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10-01-22, 10:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 287
Posted By downtube42

Not retired yet but I've traveled internationally...

Not retired yet but I've traveled internationally with my bike. I find it stressful, and a pain. I'll do it again for long brevets, but for normal rides likely not. Airline practices are...
Replies: 21
Views: 484
Posted By downtube42

Rumor has it the aero bar length limit will be...

Rumor has it the aero bar length limit will be lifted in 2023.

Qualify, register, pay, and participate. Otherwise you're adding the burden to the towns and roads above and beyond what the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 04:00 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 995
Posted By downtube42

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I find verbal anatomical descriptions indecipherable. So, here's a 90 second ms...
09-25-22, 06:13 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,296
Posted By downtube42

If you did all those things ironically, it was a...

If you did all those things ironically, it was a performance masterpiece.
09-20-22, 12:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 298
Posted By downtube42

I'd love to see it without all the smoke of my...

I'd love to see it without all the smoke of my last visit; I couldn't see the lake, and just an outline of wizard island. That whole area was empty, quiet, and eerie.

Day 3 of Craters 1200 - 180...
09-19-22, 10:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,177
Posted By downtube42

Dude, I'm 210lbs and can get up any hill. I may...

Dude, I'm 210lbs and can get up any hill. I may be 6'2" instead of 5'5" but dragging 210 lbs up a hill is still dragging 210 lbs up a hill. That weight is more than all my buddies, and they drop me,...
09-18-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 786
Posted By downtube42

This thread made me realize I'm about to turn 100...

This thread made me realize I'm about to turn 100 years old, in kilometers.
09-17-22, 06:12 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,228
Posted By downtube42

The thing about riding with an injury is, you...

The thing about riding with an injury is, you have to accommodate your specific injury. General advice, conventional wisdom, and other people's experience does not take your specific injury into...
09-17-22, 06:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 957
Posted By downtube42

​​​​​What about looking for another doctor or...

​​​​​What about looking for another doctor or surgeon - one who's willing to consider your current and preferred lifestyle, rather than just your age.
Replies: 100
Views: 7,552
Posted By downtube42

This past weekend I rode the SIR Third Time's a...

This past weekend I rode the SIR Third Time's a Charm 1000k, just about 3 weeks after my first ever DNF, at LEL. I reverted to my Sella Anatomica saddle, placing the blame for LEL squarely on the...
Replies: 17
Views: 769
Posted By downtube42

I think you can do 100 miles on an ill-fitting...

I think you can do 100 miles on an ill-fitting bike without things going too far south. That becomes less true quickly as the distance increases. I think dealing with comfort on the bike is as...
09-02-22, 09:55 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,979
Posted By downtube42

Those evening or middle of the night calf or quad...

Those evening or middle of the night calf or quad cramps are brutal. I get out of bed and stretch them out.

A google search of cramping, with a fair amount of editing out the crap, will uncover...
09-02-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,094
Posted By downtube42

That is one complex Dan Henry....

That is one complex Dan Henry. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Henry)

BITD before GPS and all the things, I painted many a Dan Henry. My strategy was paint 'em fast and get down the road before...
09-01-22, 05:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 446
Posted By downtube42

76 miles in 11 hours? What are you going to do,...

76 miles in 11 hours? What are you going to do, take naps along the way?

I kid, I kid. Google doesn't know all the things. Which is a good thing perhaps.
09-01-22, 12:25 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,513
Posted By downtube42

Thanks but... I lived in west Texas for a year,...

Thanks but... I lived in west Texas for a year, and in that time had my fill of the desert. I'll take the wilderness, solitude, and lack of cell phone signal, but prefer to be surrounded by trees....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-22, 09:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,336
Posted By downtube42

The doc's timeline will be based on Americans of...

The doc's timeline will be based on Americans of typical fitness, dietary habits, and overall health. If you're on here, that's indication you might beat that timeline. Which is nice, but it's really...
08-31-22, 09:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 874
Posted By downtube42

nvm

nvm
08-29-22, 07:20 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,513
Posted By downtube42

Ride a bike on every continent, ride a brevet in...

Ride a bike on every continent, ride a brevet in every state, ride every 1200k on the planet, ride the Transcontinental route, ride the Northern route, ride the Southern route, bikepack everywhere,...
Forum: Recumbent
08-29-22, 02:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 881
Posted By downtube42

To me it's not an either/or proposition; I ride...

