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11-15-16, 08:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 832
Posted By nitroRoo

I've ridden around neighborhood streets with my...

I've ridden around neighborhood streets with my son since he was 6 or so. He's 12 now and I recently took him (and my 13 YO daughter) on a road ride on a more rural road here in NC. The biggest...
11-07-16, 03:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,112
Posted By nitroRoo

Started bike commuting in April of this year,...

Started bike commuting in April of this year, first time in 10 years and first time with a real winter (was in FL before). Not digging the time change or the colder weather but we'll see how it...
11-07-16, 02:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,401
Posted By nitroRoo

That's REALLY great. Congratulations! I have...

That's REALLY great. Congratulations! I have the ride lots of miles part down, now I just need to get my diet on track so I can actually get my weight down.
Forum: Commuting
10-27-16, 01:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,937
Posted By nitroRoo

You say you aren't super mechanically inclined. ...

You say you aren't super mechanically inclined. If you were happy with the service at your bike fitting, I'd recommend buying the bike there. It will be setup properly, will more than likely...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-16, 09:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,937
Posted By nitroRoo

I personally wouldn't get too hung up on having...

I personally wouldn't get too hung up on having to have disc brakes. Rim brakes work just fine in the wet if they are properly setup with decent pads. That Trek 520 looks great for commuting.

I...
10-10-16, 01:25 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 13,073
Posted By nitroRoo

Weight training is excellent for promoting fat...

Weight training is excellent for promoting fat loss, but not so much for weight loss. Having said that, my best results have come from crossfit which incorporates lots of weight training and high...
09-29-16, 01:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,850
Posted By nitroRoo

Okay, that is a thing of beauty! I want one....

Okay, that is a thing of beauty! I want one. :thumb:
09-29-16, 01:19 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,783
Posted By nitroRoo

Yup, I've definitely learned that not letting...

Yup, I've definitely learned that not letting these things get to you is a key skill to acquire as a cyclist on the street. As that truck started to pass me I thought holy crap this guy is close,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-16, 12:24 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 6,214
Posted By nitroRoo

I personally love all the stats and tracking it...

I personally love all the stats and tracking it gives you, plus I enjoy the social aspects. I don't get to ride with others much - most of my riding is commuting, so it's nice to see what others are...
09-29-16, 11:58 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,783
Posted By nitroRoo

It's not just BMW's. May I introduce you to our...

It's not just BMW's. May I introduce you to our very own, "Crazy Mercedes Lady": Why flipping off a group of cyclists is an awfully bad idea | The Charlotte Observer...
Forum: Commuting
09-29-16, 10:10 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,943
Posted By nitroRoo

blah blah sweat blah blah blah. Go ride your...

blah blah sweat blah blah blah. Go ride your bike. 15 miles is a great commute distance once you've built up the necessary muscles and endurance. And to have a path the whole way available to you...
09-28-16, 10:39 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,592
Posted By nitroRoo

Despite the controversy on almost every thread,...

Despite the controversy on almost every thread, it's still worth posting here. One more person may run a light on their next ride, and you NEVER know if that might have saved their life. Nobody...
09-27-16, 07:16 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,112
Posted By nitroRoo

Well, considering ALL of the bicycles I've ever...

Well, considering ALL of the bicycles I've ever owned have been under $400, I guess I'm qualified to post in this thread.

First is my Nishiki Alien that I bought on Craigslist for $45. Slicks,...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-16, 12:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,413
Posted By nitroRoo

Here's a heat map of my area from Strava. Makes...

Here's a heat map of my area from Strava. Makes it kind of interesting to see what routes I take the most. I work in the southern part of the map near Manchester Meadows Park and I live just north...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-16, 12:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,413
Posted By nitroRoo

I have probably ridden 10 different routes to and...

I have probably ridden 10 different routes to and from work. The only thing I can't avoid is there's a lake/river to cross. There are two bridges, so I'm always going to cross at one of those two,...
09-26-16, 08:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,240
Posted By nitroRoo

Nice ride! Looks like a lot of climbing and 7+...

Nice ride! Looks like a lot of climbing and 7+ hours in the saddle. You should be proud of this one!
Forum: Foo
09-24-16, 05:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 444
Posted By nitroRoo

It's been quite a while since I read up on...

