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10-06-21, 05:30 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,092
Posted By jpescatore

I do soft pedaling to make those watching think I...

I do soft pedaling to make those watching think I have a gigantic front ring in use...
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 05:17 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,761
Posted By jpescatore

One thing to remember on those elevation profiles...

One thing to remember on those elevation profiles is that they often (maybe always) show a sharp uphill when a trail goes through a tunnel, because the elevation of what the tunnel goes under is what...
09-30-21, 05:04 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,004
Posted By jpescatore

It sounds like this only happens when braking on...

It sounds like this only happens when braking on a curve downhill, so only when going faster around a curve than you would go when turning on the flats and not braking?

Using the front brake on...
09-29-21, 05:54 AM
Replies: 3,364
Views: 358,360
Posted By jpescatore

I replace my helmets when the thin plastic shell...

I replace my helmets when the thin plastic shell starts to deteriorate, usually lasts more than 5 years. Would replace if had an impact.

For my last helmet, about 5 years ago now, I bought into...
09-28-21, 05:46 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 3,990
Posted By jpescatore

I eschewed cycling shorts (padded or unpadded)...

I eschewed cycling shorts (padded or unpadded) for many years but when I started touring I bought a cheap pair, mainly because the material is easy to wash and squeeze out and have it dry quickly. I...
Forum: Touring
09-16-21, 04:43 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,761
Posted By jpescatore

Great trip, great writeup. A friend who...

Great trip, great writeup.

A friend who lives in Columbus and I planned out doing Cleveland back to Columbus a few years ago but a stationary front sat over the route for a week and flooded much...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-21, 05:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 687
Posted By jpescatore

Some of it depends on how sensitive you are to...

Some of it depends on how sensitive you are to bike "feel" - I have a touring bike, a road bike and now a "gravel" bike (that replaced the touring bike) that have different geometries. But, by...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-21, 05:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 630
Posted By jpescatore

I'm a chubby thigh guy and had a chafing problem...

I'm a chubby thigh guy and had a chafing problem with my old saddle bag - ruined two pairs of expensive biking shorts.

The Topeak Aero Wedge Bob Ross showed had enough storage volume (I think I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-21, 03:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By jpescatore

Ditto the above advice (especially about trying...

Ditto the above advice (especially about trying out loaner saddles) and I'd add: don't automatically equate "hard as rocks" with uncomfortable. Like mattresses, I've found over the years that well...
Forum: Touring
09-01-21, 05:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 800
Posted By jpescatore

Back in 2019 my wife and I did a supported trip...

Back in 2019 my wife and I did a supported trip on about 130 miles of the D&L trail from Glen Summit to Washington Crossing, and then back up the NJ side to Lumberton. I created a Cycleblaze journal...
08-18-21, 04:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 518
Posted By jpescatore

If the two day 160 mile ride means roughly two 80...

If the two day 160 mile ride means roughly two 80 days and you have been doing some 50+ mile rides, you should be fine. Think of an 80 mile ride as a 25 mile ride after a rest stop at 55 miles!
...
08-16-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,323
Posted By jpescatore

Not only that, but Trek also has an Emonda model...

Not only that, but Trek also has an Emonda model line!
08-16-21, 05:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 240
Posted By jpescatore

Simpsons Biker Bar Video Clip

Obviously some serious cyclists on the Simpsons show/s writing staff very funny clip here.
Forum: Touring
08-15-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 796
Posted By jpescatore

Whether to start in the north or south would...

Whether to start in the north or south would mostly be driven by what time of year you were going to be on the road - whether you were aiming to avoid the heat in the south or cold in the north. As...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
08-13-21, 03:56 AM
Replies: 8,123
Views: 590,952
Posted By jpescatore

You're right - really does get dusty - but boy...

You're right - really does get dusty - but boy did it improve the ride! Much more GAP-like - I'll take having to wipe down the bike and chain at the end of the day as the downside...

College Park...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
08-07-21, 04:32 AM
Replies: 8,123
Views: 590,952
Posted By jpescatore

Yesterday I did a few loops where I go down NH to...

Yesterday I did a few loops where I go down NH to 198, then downhlll to Firestone. Then up Firestone, through Hampshire Greens to Ednor. Then over to Alexander Manor and through that development to...
Forum: Touring
08-02-21, 05:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 990
Posted By jpescatore

We are going to be up in Burlington VT towards...

We are going to be up in Burlington VT towards the end of August and have 2 rides planned that come close to your specs:

Burlington to North Hero (Hero's Welcome lunch place) - we did this on the...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-29-21, 04:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 271
Posted By jpescatore

I haven't done DC to Annapolis for years but a...

