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09-21-15, 09:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,219
Posted By SwampDude

For me, the 60-90 minute fitness ride is a...

For me, the 60-90 minute fitness ride is a regular route from home on the edge of the city to a rustic little town about 8 miles away, and back. Its a mixture of gentle hills and flat roads, mostly...
08-16-15, 01:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,582
Posted By SwampDude

Many thanks for your responses. I'll check the...

Many thanks for your responses. I'll check the Touring Forum and North Road for ideas.

I'm also looking at new Trek bikes with comfort geometry. For about $650+component upgrades+accessories I can...
08-15-15, 04:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,582
Posted By SwampDude

i probably can't get straight up, but...

i probably can't get straight up, but considerable movement in that direction is a must. Most importantly, I have to straighten my neck to avoid pressure on my cervical spine. The head-back position...
08-15-15, 03:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,582
Posted By SwampDude

i don't know how much higher I need to go for...

i don't know how much higher I need to go for what my doc would consider 'good' posture, but thats an excellent question. I may need to get some guidance from the bike-fit expert at my local shop....
08-15-15, 03:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,582
Posted By SwampDude

Stem & handlebar options for straight-up position on Trek 7.5fX

I've been away for a while because of a spine disorder that now requires me to ride in a straight up position. The factory set up on my Trek 7.5FX puts me in a slightly forward lean, which is what I...
05-10-15, 09:54 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 16,740
Posted By SwampDude

As much as I enjoy music while I ride, my wife...

As much as I enjoy music while I ride, my wife has convinced me that its safer without the Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and my other favorites. I guess the primary logic for her position has to do...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-14, 08:59 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,403
Posted By SwampDude

I've been responding with a friendly wave. The...

I've been responding with a friendly wave. The jerks are few and far between where I ride, so horns and fingers don't happen often.

There's too much road rage in today's world to chance responding...
Forum: Commuting
07-27-14, 08:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 973
Posted By SwampDude

Deleted after rereading the OP.

Deleted after rereading the OP.
07-19-14, 07:54 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,790
Posted By SwampDude

I've dropped 35 pounds this year by biking at...

I've dropped 35 pounds this year by biking at least 3 times each week, doing 15 to 30 miles each outing, and by following a well known weight loss plan that emphasizes journaling everything one eats...
07-19-14, 10:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,349
Posted By SwampDude

OP, you are not a bad guy for letting the wounded...

OP, you are not a bad guy for letting the wounded rabbit escape. Nature takes care of such unfortunate accidents by allowing the animal to heal and function with three legs (yes, this happens;...
07-19-14, 09:44 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,198
Posted By SwampDude

I don't care what others do while riding, within...

I don't care what others do while riding, within reasonable limits, of course, but biking and drinking just doesn't appeal to me. I might enjoy one beer at a trail-side bar on a hot afternoon, but...
07-19-14, 09:21 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,312
Posted By SwampDude

Thanks for your well written report. Your...

Thanks for your well written report. Your experience was consistent with my clipless trial period except I didn't fall until several months into the experiment. My fall was more serious than yours,...
07-18-14, 03:15 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,314
Posted By SwampDude

I wear the dog tag and bracelet from RoadID. The...

I wear the dog tag and bracelet from RoadID. The dog tag stays on always, and it has remained legible since 2000. Remarkably, the original chain has never broken.

I was told by an emergency room...
06-25-14, 11:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,426
Posted By SwampDude

Good luck. I hope clipless works great for you...

Good luck. I hope clipless works great for you and you truly enjoy the change.

Keep an open mind to the advantages and disadvantages of clipless that come to light as you progress. Only you can...
Forum: Great Lakes
06-23-14, 09:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,309
Posted By SwampDude

Hilly Hundred, October 10-12, 2014 near...

Hilly Hundred, October 10-12, 2014 near Bloomington, Indiana: The Hilly Hundred - Brought to you by CIBA (http://www.hillyhundred.org)

Two days of beautiful countryside, food, music and fun. As...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-14, 09:13 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,776
Posted By SwampDude

I'm improvising, too. The mount I will try is...

I'm improvising, too. The mount I will try is this one, which may work for a Mirrycle:

Emgo Universal Aluminum Mirror Mount - Black 20-28120 (tel:20-28120)
by Emgo
Price: $6.46 & FREE...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-14, 06:39 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,776
Posted By SwampDude

Your creative mount looks like a winner for a...

