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09-28-15, 06:21 AM
Replies: 305
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Posted By va_cyclist

http://i.imgur.com/zQC34Qu.jpg :)

http://i.imgur.com/zQC34Qu.jpg

:)
Forum: Southeast
09-19-14, 01:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,842
Posted By va_cyclist

Hi all! Coming out of a long bikeforums hiatus...

Hi all! Coming out of a long bikeforums hiatus to answer this thread. I've lived just outside Richmond for 15 years, and I have to tell you that it has changed a lot in that time. Yes, its...
Forum: Southeast
09-08-11, 05:35 AM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

Nope, not today, not this week, not at all in...

Nope, not today, not this week, not at all in September or August. Last ride was in mid-July. I have found myself traveling nearly every other week this summer for work, spending half my time in...
07-24-11, 08:12 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,344
Posted By va_cyclist

Liggett I have no real complaints about. The...

Liggett I have no real complaints about. The main thing that annoys me about Sherwen is that he says "around about" all the time, as in "the peloton is around about fourteen seconds behind the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-11, 03:17 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,220
Posted By va_cyclist

I'm a stander, always have been. It's just more...

I'm a stander, always have been. It's just more comfortable for me on climbs, and is easier on my knees. 5'10", 165lbs.
07-19-11, 03:09 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,961
Posted By va_cyclist

Two things: no matter how fast you get, there...

Two things: no matter how fast you get, there will (almost) always be someone faster out there, and you'll probably end up behind them on one of your rides.

Second, that guy might have known you...
Forum: Southeast
07-19-11, 02:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 683
Posted By va_cyclist

I shouldn't complain, but it's unlikely that I'm...

I shouldn't complain, but it's unlikely that I'm going to sit there for 120 seconds waiting for a light to change at an empty intersection. If there's traffic, I'll wait for a gap, but if it's...
Forum: Southeast
06-15-11, 09:11 AM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

I'm getting a really late start this year. ...

I'm getting a really late start this year. Usually by the start of May I'm up to my usual 25-30 mile twice weekly schedule, but this year I've been traveling for work a lot, and just got out for my...
Forum: Southeast
10-25-10, 10:12 AM
Replies: 733
Views: 70,077
Posted By va_cyclist

I haven't ridden in weeks and I feel terrible...

I haven't ridden in weeks and I feel terrible about it, but a whole bunch of stuff seems to converge at this time of year to keep me off the bike: home maintenance projects, shorter days, baseball...
Forum: Southeast
10-03-10, 10:38 AM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

30 miles in windy, chilly central VA this...

30 miles in windy, chilly central VA this morning. Did I mention that it was windy? Fortunately I had the tailwind for the trip home. Now it's time for some lunch and some football.
Forum: Foo
09-29-10, 08:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,047
Posted By va_cyclist

I did this one a few years back in Paint. ...

I did this one a few years back in Paint.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4092/5036435268_8152597565.jpg
Forum: Southeast
09-27-10, 03:16 PM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

I know the curve you're talking about. That's a...

I know the curve you're talking about. That's a tricky corner -- I almost wiped out there when the surface was dry. Glad you weren't seriously hurt.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-10, 10:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 989
Posted By va_cyclist

Amazon has the double-sided Shimano PD-A530 pedal...

Amazon has the double-sided Shimano PD-A530 pedal for $60 with free shipping.
Forum: Commuting
09-26-10, 07:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 329
Posted By va_cyclist

Running red lights and sidewalk cycling. tsk tsk

Running red lights and sidewalk cycling. tsk tsk
Forum: Southeast
09-25-10, 05:52 AM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

I believe I am going to go for a ride this...

I believe I am going to go for a ride this morning before it gets hot. It's supposed to rain tomorrow right into next week.

Update: did 40 miles, the last 20 into a stiff headwind. I am wicked...
09-24-10, 08:48 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,584
Posted By va_cyclist

Three young ladies farming my backyard. Sounds...

Three young ladies farming my backyard. Sounds like the plot of a porno, or maybe an Aerosmith song.
09-24-10, 08:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,134
Posted By va_cyclist

I'm with you on the padding thing. I've got a...

I'm with you on the padding thing. I've got a 6-year-old pair of Sugoi shorts with no real padding, just a thin chamois, and they are very comfortable. I recently bought a pair of Pearl Izumi shorts...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-10, 10:52 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,457
Posted By va_cyclist

There's something about a motorized...

