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Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 945
Posted By busygizmo

That's a pretty broad area with a lot of...

That's a pretty broad area with a lot of geographic and cultural diversity. Since I live in Seattle and would like to stay in the region after retiring I have thought about a lot of options but they...
09-01-21, 11:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,504
Posted By busygizmo

Typically we park just inside the White River...

Typically we park just inside the White River entrance in the small parking lot. We ride out of the park and up Cayuse Pass. From there Iíve ridden part of the way or all the way to the Stevenís...
08-31-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,504
Posted By busygizmo

There are lots of climbs in Washington but most...

There are lots of climbs in Washington but most have a fair amount of traffic If you are willing to drive a bit and have flexibility when you can ride you can find some quieter roads.

The roads up...
06-27-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,118
Posted By busygizmo

It does seem like drivers (people in general) are...

It does seem like drivers (people in general) are more impatient and aggressive than they used to be, rare is when a driver even bothers to slow down while passing and another vehicle is coming in...
06-27-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,118
Posted By busygizmo

This might be a ride worth bringing a bike for...

This might be a ride worth bringing a bike for even if you canít rent. The 30 odd miles around the rim are some of the best miles Iíve ridden. The views are great and the traffic isnít usually too...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,062
Posted By busygizmo

This is next on the agenda, we're hoping to sell...

This is next on the agenda, we're hoping to sell our older road bikes and replace them with ones that accept larger tires for just that purpose. I assume we'll enjoy the adventure and quieter...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-20, 11:54 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,062
Posted By busygizmo

Flying my bike to Hawaii when I was only going to...

Flying my bike to Hawaii when I was only going to ride one day wasn't worth the effort or expense, I should however have brought my saddle. My partner didn't bring her saddle because she didn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-20, 11:41 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,062
Posted By busygizmo

This may one of the closest big climb in terms of...

This may one of the closest big climb in terms of driving times from Seattle I've found, I know there are some climbs on the east side of Lake Washington but the traffic is always a bit intimidating...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,062
Posted By busygizmo

I'd flip these. I've only ridden either once and...

I'd flip these. I've only ridden either once and Mt. Evans was from Evergreen although I doubt there is a big difference between the Idaho Springs start since the hard part seems to be once you get...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 15,062
Posted By busygizmo

Finally did this climb this year. To me this may...

Finally did this climb this year. To me this may be the hardest climb in Washington that I've done, a real grindfest. I think it is a lot harder that McNeil Canyon or Hurricane Ridge (I haven't...
11-20-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,477
Posted By busygizmo

A lot will depend on if and when my job returns. ...

A lot will depend on if and when my job returns. If I can afford a new bike then aluminum would be on the table especially since it seems like you can get a lot of bike for the money. If I'm buying...
11-20-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,477
Posted By busygizmo

This one looks promising too, fortunately there...

This one looks promising too, fortunately there are dealers locally for both Soma and Surly. Hopefully we are in a post-pandemic world in the not too distant future and I can test ride bikes again...
11-20-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,477
Posted By busygizmo

The parts on my old bike are fairly old Ultegra 8...

The parts on my old bike are fairly old Ultegra 8 speed with low end wheels I used to use for commuting and winter riding.

The Fog Cutter actually sounds exactly like what I'm looking for. I've...
11-09-20, 01:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,477
Posted By busygizmo

Thanks for the recommendations. There is a 56cm...

Thanks for the recommendations. There is a 56cm Cross Check on our local CL for $875. Last week there was a Soma Double Cross in the same size for about the same price. Both have cantilever brakes...
11-09-20, 01:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,477
Posted By busygizmo

I'm looking for a road bike that would ride as...

I'm looking for a road bike that would ride as closely as possible to a traditional race geometry road bike but would be able to swap tires to something large enough to do an occasional gravel ride...
11-01-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,477
Posted By busygizmo

Gravel-capable road bike, budget

Looking for bikes that will be used primarily as a winter training and commuter bikes but that would have the ability to ride occasionally on forest service roads here in Washington State. We have...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,570
Posted By busygizmo

Thanks for the feedback. Another follow up: ...

Thanks for the feedback.

