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Forum: Recumbent
01-18-21, 09:50 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,784
Posted By StephenH

It would seem that recumbent bikes would be the...

It would seem that recumbent bikes would be the ideal solution for randonneuring. And in the last dozen years or so, I can think of 11 recumbent riders in the local randonneuring club, plus one or...
Replies: 7
Views: 1,035
Posted By StephenH

My 2021 plan is to do less randonneuring, and try...

My 2021 plan is to do less randonneuring, and try to work in some other stuff for a change. Like a couple of little tours and whatnot.
Replies: 8
Views: 430
Posted By StephenH

Just to point out, this is not the same for...

Just to point out, this is not the same for everyone, so don't assume that other people riding uprights are automatically dealing with the same issues.
For example, I started off riding on a wide...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-21, 05:02 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 17,793
Posted By StephenH

Just now saw this. I got in around 9,500 miles...

Just now saw this. I got in around 9,500 miles last year, also finished my randonneuring K-Hound and Ultra K-Hound awards, made a bit extra challenging due to some shutdowns during the year.
Replies: 21
Views: 1,194
Posted By StephenH

Check into the rides and routes out of Richardson...

Check into the rides and routes out of Richardson Bike Mart and those used by Plano Bicycling Association; also Greater Dallas Bicyclists. I've heard good things about the Shawnee Trail Cycling Club...
Replies: 21
Views: 1,194
Posted By StephenH

On where to ride- we can't help with that without...

On where to ride- we can't help with that without knowing your area, which we likely don't.
But check what you can find for nearby bike shops and for nearby bike clubs, see if you can find out where...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-13-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,330
Posted By StephenH

Dreaming along these lines again, and just doing...

Dreaming along these lines again, and just doing some research.
Velo Orange does have an XL frame, but the complete bike is $2,500, too, so a bit pricy.
Bikes Direct is all sold out.
Respect...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-02-20, 11:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,956
Posted By StephenH

Just now, I was glancing at the Velo Orange...

Just now, I was glancing at the Velo Orange listing and noticed they actually have an XXL version of this frame, which, to my knowledge, is not available on any other mini-velo bike (excluding...
Replies: 26
Views: 1,599
Posted By StephenH

People I know all use different brands/items and...

People I know all use different brands/items and it all seems to work.
I use the Shimano Road and have for 10 or 12 years. I selected this brand and style by walking into a bike store and going...
10-28-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,425
Posted By StephenH

Fresh legs, low cadence, long time- minutes, say....

Fresh legs, low cadence, long time- minutes, say.
Tired legs, high cadence- about 2 seconds.
Highly variable.
Fitness (both amount of muscle and weight) have a lot to do with it.
Replies: 24
Views: 2,138
Posted By StephenH

To my way of thinking, half the reason to have an...

To my way of thinking, half the reason to have an expert build your wheels is to get said expert's opinion on what to actually build.
I suppose I might eventually get a set of wheels put together,...
Replies: 16
Views: 1,778
Posted By StephenH

One tip I learned from a friend, by the way- "The...

One tip I learned from a friend, by the way- "The key to 24 hour races is riding 24 hours. A lot of people go to 24 hour races and ride, say, 21 hours and stop."
Replies: 16
Views: 1,778
Posted By StephenH

Are you meaning 24-hour races (of which there are...

Are you meaning 24-hour races (of which there are a number)? Or 24-hour randonneuring events?
For the races, www.ultracycling.com.
For randonneuring, the only specifically 24 hour events are the...
Replies: 16
Views: 1,514
Posted By StephenH

My impression- you're well on your way to...

My impression- you're well on your way to paralysis by analysis.
If the idea of a 100k seems daunting, I would not be worrying AT ALL about what to use for PBP. Get a bike and start riding and work...
Replies: 7
Views: 970
Posted By StephenH

I would guess for me that maybe 5-10% of the time...

I would guess for me that maybe 5-10% of the time is coasting, but that's going to vary depending on the riders, the route, the wind, the riding companions, etc.
There are people riding fixed-gear...
09-13-20, 09:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,256
Posted By StephenH

I discovered I could ride a 1,000 miles a month...

I discovered I could ride a 1,000 miles a month and gain weight while doing so. So no, you can't out-ride a bad diet.
I've actually reduced my riding some, but have been doing WeightWatchers for 2...
Replies: 24
Views: 3,286
Posted By StephenH

I'm doing some riding of existing routes (200k...

