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Posted By StephenH

Check if the trail is open 24 hours. And if...

Check if the trail is open 24 hours.
And if there's much traffic on it, at may slow you down.
Forum: Texas
06-12-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By StephenH

I didn't stop to see, just drove down the...

I didn't stop to see, just drove down the freeway. The percent grade sign is on the eastbound side.
Forum: Texas
06-05-19, 10:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,979
Posted By StephenH

Sorry for the zombie thread, but I had an update....

Sorry for the zombie thread, but I had an update. I happened to drive over Ranger Hill a while back (about 10 miles east of Ranger on I-20) and it does in fact have a 6% sign at the very top. No...
05-23-19, 07:53 PM
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Posted By StephenH

Tandems explained

I ran across this while searching for some other comic strip:
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Posted By StephenH

My experience with that is kind of the opposite. ...

My experience with that is kind of the opposite. I'm using hub-generators with Edelux lights. If adjusted properly, they work great out on the open road in the middle of nowhere, either on a skewer...
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Posted By StephenH

I've used skewer mounts, that works fine, light...

I've used skewer mounts, that works fine, light over the front wheel works okay, but to be honest, I can't see a whole lot of advantage one way or the other. Supposedly, over the wheel is what the...
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Posted By StephenH

Seems like I remember reading on their website...

Seems like I remember reading on their website that they make the coupled version with 26" so the wheels will fit the suitcase better (more specifically, I think inflated tires will fit).
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 468
Posted By StephenH

Actually, I already have a Pocket Rocket, one...

Actually, I already have a Pocket Rocket, one reason I wasn't looking at folding bikes as well- kind of a different product.
Forum: Recumbent
05-07-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,803
Posted By StephenH

If you can locate some recumbent dealers in the...

If you can locate some recumbent dealers in the general Denver/ Colorado Springs area, you may find some good information and advice. I find this link, for example, and looks like there may be two...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 468
Posted By StephenH

Current Mini Velo bikes?

Hey folks,
I was looking at the current options in the US for mini-velo bikes, and it seems to be these:
Bikes Direct Mercier Nano- drop bar, multispeed, rim brakes, currently listed as 2018 model ...
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Posted By StephenH

I was counting up the other day, I think it was...

I was counting up the other day, I think it was 10 or 11 rides I've DNFed. Heat, cramps, lack of fitness, mechanical issues, wrecks, weather, not having fun, or some combination of those factors....
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Posted By StephenH

I did get in 1,000 miles for April, first time in...

I did get in 1,000 miles for April, first time in several months, I think.
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Views: 3,655
Posted By StephenH

I did my first 200k on a Worksman cruiser. Not...

I did my first 200k on a Worksman cruiser. Not necessarily the recommended starter bike, but you can do a 200k on a LOT of different bikes, right or wrong. Some of the locals use various...
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Posted By StephenH

If you have a lot of really steep or long hills...

If you have a lot of really steep or long hills on the route, and one has considerably lower gearing that the other, use it.
If it's going to be cold at the start and hot at mid-day, and you need to...
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Posted By StephenH

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Posted By StephenH

I'm at 3,200 and some-odd at the moment, so...

I'm at 3,200 and some-odd at the moment, so assuming I don't get hit by a truck or something, the year is shaping up okay. Just finished a cold wet 600k last weekend.
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Posted By StephenH

FYI- "maintain sight of each other at all times....

FYI- "maintain sight of each other at all times. If one person punctures, the whole team stops" is how I would interpret that. It may help that we have no long climbs to deal with.
Part of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 752
Posted By StephenH

I rode it three times about 8-10 years ago. So...

I rode it three times about 8-10 years ago. So things may have changed.
I started in the "Hell's Gates Hopefuls", the last of the 100-mile rider groups.
It took about 30 minutes each time to get...
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Posted By StephenH

I don't normally take my shoes off on anything...

I don't normally take my shoes off on anything 400k or shorter.
I'd say the triathlon-specific features are pretty meaningless for long-distance, but that doesn't mean they can't be used. If...
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Posted By StephenH

People ask all the time "Can I ride a century?"...