Another follow up: got the bike back after a full overhaul, all cables, brake pads, headset bearings, chain and cassette replaced.
The shifting is much improved as is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 06:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,773
Posted By busygizmo

Quick follow up. The Assos bibs are very...

Quick follow up. The Assos bibs are very comfortable although I've only ridden with them twice, both time around 2 hours, so don't know how they will work on longer rides. Fabric is great and the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,570
Posted By busygizmo

FWIW I was able to fit 700x25 Gatorskins borrowed...

FWIW I was able to fit 700x25 Gatorskins borrowed from someone else's bike onto the Scott so I ordered some Conti GP 5K at that size and they fit almost exactly like the GP 4K 700x23's. Tried some...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,773
Posted By busygizmo

Thanks for all the replies. Went ahead and...

Thanks for all the replies. Went ahead and ordered a pair of the Assos size Large. I will probably order some shorts from The Black Bibs too, very interested in the Ultimates and their thermal...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,773
Posted By busygizmo

Assos T.milleShorts_S7 Bibs vs The Black Bib Ultimate

Trying to get feedback on either of these bibs. The Assos seem to get mixed reviews especially for that brand. Canít find any reviews for the Ultimates with the upgraded chamois, only of the less...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,570
Posted By busygizmo

I suspected as much, it's too bad so many older...

I suspected as much, it's too bad so many older frames had such narrow tire clearance. I have an older steel frame I haven't ridden in years and was looking to see if wider tires would fit but it is...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-20, 10:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,570
Posted By busygizmo

2008 Scott CR1 Tire and Gearing Questions

Hey all,


I have a 2008 Scott CR1 that I've been happy with over the years. I probably average 1K miles a year so it's not high mileage. I've been looking the last couple of years at getting...
04-14-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,988
Posted By busygizmo

Ditto, sometimes navigating various land manager...

Ditto, sometimes navigating various land manager websites for current info isn't easy.
04-14-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,908
Posted By busygizmo

Thanks for posting this all in one place. Sad...

Thanks for posting this all in one place. Sad times for outdoor enthusiasts.
02-23-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,456
Posted By busygizmo

We rode the WACANID ride. ...

We rode the WACANID ride.

https://www.wacanid.org/

They change the rout a little every year. Itís put on by the Rotarians.

We did in 2015. Sandpoint to Ione Day 1. Day 2 Ione to Trail. ...
02-19-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,456
Posted By busygizmo

I had to look it up, the bakery was right by the...

I had to look it up, the bakery was right by the Balfour ferry dock and is the Old World Bakery. The cookie was so big it filled one of my jersey pockets and I regretted not being able to carry more...
02-19-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,456
Posted By busygizmo

I would think you could find some great roads up...

I would think you could find some great roads up in that area, we ran into a group of Canadians on a long tour at our hotel in Nelson and they talked about a lot of scenic climbs they had ridden. I...
02-17-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,456
Posted By busygizmo

This one is on our every year list, often more...

This one is on our every year list, often more than once. We've always done it from the eastern side since we really like being in the Methow in general. But this past year we managed to get a...
02-13-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,456
Posted By busygizmo

This is one of the best rides anywhere. We drove...

This is one of the best rides anywhere. We drove down to ride the century a decade or so ago. We also did the loop on our own from the campground. If you do go down there for the century and don't...
02-13-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,456
Posted By busygizmo

The Sisters Parks & Recreation puts on a great...

The Sisters Parks & Recreation puts on a great ride the last weekend before the road opens to traffic. We've done it twice, once when it snowed a few years ago and last year when the weather was...
08-06-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,924
Posted By busygizmo

Not sure where you are coming from but if you are...

Not sure where you are coming from but if you are getting to Fauntleroy from Vashon there is a passenger ferry that leaves Vashon and goes directly downtown. It's limited run but they allow bikes. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,187
Posted By busygizmo

Thanks for the feedback guys.

Thanks for the feedback guys.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,187
Posted By busygizmo

De Marchi Bibs

Competitive Cycling continues their TDF discounts today with 50% off De Marchi.

I have never owned any of their clothing so am curious what the consensus is on their bibs, quality and comfort.
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07-17-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,616
Posted By busygizmo

So glad they brought this ride back. We rode the...

