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10-08-19, 01:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 613
Posted By nkfrench

Former Athena

I bit the bullet after a lifetime of yo-yoíing (heaviest 292# at 5í5Ē) and had gastric bypass one year ago. I have had spectacular results with no complications.

I was 231# at surgery after a...
07-31-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,305
Posted By nkfrench

"You can't out-ride a bad diet". I had...

"You can't out-ride a bad diet".

I had gastric bypass 9 months ago after a lifetime of yo-yo'ing massive weight losses. I am now at a normal weight and focusing on rebuilding the significant loss...
06-07-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,005
Posted By nkfrench

I was just riding along and THUMP a bat with...

I was just riding along and THUMP a bat with (obviously) defective sonar hit my sternum.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-19, 01:42 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,464
Posted By nkfrench

I donít think Iíve seen a dim sum (whatever they...

I donít think Iíve seen a dim sum (whatever they are) around here.

A PayDay salted nut roll sounds good. Monster or Starbucks coffee drinks would wash it down well. Gas stations are about the only...
05-16-18, 09:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,742
Posted By nkfrench

If you canít ride it, walk it

If itís too hilly for you, just get off the bike and walk it up the hill. Itís still a good workout and itís easier to stop and catch your breath. You wonít have to worry about tipping over if you...
11-06-17, 10:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,585
Posted By nkfrench

I ripped up a lot of bike shorts, upper inner...

I ripped up a lot of bike shorts, upper inner thigh. I would sometimes get just 2 rides before they were unusable. It started after adjustments were made following a bike fit.

The problem was...
11-06-17, 12:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,985
Posted By nkfrench

Glad Press+Seal over the socks blocks wind and...

Glad Press+Seal over the socks blocks wind and can be reused several times.

My summer Aireators are tightly knit and wick moisture. They can be warmer than heavier and loosely woven winter socks....
11-05-17, 11:55 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,467
Posted By nkfrench

Athena here. I tried on several brands of bibs...

Athena here. I tried on several brands of bibs and couldn’t find any that worked. The top half they had was designed with a strap/clasp across the chest, had the back fully covered with mesh instead...
01-17-16, 05:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,434
Posted By nkfrench

If I recall correctly, my bike's chain is usually...

If I recall correctly, my bike's chain is usually stretched by the time I wear down a tire.
12-27-15, 01:18 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,799
Posted By nkfrench

Or they may be returned to the trash on the curb,...

Or they may be returned to the trash on the curb, from whence they were acquired, to complete the cycle of life. :roflmao:
12-27-15, 01:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,773
Posted By nkfrench

When I was a college student doing my easy 3-mile...

When I was a college student doing my easy 3-mile bike commutes, I had civilian clothes for riding, including in temperatures < 20F. My baselayer was probably a cotton mock turtleneck; over it I wore...
12-27-15, 12:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,773
Posted By nkfrench

A friend of mine recently was just riding along...

A friend of mine recently was just riding along when a dog escaped through a hole in a fence. The dog broadsided the bike and my friend slammed into the pavement, landing in the rightside edge of the...
10-31-15, 10:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 706
Posted By nkfrench

I'm 2-3mph slower on city streets than on routes...

I'm 2-3mph slower on city streets than on routes with few stopsigns. It's all about the loss of momentum.
Are the averages you cite calculated off elapsed time for the distance, or just the moving...
10-31-15, 09:59 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,823
Posted By nkfrench

First big one was 105 pounds (12 hours...

First big one was 105 pounds (12 hours swimming/gym each week, low-fat diet, food diary). Failure in 5 years.
Second big one was 70 pounds (10 hours swimming/gym each week, low-fat diet, food...
10-31-15, 09:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,049
Posted By nkfrench

Guilty. A coffee energy drink is my grab-and-go...

Guilty. A coffee energy drink is my grab-and-go liquid breakfast. The Starbucks Double-shot tall can (210 kcal) is on my way to a bike ride; workdays its a Monster Vanilla Light (~100 kcal).
They...
09-13-15, 03:27 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,977
Posted By nkfrench

I am inferring that your posts apply to slow...

I am inferring that your posts apply to slow riders in general, not just OP.

There are a lot of great suggestions for OP on this topic.

I am not asking for advice, just providing feedback.
...
09-06-15, 02:02 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,977
Posted By nkfrench

I was referring to my own experiences when I said...

I was referring to my own experiences when I said it was insulting to be told I wasn't trying hard enough. I've received some angry comments from bike club members to that effect.

