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Sep-29-16 10:41 am
Category: Technical
Forum: Riding Style

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There are several threads there where I've made several recommendations for how to start with Sheldon White and and the local shops that have professional fitters.  There are MANY more, I've not had it done but I know that getting your fit dialed in and being on the correct sized bike is critical to enjoying the sport.

Sep-20-16 10:02 am
Category: Social

I'm with Jeff, if this guy was signed up, had on identification as a paid participant, I really cannot believe his story.  I know those folks had been working at Gapland for a long time by the time he got there but shunning him and serving hikers just sounds so unbelievable so some facts seem to be missing.

Anything can happen with SAG so unsure of that, but the rest stop?  I think not.

None of this has ever been any of my experiences (or probably anyone else).

Sep-08-16 09:42 pm
Seeking advice
Category: Social

First of all, if you are still riding without a rear-view mirror, with all these texting and talking cagers, you are crazy.  Not an ad but the old guy who used to make them "aged out" or died but I found the modern equivalent and bought several for all my helmets.  I CANNOT ride without it anymore, these are well made. … sed-to-it/

Well, we all talk a lot on rides, "Car Back", "Car Up", "Passing", "Truck Back" and we all point at things in the road (potholes, sticks, rocks) and motion or call out "Walker Up" or "Car Up" if a parked one, but I honestly don't know what to say on this one.

If you say Bail Out, then it is what, go right, go left and even if they do, perhaps it is the wrong move in the end.  I think I'd yell "Don't Turn" "Go Straight" "Don't Turn" in sequence until the car passes.

Many years ago, Mark Anderson who used to ride with us was way out in the country, nice day, signaled a left turn on a two-lane and an idiot in a pickup smashed him almost to death from behind as he turned and the moron was passing him, WITH HIS ARM EXTENDED OUT TO THE LEFT!!!!

Haven't seen Mark in many years, don't know if he ever fully recovered.  I think he stopped riding.

Aug-02-16 10:45 pm
Looking for a new century....
Category: Social

I can HIGHLY recommend the FIRST century ride I EVER did (and look at what has happened since then :-) you should go down and do the Tour de Valley.

Really nice roads/route, very well supported.  Cheering crowds lining the last mile (seriously) and under 5000 feet of climbing so very doable by anyone.

Jul-22-16 09:20 am
Cyclist Killed by Drunk Driver
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

About 12 years ago in the heyday of me trying to figure out what bikes I liked, I bought (and sold) dozens of bikes on Ebay.  One night I bought a really weird one-off bike which featured a second crank and hand pedals driving the front wheel in addition to the traditional drivetrain in back.  The bike was ridiculous and even dangerous and I soon re-listed it for sale.

Jeff Archer contacted me and I sold and delivered the bike to his museum on a trip to visit my mother close-by in NC.  He was a nice guy, good businessman and passionate about bicycles.

Once again, far too close to home in many ways.  The drunk driving and texting is out of control in the US.  We keep making the laws and punishments worse and the problem continues.  We probably need to get to where it is in Scandinavia and Europe where you ruin your life totally and probably never drive again if caught.

May-28-16 06:52 am
Category: Social

Sadly my spouse sent me this article about most w/sunscreen and the ones I use are some of the "Worst" list every year!  Please read. It's not just about protection, my hard head (caba tosta!) - it's about the chemicals you are putting on your body. … ction-2016

My struggle is wanting one of the few that are really sweat/waterproof and that I only put them on in the early morning even for a 6-8 hour exposure.

Done with comments.  Thanks Janet.

Apr-15-16 09:55 am
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

I replied, couldn't be as diplomatic as Jeffrey.

Greg, it doesn't matter how long you have to slow down and wait for that excruciatingly slow cyclist in front of you to wait for a clear view and no oncoming traffic to overtake, you are going to reach your final destination at EXACTLY the same time 99% of the time. When you are tailgating a car down the rural two-lane road and they both slow on a hill or curve with a cyclist taking the lane. Yup, had to put on the brakes and slow down. The front car has a short straight and overtakes. Often, the trailing car just follows without independently determining if it is safe to do so. Many times they encounter an oncoming car and, of course, merge the cyclists out of the way or off the road because they aren't going to hit another car head-on. Now if Greg has actually waited for his own clear passing spot, within 30 to 60 seconds he will catch up again to the car he was following before. Guess what, it's a double yellow line and he is once again in exactly the same spot and timing he was before.

