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Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 844
Posted By Bassmanbob

I've done two very short test tours. One was two...

I've done two very short test tours. One was two days/one night and the other was three days/two nights. They both were in Florida's hot weather. I can't emphasize enough to properly hydrate...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 05:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 333
Posted By Bassmanbob

Nice!

Nice!
05-05-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,400
Posted By Bassmanbob

That whole post is SO Lab-like. I've had three...

That whole post is SO Lab-like. I've had three Labs. They were all different but all playful, lovable and indestructible as young dogs.
05-04-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,400
Posted By Bassmanbob

I was attempting my second century ride, but...

I was attempting my second century ride, but didn't properly train for it. So I turned around and took the metric century route. I really hadn't trained for it, and was struggling as I rode passed...
05-01-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 863
Posted By Bassmanbob

Yes, but honestly I just do what my cycling coach...

Yes, but honestly I just do what my cycling coach tells me to do. I don’t race, but I really enjoy doing century group events. Unfortunately I was so slow, I’d routinely come in by myself as the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 418
Posted By Bassmanbob

I think I'll check out some of the riding around...

I think I'll check out some of the riding around Geneva too. We will be there for two days before we head to Interlaken and Grindelwald. But I do have to remind myself that the point of the trip is...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 418
Posted By Bassmanbob

That was a pretty cool video. I'll check out his...

That was a pretty cool video. I'll check out his others. Jet lag. Yeah. I thought a bit about that, but we will be there already 5 days prior to the ride. I'm assuming I'll be able to assimilate...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-21, 04:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 418
Posted By Bassmanbob

Thank you for your input so far. I’d love to do...

Thank you for your input so far. I’d love to do more passes, but my window of time to do this is somewhat limited. I’m shooting for the two passes, but will accept only St. Gotthard if I run out of...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-21, 07:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 418
Posted By Bassmanbob

St. Gotthard and Furka Passes in the Swiss Alps

At the end of June, my wife and I will visit our daughter and son-in-law who live in Geneva, Switzerland. We plan to spend some time in Geneva, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Lugano and more time hiking in...
04-26-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 574
Posted By Bassmanbob

Godspeed on your recovery and a cancer free...

Godspeed on your recovery and a cancer free future. I had the prostate scare a couple of months ago, but my biopsy was negative.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,335
Posted By Bassmanbob

I love mine, but it's a 2014 SuperSix Evo 3 with...

I love mine, but it's a 2014 SuperSix Evo 3 with Ultegra components. I have a lot of miles on it and continue to enjoy it.
Forum: Touring
04-18-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,369
Posted By Bassmanbob

Done! Home and safe. I got home about 2:30...

Done! Home and safe.

I got home about 2:30 this afternoon, and I was wiped. It was a hot two and a half days, but we did well. This afternoon, I wrote down in list format what worked, what...
Forum: Touring
04-16-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,369
Posted By Bassmanbob

I like this idea and will do this for my next...

I like this idea and will do this for my next tour.

So far. Part 1 of Day 1 of the 3 Day Tour was done this morning, from home to work. My buddy is coming to my work place this afternoon at 4...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 06:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 506
Posted By Bassmanbob

Just guessing, but here are a few suggestions: ...

Just guessing, but here are a few suggestions:

1. If you are getting different shoe size measurements, make sure you always measure your size when you have weight on your feet for consistency. ...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 05:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,369
Posted By Bassmanbob

I've decided not to take a spare tire. My buddy...

I've decided not to take a spare tire. My buddy is taking two pieces of old tire as a boot. If he doesn't go, then I'll be OK with no extra tire.

I do have, and will use, my mirror on my glasses....
04-13-21, 03:57 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 4,023
Posted By Bassmanbob

It depends on the type of bike. Race bike:...

It depends on the type of bike.
Race bike: Black with silver lettering or metallic deep navy blue with black lettering.
Touring bike: English green, tan or beige to blend in if stealth camping...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 03:32 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,369
Posted By Bassmanbob

I donít remember where I read it, but there was...

I donít remember where I read it, but there was something I read that stated that backpacking (and I guess bicycle touring) is where a financially comfortable person spends a lot of money on gear so...
Forum: Touring
04-12-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,369
Posted By Bassmanbob

Update: One of my two buddies can’t go and the...

