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07-28-22, 12:09 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,464
Posted By Random11

As a cycling enthusiast, I was interested in...

As a cycling enthusiast, I was interested in discussing some of my thoughts on the motivation to ride with other cycling enthusiasts. Can you suggest a website or discussion group where that might be...
07-26-22, 11:23 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,464
Posted By Random11

I'm happy to give lots of credit to those who are...

I'm happy to give lots of credit to those who are motivated to train. Maybe my initial post was trying to justify my lack of motivation. But if I thought a change in my riding habits would improve my...
07-25-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,464
Posted By Random11

I'm Not Training; I'm Exercising

Every morning I ride 15-20 miles over rolling hills. I rarely miss a day. I enjoy riding, but one motivator is that I think it's good for my health. I get occasional advice (and see it here) on what...
07-18-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 360
Posted By Random11

I'm not against buying new bikes, particularly if...

I'm not against buying new bikes, particularly if it will inspire you to ride, but have you tried riding your existing bikes on that route? They might be as good for your purposes as new bikes.
07-17-22, 01:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 590
Posted By Random11

Lots of you are making a joke out of this, but...

Lots of you are making a joke out of this, but I'm wondering the same thing. Case in point: I have a 2019 Specialized Diverge with a 2x drive train which is perfect for the rides I do. The current...
07-15-22, 07:24 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 997
Posted By Random11

I first heard this on BF several years ago, and...

I first heard this on BF several years ago, and have repeated it a few times myself. My typical ride is 15-20 miles, but I rarely miss a day and consistently ride more than 100 miles in a week. I...
07-02-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 2,816
Posted By Random11

Not exactly the same thing, but I ride through...

Not exactly the same thing, but I ride through residential neighborhoods and people often put things at the curb they are discarding (furniture, children's toys, yard ornaments, etc.). A few times...
06-15-22, 07:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By Random11

Several decades ago I was in Washingon, DC, and a...

Several decades ago I was in Washingon, DC, and a local was giving me a ride to the airport. We got to his car and he had two of "The Club" steering wheel locks on his car. I asked him why he had two...
05-21-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 10,883
Posted By Random11

... the other guys in your riding group call you...

... the other guys in your riding group call you Mr. [Lastname] while they refer to all the other riders by their first names.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-22, 07:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,192
Posted By Random11

I have a Cervelo Caledonia and a Specialized...

I have a Cervelo Caledonia and a Specialized Diverge. I can tell you that the Diverge is much more stable than the Caledonia.
05-14-22, 07:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 809
Posted By Random11

I love posts like this. Congrats to you and Nora....

I love posts like this. Congrats to you and Nora. Nora's showing older riders like us that it's very possible to keep riding well into our 80s. She's an inspiration to me, and I'm sure to many other...
05-09-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 675
Posted By Random11

You're looking good, Irwin. Thanks for starting...

You're looking good, Irwin. Thanks for starting this thread. As a senior citizen myself, I love to hear about older riders who are keeping at it.
05-09-22, 08:24 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,681
Posted By Random11

I like those names better than Gravel anything....

I like those names better than Gravel anything. I've rarely had my bike on actual gravel. Dirt? Yes. Sand? Yes. Grass? Yes. Lots of pavement. Gravel? Rarely. As I ride it, it is a multi-surface bike.
04-17-22, 07:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,479
Posted By Random11

I don't know whether this is correct, but when I...

I don't know whether this is correct, but when I bought my bike, it came with those orange inserts and the shop told me to put them in when I take off the wheels, so I do. It's easy to do and I've...
04-13-22, 08:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,534
Posted By Random11

Seems like there was a similar thread here in the...

Seems like there was a similar thread here in the past year. For me, 60 degrees F (16 degrees C) is ideal. Cool but not cold.
03-29-22, 07:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,056
Posted By Random11

I'm 71 and as far as I can tell, I haven't slowed...

