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05-25-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 65
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Posted By gif4445

Everybody is different, but I've progressed from...

Everybody is different, but I've progressed from entry racing bike to a heavy touring bike and then finally at a bit of a mixture. My current favorite ride is a Specialized Diverge. The big thing is...
05-25-19, 06:50 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,906
Posted By gif4445

I shortened my crank from 175 to 165. More as a...

I shortened my crank from 175 to 165. More as a function of my height than age. Although if I was younger, maybe the extra hip rock from the longer crank wouldn't have affected my back as much. ...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 12:14 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,151
Posted By gif4445

Certainly not a vegan or even a vegetarian....

Certainly not a vegan or even a vegetarian. Balanced diet for sure. I do find that when I put in the high miles, like 100-200 miles, I tend to eat about the same amount of animal protein I normally...
05-05-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,060
Posted By gif4445

Machine wash and line dry at home. For my...

Machine wash and line dry at home. For my upcoming Trans Am race, probably hand wash every 3-4 days.
04-05-19, 03:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,243
Posted By gif4445

Yes of course vegans need more fuel stops than...

Yes of course vegans need more fuel stops than normal people. Not necessarily for fuel, but to tell more people that they are, in fact, vegan.
Replies: 10
Views: 1,422
Posted By gif4445

Of course it was my fault. I was alone and I...

Of course it was my fault. I was alone and I crashed. However, I'm betting it would have caught you too, unless you tend to keep your speeds at 10mph or under on a century ride. Downhill, a jag in...
Replies: 10
Views: 1,422
Posted By gif4445

Sorry if I'm detouring the thread a bit, but I...

Sorry if I'm detouring the thread a bit, but I recently put some gravel king slicks on my Diverge. Went with 32mm for comfort and wanting a little wider tire for a race this June that will include...
Forum: Touring
03-26-19, 08:03 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,183
Posted By gif4445

About 4 pounds. (Thanks for the set-up!)

About 4 pounds. (Thanks for the set-up!)
Forum: Touring
03-25-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,183
Posted By gif4445

If the bear spray/pepper spray you are carrying...

If the bear spray/pepper spray you are carrying is effective against Henways and Matterbabies, then it should work on a Jackalope.
02-03-19, 04:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,616
Posted By gif4445

I'm wondering if some of my initial lack of...

I'm wondering if some of my initial lack of success is because I have a Mac? In the meantime since my initial post, I rode a 200k brevet the first of January and used a downloaded RWGPS route on my...
01-07-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 4,898
Posted By gif4445

I would echo that. Winter is a good time for me...

I would echo that. Winter is a good time for me to drop some pounds and work on problem areas. Also a time to go to the Y and do the spin classes. I spin about 5-6 times/week and stay an extra...
12-30-18, 11:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,616
Posted By gif4445

Advice needed for Garmin Touring Edge Plus

So Iíve had the Touring edge plus for several months. I havenít successfully delved into its features. Tried to initially load a RidewithGPS route. Lost patience. So have just used it for the...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,230
Posted By gif4445

Hope you are doing well post surgery and the...

Hope you are doing well post surgery and the prognosis is good. I appreciate your concern with my respiratory issues. I don't think it is anything serious, but will be going to the Dr. soon. I am...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,230
Posted By gif4445

On my last 600K, I think I might have had a touch...

On my last 600K, I think I might have had a touch of a bug. It was a year end type deal, where fitness was compromised after spending several days in a combine (I farm for a living). So it was a...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,230
Posted By gif4445

My wife mentioned this today, but until your post...

My wife mentioned this today, but until your post I hadn't heard it used by a cyclist, or better yet, a long distance cyclist. When in your ride do you take this? When you are done for the day or...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,230
Posted By gif4445

On the last 600K, I used Allegra and an inhaler. ...

On the last 600K, I used Allegra and an inhaler. I haven't tried a decongestant, so that is worth a shot. I see that there is an Allegra-D (Allegra and decongestant) My prescription for the...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,230
Posted By gif4445

Coughing after Long Rides-Expectorant?

I have trouble with coughing after long rides. Particularly as I keeps me from getting the 3-4 hours sleep I usually get between long days on a brevet. This fall I did a cold 600k and not...
Replies: 47
Views: 2,390
Posted By gif4445

It's important to know the difference between a...

