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Forum: Northeast
06-01-18, 09:16 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,880
Posted By brianogilvie

It's all fairly gentle. The grade on the...

It's all fairly gentle. The grade on the Northampton rail trail from King Street (Route 5) to Leeds ranges between flat and around 2.5%; the average is 0.9%. The grade from the Connecticut to Amherst...
Forum: Northeast
06-01-18, 07:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,880
Posted By brianogilvie

After the most recent repaving of the Norwottuck...

After the most recent repaving of the Norwottuck Rail Trail, which also widened it from 8 to 10 feet in some areas (where terrain permitted), the local rail trails are almost all in good condition...
06-02-15, 09:13 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 112,836
Posted By brianogilvie

You might begin by asking friends and co-workers...

You might begin by asking friends and co-workers whether they have a bike that's gathering dust that you could borrow. If it fits, that would be a good way to start.

A good way to teach a child to...
08-17-14, 03:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,184
Posted By brianogilvie

Glad the event went well! It sounds like...

Glad the event went well!

It sounds like your boyfriend is quite supportive. Sometimes guys can give more advice than is wanted, though (not that I speak from experience, no sirree...). If his...
Replies: 44
Views: 4,799
Posted By brianogilvie

I didn't set many goals this year. One was to do...

I didn't set many goals this year. One was to do D2R2 again; that's coming up in a couple weeks. Last year I did the 100K; this time around, I think I'll do 115K. On hilly dirt roads, that's plenty!...
Replies: 1,032
Views: 619,218
Posted By brianogilvie

Lots of people ride centuries on road bikes like...

Lots of people ride centuries on road bikes like yours. Only you can decide whether your bike is a good century bike for you. The most important questions are:

Is the saddle comfortable for long...
07-07-14, 07:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 928
Posted By brianogilvie

On some of the tours I've done, the difference...

On some of the tours I've done, the difference between riding and swimming was pretty minimal.
07-06-14, 03:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 928
Posted By brianogilvie

How waterproof is the phone+USB battery combo,...

How waterproof is the phone+USB battery combo, though? I would worry about that. I'd also worry about the phone being smashed in a crash, or the mount breaking off, and losing the way to call for...
07-06-14, 02:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,013
Posted By brianogilvie

Given your aims and your budget, I am going to...

Given your aims and your budget, I am going to suggest that you consider a touring bike with drop handlebars. A touring bike is built to carry a load and usually comes with a triple chainring in...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,727
Posted By brianogilvie

I'm riding more and more on gravel, and I did the...

I'm riding more and more on gravel, and I did the 100K version of D2R2 last August, on 42 mm Schwalbe Hetres. I've also done gravel rides on 35 mm Paselas on my 700C bike. At D2R2 I saw everything...
07-06-14, 01:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 928
Posted By brianogilvie

As others have said, the Garmin Edge 800 or 810...

As others have said, the Garmin Edge 800 or 810 will do this. I've had an Edge 800 for about three years now, and I quite like it. A cell phone will work, but the advantages to me of the Edge are...
06-05-14, 02:01 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 12,814
Posted By brianogilvie

^ This is true. During distance rides, I aim to...

^ This is true. During distance rides, I aim to eat 200-250 calories an hour; I'm expending more than twice that. When I did the Great River Ride 170K last fall, I had a negative calorie balance for...
05-22-14, 08:18 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 8,779
Posted By brianogilvie

I switch between using my phone and the web...

I switch between using my phone and the web interface for MyFitnessPal. The web version isn't bad, though it's not as convenient as logging as soon as you eat something.

I've used MFP for the last...
Replies: 26
Views: 3,069
Posted By brianogilvie

I did D2R2 last year (only the 100K, which was...

I did D2R2 last year (only the 100K, which was plenty), and on some of the climbs I was really happy to have a 28-30 low gear. I would have been even happier to have had a 28-32.
04-20-14, 03:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,095
Posted By brianogilvie

That's really sweet. If she cycles, you should...

That's really sweet. If she cycles, you should buy her a matching bike as a wedding present!
Forum: Northeast
04-20-14, 03:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 710
Posted By brianogilvie

That's because I always look kind of sluggish!

That's because I always look kind of sluggish!
Forum: Northeast
04-20-14, 03:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 870
Posted By brianogilvie

Welcome to the forums! I'm across the river from...

Welcome to the forums! I'm across the river from you in Hadley.

I've only done the stretch of NH Route 9 from Brattleboro to Route 63, but I didn't find it terribly attractive. I was wondering...
02-02-14, 02:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,645
Posted By brianogilvie

Yep. Data from three cohort studies of health...

