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05-27-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 666
Posted By winston63

Yes, I'm registered with both. I actually...

Yes, I'm registered with both. I actually registered first with bikeindex.org, then heard about 529 and added my bikes there as well. It was some time later that our local police department connected...
05-27-21, 04:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 666
Posted By winston63

I've used it for years and have all my bikes...

I've used it for years and have all my bikes registered. It's not a guarantee that I'd get a bike back if one was stolen, but it certainly won't hurt. Especially since the local police use it now: if...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 390
Posted By winston63

I think they'd work well for your application. I...

I think they'd work well for your application. I don't currently run Hardshells, but I did use them for a while on my Diverge when I was using that for some lightweight touring and I really...
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 15,119
Posted By winston63

I still have the original front rim, but I...

I still have the original front rim, but I actually broke the rear rim when mounting a tire, and I'm not that strong! My LBS replaced it with a different rim for no cost and the replacement has been...
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 15,119
Posted By winston63

I'm not sure, it might be different -it does have...

I'm not sure, it might be different -it does have a different drop out than the base model, it's possible that the chain stay tubing is different. Anyway, I'll be inspecting it fairly regularly from...
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 15,119
Posted By winston63

This is good info - I'm still riding a 2014 AWOL...

This is good info - I'm still riding a 2014 AWOL Comp that I bought new and I don't see anything alarming with the chain stays, but it's something I'll look for regularly. I routinely have this bike...
02-20-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,082
Posted By winston63

Wow, you'd get my business in a heartbeat! I'm...

Wow, you'd get my business in a heartbeat! I'm positive that would be illegal here unfortunately (British Columbia)
09-12-20, 05:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,014
Posted By winston63

Another good reason to try to modify your current...

Another good reason to try to modify your current bike first is the simple fact that most bike shops are completely out of inventory when it comes to "affordable" bikes. The pandemic has resulted in...
06-26-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 344
Posted By winston63

I've added a carbon seat post to an aluminum...

I've added a carbon seat post to an aluminum frame - I did as suggested above and used a rag with some rubbing alcohol to remove existing grease then applied whatever compound it was my LBS sold me....
05-19-20, 02:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,107
Posted By winston63

Yeah that's definitely the case here - I know a...

Yeah that's definitely the case here - I know a few people who either bought bikes or had an old bike repaired because they are NOT comfortable taking the bus and I don't see that changing for quite...
05-19-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,107
Posted By winston63

There's definitely a bike boom here (Victoria,...

There's definitely a bike boom here (Victoria, BC). But I'm not sure new bike sales are skyrocketing, though I'm sure they are up. But what has become swamped are all the bike shop repair departments...
05-06-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,114
Posted By winston63

While I haven't really cared for mirrors all that...

While I haven't really cared for mirrors all that much, I absolutely love my Garmin Varia 510 RTL. I realize it's probably more money that many people want to spend, but I've found it incredibly...
04-29-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 327
Posted By winston63

Thanks for posting this - fantastic article, and...

Thanks for posting this - fantastic article, and I'm really interested in his book!
03-26-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 471
Views: 36,765
Posted By winston63

Yeah, this is my approach right now, I'm keeping...

Yeah, this is my approach right now, I'm keeping a much larger distance while I'm riding. In fact, I'm now avoiding our MUPs as they've gotten too crowded for my comfort and it's not easy to keep...
03-22-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 471
Views: 36,765
Posted By winston63

I'm south of you, in Victoria. We've...

I'm south of you, in Victoria.

We've abandoned all our group rides - we were trying to do it as you described, but in the end we decided it was simply too difficult to really keep a safe distance...
03-22-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 471
Views: 36,765
Posted By winston63

I agree with you regarding transient passes out...

I agree with you regarding transient passes out doors. I'm continuing to ride solo and I'm generally able to keep my distance from other riders. If someone is riding slower than I want to go, I'll...
03-16-20, 02:00 PM
Replies: 471
Views: 36,765
Posted By winston63

Well, my riding has just been impacted in a way:...

Well, my riding has just been impacted in a way: my whole department is ordered to work from home unless you're providing an essential service. No more commuting for me.
03-13-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 471
Views: 36,765
Posted By winston63

So far this has had no effect on my riding, but I...

