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11-22-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 899
Posted By Greenhil

Doing intervals on the trainer somehow makes the...

Doing intervals on the trainer somehow makes the time pass a bit faster. Mostly, I do other things aimed at maintaining my cycling fitness in the winter, and, in my case, slowing losses due to aging;...
07-25-21, 05:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,709
Posted By Greenhil

What GPS unit do you have? At 72 I have no gravel...

What GPS unit do you have? At 72 I have no gravel riding partners and while most of Vermontís back roads are populated, there are some remote stretches and unpopulated class IV and logging roads that...
07-18-21, 04:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,784
Posted By Greenhil

I experienced a meniscus tear from running some...

I experienced a meniscus tear from running some years back. While the medical people weren’t optimistic about my recovery, a trainer I went to was. It took some time, but I eventually got back to...
Forum: Northeast
07-07-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,180
Posted By Greenhil

Be aware the Ammonoosuc Rail Trail is rough...

Be aware the Ammonoosuc Rail Trail is rough going, because it’s also an ATV trail. I’ve ridden it’s length and agree with the reviews here:

https://www.traillink.com/trail/ammonoosuc-rail-trail/
...
Forum: Northeast
07-07-21, 04:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,180
Posted By Greenhil

I can only speak to the Vermont options. As...

I can only speak to the Vermont options. As others point out the mountains are why East-West routes without too much climbing are limited. Because of that, In Vermont, at least, they’re relatively...
06-29-21, 03:47 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

Thanks - these sound like great routes....

Thanks - these sound like great routes. Transmountain must be a good climb. My folks lived in Sunland Park just west of El Paso. I actually had an old bike I kept at their place but sorry to say...
06-28-21, 04:06 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

Iím curious about where you ride in El Pas. My...

Iím curious about where you ride in El Pas. My parents lived there for many years, so I know the city fairly well.
06-27-21, 04:40 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

I donít think enjoying a ride and documenting...

I donít think enjoying a ride and documenting mileage, etc. have to be mutually exclusive.
06-06-21, 05:03 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,115
Posted By Greenhil

There may be more paved roads than gravel roads...

There may be more paved roads than gravel roads in the country, but in my state (Vermont) there are more dirt roads than paved - so more route options. All the arguments in support of gravel have...
06-01-21, 04:02 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

72 yrs old here. I’m impressed with some of your...

72 yrs old here. I’m impressed with some of your mileage totals, which I’ll never approach while gravel riding during Vermont’s short season. Here, a ride’s length depends on how many feet of...
05-01-21, 03:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,254
Posted By Greenhil

at 72, I do them, but in a gym on an elliptical...

at 72, I do them, but in a gym on an elliptical or a stationary bike. It feels like a more controlled setting. I do 1’ intervals and go as hard as I can, with 1’ recovery periods. I’m not as...
04-07-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,209
Posted By Greenhil

Here are a couple of threads which may or may not...

Here are a couple of threads which may or may not be what you’re looking for:

https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/1227201-any-gravel-riders-using-satellite-messengers.html
...
Forum: Northeast
04-04-21, 04:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 807
Posted By Greenhil

I’d add some sort of mirror (glasses, helmet or...

I’d add some sort of mirror (glasses, helmet or handlebar) to your list. Have fun!
04-04-21, 04:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,291
Posted By Greenhil

If you do Facebook, there’s a Western North...

If you do Facebook, there’s a Western North Carolina Gravel Group, “WNC Gravel” that has some good ride info. I used it for a trip I just finished, riding near Asheville and down around Brevard....
02-06-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 10,526
Posted By Greenhil

You’re going to get a lot of encouragement here...

You’re going to get a lot of encouragement here to buy. It’s gives the rest of us justification for making our own purchases! Seriously, though, there’s a good chance it will increase your riding...
02-04-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,795
Posted By Greenhil

ĒI have a resistance training program I follow 3...

ĒI have a resistance training program I follow 3 days a week which includes 9 excersizes with free weights, Dumbells specifically. My thinking is doing 15 -20 reps with up to 1/2 our weight per pair...
01-20-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,857
Posted By Greenhil

Planks (ugh) or crunches, which in my experience...

