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06-06-19, 08:13 PM
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Posted By jeneralist

Returning to the forums after about 3.5 years. ...

Returning to the forums after about 3.5 years.

First started hanging out here in late 2009. Started out sucking wind to ride 8 flat miles; got to the point where I was taking week-long, 350+ mile...
Forum: Northeast
11-07-18, 12:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,461
Posted By jeneralist

[/color] Hi, Jim! You're right, I don't...

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Hi, Jim!

You're right, I don't do much posting these days. My knees don't have the strength they used to, so I'm using an e-bike now. I can do my commute to work, but I haven't done...
09-19-16, 05:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 947
Posted By jeneralist

Indeed you did! I managed to dance for three or...

Indeed you did! I managed to dance for three or four songs before my knees let me know I'd had enough.
08-14-16, 07:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,281
Posted By jeneralist

TKJava, what distance did you sign up for? ...

TKJava, what distance did you sign up for?

And do you have a link to your fundraising page?

I've done that ride about 5 times, each time doing the two-day (150-175 mile) version. The support...
08-13-16, 06:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 407
Posted By jeneralist

Get on the bike and have some fun. Welcome...

Get on the bike and have some fun.

Welcome back!
08-13-16, 07:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 699
Posted By jeneralist

First e-bike; and a rack question

Hey all!

I've been on the Forums for about five years now, but I've spent most of my time with Clydesdales&Athenas, and at Touring. I expect to be posting in Electric Bikes from time to time,...
Forum: Foo
08-12-16, 09:00 PM
Replies: 2,325
Views: 82,347
Posted By jeneralist

The Perseid meteor shower makes me remember my...

The Perseid meteor shower makes me remember my 3rd grade teacher, who showed me the stars.
08-12-16, 08:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 947
Posted By jeneralist

Starting my way back, with help

If I'm trying to "spin" things to keep my own spirits up, I tell myself that this has been a "rebuilding" year. A more objective observer might say that this is the Year Without Riding.

I've...
Forum: Touring
07-01-16, 05:40 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 9,344
Posted By jeneralist

BigAura, please think twice before you start...

BigAura, please think twice before you start telling folks to be ashamed.
I'm not sure what you think you mean by "real bicycle people", so here are some of my bona fides: Started riding in 2010,...
04-24-16, 05:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 613
Posted By jeneralist

Rock on! Glad to hear the good news!

Rock on! Glad to hear the good news!
04-24-16, 03:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,301
Posted By jeneralist

Update: well, it ain't my...

Update: well, it ain't my tendons/meniscus/cartilage -- it's nothing mechanical. Turns out to be more on the medical side of things.

Doc took some of the fluid off my knees. They didn't find...
04-03-16, 08:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,301
Posted By jeneralist

At least I'm not feeling like I'm missing much...

At least I'm not feeling like I'm missing much riding this week: Philly is currently experiencing temps around 40*F, with 40mph winds.

Of course, now that I've been having this go on for 3 months,...
03-29-16, 08:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,301
Posted By jeneralist

X-rays, yes; MRI, no. There's not a lot of...

X-rays, yes; MRI, no. There's not a lot of reason to think that I've torn anything, so I'm doing PT first; if I don't get better as expected, then maybe an MRI.
03-27-16, 05:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,301
Posted By jeneralist

Thanks for the kind words. Dave, so far I haven't...

Thanks for the kind words. Dave, so far I haven't regained more than my usual winter; but now that spring is coming, I really want to find a way to keep moving. I'm afraid that if I don't stay...
03-26-16, 06:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,301
Posted By jeneralist

Down to 8 miles, and scared

Hey all --

Those who started on this forum in the last year or two may not recognize me. I started riding in 2009, started posting in 2010, dropped 65+ pounds, and worked my way up from sucking...
Forum: Touring
01-17-16, 09:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,712
Posted By jeneralist

velostickers.com ? veloink.com ?

velostickers.com ?
veloink.com ?
11-29-15, 07:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,783
Posted By jeneralist

I did better with cleats than I did with the...

