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06-16-12, 12:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 879
Posted By Torrilin

You didn't barf. You didn't call for a car...

You didn't barf. You didn't call for a car rescue. You didn't give yourself a heart attack. You didn't manage any impressive leg injuries. Next time, you'll try a different strategy on the hill and...
06-13-12, 08:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,424
Posted By Torrilin

Most of us know some sort of breath control...

Most of us know some sort of breath control exercise. Part of the natural panic response is changes in your breathing, whether holding your breath or hyperventilation. It doesn't matter which you...
06-13-12, 08:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,424
Posted By Torrilin

Think of panic attacks as your body picking a...

Think of panic attacks as your body picking a spectacularly ****ty way to react to a stressful situation, using normal and rational responses to common stresses. Keep in mind it's a HEALTHY...
Forum: Touring
06-11-12, 08:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By Torrilin

Dirt roads vary. I'll be pretty cheery with...

Dirt roads vary. I'll be pretty cheery with hardpack dirt. Yes, it's a dirt/gravel mix, but it's a bit damp, and it's stayed a bit damp for months, so it's packed down to almost as hard as pavement....
06-11-12, 11:50 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 9,982
Posted By Torrilin

I've got 7 gears. Total. My partner does...

I've got 7 gears. Total. My partner does everything I do hillwise one 1. Madison is pretty flat, on the other hand as a kid who lived on a 15% grade in Central PA, I didn't use more than 3-4 gears. I...
06-08-12, 10:20 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,425
Posted By Torrilin

For us, it wasn't as bad. My partner had parked...

For us, it wasn't as bad. My partner had parked the car and switched to bus into work since they were equally convenient, and the bus left him less stressed. Then he lost his job, and was unemployed...
06-06-12, 07:12 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,148
Posted By Torrilin

*shrug* Food might be, partly. I generally...

*shrug*

Food might be, partly. I generally prioritize putting on muscle over losing weight, because I'm female and historically I *haven't* been very strong (110lb weakling, that was me!). And...
06-05-12, 06:51 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,148
Posted By Torrilin

*nods* The main thing I find is if I'm...

*nods*

The main thing I find is if I'm riding a lot I do need to actually eat. At 180lbs, I needed around 1800-2000 calories to maintain my weight. It was a lot more important for me to eat...
06-05-12, 06:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 568
Posted By Torrilin

Before you go looking for a new bike, I'd ask...

Before you go looking for a new bike, I'd ask around. I know we've got extra bikes that we let friends borrow. And I know a lot of other folks who ride daily do the same. The way you set up a bike to...
Forum: Touring
06-03-12, 06:54 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,970
Posted By Torrilin

I'm going to bike to Wisconsin Sheep and Wool...

I'm going to bike to Wisconsin Sheep and Wool (http://www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com/) again this year, since we're NOT MOVING. Last year the festival and our move were basically scheduled on...
Forum: Touring
06-03-12, 06:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,734
Posted By Torrilin

There's approximately a gazillion alcohol stove...

There's approximately a gazillion alcohol stove options. For myself, I went with a Trangia premade stove partly because if it works out decently, it'll be something my sister and brother will be able...
Forum: Touring
06-03-12, 01:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,819
Posted By Torrilin

I'm not sure what you're hoping to achieve with...

I'm not sure what you're hoping to achieve with the extra pockets. You can't conveniently get at stuff in a pannier while it's on the bike, and especially not while you're riding. Panniers are not a...
06-02-12, 11:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 467
Posted By Torrilin

You don't normally need to stand to pedal uphill....

You don't normally need to stand to pedal uphill. It's a pretty special case thing. As you get to be more comfortable with riding, you may *choose* to stand. Also depending on your size, you may be...
Forum: Touring
06-02-12, 09:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,139
Posted By Torrilin

For kit... think about how you ride your bikes...

For kit... think about how you ride your bikes now, and how you tend to pack for trips.

For example, I'm the sort of woman who can pack clothes for a month of travel, including a nice dress and...
Forum: Touring
06-02-12, 09:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 946
Posted By Torrilin

Well, electric household stoves can be plenty hot...

Well, electric household stoves can be plenty hot enough to burn even if the burner is black metal, not red hot. And there's usually some ways to try to electrocute yourself. And household gas stoves...
Forum: Touring
06-02-12, 08:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,122
Posted By Torrilin

Looks vaguely ok. 17" chainstays, all metal...

Looks vaguely ok. 17" chainstays, all metal frame, might have front rack mounts. Ride it and see what you think. I know a number of BF regulars use a Tricross as their town bike, but I think most of...
06-01-12, 05:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,560
Posted By Torrilin

When I took the Topeak basket off for the last...

