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11-04-13, 12:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,069
Posted By PatW

Bonking in the usage I have seen it is glycogen...

Bonking in the usage I have seen it is glycogen depletion. Once you glycogen reserves are gone, your body has to burn fat. Fat takes twice as much oxygen to liberate the same amount of ATP, that is...
09-30-13, 10:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,340
Posted By PatW

As stated above, everyone is different. My wife...

As stated above, everyone is different. My wife can not eat anything solid before or during a ride. She uses those little GU packets.

I used to be able to get up and not eat and do 70 miles...
09-26-13, 09:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 773
Posted By PatW

I ride a road bike. I ride 23 mm tires and get...

I ride a road bike. I ride 23 mm tires and get almost 2000 miles on a rear tire. Front tires wear much more slowly. Years ago, I used to run tires until I had ply sowing. I don't do that now. ...
09-26-13, 08:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,451
Posted By PatW

I live in Central Fl. During the summer, a 70 oz...

I live in Central Fl. During the summer, a 70 oz camelback and a 28 oz water bottle will see me through a 50 mile ride. Even with that intake, I come in a bit dehydrated.
09-26-13, 08:51 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,654
Posted By PatW

It sounds as if you are well prepared for the...

It sounds as if you are well prepared for the event. In my case, I have found that the excitement of the event can easily lead me to go faster than is prudent early on. I tend to try to ride well...
09-23-13, 09:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,061
Posted By PatW

In warm weather, I really don't need any rain...

In warm weather, I really don't need any rain gear. In cold weather, I just need something to keep the rain off of my skin. I bought a cheap nylon rain suit years ago and it has served me well. ...
05-23-13, 01:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 699
Posted By PatW

Nothing like a camera to kill your average speed....

Nothing like a camera to kill your average speed. Thanks for sharing.
03-30-13, 04:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,781
Posted By PatW

I have had it. Usually, it is associated with...

I have had it. Usually, it is associated with three things: being in good shape, riding hard that day, and getting up quickly from a sitting position. I have found that if I just lean against...
01-01-13, 11:27 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,476
Posted By PatW

I went out and rode for 41 miles. The...

I went out and rode for 41 miles. The temperature was 54 degrees at the start which is considered pretty cool in Central FL. It was a nice ride. The traffic was very light. I did see a pickup...
12-27-12, 12:12 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,436
Posted By PatW

For many people, bicycles are supposed to be...

For many people, bicycles are supposed to be purchased and then hung up in the garage. I don't think they believe that bicycles should ever be ridden. They get apoplectic if someone rides on their...
12-27-12, 12:05 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,240
Posted By PatW

I do about 2-3 centuries per year. I do 50 mile...

I do about 2-3 centuries per year. I do 50 mile rides most weekends. I have done solo centuries but that was some time ago. In these days with cell phones, suffering a break down in the boonies is...
12-26-12, 12:21 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,970
Posted By PatW

My most recent flat was on the Horrible Hundred...

My most recent flat was on the Horrible Hundred back in November. It was a front flat at about mile 65. I hate front flats because the bike handling gets squirrely. I was not able to find the...
12-25-12, 10:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By PatW

Christmas Ride

I went out for my normal Christmas ride. One of the compensations for the hot, humid summers in central FL is the fact that one can ride all year. I was admonished to keep the ride short.

I...
12-12-12, 12:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,618
Posted By PatW

Well, unless it gets pretty cool, I just get wet....

Well, unless it gets pretty cool, I just get wet. I figure that if I put on rain gear and it is moderately warm, I will just sweat and stew in that. However, cold and rain is a bad thing to suffer...
12-05-12, 12:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,170
Posted By PatW

I live in Central Florida. It is hotter than the...

I live in Central Florida. It is hotter than the coasts but it has a better road net. It can get chilly episodically in the winter with lows dipping into the low 30's or even *gasp* the upper...
11-29-12, 03:12 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,139
Posted By PatW

I had a fall a couple of week ago, but it was the...

I had a fall a couple of week ago, but it was the first one in about 6 years with about 3000 miles/year. I am a road rider and I have had longer stretches (meaning more mile) with no falls.

But...
11-27-12, 11:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 600
Posted By PatW

Good cross post Rowan. I have not dropped in at...

