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Posted By clarkgriswold

Thanks for the input. I did have company on...

Thanks for the input.

I did have company on my ride, although it was just one other person, and we finished in 22.5 hours so had plenty of time to spare.

My problem was mostly just boredom....
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Posted By clarkgriswold

In addition to the normal stuff I carry on all...

In addition to the normal stuff I carry on all rides I started including a spare shifter cable after a rider DNFed a 600k because of a broken shifter cable (and didn't or couldn't ride with it stuck...
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Posted By clarkgriswold

What possesses you to ride 400k (or 600k or 1200k)

I finished my first 400 last weekend. I'd done two 300ks and have done 200ks for a couple of years now.

However, the ride was not only challenging physically, from a mental standpoint was pretty...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-29-12, 07:54 PM
Replies: 671
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Posted By clarkgriswold

235420 One of my Nashbar builds.

235420

One of my Nashbar builds.
Forum: Texas
01-27-12, 11:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,513
Posted By clarkgriswold

Hotter N Hell is the big one, 14,000 or so...

Hotter N Hell is the big one, 14,000 or so cyclists. But it can be hot (duh) and the route isn't particularly scenic.
Houston's biggest rides are the BlueBonnet Express and the Katy Flatland
Austin...
Forum: Texas
11-04-11, 02:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,222
Posted By clarkgriswold

I ridden out of north and west Houston for the...

I ridden out of north and west Houston for the last two years on rando rides
I really dig the Gatorskins, and the GP4000s was also nice and didn't have any issues but I think my next purchase will...
08-07-11, 10:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,639
Posted By clarkgriswold

Has she tried the Honey Stinger Gold? It's mostly...

Has she tried the Honey Stinger Gold? It's mostly Honey and Water:
http://shop.honeystinger.com/products/Gold.html


Our local store (Academy) had the Gus on sale for 54 cents this weekend and I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-11, 09:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 688
Posted By clarkgriswold

Houston here, I do 100ks, 200ks, and have done a...

Houston here, I do 100ks, 200ks, and have done a couple of 300k this year randonneuring.
I start getting acclimated as early as possible in the year, and don't have much of an issue riding.

Still...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-11, 08:24 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 18,260
Posted By clarkgriswold

banderson, I did a similar thing with two Schwinn...

banderson, I did a similar thing with two Schwinn bikes.

The first one was $344 at Walmart and had 2200 level Shimano brifters. I replaced components until I also replaced the frame and fork,...
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Posted By clarkgriswold

long distance shorts

It's time for me to get a new pair of long distance shorts.
I've got multiple ones, but only one really seemed to work well for long distance beyond 100 miles.

Any advice from you folks on a...
07-11-11, 11:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 885
Posted By clarkgriswold

depends on the distance, as others have...

depends on the distance, as others have mentioned, on your personal body, and on the type of riding you plan to do.

I eat the traditional pasta the night or day before, and I have a consistent...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-11, 11:44 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 17,769
Posted By clarkgriswold

I just broke one last sunday. Stood up on a flat...

I just broke one last sunday. Stood up on a flat section and after a couple of strokes it just snapped.
Sram 951, it broke two full links away from the master link. I was able to remove those links...
04-25-11, 09:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 975
Posted By clarkgriswold

I love the bars. I use some Acell Gel for 'hilly'...

I love the bars. I use some Acell Gel for 'hilly' sections as a boost, and bring a few other things to have some variety, but they are a staple of my longer rides. Agreed that the White Chocolate...
04-25-11, 09:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,437
Posted By clarkgriswold

I like the Clif bars on long rides, go to their...

I like the Clif bars on long rides, go to their website to see the ingredients. They seemed to be better than many other similar bars but still cheap enough.

i also bring fruit and nut trail mix -...
04-21-11, 11:51 AM
Replies: 17
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Posted By clarkgriswold

What's wrong with water and Endurolytes? For me,...

What's wrong with water and Endurolytes? For me, the Endurloytes got rid of cramping.

I consume 1 gu or AccelGel for for every 2 hours, and on rides 4 hours or longer I include a cliff bar or...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-11, 03:46 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,061
Posted By clarkgriswold

I've built up three of the Nashbar Frames: ...

I've built up three of the Nashbar Frames:

Alu-C (Aluminum frame with carbon seatstays, made by Kenisis) $180... I loved this frame! Did 5,000 miles on it in two years and recently found a crack...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-10, 07:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 532
Posted By clarkgriswold

Machka, I like your posts :) Did a 200k...

Machka, I like your posts :)

Did a 200k today, Brookshire-Belleville-Burton-Brenham-Chappell hill, then Belleville and back to Brookshire.

