Blogger's Forum Whether it's a cycling blog, or just your personal page, this is the place to share ideas and links.

Personal log

Reply

Old 03-24-18, 05:45 PM
  #151  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
3/24/18 temps in the mid 40s. the barmitts may come off soon
Bedford to Arlington 8.7 miles 21.5 max 14.8 avrg 35min
back at Bedford Depot 17.5 miles 21.5 max 13..8 avrg 1hr 16min riding time
easy peasy, nice to be back on the road bike


fairly uneventful ride. couldn't find my thin smartwool beanie had to wear a small knit hat . good day for the thin beanie w thin cycling headband tho ;-(


wore 3 thin layers. the sun felt good


shady places still have plenty of snow




gave it a wash when I got home

Last edited by rumrunn6; 03-25-18 at 05:45 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-18, 03:50 AM
  #152  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
3/27/18 temps falling from low 40s to 30s
thin smartwool beanie & PI cycling headband
zip neck base, fleece shirt, Northface jacket
PI lobster gloves w/o bar mitts
roomy walking shoes w sock liners, winter socks & chem hand warmers taped between
Headwind pants w/ trishorts
forgot my cycling water bottle so had to bring a regular disposable type water bottle, consequently didn't drink during the legs, only at the turnaround & finish

only possible edits:
toe warmers would have been good enough
might have been OK with wind stopper gloves but these PI gloves were expensive so I should try to wear them as much as possible

6:25 pm Arlington 8.6 miles 23.2 max 14.4 avrg 36min
7:16 pm back in Bedford 7:15 pm can see wo headlight 17.3 miles 23.2 max 14.0avrg 1hr 14min

no tail light
used headlight for both legs on low & tilted it down w DIY hood, no apparent complaints
didn't see the light cast on the pavement until the very end, but just barely
didn't need the light to see by, but at 7:15 would have been the time to turn it on
at 7:30 it was very dark
having the light tho helped at road crossings (I think)
it's only going to get lighter so maybe I don't need the big light & can save the weight of the battery


Lexington Ctr closed
Bedford restrooms closed
didn't bother w the cafe, had a small box of yogurt raisins





Last edited by rumrunn6; 03-29-18 at 06:27 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-18, 07:18 PM
  #153  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
with Wifey & Daughter both now on the other side of the planet, the last several days have been a whirlwind w/o regular sleep. up in the middle of the night to WhatsApp with them. slept some then up at 3am, then back to sleep 5-10am. by time I started a ride it was approx 1pm. weird weather day starting warm & sunny but turning cold & breezy. wound up in shorts, sandals, gloves & a heavy fleece, over two short sleeve layers. & 1st ride w some new shorts. like them but def. need to drop a cpl winter lbs located in my waist area

forgot my computer but I know the mileage anyway (approx 18 miles). Bedford Depot to Mystic St 38 minutes in each direction. wonder if this is 1st time both legs took the same amount of time. wasn't going to go to the cafe but I forgot my water bottle in the car, so I needed some fluids. can't resist their pastries, ugh

1st ride w the rack wire extension. does the trick, keeping the big bag from warping down, over the back edge

Attached Images
File Type: jpg
rack wire extension.JPG (345.4 KB, 214 views)
File Type: jpg
Zoic MTB shorts smaller.jpg (529.7 KB, 212 views)

Last edited by rumrunn6; 04-18-18 at 09:56 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-18, 05:50 PM
  #154  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
36 min 8.85 miles 22.8 max 13.7 avrg 2 other min riding from further lot near the bike shop cuz the Bedford Depot lot was full
17.7 miles 22.8 max 13.4 avrg 1hr 19min

nice day to ride, temps in the low 70s!




rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-18, 11:51 AM
  #155  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
almost 2 full months ... ugh. busy spring w/ birthdays, graduations, visits to parents, college apt moves & 2nd job, excuse, excuse, excuse ...

