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06-07-11, 11:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 38,894
Posted By Pat

Well, having a sore bottom when just starting...

Well, having a sore bottom when just starting cycling is to be EXPECTED. It is normal. Keep up the riding, and you muscles will get toned and you can ride for hours without undue discomfort*. Now,...
06-07-11, 11:20 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,137
Posted By Pat

Riding in the rain is not so bad as long as it is...

Riding in the rain is not so bad as long as it is reasonably warm. Of course, riding in heavy traffic in the rain is not a good idea but then again riding in heavy traffic is often not a good idea. ...
06-06-11, 10:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,467
Posted By Pat

I have not bothered to weigh myself after a...

I have not bothered to weigh myself after a century or even a series of sequential centuries. But on a century, one drinks copiously and eats a fair bit at least if one is going at any kind of speed...
06-05-11, 04:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,996
Posted By Pat

I am not female, but I had a couple of bad...

I am not female, but I had a couple of bad crashes about 8 years ago. I still went out and rode, but I was pretty tentative on corners. I am not sure what the deal with corners was, neither crash...
06-05-11, 05:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,368
Posted By Pat

Florida got a surprisingly high score. I know...

Florida got a surprisingly high score. I know Central Florida and not that much about the rest of the state. Central Florida has put in a number of paved bike trails which is good. They have...
05-20-11, 11:10 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,440
Posted By Pat

I wear just plain ole black cycling shoes. My...

I wear just plain ole black cycling shoes. My wife says I should wear white shoes which in her opinion are cooler in sticky muggy FL. But I figure that I will ride with these shoes as long as they...
05-20-11, 11:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 15,312
Posted By Pat

I have had good luck with Cinelli and Selle, both...

I have had good luck with Cinelli and Selle, both Italian. My latest saddle recently wore out (the leather was fraying). My wife was at her favorite bike shop (we are both cyclists and are a two...
05-19-11, 11:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 12,778
Posted By Pat

I do not think that calories taken in are...

I do not think that calories taken in are necessarily available as glycogen immediately.

The reason for this is that even when one eats on a long hard ride, one will eventually deplete the...
05-19-11, 11:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 587
Posted By Pat

I never seem to need recovery days. Oh I will...

I never seem to need recovery days. Oh I will take a "recovery" ride. If I rode hard the day before, then the muscles will warm up more slowly. I will ride at a lower pace. Often the muscles...
05-16-11, 10:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 367
Posted By Pat

Nice assortment of birds. Down here, I see...

Nice assortment of birds. Down here, I see Osprey, black vultures, red shouldered hawks, kingfishers, great egrets, cattle egrets, snowy egrets, great blue herons, cormorants, anhingas, pileated...
05-16-11, 10:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 750
Posted By Pat

It sounds to me as if you are pushing too big of...

It sounds to me as if you are pushing too big of a gear. Gear down and slow down. Also learn to spin (high RPMS). Spinning puts more burn in your quads but it eases off the problems in your knees....
05-15-11, 03:48 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,193
Posted By Pat

Long gradual climbs can be relentless. The thing...

Long gradual climbs can be relentless. The thing is to gear down and slow down to the level that you can handle. If you keep at it, the conditioning will come.
05-12-11, 10:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 657
Posted By Pat

Well, bikes and components have a cost/quality...

Well, bikes and components have a cost/quality curve. At the low end, a few more $$ can offer a noticeably improved riding experience. However, as you increase the cost, the quality gains tend to...
05-12-11, 10:38 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,207
Posted By Pat

Congratulations.

Congratulations.
05-10-11, 10:50 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,757
Posted By Pat

I don't feel very good today, lets take it easy.

I don't feel very good today, lets take it easy.
05-09-11, 11:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,055
Posted By Pat

Well Grouch, I hope you and the missus are up to...

Well Grouch, I hope you and the missus are up to your top grouching form in no time. Good luck.
05-09-11, 11:37 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,112
Posted By Pat

As other people have said, max heart rates do not...

