Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Getting ready for Spring

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Getting ready for Spring

Old 02-15-21, 09:33 AM
  #1  
wphamilton
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
wphamilton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posts: 15,280

Bikes: Nashbar Road

Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2933 Post(s)
Liked 336 Times in 224 Posts
Getting ready for Spring

Since my commute changed from 8 miles to 20 feet, I haven't been out riding for weeks. Maybe longer. This is the first winter that I ever skipped as a bike rider, so I'm a newbie at getting ready for that first ride.

I'm making a list:
  • A cycling kit mask. Should it match my socks?
  • Do we have a new pandemic-specific callout, like "On your left, six FEET!"
  • In group rides do we call out no-mask pedestrians or cyclists? "Maskhole UP"
  • I need to do some basic maintenance on that all-important helmet (my brain is WORTH something )
    • Polish it up
    • Make sure the pad strips have 0mm of slide
    • Align the visor
    • Refurb the straps for the proper souplesse. What is the approved chemical for that?
    • Lubricate the strap latches
    • Visual inspection for any nicks or scratches (catastrophic failure from stress risers you know)
    • What else?
  • Practice my waving
  • wax or oil or bacon grease?
  • Should I just buy a new bike?
OK what have I left out, for that first post-winter ride?
wphamilton is offline  
Likes For wphamilton:
Old 02-15-21, 09:37 AM
  #2  
Reflector Guy
Senior Member
 
Reflector Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,039

Bikes: Bianchi Via Nirone

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 480 Post(s)
Liked 904 Times in 441 Posts
We'll need some more information first. Are you riding a rim or disk-brake bike?
Reflector Guy is offline  
Likes For Reflector Guy:
Old 02-15-21, 09:41 AM
  #3  
wphamilton
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
wphamilton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posts: 15,280

Bikes: Nashbar Road

Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2933 Post(s)
Liked 336 Times in 224 Posts
Originally Posted by Reflector Guy View Post
We'll need some more information first. Are you riding a rim or disk-brake bike?
See that's why I asked - I didn't even think about that. I'd better start with rim brakes at first, don't want to risk cutting off any limbs from being out of practice.
wphamilton is offline  
Likes For wphamilton:
Old 02-15-21, 09:43 AM
  #4  
wphamilton
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
wphamilton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posts: 15,280

Bikes: Nashbar Road

Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2933 Post(s)
Liked 336 Times in 224 Posts
Do we practice the bidon flip now, or should that wait for warmer weather? I don't want to fumble any bidons, but then again I'd feel foolish if I'm flipping them out of season.
wphamilton is offline  
Likes For wphamilton:
Old 02-15-21, 09:50 AM
  #5  
wphamilton
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
wphamilton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posts: 15,280

Bikes: Nashbar Road

Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2933 Post(s)
Liked 336 Times in 224 Posts
Oh now I have another question. Sorry. I'm getting on in years, and it just now hit me, what if I'm just a tad tighter in the legs that I was last fall? Do you risk injury after a winter layoff by not dropping the saddle?

Should I drop the saddle by 1mm? Maybe even 2mm? Should I see a pro fitter before trying something that drastic? Or take a devil-may-care attitude and not move the seat?
wphamilton is offline  
Old 02-15-21, 09:54 AM
  #6  
AdkMtnMonster
Airplanes, bikes, beer.
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Off the front
Posts: 763

Bikes: Road bikes, mountain bikes, a cx bike, a gravel bike…

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 397 Post(s)
Liked 787 Times in 338 Posts
A real cyclist would be pounding out the watts on their direct drive smart trainer while working from home. The OP quite obviously needs to HTFU.
AdkMtnMonster is offline  
Likes For AdkMtnMonster:
Old 02-15-21, 10:13 AM
  #7  
Hiro11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 2,548

Bikes: To the right: opinions, not facts.

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 738 Post(s)
Liked 396 Times in 208 Posts
1. Practice sitting astride your bike, resting lightly on the top tube with hands and wrists draped loosely over bars in an insouciant, "tranquillo" manner. Do this in the mirror to perfect stoplight style.
2. Measure all socks to ensure length to spec, discard and burn any offending socks.
3. Determine the best helmet vent to hold glasses and practice jamming them in there while riding with hands off the bars.
4. If male, grow raffish SaganStubble.
5. Investigate 2021 collections and determine which brand of obscure Australian kit you plan to wear. Remortgage your house to obtain funds for all necessary "pieces".
6. Gather Strava heatmap data, USGS data, segment results and average historical windspeed data. Using regression analysis, identify the best day to attack each given segment and mark on calendar in red ink.
7. Pre-define unnecessary/decorative handlebar bag strategy and what unnecessary treasures (Optimus Prime toy? caulk gun? live rabbit?) you will keep within said handlebar bag, which will never be opened in order to build mystique.

