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Forum: Introductions
08-08-16, 06:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 307
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Hello re-introduction from Holland

Hello everyone. I have been on this site since 2012, but after the death of a family member and having to move and switch jobs my life got turned upside down and I dropped cycling completely and...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-14, 06:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,612
Posted By Cookiemonsta

You can compete at a high level as an amateur if...

You can compete at a high level as an amateur if you put in hard work and dedication.

To be a professional in any sport requires you to have an extraordinary amount of talent. Sure, hard work can...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-14, 05:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,340
Posted By Cookiemonsta

I partly agree. But there are also bad habits you...

I partly agree. But there are also bad habits you want to avoid getting into from the start, and things you should not be doing so you avoid injury. But I agree this is not one of them.

It sounds...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-14, 05:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,417
Posted By Cookiemonsta

I have never heard that you should have the shoes...

I have never heard that you should have the shoes tight to not lose power. In fact, the most common thing people tell new cyclists is to go for the larger size when in doubt about which size to take....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-14, 05:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 639
Posted By Cookiemonsta

I never say anything.

I never say anything.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-14, 05:46 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,864
Posted By Cookiemonsta

For me, it is without at doubt in the morning...

For me, it is without at doubt in the morning (06.00-09.00) for a couple or reasons.

-Roads are empty and quiet
-Physically, I feel strongest at the start of the day
-There is no chance of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-14, 05:33 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,417
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Your foot going to sleep means that the blood...

Your foot going to sleep means that the blood flow is cut of or reduced due to either the position of the foot or the tightness of the shoe.

One mistake people sometimes make is that they strap...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-14, 05:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,047
Posted By Cookiemonsta

The first thing I always tell people on this...

The first thing I always tell people on this forum is that if they have something that really worries them, they should go see a physician, as we can only guess at the cause.

But from your...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-14, 08:29 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,007
Posted By Cookiemonsta

I really think there are just two parts to the...

I really think there are just two parts to the answer

-Confidence in the bike, and making sure that it is in excellent working order
-Confidence and experience yourself. You get this from...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-14, 08:19 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,784
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Hmm, I am also interested in this. I have...

Hmm, I am also interested in this.

I have heard a lot of reasons why they should not be on road-bikes, but since then technology has moved forward and components have become more advanced.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-14, 08:13 AM
Replies: 331
Views: 29,714
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Is this all just in your mind or did someone...

Is this all just in your mind or did someone actually come up to you and say "Hey buddy, I don't like how you run those red lights"?

Where I live , I see a lot of cyclists run red lights....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-14, 08:05 AM
Replies: 331
Views: 29,714
Posted By Cookiemonsta

My biggest "pet peeve" is just generally being a...

My biggest "pet peeve" is just generally being a nuisance to others where it is not necessary.

One of my routes has a long cycling lane in it that is often used by people who jog/walk their...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-14, 07:00 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,195
Posted By Cookiemonsta

The itchyness passes after a while. When you keep...

The itchyness passes after a while. When you keep it that length for a longer period of time, or when you let it grow longer, it passes in both cases :thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
05-28-14, 07:49 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,195
Posted By Cookiemonsta

I do not think you need any other reason to shave...

I do not think you need any other reason to shave your legs other than "it looks better" and "it is part of the culture/tradition".

Isn't that what we do every day anyway? When you wear a tie to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-22-14, 07:36 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,195
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Just try a different kind of razor I'd say. ...

Just try a different kind of razor I'd say.

I stand out from the people I ride with because of my hairy legs. But to be honest I could not care less. If it is too much trouble just skip it....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-14, 06:46 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,621
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Sounds like a great alternative. Now I just...

Sounds like a great alternative.

Now I just need to find me a wife to sew in some pockets.

Until then I will just buy jerseys. They are light, comfortable, hold my stuff in their pockets and I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-14, 06:03 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 10,545
Posted By Cookiemonsta

I am not saying this is all nonsense (it is not,...

