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Forum: Touring
05-24-18, 07:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 605
Posted By Askel

Raspberry Pi W ($5)+cheap USB GPS (last one I...

Raspberry Pi W ($5)+cheap USB GPS (last one I bought was $25).

Plus you can go nuts and add even more sensors to log all kinds of data. Heart rate, cadence, weather....

Also lots of options...
Forum: Touring
05-23-18, 02:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,769
Posted By Askel

Counts for me. It's the highlight of our touring...

Counts for me. It's the highlight of our touring year every year.

Some things I find helpful on RAGBRAI that I don't usually carry on other long rides:

-You can cut the humidity with a...
08-16-16, 05:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,829
Posted By Askel

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10530673_10...

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10530673_10203443312417942_7732102199073901676_n.jpg?oh=fc606343e5a112af2947c714770195c9&oe=581A8AA2


Not sure if you can get them in 27.5, but Continental...
08-16-16, 04:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,503
Posted By Askel

It sounds like you might have a pretty good gut...

It sounds like you might have a pretty good gut to thunder thigh ratio (that's a good thing!) I sort of have the same problem. In the larger sizes, the legs aren't big enough in relation to the...
06-08-16, 10:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 808
Posted By Askel

I left the grill at home. I was going for speed.

I left the grill at home. I was going for speed.
06-08-16, 09:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 808
Posted By Askel

Yup! You can't miss me. Unless you start riding...

Yup! You can't miss me. Unless you start riding before noon and finish before dark, then you'll definitely miss me. :)
...
08-20-15, 10:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 774
Posted By Askel

Thank you for sharing that. It'd really...

Thank you for sharing that.

It'd really suck to plow through 3 more years of school and then drop dead of some lifestyle inflicted ailment shortly thereafter.

Glad to hear you're still out...
08-20-15, 08:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 774
Posted By Askel

Motivation, Second Time Around

So a few years back, I jumped into the cycling thing with both feet. Bought a bunch of bikes, did a bunch of races. Hung out with all the cool kids. Lost a bunch of weight.

Then, I decided to go...
05-02-12, 04:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 659
Posted By Askel

The weight loss *is* the reward. If you try to...

The weight loss *is* the reward. If you try to make it some kind of game show where you win fabulous prizes by subjecting yourself to systematic torture because of sub-par equipment, you'll have a...
04-26-12, 04:04 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,463
Posted By Askel

Ah, and almost to illustrate the point perfectly-...

Ah, and almost to illustrate the point perfectly- we just had two people on both extremes of the morality issue.

Which is rather unfortunate, because I think the vast majority of people would...
04-24-12, 02:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,310
Posted By Askel

This. Even if I do qualify and there is a...

This.

Even if I do qualify and there is a Clyde class, I never race in it anymore.

And it's a trend I've noticed amongst my fellow relatively fit clydes. None of us race clydesdale class...
04-24-12, 04:56 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,463
Posted By Askel

I'd highly recommend trying it. I went vegetarian...

I'd highly recommend trying it. I went vegetarian a few years ago, and greatly enjoyed the benefits while carrying a training load similar to yours. I've since gotten more in tune with my body and...
04-22-12, 07:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 497
Posted By Askel

..and don't get discouraged if that particular...

..and don't get discouraged if that particular club ride doesn't work out. Not all groups work together and ride well together. Try a couple different group rides to find one that fits your riding...
04-22-12, 06:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 458
Posted By Askel

So I got a Fargo. Man, this thing will ruin...

So I got a Fargo.

Man, this thing will ruin your life.

Showing up late for work with a mud stripe up your backside. Getting home after dark, covered in cuts after bushwhacking your way out...
04-18-12, 03:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,064
Posted By Askel

Yes, 29ers are very good. I have 3 of 'em. :D ...

Yes, 29ers are very good. I have 3 of 'em. :D

But be careful around cheap forks if you ride off road aggressively. They are perfectly serviceable, but tend to be pretty flexy. If I ever get a...
Forum: Touring
04-17-12, 07:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 687
Posted By Askel

ACA has a great route that goes from near grand...

ACA has a great route that goes from near grand rapids to the UP: http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/northlakes.cfm

I've ridden both the MI side and the WI side. Lots of farm land on the WI...
Forum: Touring
04-17-12, 03:26 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,498
Posted By Askel

I understand the low tech sentiment, but consider...