People ask all the time "Can I ride a century?" And the normal response is something along the lines of "Well, if you can ride a metric century, then you can ride a century!" So with that kind of...
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Posted By StephenH

This might do the trick if you don't already have...

This might do the trick if you don't already have that space occupied:
https://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FTBII
Note that not all tires are the same size folded, so it depends on what tire...
Forum: Recumbent
03-05-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 669
Posted By StephenH

I'd say you've pretty much covered all the...

I'd say you've pretty much covered all the options already.
The McLean seems to be a one-off item built by a non-cyclist, so not too surprising if it's not optimized. (I read that as "M-Clean"...
Forum: Recumbent
02-19-19, 08:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,571
Posted By StephenH

Another resource, that I more often see mentioned...

Another resource, that I more often see mentioned in the "Alt Bikes" forum: https://www.atomiczombie.com/
(Note: I've not used them, so I point out the resource, but can't recommend/ disrecommend...
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Posted By StephenH

On the Carradice site, I see this SQR system, and...

On the Carradice site, I see this SQR system, and that appears to hold a bag a couple of inches higher than attaching to the saddle would. But, there's no support betlow the bag, either, so you may...
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Posted By StephenH

A valid concern. For reference, I've seen...

A valid concern.
For reference, I've seen several shift cables fail, but haven't seen any brake cables fail.
And for another reference point, for years and years people rode all over creation with...
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Posted By StephenH

My experience with a Worksman reversed cargo...

My experience with a Worksman reversed cargo trike- it is more stable than a bicycle at slow/stopped speeds, but less stable at anything over maybe 8 mph. IE, unless you keep speeds really down, you...
01-30-19, 01:00 PM
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Posted By StephenH

I've got a Bike Friday Pocket Rocket with the...

I've got a Bike Friday Pocket Rocket with the narrow 20" 451 tires. It rides fine, but one drawback is that it's as buzzy as heck on chip seal. I don't know if that's related to wheel size or what....
01-30-19, 12:47 PM
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Posted By StephenH

Just about anything is possible on the bike. ...

Just about anything is possible on the bike. Actually finding it at the price you care to pay may not be so possible, though. You can build a bike for that geometry, but finding a used one would be...
Forum: Recumbent
01-15-19, 09:27 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,061
Posted By StephenH

A couple of years ago, I remember seeing a video,...

A couple of years ago, I remember seeing a video, I think an old newsreel, that had a bunch of recumbents, and I seem to remember from 1938 or so. Very interesting, but I can't find it now for the...
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Views: 2,780
Posted By StephenH

One bright idea I had was to ride one-direction...

One bright idea I had was to ride one-direction with a tailwind, then just rent a small U-Haul truck and drive back. (Past experience: regular car rental places won't rent one-way, or charge way...
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Posted By StephenH

One thing that helps is don't put a tight time...

One thing that helps is don't put a tight time limit on it. The 16.5 hours is doable if you're in good shape, the course isn't super hilly or windy, you don't fool around long at stops, etc. But a...
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Posted By StephenH

If you run out of things to do, go to YouTube and...

If you run out of things to do, go to YouTube and look up "The Lock Picking Lawyer". He's got a gazillion videos of picking different locks, but also using brute force, bolt cutters, etc. If I...
01-07-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,497
Posted By StephenH

I've completed lots of rides, but had my fair...

I've completed lots of rides, but had my fair share of DNF's, too, for varied reasons. If you finish in good health and the bike's not wrecked, no problem, though.
Planning ahead- consider a...
01-02-19, 10:49 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,896
Posted By StephenH

Worksman Cruiser with 26x2.125" tires Raleigh...

Worksman Cruiser with 26x2.125" tires
Raleigh Sojourn with 35mm, 32mm and 28mm tires
CoMotion Tandem with 32mm and 28 mm tires
Specialized Venge with 19mm tires
Lynskey GR 250 gravel bike with...
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Posted By StephenH

I just stay at motels at the far end. I've got...