It's important to know the difference between a headache and a migraine. If your head hurts, it's a headache. If you feel like a knife has been plunged into your eye and throw up a few times, it's...
Replies: 47
Views: 2,390
Posted By gif4445

You would think so, but there is a life's story...

You would think so, but there is a life's story behind it. We rarely had caffeinated drinks like soda pop and such in our home as I was growing up. I started having migraines in later grade school....
Replies: 47
Views: 2,390
Posted By gif4445

I have to have caffeine every day, or I don't...

I have to have caffeine every day, or I don't just get a headache. Odds are it will be a migraine. So I start my ride day with a couple cups of coffee and will usually have a coke in the early...
Forum: Touring
11-01-18, 12:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By gif4445

Thanks for the input! Looks like we will be...

Thanks for the input! Looks like we will be making the journey down there in a few days.
Forum: Touring
10-29-18, 08:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By gif4445

Status of the Texas Hill Country!

Anybody with first or second hand knowledge concerning the Texas Hill Country? I know there was some terrible flooding in areas. I've got a friend who has asked me to come along for some riding out...
10-20-18, 06:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,656
Posted By gif4445

I've only participated in spinning classes at the...

I've only participated in spinning classes at the local YMCA for the last few years. Initially, we had instances where the RPM's would hit 150-160. Maybe we were doing the Les Mills stuff. I don't...
Replies: 43
Views: 10,011
Posted By gif4445

What do you have for top tube bag? I have a...

What do you have for top tube bag? I have a setup like this, but used Revelate. I'm getting frustrated with my small Gas can bag. Yours looks pretty roomy.
09-30-18, 04:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,902
Posted By gif4445

The last time we had a 5 mph wind in Nebraska,...

The last time we had a 5 mph wind in Nebraska, most of us fell over. Now 30 mph, that's where you can really start training!
Replies: 5
Views: 584
Posted By gif4445

Thanks Brian, I sure appreciate it. I'll keep in...

Thanks Brian, I sure appreciate it. I'll keep in touch, but for now I will see how the bike fitting I'm having this week goes.
Replies: 5
Views: 584
Posted By gif4445

I will have a pro fit in a couple days. My Rando...

I will have a pro fit in a couple days. My Rando bike is a great fit, except for the foot deal. I'm a little reluctant to change too much, but I'll let the guy do what he needs to do.
08-26-18, 07:55 PM
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Views: 320,215
Posted By gif4445

Echo that. I'm almost 61 and in the best cycling...

Echo that. I'm almost 61 and in the best cycling shape of my life. Took some time and discipline, and it will take more to maintain. I've got my sights on the Trans Am Race, if the good Lord is...
Replies: 5
Views: 584
Posted By gif4445

Foot problems-Need wedge/shoe advice

Foot problem being pain behind the little toe on my right foot (multiple surgeries and problems with the right lower leg) on the metatarsal/phalange joint. Actually a pretty good sized bump on top of...
08-23-18, 07:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,790
Posted By gif4445

I'll bike my age until the last time.

I'll bike my age until the last time.
08-15-18, 08:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,371
Posted By gif4445

And another update several months later. No back...

And another update several months later. No back pain. Core exercise and dropping weight, along with many road miles and hours on the spin bike, have improved my fitness to the point of the back...
08-07-18, 06:53 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,470
Posted By gif4445

Well of course. Cycling is easier in the 60's....

Well of course. Cycling is easier in the 60's. Turned 60 last November. As of a couple days ago, I surpassed 4100 miles, which up until then was my lifetime best annual mileage. Should easily pass...
Replies: 20
Views: 2,172
Posted By gif4445

Here is one vote for shorts over bibs. If it is...

Here is one vote for shorts over bibs. If it is cold and I have a few layers on, bibs are a hassle at a restroom break. A bigger hassle if that restroom break is outside. During hot weather,...
07-27-18, 08:04 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,461
Posted By gif4445

I'm 60. Started cycling earnestly at age 53. ...

