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Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 991
Posted By Random11

I've run over four squirrels in the last five...

I've run over four squirrels in the last five years. They zig-zagged in front of me until, THUMP, THUMP. Didn't affect my ride, but I'm sure it was not pleasant for the squirrels. They ran off in all...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-22, 07:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,302
Posted By Random11

Great to hear that you're back to riding. I've...

Great to hear that you're back to riding. I've been forced off my bike a few times for medical issues (not cycling related), so I don't have to imagine how much you wanted to get back in the saddle.
09-22-22, 07:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 255
Posted By Random11

I'm very impressed with your riding! Sounds like...

I'm very impressed with your riding! Sounds like your performance is well beyond mine, and you are five years older. I hope to be going strong in five years (and ten years, and...), so riders like...
09-22-22, 07:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 716
Posted By Random11

I rarely wear cycling shorts. My general rule is,...

I rarely wear cycling shorts. My general rule is, 20 miles or less I'll just wear running shorts. Beyond 20 miles I'll wear cycling shorts. But most of my rides are 20 miles or less. I know what it's...
09-21-22, 08:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 255
Posted By Random11

It's a good feeling to finish strong!

It's a good feeling to finish strong!
09-21-22, 08:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 255
Posted By Random11

Thanks for the encouragement. Here's my thinking...

Thanks for the encouragement. Here's my thinking on doing my last one at 75. I will have accomplished my goal of completing a Century, with several of them behind me. I'd like to quit riding...
09-20-22, 04:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 255
Posted By Random11

I'm sure I'd enjoy that. One of my sons, who...

I'm sure I'd enjoy that. One of my sons, who lives in Florida and is a classical musician (and cyclist) plays in a summer orchestra in Bellingham most summers. This past summer he had his bike...
09-20-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 255
Posted By Random11

My Third Century

When I started cycling almost five years ago, a Century seemed like a "bucket list" accomplishment--something I'd like to do, but wasn't sure I'd ever be able to. Someone had posted on BF (and I've...
09-17-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 902
Posted By Random11

I don't know that this will be particularly...

I don't know that this will be particularly helpful, but I was a runner for more than half a century and had to give it up because of knee problems. X-rays and CT scans show advanced arthritis in...
09-17-22, 02:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 376
Posted By Random11

My Specialized Diverge came with Specialized...

My Specialized Diverge came with Specialized sawtooth tires. My experience was the same on both counts. I replaced those Specialized tires with Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires within a few months. (I...
09-15-22, 08:45 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 2,221
Posted By Random11

This might describe me. I'm just thinking that if...

This might describe me. I'm just thinking that if I ride 100 miles in one outing, that's a century, even if I stop a few times along the way. I am motivated to do 100 miles because a century seems...
09-04-22, 04:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 899
Posted By Random11

For the riding you're planning on doing, an...

For the riding you're planning on doing, an aluminum bike should be completely adequate. You don't need to spend the money to get carbon. But in my case, I wanted a carbon bike and knew if I bought...
08-27-22, 03:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 952
Posted By Random11

I usually ride in the morning. I've heard that...

I usually ride in the morning. I've heard that exercising in the morning raises your metabolism for the rest of the day.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-22, 07:55 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,770
Posted By Random11

I'd never heard of a chain catcher until I read...

I'd never heard of a chain catcher until I read this thread. Yet another thing to consider. I looked at my bikes and my Specialized came with a chain catcher but my Cervelo does not have one. I've...
08-21-22, 04:25 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,826
Posted By Random11

My guess is that you won't notice much...

My guess is that you won't notice much difference. I have a Diverge with 700x38c tires and a Cervelo Caledonia with 700X30c tires, and ride the bikes interchangeably over paved roads. I do notice...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-22, 07:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,478
Posted By Random11

I'm also a runner turned cyclist. Been riding a...

I'm also a runner turned cyclist. Been riding a bit less than five years. I do recall being very tentative the first several months I was riding. Over time, you'll gain confidence and feel more...
08-13-22, 06:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 690
Posted By Random11

Congratulations! That's an accomplishment you can...

Congratulations! That's an accomplishment you can be proud of.
08-09-22, 07:01 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,761
Posted By Random11

My daily ride is rolling hills with 10% max...