Sorry to bore...
08-31-15, 07:52 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,977
Posted By nkfrench

I'd make sure the saddle is positioned high...

I'd make sure the saddle is positioned high enough.
btw telling somebody that they aren't trying hard enough (just because they ride slow by your standards) is pretty insulting.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-15, 04:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,705
Posted By nkfrench

I like ridewithgps when drawing new routes. I've...

I like ridewithgps when drawing new routes. I've tried different websites and this is the best.
I like strava for logging rides. It's fun to monitor personal performance, see what friends are doing,...
08-09-15, 03:26 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,475
Posted By nkfrench

The comments I've received... "You're in the...

The comments I've received...
"You're in the wrong gear" (I am not a spinner, I tried to be one for several years, lower cadence works for me. If I'm struggling in my easiest gear, what gear...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-15, 06:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,090
Posted By nkfrench

Consider the option of doing a birdbath in a...

Consider the option of doing a birdbath in a restroom stall very close to your desk rather than a long walk to the showers. The restroom I was using had a sink where my head would fit under the...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-15, 06:19 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 5,538
Posted By nkfrench

I've done some 105F commutes but had to make...

I've done some 105F commutes but had to make frequent stops in the shade to drink and cool down. The dry air seemed like breathing in a blast furnace. Thankfully the sun was not directly overhead.
I...
05-26-15, 06:46 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,774
Posted By nkfrench

Bartonville TX is on a very popular cycling...

Bartonville TX is on a very popular cycling route. In 2010 a city ordinance was passed that no groups larger than 9 cyclists may ride together unless they acquire a $50 permit. Larger groups may...
Forum: Commuting
05-26-15, 06:33 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,868
Posted By nkfrench

I'm more in fear for my life when I drive my car...

I'm more in fear for my life when I drive my car on the interstate through the downtown area during rush hour.

Before I get my bike on the road, I mitigate risk to a certain extent. Helmet, high...
05-26-15, 06:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,003
Posted By nkfrench

Similar? ------------------ Snickers Bar ...

Similar?
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Snickers Bar

Serving Size 1 unit (52.7g) Calories 250
Servings Per Container 1 Calories from Fat 110
Amount/Serving %DV*

Total Fat 12g 18%
Sat. Fat 4.5g...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-15, 05:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,426
Posted By nkfrench

The Ford Transit is not a bad option. You can...

The Ford Transit is not a bad option.
You can probably do the same in a more mainstream vehicle with good cargo capacity.
My Honda Element accommodates a bicycle quite nicely.
You can tint the...
05-24-15, 01:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,160
Posted By nkfrench

Heck of a way to spend a birthday, but I've had...

Heck of a way to spend a birthday, but I've had some luck post-ride pushing a grocery cart for moderate leg stretching.
Make sure you have a grocery list, impulse purchases post-ride are a problem.
05-24-15, 01:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,684
Posted By nkfrench

Huh. I am an Athena turning 59 in a month and I...

Huh. I am an Athena turning 59 in a month and I ride a very nice 20-speed road bike - c/f, full dura-ace, etc. I wouldn't ride anything less. :) Don't sell your mom short.
$150 is a used bike. I...
05-24-15, 12:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 949
Posted By nkfrench

I have a favorite downhill on my usual weeknight...

I have a favorite downhill on my usual weeknight route. It has a curve and I'll regularly hit 33mph. It's very fun.
There is a flattish detour around that hill. If winds have gusts above 20mph or if...
05-24-15, 12:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,957
Posted By nkfrench

If I'm in my lowest gear, trying very hard, speed...

If I'm in my lowest gear, trying very hard, speed <= 4mph and cadence <= 40rpm; or if I have pain in the kneecap area, I'm walking the hill.
A faster rpm won't help if I'm still going to slow too...
05-24-15, 12:38 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,774
Posted By nkfrench

I'm in a small bike club and when we've had 15...

I'm in a small bike club and when we've had 15 people show up for an in-town social intermediate ride, we try to split into two groups slower and faster.
The larger groups can get out of hand...
05-24-15, 11:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,022
Posted By nkfrench

I tried shoes on at 5 bike stores over the course...

I tried shoes on at 5 bike stores over the course of a couple of years before finding a good fit. One of the stores has a huge inventory and is 50 miles away; no luck at the time.
I wear an...
05-15-15, 05:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,342
Posted By nkfrench

I have a Canari rain jacket that I like. It has...

