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11-25-22, 02:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 162
Posted By downtube42

Nothing looks seriously out of whack to me. If...

Nothing looks seriously out of whack to me. If you aren't having any comfort issues with that mileage, there's no reason to make a fit change. Knee pain, back pain, hand pain or numbness are...
11-22-22, 11:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 449
Posted By downtube42

My first exposure to FG on a brevet was at Paris...

My first exposure to FG on a brevet was at Paris Brest in 2011, when I realized the Belgian guy I was riding with was on a FG. We were coming into Paris for the finish, which gets a little lumpy, and...
11-22-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 449
Posted By downtube42

I'm absolutely not an elite anything; my focus is...

I'm absolutely not an elite anything; my focus is randonneuring and formerly some 24 hour races. In that world, it's all about keeping the level of effort sustainable, never going deep. Gearing is...
Forum: Commuting
11-22-22, 12:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 169
Posted By downtube42

Some of the best rides I've had started out that...

Some of the best rides I've had started out that way. Weird.
11-15-22, 07:45 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,869
Posted By downtube42

Sounds like DFW

Sounds like DFW
Replies: 103
Views: 8,518
Posted By downtube42

Saturday two of us rode RUSA Perm #01124 -...

Saturday two of us rode RUSA Perm #01124 - Portland to Olympia, taking advantage of a dry and relatively calm day. We did have a slight headwind most of the day, but nothing significant. We left...
11-13-22, 11:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 517
Posted By downtube42

I rode Portland to Olympia yesterday, 200km, then...

I rode Portland to Olympia yesterday, 200km, then took Amtrak home. Slight headwind most of the day, but all things considered a great ride. A November day without any precipitation is a win. Add...
11-13-22, 11:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 255
Posted By downtube42

It's a technique used by arctic explorers, to...

It's a technique used by arctic explorers, to keep their sleeping bags and shoes dry. A vapor barrier inside the insulating material contains the moisture.

A thin base layer under the plastic...
11-13-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,245
Posted By downtube42

It seems the nature of many people with this...

It seems the nature of many people with this hobby do tend to collect bikes. I'm no exception.

Some years ago I started volunteering at a local bike Co op, and realized much of my non riding bike...
11-09-22, 11:00 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 3,893
Posted By downtube42

My cousin owned a machine shop for quite a while,...

My cousin owned a machine shop for quite a while, specializing in custom metalwork for rich folks. Massive fireplace fronts, custom timber joinery, etc. Typically he'd fab the parts using modern...
11-08-22, 10:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,164
Posted By downtube42

Seems like yet another variation of the...

Seems like yet another variation of the millennium old "kids these days" diatribe.

Stuff changes, people adapt.

I think personal mobility devices will have a far bigger impact on automobile...
11-08-22, 01:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 517
Posted By downtube42

PNW'ers do have a reputation for being a bit...

PNW'ers do have a reputation for being a bit standoffish, aloof even. Relatively speaking, of course.

So perhaps not a surprise it's quiet in here.

I'm number three, in case anyone lost count.
11-06-22, 09:24 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,973
Posted By downtube42

When I lived in the midwest, I didn't go out...

When I lived in the midwest, I didn't go out without Halt. It has to be super readily reachable, and you have to hit them in the face, but it will stop a dog cold.

All the tricks like sweet...
Forum: Introductions
11-04-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 224
Posted By downtube42

Welcome. I'm east over in Gresham, active in...

Welcome.

I'm east over in Gresham, active in the long distance and randonneuring group.

I ride out the Gorge way a lot, but I do ride down through Oregon City occasionally, heading down to...
11-01-22, 05:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,248
Posted By downtube42

My rando bike is really pretty. Everyone told me...

My rando bike is really pretty. Everyone told me that as they passed me at LEL. Pretty red color, matchy fenders, classic lines.

They mostly finished, I DNF'd. I like my pretty bike, but I'd...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-01-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 437
Posted By downtube42

Fenders are a must in the PNW (to me; we have...

