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09-21-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

Due to wifely mandates, I didn't have time after...

Due to wifely mandates, I didn't have time after Saturday's stage 20 to update the standings. There was more to report than I expected (yet still not much of note):

Roger Kluge finished the TT...
09-21-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

:love: I know, right? As I think...

:love:



I know, right? As I think about it, though, it does make sense. On mountain stages, why not go hard until the intermediate sprint to get points, then rest for tomorrow? Finishing too...
09-18-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

I briefly got excited when I saw that only 146...

I briefly got excited when I saw that only 146 riders finished stage 19. Could there be a shake-up on the Lanterne Rouge leaderboard? Alas, no. All three withdrawals were way down in the...
09-17-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

What a boring stage from the LR perspective...

What a boring stage from the LR perspective (though a reasonably exciting day otherwise, especially for the polka dots).

The gruppetto pretty much stayed together, with the last 55 finishers...
09-16-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

So, things didn't go quite as boringly as I...

So, things didn't go quite as boringly as I expected, but still overall less exciting than it could and should have been. The final climb tore the gruppetto to shreds. Just one rider, Jens...
09-15-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

Not true. In Ye Olde Days, some teams and...

Not true. In Ye Olde Days, some teams and outside sponsors offered cash prizes. But the Tour itself never did. I wouldn't ask you to trust me, but maybe this article...
09-15-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

The Lanterne Rouge contest just took a dramatic...

The Lanterne Rouge contest just took a dramatic turn in the direction of boring. But there's still hope for an exciting race to emerge.

Jerome Cousin finished 2' 05" outside the time cutoff and...
09-14-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

I had a weird dream last night. Bennett beat...

I had a weird dream last night. Bennett beat Sagan by a nose in the intermediate sprint on stage 21, extending his lead to 51 and clinching the Green Jersey. All he had to do was complete the 7 laps...
09-14-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

You must've been looking at the stage rankings...

You must've been looking at the stage rankings instead of the general rankings. The standings didn't change much at all.
09-14-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

Of the 156 rides who finished on Sunday, 85 came...

Of the 156 rides who finished on Sunday, 85 came in at least 30 minutes after the leading group. The largest group, including LR leader Jerome Cousin, was at +37' 26". Frederik Frison (3rd place)...
09-12-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

A large gruppetto of 60 riders finished in a...

A large gruppetto of 60 riders finished in a pack. Ordinarily that would mean the LR standings were static. But not today -- because 4 riders finished 8' 59" after the gruppetto. (I'm curious how...
09-11-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

True. I wouldn't respect a rider who tried to...

True. I wouldn't respect a rider who tried to earn the LR. That's not what it is about. I enjoy watching rides who choose stages where they can be competitive, and then otherwise just try to...
09-11-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

It was never officially a thing. Some years it...

It was never officially a thing. Some years it seems to get some attention, and other years it doesn't. I don't think I've ever heard it mentioned on a TV broadcast. But I find it interesting and...
09-11-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

No major changes. The top 4 stayed the...

No major changes.

The top 4 stayed the same, but the time gaps adjusted somewhat as the gruppetto imploded on the last climb.
Chevalier fell from 5th to 6th, and was replaced in the top 5...
09-10-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

Stage 12 resulted in a fair amount of shakeup on...

Stage 12 resulted in a fair amount of shakeup on the Lanterne Rouge leader board.

Cousin was in the 20-rider autobus, solidifying his hold on the top spot.
Kluge was in that group too, moving...
09-09-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By njlonghorn

Lanterne Rouge 2020

This year's TdF has special meaning for those of us who pay attention to the Lanterne Rouge, because 2016 winner Sam Bennett is in green -- and it looks like he could keep it all the way to Paris!! ...
07-28-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,323
Posted By njlonghorn

I’m always happy to give someone a laugh, even if...

I’m always happy to give someone a laugh, even if it’s at my expense.
07-28-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,323
Posted By njlonghorn

I think I solved the mystery, and DiabloScott...

I think I solved the mystery, and DiabloScott wins the prize with his statement "Installation error (over torque or improper saddle position eg): 30%". To put it another way, it was what my brother...
07-02-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 288
Posted By njlonghorn

Too-small commuter bike

HI all!

