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Old 09-25-21, 09:41 AM
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A few months off the bike after being burned out on cycling. Literally burned out in the Texas sun. I have to take a bike shop with me out in the boonies lol. I will find out after the Texas game how out of shape I am. Start off with a light cruise get back into the game.


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Are you using a Camelbak for hydration? I see no cages. Or are you a cactus?
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Yup, an Osprey hydration pack. Bottles get hot too quick even the insulated ones. Keep most of the tools in the hydration pack so I can switch bikes without a hassle. The frame pack for my I phone , food for longer rides, towels, lenses whiles, eye glasses, generally stuff you want to reach quickly. First ride out I will find out what needs tuning up though I try to do that beforehand. Plus I could lose some middle age gut gain lol.
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The cat comes along, too? Where do you put the cat?
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The cat inspects the equipment.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
A few months off the bike after being burned out on cycling. Literally burned out in the Texas sun. I have to take a bike shop with me out in the boonies lol. I will find out after the Texas game how out of shape I am. Start off with a light cruise get back into the game.


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I see you are prepared to do a "catscan," should it be required.

Hey the irony of "taking a bike shop" with you... is my Pedro's multi-tool pretty much fills that "bikeshop" role for me. That and a patch kit and a couple extra hex keys.
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21 miles wasn’t as winded as I thought I would be. After a few weeks I think I will have my wheels back. I like my Pedro tire levers saves the fingers.
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Are you using a Camelbak for hydration? I see no cages. Or are you a cactus?
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Yup, an Osprey hydration pack. Bottles get hot too quick even the insulated ones. Keep most of the tools in the hydration pack so I can switch bikes without a hassle. The frame pack for my I phone , food for longer rides, towels, lenses whiles, eye glasses, generally stuff you want to reach quickly. First ride out I will find out what needs tuning up though I try to do that beforehand. Plus I could lose some middle age gut gain lol.

I fill my "camelback" about 4/5 full and put it in the freezer the night before. Careful when you put it in the freezer to not let the water freeze over the outlet. Before I ride I top off the pouch. The gradual thaw gives me about 3 hrs of cold water in 100* heat
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I just put some ice when I fill the bladder. I like ice cold water but it gives me a splitting headache in route. So coolish water a little below room temperature. But my beer must be ice cold
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Ah, a cat scan...
You see, guys? You see? THIS is why I like to lie about Ahsposo!
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I just put some ice when I fill the bladder. I like ice cold water but it gives me a splitting headache in route. So coolish water a little below room temperature. But my beer must be ice cold
I'm a warm water and warm beer guy. Well, that's not entirely true. When I started out my adult life, everything had to be cold, iced-down, etc. Hot coffee had to be hot. Beer had to be cold. After mucking about in the US military for as long as I did, I got use to NOT having things just the way I wanted, and I learned that a room-temperature Coca Cola can be just as tasty and refreshing as Coke right out of the cooler. Back then, and in some of the places I've been, I was more happy just to have a beer or a coke, and the condition of it was second. Same with beer. Especially with beer.

Nearly 8 years I spent in Europe ('81-'89), and finding a cold beer was impossible. Best that you could get was "Keller-Temp", which was "cellar temperature", which was somewhere around 45F. Not cold, not warm. Very refreshing. Very easy to slam a beer this temperature, and slam-away I did.

When I was stationed in Florida, I was running triathlons. I just didnt care about the temperature of my fluid intake. Maybe I should have? I've read that cold water can improve your body temp, make you go faster, blah blah blah. When you are hot and thirsty, that first jolt from a bidon that's been stewing in the sun all morning can almost take your breath away, so I can surely see your point about the hydration pack.

If I was living in Texas again, I think that I would use your method of the hydration pack, but I would have extra bladders to fill perhaps 1/4-full, and keep them in the freezer. That way you could have cold water along the way - for a while at least. I wouldn't add as much water to the bag to cause it to get really cold - just enough to make it a lot cooler for a lot longer. When I lived in Del Rio, we used to ride right down to the city water supply at the San Felipe Spring. Back in those days, there was no worries of domestic terrorism, so there was no security. I dont recall there ever being a fence around the spring itself (then), but there most-likely is high security around the place now. Anyway, we used to ride to the spring and fill our bottles with that pure delicious water flowing right out of the ground. Simple times. Simple things made a difference then.

Geez, I started typing and guess I got carried away in reverie. Sorry about that, but if you've read this far... THANKS!
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Del Rio has been in the news lately with the immigrant colony living under the bridge. Hydration pack is almost required here if you are competing in races then drop the pack lol. Day two another 21 mile ride and today I could feel the lack of training. Usually takes me 2 week to get back in the groove. I got cold Shiner Bocks iced down to drink while I listen to football games. Rams vs Bucks good matchup cool thing about having SiriusXM. Fan of matchups rather than a single team. A good bike ride deserves a cold beer or a good excuse to throw back a cold one.


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I am currently at mom's house helping her with a recovery after knee replacement. The wifey suggested that it would be a good idea to take my bike. I pulled it off the wall for the first time in a year and a half plus....tires are flat, gotta check everything over. Plus side is I have a brand new Brooks saddle that I have barely sat on to enjoy. Her area is excellent for cycling. Hopefully I can make it farther than the end of the driveway.
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2 days on the bike was a good start. After push mowing the front and back yard my legs are fried. Be back on the bike to tomorrow. I have learned over the years that recovery isn’t a bad word lol. Push mowing is exercise and the grass gets cut.
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2 days on the bike was a good start. After push mowing the front and back yard my legs are fried. Be back on the bike to tomorrow. I have learned over the years that recovery isnít a bad word lol. Push mowing is exercise and the grass gets cut.
Actual push-mowing? If so,
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Actual push-mowing? If so,
Not that old school push the mower with a gas engine running..
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Ride 3 won’t post anymore rides but went for 30 miles and it was the easiest of the break in rides 3 rides in 4 days. Now to get rid of the covid blubber weighing me down these mean cruel kids called me Shamu! hurt my feelings. Little punk azzes lol.
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