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Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-11, 08:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,606
Posted By mwbarker

Riding through a road construction zone, I got...

Riding through a road construction zone, I got tired of the cobblestone effect created where they'd stripped off the old asphalt. Seeing some clear concrete apron to the right, I tried to slide over...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-11, 03:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,066
Posted By mwbarker

I think he was referencing performancebike.com....

I think he was referencing performancebike.com. That's who I was referring to, and the prices I mentioned are there right now:
http://bit.ly/piGNMf
http://bit.ly/ohcSEQ
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-11, 05:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,066
Posted By mwbarker

^This. Right now, they have Century shorts...

^This.

Right now, they have Century shorts for $30 and Elite shorts for $50. Plus four different short sleeve jerseys for under $30. I have two pair of Elite bibs and a couple of their Century...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-11, 03:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,222
Posted By mwbarker

I don't mind my seatbag at all, plus my blinky is...

I don't mind my seatbag at all, plus my blinky is clipped to it. Don't want to switch all that stuff around depending on the length of the ride.

ErichM, where do you put that little bag? Jersey...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-11, 08:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 493
Posted By mwbarker

Now that's making the best of a bad situation!...

Now that's making the best of a bad situation! :thumb:

Glad you didn't face-plant. Nice job of limping it back home to meet your goal.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-11, 05:59 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 52,626
Posted By mwbarker

My Z85, against a non-regulation brick wall, the...

My Z85, against a non-regulation brick wall, the week I bought it (last December). I've swapped out the stock saddle and stem and rewrapped the bars (all black), and upgraded the pedals since then....
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-11, 05:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By mwbarker

Lots of good videos at bicycletutor.com,...

Lots of good videos at bicycletutor.com, including http://bicycletutor.com/tune-up/
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-11, 01:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,357
Posted By mwbarker

Love my Z85! The Trek's a good value too, so I'd...

Love my Z85! The Trek's a good value too, so I'd agree with 10Wheels and go with the shop you like the best.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-11, 03:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 369
Posted By mwbarker

http://www.sfattoclothing.com/ I've been...

http://www.sfattoclothing.com/

I've been bookmarking custom jersey sites for future reference and this is the only one I've seen with no minimum for full-custom apparel. I can't vouch for them...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-11, 05:57 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,853
Posted By mwbarker

My running is all in the rear-view now, but as a...

My running is all in the rear-view now, but as a small-college cross country runner I did 5-mile and 10K races around a 5:40/mile pace. Wrapped up my running career with a 2:55 marathon in 1984....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-11, 05:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 448
Posted By mwbarker

Congrats on your return to the road! I'm coming...

Congrats on your return to the road! I'm coming up on the one year anniversary of the crash (broken clavicle, cracked rib, concussion) that kept me off my bike for almost 6 months. Hope you can shake...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-11, 06:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 860
Posted By mwbarker

+1 for a helmet that fits. I found great...

+1 for a helmet that fits.

I found great value in the Bell Solar. Fits me great, has adequate ventilation for the riding I do, and cost only $25.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-11, 11:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 400
Posted By mwbarker

A one-day triple century? Good Grief! (there's...

A one-day triple century? Good Grief! (there's your name right there...)

Sounds like a great cause. Best of luck with it.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-11, 08:03 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,436
Posted By mwbarker

French Broad River bridge near Marshall, NC: ...

French Broad River bridge near Marshall, NC:

201577
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-11, 01:10 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,225
Posted By mwbarker

I use a Take-a-Look glasses-mounted mirror. Works...

I use a Take-a-Look glasses-mounted mirror. Works for me.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-11, 05:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,501
Posted By mwbarker

+1 I use a Take-a-Look, mounted to my...

+1

I use a Take-a-Look, mounted to my sunglasses. At first I didn't care for it, but after awhile I realized I didn't need it extended so far in front. You can really tuck it in quite close to the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-11, 07:43 AM
Replies: 2,076
Views: 182,136
Posted By mwbarker

The LBS owner was very cool about it. He called...

The LBS owner was very cool about it. He called my cell phone when I was in the ER (a couple police officers returned the bike to the shop after I was carted away in an ambulance) to make sure I was...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-11, 06:16 AM
Replies: 2,076
Views: 182,136
Posted By mwbarker

I chose a high-end LBS despite feeling...