I am not saying this is all nonsense (it is not, I realize that), but you can over-think it.

I have a friend that is (truth be told) pretty slow. I think he would benefit most from pushing...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-09-14, 07:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,554
Posted By Cookiemonsta

In response to the commuting/ heavy travel style...

In response to the commuting/ heavy travel style answers, let me clarify why I asked the question here, and not in the commuting forum.

-This is for use on my main roadbike. That is outfitted for...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-07-14, 06:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,554
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Thanks for all the recommendations. I am googling...

Thanks for all the recommendations. I am googling and looking up every single one.



I am intrigued. Never seen those on a roadbike, but could make a lot of sense for people like me who use...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-14, 11:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,554
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Thanks for the fast responses. I googled the...

Thanks for the fast responses. I googled the recommendations. The Swiss gear backpacks do seem supersturdy and very decent. But I think they appeal more to people who want something indestructible...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-14, 10:04 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,554
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Backpack for the roadbike. Any recommendations?

Even though a backpack is not something I would use on a normal ride, I have been using a regular backpack on the roadbike sometimes.

-When I visit my parents or siblings on the bike and want to...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-14, 03:20 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 22,410
Posted By Cookiemonsta

People on this forum are from all over the world...

People on this forum are from all over the world and "cycling culture" may be different depending on the country.

Personally, while I do think there is an overall appreciation for someone who is...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-14, 04:14 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,390
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Another thing to consider is to just put things...

Another thing to consider is to just put things in the back of your jersey. You can fit a lot more stuff in there than you can fit in one of those small saddle bags, it is free, and it does not...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-14, 04:10 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 7,072
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Whenever you are in close proximity to others, if...

Whenever you are in close proximity to others, if one person falls, chances are he/she will take someone with him. That is why there is a bigger chance of falling. Also, there are often some that...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-14, 05:42 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,321
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Do not be frustrated, just try to enjoy it again....

Do not be frustrated, just try to enjoy it again. Maybe even not look at average speeds during this time when you are trying to get back in shape. And 16 MPH is not all that bad. Plenty of people do...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-14, 05:31 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 6,666
Posted By Cookiemonsta

The fastest I have done is just over 70km an...

The fastest I have done is just over 70km an hour. Some people I know have gone way faster than this on the same (downhill) roads, but to be honest, this is about the max speed I am willing to go on...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-14, 05:27 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,431
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Fast and slow are relative terms. It is a...

Fast and slow are relative terms. It is a combination of things that makes people refer to one bike as their "fast bike". It may have to do with the weight and material of the bike, as well as...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-14, 05:21 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,063
Posted By Cookiemonsta

People are different. Just do what you like to...

People are different. Just do what you like to do. Personally I spend most of my time in the hoods, some time on the flats (typically my arms turned inward grabbing it near the stem, it is just...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-14, 05:16 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,411
Posted By Cookiemonsta

I know that people always tell other to "flip it...

I know that people always tell other to "flip it and slam it", but really, this is not something you should do just overnight.

20mm is a fairly large adjustment. I would usually say that there is...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-14, 05:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,365
Posted By Cookiemonsta

I recommend you do not buy them too small. I...

I recommend you do not buy them too small. I recommend that you try them on to find something that fits your anatomy. I recommend that if you can, you should wait for a sale to make the most of your...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-14, 08:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,744
Posted By Cookiemonsta

The sport is so popular here, that it is kind of...

The sport is so popular here, that it is kind of hard not to start out right, since you constantly see what kind of gear and bikes are using.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-14, 08:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,326
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Thanks for the info. I will look it up. It seems...

Thanks for the info. I will look it up. It seems like I was misinformed about this. Sadly, this information came from someone who makes his money selling glasses, and either he did not know what he...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-14, 07:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,326
Posted By Cookiemonsta

That is not even the worst of it. They provide no...

