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06-23-12, 09:22 PM
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Posted By jonathanb715

Damn. Haven't been on here in a while, and this...

Damn. Haven't been on here in a while, and this isn't what I wanted to see coming back. Get better soon, Dan!

JB
08-25-11, 09:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,446
Posted By jonathanb715

I have a titanium Lynskey and sold a carbon...

I have a titanium Lynskey and sold a carbon Kestrel about 18 months ago. Honestly, there's little to choose between them when it comes to ride, vibration damping, etc. The wheels and tires have...
08-25-11, 09:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 486
Posted By jonathanb715

+1

+1
07-25-11, 09:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,808
Posted By jonathanb715

I've had the same experience with Assos - I wear...

I've had the same experience with Assos - I wear a L with their stuff, but XL with Aerotech or Sugino. I'm 5'10" and my weight fluctuates between 210 and 225.

JB
07-24-11, 06:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,808
Posted By jonathanb715

Direct from Aerotech - couldn't find them locally...

Direct from Aerotech - couldn't find them locally but they were highly recommended. For the Assos, I bought them locally so I could make sure they fit (aka I paid full retail - ouch!). I was going...
07-24-11, 04:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,808
Posted By jonathanb715

I've used the Aerotech bibs, as well as many...

I've used the Aerotech bibs, as well as many other brands. The Aerotechs are fine - the seams aren't in sensitive spots and don't bother me. For me, these are good shorts but not my favorites. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-11, 12:35 PM
Replies: 2,263
Views: 270,507
Posted By jonathanb715

Here's a couple from a ride up to Tioga Pass in...

Here's a couple from a ride up to Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park:

Tenaya Lake

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee39/jonathanb715/DSCN0428.jpg

Stopped at this meadow with a pond above...
07-24-11, 11:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,200
Posted By jonathanb715

This won't answer your question 100%, but on...

This won't answer your question 100%, but on http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/ there's a breakdown of the ingredients of many of the sunscreens on the market, including health concerns. You...
07-23-11, 07:38 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,219
Posted By jonathanb715

I use the Bag Balm - it works, and it lasts a...

I use the Bag Balm - it works, and it lasts a good long time. However, it's base is petroleum jelly - Vaseline. Lots of people get reactions to it, and I've heard it can break down some materials...
07-23-11, 05:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,219
Posted By jonathanb715

The padding on the shorts isn't really there to...

The padding on the shorts isn't really there to provide more padding - it's there to reduce or eliminate chafing. Fast89fox is correct - more padding often makes things worse, not better. The extra...
07-21-11, 01:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 560
Posted By jonathanb715

Calaveras Rd from Sunol is a good recommendation...

Calaveras Rd from Sunol is a good recommendation - not real steep, and the climb is a couple of miles long. You have to go a few miles south from Sunol before the actual climbing starts, though -...
07-11-11, 08:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 893
Posted By jonathanb715

Nice! Congrats to you guys! JB

Nice! Congrats to you guys!

JB
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-11, 07:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,617
Posted By jonathanb715

Count me among the riders who have tried the...

Count me among the riders who have tried the GP4000's and a bunch of other similarly priced tires. My take (in chronological order)?

Michelin Krylion Carbon: long lasting, never seemed to flat...
07-11-11, 06:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,139
Posted By jonathanb715

The road from Markleeville to Carson is not...

The road from Markleeville to Carson is not closed, and many people come out to hang out on the grassy hill by the town hall or at the restaurants (both of them) in Markleeville and cheer on the...
07-11-11, 02:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 893
Posted By jonathanb715

It's funny, but it just didn't seem right to be...

It's funny, but it just didn't seem right to be out there riding those passes without a BenRidin sighting! How was your ride?

JB
07-11-11, 02:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 927
Posted By jonathanb715

My first year doing it was the last one Alta...

My first year doing it was the last one Alta Alpina was involved in - they definitely knew how to put on a ride. The rest stops and general organization are adequate now, but not at the same level...
07-11-11, 09:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 893
Posted By jonathanb715

Death Ride ride report

I posted it here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/750559-Death-Ride-ride-report

Great day and great ride!