Update: One of my two buddies can’t go and the other has a wife recovering from surgery last week. He said he’s going, but I’m mentally preparing myself for the possibility that this may be a solo...
Forum: Touring
04-12-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,369
Posted By Bassmanbob

To respond to the last three posts (first off,...

To respond to the last three posts (first off, thank you for responding) I’m surprised how many people don’t want to cook while on tour. Being a foodie, I think cooking would be part of the fun....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-21, 05:17 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,674
Posted By Bassmanbob

🤣🤣🤣 So true, but this eventual purchase will...

🤣🤣🤣 So true, but this eventual purchase will definitely not be in time for 6 Gap in September. My plan is to make a down payment sometime between January and April 2022, thinking Iíll have all the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,674
Posted By Bassmanbob

I'm still looking and enjoying your replies. I'm...

I'm still looking and enjoying your replies. I'm currently looking seriously at Moots, Seven, Mosaic and Firefly.
04-10-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,586
Posted By Bassmanbob

I agree with what you've said and will just add...

I agree with what you've said and will just add that most hikers are getting away from heavy hiking boots and are transitioning to light weight trail running shoes. Unless you're hiking in the...
Forum: Touring
04-10-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,369
Posted By Bassmanbob

So I geared up this morning and did a local 2.5...

So I geared up this morning and did a local 2.5 hour (32 mile) ride, no farther than 6 miles from either my house or my local bike shop. With all that gear, I am surprised how comfortable it felt. We...
Forum: Touring
04-10-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,369
Posted By Bassmanbob

I'll reexamine my setup, but I balanced the...

I'll reexamine my setup, but I balanced the sleeping gear pannier and utility pannier in the two front panniers due to their size and weights (both being smaller and lighter than the other two...
Forum: Touring
04-10-21, 03:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,369
Posted By Bassmanbob

I am securing the tent bag to the rack with a...

I am securing the tent bag to the rack with a bungie cord net so I can also dry anything as needed while I ride. But I guess that is only effective if it's a nice sunny day while riding. I suppose a...
Forum: Touring
04-10-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,369
Posted By Bassmanbob

Thanks. Yes I have a tube, but I didn't think to...

Thanks. Yes I have a tube, but I didn't think to bring a tire. I'm riding Schwalbe Marathon Supremes, but I guess even they can get a gash in the tire. Perhaps I should bring an old tire as a...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 09:57 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,369
Posted By Bassmanbob

Local Test Tour

One week from today, I am meeting two buddies at my office and we are going on a three day tour of our local area. We are all interested in bicycle touring, but none of us are well experienced at it....
Forum: Commuting
04-04-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 541
Posted By Bassmanbob

I had one from the 1980's and gave it to a local...

I had one from the 1980's and gave it to a local charity about 15 years ago. Then I started cycling 7 years ago and started bicycle commuting to work 5 years ago. The SWT would have been great for...
04-04-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 778
Posted By Bassmanbob

Isn't it great to feel 14 again? I've been...

Isn't it great to feel 14 again?

I've been riding again for 7 years, starting at 49. Every time I get on my bike, I feel like a kid again. I just love it, sometimes even more when it starts...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By Bassmanbob

I just received an email from the event...

I just received an email from the event organizers. They are reversing the climb up Hogpen Gap to make it "more fun" up the steeper side of the mountain... oh joy.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By Bassmanbob

I hear that a lot about Florida riders. But we,...

I hear that a lot about Florida riders. But we, along the coast deal with pretty strong wind sometimes which can simulate an uphill climb-- I know it's not the same. Another thing is that with all...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By Bassmanbob

Maybe we should ride together. I'm in the...

Maybe we should ride together. I'm in the process of losing weight. I lost 33 pounds in the last 14 months, now down to 199. I want to lose at least another 20 before 6 Gap. It'll be difficult; 6...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-21, 08:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,369
Posted By Bassmanbob

So how much do you think I can get for a kidney?

So how much do you think I can get for a kidney?
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-21, 07:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By Bassmanbob

Registered for 6 Gap... Pretty Excited

I've done nine centuries, two with 4,800 feet of climbing and one with 8,500 feet of climbing, but I'm pretty stoked to have registered for 6 Gap in NE Georgia this September. It's 104 miles with...
Forum: Touring
03-20-21, 03:16 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,423
Posted By Bassmanbob

Many of you have mentioned that camping is...

