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07-09-13, 09:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 988
Posted By ks1g

Experiment (watch for sales and buy small...

Experiment (watch for sales and buy small quantities) and see what works best for you. I keep coming back to Gu gels for refuling mid-ride and discovered the Skratch Labs hydration mixes last summer...
07-09-13, 09:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,018
Posted By ks1g

Decide what you want in the gym and look for one...

Decide what you want in the gym and look for one that meets those requirements. I prefer to ride (or run) outdoors, but joined a gym (we have several new ones competing on $10/mo no-contract deals)...
07-09-13, 09:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 417
Posted By ks1g

Agree with Kotts. Listen to your body and don't...

Agree with Kotts. Listen to your body and don't change anything significantly, unless the 1st ride exposes some major issues with equipment, nutrition, hydration,...

Data point/anecdote: Last...
07-09-13, 08:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 667
Posted By ks1g

What they said. Plus sign on to one of the...

What they said. Plus sign on to one of the websites that lets you log & analyze your data (Strava, Training Peaks,...); and/or use Golden Cheetah. It is a learning experience & will take time. ...
Forum: Northeast
06-16-13, 08:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 768
Posted By ks1g

Welcome to the area! I'd join & check with the...

Welcome to the area! I'd join & check with the folks on Washington Area Bike Forums (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/forum.php) (aka BikeArlington). Many live or ride through that area and can advise...
Forum: Northeast
06-16-13, 08:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 547
Posted By ks1g

Several of the area bike shops have no-drop group...

Several of the area bike shops have no-drop group rides. Green Lizard in Herndon has a Wed night ride. I think Spokes in Ashburn has a no-drop women's ride on Saturday. Trails End (P'ville) and...
06-10-13, 01:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,208
Posted By ks1g

My understanding of training effects are you get...

My understanding of training effects are you get endurance benefits from long steady rides, and from short intense rides (mixes of short & long intervals). If you look at training plans for "fast...
Forum: Touring
05-30-13, 01:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 773
Posted By ks1g

Bug repellant and netting if sleeping outdoors. ...

Bug repellant and netting if sleeping outdoors. Coming into skeeter season in SE and Mid Atlantic, horseflies will be out soon in New England.

Panniers - if you go big & pack like I tend to do,...
Forum: Touring
05-30-13, 01:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,601
Posted By ks1g

DCRainmaker recently described...

DCRainmaker recently described (http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/05/download-garmin-705800810.html) how he gets Open Street Maps onto Garmin units. Process is for the Garmin 705, 800, 810 but may...
05-30-13, 01:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,239
Posted By ks1g

The people at Skratch Labs (my curent favorite...

The people at Skratch Labs (my curent favorite drink mix after I discovered them last summer - I even like the flavors I normally loathe) also have a cookbook - "The Feed Zone Cookbook". I've heard...
Forum: Touring
05-30-13, 07:47 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,837
Posted By ks1g

I put Gatorskins on my road bike for winter...

I put Gatorskins on my road bike for winter riding & CompuTrainer workouts (too lazy to switch to a trainer tire). They hold up well. Harsher ride vs. more performance-oriented Contis, Vittoria...
05-29-13, 10:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 680
Posted By ks1g

Guessing from your post that your travelling is...

Guessing from your post that your travelling is to the same location each week. If you want to ride during mid-week, you might acquire a suitable bike (local shops, Craigslist, nothing $$$) and...
Forum: Northeast
05-29-13, 10:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 636
Posted By ks1g

There is life after SD but it's kind of a...

There is life after SD but it's kind of a different world. Lot's of rolling hill opportunities, generally not as long/high as out west but often shorter & steeper stuff. Particularly as you head...
Forum: Touring
05-23-13, 02:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 665
Posted By ks1g

Before deciding, see how easy it is for you to...

Before deciding, see how easy it is for you to get as much dressed/undressed and packed/unpacked as you think you'll need inside the Solitaire. [For added amusement, try it under a lawn sprinkler,...
Forum: Northeast
05-21-13, 01:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 830
Posted By ks1g

Huge roadie scene in the DC area. Check WABA...

Huge roadie scene in the DC area. Check WABA (http://www.waba.org/), Washington Area Bike Forum (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/forum.php), Potomac Pedalers (http://potomacpedalers.org/)or their...
Replies: 8
Views: 1,158
Posted By ks1g

Go for it. Take it a mite easier (not a race),...

Go for it. Take it a mite easier (not a race), especially at the beginning, and stay on top of hydration & food appropriate to the conditions and what has worked for you in the past. Remember to...
02-12-13, 11:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 527
Posted By ks1g

Short answer: Yes. Long: Starting my 3rd year...

