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02-28-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 248
Posted By Random11

That was fun! I've visited New Orleans many times...

That was fun! I've visited New Orleans many times in the past and enjoyed having a little taste of it today.
02-28-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 1,512
Posted By Random11

Solo. Like others, I leave from home (don't have...

Solo. Like others, I leave from home (don't have to go anywhere to start my ride) and I can go whenever I'm ready.
02-28-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 639
Posted By Random11

I can sympathize. As a former runner, when I'd...

I can sympathize. As a former runner, when I'd travel I would take my running shoes so I could sneak in a few miles. That's more difficult with a bike, although for car trips to visit family I can...
02-24-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 89,744
Posted By Random11

I bought those tires because I was having so many...

I bought those tires because I was having so many flats. I did have two flats in 2020 with the Marathon Plus tires, both from running over debris in the road that I didn't see until after I ran over...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-21, 08:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 917
Posted By Random11

I responded to a similar post you made in the...

I responded to a similar post you made in the gravel forum. The Diverge will do fine for a century. I rode one on my Diverge in October. You do need to make sure that you're prepared to eat and stay...
02-24-21, 08:03 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 89,744
Posted By Random11

I rode my one and only century on my Diverge last...

I rode my one and only century on my Diverge last October, all on pavement, and with 700x38 Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires. It was no problem. I like those tires but i've heard others on these forums...
02-23-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 447
Posted By Random11

I'll echo what others have said. I wanted an...

I'll echo what others have said. I wanted an 11-28 cassette for my Shomano Ultegra drivetrain but my LBS couldn't find a Shimano, so I'm now riding with a SRAM cassette on an otherwise Shimano...
02-21-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 8,951
Posted By Random11

Sure. But you can also see from this why the OP...

Sure. But you can also see from this why the OP feels like a black sheep.
02-21-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 8,951
Posted By Random11

Got it. But I was somewhat surprised at where the...

Got it. But I was somewhat surprised at where the dividing line was drawn. Drop bar riders don't recognize other bike riders as part of their tribe. That's why the OP is a black sheep.
02-21-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,564
Posted By Random11

Running is harder. I was a runner for more than...

Running is harder. I was a runner for more than 50 years until my knees just couldn't take it anymore, so I started cycling three years ago. I ran five marathons (bucket list items, just to say I did...
02-21-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 8,951
Posted By Random11

Just a casual observation, here. I started riding...

Just a casual observation, here. I started riding about three years ago on a bike with straight bars. I ride mostly on residential roads with a fair amount of bike traffic. I wave as I pass by other...
02-19-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,442
Posted By Random11

Yep. My LBS couldn't get one, but did get a SRAM...

Yep. My LBS couldn't get one, but did get a SRAM 11-28 so that's what I have on my bike now (with an otherwise Ultegra groupset).
02-16-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 551
Posted By Random11

I almost always take the stairs, partly because I...

I almost always take the stairs, partly because I feel a bit claustrophobic in an elevator. Occasionally I'll be with a group and don't want to be arrogant or antisocial and say "Go ahead and ride...
02-15-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 656
Posted By Random11

There are two questions here. The OP's question...

There are two questions here. The OP's question is: should you buy old tires, and I'd lean against it. But another question is whether it would be risky to ride on old tires. What can go wrong,...
02-15-21, 08:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 739
Posted By Random11

I'm interested in this question too, but I...

I'm interested in this question too, but I thought the opposite was true. My only bike is a Specialized Diverge (gravel) and was thinking of getting an endurance bike as a second bike. My Diverge...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-06-21, 01:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,306
Posted By Random11

The springs are easily changed, so why not try...

The springs are easily changed, so why not try them out and see which one works best for you?
01-31-21, 08:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 613
Posted By Random11

My only bike is a Diverge, which I ride mostly on...

My only bike is a Diverge, which I ride mostly on pavement and occasionally gravel (or worse). I have one set of wheels with 700x38 tires and they seem very good on pavement. I've wondered how much...
01-28-21, 05:37 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,138
Posted By Random11

That pretty much describes me, in that I never...

That pretty much describes me, in that I never even thought about the fact that my bike came from the shop with no reflectors (or chain guard, or fenders, or kick stand). I'm surprised at the turn...
01-27-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,138
Posted By Random11

I followed the link and was surprised to see the...

I followed the link and was surprised to see the requirement that bikes have reflectors. I went to look at my bike just to be sure... and it doesn't have reflectors. I'm guessing my LBS just didn't...
01-27-21, 08:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,657
Posted By Random11

I'm guessing that most people who frequent these...

I'm guessing that most people who frequent these forums don't have any problems riding their bikes. We're certainly not a random sample of the population. I'm 70, been riding for three years (after I...
01-27-21, 08:21 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,138
Posted By Random11

The more you spend on a bike, the less you get....

The more you spend on a bike, the less you get. My bike didn't come with pedals. It also didn't come with a chain guard, kickstand, fenders, or reflectors.
01-23-21, 08:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 622
Posted By Random11

My bike came with 48-34 chain rings and an 11-34...

My bike came with 48-34 chain rings and an 11-34 cassette. I never used the big cogs on the cassette so switched to an 11-28 cassette and it's working well for my riding. Whether it works for you...
01-23-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,260
Posted By Random11

I've watched the TdF the past couple of years,...

I've watched the TdF the past couple of years, but I confess that I record it to watch later, and fast forward through most of it.
01-23-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,322
Posted By Random11

I'm fortunate to live in (north) Florida and have...

I'm fortunate to live in (north) Florida and have never decided not to ride because it's too cold. The coldest I've ridden is mid-30s, and with enough clothing it's OK... but my feet get really cold...
01-20-21, 08:35 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,329
Posted By Random11

I'm going in the other direction. My bike came...

