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01-18-18, 02:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 923
Posted By Chaco

I've got a Garmin Fenix HR3,which I purchased a...

I've got a Garmin Fenix HR3,which I purchased a year ago after abandoning my Fitbit, which, as the OP noted, is all but useless for cycling. The HR3 has been replaced by the HR5 now.

I love this...
01-08-18, 12:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,400
Posted By Chaco

Good luck! I'm hoping to get cleared by my doc on...

Good luck! I'm hoping to get cleared by my doc on Jan. 30th. Until then, I'm doing spinning classes and weight training every other day. Working out inside is NOT my cup of tea!
01-06-18, 09:09 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,202
Posted By Chaco

Broke my hip 3 weeks ago today. Dying to get back...

Broke my hip 3 weeks ago today. Dying to get back on the road. Hope to get clearance from my surgeon when I see him in 3 weeks. Until then, it's spin classes inside, which I hate!
12-31-17, 09:12 AM
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Posted By Chaco

Just want to tell you guys, bicycling at our age...

Just want to tell you guys, bicycling at our age might be what saves us when we take a fall. Two weeks ago, I had a freak accident on my bike and broke my femur in half, just below the ball. They put...
12-27-17, 09:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,627
Posted By Chaco

Yes, it is, and I had very bad glucose control...

Yes, it is, and I had very bad glucose control for many years. I have no doubt my bg at times was in the 200's. When I got neuropathy, that kind of shocked me out of my lethargy. I'm 50 pounds...
12-27-17, 03:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,627
Posted By Chaco

There doesn't seem to be universal agreement on...

There doesn't seem to be universal agreement on when neuropathy starts to occur, but several studies have linked high post meal bg to nerve damage. Since I already have it in my feet, and I don't...
12-24-17, 08:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,400
Posted By Chaco

Glad to hear you recovered so well. Yes, the idea...

Glad to hear you recovered so well. Yes, the idea of falling before my hip is fully healed is not a pleasant one. I think I'll limit myself to stationary bikes until that day comes. Anyway, it's cold...
12-23-17, 10:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,627
Posted By Chaco

A freak, stupid accident. I had just clipped in,...

A freak, stupid accident. I had just clipped in, and I was looking for a way through a bunch of parked cars. My front wheel hit one of those 4" high concrete parking barriers, my bike stopped, and I...
12-23-17, 12:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,627
Posted By Chaco

I'm close to keto, although I really don't give a...

I'm close to keto, although I really don't give a damn if I'm in ketosis or not. I'm on a low carb high fat diet to control my blood sugar and keep my blood glucose from ever getting above 130. That...
12-21-17, 11:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,400
Posted By Chaco

Sorry, I'm not a doctor, so I really don't know...

Sorry, I'm not a doctor, so I really don't know what it's made out of, but I think it's titanium. I've been OK to put full weight on the repaired leg, and I'm not using a cane anymore. But a friend...
12-21-17, 10:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,400
Posted By Chaco

I broke my femur clean through just below the...

I broke my femur clean through just below the ball. They put a long steel (titanium) ball with a "spike" extending into my femur. Two ortho surgeons told me the biggest thing that can screw things up...
12-21-17, 10:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,400
Posted By Chaco

Thanks, John. I'm trying to get cleared for...

Thanks, John. I'm trying to get cleared for outpatient rehab in a couple of days, so I'll follow your advice looking for someone who relates to cycling.
12-21-17, 04:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,400
Posted By Chaco

Broken Hip Recovery Advice

I broke my hip 5 days ago, and recovery is going well. Probably my biggest danger at this point is to rush the healing process out of anxiousness to get back on the bike. I'm off pain meds, and...
09-14-17, 07:25 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,517
Posted By Chaco

I had it about 10 years ago for 18 months. Got so...

I had it about 10 years ago for 18 months. Got so bad at one point, I had to have a steroid shot in my heel. That relieved the pain for a while, but the shot was indescribable.
Couldn't sleep with...
08-06-17, 01:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,469
Posted By Chaco

C'mon, worst infrastructure? I came here from...

C'mon, worst infrastructure? I came here from Tennessee. Now, that's some bad infrastructure!
I've lived in about 12 different states, and I'd have to say CA is better than any of them,...
07-22-17, 09:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,469
Posted By Chaco

Supported tours - SF to LA

Next year I'm turning 70, and on my bucket list is taking one of those supported bike tours from SF to LA. I'm wondering though, how tough is this? I ride 3 times a week, for a total of around 100 to...
04-02-17, 06:41 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,251
Posted By Chaco

Thank you for a considered, and considerate,...