Last edited by Hiro11; 02-15-21 at 10:19 AM.
Hiro11 is offline  
Likes For Hiro11:
Old 02-15-21, 10:42 AM
  #8  
pdlamb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 7,443

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1847 Post(s)
Liked 1,106 Times in 701 Posts
Well, you're doing well with the zero'th order of business: Post a bf thread on what you need to do to get ready for spring riding.

pdlamb is offline  
Old 02-15-21, 11:01 AM
  #9  
woodcraft
Senior Member
 
woodcraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 6,015
Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1813 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 918 Times in 566 Posts
As Hiro11 notes, you'll need a little round handlebar bag, to keep up with the times.

Before going out the door, check to see that you have essentials- helmet, shoes, shorts. The routine is easily forgotten.
woodcraft is offline  
Old 02-15-21, 11:11 AM
  #10  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 33,842
Mentioned: 202 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15374 Post(s)
Liked 9,149 Times in 4,522 Posts
How much time did you spend on this?
indyfabz is online now  
Likes For indyfabz:
Old 02-15-21, 11:15 AM
  #11  
berner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bristol, R. I.
Posts: 4,340

Bikes: Specialized Secteur, old Peugeot

Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 662 Post(s)
Liked 490 Times in 296 Posts
Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
Since my commute changed from 8 miles to 20 feet, I haven't been out riding for weeks. Maybe longer. This is the first winter that I ever skipped as a bike rider, so I'm a newbie at getting ready for that first ride.

I'm making a list:
  • A cycling kit mask. Should it match my socks?
  • Do we have a new pandemic-specific callout, like "On your left, six FEET!"
  • In group rides do we call out no-mask pedestrians or cyclists? "Maskhole UP"
  • I need to do some basic maintenance on that all-important helmet (my brain is WORTH something )
    • Polish it up
    • Make sure the pad strips have 0mm of slide
    • Align the visor
    • Refurb the straps for the proper souplesse. What is the approved chemical for that?
    • Lubricate the strap latches
    • Visual inspection for any nicks or scratches (catastrophic failure from stress risers you know)
    • What else?
  • Practice my waving
  • wax or oil or bacon grease?
  • Should I just buy a new bike?
OK what have I left out, for that first post-winter ride?
Don' forget to polish your spokes.
berner is offline  
Old 02-15-21, 11:25 AM
  #12  
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Posts: 30,220

Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1567 Post(s)
Liked 627 Times in 352 Posts
Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
Do we practice the bidon flip now,.
No political commentary.
__________________
My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.
Retro Grouch is offline  
Likes For Retro Grouch:
Old 02-15-21, 11:38 AM
  #13  
Wildwood
Veteran, Pacifist
 
Wildwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Seattle area
Posts: 11,815

Bikes: Bikes??? Thought this was social media?!?

Mentioned: 261 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3155 Post(s)
Liked 2,680 Times in 1,364 Posts
Guard against Spring Fever too soon.
Wildwood is offline  
Old 02-15-21, 12:21 PM
  #14  
Bigbus
Very Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Always on the Run
Posts: 1,211

Bikes: Giant Quasar & Fuji Roubaix

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 412 Post(s)
Liked 341 Times in 242 Posts
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
No political commentary.
AHH Come on Man.
Bigbus is offline  
Likes For Bigbus:
Old 02-15-21, 12:38 PM
  #15  
BobbyG
Senior Member
 
BobbyG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 5,523

Bikes: 2015 Charge Plug, 2007 Dahon Boardwalk, 1997 Nishiki Blazer, 1984 Nishiki International

Mentioned: 53 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1239 Post(s)
Liked 1,195 Times in 599 Posts
Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
I haven't been out riding for weeks. Maybe longer.
You may not be as out of shape as you think. There are studies that the guilt over not riding consumes almost 26% of the wattage of an actual ride. Worrying about disc brake lacerations, another 3.6% and fretting about freditude actually consumes 72% of the wattage of an actual ride.

I read it on the internet so you know it's true.
BobbyG is offline  
Old 02-15-21, 01:08 PM
  #16  
cjenrick
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 409
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 177 Post(s)
Liked 127 Times in 94 Posts
are you caught up on all your GCN videos?
did you throw out last year's protein bars?
cjenrick is offline  
Old 02-15-21, 01:50 PM
  #17  
pdlamb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 7,443

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1847 Post(s)
Liked 1,106 Times in 701 Posts
Originally Posted by cjenrick View Post
did you throw out last year's protein bars?
Why would you do that? Most of the expiration dates are around June, and the dates are way too conservative. You can gnaw on them until they pull all your caps off!
pdlamb is offline  
Old 02-15-21, 03:07 PM
  #18  
JohnDThompson 
Old fart
 
JohnDThompson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Appleton WI
Posts: 23,429

Bikes: Several, mostly not name brands.

Mentioned: 135 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2921 Post(s)
Liked 1,875 Times in 1,136 Posts
Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Guard against Spring Fever too soon.
This is what keeps spring fever away here:

Current conditions at Appleton / Outagamie, WI
Last updated Feb 15, 2021 - 03:45 PM EST / 2021.02.15 2045 UTC
Temperature: 1F (-17C)
Relative Humidity: 54%
Wind: from the NNE (030 degrees) at 14 MPH (12 KT)
Windchill: -18F (-28C)
Sky conditions: clear
JohnDThompson is offline  
Likes For JohnDThompson:
Old 02-15-21, 03:57 PM
  #19  
Wildwood
Veteran, Pacifist
 
Wildwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Seattle area
Posts: 11,815

Bikes: Bikes??? Thought this was social media?!?