Yep. Data from three cohort studies of health care professionals show that there's no correlation between amount of exercise and changes in weight. (D. Mozaffarian et al. in the New England Journal...
01-26-14, 01:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,239
Posted By brianogilvie

This is generally true. Firstbeat...

This is generally true. Firstbeat (http://www.firstbeat.com), a Finnish company, claims to have developed an algorithm that is much more accurate than the traditional HRM equations and that adapts to...
Replies: 10
Views: 1,794
Posted By brianogilvie

Bouré's Elite bib shorts have a thin pad. For...

Bouré's Elite bib shorts have a thin pad. For that matter, so do their Pro shorts, though the latter have a synthetic leather substitute that requires a seam down the middle to take its shape....
Replies: 66
Views: 7,660
Posted By brianogilvie

I haven't done a lot of long distance cycling,...

I haven't done a lot of long distance cycling, but what I have done has given me a sense of accomplishment. I also enjoy the sense of living in the moment, whether it's on a familiar 15-mile ride...
01-26-14, 01:27 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 8,366
Posted By brianogilvie

When I was training for my first (and so far...

When I was training for my first (and so far only) 200K ride, back in spring 2010, I used the method that I used when training for a 25K run: every weekend I did a long slow ride that was 10 miles...
Replies: 62
Views: 7,151
Posted By brianogilvie

I'd build this bike...

I'd build this bike (http://brianogilvie.smugmug.com/Bikes-and-rides/Boulder-All-Road).

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And then I'd use the remaining $6000 to do some awesome travels with it. (OK, if I didn't have a...
01-18-14, 08:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 600
Posted By brianogilvie

I'm no longer a Clyde (now about 170 lbs.) but I...

I'm no longer a Clyde (now about 170 lbs.) but I like my T-11 rear hub. It's on a 650B wheel with a 9-speed cassette; I ride on rough pavement and gravel, and it hasn't given me any problems. It's...
01-18-14, 08:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,191
Posted By brianogilvie

I would suggest a glasses-mounted mirror on the...

I would suggest a glasses-mounted mirror on the right side of your glasses. The Take-A-Look mirror (http://www.rei.com/product/752285/bike-peddler-take-a-look-mirror) is my favorite.

I'm...
01-18-14, 08:14 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 6,994
Posted By brianogilvie

No, actually, I don't. I have lost 45 lbs. over...

No, actually, I don't. I have lost 45 lbs. over the last year eating a diet of about 50% carbs, 20% protein, and 30% fat. After about 3 weeks of unpleasant hunger pangs, I found it easy to turn down...
01-18-14, 07:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 855
Posted By brianogilvie

I'm really only qualified to comment on #2...

I'm really only qualified to comment on #2 (http://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) and #3 (http://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=3) .

On #2...
01-11-14, 11:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 751
Posted By brianogilvie

I've been using my TruTrainer rollers most...

I've been using my TruTrainer rollers most winters since 2008, except when I've been overseas. They have built-in resistance whose energy curve closely matches riding outside on flat terrain with no...
01-11-14, 11:46 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,443
Posted By brianogilvie

2013 was my big weight loss year: from 215 lbs....

2013 was my big weight loss year: from 215 lbs. to 169 (I'm 5' 10"). It was also the year I rode my first D2R2 (100K version) and Great River Ride 170K populaire. Hills are a lot more fun now that...
Forum: Northeast
01-01-14, 10:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,880
Posted By brianogilvie

Welcome to the area! I'm traveling to see family...

Welcome to the area! I'm traveling to see family at present, but if you'd like recommendations, send me a PM in a couple of weeks, or email ogilvie@pobox.com. And we have many great organized rides...
12-23-13, 09:52 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 8,779
Posted By brianogilvie

I generally don't trust MFP's exercise calorie...

I generally don't trust MFP's exercise calorie estimates; for cycling, Nordic skiing, etc., I use my HRM. Similarly, I don't always trust MFP's food database, which is user-contributed; some people...
12-16-13, 08:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,514
Posted By brianogilvie

If a cyclist blinds pedestrians or other cyclists...

If a cyclist blinds pedestrians or other cyclists with lights that are too bright, it's just the same as a driver blinding people by driving with high beams on. The onus is on the cyclist to dim his...
Forum: Northeast
11-13-13, 02:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 738
Posted By brianogilvie

Beyond the excellent advice already given, I...