CCRT solo. picked a good weather weekday. wound up being windy forcing lots of pollen & other plant matter down into my throat & eyes. stopped at the beach thinking I might get wet but kept getting sand blasted, so covered up & had a brief nap under a big towel. again I started in Wellfleet, so that when I was done, I could hit a cpl favorite spots for fun & food. started in the 60s & rose to the 70s by the end

9:29am left lot

11:16am reached So. Dennis
22.37 miles
21.2 max
13.6 avrg
1hr 39min saddle time

2:16pm back in Wellfleet
48.46 miles
21.2 max
13.2 avrg
3hrs 39min saddle time (but almost 5hrs from car door to car door)

of course I have a new knack for taking a lunch break & getting back on the trail going the wrong way! by time I realized it, I had gone approx 2 miles, so my whole ride wound up being 4 miles longer than anticipated



was nice to see the Beachcomber parking lot rebuilt & back in business



mounted the replacement rear tire the night before. stopped w approx 18 miles to go to deal with some foot discomfort. cream & a wide adhesive bandage for the right foot's pinky toe. developed a little blister which then broke. I guess I didn't lace up my shoes properly before I started.



started with 2 synthetic layers, top had long sleeves. did the 2nd half in just a single short sleeve layer


Last edited by rumrunn6; 06-14-18 at 08:19 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-18, 07:27 AM
  #156  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
round trip, Bedford to Arlington
brought bike to work then drove right to the parking lot afterwards
temps in the low 70s - high 60s, shorts, sandals, 2 short sleeve layers, cotton tee & favorite blue golf shirt

6:18pm Arlington
8.7 miles
26.6 max (nice to see that again)
14.5 avrg (good for me I guess)
36min in the saddle but I got smoked by almost everyone else

7:05pm Back at car
17.56 miles
26.6 max
13.9 avrg
1hr 15min saddle time


Last edited by rumrunn6; 06-18-18 at 09:43 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-18, 08:09 AM
  #157  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
temps in the 70s, I think, last night. drove the bike to work, covered the saddle cuz it rained. got in a nice little ride Bedford to Arlington

6:20 pm reached the "Wilson" monument/courtyard at Mystic St, Arlington
8.69 miles
22.4 max
13.5 avrg
38 min riding

7:14 pm back at car
17.36 miles
22.4 max
13.3 avrg
1hr 18 min riding

forgot my water bottle, had to buy a cold one. awkward to open & sip while riding



surprising how dark parts of the trail gets in the shade of the trees, especially in the early evening. considering the speed of some riders, including myself, for the return leg, I thought it wise to strap on the backup Serfas SL-255 battery operated light. turned it off & on depending on section



the setting sun on the way back West was in my eyes which made it even trickier to see speeding riders coming at me

rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-18, 08:37 AM
  #158  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
July 4th 2018, temps in the 90s, Wifey insisted we go for a bike ride on the new Bruce Freeman Rail Trail additions. we got approx 5 miles from Acton to Chelmsford when she crashed into the center stanchion / bollard at Pond St & broke her wrist falling. it was a nice ride up until then. she got a ride to the ER while I had to ride the 5 miles back to our car without her. a bit disconcerting to say the least








Last edited by rumrunn6; 07-07-18 at 07:09 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-18, 07:16 PM
  #159  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
w/ Wifey patched up I got out for 10 miles down at the Assabet River 3 days later









might be time to try clipless. I have the shoes & a few pair of pedals accumulated. just need the cleats


Last edited by rumrunn6; 07-08-18 at 02:41 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-18, 03:47 AM
  #160  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
I'll call it 18 miles with temps in the high 80s to start. rode Bedford to Arlington with clipless pedals
no problems & no falls. it was a little annoying unclipping for all the road crossings
so coming back I stayed clipped in more
these Shimano pedals have a flat side which was really handy, especially at the big intersection at Mystic St & Mass Ave
got out late so @ 7:30pm was greeted at the cafe by a locked door. found a nearby & clean port-a-john. then sat a cpl minutes to check the cleat bolts & tighten my shoe laces



the cleats were fine, they had not loosened


the jury is out whether I like them. a cpl more rides will help me decide. they initially required more attention to clip / unclip than my usual half clips. but by the end of the ride I got better at it






