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07-04-20, 11:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 586
Posted By downtube42

My fastest 200k ever was a 11pm departure out of...

My fastest 200k ever was a 11pm departure out of San Angelo, TX. July 14, 2017. 07:30 elapsed time, solo. I'll tell you what, I did that ride several times at night, and it's darned spooky out there...
07-04-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 713
Posted By downtube42

Calling for the sacrifice of the Others plays...

Calling for the sacrifice of the Others plays well when you're not one of the Others.

Divide and conquer, baby, divide and conquer.
07-04-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 713
Posted By downtube42

This argument is used frequently, and it misses...

This argument is used frequently, and it misses entirely what it means to be human. Compassion isn't a flaw, it's a survival mechanism. Furthermore, our ability to communicate is a radical survival...
Forum: Foo
06-28-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 862
Posted By downtube42

The sad thing about high school seniors who think...

The sad thing about high school seniors who think those will be the best days of their lives is, for too many itf them it's actually true.

My mom grew up in the great depression, and those...
06-27-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 5,118
Posted By downtube42

People seem to think that the virus will be...

People seem to think that the virus will be understanding and fair. After all, since all those protestors got together and did stuff, shouldn't non protestors be able to get their hair cut?

It's...
06-23-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,663
Posted By downtube42

Doesn't matter. I mean, I carry both, but one day...

Doesn't matter. I mean, I carry both, but one day you'll find it doesn't matter what you decided. Eventually something will break you can't fix, and your phone will be either dead or in your garage....
06-22-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,086
Posted By downtube42

A $500 bike hangs in the garage because the owner...

A $500 bike hangs in the garage because the owner isn't really interested in riding.

A $5000 bike hangs in the garage because the owner is scared of what might happen to it if he rides.
Forum: Foo
06-22-20, 05:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 627
Posted By downtube42

Seriously, when I moved to Texas the plan was to...

Seriously, when I moved to Texas the plan was to stay at least five years. We made the mistake of vacationing in Norway. After weeks in the cool green, when that plane was descending into the hot dry...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,925
Posted By downtube42

If you want to do it with data, go for it. I...

If you want to do it with data, go for it. I believe a data driven approach to training will, if followed, yield the best result. I can't help at all. There are books on the topic

I've followed a...
06-20-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 810
Posted By downtube42

On a flat bar rigid MTB with slicks, which is...

On a flat bar rigid MTB with slicks, which is pretty hybridish. I was with a good buddy, we chatted the whole way. After a while we rolled into town and we're like, seriously, that's it? It was a...
Forum: Commuting
06-20-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 559
Posted By downtube42

Thanks to this thread, I just bought ten of these...

Thanks to this thread, I just bought ten of these at $3.99. I'm thinking panniers, handlebar bag, seat bag, who knows. I have lots of bikes with places for bags.
...
Forum: Commuting
06-19-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 559
Posted By downtube42

Not to overstate, but it's been a mini quality of...

Not to overstate, but it's been a mini quality of life enhancement.
06-17-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,689
Posted By downtube42

Sometimes, sure. Usually I'll tell myself I'll...

Sometimes, sure. Usually I'll tell myself I'll just ride a couple miles just to move. Sometimes that's what happens, but a lot of times I end up doing quite a bit more.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-20, 09:59 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,216
Posted By downtube42

Oh, you're right, that was the Blackbird. ...

Oh, you're right, that was the Blackbird.

The space shuttle story I was thinking of was a phone in to Car Talk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moAqzM4ptm8
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,216
Posted By downtube42

The older we get, the less raw athletic potential...

The older we get, the less raw athletic potential we have. Most of us recreational athletes have so much headroom to our potential, we can stave off significant performance loss for a long time....
Forum: Foo
06-11-20, 11:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 938
Posted By downtube42

The spine is a mechanically complicated thing,...

The spine is a mechanically complicated thing, with a nerve bundle running up the middle and smaller bundles branching out. Muscles, tendons, discs keep it all aligned and enable movement. Our modern...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,216
Posted By downtube42

On a 1200k like PBP the fast guys on the front...

On a 1200k like PBP the fast guys on the front suffer by choice, finishing with no sleep in 43ish hours. The real, brutal, life changing suffering happens at the back. People just barely making the...
06-09-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,435
Posted By downtube42

I broke my neck on a fast twisty descent last...