It's been quite a while since I read up on scooters but back when I had one the general consensus was japanese 1st, taiwan 2nd, china.. eh.. never... You should be able to find a used Honda or...
09-24-16, 05:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,108
Posted By nitroRoo

Yeah back when I was commuting on a mtb with...

Yeah back when I was commuting on a mtb with slicks I would average around 14, being on a proper road bike makes a HUGE difference.
09-24-16, 05:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,986
Posted By nitroRoo

What a tragic story. And to think it could have...

What a tragic story. And to think it could have been avoided with some $5 flash lights... :(
09-24-16, 03:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,108
Posted By nitroRoo

Yes strava and I believe most bike computers only...

Yes strava and I believe most bike computers only average moving time (they auto-pause, don't count time spent at 0mph). I'm 6' 225lbs and currently average 16-17mph on my road bike (usually). ...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-16, 02:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 744
Posted By nitroRoo

@mrogers I viewed your butler freeport 9-22 ride...

@mrogers I viewed your butler freeport 9-22 ride on strava and there were no pictures there. Not sure what happened there.. but as long as the strava ride has pictures uploaded before the ride is...
09-22-16, 10:30 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,402
Posted By nitroRoo

Since you've replaced the chain and cassette, my...

Since you've replaced the chain and cassette, my vote would be the shifter as well. I went through something very similar with my gary fisher mountain bike (sram x7). Chain would slip (dangerously)...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-16, 08:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 744
Posted By nitroRoo

bbattle loved your ride, what an adventure! Cool...

bbattle loved your ride, what an adventure! Cool bridge.
jamesdak those are some beautiful rides. I ride a GT Force from the 90's with dt shifters and my lowest gear is 42/21, makes big climbs...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-16, 12:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,235
Posted By nitroRoo

I just rewrapped my bars last night. PO did a...

I just rewrapped my bars last night. PO did a terrible job and had also installed some kind of sticky gel things underneath. I left the gels on for now but completely unraveled and then re-wrapped...
09-20-16, 12:36 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,380
Posted By nitroRoo

Lots of very good advice here. Just wanted to...

Lots of very good advice here. Just wanted to say best of luck! Don't get too hung up on the decision, take action. Get out and ride. Expect it to be hard, ACCEPT that it will be hard. Don't let...
09-20-16, 11:59 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,762
Posted By nitroRoo

Good thread. Losing weight is definitely going...

Good thread. Losing weight is definitely going to help me, but my biggest hurdle is definitely neck soreness. Did a metric century on Sunday and my neck is still a bit sore from it, and I was only...
09-19-16, 08:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,741
Posted By nitroRoo

Very interesting thread. I just went through 3...

Very interesting thread. I just went through 3 tubes in a row on my road bike (700x23 tires). First was a staple in the tire. Fresh tube on the side of the road, CO2 cartridge, made it home 12...
09-19-16, 08:02 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,035
Posted By nitroRoo

I 100% agree with this (although it's slightly...

I 100% agree with this (although it's slightly off topic in terms of visibility and safe times to ride). The number one thing our society could do is increase bicycle infrastructure. I've all but...
09-16-16, 07:37 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 17,026
Posted By nitroRoo

I have owned, ridden and/or worked on several...

I have owned, ridden and/or worked on several walmart bikes. My daughter currently has a Schwinn Ranger mountain bike. I've had a few huffy's and murrays. They are "usable," but as others have...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-16, 12:04 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,321
Posted By nitroRoo

My favorite swiss army is the explorer model. ...

My favorite swiss army is the explorer model. It's compact enough to carry every day but has all the tools I want. It even has a magnifying glass.
Forum: Commuting
09-15-16, 07:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,721
Posted By nitroRoo

noglider last week I rode to work 3x, then about...

noglider last week I rode to work 3x, then about 15 miles Saturday (mountain bike) and a 30 mile club ride on Sunday (road). I then rode longer routes Monday and Tuesday, and by Wednesday I was...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-16, 06:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,721
Posted By nitroRoo

Appreciate the input. I already removed the...

Appreciate the input. I already removed the chainrings, cleaned, lightly greased the contact points, and torqued. But while they were off I got on the bike and shifted my weight side to side and...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-16, 12:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,721
Posted By nitroRoo

Appreciate the responses so far. I did think...

Appreciate the responses so far. I did think about those who's bike is their main/only form of transportation. I did that for a brief period years ago.

