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08-21-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,227
Posted By rutan74

Wish I could lose that 20-30. I've been riding...

Wish I could lose that 20-30. I've been riding seriously for 6 years now averaging 3-4k per year. Nearing 65, still working yet with all this riding I cannot seem to lose any weight. At least not...
08-15-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 3,263
Views: 406,705
Posted By rutan74

Hey, not to be out done....Although a few years...

Hey, not to be out done....Although a few years ago and in the early spring training for the Assault on Mt Mitchell. Old bike too. Have done 4 summits from the Marion side. Quite a ride tunnels and...
07-30-19, 02:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,815
Posted By rutan74

A combination of both I believe. Most of the...

A combination of both I believe.

Most of the riders are tiny, like jockeys. I saw somewhere that Richie Porte rides a 48 frame! I am 5'11' and ride a 56. This guy must be like 5'2''! They are...
07-25-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,383
Posted By rutan74

Everyone is different so there is no set...

Everyone is different so there is no set breathing method that I know of.

My main issue is just try and relax my breathing. I find that if I huff and puff (I'm 63) it tends to get me more...
07-22-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,655
Posted By rutan74

Holy crap. Have the Velominati shown up? Ahh,...

Holy crap. Have the Velominati shown up? Ahh, check The Rules for a good laugh and then say to yourself, these guys actually think like this. Sad. Rule 5 is the only rule worth following from...
07-22-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,468
Posted By rutan74

So true. My urologist has some stern warnings...

So true. My urologist has some stern warnings for me. I have low T. He said he can jack me up just like those advertisements on radio claim. He said there is an industry that is pushing these T...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-19, 11:32 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,113
Posted By rutan74

Ahh, look no further than a motorcycle. They...

Ahh, look no further than a motorcycle. They must have the headlight on at all times TO BE SEEN.

She is at fault, period. Turning against traffic, no brainer who is at fault. I would guess...
07-22-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,206
Posted By rutan74

Supposedly, it was developed by the U.S....

Supposedly, it was developed by the U.S. Military. It has been around in various forms for 15 years. I guess it does not taste good at all or at least the early stuff was beyond horrible but they...
07-10-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,287
Posted By rutan74

I swore by the Performance shorts. I have 3 pair...

I swore by the Performance shorts. I have 3 pair and am freaking out about getting a new brand. I have a pair of Pearl's but they rub me the wrong way and cause a nasty saddle sore so I have to...
07-02-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,394
Posted By rutan74

More power to you. I and my wife who was born in...

More power to you. I and my wife who was born in Mass now officially hate the snow. I have turned into a weather wuss in my old age.

I must admit that I do enjoy watching the weather channel...
07-02-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,546
Posted By rutan74

Have to say I was resistant years ago but once I...

Have to say I was resistant years ago but once I wore the padded bike shorts I cannot go back. Even for my spin classes. Those padded bike shorts are a savior to me. I can see rides that are under...
07-01-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,394
Posted By rutan74

Heat is relative. I lived in Western Mass...

Heat is relative.

I lived in Western Mass for 28 years and it got "hot" maybe 2-3 weeks out of the summer. Then I moved to South Carolina 15 years ago. Average temp here is 89 from June thru...
07-01-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,541
Posted By rutan74

I have experienced this too. What I have found...

I have experienced this too. What I have found out over the years that in my case it appears to be hydration related.

It does not happen on rides less than 25 miles but when I go over that if my...
06-18-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,952
Posted By rutan74

I might add to the others by asking if you have...

I might add to the others by asking if you have had a bike fit? Not just a quick check, but a real bike fit.

Basically, when the mileage increases, so do the problems with not being fit to your...
06-13-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,586
Posted By rutan74

I was always told, "the more you move right, the...

I was always told, "the more you move right, the farther the cars move right."

So, keeping that in mind, I ride about 1-2 feet left of the white line. Of course when a car is behind, I try and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,347
Posted By rutan74

Glad you clarified that. I was jealous as hell...

Glad you clarified that. I was jealous as hell thinking what am I doing wrong or where am I riding. Even so, that is a nice job.

john
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,304
Posted By rutan74

You could do it but at what cost? Do you want to...

You could do it but at what cost? Do you want to suffer even more all for the sake of saying you did it mashing out a huge gear or switch out to a bigger cassette, still suffer, but just a bit less?...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,347
Posted By rutan74

WFT? AFTER 1000 miles? You are pulling my leg,...

