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02-28-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 298
Posted By Random11

That was fun! I've visited New Orleans many times...

That was fun! I've visited New Orleans many times in the past and enjoyed having a little taste of it today.
02-28-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 2,704
Posted By Random11

Solo. Like others, I leave from home (don't have...

Solo. Like others, I leave from home (don't have to go anywhere to start my ride) and I can go whenever I'm ready.
02-24-21, 08:03 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 90,034
Posted By Random11

I rode my one and only century on my Diverge last...

I rode my one and only century on my Diverge last October, all on pavement, and with 700x38 Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires. It was no problem. I like those tires but i've heard others on these forums...
02-21-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,716
Posted By Random11

Running is harder. I was a runner for more than...

Running is harder. I was a runner for more than 50 years until my knees just couldn't take it anymore, so I started cycling three years ago. I ran five marathons (bucket list items, just to say I did...
02-15-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 663
Posted By Random11

There are two questions here. The OP's question...

There are two questions here. The OP's question is: should you buy old tires, and I'd lean against it. But another question is whether it would be risky to ride on old tires. What can go wrong,...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-06-21, 01:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,336
Posted By Random11

The springs are easily changed, so why not try...

The springs are easily changed, so why not try them out and see which one works best for you?
01-27-21, 08:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,739
Posted By Random11

I'm guessing that most people who frequent these...

I'm guessing that most people who frequent these forums don't have any problems riding their bikes. We're certainly not a random sample of the population. I'm 70, been riding for three years (after I...
01-27-21, 08:21 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,149
Posted By Random11

The more you spend on a bike, the less you get....

The more you spend on a bike, the less you get. My bike didn't come with pedals. It also didn't come with a chain guard, kickstand, fenders, or reflectors.
01-23-21, 08:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 622
Posted By Random11

My bike came with 48-34 chain rings and an 11-34...

My bike came with 48-34 chain rings and an 11-34 cassette. I never used the big cogs on the cassette so switched to an 11-28 cassette and it's working well for my riding. Whether it works for you...
01-23-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,267
Posted By Random11

I've watched the TdF the past couple of years,...

I've watched the TdF the past couple of years, but I confess that I record it to watch later, and fast forward through most of it.
01-08-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,931
Posted By Random11

Yep, my bike is now highly customized, if you...

Yep, my bike is now highly customized, if you look closely enough. I know the weight is going to slow me down on the hills, but it's worth it to look sharp.
01-08-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,931
Posted By Random11

While others are getting a life... I'm getting...

While others are getting a life... I'm getting new valve caps! I ordered them as soon as I saw this thread and they've already arrived. Ten different colors!!! I'm going to start with the pink ones....
01-05-21, 08:42 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,476
Posted By Random11

Three years for me. I'm 70 and started riding at...

Three years for me. I'm 70 and started riding at 67, when I had to quit running because of knee problems.
01-03-21, 09:10 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,931
Posted By Random11

Just one of the sacrifices you might have to make...

Just one of the sacrifices you might have to make to look sharp.
01-03-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,931
Posted By Random11

I'm customizing my bike! Yes, after reading this...

I'm customizing my bike! Yes, after reading this thread, I've ordered multi-colored aluminum caps for my valve stems. I know the extra weight will slow me down, but I just can't help but think how...
01-03-21, 01:57 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,931
Posted By Random11

I like the idea as a way to give your bike a bit...

I like the idea as a way to give your bike a bit of individuality. I like my bike a lot, but it looks almost exactly like it did when I bought it. I've put different tires on it and changed the...
01-03-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,931
Posted By Random11

Very cool! My son leaves the covers off his...

Very cool! My son leaves the covers off his Presta valves, he says to save weight. I couldn't tell whether he was pulling my leg, but he sounded serious, and definitely is riding without the covers....
01-02-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,686
Posted By Random11

I ride more than six days a week. I ride every...