I just stay at motels at the far end.
I've got 6 perms that are the Stampede 1200k (with Days 1 and 2 broken up into 2 perms each) and 2 new perms that are part of the Hound Dog 1200k route (Days 1...
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Posted By StephenH

"One who puts on his armor should not boast like...

"One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off" is the quote that comes to mind.
I hope to hit K-hound for 2019 as well, and rode a cold windy 200k today as the start of that....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-18, 10:33 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 7,404
Posted By StephenH

9,668.95 miles for 2018. Around 1,856 on the...

9,668.95 miles for 2018. Around 1,856 on the tandem, rest on two different road bikes, plus a few miles (Sebring 12 hour) on the Bike Friday.
Forum: Recumbent
12-30-18, 10:59 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,061
Posted By StephenH

I'm not sure what you're getting at, but there...

I'm not sure what you're getting at, but there have been endless variations on all style bikes. For example, note that the "SoftRide" time-trial/tri bikes are upright frames that are not the diamond...
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Posted By StephenH

"But an argument is a connected series of...

"But an argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition, it isn't just the automatic naysaying of whatever the other person says." "Yes it is!" "No, it isn't!"
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Posted By StephenH

Uh no, I'm not assuming that. But the question...

Uh no, I'm not assuming that. But the question asked was specifically about cue sheets in addition to GPS, and not about other solutions to GPS problems. If you'd like to discuss every solution to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-18, 01:18 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,472
Posted By StephenH

Years ago, a man I knew ran a sizable (and...

Years ago, a man I knew ran a sizable (and profitable) coffee business, the kind where they delivered coffee and coffee machines to area businesses on a regular basis. He mentioned that he could go...
Forum: Recumbent
12-30-18, 01:00 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,061
Posted By StephenH

There are a number of longer-distance events that...

There are a number of longer-distance events that are not UCI- the 6/12/24 hour, 500 mile races, RAAM, etc. And some local shorter-distance events, usually of a more informal nature.
Replies: 44
Views: 2,254
Posted By StephenH

"I have no idea why you only list the problems...

"I have no idea why you only list the problems and none of the utility you have seen."
Because the topic is "Are cue sheets still useful" not "Is GPS still useful". If the original poster is...
Replies: 44
Views: 2,254
Posted By StephenH

Another option to the 1-4 is "Relying on road...

Another option to the 1-4 is "Relying on road markings or event signs". I've not seen this done on randonneuring events, but it is frequently used for local rallies. Typically, randonneuring events...
Forum: Recumbent
12-21-18, 12:38 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 14,385
Posted By StephenH

I've used my cargo tricycle on ice and snow,...

I've used my cargo tricycle on ice and snow, works pretty well up to about 2" of snow, then you can't get enough traction on the rear wheel to push all three wheels through the snow.
On a regular...
Forum: Recumbent
12-21-18, 12:28 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,061
Posted By StephenH

Cool video, tho. At 0:57, the lady sitting up on...

Cool video, tho. At 0:57, the lady sitting up on the Bachetta is Vickie, one of our local Lone Star Randonneurs.
The event there is PBP, a 1200k with around 5,000 riders. They have several...
Forum: Recumbent
12-20-18, 12:56 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,061
Posted By StephenH

My observation is that this is highly variable...

My observation is that this is highly variable from rider to rider. I know of recumbent riders that can climb faster than me, others that can't.
A couple of guys in the local randonneuring group are...
11-20-18, 12:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,028
Posted By StephenH

Most of us get to the point where we'd do better...

Most of us get to the point where we'd do better to be weighing ourselves rather than the bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-18, 12:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,687
Posted By StephenH

"How Does ALLITE® SUPER MAGNESIUMTM Compare to...

"How Does ALLITE® SUPER MAGNESIUMTM Compare to Other Materials?...Our alloys compare favorably to other materials and magnesium alloys on the market. But only ALLITE® SUPER MAGTM has flame ******ancy...
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