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Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-22, 09:56 AM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

The path I go to north of here is fine for riding...

The path I go to north of here is fine for riding most of the time. I usually go there on weekdays, it can get hectic on weekends. You can go as hard as you like on a lot of it. I've posted pics...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-22, 04:39 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

We have Red Racers here. They haul ass. ...

We have Red Racers here. They haul ass.
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Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

In Oklahoma, not Arizona, what does it matter?

In Oklahoma, not Arizona, what does it matter?
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-22, 07:25 AM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Too bad it's such a long drive. I miss the group...

Too bad it's such a long drive. I miss the group mtb rides.
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Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Yes, I just turned 68. I know a couple guys who...

Yes, I just turned 68. I know a couple guys who are 70 and they still are fast enough to stay with some of the fast guys. One of them has the body of a 35 year old and the other is a small climber...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-22, 11:50 AM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Most folks think road cycling is an extreme...

Most folks think road cycling is an extreme sport. Tell non cyclists what you do and they will react with shock and tell you how crazy you are.
05-16-22, 08:52 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,879
Posted By big john

Awesome. Does your wife do the TTs, as well? ...

Awesome. Does your wife do the TTs, as well?

And happy birthday!
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-22, 08:24 AM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Some of us read what he wrote and we understand...

Some of us read what he wrote and we understand exactly what he felt. If you don't get it we probably can't explain it to you.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-22, 06:15 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

If the cable just came out of the guide you might...

If the cable just came out of the guide you might be able to get enough slack by putting it in the big ring, then shifting to the small without turning the crank.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-22, 08:32 AM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Is that an Avocet saddle? I wore out a few of...

Is that an Avocet saddle? I wore out a few of them back in the 90s. I was upset when they stopped making them.
05-12-22, 03:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 278
Posted By big john

50 meant nothing to me. It wasn't until after 55...

50 meant nothing to me. It wasn't until after 55 that I started to notice the decline in on-bike performance. I'm now 68. I wouldn't advise working into your 70s, if you can help it. Unless you...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-22, 04:52 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

It was a struggle, for sure. But it had to happen...

It was a struggle, for sure. But it had to happen if I was going to be around.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-22, 09:12 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

How fun!

How fun!
Forum: Road Cycling
05-08-22, 08:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 517
Posted By big john

He only has 1 post, so no other sub forums....

He only has 1 post, so no other sub forums. Peloton or not, you don't know if you are going to like riding a road bike until you ride one. Or maybe you will decide to ride off road only after riding...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-07-22, 05:34 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

I had a nice ride. 68 miles with a few thousand...

I had a nice ride. 68 miles with a few thousand feet of climbing and I felt pretty good considering I'm me. They didn't even have to wait long for me after the longer climbs. Only 5 of us because the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-22, 07:34 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

That's not poofy. This is poofy. ...

That's not poofy. This is poofy.
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Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

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Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-22, 04:27 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

It looks like the rear one on my mtb. You flip...

It looks like the rear one on my mtb. You flip the lever out and down and it fits into a cutout in the part below it and you use the lever to loosen/tighten the axle. When tightening, you use the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-22, 09:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 517
Posted By big john

Are you sure you want a road bike? It would be...

Are you sure you want a road bike? It would be good if you could rent or borrow one to give it a try. It might also help figure out what you do and don't like in the fit/geometry.
There is a school...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-22, 07:16 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Speaking of gravel, a friend did the Belgian...

Speaking of gravel, a friend did the Belgian Waffle Ride, the 76 mile version. He finished strong and had a great time. 612 riders on the shortened ride. Lots of sand, he mentioned the sand, but lots...
05-02-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 4,419
Views: 693,899
Posted By big john

Pic from Saturday taken by a friend. ...

Pic from Saturday taken by a friend.
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Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-22, 11:45 AM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

I see. I started riding motorcycles in the dirt...

I see. I started riding motorcycles in the dirt in around 1980 and sold my last dirt bike around 1991. Started riding fully rigid mountain bikes around 92, I think, but always mostly a road rider. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-22, 08:31 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

You're an old soul, I'm just an old man.

You're an old soul, I'm just an old man.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-22, 04:17 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Also, some people are starting a regular gravel...

Also, some people are starting a regular gravel ride near here. It's nice to know that if I join them and post about it here someone will crap all over it....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-22, 04:08 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Stole a couple pics from yesterday. Here, we are...

Stole a couple pics from yesterday. Here, we are spread out because of climbing and faster riders waiting back for stragglers. This guy on the tri bike was kind of a pain later when we were all...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-22, 05:53 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

When I've had those "pinched nerve" type pains...

When I've had those "pinched nerve" type pains they take a few days to go away. Heat helps but doesn't fix it.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-22, 09:44 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

I read when the guy first conceived the Death...

