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04-22-10, 10:31 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,224
Posted By Big Ron

I disagree - 36 spokes gives the rim that much...

I disagree - 36 spokes gives the rim that much more strength than a 32 spoke rim would have. I've been breaking spokes and cracking rims for years. I'm "only" 240 pounds but ride hard and fast. Just...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-10, 02:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 513
Posted By Big Ron

I wear a helmet with visor and look down and...

I wear a helmet with visor and look down and right as much as needed to block the glare. Agree that being blinded by oncoming headlights is very annoying
11-23-09, 11:46 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,706
Posted By Big Ron

6'4", 230 pounds...down from a peak of ~ 250. I...

6'4", 230 pounds...down from a peak of ~ 250. I enjoy climbing. Here in the Raleigh area we have rolling hills, with flats to the East and mountains to the West. I much prefer the changing scenery...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-09, 10:50 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 4,906
Posted By Big Ron

My name is Ron and I'm 6'4", ~ 240 pounds....Big...

My name is Ron and I'm 6'4", ~ 240 pounds....Big Ron. I have an unfortunate habit of ruining the rear rims on my road bikes, hence the "rim crusher".
Forum: Commuting
09-11-09, 06:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,899
Posted By Big Ron

Its funny you should ask..... Last week I...

Its funny you should ask.....

Last week I replaced the forehead sweatband on my helmet with some smaller adhesive replacement pads....So I get to work, remove helmet, pass by a few co-workers,...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-09, 05:05 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

Pleasant temps, nice ride. Saw 2 pseudo ninjas on...

Pleasant temps, nice ride. Saw 2 pseudo ninjas on the road - totally dark, no lighting, but wearing light colored clothing.
Forum: Commuting
09-04-09, 10:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,684
Posted By Big Ron

I stay to the left of the line on such roads (to...

I stay to the left of the line on such roads (to avoid flat causing debris, nails, glass etc..) but move to the right of the line as traffic approaches from behind (as seen in my mirror)
Forum: Commuting
09-04-09, 05:16 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

This AM was one of the nicest commutes I've ever...

This AM was one of the nicest commutes I've ever had! ~ 60F with low humidity, light traffic, riding a new touring bike with everything perfectly adjusted, beautiful full moon setting in front of me...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-09, 05:35 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,354
Posted By Big Ron

Got a cell phone? Stop 50 feet short of them....

Got a cell phone? Stop 50 feet short of them. Snap a pic, turn around and get the Heck out of there, send photo to police. Even if police don't do anything for you, the punks will know you have a...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-09, 05:32 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

Finally back on the bike. Had a good, sweaty ride...

Finally back on the bike. Had a good, sweaty ride in. Sadly, my dual beam headlight is now a single beam headlight...Think I need to check the contacts in the switch. The light is 10 years old now,...
Forum: Commuting
07-24-09, 11:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,767
Posted By Big Ron

My opinion, for what its worth...yes you...

My opinion, for what its worth...yes you committed a minor faux pas....You should have sucked wheel at the back of their line and stayed at the back of the line until you turned off. Make your...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-09, 05:23 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

Normally I'm rather annoyed with 10 mph...

Normally I'm rather annoyed with 10 mph headwinds, but the one this AM was a pleasure because it was blowing in nice cool, dry air....very refreshing. Commute itself was pleasant and uneventful. Legs...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-09, 05:13 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

Nice AM ride here too, ~ 65F, not as humid as it...

Nice AM ride here too, ~ 65F, not as humid as it could be. Rising sun on the right and setting moon on the left made for a nice view. I noticed today that the sun is already rising several minutes...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-09, 05:53 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 10,907
Posted By Big Ron

A bit of description of your route profile. ...

A bit of description of your route profile.
13.6 miles each way, fairly hilly, mostly urban commuting corridors. I leave home at 5:45, leave work at 3:30 to avoid bulk of traffic.
What kind of...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-09, 05:38 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

Tough ride home yesterday - stiff headwind,...

Tough ride home yesterday - stiff headwind, something jammed in right cleat made it difficult to unclip, So I almost fell over at a stoplight. Rear rim was rubbing on brake hard - it's a newly built...
Forum: Commuting
07-01-09, 05:54 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

Did the road bike/backpack combination today...

Did the road bike/backpack combination today because the wind forecast is 10-15 mph with gusts up to 30. The touring bike/panniers rig catches a lot of wind, so the road bike should be less of a...
Forum: Commuting
06-30-09, 05:23 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

Exceptional ride!! 66F, Humidity has dropped to...

Exceptional ride!! 66F, Humidity has dropped to tolerable levels. Traffic was light, I guess due to the holiday week. I dropped a car this AM too!! First time for that - he was driving down the road...
Forum: Commuting
06-22-09, 05:52 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

Fine ride this AM. The humidity is somewhat lower...

