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01-29-15, 03:35 PM
Replies: 44
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Posted By lhbernhardt

During this past year's Cino Heroica ride (you...

During this past year's Cino Heroica ride (you must ride a classic "heroic" bike and are encouraged to wear wool kit), I overheard one old guy at the rest stop say that he was wearing his wool...
01-29-15, 03:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,507
Posted By lhbernhardt

The numbers on my Sigma computer (an older 1009)...

The numbers on my Sigma computer (an older 1009) are sufficiently large, and the material they use for the LCD display is highly visible in low light. My Garmin 500, on the other hand, is hard to see...
Replies: 21
Views: 2,412
Posted By lhbernhardt

Be careful with "open tubs" on 23mm rims. Not all...

Be careful with "open tubs" on 23mm rims. Not all of them fit. I normally run 23mm Vredesteins on Velocity A23 rims, but I once made the mistake of using a Vittoria EVO on the front. It seemed like a...
Replies: 33
Views: 3,202
Posted By lhbernhardt

If you're upgrading wheels to be used on a bike...

If you're upgrading wheels to be used on a bike equipped with disc brakes, then you definitely want carbon fiber rims, just for the weight advantage. You can get decent carbon fiber clinchers. If you...
Replies: 17
Views: 9,775
Posted By lhbernhardt

Depends on the context. On the road, I think that...

Depends on the context. On the road, I think that if you need to carry food (or a bottle, or two bottles), it's an endurance ride. Otherwise, it's more of a sprint, like riding to work. Unless you...
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Views: 1,225
Posted By lhbernhardt

I've never ridden my bike in Alaska. Sounds...

I've never ridden my bike in Alaska. Sounds interesting. Am planning a trip to Anchorage at some point, maybe do the 400 km brevet to Seward and back?

Luis
Replies: 35
Views: 4,395
Posted By lhbernhardt

The primary goal for me in 2015 is to do a "REAL...

The primary goal for me in 2015 is to do a "REAL Charlie Miller" at Paris-Brest-Paris. Miller's greatest accomplishment in completing his 1901 PBP ride (finishing 5th, and the first American to...
Replies: 8
Views: 1,649
Posted By lhbernhardt

Agree that it's not the bike. You just have to...

Agree that it's not the bike. You just have to try different saddles and different shorts until you find what works for you.

Typically, if a saddle is still comfortable after 300 km (probably...
Replies: 12
Views: 1,632
Posted By lhbernhardt

Sophie Matter completed the 1230-km...

Sophie Matter completed the 1230-km Paris-Brest-Paris in 2011 on a heavy commuter bike, complete with flowers. I am one of those guys who just thinks that acquiring bikes for each specific purpose is...
Replies: 44
Views: 4,621
Posted By lhbernhardt

I was looking at my initial ride plan and...

I was looking at my initial ride plan and comparing with the actuals from the result sheet. I was amazed at how much time I was losing on the climbs. I was fine until Escalante, and then I was...
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Views: 6,142
Posted By lhbernhardt

Shorts and saddles are very personal things. You...

Shorts and saddles are very personal things. You just have to keep trying different ones until you find one that works for you. Have you tried other saddles besides Brooks & Fizik?

And just...
Replies: 9
Views: 1,588
Posted By lhbernhardt

So are you saying that those who ride RAW are...

So are you saying that those who ride RAW are somehow lesser riders than those who ride RAAM?

I think the main difference is level of resources and time commitment. It costs far less to do RAW...
09-04-14, 02:15 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,455
Posted By lhbernhardt

Another way to answer the question is to ask,...

Another way to answer the question is to ask, "when does cycling stop being fun?" On my recent Hoodoo 500 ride, these times were:

- climbing Boulder Mtn, where the road just kept going on and on,...
09-04-14, 12:10 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,316
Posted By lhbernhardt

I wouldn't worry, and your son should just take...

I wouldn't worry, and your son should just take this as a learning experience. Riding what you've got, especially if it's not as "good" as what everybody else has, will only make you stronger. I...
09-04-14, 11:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,317
Posted By lhbernhardt

I notice that many of the top ultramarathon...

I notice that many of the top ultramarathon cyclists are going to liquid diets. Christoph Strasser typically starts on a liquid diet two days before his big events (like RAAM). I find that when I am...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-14, 11:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,193
Posted By lhbernhardt

I double-wrapped my drop bars using two sets of...

I double-wrapped my drop bars using two sets of FSA tape in preparation for London-Edinburgh-London in 2013. This is a 1400-km ride within about 5 days. By the time I got to Edinburgh, the top layer...
Replies: 9
Views: 1,588
Posted By lhbernhardt

False analogy. Riders are still divided into...

False analogy. Riders are still divided into gender and age categories for both races.

The issue could easily be resolved by either altering the course so the RAW riders cover more/less distance,...
Replies: 9
Views: 1,588
Posted By lhbernhardt

Why are RAAM and RAW two separate races?

They start at about the same time and they cover the same roads. So why are they treated as two separate races?

Seems to me Christoph Strasser (who arrived in Durango first) should have been given...
Replies: 23
Views: 3,139
Posted By lhbernhardt

There's really nothing preventing anyone from...

There's really nothing preventing anyone from riding the RAAM route (highly documented) as a permanent. It would be like riding one of the "Diagonals" in France. Read the rules and ride across...
Replies: 25
Views: 3,187
Posted By lhbernhardt

August results: Rodriguez fixie: 2,632 ...

August results:

Rodriguez fixie: 2,632
Dolan track bike: 109
Total for August: 2,741 (1,713 miles)

The biggie this month was the 520-mile (835 km) Hoodoo 500. I also did a 300-km brevet two...
Replies: 44
Views: 4,621
Posted By lhbernhardt

OK, Hoodoo 500, check. Next week is the...

OK, Hoodoo 500, check.

Next week is the Cino Heroica. I'd better get the old pedals with toe clips on my steel fixie, and put the cleats on some road shoes! The ride requires a "heroic" bike. I'm...
Replies: 5
Views: 1,321
Posted By lhbernhardt

Oh, and I almost forgot about the long,...

Oh, and I almost forgot about the long, never-ending STEEP descent from Cedar Breaks to Cedar City. Very non-technical FAST drop for somebody on gears/freewheel, but a challenge for numb hands having...
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Views: 1,321
Posted By lhbernhardt

Hoodoo 500 on a Fixed Gear

Just back from St. George, Utah after one of the toughest rides I've ever done. Here's the link to the 2014 webcast: Webcast 2014 (http://hoodoo500.com/webcast-2014/)

When I first contacted...
08-20-14, 04:10 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 8,121
Posted By lhbernhardt

Seems to me most cyclists regard their bicycles...

Seems to me most cyclists regard their bicycles as tools or golf clubs. You get a whole bunch of n+1's, each built for a very specific purpose, and you don't deviate. For me, this is really boring...
08-20-14, 01:15 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,242
Posted By lhbernhardt

Thanks for clearing that up, TWOcycle. You can't...

Thanks for clearing that up, TWOcycle. You can't trust anyone anymore. I've also got a Wound Up fork (also "made in Utah") that I use with a front disc brake in the winter, so now I am wondering...
Replies: 25
Views: 3,187
Posted By lhbernhardt

July results: Rodriguez fixie: 2,255 km ...

July results:

Rodriguez fixie: 2,255 km
Dolan track bike: 250 km
Total for July: 2,505 km (1,565 miles)

No really long rides in July, just one 100-miler in Whatcom County, WA. August is the...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-14, 02:58 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 21,935
Posted By lhbernhardt

Some ideas about why belt drives are not so...

Some ideas about why belt drives are not so popular:

An acquaintance of mine owns a Harley with a belt drive. He says it works fine, but the manual cautions against riding on loose gravel, as...
07-30-14, 02:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,503
Posted By lhbernhardt

In my 40+ years of riding fixed gear bikes, I...

In my 40+ years of riding fixed gear bikes, I have NEVER used a lock ring. Even on the track, where applying any kind of back pressure would cause problems in a pace line. If you're riding on the...
Replies: 25
Views: 3,187
Posted By lhbernhardt

Forgot to do the June update: Rodriguez fixie:...

Forgot to do the June update:
Rodriguez fixie: 2,443 km
Dolan track bike: 229 km
Total for June: 2,672 km (1,670 miles)

Started the month by riding the last 250 km of a weekend 600 km brevet....
Replies: 13
Views: 2,604
Posted By lhbernhardt

I'm 6'1" with 34" inseam, and I use 165mm cranks...

I'm 6'1" with 34" inseam, and I use 165mm cranks on the road fixie. The shorter cranks are an advantage spinning down hills (for a given angular velocity, your linear foot speed is slightly slower...
06-23-14, 12:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 971
Posted By lhbernhardt

Pippa: ”The boys, they thought there was going to...

Pippa: ”The boys, they thought there was going to be some sort of—some way they were going to benefit if there was a girl on the team. So I was roped in by my brother. It’s been positive having the...
06-23-14, 11:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,436
Posted By lhbernhardt

My wife and I had stopped at a local corner store...

My wife and I had stopped at a local corner store to eat some ice cream on a bicycle ride near our vacation villa near Mount Vernon, WA. The store has a couple of old chairs on the front porch, so...
Replies: 55
Views: 45,667
Posted By lhbernhardt

This is when you lightly hold your gloved hand...

