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05-04-07, 10:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 421
Posted By croshaven

Improving pedaling with a CompuTrainer

Our local Pearl Izumi store has made arrangements with a local cycling coach to set up four CompuTrainer slots in the store. The price for just riding is great, just $15/hour, optional coaching while...
02-08-07, 12:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 756
Posted By croshaven

VO2 max as heart rate?

I've noticed that several of the guys in my club have paid to have their vo2 max tested and then reported it as a heart rate. This doesn't make any sense to me. I've always understood VO2 max to be a...
12-27-06, 08:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 739
Posted By croshaven

Thanks to all for the insights and suggestions!

Thanks to all for the insights and suggestions!
12-27-06, 12:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 739
Posted By croshaven

lower back and riding hard and long

When I do a long hard ride, e.g. 45 minutes at lactate threshold, what eventually slows me down is low back pain. But if I slow down, i.e. reduce the intensity, the back pain goes away--so it seems...
Forum: Touring
09-27-06, 09:20 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 30,573
Posted By croshaven

I rode my SLHT on a self-contained tour from...

I rode my SLHT on a self-contained tour from Prudhoe Bay to Kelso, WA this summer; 3,000 miles in two months. It performed very well. Two other members of our eight person group also had SLHT's and...
09-27-06, 09:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 31,111
Posted By croshaven

I rode 3,000 miles in two months. from Prudhoe...

I rode 3,000 miles in two months. from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Kelso, Washington on a fully loaded touring bike. I lost 20+ lbs (226 to 206)and ate vast quantities of food along the way. I've lost...
Forum: Touring
09-17-06, 09:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 381
Posted By croshaven

Rear hubs for touring bikes

Do most touring bikes have a 135 mm rear dropout? If so, can you get by with a 130 mm rear hub or do you need a 135 mm rear hub?

A related question is whether most road bikes have 130 mm rear...
03-16-06, 06:46 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 13,384
Posted By croshaven

Thanks Dr. Deltron! ____________________________

Thanks Dr. Deltron!
____________________________
03-14-06, 09:29 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 13,384
Posted By croshaven

I have a Rivendell Romulus that's two years old...

I have a Rivendell Romulus that's two years old with a few nicks and scratches that I would like to touch up. I know it was painted with Dupont Imron 5056.
What's the best way to do this?
03-13-06, 04:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 514
Posted By croshaven

I'm training to do a 3,000+ mile fully loaded...

I'm training to do a 3,000+ mile fully loaded tour this summer from Prudhoe Bay to Vancouver, BC and then down the Pacific Coast. There are several segments on the Dalton highway with 13% grades,...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-06, 08:46 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,188
Posted By croshaven

I was surprised to see you could still get a...

I was surprised to see you could still get a Romulus. I thought they stopped offering them a while ago. Anyway, congratulations. I got mine about this time in 2004. It's been a great bike for me and...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-06, 08:44 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 5,023
Posted By croshaven

Miller's comments really pissed me off. I watched...

Miller's comments really pissed me off. I watched him during the Olympics just to see him fail. Schadenfreude!
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-06, 08:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,061
Posted By croshaven

I've had speedplay X's for more than 2 years. I...

I've had speedplay X's for more than 2 years. I finally was forced to get ride of them after having to replace them three times. I had cleat covers and used them often but not always. Nonetheless,...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-06, 11:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,361
Posted By croshaven

I think they're great. They help a lot in a...

I think they're great. They help a lot in a headwind and give me a place to rest my hands when I'm on a long ride. I've had them for two years now and even have them on my touring bike (though they...
02-07-06, 03:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,260
Posted By croshaven

I've been getting dizzy lately, too but it's only...

I've been getting dizzy lately, too but it's only after I have worked out especially hard and it passes quickly. This is a new phenomenon.

I've been training hard the last two months: weight...
01-28-06, 06:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,487
Posted By croshaven

I ride at least twice a week for 50 miles or...

I ride at least twice a week for 50 miles or more. I always bring a change of clothes and always change into them after a ride. It always feel so good. In addition, I'm sure I'm reducing my chance of...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-28-06, 06:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 716
Posted By croshaven

I really like Carmichael's books, The Ultimate...

I really like Carmichael's books, The Ultimate Ride and and Food for Fitness. Both have been well worth the purchase price. I did his CTS field test to establish my LT and have used his drills, EM,...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-06, 08:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 510
Posted By croshaven

I've been using Topo 5.0 for two years. I also...