WFT? AFTER 1000 miles? You are pulling my leg, right? Is it all downhill? I am skeptical to say the least or you live where there is no dirt, sand or rain? My chain is pretty dirty after just...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,347
Posted By rutan74

I bought one a few years ago from Walmart before...

I bought one a few years ago from Walmart before they became popular. My Wally-world one works really well too and I ended up saving some money over the Park tool.

john
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,357
Posted By rutan74

I had a similar problem with my Felt Z3. I...

I had a similar problem with my Felt Z3. I didn't know if it was a scratch or a legit crack. Took it to the dealer and he took one look and did not hesitate in saying it was a crack.

Felt...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,794
Posted By rutan74

This bike is from Bikes Direct right? I believe...

This bike is from Bikes Direct right? I believe they bought the Motobecane name. It is not a real Motobecane which used to come from France. I had one that did come from France back in 1978. I...
05-15-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,892
Posted By rutan74

So far for my money, this race has been a snooze...

So far for my money, this race has been a snooze fest. Yesterday was just awful to watch. Everyone just sitting back taking it easy with the exception of 2 riders who wanted to ride. Kudos to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,141
Posted By rutan74

You local LBS if they are any good should have...

You local LBS if they are any good should have some test saddles that you can try for free. Get the right one and then buy that model. The couple of shops I frequent let you test ride these saddles...
05-07-19, 10:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,828
Posted By rutan74

Keep going. That is all I can say. My...

Keep going. That is all I can say.

My riding friend had triple bypass surgery last year and got back on the bike and rode incredibly well. Just 2 months ago, he had prostate surgery to remove it...
05-07-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,981
Posted By rutan74

Most likely, you will blow a spoke or two out. ...

Most likely, you will blow a spoke or two out. When I bought a new bike, full carbon and full Ultegra group set, of course, the weakest component on almost all new bikes are the wheels. I only...
04-23-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,206
Posted By rutan74

Ride, ride, ride. The centuries that I...

Ride, ride, ride.


The centuries that I have done, all vary. Depending on the century as in how flat or how hilly is it, will dictate some of your training.


If it is hilly, over 6,000ft of...
04-15-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,603
Posted By rutan74

Sagan, for Sagan has been off this year no doubt...

Sagan, for Sagan has been off this year no doubt but I bet it has more to do with his divorce than him getting that stomach bug. Not many are talking about it, but a divorce effects everyone and in...
04-15-19, 11:08 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 11,855
Posted By rutan74

My comment was not that Lance never tested...

My comment was not that Lance never tested positive but that at one point he was tested over 200 times in one year alone.

I know there was some funny business with the UCI where he supposedly...
04-12-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 11,855
Posted By rutan74

I can remember Lance during his Tour run stating...

I can remember Lance during his Tour run stating that one year he was tested over 200 times both in and out of competition. I also remember him saying that they would come to his house in the middle...
04-11-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,468
Posted By rutan74

You act like Lance was the first doper in saying...

You act like Lance was the first doper in saying he robbed professional cycling of all credibility. You have a selective memory of all the doping scandals in the 90's and then in 2000's and even...
04-10-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,468
Posted By rutan74

I see. So you want to chastise him for getting 2...

I see. So you want to chastise him for getting 2 million or more people off the couch and riding bikes here in the U.S.? How about making Trek a household name or the largest bike company in the...
04-09-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,468
Posted By rutan74

FWIW, he has been doing the podcast for a couple...

FWIW, he has been doing the podcast for a couple of years. I have listened to many of them and most are quite interesting. If you can get by his doping, he does know a lot about cycling and the...
04-03-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 499
Posted By rutan74

To funny. That's exactly what I thought that is...

To funny. That's exactly what I thought that is until you cycle around Clermont which is about 20 miles west of Orlando. Did the Horrible Hundred there last November and we did at least 10 pitches...
04-03-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,064
Posted By rutan74

Don't know if anyone posted this but this is a...

Don't know if anyone posted this but this is a cool website that allows you to actually play with gearing both front and rear. It is really a neat little toy to play around with if you are wondering...
04-03-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 517
Posted By rutan74

I am switched over to the Bose Soundsport...

