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10-22-21, 07:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 259
Posted By donheff

My wife had similar issues with statins but she...

My wife had similar issues with statins but she has very high cholesterol and wants it lower. She has good results with Repatha, an injectable non statin. She had to jump through a lot of hoops to...
10-13-21, 06:05 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,251
Posted By donheff

I'm 73 with Parkinson's. I ride a custom sport...

I'm 73 with Parkinson's. I ride a custom sport touring frame with drop bars. I don't use the drops but like being able to move from the hoods to the tops. I had the bike built for a more upright...
10-12-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,350
Posted By donheff

I forgot to follow-up after I started meds in...

I forgot to follow-up after I started meds in late February. My MDS started me on a low dose of carbidopa/levidopa (Sinemet). So far so good. The drugs eliminated my mild tremor and improved...
09-28-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 650
Posted By donheff

Wide tires

I am currently riding Gatorskin 700x32 tires on my steel sport touring bike. They are coming up on renewal time and I am interested in going even wider with lower pressure. I was pointed toward...
09-26-21, 05:35 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,541
Posted By donheff

DW and I have done about 12 trips with VBT. They...

DW and I have done about 12 trips with VBT. They have all been excellent. They are pricey but better than Backroads even though they often stay at the same places. We are scheduled for the...
09-16-21, 05:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,675
Posted By donheff

Over the past 15 years since I re-engaged in...

Over the past 15 years since I re-engaged in cycling I have occasionally ridden no hands to stretch out. I never did anything with my hands while doing it since I didn't want to risk a crash. A...
09-11-21, 06:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By donheff

I take NR. What study are you talking about?

I take NR. What study are you talking about?
08-13-21, 07:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 511
Posted By donheff

I'm more worried about the dog than you. Did the...

I'm more worried about the dog than you. Did the poor thing have to run on the tri back?
06-30-21, 04:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 936
Posted By donheff

6:30 AM and I am getting ready to ride in 30...

6:30 AM and I am getting ready to ride in 30 minutes. Hot and humid in DC.
06-20-21, 05:08 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 10,953
Posted By donheff

I am a couple of months short of 73 and have been...

I am a couple of months short of 73 and have been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. I am still riding but my trips have gotten shorter (typically 20 miles with a snack break mid way) and any kind...
06-18-21, 06:14 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,882
Posted By donheff

As others said, set up an account with SS. They...

As others said, set up an account with SS. They have all the info you need. Their basic estimate assumes you will keep working at your current salary until retirement but they have worksheets that...
05-25-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 571
Posted By donheff

My wife had a hip replacement in November and has...

My wife had a hip replacement in November and has been back on the bike since decent weather returned to DC in March. I broke my hip a few years back and was off the bike for several months but back...
04-24-21, 05:44 AM
Replies: 475
Views: 80,798
Posted By donheff

I use Procreate. I did a little drawing with...

I use Procreate. I did a little drawing with pencil and paper about 15 years ago and then briefly tried drawing on a Wacom tablet and enjoyed that but dropped it after a month or two. I got the...
04-22-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 475
Views: 80,798
Posted By donheff

I have been fooling around with drawing on my new...

I have been fooling around with drawing on my new iPad mini. Here is a self portrait using a recent photo as a guide.
...
04-21-21, 05:20 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,544
Posted By donheff

I used to do 6 or 7 core exercises from Body by...

I used to do 6 or 7 core exercises from Body by Science two or three times a week at the gym. Since the pandemic I replaced them with home exercises: dumbel curls, pullups/chinups, pushups, planks,...
04-17-21, 06:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,492
Posted By donheff

I had a compression fracture a few years back. I...

I had a compression fracture a few years back. I had to lay off everything for a while and then it got better. It hasn't effected my riding at all.
04-13-21, 05:54 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,357
Posted By donheff

Current ratio is 1:4. Over the years I have had...

Current ratio is 1:4. Over the years I have had an additional 6 or so bikes and about nine real cars. I also had a few clunkers for very short periods of time but I don't count them.
04-07-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 523
Posted By donheff

I got an iPad mini for reading and then realized...