As other people have said, max heart rates do not follow the 120-AGE equation. I had a friend who was 48 and I think I once pushed him up to 210. I know another guy who at 54 had a hard time...
05-07-11, 12:16 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,093
Posted By Pat

Pretty ride. That last photo had a good...

Pretty ride.

That last photo had a good shot of your finger on it. That was intentional wasn't it? Fingers are such camera lovers.
05-07-11, 12:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,233
Posted By Pat

Well around here in central FL, we have some...

Well around here in central FL, we have some climbs but most are short (big surprise) but can be steep (up to 14%). I generally diagnose the hill as a approach and plan my attack. I will generally...
05-06-11, 04:02 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,618
Posted By Pat

Federal Highway Money

Today, May 6, 2011, the Orlando Sentinel ran an article about funding from gas tax revenues for bike paths, bike lanes and sidewalks. Apparently, a central Florida congressman who is chairman of the...
05-06-11, 01:43 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,618
Posted By Pat

Doing away with federal money for bike lanes, bike paths and sidewalks

According to today's Orlando Sentinel, John Mica a representative from central FL who is the chairman of the house transportation committee, wants to take all federal funding away from bike lanes,...
05-06-11, 10:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Posted By Pat

I like trainers that use fly wheels. The problem...

I like trainers that use fly wheels. The problem with other kinds of trainers is if you slow your rpm even slightly the bike slows down IMMEDIATELY. A fly wheel will give the trainer the feel of...
05-04-11, 12:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,451
Posted By Pat

Unless you were in the bike when you dropped it,...

Unless you were in the bike when you dropped it, it will be ok. Helmets are made for serious impacts whilst cushioning a human's body weight. Just dropping it on the garage floor will not hurt it.
05-04-11, 11:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 612
Posted By Pat

The fit is the most important thing. It sounds...

The fit is the most important thing. It sounds as if you have it dialed in. Glad you like your new ride.
05-04-11, 11:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By Pat

Good job. Out of the frying pan and into the...

Good job. Out of the frying pan and into the flowers.
05-03-11, 11:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 512
Posted By Pat

I would suggest an inexpensive road bike over a...

I would suggest an inexpensive road bike over a flat bar.

The best thing to do is go to the local bike shop and talk to the people. Try out hybrids and road bikes and see which you like. Tell...
05-03-11, 11:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,361
Posted By Pat

That was a pretty good bike in its day. ...

That was a pretty good bike in its day. Currently, an ultegra equipped bike would go for over $3000.

Another thing, bikes do not wear out that fast. Except for wear components (brake pads,...
05-03-11, 11:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,605
Posted By Pat

Most shorts these days have synthetic chamois...

Most shorts these days have synthetic chamois (the real kind comes from a kind of goat leather). Synthetic chamois are washable. You should not have any problem just throwing them into the washing...
05-02-11, 11:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 310
Posted By Pat

The AT is strictly a hiking trail. Also, it can...

The AT is strictly a hiking trail. Also, it can be difficult going on foot. Trying to ride it is not a good idea and horribly inappropriate. It is not as if there are not plenty of great road...
05-01-11, 10:23 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,509
Posted By Pat

As long as it has a chest strap, it should be...

As long as it has a chest strap, it should be fine. The chest strap cues off of the electrical fields generated by the heart whilst it beats. Of course, you can find some interesting readings if...
04-28-11, 11:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 544
Posted By Pat

Depends. Any training you do is better than...

Depends. Any training you do is better than training that you don't do. Well is that opaque enough? I believe that outside is better. But if because of rain, wind, weather or schedule, it is...
04-28-11, 11:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 397
Posted By Pat

So far so good. From what I have heard on retina...

So far so good. From what I have heard on retina procedures, they tend to be conservative. They tack down a bit. Wait. Look. And tack down more until it is done. So it might take a few more...
04-26-11, 10:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,770
Posted By Pat

But remember we can accept any level of ugliness...

But remember we can accept any level of ugliness if it gives us a weight loss of greater than .0001 grams at the cost of the Gross National Product.
04-25-11, 10:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 589
Posted By Pat

Hmmm what a find. You look on Craigslist and...