When I took the Topeak basket off for the last time... I had a nasty surprise. I knew it was rusting, and that the mount wasn't solid. Turns out the entire mount had rusted out, and only habit was...
Forum: Touring
06-01-12, 08:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 946
Posted By Torrilin

Not likely a problem today, but good to know. I...

Not likely a problem today, but good to know. I don't think that caused yesterday's flame jet, since the high was about 10C. We might hit 20C today. We've been hitting record highs one day, and...
Forum: Touring
06-01-12, 08:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 946
Posted By Torrilin

Ok, will reread and try to duplicate all the...

Ok, will reread and try to duplicate all the stuff they suggest.



I think maybe more than that here, at least in summer. I know England's summer temperatures are more like 20C than 30C... and...
Forum: Touring
05-31-12, 08:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 946
Posted By Torrilin

Ye-ah, and Madison has very few days where there...

Ye-ah, and Madison has very few days where there *isn't* a 10-45mph (no that's not a typo) wind. We get gusting up to 45mph most months. So that says I should make myself a wind screen.

Not doing...
Forum: Touring
05-31-12, 06:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 946
Posted By Torrilin

camp cooking merit badge

Or... I bought myself a Trangia mini and would like to not set myself on fire.

I've successfully done a proof of concept run, so I can light the thing and boil water. I've got about days and days...
Forum: Touring
05-28-12, 07:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,292
Posted By Torrilin

Well, since the OP is carrying a quite large...

Well, since the OP is carrying a quite large volume of stuff, and the Travoy will not handle as much volume... it seems to me that he'd likely find it quite unsuitable.

For my uses, the Travoy is...
05-28-12, 11:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 871
Posted By Torrilin

Studded tires make ice riding a lot easier. You...

Studded tires make ice riding a lot easier. You probably know the way it feels when you lose traction due to ice, and now that I've got snow tires, you couldn't pay me to ride in winter without.
...
Forum: Touring
05-28-12, 11:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,116
Posted By Torrilin

I think the narrowest snow tires available are...

I think the narrowest snow tires available are 1.5"/37mm. For a car free bike, that means you want clearance for 47mm of fender, unless you're in a climate where it never snows. (don't quote me on...
Forum: Touring
05-27-12, 10:50 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,292
Posted By Torrilin

Wouldn't buy one. The reason I have a trailer is...

Wouldn't buy one. The reason I have a trailer is to handle loads that I can't manage with panniers... and with panniers, I can haul in the 50-60lb range. The Travoy has a max weight of 70lbs, and...
Forum: Touring
05-27-12, 10:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 614
Posted By Torrilin

My summer bag is a down travel sack...

My summer bag is a down travel sack (http://www.rei.com/product/746296/rei-travel-down-45-sleeping-bag) from REI. The bag is reasonably long for a person taller than me, but I doubt my partner would...
Forum: Touring
05-27-12, 10:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,116
Posted By Torrilin

I don't see a lot of reason to replace the Topeak...

I don't see a lot of reason to replace the Topeak rack unless you have some reason why it's bad. To an extent, ditto on the Topeak trunk bag. We're a car free household, and we've got a trailer, 3...
05-26-12, 09:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,560
Posted By Torrilin

For whatever reason, Wald removable baskets...

For whatever reason, Wald removable baskets aren't stocked in my local bike shops. The permanently attached ones are staples, and the collapsable rear baskets are almost a required item on a Madison...
05-26-12, 09:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,560
Posted By Torrilin

I think I largely don't have problems because the...

I think I largely don't have problems because the Topeak basket is really similar looking to a store basket. Plus many folks in Madison bike to the store, and/or use their own bags. Madison also has...
Forum: Touring
05-25-12, 06:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,774
Posted By Torrilin

Looking at Velo Orange's description of their...

Looking at Velo Orange's description of their Tubus Cargo clone... I'm not sure I'd choose it for a Volpe. My feet are size 10 women's, and my partner is a men's size 13.5. So we both have pretty big...
05-25-12, 04:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,560
Posted By Torrilin

Product Review: Detours bike basket

My Topeak bike basket is dead. The metal mesh is starting to rust out and develop severe tears, after about 4 years, 5000 miles, and living in a garage except when I ride my bike. I'm kind of cranky...
05-25-12, 03:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,321
Posted By Torrilin

Depends on where in NorCal. The heaviest...

Depends on where in NorCal. The heaviest population areas tend to have a year round cool and foggy climate, and in some areas high temperatures of 80F are unusual. It's the southern end of the...
Forum: Touring
05-25-12, 08:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,774
Posted By Torrilin

My partner's San Jose (same basic frame as a...