I ride more than six days a week. I ride every day unless something prevents me from going. (It's raining today, and I try not to ride in the rain, so today is a rare day I will "rest.") Most weeks...
12-24-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 647
Posted By Random11

I rode 50 miles last week

Not too long ago I would have viewed that as an accomplishment (I've only been riding three years), but since mid-March when COVID came along and altered my daily schedule I've logged more than 100...
11-25-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,300
Posted By Random11

My son who's taken possession of my Giant is 30,...

My son who's taken possession of my Giant is 30, and not much of a cyclist. It wasn't much of a sacrifice for him to lend me my old bike back for a day. I have an older son who's 32 and very much...
11-22-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,300
Posted By Random11

It's a reasonable question. As I noted a few...

It's a reasonable question. As I noted a few posts ago, I bought a $450 bike three years ago at a LBS and I thought I was spending a lot of money on a bike. The sales person did show me a $2000 bike...
11-22-20, 01:06 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,755
Posted By Random11

I mostly ride on paved roads and find out how...

I mostly ride on paved roads and find out how loose my grip really is when I ride off-road and have to actually hold on to the bars to keep them from leaving my hands..
11-15-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,363
Posted By Random11

Don't get discouraged, Cacti. I started riding...

Don't get discouraged, Cacti. I started riding three years ago after a not having been on a bike for 40 years. I was in pretty good shape, but not necessarily in good cycling shape. I was riding 8...
11-08-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,627
Posted By Random11

Thanks, rydabent and George. I've only been...

Thanks, rydabent and George. I've only been riding for three years, and I feel like I'm getting faster and stronger on the bike, but at age 70 I know that won't continue forever. Just interested in...
11-05-20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,057
Posted By Random11

I don't listen to music when I'm riding. But...

I don't listen to music when I'm riding. But recently my wife has been taking care of our three month old granddaughter while my son and daughter-in-law are working. The baby has a swing that plays...
11-01-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,141
Posted By Random11

I started riding at 67 and it took me a few...

I started riding at 67 and it took me a few months to really feel comfortable on the bike. Now I ride almost every day, and after 20 months on my first bike (in 40 years) I bought a new bike. When I...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 834
Posted By Random11

Make sure you're eating and drinking early on so...

Make sure you're eating and drinking early on so you don't get dehydrated and depleted.

Interesting that you have an office job that will allow you enough time to ride 2-3 hours a day.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,350
Posted By Random11

I'm inclined to agree (on both counts). I...

I'm inclined to agree (on both counts). I actually don't get all the way down the hill before I make a hard 90 degree right turn, and I'm always a bit scared that I might go down if I take too much...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,350
Posted By Random11

I probably shouldn't admit it to this group, but...

I probably shouldn't admit it to this group, but on my longest descent on my regular ride I quit pedaling and move up to the hoods to a more erect position to let the wind resistance slow me down.
10-11-20, 12:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,685
Posted By Random11

I know some people feel that way. I do the same...

I know some people feel that way. I do the same ride just about every day, 15-20 miles, leaving from my house and through nearby residential neighborhoods. I'm riding for the exercise and don't find...
10-05-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,685
Posted By Random11

Thanks for all the positive comments. It wasn't...

Thanks for all the positive comments. It wasn't that difficult to do the Century, but I have no plans to do it again. Not to say I won't, but it was something on my "bucket list" as a new rider--ride...
10-04-20, 07:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,685
Posted By Random11

My first century

I rode my first century today--104 miles. I read Tomm Williams' thread on his century and I took the easy way out. Flat multi-use path, temperature in the 70s, and did four out-and-backs to total up...
09-24-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 7,278
Posted By Random11

I'm also 70 and use a bar end mirror. It works...

I'm also 70 and use a bar end mirror. It works well for me. It also looks like it belongs on the bike, more or less. Vanity getting the better of me, I don't think I could put a big round mirror on...
09-13-20, 08:59 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,608
Posted By Random11

Yes, that's what I have. It has an Ultegra drive...

Yes, that's what I have. It has an Ultegra drive train, but the Diverge Sport Carbon lists for $2900 on the Specialized website. It has a 105 drive train, which is probably just about as good. That...
09-13-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,608
Posted By Random11

I'm riding on rolling terrain, no long hills, but...