So far this has had no effect on my riding, but I expect that it will somewhere down the line. I'm currently fund raising for a charity ride that's scheduled for July: while that is still a ways off,...
01-27-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 981
Posted By winston63

wow, congratulations! That's an awesome...

wow, congratulations! That's an awesome achievement, and I'm sure it will translate into improved performance. I found that losing weight made a big difference for me, not just in terms of hill...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-20, 12:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,525
Posted By winston63

Scott makes great bikes and the Addict is a...

Scott makes great bikes and the Addict is a classic. Scott isn't common in my area either, but several years ago I test rode a Scott Solace and fell in love with the ride. I had been testing out...
Forum: Foo
01-17-20, 11:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 614
Posted By winston63

In my experience many of the new world (American)...

In my experience many of the new world (American) sours don't quite capture the complexity that I find in many of the classic Belgian sours. Of course that's a generalization and there may be some...
01-17-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 702
Posted By winston63

Yes, I ride considerably more than I drive, but...

Yes, I ride considerably more than I drive, but I've deliberately replaced most of my driving with bike trips. I cycled around 6500 km in 2019, I probably drove no more than a few hundred km.
12-17-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 12,932
Posted By winston63

I just wanted to highlight your mention of toe...

I just wanted to highlight your mention of toe straps. while I haven't used those, I've used zip ties for the same effect. I recently had one combination of tire/rim that I couldn't mount even with a...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,124
Posted By winston63

Good to hear from you, and glad that you are...

Good to hear from you, and glad that you are getting good support through this. Continuing to pray for your recovery...
Forum: Foo
11-05-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,555
Posted By winston63

Congratulations, that's fantastic! I think...

Congratulations, that's fantastic!

I think you nailed it - keto may be an excellent way for some people to maintain the CICO balance they need for weight loss and maintenance. I also think you are...
Forum: Foo
11-03-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,555
Posted By winston63

I did have issues with high blood pressure and it...

I did have issues with high blood pressure and it is something that I have to be careful about - my Dad has had problems and even a stroke some years back.

For me, my blood pressure dropped when I...
Forum: Foo
11-01-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,555
Posted By winston63

Yeah, it took me a while to figure out that it's...

Yeah, it took me a while to figure out that it's simply calories in vs calories out - once I found a reasonably reliable way to track both I found it relatively easy to lose weight and keep it off.
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10-22-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,624
Posted By winston63

Yes, I swapped out the stock aluminum seat post...

Yes, I swapped out the stock aluminum seat post in my Diverge for one of those and it makes a big difference. But that's clearly due to the design, I don't know that a 'regular' carbon seat post...
Forum: Commuting
10-13-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,124
Posted By winston63

Oh that’s terrible news - so sorry to hear that. ...

Oh that’s terrible news - so sorry to hear that.

You have my prayers for a full recovery, for strength during the treatment and support for you and your family at this difficult time.
10-11-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,990
Posted By winston63

I get some discomfort around oh, 70 or 80 kms or...

I get some discomfort around oh, 70 or 80 kms or so, but it does depend on which bike I'm riding and how I'm riding.

I did a very fast (for me) 100k group ride recently on my Scott and I don't...
10-07-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,381
Posted By winston63

If I want to stay dry on my commute I'll wear...

If I want to stay dry on my commute I'll wear some MEC waterproof/breathable rain pants.

I will say that if I'm doing any sort of long/energetic ride I generally forgo the rain pants because I'll...
Forum: Fatbikes
10-01-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,514
Posted By winston63

I get passed by fast fat bikes on the local MUP...

I get passed by fast fat bikes on the local MUP all the time - of course these are e-fat bikes. They've become a real common thing around here.
09-30-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 15,017
Posted By winston63

I'm certainly not as competent or comfortable...

I'm certainly not as competent or comfortable with it as I was in my younger days, but I will say it depends quite a bit on the bike I'm riding.

I can control my AWOL relatively easily...
09-12-19, 02:39 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 15,092
Posted By winston63

Yeah I almost always wear bike shorts when I'm...