Thank you for a considered, and considerate, reply. I'm glad to know that at least you have some personal experience with diabetes, because "experts" on this subject who have only read about it are a...
03-27-17, 10:35 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,251
Posted By Chaco

Since I'm that Type 2 poster, I guess I'm...

Since I'm that Type 2 poster, I guess I'm qualified to respond.

If you were someone who went from a person who normally metabolized carbs to a Type 2, I don't think you'd be saying "duh". In...
03-24-17, 10:44 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,251
Posted By Chaco

Just out of curiosity, are you a T2 diabetic? If...

Just out of curiosity, are you a T2 diabetic? If you are, do you take metformin or some other drug to control your blood glucose?

And how do you know that the OP and others who use LCHF diets to ...
03-22-17, 10:45 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,251
Posted By Chaco

Congratulations on getting your T2 under control!...

Congratulations on getting your T2 under control!

I think the first question is are you on metformin or some other medication that lowers your BG? It sounds like you're not, but if you are, the...
12-12-16, 02:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 19,684
Posted By Chaco

If this is the first time you've been on keto,...

If this is the first time you've been on keto, though, your body may be responding a bit differently.


According to the nutrition label, there are 14 grams total carbs, 7 grams of fiber, for a...
12-12-16, 12:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 19,684
Posted By Chaco

I don't think you can generalize too much from a...

I don't think you can generalize too much from a single ride. Some days you're just "off." But as I wrote, enough people have initial difficulties on keto that it's called the "keto flu." I never had...
12-12-16, 10:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 19,684
Posted By Chaco

It generally takes a couple of weeks for your...

It generally takes a couple of weeks for your body to adjust to keto. Also, you may have been pushing it a bit harder than you're used to.

I'm not a "keto purist" since I do LCHF because I'm...
10-10-16, 09:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,127
Posted By Chaco

One of the biggest problems is that "healthy"...

One of the biggest problems is that "healthy" depends on the person. We're most familiar with this when it comes to people who suffer from Celiac disease, and have to avoid gluten. But the people who...
10-06-16, 01:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,658
Posted By Chaco

20 years ago, I used to be a runner. I wasn't...

20 years ago, I used to be a runner. I wasn't very good, but I did around 10 miles in 80 or 90 minutes. Today, at age 68, I do around 23 miles in the same time. BUT, and this is a big one, the time...
09-23-16, 11:40 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 37,084
Posted By Chaco

haha, look at the date on that! I've slowed down...

haha, look at the date on that! I've slowed down quite a bit!
09-17-16, 04:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 925
Posted By Chaco

Thanks, f4rrest -- really appreciate this. I'm...

Thanks, f4rrest -- really appreciate this. I'm going to be using these routes when I go up in December for the birth of my grandson!
09-15-16, 09:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 925
Posted By Chaco

Thanks, HBCruiser1 ! I'll look into those.

Thanks, HBCruiser1 ! I'll look into those.
09-06-16, 08:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 925
Posted By Chaco

haha, I think I'd have to have an ambulance pick...

haha, I think I'd have to have an ambulance pick me up after that one!
09-05-16, 08:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 925
Posted By Chaco

Thanks, tinrobot. I'll be close to Eagle Vista...

Thanks, tinrobot. I'll be close to Eagle Vista Dr. & Colorado. Is Colorado a reasonably good way to get to N. Arroyo Blvd. I was thinking of taking that to Woodbury Rd, and then to Foothill Blvd. I'm...
09-04-16, 10:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 925
Posted By Chaco

good routes out of eagle rock

This December, I'll be staying at my son's house in Eagle Rock (LA) for a couple of weeks. I'm looking for some good, relatively safe, routes of around 35 to 50 miles, with not more than 4,000 feet...
08-26-16, 02:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,074
Posted By Chaco

I'm prediabetic, and keto is the only way I can...

I'm prediabetic, and keto is the only way I can keep my blood sugar under control without medication. I've been on it for over a year now. I've lost a little over 40 pounds in the past year.
It's a...
08-17-16, 11:02 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,346
Posted By Chaco

I was dx'd a year ago with a very similar A1C and...

I was dx'd a year ago with a very similar A1C and fasting BG of 120. But I'm 35 years older than you, so I developed neuropathy in both feet. All this scared the **** out of me, so I went on keto the...
04-25-16, 10:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,442
Posted By Chaco

I have blood sugar problems, and I'm trying to...