I'm 60. Started cycling earnestly at age 53. Since then I have purchased 5 new bikes. Looks like you had better get started!:)
06-30-18, 04:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By gif4445

Help with a trike purchase

Just got a call from my older (75) sister. She wants to get a trike and doesn't know where to begin. I gave her the general advice. Buy quality, sized and fitted properly. And find a reliable LBS....
Replies: 48
Views: 10,899
Posted By gif4445

I'm riding my first 600K this weekend. My plan is...

I'm riding my first 600K this weekend. My plan is to ride the 400, sleep for 3 hours and then ride the 200. Had a good 400 (also my first) a couple weeks ago. Finished in 20 hours, at least good time...
Replies: 28
Views: 2,247
Posted By gif4445

As the rides get longer, I learn a little more. ...

As the rides get longer, I learn a little more. Had a good first 400K. Finished in 20 hours. Had the usual back pain and some knee pain (those 15% grade sections are fun). Started with Ibuprofen...
05-11-18, 04:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By gif4445

Thanks for the suggestions. What I've tried so...

Thanks for the suggestions. What I've tried so far based on your feedback is to use the original cable (what I used on the rides was a shorter length knock-off) plugged into the power source in a...
05-11-18, 02:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By gif4445

Charging a Garmin while in use question

On long rides (300K and up) I need to recharge my Garmin Edge Touring while I am using it. Unfortunately, after the charge is made, it wants to shut down. If I refuse the shut down, it goes to main...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-18, 03:08 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,616
Posted By gif4445

I've got one on my multitool also. Never have...

I've got one on my multitool also. Never have used it until a couple weeks ago. Not on the road, but thought I'd better see if I could actually break a chain with it. Couldn't do it. So I bought a...
Replies: 28
Views: 2,247
Posted By gif4445

That's a good point Unterhausen. I had a Garmin...

That's a good point Unterhausen. I had a Garmin 520 that I tracked cadence with. Was satisfied that my cadence seemed to always be in the range I was aiming to be.(Comparatively high) Wasn't happy...
Replies: 28
Views: 2,247
Posted By gif4445

So a little update here, as I've done a couple...

So a little update here, as I've done a couple 300K rides since the first post. Including the first, where we experienced low temps, 75% headwinds and finished in sleet/snow. Veteran Randonneures...
Replies: 28
Views: 2,247
Posted By gif4445

I agree that first and foremost, I must look at...

I agree that first and foremost, I must look at the motor, machine and parts in between. Pretty easy just to look for a medicinal way out first.
Replies: 28
Views: 2,247
Posted By gif4445

Yep, trying to formulate a plan for taking this...

Yep, trying to formulate a plan for taking this "vitamin". On my last 300k, with a 6:00 am start, I took some (600mg) around noon and 6:00 pm. Some relief, but wondering if I need to start sooner,...
04-16-18, 08:00 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,447
Posted By gif4445

A lot less than I used to carry. On my first...

A lot less than I used to carry. On my first tour, I took about 5. And that wasn't enough. By my 3rd tour, I was using Armadillo's and didn't have a single flat in a thousand miles. I now tour...
Replies: 28
Views: 2,247
Posted By gif4445

Practical Pain Management

I've had a good winter and my fitness is the best in my short 8 years of cycling. The usual back issues have lessened as a result of working on the core, and improved strength has helped with...
04-06-18, 02:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,075
Posted By gif4445

Like others have said previous, your Birthday,...

Like others have said previous, your Birthday, your ride. I rarely do my Birthday ride exactly on my birth date. Mostly because I'm a farmer and my b-day is in the fall when harvest time is. But...
03-24-18, 04:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,371
Posted By gif4445

Just a little update on the back. Spring has...

Just a little update on the back. Spring has given me some days to ride and I've been able to take advantage of it. Curious as to how the back would feel during actual cycling. I still get some...
03-18-18, 07:42 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 13,250
Posted By gif4445

Nice!! I'm a little behind you. Did the first...

Nice!! I'm a little behind you. Did the first Brevet of the season in southern Missouri yesterday. 200k and finished a couple hours ahead of my first 200k last year. Sorry about the brag,...
03-13-18, 09:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,179
Posted By gif4445

I used the free mapmyride app for quite some...

I used the free mapmyride app for quite some time, but lately was having some problems with it shutting off. A few weeks ago switched to Ridewithgps. I needed something to give some turn-by-turn...
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