I chose a high-end LBS despite feeling intimidated, then crashed one of their bikes on my first test ride.

I was off my bike for seven months after the crash. First because of injuries, but later...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-11, 05:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By mwbarker

I was where you are on the safety issues about...

I was where you are on the safety issues about eighteen months ago. I found a lot of good info at bicyclesafe.com—particularly about common danger scenarios to look out for. You can glean a lot...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-11, 07:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,340
Posted By mwbarker

Congrats on the new ride. Looks nice! Sorry to...

Congrats on the new ride. Looks nice! Sorry to lose you from the Felt fraternity though...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-11, 07:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 687
Posted By mwbarker

In my prayers this morning. I'm still watching...

In my prayers this morning. I'm still watching Facebook and waiting to hear from a number of friends and family in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-11, 07:13 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,841
Posted By mwbarker

Man, pgj, really sorry to hear this. I'm still...

Man, pgj, really sorry to hear this. I'm still going to hope you get your Felt back. You're a pillar of the Z85 community, after all! It's been a couple decades since I've been a theft victim, but I...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-11, 11:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 584
Posted By mwbarker

+1 for a good fit. What my LBS did for me...

+1 for a good fit.

What my LBS did for me was an initial "quick fit" (about 30 min.) to get me in the ballpark, and then a free "pro fit" within six months after purchase (all part of the purchase...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-11, 07:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,022
Posted By mwbarker

A good shop is important. If you're willing to go...

A good shop is important. If you're willing to go up $200 for a bit more bike, look into the Felt Z85. It gets you into a 10-speed Shimano 105 group, is probably more directly comparable to the CAAD,...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-17-11, 08:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,281
Posted By mwbarker

Awhile back, someone around here (wish I could...

Awhile back, someone around here (wish I could remember who, to give credit) posted this link: http://www.gear-calculator.com/#

It's a slick little gearing analyzer that's helped me visualize how...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-11, 02:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,172
Posted By mwbarker

Just took a new, hillier-than-usual route for my...

Just took a new, hillier-than-usual route for my afternoon ride and came home to confront my nemesis. Wasn't feeling super-strong after grinding through the climbs on that unfamiliar route, but I...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-11, 11:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,172
Posted By mwbarker

I was gonna protest that I'm not really afraid of...

I was gonna protest that I'm not really afraid of this hill, but I guess dread is pretty much the same thing, eh? :rolleyes: I have climbed it a handful of times, seated in 34 x 28, standing in 34x23...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-11, 08:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,172
Posted By mwbarker

OK, I'm getting the picture! I see more steep...

OK, I'm getting the picture! I see more steep hill work in my future.



I'm in Swannanoa, between Asheville and Black Mountain. The Parkway's not far from me either. I need to make more use of...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-11, 07:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,172
Posted By mwbarker

What would you do with this hill?

I'm wondering how you experienced roadies would use my situation. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina, at the top of a short, steep hill. It's only 400 feet of road, but it's about an...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-11, 04:30 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,227
Posted By mwbarker

Yeah, my cycling schedule is similar. I try to...

Yeah, my cycling schedule is similar. I try to get in four rides a week, but more often it's three. I'm going to see what I can do with weight training using some of the equipment that's here. I have...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-11, 03:51 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,227
Posted By mwbarker

Thanks for all the responses re: getting started!...

Thanks for all the responses re: getting started! I'm going to get a plan together and put it into my schedule. Been meaning to incorporate some weight training for awhile now.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-11, 04:53 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,227
Posted By mwbarker

No, but I've been wanting to start. I'd welcome...

No, but I've been wanting to start. I'd welcome recommendations and/or links to good programs. Anything I should look into beyond P90X?
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-11, 04:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 914
Posted By mwbarker

I've thought about signing up for Judo for just...

I've thought about signing up for Judo for just this reason. One of the first things I learned when I took a basic Judo class back in college was how to roll through a forward fall. My instructor...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-11, 01:00 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,710
Posted By mwbarker

I actually count 32 on mine, but I have two...

I actually count 32 on mine, but I have two headset spacers with 3 logos each.