To me it's not an either/or proposition; I ride both, and find they each have their benefits. YMMV.

If money, space, and time were limitless, I'd have every kind of bike imaginable. As it is, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-22, 07:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 890
Posted By downtube42

​​​​​I was entering an on ramp onto I-465 in...

​​​​​I was entering an on ramp onto I-465 in Indianapolis, driving my lovely Renault Le Car, when i noticed a Ferrari on my ass. I floored it. Nothing much happened, at least not right away, but by...
08-25-22, 06:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,509
Posted By downtube42

BITD, when a pro racer cracked on a climb, he...

BITD, when a pro racer cracked on a climb, he lost huge time because he couldn't turn the cranks over. Cracked meant something, physically and mentally. Destroyed. Done.

Now they downshift,...
08-23-22, 10:33 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 1,880
Posted By downtube42

On a ride day A pour-over at home, fresh...

On a ride day

A pour-over at home, fresh ground with my hand grinder. Probably 20oz. Cream, no sugar.
2nd cup (ha, cup, what a concept) somewhere at or near the start, with some kind of pastry....
08-23-22, 03:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 551
Posted By downtube42

Free in terms of money, but not in terms of space...

Free in terms of money, but not in terms of space and your time. The latter is the most valuable thing you have; far more valuable than money. Having said that, if spending your life this way is...
08-21-22, 09:42 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 8,642
Posted By downtube42

If you ride in the real world, needing to walk...

If you ride in the real world, needing to walk out is always a possibility, however remote. If karma exists, that smugness about being prepared will come back and bite you in the ass.

When you...
Replies: 71
Views: 7,310
Posted By downtube42

OP here with an update on this slightly old...

OP here with an update on this slightly old thread.

The Terry Fly saddle that I ended up selecting did not fare well at London Edinburgh London. In fact i abandon at 520 miles, just over half way,...
Replies: 100
Views: 7,552
Posted By downtube42

Not surprising. Front what I understand, a...

Not surprising.

Front what I understand, a late reroute due to construction increased the difficulty substantially. I had planned for Yad Moss, and didn't pay sufficient attention to the reroute....
Replies: 26
Views: 1,049
Posted By downtube42

Like the OP, I struggle with deep tissue pain,...

Like the OP, I struggle with deep tissue pain, rather than skin issues. I just DNFd LEL at 839k, with saddle pain the major factor. I actually have abrasions from so much time out of the saddle, with...
Replies: 100
Views: 7,552
Posted By downtube42

Brief LEL 2022 ride report. I DNFd at...

Brief LEL 2022 ride report.

I DNFd at Innerleithen, about 50 miles southbound after the turnaround. After some thought, I've identified three contributing factors leading to this, my first ever...
Forum: Recumbent
08-02-22, 10:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,463
Posted By downtube42

More upright seating helps, I think. But...

More upright seating helps, I think.

But really it's just leg strength and cardio fitness. So how to you maximize that?

Go out riding with your upright friends in hilly terrain, leveraging your...
08-02-22, 06:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 928
Posted By downtube42

A homeless thief is a pitiful thief, if you...

A homeless thief is a pitiful thief, if you consider the possibilities.

​​​​​​Consider Bernie Madoff. I figure Bernie alone stole more than all bicycle thieves (homed or not) in history. In a day....
08-01-22, 03:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,045
Posted By downtube42

I did a ride around the Olympic Peninsula (a...

I did a ride around the Olympic Peninsula (a temperate rain forest) a few weeks ago, and made the poor choice of carrying a cycling cap. Flipped up, the bill did a nice job of directing the flow of...
08-01-22, 01:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,045
Posted By downtube42

Baseball cap under the helmet. Get one without...

Baseball cap under the helmet. Get one without the button thing on the top if you can. It helps a ton.

This requires somewhat upright seating otherwise the bill blocks your vision.
07-28-22, 10:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,798
Posted By downtube42

Perhaps we're finally past the hype stage, so it...

Perhaps we're finally past the hype stage, so it will either settle down to a reasonable niche or disappear from new bikes.

There are enough wheelsets out there to ensure we'll have tires for a...
07-20-22, 09:38 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 908
Posted By downtube42

I'm hard pressed to find a jersey long enough. As...