Good cross post Rowan. I have not dropped in at the road cycling forum for a long time. The discussion was quite rational and also rather sensitive to the original poster.
11-27-12, 11:41 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,470
Posted By PatW

I have had cracks like that in wheels before. ...

I have had cracks like that in wheels before. When a wheel cracks, it is at the end of its useful life. Once I discovered a crack, my policy was to get a new wheel. You could just replace the rims...
11-20-12, 01:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 689
Posted By PatW

Good report Bob. I did the Horrible Hundred on...

Good report Bob. I did the Horrible Hundred on Sunday. As you said, it was a bit cool and windy. At least it was not cold enough to require tights and gloves.

To give some of the others an...
11-11-12, 01:28 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,964
Posted By PatW

I have one of these too. Measuring the chain...

I have one of these too. Measuring the chain wear by the ruler approach was always a pain for me because it is a pretty small amount and I was never confident that I was getting a good reading. The...
10-25-12, 10:50 AM
Replies: 257
Views: 8,161
Posted By PatW

I do not see whether Lance Armstrong used...

I do not see whether Lance Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs or not detracts in any way from his work with and for the Livestrong foundation. That makes him a hero. You are a hero for your...
10-23-12, 11:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,504
Posted By PatW

The mysterious noice problem. I have had a few...

The mysterious noice problem. I have had a few of those. I remember once I had one. Often I have gotten them and it was a matter of cleaning, lubing and tighting the bolts on the chain rings. ...
10-23-12, 11:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 611
Posted By PatW

Well, As EJA just said, physically such a thing...

Well, As EJA just said, physically such a thing should not be a problem. I think that I could ride 50+ miles per day given the time and inclination without difficulty. It is just a matter of...
10-22-12, 12:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,579
Posted By PatW

It has been a long time since I have bothered to...

It has been a long time since I have bothered to have a cadence read out on a computer. But when I did, my cadence tended to run in the high 90s up to 110.

It is always good to try to get to...
10-17-12, 10:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 608
Posted By PatW

Epic is all in who is doing it. That sounds like...

Epic is all in who is doing it. That sounds like a good ride. Funny thing about horses. They like to eat each and every day.
10-16-12, 10:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 621
Posted By PatW

When Fred Flintstone's bike was mentioned, I...

When Fred Flintstone's bike was mentioned, I thought that it had stone wheels and a wooden frame but I couldn't remember exactly. I suppose my memory for the distant past still works. I wish it...
10-16-12, 10:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By PatW

The seat height is something that you really do...

The seat height is something that you really do not fool with once you get it dialed in. The height you select is about the bend in your legs at the knee joint at the bottom of the pedal stroke. I...
10-15-12, 12:12 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,546
Posted By PatW

Front flats are far more problematic then rear...

Front flats are far more problematic then rear flats. It is hard to keep the bike upright when the front tire goes flat. A sudden front tire flat can cause you to crash. It just depends on how...
10-15-12, 12:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,883
Posted By PatW

There is a problem with a fixed gear bike for...

There is a problem with a fixed gear bike for commuting or any road riding. The bike is a direct drive. Your speed will force your feet around. In order to keep your feet from rotating, you have...
10-12-12, 11:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 388
Posted By PatW

Congratulations with the successful bike ride. ...

Congratulations with the successful bike ride. It is nice to improve the fitness and the performance. It is even better to share the whole thing with a whole group of friends. Congratulations to...
10-12-12, 11:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 796
Posted By PatW

It can't hurt knowing the theory of bike repair. ...

It can't hurt knowing the theory of bike repair. There are a number of things that I do myself: repair flats, change tires, repack bearings, true wheels, adjust brakes, replace brake pads, change...
10-12-12, 11:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 979
Posted By PatW

I have had spokes break. However my spokes never...

I have had spokes break. However my spokes never felt inclined to take other bike components down with them. At least, they did not manage to include you in the mix. It must have been upsetting to...
10-08-12, 12:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By PatW

Training indoors is almost the ultimate in...

Training indoors is almost the ultimate in BOREDOM. So having something to provide some mental stimulation is really important. That means a little reading rack or watching TV. Now I ride pretty...
09-21-12, 02:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,297
Posted By PatW

Sure you can do it. Just do what you can at...

