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04-08-19, 10:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 646
Posted By markm109

I had a stroke April 2013. My right side was...

I had a stroke April 2013. My right side was effected but not paralyzed and had a slight speech issue. Getting back out on the bike was very good motivation. When I first tried to bike again after...
Forum: Great Lakes
07-27-18, 10:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 898
Posted By markm109

New Michigan Safe Passing Law

League of Michigan Cyclists are thrilled to announce that Governor Snyder has signed our safe passing and driver's education improvement bills into law. These new laws, now PA 277, 279, and 280 of...
08-01-17, 04:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,236
Posted By markm109

Thanks everyone for your responses - it's...

Thanks everyone for your responses - it's reassuring to know that this is just not happening to me.

I don't want this post to turn into a diet discussion. I followed the American Diabetes...
07-31-17, 06:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,236
Posted By markm109

Plant based means no meat, dairy, refined or...

Plant based means no meat, dairy, refined or processed foods. I follow Dr. Esselstyn diet for heart disease.

Dr. Esselstyn's Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Program | Make yourself heart attack...
07-31-17, 11:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,236
Posted By markm109

Riding Increases Blood Glucose

So I'm looking for input from other type 2 diabetics. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 15 years ago. I'm on oral meds only, no insulin. I check my blood glucose before I ride and then...
07-01-16, 11:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,137
Posted By markm109

I miss typed - No I don't have a "g", just a...

I miss typed - No I don't have a "g", just a regular T5. I was just wondering if the T5g could handle larger tires - mine is limited if I can't make these 28's work. If the T5g allows 40mm tires,...
07-01-16, 05:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,137
Posted By markm109

How wide of a tire will fit on the rear of the...

How wide of a tire will fit on the rear of the T5g?

In February / March I built up a standard T5g (rim brake version). I put 28mm tires on it and if the back is even slightly not aligned I'll get...
09-17-15, 10:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 993
Posted By markm109

I know the road Ph4r speaks of. I ride in the...

I know the road Ph4r speaks of. I ride in the road, never on sidewalks unless I feel the road is too dangerous to ride on. That road is too dangerous. It is a very narrow road that has two lanes...
03-17-15, 07:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 885
Posted By markm109

Wife's new ride - Surly ECR

Stopped by the lbs over the weekend and finally found a bike my wife feels comfortable riding - Surly ECR. I picked it up yesterday and she was cursing around the neighborhood last night. She likes...
09-03-14, 12:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,224
Posted By markm109

You don't need the frame to break to be thrown to...

You don't need the frame to break to be thrown to the ground. I've had it happen several times on my mountain bike and the bike was just fine, me not so much.
Replies: 10
Views: 1,845
Posted By markm109

I had a stroke 1 year ago (04/19/13) at age 45. ...

I had a stroke 1 year ago (04/19/13) at age 45. Bad timing because my wife broke her right foot in three places the week before and couldn't walk or drive. So I had to pretty much take care of...
07-01-13, 03:52 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 4,605
Posted By markm109

I'm in. 237 this morning. Goal is 10 pounds and...

I'm in. 237 this morning. Goal is 10 pounds and 200 miles. Cut out bread and junk food.
04-02-13, 11:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 789
Posted By markm109

You should always check your tires before you go...

You should always check your tires before you go for a ride. At your weight it would be easy to get a pinch flat if the tires are not inflated to spec. The narrower the tire, the more important...
04-02-13, 11:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 809
Posted By markm109

Most of my jersey's are primal wear. Measure...

Most of my jersey's are primal wear. Measure your chest and follow their guide.

http://www.primalwear.com/t-fitguide.aspx
02-20-13, 01:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,270
Posted By markm109

When I got into riding about 10 years ago, I had...

When I got into riding about 10 years ago, I had an Gary Fisher Tassajara - a decent quality bike. It had a suspension fork and off road tires. I am 6'1" and was around 270. That first year that...
01-31-13, 09:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 536
Posted By markm109

I used to go to spinning classes at the local...

I used to go to spinning classes at the local Lifetime. You get all types - from super fit to clydes at the classes. One of the instructors was also a clyde and another instructor was a very fit...
01-31-13, 07:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,778
Posted By markm109

I'll have to try this one out. I have two other...

I'll have to try this one out. I have two other Litespeed bikes: 2003 Blue Ridge and 2004 Solarno. I know the Solarno will flex some when I stand and put on the pressure, but not so much that the...
01-31-13, 07:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,778
Posted By markm109

Here is a close up of the front. I measured my...