I've been using Topo 5.0 for two years. I also have Street Atlas plus and handheld and an Earthmate Blue logger GPS.

When I go on a new route on a club ride, I will take the blue logger to capture...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-06, 08:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 921
Posted By croshaven

I live in Fort Worth, Texas and ride all year. I...

I live in Fort Worth, Texas and ride all year. I wear a Pearl Izumi Zephyr most of the winter. I usually just wear the shell but last week when it was blowing hard and in the low 40's, I zipped the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-06, 08:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 680
Posted By croshaven

I am the same height and weighed 250 a year ago...

I am the same height and weighed 250 a year ago and am now down to 222. I've been riding the B-17 for the last 2 years (8,000 miles) and love it.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-25-06, 10:20 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 8,815
Posted By croshaven

I rode my Rivendell Romulus 3,000 miles in 2004...

I rode my Rivendell Romulus 3,000 miles in 2004 and probably 3,500 in 2005 in all kinds of conditions. I put fenders and a light rack on it in the winter and take it all off for the summer.

I...
01-23-06, 10:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 904
Posted By croshaven

Join Weight Watchers. I did and lost 25 lbs in 9...

Join Weight Watchers. I did and lost 25 lbs in 9 months. According to Consumer Reports, they are the most effective at long term weight loss. You might lose more in the short term with some other...
01-23-06, 10:40 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 17,925
Posted By croshaven

I think 3,400 is way too high for 60 miles. Cut...

I think 3,400 is way too high for 60 miles. Cut it in half, i.e. 1,600 and you'll be close. Even that may be high.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-23-06, 10:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,056
Posted By croshaven

Two dogs on our regular Tuesday ride came out and...

Two dogs on our regular Tuesday ride came out and harrassed us until one got run over by a large truck. Although one of the dogs had bitten one of us the week before, the image of that dog dying...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-06, 10:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 330
Posted By croshaven

I'm from Fort Worth and rarely ride the Trinity...

I'm from Fort Worth and rarely ride the Trinity Trails--too narrow, too many pedestrians, and not enough hills. I used to ride alone but now that I've joined a club, I rarely ride alone and then only...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-19-06, 11:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 922
Posted By croshaven

Sonora pass does sound tough, but it's only 3,700...

Sonora pass does sound tough, but it's only 3,700 feet in 9 miles. The Mount Washington Climb is 4,700 feet in 7.5 miles. I wouldn't want to cast aspersions on anyone who accomplished either one.
Forum: Touring
01-19-06, 10:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,158
Posted By croshaven

Here's a dinner receipe I like: Instant rice,...

Here's a dinner receipe I like: Instant rice, tuna and chicken in those foil packets, a powdered gravy mix, and Knorr's vegetable soup mix packets. Cook the rice, add the Knorr's dried vegies, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-06, 10:45 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,179
Posted By croshaven

My Rivendell Romulus is 27 lbs. My Surly Long...

My Rivendell Romulus is 27 lbs. My Surly Long Haul Trucker with Surly Nice Racks front and rear is about 34. When someone shows up at a club ride with an ultra-light bike that makes everyone else who...
01-15-06, 10:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 460
Posted By croshaven

After two years and 8,000 miles I've never...

After two years and 8,000 miles I've never stretched my Brooks B-17 and don't know that I'll ever need to.
01-15-06, 10:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,702
Posted By croshaven

Rivendell's bikes are steel....

Rivendell's bikes are steel. www.rivendellbicycles.com. Their frames are made in Japan-which means they're more expensive but I believe they're worth it.
Forum: Touring
01-15-06, 10:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,536
Posted By croshaven

I heartily recommend the Oklahoma FreeWheel. It's...

I heartily recommend the Oklahoma FreeWheel. It's been going on for more than 25 years. Every year they choose a different route from south to north across the state. It has 800 to 1,000 riders and...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-06, 08:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 762
Posted By croshaven

6' 3 and 220 lbs. I ride a honey brown Brooks...

6' 3 and 220 lbs. I ride a honey brown Brooks B-17 which I love. Did 5,000 miles in '05 including two week long tours.
11-19-05, 06:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 693
Posted By croshaven

The 24 hour fitness here has spinning classes, a...