Last edited by rumrunn6; 07-10-18 at 07:10 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-18, 07:45 AM
  #161  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
slid the cleats down, hoping to get another test ride in this weekend. or maybe I'll risk a long ride. maybe even a ride in traffic

rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-18, 08:56 PM
  #162  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
Friday night had a window of opportunity so I took it. dug up the rack I got for Wifey's car a cpl yrs ago, strapped it on & headed to Bedford for my 2nd cleated pedal ride. the adjustment to the cleat position seems good. added some body lube to the right foot hotspot & added a sock liner. that seems to have helped eliminate the discomfort

decided to try riding from the Park & Ride on Rt 62. this meant some dirt on the road bike with cleats taking the Reformatory Branch to Bedford Depot, before running into Arlington. not much parking but enough for Wifey's little car



fun to ride on some dirt & good to get over 20 miles
22 miles round trip
27.2 max (this was nice to see. last fall I only got up to 26 on the MM. (I wonder if the cleated pedals helped achieve this) (was fun to get out of the saddle & hammer for a little bit with the new pedals)
13.0 avrg
1hr 40 min saddle time








I like this approach to bollards. not a narrow steel post but instead a really big thing you can't miss & I guess is much softer on impact. also the stop sign is where you're eyes naturally point, ahead of you, on the trail, instead of up to the right where that other stop sign is





Last edited by rumrunn6; 07-16-18 at 08:28 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-18, 09:15 PM
  #163  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
Saturday had to go suit shopping w Son for a family wedding later next week, but wanted to squeeze in another ride. got in 10 miles running the gauntlet of the Bruce Freeman to South Acton train station, then took my life in my hands on Rt 27 to the Police Dept. before turning around










these stupid things should be removed & replaced with paint or something small that won't cause a crash but still get your attention



really surprised they have this temporary section open, but it WAS passable



this section was less than ideal but again, passable



the road crossings in Maynard are really disappointing & exceptionally numerous. let's hope some little kids don't ride this trail without an adult escort. the drivers were very friendly & courteous. but I can imagine other more distracted drivers, especially some that might be coming fast down Rt 27 & turning right onto Concord Rd. this is a very tricky intersection for cars & they wind up pulling some crazy stuff to make their turns onto 27 North & South from both directions on Concord Rd. to the point where they point their vehicles in the opposite direction they intend to travel. they do this as some kind of weird notion that it will help the driver coming from the opposite direction make their turn around them simultaneously. which is not how ppl should be making turns. it should be first one person goes, then the other. not both at the same time in opposite directions. while managing the thru traffic on 27! when I'm driving a car I avoid this intersection altogether. adding bicycles to this mix is a recipe for disaster. & if the local towns are going to start promoting this & increasing bike traffic into an already dangerous intersection, the result could be deadly for someone



this is further north on 27 coming from the police station where there is no bike trail, no bike lane w painted sharrows/ only a fog line. then there's the sidewalk situation ... a real head scratcher nearing this other major intersection


10.34 miles
25.7 mph max
12.6 avrg
49 min saddle time

Last edited by rumrunn6; 07-17-18 at 02:26 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-18, 08:29 AM
  #164  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
the little bag doesn't need the rack wire extension

rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-18, 04:33 PM
  #165  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
cpl days after a big out of state family wedding
4th cleated ride, temps in the high 80s & humid, ran out to the MM
Arlington 8.69 miles 20.3 max 12.9 avrg 40 min but only 38 to the big intersection
In car 17.39 miles 20.3 max 13.3 avrg 1hr 18min in the saddle
met a cpl very nice ppl