I understand the low tech sentiment, but consider a coil sprung fork. They're dead simple to work on, and in my experience have been very reliable.
04-16-12, 04:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,463
Posted By Askel

I'm intrigued by the Ribmos. How would you say...

I'm intrigued by the Ribmos. How would you say they compare to the Paselas?
04-16-12, 02:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,213
Posted By Askel

Do you *need* one? I dunno. Technically, you...

Do you *need* one? I dunno. Technically, you really only need one gear, front and back.

But I like triples.

Keep in mind, it's not just the highest and lowest gears in the range you need to...
04-16-12, 04:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,463
Posted By Askel

I'm with Clifton on this one- when it comes to...

I'm with Clifton on this one- when it comes to road tires- I look for the label on the side that says "Pasela TG". I even had my own gatorskin phase. :D

It's always a push and pull between feel,...
04-15-12, 03:56 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,704
Posted By Askel

You can, of course, get a lower and more...

You can, of course, get a lower and more aerodynamic position with *any* bar configuration. It's maybe just more comfortable to stay there with drops.

I've commuted to work on everything from a...
Forum: Touring
04-12-12, 08:35 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,667
Posted By Askel

If I was stuck with your budget, I'd go for a 26"...

If I was stuck with your budget, I'd go for a 26" wheeled mountain bike. Should be able to get it racked and panniered within your budget and have a couple bucks left over for some slick tires.
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Forum: Touring
04-12-12, 04:00 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,498
Posted By Askel

The bike that hooked me on the concept: ...

The bike that hooked me on the concept:
http://www.feep.org/gallery/d/52422-2/SANY0720.JPG

Got both a Pugsley and a Fargo this winter to do more of such. Fargo for things that sort of resemble...
04-08-12, 06:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 525
Posted By Askel

Clyde Torque: Tighten until stripped, back off...

Clyde Torque: Tighten until stripped, back off one quarter turn. :D


I just finished building up a bike from a frame. While I've done nearly everything involved in that process, never all at...
04-07-12, 05:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,341
Posted By Askel

Met it halfway and put some salsa woodchippers on...

Met it halfway and put some salsa woodchippers on my single speed last fall for a gravel road race and cyclocross season.

http://www.bialas.org/blog/heck.jpg

Stem is way too long there, but...
Forum: Touring
04-06-12, 04:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 997
Posted By Askel

Blasphemy! I only buy road bikes with pro...

Blasphemy!

I only buy road bikes with pro wrestling themed names. :D

(Currently riding a Jake, considering a Macho Man or a Nature Boy)
04-06-12, 04:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 775
Posted By Askel

"First Bike" Stories

For whatever reason, the internet seems positively abuzz with "What bike should I buy?!"threads. And the internet is usually pretty horrible about giving some kind of coherent answer. Thus, I see...
Forum: Great Lakes
04-05-12, 04:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 594
Posted By Askel

The Porkies ain't flat. That's why they call them...

The Porkies ain't flat. That's why they call them mountains. :D

Although, the lake shore *is* pretty flat and south boundary road isn't terribly hilly (by my standards anyway). Tough to make a...
04-02-12, 06:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 598
Posted By Askel

Bothung- Not sure where you're at in...

Bothung-

Not sure where you're at in northern MN, but there's a ton of crazy bike people over towards the Duluth area. And they tend to venture far and wide. Nothing beats finding a good training...
04-02-12, 05:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,445
Posted By Askel

I'd keep an eye on anything with bearings- hubs,...

I'd keep an eye on anything with bearings- hubs, headset, bottom bracket. They don't spec that in the brochure, so it's probably no name stuff. Easy to adjust on your own, but it's probably cheap...
04-01-12, 07:58 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,014
Posted By Askel

Just pack light. ...

Just pack light.

http://www.feep.org/gallery/d/52422-2/SANY0720.JPG

Can usually go 2-3 nights at a time camping out with that setup. Maybe more if the weather is good and I have time to kill...
04-01-12, 07:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 412
Posted By Askel

How "Made in the USA" do they want? ...

How "Made in the USA" do they want?

Really, the best you can hope for is a frame and maybe a component or two. Most of the stuff bolted to the frame (the stuff that takes real manufacturing...
03-31-12, 09:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 726
Posted By Askel

Fargo's a good choice. I picked up a frameset...

