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Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 10:06 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,129
Posted By downtube42

I live in Portland, OR. October through May, rain...

I live in Portland, OR. October through May, rain is life. Fenders are always installed, rain gear is always in a bag, generator lights are always on, and wool is my friend. Honestly, riding in a...
Replies: 4
Views: 945
Posted By downtube42

I rode with Ed on a 1000k in North Carolina a few...

I rode with Ed on a 1000k in North Carolina a few years ago. A group of us rode most of the distance together, going fairly slowly to keep together. Out of the blue, Ed just launched away from the...
Replies: 17
Views: 1,172
Posted By downtube42

I always fall for the old French bikes. Don't do...

I always fall for the old French bikes. Don't do it. Though sweet riding, they are high maintenance. Nothing is standard, not the parts, the direction you turn things to unscrew them, or the tools...
Forum: Touring
06-12-19, 11:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,348
Posted By downtube42

Raccoons can make a mess of things, and you sure...

Raccoons can make a mess of things, and you sure don't want one coming in your tent after food residue. If there's even a hint of bears around, you may as well hang your food a few feet higher and...
06-10-19, 11:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 948
Posted By downtube42

You got it. Saved me twice on the first ride. ...

You got it. Saved me twice on the first ride.

An improvement is to mount a lamp on the wheelie bar. Battery powered would be a bonus.
Forum: Touring
06-09-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,051
Posted By downtube42

A rule of thumb I've heard is you can ride in a...

A rule of thumb I've heard is you can ride in a day what you train in a week. Just like on a bike, on a *** hydration, fuel, and pace are key to sustained rides.

I ride a ***, but my longest ride...
06-07-19, 12:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 948
Posted By downtube42

Love Bike

or Couch Bike 2.0. Build for Portland's Pedapalooza "Department of silly bikes" ride. It was quite a hit....
06-06-19, 12:54 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,678
Posted By downtube42

Continuous, even power is the goal if you're...

Continuous, even power is the goal if you're after maximum efficiency on a solo ride. Up hills, down hills, up wind, down wind. Use gearing to keep power output and cadence as constant as possible....
Replies: 199
Views: 12,599
Posted By downtube42

Memorial weekend was the Oregon Randonneurs 600k,...

Memorial weekend was the Oregon Randonneurs 600k, and my final PBP qualifier. The forecast called for rain Saturday with lows in the low 40's and highs only in the 50's. Sunday's forecast was a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-19, 10:44 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,261
Posted By downtube42

Nope. On a brevet, my phone comes out at...

Nope.

On a brevet, my phone comes out at stops two or three times a day, to let my wife know I'm okay. Other than that, it's stowed in a waterproof bag.

I love it when my world shrinks down to...
06-01-19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,109
Posted By downtube42

100 miles a week is, what, an hour a day? If you...

100 miles a week is, what, an hour a day? If you have a sedentary job like most of us, that's barely enough exercise to keep you from completely falling apart. Diabetes, heart disease, and a plethora...
05-11-19, 03:40 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 17,117
Posted By downtube42

My perspective is the opposite: I'm annoyed old...

My perspective is the opposite: I'm annoyed old bikes have become so popular they're no longer cheap. When the ever-changing concept of what's cool bumps into my life, it's usually expensive.

I'll...
05-08-19, 10:46 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,330
Posted By downtube42

Meh. I discovered randonneuring at 50,...

Meh.

I discovered randonneuring at 50, started 24 hour races at 52, set an ultracycling PR at 55. Oh, and the year I set my PR at 400 miles in 24 hours, the event was won by a 55 yo who covered...
05-05-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,055
Posted By downtube42

I have a vintage Windsor 2x5 that came with a...

I have a vintage Windsor 2x5 that came with a 50-52 double. The cogs were far apart, so each rear shift was a large jump. The rings being so close, each front shift was asmall jump. So think about...
05-03-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 988
Posted By downtube42

The original post could be written by me. All my...

The original post could be written by me. All my numbers are astoundingly good, doctors say I'm as fit as someone half my age... except BP. It started climbing when I was in my early 50's. Without...
05-02-19, 12:43 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,411
Posted By downtube42

I see it as a space issue. Everyone in public has...

