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  1. Longjohn

    Ok or replace

    I posted in cycling and gear but nobody sees it there. I washed my bike today and noticed the tires might have limited life left in them. Front tire Rear tire My wife says replace them both. That rear tire doesn’t have that many miles on it. I have one new tire, I’ll have to pick up one more. I’m riding with a couple friends on Monday, going to try to do my birthday miles that I missed when I had to take WOLJ to the hospital.
  2. Here’s one of me riding my yellow Schwinn Super Sport on the Cannon AFB NM flight-line in 1973. That's an F-111D which I was an assistant crew chief (Fill up the gas and clean the window. Pilots don't do self-server - thankfully.)
  3. ...on the streets of DC. WTF kind of scooters are these???? Ones only nutters like @Dottie or @donkpow can love??? A cool name, though
  4. @Dirtyhip Take a trip to the SE mitten. A local park created this. Short story long, Hines Drive is a 17 mile curvy hilly road that is actually a county park, @Digital_photog knows it. My club rides it on Sunday for our coffee ride. Anywho last Sunday I noticed this...may have to try the fatty on it
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  6. ...where I log a longer ride than a non-TT Grand Tour stage! Stage 9 (in Andorra) 58.7 miles (94.4km): vs my ride (in the USA) 60.8 miles (97.8km):
  7. ...since it really calls into question the current health and state of either women's cycling in general, or just the reborn Colorado Classic specifically. I can sort of see this in the amateur ranks where a rider can win a few events in a row, and even the Monuments sometimes have the same winner over two (or, at most, three) of them. But to see a race with an assortment of teams and stage types won by one person is an indication something is wrong. I don't think it is the overall picture, since I see a mix of women winning the European events, but maybe it is just that it is the CC's first time around like this, and teams weren't really targeting it or sending their A-teams? Colorado Classic: Dygert Owen makes it a clean sweep in Denver DENVER, Colorado (VN) — The inaugural women’s-only Colorado Classic will be remembered for Chloé Dygert Owen’s sweet sweep. Dygert Owen powered to her fourth stage win and the overall victory on Sunday afternoon in Colorado’s capital city, attacking on the sixth of eight laps alongside Janelle Cole of the Lux-Flexential team. Dygert Owen and Cole worked together to draw out a 30-second gap on the women’s field until the final lap, when Dygert Owen struck out on her own.
  8. ...over the course of my century this weekend. I consider that pretty good relative to years past, where I was sweating like a dog, and lost way more during the ride. Still had some salt deposits on my clothes, but also not as bad as some other similar rides. I drank about 20oz/hr (less as the ride went on), and that is definitely not sufficient to keep up with sweat loss. I also snacked periodically at the various rest stops, but most importantly, I had two cokes and two ice cream sundae cones (Schwanns!) at the ride's end. Hoping to be back up the five pounds by tomorrow. Was up two pounds already this morning, and will be pushing water all day today. Also, this is at least the 11th time in a row that I have done the Reston event (2009-2019). I gotta check if I have pre-2009 files not up on Garmin
  9. I'm no SRAM guy, but I do like their Blips!
  10. ...to guys like @dennis! Cervelo is "refining" gravel
  11. ...but I will remain in my n00bish fog. I'm fairly sure it is just the strange way Nigerian princes learned the Queen's English. chainguard insert2018 Trek Madone 9.9 SLR Shimano - $600 The ride is simple - no confusion with handbrakes, or with shifting multiple speeds. Its durable steel frame holds the Madone ornament, while the chainguard insert completes the classic look. Dual density grips and pedals add to the comfort, and to the style. The missing chain, and the seemingly missing disc brakes have me scratching my noggin. At $600, though, it might be worth the risk! Brakes SRAM APEX HYDRAULIC BRAKES