Hmmm what a find. You look on Craigslist and there it is!
04-25-11, 10:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,446
Posted By Pat

0) this is possible but if it is not "flexible",...

0) this is possible but if it is not "flexible", it could be awfully inconvenient. It is not hard to do 3 20 mile rides per week but every week is another story. Something could intrude like a...
04-24-11, 07:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 827
Posted By Pat

Most people tend to ride a cadence of 70-80...

Most people tend to ride a cadence of 70-80 starting out. It takes time to develop a natural smooth cadence. One thing is to practice spinning at higher speeds when you are riding a bit slower than...
04-23-11, 09:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,463
Posted By Pat

I have had that problem for years. Again, the...

I have had that problem for years. Again, the fitter I am, the worse it is. Often it is worse the day of a work out but it works on other days also. It is caused by a low blood pressure and low...
04-23-11, 09:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,148
Posted By Pat

I would take the gator. I don't think that they...

I would take the gator. I don't think that they are interested in cyclists. Dogs are. I understand that gators LOVE, LOVE ,LOVE dogs. Now if I could only figure out how to stuff a 7' gator in my...
04-22-11, 09:51 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,260
Posted By Pat

Well, if you are wearing lycra and you are a bit...

Well, if you are wearing lycra and you are a bit plump, there ain't no solution. But in my expience, the more expensive shorts with multiple panels, tend to hold better shape and to improve the...
04-21-11, 10:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 564
Posted By Pat

Well, I have not seen the raw data. The...

Well, I have not seen the raw data. The methodology looks good. The important thing is the individual variation. If the variation between subjects is small, then it is nailed. If the variation is...
04-20-11, 11:16 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 7,464
Posted By Pat

Sarals, The cheapest gearing option is...

Sarals,

The cheapest gearing option is swapping out the rear cluster and getting a larger big cog. Of course, this option comes at the expense of possibly getting into larger gaps between gears. ...
04-19-11, 09:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 789
Posted By Pat

Rowan, I have never baked metal parts in...

Rowan,

I have never baked metal parts in painting. But I have heard of it being done. I think if I were trying such a thing I might have run a slightly lower temperature than you did. But it...
04-19-11, 09:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By Pat

As people get older, I understand that they...

As people get older, I understand that they figure that a metric "is enough". I still enjoy centuries. But doing one at 80 is a tall order. Shoot even seriously considering a century at 80 (and...
04-18-11, 02:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 361
Posted By Pat

I hope a breakthrough

Well, not for me. I ride enough.

My wife has decided to get back into riding. So we have been riding one of the local trails (Cross Seminole Trail) for 25 or 16 miles depending on the amount of...
04-18-11, 12:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 676
Posted By Pat

Good luck on your surgery. I know that on many...

Good luck on your surgery. I know that on many retinal reattachments, it is done on an outpatient basis. They just use a laser and there is no intervention with nasty knives. Usually, it works...
04-12-11, 10:30 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,234
Posted By Pat

All of us have heard of the benefits of...

All of us have heard of the benefits of performance enhancing drugs.

One problem with them is that people become emotionally dependant on them. For example, people who take steroids, often take...
04-12-11, 10:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,504
Posted By Pat

The people at my LBS know me. They know that if...

The people at my LBS know me. They know that if I come in and "try things on" that I will buy it if it fits properly. I think if shops had such a fee, they would waive it if nothing fit or the...
04-11-11, 11:23 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,535
Posted By Pat

Hmmmm, I never noticed anything like that in my...

Hmmmm, I never noticed anything like that in my own experience. I think I must be able to recover like mad though. I can ride and ride and ride and do it again tomorrow. I don't wear a monitor...
04-11-11, 11:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 706
Posted By Pat

The first advice is the LBS. I really can not...

The first advice is the LBS. I really can not say how "good" your current bike is. With luck, it might work fine for you to learn on until you get a good idea of what you want or in the case of...
04-10-11, 06:43 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 6,501
Posted By Pat

Well besides that has anyone considered...

Well besides that has anyone considered something? The poison might not get the "intended" target. Poison is not selective. The vicious dog may be too "hopped up" to bother with it. So it could...
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