Your creative mount looks like a winner for a Mirrycle mirror on a road bike. Please provide more info about the light mount you used.
Forum: Commuting
06-17-14, 06:33 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,776
Posted By SwampDude

Me, too. Just ordered another Mirrycle for my...

Me, too. Just ordered another Mirrycle for my wintertime Trek. This mirror is a well made $20 bargain.

i don't mind the fact that this mirror sticks out a bit. The visibility and the stability are...
06-14-14, 11:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,685
Posted By SwampDude

I have repaired and replaced a fair number of...

I have repaired and replaced a fair number of tubes over the years for myself and others, but I've never pulled the tire completely off of the wheel to remove or insert the tube. Is there a reason...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-14, 11:27 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,584
Posted By SwampDude

How do these dedicated devices compute cadence?...

How do these dedicated devices compute cadence? Using a distance factor for each pedal rotation along with time, speed and odo data? Does the device provide instantaneous cadence? Cadence for other...
06-08-14, 03:50 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,363
Posted By SwampDude

Ok, Greg, you win! I'm enjoying the...

Ok, Greg, you win!

I'm enjoying the opinions expressed here and the civility of their presentation. Good thoughts, well presented, are what good threads are made of.
06-08-14, 01:33 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,363
Posted By SwampDude

Come on, Greg, relax a little and live longer. My...

Come on, Greg, relax a little and live longer. My age group is mostly all about getting the most out of life using knowledge and skills acquired as a result of many mistakes and some successes. Some...
06-08-14, 07:05 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,363
Posted By SwampDude

We've lived to be "old coots" because we're...

We've lived to be "old coots" because we're conservative and don't feel the need to conform. Ah, yes, it's comforting to know we possess such wisdom.
06-08-14, 06:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,437
Posted By SwampDude

I endorse this ^^ approach, even though I don't...

I endorse this ^^ approach, even though I don't follow it.

I 'air up' once every week (or so). When I do use the pump, I inflate to max pressure. Days I don't use the pump, I perform a squeeze...
06-07-14, 08:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,202
Posted By SwampDude

You ignored my serious point and picked up on the...

You ignored my serious point and picked up on the mild tail twist. Sorry if I pushed the wrong button.

Your thought about positioning the bar ends inboard, towards the stem, is a configuration...
06-07-14, 01:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,134
Posted By SwampDude

I've experienced the "race groups" many times,...

I've experienced the "race groups" many times, and usually the encounters are uneventful. No harm, no foul. Their presence is often not known until the sound of whirring wheels comes up from behind....
06-07-14, 08:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,134
Posted By SwampDude

My experience is the same as tsl's. The 'racer'...

My experience is the same as tsl's. The 'racer' groups are sometimes thoughtless about other cyclists 'cause we are messing up their rhythm. I let them pass.
06-07-14, 08:29 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,101
Posted By SwampDude

I can tell you enjoy touching base with...

I can tell you enjoy touching base with acquaintances here, Fox guy, and folks are obviously glad to hear from you. So, don't stay away so long.

Great looking home gym. Well equipped and ready...
06-06-14, 12:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,982
Posted By SwampDude

I use only presta valves, and have for decades,...

I use only presta valves, and have for decades, partly because supplying air from a compressor (home or commercial) can seriously over inflate a tube very quickly. This statement is based on reading...
06-06-14, 08:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,019
Posted By SwampDude

I don't have any science to support my summer...

I don't have any science to support my summer riding shirt choice. I'm just an old peckerwood who rides a lot in sunny, hot conditions.

i want some sun exposure, so I ride in a sleeveless shirt...
06-06-14, 08:16 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,101
Posted By SwampDude

You are doing amazing things at the gym. When I...

You are doing amazing things at the gym. When I was a gym rat years ago, trying to gain muscle size and strength, drinking milkshakes with raw eggs, consuming meat like a madman, the goal was to...
06-05-14, 09:05 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,307
Posted By SwampDude

It seems that group-ride speed has become your...

It seems that group-ride speed has become your primary objective. As others have said, a road bike is your long term, ultimate solution. In the meantime, ride what you have and save your money for...
06-04-14, 01:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,202
Posted By SwampDude

Bar ends installed on the handlebar ends provide...