Short answer: Yes. Long: Starting my 3rd year with an Edge 500 and PT. A solid combination. The Edge can calculate speed from GPS and the PT can provide data to estimate cadence, so you don't...
Forum: Triathlon
02-06-13, 10:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 769
Posted By ks1g

Long time cyclist, new to running (my 1st...

Long time cyclist, new to running (my 1st events/races ever are between now and April), no tri experience (that swimming thing), several folks I ride with compete in tri's. Their advice is same as...
02-03-13, 04:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 493
Posted By ks1g

IMO the big advantage of the powertap is initial...

IMO the big advantage of the powertap is initial cost, after that it just works reliably and I have not had too many issues with being stuck with one rear wheel. You can move it from bike to bike as...
02-01-13, 11:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,351
Posted By ks1g

If you want a more than decent bike computer and...

If you want a more than decent bike computer and recording of rides, I'd get a Garmin 500 now that the 510 is out. Carry a smart phone if you want to stop to check a map (assuming in cell range or...
02-01-13, 11:33 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 32,017
Posted By ks1g

dcrainmaker recently reviewed the 510 ...

dcrainmaker recently reviewed the 510 (http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/01/garmin-edge-510-in-depth-review.html)and 810 (http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/01/garmin-edge-810-in-depth-review.html)and...
02-01-13, 11:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 854
Posted By ks1g

Depends what you want to do and if any of the...

Depends what you want to do and if any of the alternative seem to meet you needs better. Since I have a Garmin Edge 500, I've been using Garmin Connect & Strava (for the friendly competition, aka...
01-30-13, 11:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 790
Posted By ks1g

Several gyms in my neck of the woods have $10/mo...

Several gyms in my neck of the woods have $10/mo no-frills memberships. That is quite a lot of indoor exercise time compared to the cost of something in my house that won't fit, breaks, lacks...
01-29-13, 11:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 815
Posted By ks1g

+1. The best training to ride is to ride. OK to...

+1. The best training to ride is to ride. OK to take a rest day, or at least a really easy ride day (if you don't feel embarassed you're so slow, it isn't easy enough) when your body tells you that...
01-29-13, 11:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 584
Posted By ks1g

Have you used either of these systems? Ridden an...

Have you used either of these systems? Ridden an Erg video? I'm lucky there is a very well-run CompuTrainer center in town that runs structured programs through the late fall into early spring, so...
Replies: 14
Views: 1,273
Posted By ks1g

Whichever bike is more comfortable for 2 back to...

Whichever bike is more comfortable for 2 back to back days in the saddle; saddle/fit mods if necessary beforehand. Followed by whichever is lighter/has better gearing for climbing if there are a lot...
01-24-13, 12:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 646
Posted By ks1g

The short answer is ride lots, build up to...

The short answer is ride lots, build up to greater distances over the next 8 weeks, eat normally (but good food), get plenty of sleep, and rest when your body is signaling it needs a day off. You're...
01-24-13, 08:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 628
Posted By ks1g

Was the water bottle battery the 84WH, LiFePo4 ...

Was the water bottle battery the 84WH, LiFePo4 that batteryspace.com sells? I've had very good results with it powering bike-mounted ham radio gear. They sell a smaller, 32 Wh version "A123" pack...
01-24-13, 08:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,363
Posted By ks1g

I've had an Edge 500 for several years and am...

I've had an Edge 500 for several years and am quite pleased with it for cycling. You can use it with a spin bike for HR recording/monitoring (disable auto-stop or the lack of speed sensor or GPS...
01-16-13, 11:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,047
Posted By ks1g

For general use, I'd look at ease of...

For general use, I'd look at ease of mounting/removing bikes, reputation for not leaking, general ease of use. Cycleops is IMO one of the better brands. KK's fame is the unit's power-speed curve is...
01-14-13, 11:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,352
Posted By ks1g

Me! (sorry, no photos). Front light has been a...

Me! (sorry, no photos). Front light has been a Dinotte 200L, currently an Exposure Joystick. Taillight has been a blinky, currently have a blinky & a clip on light (Exposure Flare?) that clips...
01-14-13, 11:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 587
Posted By ks1g

Is the problem one file containing 2 rides? Or...

Is the problem one file containing 2 rides? Or you uploaded 2 files (one for each ride) and want to be able to select/filter what Garmin reports to tell the difference? See Looigi's suggestions for...
01-09-13, 02:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 603
Posted By ks1g

+1 on Looigi's comments on the 500 and GPS in...

+1 on Looigi's comments on the 500 and GPS in general. Clouds don't significantly affect GPS reception, precipitation may, tree foliage & tall buildings can (signal absorption, multipath, blocking...
01-03-13, 12:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 523
Posted By ks1g

Don't let "looks" get in the way of YOUR...

