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    Things I Learned on Today's Ride

    1. Some mornings you wake up and just don't feel like riding. You lack the will, the enthusiasm, and yes, even the confidence to tackle that ride you'd planned during the week. And if you can somehow muster the fortitude to get up, get dressed and get out the door on the bike, don't expect that just because you're riding it'll all be sunshine and orange blossom Honey Stingers. Some days you just don't feel as good, nor perform as well as others. It's a fact of life.

    2. 30 year old shorts don't perform as well on longer rides as you remember them doing in the past. Especially when they were cheap to begin with. Whether it's faulty memory, or an old and worn out chamois, they just plain don't work as well as the current crop of shorts and bibs in the closet. I felt like my ass was busted from about 25 miles on.

    3. Don't count on small town cafes being open on Sundays, regardless of what internet reviewers say. Fortunately I didn't. I knew the Cicero Coffee Company would be open, so I planned my breakfast there at about mile 21. The shop in Sheridan would have been a nice stopping point for a beverage and a rest at the 30-mile halfway point, but it wasn't to be. And that pissed me off just enough that I was determined to throw in the hilly area north of Zionsville and reward myself with the cinnamon roll and iced tea that I knew was available and waiting for me at the Eagle Creek Coffee Company at mile 50.

    4. Don't expect an intermittent crank clicking noise that started at mile 53 to reproduce itself on demand at the bike shop after the ride. It won't. And didn't.

    Total for the day was an exhausting and uninspired 59.7 miles at 15.2 average. At least it didn't rain on me and wasn't blistering hot.
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    Wish I could do 60 miles. I did only 60 kilometers today and I learned that I hate the saddle on my roadbike. Pain stinks.
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    I'd be thrilled to do this. My ride this morning was 33.4 miles @ 13.8 avg. Felt great until last 5 miles when I wished I could relubricate my Chamois. Apprears hamstring and left shoulder are mending. Newly oiled roads still causing big-time buzz thru handlebars.

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    I learned yesterday on my century that I should probably bring a moist towelette with me, as sweat tends to try and cause salty deposits on your face which end up irritating you on long rides, especially near your eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    1. Some mornings you wake up and just don't feel like riding. You lack the will, the enthusiasm, and yes, even the confidence to tackle that ride you'd planned during the week. And if you can somehow muster the fortitude to get up, get dressed and get out the door on the bike, don't expect that just because you're riding it'll all be sunshine and orange blossom Honey Stingers. Some days you just don't feel as good, nor perform as well as others. It's a fact of life.
    You're right, but then I think some of the best rides I ever had started out like that. Probably because I felt like crap and the start and didn't overdo it in the first 5 miles.

    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    2. 30 year old shorts don't perform as well on longer rides as you remember them doing in the past. Especially when they were cheap to begin with. Whether it's faulty memory, or an old and worn out chamois, they just plain don't work as well as the current crop of shorts and bibs in the closet. I felt like my ass was busted from about 25 miles on.


    3. Don't count on small town cafes being open on Sundays, regardless of what internet reviewers say. Fortunately I didn't. I knew the Cicero Coffee Company would be open, so I planned my breakfast there at about mile 21. The shop in Sheridan would have been a nice stopping point for a beverage and a rest at the 30-mile halfway point, but it wasn't to be. And that pissed me off just enough that I was determined to throw in the hilly area north of Zionsville and reward myself with the cinnamon roll and iced tea that I knew was available and waiting for me at the Eagle Creek Coffee Company at mile 50.
    I think the last time I rode in Zionsville, your shorts were pretty new. Do they (Zville, not your shorts) still have cobblestones?