Here is a close up of the front. I measured my other bikes from the seat tube to the center of the bars. This bike is 2.5cm shorter than my others. So I definitely want a longer stem and one with...
01-30-13, 06:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,778
Posted By markm109

New (to me) Steed in Stable - Litespeed Catalyst

My new bike part old and part new - Litespeed Catalyst. It has full Ultegra 10 speed group set with triple crank and Mavic 32h CXP-33 wheels with Ultegra hubs. According the previous owner, the...
01-23-13, 01:43 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,552
Posted By markm109

My wife dragged me to Whole Foods last summer...

My wife dragged me to Whole Foods last summer where they were having a demo of the Vitamix. I wasn't completely sold and it was expensive, but I let me wife go ahead and get it. Best investment...
01-10-13, 12:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 477
Posted By markm109

Sarge - I'm right there with you. My A1C test on...

Sarge - I'm right there with you. My A1C test on 12/31 was really bad. But I knew it was coming based on my daily readings. On 12/10 I made the decision to give up certain foods and start riding...
11-26-12, 10:10 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,861
Posted By markm109

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2000. ...

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2000. When I went for my checkup spring of 2008, my numbers were getting worse and my doctor wanted to put me on insulin. I did not want to do that. A new...
10-31-12, 12:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 863
Posted By markm109

I've been riding road bikes for 7 years. I'm...

I've been riding road bikes for 7 years. I'm around 230 - 250. After 3,000 miles the Mavic Open Pro rear wheel pulled a spoke. It had been trued several times. Replaced those with Velocity Deep V...
09-17-12, 11:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 786
Posted By markm109

Also watched the movie on Netflix. Very...

Also watched the movie on Netflix. Very interesting but not sure I could do it for 10 days. My wife talked me into a Vitamix which I agreed to because I liked the idea of getting everything from...
05-16-12, 02:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 779
Posted By markm109

Bike design will have more to do with how a bike...

Bike design will have more to do with how a bike handles than what the frame is made of or the weight of the bike. I have two Litespeeds - a Blue Ridge and a Solano. The Blue Ridge (cyclocross /...
05-16-12, 01:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 637
Posted By markm109

Nah. I got several thousand miles on 32 Mavic...

Nah. I got several thousand miles on 32 Mavic Open Pro set and 32 Mavic CXP-22 set with no problems on either. Both have Ultegra hubs. But I do love my 36 Velocity Deep V set with Dura-ace - I...
01-13-12, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,665
Posted By markm109

I just built up a Nakisi as a gravel grinder. ...

I just built up a Nakisi as a gravel grinder. I've had it out twice so far - very nice frame.

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n508/markm109/Voodoo1.jpg?t=1325768642
01-09-12, 01:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 418
Posted By markm109

Weight this morning is 260. I was down to 244 in...

Weight this morning is 260. I was down to 244 in September. My goal is 190. I converted to Vegan almost 4 years ago and got down to 220 at one point then started eating too much "concentrated"...
01-06-12, 07:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,018
Posted By markm109

Daspydyr - I was clipped in for my first ride on...

Daspydyr - I was clipped in for my first ride on that bike. Got about an hour in before it got dark last night - 9.5 miles over very potholed muddy dirt roads and trails. After the first mile on...
01-05-12, 04:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,018
Posted By markm109

I tested a Salsa Fargo and liked it a lot. But...

I tested a Salsa Fargo and liked it a lot. But the build concerned me - the wheels seemed weak, I'd need a new saddle and some of the other parts were questionable for durability. And the cost...
01-05-12, 04:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,018
Posted By markm109

Salsa Woodchipper bar FSA headset Salsa Semi...

Salsa Woodchipper bar
FSA headset
Salsa Semi rims w/ XT hub wheelset
Shimano LX triple crankset FC-M582
Shimano LX M570 front derailleur
Easton vice seatpost '12
Shimano Dura Ace bar end...
01-05-12, 08:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,018
Posted By markm109

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n508/markm109/...

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n508/markm109/Voodoo1.jpg?t=1325768642
01-05-12, 08:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,018
Posted By markm109

Gravel grinder finished

It took about a month with some trial and error but I finally got her finished last night.

Voodoo Nakisi frame and fork
Salsa Woodchipper bar
FSA headset
Salsa Semi 29er rims w/ XT hub...
Forum: Commuting
01-04-12, 05:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 249
Posted By markm109

New bike for new year

I just finished building a Voodoo Nakisi to be a long distance gravel grinder and commuter. Build list:

Salsa Woodchipper bar
FSA headset
Salsa Semi rims w/ XT hub wheelset
Shimano LX triple...
01-04-12, 05:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,540
Posted By markm109

Voodoo Nakisi is finally complete. The Nashbar...