Fenders are a must in the PNW (to me; we have fender deniers here like everywhere). Exposed socks, as stated, are effective wicks in all cases. Exposed socks without fenders equals quick saturation....
10-30-22, 11:20 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,166
Posted By downtube42

When the other riders start to drop you, go as...

When the other riders start to drop you, go as deep in the red as you can, for as long as you can, then a little further. So deep you're afraid you might not make it home. So deep you might puke....
10-29-22, 09:28 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 3,060
Posted By downtube42

Embrace my inner lazy man. That's not the...

Embrace my inner lazy man.

That's not the plan, that's actual.
10-27-22, 09:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,004
Posted By downtube42

I'm not a metallurgist, but I used to work for...

I'm not a metallurgist, but I used to work for one. He was also an alcoholic, and most of the work orders were written when he was lit, but that's another story.

Heat treating is a pretty generic...
10-27-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 3,605
Posted By downtube42

The rationale for deciding legal vs illegal...

The rationale for deciding legal vs illegal includes various institutions' profit motives, religious ideologies, racism, and social pressure. So the question boils down to is there a logical reason...
10-26-22, 06:49 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 3,605
Posted By downtube42

They cite this study:...

They cite this study: https://www.jsad.com/doi/10.15288/jsad.21-00404#_i10
which says this:

Bicycling leads to the highest number of sport and recreationĖrelated emergency department (ED) visits...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-22, 08:41 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,498
Posted By downtube42

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This ride out of Mineral Wells Texas had the largest...
Forum: Recumbent
10-21-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 585
Posted By downtube42

Used 2 wheel bents are cheap. I saw a pair of...

Used 2 wheel bents are cheap. I saw a pair of Rans Rockets on Craigslist for $400 a few weeks ago - great starter bents imo. V-rex or any 26/20 Bacchetta are good starters. $300-400 is common in my...
10-20-22, 08:22 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,681
Posted By downtube42

I walked my first paved hill, at London Edinburgh...

I walked my first paved hill, at London Edinburgh London, this year. I ended up walking three. It was also my first ever DNF.

In that case, it was not okay. Being indicative of my lack of...
10-18-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,292
Posted By downtube42

That's what I'm talking about.

That's what I'm talking about.
10-18-22, 08:55 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,292
Posted By downtube42

Where is that Zen story that suggests you don't...

Where is that Zen story that suggests you don't need to carry ****? Even the bicycle is superfluous. No matter your material preparation, life will throw something unexpected your way. With the right...
10-18-22, 05:15 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,314
Posted By downtube42

I pull the light wool knickers out when the...

I pull the light wool knickers out when the morning temp is below 45F. Otherwise I'm baking on the commute home, particularly since it's a downhill in the morning and uphill in the evening.

Last...
10-16-22, 09:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,789
Posted By downtube42

https://vimeo.com/50872582 Those would be...

https://vimeo.com/50872582

Those would be miles, not ks. And if you think that's just a movie, think again.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Blase

He was my HS biology teacher, and a...
10-15-22, 10:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 615
Posted By downtube42

I feel like when it's deep into a long brevet -...

I feel like when it's deep into a long brevet - say day 2 on a 600 at least - my stomach becomes a machine. It can take anything I throw down and send it straight to my legs. I do get tired of...
10-15-22, 10:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,319
Posted By downtube42

Lugs for fenders, rack mounts on the seatstays,...

Lugs for fenders, rack mounts on the seatstays, cantis. That would make an awesome and gorgeous year-round commuter and utility bike.
10-10-22, 09:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 747
Posted By downtube42

It's taken me a while to figure out what's going...

It's taken me a while to figure out what's going on with rear triangle spacing and alignment on this bike, but I see now what was done with the SS/FG conversion. What I don't understand is why it was...
10-10-22, 12:11 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,107
Posted By downtube42

Agreed. A honk from a car behind is...

Agreed.

A honk from a car behind is unfriendly. Always. It's not "I'm here", it's "I'm here and I'm in a car. Get out of the way." That's not friendly, it's an implied threat. Essentially saying,...
10-05-22, 09:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,253
Posted By downtube42

I was climbing a hill in a small southern Indiana...

