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01-31-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,248
Posted By dennis336

I, too, am one of those who nobody, literally...

I, too, am one of those who nobody, literally nobody, asks me what I did for the weekend.

Having said that, I did go for a couple of short rides (temperature in the low 20s F so no long ride for...
01-24-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,319
Posted By dennis336

Just got back from a 16 mile ride - 30 degrees F...

Just got back from a 16 mile ride - 30 degrees F with wind around 15 mph. I'll go out into the 20's F maybe upper teens if it's sunny without much wind. Granted I don't do long rides but if I can...
01-15-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,179
Posted By dennis336

If you were thinking of a Maine trip and are...

If you were thinking of a Maine trip and are still interested in New England/Northeast, I'd agree with an earlier poster recommendation on Adventure Cycling's Green Mountain or Adirondacks loops (you...
01-04-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 6,639
Posted By dennis336

Not to jinx myself, but I must be living a...

Not to jinx myself, but I must be living a charmed life as I've gotten maybe a half dozen flats in the past 11 years (5,000 miles this year and one flat). And, most of my flats have been because the...
12-26-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,363
Posted By dennis336

I also am about 100 miles short of 5,000 miles...

I also am about 100 miles short of 5,000 miles for the year. That's my biggest mileage year ever. I started the year retired but when covid hit and the uncertainty with the economy in the mix, I...
12-02-20, 05:47 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,640
Posted By dennis336

Got a Surly Disc Trucker. I'm pretty short and...

Got a Surly Disc Trucker. I'm pretty short and the smaller frame sizes in those models come with 26" wheels.
11-19-20, 06:26 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,812
Posted By dennis336

I have a hard time throwing old clothes away - I...

I have a hard time throwing old clothes away - I really don't like shopping and I hate throwing away clothes until there are more holes than material. For an idea of how bad I can be - I work at...
11-17-20, 08:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 820
Posted By dennis336

Love VT gravel ... but dang if those 8,000 miles...

Love VT gravel ... but dang if those 8,000 miles of dirt are all uphill!

But, also love chilling at a small town VT general store for a rest stop.
11-01-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 993
Posted By dennis336

I've not looked around for a dropper-type bottle...

I've not looked around for a dropper-type bottle ... I bought the small 4 oz container of ProLink then a larger bottle of it and keep refilling the small dropper container. Not sure it's the most...
08-31-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,907
Posted By dennis336

I've got a Trek Domane which is my regular road...

I've got a Trek Domane which is my regular road bike. I've also got a Surly Disc Trucker. While i first bought it for touring, I've ended up not doing any fully loaded tours with yet (the two I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,055
Posted By dennis336

I was rear-ended a few years ago with my bike on...

I was rear-ended a few years ago with my bike on a trunk rack. Brought it to my LBS and the mechanic said we needed to replace the front wheel and, to be safe, the fork. Provided an estimate of...
08-29-20, 11:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 553
Posted By dennis336

Then, there's this: ...

Then, there's this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQvzvVeK13Y
08-19-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,222
Posted By dennis336

Well, since late spring I've been getting in...

Well, since late spring I've been getting in probably somewhere between 120 - 160 miles a week. Don't know the answer to how many miles needed to lose belly fat, but it's definitely more than 120 -...
08-17-20, 03:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,068
Posted By dennis336

I've had a very good experience with...

I've had a very good experience with biketiresdirect (as noted earlier, they sell more than just tires). I recently bought a new helmet for a price that was better than I saw elsewhere. A day or...
08-04-20, 09:13 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,107
Posted By dennis336

Thought I'd reply since so few have had the...

Thought I'd reply since so few have had the courtesy of responding to the initial question :)

I carry my phone even though I often have no reception so it's kind of for emergencies but, in...
07-27-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,670
Posted By dennis336

I always make it a point to fall off my bike at 0...

I always make it a point to fall off my bike at 0 mph when stopping at a red light on a busy intersection with as many people as possible watching. Helps me maintain a strong sense of humility -...
07-19-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By dennis336

Thanks, sounds like I'll need to be careful about...