Did it solo all but a few miles, and a best time for...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-10, 11:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 551
Posted By clarkgriswold

does it click when standing out of the saddle? ...

does it click when standing out of the saddle?

For me, the answer was no. it was a seat post bolt. Removed, greased, reinstalled and that got it.

It sure sounded like a bottom bracket squeak...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-10, 08:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 987
Posted By clarkgriswold

In 18 months I've gone from 2200 to Sora, to...

In 18 months I've gone from 2200 to Sora, to Tiagra, to Ultegra on shifters; the same on front derailleur, and up to 105 on rear derailluer.

As others said Sora does work, but shifting is more...
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Posted By clarkgriswold

What gloves are you using? (summer style)

It's time for me to get some new gloves, and I'd like something better than what I have now ($15 performance cheapies).

These have worked ok and lasted 18 months, but I'm curious as to what you...
Forum: Texas
08-29-10, 05:45 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,754
Posted By clarkgriswold

I made it to hells gate as well, but was caught...

I made it to hells gate as well, but was caught by a train early in the ride, in the delay for medivac too (hope the guy was ok?) and paused a second time by a train. I rode the intentional pyro's...
Forum: Texas
08-23-10, 07:31 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,754
Posted By clarkgriswold

Forecast for Saturday: Low 72 High 94 0%...

Forecast for Saturday:
Low 72
High 94
0% chance of rain

!!!
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-10, 08:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,396
Posted By clarkgriswold

Endurolytes. Did 3 centuries+ last month...

Endurolytes.

Did 3 centuries+ last month in and around Houston plus several other rides to hit 503 miles.
Included one 70 mile ride where we STARTED at 1:30 pm, intentionally.

I tried the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-10, 08:24 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,495
Posted By clarkgriswold

I love the site, but am one of those without a...

I love the site, but am one of those without a GPS. The elevation profile is one of my favorite features and lets me figure out where a route might give me some problems ahead of time so I can plan....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-10, 08:15 PM
Replies: 422
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Posted By clarkgriswold

4 different bike shops Shop 1 - 54cm "that fits...

4 different bike shops
Shop 1 - 54cm "that fits you"
Shop 2 - 56cm "that fits you"
Shop 3 - 58cm "that fits you"
Shop 4 - 60cm (on clearance, good price) "that fits you"

That was my first...
07-24-10, 02:43 PM
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Posted By clarkgriswold

I found that an old Nuun tablet tube holds just...

I found that an old Nuun tablet tube holds just enough for one full bottle.
Forum: Texas
07-22-10, 02:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,265
Posted By clarkgriswold

http://www.northwestcyclingclub.com/ Groups...

http://www.northwestcyclingclub.com/

Groups of pretty much every speed range head out from Zube park Northwest of houston on some nice routes that have little traffic and lots of cyclists.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-10, 03:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,672
Posted By clarkgriswold

I live in Texas and have been doing some longer...

I live in Texas and have been doing some longer rides this year (with 3 centuries+ in the last three weeks...its HOT in July and humid, so we sweat a lot.)

I ditched my Sweat Guttr earlier this...
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Posted By clarkgriswold

I've never used the "on-bike" time only, I always...

I've never used the "on-bike" time only, I always use the entire time of the ride.

Is that normal around here? If so my rides have instantly become much quicker than I was thinking ;)

I do use...
Forum: Texas
07-16-10, 01:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 818
Posted By clarkgriswold

How long are your rides? Houston...

How long are your rides?

Houston Randonneurs has some great routes out of Brookshire, but hills don't start until 25-40 miles in.
You can do Belleville-Washington on Brazos or Independence which...
07-14-10, 03:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,074
Posted By clarkgriswold

I've weaned myself off of the sweet stuff mostly,...

I've weaned myself off of the sweet stuff mostly, and use Endurolytes. The Endurolytes include potassium and other stuff.
I bring a few individual packets of G2 early in the ride for variety.
Just...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-10, 12:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 940
Posted By clarkgriswold

Wouldn't it be 5mm total when switching cranks?...

Wouldn't it be 5mm total when switching cranks? 2.5mm at top of the spin and 2.5mm at bottom of the spin?
(Not in reference to urban knight's post - he's right on that, but when switching cranks...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-10, 08:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 562
Posted By clarkgriswold

I did 131 miles on Sunday. Fulshear Tx to El...

I did 131 miles on Sunday. Fulshear Tx to El Campo and back with a few bonus miles while looking for one of my riding buddies.
It was a long hot day! Real temperature was 93/94 degrees and the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-10, 02:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,611
Posted By clarkgriswold

The little cable guide thing under the bottom...

