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Forum: Road Cycling
01-23-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 3,388
Views: 47,569
Posted By berner

Long ago when I was very young, maybe 20 y.o., I...

Long ago when I was very young, maybe 20 y.o., I worked for my uncle who was a building contractor. One rainy day, too wet to work, he needed to speak with one of the carpenters. Naturally, some of...
01-22-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,314
Posted By berner

A statute mile is 5280 feet so one percent is a...

A statute mile is 5280 feet so one percent is a mere 52.8 feet. A two percent error would be 105.6 feet. On a century ride the error would be tiny.
01-21-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 576
Posted By berner

It is not uncommon for some wind gusts,...

It is not uncommon for some wind gusts, especially so in unstable weather, to be twice the speed of sustained winds. So a 20 MPH wind could have 35 - 40 MPH gusts.
01-20-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 257
Posted By berner

Checking the tube is a good idea. I had one tube...

Checking the tube is a good idea. I had one tube that went flat, not from a puncture but from a failure of the valve assembly. Now I test new tubes before use by inflating and putting them aside...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-19-21, 01:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 702
Posted By berner

We in the US have not been doing well compared to...

We in the US have not been doing well compared to other nations on a number of metrics. Our technology is not evenly distributed. When you are losing battles I would blame the generals....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 3,388
Views: 47,569
Posted By berner

The new America's Cup boats are fugly. I admit to...

The new America's Cup boats are fugly. I admit to being an old geezer but I'll explain my view which is nor bases on "older is better'. Newport harbor has half a dozen or more 12 meter boats still in...
01-17-21, 09:05 AM
01-17-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,314
Posted By berner

Person with two watches never knows the time, so...

Person with two watches never knows the time, so says Confucius.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 3,388
Views: 47,569
Posted By berner

My first interest was in voyaging. I had even...

My first interest was in voyaging. I had even picked out a beautiful Hereshoff 36' ketch I was going to build myself. That plan got sidetracked as I began to build boats for a living that ranged from...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3,388
Views: 47,569
Posted By berner

I looked up Delano Park because that name rang a...

I looked up Delano Park because that name rang a bell. Thea certainly was the place where I saw major leaguers play baseball. It rang a bell for a second reason as well. As a boat builder and sailor,...
01-14-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,018
Posted By berner

I agree with Skidder in post #6. Long ago as a...

I agree with Skidder in post #6. Long ago as a young man I did judo for a short time. The very first lesson on the very first day was learning to fall and believe me, at first you fall or are thrown...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 3,388
Views: 47,569
Posted By berner

Sailors are pretty loose about peeing and nudity...

Sailors are pretty loose about peeing and nudity in general. But sailors are known to have loose morals anyway. I did one delivery by sail from the Caribbean to NYC with two women and one other man,...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 3,388
Views: 47,569
Posted By berner

There is German woman in the bike club here,...

There is German woman in the bike club here, married to a former US soldier. On one ride we happen to be riding together when I hollered out bathroom break and stepped into the woods 'till out of...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 3,388
Views: 47,569
Posted By berner

That was all back around 1955, right after the...

That was all back around 1955, right after the earth cooled enough for baseball players to evolve. The field was a block or two off Broadway and it likely to be gone now. I get back to my home town...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 3,388
Views: 47,569
Posted By berner

The topic is baseball. It's not the season but...

The topic is baseball. It's not the season but I'm not a fan anyway of any professional sport. But as a boy of 10 y.o. no sound was sweeter than the crack of a bat hitting a baseball. I grew up in a...
01-08-21, 12:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 849
Posted By berner

Knees are strong in the usual movements, front to...

Knees are strong in the usual movements, front to back, of running or pedaling. They are much less strong in lateral movements. I have devised a series of lateral strengthening movements with ankle...
01-07-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,339
Posted By berner

It may well be that shear size produces some...

It may well be that shear size produces some advantage in strength or endurance in the general population. However, there is a vast spectrum of capacities for high performance in any particular...
01-06-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 1,916
Views: 203,081
Posted By berner

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Language-Cells-Biolo...

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Language-Cells-Biological-Conversations/dp/1948836041/ref=asc_df_1948836041/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=459638379039&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10234509217108631098&hv...
Forum: Foo
01-06-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 326
Posted By berner

Arthur C. Clark, inventor of the geo-syncronious...

Arthur C. Clark, inventor of the geo-syncronious satellite one said that humans are an inevitable development in the evolution of the computer.
Forum: Foo
01-06-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,098
Posted By berner

There is all sorts of stupidity but I would not...

There is all sorts of stupidity but I would not say that wearing shorts in winter is stupid. What does seem ignorant is someone who feels their preferences are a law of the Universe. I've hiked with...
Forum: Foo
01-05-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,163
Posted By berner

I few years ago here in the nearby small city of...

I few years ago here in the nearby small city of Newport, Rhode Island, a cyclist and a dear collided and the cyclist lost his life. I have no details of the incident but in our ever more crowed...
Forum: Foo
01-02-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 171
Posted By berner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZb-SVm7eLE ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZb-SVm7eLE
Best wishes to all in 2021.
12-29-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 497
Posted By berner

People who study animal behavior, ethnologists I...

People who study animal behavior, ethnologists I believe, have found that animals under stress can develop severe and dangerous behavior, such as over-aggression and even kill their young. This is...
12-28-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 449
Posted By berner

The latest thinking by scientists is that the...

The latest thinking by scientists is that the galaxy, which should be teeming with life forms seems devoid of any life save humanity. They speculate such life forms likely obliterated themselves. My...
12-28-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,135
Posted By berner

I'm of the opinion that the entire drive train is...

I'm of the opinion that the entire drive train is suspect. Our democracy is supposed to represent everyone but for some time the wealthy are over represented. It was almost a laughing matter when a...
12-28-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,067
Posted By berner

It has been said that experience is the best...