Fine ride this AM. The humidity is somewhat lower (dewpoint = 64F) so wasn't too sweaty. Took a slightly longer route which has less traffic. Saw one other cyclist.....don't think he was a commuter...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-09, 11:11 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,757
Posted By Big Ron

If you want to increase speed by reducing weight...

If you want to increase speed by reducing weight install lightweight tubes and tires on your bike - you might gain 1 mph by doing this - assuming you ride in traffic and have to brake for stop signs...
Forum: Commuting
06-12-09, 09:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 614
Posted By Big Ron

Yup. I did!! I think it was a 2006 model (brown...

Yup. I did!! I think it was a 2006 model (brown and bronze paint scheme) It was orignally marked at $900. I got it for ~ $385. I have 5 road bikes now (sheepish grin), but simply couldn't pass up...
Forum: Commuting
06-08-09, 11:49 AM
Replies: 323
Views: 13,187
Posted By Big Ron

I rode my first MS150 ride in 1997 while riding a...

I rode my first MS150 ride in 1997 while riding a rusty old, non-brand name steel bike. I noticed I was passing a lot of guys with shaved legs, riding several thousand dollar bikes....Been an avid...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-09, 10:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,688
Posted By Big Ron

Guess I'm not that fuel efficient... too much...

Guess I'm not that fuel efficient... too much weight. Might as well give up riding and buy a Hummer :-)

Power raw/real (watts): 320.51 | 1335.47
Calories per minute, hour, and mile: 19.15 |...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-09, 06:06 AM
Replies: 765
Views: 249,272
Posted By Big Ron

It doesn't look like you have rack mounts for the...

It doesn't look like you have rack mounts for the front. A rear rack is the better choice anyhow, as a front rack will greatly affect your bike's steering. The trunk rack is probably a better option...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-09, 05:21 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

Nice ride! Saw a yearling buck on the side of the...

Nice ride! Saw a yearling buck on the side of the road who stood motionless until I was within ~ 20 feet of him, then later another larger deer, and a great Blue Heron. The best part was I took a...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-09, 06:24 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

Very pleasant ~65F light breeze, low RH, pretty...

Very pleasant ~65F light breeze, low RH, pretty sunrise, no JAMs to deal with. Ideal ride!
Forum: Commuting
05-22-09, 05:23 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

Took the road bike this AM and averaged 17.7mph -...

Took the road bike this AM and averaged 17.7mph - not too shabby for a fat old man with bad knees riding a hilly route with a lot of stop lights.
Saw a fox crossing the road (no chickens in sight...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-09, 05:56 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

glad she didn't kill anyone...I wonder what got...

glad she didn't kill anyone...I wonder what got her so distracted ... Cell phone, text messaging, or trying to eat or drink.... Hopefully she wasn't so oblivious that she didn't notice she ran the...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-09, 05:52 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

Chilly, but very pleasant. Ran a red light right...

Chilly, but very pleasant. Ran a red light right in front of a cop - he had pulled someone over. I stopped at the red and when it didn't change for me, after ~ 30 seconds, I treated it as a stop...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-09, 10:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 773
Posted By Big Ron

Are you willing to risk death or a broken neck,...

Are you willing to risk death or a broken neck, arm, wrist, etc... for the sake of putting off a $20 purchase for 4 - 6 weeks? My opinion is you need a new tire, so you might as well get it now.
Forum: Commuting
05-14-09, 10:41 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

Is Big Ron the guy that rides the Heron? ...

Is Big Ron the guy that rides the Heron?


Nope - though I did almost run into a Great Blue Heron while commuting last year :lol:

My commuter used to be a 1997 steel frame Fuji Roubaix but I...
Forum: Commuting
05-13-09, 11:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,001
Posted By Big Ron

I've got the 2 bolt system on my '97 Fuji...

I've got the 2 bolt system on my '97 Fuji Roubaix. I'm a bit too tall for the bike, (6'4" on a 61 cm bike) so have the seat set back as far as possible. About every other year (or every 4-5000 miles)...
Forum: Commuting
05-13-09, 05:37 AM
Replies: 169
Views: 9,098
Posted By Big Ron

in order from new to old: 1. 2006 Fuji...

in order from new to old:

1. 2006 Fuji touring bike - Just bought it new for $385 :-). My new commuter/utility bike.
2. 2006 Raleigh Supercourse - bought new in 2006. My "good" road bike
3....
Forum: Commuting
05-13-09, 05:13 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 238,692
Posted By Big Ron

Finally!! They ended construction on my main...