I read when the guy first conceived the Death Ride he put flyers up advertising a ride called The Tour of the California Alps and one called The Death Ride. The only difference was the name and he...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-22, 08:45 AM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

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I'm 68 today. I don't know how this happened, but it's weird.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-22, 06:49 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,370
Posted By big john

When a little featherweight passes you, just do...

When a little featherweight passes you, just do what I do, challenge them to a Greco-Roman wrestling match.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-22, 08:28 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,370
Posted By big john

Anyone who's been riding with fast groups for a...

Anyone who's been riding with fast groups for a while knows the equipment, beyond a certain level of capability, makes little difference.
In my club there is sometimes talk of parts, frames, wheels,...
04-24-22, 06:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 623
Posted By big john

I was on a mountain bike trail with small jumps...

I was on a mountain bike trail with small jumps and I was following a kid who was about 300 pounds. When he landed from a jump the crank spindle snapped off and he took quite a tumble. He was unhurt...
04-24-22, 05:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 623
Posted By big john

Tomorrow's another day, right? A pedal coming off...

Tomorrow's another day, right? A pedal coming off can be quite dangerous, I'm glad you didn't get hurt. I've had pedals snap off twice and had one pedal body unscrew from the spindle while riding.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-22, 07:53 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

I did 77 miles today with 5200 feet of gain. Lots...

I did 77 miles today with 5200 feet of gain. Lots of old farm roads and a lot of traffic on some of them. We had some headwinds but not terrible. The lowlight (besides the traffic) was the 1000 foot...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-22, 07:48 AM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Klay looks like his old self. Their defense was...

Klay looks like his old self. Their defense was pretty good at the end of last night's game. They stifled Denver for the last few minutes.

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Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-22, 05:08 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

I've been thinking of a birthday ride, (I know,...

I've been thinking of a birthday ride, (I know, silly tradition), and I always do climbing rides for the b-day. Last year I did a version of this by myself and 2 weeks later I did this route with 2...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-17-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

A lady in my club is selling a 1970 VW bug. I...

A lady in my club is selling a 1970 VW bug. I went by and looked at it yesterday after the ride. It's been sitting for more than 10 years and her son is cleaning it up to sell.
The VW market is hot...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-22, 05:49 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

I did another club ride today. About 20 started...

I did another club ride today. About 20 started on the medium (65 miles) route but we split early when the first hills came. I was feeling weak so I was between groups for a while but when they...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-22, 06:35 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

There is a model airport in the river bottom near...

There is a model airport in the river bottom near here and sometimes I stop on rides and watch them fly. All of the planes I see here are electric. I watched one take off today and it got into the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-22, 07:31 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

I sometimes get this one on a ride. Hayley...

I sometimes get this one on a ride.
Hayley Williams - Cinnamon [Official Music Video] - YouTube
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-22, 06:48 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Some people can fill them up. Mrs John would take...

Some people can fill them up. Mrs John would take a shot at it.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-22, 04:36 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

The crappy rental house we had before the one...

The crappy rental house we had before the one we're in now was quiet. There was little insulation, single pane windows, and air leaks throughout, but there were never parties nearby and never...
04-14-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,172
Posted By big john

A lot of us have done that. Also, one time a...

A lot of us have done that. Also, one time a friend broke his chain on a ride and I fixed it with my mini tool. Except I missed the front derailleur. I had a lot of trouble connecting the chain so I...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-22, 08:31 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,324
Posted By big john

Mine isn't too bad. I can hardly see it anymore...

Mine isn't too bad. I can hardly see it anymore since I now have that old man skin. I have a worse one on my right leg from slipping off the kickstarter on my motorcycle when I tried to start it in...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-22, 06:38 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Funny, when I bought a set of Record hubs the...

Funny, when I bought a set of Record hubs the literature said to tighten the QR with such force that it would hurt your hand and leave a mark, or something to that effect.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-22, 07:54 AM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

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I won it in a drawing...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

There are certainly worse things to do with your...

There are certainly worse things to do with your time and energy.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-10-22, 03:22 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Today I picked up the gravel bike that a friend...

Today I picked up the gravel bike that a friend has been saying he wants to sell but we never got together until today. He lives in Michigan part time and that's where the bike was. He gave me the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-22, 08:18 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Not proprietary, you can get butt loads of data...

Not proprietary, you can get butt loads of data from the state on all aspects of the program. I think the pass/fail rate here in California is similar to what LAJ posted for CO. with fewer fails than...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-22, 04:20 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Well, it would be pretty hard but the way the...

Well, it would be pretty hard but the way the climbs are just kicks my butt on this loop. There is 2500 feet in the first 12 miles. That'll take the snap out of the legs. Then miles of false flats...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-22, 02:12 PM
Replies: 5,723
Views: 69,365
Posted By big john

Been thinking about a birthday ride for turning...

Been thinking about a birthday ride for turning 68 later this month. I rarely do the longer climbing rides anymore and they used to be my favorite bike adventure. I found out today that my club is...
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