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Forum: Commuting
08-11-17, 06:21 AM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 51,114
Posted By baron von trail

Bizman (PA) _____________________________ 4577...

Bizman (PA) _____________________________ 4577 (5105 total miles YTD)
dschue5 (MN) ____________________________ 4575 (7111 total)
augustgarage (CA)________________________ 3851.9 (4146.7 total)...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-17, 06:19 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 99,976
Posted By baron von trail

Oh, no problem getting home, but I kept it...

Oh, no problem getting home, but I kept it reasonably slow. The tire was shot, of course, but it was a Gatorskin. I imagine I could ride those for a 100 miles even if no rubber was left on them at...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-17, 08:41 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 99,976
Posted By baron von trail

I came whipping around a corner this morning,...

I came whipping around a corner this morning, taking the turn a bit wider than I should, and low and behold, there comes a car. So, I had to lock em up and slide over to the right. I cringed, not...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-17, 07:48 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,460
Posted By baron von trail

No. I use a commuter, which is my older aluminum...

No. I use a commuter, which is my older aluminum frame Cannondale. I leave my cf in the garage and use it only for weekend rides. Someday, I will probably buy a new weekend bike and then use my CF...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-17, 07:42 AM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 51,114
Posted By baron von trail

Bizman (PA) _____________________________ 4469...

Bizman (PA) _____________________________ 4469 (4956 total miles YTD)
dschue5 (MN) ____________________________ 4030 (6003 total)
Gregf83 (BC) ____________________________ 3588 (5940 total)...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-17, 07:09 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 99,976
Posted By baron von trail

Today was my first third-straight commute day...

Today was my first third-straight commute day that I can remember in a long time. Weather has just not been on my side. Last week, I only rode twice. Ain't that a bummer?

Anyway, looks like storms...
07-26-17, 07:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,348
Posted By baron von trail

50 miles for 50 straight days should get you...

50 miles for 50 straight days should get you started. If you manage your diet effectively, I estimate you'll lose 10 lbs. Maybe 15.

Thing is. Can you ride 50 miles for 50 straight days? I ride 50...
07-26-17, 07:03 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,622
Posted By baron von trail

During my commute home last night on the MUP, I...

During my commute home last night on the MUP, I caught up to a guy, age 68. I was about an hour into my ride; he was just warming up. So, we hooked up for a while and had some conversation as we rode...
07-23-17, 01:11 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,622
Posted By baron von trail

Yeah. 90% of my rides are a 50 mile r/t commute....

Yeah. 90% of my rides are a 50 mile r/t commute. Finding that has worked wonders. Work is no longer stressful, even on days when it should be.
07-23-17, 08:49 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 6,789
Posted By baron von trail

Drivers are tuned into looking out for cars and...

Drivers are tuned into looking out for cars and trucks. Bikes of all kinds, motorized or pedaling, are simply invisible to many of them. It's just something we need to know and guard against.

For...
07-23-17, 08:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,901
Posted By baron von trail

Mostly to complain or chest-thump, "We cyclists...

Mostly to complain or chest-thump, "We cyclists are so much better than those cagers."
07-23-17, 08:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,026
Posted By baron von trail

I don't do earbuds or listen to any music while...

I don't do earbuds or listen to any music while riding. Mostly, the reason is that I like hearing the nature more than some songs I can play when I drive my car. But, another good one is that I like...
07-23-17, 08:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 810
Posted By baron von trail

I improve throughout the season. And, yes, each...

I improve throughout the season. And, yes, each year, I seem to end it a bit faster than the last.

My failing is not keeping up on my cardio during the winter months. For years I've excused it as,...
07-23-17, 08:32 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,622
Posted By baron von trail

Cycling, is it your Fountain of Youth?

I've created one of these threads before. And, the response was positive. IMO, the anti-aging effects I've seen on older humans who cycle is indisputable. I wonder if there has been any science done...
07-23-17, 08:25 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,324
Posted By baron von trail

The park district puts on an annual camping bike...

The park district puts on an annual camping bike tour event shortly after the 4th in Xenia. It's well attended. Also, there is always some sort of bicycling related event up here in Yellow Springs...
07-23-17, 08:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,324
Posted By baron von trail

YS is a really nice place to live, IMO. Little...

YS is a really nice place to live, IMO. Little pricey for what you get, but the town is quaint enough that most of us just accept that we will be over-paying for an older home that needs some TLC....
07-22-17, 01:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,324
Posted By baron von trail

I ride through Xenia every day. It's the main hub...

I ride through Xenia every day. It's the main hub where our numerous SW Ohio bike trails, all of them paved, come together. I come down the trail shown above from my home in Yellow Springs and then,...
07-22-17, 01:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,690
Posted By baron von trail

Any bike with wide wheels and a sturdy frame...

