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03-12-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,420
Posted By Long Tom

Thanks! Went slightly over budget @ $1100 but I...

Thanks! Went slightly over budget @ $1100 but I think it was worth it. I like that the frameset is worthy of parts upgrades should I ever desire, as opposed to the base model Rockhopper I looked...
03-11-19, 07:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,420
Posted By Long Tom

Hey folks! Finally was able to go get the bike....

Hey folks! Finally was able to go get the bike. 2018 Spec Chisel Comp, basically new... Still has the nubbies on the tires!
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02-24-19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,420
Posted By Long Tom

It seems I've struck a deal on a 2018 Spec Chisel...

It seems I've struck a deal on a 2018 Spec Chisel Comp. However, due to work and weather (it's over the mountains from me) I can't go get it for at least a week. I'll post pics when I get it home.
02-23-19, 11:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,420
Posted By Long Tom

Will do, and thanks for the heads-up. ...

Will do, and thanks for the heads-up.

There's a recent, used Spec Chisel within geographical reach. Hoping to ride a new one today to get a feel.
02-22-19, 07:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,420
Posted By Long Tom

Thanks everybody. They really have...

Thanks everybody.

They really have slackened up the front-end geometry recently, haven't they. Huh. Do I care? Not sure that I do. Or that I DON'T. Just don't know I guess. A little more...
02-17-19, 12:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,420
Posted By Long Tom

Good catch! Crap. I was just looking at a...

Good catch! Crap. I was just looking at a Rockshox Recon and assuming that was an air shock. Guess there's multiple Recon's.

Hmmm

My buddy's bike is a Santa Cruz carbon 29'er that cost...
02-16-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,420
Posted By Long Tom

Taking your above advice into consideration I'm...

Taking your above advice into consideration I'm liking this one now, if I went with a BD bike at least. Thoughts?
...
02-16-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,420
Posted By Long Tom

My road bike is a Roubaix Expert and I've got, of...

My road bike is a Roubaix Expert and I've got, of memory serves, 27mm tires on it now. I love that bike. It's a race horse. I'm not using it on the logging roads though. If nothing else it won't...
02-16-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,420
Posted By Long Tom

Great stuff and I appreciate it!! I've been...

Great stuff and I appreciate it!!

I've been watching Craigslist for a couple months; I thought used would be the plan here. Problem is, I'm almost 6'-4", so I need an XL frame, and AFAICT tall...
02-15-19, 10:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,420
Posted By Long Tom

Advice sought on sub-$1k MTB for non-technical riding

Howdy folks! New to this sub. I did post a fair bit up on the Road sub when I was getting rolling with that.

I live in an area with almost literally infinite logging roads to ride, many of them...
07-09-17, 07:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,613
Posted By Long Tom

An update... did not buy the extenders. Instead...

An update... did not buy the extenders. Instead I tried lowering the seat about 1/4". Buddy and I did a 40 miler a couple days ago and I had no pain whatsoever in my IT band areas. With the seat a...
07-02-17, 07:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,613
Posted By Long Tom

Pedal (width) extenders for IT band pain?

Howdy folks! Been a while. Hope all is well in your respective camps. :)

I've run into a problem at about year 4 of road cycling-for-exercise regime. My rides are generally 30- 35 miles with...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-16, 12:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,970
Posted By Long Tom

Howdy again. I walked 5 miles this morning. I'd...

Howdy again. I walked 5 miles this morning. I'd say it's subtle at this point but I still notice it.

Planning on doing a 30-mile climbing ride this evening. My climb route has long sections...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-16, 11:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,970
Posted By Long Tom

My original post was flawed. I have been...

My original post was flawed.

I have been riding for 4 years. I do several hard climbing rides a week that are 25-35 miles each, to average approx 100 miles a week. I also like to hike, walk, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-16, 02:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,970
Posted By Long Tom

I walk because there's more to being ambulatory...

I walk because there's more to being ambulatory than cycling. :)

I also ride about 100 miles/week.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-16, 01:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,970
Posted By Long Tom

Does this sound like a muscle imbalance from cycling?

Hey folks! Haven't posted in a while. Hope all is well for y'all.