Stem: 2
Spacers: 3 on each of 2 spacers = 6
Handlebar (apart from bar tape): 3
Headtube: 1
Cable pads (to prevent...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-11, 11:55 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,710
Posted By mwbarker

I have a Z85 and I don't think it's too egregious...

I have a Z85 and I don't think it's too egregious with the logos compared with other brands.

One reason I'm sure manufacturers put their name/logo all over the place is for ad photography. To get...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-11, 02:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,800
Posted By mwbarker

When I was shopping for my current bike, I...

When I was shopping for my current bike, I compared specs and test-rode Trek, Fuji, Jamis, Specialized, and Felt. I bought the Felt because it offered more bang for the buck (105 vs. Tiagra at the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-11, 09:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,004
Posted By mwbarker

I rode my Schwinn Collegiate 5-speed to school...

I rode my Schwinn Collegiate 5-speed to school back in the late 70s when I was 12 or so. Got it for $59, used. It was my first major purchase with my own money. Also did a Heart Association charity...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-11, 08:55 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,871
Posted By mwbarker

Back in 1986, when I was one of the few bike...

Back in 1986, when I was one of the few bike commuters who wore a helmet, I had a guy call me "peckerhead" from his car window once...

This year, I've had two responses from the driver of a large...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-11, 06:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 719
Posted By mwbarker

http://bicycletutor.com/tune-up/ Lots of...

http://bicycletutor.com/tune-up/

Lots of helpful videos there.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-11, 05:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 466
Posted By mwbarker

193805 :thumb:

193805 :thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-11, 04:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,234
Posted By mwbarker

I love my Z85. I like the relaxed geometry for...

I love my Z85. I like the relaxed geometry for what I do: fitness training aimed at century rides rather than racing. I've never been known for my great flexibility either, so being a little more...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-11, 02:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 582
Posted By mwbarker

This. Plus: - I assume you're talking...

This. Plus:

- I assume you're talking clipless pedals? Add in the shoes and cleats to go with them. Well worth getting the hang of from the start.
- Sunglasses, not to look cool (or at least not...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-11, 06:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 768
Posted By mwbarker

:lol: Banerjek, my grandmother used to have...

:lol:

Banerjek, my grandmother used to have a little plaque in her house that said, "Don't regret growing old, it's a privilege denied to many." Sure, it's kitsch, but it's also true.

I can...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-11, 06:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 388
Posted By mwbarker

I love my Z85. I chose it over a Trek 2.1 and...

I love my Z85. I chose it over a Trek 2.1 and Specialized Secteur. I think Felt gives you the most bang for your buck at that price point. There's nothing wrong with Tiagra, but for $50 it's worth...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-11, 10:31 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,921
Posted By mwbarker

Probably rowing. I have a friend who works out on...

Probably rowing. I have a friend who works out on a rowing machine daily. I'm looking into it as a change of pace from the trainer in the winter. Now I just need the budget!
Forum: Road Cycling
03-04-11, 07:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 849
Posted By mwbarker

I just about fell yesterday too. As I finished my...

I just about fell yesterday too. As I finished my ride I saw my wife out walking our dog, so I slowed and circled to talk with her. Slowed a little too much and nearly went down. Was able to unclip...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-11, 10:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 431
Posted By mwbarker

The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club...

The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club (http://blueridgebicycleclub.org) has cue sheets for many good rides. See the menu at the left side of their homepage.

Buncombe County also has a cool Bicycle...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-02-11, 10:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 431
Posted By mwbarker

Friends of mine own this place. Don't think it...

Friends of mine own this place. Don't think it has a hot tub, but it does have a sauna! It's not far at all from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

http://elkhorncabin.com/home.htm

They also recently...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-11, 12:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,038
Posted By mwbarker

This. My first (and so far only) crash came...

This.

My first (and so far only) crash came on a descent where I got a little overconfident carving through some downhill curves and then lost the edge of the pavement entering a turn. Gravel...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-13-11, 12:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,327
Posted By mwbarker

Congrats on the century! How'd the Z85 perform?...

Congrats on the century! How'd the Z85 perform? Did you swap out the stock saddle before the ride? As a fellow Z85 owner who's aiming at a century or two later in the year, I'd love to hear any...
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