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Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 01-17-16, 05:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 727
Posted By nkfrench
If I recall correctly, my bike's chain is usually...

If I recall correctly, my bike's chain is usually stretched by the time I wear down a tire.
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 12-27-15, 01:18 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,565
Posted By nkfrench
Or they may be returned to the trash on the curb,...

Or they may be returned to the trash on the curb, from whence they were acquired, to complete the cycle of life. :roflmao:
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 12-27-15, 01:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,342
Posted By nkfrench
When I was a college student doing my easy 3-mile...

When I was a college student doing my easy 3-mile bike commutes, I had civilian clothes for riding, including in temperatures < 20F. My baselayer was probably a cotton mock turtleneck; over it I wore...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 12-27-15, 12:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,390
Posted By nkfrench
A friend of mine recently was just riding along...

A friend of mine recently was just riding along when a dog escaped through a hole in a fence. The dog broadsided the bike and my friend slammed into the pavement, landing in the rightside edge of the...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 10-31-15, 10:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 523
Posted By nkfrench
I'm 2-3mph slower on city streets than on routes...

I'm 2-3mph slower on city streets than on routes with few stopsigns. It's all about the loss of momentum.
Are the averages you cite calculated off elapsed time for the distance, or just the moving...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 10-31-15, 09:59 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,028
Posted By nkfrench
First big one was 105 pounds (12 hours...

First big one was 105 pounds (12 hours swimming/gym each week, low-fat diet, food diary). Failure in 5 years.
Second big one was 70 pounds (10 hours swimming/gym each week, low-fat diet, food...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 10-31-15, 09:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 740
Posted By nkfrench
Guilty. A coffee energy drink is my grab-and-go...

Guilty. A coffee energy drink is my grab-and-go liquid breakfast. The Starbucks Double-shot tall can (210 kcal) is on my way to a bike ride; workdays its a Monster Vanilla Light (~100 kcal).
They...
Forum: Training & Nutrition 09-13-15, 03:27 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,275
Posted By nkfrench
I am inferring that your posts apply to slow...

I am inferring that your posts apply to slow riders in general, not just OP.

There are a lot of great suggestions for OP on this topic.

I am not asking for advice, just providing feedback.
...
Forum: Training & Nutrition 09-06-15, 02:02 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,275
Posted By nkfrench
I was referring to my own experiences when I said...

I was referring to my own experiences when I said it was insulting to be told I wasn't trying hard enough. I've received some angry comments from bike club members to that effect.

Sorry to bore...
Forum: Training & Nutrition 08-31-15, 07:52 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,275
Posted By nkfrench
I'd make sure the saddle is positioned high...

I'd make sure the saddle is positioned high enough.
btw telling somebody that they aren't trying hard enough (just because they ride slow by your standards) is pretty insulting.
Forum: Road Cycling 08-09-15, 04:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,430
Posted By nkfrench
I like ridewithgps when drawing new routes. I've...

I like ridewithgps when drawing new routes. I've tried different websites and this is the best.
I like strava for logging rides. It's fun to monitor personal performance, see what friends are doing,...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 08-09-15, 03:26 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,851
Posted By nkfrench
The comments I've received... "You're in the...

The comments I've received...
"You're in the wrong gear" (I am not a spinner, I tried to be one for several years, lower cadence works for me. If I'm struggling in my easiest gear, what gear...
Forum: Commuting 07-20-15, 06:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,690
Posted By nkfrench
Consider the option of doing a birdbath in a...

Consider the option of doing a birdbath in a restroom stall very close to your desk rather than a long walk to the showers. The restroom I was using had a sink where my head would fit under the...
Forum: Commuting 07-20-15, 06:19 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,395
Posted By nkfrench
I've done some 105F commutes but had to make...

I've done some 105F commutes but had to make frequent stops in the shade to drink and cool down. The dry air seemed like breathing in a blast furnace. Thankfully the sun was not directly overhead.
I...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 05-26-15, 06:46 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,129
Posted By nkfrench
Bartonville TX is on a very popular cycling...

Bartonville TX is on a very popular cycling route. In 2010 a city ordinance was passed that no groups larger than 9 cyclists may ride together unless they acquire a $50 permit. Larger groups may...
Forum: Commuting 05-26-15, 06:33 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,753
Posted By nkfrench
I'm more in fear for my life when I drive my car...

I'm more in fear for my life when I drive my car on the interstate through the downtown area during rush hour.

Before I get my bike on the road, I mitigate risk to a certain extent. Helmet, high...
Forum: Training & Nutrition 05-26-15, 06:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 840
Posted By nkfrench
Similar? ------------------ Snickers Bar ...

Similar?
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Snickers Bar

Serving Size 1 unit (52.7g) Calories 250
Servings Per Container 1 Calories from Fat 110
Amount/Serving %DV*

Total Fat 12g 18%
Sat. Fat 4.5g...
Forum: Road Cycling 05-25-15, 05:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,075
Posted By nkfrench
The Ford Transit is not a bad option. You can...

The Ford Transit is not a bad option.
You can probably do the same in a more mainstream vehicle with good cargo capacity.
My Honda Element accommodates a bicycle quite nicely.
You can tint the...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 05-24-15, 01:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 863
Posted By nkfrench
Heck of a way to spend a birthday, but I've had...

Heck of a way to spend a birthday, but I've had some luck post-ride pushing a grocery cart for moderate leg stretching.
Make sure you have a grocery list, impulse purchases post-ride are a problem.
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 05-24-15, 01:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,108
Posted By nkfrench
Huh. I am an Athena turning 59 in a month and I...

Huh. I am an Athena turning 59 in a month and I ride a very nice 20-speed road bike - c/f, full dura-ace, etc. I wouldn't ride anything less. :) Don't sell your mom short.
$150 is a used bike. I...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 05-24-15, 12:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 788
Posted By nkfrench
I have a favorite downhill on my usual weeknight...

I have a favorite downhill on my usual weeknight route. It has a curve and I'll regularly hit 33mph. It's very fun.
There is a flattish detour around that hill. If winds have gusts above 20mph or if...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 05-24-15, 12:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,480
Posted By nkfrench
If I'm in my lowest gear, trying very hard, speed...

If I'm in my lowest gear, trying very hard, speed <= 4mph and cadence <= 40rpm; or if I have pain in the kneecap area, I'm walking the hill.
A faster rpm won't help if I'm still going to slow too...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 05-24-15, 12:38 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,129
Posted By nkfrench
I'm in a small bike club and when we've had 15...

I'm in a small bike club and when we've had 15 people show up for an in-town social intermediate ride, we try to split into two groups slower and faster.
The larger groups can get out of hand...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 05-24-15, 11:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,578
Posted By nkfrench
I tried shoes on at 5 bike stores over the course...

I tried shoes on at 5 bike stores over the course of a couple of years before finding a good fit. One of the stores has a huge inventory and is 50 miles away; no luck at the time.
I wear an...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 05-15-15, 05:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,656
Posted By nkfrench
I have a Canari rain jacket that I like. It has...

I have a Canari rain jacket that I like. It has zip-off sleeves so you can open them a little as pit zips, or remove the sleeves entirely to wear as a vest.
The rear big pocket converts to a stuff...
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