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02-23-19, 05:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,735
Posted By bgraham111

I had a professional fit done a few years ago. To...

I had a professional fit done a few years ago. To me it was well worth it. I don't know if it increased my power numbers, but it did increase long distance comfort.

When I started, I was good...
02-11-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,037
Posted By bgraham111

I went from 222 to 180, and my reward was a...

I went from 222 to 180, and my reward was a Waterford. It totally worked!! Just keep thinking about that bike!

(Wait... why am I posting in here? Oh... that's because I went back up. Ooops. But...
02-10-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,112
Posted By bgraham111

I googled to see how much, on average, you can...

I googled to see how much, on average, you can increase your FTP in a set time frame. The numbers were all over the place. 1-5% a week. I'd say 2% sounds good, if you are doing specific, regular...
02-10-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,098
Posted By bgraham111

I forgot my shoes once. We had driven an hour so...

I forgot my shoes once. We had driven an hour so my wife could do a ride to prep for a bike trip. All I had were my keds. So... I biked using my keds, on pedals that had no platforms. Lucky it was...
01-28-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 722
Posted By bgraham111

The Trek FX line (or similar bikes from other...

The Trek FX line (or similar bikes from other manufacturers) is a spot on recommendation.
- It can handle light off road (like dirt roads, not for mountain biking).
- It's easier to ride on road...
01-28-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,983
Posted By bgraham111

I was going to post a picture of my A530, because...

I was going to post a picture of my A530, because it's nice to have SPDs on one side, platforms on the other. And while nice, I'd be lying. My favorite ones are pictured below.
Why SPD? Because I...
01-06-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,748
Posted By bgraham111

If you like Brooks, but are concerned about the...

If you like Brooks, but are concerned about the B-17 under load, take a look at the Brooks C17. I have both. The B17 is definitely "nicer" but I've stretched it out more than I would have liked. But...
01-06-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,420
Posted By bgraham111

I remember "Husky" sized jeans.... and I didn't...

I remember "Husky" sized jeans.... and I didn't wear them. In fact, my Mom had to buy me the "Slim" sized jeans. Then I hit middle school, discovered food, and fixed that problem....

You know......
01-06-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,063
Posted By bgraham111

1997 Specialized Hardrock Sport FS - steel...

1997 Specialized Hardrock Sport FS - steel Mountain bike - 26"x1.95" knobbies - 1 century
2013 Trek 8.4 DS - aluminum hybrid - 29" x 38cm knobbies - 1 century
2011 Fuji Newest 1.0 - aluminum road...
11-10-18, 05:16 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,382
Posted By bgraham111

A friend of mine was biking through a rough...

A friend of mine was biking through a rough neighborhood, on a road bike, dressed in road bike clothes.... and someone yelled out "Pedal faster, Lance!"
08-25-18, 09:22 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,815
Posted By bgraham111

I still wear jerseys, sometimes.... but I'm...

I still wear jerseys, sometimes.... but I'm starting to find that a lightweight wool base layer shirt, or a wicking exercise shirt is pretty nice. But were do I keep all my stuff?!?! Handlebar bag....
08-25-18, 09:08 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 18,434
Posted By bgraham111

100%

100%
08-25-18, 09:06 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,923
Posted By bgraham111

I did my first 600k brevet (~375 miles) this...

I did my first 600k brevet (~375 miles) this summer... but that drifts over into two days (although it's all one ride, 40 hour time limit).
08-25-18, 09:01 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,110
Posted By bgraham111

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1124/galaxy_s6_2018_7_13_2487_cc906ae2f3197d6d8af0ebc891ee959cff291561.jpg

Right behind the seat tube, braced against the chain stay and...
Replies: 31
Views: 3,588
Posted By bgraham111

I like the 400k. It's long, but all in one shot....

I like the 400k. It's long, but all in one shot. Plus it has some night riding, and I like riding at night. (My local 300k is a really awesome route as well.)
01-24-18, 06:30 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 7,185
Posted By bgraham111

Those are the best.... :)

Those are the best.... :)
01-24-18, 06:26 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,480
Posted By bgraham111

Yes... it's my meditation. Besides.... I am...

Yes... it's my meditation.