I'm hard pressed to find a jersey long enough. As sizes go up they get wider but not much longer. I have a ten year old event jersey that's great, a dozen event jerseys that are barely long enough if...
07-17-22, 07:35 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 4,928
Posted By downtube42

Ending up... sounds so final. I had a...

Ending up... sounds so final.

I had a recumbent phase. I also had a belt drive commuter phase, a vintage 3 speed phase, unicycle phase, tallbike phase, alt bike building at the co-op phase, cargo...
07-16-22, 08:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 696
Posted By downtube42

All the times I agonized about the weather before...

All the times I agonized about the weather before a big ride - rain, wind, cold, heat, wind - I've never once regretted going on the ride. It's never as bad as imagined.

Get on your bike and ride....
07-16-22, 08:37 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 4,928
Posted By downtube42

I'm really looking forward to PBP upright after...

I'm really looking forward to PBP upright after 3x 'bent. Unlike you I've struggled mightily with saddle pain upright, but maybe I'm getting there. LEL in a few weeks will tell. My sense has been PBP...
07-13-22, 09:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 892
Posted By downtube42

Yeah some of my favorite miles have been at...

Yeah some of my favorite miles have been at night.

In southern Indiana, watching the lightshow from a thunderstorm off in the distance.
In the inky black desert of west Texas, where I would see...
07-11-22, 09:35 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,443
Posted By downtube42

Chris King had a novel idea for a strong hub...

Chris King had a novel idea for a strong hub design. He built it. It was noisy, but he figured he'd straighten that out later. Sales took off. Before he got around to design improvements to make it...
Replies: 100
Views: 7,552
Posted By downtube42

I rode RUSA Perm #4032 Portland - Marmot -...

I rode RUSA Perm #4032 Portland - Marmot - Timberline today, to finish my 7th R-12. It's a fairly new perm; I'm just the 2nd to ride in. Fun fact: a friend of mine created the perm in the new system,...
07-08-22, 12:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,652
Posted By downtube42

Agreed. Essentially what the spin class provides...

Agreed. Essentially what the spin class provides is motivation to suffer well beyond what I'm willing to do on hill repeats.

To your point, I have not gone to another spin class since hitting my...
07-07-22, 11:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,652
Posted By downtube42

After 3 years of missing my goal at 24 hour...

After 3 years of missing my goal at 24 hour races, I signed up for spin class on something of a lark. My experience was much the same as yours; I'm sure none of them could have ridden with me on a...
07-06-22, 07:36 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,270
Posted By downtube42

Climbing up the Historic Highway to Crown Point...

Climbing up the Historic Highway to Crown Point yesterday, I noticed two bikes behind about halfway up, and was a little surprised they didn't pass me. At 210 lbs in my 7th decade I'm no climber, and...
07-04-22, 06:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,812
Posted By downtube42

I'm the age of denial, and there I will remain.

I'm the age of denial, and there I will remain.
07-03-22, 02:28 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 2,995
Posted By downtube42

This place hardly tolerates bicycle counter...

This place hardly tolerates bicycle counter culture. Home of mamils, racer boys, and get off my lawn folks.

Nonetheless...

I found a functional signal generator once. Worth a few hundred bucks,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-22, 11:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 520
Posted By downtube42

https://forum.bikeradar.com/discussion/12575770/si...

https://forum.bikeradar.com/discussion/12575770/silly-commuting-racing
Replies: 100
Views: 7,552
Posted By downtube42

I am really enjoying dot-watching the Cascades...

I am really enjoying dot-watching the Cascades 1400. Lots of people I know, both from the PNW and elsewhere. I'm checking everyone's mileage via RWGPS route, estimating when people will finish the...
06-24-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,949
Posted By downtube42

What's the quote - politics is like underwear,...

What's the quote - politics is like underwear, everyone has it but nobody wants to see it. Something like that.

But these days people intentionally walk around with their pants sagging below...
06-22-22, 03:42 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,408
Posted By downtube42

Nada. During a recent PT eval, the therapist...

Nada.

During a recent PT eval, the therapist said "thank god for cycling". In other words, in the range of motion used by cycling my joints are smooth as silk. Outside that range, it's like a 61...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-22, 04:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 810
Posted By downtube42

Not all recumbents are equal. Low racer, high...

Not all recumbents are equal. Low racer, high racer, 26/26, 26/20, etc. Difference in rider height and maneuverability vary greatly. Tradeoffs are typically around performance.

As far as learning...
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