My son is in grad school, and wants a bike to get to campus from his off-campus apartment. The commute is less than 2 miles each way, mostly flat, in a busy urban setting. He'll also use...
06-14-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,323
Posted By njlonghorn

The first time, I was half way up Mt. Okemo in...

The first time, I was half way up Mt. Okemo in Vermont, and coasted down to the LBS / ski shop at the base. They found a matching bolt on a used saddle. I suppose it is possible that the bolt was...
06-14-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,323
Posted By njlonghorn

This sounds like me. :innocent:

This sounds like me. :innocent:
06-14-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,323
Posted By njlonghorn

After looking at the parts, I think I understand...

After looking at the parts, I think I understand what you are saying. The clamp consists of two metal plates, one of which goes above the seat rails and the other of which goes below. The bolt goes...
06-14-20, 03:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,323
Posted By njlonghorn

I looked at the Inside of the bottom half of the...

I looked at the Inside of the bottom half of the clamp more closely, and there are some little lines there (see photos). They seem like surface scratches to me because you can barely feel the lines,...
06-14-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,323
Posted By njlonghorn

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Hereís the seat post from above. ...
06-14-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,323
Posted By njlonghorn

Amazing story! Thanks for sharing it.

Amazing story! Thanks for sharing it.
06-14-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,323
Posted By njlonghorn

The first time it happened, I weighed around 185...

The first time it happened, I weighed around 185 lbs. Currently, I'm more like 220.



lol. That's what I was looking for.

In my defense, well over half of my weight gain has been muscle. ...
06-14-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,323
Posted By njlonghorn

Cue the Fat Jokes

For the second time in 3 years, I snapped the bolt that connects my saddle to the seat post. Both times it happened during a seated climb, which I suppose is when the forces are greatest. But I...
08-27-18, 01:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,934
Posted By njlonghorn

Why is this better than using the "Ride This"...

Why is this better than using the "Ride This" feature in the Ride With GPS app? It seems like a lot of extra set-up work, but it may be worthwhile if there is an advantage.
08-22-18, 09:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 648
Posted By njlonghorn

Fair enough. On my typical ride, I have to watch...

Fair enough. On my typical ride, I have to watch out for deer or foxes more than traffic, but I get your point. Overuse of any device can be dangerous, and knowing when to glance down and when not...
08-09-18, 08:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 648
Posted By njlonghorn

With a little research, I was able to find this...

With a little research, I was able to find this feature on the iPhone. On the Settings page under Accessibility there is a toggle button to turn on Guided Access. This enables you to turn off only...
08-08-18, 10:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 648
Posted By njlonghorn

Sweat dropping on iPhone screen

I use a Topeak case and mount for my iPhone 7 and love it. The only problem is that when I stand up, leaning slightly forward, sweat drops on the screen and sometimes hits the "pause" button. This...
07-30-18, 06:51 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,690
Posted By njlonghorn

According to this link...

According to this link (https://www.sportsvideo.org/2015/07/07/nbc-sports-conquers-insanity-of-tour-de-france-to-produce-show-for-u-s-fans/), MSNBC does control the production. If they want to stick...
07-30-18, 02:52 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,690
Posted By njlonghorn

The coverage is excellent, and I really look...

The coverage is excellent, and I really look forward to watching the tour each year. I like many of the suggestions on here, and hope MSNBC is listening. In no particular order:

(1) I second...
07-23-18, 03:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 549
Posted By njlonghorn

Lanterne Rouge 2018

If this is your first look at the 2018 Lanterne Rouge standings since after stage 1, you haven't missed much. Lawson Craddock was on top after a stage 1 crash, and he has done exactly what is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-18, 01:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 900
Posted By njlonghorn

Are these "rolling hills"?

The area where I live has lots of rolling hills, and I've gotten used to what I think is a pretty standard technique -- coast half way down, increase cadence near the bottom and use momentum to start...
12-27-17, 03:00 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,307
Posted By njlonghorn

As a kid, I was an avid waterskier. For weeks on...

As a kid, I was an avid waterskier. For weeks on end, I could put in 6-8 runs per day of 10-15 minutes each.

