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07-14-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 663
Posted By bakerjw

Around here, being in the mountains and all, we...

Around here, being in the mountains and all, we don't have too many straight roads. There are some that will put a rising or setting sun right in line with the road and although I try to avoid those...
07-14-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,107
Posted By bakerjw

Shouldn't be that complicated. Food, IMHO, is a...

Shouldn't be that complicated. Food, IMHO, is a minimal concern. Water is much more important.
I carry a lot of water but I also carry a Sawyer filter. But with that, I will not drink water...
07-10-19, 05:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,375
Posted By bakerjw

I have used the little square ones in the past...

I have used the little square ones in the past and they were very effective. The only problem was that when I went running, I would oftentimes look up where the mirror is on my helmet.
07-10-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,956
Posted By bakerjw

I read an article by a woman triathlete who was...

I read an article by a woman triathlete who was trying to lose that type of weight. She was calorie conscious and regularly training but couldn't get rid of it. The article referenced a study that...
07-10-19, 05:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 718
Posted By bakerjw

From their video, it doesn't look like their...

From their video, it doesn't look like their riders were fit to any of the bikes correctly. Too much knee bend at the bottom of the stroke. We all know the sweet spot between not enough knee...
07-09-19, 08:03 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,956
Posted By bakerjw

The human body is quite adaptable especially with...

The human body is quite adaptable especially with the intermixing of people as travel increased.
Forum: Commuting
07-09-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 1,260
Views: 33,324
Posted By bakerjw

Some back issues have had me down for the last...

Some back issues have had me down for the last few weeks so I've not been cycling like I would like. That includes commuting.

FWIW, I live 4.5 miles from work which IMHO is too short of a distance...
07-09-19, 05:37 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,956
Posted By bakerjw

I lost weight on the Atkins diet. I didn't feel...

I lost weight on the Atkins diet. I didn't feel bad other than missing carbs. I wasn't exercising at the time too.

I lost even more weight with a low glycemic index diet. Very coarse grains,...
07-09-19, 05:26 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,120
Posted By bakerjw

I work with Germans, many of which cycle. If...

I work with Germans, many of which cycle. If their lights do not work, they walk their bikes. If their lights stop for any reason, they walk their bikes. They are quite the oddity. The joke here at...
07-09-19, 05:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,451
Posted By bakerjw

Ever ride a tandem? We hear the same things...

Ever ride a tandem? We hear the same things yelled at us all the darn time. Usually "She's not pedaling."
07-09-19, 05:16 AM
Replies: 24,423
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Posted By bakerjw

Yep. 16.5 mile commute to work. I live 4.5 from...

Yep. 16.5 mile commute to work. I live 4.5 from work but it isn't worth riding for that small of a distance so I add on an extra 12.
This afternoon will be a 17.2 mile commute home. Same route but...
07-08-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,759
Posted By bakerjw

I don't see this too often. The people that I...

I don't see this too often. The people that I usually see on the road are picking aluminum cans out of the ditches.

When I run, it is on the road but we have no sidewalks out here. When I do some...
07-08-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 654
Posted By bakerjw

Tandem jerseys?

Anyone know of any sources for tandem jerseys? I mean other than typical google searches which bring up the same places.
My wife and I are specifically looking for mountain tandem jerseys if...
07-08-19, 11:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,039
Posted By bakerjw

Not to derail a thread. My wife has been...

Not to derail a thread.
My wife has been visually impaired her entire life too. She can see well enough to have been able to ride her bike to and from where she used to work though. That said, her...
07-07-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,386
Posted By bakerjw

Succinct and to the point. Thanks for posting.

Succinct and to the point.
Thanks for posting.
07-07-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,744
Posted By bakerjw

Feel good story of the day due to it's rarity. ...

Feel good story of the day due to it's rarity.