  12. They don't even understand "racing".
  13. ...the cycling version (OUCH at 1:36-ish):
  14. This cycling performance product is on sale and might be nice for him to try. Get over the pain and back in the game with Floyd's of Leadville CBD Full Spectrum Softgel capsules made from the best anti-inflammatory strains that takes the edge off the pain and gives you an edge over the competition. CBD is a non-psychoactive, organic compound found in cannabis plants with amazing benefits that can be enjoyed without the side effects and highs that come from the psychoactive substances extracted from cannabis plants. Potential benefits include: Pain relief, decreases chronic inflammation and relieve joint and neuropathic pain, helps regulate blood sugar, helps reduce clogged blood vessels in the heart and brain, reduces irregular heart rhythms, helps with digestion and irritable and inflammatory bowel syndromes, improves sleep, help bone growth (animal studies have shown broken bones healed faster in the group taking CBD than in the control group), helps in treating auto-immune disorders, has anti-tumor properties that can be effective in killing cancer cell, helps with PTSD, OCD and panic disorders. No preservatives or additives; just natural CBD hemp oil, with two strengths available - 25mg or 50mg of CBD per capsule. 2 year shelf life. Bottle of 30 Capsules.
  15. Been watching the TV coverage of the ToU, and they mention @bikeman564™ BFF Frankie Andreu as a commentator (he also picks his a stage favorite), but I haven't seen or heard him yet. Am I missing something, or is it that the broadcast "recap" show doesn't have all the stuff the full coverage would have?
  16. ...for @Dirtyhip, @Dottie, and even @dennis (the Triple D's!!!!!) at this un-meeting. Really, Portland isn't too far from you all, is it? We’re looking forward to this year’s Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting – our annual get-together to share the joy of riding off the beaten path. It’s not an organized event – we just publish a date and time, and everybody is welcome to join. There are no fees, no registrations, and no services are provided. The photos here are from last year’s Un-Meeting, when we spent a great two days along the Hood Canal and in the Tahuya Hills. This year, we’ll meet near Portland for another weekend of riding. Here are the details: When: Sept. 14, 2019, 9 a.m. Where: Stub Stewart State Park, Buxton, OR 97109 What: Rides from 40 to 70 miles (65 – 110 km) Stub Stewart State Park is 15 miles (24 km) from the end of Hillsboro MAX rail line, so it’s easy to reach from Portland. (And Portland is at the intersection of several Amtrak lines, so it’s easy to reach by train, plus there is an airport, too.) On Saturday, we’ll start the day by riding together to the Black Iron Coffee House in Vernonia for breakfast. From there, we’ll have several route options that include pavement, gravel and dirt. We’ll publish details about the routes in the coming weeks.
  17. ...and no one needed my assistance. I still have no idea WTF the two guys on the bridge were doing, but the guy in the second half of the clip said he dropped something. When I came back through a little while later, he was still looking and his buddy was with him helping.
  18. I rarely sign up for sold out events, BUT I do think it would be really great to boost female involvement in cycling events. More and more, our club has tried to come up with ways to get women into group rides, but usually, it seems like anything not targeted at women becomes massively male dominated. So, good on SBT GRVL. The female inclusion is due to race management’s targeted efforts to attract women to the race. When the event opened its registration in December, mostly male riders signed up. According to race co-partner Amy Charity, the management team was initially disappointed in the low number of women who registered. “We felt as race directors that it was our responsibility to influence change,” Charity said. “Our idea was to get female participants already registered to share their story about why they were coming. We were hopeful that these women and their stories would inspire other women to join us.” So, the race management came up with a plan to attract more women. In February the race opened an additional 200 spots for the event—all 200 were earmarked for female riders. They then promoted the spots under the social media banner #SBTPARITY. The plan worked. All 200 spots sold out in four days, doubling the initial number of female entries and bringing the total women registered to around 450. Satkiewicz attributes the surge in registration to a number of factors. “I think our values of inclusiveness and a commitment to equal racing from all angles really has resonated with our riders, especially women,” he said. “We want this to be an event that families can experience together for the weekend where there is a lot to do for both the racer and their supporters. We also offer a less intimidating courses for new riders.”
  19. I can't say I ever follow LA's tweets and I still consider him dickish, but I am loving the hornet's nest he stirred up this weekend Only sad part is that SW didn't bother to head to Nantucket for the meet up ride.