Sure you can do it. Just do what you can at first. Try to avoid the "no pain, no gain" notion. If you turn the bicycle into a platform of torture, you are not going to keep doing it. Go out and...
09-17-12, 12:36 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,563
Posted By PatW

Also, be aware that people lie. There is a local...

Also, be aware that people lie. There is a local loop around here of about 40-50 miles. Now I was considerably stronger when I was younger and could sustain speeds by myself around 23 mph. I have...
09-17-12, 12:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,629
Posted By PatW

It is almost impossible to lose weight by just...

It is almost impossible to lose weight by just cycling. No matter how much exercise you do, you can defeat it by eating enough hot fudge sundaes. I figure that burning a lb of fat requires about...
09-13-12, 11:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,123
Posted By PatW

Clips are a big advantage. They keep your shoe...

Clips are a big advantage. They keep your shoe in close contact with the pedal. You also get a bit of power on the upswing. The main advantage is clips allow a much higher RPM. Some peope like...
09-08-12, 12:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 547
Posted By PatW

You can make the call better than I can. Your...

You can make the call better than I can. Your wife may well want to go to extra length to properly observe the event, in which case, she might well enjoy making you an over the top dessert...
09-08-12, 12:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,406
Posted By PatW

My experience is very similar. I get transient...

My experience is very similar. I get transient hypotension if I am sitting down and relaxing especially on a day I done a hard ride and get up fast. I just have to grab something and keep still...
09-05-12, 04:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,743
Posted By PatW

That sounds like the voice of experience...

That sounds like the voice of experience speaking. Is there a story there?
09-04-12, 11:42 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,016
Posted By PatW

Not very many people can jump into a group ride...

Not very many people can jump into a group ride and hang on right from the start. It takes time and work to get the ability to maintain the sustained power required. Of course, with the popularity...
08-28-12, 11:15 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 10,973
Posted By PatW

Well, I used to ride a 13-24 with a 53/39. I...

Well, I used to ride a 13-24 with a 53/39. I could hit 38 mph on the flat in a 53/13 and then I was starting to spin out a bit. Excepting down hills, I don't think that one is going to use any of...
08-27-12, 11:05 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,669
Posted By PatW

Well, it depend......... I can get up a 20%...

Well, it depend.........

I can get up a 20% in a 42/26 for a short hill. But I would not want to try it for a long climb.

Considerations on gearing depend on the steepness of the hills, your...
08-27-12, 10:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 647
Posted By PatW

There are two issues with lighting. One is...

There are two issues with lighting. One is visibility. The other is illumination that is seeing things you might want to avoid. Illumination is speed dependent. It takes a pretty high powered...
08-27-12, 10:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,317
Posted By PatW

I live in Central Florida. So far so good. It...

I live in Central Florida. So far so good. It looks to be rainy today and maybe tomorrow which is a good thing. We are still "behind" on our rainfall. We seem to be getting more here then the...
08-24-12, 11:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,429
Posted By PatW

There are also a bunch of tour companies that...

There are also a bunch of tour companies that take small groups for rides in the Rockies.

If you go, the main thing is to have gearing that will let you ride up a 7% grade for an hour or so. ...
08-15-12, 11:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,352
Posted By PatW

Great photos. I enjoyed them but then again I am...

Great photos. I enjoyed them but then again I am partial to turtles. There is a certain proletariat charm about them.
08-14-12, 11:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,170
Posted By PatW

I have had cleats wear down until the little...

I have had cleats wear down until the little screws holding them in have worn nearly flat. Then I have to grind out a new slot so I can use a big honking screw driver to remove the screws so I can...
08-13-12, 10:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,002
Posted By PatW

We have good cycling and good kayaking in central...

We have good cycling and good kayaking in central Florida. You could kayak the rivers (like Juniper Springs Run which has alligators that look like they escaped from Jurassic Park) or you could go...
08-13-12, 10:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,030
Posted By PatW

It can drive you crazy can't it? I just go out...

It can drive you crazy can't it? I just go out with an allen wrench on a ride and adjust the seat multiple times until it "feels" right. Even a tiny adjustment makes a difference. Even differen...
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