I'm 71 and as far as I can tell, I haven't slowed down at all. But I have an advantage over many of you. I didn't start riding until I was 67. Apparently, any negative effects of aging have been...
03-27-22, 07:55 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,239
Posted By Random11

I don't Wanna Know

I'm pretty disciplined about riding almost every day, pushing pretty hard, but not exhausting myself. I know the mileage of the routes I'm riding, but outside of the miles, I'm not metering my...
03-20-22, 04:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,277
Posted By Random11

Not sure my advice applies to your specific case,...

Not sure my advice applies to your specific case, but when I started riding again at age 67 after 40 years off, I did feel a bit uneasy and unstable. After a few months I felt much more comfortable,...
03-05-22, 11:27 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,552
Posted By Random11

I'd get a bike stand, something like this RAD...

I'd get a bike stand, something like this RAD Cycle Black 1-Bike Portable Floor Stand Garage Bike Rack HWD630532 (homedepot.com)...
02-25-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,089
Posted By Random11

I like RaceFace Chesters.

I like RaceFace Chesters.
02-24-22, 07:09 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,029
Posted By Random11

Very inspiring, Doug. I see many people in this...

Very inspiring, Doug. I see many people in this thread thinking like you (and I) do. Don't let age alone take you off your bike. I also see some sobering counter-arguments. One thing that is in the...
02-17-22, 08:21 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,156
Posted By Random11

I like my Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon. Nice...

I like my Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon. Nice on pavement, and good for off-road riding. I also have a Caledonia, but I never ride it off-road. I ride the Diverge off-road. The Caledonia is more...
01-29-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 977
Posted By Random11

I know times have changed, but I got a new bike...

I know times have changed, but I got a new bike when I was 11 and rode it until I was 18. By that time, the bike was pretty well trashed.
12-13-21, 09:10 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,731
Posted By Random11

I'm 71 and rode 104 miles one Sunday in October....

I'm 71 and rode 104 miles one Sunday in October. I got a new bike in August (Cervelo Calendonia) and wanted to do a Century on it, so I did. I also did a Century the year before on my old bike...
12-09-21, 07:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,476
Posted By Random11

If you're riding solo, I don't see much of an...

If you're riding solo, I don't see much of an advantage to a second wheelset. I have a Specialized Diverge with 700x38c tires that does fine on paved roads, in addition to light gravel. New wheels...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-22-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,648
Posted By Random11

My only bike was a gravel bike and I wanted some...

My only bike was a gravel bike and I wanted some thinner tires. So, I bought new wheels and tires, and a new bike to put them on. One thought is, it's not bad to have a second bike. It's rare that...
10-19-21, 07:54 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,918
Posted By Random11

Good attitude, Yuri. That was a real question. My...

Good attitude, Yuri. That was a real question. My new Caledonia seems like a great bike for me now, and I was wondering how long I'd be thinking that. But I bought the bike I wanted now, rather than...
10-19-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,182
Posted By Random11

A Diverge was my only bike for two years. I ride...

A Diverge was my only bike for two years. I ride it mostly on paved roads with 700x38c tires. It rides well on the road, and also is good off-road, though it's been a challenge on some rougher...
10-12-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,918
Posted By Random11

Yes, you should be able to enjoy that bike until...

Yes, you should be able to enjoy that bike until age 71 at least, if my experience is any guide.
10-12-21, 10:07 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,918
Posted By Random11

Older Road Bike Riders?

Two months ago I bought a Cervelo Caledonia. I'm very happy with the bike, which fits well and is a good match for my regular rides. But one thing I briefly considered before buying is how much...
10-07-21, 07:40 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 6,287
Posted By Random11

The OP raises a good question. I replace my chain...

The OP raises a good question. I replace my chain when my chain gauge shows it's worn, and about every third chain, the new chain skips so I get a new cassette to go with the new chain. But... if the...
09-26-21, 06:52 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 6,488
Posted By Random11

I'm impressed... and stand corrected.

I'm impressed... and stand corrected.
09-26-21, 12:33 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 6,488
Posted By Random11

My goal, in both my marathons and my century, was...

My goal, in both my marathons and my century, was just to do the distance. I agree that I could have exerted more effort in my ride. So this might be a better comparison. The Tour de France cyclists...
09-26-21, 12:01 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 6,488
Posted By Random11

As a former runner who recently turned to...

