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Forum: Introductions
07-19-17, 09:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 276
Posted By rdtompki

Hello from California

This is a reintroduction since I'm returning from a 2+ year hiatus induced by post-retirement activities frenzy. Two years ago at 69 I was really fit, now not so much. My goal is to cycle at least...
11-23-14, 08:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,001
Posted By rdtompki

If my wife and I return to riding our tandem I'd...

If my wife and I return to riding our tandem I'd try the TRP's on the back. The BB7s have been very reliable (on Volagi and daVinci), but the TRP Hy/Rd have superior modulation and no change in...
11-21-14, 09:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,001
Posted By rdtompki

Kudos to TRP

Or how to correspond with customer service. I've had TRP Hy/Rd brakes on my Volagi for a year or so having put them on shortly after their introduction. I really like the brakes, big improvement...
11-20-14, 08:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,190
Posted By rdtompki

Bill, happy belated b'day wishes! Your...

Bill, happy belated b'day wishes! Your thoughtful posts are always a delight.
11-16-14, 10:57 PM
Replies: 24,350
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Posted By rdtompki

26 miles with some small rolling hills. I'm...

26 miles with some small rolling hills. I'm going to do my birthday ride the day after Thanksgiving (69 miles) when I'm properly fueled up; excessive fueling is my only hope.
11-12-14, 10:35 PM
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Posted By rdtompki

Late afternoon ride, unusual for me. Did 13.4...

Late afternoon ride, unusual for me. Did 13.4 miles out and back, 800' of climbing. It's nice to have a short ride out of my house with a bit of climbing.
11-11-14, 03:55 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,156
Posted By rdtompki

Out my front door, but I'll wait until 10am for a...

Out my front door, but I'll wait until 10am for a warmer ride.
11-11-14, 03:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,795
Posted By rdtompki

It's strange in that I'm "only" 6', 200 lbs and...

It's strange in that I'm "only" 6', 200 lbs and while I don't recall my sitbone measurement I'm not overly "wide". I've used a number of conventional saddles that were fine width-wise, but painful...
11-10-14, 05:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,795
Posted By rdtompki

I was having issues with perineum pressure. I...

I was having issues with perineum pressure. I wound up with an ISM Adamo Century - problem solved; as you point out it's important to watch the videos for proper setup. I tried one of their...
11-10-14, 07:06 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,748
Posted By rdtompki

I like the additional information provided by my...

I like the additional information provided by my Garmin and while I do save my "data" on Strava I don't pay much attention to PRs, etc. I also really like my Cardio bluetooth headset; it lets me...
11-10-14, 06:57 AM
Replies: 24,350
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Posted By rdtompki

It's tough when you go through such a stretch. ...

It's tough when you go through such a stretch. Try to get some exercise during the week, maybe a 1/2 hour walk each day and look forward to the joy that those weekend rides bring.
11-09-14, 11:15 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,968
Posted By rdtompki

Take out a loan and start buyin' and tryin'. ...

Take out a loan and start buyin' and tryin'. Endless saddle configurations, endless butt configurations, bicycle fit, shorts, etc. all enter into the mix.
11-09-14, 11:05 PM
Replies: 24,350
Views: 2,266,204
Posted By rdtompki

41 miles, 2000'. No way I'm ready for my...

41 miles, 2000'. No way I'm ready for my birthday ride, but it was a beautiful day. By 0900 O was down to summer riding gear.
11-04-14, 07:16 PM
Replies: 24,350
Views: 2,266,204
Posted By rdtompki

30.9 miles, 1500+ feet, 14.7 mph, about 1 mph...

30.9 miles, 1500+ feet, 14.7 mph, about 1 mph slower than my "usual"; definitely feeling the effects of sporadic riding. OTOH, it was a beautiful day. Wanted to get out at 0800: arm warmers, leg...
11-03-14, 11:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 426
Posted By rdtompki

Campy Shifters/SRAM RD Modification Suggestion

I've been running Campy QS/Microshift shifters with a SRAM 10-spd (Exact Actuation) RD for some time on both tandem and single. I really like the Campy shifters and am not about to change, but we're...
11-02-14, 06:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,032
Posted By rdtompki

:thumb: I'm a few weeks short of 69 y/o and I...

:thumb: I'm a few weeks short of 69 y/o and I remember my first few rides on a real bike (Schwinn, of course) as though it were yesterday: my dad giving me a push, my falling on our front line and,...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-29-14, 06:34 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,295
Posted By rdtompki

I don't generally signal. I'll always move over...