So glad they brought this ride back. We rode the old Ride 542 ten years ago and have been wanting to get back up there again to ride and enjoying the area.
07-16-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,616
Posted By busygizmo

It pretty much checks all the boxes for me. Lots...

It pretty much checks all the boxes for me. Lots of climbing, good to great scenery and car free for the majority. The only other nearby rides that check this box are the Mt. Baker hill climb in...
07-15-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,616
Posted By busygizmo

FWIW Glacier NP lets bicyclists on to Going to...

FWIW Glacier NP lets bicyclists on to Going to the Sun Road before they open it to cars typically in mid to late June. Also Crater Lake has one or more car free days on the majority of the rim drive...
04-23-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,261
Posted By busygizmo

FWIW we did the ride about a decade ago and will...

FWIW we did the ride about a decade ago and will confirm that the ride was well organized and the people that ran it were very friendly. Also on the plus side the shoulders are usually very wide. ...
Forum: Southwest
11-16-18, 09:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 640
Posted By busygizmo

Thanks for the confirmation, seems to match what...

Thanks for the confirmation, seems to match what i can glean from trip reports. Not the ideal time of year but it's what we have .

Any info on bike rental? I looked up the ones mentioned in...
Forum: Southwest
11-12-18, 10:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 640
Posted By busygizmo

Mt. Lemmon Ride and Bike Rental

Hello,

My folks have gone full snowbird and own a place in Green Valley south of Tucson. We're wondering if it is feasible to ride Mt. Lemmon between late October and mid-April, with a preference...
04-12-18, 12:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,672
Posted By busygizmo

Congrats on the ride and having a supporting...

Congrats on the ride and having a supporting wife!

Bummer you couldn't get a decent post-ride meal, have to admit that is one of the motivations for our rides.

That link you posted was probably...
11-06-17, 12:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,672
Posted By busygizmo

Having your own bike is always a plus. I can't...

Having your own bike is always a plus. I can't complain about my rental but my older Scott CR1 is easily 2 pounds lighter than the disc equipped one I rented and my position wouldn't have been...
11-06-17, 12:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,672
Posted By busygizmo

The descent is pretty pleasant, road quality is...

The descent is pretty pleasant, road quality is mostly good except a little near the top and it's mostly in the 5-6% range that I prefer. I don't like bombing descents much above sustained 40mph so...
11-03-17, 11:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,672
Posted By busygizmo

It's a spectacular climb both from a pure climb...

It's a spectacular climb both from a pure climb and aesthetically that I wish was more accessible, I'd definitely put it up with any climb I've done. I've done a couple that may be more scenic...
11-02-17, 11:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,672
Posted By busygizmo

Quick update, we rented from Maui Cyclery and...

Quick update, we rented from Maui Cyclery and both got Scott Solaces that worked great. The guys at the shop were very friendly and helpful.

Ride up Haleakala is everything advertised, great...
09-12-17, 01:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,635
Posted By busygizmo

Spain supposedly is the second most mountainous...

Spain supposedly is the second most mountainous country in Europe after Switzerland so there is a lot of interesting terrain. Also Spanish riders have historically been more inclined to be climbers...
07-31-17, 05:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,777
Posted By busygizmo

This guy has a lot of ride suggestions for...

This guy has a lot of ride suggestions for Oregon.

Home Page - Jay's Essential Bike Rides (http://bestrides.org/)

There aren't a lot near Crater Lake though. Many years ago we spent a few days...
07-31-17, 11:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,062
Posted By busygizmo

You can drive to Newhalem in an hour and a half...

You can drive to Newhalem in an hour and a half or so then do a longish ride to Washington Pass and back, that's about the closest long climb to you. If your a real glutton you could drop down the...
07-26-17, 09:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,672
Posted By busygizmo

Those all sound good, especially the loop around...

Those all sound good, especially the loop around the island and coffee! Didn't know about Willie Nelson hanging out there, wonder what the odds are of a sighting. It's our first trip there so we...
07-25-17, 09:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,672
Posted By busygizmo

Anyone else have any rental experience on Maui...

Anyone else have any rental experience on Maui they would like to share?

Any other non-cycling related things to do that you recommend? Snorkeling, surfing and the road to Hana are on the agenda....
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