Besides.... I am sure I can overeat enough to offset any positive effects of biking.
Replies: 9
Views: 1,360
Posted By bgraham111

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/taillights.php ...

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/taillights.php

They have a really good overview of the rear lights that work well with generators. Mine is fender mounted, but there are plenty of non-fender...
08-23-17, 07:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,695
Posted By bgraham111

Both are good! Either one is a winner. I...

Both are good! Either one is a winner.

I would have picked the All City, by the way. :) But only cuz I'd like a All City frame some day. (Space Horse!) But you had a win-win - you literally...
08-23-17, 07:42 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 10,278
Posted By bgraham111

Hey, just for fun... I did some math - with some...

Hey, just for fun... I did some math - with some assumptions.
0.283 pounds per cubic inch for the density of steel. Plus or minus depending on the type used.
I assumed a wall thickness of 0.049" -...
08-23-17, 07:20 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 6,197
Posted By bgraham111

I've tried lots of things. And I'm thinking that...

I've tried lots of things. And I'm thinking that everyone is different. Sometimes I like different things on different rides.... sometimes I like different things at different times during the ride....
08-21-17, 04:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,702
Posted By bgraham111

Quite a selection! My bikes also vary a lot. At...

Quite a selection! My bikes also vary a lot. At least mine all feel different - helps out a bit.

In order of preference (most fav to least fav):
Bar End shifters on the long distance bike...
08-13-17, 05:06 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,429
Posted By bgraham111

576074 Milkshake with red lettering. (Of...

576074

Milkshake with red lettering. (Of course, I had to order it this way...)
08-13-17, 12:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 896
Posted By bgraham111

Clyde and Century - no problem. You'd be...

Clyde and Century - no problem. You'd be surprised how many clydes / athenas are randonneurs.

You can totally do it with the proper preparation. (Although, loosing weight does help. I really need...
08-11-17, 04:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 846
Posted By bgraham111

WOOT! Awesome! It gets easier and easier. I spent...

WOOT! Awesome! It gets easier and easier. I spent all summer training for my first metric. Then a whole different summer training for my first imperial century. After awhile, 100 miles is no longer a...
Replies: 10
Views: 1,997
Posted By bgraham111

Don't burn out early. I watch my heart rate and...

Don't burn out early. I watch my heart rate and try to prevent going over some level. (I think I have my GPS set to sound an alarm over 150 bpm). I go over it sometimes, but hearing the alarm reminds...
07-28-17, 08:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,499
Posted By bgraham111

I try to force my self to stop and "smell the...

I try to force my self to stop and "smell the roses" so to speak. Take pictures. Look around. Relax. I need to remember it's not a competition. It's hard to do sometimes. But I try.
07-28-17, 08:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,543
Posted By bgraham111

One thing I absolutely love for riding in traffic...

One thing I absolutely love for riding in traffic is a mirror. No need to turn around to look behind you. Of course, it's not essential, but it's cheap and easy to add. I like the helmet mounted...
07-28-17, 07:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,975
Posted By bgraham111

I rode a lot in my 20's. Then I stopped, and...

I rode a lot in my 20's. Then I stopped, and gained weight. I started again in 2010, after a 10 year break. So we'll use that.

First ride back in the saddle. 1 mile? Something like that. Threw up...
07-28-17, 07:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,690
Posted By bgraham111

You got a good bike! I'm not loyal to any...

You got a good bike! I'm not loyal to any particular brand, but when someone asks me for a starter bike that will carry them past just tooling around the neighborhood, the Trek FX series is my quick...
07-28-17, 07:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,214
Posted By bgraham111

I've got something very similar that I got from...

I've got something very similar that I got from Amazon. They work great. I've got 4 of them, which takes care of 4 bikes. One more bike is hung from a hook in the rafters. I prefer the pulley systems...
07-12-17, 07:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,969
Posted By bgraham111

Yep - that's my pick as well.

Yep - that's my pick as well.
06-21-17, 03:32 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 6,904
Posted By bgraham111

1) Steel is too heavy to make a bike out of. All...

1) Steel is too heavy to make a bike out of. All bikes should be carbon.
2) Carbon is too dangerous to make a bike out of. All bikes should be steel.
06-08-17, 04:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,753
Posted By bgraham111

I like riding at night, but I like having a light...