I was climbing a hill in a small southern Indiana town, when I noticed someone was yelling at me. From a distance, I could see a local hanging his head out the window of his pickup yelling something...
10-05-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,253
Posted By downtube42

"Tree down up!" is perhaps my favorite road...

"Tree down up!" is perhaps my favorite road warning yell. Of course everyone behind knew exactly what I meant.

Perhaps the best way to understand why people say what they say is to pause after...
10-01-22, 10:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,861
Posted By downtube42

Not retired yet but I've traveled internationally...

Not retired yet but I've traveled internationally with my bike. I find it stressful, and a pain. I'll do it again for long brevets, but for normal rides likely not. Airline practices are...
09-29-22, 10:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 747
Posted By downtube42

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Acquired! I rode it home, about 11 miles. It's set up SS, so no...
Replies: 31
Views: 1,452
Posted By downtube42

That reminds me, on my first 600k there was a...

That reminds me, on my first 600k there was a well known serial bandit rider on Illinois brevets, who would intentionally ride with people to cause trouble. He rode with me for a while, and was super...
09-28-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,391
Posted By downtube42

I did 3 consecutive days with average speeds of...

I did 3 consecutive days with average speeds of 14.9, 15.7, and 15.4 miles per hour.

But that's moving speed. Including stops it was 13.9, 13.7, and 13.8 miles per hour.

Another way to measure...
Replies: 31
Views: 1,452
Posted By downtube42

Rumor has it the aero bar length limit will be...

Rumor has it the aero bar length limit will be lifted in 2023.

Qualify, register, pay, and participate. Otherwise you're adding the burden to the towns and roads above and beyond what the...
09-28-22, 09:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 747
Posted By downtube42

Possible SS/FG bike for newb

I've wanted a fixed gear bike since reading Sheldon Brown's article years ago, but it never happened. A few weeks ago, I rode a 1000k brevet, and one guy in our group switched to his fixie for day 3....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 09:01 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,527
Posted By downtube42

If you're sliding forward on the saddle while...

If you're sliding forward on the saddle while riding, try moving the saddle back.

Put some tape or a mark where it was, so you can revert if needed. That's always a good plan for any change.
09-27-22, 04:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 475
Posted By downtube42

I think these are sweet riding vintage sport...

I think these are sweet riding vintage sport bikes.

I built one up at the bike co-op in Reno, NV, rode it over Mt Rose Highway to Incline Village and back, and re-donated it. Heavy by today's...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 04:00 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,527
Posted By downtube42

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I find verbal anatomical descriptions indecipherable. So, here's a 90 second ms...
09-25-22, 06:27 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,350
Posted By downtube42

Got my flu shot at the office clinic Tuesday...

Got my flu shot at the office clinic Tuesday morning.

I didn't give it a thought, but in retrospect when my cycling buddy said "hey let's go for a ride" Wednesday night I begged off saying I felt...
09-25-22, 06:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,541
Posted By downtube42

If you did all those things ironically, it was a...

If you did all those things ironically, it was a performance masterpiece.
09-22-22, 06:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,346
Posted By downtube42

The signal to noise ratio in bf is mighty low.

The signal to noise ratio in bf is mighty low.
Forum: Introductions
09-20-22, 03:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 120
Posted By downtube42

Welcome, from a former Indy resident. The city...

Welcome, from a former Indy resident. The city has sure changed since I left over 20 years ago.
09-20-22, 12:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 567
Posted By downtube42

I'd love to see it without all the smoke of my...

I'd love to see it without all the smoke of my last visit; I couldn't see the lake, and just an outline of wizard island. That whole area was empty, quiet, and eerie.

Day 3 of Craters 1200 - 180...
09-19-22, 10:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,381
Posted By downtube42

Dude, I'm 210lbs and can get up any hill. I may...

Dude, I'm 210lbs and can get up any hill. I may be 6'2" instead of 5'5" but dragging 210 lbs up a hill is still dragging 210 lbs up a hill. That weight is more than all my buddies, and they drop me,...
09-18-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,030
Posted By downtube42

This thread made me realize I'm about to turn 100...

This thread made me realize I'm about to turn 100 years old, in kilometers.
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