Back story (maybe): about 5 weeks ago I rode 55 miles with a buddy, tough climbing route. At about the 40 mile mark I had IT...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-16, 12:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,286
Posted By Long Tom

An update.... Before messing with fit on a bike...

An update.... Before messing with fit on a bike I've put a lot of miles on, I decided to try to roll my IT band, since I easily could. Did several reps last night and a couple more today. Ouch.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-16, 11:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,286
Posted By Long Tom

Thanks for the input. Lower my seat, eh? Hmmm....

Thanks for the input. Lower my seat, eh? Hmmm. It's been a while since I messed with my "sacred fit" but maybe it's time!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-16, 12:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,286
Posted By Long Tom

Any thoughts on this knee pain?

On a 50+ mile ride a couple days ago my right knee acted up about mile 35. By the end I was on one leg.

I trace this directly to an injury to the knee while backpacking in rugged country 4 years...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-16, 01:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,310
Posted By Long Tom

I gotta get me some a' that!

I gotta get me some a' that!
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-16, 12:58 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,188
Posted By Long Tom

Carbs with some protein gets it done for me on...

Carbs with some protein gets it done for me on ride days. Ideal breakfast- 2-3 slices GOOD seedy toast with peanut butter (Adams) and a bowl of non-sugary cereal in whole milk.

I seem to to bonk...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-16, 12:03 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 10,201
Posted By Long Tom

Ouch. That hurts my brain.

Ouch. That hurts my brain.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-16, 11:52 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,931
Posted By Long Tom

I'm using a Serfas Thunderbolt.... I'm told it's...

I'm using a Serfas Thunderbolt.... I'm told it's pretty dang bright on high-blink mode but I know there's way brighter. I have two so I can stay blinkin' for long rural rides. Won't leave home...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-16, 01:26 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,920
Posted By Long Tom

I love hills, and I hate wind. The one a worthy...

I love hills, and I hate wind. The one a worthy goal, the other a fickle mistress...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-16, 12:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,684
Posted By Long Tom

If you really got knocked out, then you were...

If you really got knocked out, then you were concussed, which means you are still concussed, whether you realize it yet or not. Get some rest, avoid high-risk behavior for a while. You do NOT want to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-15, 01:37 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,445
Posted By Long Tom

Ok, we can stop now.

Ok, we can stop now.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-15, 01:32 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 11,806
Posted By Long Tom

I knew I'd be spending big bucks* on a bike after...

I knew I'd be spending big bucks* on a bike after about Ride # 2 on my first road bike. I've never been afraid to own nice stuff. Why not? What's sort of fascinating is how we all manifest this...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-15, 07:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,943
Posted By Long Tom

Jadesfire, I live out in the sticks and my rides...

Jadesfire, I live out in the sticks and my rides are fairly long @ 30-40 miles, and on lonely rural roads. So it's not a matter of staying connected per se, it's a safety device. I'm self employed...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-15, 09:19 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,943
Posted By Long Tom

StanSeven, that's a legit concern fo sho. I do...

StanSeven, that's a legit concern fo sho. I do think my top tube bag would protect a phone pretty well in a crash by dint of its location if nothing else.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-15, 09:17 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,943
Posted By Long Tom

Yeah, I did that today. It did stick up higher...

Yeah, I did that today. It did stick up higher than the top of my jacket pocket. Annoying.

The top tube bag I have now, which also has all my bike kit in it, has a pocket with a clear plastic...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-15, 07:09 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,943
Posted By Long Tom

i have one of those, and it worked great with my...

i have one of those, and it worked great with my iPhone 4, but this new one (iPhone 6s+) doesn't fit it. I'm not opposed to another top-tube bag. Cough Fred Cough.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-15, 06:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,943
Posted By Long Tom

Riding with a phablet

I had to get a new phone. In a fit of damn-the-torpedos, I got one of those newer big honking half phone/half tablet thingies: a phablet.

It's awkward to ride with. Sticks up out of a jersey...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-15, 12:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 783
Posted By Long Tom

I've got a rain bike. As of 10:30 today might...

I've got a rain bike. As of 10:30 today might actually work! Gonna be a lot of storm debris on the roads out here (Warthen, Sheffler, Poodle Ck, Butler, etc).... and I'm gonna be hurting on those...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-15, 01:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 783
Posted By Long Tom

You forgot your flotation tires!