Any bike with wide wheels and a sturdy frame should be fine. Another option is a trike. They can handle more weight than a two-wheeler. But, I'd say a weight that is under 400 should be fine on a...
Forum: Commuting
07-22-17, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 51,114
Posted By baron von trail

Bizman (PA) _____________________________ 4433...

Bizman (PA) _____________________________ 4433 (4899 total miles YTD)
dschue5 (MN) ____________________________ 4030 (6003 total)
Gregf83 (BC) ____________________________ 3588 (5940 total)...
07-19-17, 08:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,499
Posted By baron von trail

I take a break to drink water and eat a gel every...

I take a break to drink water and eat a gel every 45 minutes. On hot days like today, I'll dump a bottle or two of water on my head. My advice: definitely take a break.
07-19-17, 08:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,095
Posted By baron von trail

Building up leg strength and cardio over time...

Building up leg strength and cardio over time will give you best results. You can do that with shorter rides if you push your limits on them. As mentioned by others, keep mixing it up: long rides and...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-17, 08:11 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 99,976
Posted By baron von trail

They repaved a crumbling two-plus mile stretch of...

They repaved a crumbling two-plus mile stretch of road on my morning commute. Last year, they repaved the little over a mile long road I ride right after it. So, in the past two years, the bumpiest,...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-17, 07:42 AM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 51,114
Posted By baron von trail

Bizman (PA) _____________________________ 4325...

Bizman (PA) _____________________________ 4325 (4753 total miles YTD)
dschue5 (MN) ____________________________ 4030 (6003 total)
Gregf83 (BC) ____________________________ 3588 (5940 total)...
Forum: Commuting
07-07-17, 11:45 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,117
Posted By baron von trail

My old Schwinn Continental (or was that a...

My old Schwinn Continental (or was that a Varsity?) had 27" tires. So, I never even gave it a second thought when the newer road bike came in 700mm.
Forum: Commuting
07-07-17, 11:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,638
Posted By baron von trail

I ride a little over 20 miles in the morning. No...

I ride a little over 20 miles in the morning. No shower here or lockers. No real problem.

What I do is I shower before leaving the house. I also bring clothes into work ahead of time by...
Forum: Commuting
07-07-17, 11:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,089
Posted By baron von trail

I had one of those back in February. My only...

I had one of those back in February. My only issue was the gears stopped working. Cables froze in the holders under the bottom bracket.
Forum: Commuting
07-07-17, 11:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,284
Posted By baron von trail

I try to be an adult about it, but that usually...

I try to be an adult about it, but that usually fails. So, I shout expletives and use a few common hand signals.
07-07-17, 11:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 954
Posted By baron von trail

I weigh about the same, ride on some really...

I weigh about the same, ride on some really crappy roads with lots of steel chips and wire bits on them and never get flats. I use 28mm tires though. Same brand.
Forum: Commuting
07-06-17, 02:03 PM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 51,114
Posted By baron von trail

Bizman (PA) _____________________________ 4217...

Bizman (PA) _____________________________ 4217 (4623 total miles YTD)
dschue5 (MN) ____________________________ 4030 (6003 total)
mgw4jc (NC) _____________________________ 2971 (3112 total)...
Forum: Commuting
06-22-17, 10:04 AM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 51,114
Posted By baron von trail

Bizman (PA) _____________________________ 3866...

Bizman (PA) _____________________________ 3866 (4260 total miles YTD)
dschue5 (MN) ____________________________ 3190 (4842 total)
mgw4jc (NC) _____________________________ 2685 (2824 total)...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-17, 01:24 PM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 51,114
Posted By baron von trail

Bizman (PA) ______________________________ 3801...

Bizman (PA) ______________________________ 3801 (4177 total miles YTD)
dschue5 (MN) _____________________________ 3190 (4842 total)
Gregf83 (BC) _____________________________ 2596 (4198 total)...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-17, 08:58 PM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 51,114
Posted By baron von trail

Bizman (PA) ______________________________ 3693...

Bizman (PA) ______________________________ 3693 (4013 total miles YTD)
dschue5 (MN) _____________________________ 3190 (4842 total)
Gregf83 (BC) _____________________________ 2596 (4198 total)...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-17, 06:07 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 99,976
Posted By baron von trail

Odd year for me. I rode more miles in Feb and...

Odd year for me. I rode more miles in Feb and March than I did in April and May. A combination of things interfered: weather, outside commitments, lethargy, and perhaps burnout from riding too much...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-17, 06:59 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,919
Posted By baron von trail

I love riding my bike to work. That's my...