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    4. Don't expect an intermittent crank clicking noise that started at mile 53 to reproduce itself on demand at the bike shop after the ride. It won't. And didn't.
    QFT

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    Total for the day was an exhausting and uninspired 59.7 miles at 15.2 average. At least it didn't rain on me and wasn't blistering hot.
    I rode today for the first time in about a week, having spent that time in airports, airplanes, and hotels. I (re)discovered the joy of riding a bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
    I think the last time I rode in Zionsville, your shorts were pretty new. Do they (Zville, not your shorts) still have cobblestones?
    Not cobblestones, exactly, but Main St is still bricks, with some pretty impressive gaps between a lot of them. I think of them as our personal Indiana version of pavé. L'enfer du Nord, indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rona View Post
    Wish I could do 60 miles. I did only 60 kilometers today and I learned that I hate the saddle on my roadbike. Pain stinks.
    60K is nothing to sneeze at. You'll get to 60 miles in no time.
    Craig in Indy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jethro56 View Post
    I'd be thrilled to do this. My ride this morning was 33.4 miles @ 13.8 avg. Felt great until last 5 miles when I wished I could relubricate my Chamois. Apprears hamstring and left shoulder are mending. Newly oiled roads still causing big-time buzz thru handlebars.
    Last Monday's ride had some particularly nasty chipseal. Between the rocks and the crappy substrate it was bone-jarring. And of course that was where the one, lone dog of the day came out to give chase.
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    nice post craig

    what i learned today is when looking back a traffic look at the road ahead before you do. rode into a crack that was filled with stinky dirt water that splashed in my mouth and all over me. thankfully/luckily the crack wasnt narrow enough to seise my front tire and flip me over the bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    1. Some mornings you wake up and just don't feel like riding. You lack the will, the enthusiasm, and yes, even the confidence to tackle that ride you'd planned during the week. And if you can somehow muster the fortitude to get up, get dressed and get out the door on the bike, don't expect that just because you're riding it'll all be sunshine and orange blossom Honey Stingers. Some days you just don't feel as good, nor perform as well as others. It's a fact of life.
    Excellent point. The goal is to just get out there and ride.
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    Today's first lesson was 35mm tires are so much nicer riding than the 28mm tires I was riding on. Like riding on butter, as an added bonus my normal hour long ride took only 45 minutes today. Obviously the motor is improving.

    Lesson number two was that women around here love the hilarious hamburger bell attached to my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ C View Post
    nice post craig

    what i learned today is when looking back a traffic look at the road ahead before you do. rode into a crack that was filled with stinky dirt water that splashed in my mouth and all over me. thankfully/luckily the crack wasnt narrow enough to seise my front tire and flip me over the bars.
    When I read stuff like this, I'm so thankful I have fenders on my semi-race :3
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ C View Post
    nice post craig

    what i learned today is when looking back a traffic look at the road ahead before you do. rode into a crack that was filled with stinky dirt water that splashed in my mouth and all over me. thankfully/luckily the crack wasnt narrow enough to seise my front tire and flip me over the bars.
    I'm much more concerned about this than I used to be 30 years ago. I don't know if it's because pavement seems to be so much worse now, or that in my 20s I was immortal, like most others that age, and just didn't care. Whatever the reason, I see a ton of longitudinal cracks like that all the time now, each of them easily large enough to grab a tire/wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    I'm much more concerned about this than I used to be 30 years ago. I don't know if it's because pavement seems to be so much worse now, or that in my 20s I was immortal, like most others that age, and just didn't care. Whatever the reason, I see a ton of longitudinal cracks like that all the time now, each of them easily large enough to grab a tire/wheel.
    I read a study recently that says Humans don't fully develop an understanding of "risk" until they're in their mid 20's. I noticed I stopped snowboarding, racing cars, and doing other stupid things around the time I turned 24....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absenth View Post
    I read a study recently that says Humans don't fully develop an understanding of "risk" until they're in their mid 20's. I noticed I stopped snowboarding, racing cars, and doing other stupid things around the time I turned 24....
    I was obviously a late bloomer. Sometime in my mid 40's I made the connection between my behavior and the emergency room.
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    Today I learned about wind. I've been lucky, most of my riding has not been in windy areas. I now am in southeast Iowa for a month or so. I took the Madone out for a ride. For a good portion of the ride I had a significant and gusty cross wind. (20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45) It actually tossed me around the road. I took up a lot more lane than I usually do. Fortunately, there weren't many cars.

    The head wind was a killer but oddly it felt worst going downhill than uphill. Uphill I was a bit shielded from the wind, plus going so slow makes you feel it less.

    Heading home downwind made it all worthwhile.

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