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08-25-10, 03:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 724
Posted By CAJohn

I just did my first tri last weekend, similar...

I just did my first tri last weekend, similar distances to yours, down in Pleasanton. If you've never done a tri, there's some details you should cover. Namely, the transitions are a bit weird and...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-10, 04:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,316
Posted By CAJohn

Airless tires are apparently awful. Several books...

Airless tires are apparently awful. Several books I've read (Lennard Zinn, Robert Hurst) say that cushioning is the major advantage of pneumatic tires. They even call them one of the major...
Forum: Commuting
08-21-10, 08:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 22,830
Posted By CAJohn

I use the M324 and haven't had any problems with...

I use the M324 and haven't had any problems with it. The platform side is very grippy and makes it very hard to slide your foot off. I usually clip in, though!
Forum: Triathlon
08-21-10, 08:35 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 8,169
Posted By CAJohn

I just finished my first tri. 400 yard swim, 10...

I just finished my first tri. 400 yard swim, 10 mile ride, 3 mile run. Pretty short, but it was a lot of fun! I rocked the swim (used to race) and then settled in for a morning of being passed :) ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-10, 05:13 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,493
Posted By CAJohn

Why wouldn't anybody employ a road bicycle for...

Why wouldn't anybody employ a road bicycle for transport?

:)
Forum: Triathlon
08-19-10, 05:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,828
Posted By CAJohn

Go try it out, or a similar route. I think you'll...

Go try it out, or a similar route. I think you'll be surprised. You won't go as fast as you're used to, but it's very easily done.

For contrast, I have a daily commute of 4 miles and 1000 feet...
Forum: Triathlon
08-18-10, 09:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 569
Posted By CAJohn

That sounds like a really fun swim! What a...

That sounds like a really fun swim! What a blast... and you'll have warm water to train in. I'm a bit jealous ;)
Forum: Triathlon
08-17-10, 03:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 904
Posted By CAJohn

Regardless of the -measured- height of the waves,...

Regardless of the -measured- height of the waves, it sounds like you swam in conditions far outside most people's first triathlons. I'm impressed! Don't let my questions take away from your...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-10, 09:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,956
Posted By CAJohn

I've got these Shimano M324 ...

I've got these Shimano M324 (http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-PD-M324-Clipless-Clip-Pedals/dp/B001AT33CW/)pedals on my commuter. Since going clipless with them, I haven't used the platform side more...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-10, 09:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,227
Posted By CAJohn

Fisher, that's very, very close to the hill I go...

Fisher, that's very, very close to the hill I go up (.6 miles, 11% grade)! It will get easier, I promise, and faster than you think. I still sweat buckets going up, but I am quite a bit faster now!...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-10, 09:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,456
Posted By CAJohn

+1; I strongly echo this. At least stick with it...

+1; I strongly echo this. At least stick with it for a week or two before giving it up. Alternatively, try a gel cover after a week or two if you MUST, but I firmly believe gel saddles or covers are...
Forum: Touring
08-16-10, 04:08 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,854
Posted By CAJohn

Drmweaver2, I just read this entire thread. The...

Drmweaver2, I just read this entire thread. The responses are, ah, quite clear. Some people take liquid gatorade. Some of THOSE people would have loved the powder on their tours. A few wouldn't...
08-16-10, 03:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 761
Posted By CAJohn

It's what bicycling needs - highly placed cycling...

It's what bicycling needs - highly placed cycling advocates. If more mayors, city officials, traffic officials, cops, etc see what it's like from a cyclist's perspective, we might get more sympathy,...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-10, 03:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,227
Posted By CAJohn

I didn't see this suggestion yet... and the...

I didn't see this suggestion yet... and the humidity may defeat it... but try dumping water on your head! It feels incredible. If the humidity is a huge factor, consider an insulated bottle. I had my...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-10, 02:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,366
Posted By CAJohn

Kelpy, I was in the same situation a few years...

Kelpy, I was in the same situation a few years ago. I ended up going to my LBS and buying the second-cheapest bike there. It was a Giant MTB with absolutely nothing special except a cheap front...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-10, 02:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 504
Posted By CAJohn

Good thing there aren't too many car-free folks,...

Good thing there aren't too many car-free folks, or that number would go negative if you balanced out the lack of new cars! ;)
Forum: Commuting
08-16-10, 02:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,456
Posted By CAJohn

Spool, I'll echo the posters above. Make...