I have blood sugar problems, and I'm trying to avoid meds. Instead I limit my carb intake to < 40 grams per day, and often it's around 20. Since I'm insulin resistant, eating foods that cause blood...
04-18-16, 11:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,809
Posted By Chaco

I'm a prediabetic, and I'm trying to keep off...

I'm a prediabetic, and I'm trying to keep off meds, so I'm on a very low carb diet. Maybe not keto, i.e., <20 carbs/day, but certainly less than 40 grams per day. 100% of my carbs come from...
03-18-15, 09:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,466
Posted By Chaco

I had a 4mm stone that took me 3 days to pass....

I had a 4mm stone that took me 3 days to pass. Morphine didn't do any good, so they put me on dilaudid. I haven't had one since then. Every day, almost without fail, I have a big glass of soda...
09-08-14, 09:17 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,547
Posted By Chaco

I generally detest the idea that any cyclist is a...

I generally detest the idea that any cyclist is a proxy for all of us, any more than a coal-runner spewing toxic smoke on a cyclist is a proxy for all drivers. This is just a ridiculous idea. And the...
09-07-14, 04:13 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,130
Posted By Chaco

What do you mean, "exceedingly unsafe"? In fact,...

What do you mean, "exceedingly unsafe"? In fact, in the US at least, cycling is about as dangerous as driving a car. It's far less dangerous than giving up exercise all together. Actually, the more...
12-22-13, 09:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,162
Posted By Chaco

From everything I've read, this was just a normal...

From everything I've read, this was just a normal group ride. At least a dozen times I've been riding along and noticed that my wheel was about 1 inch away from the wheel in front of me. Just a...
12-09-13, 08:37 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 14,514
Posted By Chaco

It appears they have an excellent media ally with...

It appears they have an excellent media ally with the Ventura County Star. (http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/dec/08/bicyclist-dies-after-crashing-into-patrol-in/)
12-09-13, 07:24 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 10,513
Posted By Chaco

And here's another part of the problem -- the way...

And here's another part of the problem -- the way some of the media report incidents like this: Ventura County Star: Bicyclist Dies After Crashing Into Patrol Car ...
12-04-13, 12:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,493
Posted By Chaco

I think some people...

I think some people (http://www.elliptigo.com/2013-World-Championships) would beg to differ with you.
11-14-13, 09:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 861
Posted By Chaco

I saw the photos from the video system on the...

I saw the photos from the video system on the bus. It sure looked like there was no attempt whatsoever to avoid the cyclists. He just plowed right into them. Tragically, there are only 4 or 5 places...
11-14-13, 07:59 AM
Replies: 453
Views: 21,063
Posted By Chaco

Read this...

Read this (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/14/opinion/dont-give-more-patients-statins.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0) before you take the statin coolaid.
11-12-13, 11:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,521
Posted By Chaco

Strava's Estimated 25W Power Distribution Graph

I was just looking at mine from my ride today. I've never really looked at it before, so I had some questions.
1) It shows an average of 173 watts. How accurate do you think this is without a power...
11-12-13, 10:52 PM
Replies: 453
Views: 21,063
Posted By Chaco

I was on statins for 15 years, and 5 years ago...

I was on statins for 15 years, and 5 years ago quit cold turkey. In the last year of statins, my cramping was so severe that I couldn't sleep at night. My muscles were constantly sore. I was losing...
11-09-13, 10:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,312
Posted By Chaco

I used these wedges to eliminate severe foot pain...

I used these wedges to eliminate severe foot pain on rides longer than 70 miles or so. The way it was explained to me was like this. I have wider hips, the way my feet were placed on the pedals...
11-09-13, 10:02 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,557
Posted By Chaco

I have to admit, I'm conflicted over the right...

I have to admit, I'm conflicted over the right answer to this. I do believe that the kind of motorist who honks and yells at you to "get on the sidewalk" is the sort of person who is oblivious to...
11-09-13, 06:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,557
Posted By Chaco

This question has been addressed multiple times....

This question has been addressed multiple times. Have you tried searching the forums?
Bottom line: with few exceptions, stay OFF the sidewalks!
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-13, 04:26 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,623
Posted By Chaco

I started the year with a serious case of liver...

I started the year with a serious case of liver poisoning (very rare - toxic reaction to the antibiotic, Augmentin) that left me so weak I couldn't climb a flight of stairs without assistance. On...
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