JB
07-11-11, 08:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 927
Posted By jonathanb715

Thanks - it's a great ride, and even with my...

Thanks - it's a great ride, and even with my abbreviated version I still managed 74 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/537645 The ride is front loaded - if you do the...
07-11-11, 02:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 927
Posted By jonathanb715

Death Ride ride report

Back for another year! This was my 4th Death Ride. For those unfamiliar with it, this is a tough one day ride - variously reported as 124 - 129 miles and 15 - 16,500 feet of climbing. It goes over...
07-10-11, 11:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 596
Posted By jonathanb715

4th for me - the best weather yet. Some TnT...

4th for me - the best weather yet. Some TnT folks I was riding with were having a tough day, and I stayed with them rather than chasing the 5 passes. Still had a great ride and ran into some old...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-11, 12:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,880
Posted By jonathanb715

That does look familiar! This one is 24% for the...

That does look familiar! This one is 24% for the Pacific Grade (the pass after Ebbets when going from Markleeville, CA to Bear Valley):
...
07-03-11, 11:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 671
Posted By jonathanb715

I have the best luck with sunscreens with either...

I have the best luck with sunscreens with either a zinc oxide base or a titanium dioxide base. Check out this report for more info: http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/

The one I use...
07-03-11, 09:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 874
Posted By jonathanb715

Different gaps - the 12-32 is actually the same...

Different gaps - the 12-32 is actually the same as the 11-23 gear spacing, minus the 11 but adding the 32 (ok, and the next largest is a 24 instead of the 23). For my riding style, the 28 on the...
07-03-11, 02:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 874
Posted By jonathanb715

You can save a few $ by going for the Apex RD and...

You can save a few $ by going for the Apex RD and cassette. They work identically to the Rival components, but just weigh a bit more.

I have the driveline you are thinking about (albeit with an...
07-03-11, 02:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,046
Posted By jonathanb715

I was thinking the disc brakes might be ideal for...

I was thinking the disc brakes might be ideal for someone wanting to run carbon rims.

I like to see creative solutions to frame design, even if the end result isn't a bike I'd buy.

JB
07-03-11, 01:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 14,458
Posted By jonathanb715

Here you go:...

Here you go: http://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/components/cranksets/vo-compact-double-crankset-34x48t.html Stock is with a 34, but they seperately sell 28 and 30 tooth chainrings that work with...
06-16-11, 11:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,097
Posted By jonathanb715

Nice! We were out there riding Ebbets on...

Nice! We were out there riding Ebbets on Saturday, prepping for the Death Ride. The Alta Alpina folks are always friendly and do seem to put on a good ride.

JB
06-02-11, 04:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 638
Posted By jonathanb715

they can all get the job done! I carry CO2,...

they can all get the job done!

I carry CO2, 2 tubes and a patch kit in addition to a small pump for emergencies. If with a group, I'll use the C02 - by far the quickest way to reinflate a tube. ...
05-24-11, 02:45 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,074
Posted By jonathanb715

Lots of good advice already, so let me just add...

Lots of good advice already, so let me just add some encouragement - and one tip. Build your mileage 10 - 20% per week as has already been noted, but every 4th or 5th week, make it an easier week. ...
05-23-11, 12:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,899
Posted By jonathanb715

I guess the first question is what do you want...

I guess the first question is what do you want out of a tire/what kind of riding do you do?

For me, the Conti GP4000 has been really good. I really enjoyed the Open Corsas I had on for a while,...
05-20-11, 08:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 321
Posted By jonathanb715

Self promoting bump! And an extranormal flick...

Self promoting bump! And an extranormal flick about the event:
http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/12118338/cowboy-up-to-fight-cancer

JB
05-19-11, 09:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,037
Posted By jonathanb715

How do you know your cadence is slow -do you have...

How do you know your cadence is slow -do you have a computer with cadence?

I used to think my cadence was about 80 rpm, until I got a computer with cadence. Nope - avg. was more like 70. Having...
05-19-11, 08:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 775
Posted By jonathanb715

I find that I get sweaty in any reasonably priced...