  20. ...and by "they", I mean "Dottie's kind": On a cycling tour along the coast of southwest Sardinia, Kathleen Robinson thanked God she was riding an electric bike up the winding heights. But she wished she’d had a class beforehand on the proper etiquette. She didn’t realize that the hum of her motor would annoy some of the traditional cyclists on the tour, nor was she certain whether to spin in the back of the pack or move out front. Mrs. Robinson, 60, had enough sense to gloat tactically, like when she sailed past a friend grinding up a hill and “gave him my Queen Elizabeth wave.” “There wasn’t a problem as long as I didn’t stay next to someone who was struggling hard,” she said. Over the last two years, bike tour companies large and small have seen a spike in demand for e-bikes, and have ramped up their battery-powered fleets and the equipment needed to haul the heavier machines. The bikes now are used by 10 to 30 percent of riders on tours, operators said, and that percentage is only increasing. “E-bikes are revolutionizing bike tours,” said Maria Elena Price, co-owner of ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours, which offers itineraries in 20 countries. Pedaling kick starts an e-bike’s motors, which cut off at 20 miles per hour in the United States and about 15 mph in Europe. Riding an e-bike can feel like having wind at your back or a pair of bionic legs. That has opened tours to noncyclists who are less fit, people once sidelined by injury and older cyclists looking to extend their riding days. Like a marriage counselor, they unite couples who once vacationed separately or joined bike tours reluctantly. But as with many innovations in sports — think high-tech racing suits for swimmers and sticky gloves for football players — e-bikes have created their own set of tensions and hand-wringing over the artificial advantage. While most on the tours say e-bikes make for more harmonious rides with fewer stressed-out stragglers, the bikes have also given rise to incessant corny jokes — “I didn’t think that hill was that hard,” said the e-biker — and no shortage of muttered obscenities from drained riders as e-bikers nonchalantly breeze by. ExperiencePlus!, which is based in Colorado, limited e-bikes to two per trip until 2017, when requests multiplied, Ms. Price said. Guides now have an orientation script explaining that e-bikes are “not mini-mopeds,” and asking e-bikers “to respect your fellow push-bike riders as you pass them effortlessly on a climb, and for those of you on push bikes to not look ‘down’ on the e-bikers.” Rarely does a guide need to reprimand a rider, said Alain Rimondi, a tour leader for ExperiencePlus! in Italy. But when the sides are evenly mixed, he said, “it turns into an interesting social experiment.” At the start, e-bikers can feel a bit guilty switching on the motor, he said. In the first days they tend to fly past the others, especially on hills, and some even arrive early for lunch. Later, e-bikers usually hang back and the group is more compact. At the end of rides, the e-bike riders are happy and refreshed from their workout, he said, and push-bike riders often ask if they can try an e-bike. Battery-powered bikes were invented more than a century ago. But they remained a clunky oddity until this decade, taking hold on riding tours first in Europe, which has an expansive bike culture, then spreading to the United States. Norman Patry, the owner of Summer Feet Cycling in Maine, said he was too far ahead of the curve when he bought a dozen e-bikes six years ago. They gathered dust and he stopped promoting them on his website. Now, the sector is full of energy. “Everybody who is in the biking space is talking about it and thinking about it,” Mr. Patry said. “We’re past the point where they’re wondering if they’re going to do it; everybody thinks they need to do it now.” He’s replacing his fleet this year. The costs can be substantial: E-bikes typically run at least double the price of a regular hybrid touring bike, with outfitters generally paying $1,500 to $3,000 for one e-bike. One of the larger tour operators, Vermont-based VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, has invested more than $1 million in e-bikes, said Ray Hourani, head of global operations. In a five-year plan created in 2016, VBT projected 12 percent of bookings would be for e-bikes. It’s already at 30 percent, he said. That’s brought new challenges. Hundreds of new e-bikes required dozens of custom-made trailers to support them. And guides in Europe needed a special driver’s license to transport the heavier loads. The staff at Bicycle Adventures of Redmond, Wash., had seemingly endless debates when it tested e-bikes six years ago. According to Todd Starnes, the owner, they argued whether e-bikes were cheating, how e-bikers would be treated, if the tour makeup would be changed and more. The verdict? “In some ways, I think it makes the trip a little better,” Mr. Starnes said. For one, tours begin with less