It has been said that experience is the best teacher. But it does not always have to be your experience. It works as well to observe how others have screwed up. Read this forum frequently and the...
12-28-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 723
Posted By berner

Main is currently experiencing an upsurge in...

Main is currently experiencing an upsurge in covid infections. It might be wise to monitor this situation as your departure date gets closer. Maybe even postpone until later this year.
12-26-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,405
Posted By berner

Cyclists are built like a T Rex with tiny arms...

Cyclists are built like a T Rex with tiny arms and massive thighs. Sailors of old were built the opposite with massive arms and thin legs. Sails then were cotton which absorbed water. I don't know...
12-25-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,405
Posted By berner

I had got overweight by about 15 lbs. I very...

I had got overweight by about 15 lbs. I very slowly lost about half of that by watcing what I ate and then just gave up sugar. Now I read all labels and find sugar is added to everything. With no...
12-24-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,812
Posted By berner

I just finished re-reading a book of hiking...

I just finished re-reading a book of hiking stories in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I had sort of forgotten how much I enjoyed hiking there. The terrain is rugged and many people today use...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 11,492
Views: 193,353
Posted By berner

Boats are really radical these days and each new...

Boats are really radical these days and each new design is more radical than the last. Earlier this past summer, Spindrift, a 130' racing trimaran was in Newport awaiting weather for a trans-Atlantic...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-23-20, 11:21 AM
Replies: 11,492
Views: 193,353
Posted By berner

Addiction point to a somewhat nutty personality...

Addiction point to a somewhat nutty personality but I'm not sure which came first. Alex Thomson races a boat called Hugo Boss. ...
12-22-20, 11:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,704
Posted By berner

I've always thought the arrow applied to the...

I've always thought the arrow applied to the northern hemisphere only..
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 11,492
Views: 193,353
Posted By berner

I don't have much, being a former working man,...

I don't have much, being a former working man, but I don't need much so I've been making donations to the Rhode Island Food Bank. I can't imagine not having enough food at home for your kids. After...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 11,492
Views: 193,353
Posted By berner

I think you ought to post your blood pressure and...

I think you ought to post your blood pressure and heart rate daily here on BF to get the best evaluation from the herd.
12-16-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 10,741
Posted By berner

Not all, but some of the people who go into...

Not all, but some of the people who go into police work are not hired because of their intellect. It seems the main criteria is the capacity to follow orders without question. Many are ex military.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 11,492
Views: 193,353
Posted By berner

An old girl friend once gave me one of those...

An old girl friend once gave me one of those Swiss Army knives with a million and one functions, several of which would be needed in doing a motor job on a radial aircraft engine. An impressive piece...
12-15-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 10,741
Posted By berner

This crash reminds me of one I was a witness to...

This crash reminds me of one I was a witness to on a six lane limited access highway. Two autos evidently had some sort of a fender bender and were stopped on the fast lane. Just at the point where I...
12-13-20, 12:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 519
Posted By berner

I began cycling at about age 70 or so. It took...

I began cycling at about age 70 or so. It took quite some time until I learned the saddle shape best suited to me and for the backside to become accostomed to such a small saddle. Until those changes...
12-12-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,098
Posted By berner

It seems to me that if a saddle is set on the...

It seems to me that if a saddle is set on the verge of being too high, then a small incease in heigth, even as little as 1/8" may well cause a problem in an already troublesome knee. Carbonfiber Boy...
12-11-20, 02:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 912
Posted By berner

There is a possibility that by pointing the...

There is a possibility that by pointing the saddle a bit left or right you may find relief. I had that problem for a while but in the last few years, it has gone away.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 11,492
Views: 193,353
Posted By berner

I remember those days. I was 16 or 17 and could...

I remember those days. I was 16 or 17 and could pump 4 gallons of gas at the general store for $1.00, enough gas to drive around all day.
Forum: Introductions
12-07-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 584
Posted By berner

Welcome! I'm in Bristol. The bike club in these...

Welcome!
I'm in Bristol. The bike club in these parts in Narragansett Bay Wheelmen and has been around since before 1900. When group rides start up again, those rides are a good way to learn the...
12-06-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,673
Posted By berner

I'm of the opinion that life itself is an...

I'm of the opinion that life itself is an intelligent test. If we respond correctly to life's challenges we stand a good chance of long life. An incorrect response produces the opposite.
12-05-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,945
Posted By berner

The nutters is one obvious problem. Another is...

The nutters is one obvious problem. Another is the level of mistrust in government and other institutions. A large part of mistrust is the consequences of the kind of people who populate those...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 11,492
Views: 193,353
Posted By berner

I think I like cats better than dogs. Cats seem...

I think I like cats better than dogs. Cats seem to feel the same about me. I've never been bitten by a cat.
Forum: Foo
12-02-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 972
Posted By berner

Something like what you have bought up seems...

Something like what you have bought up seems likely to me. At the time Boeing bought up M. Douglas, I was working at a composite company doing a custom project for McDonald Douglas. It was clear to...
11-30-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,365
Posted By berner

I used to have a noisy knee that eventually went...

I used to have a noisy knee that eventually went away. As in Carbonfiberboy's remedy, I do knee exercises and much stretching.
11-30-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,788
Posted By berner

I fix the flat then and there. Once during the...

I fix the flat then and there. Once during the club Sunday ride, with about 5 more miles to go, I caught up to another rider who had flatted while on sew ups with carbon rims. He was riding what was...
Forum: Foo
11-29-20, 01:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 972
Posted By berner

I'm a fan of the tried tried and true. The old...

I'm a fan of the tried tried and true. The old Gooney Bird from the "30s is still flying and providing reliable transportation after more than 85 years....
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