Thanks, sounds like I'll need to be careful about bringing enough to eat and drink. Now, my only problem is convincing my wife that me doing this hill climb on my bike is a great vacation idea :lol:
07-19-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By dennis336

Great, thanks for the responses, appreciate it!

Great, thanks for the responses, appreciate it!
07-19-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By dennis336

Mount Mitchell NC question

Hi all, I tried posting this question in the Southeast sub-forum but haven't seen a response. Not sure how actively visited that forum is so posting here, too.

I'm looking into cycling up Mount...
Forum: Southeast
07-18-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 649
Posted By dennis336

cycling to top of Mount Mitchell

Hi all ... I'm looking into cycling up Mount Mitchell in NC. I'm from the Northeast so not familiar with the area. when I do a Google Maps from either Marion or Asheville NC, it doesn't show that...
07-13-20, 04:26 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,363
Posted By dennis336

For my long rides, I'll put the bike in the van...

For my long rides, I'll put the bike in the van and drive to different corners of the state, or even a bordering state (live in Connecticut, so small in area). That gives me a lot of variety - and,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,539
Posted By dennis336

Initial post was in 2005! Definitely, this is in...

Initial post was in 2005! Definitely, this is in the running for the oldest thread resurrection ... seems like someone finds it again every 6 or 7 years.

Having said that, cycling in Manila would...
07-09-20, 03:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,902
Posted By dennis336

I have a Trek Domane (CF) and I love it. Aside...

I have a Trek Domane (CF) and I love it. Aside from CF vs. other materials variable, I've found the following to be big factors in helping with my comfort on longer rides:
1) A full bike fit
2)...
07-08-20, 01:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,079
Posted By dennis336

Wait .... sweet pickles?!? I consider them...

Wait .... sweet pickles?!? I consider them hardly members of the pickle family. Strictly a dill man, here.
07-08-20, 03:43 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 10,192
Posted By dennis336

Several years back, on the second century ride...

Several years back, on the second century ride I'd ever done (so still working out pacing, hydration, etc) the temperature got deep into the 90s with high humidity. At about the 80 mile mark, I...
07-08-20, 03:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,079
Posted By dennis336

My initial motivation for trying the pickles...

My initial motivation for trying the pickles mid-ride was to replenish salt/electrolytes ... I find them refreshing and a nice variation from the energy bars. Fortunately, I've been lucky not to get...
07-07-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,079
Posted By dennis336

I did a comparable rid a few weeks ago - 64 miles...

I did a comparable rid a few weeks ago - 64 miles with around 3,300 feet of climbing. Fairly warm day - hit the mid-80s.

At home, before leaving, I had a bowl of cereal and a grapefruit (kind of...
07-01-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,257
Posted By dennis336

Junk miles are when you sign up for a century and...

Junk miles are when you sign up for a century and find out at the end it was, like, 98 miles. So ... you ride around the parking lot for 2 miles so your OCD brain can truthfully say you rode a...
07-01-20, 03:01 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,581
Posted By dennis336

Years ago I tried using a chamois cream (Butt'r)...

Years ago I tried using a chamois cream (Butt'r) as i was getting saddle sores as I started increasing the length and time of my rides. I didn't care for the process of smearing the cream on me/the...
06-30-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,469
Posted By dennis336

I'm 66 now - first century was when I was 58. ...

I'm 66 now - first century was when I was 58. I've never come close to 20 mph - that's way out of my league. The fastest average speeds I've had (three different rides at approximately the same...
06-30-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 989
Posted By dennis336

Several years ago, as I was increasing my cycling...

Several years ago, as I was increasing my cycling mileage, I starting have pain in one of my elbows. I ended up going to my LBS for a complete bike fit. One of the adjustments was to swap out the...
06-22-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 8,230
Posted By dennis336

Yeah, I mean, accidents happen, but most of the...

Yeah, I mean, accidents happen, but most of the clips in the video were pretty much accidents begging to happen.
06-21-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 8,230
Posted By dennis336

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWJioMfIuLQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWJioMfIuLQ
06-21-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,019
Posted By dennis336

Refills are becoming more of a concern as I'm...

Refills are becoming more of a concern as I'm increasing my mileage in peak riding season and the weather is getting hotter. I did a 64 mile, very hilly ride last week and I carried two water...
06-10-20, 06:21 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,819
Posted By dennis336

I'm a supplement skeptic. I don't have any...