Yeah I almost always wear bike shorts when I'm riding now, even over short distances where it's not 'necessary'. I'm just so much more comfortable in cycling kit.

I will sometimes hop on the AWOL...
09-12-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 15,092
Posted By winston63

Logically, this makes sense to me - with proper...

Logically, this makes sense to me - with proper laundering there isn't any health issue whatsoever. However, a slightly irrational part of me gets icked out by the thought of wearing used...
Forum: Touring
09-05-19, 06:15 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,549
Posted By winston63

Iím with Brian25, waterproof is a definite...

Iím with Brian25, waterproof is a definite feature. A number of waterproof panniers are just big bags though, if you want pockets for organization that can narrow your choices.

One compromise that...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,974
Posted By winston63

Thanks for the photos - it looks like you got...

Thanks for the photos - it looks like you got fantastic weather for the trip!

Too bad you couldn’t complete the loop this time, but you’ve got a good sense of the area for next year. And I agree,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,031
Posted By winston63

Generally I cut them. If a tag is small and I...

Generally I cut them. If a tag is small and I can't feel it I might leave it on out of laziness, but any long tags are getting cut.
07-23-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,911
Posted By winston63

In my weight loss journey I have found the...

In my weight loss journey I have found the process frustratingly non-linear, but ultimately if you stick with it youíll get there.

There were plenty of times when my weight loss would plateau or...
07-16-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,911
Posted By winston63

Congratulations! Thatís fantastic and...

Congratulations!

Thatís fantastic and inspirational, really awesome that youíve been able to get to where you are at.

I agree that counting calories does work. My weight loss wasnít quite as...
Forum: Touring
06-28-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,268
Posted By winston63

Yeah, I've only once been stung by a bee on a...

Yeah, I've only once been stung by a bee on a ride, and it was because the bee somehow got caught up in my jersey. But I've been stung by wasps considerably more often, though not yet this year....
06-13-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,740
Posted By winston63

Absolutely I do - but it's easy because cycling...

Absolutely I do - but it's easy because cycling is encouraged and supported at my workpace. We have a secure covered lockup area, showers and a bike repair station with tools and supplies.

Bike to...
06-13-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,624
Posted By winston63

I think I was something of an outlier, but my...

I think I was something of an outlier, but my recovery from a large inguinal hernai repair was very slow. I couldn't ride for three months post surgery, though I began walking everywhere in place of...
06-11-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,069
Posted By winston63

Despite my warning regarding Highway 20 I do...

Despite my warning regarding Highway 20 I do think Port Townsend is worth including if you can. It is an awesome town in such a picturesque setting!

Sequim to Port Angeles is only about 20 miles...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,391
Posted By winston63

We're obsessed with this now in North America,...

We're obsessed with this now in North America, but when I was a kid most folks bathed about once a week on average and we didn't wash clothing with anywhere near the frequency that we do now. And...
06-04-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,069
Posted By winston63

There's one section of Highway 20 that is narrow...

There's one section of Highway 20 that is narrow with no shoulder and a fair bit of traffic, including big trucks. I've ridden it and I know lots of other folks who have and it's certainly doable but...
05-30-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,624
Posted By winston63

I had mesh repair four years ago, and for sure I...

I had mesh repair four years ago, and for sure I feel it from time to time. Usually it's a complete non-issue but there are times when it feels a bit uncomfortable.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 2,884
Views: 370,501
Posted By winston63

Agreed - I've mostly experienced positive...

Agreed - I've mostly experienced positive interactions with others when riding in a paceline and I've found it to be fun and surprisingly social.

But then again, maybe I don't ride with 'serious'...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,974
Posted By winston63

That sounds great! That will give you lots...

That sounds great!

That will give you lots of time to enjoy the scenery, stop at some great viewpoints and really take it in. You'll be riding through some really fantastic areas: make sure you...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-07-19, 03:52 PM
Replies: 326
Views: 33,741
Posted By winston63

That sounds a lot better than what I've got! But...

That sounds a lot better than what I've got! But really, despite my posts on this I don't find that it's all that much of a big deal. And there are some things that I really like about thru-axles.
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