As a former runner who recently turned to cycling, I can assure you that running uses far more energy. As a runner, one of my goals was to run a marathon (I eventually did five), and when I picked up...
09-17-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,385
Posted By Random11

Like the OP, I had this idea that someday I'd...

Like the OP, I had this idea that someday I'd like to do a century. I thought of it as a "bucket list" item. Then somebody posted on these forums that rule of thumb that you should be able to ride in...
09-15-21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 8,456
Posted By Random11

You're probably better and quicker at changing...

You're probably better and quicker at changing tires than I am. The last tire I changed took me more than 24 hours. I had trouble getting the tire to mount and broke all my tire levers (three of...
09-12-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,393
Posted By Random11

I'm another rider who switched to Schwalbe...

I'm another rider who switched to Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires because I was having too many flats.
09-04-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 7,387
Posted By Random11

My usual rides are 15-20 miles and I wear a...

My usual rides are 15-20 miles and I wear a t-shirt and running shorts (left over from when I could run). I have padded bike shorts I wear for rides more than 20 miles. I'm not sure I need them, but...
08-30-21, 08:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,724
Posted By Random11

I may be too compulsive a rider, but I got back...

I may be too compulsive a rider, but I got back on the bike the next day. The doctor said it would take 4-6 weeks to heal, but he also gave me a sheet with some exercises to do, and didn't tell me...
08-26-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,724
Posted By Random11

It almost goes without saying, but I didn't see...

It almost goes without saying, but I didn't see it until it was too late. It was about an inch and a half in diameter and about two feet long, so not something you'd choose to run over, but also,...
08-26-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,724
Posted By Random11

Ha! Too late for me.

Ha! Too late for me.
08-25-21, 08:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,724
Posted By Random11

My First Crash

I've been riding a few months short of four years and had my first crash today. Riding solo at a pretty good clip on a residential road, when I ran over a stick I didn't see in time, which caused me...
08-21-21, 08:06 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,777
Posted By Random11

Dehydration was my first thought too. One way to...

Dehydration was my first thought too. One way to check is to weigh yourself before and after your ride. In hot weather, even though I drink during my ride, I can lose two pounds and sometimes as much...
08-17-21, 07:55 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,943
Posted By Random11

I bought an inexpensive Bell pump at Academy...

I bought an inexpensive Bell pump at Academy Sports. Works fine, compatible with both types of valves, and big indicator that reads out tire pressure. I've had it four years, so can't speak about its...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-21, 08:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,165
Posted By Random11

...Depends on how and where you ride, but I...

...Depends on how and where you ride, but I switched from an 11-34 cassette to 11-28 and it was a big improvement because of the smaller increments from gear to gear.
08-01-21, 01:57 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,803
Posted By Random11

I'm 71 and riding as fast as I ever have--maybe...

I'm 71 and riding as fast as I ever have--maybe faster. But I have an advantage over most of you in this regard. I've been riding less than four years. I seemed to be getting faster over at least my...
07-29-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,846
Posted By Random11

I'm riding because I had to quit running due to...

I'm riding because I had to quit running due to advanced arthritis in my knees. I was wondering if that would also keep me from riding, but I've been at it almost four years now and cycling doesn't...
07-28-21, 08:41 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,158
Posted By Random11

Aaugghh!! This happened again...

I've complained about this before. There's a roundabout on my daily ride, and yesterday I was approaching it as a car was entering to my left (counterclockwise traffic). I was timing my entry to...
07-24-21, 08:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,674
Posted By Random11

I started riding at 67 after 40 years without a...

I started riding at 67 after 40 years without a bike. I was in OK shape because I was a runner,, but had to give up running because of knee issues. I started riding eight miles four times a week,...
07-16-21, 08:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,759
Posted By Random11

Years ago, before I started cycling, I had a...

Years ago, before I started cycling, I had a regular running route through a nearby state park. I was running along a trail when a woman ran up behind me, and as she passed, she said "How far are you...
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