I like riding at night, but I like having a light so I can see potholes and wildlife. Then again, I haven't really tried a full moon ride. Hmmm...
05-23-17, 08:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 905
Posted By bgraham111

What's the value proposition? I get nothing. I...

What's the value proposition? I get nothing.
I have no reason to give money to someone so they can go biking.
05-10-17, 08:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,589
Posted By bgraham111

What ever you can do in a week you can do in a...

What ever you can do in a week you can do in a day. Ride and ride and ride some more, but you'll be fine (maybe a little tired and sore, but fine).
04-28-17, 05:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,485
Posted By bgraham111

My saddles are very hard, and all my non-biking...

My saddles are very hard, and all my non-biking friends think I'm crazy and are always recommending gel seats and soft, cushy saddles.

This is what I tell them. A soft saddle is good for short...
04-27-17, 08:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,042
Posted By bgraham111

It's like riding a bike. And everyone is...

It's like riding a bike.

And everyone is right.... slow speed and narrow path is just about the worst place to practice. It would seem really hard to bike there. I bike a lot, and I think I'd...
04-24-17, 04:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 521
Posted By bgraham111

Here's my thoughts. - Why should I download...

Here's my thoughts.

- Why should I download your app?
- Why should I run my phone GPS and run my battery down?
- Why should I click on anything before I go ride?
- Why don't you just buy the...
Replies: 6
Views: 2,709
Posted By bgraham111

I have the Compass Loup Loup Pass 650Bx38. I like...

I have the Compass Loup Loup Pass 650Bx38. I like them, but I don't have much to compare them to, as I haven't tried any other 650B tires on that bike yet. But they've been good so far. I *think* I...
03-29-17, 03:54 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,820
Posted By bgraham111

I think I've found my limit. I did a 130 mile...

I think I've found my limit. I did a 130 mile ride that started/ended around 5 degrees F (it was warmer midday). It was pretty windy as well.

That might have been close to my limit. I think I...
03-19-17, 09:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,873
Posted By bgraham111

I've always found that if I start to bounce in...

I've always found that if I start to bounce in the saddle, I just need to slow down OR shift to a higher gear. Usually shift to a higher gear. I'll admit, I shift a lot. Some people do not, and that...
03-19-17, 09:17 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 33,976
Posted By bgraham111

My Fuji road bike (2011 Newest 1.0) 556524 ...

My Fuji road bike (2011 Newest 1.0)
556524

And my long distance Randonneuring bike, a Waterford R-22.
556525

556526
03-07-17, 08:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,954
Posted By bgraham111

I have a B-17 and a C-17. I think I like my B-17...

I have a B-17 and a C-17. I think I like my B-17 a little more... except that I got it too wet and now I need to deal with that. So... I use a C-17 on my randonneuring (long distance) bike. It's...
03-03-17, 05:57 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,581
Posted By bgraham111

Soma, VO, or All City would be my interesting...

Soma, VO, or All City would be my interesting frames of choice.
Replies: 31
Views: 7,703
Posted By bgraham111

I researched for like 2 years and came close to...

I researched for like 2 years and came close to getting either a Soma Grand Randonnuer or a Velo Orange Pass Hunter. In fact, a friend of mine ended up getting a Soma Double Cross and it's really...
03-03-17, 05:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,374
Posted By bgraham111

Head on over to: Long Distance...

Head on over to:
Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling - Bike Forums...
03-03-17, 05:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,472
Posted By bgraham111

Multi-day would be from Pittsburgh to DC on the...

Multi-day would be from Pittsburgh to DC on the GAP and C&O. It was my first camping tour - and it was just so relaxing.

One day was my first 400k. It just went so well.... even with rain all...
Replies: 18
Views: 3,363
Posted By bgraham111

I was tired after my first 300k. Wasn't sure if...

I was tired after my first 300k. Wasn't sure if I'd make 400k. But... then I did. I took some breaks, but never felt like sleeping. Of course, I felt like sleeping during the first 400k of my 600k......
02-05-17, 11:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,590
Posted By bgraham111

I had alot of hard issues with my hybrid. The bar...

I had alot of hard issues with my hybrid. The bar ends helped, but only so much. It wasn't until I switched it over to butterfly bars (also known as trekking bars) and got them dialed in (that's...
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