Bar ends installed on the handlebar ends provide the best and safest setup. The wide grip position allows for better breathing and maximum steering control. Besides, you won't have other cyclists...
06-03-14, 09:28 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,101
Posted By SwampDude

By the way, benching 186 is no small...

By the way, benching 186 is no small accomplishment; in fact, thats outstanding! Best I could do in my prime, about 45 years ago, was 6 or so reps of 200#. How do you do it?
06-03-14, 07:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,101
Posted By SwampDude

Great story. That'll teach you not to 'slather'...

Great story. That'll teach you not to 'slather' anything on that part without visually verifying whats in the tube!
06-03-14, 07:37 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,101
Posted By SwampDude

Those of us who remain active into the 70s and...

Those of us who remain active into the 70s and beyond are indeed fortunate (and smart, if may say so). I'll achieve 74 this summer; I attribute my long life to years of running (20s thru 35) cycling...
Forum: Commuting
05-30-14, 12:26 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 7,058
Posted By SwampDude

I agree with you, but if cyclists generally don't...

I agree with you, but if cyclists generally don't care what motorists think, 'circular animosity' is the result. Everybody is worse off.
Forum: Commuting
05-29-14, 02:25 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 7,058
Posted By SwampDude

We are not 'guests' according to the law, but the...

We are not 'guests' according to the law, but the motoring public knows little about our rights as cyclists. I'm guessing that 95%+ don't have a clue.

So, why not do whatever we can to build our...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-14, 02:02 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 14,603
Posted By SwampDude

Your entire post makes perfect sense, but I don't...

Your entire post makes perfect sense, but I don't understand the above quote. What is Hirame? Thanks.
Forum: Commuting
05-29-14, 01:57 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 14,603
Posted By SwampDude

My results are like yours with Bontrager on...

My results are like yours with Bontrager on Presta valves, and its new. I'll follow this thread, too.
Forum: Commuting
05-29-14, 01:49 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 7,058
Posted By SwampDude

Don't go far. We may need you.

Don't go far. We may need you.
Forum: Commuting
05-29-14, 12:24 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 7,058
Posted By SwampDude

This makes perfect sense to me. We would all have...

This makes perfect sense to me. We would all have to be lawyers! Imagine that.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-14, 10:38 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,255
Posted By SwampDude

I have found that the Weight Watchers program is...

I have found that the Weight Watchers program is taboo to some folks here. I thought the 'hate' might transfer to WW products as well. I follow the program with great success, and my scale helps...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-14, 10:33 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,255
Posted By SwampDude

Thanks for for taking time to check Consumer...

Thanks for for taking time to check Consumer Reports. I want to see if Amazon sells the Taylor 7506 or Tanita HS-302. I'm using Amazon Prime a lot these days.
05-29-14, 10:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,283
Posted By SwampDude

Technically, I'm sure you are spot on. My white...

Technically, I'm sure you are spot on. My white light with the transparent red lens cover is quite bright, however, so the conversion works in my case.
...
05-29-14, 09:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,283
Posted By SwampDude

Folks here have convinced me that white lights go...

Folks here have convinced me that white lights go on the front and red lights belong on the back. This arrangement is consistent with most state laws regarding proper usage of lights on vehicles.
...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-14, 09:12 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 7,058
Posted By SwampDude

Where I ride, the delays are "slight" because...

Where I ride, the delays are "slight" because traffic isn't heavy and the opportunity to pass happens quickly. Most motorists are good citizens; they accept a slight slowdown and pass when the road...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-14, 08:43 AM
Replies: 523
Views: 28,212
Posted By SwampDude

Thanks. I'm catching on, slowly.

Thanks. I'm catching on, slowly.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-14, 08:34 PM
Replies: 523
Views: 28,212
Posted By SwampDude

I guess this means my shot at 3alarmer was out of...

I guess this means my shot at 3alarmer was out of line. Based on this^^, I'm way out of my element, over my head, being serious in the wrong place

3alarmer, my sincere apology. I'll stay off of...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-14, 05:24 PM
Replies: 523
Views: 28,212
Posted By SwampDude

I'm thinking I have a strong bias for avoiding...

I'm thinking I have a strong bias for avoiding sarcasm and bull ****, my friend, and the Golden Rule probably won't help me here. I appreciate straight up answers from guys who behave like men...
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