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05-29-17, 05:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,501
Posted By Ravenwing

For what its worth, I've tried just about all of...

For what its worth, I've tried just about all of the wrist/arm based hrm's. None of them will be as reliable or accurate as a conventional strap. Scosche, Mio, you name it. They're all laying around...
05-26-17, 05:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 879
Posted By Ravenwing

Prout's Neck? Heck, that's the sunny south! Come...

Prout's Neck? Heck, that's the sunny south! Come on up to the County, we still had a couple of stubborn old snowbanks hanging around up until a week or so ago. A cold and wet spring for sure, but...
05-21-17, 05:30 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 14,532
Posted By Ravenwing

FYI, this item is listed as 'in stock' at Bike...

FYI, this item is listed as 'in stock' at Bike Tires Direct. Disclaimer: I have no ties to the company, just turned it up in a google search.........and ordered one!
05-07-17, 05:17 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 14,532
Posted By Ravenwing

I use a bar end mirror since my limited neck...

I use a bar end mirror since my limited neck flexibility just doesn't allow for much over the shoulder looking. Its enough to give me some indication that something is back there, but to be honest, I...
04-23-17, 05:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,576
Posted By Ravenwing

I've had mine for a couple of years as well....

I've had mine for a couple of years as well. Seems to be holding up just fine. Over those 2 years I've put some 28's on it for tires, and a Selle Anatomica saddle, also a Power2Max power meter. At 62...
03-14-17, 06:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,630
Posted By Ravenwing

Although I can't rationally explain it, it always...

Although I can't rationally explain it, it always seems like I have to fiddle with my seat adjustment a bit when I transition to the trainer for winter, and again when I head back outside in the...
02-04-17, 03:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,047
Posted By Ravenwing

Its hard. I do my best to distract myself with...

Its hard. I do my best to distract myself with the TV and/or music, but I still find it mind numbingly difficult to go for much more than an hour on the trainer. As to FTP tests, you might look into...
09-26-16, 06:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,324
Posted By Ravenwing

Hearty congratulations! Been following your posts...

Hearty congratulations! Been following your posts all the way across this adventure. You are the man, and kudos to the Mrs. for all the support along the way. Truly a team effort, I'm sure.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-16, 10:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 29,935
Posted By Ravenwing

The only advantage to running them soft is a...

The only advantage to running them soft is a softer ride. The roads around here are pretty bad, and I seem to get pinch-flats with my 28's at anything much less than around 95. I usually shoot for...
09-08-16, 06:00 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,466
Posted By Ravenwing

I ride solo for a couple of reasons. First, I am...

I ride solo for a couple of reasons. First, I am sort of a loner anyway, and like to set my own pace. Second, I have only ever seen two 'roadies' in the surrounding area (thirty miles or so), and...
09-03-16, 12:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,628
Posted By Ravenwing

Eric, I think you hit on something there! After...

Eric, I think you hit on something there! After two days off, I decided to ride, and the first few miles were terrible. Felt like I was peddling through molasses, putting in far more effort than I...
09-01-16, 05:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,628
Posted By Ravenwing

Thanks again, folks. Lots of inspiration and...

Thanks again, folks. Lots of inspiration and ideas that I'm taking to heart! By the way, for those wondering about my running pace, that should be 10:03, not 6:03. Inadequate proof reading before...
08-31-16, 11:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,628
Posted By Ravenwing

That's an interesting idea, thank you! Seems like...

That's an interesting idea, thank you! Seems like this would leave me much fresher for my rides and runs, while still being able to get some exercise in on the 'off' days, to avoid getting that 'OMG...
08-31-16, 05:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,628
Posted By Ravenwing

Wow, thanks for all the thoughtful and really...

Wow, thanks for all the thoughtful and really helpful posts, guys! My main takeaway is that I might be trying just a little too hard. Here's something I also didn't explain in my initial post, and...
08-31-16, 11:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,628
Posted By Ravenwing

Training/Cross-training at 61

Apologies up front for what will probably be a somewhat long and rambling post. I'm at a point in training where I'm not quite sure what I'm doing, or which way to go.

A little background: Like...
08-23-16, 11:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,162
Posted By Ravenwing

Ha! Funny you should ask, I didn't. Didn't look...

Ha! Funny you should ask, I didn't. Didn't look like anything too special, flat bars, racks and packs, sort of knobby tires, no visible branding, looked to be 'ridden hard and put away wet'!...
08-21-16, 05:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,162
Posted By Ravenwing

So this guy is doing the four corners.....

