, instead of righty-tighty lefty-loosey you have righty-loosey lefty-tighty. Either way it's no biggie and easy to fix. Or your bike shop should be able to fix that for you in a jiff and send you on your way if you don't feel up to it.

    Also, I’d like to say what a lovely couple you and your wife make. Congratulations on the one year, Mrs. Bautieri and I have three more weeks until we hit the 1 year mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guybierhaus View Post
    Should be able to just put a proper sized socket on that nut and tighten. If you were removing the crank, sometimes you need a special tool to pull it off. Don't have a socket set, then that is what friends are for.
    Most sockets are too thick to fit (ask me how I know this), so by the time you find a socket that will work, spending $40 on gas in the process, it's easier to just go to the bike shop and buy the right tool. The other thing, often if they get that loose the crank arm has self destructed, fortunately left crank arms are fairly reasonably priced and most shops have a few floating around. You need to take the old one with you in that case to make sure you get one that is the same shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulawman View Post
    To start off, I know this is by no means a spectacular achievement for most, but to me it is my new record for riding. I rode 21.03 miles at around 13-15 mph avg this morning on my 09 DB Kalamar. This is the longest I've ever ridden. That puts me up to 60.5 miles for the week. I usually average 10 miles at around 10-12 mph.

    I just started riding seriously approx three weeks ago when I picked up my Kalamar. I actually intended to only ride 10 miles today, but before I knew it I was at 15.6 miles and figured that I might as well see if I could go ahead to finish 20 miles without wearing myself out. By the end, prob the last 2 miles, my legs tiring out on me and I was dropping to around 11 mph.

    All in all, it felt great to come home to the wife and say that I rode 21 miles. Considering two weeks ago riding 5 miles was taxing on the both of us.

    My main goal atm to be able to put in 100 miles per week and drop down from my current 275-280 lb avg to 200 - 205 lbs. I never knew riding was so fun and addictive. I find myself browsing left and right at bike forums and manufacture websites. If I can get to the point where I can easily put down 100 miles a week on my DB hybrid then I plan on saving and buying myself a nice road bike.
    Ah yes the extended ride, no ride is too short, even a ride around the block is more then over 300,000,000 North Americans have done in the last year. It's nice setting personal bests, isn't it?

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    Congratulations on your accomplishment. My wife and I returned to bicycling after 20 years (we're in our 60's now) and we're kicking ourselves for missing out on the last 20 years. You will be surprised at how quickly your mileage adds up. Listen to your body. Don't be afraid to take a day off if things hurt (or go short/easy). Check with your LBS and see if they have any early am group rides with a group at your pace; it's a nice change of pace to ride with a group. Keep riding!!
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    Congrats brother. I agree with the other folks here about personal bests. I count getting out on the back that first time as a personal best.
    Remember, no matter where you go....there you are.

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    Congrats!!! i too, had my longest ride today!!! 30 miles, set out to do 20, but like you finished at 30.4... Avereging 16mph. Doesn't it feel great once you get back home?
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