Many of you have mentioned that camping is allowed on public land. I was wondering, how do you know if you are on public land?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-20-21, 02:58 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,590
Posted By Bassmanbob

The last time I cycled with my local group was...

The last time I cycled with my local group was February 2020. They officially ended group rides mid March 2020, but the texts going back and forth discussed I'll be riding solo starting here in case...
Forum: Touring
03-18-21, 07:50 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 11,724
Posted By Bassmanbob

So you're adding instant coffee (Nescafe) to the...

So you're adding instant coffee (Nescafe) to the cold soak oatmeal? I don't know about that, but have fun!
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 11,724
Posted By Bassmanbob

Cold Soak Oatmeal: (about 550 calories) 8oz...

Cold Soak Oatmeal: (about 550 calories)
8oz Almond Milk (unsweetened)
1/2 cup oatmeal (not the instant)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup dehydrated blueberries

Shake...
03-13-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,109
Posted By Bassmanbob

My plan is to change from 25’s to 28’s with...

My plan is to change from 25’s to 28’s with appropriate inflation (if anyone has that chart available). I may also look into a shorter stem, new gloves and see how this works. I’m currently very...
03-13-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 887
Posted By Bassmanbob

I started in 2014 with 2 miles a day. I felt...

I started in 2014 with 2 miles a day. I felt comfortable riding 3 miles about three weeks later. 3 became 5,6,9 and then a jump to 15 by two months. I did a 27 event by six months, half century on my...
03-13-21, 03:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 704
Posted By Bassmanbob

I usually just place my helmet under the pedal...

I usually just place my helmet under the pedal that's in the 6 o'clock position, but your simple device is much better. Well done. I always admire a simple, yet effective solution for any problem.
...
03-13-21, 03:06 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,795
Posted By Bassmanbob

I'm a clyde, and I wear lycra, so it's pretty...

I'm a clyde, and I wear lycra, so it's pretty obvious I agree with you. I ride for me, not others. I just try to match colors... but there have been times my wife will look at me and ask, "You're...
03-11-21, 09:23 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,109
Posted By Bassmanbob

When I have more time, I need to read this again....

When I have more time, I need to read this again. Thanks.
03-11-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,109
Posted By Bassmanbob

I'm used to the intensity of long rides on my...

I'm used to the intensity of long rides on my Cannondale CF bike. I have done nine centuries on it and have trained plenty on it too. Yes. Most of my rides on the Trek 520 are shorter, but I've...
03-11-21, 09:10 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,109
Posted By Bassmanbob

I think it is more the lack of shock absorption...

I think it is more the lack of shock absorption on a CF bike, but perhaps it is also the position too. I'll have to think about that.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,228
Posted By Bassmanbob

During an organized cycling event, there was a...

During an organized cycling event, there was a mobile speed limit sign that was flashing 35 mph. There was a cop right after the sign. I got his attention and yelled at him, "That sign says 35...
03-10-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,109
Posted By Bassmanbob

At What Point do You Transition From Road Bike to Endurance Bike?

I'm a soon to be 56 year-old guy who's always been very tight (inflexible). Even as a thin high school track athlete, I was the guy who could never touch his toes during stretching. I've been riding...
03-10-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,072
Posted By Bassmanbob

1.5- 2 hours before the ride: 1. egg, 1 egg...

1.5- 2 hours before the ride: 1. egg, 1 egg white, 1 serving of oatmeal with some salt (no sugar) AND DEFINITELY COFFEE
During Ride: infinit Go Far: 2 scoops in 24- 28 ounces of water per 90...
03-09-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,688
Posted By Bassmanbob

Just donít get one of those cages that allows you...

Just donít get one of those cages that allows you to remove the bottle from the side. Bottles fall out of them with bumps or if you donít grab the bottle just right. Itís happened to me, and Iíve...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 632
Posted By Bassmanbob

Go kid, go! Not for you, but I did the two day...

Go kid, go! Not for you, but I did the two day option of the Cross Florida Ride in 2018. It was 78 miles the first day and 92 the second day. I saw a family of three riders at the start: mom, dad...
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