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    A long time ago the owner and operator of the...

    A long time ago the owner and operator of the bike shop where I bought my first bike (1983) told me that someone of my size and weight (5'5-125lbs) could ride cross chained all day long and probably...
  2. I'm nearly 70. I still love to get on my bike and...

    I'm nearly 70. I still love to get on my bike and chase the wind. I've been doing it since 1983 when I gave up my running shoes for wheels. I realize that I am operating a piece of equipment that...
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    Last May I was riding on a country road at about...

    Last May I was riding on a country road at about 9 o'clock in the morning. It was a fine day, birds chirping, 65 degrees, a guy was mowing his lawn and the smell of freshly cut grass was sweet. Up in...
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    Some are compelled to push the envelope for...

    Some are compelled to push the envelope for reasons we may never understand. Most of us would be overjoyed with a nice wide shoulder to ride on. That road looks like the type I would avoid even with...
  5. If you're a Cat 3 then the time spent training to...

    If you're a Cat 3 then the time spent training to maintain the fitness to ride at that level would leave no time to ride a motorcycle unless you are living on a huge trust fund and have no job. I was...
  6. Thread: Indoor Trainer

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    Just came from Dick's Sporting Goods. I ordered a...

    Just came from Dick's Sporting Goods. I ordered a Cycleops Fluid 2 trainer. I have a recumbent indoor training bike that I ride 20 miles twice a day, two hours complete. I plan to ride the Cycleops...
  7. Thread: Indoor Trainer

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    It's a spinning bike like you find in a gym. I...

    It's a spinning bike like you find in a gym. I can burn some major calories on it even if I can't shift it. I think some manufacturers make models that you can shift. I have another indoor exercise...
  8. Thread: Indoor Trainer

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    I went to a bike shop in 2008 and noticed that...

    I went to a bike shop in 2008 and noticed that they had a huge surplus of stationary Cycleops trainers for $1000. I made them an offer of $600 and they sold me one. It's exactly like this. Look at...
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    vuelta crash

    I'm beginning to understand that it only takes a split second of lack of concentration or judgment to enter the house of road rash. He was messing with his shoe just before the crash.
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    I've stated that I take responsibility for the...

    I've stated that I take responsibility for the decision I made. It's late in the season, daylight is waning and I didn't want to turn around. The scarified portion of the road was maybe three...
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    Actually it's a physics issue. I reasoned that if...

    Actually it's a physics issue. I reasoned that if I carried more speed my tires could more easily bridge the spaces between the grooves. The fact that both my tires were flat is telling. It suggests...
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    The neurosurgeon came in the next morning and...

    The neurosurgeon came in the next morning and said the bleeding was very small, you really have to look to see it. I have an appointment for another CAT scan on Sept. 18. I never had any headaches,...
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    Nearly 70, crashed on scarified pavement.

    On Aug. 14 I approached road construction on my 50 mile ride-scarified pavement. There was room on the right hand side to avoid it but the city had placed barrels and barriers there to prevent this....
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    Go to Home Depot and get a razor knife. Make a...

    Go to Home Depot and get a razor knife. Make a slit all the way through the side where the toe is. This will relieve the pressure and allow the shoe to stretch. I had to do this will all my running...
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    My R800 is a great rain bike. It takes a licking...

    My R800 is a great rain bike. It takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I'm actually going to invest some cash into it by changing the stem to bring the handlebars closer so I don't have to reach to...
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    Roundabouts. They are a death sentence for...

    Roundabouts. They are a death sentence for cyclists.
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    I put this wheel set on in 1996. I swear it's the...

    I put this wheel set on in 1996. I swear it's the best wheel set I ever had until the one I have now on my number one bike.

    http://www.londonfgss.com/attachments/5872d1234527470-019.jpg
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    Show me your beater bike.

    The other night I was out riding and my crank came loose. I can't even begin to tell you how dangerous this is. Your feet are clipped to the pedals and if the crank comes loose you can't unclip. I...
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    Friday I completed 27 straight days riding but my...

    Friday I completed 27 straight days riding but my crank came loose in mile 39 of a 40 mile ride. I've been cycling since 1983 and have never had a crank come loose. I took it back to the shop where I...
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    Spring in New England has never been charitable...

    Spring in New England has never been charitable to cyclists. I remember back in 1983 when I sustained a stress fracture in my foot running. I asked the orthopedic surgeon if I could ride a bicycle to...
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    I haven't ridden on the sidewalk since I was 10...

    I haven't ridden on the sidewalk since I was 10 years old. What you are describing are pedestrians on bicycles.
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    I'm taking up your cause. I'm nearly 70 and have...

    I'm taking up your cause. I'm nearly 70 and have been cycling since 1983. I never wear those god-awful geeky looking cycling shirts because they have always felt creepy to me. I had to wear them in...
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    In this area in the springtime there is a...

    In this area in the springtime there is a constant steady wind averaging 13mph blowing from west to east. My regular 40 mile course takes me directly into that wind for 12 miles. But yesterday when...
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    Thank God I don't have to ride there.

    Thank God I don't have to ride there.
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    How now brown cow?

    How now brown cow?
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