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11-25-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,600
Posted By bgraham111

Surly cancelling a few lines, including the LHT

https://surlybikes.com/blog/a_digital_postcard_from_a_virtual_surlyville

Pack Rat; Long Haul Trucker; Troll; and Pugsley will not be restocked.
09-08-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,645
Posted By bgraham111

I'd like to add a touring bike the to stable. A...

I'd like to add a touring bike the to stable. A LHT or maybe a Salsa Marrakesh. I'll be waiting a while it seems...
02-23-19, 05:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,212
Posted By bgraham111

I had a professional fit done a few years ago. To...

I had a professional fit done a few years ago. To me it was well worth it. I don't know if it increased my power numbers, but it did increase long distance comfort.

When I started, I was good...
02-11-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,157
Posted By bgraham111

I went from 222 to 180, and my reward was a...

I went from 222 to 180, and my reward was a Waterford. It totally worked!! Just keep thinking about that bike!

(Wait... why am I posting in here? Oh... that's because I went back up. Ooops. But...
02-10-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,815
Posted By bgraham111

I googled to see how much, on average, you can...

I googled to see how much, on average, you can increase your FTP in a set time frame. The numbers were all over the place. 1-5% a week. I'd say 2% sounds good, if you are doing specific, regular...
02-10-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,977
Posted By bgraham111

I forgot my shoes once. We had driven an hour so...

I forgot my shoes once. We had driven an hour so my wife could do a ride to prep for a bike trip. All I had were my keds. So... I biked using my keds, on pedals that had no platforms. Lucky it was...
01-28-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,454
Posted By bgraham111

The Trek FX line (or similar bikes from other...

The Trek FX line (or similar bikes from other manufacturers) is a spot on recommendation.
- It can handle light off road (like dirt roads, not for mountain biking).
- It's easier to ride on road...
01-28-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,525
Posted By bgraham111

I was going to post a picture of my A530, because...

I was going to post a picture of my A530, because it's nice to have SPDs on one side, platforms on the other. And while nice, I'd be lying. My favorite ones are pictured below.
Why SPD? Because I...
01-06-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,560
Posted By bgraham111

If you like Brooks, but are concerned about the...

If you like Brooks, but are concerned about the B-17 under load, take a look at the Brooks C17. I have both. The B17 is definitely "nicer" but I've stretched it out more than I would have liked. But...
01-06-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 8,288
Posted By bgraham111

I remember "Husky" sized jeans.... and I didn't...

I remember "Husky" sized jeans.... and I didn't wear them. In fact, my Mom had to buy me the "Slim" sized jeans. Then I hit middle school, discovered food, and fixed that problem....

You know......
01-06-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,510
Posted By bgraham111

1997 Specialized Hardrock Sport FS - steel...

1997 Specialized Hardrock Sport FS - steel Mountain bike - 26"x1.95" knobbies - 1 century
2013 Trek 8.4 DS - aluminum hybrid - 29" x 38cm knobbies - 1 century
2011 Fuji Newest 1.0 - aluminum road...
11-10-18, 05:16 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,155
Posted By bgraham111

A friend of mine was biking through a rough...

A friend of mine was biking through a rough neighborhood, on a road bike, dressed in road bike clothes.... and someone yelled out "Pedal faster, Lance!"
08-25-18, 09:22 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,056
Posted By bgraham111

I still wear jerseys, sometimes.... but I'm...

I still wear jerseys, sometimes.... but I'm starting to find that a lightweight wool base layer shirt, or a wicking exercise shirt is pretty nice. But were do I keep all my stuff?!?! Handlebar bag....
08-25-18, 09:08 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 28,401
Posted By bgraham111

100%

100%
08-25-18, 09:06 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,723
Posted By bgraham111

I did my first 600k brevet (~375 miles) this...

I did my first 600k brevet (~375 miles) this summer... but that drifts over into two days (although it's all one ride, 40 hour time limit).
08-25-18, 09:01 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 7,966
Posted By bgraham111

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1124/galaxy_s6_2018_7_13_2487_cc906ae2f3197d6d8af0ebc891ee959cff291561.jpg

Right behind the seat tube, braced against the chain stay and...
Replies: 31
Views: 4,835
Posted By bgraham111

I like the 400k. It's long, but all in one shot....