I see it as a space issue. Everyone in public has some amount of personal space. People with dogs extend their personal space. A long leash means more space is theirs. A leash across the MUP claims...
05-02-19, 12:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,913
Posted By downtube42

The main thing is to ride. I absolutely believe...

The main thing is to ride. I absolutely believe HIT works at increasing fitness. My issue with is I pretty much hate it, so I end up skipping sessions. Just Riding Around (JRA) however, I love, so I...
04-30-19, 01:38 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 11,359
Posted By downtube42

Headtube is stubby, seat post tube is a stupid...

Headtube is stubby, seat post tube is a stupid name, and top tube sounds arrogant. Chainstay actually would have been kind of cool, but seatstay sounds like a put-down. Downtube is clearly the best...
04-27-19, 10:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,727
Posted By downtube42

I think she needs a taller frame. With that seat...

I think she needs a taller frame. With that seat height, it's tough to get the hands high enough for an upright position. A taller frame but not a longer top tube.

Every spinal injury is ***que....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-19, 11:16 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,879
Posted By downtube42

I just don't think this is something the world...

I just don't think this is something the world needs to know about me.
04-23-19, 08:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,096
Posted By downtube42

Ten random tidbits: 1) You can ride in a day...

Ten random tidbits:

1) You can ride in a day what you train in a week.
2) Don't increase your longest ride by more than 50%.
3) Learn to finish your training rides fueled and hydrated.
4)...
04-23-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 7,676
Posted By downtube42

It's really about making travel as quick and...

It's really about making travel as quick and convenient as possible, and the overall system easy to use. In urban grid cities, getting anywhere with one transfer is ideal. In more linear areas,...
04-22-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 7,676
Posted By downtube42

More routes. Grid system of main lines and...

More routes.
Grid system of main lines and feeders.
Straight routes.
More frequent buses.
More hours.

Platforms for main lines.
Pay at the platform.
Platforms at walk-in height.
04-20-19, 09:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,891
Posted By downtube42

Go test ride some bikes. Drop bar, flat bar,...

Go test ride some bikes. Drop bar, flat bar, gravel, adventure, hybrid, whatever. Buy what makes you grin.

Don't over analyze. They are all great.
Replies: 55
Views: 4,556
Posted By downtube42

Whichever one is more comfortable. Nothing else...

Whichever one is more comfortable. Nothing else comes close.
04-19-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 10,687
Posted By downtube42

Most recreational riders are operating so far...

Most recreational riders are operating so far below their athletic potential, that age is not much of a factor until quite late in life. Injuries and disease aside, sustaining speed and endurance...
Forum: Touring
04-14-19, 12:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,404
Posted By downtube42

Best zombie thread I've seen. I have slept...

Best zombie thread I've seen.

I have slept on my re***bent, albeit just a short nap, whilst leaning against a bridge support waiting out a rainstorm. The seat is fine but the legs want to flop...
Forum: Recumbent
04-11-19, 09:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,514
Posted By downtube42

Take a road trip to the Tampa area, and visit...

Take a road trip to the Tampa area, and visit both Schlitter and Bacchetta. Ride some bikes, talk to re***bent experts.
Forum: Touring
03-31-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,607
Posted By downtube42

Reading this thread a day after riding a 300k. I...

Reading this thread a day after riding a 300k. I strikes me that the spectrum of responses here, from supportive to hostile, mirror the behavior of motorists on the road. Most are benign, a few are...
03-23-19, 08:53 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,231
Posted By downtube42

I think it's best to sneak up on it quietly, so...

I think it's best to sneak up on it quietly, so it doesn't hear you coming. If you're lucky it won't know you're there until you're over the top.

A different strategy, if you're with friends, is...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-19, 11:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,056
Posted By downtube42

The most likely bad thing to happen is a flat...

The most likely bad thing to happen is a flat tire. In fact it's a near certainty eventually. So have an idea what you'll do then, like walk to the nearest bus stop or call an uber or just fix it...
03-22-19, 10:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 685
Posted By downtube42

Sure, no problem. When it get so steep you can't...

Sure, no problem. When it get so steep you can't easily spin up, get off and walk. Be sure you walk slowly enough to keep the intensity low - even walking up a steep incline can be higher intensity...
03-22-19, 10:32 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,865
Posted By downtube42

Stay fit by not having a car, and cycling and/or...

