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Old 07-13-2012, 10:37 AM   #24376
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First round on me.
Snowman88 and I will be attending the great ride this year... so 2nd and third rounds on him you riding with a team or charter?
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:50 AM   #24377
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STP....who's in....leaving UW in bout a half hour....next stop Portland!
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:04 AM   #24378
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STP....who's in....leaving UW in bout a half hour....next stop Portland!
Have fun - I know a few who are riding it also on recumbents. One lady, well over 60 with only one lung, will be there on a blue Bacchetta. Don't underestimate her if you happen to run into her. She rode 318 miles in her last 24-hr event.
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:10 PM   #24379
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STP....who's in....leaving UW in bout a half hour....next stop Portland!
GAAAAHHHH!!! ESSS TEEE PEEE!

All over Seattle, bike mechanics are getting drunk before noon after several weeks of STP "emergencies."

Oh, wait-that'll be tomorrow after the one-day crowd leaves.

Did I ever tell you about the time a guy just had to have Mavic Zap for his one-day run the next day? Real Type A(sshole), that one.
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:17 PM   #24380
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We did 61 miles today, with over 3,000 feet of climbing. VT trip coming up in 3 weeks. I feel pretty good.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:56 PM   #24381
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Today was a long hot ride to the beach and back. when I can get to my computer I'll be able to add the Strava link. I hammered a good bit.
On the way out I had the usual headwind so there were some tough spots.



I started off keeping my pace down for ten minutes to get a little warm, then increased by one mph. This caught the guy who passed me and I never saw him again. After fifteen I was at the park where I normally kick it up some more. I didn't manage too much but felt pretty good.

When I was getting ready to go I thought about lubing the chain but it was already hot in the garage so I figured that would wait. Well, my gears were noisy and by the 20 mile mark I'd finally figured it out.
I'd left with on the inner chain ring of the triple so spinning to 20 mph meant I was crossing the block, hence the ragged gears.

I got that back to right and was rewarded with wonderfully smooth relatively quiet running for the remainder of the 54 miles.
I managed to average 16.5 mph with all my stops for water and a little rest. on the way back the tail wind held so I managed some impressive times and speeds over some distance for me.
Only one near mishap a group of about a dozen people were splattered on either side of the bike path at about a mile in from the ocean and just as I approached one person from either side of the path makes to move into the middle of the path blocking all possible escape routes.
these idiots never even turned their heads to check for any traffic. Let alone some old man bobbling along at too high a rate. I saw them early enough to slow and yell, and wiggle between the startled groups at about 5 mph.
I thought for just a second of turning around to point out how this path while recreational does have a sort of traffic and therefore should be approached much like a road.
But, I didn't.
If I want to do speed runs I need to take my playtime to the street where speeds are safer for the masses, though out here it does feel sketchy at times. From motorcycle commuting the numbers of people sitting in cars, trucks and SUV; texting rather than paying attention to the road has barely decreased with all the adverts and fines. Friday night I had two cars run red lights across me, one was a left turn well after the red came on. THat guy looked right at me, so I gave him a friendly ADV salute.

When I arrived at the beach there were a bunch of cyclists standing around on the ramp up to the restrooms, paying zero attention to anyone else in the world who might want access. I rode out into the parking lot and jumped the curb with the Roubaix. I love this bike.

All in all I'm feeling pretty good after that hard of a ride. I skipped the anti inflamitories today since they make my mouth dry. And no pain from my disk.
I did a good bit of stretching when I got home and massaged my legs. Drank a couple galons of cool water too.