Don't let "looks" get in the way of YOUR hydration needs and preferences. Do what you prefer and works for you (let your legs do the talking).

We roadies all want to look as if we are...
12-31-12, 05:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 723
Posted By ks1g

Something sounds backwards here. See post #4. ...

Something sounds backwards here. See post #4. Also #2.

Going at 100% of what you can do for an hour for an hour is HARD (to start with, by definition). My reading and experience (and remember...
12-27-12, 09:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,928
Posted By ks1g

Virginia Tech has awesome outdoors opportunities,...

Virginia Tech has awesome outdoors opportunities, particularly if you like hills. Bring your climbing gears! Some of the climbs are steep,steeper, and "you're kidding/killing me" (the final climb...
12-21-12, 11:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,586
Posted By ks1g

More complicated than that - beam pattern...

More complicated than that - beam pattern determines where the lumens (technically, photons) the LED is emitting wind up, and if they are doing you any good. Hence a "300L" light may be more useful...
12-14-12, 11:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 607
Posted By ks1g

Am I aware of any cases? Sort of. Several...

Am I aware of any cases? Sort of. Several cyclists were cited for running a stop sign (there appears to have been conflicting directions from officials and LEOs performing adjacent traffic control...
12-07-12, 07:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 880
Posted By ks1g

Addicitive: Yes. Motivator: Maybe (I'm going to...

Addicitive: Yes. Motivator: Maybe (I'm going to TRASH that guy who took away my "KOM" on *MY* mid-commute overpass segment!). OTOH, you look at your standing (132nd) and time and wonder "what...
11-24-12, 12:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,916
Posted By ks1g

Problems with the tablet - battery life, weather...

Problems with the tablet - battery life, weather protection, damage from vibration (even with damping from a good RAM mount). If I was determined to try the tablet, I'd put it in a strong zip-lok...
11-13-12, 11:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,822
Posted By ks1g

Go back to the dcrainmaker blog and read his...

Go back to the dcrainmaker blog and read his reviews of different power measuring systems. I think your least expensive option is find a used but good condition powertap hub and wheel. A wired...
11-13-12, 11:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,130
Posted By ks1g

I bought my wireless powertap wheel from a friend...

I bought my wireless powertap wheel from a friend who was switching to a crank-based system (forget if it was SRM or Qarg). Didn't care that the rear wheel no longer matches the front one. He got ...
Forum: Commuting
11-08-12, 09:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,440
Posted By ks1g

I used studded CX tires the winter of 2010-11...

I used studded CX tires the winter of 2010-11 (11-12 was a "What's Winter?" winter in NoVA-land and never needed them). 700x35, just fit under my fenders on my cross-style commuter. I think they...
11-06-12, 07:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 801
Posted By ks1g

+1 Your economic analysis is light's cost vs....

+1 Your economic analysis is light's cost vs. medical costs, not repair/replacement of bike! Advantages of a good & reliable light are more than runtime - you want enough light to illuminate debris,...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-12, 08:25 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,748
Posted By ks1g

Chiming in late & I may have missed someone...

Chiming in late & I may have missed someone answering this already. I have SRAM 50/34 compact cranks and swap in a SRAM 32t cassette for a couple of hillier century rides. The standard SRAM Rival &...
10-23-12, 10:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 528
Posted By ks1g

I need to like drinking it, it needs to stay...

I need to like drinking it, it needs to stay down, and on the really long rides where cramping has been a problem, no cramps. Very much a matter of personal taste and body chemistry. Gatorade...
10-22-12, 08:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 364
Posted By ks1g

Vista: Yes. Check the garmin web site for system...

Vista: Yes. Check the garmin web site for system requirements to use their web-app that lets you transfer data between the Edge 500 & their web site (connect.garmin.com). TrainingPeaks and Strava...
10-22-12, 08:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 451
Posted By ks1g

Do you really need that much light for 8 hrs? ...

Do you really need that much light for 8 hrs? Three 12V 7AH SLAs wired in parallel (remember to fuse each battery!) may suffice (it might be easier to carry 3 smaller batteries vs. 1 large one) but...
10-18-12, 06:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,315
Posted By ks1g

What j_r said. My setup (road bike) is an...

What j_r said. My setup (road bike) is an Exposure Lights "Joystick" on my helmet (too see) and a knog/knock-off on the handlebars (be seen). Advantage - always with me. Disadvantage - if the...
Replies: 9
Views: 1,462
Posted By ks1g

Master links are easier and more reliable for me...

Master links are easier and more reliable for me than driving in a pin. KMC makes re-usable links (use they aren't always easy to open, add grime, cold, dark, wet.... :cry: ). SRAM's are single-use...
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