The little cable guide thing under the bottom bracket, seatpost binder, headset, stem spacers, downtube cable guides if needed (I assume the frameset has all or some of these?)

bottle cages if...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-10, 03:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 534
Posted By clarkgriswold

July 5th did 102 miles plus 4 bonus miles due to...

July 5th did 102 miles plus 4 bonus miles due to wrong turn with Northwest Cycling Club. Started in Tomball Tx and headed out and then back through the national forest area.
Great route but really...
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Views: 2,387
Posted By clarkgriswold

I cut down significantly on my intake of...

I cut down significantly on my intake of gatorade/powerade stuff. I found the sweetness really gets to me by the end of the ride.

I now run one bottle with G2 powder, and one with just water...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-10, 04:59 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,991
Posted By clarkgriswold

10-12 hr rides in the texas heat and sun? I put...

10-12 hr rides in the texas heat and sun? I put my sleeveless away and bought one of the long sleeved summer-specific jerseys.
Performance has em for $35 right now, or you can buy the name brand...
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Views: 664
Posted By clarkgriswold

What are you carrying in your jersey pockets? I...

What are you carrying in your jersey pockets? I can carry quite a bit, including a spare bottle of water.

Definately looks like overkill on supported ride.

For a supported ride with stops...
Forum: Texas
06-22-10, 03:22 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 4,789
Posted By clarkgriswold

I like the whites. Replace the blue star...

I like the whites.

Replace the blue star with a wavy Texas flag...

Probably don't want to get crazy with the symbolism, but what about the San Jacinto Monument?

I also love the fact that...
Forum: Texas
06-18-10, 08:18 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,754
Posted By clarkgriswold

If you want the experience of the air force base...

If you want the experience of the air force base (it blew me away) but want a longer ride than 100k, do the 100 mile route up to Hell's Gate, and take the shortcut even if the gate is still open.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-10, 05:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,469
Posted By clarkgriswold

You need to replace the rim tape - The one that...

You need to replace the rim tape - The one that comes with it is rubber, and the air pressure pushes it into the spoke holes, which causes a tube puncture. This is very common with this bike and a...
Forum: Texas
05-03-10, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 503
Posted By clarkgriswold

Houston Randonneurs has a route the goes from...

Houston Randonneurs has a route the goes from there to Brookshire.

http://houstonrandonneurs.org/BrevetCue-Washington200K.xls

Anyone who enjoys long distance riding (non competitive but there...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-10, 08:39 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,578
Posted By clarkgriswold

in rural texas as someone else said, people treat...

in rural texas as someone else said, people treat their dogs like children, with the exception of letting em run free, and using pepper spray only antagonizes the owner even though they are clearly...
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Views: 4,798
Posted By clarkgriswold

I've got one of those and love it, too. The cell...

I've got one of those and love it, too. The cell phone holder thing on the top tube part works perfect for holding a Nuun or Zym tube.
I have the problem with it sitting uneven - great idea...
Replies: 33
Views: 1,391
Posted By clarkgriswold

wmbigs - i've heard the Armadillos are a bit...

wmbigs - i've heard the Armadillos are a bit harsh and heavy. I'm a fan of the Gatozkinz and you can't beat the prices from probikekit, but I have limited experience with different tires.

I use a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-10, 09:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 444
Posted By clarkgriswold

Clipless pedals and shoes, flat repair kit(and...

Clipless pedals and shoes, flat repair kit(and tail bag), second water bottle cage.
All of these can help improve and lengthen your existing riding mileage, and can all be used on your next bike...
Replies: 10
Views: 1,131
Posted By clarkgriswold

You can do a 200k fast enough to not need any...

You can do a 200k fast enough to not need any headlights, but I don't know if you can ride a 300k without it getting dark. Read the Rusa site for requirements such as tail lights, reflective gear,...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-10, 10:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 548
Posted By clarkgriswold

BF users would say do a search :)

BF users would say do a search :)
Replies: 33
Views: 1,391
Posted By clarkgriswold

Congrats Downtube! I go through several phases...

Congrats Downtube!
I go through several phases like StephenH...especially the one when I am getting ready in the morning thinking I could just sleep in!

For food I bring a few powerbars and a few...
Replies: 11
Views: 757
Posted By clarkgriswold

Congrats Unter! Just finishing is an...

Congrats Unter! Just finishing is an accomplishment. It's always interesting to see how much thought and discussion is put into "doing a century" - until you start Randonneuring and realize that is a...
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