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01-02-22, 04:09 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 10,161
Posted By IronM

When your childhood toys are now sold only in...

When your childhood toys are now sold only in antique stores... that hurts
01-02-22, 04:03 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,890
Posted By IronM

That's an impressive field fix. I tore a...

That's an impressive field fix. I tore a sidewall of a tubless tire open on a closed fire service road this past fall; I had to boot it with a bunch of tire patches; a dollar bill and a couple...
01-02-22, 03:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,969
Posted By IronM

I'm no longer in the shape I was when racing; but...

I'm no longer in the shape I was when racing; but I'm not 100% convinced it's healthy to maintain that level of stress forever. I still have my moments & on a good day hold my own, but overall I've...
01-02-22, 03:32 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,280
Posted By IronM

I'm 57; not 'old' but just older than some. I...

I'm 57; not 'old' but just older than some. I never really felt my age until just a few years ago, but am determined to keep going the best I can for the foreseeable future & then some. Right now...
01-02-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,339
Posted By IronM

I've got exactly the same injury in my left...

I've got exactly the same injury in my left quad/hip flexor. It primary hurts on the upstroke, when riding with power or climbing a hill; and is really bothersome after a half hour. My...
01-02-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,279
Posted By IronM

I used to race; my motivation was for the...

I used to race; my motivation was for the adventure and challenge & I got a kick out of the competition. Now that no longer race, my motivation remaining unchanged; still adventure and challenge....
07-29-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,062
Posted By IronM

I've observed that most of the flying sweat comes...

I've observed that most of the flying sweat comes from the helmet, which does a good job of capturing it for release at 22 mph. So, I always rides with a 'Headsweats' cap under my helmet to help...
07-29-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,691
Posted By IronM

If I could have only one bike, it would be my...

If I could have only one bike, it would be my gravel bike. it's OK on the road, Good on 95% of the gravel I come across, and 'so-so' on many MTB trails. When I travel, I bring my gravel bike for...
07-29-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 25,967
Posted By IronM

Speed is very much 'it depends'. Myself; on the...

Speed is very much 'it depends'. Myself; on the road I can sometime still hang with the regional racers & do OK in the sprint (but usually I'm dropped on the big climb). But usually I'm just...
07-29-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 25,967
Posted By IronM

I'm in North Georgia, where there are plenty of...

I'm in North Georgia, where there are plenty of mountains. Once I joined a Florida group in one of those screaming fast pace lines - Fun, but that 'always on' threshold endurance zone was super hard...
07-25-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,784
Posted By IronM

I carry a Garmin Inreach. I got it mostly for...

I carry a Garmin Inreach. I got it mostly for bikepacking; but it's also good peace of mind on day trips. Where I ride is heavily forested, so it works so-so. I consider it & the monthly...
07-24-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,784
Posted By IronM

Losing riding partners?

So I went down today on a solo MTB/grave/adventure ride up in the nearby National Forest. Luckily neither I nor my bike were seriously hurt & I was able to get out. I also carry a GPS communicator...
07-24-21, 06:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,906
Posted By IronM

Over the decades, I've had countless encounters...

Over the decades, I've had countless encounters with dogs, maybe 1,000 (?). Where I live now, pit bulls are the dog of choice. Anymore, I refuse to be chased, which is a good way to either get bit...
05-01-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,289
Posted By IronM

No; not formally; I don't really race much...

No; not formally; I don't really race much anymore (maybe a gravel thing here and there for fun). But yes; I do believe structured training & intervals, atop a strong base, is very beneficial. ...
05-01-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,058
Posted By IronM

I was thinking the exact thing on my last...

I was thinking the exact thing on my last bikepacking trip in the mountains a couple weeks ago; Though cancer may get me in the end; if I was to pass up there in the woods doing what I love,...
01-19-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,319
Posted By IronM

Still working; lost my motivation 2020 with the...

Still working; lost my motivation 2020 with the pandemic; no races/events planned. Took time off, so ended up with only 2K miles; normally I do 6-7K.
However, I'm not doing that to myself again,...
01-19-21, 08:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,264
Posted By IronM

My Saturday ritual: Ride all morning. Have...

My Saturday ritual: Ride all morning. Have lunch; usually watching "Chasing Classic Cars" on Motortrend. Nap. Wake up at 4:00 & conclude it's too late to do anything else that day, despite the...
01-19-21, 08:49 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,128
Posted By IronM

Awesome! A few years ago I had some heart...