Stay fit by not having a car, and cycling and/or walking a lot. Also randonneuring, sport rides, ***cycling, hiking, and doing a bit of indoor training in the winter.

Trim is relative. 200 lbs at...
03-09-19, 12:01 AM
Replies: 400
Views: 21,361
Posted By downtube42

We're darned lucky previous generations built...

We're darned lucky previous generations built sanitary sewers.
Forum: Commuting
03-08-19, 10:38 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,802
Posted By downtube42

When the governor was pitching Indiana going to...

When the governor was pitching Indiana going to DST, his two arguments were "everyone else is doing to, so we look stupid", and "it will save energy". Brilliant stuff.
Forum: Commuting
03-08-19, 10:12 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,802
Posted By downtube42

Just starting to enjoy daylight on both the...

Just starting to enjoy daylight on both the morning and evening commutes.

From a 2008 study (https://www.nber.org/papers/w14429) of energy consumption before/after Indiana adopted DST in 2006:...
Forum: Introductions
01-31-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 421
Posted By downtube42

Welcome to bf. What do you ride?

Welcome to bf.

What do you ride?
01-31-19, 07:58 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,836
Posted By downtube42

For this rando season, I'm going to switch from...

For this rando season, I'm going to switch from mostly carb fueled to mostly fat fueled. Maybe I'll pork out, flame out, stroke out, clog my arteries, or have a good season. I'll be yet another...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,525
Posted By downtube42

Bike powered pole vault!

Bike powered pole vault!
Forum: Commuting
01-27-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,525
Posted By downtube42

Funny, a new guy at work was asking the same...

Funny, a new guy at work was asking the same question about the Columbia River last week. A bit bigger, but the same problem. I say heavy lifting drone, so it can go home and recharge safely while...
01-27-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 611
Posted By downtube42

Give it to Goodwill? Only because they have a...

Give it to Goodwill? Only because they have a broader distribution network, and a clientelle that wants used stuff. Eventually stuff that doesn't sell goes to bulk sales, where it's sold by pound,...
01-27-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,533
Posted By downtube42

Found myself in eastern North Carolina on...

Found myself in eastern North Carolina on business, with a weekend to kill. Forecast was dry and sunny, high 20s to upper 40s. I've never done a ride in VA, which is just an hour away. So I bought a...
Replies: 98
Views: 7,622
Posted By downtube42

They did in '15, so I presume yes.

They did in '15, so I presume yes.
Replies: 24
Views: 2,008
Posted By downtube42

Finish the first 100 hydrated, fueled, and not...

Finish the first 100 hydrated, fueled, and not out of gas.
Have a strong will to finish. Never give up unless someone tells you you're disqualified. Even then, argue.
Something may not go well -...
Replies: 98
Views: 7,622
Posted By downtube42

I'm in, 90 hour start at 17:45 with the specials....

I'm in, 90 hour start at 17:45 with the specials. I, too, can't bring myself to give up 6 hours for a morning start, despite two finishes around 80 hrs. You never know what will happen.

Now for...
01-07-19, 08:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,087
Posted By downtube42

The Bike Farm is another co-op, not far from...

The Bike Farm is another co-op, not far from Alberta. Like most co-ops, inventory moves so there may or may not be anything of C&V interest at any point in time. I picked up a 70's Windsor Carrera...
01-07-19, 12:03 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 3,441
Posted By downtube42

Randonnduring rides are fixed distance, so that...

Randonnduring rides are fixed distance, so that would be for distance.

Ultracycling races are timed, so that would be for time.

At the end of the year, I look at distance, not time.

The odd...
12-31-18, 07:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,899
Posted By downtube42

More wattage, less cottage.

More wattage, less cottage.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-18, 07:38 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 7,393
Posted By downtube42

Unless I make a beer run, I'm done. 5100 miles...

Unless I make a beer run, I'm done. 5100 miles spread across 3 bikes and 1 ***cycle.

One SR series, a 1200k, one 200k, a fleche and a couple pops add up to 3057 miles of randonneuring. The bulk of...
12-31-18, 01:59 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 7,131
Posted By downtube42

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hype_cycle ...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hype_cycle

Let others burn cash on the front end, then take over.
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