Planks (ugh) or crunches, which in my experience don’t bring up the back issues that sit-ups do. I’ve found crunches with kettlebells work well.
01-09-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,139
Posted By Greenhil

A midday nap is common in many cultures. It makes...

A midday nap is common in many cultures. It makes sense. I find just a 5-10 minute “power nap” can be amazingly refreshing.
12-22-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,901
Posted By Greenhil

I relate to those who have music in their heads -...

I relate to those who have music in their heads - whatever I’ve been trying to learn on guitar often plays in a loop. Otherwise, thoughts about how lucky I am to be living in a beautiful place and...
Forum: Southeast
12-15-20, 05:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,082
Posted By Greenhil

Thanks. I wondered about the dearth of online...

Thanks. I wondered about the dearth of online info. and Gravelmap routes in Apalachicola NF vs. the areas you mention where Dirty Pecan is run.
Forum: Southeast
12-15-20, 06:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,082
Posted By Greenhil

Apalachicola gravel?

Anyone have any experience with or information about riding gravel roads in Apalachicola National Forest? Road conditions, recommended equipment, etc. Thanks!
12-14-20, 05:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,806
Posted By Greenhil

Have done a record 4 December rides this year...

Have done a record 4 December rides this year here in Vermont (previous record: 0). Being more confident about how to dress for the cold, plus a lack of snow have made that possible.
11-20-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 475
Views: 84,545
Posted By Greenhil

”This old bag of bones ain’t really me There's...

”This old bag of bones ain’t really me
There's a lot more standing here than what you see
He said my back is bending low but my spirits flying free”
-Guy Clark

...
Forum: Foo
11-09-20, 04:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 597
Posted By Greenhil

Sound like you’re not necessarily opposed to bike...

Sound like you’re not necessarily opposed to bike lanes in principle, just this one. However, you might be interested in reading up on the late John Forester, who was an influential opponent of them....
11-09-20, 03:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 733
Posted By Greenhil

As a weather weenie, I don’t ride when temps are...

As a weather weenie, I don’t ride when temps are below the mid 40s F. In past years that’s meant virtually no miles after Nov. 1. Like you, here in Vermont we’re in the middle of a very unusual...
11-04-20, 04:58 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,352
Posted By Greenhil

Whenever the VT Dept of Transportation posts a...

Whenever the VT Dept of Transportation posts a bike safety message on Facebook, I’m struck by how many comments are bitter complaints about bicyclists. Most of my riding is on dirt backroads and I...
Forum: Touring
10-09-20, 04:31 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 25,793
Posted By Greenhil

Nice ride. I’m moving up from my Rove NRB to a...

Nice ride. I’m moving up from my Rove NRB to a 2021 Libre. Not sure when I’ll see it. The sizing is confusing. My wife has a 2020 Libre - a 49. Turns out the smallest 2021 size is a 50, which I’m...
10-09-20, 04:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,709
Posted By Greenhil

Good going and thanks for the reports! I’ve...

Good going and thanks for the reports! I’ve driven the length of the parkway and wondered about riding it from a safety standpoint.
08-25-20, 05:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,631
Posted By Greenhil

“With age comes wisdom” goes the old saying. To...

“With age comes wisdom” goes the old saying. To the extent that it’s true, I’d argue that older riders might have a bit more common sense and awareness of their mortality, so we take precautions that...
Forum: Northeast
08-23-20, 06:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 905
Posted By Greenhil

I’d suggest working on getting stronger on hills....

I’d suggest working on getting stronger on hills. Unless you stick to rail trails, the highways that follow the rivers or travel over to the Champlain Valley to ride, hills is what we got. NEK has...
07-27-20, 03:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,699
Posted By Greenhil

Agree with the multiple source approach. I use a...

Agree with the multiple source approach. I use a paper gazetteer, Maps.me and Google maps. Google Earth is often the “proof in the pudding” to see if a way through really exists. Around here, the...
07-26-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 822
Posted By Greenhil

Treadmill and weights (or resistance bands)....

Treadmill and weights (or resistance bands). Don’t agree that treadmills are a waste - in addition to the bone strengthening aspects of running, there are aerobic and anaerobic benefits.
07-13-20, 11:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,723
Posted By Greenhil

Iíve admired your nocturnal habits and tolerance...

