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09-23-08, 11:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,158
Posted By pista

Just about all grocery stores and drugs stores...

Just about all grocery stores and drugs stores sell them around here.
09-23-08, 11:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 816
Posted By pista

Why use a HRM in the first place.

Why use a HRM in the first place.
09-23-08, 11:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,085
Posted By pista

It never ceases to amaze me how many fat people...

It never ceases to amaze me how many fat people are out there. I'm a minority, indeed.

Has anyone ever looked at the grocery store what they are buying? Real junk food. Next time you see a lard...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-08, 12:10 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,351
Posted By pista

17% is not that bad. Take a short rest before...

17% is not that bad. Take a short rest before attempting it and you will do fine. Remember to count to 5 over and over again as you go up. Before you know it you are finished.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-08, 11:51 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,386
Posted By pista

I have a triple with a 53 outer ring - not...

I have a triple with a 53 outer ring - not compact. I find I never use the granny ring. With the 12-27 cassette I have plenty of gears to handle everything.

Mind you on a mountain bike the granny...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-08, 12:17 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,964
Posted By pista

My last fixie was a Triumph bike when I was a...

My last fixie was a Triumph bike when I was a kid. Once I got a road bike with gears I was in heaven.

Why have a fixie? The question is illogical and can't be answered.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-08, 12:11 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 7,347
Posted By pista

I actually don't spend that much on cycling,...

I actually don't spend that much on cycling, something that I do a lot of. Once you have the bike you love and have it set up just right and have all the other goodies likes shoes, computer, clothes,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-08, 11:20 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,362
Posted By pista

This is what I think really happened. The woman...

This is what I think really happened. The woman driver suddenly pulled to the side of the road without looking in right view mirror and cut off the cyclist with a dead stop. He simply just hit the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-08, 12:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,347
Posted By pista

Why bother getting a double. Any reputable shop...

Why bother getting a double. Any reputable shop should be able to fix your shifting problems. I have a triple and 105 and I have no problems at all. The only thing I have found, now and then, is...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-08, 11:19 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,869
Posted By pista

<<My philosophy is very simple: if I do the ride,...

<<My philosophy is very simple: if I do the ride, usually everything else takes care of itself. And it always does.>>

This is very true. I'm amazed that you have kept cycling despite this phyiscal...
09-16-08, 11:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,275
Posted By pista

If you want to burn more calories and gain more...

If you want to burn more calories and gain more muscle strength you should do some mashing.

Every week I will do a 20 mile section of a ride in the highest gear that I can do it. And finish the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-08, 11:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,429
Posted By pista

Going back to the days when I didn't ride...

Going back to the days when I didn't ride regularily, I was pretty stressed out from running a business and family, etc. Since, I've been riding a least once every two days, I find my stress level is...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-08, 01:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 757
Posted By pista

I will not buy Fred's water that for sure!

I will not buy Fred's water that for sure!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-08, 01:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 727
Posted By pista

I dunno. It's pretty weird. Haven't witnessed...

I dunno. It's pretty weird. Haven't witnessed anything like that. Who knows?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-08, 01:19 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 7,327
Posted By pista

My wife is into figure skating. She is really...

My wife is into figure skating. She is really good at it too. Keeps her fit and all. Has no real interestin cycling except when when we all go camping and do some runs with the mountain bikes. In my...
09-14-08, 02:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 597
Posted By pista

>>Aim to consume about 250 calories per hour ......

>>Aim to consume about 250 calories per hour ... of whatever.<<

I do the same thing except maybe 300 calories per hour. On a century it doesn't matter what you eat as long as it's got calories and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-08, 01:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 727
Posted By pista

A light steel frame bike is truly something to...

A light steel frame bike is truly something to treasure. Like my Masi 1982.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-08, 01:47 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,463
Posted By pista

Looks great. My bike is yellow and would love it...

Looks great. My bike is yellow and would love it if it looked like yours.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-08, 01:45 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,604
Posted By pista

You get what you pay for.