kept my right foot cleated in for most road crossings & this big intersection. at the minor road crossings, I uncleated my left foot & let that leg dangle as I approached & put that left foot down when I stopped at the crossings. my right foot was still cleated but in the down position. then once I stopped, I rotated the cleated right foot up, so that I could take off by using my right foot. I was good at downshifting as I approached these stops, with a cpl exceptions. which only resulted in slow starts in too high a gear



again used the sock liner & a little body lube on the foot with the hot spot. no apparent issues





the uncleated side of these Shimano A530 pedals are definitely more slippery than I would like. might have to buy something new




Last edited by rumrunn6; 07-24-18 at 06:43 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-18, 06:57 PM
  #166  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
5th cleated ride
computer wasn't quite clicked in right away so it's missing a short distance & some time
Bedford to Mystic St 8.1 miles 21,9 max 14.6 avrg 33 min
Back at Car 16.8 miles 21.9 max 14.0 avrg 1hr 12 min

lots of errands today in between sun showers / sprinkles. finally got a cpl hrs to myself. radar looked messy so I made sure to dress in stuff OK to get wet & brought my saddle & trunk covers

the sky grew darker & I could tell someone was getting rained on. hoped it would skirt by me, as I headed East



when I got to the cafe, the rain started stronger (but not heavy), so I put the bag & saddle covers on while I stopped & kept them both on for the ride back



it had obviously rained a bit before I started riding. but only a few sprinkles on me directly



wet & slippery intersections with cleated pedals don't scare me none ... :-)



after the rain, I felt like I was riding thru a hot botanical garden,with thick, moist, humid air & lush greens surrounding




Last edited by rumrunn6; 07-25-18 at 07:08 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-18, 09:35 AM
  #167  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
6th cleated ride (suppose at some point I'll stop counting)
Sat 8/4/18 after changing the rear derailer cable I finally got out for a ride sometime between 5 & 6pm. threats of rain showers including severe thunderstorms so kept an eye on the radar loop. heard thunder as I left so brought trunk & seat covers

reached Lowell
17.38 miles
27.4 mph max
15.2 avrg
1hr 8min saddle time

home 8:45 pm
34.7 miles
27.4 max
14.2 avrg
2hrs 26min saddle time

late summer Sunday afternoon - early evening, pretty much had the trail to myself



withholding judgement on the section on Route 27 in Acton. no shoulder at all & broken edges







got home before I needed a light to see by








good to have a sanctuary at the end/turnaround



even if it wasn't a cafe w patio tables & French speaking waitresses



what the heck? thought I was buying a Snickers!




Last edited by rumrunn6; 08-08-18 at 01:12 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-18, 06:48 AM
  #168  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
7th cleated ride (still counting)
8/10/18
Home to Sherborn
Quest for a goulash sub at Rustic Pizza
Sunny temps in the 80s

1:00 pm Sherborn
18.1 miles
34 mph max (thanks to a cpl big long hills)
13.9 avrg
1hr 18min in the saddle

3:20 pm home
36.7 miles
34 max
13.9 avrg (interesting my avrg didn't dip after riding back. maybe it was the freshly cooked sub & good long break in Sherborn, but most likely due to the even elevation gain / loss of both halves?)
2hrs 39min saddle time

Entire trip duration approx 4 hours

This would be a good test of cleated pedals cuz it wouldn’t be on a protected bike trail. I’ve ridden some roads before but not nearly 40 miles exclusively on the road with traffic, while cleated
And traffic there was! Ugh! Lots of trucks too, including those big dump trucks
these 36 miles were more demanding & I felt more drained afterwards compared to the 34 miles I did recently on the BF rail trail
the road (exclusively Route 27) was in OK shape, glad it was not snowing or raining (as I remember past commutes)
portions had just been repaved so that was nice but the shoulder situation was pretty sketchy in some parts









Ultimately there was no goulash, sad face, the owner of Rustic Pizza was on vacation, back Monday & only she makes the goulash. Wound up getting a small sub w/ sausage, peppers & onions. It was good but unimpressive, certainly not like any Italian sausage subs I’ve had. But it was cooked fresh so that was good. There are tables inside & out w umbrellas





Found a high end bike shop next door that I’d like to give some attention to check out Ride Headquarters
bought a pouch type bag for my bike, yikes, expensive, but super wicked useful!