I'm doing some riding of existing routes (200k randonneuring permanents, for example) and also exploring some new areas on my bike. Got a 200k planned this Saturday that I've never ridden on before.
Replies: 17
Views: 2,429
Posted By StephenH

Down here, the basic strategy is to go ride a...

Down here, the basic strategy is to go ride a 200k every Saturday, and 52x200 = 10,000+. In reality, you miss a Saturday here or there, but you ride a 300k or 400k here or there, too, so it evens...
Replies: 17
Views: 2,429
Posted By StephenH

One of our local riders managed 40,000k in one...

One of our local riders managed 40,000k in one year a while back, so yes, they will. It'll depend on when they get opened and how. I've got 9 K-hounds and was working on #10...
Replies: 17
Views: 2,429
Posted By StephenH

The difference is whether you can count perm...

The difference is whether you can count perm riding towards RUSA distance awards such as K-Hound.
There were people doing 10,000k plus a year of RUSA rides that were exclusively perms.
What I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 981
Posted By StephenH

I've got a Venge. It's okay. One thing I don't...

I've got a Venge. It's okay. One thing I don't care for is the aero handlebars, which aren't as comfortable to ride with your hands on the flats.
Replies: 17
Views: 2,429
Posted By StephenH

The local club had a posted email that was sent...

The local club had a posted email that was sent to RBAs, but not to the general membership.
Evidently, they are doing a major rework on some of the perm arrangements, but I have no idea what or how...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,220
Posted By StephenH

Closest thing I've seen is trying to tabulate how...

Closest thing I've seen is trying to tabulate how many Texas counties I've ridden in. It's a bunch, but to try to go back through 10-12 years or riding and figure out just exactly which ones is a...
Replies: 4
Views: 1,097
Posted By StephenH

My first century was on 2.125x26 tires on my...

My first century was on 2.125x26 tires on my Worksman cruiser. The right tires are important if you're trying to take 10 seconds off your time, otherwise, not a big issue.
Forum: Triathlon
04-14-20, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,413
Posted By StephenH

At any event like this, it can be pretty...

At any event like this, it can be pretty enlightening just to go as a spectator and see how things work. That'll tell you in a hurry whether it's a bunch of buff people, skin suits and TT bikes or...
04-06-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,315
Posted By StephenH

I live in the Dallas area. There used to be an...

I live in the Dallas area. There used to be an outdoor track in Frisco, about an hour north of here, and nearest other track, I think is in Houston, 5 hours south of here. So not many bikes around...
Forum: Triathlon
03-26-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,590
Posted By StephenH

My guess: For what you could round up all the...

My guess: For what you could round up all the parts for, you could just buy some similar bike in usable condition and save a lot of hassle.
If you just enjoy tinkering and driving 40 miles to save...
03-26-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,895
Posted By StephenH

RUSA should have your email address as part of...

RUSA should have your email address as part of their membership information, it doesn't take a separate email list. My guess is you either haven't furnished an email, or the one they have is out of...
03-18-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,895
Posted By StephenH

Word from our RBA is that RUSA (national...

Word from our RBA is that RUSA (national organization) will leave things to the RBAs. Appropriate, I think, as some areas have hit this a week or two before us, and presumably will be past it a week...
03-16-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,895
Posted By StephenH

What effect it OUGHT to have is pretty minimal. ...

What effect it OUGHT to have is pretty minimal. Riding solo in the sunshine should be one of the better things you can do at the moment.
What effect it WILL have is no doubt highly variable due to...
Replies: 11
Views: 2,150
Posted By StephenH

The original post never did call it a "race", and...

The original post never did call it a "race", and that's one reason I didn't assume it was a straight-through type thing.
If it IS a "race" (I'm thinking like the Silver State 508 or Texas Time...
Replies: 11
Views: 2,150
Posted By StephenH

When you say "700k", that could be a highly...

When you say "700k", that could be a highly variable ride.
For example, when some people say they rode a century, it means they went out hammer-and-tongs and banged it out 4 or 5 hours, and if...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,298
Posted By StephenH

I think I saw this on Facebook, but a bit longer...

I think I saw this on Facebook, but a bit longer response here-
On the general workout/fitness- can't really comment.
One thing I have noticed is that there's a big difference between a route that...
Replies: 8
Views: 1,643
Posted By StephenH

I think that was mentioned in one of the emails...