I find that I get sweaty in any reasonably priced rain gear - so sweaty that I'm soaked anyway. So I worry far more about being warm than being dry.

Layers work really well - from about 45...
05-19-11, 11:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By jonathanb715

Planning ahead? :thumb: Can't this Sunday -...

Planning ahead? :thumb:

Can't this Sunday - plans with those pesky kids yet again.

JB
05-18-11, 01:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 375
Posted By jonathanb715

Nice job. Sore hamstrings are often an indicator...

Nice job. Sore hamstrings are often an indicator of a bike fit issue, with the saddle either a bit too high or a bit too far back. I'd really recommend getting a good fitter to make any adjustments...
05-18-11, 01:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 845
Posted By jonathanb715

Here's an interesting article with a few ways to...

Here's an interesting article with a few ways to determine your max. HR: http://www.howtobefit.com/determine-maximum-heart-rate.htm

You could do the "walk a mile" version on the treadmill if you...
05-18-11, 12:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 845
Posted By jonathanb715

I'm sorry, but this just smacks of the worst kind...

I'm sorry, but this just smacks of the worst kind of internet misinformation. Doctor facts? Really? What doctor?

For the OP, the 220 formula is not all that useful for many people - because, as...
05-18-11, 11:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 321
Posted By jonathanb715

Cowboy Up to Fight Cancer!

Want to experience a real, live cowboy bar? Right here in the East Bay? While helping to raise money to fight cancer? Here's your chance - on Sunday, May 21st local band Bollinger Station will be...
05-10-11, 02:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 447
Posted By jonathanb715

Impressive - that's a very fast speed to maintain...

Impressive - that's a very fast speed to maintain over that distance! Congrats!

JB
05-09-11, 09:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,284
Posted By jonathanb715

For the last 20 miles or so from the junction to...

For the last 20 miles or so from the junction to Isabel Creek at the base of Hamilton it's 2 lane, but with no shoulder. There's plenty of places with wide dirt shoulders that you could easily pull...
05-09-11, 05:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 748
Posted By jonathanb715

I've had good luck with both Kurt Kinetics and...

I've had good luck with both Kurt Kinetics and Cycleops (the fluid trainers in both cases). I had the Cycleops for 15 years, and it was my primary form of exercise when I lived abroad in the 90's. ...
05-09-11, 03:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 556
Posted By jonathanb715

For BART to Del Valle, try this: ...

For BART to Del Valle, try this: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/406470

Pretty flat - at least until you get to the Del Valle turnoff from Mines Rd.

JB
05-09-11, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By jonathanb715

Don't know about the hotels, but the big bike...

Don't know about the hotels, but the big bike rental place is Blazing Saddles. They mostly do hybrids for tourists who just want to go across the Golden Gate, but they also do have decent road bikes...
05-09-11, 02:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,510
Posted By jonathanb715

Yup, it's the flick and tea season. I took the...

Yup, it's the flick and tea season. I took the mutt for a hike at Brushy Peak yesterday and she came home with 6 of them. They're easy to spot on her, though, since she has pure white fur. None...
05-09-11, 11:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,510
Posted By jonathanb715

South Gate is easier. JB

South Gate is easier.

JB
05-09-11, 12:10 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,510
Posted By jonathanb715

+1

+1
05-08-11, 11:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,284
Posted By jonathanb715

We actually rode the Stage 4 route yesterday,...

We actually rode the Stage 4 route yesterday, along with another 30 miles to get back to Livermore. There are a couple of wide places on switchbacks where you could park a car on the backside...
05-08-11, 05:43 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,415
Posted By jonathanb715

I'm still astonished that you push a std. double...

I'm still astonished that you push a std. double up the hills on some of the rides you do! I expect more than a few of the pros will be spinning compact doubles for the Mt. Baldy stage of the ATOC....
05-08-11, 01:25 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,415
Posted By jonathanb715

Mines a Lynskey with SRAM Rival. I use it for...

Mines a Lynskey with SRAM Rival. I use it for all my riding, with longer rides including centuries, double metrics and (occasionally) a double century. I went with the medium cage RD so I could fit...
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