Hannah was helpful & informative & it looked like they could use some business. Interesting name but think it is focused on organizing rides. They’re called “Ride Headquarters” & Hannah gave me a card with their rides website rideshortlist the shop is focused as being a start / end point for rides with free towels restroom, repairs, couches, coffee, drinks, ice cream (pkg'd), music & a TV/videos I think

Used my safety glasses that have the Take-a-Look mirror attached. Wow it’s been a while & still a huge asset! Remembered I bought their newer, better (shorter) version but didn’t take the time to switch them out. I was eager to get on the road. useless in the drops but work if I'm up on the bars







Lost a Velcro strap on my favorite large bag, the Timbuk2 Hunchback Trunk. It just tore off in my hand. Had to jury-rig a short bungee in a slot at that position. Glad they included a slot there!


Last edited by rumrunn6; 08-13-18 at 01:13 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-18, 07:19 AM
  #169  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
That bike shop had some very nice high end rain or winter shoes & winter boots. Tempting but I’m sure they were $200 even tho they weren’t marked





The hot spot in my Lake MTB shoes on my right foot is not fully resolved. gotta work on that some more especially for longer aggressive rides like these. this felt good for the ride home but the last 2 miles it got quite "hot" again. I think "burning" is a more accurate description



my "urban tourer"



this new pouch Mountain Feed Bag by Revelate Designs LLC made it much easier to grab my sportcam for the hand held pics & vids. it will be useful for the other cam I usually like to ride with, as well. I threw my cell phone in there too but don't really need it for that



the headlights used. one flashing, one steady. there was abundant bright sunlight mixed with quite dense & dark shade. so as usual a good safety precaution


Last edited by rumrunn6; 08-14-18 at 08:49 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-18, 08:15 AM
  #170  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
to help address the hotspot on the outside of the right foot, I ordered shims & will try a shim in my right shoe to lean it out to the right, in the same direction that foot seems to want to go
also got what I thought would be pedals (FUNN Mamba) that provided shoe sole contact in addition to the cleat, in the hopes of reducing the weight/pressure focus on the small cleat area & hoping to feel more like flats w 1/2 clips
still waiting on the shims
also moved the cleats down to the lowest position furthest away from the shoe toes. I kinda thought on my last ride that I was constantly pushing my feet forward, which added to the pressure on that right outside foot area
while I'm disappointed that the shoe does not make contact with the pedal platform while cleated, it will be good to have a better flat side when not clipped in (it's larger & has pins). the previous black shimano pedals were OK but their flat side didn't inspire confidence (but never had a problem with them)
I suppose it's possible the shoe will make contact with the pedal platform while cleated under real life conditions. I just don't know enough about this aspect













they feature a grease port. spinning them right out of the box they don't feel loosey goosey but not worried cuz they are new & hoping they will loosen up


there are spare pins. per the manual they are meant to replace worn pins. but I noticed there are threaded holes on the cleated side. but I'm not adding them there. that might interfere with the "float" I've grown used to


of course pedals come with cleats, but not using these. sticking with the multi release cleats I have (for now). the 1st thing I did before test cleating in was loosen the tension but the shoes didn't want to stay put so I tightened them back up. still more room for more tightening if necessary. if I have any trouble I'll try the cleats they included (should carry them with me on my next ride)


hoping for a test ride tomorrow, even before getting the shims

Last edited by rumrunn6; 08-15-18 at 11:15 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-18, 06:54 PM
  #171  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
8th cleated ride (still counting)

