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Old January 7th 18, 11:21 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On 1/7/2018 5:22 PM, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 1/6/2018 8:21 PM, jbeattie wrote:
On Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 12:42:34 PM UTC-8, Radey Shouman wrote:
Sorry, Joerg, I needed a subject and "Ride Report" seemed too grandiose.

First ride of the new year: -5F and breezy, but at least the sun was
shining.* Went to town, about four miles, for yoga practice, after
breaking out the ski bibs and the balaclava.* I did wear my Adidas
sneakers, on Lou's recommendation, they worked ok but I'm almost
resolved to acquire a bicycle that can be comfortably ridden in big
rubber boots.


It was nice day here in PDX. I was in cleats and did a short-ish ride.
I then drove my son around in the car on routes that we ordinarily
ride together. He was visiting from Salt Lake and had a big accident
when we were skiing on Mt. Hood on Christmas eve. Anyway, he ended up
with a lot of hardware in both ankles (pilon fractures) and is now in
a wheelchair for 12 weeks and living at our house.

...

This is a long wind-up for my platform pedal story.* I used one when

I was riding in an ortho boot following my ski fractures about ten years
ago.

Yow. Skiing sounds pretty dangerous!

Then we drove around the West Hills.* I scraped the undercarriage
coming up Brynwood -- which I rode last weekend.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0lUZG8pku8 Go to 3:30 to get a sense
of the grade. It's a killer.


Any idea of the percent gradient?


Hmm. Google Earth seems to give about 19% for the northward portion, and
25% for the portion that runs E-N-E.

I think I'll skip it. 18% nearly killed me earlier this year.

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Old January 8th 18, 12:11 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On 07/01/18 07:42, Radey Shouman wrote:
Sorry, Joerg, I needed a subject and "Ride Report" seemed too grandiose.

First ride of the new year: -5F and breezy, but at least the sun was
shining. Went to town, about four miles, for yoga practice, after
breaking out the ski bibs and the balaclava. I did wear my Adidas
sneakers, on Lou's recommendation, they worked ok but I'm almost
resolved to acquire a bicycle that can be comfortably ridden in big
rubber boots.

Once downtown had an espresso, and a load of pizza. Saw a stylish young
woman wearing some kind of clogs without stockings or socks, and another
one with a cable knit *backless* sweater. Hmmm. The local UPS dude was
wearing shorts, as always, but he did have on serious socks and gloves.
The postman was wearing what looked like a USPS-issue snow suit, with
red, white, and blue racing stripes.

Riding back I took the lane more or less everywhere, as there was little
alternative, between big piles of snow, parked cars, and frozen slush on
verges. If anyone was annoyed they gave no sign, until I saw a large
black pickup with two young Cambodian guys in it behind me, the driver
tap, tap, tapping on the horn. WTF? I look over at them, and the
passenger says, hey, you dropped something, and he hands me the
balaclava, which, having proven a little too much, I had stuffed in my
coat pocket.


I was sweating by the time I left the front gate. At 8am the sun was
quite warm and the air temperature rising from the over night low of
20C. By the time I got to the top of the 2km climb from home I was
really sweating freely. The roll down the other side was nice.

I rode in to a stiff breeze for about 20km and on to a section of gravel
(on my road bike). I passed a ol' fella who had dismounted his horse to
chat to another fella in a car. Then I saw why they were stopped. Not
only for a friendly chat, there was a small herd of cattle being pushed
along the road and were headed to cattle yards on my left. So I stopped
well off the road to the right. I looked back and the ol' fella was
beckoning me back. I rode back 30m or so as he walked up to me an
thanked me for coming back. He said the cows weren't used to seeing a
bike rider.

Once the cows were safely off the road, I continued on and back on the
bitumen.

I abandoned the bitumen just before a narrow rail bridge with two cars
and a semi approaching from in front and a ****** who decided to pass me
from behind regardless. I probably should have stuck my hand out and
assumed the middle of the lane to prevent the ****** from trying to
pass, but in the moment I chose to abandon the road for my own safety.
Judging by the speed and lack of intent to slow and pass safely from the
guy behind me, I made a hasty decision to get out of the way.

I sweated even more heavily going up the 2km 7% climb before rolling to
the front gate.

I only saw a couple of other people while I was out. They were certainly
not wearing warm clothing. Light cotton and such.

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JS
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Old January 8th 18, 12:51 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 3:42:33 PM UTC-8, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 1/7/2018 5:22 PM, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 1/6/2018 8:21 PM, jbeattie wrote:
On Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 12:42:34 PM UTC-8, Radey Shouman wrote:
Sorry, Joerg, I needed a subject and "Ride Report" seemed too grandiose.

First ride of the new year: -5F and breezy, but at least the sun was
shining.* Went to town, about four miles, for yoga practice, after
breaking out the ski bibs and the balaclava.* I did wear my Adidas
sneakers, on Lou's recommendation, they worked ok but I'm almost
resolved to acquire a bicycle that can be comfortably ridden in big
rubber boots.

It was nice day here in PDX. I was in cleats and did a short-ish ride.
I then drove my son around in the car on routes that we ordinarily
ride together. He was visiting from Salt Lake and had a big accident
when we were skiing on Mt. Hood on Christmas eve. Anyway, he ended up
with a lot of hardware in both ankles (pilon fractures) and is now in
a wheelchair for 12 weeks and living at our house.

...

This is a long wind-up for my platform pedal story.* I used one when

I was riding in an ortho boot following my ski fractures about ten years
ago.

Yow. Skiing sounds pretty dangerous!

Then we drove around the West Hills.* I scraped the undercarriage
coming up Brynwood -- which I rode last weekend.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0lUZG8pku8 Go to 3:30 to get a sense
of the grade. It's a killer.


Any idea of the percent gradient?


Hmm. Google Earth seems to give about 19% for the northward portion, and
25% for the portion that runs E-N-E.

I think I'll skip it. 18% nearly killed me earlier this year.


My uber-racing bike has a compact crank and a low of 34/28 -- which would have been ridiculously low touring gears twenty years ago. But not now. I paused a couple of times in driveways, but what failed me were my arms and not my legs. I need to work on my upper body! Riding out of the saddle, clutching the levers and pressing down on the pedals really strains my upper body -- particularly when I'm all tensed up, worried about stalling out near the top.

Yes, skiing is dangerous -- about a zillion times more dangerous than cycling, at least for me and my family. