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06-02-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,785
Posted By IronM

I was racing masters on local team; one by one we...

I was racing masters on local team; one by one we slowly got into gravel. A lot of that had to do with loss of good road riding with the unchecked urban sprawl of Atlanta. It's also because...
06-02-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,063
Posted By IronM

Motivation is tough. I use to race masters...

Motivation is tough. I use to race masters mostly so that I would have a purpose to train. Now that I don't race, I mostly train out of habit and ego. I allowed myself to put on 20 or so pounds,...
05-05-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,307
Posted By IronM

Yes, in a self-righteous disdain sort of way. ...

Yes, in a self-righteous disdain sort of way. Which bring up a 2nd misconception that cyclist are not being careful. Example: I'm on the computer this very moment - a sunny afternoon, because this...
05-05-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,048
Posted By IronM

I grew up north, in snow country. As I kid, I...

I grew up north, in snow country. As I kid, I remember hearing how somebody put fishing line across a snowmobile trail and it decapitated someone. Seriously, why anyone would do this is just plain...
05-05-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,307
Posted By IronM

I've been putting off cameras for a long time,...

I've been putting off cameras for a long time, but stories like this.. wow. Makes me think.
At least if I'm taken out, my wife and family would have know what happened.

But I wouldn't have ...
05-05-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,139
Posted By IronM

"Desperately trying to be a 'has-been' than a...

"Desperately trying to be a 'has-been' than a 'never-was'" - me.
05-05-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,304
Posted By IronM

I got 'Snake Farm' (Ray Wyle Hubbard) stuck in my...

I got 'Snake Farm' (Ray Wyle Hubbard) stuck in my head the other day Don't even know how I know that song, but there it was, rattling around & keeping perfect tempo during a long endurance ride.
05-05-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,477
Posted By IronM

Weight can be an issue - I'm pushing 180 now and...

Weight can be an issue - I'm pushing 180 now and feeling it in the saddle.
A long time ago I found a stiff saddle to be more comfortable - on longer rides a softer saddle tends to cause more...
05-05-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,258
Posted By IronM

My road bikes are all tubes. My MTB also uses...

My road bikes are all tubes. My MTB also uses tubes (but I haven't ridden it in years - it needs a whole new set of everything).
My grave bike is tubeless, however. I was getting way too many...
05-05-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 863
Posted By IronM

I know lot of guys who get into gravel or CX...

I know lot of guys who get into gravel or CX though 2nd hand bikes, as long as the fit is right & it has the build that you really desire (like disc vs rim brakes).
IMHO, it's a lot less expensive...
05-05-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,983
Posted By IronM

I was confused by tire options when I got into...

I was confused by tire options when I got into gravel two years ago. The semi-slick tire seemed to make sense, especially during the paved sections. But I followed the lead of some racing buddies...
05-05-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,737
Posted By IronM

I just use old Crank Brothers Candies that I've...

I just use old Crank Brothers Candies that I've had forever & got secondhand at that.
They seem to thrive in neglect and abuse
05-05-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,919
Posted By IronM

on the road, I use a heat dissipating rotor like...

on the road, I use a heat dissipating rotor like Shimano RT800, but so far on gravel I've been perfectly fine with the stock rotors, whatever they are.
I put my money into good hubs and rims,...
05-05-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,539
Posted By IronM

tubeless for gravel. Before I switched, I would...

tubeless for gravel. Before I switched, I would get tons of flats. With tubeless, none. I do lose pressure between rides; my last rear tire probably had 20-30 spots were sealant would leak a...
05-05-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,138
Posted By IronM

I suppose it depends on what you're riding. ...

I suppose it depends on what you're riding. Myself, just day rides usually not over 5 hrs (I'm older.. that's about all I'm good for) & I just wear the same bibs/jersey I use on the road. During...
05-05-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,851
Posted By IronM

I've been getting into gravel these days. Some...

I've been getting into gravel these days. Some good opportunities here in North Georgia within an hour or two from home. I've got buddies that race the stuff, but short of the odd gravel fondo,...
05-05-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,281
Posted By IronM

I don't ride to a plan, as I prefer to be...

I don't ride to a plan, as I prefer to be adaptive and rest when my body asks for it.
Also - I mix up the rides a lot. A few local after work rides during the week, sure. But on weekends I...
05-05-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 20,331
Posted By IronM

IronM is short for "Iron Mike", one of my...

