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Forum: Commuting
01-21-19, 08:49 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 19,739
Posted By dougmon

I ride almost exclusively on this Kona Big Rove...

I ride almost exclusively on this Kona Big Rove AL:
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I used to also ride a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-04-18, 09:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 817
Posted By dougmon

You're not alone. I last rode in the first week...

You're not alone. I last rode in the first week of February because of flu/cold. Might get out today just to see what sort of condition I'm in.
02-24-18, 06:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,907
Posted By dougmon

I realize there's a ton of answers here already,...

I realize there's a ton of answers here already, but I really like these:...
09-16-17, 06:25 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,035
Posted By dougmon

+1. From 25 to 59 for me, but still -- I...

+1.

From 25 to 59 for me, but still -- I wish I'd kept cycling.
08-05-17, 08:49 AM
Replies: 3,022
Views: 751,002
Posted By dougmon

Surly Straggler. A nice all-rounder, shown here...

Surly Straggler. A nice all-rounder, shown here right before my homeward commute.

http://musanon.com/images/bike2.jpg
07-16-17, 07:22 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

+1 There are many riders who feel that you...

+1

There are many riders who feel that you can only set up drop bars one way (low) and any other way is wrong. Bone and muscle health are important. Setting up your drop bars the "right" way isn't.
07-15-17, 08:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 799
Posted By dougmon

I would go with the bike that you can test ride...

I would go with the bike that you can test ride before you buy it.
07-13-17, 02:29 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

This is funny because -- I took a picture...

This is funny because -- I took a picture (although a day after I got the bike), and since then:

I've installed a bottle cage
I got a different rack for the bike (story below.)


I took the...
07-11-17, 08:57 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

What is the "maximum safe indicator?" How do you...

What is the "maximum safe indicator?" How do you arrive at it?

I understand what you mean about getting back in shape. A year and a half ago I started from zero as far as fitness goes. If I hadn't...
07-11-17, 05:29 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

Well, here's a crap picture of a pretty nice...

Well, here's a crap picture of a pretty nice bike. I've only had it for a few days, so I don't know what to think yet. I have learned this, though: just because you can go fast doesn't mean you...
07-08-17, 05:40 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

When I do get the bike, I'll post the first...

When I do get the bike, I'll post the first picture in this thread. I'll probably be too busy riding it for the first week or so to take pictures. It's supposed to arrive at the LBS Monday, though...
07-04-17, 08:11 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

Hope it's not too late to resurrect this thread,...

Hope it's not too late to resurrect this thread, since I finally have an end to it.

I've now spent a lot of time test riding bikes. So much that one of the mechanics at my LBS asked "when Doug...
04-16-17, 06:16 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,263
Posted By dougmon

This is quite an old post but I'll reply anyway,...

This is quite an old post but I'll reply anyway, because you bring up a good point. I had been riding bikes too large for me. I've since corrected that. I do think it's the way I'm built; I can't...
07-21-16, 05:58 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,968
Posted By dougmon

I'm a new cyclist; I've been riding since...

I'm a new cyclist; I've been riding since February. The longest I've gone without stopping is 16 miles.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-16, 09:07 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 10,964
Posted By dougmon

That is a darned nice-looking bike. Except it was...

That is a darned nice-looking bike. Except it was obviously hit by some spoke thieves!
07-11-16, 05:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,221
Posted By dougmon

I'm around 5'10" and ~220 pounds. So far, I've...

I'm around 5'10" and ~220 pounds. So far, I've found that Pearl Izumi bib shorts in XL fit well.
07-11-16, 07:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,084
Posted By dougmon

+1. My worst fall so far was as a beginner;...

+1.

My worst fall so far was as a beginner; I've been pretty lucky. I had to go home to clean gravel out of my elbow and knee, but I went back the next day to ride the same area. Really helped in...
07-03-16, 07:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,313
Posted By dougmon

Welcome. I took up cycling again at age 59, just...