There's something about a motorized glass-and-steel cage around someone that turns otherwise intelligent people into belligerent sheep.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-10, 01:47 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,263
Posted By va_cyclist

The other day I passed a roadie and he didn't...

The other day I passed a roadie and he didn't wave. Why are roadies so stuck up?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-10, 12:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,687
Posted By va_cyclist

I've seen that group mentality at work during...

I've seen that group mentality at work during organized rides, where cyclists will breeze through red lights because the riders ahead of them did it, and the cars are already stopped. It's the same...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-10, 12:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,687
Posted By va_cyclist

Riding through my neighborhood (25 mph limit)...

Riding through my neighborhood (25 mph limit) last Saturday, I was doing about 20 mph approaching a side street intersection. A woman driving in a Camry came up alongside and passed me with her...
Forum: Commuting
09-21-10, 11:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 697
Posted By va_cyclist

Is there anyplace indoors that you could stash...

Is there anyplace indoors that you could stash the lock, like a locker, or in a friend's dorm room?

You could talk to security and ask what their response is likely to be if they find an...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-10, 11:48 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,263
Posted By va_cyclist

I say stop wearing team kit unless you are...

I say stop wearing team kit unless you are actually racing, or attending a race as a fan. You're drawing the ire of cagers who want to label us all "Lance wannabes".
Forum: Southeast
09-21-10, 11:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,773
Posted By va_cyclist

I took my family to Tybee this past April. At...

I took my family to Tybee this past April. At low tide, the beach itself is a huge expanse of gently sloping hard-packed sand, and lots of people bike up and down the beach.
09-20-10, 01:51 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 17,764
Posted By va_cyclist

Sensitive, aren't we. My point was not that...

Sensitive, aren't we. My point was not that there is no flex, but that a comparable amount of stress occurs thousands upon thousands of times during hill climbs and sprints, so a few more side mount...
09-20-10, 11:45 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 17,764
Posted By va_cyclist

I've never fallen doing a side mount, but I never...

I've never fallen doing a side mount, but I never do it unless there's enough room around me to correct steering. Before I began riding clipless, I used to dismount this way too, and never fell,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-10, 11:33 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 5,468
Posted By va_cyclist

I bought a lightly used Arione from eBay about 4...

I bought a lightly used Arione from eBay about 4 years ago (no idea how many hours on it, but it was in VG condition). After about 6000 miles, the stitching has opened up on the top, and the...
09-20-10, 11:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 759
Posted By va_cyclist

I've had clicking from loose crankarms and from...

I've had clicking from loose crankarms and from bad pedal bearings. Neither was evident unless I was riding on the road applying my full weight on a pedal stroke.
Forum: Southeast
09-20-10, 11:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 557
Posted By va_cyclist

I feel for you NoVa guys. Having driven through...

I feel for you NoVa guys. Having driven through and around that area, I would not want to have to bike up there.
09-19-10, 08:32 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 17,764
Posted By va_cyclist

Side mount anytime there's enough room to do it,...

Side mount anytime there's enough room to do it, ready mount in tight or unstable circumstances.
09-19-10, 06:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,765
Posted By va_cyclist

I carry a spare tube and tools in an under-seat...

I carry a spare tube and tools in an under-seat bag all the time. If I need to carry a cell phone or camera, I'll use a small fanny pack. For larger loads, like a change of clothes or shoes, I'll...
Forum: Southeast
09-18-10, 09:02 AM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

Beautiful, slightly chilly morning. 30 miles...

Beautiful, slightly chilly morning. 30 miles out and back. The Richmond Area Bicycle Association (RABA) is having their annual Heart of Virginia century ride this weekend, and their route overlaps...
Forum: Foo
09-17-10, 04:44 PM
Replies: 1,765
Views: 245,692
Posted By va_cyclist

http://i.imgur.com/lQl4y.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/lQl4y.jpg
Forum: Foo
09-17-10, 06:13 AM
Replies: 1,765
Views: 245,692
Posted By va_cyclist

This is my "nice" watch, a vintage 1986 Seiko. ...

This is my "nice" watch, a vintage 1986 Seiko. It was a gift from my Dad. Almost 25 years old, it's outlasted two straps and I don't know how many batteries, and still runs perfectly.
...
Forum: Southeast
09-03-10, 08:06 AM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

Finally back out on the road after a week off. I...