I'm going in the other direction. My bike came with an 11-34 cassette, but I never used the biggest cogs so I replaced it with an 11-28.
01-19-21, 08:52 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,767
Posted By Random11

I have a glass of wine every night with dinner. I...

I have a glass of wine every night with dinner. I almost always ride in the morning, so the wine doesn't come right after the ride.
01-16-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,968
Posted By Random11

My bike came with 48-34 chainrings and an 11-34...

My bike came with 48-34 chainrings and an 11-34 cassette. I would occasionally shift to the small chainring, but never used the big gears on my cassette. I recently switched to an 11-28 cassette and...
01-16-21, 09:28 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,472
Posted By Random11

After today, I'm wondering if cycling might be...

After today, I'm wondering if cycling might be lowering my life expectancy. Riding on a residential road, I had a VERY close call with an inattentive driver.
01-12-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 663
Posted By Random11

After too many flats, I bought Schwalbe Marathon...

After too many flats, I bought Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, which reduced (but did not eliminate) my flats. I like the tires, though I've seen them criticized by others in this forum.
01-12-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 614
Posted By Random11

Looks good! Enjoy your new ride.

Looks good! Enjoy your new ride.
01-12-21, 08:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 504
Posted By Random11

Why not take it to a LBS and have them adjust it?...

Why not take it to a LBS and have them adjust it? I've ridden bikes like that and have been surprised at how well they shift. My bike has Ultegra, and I remember thinking that there's not a huge...
01-11-21, 08:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,094
Posted By Random11

My impression from observing the lights of other...

My impression from observing the lights of other cyclists is that having a steady light and a pulsing light on a bike reduces the visibility of the pulsing light, and of the bike. Better to have two...
01-11-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 4,757
Posted By Random11

I tried this but it seems my imagination is not...

I tried this but it seems my imagination is not strong enough to hold up a bike and it fell.
01-08-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,880
Posted By Random11

Yep, my bike is now highly customized, if you...

Yep, my bike is now highly customized, if you look closely enough. I know the weight is going to slow me down on the hills, but it's worth it to look sharp.
01-08-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,880
Posted By Random11

While others are getting a life... I'm getting...

While others are getting a life... I'm getting new valve caps! I ordered them as soon as I saw this thread and they've already arrived. Ten different colors!!! I'm going to start with the pink ones....
01-05-21, 08:42 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,470
Posted By Random11

Three years for me. I'm 70 and started riding at...

Three years for me. I'm 70 and started riding at 67, when I had to quit running because of knee problems.
01-04-21, 09:08 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 4,757
Posted By Random11

I noticed the same thing on my bike. Also, no...

I noticed the same thing on my bike. Also, no chain guard, no fenders... heck, my bike didn't even come with pedals! With bikes, the more you pay, the less you get.
01-03-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,880
Posted By Random11

Nice! They would look good with matching bar-end...

Nice! They would look good with matching bar-end streamers.
01-03-21, 09:10 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,880
Posted By Random11

Just one of the sacrifices you might have to make...

Just one of the sacrifices you might have to make to look sharp.
01-03-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,880
Posted By Random11

I'm customizing my bike! Yes, after reading this...

I'm customizing my bike! Yes, after reading this thread, I've ordered multi-colored aluminum caps for my valve stems. I know the extra weight will slow me down, but I just can't help but think how...
01-03-21, 01:57 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,880
Posted By Random11

I like the idea as a way to give your bike a bit...

I like the idea as a way to give your bike a bit of individuality. I like my bike a lot, but it looks almost exactly like it did when I bought it. I've put different tires on it and changed the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-03-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,949
Posted By Random11

With the COVID disruption, I added five miles a...

With the COVID disruption, I added five miles a day to my rides. Not much longer on a daily basis, but five miles a day over most of the year adds up.
01-03-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,880
Posted By Random11

Very cool! My son leaves the covers off his...

Very cool! My son leaves the covers off his Presta valves, he says to save weight. I couldn't tell whether he was pulling my leg, but he sounded serious, and definitely is riding without the covers....
01-02-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,675
Posted By Random11

I ride more than six days a week. I ride every...

I ride more than six days a week. I ride every day unless something prevents me from going. (It's raining today, and I try not to ride in the rain, so today is a rare day I will "rest.") Most weeks...
12-26-20, 04:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Posted By Random11

Thanks, Caloso. I know lots of people are putting...

Thanks, Caloso. I know lots of people are putting in much more than 100 miles a week, but but yes, I am proud of the consistency. I won't be able to say I rode at least 100 miles a week for a year,...
12-26-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Posted By Random11

I'll give you extra credit for the mountain bike,...

I'll give you extra credit for the mountain bike, John. Some of my miles last week were on my old bike, which I gave to my son, because my bike was in the shop. Not a mountain bike, but 10 pounds...
12-25-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Posted By Random11

I'm just the opposite. I'll set out to ride a...

I'm just the opposite. I'll set out to ride a certain distance, and the time is less important. I try to push it when I ride--my primary motivation is exercise--but I don't time myself, don't have a...
12-24-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Posted By Random11

I rode 50 miles last week

Not too long ago I would have viewed that as an accomplishment (I've only been riding three years), but since mid-March when COVID came along and altered my daily schedule I've logged more than 100...
12-24-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,761
Posted By Random11

I ran track and cross country in high school.No...

I ran track and cross country in high school.No car, and after-school practice meant I was too late to take the school bus home. How did I get home? Hitch-hiked.
12-24-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,084
Posted By Random11

I have this same question, not really answered in...

I have this same question, not really answered in the posts above. A year and a half ago I'd pretty much decided I wanted a Diverge with 105, but my LBS had one with Ultegra that they put on sale, so...
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