Welcome. I took up cycling again at age 59, just like you. Like you, I'm still a newbie. I have done a few group rides which have been helpful, because the more experienced riders can have some good...
Forum: Touring
06-22-16, 06:54 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 24,918
Posted By dougmon

No, no...I was serious. I really liked that...

No, no...I was serious. I really liked that picture. I think maybe there should be a "Your bike and your dog" thread. Great looking dog!
Forum: Touring
06-21-16, 07:50 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 24,918
Posted By dougmon

I thought this picture was very worthwhile. :)

I thought this picture was very worthwhile. :)
Forum: Commuting
06-20-16, 08:59 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 6,440
Posted By dougmon

Well, I was eating about three large flour...

Well, I was eating about three large flour tortillas a day...

But now I have my PB&J on Oroweat Double Fiber bread...according to one dietician, a better choice.
Forum: Commuting
06-20-16, 06:52 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 6,440
Posted By dougmon

+1. Then my doctor told me that flour tortillas...

+1. Then my doctor told me that flour tortillas had too high a level of carbs... :cry:
06-20-16, 05:42 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,848
Posted By dougmon

Dunno. I call my bike "Bike One" in the hope that...

Dunno. I call my bike "Bike One" in the hope that there will be further bikes in the series.
Forum: Touring
06-19-16, 06:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,079
Posted By dougmon

The only problem I have with them is that they're...

The only problem I have with them is that they're so grippy, sometimes it's almost like being clipped in. :)
06-19-16, 10:06 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,398
Posted By dougmon

I do want mine to last for as long as I can ride....

I do want mine to last for as long as I can ride. That implies (at least to me) that I'll gain some kind of mechanical skills to keep it going.

But that doesn't mean there won't a few N+1.
Forum: Touring
06-19-16, 05:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,079
Posted By dougmon

I am largely in agreement with @PapaTom...

I am largely in agreement with @PapaTom (http://www.bikeforums.net/members/papa-tom-137127.html), though I use the slightly more expensive Black Ops Nylo Form...
06-18-16, 11:34 PM
Replies: 26,083
Views: 2,725,787
Posted By dougmon

Went on my first group ride today. About 25 miles...

Went on my first group ride today. About 25 miles (I think, I wasn't really keeping tabs). Fun, and a beautiful day. And neat meeting other bike nerds.
06-17-16, 06:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 700
Posted By dougmon

It sounds like the thing you have to worry about...

It sounds like the thing you have to worry about is confidence. At first, you might just load your bike in the car and drive to a local bike trail or mixed-use trail. A few weeks or months of doing...
06-16-16, 06:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 643
Posted By dougmon

Man, that was beautiful! You are an inspiration...

Man, that was beautiful! You are an inspiration to us beginning cyclists!
06-16-16, 06:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 631
Posted By dougmon

:lol:

:lol:
06-14-16, 06:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,189
Posted By dougmon

That is absolutely great. It sounds like you had...

That is absolutely great. It sounds like you had a great attitude towards your ride and it was more fun as a result. True? False?
06-12-16, 07:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,434
Posted By dougmon

I have Black Ops nylo-form pedals:...

I have Black Ops nylo-form pedals: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Ops-Nylo-Form-Pedals-16/dp/B00SZ1IHTC/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1465736326&sr=8-10&keywords=black+ops+bmx+pedals

They're BMX style...
06-12-16, 06:45 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,523
Posted By dougmon

Hard to say. On the weekends it's a pastime, even...

Hard to say. On the weekends it's a pastime, even if I'm just out running errands. I get to see a lot of the town I live in that I might not otherwise see. On weekdays, it's just a commute, so...
06-11-16, 09:35 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 10,558
Posted By dougmon

+1. I don't really know about the insider...

+1.

I don't really know about the insider stuff. I'm over 50, and I've never felt like an outsider in this forum.
06-11-16, 06:54 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,870
Posted By dougmon

Mmmm...not necessarily true. The beginning of my...

