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04-03-17, 07:38 PM
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Posted By bruised

Thanks again for ongoing suggestions! We're...

Thanks again for ongoing suggestions!

We're on the first leg of a reconnaissance trip as we speak. Typing this from a Holiday Inn in Bradenten FL, we drove here from WI in a bit of a hurry for...
03-26-17, 06:45 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,472
Posted By bruised

Thanks - I really want to move to CA and wing it...

Thanks - I really want to move to CA and wing it a bit on the finances, maybe start with something really small for a year....but the GF thinks it's too far in case she needs to get back here to take...
03-26-17, 06:43 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,472
Posted By bruised

Funny but others have suggested Southern IL...

Funny but others have suggested Southern IL outside of this forum. I'd just assumed the winters would be similar to what we have here, perhaps not as severe but of a similar duration. I think it's...
03-26-17, 06:41 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,472
Posted By bruised

Thanks - We've certainly thought of this. We do...

Thanks - We've certainly thought of this. We do like the area here May through October. It's probably something we may end doing via a different route....head south first for a year, then maybe hop...
03-21-17, 03:58 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,472
Posted By bruised

Thanks again to everyone for the suggestions and...

Thanks again to everyone for the suggestions and for taking time to go into detail.

We've been busy researching the various suggestions and as it stands we're leaning towards taking a road trip...
03-17-17, 01:12 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,472
Posted By bruised

More great suggestions, thanks. I worked in...

More great suggestions, thanks.

I worked in Livermore for a few weeks 25 years ago and enjoyed the area a lot. It seems to have really expanded - cost of living too.
Moab UT is on my bucket list...
03-17-17, 07:42 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,472
Posted By bruised

Thanks for suggestions so far. On the work...

Thanks for suggestions so far.

On the work front, as it stands my job (self-employed) allows me to work from anywhere with an Internet connection.

After a month of research I've hit a bit of an...
03-16-17, 08:46 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,472
Posted By bruised

Suggestions for places to cycle and live!

Hi all,

It's been a tumultuous 12 months. Hit 54 years of age. Getting divorced after 18 yrs. Met an amazing new gal. We've decided we want to split from the long harsh Northern WI winters.

We...
03-05-17, 08:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,207
Posted By bruised

Interesting. Do you juice your own? I've never...

Interesting. Do you juice your own? I've never seen beet juice and I presume if I did find it online it would have to be pasteurized?

I take Turmeric extract (curcumin 95%) in a capsule with...
03-05-17, 08:02 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,816
Posted By bruised

Fairly heavy drinker for many years...struggled...

Fairly heavy drinker for many years...struggled with weight, blood pressure...alcohol contributed to other problems too.

Couple years ago I gave up drinking, started cycling, lost a LOT of...
03-05-17, 07:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,056
Posted By bruised

Another vote for 'no problem'. I have a couple...

Another vote for 'no problem'. I have a couple Wisconsin winter on my CF Beargrease without issue. It hasn't been too cold this winter, but last season saw a few days dip well below 0.
03-05-17, 07:01 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,222
Posted By bruised

Works for me. I take a pill with Glucosamine,...

Works for me. I take a pill with Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, turmeric (curcumin) and propolis. It helps my body aches and pains all over and has been helping with a worn knee and hip. Can only...
Forum: Fatbikes
10-19-15, 08:14 AM
Replies: 418
Views: 125,426
Posted By bruised

DackRider - congrats on the Pug Ops! A great...

DackRider - congrats on the Pug Ops! A great choice.

Just to add a little to my story, since it has evolved quite a bit over the past riding season. I sold the bike in the photo above, a Charge...
10-06-15, 07:36 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 16,180
Posted By bruised

It sounds like the Cutthroat or Warbird would be...

It sounds like the Cutthroat or Warbird would be a good choice for you. The 'Vibration Reduction System' used on both these bikes really takes away some of the need for a more exotic frame material,...
10-05-15, 08:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,135
Posted By bruised

I think the best approach is to climb back in the...

I think the best approach is to climb back in the saddle and ease back into doing what you were doing.

Then look more seriously about what is needed to advance into the 18mph group, where perhaps...
10-01-15, 06:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,439
Posted By bruised

Hi Phil... I wasn't concluding that an old...