IronM is short for "Iron Mike", one of my nicknames. Something to do with my riding style during the glory years...
04-11-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 7,379
Posted By IronM

Buy quality and keep it for years. Life is too...

Buy quality and keep it for years. Life is too short to ride a bike that's 'just OK'.
The way I justify cost: Look at the utility cost, not the purchase cost. so if you're going to ride a custom...
04-11-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,546
Posted By IronM

Depends on how you ride. I spend the $$ for the...

Depends on how you ride. I spend the $$ for the best kit and chamois I can buy, pro level if possible (just not pro 'race fit'!). The tight-fitting jersey doesn't flap around, and it's contact...
04-11-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,694
Posted By IronM

I got discounts from my LBS by joining their...

I got discounts from my LBS by joining their 'club team'. Usually 20% of retail, 50% service (yes!). I don't buying their kit and representing as I really believe in the shop. Nothing to do with a...
04-11-19, 08:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,694
Posted By IronM

I'm 55 - Still 12 years working ahead of me; I'm...

I'm 55 - Still 12 years working ahead of me; I'm not 'old' just 'older'. No discounts expected for that.
That said - I'm very thrifty. At least for me, now that I'm older only buy what I really...
04-07-19, 04:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 809
Posted By IronM

Yes, recovery takes longer. I rode up in the...

Yes, recovery takes longer. I rode up in the mountains today - 68 mile, 7K feet climbing. I'm sure I'm in for at least a two day recovery from that.
Recovery isn't all that bad - it allows time...
03-24-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,754
Posted By IronM

Hey - just throwing my hat into the ring here; 55...

Hey - just throwing my hat into the ring here; 55 yrs old 'was' master's racer; I still feel the itch & pick up a few races here and there.
If not this forum, where's an alternate outlet to hear of...
03-23-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,403
Posted By IronM

Great topic - The older I get, the more I need to...

Great topic - The older I get, the more I need to manage stress and rest. Sleep is most beneficial, but sometimes hard to get. I really love a good beer or two - but never more than two. Anymore...
03-23-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,366
Posted By IronM

Fantastic & incredible experiences! I hope one...

Fantastic & incredible experiences! I hope one day to stitch together a tour though Ireland, Scotland, possibly England. It's a bit difficult as my wife is unable to ride (from an accident) & this...
03-23-19, 03:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,366
Posted By IronM

My most memorial days on the bike: The 1st time I...

My most memorial days on the bike: The 1st time I joined the 'A' group in the local ride - for the 1st time on my bike I felt like I was flying & it was magic. I've experienced it many times since,...
03-23-19, 03:23 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,890
Posted By IronM

I carry my cell phone in center jersey pocket,...

I carry my cell phone in center jersey pocket, even on gravel rides. On some mountain descents, I'm blasting over corse stones and washboard at speed without any suspension at all. Needless to...
03-23-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,710
Posted By IronM

Yeah; I occasionally get cysts in weird spots. ...

Yeah; I occasionally get cysts in weird spots. Some go away on their own, others I can leave alone seemingly forever. One on the small of my back started to get big & the doctor recommended surgical...
03-23-19, 02:58 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,146
Posted By IronM

I probably shouldn't admit this; but after I got...

I probably shouldn't admit this; but after I got dropped this AM from the group ride, i settled into a long (4.5 hrs) fat-burning endurance ride. As I usually do on a ride, I was coming up with...
03-23-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 835
Posted By IronM

Congratulations! Depending on the gravel, I...

Congratulations! Depending on the gravel, I usually find there is a multiplier for perceived effort per mile on gravel vs. pavement. Around where I am, it's about a 1.75 multiplier - so 100 miles...
03-23-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,184
Posted By IronM

I was thinking the same thing. Recently, the...

I was thinking the same thing. Recently, the palm on my 'mid-weight' winter gloves got tore up; the gel pad insert came out. I'll get new gloves next season; but wore them this AM on a long,...
03-23-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,353
Posted By IronM

A couple of my gravel friends have taken to...

A couple of my gravel friends have taken to bringing along a ham & cheese sandwich. They're both very successful racers, so might be onto something. Myself - I haven't tried it yet, but considering...
03-11-19, 04:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,182
Posted By IronM

They way I look at it, not one bike is perfect...

They way I look at it, not one bike is perfect for all conditions. I'm happy with 90%. I find my gravel bike is great on mixed surface rides with country gravel & paved sections. In the...
03-10-19, 08:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,652
Posted By IronM

Interesting thread. I've like to visit BRP this...