Mmmm...not necessarily true. The beginning of my local MUP is four miles away from my house. I have to get there using the roads. I just like to ride the MUP because it's the best way to see the...
06-11-16, 05:53 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

I am extremely fortunate in my LBS. When I took...

I am extremely fortunate in my LBS. When I took up biking again (in February) after a 35 year hiatus, they were very helpful. At first I thought they'd sold me on the wrong bike, and they should have...
06-11-16, 08:11 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

One of the bikes I rode a few days ago had...

One of the bikes I rode a few days ago had interrupter levers, which could be a good idea. Or a pain in the butt. I won't know which until I get a bike that has them and ride with them for a bit.
06-10-16, 05:55 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

The Casseroll is really nice looking. I think I...

The Casseroll is really nice looking. I think I can get almost the same ride by putting slightly thinner tires on my Kona. I'm going to try it one of these days.

Also, I think the Marrakesh is...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-16, 05:45 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 145,894
Posted By dougmon

Yesterday I had my bottom bracket adjusted and...

Yesterday I had my bottom bracket adjusted and regreased. So my commute was awesome, thank you very much.
06-09-16, 08:11 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

Went out and test-rode a few rode bikes today....

Went out and test-rode a few rode bikes today. Also rode a Surly Straggler, which I liked, but it's too much like my Kona to think about it.

My favorite road bike was the Salsa Colossal. A nice...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-16, 08:06 PM
Replies: 15,504
Views: 11,707,911
Posted By dougmon

Funny thing is, I bought this bike on an impulse,...

Funny thing is, I bought this bike on an impulse, and for a while wasn't sure about it. But for the past few months I've been finding new things to like about this bike. It's not zippy, but it is...
Forum: Commuting
06-08-16, 08:42 PM
Replies: 15,504
Views: 11,707,911
Posted By dougmon

It's a Metropolis handlebar; I wish I could've...

It's a Metropolis handlebar; I wish I could've gotten a better picture of them. I like them quite a lot. With the raised stem and the angle of the grips, I can ride upright with very little effort.
...
Forum: Commuting
06-08-16, 05:56 AM
Replies: 15,504
Views: 11,707,911
Posted By dougmon

I haven't posted a picture of this since the new...

I haven't posted a picture of this since the new handlebars, stem, and saddle. Not that you can tell. :) But here's a picture of my commuter (in fact, my only bike) subbing as a weekend fun vehicle....
06-07-16, 06:16 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

The cross bike certainly can overlap the uses of...

The cross bike certainly can overlap the uses of the hybrid, but not necessarily. Depends on the bike, I think.

My thought is that a pure racing style road bike might be too much for me in terms...
06-06-16, 06:01 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 14,462
Posted By dougmon

No, but I've found it to be rare where I am. ...

No, but I've found it to be rare where I am.

However...I dress in regular clothes when, and my bike is an upright style rider...and I've sometimes gotten smirks and comments from some of the...
06-06-16, 05:53 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

:roflmao2: Nope, not a worry. In fact, since...

:roflmao2:

Nope, not a worry. In fact, since it's far from being a worry, I think I'm going to get a bike with drops; maybe a road bike, but more likely a cross.
06-05-16, 09:43 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

That's what I told my wife! And she just looked...

That's what I told my wife! And she just looked at me funny and went back to reading her book.



Thanks, I will let you all know. I am asking these questions far in advance of purchase (my 60th...
06-04-16, 02:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,601
Posted By dougmon

Amen, brother.

Amen, brother.
06-04-16, 01:07 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

I'm sorry, but are you actually suggesting that I...

I'm sorry, but are you actually suggesting that I don't buy a second bike. If so, I sense you are not long for these forums.... ;)

Your idea of switching out the tires makes sense; but the tires...
06-04-16, 08:54 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,063
Posted By dougmon

considering a bike with drops - a few questions

Hi:

With an entire four or five months of cycling (commuting/errands/fun rides) under my belt, I am of course now searching for that n+1.

One of the things about my current (and only) bike is...
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