8/16/18 home to Lowell ARRT to BRT plus roads
ending temp 87 degrees
tried out the new pedals with the cleats further back, new combo seems better but looking forward to trying the shim on the right foot
took off a weekday cuz if I don’t use my vacation days I’ll loose them, one more to go for bringing Daughter back to school in VT next week! sad face

10:40am left house
12:04pm arrived Lowell
17.1 miles
27.2 max
13.9 avrg
1hr 14min

2:15pm home
34.4 miles
27.2 max
12.9 avrg
2 hrs 38 min saddle time
journey time approx 4 hrs (typical for me)

note to self: the anti-gravity chair out back, is perfect for after a long ride. I always seem to pass out in it
since I have that new pouch & my big trunk broke a strap, I grabbed my old commuter trunk. it's smaller, but still roomy enough for all my day-ride stuff


seemed easy enough to dial in the tension. I tend to uncleat just my left shoe for stopping & cautionary road crossings








Last edited by rumrunn6; 08-23-18 at 12:59 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-18, 06:26 PM
  #172  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
tweaked the right shoe cleat inward
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-18, 09:45 AM
  #173  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
9th cleated ride (still counting)

big auto road trip to drop off Daughter at school last cpl of days so needed to stretch my legs

8/21/18 brought bike to work, drove to BFRT Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Acton

6:02pm left parking lot at 127 Concord Rd, Acton by Ice House Pond

6:55pm at Brick House Rest, Chelmsford. Trail sign & porta-outhouse
10.6 miles (includes some investigating South of my start point)
23.6 max
13.1 avrg
48min in the saddle

7:04pm headed back to car

7:45pm Back at car
20.33 miles
23.6 max
13.8 avrg
1hr 2min saddle time

overcast, temps in the 70s. light trail traffic. brought lights & used them for safety only on the 2nd half, got to car before needing them to see. drivers at road crossings were more than courteous. even tho it's the bike that has the stop sign, the cars stopped. oh well, I waved in thanks to all of them as they waited for me to get started again

not sure of moving the cleat to side had a big impact on comfort. last thing to try is the shim to tilt that right foot out a smidge. in any case I made the ride without breaking out any cream & bandages at the 1/2 way. granted this was a short ride on a tame surface, meaning no aggressive hill climbing or traffic dodging. continuing to make a conscious effort to use my left to rest in the down position rather than the right. also kinda rotated my right heel inward, or maybe just was more conscious of how I use & position & stress that right foot. now that I'm hyper-vigilant, I notice I might be walking funny with it

Fall colors are starting to show


Last edited by rumrunn6; 08-23-18 at 12:59 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-18, 12:53 PM
  #174  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
got the shims. they are pretty thin. gonna try 3, nice they included longer cleat screws



rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-18, 02:02 PM
  #175  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,517

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
squeaked in 10th cleated ride last night
used the two trails, part of route 27 & Concord Rd in Acton
cut out some of route 27 but still had to ride some of it (at night, fun)
bailed onto the sidewalk cuz I wasn't going 18mph but several times it was very clear why riding a bike on a sidewalk is illegal & dangerous

6:58pm left home
7:05 1.8 miles reached trail end (mile marker zero)
7:27 6.7 miles to trail head at Ice House Pond
7:34 8.1 miles to bridge over route 119/2A


8:11pm reached Brickhouse Restaurant, Chelmsford
16.3 miles
28.5 mph max
14.1 avrg (pretty good!)
1hr 9min saddle time

9:43pm home
32.8 miles
28.9 max
13.6 avrg
2hrs 2min saddle time
(2hrs 45min excursion time)

I think the shims added some relief to the other changes I made. so I will keep things as they are. no discomfort while riding but a little while walking

saw a frog leaping across the trail, a few moles or mice speeding across here & there, but no bunnies or coyotes


Last edited by rumrunn6; 08-24-18 at 02:52 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service