That cyclist which angers you so much is actually someone's father, mother, brother, sister, or son, daughter. Have you considered how you would treat that cyclist if it were YOUR CHILD?

As a matter of fact, what really makes sense are new laws giving more "privilege" to cyclists like a smart law already passed and successfully implemented in the US and other places where cyclists treat stop signs as yield and red lights as stop signs so that they are not "clogging up your roads" and since they are out in the elements, moving at half (or less) of your car's speed and can safely navigate a stop sign as if it were a yield and not have to wait (sometimes forever) for a car to come and "trip" a traffic light.

This well written and completely ignorant piece by Greg Klein shows just how far our attempt at being a civilized society has yet to go. Greg follows the tried and true path believing that somehow all of the infrastructure was built only for motor traffic. We've had a fantastic hundred and fifty years of pumping oil out of the ground and a hundred years of cars/trucks and massive capital projects creating a network of roads and bridges for transport. In the grand scheme of things, looking at hundreds of years rather than tens of years, Greg is sadly very wrong in his views and is perpetrating a dangerous vision, stigmas, memes and stereotypes. For those of us that ride thousands of miles per year for transport and recreation, we always say that people like Greg need to ride a hundred miles in our saddle. I don't really care if he does it in ten, ten-mile rides, but he needs to attempt to ride a bike on the variety of roads we must navigate.

This "screed" of intolerance is so well written, it sounds almost logical if you completely ignore that cyclists have the same rights to the infrastructure as you do and you need to educate yourself and accept that you need to shelve your latent road rage and impatience when you encounter any cyclist and respect their human rights. What an ignorant jerk.

Jan-08-16 01:13 pm
Tandem Bikes
Category: Social

Hi Lydia,
(Edited to clarify incorrect club info).

We too have been on the periphery of the tandem crowd for many years here and I've been lurking trying to get Jan to join me.  I always say "search is your friend" and you can do a lot of good reading online for some basic info.

There is a very strong cycling group out of DC called Washington Area Bicyclists in Tandem Society (WABITS), affiliated with Potomac Peddlers, which I subscribed to and they have regular (monthly rides).  We attended one ride years ago in Rock Creek Park (Jan doesn't want to ride on roads even though I do for 3500-4500 miles a year).  The BBC also has a very active tandem group called CRABS (cyclists riding a bike simultaneously) and they post regular rides on the ride schedule, have parties and pot luck dinners, etc.

While I've owned many tandems over the last 15 years, I've failed so far to make it happen with my spouse with any regularity.  I've currently got a mint, barely used DaVinci with S&S couplers and Campy groupo which matches the rest of my single fleet.  The DaVinci has their patented ICS or Independent Costing System which allows each rider to pedal when they want and coast when they want, ingenious and some people really like it. Hard core tandem riders seem to eschew it.  I've had the bike (and two S&S) cases hoping we could start riding on vacations but may end up selling it this year.  So if you determine you are really into it and want a travel tandem (standard, airline legal/free suitcases), let me know ($4.5K).

At one point I had a Litespeed Talini 6/4 Ti racing tandem which weighed so little it was incredible (32'ish) and it was amazingly fast(at a very high price).  I've also had lower-end steel and aluminum ones from the more "standard" brands and the difference is marked, and not in a positive way.

Mt. Airy Bikes (Larry Black) is one of our main purveyors of the tandem culture around here and he can certainly let you take various types/prices on test rides from his location (which, BTW, has every kind of terrain within a couple of miles including a painfully, stupid "elevator shaft" for testing climbing and weight/flex issues. There is also an active seller in New Jersey called "Tandems East" you might want to investigate.  Also read up on Santana, Co-Motion, and other manufacturer's websites.

I expect most folks aren't all that interested in loaning out their tandems, they are expensive and when set up, most probably don't want to make all the changes required and risk a drop.  On the other hand, at some of their events, you might want to attend and the start and discuss with the real riders.

I expect you will hear from MUCH more experienced folks than me here, though I don't think you get the responses we used to get with the list-serv, it was MUCH more active and I, for one, miss it.
Good Luck and Have Fun,

Jan-07-16 11:42 am
A Strava video
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Mike, first log onto Strava on the computer you are on, no need for anything but a basic account.  Then just play anyone else's video and at the end there is a note on screen to see your own.  Click on it, after it compiles and plays you can then share it on various social media.

Oddly, I can't figure out how to pull it back up on Strava so I guess that posting is it.

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