Hi Phil...
I wasn't concluding that an old beater like the Schwinn rides well. My Salsa Warbird rode well as does my carbon fat bike, but the old Schwinn...she just happens to work (without...
09-28-15, 08:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,439
Posted By bruised

I bought a $129 Schwinn from K-Mart a few years...

I bought a $129 Schwinn from K-Mart a few years back for my wife. She rode it a couple times and the novelty wore off so it sat in the shed for a year or two. Then we moved to a place without a shed...
09-16-15, 08:03 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,440
Posted By bruised

I don't know if this is relevant to the...

I don't know if this is relevant to the discussion or not, but I do find that there's a definite 'sweet spot' when setting cadence and that it varies quite considerably based on conditions (gradient,...
09-16-15, 07:39 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,440
Posted By bruised

Ya, the BG is plastic :) It took me a while...

Ya, the BG is plastic :)

It took me a while to learn how to spin a fat bike. I started with a real uneven pedal stroke so suffered with the pogo effect whenever I'd try to spin. After a lot of...
09-16-15, 07:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,110
Posted By bruised

This years' winner (Kato) rode a Salsa Fargo and...

This years' winner (Kato) rode a Salsa Fargo and the second place finisher (JayP) a Salsa Cutthroat. Both bikes are quite similar, neither have sus, both are basically mountain bike Geo with drop...
09-16-15, 07:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,852
Posted By bruised

Are you sure they were all honking at you? I've...

Are you sure they were all honking at you? I've put 7000 miles on bikes over the last 2 seasons and maybe I've been honked at twice. It sounds like people in your area need to chill.
09-16-15, 06:54 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,440
Posted By bruised

So I shouldn't be pedaling like a TDF winner...

So I shouldn't be pedaling like a TDF winner then?....OK I'll stop now. Damn...all that wasted effort..:rolleyes:
08-16-15, 09:15 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,008
Posted By bruised

Same as above ^ Just dress as if you'd...

Same as above ^

Just dress as if you'd planned on walking the mile as you're not going to get too uncomfortable on that short duration ride. Just focus on protecting your face (with a thin...
08-16-15, 09:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,542
Posted By bruised

If primarily you're going to be riding on roads,...

If primarily you're going to be riding on roads, and assuming the roads are semi-cleared, i.e plowed and salted, then you're really only going to feel safe and comfortable on a bike with studded...
08-16-15, 08:40 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,995
Posted By bruised

I'm happy enough to pay a premium by purchasing...

I'm happy enough to pay a premium by purchasing from a LBS, but if they want to keep my business they need to earn it by providing good after-sales service and support. The problem is, not all of...
08-13-15, 08:28 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,332
Posted By bruised

I'm a little on the big side and when I'm...

I'm a little on the big side and when I'm barreling down the trails at the local park on my Fat Bike I often see the look of bewilderment on the faces of people coming towards me on the trail - be...
08-09-15, 07:49 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,158
Posted By bruised

If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any...

If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding.
08-05-15, 09:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,235
Posted By bruised

Gongrats. 15.4 is a respectable pace for any...

Gongrats. 15.4 is a respectable pace for any Century ride - I'm surprised you were able to run that average speed on your first 100. I've done a few 100's and can only manage around 15.

Next - go...
08-05-15, 09:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 530
Posted By bruised

1 - The Bear100 gravel event in Leona WI - why?...

1 - The Bear100 gravel event in Leona WI - why? 'cos it bloody near killed me...
2 - The Bear100 gravel event in Leona WI - why? 'cos it bloody near killed me...

Bonus point - The Great Divide...
08-03-15, 01:15 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,134
Posted By bruised

You'd think they'd invest their valuable time and...

You'd think they'd invest their valuable time and resources into promoting any activity which takes traffic away from the roads. Rather than trying to make people feel bad about using the trails, why...
08-03-15, 07:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 650
Posted By bruised

I have this problem with bells on it. ...

I have this problem with bells on it.

There's a technique I'm working on that helps. As you're about to look (in the US here it would be over one's left shoulder) straighten your left arm and...
07-28-15, 07:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,488
Posted By bruised

I only stop for cold hard cash :p I'm at $25...

I only stop for cold hard cash :p

I'm at $25 for the season. A $5 bill blowing around in the parking lot at the local post office (no one around) and a $20 at the top of my driveway on the...
07-26-15, 10:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 737
Posted By bruised

Congratulations on your move. It sounds like...

Congratulations on your move. It sounds like you're excited about your new environment. I too ride a lot through forests, over roots, rocks, and through sand and snow.