You get what you pay for.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-08, 01:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,530
Posted By pista

You guys must have really soft, tender butts'. I...

You guys must have really soft, tender butts'. I have never used any cream even on 150 mile rides. A good pair of bibs is all it takes plus a nice saddle, of course.

My advice is get a saddle you...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-08, 01:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 741
Posted By pista

Funny, I tend to be more aggressive when I'm in...

Funny, I tend to be more aggressive when I'm in drops.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-08, 01:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 814
Posted By pista

Good lnk and very useful. One thing I want...

Good lnk and very useful.

One thing I want to add is that I do not hesitate to go in the middle of road if my safety depends on it: for example, fast descents, no shoulder (the law here says that...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-08, 01:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,497
Posted By pista

The problem is that a lot of drivers don't look...

The problem is that a lot of drivers don't look for cyclists and then to make matters worse, they ways underestimate how fast you may be going. Lots of times at corners, where a driver is turning in,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-08, 01:05 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 5,839
Posted By pista

I don't think cycling by an experienced guy is...

I don't think cycling by an experienced guy is any more dangerous than driving a car.

The way I see it: compare the number of driving kills versus cycliing kills every year. And then look at the %...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-08, 12:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 970
Posted By pista

Sometimes you have to mash! I do it all the time...

Sometimes you have to mash! I do it all the time around here with the hills. Sometimes I mash just to build leg strength. I've done 40 mile rides where mashing big gears was the exercise fo the day....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-08, 12:10 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,860
Posted By pista

My fastest descent was clocked at 68 mph by my...

My fastest descent was clocked at 68 mph by my coach's car's speedometer. That is truly scary fast. But I was young and reckless. The bike went straight as an arrow, vibration or anything - my old...
09-11-08, 12:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,203
Posted By pista

I don't worry about any of that stuff, I just do...

I don't worry about any of that stuff, I just do the century. I don't bother with HR or lactacte threshold. Those are Fred kind of stuff ot worry about. If you are fit and in good form, why worry...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-08, 11:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,525
Posted By pista

There is sure a lot of Fred's around here that I...

There is sure a lot of Fred's around here that I pass so easily. I them somewhat amusing: they have very nice bikes, wear team outfits, but some are overweight, slow and amazingly poor bike handling...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-08, 11:38 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,404
Posted By pista

Lose the weight first. You can do this on a 50...

Lose the weight first. You can do this on a 50 pound bike. When you get to your optimum weight then consider getting a litter bike. Otherwise is it just a waste of money buying a nice lite bike for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-08, 12:45 AM
Replies: 424
Views: 17,464
Posted By pista

I can never figure out why anyone would ride a...

I can never figure out why anyone would ride a recumbent.

Lord I have tried to understand but I cannot.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-08, 12:42 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,431
Posted By pista

I'm in no hurry to upgrade to electronic shifting...

I'm in no hurry to upgrade to electronic shifting yet. If ever.................
09-06-08, 01:15 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 6,405
Posted By pista

No favorite here. I don't eat breakfast for that...

No favorite here. I don't eat breakfast for that matter. Not since a teenager, who found out he can skip breakfast before school and have nothing to loose.

Seriously, I actually hate cereal. My...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-08, 01:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,800
Posted By pista

Actually, riding a cheap, heavy road bike will...

Actually, riding a cheap, heavy road bike will make you burn more calories. The work is harder.

As far as calorie computers go - that's for newbies wanting to loose weight. I know I burn a lot of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-08, 12:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,119
Posted By pista

I actually don't care how expensive Brooks...

I actually don't care how expensive Brooks saddles are because I have tried them a number of times and, well, can't stand them. My preferred saddle is the classic Flites. Actually, just about all my...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-08, 12:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 804
Posted By pista

We went away for a 3 week vacation this August...