I got an iPad mini for reading and then realized I could draw on it with an Apple Pencil and the Procreate app. It is lots of fun but not art (in my hands, although it is in others).

From the...
04-06-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 523
Posted By donheff

A cyclist on the English Landscape

This article in the NYT (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/05/travel/sussex-bicycle-portraits.html) has beautiful photos by an English cyclist. I was inspired to render one as best I could on my iPad...
04-03-21, 06:24 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,153
Posted By donheff

I don't believe this is true. I have a number of...

I don't believe this is true. I have a number of friends who have been smoking it (now vaporizing) on a daily basis for 50+ years and get as high as ever without increasing volume. They are certainly...
03-20-21, 06:09 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,103
Posted By donheff

I would guess that accidents are up because more...

I would guess that accidents are up because more people are riding bikes and many of them are pandemic newbies. That said, I have become more cautious in recent years. I'm 72 and broke my hip in a...
02-27-21, 06:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,350
Posted By donheff

Thanks. I read about Rock Steady Boxing and...

Thanks. I read about Rock Steady Boxing and could not find any classes in the DC area. I have joined a three times weekly Zoom session coached by a guy who was on the board of the organization. It...
02-05-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,901
Posted By donheff

I have a very small garage so I hang mine by the...

I have a very small garage so I hang mine by the wheels from hooks near the side wall. We have four of them.
01-27-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,077
Posted By donheff

Thatís a better range than I expected. Maybe I...

Thatís a better range than I expected. Maybe I donít need to be as concerned as I thought.
01-27-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,077
Posted By donheff

Good for you. I am not quite ready to buy but...

Good for you. I am not quite ready to buy but keep lurking like you did. My criteria match your to a T. The Vado you bought would be a good possibility but I have a question about the battery in...
01-27-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,610
Posted By donheff

I use an old Kinetic and just do sets of boring...

I use an old Kinetic and just do sets of boring intermittent sprints in front of the TV. I don't have a clue about these smart trainers, Zwift, etc. I would like to find a more interesting visual...
01-25-21, 06:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,350
Posted By donheff

My MDS recommended LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD. I was...

My MDS recommended LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD. I was skeptical about LOUD - 4 sessions for 4 weeks on voice, what could you do? But, I have been impressed. My voice is much improved and I am even...
01-21-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,350
Posted By donheff

Thanks qcpmsame. It's good to hear you have been...

Thanks qcpmsame. It's good to hear you have been able to keep riding. I found the Davis Phinney Foundation right after I got diagnosed and both downloaded and got a hard copy of their book -- as...
01-16-21, 06:08 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,920
Posted By donheff

Thank you. Mine is very mild so far so I hope to...

Thank you. Mine is very mild so far so I hope to get quite a few more years of riding in. Exercise in general, and cycling in particular, are good for people with Parkinson's.
01-16-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,920
Posted By donheff

I recently swapped Shimano GRX into my custom...

I recently swapped Shimano GRX into my custom bike. 46/30 front, 11/30 rear. I don't need a big front ring anymore. The only conceivable use for me would be trying to blast past reasonable on a...
12-29-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,350
Posted By donheff

Thanks. I am aware of the potential cognitive...

Thanks. I am aware of the potential cognitive issues. So far I haven't had any (or haven't noticed them) :) My biggest concern with cognitive issues is anything concerning our finances. I have gone...
12-27-20, 07:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,350
Posted By donheff

Riding with Parkinson's Disease

I'm curious if anyone out there has any lessons learned from riding with Parkinson's. I'm 72 and was diagnosed in October. I have a mild resting tremor in my right hand and my other cluster of...
12-06-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,319
Posted By donheff

I just turned 72 and geared down my custom steel...

I just turned 72 and geared down my custom steel bike to Shimano GRX. I don't own an eBike yet but the few times I have ridden them they were a blast, especially on hills. It's like having 25 mph...
12-03-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,744
Posted By donheff

I have developed an audible popping under my...