I find the bike that offers...
07-26-15, 10:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,117
Posted By bruised

I don't understand the allure of SS or fixies. I...

I don't understand the allure of SS or fixies. I think they appeal to a certain type of personality. There are some very limited practical applications that I can see where there would be an...
07-26-15, 07:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,960
Posted By bruised

I didn't say it's 'hard to maneuver' I said...

I didn't say it's 'hard to maneuver' I said harder [making the comparison with 27.5] I was describing my own experience with the bike. For the trails I ride I'm more inclined towards smaller diameter...
07-26-15, 07:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,960
Posted By bruised

I had that exact bike for a while and liked it. I...

I had that exact bike for a while and liked it. I upgraded to the Karakoram Sport from the Timberline and the Karakoram has the feel of a more expensive bike. The wheels feel good, equipment spec is...
07-26-15, 06:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 925
Posted By bruised

The evidence suggests that it isn't a problem in...

The evidence suggests that it isn't a problem in your case (the fact that it's still working ok), but it wouldn't hurt also to get into the habit of using the equipment properly, even on an older...
07-24-15, 11:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,052
Posted By bruised

I try not to torture myself by watching the TDF...

I try not to torture myself by watching the TDF on the box. It was bad enough seeing the cycling section at the local Triathlon last weekend here in town. Those guys were flying and they're not even...
07-17-15, 11:53 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,745
Posted By bruised

I went a full year without anyone yelling...

I went a full year without anyone yelling anything derogatory. On Wednesday I was riding along the highway in the bike lane, which is about a full car width wide, when a young punk pulled right into...
07-17-15, 10:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,418
Posted By bruised

I'm using mapmyride which works fine. I wish...

I'm using mapmyride which works fine.

I wish I could store rides easily against different bikes, plot routes using lines/drag/drop and also have voice navigation. RideWithGps does most of what I...
07-17-15, 07:41 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,465
Posted By bruised

It's a fair question. I guess I'm the kinda guy...

It's a fair question. I guess I'm the kinda guy that would travel that distance (and more) to get what I wanted, particularly with an expensive purchase ($2k).

But there are other reasons too in...
07-14-15, 01:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,465
Posted By bruised

Good point, Ben - thanks. It's certainly an...

Good point, Ben - thanks. It's certainly an opportunity for relationship building and sewing the seeds for future business.
07-14-15, 12:32 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,465
Posted By bruised

Now that I can understand. But I wonder if...

Now that I can understand. But I wonder if turning down work on box-brands isn't something other than 'they don't always stay adjusted', or 'they're a pig to work on'.
07-14-15, 11:56 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,465
Posted By bruised

I suppose the direct approach is often the best....

I suppose the direct approach is often the best. But I don't imagine anyone would refuse to work on my Salsa unless it was due to an absence of brand-specific tools. The question was more about the...
07-14-15, 10:55 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,465
Posted By bruised

Thanks for this and for the previous comments. ...

Thanks for this and for the previous comments.

I'm probably being overly sensitive and picking up on something which isn't there. I'm also trying hard not to link together the poorly performed...
07-14-15, 09:22 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,465
Posted By bruised

Question about 'Local Bike Shops' servicing other stores' brands...

If have what might be an unfounded and irrational concern about taking my bike to the LBS.

My closest LBS is a Trek dealer, and my bikes are not Trek. They know me (by sight) at the Trek dealer as...
07-14-15, 08:48 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 16,988
Posted By bruised

I think there's at least two layers to this...

I think there's at least two layers to this discussion - there's the functional element of cycling clothing, then there's the style component. You can have function without all of the splashy colors...
07-14-15, 07:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,841
Posted By bruised

You're fortunate if it doesn't bother you! ...

You're fortunate if it doesn't bother you!

Don't get me wrong, I can be fairly productive in the head department on long rides - 'which socks would be better to pair with these cycling...
07-13-15, 10:04 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,841
Posted By bruised

Great info/strategy, Jim. I need to...

Great info/strategy, Jim.

I need to introduce this kind of structure into my riding but I'm struggling to do so - lack of real motivation / ambition and reluctance to endure significant pain in...
07-09-15, 07:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,175
Posted By bruised

CAKE! Anything with the white cream frosting...

CAKE!

Anything with the white cream frosting on it. Carrot cake is a particular favorite so long as it's frosted.
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