We went away for a 3 week vacation this August and didn't get to ride much and ended 10 lbs heavier.
I found that the 10 lbs made me more sluggish and slower. In one week I managed to loose 5 lbs...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-08, 12:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,812
Posted By pista

Why do you guys bother with calorie calculators!...

Why do you guys bother with calorie calculators! The utlimate guide is, if you are overweight, whether you are losing weight. After a ride don't even think about rewarding yourself with a milkshake...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-08, 12:30 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,549
Posted By pista

I remember my first bike. And my second and...

I remember my first bike. And my second and third. I used to just love riding around. I was addicted to cycling from the start. Once I went so far I had to use the pay phone to call my Dad to pick me...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-08, 12:14 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,560
Posted By pista

I do centuries. I have even done 178 miles in one...

I do centuries. I have even done 178 miles in one day and then 178 miles back the following day.

I enjoy the long rides. I love the suffering and the satisfaction of achievement when it's all...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-08, 02:19 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,619
Posted By pista

I dunno but I'm really happy with my 105 gruppo....

I dunno but I'm really happy with my 105 gruppo. Perfect shifting both in the front and the back. Heck, I even shift in sprints without any problmes.

I'm in no hurry to upgrade to Sram, Ultegra or...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-08, 02:42 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,851
Posted By pista

I've been drinking mostly Gatorade on long rides....

I've been drinking mostly Gatorade on long rides. It seems to suit me just fine. The good thing is all the Mom and Pop places sell them on my rides.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-08, 02:27 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,691
Posted By pista

A comedy of errors............ Funny though,...

A comedy of errors............

Funny though, no offense intended, of course.
08-30-08, 01:48 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,955
Posted By pista

The lighter you are the more fun and endurance...

The lighter you are the more fun and endurance you will have riding out of the saddle. I'm 6'2" and weight 165 lbs today and I can ride out of the saddle for least a mile.
08-30-08, 01:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,436
Posted By pista

I was a pack a day smoker. Used to love the smoke...

I was a pack a day smoker. Used to love the smoke after a ride.

But I decided to do longer and more intensive rides and found it rather hard. So, I took my family on on a 10 day cruise with the...
08-30-08, 01:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 961
Posted By pista

My typical ride is about 40 miles which takes me...

My typical ride is about 40 miles which takes me about 2 hours. I take a bottle of Gatorade with me and most of the time I bring it home 3/4 full. And that's on a hot day. A 3 to 5 hour ride I take...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-08, 12:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 871
Posted By pista

I'm really sad to hear what happened on your...

I'm really sad to hear what happened on your ride. In your situation I would have taken the middle of the road on that descent. I do it all the time. It is totally brainless to be on the extreme...
08-06-08, 01:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,920
Posted By pista

Yes. Lots of it. Depends on the intensity and...

Yes. Lots of it. Depends on the intensity and length of the ride. The longer the ride, more than 3 hours, will make you loose fat.

When I started biking again I weighed 225. Now I weight 160 or...
08-06-08, 01:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,378
Posted By pista

I get every now and then on long rides - 80 plus....

I get every now and then on long rides - 80 plus. It's great, you feel you can peddle foreever. Kind of makes you forget to drink and eat.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-08, 01:38 AM
Replies: 437
Views: 22,789
Posted By pista

I don't shave my legs because I'm not a girl. My...

I don't shave my legs because I'm not a girl. My legs are not really hairy and gross anyways. In the summer they go kind of blonde, so my legs look prettty clean compared to some apes I know.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-08, 01:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,125
Posted By pista

I love the stuff. A friend of mine is a runner....

I love the stuff. A friend of mine is a runner. He takes big glass of whey protein drink before his runs. And he has muscle like iron. He talked me into drinking it before my rides and then after. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-08, 01:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 616
Posted By pista

I don't start a ride if it's raining. But if it...

I don't start a ride if it's raining. But if it starts raining while I'm ridiingl, I still finish the ride - no matter how soaked I get. It's all part of the fun of cycling. Or misery.

As far as...
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