I broke my neck on a fast twisty descent last October, just about a mile from my house. I was cleared to ride in early February. I knew I'd get back there eventually, but I've not been a hurry. Just...
06-07-20, 12:13 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,622
Posted By downtube42

I'd be really happy if you could find a noise I...

I'd be really happy if you could find a noise I can hear before my wife does. Because she flipping always hears bikes coming first, and seems to somewhat enjoy grabbing my sleeve and yanking me aside...
06-06-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,896
Posted By downtube42

False dichotomy. Law enforcement does not...

False dichotomy.

Law enforcement does not require corruption and racism.. It's just been there so long we have accepted it as fundamentally true.
Forum: Foo
06-06-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,038
Posted By downtube42

Y'all are getting this wrong. She's saying, "Hey...

Y'all are getting this wrong. She's saying, "Hey mf, If I was bigger, this would be you."

Now that one that drug a rabbit home? I'd be sleeping with one eye open.
06-01-20, 10:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,133
Posted By downtube42

I suggest upgrading to clips for safety and...

I suggest upgrading to clips for safety and focusing on working together as a team. Whichever starting technique you use, you'll get better with time. FWIW, I think if the captain is significantly...
05-28-20, 11:12 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,617
Posted By downtube42

The Fred family tree had many branches. Deep in...

The Fred family tree had many branches. Deep in Fred history, Fred showed up for a club ride in gym shorts, gym shoes, tee shirt, with a POS bike, then proceeded to drop the group. This is the root...
05-25-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,123
Posted By downtube42

When I lived in Columbus, IN, I could leave my...

When I lived in Columbus, IN, I could leave my bike outside unlocked at work without concern. One snowy day I even left it overnight unlocked. Of course it was there in the morning.

Now I live in...
05-24-20, 11:02 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,785
Posted By downtube42

I don't know what it's like to ride a too-big...

I don't know what it's like to ride a too-big Conti, but in my view they are a comfortable ride. Heavy, obviously, but if you're racing nothing but the sun, that's not such an issue. You could ride...
05-23-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 629
Posted By downtube42

Chain tool and quick link will get you going in a...

Chain tool and quick link will get you going in a number of low probability situations.

If your chain is proper length, then removing one damaged link will make the big/big combination unusable,...
05-22-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,002
Posted By downtube42

Next Friday I'll drive up to the Seattle area and...

Next Friday I'll drive up to the Seattle area and do a100k out and back that's about 30% in couger country. My take on fatal risks is something like

1 automobile accident driving up
2 automobile...
05-21-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,522
Posted By downtube42

I've had the fortune to ride thousands of miles...

I've had the fortune to ride thousands of miles in Indiana/Ohio/Kentucky/Tennessee, in the Carolinas, in Florida, in west Texas, in the PNW, and a smattering of miles in other states. The friendliest...
05-21-20, 08:54 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,522
Posted By downtube42

I think flag is probably not going to hurt. ...

I think flag is probably not going to hurt.

Note that when people yell, honk, blow smoke, and spin tires at you, that means they saw you, which is a good thing. They are not trying to kill you, so...
05-20-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 774
Posted By downtube42

Prior to the virus, we dined out upwards of 6...

Prior to the virus, we dined out upwards of 6 times/week. we'll not be dining in an indoor restaurant in the foreseeable future, but we would happily eat at establishments with spaced outdoor...
Forum: Foo
05-18-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,879
Posted By downtube42

You could ask the local DOT to install a sign at...

You could ask the local DOT to install a sign at the entrance to your street that says Dead End or something along those lines.

The alternative is to modify the entrance to be discouraging. In...
05-14-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,830
Posted By downtube42

You've got your litterers, and you've got your...

You've got your litterers, and you've got your non litterers.

The thing the litters have in common is, they litter.

The thing the non litterers have in common is, they don't litter.

The...
05-13-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,489
Posted By downtube42

When I'm on my bent, I score myself like a road...

When I'm on my bent, I score myself like a road bike - naked if I'm just carrying flat repair, touring if I'm carrying all my rando crap.

If I had a velo, I don't think I'd know how to score...
05-10-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 1,343
Views: 373,072
Posted By downtube42

Back in November, whilst recovering from a...

