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Old 08-28-16, 02:46 PM
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It was so humid this morning that my sunglasses fogged up within 50 yards of the parking lot. Ridiculous! Today was scheduled as a slow ride but I wasn't counting on it being as slow as it was. I was able to get in a 42 mile ride - 9 miles solo, 9 miles with my wife (the slowest part), and the rest with my buddy Frankie; and that wasn't all that fast. For some reason, my legs bother me more on slow rides like this vs when I do a group ride with the gang. Go figure!
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Originally Posted by ButchA
...... One of the coolest things that I wish I could have stopped to take a picture of... While I was in West Creek Pkwy, I saw an older couple of a matching pair of his & hers recumbent bicycles! They looked so cool! Two wheels in front and a larger wheel in the rear. I think they were these, but I wasn't sure...
My wife rides a recumbent trike very much like this one except hers is an ICE and this one is made by Catrike. They are a blast to ride, especially going downhill and on roads with lots of tight curves.
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Old 08-28-16, 04:46 PM
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Just joined up. Currently have a Felt Z85. I have ridden in my younger days back in the early 80's and completed a Century in a Raleigh Corsa, which I still have. Just got back into riding this year. I was running but Plantar Factitious had ended that so back on the bike. I got in a 52 mile ride today here in Eastern NC. Nice overcast ski with little breeze. Still humid as can be but at least I didn't bake in the sun.

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Old 08-28-16, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ButchA
Just got back from a nice 20.5 mile ride out west of Richmond, VA way out to the suburbs and into Capital One's big business complex in West Creek Pkwy. Avg speed of 15.2 mph and did the 20.5 mile loop in 1 hr 20 min. For some reason, I find myself very comfortable, cruising along on the 52t chainring and the 19t rear cog. I wonder what that computes to from an old 85 Fuji with 27" x 1 1/4 gumwall tires. Hmmmm...

52t & 19t = 2.74:1 ratio.
52t & 19t = 74.1 gear inches.
Cadence of (+/-) 70 = 15.4 mph.

It's just smooth, comfortable, and let's me cruise along at a good clip. Could someone verify those calculations?
The calculation is correct. 20.5 miles in 1.334 hours is 15.4mph and a 70rpm cadence is 15.4 mph with that gearing and tire combination. I would add that you moving speed was probably faster, closer to 75 rpms and 16mph.
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Old 08-28-16, 06:23 PM
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yes, i forced myself to go. i was feeling bad and the weather here is crap. my brother and i did 11 miles before the high wind brought the rain. but at least i got out of bed and rode so that made my day. of course once home the bad weather blew over and i did some yard work then some lunch and a nap.
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Yesterday after the rains stopped - 12 hot and humid miles on my long wheelbase 'bent.
Today - 34 miles on the Screamer with my favorite stoker and a bunch of other tandem teams on a club (HOOTs) ride starting and finishing in Anderson IN. Didn't rain but again was powerful humid.
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Originally Posted by wait4me
Just joined up. Currently have a Felt Z85. I have ridden in my younger days back in the early 80's and completed a Century in a Raleigh Corsa, which I still have. Just got back into riding this year. I was running but Plantar Factitious had ended that so back on the bike. I got in a 52 mile ride today here in Eastern NC. Nice overcast ski with little breeze. Still humid as can be but at least I didn't bake in the sun.

Currently looking at upgrading my steed to a carbon frame. So many to choose from.
Hello there @wait4me,

This is a great forum with so many knowledgeable people! There is a C&V (Classic & Vintage) forum which is really great too. The people would be able to help you out with anything regarding your classic Raleigh Corsa.
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Originally Posted by ButchA
Hello there @wait4me,

This is a great forum with so many knowledgeable people! There is a C&V (Classic & Vintage) forum which is really great too. The people would be able to help you out with anything regarding your classic Raleigh Corsa.
Thanks for the info. My Raleigh is a well loved bike and nothing special. It has Suntour Superbe Pro components, Champagnolo crank, speedy Modolo brakes, Suntour shifters. The basic bare minimum for the most part, but at least it did me well on my century ride when I was 20yrs old. I still remember my time 6hrs and 15min.
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Did a change of pace this morning and got one heck of a workout. The wife didn't ride today so I opted to ride her recumbent trike for an excellent ride of 38 miles. Average pace on the loop was 16-18 mph with the fastest speed of 20.77 mph trying to catch Amanda Coker to see how far I could ride with her. Trike was just too slow on the takeoff so I never did catch her. While I've ridden with her on many occasions on my road bike, at 33 pounds, the trike is just too heavy to quickly gain the speed I needed.
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I rode the 16.2 miles to work this morning, in 1:08:45. Average speed of 14.1 mph and a top speed of 34.2 mph.
My best split was 2' 41", with an average pace of 4' 14". That's pretty close to as fast as I can go on that route. (It's got a few hills with a gain/loss of 2000 ft. -- My best average was 14.5 mph)
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Old 08-29-16, 01:28 PM
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20.3 miles on a group ride today on the Tarmac SL.I took off for a speed run a couple of times and waited for them. Nice day, sunny, cool, perfect.