Awesome!
A few years ago I had some heart issues & had to do a stress test. They hooked me up, put me on the treadmill and told me to go until I couldn't. So I did. The kept ramping up the...
01-19-21, 08:43 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,128
Posted By IronM

I remember back to when I was 24, visiting an...

I remember back to when I was 24, visiting an Aunt who was mid-90's. I had to wait for her as she was on a walk on the beach; a former competitive athlete, she had always been in shape. When she...
01-19-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 25,967
Posted By IronM

Speed is relative. On my heavy 'all-purpose'...

Speed is relative. On my heavy 'all-purpose' bike (Ti CX with 28mm road tires) I might average 15.5 mph on a solo 50 mile, 4000kft climbing day. On my race bike; same ride maybe 17-18 mph solo if...
01-19-21, 08:27 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,614
Posted By IronM

Back in the day, I rode a standard. Now my...

Back in the day, I rode a standard. Now my favorite bike has a 46/36 on it. I thought for sure I'd be spinning out a lot, but honestly I've grown use to it and it hasn't been a problem unless...
01-19-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,383
Posted By IronM

I don't really plan the land. My last was on a...

I don't really plan the land. My last was on a MTB when I clipped my bars on a fast descent. Time stood still as I wrestled a sideways bike, with that slow and low "NOOOOO" like in the movies. I...
01-03-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,204
Posted By IronM

One of the strongest rides I know carries a ham &...

One of the strongest rides I know carries a ham & cheese sandwich to eat half way (usually while waiting for me atop the mountain gap).
Myself, it's just a cliff bar at at around 50 miles, an Fig...
01-03-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 256
Views: 49,021
Posted By IronM

I worry only a little. I can be very...

I worry only a little. I can be very competitive, and can get good results when training with power and analyzing all the metrics as to best maximize fitness and form. However, most of these...
01-03-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 1,034
Views: 258,264
Posted By IronM

following! I just strapped on a set of...

following! I just strapped on a set of Speedrockers yesterday & found out quickly that I could really use this extension.
01-03-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 25,749
Posted By IronM

As I always say, "What I lack in youth, I make up...

As I always say, "What I lack in youth, I make up with immaturity"
I name my cars (true), but never my bikes; just "The Ridley", "The Niner", etc. But unlike my cars, I sometimes think my bikes...
01-03-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 25,749
Posted By IronM

I kept the names they were born with; proceeded...

I kept the names they were born with; proceeded with "The" as one uses "Mister".
So I have 'The Foundry', 'The Niner', 'The Fuji".
I know it's not original, but they've never seemed to mind it.
01-03-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 25,967
Posted By IronM

I could descent OK back when I was racing, but...

I could descent OK back when I was racing, but now I take it REALLY easy. People have died.
Especially after 2020 & time off, my average speed is way off. Lately I've ridden nothing by my chunky...
01-03-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,460
Posted By IronM

I'm one of the unfortunate few with a congenital...

I'm one of the unfortunate few with a congenital issue that makes waking painful & running nearly impossible. But as cycling is largely not weight-bearing, I can do that just fine; so that's been my...
01-03-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,061
Posted By IronM

I can meditate on endurance rides. I find that...

I can meditate on endurance rides. I find that 'all day pace' & then let myself go. Eventual I come around I often have a 'now where the heck am I?" moment.
If on a 'hard' solo ride, I imaging...
11-29-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,616
Posted By IronM

Depends on what you're trying to do. If racing,...

Depends on what you're trying to do. If racing, you might do well with a coach who can give feedback, advice and adjust your plan as necessary.
Most of the 50+ training plans I see basically follow...
11-29-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 475
Views: 85,036
Posted By IronM

This past fall, on a gravel grinder up on the...

This past fall, on a gravel grinder up on the mountains of north Georgia...
11-29-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,036
Posted By IronM

Where I ride, it might start cold but the day...

Where I ride, it might start cold but the day usually warms. For 45 degrees to 60 I just wear solar sleeves (Pearl Izumi) & take them off above 65. for 35 to maybe 55 degrees I wear thermal arm...
09-08-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,675
Posted By IronM

On solo rides in the north Georgia mountains, I...