I like the 400k. It's long, but all in one shot. Plus it has some night riding, and I like riding at night. (My local 300k is a really awesome route as well.)
01-24-18, 06:30 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 11,959
Posted By bgraham111

Those are the best.... :)

Those are the best.... :)
01-24-18, 06:26 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,435
Posted By bgraham111

Yes... it's my meditation. Besides.... I am...

Yes... it's my meditation.

Besides.... I am sure I can overeat enough to offset any positive effects of biking.
Replies: 9
Views: 1,859
Posted By bgraham111

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/taillights.php ...

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/taillights.php

They have a really good overview of the rear lights that work well with generators. Mine is fender mounted, but there are plenty of non-fender...
08-23-17, 07:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,140
Posted By bgraham111

Both are good! Either one is a winner. I...

Both are good! Either one is a winner.

I would have picked the All City, by the way. :) But only cuz I'd like a All City frame some day. (Space Horse!) But you had a win-win - you literally...
08-23-17, 07:42 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 20,087
Posted By bgraham111

Hey, just for fun... I did some math - with some...

Hey, just for fun... I did some math - with some assumptions.
0.283 pounds per cubic inch for the density of steel. Plus or minus depending on the type used.
I assumed a wall thickness of 0.049" -...
08-23-17, 07:20 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 10,194
Posted By bgraham111

I've tried lots of things. And I'm thinking that...

I've tried lots of things. And I'm thinking that everyone is different. Sometimes I like different things on different rides.... sometimes I like different things at different times during the ride....
08-21-17, 04:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,740
Posted By bgraham111

Quite a selection! My bikes also vary a lot. At...

Quite a selection! My bikes also vary a lot. At least mine all feel different - helps out a bit.

In order of preference (most fav to least fav):
Bar End shifters on the long distance bike...
08-13-17, 05:06 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,095
Posted By bgraham111

576074 Milkshake with red lettering. (Of...

576074

Milkshake with red lettering. (Of course, I had to order it this way...)
08-13-17, 12:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,196
Posted By bgraham111

Clyde and Century - no problem. You'd be...

Clyde and Century - no problem. You'd be surprised how many clydes / athenas are randonneurs.

You can totally do it with the proper preparation. (Although, loosing weight does help. I really need...
08-11-17, 04:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,121
Posted By bgraham111

WOOT! Awesome! It gets easier and easier. I spent...

WOOT! Awesome! It gets easier and easier. I spent all summer training for my first metric. Then a whole different summer training for my first imperial century. After awhile, 100 miles is no longer a...
Replies: 10
Views: 2,213
Posted By bgraham111

Don't burn out early. I watch my heart rate and...

Don't burn out early. I watch my heart rate and try to prevent going over some level. (I think I have my GPS set to sound an alarm over 150 bpm). I go over it sometimes, but hearing the alarm reminds...
07-28-17, 08:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,056
Posted By bgraham111

I try to force my self to stop and "smell the...

I try to force my self to stop and "smell the roses" so to speak. Take pictures. Look around. Relax. I need to remember it's not a competition. It's hard to do sometimes. But I try.
07-28-17, 08:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,510
Posted By bgraham111

One thing I absolutely love for riding in traffic...

One thing I absolutely love for riding in traffic is a mirror. No need to turn around to look behind you. Of course, it's not essential, but it's cheap and easy to add. I like the helmet mounted...
07-28-17, 07:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,424
Posted By bgraham111

I rode a lot in my 20's. Then I stopped, and...

I rode a lot in my 20's. Then I stopped, and gained weight. I started again in 2010, after a 10 year break. So we'll use that.

First ride back in the saddle. 1 mile? Something like that. Threw up...
07-28-17, 07:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,568
Posted By bgraham111

You got a good bike! I'm not loyal to any...

You got a good bike! I'm not loyal to any particular brand, but when someone asks me for a starter bike that will carry them past just tooling around the neighborhood, the Trek FX series is my quick...
07-28-17, 07:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,433
Posted By bgraham111

I've got something very similar that I got from...