My daily ride is rolling hills with 10% max grades, but short (less than half a mile, and most shorter than that).
08-07-22, 08:17 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,374
Posted By Random11

I've run over four squirrels in the past five...

I've run over four squirrels in the past five years. Fortunately, no harm done to me or my bike, but it can't be pleasant for the squirrel. I see them zigging and zagging in the road and then, THUMP,...
08-07-22, 08:09 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,525
Posted By Random11

I use bar-end mirrors on my drop bars. I find...

I use bar-end mirrors on my drop bars. I find them essential when making left turns.
07-28-22, 12:09 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,357
Posted By Random11

As a cycling enthusiast, I was interested in...

As a cycling enthusiast, I was interested in discussing some of my thoughts on the motivation to ride with other cycling enthusiasts. Can you suggest a website or discussion group where that might be...
07-26-22, 11:23 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,357
Posted By Random11

I'm happy to give lots of credit to those who are...

I'm happy to give lots of credit to those who are motivated to train. Maybe my initial post was trying to justify my lack of motivation. But if I thought a change in my riding habits would improve my...
07-26-22, 11:14 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,357
Posted By Random11

Thanks for that link, and the information,...

Thanks for that link, and the information, davester. I wonder if I can count the uphill segments of the rolling hills I ride as interval training? One thing I will take from this is that I should...
07-25-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,357
Posted By Random11

I'm Not Training; I'm Exercising

Every morning I ride 15-20 miles over rolling hills. I rarely miss a day. I enjoy riding, but one motivator is that I think it's good for my health. I get occasional advice (and see it here) on what...
07-18-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 397
Posted By Random11

I'm not against buying new bikes, particularly if...

I'm not against buying new bikes, particularly if it will inspire you to ride, but have you tried riding your existing bikes on that route? They might be as good for your purposes as new bikes.
07-17-22, 01:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 614
Posted By Random11

Lots of you are making a joke out of this, but...

Lots of you are making a joke out of this, but I'm wondering the same thing. Case in point: I have a 2019 Specialized Diverge with a 2x drive train which is perfect for the rides I do. The current...
07-15-22, 07:24 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,055
Posted By Random11

I first heard this on BF several years ago, and...

I first heard this on BF several years ago, and have repeated it a few times myself. My typical ride is 15-20 miles, but I rarely miss a day and consistently ride more than 100 miles in a week. I...
07-02-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 2,993
Posted By Random11

Not exactly the same thing, but I ride through...

Not exactly the same thing, but I ride through residential neighborhoods and people often put things at the curb they are discarding (furniture, children's toys, yard ornaments, etc.). A few times...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-22, 07:34 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,533
Posted By Random11

Seems like what you observe conforms with the...

Seems like what you observe conforms with the laws of physics. Gravity accelerates objects at 9.8 meters per second per second, regardless of the weight of the objects. So gravity isn't going to...
06-15-22, 07:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By Random11

Several decades ago I was in Washingon, DC, and a...

Several decades ago I was in Washingon, DC, and a local was giving me a ride to the airport. We got to his car and he had two of "The Club" steering wheel locks on his car. I asked him why he had two...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-22, 08:18 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,154
Posted By Random11

Is it the same exact tire that flats? I don't...

Is it the same exact tire that flats? I don't know the answer to your problem, but last summer I started getting weekly flats in my rear tire. I found the location of the leak in the tube, carefully...
06-03-22, 08:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 526
Posted By Random11

Update from the OP: If you've followed this...

Update from the OP: If you've followed this thread, you're probably wondering whether this mechanically challenged novice can successfully replace a worn cassette. I replaced the chain and took the...
06-01-22, 08:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 526
Posted By Random11

(1) My daily ride is over rolling hills. Nothing...

(1) My daily ride is over rolling hills. Nothing flat at all. So I find myself in the 11T cog a lot. I'm not that fast. It's a function of the terrain I'm covering. It's those gentle downhills that...
06-01-22, 03:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 526
Posted By Random11

Thanks very much for this information,...

Thanks very much for this information, Crankycrank. I was completely unaware of this. I know so little about bike maintenance.