That is not even the worst of it. They provide no UV protection. A lot of people think that just because the glasses are dark they provide a similar amount of protection compared to more expensive...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-14, 07:04 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,705
Posted By Cookiemonsta

nvm

nvm
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-14, 07:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,326
Posted By Cookiemonsta

If it seems too good to be true, it usually is....

If it seems too good to be true, it usually is. Especially for products for which counterfeit versions exist.

I recommend trying to get a decent deal from a trusted seller instead. If they are...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-14, 06:54 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 9,315
Posted By Cookiemonsta

I typically nod or lift my fingers from the drops...

I typically nod or lift my fingers from the drops as a way of saying hi.

Though I only do it when someone greets me first. Though no one greets over here. Too many roadies in Holland, you will be...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-14, 06:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,297
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Honestly you do not have to do much more than for...

Honestly you do not have to do much more than for a regular ride, and things like replacing the bartape or tires is kind of silly unless those needed replacing in the first place and you have been...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-14, 06:47 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,512
Posted By Cookiemonsta

You just created a beautiful image in my mind. ...

You just created a beautiful image in my mind.

It is fun though. In the group I used to ride in the strongest cyclist (by far) was an "old man" (he was not really old, we called him that because...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-14, 06:43 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 7,036
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Could possibly depend on where you live. Here, in...

Could possibly depend on where you live. Here, in Holland, everyone cycles. Furthermore cycling as a sport is popular among all ages, and for men as well as women (though much more popular among men).
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-14, 04:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 884
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Thanks for the suggestion. You are probable...

Thanks for the suggestion. You are probable right, and I will not like the trainer. I was already kind of suspecting that. I have the gear to ride in winter. The only thing that keeps me inside is...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-14, 08:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,268
Posted By Cookiemonsta

I found the trick is to find a helmet that works...

I found the trick is to find a helmet that works for your head circumference. By that I mean, it should have a size that fits you well, instead of forcing you to get something huge that you then have...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-14, 08:52 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 14,796
Posted By Cookiemonsta

I do not have a lot of experience with them since...

I do not have a lot of experience with them since I started using them (rarely) just recently. I bought the Assos chamois cream, and all I can say is that it works. I was pretty happy with the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-14, 08:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 884
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Tagging this thread. Been jogging in winter when...

Tagging this thread. Been jogging in winter when I could not ride, and hated every minute of it.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-14, 08:47 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 29,608
Posted By Cookiemonsta

I do not have one, but I really should get one....

I do not have one, but I really should get one. Yelling is just generally viewed as being unfriendly, and on some of my routes I share the road with people that are walking. I do not care about its...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-14, 08:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,676
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Only when I buy new shoes do I actually look at...

Only when I buy new shoes do I actually look at it. After I found a good placement for them, I just set it up the exact same each time. This is easy to do, because there is an imprint on the small...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-14, 11:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,372
Posted By Cookiemonsta

To be honest you can never really tell from a...

To be honest you can never really tell from a picture. But at first glance it seems kind of an ok length in the sense that how far you leg extends at the lowest point looks pretty natural. But no one...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-14, 11:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,234
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Cant you try the antares? If you feel essentially...

Cant you try the antares? If you feel essentially no difference, go for the ares, if the length of the antares ends up being benficial, get the antares.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-14, 11:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 972
Posted By Cookiemonsta

If you are just getting into it , any saddle will...

If you are just getting into it , any saddle will be uncomfortable at first. Tell her to put in some miles/km, and adjust the saddle to improve comfort, see if things improve.

If they do not,...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-14, 11:43 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,887
Posted By Cookiemonsta

Personally I would get the black one and put a...

Personally I would get the black one and put a white saddle and bar tape on it. It has more of a unique look to it, and in use, I always think black bikes look nicer.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-14, 09:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,868
Posted By Cookiemonsta

If I get them in black (arms and legs), then I...

If I get them in black (arms and legs), then I basically look the way I do for the largest part of the year. The only thing odd about it is that it looks like you must be terribly hot. Though my...
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