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Road Cycling ďIt is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.Ē -- Ernest Hemingway

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The East Coast is built on a firm foundation.

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Originally Posted by DougRNS
I'm doing just fine.
Centered in Hunterdon County, NJ. Really nice riding up there. Fun fact: Itís one of the wealthiest counties in the country. Lots of money from the N. Jersey/NYC financial and law markets.

The news here is urging people to stop calling 911 to report it.
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Was it Velo Vol who posted the U-Haul that hit the dog shelter?
Yes. Thanks for reading.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
The East Coast is built on a firm foundation.

https://twitter.com/MatthewCappucci/...60689339765230
Rigidity is not necessarily the best thing in seismic situations.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
The East Coast is built on an old, old foundation.
FIFY. helps to be young and flexible when it comes to handling earthquakes
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I was actually a geology major before switching to chemistry. Don't ask me for more details b/c I don't remember much. I think I recall the oldest crust being in the Canadian shield leading into Hudson bay. The east coast of the US is also on the North American tectonic plate, and there isn't much volcanic activity there, so yeah it's also quite old. Maybe that's why it's so boring out there compared to the Best Coast? IDK.

Fun Fact - coastal southern and central CA is actually on the Pacific Plate. The dividing fault is called the San Andreas and is very, very active. It's where we get our earthquake reputation from. But TBH, the earthquakes are way less problematic than fire - an omnipresent threat out here.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
Maybe that's why it's so boring out there compared to the Best Coast? IDK.
You're always three hours behind us.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
You're always three hours behind us.
too busy enjoying the weather. ya'll go ahead and get your hurry on. you could say the same thing about us with respect to Hawaii
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Wish the rain would stop so I can go spin a bit. I guess I could just get wet. Meh.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
I was actually a geology major before switching to chemistry. Don't ask me for more details b/c I don't remember much. I think I recall the oldest crust being in the Canadian shield leading into Hudson bay. The east coast of the US is also on the North American tectonic plate, and there isn't much volcanic activity there, so yeah it's also quite old. Maybe that's why it's so boring out there compared to the Best Coast? IDK.

Fun Fact - coastal southern and central CA is actually on the Pacific Plate. The dividing fault is called the San Andreas and is very, very active. It's where we get our earthquake reputation from. But TBH, the earthquakes are way less problematic than fire - an omnipresent threat out here.
Fun fact: On my usual weekday ride, I cross the San Andreas Fault 4 times. My Sunday ride crosses it at least 6 times.
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Our 3 day trial summer has come to an end. Snow/rain mix at the moment. Hopefully the precipitation rate remains fairly low as I'm wearing low top Converse. It's only a mile walk home though so NBD.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Fun fact: On my usual weekday ride, I cross the San Andreas Fault 4 times. My Sunday ride crosses it at least 6 times.
Yeah it curves westward and goes right through the bay area (as you are obviously aware)
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Speaking of summer coming, this one never gets old.

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Originally Posted by LAJ
That is my major *****, and the reason I decided to stop racing. My last race was a total ****show.

We were alerted to the fact that we weren't in our own race but were starting with the 40+3 and Cat 3 racers, at the start/staging area. As a rule, the 60+ field is thinned by attacks, and though that field was certainly depleted, there were enough kids in the pack that it was still too many for a two-lane road with a yellow line rule. Had anyone alerted us to the fact prior, I know there were enough cars and people to provide a follow car for the various groups.

They knew my bell was rung, I knew my collarbone was broken, yet I was still allowed to drive 100 miles home. The broken ribs and the need for a chest tube were discovered later. At least USAC event insurance covered a good portion of the deductible.
I remember that dark day.
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What LAJ is describing sounds just like the Road Race I got taken out at last year. Almost why I donít think I will ever do it again. Picture 80 cyclist in one lane with the yellow line rule. No where to move or attack. Itís stupid.
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@LAJ 5x5 is that zone 5 or 6. And I am assuming 5 mins on 5 mins off 5 times.?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
No worries, itís just Jersey.
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Chanteur said the increased number of crashes was in part due to an increasing amount of "street furniture" but was caused principally by the "increasingly avant-garde" materials used in making the bikes.

"Carbon is light and very rigid, so there's no room for error," he said. "Wheels and tyres are nothing like those used in the past. Drama can happen at any moment.

"Disc brakes in racing are too dangerous. The same applies to the gear ratios used. Today, we use 56x10. They're going 80 km/h downhill, even though they're almost naked. When there's a fall, you have no way of escaping."
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I knew it! It's those devilish manufacturers, making bikes that are fast and nimble, forcing pros to go ever faster.

But seriously, didn't there used to be a "patron of the peloton", who would scold riders when they went too fast for the conditions?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
The East Coast is built on a firm foundation.

https://twitter.com/MatthewCappucci/...60689339765230
Despite the map misrepresentation, we didnít feel squat in Albany!
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
@LAJ 5x5 is that zone 5 or 6. And I am assuming 5 mins on 5 mins off 5 times.?
For sure zone 5. 5' at zone 6 is not really physiologically doable, certainly not repeatable. When I do these I am for like 115% FTP.

Also my coach told me to aim for 20' of time in zone when doing VO2 workouts - but I was also doing them twice per week which is taxing. 25' is doable, but tough.
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The east coast of the US is also on the North American tectonic plate, and there isn't much volcanic activity there, so yeah it's also quite old. Maybe that's why it's so boring out there compared to the Best Coast? IDK.
I think I can speak for the majority of New Yorkers who will gladly accept the cold and snow in exchange for freedom from forest fires, mud slides, and the mega-earthquake predicted to annihilate Cali and make Nevada and Arizona the new west coast any day now.
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it's a severity vs frequency tradeoff. if you deal with fire - it's major and a huge threat. but everyone on the east coast deals with crap weather, that includes hot/humid summers too. the other threats you mentioned are infrequent and pale in comparison to fire.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
For sure zone 5. 5' at zone 6 is not really physiologically doable, certainly not repeatable. When I do these I am for like 115% FTP.

Also my coach told me to aim for 20' of time in zone when doing VO2 workouts - but I was also doing them twice per week which is taxing. 25' is doable, but tough.
My sleep is all jacked, I canít remember what is what lol.
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