Back in November, whilst recovering from a serious crash, I bought this Bianchi as a tonic. A Nuova racing Record 12 Vel, '82 I believe. I lusted after celeste as a young man, and now I own one. Fast...
Forum: Touring
05-07-20, 08:54 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,386
Posted By downtube42

There are early adopters, who want to try new...

There are early adopters, who want to try new things and will pay for that benefit. There are second adopters - the bulk of us - who will use the new things when they have been vetted by the early...
05-02-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,186
Posted By downtube42

1973 Sears Free Spirit 10 speed. By then, at...

1973 Sears Free Spirit 10 speed.

By then, at 13, I was adept at rebuilding coaster brake bikes - front and rear hubs, Ashtabula cranks, and headsets. This bike introduced me to cables and housing,...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 12,835
Posted By downtube42

These are learned from randonneuring, but apply...

These are learned from randonneuring, but apply to any longish days on the bike.

Prepare for ten degrees colder than forecast, with rain.
Carry a foil emergency blanket, no matter the forecast....
04-24-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,878
Posted By downtube42

Individual pursuit is probably pretty safe.

Individual pursuit is probably pretty safe.
Forum: Foo
04-23-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,851
Posted By downtube42

Interesting that Tom Green county is partially...

Interesting that Tom Green county is partially wet, yet has drive-thru liquor stores. You could buy a mixed drink in a plastic cup without leaving your car. A bit of cellophane over the top keeps it...
Forum: Foo
04-22-20, 08:04 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,851
Posted By downtube42

I thought Indiana where I grew up was weird, with...

I thought Indiana where I grew up was weird, with its Sunday liquor laws. Saturday night emergency alcohol runs were a thing.

But Texas dry-ish counties take the cake, where you have to hand over...
Forum: Foo
04-22-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,851
Posted By downtube42

​​​​​​You're in then next town over, then! I...

​​​​​​You're in then next town over, then!

I kid, I kid. Just that my experience living and moreso cycling in west Texas for a while was that it ain't so much that Texas is big, but that there's a...
Forum: Foo
04-21-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,851
Posted By downtube42

Reminds me of a comment I made SS/FG forum a...

Reminds me of a comment I made SS/FG forum a while back. Back in the day, the off-season was the time to ride fixed gear, to give the body a rest and work on form. Historically accurate, but clearly...
04-18-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,687
Posted By downtube42

I had an older cycling mentor who simply hung up...

I had an older cycling mentor who simply hung up his cleats when he could no longer ride with the recreational A group. I told myself I wouldn't be that guy... actually I can't be that guy because I...
04-16-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,687
Posted By downtube42

Thanks everyone for the useful posts. I went out...

Thanks everyone for the useful posts. I went out tonight for an easy spin to follow up last night's attempt at intervals, and it was quite enjoyable. I guess I'll back off the expectations a bit but...
04-15-20, 11:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,687
Posted By downtube42

Getting Soft

In the last 6 years a lot of crap has happened. Laid off, moved twice leaving behind my cycling group, put on some weight, diagnosed with hypertension and put on meds. I've kept up the randonneuring,...
04-13-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,849
Posted By downtube42

Just because someone is a cyclist doesn't mean...

Just because someone is a cyclist doesn't mean they are a decent person. Be glad he was a cyclist, not a motorist.
Forum: Foo
04-09-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,047
Posted By downtube42

My ancestors fled their old homes to come to...

My ancestors fled their old homes to come to North America. Most on ships from Europe, some on foot over a land bridge from Asia. But they all set out looking for something, or looking to escape...
04-07-20, 10:41 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 5,338
Posted By downtube42

Start with the number of deaths as the numerator....

Start with the number of deaths as the numerator.

Test only the critically ill or those who have had contact with someone positive, count the positives. That's the denominator at country A
Test...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-20, 12:25 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,046
Posted By downtube42

Randonneuring twisted my roadie vanity, to where...

Randonneuring twisted my roadie vanity, to where there is joy in wearing the same stinky clothes for days, satisfaction seeing the horrified expressions of mere citizens observing my state of being,...
Forum: Foo
04-03-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 551
Posted By downtube42

I used to work with a guy who'd start stressing...

I used to work with a guy who'd start stressing whenever the market was down. The more days in a row it was down, the worse he got. Finally couldn't take it any more and he'd sell. The next day, he'd...
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