Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > > >

Southern California Southern California

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-21-12, 02:20 PM   #1
indomikey
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Bikes: Windsor Fens
Posts: 86
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Learn Something every ride

So went for my first 50 mile ride this week, an accomplishment for me at least. On the out and back through the Cajon pass, I decided I didn't want to go back up through Devore with the 9-10% grades right by the freeway entrance, and I thought the "closed" Cajon Blvd would take us back to Glen Helen without the hills ..... ended up riding on the shoulder of the 215/15 Freeway for a few miles. Hopefully its legal in that area!

Also learned that 50 miles with 3000+ feet of climbing, I need refills on my 2 bottles, need 3+ actually when its hitting upper 80's in temps.

Here's my ride:
http://app.strava.com/rides/7119344#

What did you learn this week?
indomikey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-12, 06:58 PM   #2
Hillbasher
A Mountaineering thing
 
Hillbasher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Under Mt Baldy in Glendora,California
Bikes: 4 Road 2 Mtn
Posts: 848
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by indomikey View Post
What did you learn this week?
That I would be better off checking out the route myself before hand if I were riding with you and didn't want to ride on the freeway. LOL Just kidding. Looks like a nice ride under cool weather conditions.
Hillbasher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-12, 08:07 PM   #3
JusRelax
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Bikes: Primary: Cannondale System Six, full Record, Carbon BB30, Ksyrium SL SSC Beater: Motobecane Vent Noir, Tiagra/105 mix, Vuelta XRP
Posts: 69
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I rode with indomikey today -- my flesh must have been burning because the horse flies could smell the blood boiling and were taking chunks of my skin off! I didn't know why indomikey didn't have that problem, until I realized that they were getting stuck under my jersey because I had pulled my zipper down and he hadn't!
JusRelax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-12, 08:17 PM   #4
Mr. Beanz
Banned.
 
Mr. Beanz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Upland Ca
Bikes: Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
Posts: 20,030
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hahaha! That little steep section aint all that bad considering the way you guys climb GMR. If you can hold your breath for like one minute it's over.

This time of year, we use bug spray. Especially on GMR. Those horse flies are mean and they bite right through your jersey. I've had a couple bite me on the leg drawing blood!
Mr. Beanz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-12, 08:48 PM   #5
calamarichris
Horse Categorie
 
calamarichris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Carlsbad, CA
Bikes: '09 Felt F55, '84 Masi Cran Criterium, (2)'86 Schwinn Pelotons, '86 Look Equippe Hinault, '09 Globe Live 3 (dogtaxi), 94 Greg Lemond, 99 GT Pulse Kinesis for Track
Posts: 5,905
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 95 Post(s)
I learned that getting a triple may cause you to get a sore butt, because you can spend so much more time spinning up steep hills instead of standing.

Also learned that perpetuem doesn't burn on the way out when you have diarrhea. (It wasn't the cause.) And that even if I eat & drink plenty during a hard event, it's still possible to get loopy, tunnelvision, and starving if your distressed GI tract doesn't hold the stuff in long enough to take advantage of it.

I learned that Haaseg is a really cool, funny dude. (Already knew Idoru2005 and his bride, and Larry and so many others are sweet, kind people who make these events memorable & fun.)

I learned that it's possible to black out momentarily if you hiccup/burp/upchuck after drinking water that's a little too cold when you're not feeling that hot.

I learned what powercranks are. (They're not a power meter built into the cranks.)

I learned that you should probably lower your seat about 1/4cm if you are using a triple, because the widened Q-factor means your legs are actually extended a little further than a double with an otherwise identical seat, pedals, cranks, etc.

A few other things too, but they're pretty embarrassing.

Last edited by calamarichris; 04-21-12 at 09:00 PM.
calamarichris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-12, 11:56 AM   #6
PhotoJoe
Just Plain Slow
 
PhotoJoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Bikes: Lynskey R230
Posts: 5,839
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 169 Post(s)
This morning I learned that two big water bottles are NOT enough for me on a 17.5 mile ride. Before chemo they would have been plenty. Ran out about a mile from home.