Ran into him at the restaurant having breakfast this morning. If he's not over fifty, he's real close. Started from his home in Sacramento on April 1st, headed south to San Diego, and then crossed...
08-18-16, 05:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,118
Posted By Ravenwing

Awesome! I'm 61, and my average is usually 13.5...

Awesome! I'm 61, and my average is usually 13.5 to 14.......very occasionally 15. Quite hilly up here in the 'County', and I was a 40 year smoker. If I can still be doing this in my 80's I'll count...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-16, 06:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,351
Posted By Ravenwing

Broken chunks of tar, loose gravel, and...

Broken chunks of tar, loose gravel, and road-kill. Gotta love those dead skunks......why does it seem like they're always found on the slow uphill sections where you can really get a nose full??
07-23-16, 06:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 767
Posted By Ravenwing

Yup, hilly country around here as well, so there...

Yup, hilly country around here as well, so there are no 'easy' rides. Its all either uphill or downhill, with very limited flats. I've learned to accept that all my outdoor rides are 'interval'...
07-03-16, 05:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,429
Posted By Ravenwing

Thanks, I'll check them out!

Thanks, I'll check them out!
07-01-16, 11:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,429
Posted By Ravenwing

Where did you get yours and how long did it take?...

Where did you get yours and how long did it take? Seems like the Bepro always shows back-ordered everywhere I look. I'll be eagerly anticipating your review!
06-29-16, 05:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,323
Posted By Ravenwing

Congrats, man! I started cycling again at age...

Congrats, man! I started cycling again at age 59,(also quite a 30+ year smoking habit) and just turned 61 today. Like you, I find myself doing things I wasn't able to do 10 years ago, and that's a...
06-07-16, 05:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,083
Posted By Ravenwing

Pricey, for sure. But a nice looking watch...

Pricey, for sure. But a nice looking watch though, and Suunto has a pretty good reputation for quality. For many cyclists, the key will be whether or not it will have Ant+ support. Suunto seem to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-31-16, 05:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,808
Posted By Ravenwing

IPbike is a really nice app. I used it...

IPbike is a really nice app. I used it extensively on my old Note 4, but wasn't able to get it to work on my LG V10, even with dongle. Doesn't really matter since I've moved on to an Edge 800 (just...
05-27-16, 05:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,621
Posted By Ravenwing

This has worked the best for me as well. I also...

This has worked the best for me as well. I also have an old Garmin 800 that I use on the bike, but I don't sync it to Garmin Connect, just use it for the easy to read display. I track all my...
05-08-16, 11:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,211
Posted By Ravenwing

I've had mine for a couple months, and like it a...

I've had mine for a couple months, and like it a lot. Don't actually use the wrist HR very much for actual activities, since there just isn't any optical hr monitor that can approach the accuracy of...
03-27-16, 05:37 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,599
Posted By Ravenwing

Yeah, I had an awful time with Lisiniprol as...

Yeah, I had an awful time with Lisiniprol as well. I've been on Benicar and Amlodipine for several years now with no problems. Well, I pee a lot, but that may be down to my half-gallon daily coffee...
03-25-16, 10:35 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,004
Posted By Ravenwing

Oh lord, no. Its about the only hair I have left!

Oh lord, no. Its about the only hair I have left!
03-25-16, 10:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 960
Posted By Ravenwing

I compromised. Put on a new front tire, but left...

I compromised. Put on a new front tire, but left the trainer tire as is and left the bike on the trainer, much as I am itching to put that new rear on and try it out. As a result, we only got an inch...
03-25-16, 10:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 666
Posted By Ravenwing

Yeah, its depressing. We didn't get as much as...

Yeah, its depressing. We didn't get as much as you here in northern Maine, but we're dealing with a mix of snow/sleet/freezing rain........and pot-holes and frost heaves. Maybe in a week or so it'll...
02-28-16, 03:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 14,341
Posted By Ravenwing

That on-board temperature on the F3 isn't really...

That on-board temperature on the F3 isn't really all that great. The default internal sensor gives you the internal temperature of the watch (influenced by electronics of the watch and your skin temp...
02-26-16, 06:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 14,341
Posted By Ravenwing

I love my Fenix 3, and have a new F3 HR on order....

I love my Fenix 3, and have a new F3 HR on order. Realistically, the 920 is a more affordable and probably just as capable choice, but the F3 is just so darned beautiful!
02-25-16, 06:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 952
Posted By Ravenwing

If you have the ant+ dongle, you should be able...