anxious questions about distance and elevation. “The person on the e-bike is less concerned at that point about whether they can keep up and more concerned about what the others think about them being on an e-bike,” Mr. Starnes said. “And they soon learn that nobody cares.” E-bikes also make it easier for guides; less sheep-dogging laggards who delay the rest of the group. “Everybody is at lunch at the same time,” Mr. Starnes said. An e-bike was the solution for Hope and Richard Wilson last fall. Mrs. Wilson had pinched a nerve in her leg, but her husband had his mind set on a foliage cycling tour in Maine with three other couples. “It made it a lot more fun when you can keep up,” Mrs. Wilson, 57, said. “You’re going by beautiful estates and beautiful landscape and you get to share it with somebody instead of lagging at the back.” Joe DeYoung, a former amateur racer who leads rides on parts of the Tour de France route, is in favor of e-bikes, but not for himself. He remembers straining up the legendary Mont Ventoux in France last year, then hearing humming and seeing two e-bikes blow past him. “About a mile from the top, where it really gets steep, they ran out of batteries and I went by them,” Mr. DeYoung, 67, said. “I got my revenge.” But as more commuters and recreational cyclists embrace e-bikes, and as technological advances continue to make them cheaper and sleeker, the influx on bike tours is likely to continue. “As the baby boomers get older, they’ll need them,” said Jim Johnson, the owner of BikeTours.com of Chattanooga. “As the millennials start needing knee-replacement surgery, they’ll need them, too.”
  21. An excerpt from a blog: The race website describes the event as follows: "Doesn’t that sound so amazing? And so hard? Fiona did it in 10 days, 2 hours and 28 minutes. She slept for about four hours a night. What a champ! (Personally, I couldn’t sleep for hours a night for 10 days without being in a 4,000km cycling race. I would be curled up in a corner snoring on day 2.) Of course, Fiona being a woman, this is a big deal. Out of the 265 starters in the race, 39 were women. And one of them won! This is actually not all that surprising: women have shown again and again that they are amazing endurance athletes. In ultra-long distance events such as ultra-marathons, or ultra-long distance swimming, women have been managing to close in on the gap over the past decades. If you look at the record-holders for the longest recorded swim distances, there are a lot of women (note that this doesn’t necessarily have to mean they are faster than men, although there is a study saying that too, at least for swimming. But it seems they can often go for longer). [Update 11 Aug 19: The BBC just published a piece about women and endurance sports following Fiona’s win. It’s very interesting, a lot of this is apparently also down to how women manage these events emotionally and mentally.]" Race map: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ God, how to manage on long distance ride with only 4 hrs. of sleep per night. May I tell say this: My dearie cycled 4,000 km. from Vancouver to Toronto in 45 days solo with his loaded panniers on 2nd trip. He was given 1 car lift for 45 km. somewhere in northern Ontario. I can't remember the circumstances, but it was a local politician (a mayor?) who noticed him. He has scaled mountain passes, cycled for hrs. in rain...into headwinds for hrs. This was in 2009. He would have been 65 yrs. He has done this twice solo. The lst trip, he took longer and he was younger...I think it was 2 months. For once in my life, I was SO glad I am a cyclist..to support him every night he phoned me. To understand and be with him psychologically by phone. Not to tell him, that I was afraid for him. That I was instead, cheering him on. This is before days of Skype.
  22. ...and deer! Also spotted 4 skateboarders, three fat bikes, and a few ebikes. Had a couple of hangers-on for a short bit as well. My normal 30 mile after work route. A little bambi-no ran beside me briefly. The mother/sibling had crossed ahead of me a few seconds before.
  23. ...such a clear departure from her line and then an insane domino crash. Relegated. Not DQ'ed. It actually seems a FAR worse move than the one that got Sagan booted from the Tour with his argy-bargy with Cav.
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  25. ...of modern road tires - especially road tubeless. Many tubeless tires use many overlapping layers of butyl-impregnated fabric to get the necessary airtight construction & strength for road tubeless. (Road tubeless with pressures of ~100psi is definitely a bit more complicated than MTB tubeless where pressures are closer to ~30psi.) If a 135 lb dude is running ~100psi on ANY tire set-up, they are bonkers. I don't go over 90psi, and I can get away with 75psi without any real worries. Someone in the comments even mentioned that it was 100psi in a 26mm tire!
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