I love riding my bike to work. That's my motivation to get up at 5 AM, feed and walk the dogs, and then prepare to ride. I love that hour-plus I spend on the bike before work. And, all day, I look...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-17, 06:56 AM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 51,114
Posted By baron von trail

Bizman (PA) ______________________________ 3189...

Bizman (PA) ______________________________ 3189 (3402 total miles YTD)
dschue5 (MN) _____________________________ 2360 (3717 total)
gregf83 (BC) _____________________________ 2198 (3651 total)...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-17, 06:38 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 99,976
Posted By baron von trail

Back in the groove. It's been rough getting up to...

Back in the groove. It's been rough getting up to speed this Spring. Lots of weather issues, a chest cold, and life events interfering with the commute. But, it's been all good for about a week now....
Forum: Commuting
05-17-17, 06:36 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,951
Posted By baron von trail

Any current radar feed will do. If I see green,...

Any current radar feed will do. If I see green, yellow or red nearby, I look closer and try to see where it will be when. Sometimes, I'll gamble and think I can beat it. I'm running about 50/50 on...
05-15-17, 07:24 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,644
Posted By baron von trail

The underwear would defeat the purpose of the...

The underwear would defeat the purpose of the diaper built into the short. That thing is less for padding than it is for absorbing moisture and keeping your touche cool.
Forum: Commuting
05-15-17, 07:21 AM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 51,114
Posted By baron von trail

Bizman (PA) ______________________________ 3091...

Bizman (PA) ______________________________ 3091 (3271 total miles YTD)
dschue5 (MN) _____________________________ 2360 (3717 total)
gregf83 (BC) _____________________________ 2198 (3651 total)...
04-13-17, 09:25 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,820
Posted By baron von trail

Yeah, I've read on those heated insoles. It's...

Yeah, I've read on those heated insoles. It's definitely an idea I am looking at. I already use toe covers. In fact, anything under 50, I'm usually in those.

I'll just checked out that boot. They...
04-13-17, 09:16 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,914
Posted By baron von trail

Weight of the bike is always an issue on longer...

Weight of the bike is always an issue on longer commutes. I'd seriously recommend minimizing carrying load and bike weight, if possible.

I commute 50 miles r/t, which is probably equivalent to...
04-13-17, 09:00 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,820
Posted By baron von trail

I'm a rather odd duck, it seems. Low 50's for me...

I'm a rather odd duck, it seems. Low 50's for me is like summer. I ride in shorts and a T shirt just like I would in 95 degree heat. I just would not soak my head at every water stop.

I do shut it...
04-13-17, 08:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 862
Posted By baron von trail

I get numb hands now and then after long rides....

I get numb hands now and then after long rides. But, I've never experienced any bicep issues. It being your left, I'd probably be concerned if it came along with unusual fatigue or nausea and...
04-13-17, 08:47 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,591
Posted By baron von trail

I didn't pay attention to miles much last month....

I didn't pay attention to miles much last month. Had a good start but then ran into some rough weather. I doubt I cleared over 250 miles in March. Let's see how April goes.

So far I've logged 300...
Forum: Commuting
04-13-17, 08:44 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 99,976
Posted By baron von trail

Nice ride in this morning, pains me to think I...

Nice ride in this morning, pains me to think I may have to drive tomorrow due to business commitments. I hate that. :(

Should be a challenge tonight, 10mph headwinds for 30 miles. I may give it an...
Forum: Commuting
04-12-17, 06:37 AM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 51,114
Posted By baron von trail

Bizman (PA) ______________________________ 2331...

Bizman (PA) ______________________________ 2331 (2464 total miles YTD)
dschue5 (MN) _____________________________ 1645 (2665 total)
mgw4jc (NC) ______________________________ 1614 (1663 total)...
Forum: Commuting
04-12-17, 06:35 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 99,976
Posted By baron von trail

Due to vacation and some really nasty weather...

Due to vacation and some really nasty weather beforehand, today was my first ride to work in about three weeks. The upside is that I rode quite a bit during my time off work. So, I never really fell...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-17, 06:08 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 99,976
Posted By baron von trail

Cold enough this morning to go with thermal socks...

Cold enough this morning to go with thermal socks and shoe covers. It helped.
03-13-17, 06:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,731
Posted By baron von trail

I wonder how many extra cal I burn on a cold day...

I wonder how many extra cal I burn on a cold day like today. It was 25 F this morning, and I never really completely warmed up during the 20 miles I rode into work. It'll be about 35 this afternoon,...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-17, 09:06 AM
Replies: 1,223
Views: 51,114
Posted By baron von trail

Bizman (PA) ______________________________ 1598...

Bizman (PA) ______________________________ 1598 (1702 total miles YTD)
gregf83 (BC) _____________________________ 1217 (1962 total) [36/42]
KCBikeCommuter (MO) _______________________ 1069.3...
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