I'm a supplement skeptic. I don't have any science to back up my thinking, just opinions based on my personal experience. I don't take any supplements and I'm in the camp that says that, generally...
03-13-20, 04:24 AM
Replies: 471
Views: 35,173
Posted By dennis336

So far, the virus hasn't changed my riding...

So far, the virus hasn't changed my riding habits. I rarely (except for a very occasional charity ride) ride in a group anyway and, even in the winter, I ride (albeit shorter rides) outdoors - don't...
01-01-20, 11:51 AM
Replies: 227
Views: 16,413
Posted By dennis336

I had a feeling the OP was one who would post a...

I had a feeling the OP was one who would post a question and never show up again :)

Having said that, while my primary bikes are a Trek Domane and Surly Disc Trucker, I actually have a Walmart...
11-11-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,488
Posted By dennis336

I've got one decent gravel loop about a 45 minute...

I've got one decent gravel loop about a 45 minute drive from my home in CT. My favorite gravel rides, though, I'm probably about 1 1/2 hour drive in different directions for different loops. ...
11-11-19, 03:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,761
Posted By dennis336

I was rear-ended a couple of years ago with my...

I was rear-ended a couple of years ago with my bike on the trunk rack. The driver's insurance paid to fix the bike. The front wheel was damaged and my bike shop said I should replace the fork to be...
10-16-19, 02:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 995
Posted By dennis336

+1 for the Kool Stop Tire Jack.

+1 for the Kool Stop Tire Jack.
09-12-19, 04:31 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,805
Posted By dennis336

Echoing the responses from others to first...

Echoing the responses from others to first confirm there are no health issues that would preclude you from pushing yourself harder. Then, increase your miles gradually. A couple of miles won't even...
09-11-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,713
Posted By dennis336

Agree that Hartford would be the best in terms of...

Agree that Hartford would be the best in terms of driving distance. OP is from the UK so I'm thinking getting flights from the UK to Hartford/Bradley airport would be a pretty big headache and cost...
09-11-19, 04:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,713
Posted By dennis336

I'd also recommend the D2R2 which starts in...

I'd also recommend the D2R2 which starts in Deerfield, MA and goes into Southern VT. There's several different routes with the longest being up to 180k. Very hilly but beautiful rural gravel roads....
09-03-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,026
Posted By dennis336

Yeah, the ATD-1.2 manual didn't say anything...

Yeah, the ATD-1.2 manual didn't say anything about what setting to leave it at. For the TW-6.2, the instructions did say leave at the lowest setting so it probably did mean the lowest non-zero...
09-03-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,728
Posted By dennis336

When the LBS does the fit service, they'll make...

When the LBS does the fit service, they'll make changes to the stock bike based on your size, flexibility etc. Then, it's not like they'll send you off and tell you never to come back if there's...
09-03-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,728
Posted By dennis336

If you're fairly committed to keeping your...

If you're fairly committed to keeping your existing bike, you could bring it into a trusted LBS for a full service fit. I'm not an expert on this so I'll just relay the experience I had. They would...
09-03-19, 07:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,026
Posted By dennis336

Thanks for the tips. Appreciate that as I'm...

Thanks for the tips. Appreciate that as I'm home-mechanic-in-training so appreciate the advice.
09-03-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,642
Posted By dennis336

Just to confirm, you're just hearing the sound...

Just to confirm, you're just hearing the sound when pedaling? No sound when coasting? No difference when road is smooth vs. a lot of road chatter? Not sure that your symptoms sound like the...
09-03-19, 04:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,290
Posted By dennis336

I like a metric on how much I enjoyed chance...

I like a metric on how much I enjoyed chance conversations with people I met on the ride. I'd also include a metric on how much I enjoyed the coffee or pastry stop. Has to be a way to measure the...
09-03-19, 04:49 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,728
Posted By dennis336

Agree with the advice on getting a bike fit. ...

Agree with the advice on getting a bike fit. Even if you decide to get a new bike, it's a good idea. Several years ago, as I started increasing my mileage and ride difficulty, I was getting to the...
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