I have developed an audible popping under my right knee cap occasionally when I stand up from sitting (not on my bike). It doesn't hurt but it was a little alarming because it feels like something...
11-01-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,629
Posted By donheff

Thanks I need a tutorial on embedding.

Thanks I need a tutorial on embedding.
11-01-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,629
Posted By donheff

I was just diagnosed with Parkinson's a couple of...

I was just diagnosed with Parkinson's a couple of weeks ago at age 72. Mild tremors in my right arm prompted me to Google it and I got one of those "oh, my" moments when I saw the list of non-motor...
09-30-20, 06:28 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,043
Posted By donheff

+1. I too have done this and been alerted to how...

+1. I too have done this and been alerted to how dangerous some roads are that feel OK while on the bike. A tight curve on a shoulder-less road is an accident waiting to happen. I dropped a couple...
09-09-20, 05:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,071
Posted By donheff

I used to play roller hockey. A good roller...

I used to play roller hockey. A good roller blader can really move. And, no, I wasn't one of them. :)
08-27-20, 05:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,240
Posted By donheff

What do people do when the temperature drops...

What do people do when the temperature drops below freezing. Is keeping the bike plugged in sufficient to maintain the battery or does the battery need to go in the house?
06-28-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,582
Posted By donheff

I turn 72 in a couple of months and I have been...

I turn 72 in a couple of months and I have been eyeing high end ebikes like your Pinarello. I want a light weight, gravel or touring style bike for pretty much the same reasons you mention. I'm not...
06-23-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,992
Posted By donheff

I am keeping an eye on them for future use. I...

I am keeping an eye on them for future use. I would lean toward a gravel ebike. EBikes get better every year so I am in no rush. On the other hand, as soon as I start loosing my enthusiasm because...
06-17-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,992
Posted By donheff

On VBT bike tours several me rode Fuji step...

On VBT bike tours several me rode Fuji step through flat bar hybrids. The manufacturers have started calling them "mixte'" probably to help sensitive males get over their insecurities. ;)
06-07-20, 05:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,610
Posted By donheff

Awesome. Both the bike and your ability.

Awesome. Both the bike and your ability.
06-06-20, 05:20 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,992
Posted By donheff

Yeah, as soon as I thought about it I realized it...

Yeah, as soon as I thought about it I realized it would be quite a bike for the handlebars to go that high. :). The wheel goes up to the top of my head. I'm 6 feet tall and I can just clear the seat...
06-01-20, 07:03 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,992
Posted By donheff

This for dismounting as I approach 72. I broke my...

This for dismounting as I approach 72. I broke my hip a few years back and I can no longer do my standard cowboy starts and dismounts when I have the pack on my back rack. I can still eke them out...
05-13-20, 07:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,896
Posted By donheff

I broke my hip in a crash 5 years ago and got a...

I broke my hip in a crash 5 years ago and got a "post and beam" repair. My doc wanted me off it for longer than a hip replacement so I didn't get back on the bike for 5 months. That was into winter...
05-04-20, 05:53 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,521
Posted By donheff

+1 This is why I follow this forum. I am 72 and...

+1 This is why I follow this forum. I am 72 and still in OP's situation. I don't yet "need" an ebike but I am interested. Already, at 72, I have days that knock me out sooner than I would like...
04-13-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,769
Posted By donheff

Glad you survived. I hope you find out what is...

Glad you survived. I hope you find out what is causing it. Blacking out while on the bike is a scary thing. I suffer occasional bouts (once every 6 months or so) of tachycardia that make me dizzy...
04-02-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 817
Posted By donheff

You do realize you are supposed to self...

You do realize you are supposed to self quarantine donít you? The evidence on sneezing and coughing is that the virus can be spread far and wide. I hope no one else follows your recommendation.
04-02-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 817
Posted By donheff

Are you saying you rode on some days you had the...

Are you saying you rode on some days you had the virus or thought you had it?
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