I did better with cleats than I did with the old-style "clips" (aka, cages for your feet). Fell the first day I was using the clips: needed to put my feet down quickly, and the only way out of the...
10-19-15, 06:39 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,939
Posted By jeneralist

I had gastric banding, sometimes called "lap...

I had gastric banding, sometimes called "lap band", done in January 2010. It's a style of bariatric surgery that doesn't get done too often these days -- the adjustable band that goes around the...
Forum: Foo
10-07-15, 06:52 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 18,514
Posted By jeneralist

As with my contributions last year, these may be...

As with my contributions last year, these may be more Samhain than Halloween:

Jim's Big Ego, "Everything Must Go":...
10-01-15, 06:35 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,621
Posted By jeneralist

Well, maybe the Pope couldn't stop the ride, but...

Well, maybe the Pope couldn't stop the ride, but something did: for the first time in 30+ years, the City to Shore ride is being cancelled due to weather. With rain already drenching the area and a...
09-29-15, 07:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By jeneralist

So I rode into work around 10AM on Sunday, with...

So I rode into work around 10AM on Sunday, with the Papal Mass slated for 4 pm.

The main MUP into downtown had a fraction of the riders usually out on a fine Sunday, and the road it parallels was...
09-29-15, 06:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 704
Posted By jeneralist

Yippee and yahoo!

Yippee and yahoo!
09-25-15, 11:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,069
Posted By jeneralist

A couple of different ways to deal with that:...

A couple of different ways to deal with that: stink-resistant clothes, avoiding stink-prone packing, and actually washing clothes from time to time.

I'll start with the last one first: doing...
Forum: Touring
09-24-15, 07:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 712
Posted By jeneralist

I have one as well, in red; now about 3 years...

I have one as well, in red; now about 3 years old. Quite pleased with it so far.
09-23-15, 11:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By jeneralist

Then there's the Wonder Woman cyclist Halloween...

Then there's the Wonder Woman cyclist Halloween costume, where the cable for the bike lock double as the lasso of truth....
09-23-15, 11:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By jeneralist

The folks I work with tend to be fit, but running...

The folks I work with tend to be fit, but running and yoga are the big things at my office. The folks who do ride a bike consider "outdoors" to be a weird place for a spin class. Commuting just...
09-21-15, 07:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By jeneralist

The big question is how full of pedestrians the...

The big question is how full of pedestrians the car-less streets will be.

I'll keep y'all posted....
09-21-15, 06:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 578
Posted By jeneralist

Congratulations! That's a huge milestone!

Congratulations! That's a huge milestone!
09-21-15, 06:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 977
Posted By jeneralist

Glad to hear you're mostly OK.

Glad to hear you're mostly OK.
09-20-15, 01:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,242
Posted By jeneralist

Biking saves the day at work

Here in Philadelphia, we're getting ready for the Pope to visit it in a few days. Large swaths of downtown (or, as we call it, "Center City") will be closed to cars in preparation for public events...
09-19-15, 05:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 355
Posted By jeneralist

Sweet looking bike... And welcome back!

Sweet looking bike... And welcome back!
09-17-15, 07:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,532
Posted By jeneralist

I wouldn't be a Clyde (200 lbs and over) but I...

I wouldn't be a Clyde (200 lbs and over) but I think I'll always be in the 'Theena category (150 pounds and up).

Here's the "before" (or, more accurately, "just starting"), September 2009:
477890...
09-16-15, 06:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,532
Posted By jeneralist

More fun while I'm doing it? Probably the group...

More fun while I'm doing it? Probably the group tours. The Bon Ton Roulet and the Ride Around Washington gave me people to chat with who were experiencing the same thing.
But I find I get more...
09-11-15, 06:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,069
Posted By jeneralist

If you're planning on the Katy Trail, you may...

If you're planning on the Katy Trail, you may want to use a shuttle service to get you back to your starting point. Some info at Katy Trail Trip Planner...
Forum: Touring
09-11-15, 07:55 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,654
Posted By jeneralist

I have wide sit bones and ride with more of an...