My first bike (in 40 years) was an inexpensive Giant and the cassette...
06-01-22, 03:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 526
Posted By Random11

I hope you're right. Cassettes are expensive! But...

I hope you're right. Cassettes are expensive! But I've worn them out that quickly before. One problem is that I tend to use the smaller cogs on the cassette a lot, and am not using the big cogs. I...
06-01-22, 02:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 526
Posted By Random11

Thanks so much for the comments SoSmellyAir...

Thanks so much for the comments SoSmellyAir (https://www.bikeforums.net/members/sosmellyair-530102.html) and Crankycrank (https://www.bikeforums.net/members/crankycrank-151422.html). I'm not sure if...
05-31-22, 03:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 526
Posted By Random11

Thanks for those replies. Is there a risk of...

Thanks for those replies. Is there a risk of damaging the bike because of over-tightening or under-tightening? More generally, what are the consequences of over-tightening or under-tightening?
05-31-22, 01:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 526
Posted By Random11

Replacing my cassette

I've bought a new cassette and tools to change it myself (locking tool, and chain whip). I've never done this before. I don't have a torque wrench. How careful do I have to be when tightening the new...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-22, 07:41 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,013
Posted By Random11

I bought a Caledonia ten months ago and really...

I bought a Caledonia ten months ago and really like it. It's possible that if I'd bought a Domane I'd like it just as much, but the Caledonia appealed to me more than competing bikes. I've had no BB...
05-25-22, 08:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 408
Posted By Random11

I don't know. I haven't been riding that long...

I don't know. I haven't been riding that long (less than five years) and my thought was that I'd ride the bike and have the LBS maintain it. I don't know that much about bike maintenance....
05-25-22, 07:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 408
Posted By Random11

Just had my headset bearings replaced

This would not be too remarkable, except that I first asked my LBS about this last July, more than 10 months ago. The steering was rough in places on my Specialized Diverge. The LBS said I needed new...
05-24-22, 06:53 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 3,050
Posted By Random11

I'm more concerned about being nailed by a pickup...

I'm more concerned about being nailed by a pickup truck than a Tesla. Two issues there. (1) some of them have mirrors that stick out several feet from the truck body, right about head level. I can...
05-21-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 11,187
Posted By Random11

... the other guys in your riding group call you...

... the other guys in your riding group call you Mr. [Lastname] while they refer to all the other riders by their first names.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-22, 07:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,208
Posted By Random11

I have a Cervelo Caledonia and a Specialized...

I have a Cervelo Caledonia and a Specialized Diverge. I can tell you that the Diverge is much more stable than the Caledonia.
05-18-22, 07:16 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,186
Posted By Random11

If I'm riding more than 20 miles, I'll wear...

If I'm riding more than 20 miles, I'll wear padded shorts, but most days I ride 15-20 miles, no padding, and no problem. As others have said, either you need to do some more riding to get used to the...
05-14-22, 07:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 851
Posted By Random11

I love posts like this. Congrats to you and Nora....

I love posts like this. Congrats to you and Nora. Nora's showing older riders like us that it's very possible to keep riding well into our 80s. She's an inspiration to me, and I'm sure to many other...
05-09-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 687
Posted By Random11

You're looking good, Irwin. Thanks for starting...

You're looking good, Irwin. Thanks for starting this thread. As a senior citizen myself, I love to hear about older riders who are keeping at it.
05-09-22, 08:24 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,753
Posted By Random11

I like those names better than Gravel anything....

I like those names better than Gravel anything. I've rarely had my bike on actual gravel. Dirt? Yes. Sand? Yes. Grass? Yes. Lots of pavement. Gravel? Rarely. As I ride it, it is a multi-surface bike.
05-07-22, 02:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 852
Posted By Random11

I've seen these posts about finding the right...

I've seen these posts about finding the right saddle, but can't really identify with them. I'm riding the saddles that came with my bikes (Specialized Diverge and Cervelo Caledonia) and they seem...
05-07-22, 01:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,501
Posted By Random11

My brother has a house on the beach. Corrosion...

My brother has a house on the beach. Corrosion issues are constant. He's replaced all exterior metal parts with stainless steel. The salt air is very hard on things like outdoor air conditioner...
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