On solo rides in the north Georgia mountains, I realized that if something went bad, It's a long 20 mile walk at night though the forest - So I've taken to carrying a good tool kit (don't forget a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,232
Posted By IronM

Worst climb I've done is a 25% grade on...

Worst climb I've done is a 25% grade on 'Powehouse Road" in Georgia that leads to the top of a tall dam. I was riding with my skinny racing friends.who are climbers & shot right up. Tying to keep...
07-03-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 9,615
Posted By IronM

When I was still racing, I'd avoid the 'junk...

When I was still racing, I'd avoid the 'junk mikes' (always hated that term), except maybe the odd Sunday ride where I was just horsing around with friends. But now that I'm not competing, I don't...
05-20-20, 06:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 748
Posted By IronM

I find a lot of great rides on 'Ride with GPS',...

I find a lot of great rides on 'Ride with GPS', and is where I build my ride routes.
To find routs; I 1st look for rides already published to 'Ride with GPS', with keyword "gravel".
Like you, I...
05-20-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,644
Posted By IronM

IMHO opinion, it's not so much the bike as it is...

IMHO opinion, it's not so much the bike as it is the terrain. Gravel just robs power; thus speed. Gravel speed depends greatly on conditions - loose, dry, wet, rocky. So on gravel, to me speed is...
12-29-19, 02:56 PM
Replies: 1,034
Views: 258,264
Posted By IronM

I gave in and put a Redshift Shock Stop stem on...

I gave in and put a Redshift Shock Stop stem on my gravel bike. I run 40's tubeless about about 33 lbs; but even then the rougher forest service roads were just beating me up too much. So far -...
12-29-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,042
Posted By IronM

For me, the transition from racing to enthusiast...

For me, the transition from racing to enthusiast was hard. Inside, I still felt 30, but If I could look past my ego I could see my abilities scaling back. I was struggling to maintain that ‘edge’...
09-12-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,045
Posted By IronM

It can take years of consistent riding to build...

It can take years of consistent riding to build up a solid base & fitness. It really depends on your starting fitness & goals on a bike. Some train for century rides, others are content to ride...
09-12-19, 08:39 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 35,042
Posted By IronM

Well, I've been riding for 40+ years with lots of...

Well, I've been riding for 40+ years with lots of miles.. and lots of harassment. I leave out the stories of the more serious ones.
There no counting how many of that there is in a year.. x 40...
09-08-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 35,042
Posted By IronM

I deal with the harassment by ignoring them. They...

I deal with the harassment by ignoring them. They feel empowered by the security and power of their car, and they can run away really, really quickly.
Funny how I've never had anyone confront me in...
06-02-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,157
Posted By IronM

I was racing masters on local team; one by one we...

I was racing masters on local team; one by one we slowly got into gravel. A lot of that had to do with loss of good road riding with the unchecked urban sprawl of Atlanta. It's also because...
06-02-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,499
Posted By IronM

Motivation is tough. I use to race masters...

Motivation is tough. I use to race masters mostly so that I would have a purpose to train. Now that I don't race, I mostly train out of habit and ego. I allowed myself to put on 20 or so pounds,...
05-05-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 10,120
Posted By IronM

Yes, in a self-righteous disdain sort of way. ...

Yes, in a self-righteous disdain sort of way. Which bring up a 2nd misconception that cyclist are not being careful. Example: I'm on the computer this very moment - a sunny afternoon, because this...
05-05-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,656
Posted By IronM

I grew up north, in snow country. As I kid, I...

I grew up north, in snow country. As I kid, I remember hearing how somebody put fishing line across a snowmobile trail and it decapitated someone. Seriously, why anyone would do this is just plain...
05-05-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 10,120
Posted By IronM

I've been putting off cameras for a long time,...

I've been putting off cameras for a long time, but stories like this.. wow. Makes me think.
At least if I'm taken out, my wife and family would have know what happened.

But I wouldn't have ...
05-05-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,821
Posted By IronM

"Desperately trying to be a 'has-been' than a...

"Desperately trying to be a 'has-been' than a 'never-was'" - me.
05-05-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,155
Posted By IronM

I got 'Snake Farm' (Ray Wyle Hubbard) stuck in my...

I got 'Snake Farm' (Ray Wyle Hubbard) stuck in my head the other day Don't even know how I know that song, but there it was, rattling around & keeping perfect tempo during a long endurance ride.
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