I have wide sit bones and ride with more of an upright posture: the Brooks B68 works for me. Unfortunately, it's been discontinued.
09-10-15, 08:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,069
Posted By jeneralist

Ah, temporary tooth filling kit, under $3 at fine...

Ah, temporary tooth filling kit, under $3 at fine pharmacies everywhere!

For me, bike socks (at least in summer) are little anklet socks made out of wool and nylon.

And oh! to be reminded...
09-10-15, 07:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,069
Posted By jeneralist

Packing list & touring tips

As I was posting my recent bike tour, I had a few folks ask for my packing list. It looks like there are a bunch of Clydes – and maybe a few ‘Theenas, too – who are thinking about going for that...
09-08-15, 06:19 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,532
Posted By jeneralist

At the end...

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09-08-15, 06:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,532
Posted By jeneralist

If you've enjoyed this report, please consider...

If you've enjoyed this report, please consider leaving something in the tip-jar, er, making a donation to the MS Society.
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09-08-15, 05:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,532
Posted By jeneralist

Day 7: Cummington, MA to The Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY; 41 miles

The last day of the ride. It was sunny but not too warm, and I was in a good mood. Breakfast at the B&B was lovely. I heard all about the local agricultural fair, taking place that weekend, as I...
09-07-15, 06:39 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,532
Posted By jeneralist

Isaac! Great to hear from you. I looked...

Isaac! Great to hear from you.

I looked at Google Earth in the planning stages -- which roads had shoulders, etc. But I wound up trying to keep so many variables in my head -- shoulders,...
Forum: Touring
09-07-15, 04:04 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 584
Posted By jeneralist

PSA: Used 54cm LHT with S&S couplers

If you live near Philadelphia and are looking for a touring bike, you may be interested in this: one of the local shops has a 54cm Long Haul Trucker, with S&S couplers already installed for sale,...
09-07-15, 03:54 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,532
Posted By jeneralist

Paying it forward

I'm writing the trip report about two weeks now after the ride actually took place. Today, Labor Day, I have family visiting from out of town. A nice gentle bike ride seemed to be the thing to do,...
09-07-15, 03:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,532
Posted By jeneralist

Day 6: Swanzey, NH to Cummington, MA; 51* miles (*ridden)

Folks who read the title are asking themselves, "Why is there an asterisk in the title? A footnote -- in the title? Something odd is going on." And yes, there were shena****ns, footnotes, and...
09-07-15, 02:47 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,532
Posted By jeneralist

Midlife, if you can wait for a week or so I'll...

Midlife, if you can wait for a week or so I'll get to the equipment list after the main narrative. I've got two more days of travel to tell you about. Just remember that what you need to bring...
09-06-15, 11:28 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,532
Posted By jeneralist

Day 5: Manchester to Swanzey, NH; 66 miles

The fact that I hadn't made it to Greenfield NH -- or even the Friendly Beaver -- the day before meant that I needed to do some planning to find new stopping-points for overnights. If I wanted to...
09-05-15, 09:59 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,532
Posted By jeneralist

Stay tuned for the next installment...

Stay tuned for the next installment...
Forum: Touring
09-05-15, 09:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,973
Posted By jeneralist

Just a quick "how did it work out" update: got...

Just a quick "how did it work out" update: got back from 400 miles in New England, with 18000+ feet of climbing. Had a great time. Yes, there were hills I walked, but more often those were because...
09-05-15, 09:03 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,532
Posted By jeneralist

Tom, For a lot of folks, it's tough to learn...

Tom,

For a lot of folks, it's tough to learn the ins and outs of forum like Bikeforums, as compared to some newer social media styles like Facebook. What you just did -- going into an...
09-04-15, 09:14 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,532
Posted By jeneralist

Day 4: Dover to Manchester, NH; 53 miles

Now, you might look at the title for this post and think, "53 miles -- isn't that a bit off-pace?"
If you know New Hampshire well, you might think, "Wait, Dover is only about 40 miles from...
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