Glad that you're okay. As anyone with a lot of time on the road will attest, we have to develop a 6th sense as to what drivers are going to do and...
07-07-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,956
Posted By bakerjw

FWIW... I view processed starches as being one of...

FWIW... I view processed starches as being one of the biggest culprits to obesity.
1 - Consume highly processed starch (white bread, white pasta, etc...) <- High glycemic index.
2 - Enzymes in the...
07-06-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,362
Posted By bakerjw

None taken. I am not sure if that is sheer...

None taken. I am not sure if that is sheer numbers or per capita.
I do know that enforcing that law here would be like shooting ducks in a barrel.
07-02-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,628
Posted By bakerjw

From the article. The Bontrager MIPS helmet had a...

From the article. The Bontrager MIPS helmet had a buckle break.
07-02-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,402
Posted By bakerjw

A couple of weekends ago, my back started acting...

A couple of weekends ago, my back started acting up on me. Ended up going to a chiropractor. I have a compressed disk between the L4 and L5 vertebrae. With some special stretching exercises, I can...
07-02-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,120
Posted By bakerjw

This thread makes for a good awareness thread. I...

This thread makes for a good awareness thread. I just picked up some reflective bands for my ankles for when I commute. I normally run a blinky on the bike and one on the helmet.
Bands are cheap and...
07-02-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,120
Posted By bakerjw

I used to use leg reflectors. I need to get a set...

I used to use leg reflectors. I need to get a set of them again.
07-01-19, 05:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,362
Posted By bakerjw

Distracted driver caused deaths and the new TN. Cell phone law

https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/local/2019/06/26/tennessee-hands-free-law-what-know-cellphone-driving-ban/1440405001/

It makes it an offense to have a phone in your hand while driving. Every...
06-26-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 665
Posted By bakerjw

#1...

#1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) PETE bottles start degrading quickly and when exposed to heat will leech antimony. Best to use 1 time and never leave them in...
06-26-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,335
Posted By bakerjw

Oh boy... We don't have anything like that here...

Oh boy... We don't have anything like that here in the Appalachians. We do have a few mile stretch along the Holston River that perhaps is a 1% grade but that is it. All rollers.
06-26-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,873
Posted By bakerjw

They add weight but are effective. That said, I...

They add weight but are effective.
That said, I run tubeless.
06-26-19, 05:26 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,581
Posted By bakerjw

From the second link. It is legal for...

From the second link.

It is legal for cyclists to ride outside of a bike lane in New York City (https://gothamist.com/2017/04/28/nypd_bike_lane_tickets.php) if the bike lane is hazardous due to...
06-25-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 617
Posted By bakerjw

We had the same thing around here. Some good ole...

We had the same thing around here. Some good ole boy with dogs around who would chase cyclists. "Not my dogs. Just strays."
I loathe people like that.
06-24-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,998
Posted By bakerjw

I don't ride with padded shorts or bibs any more....

I don't ride with padded shorts or bibs any more. That said, I do wear 2 pairs of lycra shorts otherwise there is nothing at all left to the imagination.
06-21-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 629
Posted By bakerjw

It will work fine. Myself, I would shorten it...

It will work fine.
Myself, I would shorten it just a bit so that it flows with the cable lines.
06-21-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,034
Posted By bakerjw

I rarely run my light in strobe mode. The only...

I rarely run my light in strobe mode. The only time that I do is in the morning as it transitions through the grey period between night and day and then, I point it down toward the ground.
Even in...
06-21-19, 07:04 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,425
Posted By bakerjw

Yep. I was told in a different forum yesterday...

Yep. I was told in a different forum yesterday how lame I am because I use Strava to gauge my rides and see how I am progressing. I am never going to have a KOM or likely be in the top 10 on any well...
06-20-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 5,884
Posted By bakerjw

Which one? 2 black 1 matte black 1 blue 1...

Which one?
2 black
1 matte black
1 blue
1 white
1 Yellow - coming soon.
06-20-19, 07:00 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,195
Posted By bakerjw

Ok... That is darned funny...