I am switched over to the Bose Soundsport wireless. They were like 150.00 a couple of years ago but now might be a little cheaper. The sound quality is great to me. I've had, JBL, Klipsh, Beats...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-19-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,336
Posted By rutan74

My 2 cents here. Hit a dog once. He ran out...

My 2 cents here.

Hit a dog once. He ran out and tried, in vain, to bite my front wheel. He instead got T-boned with that front wheel. I managed to stay upright and kept moving. That is until I...
02-15-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,652
Posted By rutan74

Just my 2 cents here. I have ridden the BRP a...

Just my 2 cents here. I have ridden the BRP a bit and driven both the BRP and Skyline.


BRP for me, no doubt. Fall is definitely busier but it is not THAT busy. Not to the point of bumper to...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-14-19, 11:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,097
Posted By rutan74

Not to mention rain. I did a 6000 vert climb in...

Not to mention rain. I did a 6000 vert climb in a literal downpour for hours. Rained so hard that it shorted out my front light. Water running down the road was almost 1 in deep and that does not...
02-13-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 18,943
Posted By rutan74

Get a new circle of friends...sort of. Family...

Get a new circle of friends...sort of.
Family is family. Other than that, get outside and start riding or see if your gym offers a spin class. If so, join it. Nothing like turning the screws on...
02-13-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,841
Posted By rutan74

Here is a gear calculator tool. Fun to play with...

Here is a gear calculator tool. Fun to play with and it will give you plenty of information to compare with.

Over the last 10 years, the defacto standard now for normal riders is a 50-34. ...
Forum: Southeast
12-17-18, 12:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,731
Posted By rutan74

Not a native Floridian but I just got back, well...

Not a native Floridian but I just got back, well last month, from doing the Horrible Hundred in Clermont. Clermont is just SE of the Villages and believe it or not, it is quite hilly there. At...
Forum: Southeast
10-02-18, 01:53 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 498
Posted By rutan74

Horrible Hundred - Florida

Anyone in the SE riding the Horrible Hundred in Clermont, Florida in November?

I am booked in. My riding partner is iffy due to some physical issues. So, looking to tag along with anyone that I...
09-26-18, 01:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,300
Posted By rutan74

Well, here is another summary. My company has a...

Well, here is another summary. My company has a product built in China, shipped here and sold here. With the 25% we are no longer competitive cost wise and my company is thinking of moving the...
09-25-18, 03:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,378
Posted By rutan74

I've been waiting for a discussion like this. ...

I've been waiting for a discussion like this.


I am on two BP medicines. No blood thinners or cholesterol meds. That is all normal. I noticed this summer that after about 20 miles in on a ride,...
Forum: Southeast
09-17-18, 11:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 739
Posted By rutan74

That's tough... FYI, my riding buddy did not...

That's tough...

FYI, my riding buddy did not have a heart attack but what was labeled as an incident. In other words, they found the blockage before he had a full scale HA. Now, he had 3 stents...
09-12-18, 02:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,489
Posted By rutan74

Remember, you are not riding to lose weight for...

Remember, you are not riding to lose weight for this 100 mile ride. The purpose of eating something every hour is to replace what you are burning. 100-200 cals an hour is what you need.


Rule...
09-12-18, 01:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,095
Posted By rutan74

I usually get 300-3500 out of my Conti Gatorskins...

I usually get 300-3500 out of my Conti Gatorskins without to much problem, but that is in one year. As others have said, 3 years and 1500 miles is not a lot. I'd be worried about the dry rot issue...
09-10-18, 01:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 332
Posted By rutan74

Thanks. I've seen them before. Recommendation...

Thanks. I've seen them before. Recommendation from the event promoters is to NOT ship in a box hence the tread stating that I was looking at a hard shell case.

Again, I know my bike came in a...
09-10-18, 11:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 332
Posted By rutan74

The event is Cycle Greater Yellowstone. I've...

The event is Cycle Greater Yellowstone. I've been looking at this event for 5 years and haven't had the chance to pull the trigger until now. 2019 looks like a go at this point and I'll have to...
09-07-18, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 332
Posted By rutan74

My bike weighs 17lbs. Some hardshell cases I...

My bike weighs 17lbs. Some hardshell cases I have seen are like 30lbs, so combined, I am under 50lbs give or take 5lbs. UPS should be able to handle this with no problem. I just need a good case....
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