I haven't done DC to Annapolis for years but a recent alternative is the route the East Coast Greenway takes - look here (https://www.greenway.org/states/maryland). It is not the direct route as it...
07-27-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,075
Posted By jpescatore

Yes, many years ago when I was a kid and my...

Yes, many years ago when I was a kid and my father knew one of the officers. Pretty much all the good bikes were sold before the official sale, so I got a a pretty good bike for $25.

Today, maybe...
07-27-21, 05:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,026
Posted By jpescatore

If you search for "cycling shoes" online you will...

If you search for "cycling shoes" online you will get mostly shoes that require special pedals on your bike. You can still use them, you will just not put on the cleats and you will pay more for them...
07-27-21, 05:24 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,203
Posted By jpescatore

Around here (Maryland) deer are rampant and...

Around here (Maryland) deer are rampant and evolution does not yet seemed to have convinced deer to look both ways before they cross the road. A few years ago a deer tried to leap over our car (which...
07-20-21, 06:13 AM
Replies: 390
Views: 8,803
Posted By jpescatore

Another YMMV situation, but here is what worked...

Another YMMV situation, but here is what worked for me: I could lose some weight just by adding exercise, but it was impossible to maintain.

More simplified math with lots of generalization:...
07-20-21, 05:42 AM
Replies: 390
Views: 8,803
Posted By jpescatore

First, the disclaimer: Everyone's Mileage Varies ...

First, the disclaimer: Everyone's Mileage Varies

Here's a rule of thumb I've found works for me - I used it when I lost 50 lbs to get down to my current rate of 220 lbs - at 15 mph I believe I...
07-09-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 632
Posted By jpescatore

I've had no problem with road tires on flat,...

I've had no problem with road tires on flat, straight, shallow stretches of sand on road bike tires with minimal tread on them, a la the Continental GP 5000s I use now (32mm). But, on rides with...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-05-21, 04:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 509
Posted By jpescatore

Indian Head MD Rail Trail Deja Vu All Over Again

On Saturday, my wife I drove down to White Plains MD and rode one of our favorite Maryland rail trails - the Indian Head Rail Trail...
06-18-21, 04:13 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,265
Posted By jpescatore

Two years ago I bought a Jamis Renegade with a 1x...

Two years ago I bought a Jamis Renegade with a 1x SRAM drivetrain, I love it. I use my road bike for most hilly rides, the Jamis is for gravel/trails and light touring. But had an extended period of...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-21, 05:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,251
Posted By jpescatore

The low end is limited by pinch flats - depending...

The low end is limited by pinch flats - depending on the width of the rim and size of the tires, go too low and hit a bump and the tube gets squashed between the tire and both sides of the rim and...
06-16-21, 04:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,152
Posted By jpescatore

Lotta variables beyond aging. How you handled the...

Lotta variables beyond aging. How you handled the heat/humidity from a drinking/eating/rest perspective is one. I'm 64 - the hardest ride I've ever done was a flat century ride when I was about 35....
Forum: Touring
05-28-21, 04:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 982
Posted By jpescatore

Sorry to hear about that. Back in Jan 2020 I did...

Sorry to hear about that. Back in Jan 2020 I did 4 days of biking from Venice FL to Jacksonville that included a lot of biking on 17 - I hated almost every mile. Very high speed traffic, there was...
05-24-21, 04:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 623
Posted By jpescatore

I've had that happen a few times in the 5 years...

I've had that happen a few times in the 5 years I've been on Zwift. I use Apple TV and it does seem to be more likely to happen after an update to the Zwift software.

Usually, one of these two...
05-24-21, 04:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,605
Posted By jpescatore

I swing as far left (US centric...) as possible,...

I swing as far left (US centric...) as possible, and turn my head away when I'm passing anyone mowing their lawn or whacking their weeds - and give out a Thanks wave whenever they see me and are nice...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
05-20-21, 04:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 516
Posted By jpescatore

Four County 82 mile ride

I did my annual (well, not in 2020) bike ride from our house to friends' house in Lusby MD, crossing Montgomery, Prince Georges, Anne Arundel and Calvert County. Beautiful weather for the ride, but...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,024
Posted By jpescatore

I prefer the way Phil Gaimon's version...

I prefer the way Phil Gaimon's version (https://philthethrill.net/the-new-rules-of-cycling-aka-philuminati/) of the rules cover it:

Rule #2: Wear whatever the hell you want.
05-05-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,964
Posted By jpescatore

Situation dependent - if it looks like a short...