I have a Canari rain jacket that I like. It has zip-off sleeves so you can open them a little as pit zips, or remove the sleeves entirely to wear as a vest.
The rear big pocket converts to a stuff...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-15, 06:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,333
Posted By nkfrench

You don't need to go with clipless pedals to wear...

You don't need to go with clipless pedals to wear a stiff-soled shoe while riding. My mountain bike shoes have an inset that must be removed to attach the cleat.
Are your feet swelling more than...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-15, 06:46 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,279
Posted By nkfrench

I'll use my lungs to get some air into the tube...

I'll use my lungs to get some air into the tube before putting it on the wheel.
Then the CO2 + 16oz threaded cartridge.
If I don't use the entire cartridge, I keep it for the next flat. Then I...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-28-15, 06:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 957
Posted By nkfrench

I haven't got my bike trainer set up for my road...

I haven't got my bike trainer set up for my road bike (long story), but my knees don't do well on the special spin bikes at the gym.
I do not have a smooth pedaling motion and I get out of synch...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-15, 03:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,109
Posted By nkfrench

Dried apricots are my favorite. I bought a...

Dried apricots are my favorite.
I bought a home fruit dehydrator hoping it would convert the apricots from my backyard tree to tasty dried ones.
I didn't realize that the ones in the store use...
04-26-15, 02:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,749
Posted By nkfrench

If I don't have a competent answer to a question,...

If I don't have a competent answer to a question, I can always make something up. :rolleyes:

I attended a 2-day workshop on safe and effective cycling (CyclingSavvy). They cover a lot of things to...
Forum: Commuting
04-26-15, 02:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,184
Posted By nkfrench

Sleep difficulties have been a major factor why I...

Sleep difficulties have been a major factor why I am not currently bike-commuting to work.
I have always been a night owl and have no trouble staying up late, great difficulty getting up early or...
Forum: Commuting
04-26-15, 01:54 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,705
Posted By nkfrench

Best flat prevention for me? Don't ride in the...

Best flat prevention for me?
Don't ride in the gutter or to the extreme right of the road where debris accummulates.
Watch where your wheels go. Have good lighting for rides after dark.
Don't...
04-26-15, 01:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 984
Posted By nkfrench

Personal experience is that gaining weight...

Personal experience is that gaining weight affects bike fit .: losing weight affects fit.
04-26-15, 01:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,766
Posted By nkfrench

It's not fun about 18mph and I won't ride over...

It's not fun about 18mph and I won't ride over 25mph. My threshold used to be 30mph but I don't like the gusts grabbing at my wheels and I've wimpified over the years.
There are some nice downhills...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-15, 06:49 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,635
Posted By nkfrench

Sunglasses in the sun, and clear safety glasses...

Sunglasses in the sun, and clear safety glasses for low visibility conditions. They were about $4 each.
My contacts dry out from the wind if I don't protect them.
My eyes are sensitive to light so...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-15, 06:36 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,132
Posted By nkfrench

Cyclists do get ticketed in my town. Running a...

Cyclists do get ticketed in my town. Running a red light/stopsign is about $150 or $200, the same as the fine for a motorist.
There are some intersections where cyclists blowing stops (full speed,...
Replies: 33
Views: 3,035
Posted By nkfrench

Distracted drivers is a serious problem here. No...

Distracted drivers is a serious problem here. No amount of safety gear will help if the driver isn't paying attention.
Bike lanes and shared use paths each have their own advantages and...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-15, 10:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,700
Posted By nkfrench

A good blinkie whether you ride at night or not....

A good blinkie whether you ride at night or not. I like the HotShot with the USB recharging.
Some people also run a white front strobe "be seen" during the day.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-15, 10:04 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,050
Posted By nkfrench

Did you mean that you are tucking in your bike...

Did you mean that you are tucking in your bike jersey?
04-17-15, 03:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,639
Posted By nkfrench

Athena here riding a womens-specific bike. 2006...

Athena here riding a womens-specific bike. 2006 Specialized Ruby Pro I bought new at the end of 2008.
I suspect the women's bikes are designed for lighter-weight riders, not just for women's...
Forum: Texas
04-17-15, 02:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 751
Posted By nkfrench

Aledo Ride For Heros charity ride west of Fort...

Aledo Ride For Heros charity ride west of Fort Worth is a popular charity ride.
Forum: Texas
04-13-15, 01:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,628
Posted By nkfrench

fyi, the Trinity Trails have been expanded so...

fyi, the Trinity Trails have been expanded so they connect all the way up from Art Cowsen trailhead to the lake roads, all of it MUP and none on-street between there and Bellaire Drive on-street bike...
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