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37 miles in the Reston Bike Club Half Metric Century yesterday. Temps were beastly hot, course was very nice and encouraging, rest stops were wonderful, W&OD stretch was almost gridlock with people and bikes. Over 1,000 participants. A great ride. Lots of fun.
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since yesterday was a short ride i went out for another short ride, got a great workout. heading out i had a huge tailwind i was holding 21mph for almost 6 miles, thats really fast for me. on the way back it was all i could do to hold 10 mph. i did 10 miles in 42 minutes. although the last mile was a slow cool down i was sweating big time and the legs were burning.
thanks to all you guys and girls for the encouraging post helps me to stay motivated
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Old 08-29-16, 07:26 PM
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Aimed to ride my age Sunday, 58 miles, on the one-year anniversary of resuming cycling after a 30-year hiatus. Took five hours of actual riding time, spread out across a 12 hour period from noon to midnight. I made the mistake of waiting until noon to tackle the 30-mile hilly route. Started out cool but quickly heated up and I had to rest a couple of hours before joining a local group nighttime ride to get in the second half of the miles.

I don't clearly remember what happened after the 58 mile point, but when I woke up I was at 63 miles and covered in Ferrari Testarossa Red.

The bike when I rode it home August 29, 2015...

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...after flopping the original handlebar to try a lower profile for a few months...

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...and today, after a few minor changes: puncture resistant tires, narrower saddle, flat bars swapped from the Univega, lowered quill stem, better brake pads, double wall rim with stronger spokes in back.


Still needs a longer seat post. The frame is a bit small for me, but I like this bike. Ten years ago I thought I'd never be able to ride a bike again. Last year I thought I'd never be able to ride more than a mile or two at a time. Who knows what I'll never believe next.

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Another bike to work day today - 22 miles total.
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21.3 miles today on the Tarmac SL3. Beautiful machine. The arm covers I ordered arrived yesterday so I wore them today, but should have worn a heavier long sleeved bike shirt. Brrrrr. But once the sun came out from behind the clouds it was just right. Fall is quickly approaching. Oh, and I am riding with cleats.

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17.3 today after another 3 day layoff...sometimes life just gets in the way (along with hot weather.)
Feels like I am getting worse rather than better, but speed wasn't as slow as it could have been.....
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19 miles today as a Bike Commuter. Came too close to running into a pedestrian who was RUNNING across the street mid-block north of Downtown Indy. (Why? To get to the other side.) Glad my brakes were in good working order.
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Not today and maybe not tomorrow. Sitting at home, while it's raining outside, waiting to see what Tropical Storm 9 is going to do over the next two days. Unless the path turns a little more to the south, it won't hit us directly but we're still going to get awful wet.
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I pedaled my bike 16.9 miles this morning.
To have called it a "ride" would have been doing the term a disservice.
I am riding worse than I ever have as an adult.
A bit discouraging. Hopefully things will improve soon..............
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Didn't wake up until 8:30, on the road by 9:30. I prefer to get out the door by 8AM. 17 miles on the Tarmac SL. The majority of the ride was at 17.5 mph. The more I ride it, the more I like this restored '06 S-Works Tarmac. Actually nothing is S-Works but the frame but it's all good components, wheels, and tires, and a fun bike to ride.


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got 16 miles this afternoon. neck pain started a 11.
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Too hot and humid Wednesday for a ride, felt like breathing underwater. Intended to ride 10-20 miles Wednesday night but a sudden t-storm cut me short at 4 miles. Still felt energizing after a stressful couple of days.
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Been awhile since I last posted BUT I was able to sneak in an 'under tropical storm warning', WINDY, 20 miler this morning on the Suncoast Trail and was able to avg 19.9 mph!!!
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19.5 social miles today with 3 friends of varying abilities.
A pleasant ramble through farm and ranch country in South Mississippi.
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