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06-10-13, 02:55 AM
Replies: 2,848
Views: 138,942
Posted By forrest_m

Nice racing, Matt! I love the way you seem to go...

Nice racing, Matt! I love the way you seem to go into every race thinking about how to win, not just get to the end.



Tavish - I enjoyed the reports, it sounds like you are right there and on...
06-10-13, 02:47 AM
Replies: 3,035
Views: 292,843
Posted By forrest_m

Fields almost always fill here, 200 person limit....

Fields almost always fill here, 200 person limit. Comes with only having one category to race in.

That Crystal City video is nuts, not even a row of cones? What did they expect to happen if there...
06-09-13, 11:06 AM
Replies: 3,035
Views: 292,843
Posted By forrest_m

From a stage race I did last month, out in the...

From a stage race I did last month, out in the rural wine country near Zaragoza in northeastern Spain. The race promoter hired a professional video company to film and produce these, narration is in...
06-08-13, 04:17 AM
Replies: 9,304
Views: 3,635,744
Posted By forrest_m

I think you need to distinguish between "fun" and...

I think you need to distinguish between "fun" and fun. Races like that are "fun"; spring ride with friends is fun.

I'm in Seattle from mid-July through Labor Day, planning to race Cascade and the...
06-07-13, 04:36 PM
Replies: 9,304
Views: 3,635,744
Posted By forrest_m

Wow, haven't posted to this thread since 2010!...

Wow, haven't posted to this thread since 2010! Nice to see it's still going.

I thought I was suffering at this point:
321897


WTF did I know? The real suffering started later:
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12-19-12, 01:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 271
Posted By forrest_m

new tubular on recently-mounted rim

I got my first set of tubulars back at the end of october. Last weekend, I tore a huge rip in one of them, non-repairable. I bought a replacement tire and am currently stretching it out in...
10-04-11, 07:06 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,850
Posted By forrest_m

There's a guy who started out on my amateur team...

There's a guy who started out on my amateur team (a few years before I got into racing) who was a total phenom. and ended up racing on a pro team. When he was in town (visiting his mom or whatever),...
07-25-11, 07:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 606
Posted By forrest_m

It's pretty easy to rent city bikes, but for...

It's pretty easy to rent city bikes, but for serious road bikes, I can't off the top of my head think of any place that I've seen that rents them. Most shops here simply don't have the space for...
07-20-11, 03:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 606
Posted By forrest_m

To the OP: your trip sounds like it might be too...

To the OP: your trip sounds like it might be too short for it to be worth the effort of trying to do a race over here. However, if you are set on trying to find a race, try going to the website of...
07-20-11, 12:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,965
Posted By forrest_m

fify

fify
07-18-11, 03:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,689
Posted By forrest_m

I was thinking about this, as the LR thread has...

I was thinking about this, as the LR thread has consistently been one of the most entertaining over the last few years, and WV was such a protagonist. But then I began to wonder if he was going to be...
07-13-11, 11:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 644
Posted By forrest_m

No, TT course is not particularly windy; after...

No, TT course is not particularly windy; after the first km it is a narrow forest service road with thick trees on both sides.

OTOH, the TT course is Not Flat, it gains over 1,000 feet between the...
06-26-11, 09:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,088
Posted By forrest_m

+1 Nothing in my experience leads me to...

+1

Nothing in my experience leads me to think that group rides - especially fast, aggressive group rides on roads open to traffic - are any safer than racing. At least when you crash in a race,...
06-10-11, 02:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 613
Posted By forrest_m

+1 on the advice to find a bike in the location...

+1 on the advice to find a bike in the location rather than carting one around. Most bigger cities will have a shop that rents higher-end road bikes, just bring your own shoes/pedals & helmet.
...
06-06-11, 09:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 308
Posted By forrest_m

I've done elkhorn the last two years and I'm...

I've done elkhorn the last two years and I'm sorry to be missing it this year. Both of the last two years it has been very cold and rainy (in June! in the oregon desert!) the last day, but since I'm...
06-05-11, 01:00 PM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 691,148
Posted By forrest_m

Nice job, Matt! I was sorry to miss this for the...

Nice job, Matt! I was sorry to miss this for the first time in three years. If you're not a marked man in seattle crits by now, you should be...
05-25-11, 01:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 762
Posted By forrest_m

For cold and wet, my heavy artillery are "Glacier...