Finally back out on the road after a week off. I almost got run over by a truck. It was kind of my fault. Just as I started up a large, steep hill on a narrow road with no paved shoulder, a dump...
Forum: Southeast
09-01-10, 08:37 PM
Replies: 733
Views: 70,077
Posted By va_cyclist

The wife's car is in the shop this week, so my...

The wife's car is in the shop this week, so my vehicle's doing double duty, leaving me no time to ride until now this week. I hope to make a go of it tomorrow after work.
Forum: Southeast
08-25-10, 02:38 PM
Replies: 733
Views: 70,077
Posted By va_cyclist

Lame excuse today. I packed my bike, shorts,...

Lame excuse today. I packed my bike, shorts, t-shirt, socks, gloves, helmet, water bottles, and air pump into the car like I always do when riding after work. Late afternoon, I'm changed and ready...
Forum: Southeast
08-22-10, 06:24 AM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

So yesterday I hauled my bike up to Washington,...

So yesterday I hauled my bike up to Washington, D.C., and rode the Mt. Vernon Bike Trail (more of a path, really) from Rosslyn, which is just west of Arlington Nat'l Cemetery on the Virginia side of...
Forum: Southeast
08-19-10, 12:38 PM
Replies: 733
Views: 70,077
Posted By va_cyclist

Three straight days of rain here in Central VA. ...

Three straight days of rain here in Central VA. My bike looks at me sadly each morning when I come out to the car and it's still there from the day before. I'm thinking maybe of gambling on the...
Forum: Southeast
08-18-10, 12:52 PM
Replies: 733
Views: 70,077
Posted By va_cyclist

I'm not a doctor, but if you can do the hill...

I'm not a doctor, but if you can do the hill sitting down without knee pain, you're probably OK to do so. I sometimes get knee pain if I try to climb seated, but almost never when standing -- I...
Forum: Southeast
08-17-10, 08:06 PM
Replies: 733
Views: 70,077
Posted By va_cyclist

I had the bike loaded up in the car for a ride...

I had the bike loaded up in the car for a ride after work, but when I exited the building, the western sky was a rumbly ominous mass of dark gray. I'll try again tomorrow.
Forum: Southeast
08-13-10, 11:55 AM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

I did my first real ride on the new compact crank...

I did my first real ride on the new compact crank yesterday. My old set was a 53/39 with 172.5mm crankarms. The new set is 50/34 with 170mm arms. I went 29 miles on a hilly route that I normally...
Forum: Southeast
08-07-10, 04:19 PM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

32 miles this morning at 16.3 mph. The weather...

32 miles this morning at 16.3 mph. The weather was pleasant, around 80 with moderate humidity, a nice change from the sweatbox we've been living in here for the past month and a half.

Big day...
Forum: Southeast
08-02-10, 03:11 PM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

I'm impressed with all the photos. I've tried...

I'm impressed with all the photos. I've tried taking some photos on the routes I ride but I rarely see anything interesting, just trees and fields.

My last ride was a pretty fast 20 miler on...
Forum: Southeast
07-25-10, 11:18 AM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

I am getting back into the flow after a couple of...

I am getting back into the flow after a couple of weeks of sporadic riding due to vacation and some bike maintenance issues. Last Thursday I did 25 miles in the late afternoon (96 degrees), and this...
Forum: Southeast
07-17-10, 11:45 AM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

No riding for me today. I snapped a derailleur...

No riding for me today. I snapped a derailleur cable (Shimano 6600 shifter) last week, and I've spent the last several days trying to get the new cable to work correctly. I got it inserted, but the...
Forum: Southeast
07-11-10, 11:39 AM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

I did it. Only 25 miles, but it was a fast 25,...

I did it. Only 25 miles, but it was a fast 25, and the heat wasn't nearly as bad as it's been here the past two weeks. I was getting dissatisfied with going longer distances slowly and feeling...
Forum: Southeast
07-11-10, 07:23 AM
Replies: 4,812
Views: 373,369
Posted By va_cyclist

Trying to get motivated to get out for a ride...

Trying to get motivated to get out for a ride this morning. Just can't seem to get my butt out of the chair.
07-10-10, 08:27 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,599
Posted By va_cyclist

Riding two up with traffic behind is...

Riding two up with traffic behind is ******baggery. Although in this situation, with oncoming traffic, even single file is hard to pass.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-10, 11:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,799
Posted By va_cyclist

The CVV number (card verification value) on the...

The CVV number (card verification value) on the back is supposed to prove that you have the card in your possession. Requesting a scan of the physical card is dumb. And requesting a statement is...
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