You forgot your flotation tires!
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-15, 11:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 783
Posted By Long Tom

Ok, I'm googling that next. Thanks. Got a...

Ok, I'm googling that next. Thanks.

Got a room for it out in my shop so no worries there.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-15, 02:21 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 5,305
Posted By Long Tom

The Sierra Celebration is a fresh-hop IPA this...

The Sierra Celebration is a fresh-hop IPA this year and is quite tasty.

I'm an IPA nut... in my AO, we are almost literally swimming in excellent beer. On tap.... Barley Brown Pallet Jack is...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-15, 02:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 783
Posted By Long Tom

Flotation tires vs. trainer for PNW?

I. Am. Going. Insane.

There's been 2 rideable days in the last I-don't-know-how-long. I am swamped with work that has to get done in 2015 and couldn't hit 'em. It's literally flooding outside. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-13-15, 01:27 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,548
Posted By Long Tom

The hardest I've done is Tramway Road out of Palm...

The hardest I've done is Tramway Road out of Palm Springs. I was hallucinating by the time I hit the 2nd bus parking lot.

I have some great climbs right around me here west of Eugene. The weather...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-15, 03:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,652
Posted By Long Tom

Without moderation (think benign dictatorship)...

Without moderation (think benign dictatorship) Internet forums descend into poo-flinging monkeys at the zoo. Seriously. There's a contingent of peeps out there that a) are bullying jerks or b) would...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-18-15, 10:09 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,343
Posted By Long Tom

I'm also in the PNW, and very much like my Gore...

I'm also in the PNW, and very much like my Gore Windstopper cycling jacket. Pit zips, and in fact the sleeves zip right off and now it's a vest.

I am am not living in the OP's body, and I do...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-15, 11:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,634
Posted By Long Tom

There's a world of difference between a metric...

There's a world of difference between a metric century and an.... Imperial? century, at least for me. I can ride ~60 miles without much in the way of extra prep, just my normal stuff for a ride day...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-25-15, 10:55 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,036
Posted By Long Tom

Yeah, KOM's aside, they make a lot of sense as...

Yeah, KOM's aside, they make a lot of sense as basic powered transportation. I make a lot of parts for an electric bike (kit) maker and he says they get 600 mpg equivalent. I'd been assuming they...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-15, 12:31 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,089
Posted By Long Tom

Rain bike is the bike that takes the abuse of...

Rain bike is the bike that takes the abuse of water and especially road grit in the drivetrain.

Mine rain bike is AL, has fenders, 28's, and 105 components and cost $800. My regular bike is...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-15, 12:25 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 10,419
Posted By Long Tom

I cross-chain when the mood strikes. Also shift...

I cross-chain when the mood strikes. Also shift under simply massive wattage on steep climbs. Massive beyond description. Just huge. Anyway, I say there's honor in wearing out driveline components.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-15, 11:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,829
Posted By Long Tom

No. From billet.

No. From billet.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-15, 11:04 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,296
Posted By Long Tom

I got yer hilly right here.

I got yer hilly right here.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-08-15, 02:00 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,889
Posted By Long Tom

30 mi yesterday with a buddy. His turf (we...

30 mi yesterday with a buddy. His turf (we alternate). Big climb up front, then some rolling truly gorgeous pastoral stuff, and then some farmland flats. Perfect weather. Same buddy and I are...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-15, 01:58 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,769
Posted By Long Tom

I like 25's. I haven't had the time or energy to...

I like 25's. I haven't had the time or energy to overthink this one.

Hit it a pine cone in a sharp corner on a steep descent today, going 20+ mph when I hit it. Wasn't left wishing for a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-15, 07:28 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,638
Posted By Long Tom

A man who only speaks from experience! Respect. ...

A man who only speaks from experience! Respect.

The Evil Weed goes with cycling like peanut butter and honey. Couple things to watch out for. It can greatly elevate your heart rate in the first...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-15, 11:09 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,638
Posted By Long Tom

The "weed vs. beer while riding" thread? Hoooooo...

The "weed vs. beer while riding" thread? Hoooooo Nelly..... that would be entertaining. Go for it! :)
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