I've got something very similar that I got from Amazon. They work great. I've got 4 of them, which takes care of 4 bikes. One more bike is hung from a hook in the rafters. I prefer the pulley systems...
07-12-17, 07:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,068
Posted By bgraham111

Yep - that's my pick as well.

Yep - that's my pick as well.
06-21-17, 03:32 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 9,904
Posted By bgraham111

1) Steel is too heavy to make a bike out of. All...

1) Steel is too heavy to make a bike out of. All bikes should be carbon.
2) Carbon is too dangerous to make a bike out of. All bikes should be steel.
06-08-17, 04:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,748
Posted By bgraham111

I like riding at night, but I like having a light...

I like riding at night, but I like having a light so I can see potholes and wildlife. Then again, I haven't really tried a full moon ride. Hmmm...
05-23-17, 08:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,153
Posted By bgraham111

What's the value proposition? I get nothing. I...

What's the value proposition? I get nothing.
I have no reason to give money to someone so they can go biking.
05-10-17, 08:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,029
Posted By bgraham111

What ever you can do in a week you can do in a...

What ever you can do in a week you can do in a day. Ride and ride and ride some more, but you'll be fine (maybe a little tired and sore, but fine).
04-28-17, 05:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,797
Posted By bgraham111

My saddles are very hard, and all my non-biking...

My saddles are very hard, and all my non-biking friends think I'm crazy and are always recommending gel seats and soft, cushy saddles.

This is what I tell them. A soft saddle is good for short...
04-27-17, 08:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,406
Posted By bgraham111

It's like riding a bike. And everyone is...

It's like riding a bike.

And everyone is right.... slow speed and narrow path is just about the worst place to practice. It would seem really hard to bike there. I bike a lot, and I think I'd...
04-24-17, 04:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 641
Posted By bgraham111

Here's my thoughts. - Why should I download...

Here's my thoughts.

- Why should I download your app?
- Why should I run my phone GPS and run my battery down?
- Why should I click on anything before I go ride?
- Why don't you just buy the...
Replies: 6
Views: 4,910
Posted By bgraham111

I have the Compass Loup Loup Pass 650Bx38. I like...

I have the Compass Loup Loup Pass 650Bx38. I like them, but I don't have much to compare them to, as I haven't tried any other 650B tires on that bike yet. But they've been good so far. I *think* I...
03-29-17, 03:54 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,157
Posted By bgraham111

I think I've found my limit. I did a 130 mile...

I think I've found my limit. I did a 130 mile ride that started/ended around 5 degrees F (it was warmer midday). It was pretty windy as well.

That might have been close to my limit. I think I...
03-19-17, 09:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,371
Posted By bgraham111

I've always found that if I start to bounce in...

I've always found that if I start to bounce in the saddle, I just need to slow down OR shift to a higher gear. Usually shift to a higher gear. I'll admit, I shift a lot. Some people do not, and that...
03-19-17, 09:17 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 41,855
Posted By bgraham111

My Fuji road bike (2011 Newest 1.0) 556524 ...

My Fuji road bike (2011 Newest 1.0)
556524

And my long distance Randonneuring bike, a Waterford R-22.
556525

556526
03-07-17, 08:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,498
Posted By bgraham111

I have a B-17 and a C-17. I think I like my B-17...

I have a B-17 and a C-17. I think I like my B-17 a little more... except that I got it too wet and now I need to deal with that. So... I use a C-17 on my randonneuring (long distance) bike. It's...
03-03-17, 05:57 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,270
Posted By bgraham111

Soma, VO, or All City would be my interesting...

Soma, VO, or All City would be my interesting frames of choice.
Replies: 31
Views: 12,519
Posted By bgraham111

I researched for like 2 years and came close to...

I researched for like 2 years and came close to getting either a Soma Grand Randonnuer or a Velo Orange Pass Hunter. In fact, a friend of mine ended up getting a Soma Double Cross and it's really...
03-03-17, 05:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,146
Posted By bgraham111

Head on over to: Long Distance...

Head on over to:
Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling - Bike Forums...
03-03-17, 05:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,999
Posted By bgraham111

Multi-day would be from Pittsburgh to DC on the...

Multi-day would be from Pittsburgh to DC on the GAP and C&O. It was my first camping tour - and it was just so relaxing.

One day was my first 400k. It just went so well.... even with rain all...
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