For cold and wet, my heavy artillery are "Glacier Gloves (http://www.glacieroutdoor.com/products_cycling.php)" (I got mine at REI, looking at the site I see they now have cycling specific models but...
05-24-11, 04:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By forrest_m

Haven't done this, but thought it was an...

Haven't done this, but thought it was an interesting idea:

Time Trial Stage Race (http://www.raceacrossoregon.com/deschutes) (eastern Oregon)

It's in April, so you'll have to wait until next...
05-24-11, 03:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 988
Posted By forrest_m

Very tragic about Tondo, he was one of my...

Very tragic about Tondo, he was one of my favorite riders.

Regarding the conspiracy theories, I don't know anything about the details, but will point out that here in Spain, it is quite common to...
05-16-11, 02:35 PM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 691,148
Posted By forrest_m

Matt - sorry to hear it didn't go well. Did you...

Matt - sorry to hear it didn't go well. Did you crash? I have a perverse liking for that crit, even though the course is maybe the scariest of the year (downhill into a corner with a huge manhole...
05-11-11, 01:09 AM
Replies: 736
Views: 147,522
Posted By forrest_m

Was reminded yesterday about how important little...

Was reminded yesterday about how important little things are. I did two back-to-back training runs in preparation for an upcoming 8.5 km TT. The section of road I used went 6 km in one direction, a...
05-10-11, 02:33 PM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 691,148
Posted By forrest_m

Thanks! Yeah, been here full-time since last...

Thanks! Yeah, been here full-time since last September. But I'll be back in pugetopolis from the end of June through mid-August, so I'll probably see you at some races.



I'm starting to feel...
05-09-11, 11:16 AM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 691,148
Posted By forrest_m

Vuelta Master a Toledo (Spain), Stage 2...

Vuelta Master a Toledo (Spain), Stage 2 (Torrecilla de la Jara to Retamoso), 103 km
5/8/2011

(or "if you're going to DNF, don't go to europe")

I couldn't do both days of this 2-day stage race,...
05-09-11, 04:48 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,226
Posted By forrest_m

Was unpleasantly reminded of another rule for...

Was unpleasantly reminded of another rule for chasing yesterday: if you are chasing solo, and you get picked up by a group coming from behind, you should sit out a turn or two to recover. If you try...
04-20-11, 03:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 602
Posted By forrest_m

+100. Half the fun of stage races is hanging out...

+100. Half the fun of stage races is hanging out with your teammates at dinner afterwards.
02-26-11, 09:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,400
Posted By forrest_m

not exactly new, but cascade bicycle studio...

not exactly new, but cascade bicycle studio (high-end roadies) and hub & bespoke (high-end urban chic cycling) in fremont
big tree on stone way (used to be fluidride, hidden away beneath the...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-14-11, 07:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 724
Posted By forrest_m

ok, maybe this isn't necessary, but here's a...

ok, maybe this isn't necessary, but here's a wrinkle that confused me at first, since the same terminology also has a second meaning: saying "x-speed" is also shorthand for the vintage of your bike's...
02-11-11, 06:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,235
Posted By forrest_m

You forgot the main reason to race OBRA even if...

You forgot the main reason to race OBRA even if you're from washington, and that's that they have almost all the coolest, most-well-run stage races: Cherry Blossom, Mt. Hood, Elkhorn & Cascade. The...
01-18-11, 08:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 699
Posted By forrest_m

If you truly must have a trail, as opposed to...

If you truly must have a trail, as opposed to sharing a road with cars, the interurban trail south (roughly parallel to I-5 from southcenter towards auburn), interurban trail north (especially north...
01-17-11, 11:42 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,851
Posted By forrest_m

location, location and location

location, location and location
01-10-11, 10:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 626
Posted By forrest_m

yeah, the "digging a deep hole" issue is...

yeah, the "digging a deep hole" issue is basically why i asked the question. Was just wondering if there was some physiological advantage to digging a huge hole and then recovering from it that, in...
01-02-11, 02:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 626
Posted By forrest_m

where does training camp fit?

Was wondering if someone could discuss how a week-long training camp fits into a training season. I'm currently putting in about 10-12 hours a week. I feel like if I went out next week and tried to...
10-27-10, 02:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 831
Posted By forrest_m

I was scanning some Madrid bike blogs/forums and...