Ok... That is darned funny...
06-20-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,145
Posted By bakerjw

Heavy or not, that is a darn cool looking frame. ...

Heavy or not, that is a darn cool looking frame.

To the OP. I am 5'11" and my wife is 5'. We had Doug Curtiss of Curtlo cycles build us a road and mountain tandem. The mountain tandem has...
06-20-19, 05:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,927
Posted By bakerjw

I keep mine for if I ever need to sell a bike. ...

I keep mine for if I ever need to sell a bike.
It is a selling point. "New Saddle!!! Never been used."
06-19-19, 02:56 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,912
Posted By bakerjw

I've seen professional athletes that smoke. I...

I've seen professional athletes that smoke. I wonder if he started vaping or switched to it from smoking.

That's the thing. People are starting to vape rather than smoke tobacco and they still get...
06-19-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 971
Posted By bakerjw

One thing to keep in mind is rotational movement...

One thing to keep in mind is rotational movement on the pedal or float.
On my road bike, I use SPD-SL yellow cleats on the bottoms of my shoes because they have 6 degress of float. There are also...
06-19-19, 06:01 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 17,752
Posted By bakerjw

Sounds like riding behind a tandem team having a...

Sounds like riding behind a tandem team having a bad day on the bike...
:tandem:

Hey, it happens.
06-18-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,559
Posted By bakerjw

It is funny how drivers sometimes treat us like...

It is funny how drivers sometimes treat us like deer. Like "OMG! There's a cyclist. What's he going to do. Stay still, he might jump out in front of you."
Makes me and my wife chuckle sometimes. We...
06-18-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 17,752
Posted By bakerjw

One reason why I avoid group rides. All it takes...

One reason why I avoid group rides. All it takes is one or 2 morons to put the entire group in a bad light.
06-18-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,195
Posted By bakerjw

It depends on how they get categorized. IMHO, if...

It depends on how they get categorized. IMHO, if it is only pedal assist, then it is an e-bike. If it has a throttle and can go without requiring the rider to pedal, then it is an electric moped and...
06-18-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 927
Posted By bakerjw

I have a spare wheelset that I keep around for...

I have a spare wheelset that I keep around for times like these. It is always good to have something to throw on if needed.
06-18-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 623
Posted By bakerjw

Personally, I wouldn't ride it and duct tape will...

Personally, I wouldn't ride it and duct tape will not help hold it together.

Is this the same frame from a year ago???
...
Replies: 14
Views: 1,846
Posted By bakerjw

I suffered from PVCs and other irregularities for...

I suffered from PVCs and other irregularities for a few years after a poorly prescribed medication. I still sometimes have issues with the PVCs, but it is normally when I'm dehydrated.
06-17-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,284
Posted By bakerjw

Wellgo MG-5's for my bikes. Light and they grip...

Wellgo MG-5's for my bikes. Light and they grip well.
06-17-19, 05:52 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,710
Posted By bakerjw

If you are going to be on the forums here, you...

If you are going to be on the forums here, you will learn to use the ignore feature. Some people just like to chime is with nothing constructive to add.

Did the guy bump into you as he passed by...
06-17-19, 05:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 374
Posted By bakerjw

Probably better to have this post moved to the...

Probably better to have this post moved to the Mechanics sub forum.
06-17-19, 05:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Posted By bakerjw

My HRMs have been Garmin ones. Ant+ and seem to...

My HRMs have been Garmin ones. Ant+ and seem to work fine for me. Better accuracy, IMHO, than my Garmin VivoActive HR watch.
06-17-19, 05:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 720
Posted By bakerjw

I use SPD-SL, the road syle "clod" shoes as you...

I use SPD-SL, the road syle "clod" shoes as you eloquently put it, and I have no problem unclipping when needed. It takes practice.

For mountain biking, I use Crank Brothers Egg Beaters. They...
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