If you have the ant+ dongle, you should be able to pair everything in Zwift. Then you can upload the .fit file from Zwift to Garmin Connect. At least I think it'll work. I use TrainerRoad and not...
02-22-16, 06:41 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,796
Posted By Ravenwing

Very true. I recall reading a stat. a while back...

Very true. I recall reading a stat. a while back that the number one offender in the U.S. for dog bites is the Labrador Retriever......and who doesn't love Labs? The key is responsible ownership....
02-22-16, 06:21 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 30,545
Posted By Ravenwing

Yeah, kind of hard to tell with the packaging,...

Yeah, kind of hard to tell with the packaging, and I don't remember what the package for mine looked like. This...
02-21-16, 06:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,816
Posted By Ravenwing

Yup, although I never used Baseball cards. Used...

Yup, although I never used Baseball cards. Used to experiment with different pieces of cardboard, plastic, etc. Had the stick-shift, banana seat, sissy bar, the whole nine yards. Even had my older...
02-21-16, 06:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 30,545
Posted By Ravenwing

I'm not Jim, but that one is not like my Polar...

I'm not Jim, but that one is not like my Polar strap. The one I have is a one piece that looks very much like the Garmin strap. The one you linked says its for the older Polar units. I don't know...
02-04-16, 06:24 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,434
Posted By Ravenwing

Average is 1.7 hours, and the workouts vary from...

Average is 1.7 hours, and the workouts vary from 1 hour to a little over 3 hours. All depends on whether its intervals or endurance. Some days those long rides can be really tough.
01-29-16, 07:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,015
Posted By Ravenwing

My longest session on the trainer so far was 3.25...

My longest session on the trainer so far was 3.25 hours. Couldn't decide which was more numb, my mind or my butt. I've been doing Trainerroad this winter, and so far have almost worked my way through...
01-06-16, 04:16 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,369
Posted By Ravenwing

Yup, I'm on the trainer from December to...

Yup, I'm on the trainer from December to April...possibly May. Northern Maine winters suck for cycling, and the winter roads are just too dangerous. I refuse to ride when its below 45f or raining.
01-05-16, 02:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,468
Posted By Ravenwing

I was on Lisinopril for a while, but the cough...

I was on Lisinopril for a while, but the cough drove me nuts! Have been on Benicar and Amlodipine for some time now, with no ill effects. Though I am rather fond of blaming my poor performance in...
12-29-15, 08:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 945
Posted By Ravenwing

Lots of good suggestions. I find that a powerful...

Lots of good suggestions. I find that a powerful fan is a necessity, as well as a good rubber mat to keep the trainer noise down. I picked up a sturdy music stand on Amazon to hold my 2in1 laptop,...
12-29-15, 07:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,324
Posted By Ravenwing

Yes, that can be a problem with the Fuse. I've...

Yes, that can be a problem with the Fuse. I've found that I don't even use the workout options on it because the buttons are so wonky (and the Mio Go app is pretty bad anyway). I just start the hr...
12-29-15, 07:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 870
Posted By Ravenwing

Or worse yet, having to live with bad data...

Or worse yet, having to live with bad data because the manufacturer doesn't even give you the option of editing! (Ala Basis)
12-23-15, 06:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 920
Posted By Ravenwing

Good question. When I switched from virtual power...

Good question. When I switched from virtual power to a power meter, I redid the ftp test and came up with somewhat different results. Now I'm not sure whether that was because of the change in power,...
12-22-15, 06:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 870
Posted By Ravenwing

Hmm, I might give that a shot one of these days...

Hmm, I might give that a shot one of these days if I get bored. Right now I'm using my Fenix 3 and Microsoft Band 2, so don't actually use the Peak anymore. If it is a fairly easy software fix, Basis...
12-21-15, 06:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 870
Posted By Ravenwing

Basis Peak does this. In fact, it won't even let...

Basis Peak does this. In fact, it won't even let you start an activity manually. If the watch doesn't detect it, it ain't happening. And I can tell you from experience, stationary cycling won't be...
12-18-15, 06:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,324
Posted By Ravenwing

Mio Fuse should work as well. Are they as...

Mio Fuse should work as well. Are they as reliable and accurate as a chest strap? Well, yes....with some caveats. I have experience with several optical hr monitors, including Basis Peak, Microsoft...
12-09-15, 06:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,018
Posted By Ravenwing

Yeah, its all fun and games until a hornet or bee...

Yeah, its all fun and games until a hornet or bee flies in. Biking with a swollen tongue adds a new dimension, trust me.
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