Voodoo Nakisi is finally complete. The Nashbar (Miroshift) levers did not work with the FD or BB7's so I have to go with Cane Creek brake levers and Dura Ace bar end shifters. I made some...
01-04-12, 05:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,540
Posted By markm109

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n508/markm109/...

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n508/markm109/Voodoo1.jpg
12-08-11, 09:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,540
Posted By markm109

Yeah, the rear XT derailleur is 9 speed. I...

Yeah, the rear XT derailleur is 9 speed. I pulled it off my old Tassajara. That bike came with a deore RD and I upgraded it to XT and then pretty much stopped using that bike much. So I know it's...
12-07-11, 09:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,540
Posted By markm109

Components purchased - see list below. ...

Components purchased - see list below. Everything should be here this week and I'll start building the bike this weekend. I hope I don't have any more problems with parts not working together... ...
12-03-11, 05:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,540
Posted By markm109

Got a call from the LBS. The Shimano CX50 crank...

Got a call from the LBS. The Shimano CX50 crank will not work. The bike requires a mountain bike crank. Since they said it would work, they didn't charge any restock on the crank. I guess I'll...
12-01-11, 12:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,540
Posted By markm109

The Voodoo Nakisi can accept up to 2.3" tires per...

The Voodoo Nakisi can accept up to 2.3" tires per some sources and 2.5" per other sources - so I'll check when the frame comes in. The CR18 mentioned above has 22.5 mm width rim. I have wheels with...
11-29-11, 12:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,540
Posted By markm109

Retroshift - That's an interesting idea. I found...

Retroshift - That's an interesting idea. I found Paul's Thumbies yesterday and was really liking the idea of putting a downtube shifter up on the flats of a road bar - just inside of where the tape...
11-28-11, 09:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 544
Posted By markm109

Be careful of Kona bikes. I bought a Kona Kula...

Be careful of Kona bikes. I bought a Kona Kula Deluxe 2-9 that has a scandium frame. I spoke to customer support and the didn't recommend it at my weight which is 250. I've been riding it lightly...
11-28-11, 02:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,540
Posted By markm109

I came across the new Shimano CX50 cyclocross...

I came across the new Shimano CX50 cyclocross crankset today. I like the 46-36 ring setup vs. Shimano Deore LX crankset 44-32-22. Since I ride Ultegra road most of the time, I think the larger...
11-23-11, 02:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,540
Posted By markm109

I'm going budget on parts, but not wheels. What...

I'm going budget on parts, but not wheels. What does everyone think about Velocity P35 with XT hubs?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/140626172704?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
...
11-23-11, 06:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,540
Posted By markm109

Great advice everyone - thanks so far. Last...

Great advice everyone - thanks so far.

Last night took some time and assemble components on both Pricepoint and JensonUSA to get an idea of the cost. I was surprised (shocked more like it) how...
11-22-11, 03:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,540
Posted By markm109

Road vs. Mountain question... I want drop...

Road vs. Mountain question...

I want drop bars so that means road STI shifters. But I also want 29er disc wheelset for strength and running wider (up to 2.5") tires. What is possible here? Will...
11-22-11, 02:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,540
Posted By markm109

More info - I'm planning on building a geared...

More info - I'm planning on building a geared bike with a triple and 9 in the back. I think I'll stay away from the newer 10 speed stuff. I'm looking for quality and durability over weight savings....
11-22-11, 02:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,540
Posted By markm109

Building a bike - first time

I've just started my search on information regarding building a bike from the frame up. I'm looking for basics for selection of components, what components are needed, and instruction for actually...
10-06-11, 09:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 841
Posted By markm109

I've used a Kurt Kinetic for about 5 years and...

I've used a Kurt Kinetic for about 5 years and passed it along to my wife last winter when I picked up one of these at my LBS.

http://www.lemondfitness.com/product_detail/465/lemond-revolution
...
Forum: Great Lakes
09-07-11, 10:51 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,128
Posted By markm109

Here from Rochester - bike heaven. There are...

Here from Rochester - bike heaven. There are plenty of trails around here (Road & Mountain):

Stoney Creek Metropark - Paved trail & mountain bike trails
Orchard Trail
Clinton River Trail
Paint...
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