This is when you lightly hold your gloved hand over the rolling tire in order to remove any little shards of glass or metal it might have picked up when you rolled thru that patch of loose crap at...
06-18-14, 03:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,655
Posted By lhbernhardt

Went on a 12-day bike tour of western Turkey this...

Went on a 12-day bike tour of western Turkey this past April. Friends of mine have run a bicycle touring company out of British Columbia for years; they have sold that and have now partnered with...
Forum: Commuting
06-18-14, 02:37 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,407
Posted By lhbernhardt

Excellent advice. The number of spoke crossings...

Excellent advice. The number of spoke crossings is merely an artifact of how big the hub flanges are. You basically want the spokes coming off the hub flanges at a tangent (usually directly opposed...
Replies: 11
Views: 2,817
Posted By lhbernhardt

RAAM is a VERY expensive undertaking. Having the...

RAAM is a VERY expensive undertaking. Having the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge (who will likely one day become the Queen of England) is a great strategic move by the team, as it will...
Replies: 15
Views: 3,761
Posted By lhbernhardt

The bad news is that you'll probably need to go...

The bad news is that you'll probably need to go thru at least half a dozen bikes before you figure out the size and type of frame best suited to you, so I wouldn't spend too much on your second bike....
Replies: 13
Views: 1,397
Posted By lhbernhardt

You don't really need a drop bag for a 100 mile...

You don't really need a drop bag for a 100 mile road event. A 100 mile mtb event, though, you just might. Knowing what little I do about off-road riding, it always take longer to go any distance...
Replies: 3
Views: 860
Posted By lhbernhardt

Thanks for this, rollie. Always nice to have...

Thanks for this, rollie. Always nice to have someone to cheer for that's connected in some way. I'll cheer him on too!

Luis
06-10-14, 12:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,390
Posted By lhbernhardt

Sounds great. I think the RAAM and RAW team...

Sounds great. I think the RAAM and RAW team events are more about strategy. For example, you always let your best descender handle the descents, no matter how long, because there's very little...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-14, 12:30 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,752
Posted By lhbernhardt

I ride a lot, lately it's been over 20,000 km per...

I ride a lot, lately it's been over 20,000 km per year (12,000 miles). In the past 42 years, I have pretty much averaged 2 crashes per year (usually my own fault, and usually associated with riding...
Replies: 3
Views: 860
Posted By lhbernhardt

RAAM Starts Today (June 10) at Noon!

Just in case you missed all the hype, the TV sports features, the unending stream of commercials... (yeah, kidding)

Looks like not much competition for Christoph Strasser, unless some dark horse...
06-03-14, 11:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,748
Posted By lhbernhardt

Yeah, just what I was thinking. But I think after...

Yeah, just what I was thinking. But I think after all these year's SPD has become a de facto standard. Don't patents expire after 17 years? Anyway, I'm sure there will be no lack of SPD availability...
06-03-14, 10:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,748
Posted By lhbernhardt

Agree with #dbg...

Agree with #dbg (http://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=dbg) . Unless you're racing or actually have a tangible need for real cleated road shoes, you're far better off with...
Replies: 25
Views: 3,187
Posted By lhbernhardt

2014 - May completed. Rodriguez fixed gear on...

2014 - May completed.
Rodriguez fixed gear on the road: 2,458 km (1,536 miles)
Dolan track bike on the Burnaby indoor Velodrome: 184 km (115 miles)
Total for April: 2,642 km (1,651 miles)
...
Replies: 14
Views: 2,065
Posted By lhbernhardt

Agree with Nick #thebulls...

Agree with Nick #thebulls (http://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=thebulls) , focus on getting thru the controls. The fact that you can do a double century in 14 hours means...
Replies: 3
Views: 1,448
Posted By lhbernhardt

This wasn't a "race," it was a 600 km brevet that...

This wasn't a "race," it was a 600 km brevet that went out and back between Maple Ridge (in BC's Lower Mainland near Vancouver) thru the wild Fraser (River) Canyon, then along the Thompson River to...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-14, 02:26 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,089
Posted By lhbernhardt

I've been riding a fixed gear since the early...

I've been riding a fixed gear since the early 70's, initially as winter training and on the velodrome. Now I ride fixed pretty much all the time. I put over 20,000 km per year on my fixie, largely...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,849
Posted By lhbernhardt

I would think that you'd be better off using two...

I would think that you'd be better off using two different crank lengths, say a 165mm on the short leg side coupled with a 180mm on the long side. This reduces the leg length discrepancy to 2mm,...
05-08-14, 11:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 942
Posted By lhbernhardt

The more muscle mass you have, the longer it...

The more muscle mass you have, the longer it takes to warm up. I've known track sprinters (LOTS of muscle) who don't think they're fully warmed up unless they've had an hour of riding. When I was...
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