I now ski once or twice a year, if even that. I have no trouble getting up and can...
11-14-17, 04:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 819
Posted By njlonghorn

I was thinking along the same lines. If the 65...

I was thinking along the same lines. If the 65 absolutely killed you, maybe you should take a 75 or 80 mile ride this week, then the 92 the next week. But if you rode 65 and could walk after it,...
Forum: Northeast
09-05-17, 02:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,726
Posted By njlonghorn

I took my Vermont trip last week and thought I'd...

I took my Vermont trip last week and thought I'd report back.

Day 1. I warmed up, rode to the peak of Mt. Okemo, and went back to the condo. The ride was under 10 miles total, including the...
Forum: Northeast
09-05-17, 02:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,914
Posted By njlonghorn

Not so fast. The new westbound lanes opened. ...

Not so fast. The new westbound lanes opened. The new eastbound lanes overlap with the old westbound lanes. Thus, until the old westbound lanes are torn down, they can't finish the new eastbound...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
09-05-17, 01:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,288
Posted By njlonghorn

This is what I was going to suggest. It is a...

This is what I was going to suggest. It is a good compromise between swinging further west than necessary and getting too close to NYC traffic.

There are some back roads to use as additional...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-17, 04:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 481
Posted By njlonghorn

My Ride with GPS report looks like a sine wave....

My Ride with GPS report looks like a sine wave. For the 18-20% sections, the tacks were quite tight. If you straighten it out, I probably rode 8 miles at 8 mph. :D




I haven't looked...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-17, 11:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 481
Posted By njlonghorn

My First Mountain

I've been addicted to climbing hills for years, and have ridden several centuries with 8k-9k vf of climbing. But all of that is in the form of 200 feet here, 300 feet there. The biggest hill near...
Forum: Northeast
07-27-17, 03:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,554
Posted By njlonghorn

You are right that Iím thinking of Manhattan city...

You are right that Iím thinking of Manhattan city streets, and in particular the areas of Manhattan Iím in from time to time (between the 40s and 60s, usually on the west side). Iím nervous driving...
Forum: Northeast
07-27-17, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,934
Posted By njlonghorn

I don't have any particular GPX tracks in mind,...

I don't have any particular GPX tracks in mind, but the area is beautiful and well worth exploring. You really can't go wrong by heading out and just riding.

Where you should go depends on what...
Forum: Northeast
07-24-17, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,554
Posted By njlonghorn

It's funny to hear the perception of a NYC...

It's funny to hear the perception of a NYC cyclist about the Route 27 corridor. As one who regularly rides in the outer NJ suburbs, I think Route 27 is way too congested to be enjoyable or safe. ...
07-21-17, 11:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,120
Posted By njlonghorn

Lol, sounds about right. That said, I think...

Lol, sounds about right.

That said, I think Luke Rowe is the perfect guy for the Lanterne Rouge. He repeatedly burned himself up early in stages to keep the pace high. He then settled to the...
07-21-17, 11:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,120
Posted By njlonghorn

I haven't had a chance to update this in a while...

I haven't had a chance to update this in a while (damn job!), and a few things have changed.

Stage 17: Daniel McLay and Macel Sieberg abandoned. The rest of the top 10 all finished in a...
07-18-17, 10:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,120
Posted By njlonghorn

Seven of yesterday's top 10 in the battle for the...

Seven of yesterday's top 10 in the battle for the Lanterne Rouge finished today in a large groupetto of 47 riders. McLay was another 9' 58" back, solidifying his hold on the top spot. Timmer and...
07-17-17, 01:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,120
Posted By njlonghorn

My interest in the Lanterne Rouge is ramping up...

My interest in the Lanterne Rouge is ramping up as we hit the second rest day. Here is the Top 10 for the mythical red jersey:


1 68H 04' 40''....Daniel McLay FORTUNEO - OSCARO
2 - 08'...
Replies: 31
Views: 3,780
Posted By njlonghorn

The night before a long, hot ride, I fill my 100...

The night before a long, hot ride, I fill my 100 oz. camelbak bladder up about 90%, and lay it flat in the freezer. Before leaving the next morning, I defrost around the cap (so I can fill the...
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