Mentioned: 261 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3155 Post(s)
Liked 2,680 Times in 1,364 Posts
Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
This is what keeps spring fever away here:

Current conditions at Appleton / Outagamie, WI
Last updated Feb 15, 2021 - 03:45 PM EST / 2021.02.15 2045 UTC
Temperature: 1F (-17C)
Relative Humidity: 54%
Wind: from the NNE (030 degrees) at 14 MPH (12 KT)
Windchill: -18F (-28C)
Sky conditions: clear
Yeah,.........but that's a dry cold!
I'm at 95% humidity.
Following the snowplow = best for dedicated roadies.
At least on Seattle East's side hills at elevation ~475ft (150m).

Last edited by Wildwood; 02-15-21 at 04:01 PM.
Wildwood is offline  
Old 02-15-21, 04:12 PM
  #20  
JohnDThompson 
Old fart
 
JohnDThompson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Appleton WI
Posts: 23,429

Bikes: Several, mostly not name brands.

Mentioned: 135 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2921 Post(s)
Liked 1,875 Times in 1,136 Posts
Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Yeah,.........but that's a dry cold!
I'm at 95% humidity.
Ok, I see that. But at least your snow is melting:

Current conditions at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport , WA
Last updated Feb 15, 2021 - 04:53 PM EST / 2021.02.15 2153 UTC
Temperature: 43.0F (6.1C)
Relative Humidity: 96%
Wind: from the S (190 degrees) at 15 MPH (13 KT) gusting to 21 MPH (18 KT)
Sky conditions: overcast
Precipitation last hour: A trace

Not even full-on sun all day long is melting anything here.
JohnDThompson is offline  
Old 02-15-21, 04:56 PM
  #21  
wphamilton
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
wphamilton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posts: 15,280

Bikes: Nashbar Road

Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2933 Post(s)
Liked 336 Times in 224 Posts
Originally Posted by AdkMtnMonster View Post
A real cyclist would be pounding out the watts on their direct drive smart trainer while working from home. The OP quite obviously needs to HTFU.
Clearly I'm not real enough for a smart trainer. Or smart enough for a real trainer as the case may be. I'll settle for a hard minute of vigorous calisthenics to pound watts, every other day since we cyclists need rest days, and it's the rest days that make us stronger. I should be pretty strong by now, come to think of it.
wphamilton is offline  
Likes For wphamilton:
Old 02-15-21, 05:18 PM
  #22  
wphamilton
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
wphamilton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posts: 15,280

Bikes: Nashbar Road

Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2933 Post(s)
Liked 336 Times in 224 Posts
Good suggestions:
  • Polish spokes - check
  • Little bar bag - check
    • mysterious contents that no one ever sees, TBD
  • HTFU - of course!
  • Measure socks - got that covered. All socks are identical, which improves morning routine efficiency
  • update heat map analysis. Did strava turn that off though, good thing I backup all my trivial analysis to inspire awe in future generations
  • Obscure Australian kit. I've got an authentic Russian hat, does that count when my helmet's in the shop for repairs?
  • Practice stoplight pose. I'm gonna triage that one, and just try to remember to never stop
  • Fretting about freditude burns watts - being not real enough for a smart trainer, I've got to pound watts somehow. It's either that or a solid minute of vigorous calisthenics daily. Fretting wins.
  • Weather report series - must memorize the coldest winter days, for fictional epic winter rides during the spring group rides. Good catch!
  • (edit) Restock protein bars, now that's the second time I've forgotten that one. I've kept one (1) protein bar for years, because I hate them so much and never eat it. It's probably stale by now.

Last edited by wphamilton; 02-15-21 at 05:35 PM.
wphamilton is offline  
Old 02-15-21, 05:27 PM
  #23  
GlennR
On Your Left
 
GlennR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Long Island, New York, USA
Posts: 8,364

Bikes: Trek Emonda SLR, Sram eTap, Zipp 303

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3000 Post(s)
Liked 2,421 Times in 1,183 Posts
Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
  • Practice stoplight pose. I'm gonna triage that one, and just try to remember to never stop
Trackstand...
GlennR is offline  
Old 02-15-21, 05:29 PM
  #24  
wphamilton
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
wphamilton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posts: 15,280

Bikes: Nashbar Road

Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2933 Post(s)
Liked 336 Times in 224 Posts
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
No political commentary.
You mean with a split second of bird during the second rotation of the bidon? That's another one I flat out never would have thought of. Thanks. I can see that being useful in personal commentary as well.

It will definitely take some practice.
wphamilton is offline  
Old 02-15-21, 05:35 PM
  #25  
Troul 
:D
 
Troul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Mich
Posts: 5,250
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked 1,602 Times in 1,108 Posts
True your cables
Lube your reflectors
Change the air in the tires as what is left in there from last year is now contaminated
Practice the double bell flicks
Calibrate your eyewear temples
Improve snot rocket aim
__________________
-Oh Hey!
Troul is offline  
Likes For Troul:

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.