My partner's San Jose (same basic frame as a Volpe, with track ends rather than vertical dropouts) has a Jandd Expedition rack. We bought it in 2007, and it shows basically no signs of wear or use....
05-25-12, 08:12 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,221
Posted By Torrilin

Or check for a tailwind :).

Or check for a tailwind :).
05-24-12, 10:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,267
Posted By Torrilin

Dunno about all. My general take is if you're...

Dunno about all. My general take is if you're dizzy, feel like you're going to vomit, are wobbling, or have other signs from your body that the effort you're doing is dangerous, stop. If you manage...
05-19-12, 10:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,158
Posted By Torrilin

Around here, eh. Not really. Madison is very...

Around here, eh. Not really. Madison is very bikey, and I don't really hit the hardcore meter at all around here in most ways. Yes, I'm car free, and that earns me points. But a 10 or 20 mile ride is...
05-16-12, 06:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,159
Posted By Torrilin

It does sound rather like she'd do better on a...

It does sound rather like she'd do better on a frame with a shorter top tube. But I agree with the other posters that WSD is not the only way to get it. And unfortunately, WSD is not a warranty that...
05-16-12, 05:35 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,665
Posted By Torrilin

If the salad turns out totally intolerable coz...

If the salad turns out totally intolerable coz you hate changing routines or you hate veggies or whatever, try adding a multivitamin. Bodies can indulge in pretty weird weight behavior if you're...
05-15-12, 06:07 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,790
Posted By Torrilin

My car free bike is a Breezer Villager with a U...

My car free bike is a Breezer Villager with a U frame. Basically it's a touring bike in terms of load capacity, and I can get on and off without my hips or knees screaming, which means I ride it lots...
04-14-12, 01:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,361
Posted By Torrilin

A better guide might be military standards. For...

A better guide might be military standards. For example, I'm 5'6", so to meet the USMC standard I'd need to be between 106 and 147. My partner is 6'2", he'd need to be between 139 and 214. I've got...
04-11-12, 04:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,932
Posted By Torrilin

Big Dummies are pretty common (as long bikes go),...

Big Dummies are pretty common (as long bikes go), but I doubt you'd ordinarily see one used. Figure it runs $2k-3k built up, and the owner can reasonably keep it until their youngest kid is able to...
Forum: Touring
04-09-12, 09:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 521
Posted By Torrilin

For most off road trails I'd do a bit more...

For most off road trails I'd do a bit more planning (not a lot). It's not like an interstate where you get clear signs telling you that there are restaurants or motels at a particular turn off.

I...
03-14-12, 07:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 811
Posted By Torrilin

We don't really "watch" our diets. The reason is...

We don't really "watch" our diets. The reason is biking 50-70 miles a week leaves my blood pressure fine to on the low side, and it leaves my partner's in a range where he tries to pass out when he...
10-20-11, 12:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 448
Posted By Torrilin

This is common for women. There are ways to...

This is common for women. There are ways to modify pushups to reduce how much of your bodyweight you're lifting. There are also ways to modify them so you're lifting your whole bodyweight. If you do...
10-16-11, 04:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 554
Posted By Torrilin

I find Google tends to estimate a bit fast for...

I find Google tends to estimate a bit fast for me. I run around a 10mph average. For long trips, I tend to allow more like 8mph to allow for things like bathroom breaks and getting lost. I don't...
10-15-11, 08:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 980
Posted By Torrilin

My low is around 33", my high is around 85". I...

My low is around 33", my high is around 85". I don't mind walking up hills tho. If I routinely hit one of the (very rare) 5% grades in Madison, I'd probably have more like a 20" low.
10-07-11, 09:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 654
Posted By Torrilin

Strong is not particularly relevant. If you're...

Strong is not particularly relevant. If you're routinely putting 10,000 miles a year on a frame, maybe. But usually other parts break before the frame does, no matter how the frame is made.

And...
10-04-11, 04:13 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,362
Posted By Torrilin

This is fairly sensible. Keep in mind Beanz is...

This is fairly sensible. Keep in mind Beanz is dealing with the Sierras, and you're dealing with the Appalachians. Your genuinely steep grades can and will exceed 15%. Beanz has to look hard to find...
10-04-11, 07:53 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,362
Posted By Torrilin

There are times to back off some. I'm working on...

There are times to back off some. I'm working on getting back all my ability after a serious knee sprain. That really affected my climbing ability, since my injured leg lost a full inch in diameter...
10-04-11, 07:37 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,362
Posted By Torrilin

This is a lot of why I don't worry if someone...

This is a lot of why I don't worry if someone walks. Walking uses your muscles differently. Walking up a big hill is less effort than riding up it on a bike. It is still plenty of effort, and it is...
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