Fargo's a good choice. I picked up a frameset last year for $250. Spent the winter shopping for deals on parts and should have a complete bike for ~$750.

It gives you a lot of options for tire...
03-31-12, 09:33 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,014
Posted By Askel

Touring where? And how? Fully loaded? Light? ...

Touring where? And how? Fully loaded? Light? Credit Card?

Man, there's so many different ways to tour, so many different ideal bikes....

But I say just go for it. No bike is perfect for...
03-31-12, 07:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,074
Posted By Askel

This, I think is the key. You'll know it's...

This, I think is the key.

You'll know it's kicked in when it drives you to do boring **** like lifting weights, just so you can be better at biking.

Good luck, and congrats on the bike. Seems...
03-31-12, 07:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 726
Posted By Askel

You might want to maybe play around with your...

You might want to maybe play around with your fit. I find flat bars to be the compromise on a MTB where you need a better combination of leverage and upright riding position. You don't need to be...
03-31-12, 07:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 737
Posted By Askel

I guess it really depends on what you want to do...

I guess it really depends on what you want to do with all this data. Is it just for reference? Are you making training decisions on it?

I tend to archive all mine in a portable format such as GPX...
03-31-12, 06:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 726
Posted By Askel

If you're not riding any singletrack, CX bike all...

If you're not riding any singletrack, CX bike all the way. Or touring bike. Anything you can fit 700x35c tires on, really.
03-30-12, 04:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 711
Posted By Askel

Uh oh. He broke some other blogger's rules on...

Uh oh. He broke some other blogger's rules on memoirs. You're right, he sucks. :lol:

But he's still one of my favorite authors.

No accountin' for taste I guess, eh? :D
03-30-12, 04:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,283
Posted By Askel

I doubt he'll kill it, but he might not like it. ...

I doubt he'll kill it, but he might not like it. The last (and only) 853 frame I rode was very flexy. Might be a desirable quality in touring, but if you're throwing down in a race sprint, could be...
03-30-12, 08:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 711
Posted By Askel

But that's what makes Mike so great to me. He...

But that's what makes Mike so great to me. He doesn't have that detachment. He's not a reporter. He's telling a story about himself, a tragedy.

And sure, it probably doesn't appeal to everyone....
03-29-12, 09:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 711
Posted By Askel

I would guess so.

I would guess so.
03-28-12, 06:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,751
Posted By Askel

And I guess the 650 wheels make the 42/23 a bit...

And I guess the 650 wheels make the 42/23 a bit more reasonable as well....
03-28-12, 06:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,751
Posted By Askel

Oh, and a custom 650 wheelset will *not* be...

Oh, and a custom 650 wheelset will *not* be cheap. Those rims aren't exactly laying around any given shop...
03-28-12, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,751
Posted By Askel

Lowest gear it has is a 42/23. You ready for...

Lowest gear it has is a 42/23. You ready for that, tough guy? :D

I dunno, sure TT bikes go fast- but it's gotta be one of the least versatile rides out there.

But hey, if it gets you out...
03-28-12, 06:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 711
Posted By Askel

'Heft On Wheels' author blogging again...

If you're a Mike Magnuson fan: http://bicycling.com/blogs/bikeinbalance/

If you're wondering where he's been, he's got another good article up over at bicycling.com:...
Forum: Touring
03-28-12, 11:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,999
Posted By Askel

But with a 12-30 casette, should handle most any...

But with a 12-30 casette, should handle most any "light" touring duties.

Looks like they used a somewhat lighter tube set than something like the LHT. While it can probably handle more than the...
03-28-12, 04:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,447
Posted By Askel

Totally fair, but I'd try a different trek shop....

Totally fair, but I'd try a different trek shop. I had one go to bat for me to get me a better wheel through warranty.

Even at 210, I'm merciless on bike parts and break quite a few. It's not the...
Replies: 39
Views: 12,217
Posted By Askel

It's mostly a "what works for you" kind of thing....

It's mostly a "what works for you" kind of thing. I eat all kinds of stuff as do other people I ride with.

I did learn a hard lesson about too much Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA the night...
03-25-12, 10:43 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,638
Posted By Askel

"This mall has everything!" :D ...

"This mall has everything!" :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oMtdXaqBx4

Sadly, my proposal for an indoor bike race at the mall fell on deaf ears.
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