Situation dependent - if it looks like a short rise or just a wind guys, I just grind harder. Looks like a hill or I've turned into a headwind, go down a gear or two.

In general, I've had a bad...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-21, 04:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 660
Posted By jpescatore

First check that your pads are centered around...

First check that your pads are centered around the rotor - easy to do yourself, many YouTube videos show how. I don't rubbing often from my disc brakes, but every time except 1 this fixed it.

The...
05-04-21, 04:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 512
Posted By jpescatore

CycleBlaze (https://www.cycleblaze.com)is a site...

CycleBlaze (https://www.cycleblaze.com)is a site where a wide range of touring cyclists post tour journals. During the pandemic year, new ones slowed down but people started uploading their older...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,007
Posted By jpescatore

I've used both, for a while had the pay version...

I've used both, for a while had the pay version of both. Decided paying for Strava and not paying for RWGPS gave me the best mix of ride analysis and route planning.

I find Strava useful when I'm...
04-28-21, 05:32 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,789
Posted By jpescatore

Around here, the Brood X year is to other years...

Around here, the Brood X year is to other years as the roar of a leaf blower is to the buzzing of a bee.
04-28-21, 04:24 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,789
Posted By jpescatore

I don't remember much of a problem biking when...

I don't remember much of a problem biking when they last hit us here in MD in 2014. They were mostly a noise issue and then a crunchy shell on the road issue towards the end - seemed to mostly be...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,810
Posted By jpescatore

All of the above - last summer I drove to a ride...

All of the above - last summer I drove to a ride start and forgot to bring gloves. I missed the sweat/snot wiping the most because of how hot it was, and luckily didn't need the skin protection but...
04-15-21, 05:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,162
Posted By jpescatore

Yesterday was an example of why I haven't paused...

Yesterday was an example of why I haven't paused Zwift in a while - rained all day, Tour de Watopia Stage 4 was scheduled at the perfect time for me - 26 mile hilly ride instead of 0 miles.
04-15-21, 05:04 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,602
Posted By jpescatore

I never need a mountain bike for my non-road...

I never need a mountain bike for my non-road riding, let alone when I used to commute on bike - I always used what was called a hybrid bike but never liked the limited hand positions of flat bars....
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
04-14-21, 05:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,904
Posted By jpescatore

I was biking and hiking a lot in 2004. Lots of...

I was biking and hiking a lot in 2004. Lots of noise but as mentioned they are usually up high and I don't remember any smacking into me while biking. Hiking the Appalachian Trail and other areas the...
04-12-21, 05:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,443
Posted By jpescatore

A really good book to read is The Time Crunched...

A really good book to read is The Time Crunched Cyclis (https://www.velopress.com/books/the-time-crunched-cyclist/)t by Chris Carmichael. A lot of well written information on training and fitness and...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-21, 04:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 326
Posted By jpescatore

Gettysburg: The Baltimore Bicycling Club each...

Gettysburg: The Baltimore Bicycling Club each year in September holds the Civil War Century ride that starts in Thurmont MD and many of the rides loop through Gettysburg.

Ride info is here...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
04-05-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 877
Posted By jpescatore

It wasn't that bad from a traffic point of view -...

It wasn't that bad from a traffic point of view - there wasn't that much traffic when we did it on a weekday. I'm comfortable road riding, but I don't think this was a scary or dangerous stretch but...
04-01-21, 05:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,370
Posted By jpescatore

I bought a RouteWerks bag to replace that Ortleib...

I bought a RouteWerks bag to replace that Ortleib bag on my wife's bike - the magnetic closure was so strong on the Ortleib, my wife would get pulled into passing busses and I'd have to drive miles...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
04-01-21, 04:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 627
Posted By jpescatore

I've hiked and biked on the Towpath for over 40...

I've hiked and biked on the Towpath for over 40 years and those bluebells are the only flowers I can name! All those other ones I refer to as "those little purple ones" or "those tall white ones."...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,428
Posted By jpescatore

I filled out a contact form to Jamis on their web...

I filled out a contact form to Jamis on their web site, telling them of my experience and giving them links to both threads - will post any reply I get.
03-26-21, 04:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 989
Posted By jpescatore

My average Zwift speeds are about 20-25% faster...

My average Zwift speeds are about 20-25% faster than IRL - there is never a head wind, never have to slow down/stop for traffic lights, stop signs, etc, and never have to slow down on even the...
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