Finally!! They ended construction on my main route (alternate route still under construction though:-(. So I'll be back in the saddle again. It just was not safe riding through the work zone, so I've...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-09, 05:36 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 925,380
Posted By Big Ron

Rode in today cuz the car is in the shop. Only my...

Rode in today cuz the car is in the shop. Only my 2nd bike commute of the year :-( - Both of my available commute routes are in the midst of road construction which makes for a much less pleasant...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-09, 06:22 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 925,380
Posted By Big Ron

First commute of the year for me - compliments of...

First commute of the year for me - compliments of unseasonably warm weather. Nice bright full moon guiding my way too. Very nice!! Fingers and toes were a bit chilly to begin, but warmed up after ~...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-08, 06:36 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 925,380
Posted By Big Ron

Wow, sounds like a lot of tough commutes...

Wow, sounds like a lot of tough commutes yesterday !! Thankfully for me, it was close to perfect riding home yesterday - sunny and 75, light tailwind, beautiful leaf colors, traffic well behaved....
Forum: Commuting
11-06-08, 06:20 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 925,380
Posted By Big Ron

Finally back on the bike! Had a nice, uneventful...

Finally back on the bike! Had a nice, uneventful ride in. I did have a driver roll down his window and say " that's a great way to start the day", which surprised me enough that all I could think to...
Forum: Commuting
10-16-08, 10:45 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 925,380
Posted By Big Ron

Jerk huh? Watch it Beej, or I'll sit on your...

Jerk huh? Watch it Beej, or I'll sit on your pretty little bike and bend your rims :). I stopped to check on my rear tire after lunch to make sure it was still holding air....Looks like it was just...
Forum: Commuting
10-16-08, 05:25 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 925,380
Posted By Big Ron

First commute in roughly 3 weeks - I did Cycle...

First commute in roughly 3 weeks - I did Cycle NC, Sept 27-Oct 4, so took a while off the bike to recover a bit from the 7 day/455 miles.

I noticed a flat on my commuter's rear tire last weekend....
Forum: Commuting
09-23-08, 05:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,358
Posted By Big Ron

Cold weather clothing selection guide

I posted this a few years back, but thought I'd do it again. Some of you may find it of use. It is tried and true (for me, your cold tolerance may be different than mine, your clothing choices may be...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-08, 05:11 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 925,380
Posted By Big Ron

Good ride, despite an annoying headwind. Hoping...

Good ride, despite an annoying headwind. Hoping it will be a nice tailwind on the way home!
Forum: Commuting
09-23-08, 05:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 763
Posted By Big Ron

Years ago, after consistently over/underdressing...

Years ago, after consistently over/underdressing during the colder months, I started compiling a list of what worked for me at what temps. The list itself may or may not be of that much use to you...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-08, 11:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 537
Posted By Big Ron

Great commuter cartoon $4 gas

Not sure if this has been posted here already. Even if it has, its still worthy of re-posting. Very clever!!


http://ariail.thestateonline.com/?p=309
Forum: Commuting
09-19-08, 05:38 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 925,380
Posted By Big Ron

First commute in about 10 days. I rode the annual...

First commute in about 10 days. I rode the annual MS ride last weekend and it took a few days to recover from the 150 miles over 2 days. Fine ride in, though my legs are still a bit tired. I saw...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-08, 05:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 556
Posted By Big Ron

Welcome!!

Welcome!!
Forum: Commuting
09-19-08, 05:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 649
Posted By Big Ron

A paved road with enough gravel on it to cause a...

A paved road with enough gravel on it to cause a cyclist to lose control and crash, then he gets runs over by a truck carrying.....gravel. Very ironic and sad! At the very least, it sounds like...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-08, 06:22 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 925,380
Posted By Big Ron

Cool(ish) and humid. uneventful ride. Annoying...

Cool(ish) and humid. uneventful ride. Annoying busy morning starting here at work.
Forum: Commuting
09-04-08, 05:17 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 925,380
Posted By Big Ron

Uneventful rides home yesterday, and in again...

Uneventful rides home yesterday, and in again this AM. Humidity is rising, but still not too bad. Wondering if I should ride in tomorrow and risk getting dumped on from TS Hanna - hopefully the...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-08, 05:08 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 925,380
Posted By Big Ron

Nice ride home yesterday, nice ride in to work...

Nice ride home yesterday, nice ride in to work today. Got stuck at a red light at ~5:50AM, next to a motorcycle. We waited about 60 seconds and when the light didn't change, looked at each other,...
Forum: Commuting
09-02-08, 05:32 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 925,380
Posted By Big Ron

First ride in a week. A busted spoke and rains...

First ride in a week. A busted spoke and rains from TS Fay kept me off the road last week. The ride in today was very nice though ~60F, low humidity and no cager encounters
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