I'm convinced glove sizes have been switched up. When I started riding seriously back in the 80's I got these leather and cotton net gloves that were mediums. Then when lycra gloves came out from Italy, I had to get size small.
Now, The large size seems too small, my hands go to sleep.
Tomorrow I'll see how I feel about riding some hills.
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:54 AM   #24382
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Spent the morning in a mountain biking class out at Santos on Saturday. The focus was hill climbing and scaling rocks (huge, boulder sized ones ). After half a dozen failed attempts, I finally managed to make it up a steep, rock strewn hill which I'd previously dismissed as an impossible climb. I decided not to try the harder and much more dangerous climbs over huge rocks because a fall could easily have resulted in broken bones. More body armor and a full face helmet are a must for this kind of activity. It was, however, very revealing to see the technique demonstrated by a pro-rider.
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:21 AM   #24383
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Spent the morning in a mountain biking class out at Santos on Saturday. The focus was hill climbing and scaling rocks (huge, boulder sized ones ). After half a dozen failed attempts, I finally managed to make it up a steep, rock strewn hill which I'd previously dismissed as an impossible climb. I decided not to try the harder and much more dangerous climbs over huge rocks because a fall could easily have resulted in broken bones. More body armor and a full face helmet are a must for this kind of activity. It was, however, very revealing to see the technique demonstrated by a pro-rider.
Very cool. Always nice to see techniques in practice by those who can relay the steps to others.
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:24 AM   #24384
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I'll be riding in RAGBRAI again this year. Anyone else going that I can catch a beer with one day?
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:55 AM   #24385
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Very cool. Always nice to see techniques in practice by those who can relay the steps to others.
The guy teaching the class was very good at identifying bad technique that no one had spotted previously. For instance, despite the fact that I was using the proper posture for hill climbing, I couldn't keep the front wheel down on steep hills, which made steering impossible and in many cases nearly resulted in flipping the bike over backward. Most experienced riders thought I was just in the wrong gear, but that wasn't the problem. The problem was that I was unwittingly pulling the handlebars toward my chest with every pedal stroke, which had the effect of lifting the front wheel. The other thing I was doing wrong was causing massive changes in torque by standing on the pedals and allowing my full 180 lb weight to come down on them as soon as they hit the 10 O'clock position. The predictable result of pedaling uphill that way was either a loss of traction at the rear wheel, or the front end coming up. By keeping some downward pressure on the opposite pedal, I was able to even out the torque spikes and keep the front wheel planted. It all seemed so obvious after he pointed these things out that it made me wonder why it hadn't occurred to me before.
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:32 AM   #24386
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I rode the 80K route on the Titletown Bike Tour this morning. It's my first organized ride in about 25 years and had a great time. The ride has been around for years so it is really well-run.
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:47 PM   #24387
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I'll be riding in RAGBRAI again this year. Anyone else going that I can catch a beer with one day?

Snowman88 and I will be attending the great ride this year... so 2nd and third rounds on him you riding with a team or charter?


I wish I knew how to multi quote....

I am heading up in an RV with 4 other riders. This will be my fourth RAGBRAI, the first three were in 85, 86, and 87.

Be on the look out for a tall guy that looks like he is about to have a stroke. I plan on drinking every night where ever the bands are playing. 502.554.8323 Mike
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:57 PM   #24388
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Snowman88 and I will be attending the great ride this year... so 2nd and third rounds on him you riding with a team or charter?


I wish I knew how to multi quote....

I am heading up in an RV with 4 other riders. This will be my fourth RAGBRAI, the first three were in 85, 86, and 87.

Be on the look out for a tall guy that looks like he is about to have a stroke. I plan on drinking every night where ever the bands are playing. 502.554.8323 Mike
To multiquote just hit the little speech bubbles (right next to "quote") in the first (few) posts you want to quote, then hit "quote" on the final post you'll be quoting.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:54 PM   #24389
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I woosed out on hill riding today. I rode back down to the beach.
A semi ugly ride in that by the time I got to the beach my legs were beginning to feel the work. I was pretty sure I was going to limp back home.
Instead I got to talking to another older guy there on a Roubaix and we ended up riding back together and talking almost the whole way. He was riding about 20 mph most of the time so to stay side by side I had to ride at that pace. That was tough. Fortunatly we both didn't miind stopping and resting.

The late start lead to riding back from the beach in the heat. So, why not add insult to injury and ride up the steep hill?
Sure I'm in, so tat's what I did. There was a point there where I was just about ready to pull over and sit on the curb for a few. Didn't and got back home.



This weekend put me over 1,000 for my year.

And 108 and change for the weekend.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:55 AM   #24390
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Snowman88 and I will be attending the great ride this year... so 2nd and third rounds on him you riding with a team or charter?


I wish I knew how to multi quote....

I am heading up in an RV with 4 other riders. This will be my fourth RAGBRAI, the first three were in 85, 86, and 87.

Be on the look out for a tall guy that looks like he is about to have a stroke. I plan on drinking every night where ever the bands are playing. 502.554.8323 Mike
Riding with my local club/team. We're going as team trunk monkey this year. We'll be in a white 15 passenger van towing a red trailer with Cycles de Oro plastered all over it. We should be arriving early Saturday morning. Will try and ping you then. Mine is 919.328.0265 James
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