The 24 hour fitness here has spinning classes, a pool, and, of course, lots of resistance training options. It has a 90 day membership for $149 total which should carry me through most of the off...
Forum: Touring
10-25-05, 06:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 672
Posted By croshaven

I used decent, but not great, Trek gloves. I just...

I used decent, but not great, Trek gloves. I just bought some new gloves with the thickest pad I could find. My pinky is still numb but less so.
10-25-05, 06:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By croshaven

I did index the tire.

I did index the tire.
10-22-05, 09:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,515
Posted By croshaven

I wrapped my bars with yellow cloth tape from...

I wrapped my bars with yellow cloth tape from Rivendell, secured the ends with hemp twine and applied amber shellac (2 parts alcohol to 1 part shellac) to all. It looked great but was a significantly...
10-22-05, 09:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By croshaven

A series of unexplained flats

I'm using 35 mm tires on my touring bike with 28/38 Specialized tubes. I've had three flats in quick succession, all in about the same place and each a very small hole, so small that it takes...
Forum: Touring
10-22-05, 08:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,332
Posted By croshaven

It will take up to 45 without fenders, 42 with....

It will take up to 45 without fenders, 42 with. By the way, on the outside of the chainstay it reads, FFF, Fatties Fit Fine. For a minute I thought it meant fat people but then I realized it meant...
Forum: Touring
10-22-05, 08:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 672
Posted By croshaven

MY Surly LHT build

I'm planning a self-supported tour from Deadhorse, Alaska to Missoula, Montana next summer and need a bomb proof heavy touring bike. My other bike is a Rivendell Romulus but I can't afford an...
Forum: Touring
10-21-05, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 663
Posted By croshaven

I put my Pearl Izumi leg warmers on backwards so...

I put my Pearl Izumi leg warmers on backwards so they won't fall down. Kind of gives a bellbottom look!
Forum: Touring
09-21-05, 12:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 531
Posted By croshaven

V-brake levers and Handlebar type

I am building up a Surly Long Haul Trucker for heavy touring and want to install Vertical Pull brakes. I'm having trouble finding/identifying levers for V-Brakes that will fit on a road bike...
09-06-05, 07:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 380
Posted By croshaven

Training to increase stamina

I've been training hard all year and have made a lot of progess. I'm usually well off the front in the group that I normally ride with and decided to do a long ride yesterday with a group I knew was...
06-07-05, 07:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,562
Posted By croshaven

Thank you all for your concerns and thoughts. I...

Thank you all for your concerns and thoughts. I appreciate this forum and the range of advice one can receive on it.
-Craig
06-02-05, 11:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,333
Posted By croshaven

I have an Earthmate BlueLogger GPS which I use in...

I have an Earthmate BlueLogger GPS which I use in conjunction with my Treo 650 SmartPhone and Delorme's StreetAtlas Handheld software. Whenever I go on a Club ride that's new to me and/or the ride...
06-01-05, 11:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,562
Posted By croshaven

In "The Ultimate Ride" Carmichael recommends...

In "The Ultimate Ride" Carmichael recommends doing Tempo training in a 70-75 cadence range. That's what I've been doing. I know that's a higher cadence than I originally posted. I should have been...
06-01-05, 09:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,562
Posted By croshaven

Training at low cadence and knee pain

I have recently incorporated some low cadence pedaling, 50-70 rpm, into my training. Normally I experience little to no knee pain but with the switch to lower cadence my knees have been hurting some...
05-26-05, 09:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 950
Posted By croshaven

Training with low vs high cadence

Guided by Carmichael's "The Ultimate Ride", I've been putting in lots of foundation, endurance, and tempo miles at a high cadence. Re-reading his description of tempo, though, I noticed that it calls...
03-29-05, 11:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,046
Posted By croshaven

I was out the other day going up a hill and three...

I was out the other day going up a hill and three large dogs slipped through their fence and came after me. Usually I don't worry too much about dogs but this time one of them seemed like he was...
02-24-05, 09:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,792
Posted By croshaven

I have a Brooks honey brown B-17. I love that...

I have a Brooks honey brown B-17. I love that saddle. It's so comfortable that I can go out for a twenty mile spin in regular clothes and it is comfortable the whole time. I've put in 4,000 miles on...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-14-05, 09:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,317
Posted By croshaven

I'm very dissapointed they dropped daily Giro...

I'm very dissapointed they dropped daily Giro coverage. I watched it all last year and it was simply outstanding. I have DISH network. Does anyone know if RAI is available on it?
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