I guess what I'm introspectively getting...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-16, 11:44 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 7,301
Posted By nitroRoo

Obviously there are all kinds of workplaces. ...

Obviously there are all kinds of workplaces. Some in this thread seem to have some very sensitive types around. My workplace is thankfully very casual and 95% guys who don't bat an eye at someone...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-16, 08:40 AM
Replies: 2,284
Views: 276,154
Posted By nitroRoo

Here are a few recent ones: Crossing Lake...

Here are a few recent ones:

Crossing Lake Wylie on my commute home (if I take the long way round the lake). This lake divides NC and SC:
...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-16, 07:40 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,721
Posted By nitroRoo

Do you ride when you don't feel like it?

Just curious what the attitudes are for those who have several options for how to get to work/school, etc.

Yesterday I extended both my morning and afternoon commutes for a total of 42 miles. ...
09-13-16, 02:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,873
Posted By nitroRoo

I had a fuji mtb in the 90's with grip shift. It...

I had a fuji mtb in the 90's with grip shift. It worked ok until you hit a big root/rock/bump and shifted by accident. My 12 year old son has a trek with grip shift and he simply can't even shift...
05-27-16, 08:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,923
Posted By nitroRoo

Welcome to cycling! As someone who lost 50+ lbs...

Welcome to cycling! As someone who lost 50+ lbs through crossfit and running, then turned to cycling, I get where you're coming from. While your p90x and running background will definitely help...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-16, 08:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 724
Posted By nitroRoo

Nice, love all the bike lanes!

Nice, love all the bike lanes!
Forum: Commuting
05-24-16, 07:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 966
Posted By nitroRoo

I literally JUST finished wrapping up a new tube...

I literally JUST finished wrapping up a new tube nice and tight, complete with rubber band, and stuffing it in my saddle bag before coming inside. sigh...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-16, 01:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 760
Posted By nitroRoo

Check your saddle too - I've seen guys chase...

Check your saddle too - I've seen guys chase noises like this for months only to realize their saddle was creaking.
Forum: Commuting
05-19-16, 02:31 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,963
Posted By nitroRoo

This thread is hilarious. It would probably...

This thread is hilarious. It would probably cause some of you to blow a gasket to hear that some people actually PAY TO USE Strava. Personally I really enjoy being able to set goals for my riding...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-16, 02:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,748
Posted By nitroRoo

Very sorry to hear about your friend. I used to...

Very sorry to hear about your friend. I used to be a very avid motorcyclist and so I know all too well the feeling of having close friends get hurt (or killed). Now that I'm back on two wheels sans...
04-06-16, 01:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,089
Posted By nitroRoo

Here's essentially what works for me: Tops...

Here's essentially what works for me:

Tops of the bars: casual cruising, coasting (helps for catching your breath - more upright = more lung capacity), good for seated climbing
Hoods: The most...
04-06-16, 01:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 923
Posted By nitroRoo

Way to go! That had to be a great feeling of...

Way to go! That had to be a great feeling of accomplishment! Way to push through to the end. Mind over matter can go a long way.
01-20-14, 10:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 356
Posted By nitroRoo

Nice vid, thanks for sharing. That snow looks so...

Nice vid, thanks for sharing. That snow looks so out of place in that landscape haha.
03-11-13, 12:15 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,375
Posted By nitroRoo

I can relate to this thread. I used to love...

I can relate to this thread. I used to love mountain biking when I was in my early 20's. I could show up to the trails, ride them all (often cranking out 20+ miles) and feel great. Now it's 10...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-08, 12:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,409
Posted By nitroRoo

I had a friend that had this problem on his face....

I had a friend that had this problem on his face. Using an electric razor fixed the problem for him. They take a little getting used to and don't really shave as close.. but I think that's what...
10-15-08, 09:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 713
Posted By nitroRoo

I live in St Pete and have yet to make the drive...

I live in St Pete and have yet to make the drive up there. I usually hit Alafia (pretty awesome too). I'd like to make it up there soon, do you know if there is any good camping close by?
01-16-07, 07:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 629
Posted By nitroRoo

Thanks for the help guys. What is Metho? ...

Thanks for the help guys. What is Metho?

I'll try baking them.. if that doesnt work... boiling them... then sanding... burning... until I HAVE to buy new pads anyway.. lol

I'm not sure how...
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