I also learned that when my wife threatens to kill me because she's tired, she can't hurt me if she can't catch me!
__________________
If at first you don't succeed, Skydiving is not the sport for you!
PhotoJoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-12, 02:55 PM   #7
Genaro
Senior Member
 
Genaro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Rosena Ranch, Ca.
Bikes: Motobecane Immortal Force
Posts: 1,223
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
This morning I learned that its probably a good idea to go easy on the brakes after putting on new brake pads... Came really close to eating it. I was like, damn, those work!.
Genaro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-12, 03:07 PM   #8
megalowmatt
Senior Member
 
megalowmatt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: North County San Diego
Bikes:
Posts: 1,665
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yesterday I learned that no matter how prepared you *think* you are it still may not be enough...

Five miles into a 50-mile ride with my wife yesterday, she says...

"My bike feels 'bumpy', did you do something different to it?"

"No - nothing other than checking your tires and filling them up."

*glancing around I notice her tire is flat*

"Your rear tire is flat...how long have you been riding like that?"

"I don't know. Probably a while..."

We pull over and I get going on finding a big thorn and working on the repair. As soon as I opened my patch kit I notice the tube of glue is completely hard. Having packed my wife's saddle bag (I know there's a joke in there somewhere) I ask her to get her patch kit because mine's shot. After patching I begin using my frame pump, cursing myself for removing the co2 in favor of putting the digital camera in my bag. Seemed like it was taking forever, but I hadn't used it for a while.

Got the tire back on and within a minute it was flat again. Criminy! The patch didn't hold. Having packed her saddle bag I knew she had a spare tube. Got the tire off (again), replaced the tube and continued cursing myself for leaving the co2 behind for the sake of the camera.

Finally got the tire to reasonable pressure, went to remove the pump and the valve blew apart.

I had one tube left in my saddle bag and I was now on a mission. Fortunately that one installed without fanfare but it still made me a little nervous not having any backup. 30 miles in we passed a bike shop so I bought two spare tubes.

Despite the problems in the beginning it turned out to be a pretty good ride.

Oh yeah - she took my picture while I was fixing her flat. Good thing we had that camera.

Last edited by megalowmatt; 04-22-12 at 03:12 PM.
megalowmatt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-12, 09:50 PM   #9
indomikey
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Bikes: Windsor Fens
Posts: 86
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hillbasher View Post
That I would be better off checking out the route myself before hand if I were riding with you and didn't want to ride on the freeway. LOL Just kidding. Looks like a nice ride under cool weather conditions.
Haha Hillbasher, if we ride together, I'd be happy to relinquish guide duties!

Beanz, I'll HTFU next time and go up into Devore!

Calamarichris - is that why my arse is sore after riding.... I need to stand more on my triple then, I just figured I cramp more when I do that.
indomikey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-12, 11:11 PM   #10
LeeRoySD
Senior Member
 
LeeRoySD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 109
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by megalowmatt View Post
Oh yeah - she took my picture while I was fixing her flat. Good thing we had that camera.
I really have nothing to add, but that's one of the funniest stories I've heard this week. Hope your next ride goes a little smoother.
LeeRoySD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 09:37 AM   #11
CACycling
Senior Member
 
CACycling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oxnard, CA
Bikes: '08 Fuji Roubaix RC; '07 Schwinn Le Tour GS; '92 Diamond Back Ascent EX
Posts: 4,565
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I learned not to lock the keys in the van. Turned our easy 15 mile planned ride on the MUP into a 33+ mile ride to home and back to get the spare key. Also confirmed my wife's awesomeness because she rode with me both directions. First ride over 10 miles for either of us in 6 months (I was off the bike for a while due to an accident and still getting my lungs and legs back). Was also reminded that one granola bar each is not enough for that long of a ride.
CACycling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-12, 09:54 AM   #12
TrojanHorse 
SuperGimp
 
TrojanHorse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Whittier, CA
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix
Posts: 11,310
Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 169 Post(s)
I built up a new bike about 2 or 3 years ago and went for a ride... had a pump, patch kit, spare tube, you name it but when I flatted I couldn't get the damn tire off. I could do it bare handed on my old rims but not with the tire/rim combo I was using. Fortunately I was only a few miles from the SAG base. Now I have levers in the bag too.

My seat tube bottle cage rattled loose on one ride and I didn't have the right size allen wrench to tighten it, so now I have a multi-tool in the bag with about 42 different size tools I'll probably never need now that I have it.