I was scanning some Madrid bike blogs/forums and there isn't any real consensus. Whether people like/use them or not depends on the specifics of particular streets and traffic conditions. I didn't...
10-26-10, 08:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 831
Posted By forrest_m

AFAIK, the barriers were installed after years of...

AFAIK, the barriers were installed after years of trying other alternatives, (turtles, cones, paint, enforcement). Double parking, even on busy streets, is endemic here, I think the dividers were...
10-26-10, 05:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 831
Posted By forrest_m

bus + bike lanes?

Was recently reading this thread (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?682739-part-5...) about Vancouver's conversion of some curb lanes to bike only and got to thinking about a traffic idea...
10-14-10, 07:11 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,873
Posted By forrest_m

I think this is a fair assumption: few drivers...

I think this is a fair assumption: few drivers actively try to hit cyclists but many simply don't have any consciousness that they should be LOOKING for them. What's sad about the typical driver...
10-06-10, 02:03 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 8,926
Posted By forrest_m

I'd go further and say that you have to learn to...

I'd go further and say that you have to learn to deal with the specific type of suffering the sport demands. I got into bike racing after being involved in high-level alpinism for 20+ years. I would...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-10, 04:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 944
Posted By forrest_m

i use the ironing board - even has adjustable...

i use the ironing board - even has adjustable height! i usually also plug in a set of cheap speakers, as the speakers in the laptop aren't loud enough to hear over the noise of the trainer and the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-10, 03:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 808
Posted By forrest_m

I do a weeknight ride sometimes in the summer...

I do a weeknight ride sometimes in the summer that concentrates on hill climbs on the east side of lake washington (local to the OP), the group has a shorthand for what's on the agenda for any given...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-10, 01:36 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 5,411
Posted By forrest_m

OK, I'm not going go comment on "certificated."...

OK, I'm not going go comment on "certificated." On the other hand, "birthed" is just an example of a technical term escaping its original narrow definition through the efforts of people who don't...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-10, 02:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,665
Posted By forrest_m

To give the OP credit, in my experience there is...

To give the OP credit, in my experience there is some "regionalism" in the distribution of bike brands in europe. Of course plenty of folks buy a specialized in italy or a cannondale in holland......
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-10, 02:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 972
Posted By forrest_m

For me, the killer of bibs has a name and that...

For me, the killer of bibs has a name and that name is VELCRO. i've had several pairs done in by rubbing against the little velcro strap that holds your seat bag to your seat post. It's very annoying...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-10, 08:27 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,807
Posted By forrest_m

People have covered braking, one additional note...

People have covered braking, one additional note is that your brakes will often not grab well at first on the wet braking surface of your wheel, even if road traction is OK. It can be freaky if you...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-10, 10:43 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,391
Posted By forrest_m

I'm kind of half and half. During race season, I...

I'm kind of half and half. During race season, I have two front wheels, one with a race tire and one with a training tire. However, since I like to both race and train with my powertap rear wheel, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-10, 05:56 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,391
Posted By forrest_m

well... define "usable." On race day, the extra...

well... define "usable." On race day, the extra grip and lower rolling resistance is a big enough advantage that i'm willing to accept the greater risk of flats. on training days, i'm not (and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-10, 05:24 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,391
Posted By forrest_m

Not to be snarky, but is this really surprising...

Not to be snarky, but is this really surprising given that the tire is called pro RACE 3? Did you really buy these thinking they were a reasonable choice for everyday riding? Any given tire will fall...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-10, 05:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,746
Posted By forrest_m

generally, no. here is the solution that a very,...

generally, no. here is the solution that a very, very tall and skinny friend of mine opted for: buy the bibs that fit you from the waist down, then have a tailor lengthen the straps by adding a...
09-21-10, 05:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,109
Posted By forrest_m

+1 I found this to be true for me as well....

+1
I found this to be true for me as well. Between work, family, life, etc., EVERY DAY there is some good reason to blow off training; being accountable to a 6-month plan made it much easier for me...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-10, 10:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 646
Posted By forrest_m

it's pretty hard to beat the combo of google...

it's pretty hard to beat the combo of google maps/satellite views/street view. zoom out far enough to find interesting looking roads an appropriate distance from your starting point. street view them...
08-09-10, 01:41 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,385
Posted By forrest_m

definitely the opposite. i've been without my PM...

definitely the opposite. i've been without my PM for a couple of stretches in the last year (wheel had to be rebuilt after a crash, had to send it in for recalibration after changing batteries) and i...
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