Beyond the excellent advice already given, I think a good way to assess a shop is to go in, wait to see if someone offers to help you, and when they do (or when you get someone's attention), say...
11-02-13, 09:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 717
Posted By brianogilvie

I'm the same. If I have only one spare tube with...

I'm the same. If I have only one spare tube with me and it's a long ride, I might patch the old one during a break.
10-21-13, 08:32 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 8,779
Posted By brianogilvie

Depends on how much whipped cream you put on...

Depends on how much whipped cream you put on them!

Personally, I think that eating a little of everything, in moderation, paying attention to total calories and the balance of macronutrients...
10-21-13, 07:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,122
Posted By brianogilvie

Aside from the UJB 10-speed I had in high school...

Aside from the UJB 10-speed I had in high school and college (until it was stolen from my back porch in Chicago), the first grown-up bike I had was a Trek Multitrack 730 hybrid, purchased in 1997 and...
Replies: 5
Views: 933
Posted By brianogilvie

I agree. I've never ridden longer than 200K, but...

I agree. I've never ridden longer than 200K, but I find that cycling for a few hours or most of a day is wonderfully restorative. I sometimes use the time to think about things I'm doing off the...
10-21-13, 02:09 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 8,779
Posted By brianogilvie

That's right, but the calories in the fruit and...

That's right, but the calories in the fruit and the calories in the cookie are both carbohydrates. The fruit comes with more fiber and a different balance of starches and sugars, but it's not...
10-21-13, 01:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,023
Posted By brianogilvie

I love my TruTrainer (http://www.trutrainer.com)...

I love my TruTrainer (http://www.trutrainer.com) rollers. The drums are large, like Kreitlers, but one of them has a concentric flywheel that spins at a different rate than the shell. The result is...
10-19-13, 08:30 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,862
Posted By brianogilvie

I don't do a lot of winter cycling, though this...

I don't do a lot of winter cycling, though this year I intend to do more. I find for cycling, the same basic clothing I wear for XC skiing works.

Layering is key. Below freezing, I'll wear a wool...
Replies: 16
Views: 1,204
Posted By brianogilvie

I think it's realistic, but if your 65-mile ride...

I think it's realistic, but if your 65-mile ride involved 7 hours of riding time, you might finish the 200K outside the time limit. (If it was total elapsed time, including breaks, you should be...
Replies: 9
Views: 4,974
Posted By brianogilvie

If you could get the mounting to work, an Ortlieb...

If you could get the mounting to work, an Ortlieb Ultimate 5 L Plus (http://www.ortlieb.com/_prod.php?lang=en&produkt=ultimate5l_plus) might work. It's designed to mount without a rack underneath,...
10-06-13, 03:19 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,216
Posted By brianogilvie

If you're not planning on tackling any serious...

If you're not planning on tackling any serious hills, that Trek Pure Lowstep might be OK. However, there are a few things to note about it:

It has a feet-forward, "semi-recumbent" riding position....
10-06-13, 09:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,871
Posted By brianogilvie

Tom: best wishes for your recovery! I used to...

Tom: best wishes for your recovery! I used to donate regularly until BSE was identified; since I lived in England for a year in the late 80s, I'm now disqualified. I encourage others to donate,...
10-06-13, 09:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 981
Posted By brianogilvie

Welcome! Cycling can be great fun, and it's an...

Welcome! Cycling can be great fun, and it's an excellent way to get into shape. Challenge yourself a little bit every week, but don't overdo it.

In Strava, the elevation gain is the total amount...
10-06-13, 08:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,216
Posted By brianogilvie

Welcome! You should be able to find a decent bike...

Welcome! You should be able to find a decent bike at or under your maximum price. At 315 lbs. an off the peg bike will be fine as long as you're not doing any rough riding. For example, Trek claims...
10-04-13, 09:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 661
Posted By brianogilvie

What Machka said. A "trip ticket" is something...

What Machka said. A "trip ticket" is something that AAA produces, but when cycling, they are "cue sheets" because they give you the cues for upcoming turns, points of interest, dangerous stretches,...
10-04-13, 09:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,410
Posted By brianogilvie

54 degrees is perfect weather! Even for my...

54 degrees is perfect weather! Even for my commute, which is 3 miles one-way, I get too warm when it's over 65, and I have to take off my sportcoat around mile 1.8, or go into work with giant beads...
10-04-13, 09:04 PM
Replies: 1,105
Views: 66,846
Posted By brianogilvie

Really? The science is not terribly difficult....

Really? The science is not terribly difficult. Aside from drivetrain losses, most energy that bicycling consumes is involved in overcoming wind resistance, rolling resistance, and the increase in...
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