I think that was mentioned in one of the emails or maybe the perm owner's list. Anyway, it was business-as-usual for the Super Sixes, which were not under the regular perm program.
Forum: Texas
02-26-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,162
Posted By StephenH

You can ride all over- but surprisingly, the...

You can ride all over- but surprisingly, the roads you drive on the most, are not the roads you want to ride on.
PBA has rides up in Plano. Not necessarily better or worse place to ride than...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,495
Posted By StephenH

Interesting reading the items so far, I sense a...

Interesting reading the items so far, I sense a rather distinct lack of enthusiasm for them on the part of actual owners. I wonder if you wouldn't get a more ringing endorsement if you were to ask...
02-11-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,774
Posted By StephenH

Some more on my experience- My wife had zero...

Some more on my experience-
My wife had zero interest in riding anywhere with me, tandem or not.
I found out that one of the ladies I often rode with had ridden with several captains that she...
02-11-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,284
Posted By StephenH

From a friend, for what it's worth: "In the...

From a friend, for what it's worth:
"In the early 90s there were a bunch of Russian made Ti bikes out there as a cheaper alternative to Litespeed and Merlin. I had one sold with Nashbar stickers on...
02-11-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,284
Posted By StephenH

Relayed from a TI bike enthusiast- one issue that...

Relayed from a TI bike enthusiast- one issue that can come up is that people have trouble getting bikes fitted, so they order the custom-ti, get it in made exactly to their specifications and...
02-11-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,893
Posted By StephenH

Get a big basket on front, and you have something...

Get a big basket on front, and you have something similar to the Schwinn Cycle Truck or the Worksman or other Low Gravity bikes.
I've got an India-made Arpan low-gravity bike. The main drawback...
02-11-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,774
Posted By StephenH

Of the ladies I know who have been cycling for a...

Of the ladies I know who have been cycling for a good while (20 years or so), more than half have tried a tandem at some point. Some love it, some hate it, some are indifferent. Of the ones that...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-04-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,640
Posted By StephenH

1. 750 miles (4 days) or 501 miles (41:39 or so)...

1. 750 miles (4 days) or 501 miles (41:39 or so) or 1200+/- miles (8 days) or numerous 600k (2-day) and 400k (1-long day), depends on how you define a "ride".
2. I've never figured the average,...
Replies: 22
Views: 3,413
Posted By StephenH

If it's a one-and-only, or the first, and it's an...

If it's a one-and-only, or the first, and it's an ACP event, get the ACP medal.
RUSA does have non-ACP brevets, which are not eligible for the medal.
If you're not in the US, check with your local...
Replies: 39
Views: 5,446
Posted By StephenH

A lot of our brevet routes are also perms, and in...

A lot of our brevet routes are also perms, and in the case of the 1200 and 1000k brevets, I had them broken into multiple perms, so you could go ride the route at your convenience, and get credit for...
Replies: 39
Views: 5,446
Posted By StephenH

I think they anticipate a "normal" bike club...

I think they anticipate a "normal" bike club routine, where everyone shows up at one time and rides a designated route.
They may or may not be aware that when that happens, you still have people...
Replies: 39
Views: 5,446
Posted By StephenH

I disagree about the 1000k+ plus rides being the...

I disagree about the 1000k+ plus rides being the only thing of value, as that is not too much of interest to me.
Yes, it would help to have some more news of what was going on. More particularly,...
01-12-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,734
Posted By StephenH

Scanning through all this- Do you do your own...

Scanning through all this-
Do you do your own mechanic work? Or will you hire all that done?
Will you be buying every part new? Or using a bunch of existing parts off of those existing bikes?
If...
Replies: 115
Views: 15,960
Posted By StephenH

I'll be doing lots of local brevets working on...

I'll be doing lots of local brevets working on K-Hound, probably be running down to Houston or Austin a few times for good measure, maybe to Norman, OK, or Midland, TX.
01-03-20, 11:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,706
Posted By StephenH

You're probably right on Trek, don't see 'em...

You're probably right on Trek, don't see 'em right off on the website. I know used ones are not uncommon, and don't normally shop Trek bikes, period.
Last time I checked, Cannondale didn't show...
01-03-20, 10:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,376
Posted By StephenH

Looks like I had 9,471 miles for the year. And...

Looks like I had 9,471 miles for the year. And can think of three guys right off that are older than me and got more.
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