Spool, I'll echo the posters above.

Make sure the saddle is set up right (hard for a newbie). Level isn't a bad start. Locate your sit bones. Verify you're actually putting them on the saddle, and...
Forum: Triathlon
08-16-10, 02:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 904
Posted By CAJohn

15 FOOT waves?!? Was that an official...

15 FOOT waves?!? Was that an official measurement? 15 foot waves would only be do-able if the surf zone was tiny, and then only for veteran open water swimmers - speaking as a surfer here. Glad to...
08-15-10, 08:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,344
Posted By CAJohn

DiabloScott, would that be a section of the Iron...

DiabloScott, would that be a section of the Iron Horse trail and then onto the Contra Costa Canal Trail? I see the trails on Google Earth if you enable the bicycling layer. Been planning a ride from...
Forum: Triathlon
08-15-10, 10:14 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 8,169
Posted By CAJohn

Yep, congratulations Cooker! It's encouraging...

Yep, congratulations Cooker! It's encouraging that you want to do another tri again! I wouldn't worry about the 11 seconds over an hour; I imagine you'll be much faster at your next tri. You already...
Forum: Triathlon
08-15-10, 10:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 751
Posted By CAJohn

Yes, the fivefinger sole is completely flexible. ...

Yes, the fivefinger sole is completely flexible.

I've always wondered about this 'main advantage of proper bike shoes', though. The same theory applies to running shoes, thus the arch support and...
Forum: Triathlon
08-14-10, 03:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 751
Posted By CAJohn

I've been using FiveFingers too, and love them. I...

I've been using FiveFingers too, and love them. I never ran much in running shoes, so can't really compare the two. I used to use the fivefingers on the bike for casual and training rides....
Forum: Triathlon
08-13-10, 08:45 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 8,169
Posted By CAJohn

Good luck cooker! I have my first next weekend....

Good luck cooker! I have my first next weekend. Let us know how yours goes!
Forum: Commuting
08-12-10, 04:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,465
Posted By CAJohn

These are the problems I have with the AirZound...

These are the problems I have with the AirZound as well. The plastic bottle is already scuffed up from wear against objects. I'm afraid to fill it over half pressure because of the scratches. I also...
Forum: Commuting
08-08-10, 09:43 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,253
Posted By CAJohn

Recently I saw quite a surprise: a unicycle race....

Recently I saw quite a surprise: a unicycle race. 10 extremely sweaty, wobbly unicyclists came screaming along the road, racing numbers attached. After getting one of them to gasp out the name of the...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-10, 09:09 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 11,049
Posted By CAJohn

I commute just over 4 miles each way, with an...

I commute just over 4 miles each way, with an elevation change of 1000 feet. Takes me just under 13 minutes to get to work, and about 40 minutes to get home. Haven't had a flat in 700 miles of...
Forum: Triathlon
08-06-10, 04:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 977
Posted By CAJohn

Adamtki, I haven't swum a tri in those...

Adamtki, I haven't swum a tri in those conditions, but I have been in the ocean in those conditions quite a bit.

First off, are you sure the water's actually 68 degrees off of Seattle? It's...
Forum: Commuting
08-03-10, 05:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,252
Posted By CAJohn

The e-bike kits out here cut off at 20 mph, makes...

The e-bike kits out here cut off at 20 mph, makes them pretty hard to abuse. Also makes them pretty pointless, too. Homemade ones, of course, are a different story.
Forum: Commuting
07-27-10, 10:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,603
Posted By CAJohn

Thanks for posting that pic, irclean. I have been...

Thanks for posting that pic, irclean. I have been deciding between drop bars, trekking bars, etc, for my commuter. I love the look of those bars! Good to know different controls aren't required :)
Forum: Commuting
07-27-10, 10:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,603
Posted By CAJohn

Is it possible to fit the Mirrcycle MTB Bar End...

Is it possible to fit the Mirrcycle MTB Bar End Mirror with those Ergon grips? I really like the look of them but don't want to give up my mirror. Looking at the other bike-mounted mirrors on Amazon,...
Forum: Commuting
07-27-10, 10:09 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,753
Posted By CAJohn

Hah, this thread finally made me post here on BF....

Hah, this thread finally made me post here on BF.

I started cycling to work three months ago and let me tell you: your 'hill' is just a rise in the road ;)
My entire commute is 4.2 miles each way...
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