I'm riding on rolling terrain, no long hills, but lots of ups and downs, and do get well above 30mph in places. But I'm not riding 48-11 on flat terrain. On a recent very flat 31 mile ride I averaged...
09-13-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,608
Posted By Random11

You definitely want to get the 2x chainrings. My...

You definitely want to get the 2x chainrings. My only bike is a Specialized Diverge Comp, which I ride mainly on paved roads, though sometimes off-road. I like it as a road bike, and the option to go...
09-09-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,337
Posted By Random11

A gravel bike is good on roads and trails. That's...

A gravel bike is good on roads and trails. That's what I'm riding as my only bike, and I'm completely happy with it. But here's what I'm thinking. If you're not sure exactly what you want, and you...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,511
Posted By Random11

Thanks for your insights, Matt. The Diverge is my...

Thanks for your insights, Matt. The Diverge is my only bike. I'm riding with 38s, mostly on pavement, but with some off-road riding. Most of my riding is solo, so I don't need a faster bike. My...
08-17-20, 01:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,910
Posted By Random11

I'm just the opposite. I'm relatively new to...

I'm just the opposite. I'm relatively new to cycling, and an older rider. My thought with regard to my LBS is: I'll ride it; you maintain it. Maybe I'll get into maintenance a little more as time...
08-16-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,910
Posted By Random11

I wanted to take my bike in for a tune-up, partly...

I wanted to take my bike in for a tune-up, partly because the chain needed replacing. They told me there was a 3-4 week backlog on tuneups, so I wanted to make an appointment so I wouldn't be without...
08-15-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 994
Posted By Random11

Wow, she's really beautiful! Your girlfriend...

Wow, she's really beautiful! Your girlfriend looks good too.
07-31-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,447
Posted By Random11

Early '70s? Inflation, wage and price controls,...

Early '70s? Inflation, wage and price controls, oil embargo, lines at the gas pumps, Vietnam War. If you're nostalgic for the early 70s, you must be feeling at home today with the coronavirus, riots...
07-25-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 919
Posted By Random11

I don't ride with a parent, but I do ride with my...

I don't ride with a parent, but I do ride with my son. We've gone on maybe half a dozen rides in the past year. We live in different cities but bring our bikes when we visit so we can ride together....
07-12-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,018
Posted By Random11

I've run over three squirrels in the past few...

I've run over three squirrels in the past few years. Thump-thump. I've felt bad about it, but I have to think the squirrels felt worse.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,769
Posted By Random11

I live in Florida so I'm used to the heat and...

I live in Florida so I'm used to the heat and humidity. It doesn't bother me too much (95-100F would be a hot day). The biggest issue for me is sweat, soaking my clothes and making it more difficult...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,013
Posted By Random11

As a long-time runner who had to give it up...

As a long-time runner who had to give it up because of knee problems, and have been cycling only a few years, I was very surprised at what I've read in this thread. As a runner, I was expecting to...
06-30-20, 09:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,723
Posted By Random11

I'm not a Strava user for a reason similar to the...

I'm not a Strava user for a reason similar to the OP. It's not that I'm concerned about comparing myself with other riders, but with my own past rides. If I'm not feeling 100%, there's a tendency not...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,662
Posted By Random11

I've only been riding for about 2 1/2 years. I...

I've only been riding for about 2 1/2 years. I was a runner for more than 50 years, but my knees couldn't take it any more. Almost constant knee pain. So I bought a bike. Hadn't ridden one in 40...
06-21-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,140
Posted By Random11

I bought a Diverge 11 months ago and I love it....

I bought a Diverge 11 months ago and I love it. I'm riding mostly on paved roads, with some trail riding, typically 15-20 miles a day. I'm riding for exercise (not for transportation) and most of my...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,699
Posted By Random11

Congratulations on the new bike. I bought a 2019...

Congratulations on the new bike. I bought a 2019 Diverge Comp ten months ago, and my thinking was much like yours. I do almost all my riding on pavement, but I'm riding by myself most of the time and...
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