Iíve admired your nocturnal habits and tolerance for repetition ever since you posted this ride:

https://www.relive.cc/view/vPOpE49LNR6
07-13-20, 03:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,723
Posted By Greenhil

Some people have a high tolerance for repetition,...

Some people have a high tolerance for repetition, but I’m with you. Exploring unfamiliar places is half the fun. About once a week I put the bike in the car and drive somewhere different - within an...
06-20-20, 04:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,779
Posted By Greenhil

The downside of mashing is the potential for knee...

The downside of mashing is the potential for knee problems:

https://www.roadbikerider.com/will-big-gear-climbing-kill-my-knees-d3/
06-14-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 487
Posted By Greenhil

Like 3roch says, I think if you do some research...

Like 3roch says, I think if you do some research you’ll find chest straps are considered more accurate. I got something called a CooSpo for under $30. I assume it’s as accurate as more expensive...
06-04-20, 03:59 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

Glad to hear you’re back at it!

Glad to hear you’re back at it!
05-29-20, 04:03 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

Iím not aware of a site specifically dedicated to...

Iím not aware of a site specifically dedicated to older athletes, but thereís plenty of info out there for older folks that could help you design a training program. Here are a couple of sites where...
05-26-20, 03:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,190
Posted By Greenhil

I’m not an urban person or a bike lock expert but...

I’m not an urban person or a bike lock expert but I wouldn’t worry too much if it’s in the boondocks (it’s not clear how populated the take out areas are). There won’t be any professional bike...
05-12-20, 03:46 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

You’re tougher than me; riding at 32 degrees!...

You’re tougher than me; riding at 32 degrees! We’ve had snow 2 of the last 3 days. It isn’t all that abnormal for this time of year, but after 50 years here I’ve come to realize you don’t get used to...
Forum: Northeast
05-10-20, 03:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 509
Posted By Greenhil

Check out the Great Trail East of Montreal. It...

Check out the Great Trail East of Montreal. It makes a pretty straight run toward Maine before turning North.

https://thegreattrail.ca/explore-the-map/

I’m not sure about a route through Maine...
05-06-20, 03:09 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

It hit you (vs you hitting it)!? I hope your...

It hit you (vs you hitting it)!? I hope your recovery is swift and the only lasting effect is a good story to tell.
05-02-20, 04:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,044
Posted By Greenhil

Interesting and impressive to read all the...

Interesting and impressive to read all the workarounds due to closed gyms. I’m in the same boat - doing weight work at home with a couple of rusty dumbbells, a bench made with milk crates and a board...
04-19-20, 05:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 710
Posted By Greenhil

I’m an older rider with about 4K of some pavement...

I’m an older rider with about 4K of some pavement and mostly gravel miles on my NRB. No issues on the hard-packed to loose gravel roads in these parts. Many rides here average 1,000’ of climbing...
04-18-20, 05:12 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 457
Posted By Greenhil

DIY Gravel Grinders During Pandemic

In case youíre missing organized rides, Ted King has come up with a contest to fill the void in the interim (also a way to provide exposure to his sponsors, I guess). Participants would do the...
04-12-20, 04:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 13,472
Posted By Greenhil

I find that Wahoo give me lower calorie counts...

I find that Wahoo give me lower calorie counts than Ride With GPS when both are connected to a chest strap heart rate monitor. Also much lower than a diet app I use (Chronometer) which doesn’t...
04-12-20, 04:05 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,081
Posted By Greenhil

I use this formula: Subtract your age from...

I use this formula:

Subtract your age from 220 to get your maximum heart rate.
Calculate your resting heart rate by counting how many times your heart beats per minute when you are at rest,...
Forum: Foo
04-08-20, 04:44 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,521
Posted By Greenhil

RIP. There were times his songs helped get me...

RIP. There were times his songs helped get me through.

https://youtu.be/te7x8s9P4U8
03-26-20, 04:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,149
Posted By Greenhil

I found that touching up the chain after each...

I found that touching up the chain after each tank of gas worked better than waiting til It got dull. Hope you’re wearing eye/ear protection and chaps!
02-25-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,278
Posted By Greenhil

I worked at home for years, so I know what you...

I worked at home for years, so I know what you mean about a refrigerator having the gravitational pull of a black hole. It’s often easier not to eat at all than it is to control what you eat once...
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