I don't generally signal. I'll always move over a bit which is a clear indication that I'm aware of the car's presence. The exception to this practice is a driver that is nervous about passing; I...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-14, 06:27 AM
Replies: 18,544
Views: 3,655,613
Posted By rdtompki

Two spare sets of brake pads for my Volagi TRP...

Two spare sets of brake pads for my Volagi TRP Hy/Rd calipers. I like this bike so much I've run out of things to buy although I am buying a spare set of wheels; my riding time is precious and...
10-23-14, 07:07 PM
Replies: 24,350
Views: 2,266,204
Posted By rdtompki

Cooler temps are here to stay! Got in 31 miles,...

Cooler temps are here to stay! Got in 31 miles, 1500' of climbing, 14.9 mph average. I don't usually do this loop CCW, the harder direction, but it's a nice change of pace. I dogged it on the...
10-21-14, 10:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,224
Posted By rdtompki

+1 to keeping the triple. I'd vote for a 26t...

+1 to keeping the triple. I'd vote for a 26t chainring replacement for the 30t you currently have. I spend a lot of time in my 39t chainring and 12-27. 53t chainring is for downhills and no-wind...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-14, 10:46 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,389
Posted By rdtompki

These two rides are right out of my front door. ...

These two rides are right out of my front door. Dead end ranch roads are not in the best condition, however.
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10-20-14, 10:11 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,030
Posted By rdtompki

I'll start an early morning ride at 40degF, but...

I'll start an early morning ride at 40degF, but it better plan on getting into the 50's.
10-20-14, 07:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 612
Posted By rdtompki

Not so tough: I've develop a new technique for...

Not so tough: I've develop a new technique for pumping up the front tire while astride the top tube. BTW, I do really like tubeless with no plans to change. I'll just pay a bit more attention (I...
10-19-14, 06:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 612
Posted By rdtompki

Tubeless Tire Interval Training Secret!

I could make millions selling a DVD, but as payback for all the excellent advice;) on this sub-form I'm willing to share gratis. If anyone feels obligated to send a few bucks my way (I'm retired) PM...
10-14-14, 04:59 PM
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Posted By rdtompki

I've had a few slow months having been pretty...

I've had a few slow months having been pretty busy with other stuff. I've got 5-6 weeks to shape up for my 69 mile ride-your-age-ride. Last year I did 70 miles with 5000' of climbing and I refuse...
10-14-14, 12:37 PM
Replies: 24,350
Views: 2,266,204
Posted By rdtompki

Snuck in 32 miles this am before the rain which...

Snuck in 32 miles this am before the rain which is due in about 2 months (if we're lucky). Temps have finally dropped; the last days breaking 90 degrees are now in our rear view mirror.
10-13-14, 10:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,601
Posted By rdtompki

Haven't seen a lot of goatheads this year in the...

Haven't seen a lot of goatheads this year in the San Jose, CA area, but they were so bad one year I had my manure cart tires filled with foam; best money I ever spent. My Volagi is tubeless so I'm...
10-12-14, 10:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,215
Posted By rdtompki

It sounds as though you've only ridden the Adamo...

It sounds as though you've only ridden the Adamo once. Do you have it set up properly? I have an Adamo ISM Century and you should be sitting far back on the saddle with a bit our your back side...
10-12-14, 09:54 PM
Replies: 24,350
Views: 2,266,204
Posted By rdtompki

Had to cut things a bit short this am : 32 miles,...

Had to cut things a bit short this am : 32 miles, 2100' of climbing. I've been busy this last three months even in retirement, but my birthday is looming, an event that will require a 69 mile ride...
10-06-14, 05:56 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,195
Posted By rdtompki

+1 on the cadence. If you're climbing in too...

+1 on the cadence. If you're climbing in too high a gear or are under-geared for your terrain or conditioning you can induce the whole cramp cycle (starting with those "twinges") with one excessive...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-14, 09:26 PM
Replies: 269
Views: 14,589
Posted By rdtompki

I'm not about to read 4 pages of this thread,...

I'm not about to read 4 pages of this thread, but I wonder who's holding a *** to the OP's head forcing him to buy "over-priced" cycling swag?
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-14, 04:24 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,809
Posted By rdtompki

No, not even close.

No, not even close.
07-27-14, 04:21 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,161
Posted By rdtompki

I don't have time to regularly ride my age (68),...

I don't have time to regularly ride my age (68), but I certainly do it in the vicinity of my November birthday and this spring I did 80 miles with ~6000' of climbing; more recently a "50 miler" of...
07-26-14, 09:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,570
Posted By rdtompki

What attributes of a bicycle cause one to "fall...