Interesting thread. I've like to visit BRP this spring/summer & do a little riding too. Not too far into planning yet, but I'd probably need to find a nearby campground and base my riding on what's...
01-27-19, 05:02 PM
Replies: 257
Views: 12,999
Posted By IronM

Is 55 an 'old timer'? This is he 1st year it hit...

Is 55 an 'old timer'? This is he 1st year it hit me: Lately I just can't keep up with my buddies, who still race cyclecross & MTBs. Not I - my power is way down & quit racing last year.
So...
12-13-18, 09:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 868
Posted By IronM

I found swapping tires to be a huge pain & this...

I found swapping tires to be a huge pain & this was before I even went tubeless.
So what I did; I had a set of decent tubeless rims built up for tubeless gravel tires only.
I took the heaver...
12-13-18, 09:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,664
Posted By IronM

In this off-season, I've been using the app "Home...

In this off-season, I've been using the app "Home Workout". It's all body-weight exercises, though I do augment it some with a pull-up bar and a couple of dumbbells. I'm not trying to bulk up, so...
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09-22-18, 05:57 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,366
Posted By IronM

I get classic rock from the 70's. Sometimes I...

I get classic rock from the 70's. Sometimes I use that to distract me from a much-too-fast descent (not a big fan of those anymore).
Or I can get some really obscure song bubbles up from the deep...
09-22-18, 05:43 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,769
Posted By IronM

Personally, I use fall a 'cross-training' time to...

Personally, I use fall a 'cross-training' time to recover from the season. It keeps the sport fresh. Now is great time to get those hikes in & the kayak out (I also do both). I have a grave bike...
09-22-18, 05:33 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,769
Posted By IronM

end of season report: Continuing the quest to be...

end of season report: Continuing the quest to be a 'has been' instead of a 'never was'. It eludes me still.
Where I live, it's still in the 90's, but colder weather is coming. We're lucky to...
09-17-18, 05:43 PM
Replies: 257
Views: 12,999
Posted By IronM

54 here. I'm not as old as some, but many think...

54 here. I'm not as old as some, but many think of me as 'old timer'. I abide by 'hard days hard, easy days easy'. I'm only good for two or so 'hard' rides a week, otherwise I'm rolling slow and...
09-17-18, 05:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 589
Posted By IronM

just one of those 'I wounder if this is...

just one of those 'I wounder if this is possible?' things. Like how I always get my MTB out whenever we get a rare snowfall down here in Georgia
09-08-18, 01:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 629
Posted By IronM

here in Georgia, most of the country gravel rides...

here in Georgia, most of the country gravel rides are just fine on my gravel bike (e/w 40's) But when I head up to the forest service roads up in the mountains, the rocks and ruts can beat the...
09-08-18, 01:31 PM
Replies: 24,529
Views: 2,300,664
Posted By IronM

66 miles with the local 'A' ride (22 mph +). ...

66 miles with the local 'A' ride (22 mph +). I'm regaining fitness after too much travel this summer, but still way down in form. This was the 2nd week now that I could actually get in front some...
09-02-18, 09:21 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,681
Posted By IronM

I can totally relate! I had inexpensive,...

I can totally relate! I had inexpensive, recreational bikes for many years. I then pulled the trigger on a carbon Ridley built with Ultegra components and Zipp wheels. I was not worthy of this...
09-01-18, 01:33 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,421
Posted By IronM

I'm only 54 - and on most of my group rides...

I'm only 54 - and on most of my group rides that's about average. Quite a few of my friends are 60+. These are not 'old man' rides, but just the local open groups. Occasionally there's a junior...
09-01-18, 12:44 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,495
Posted By IronM

I agree with so many here: I seek out either...

I agree with so many here: I seek out either very rural farm roads, or forest roads up in the mountains. I have loads of fun pouring over county maps and 'Ride with GPS' to stitch together new and...
08-30-18, 04:48 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,450
Posted By IronM

I ride in the heat and humidity a lot here in...

I ride in the heat and humidity a lot here in Georgia. Others mention hydration and acclimation - I 100% agree. I hydrate well for hours before-hand; I often carry a 3rd bottle, and plan routes...
08-05-18, 01:28 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,159
Posted By IronM

I try for 5 - Monday Fridays always rest days. ...

I try for 5 - Monday Fridays always rest days.
Often I blow my legs out on weekend & need Tuesday off as well to overcome DOMS.
The older I get, recovery can take longer
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