Much like megalowmatt, I've learned that patch kits are not eternal and need replacing fairly frequently.
TrojanHorse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-12, 04:13 PM   #13
psalm
A square going nowhere
 
psalm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: San Dimas
Bikes: CAAD 8 & CAAD 10
Posts: 629
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I learned to never ever say, "It's only a short ride, I don't need a full bottle of water."
psalm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-12, 07:42 AM   #14
alicestrong
Pedal pusher...
 
alicestrong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Los Angeles
Bikes: I've got a bunch...
Posts: 7,767
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by psalm View Post
I learned to never ever say, "It's only a short ride, I don't need a full bottle of water."

Also...it's only a short ride...I don't need my repair kit...
__________________
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
alicestrong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-12, 08:08 AM   #15
indomikey
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Bikes: Windsor Fens
Posts: 86
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yesterday on this ride had a nice slight tailwind on downhill
http://app.strava.com/rides/7497896

I learned the feeling when your "Aero" wheels kick in and you barely have to pedal to maintain speed. Now I want to go out and do it again!
indomikey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-12, 03:15 PM   #16
ZippyThePinhead
Slacker
 
ZippyThePinhead's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: North Orange County, in Southern California
Bikes: 1986 Peugeot Orient Express, 1987 Trek 560 Pro, 1983 SR Semi Pro, 2010 Motobecane Le Champion Titanium, 2011 Trek Fuel EX 8
Posts: 1,065
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
This morning I learned that two big water bottles are NOT enough for me on a 17.5 mile ride. Before chemo they would have been plenty. Ran out about a mile from home.
Two comments in reply:
1) Nashbar once stocked a 1-liter bottle (and probably will again) but I was too dumb to buy several. However I did find some at Amazon. What I learned: snooze & lose. Make hay while the sun shines.
2) Adding one of these Nuun tabs to my water makes it a lot more refreshing than anything else I've tried, including Cytomax. What I learned: water that is slightly acidified is more refreshing than straight water.
ZippyThePinhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-12, 05:04 PM   #17
letitsnow
Senior Member
 
letitsnow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 66
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I learned that riding in the drops with a head cold gets messy.
letitsnow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-12, 06:27 PM   #18
jmX
Senior Member
 
jmX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Orange, CA
Bikes: Roubaix / Shiv
Posts: 2,193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by indomikey View Post
I learned the feeling when your "Aero" wheels kick in and you barely have to pedal to maintain speed. Now I want to go out and do it again!
I think that's the tailwind, not the aero wheels. They don't just 'kick in' like turbos.
jmX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-12, 07:39 PM   #19
indomikey
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Bikes: Windsor Fens
Posts: 86
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jmX View Post
I think that's the tailwind, not the aero wheels. They don't just 'kick in' like turbos.
Yea tailwind does help, but the aero wheels don't "help" until a certain speed from all I've read, I can actually hit that speed on a downhill.... with tailwind .... with ......

of course my comparison is stock wheels, Alex DA22 rims with Formula hubs. so....yeah.
indomikey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-12, 09:38 PM   #20
JusRelax
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Bikes: Primary: Cannondale System Six, full Record, Carbon BB30, Ksyrium SL SSC Beater: Motobecane Vent Noir, Tiagra/105 mix, Vuelta XRP
Posts: 69
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
On my last ride, I learned that going after PR's on the first hill tires me out and pretty much guarantees I won't hit any PR's for the rest of the ride lol

EDIT: And I didn't break my PR... I only tied it lol
JusRelax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-12, 01:45 AM   #21
snowman40
Senior Member
 
snowman40's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Orange County, CA
Bikes: Fuji
Posts: 1,144
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jmX View Post
I think that's the tailwind, not the aero wheels. They don't just 'kick in' like turbos.
So did his V-TEC kick in?

Quote:
Originally Posted by JusRelax View Post
On my last ride, I learned that going after PR's on the first hill tires me out and pretty much guarantees I won't hit any PR's for the rest of the ride lol

EDIT: And I didn't break my PR... I only tied it lol
I learned when the winds change direction... WOOHOO! Head winds all the way!

Something even better, a PR I set on a segment I set on my commute home and I'm not even close on my faster and lighter bike.

I need to get new shorts...maybe new pedals. Not sure, good thing Performance has a sale starting the 2nd of May....
snowman40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:24 PM.