What attributes of a bicycle cause one to "fall in love"? Paint? DI2 versus tried-n-true? I assume were talking road bikes as opposed to "I bought a hybrid and have now decided I love recumbents"....
07-14-14, 10:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,414
Posted By rdtompki

I've got a good life, but occasionally fantasize...

I've got a good life, but occasionally fantasize about living in a condo, sleeping in, riding every day. Then I wake up, feed the horses, walk the dog, fix fences, disc the pasture, ...., but it...
07-14-14, 10:07 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 10,339
Posted By rdtompki

68+ here. Dropped 20 lbs since retirement; I'm...

68+ here. Dropped 20 lbs since retirement; I'm sitting at a comfy 180 lbs at 6' tall. Not on any medication. Have had a few pre-cancerous skin things dealt with. Wouldn't mind a bit more...
07-13-14, 08:33 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,399
Posted By rdtompki

I'm in my late 60's and could do a relatively...

I'm in my late 60's and could do a relatively flat century, but flat rides are just killers. I'd rather do/attempt a hard 100K, maybe 6000' of climbing, then plant my rear in the saddle on flat...
07-11-14, 08:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,700
Posted By rdtompki

I try to use common sense? Since I retired and...

I try to use common sense? Since I retired and not traveling I'm eating better, average 1 beer/month give or take, have been eating more fruit. I'm not big on deserts, but have a weakness for the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-14, 07:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,574
Posted By rdtompki

Duct tape is an excellent frame protector.

Duct tape is an excellent frame protector.
07-06-14, 07:38 PM
Replies: 24,350
Views: 2,266,204
Posted By rdtompki

47 miles with about 2200 feet of climbing. This...

47 miles with about 2200 feet of climbing. This 2x/week riding isn't getting it done!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-14, 08:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,053
Posted By rdtompki

I have a Volagi Liscio which was originally...

I have a Volagi Liscio which was originally equipped with the BB7s. The BB7s worked fine and I don't recall any particular problem with adjustment or squealing (unlike on our tandem). Removing and...
07-02-14, 08:49 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,605
Posted By rdtompki

Barfly early adopter here. Big improvement over...

Barfly early adopter here. Big improvement over a stem mount. Before Barfly hit the market I had been using one of the accessory bar mounts; this worked fine for my 705, but didn't hold the 800...
06-30-14, 09:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,351
Posted By rdtompki

Eagle Encounter

I was doing a climb up a dead-end ranch road a few days ago. This road was maybe 15' wide with steep slope on the left and a drop off on the right with trees and shrubs. I encountered a very, very...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-14, 07:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 821
Posted By rdtompki

Skill degradation or caution of the medically...

Skill degradation or caution of the medically under-insured?
06-22-14, 07:12 PM
Replies: 24,350
Views: 2,266,204
Posted By rdtompki

42 miles with a bit of climbing. I'm stuck in a...

42 miles with a bit of climbing. I'm stuck in a one ride/week mode as I readjust to an uptick in my consulting hours, home projects and a new hobby. I'm shooting for 3x next week and 80+ miles
06-17-14, 08:06 AM
Replies: 24,350
Views: 2,266,204
Posted By rdtompki

Got in 29 miles yesterday with a few thousand...

Got in 29 miles yesterday with a few thousand feet of climbing. I don't know how I can be so busy in retirement, but I'm only riding every 2-3 days so I try to get in 30+ miles when I do ride.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-14, 07:27 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 10,738
Posted By rdtompki

To each his/her own. If you live in Florida you...

To each his/her own. If you live in Florida you can get by with one brake, maybe no brakes whatsoever. If you weigh 140 lbs, no sweat on descents. My personal experience with discs at 200 lbs is I...
06-08-14, 10:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 919
Posted By rdtompki

Two factors I didn't mention in my original post ...

Two factors I didn't mention in my original post About the time I retired we adopted a dog (found wandering in the street, couldn't find the owner). I walk the dog 2x/day for about 1/2 hour each. ...
06-08-14, 12:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 919
Posted By rdtompki

Post Retirement Weight Loss?

Go figure? I had gotten down to 200+ riding 75-80 miles/week pre-retirement. I retired last November. While my mileage isn't really up I'm at least not traveling. I'm not dieting at all. I...
06-08-14, 12:03 PM
Replies: 24,350
Views: 2,266,204
Posted By rdtompki

I rode 29 miles today as a deferred recovery ride...

I rode 29 miles today as a deferred recovery ride from last Sunday's very tough organized ride. 6 days without riding and I'm not sure I feel guilty. What gives?
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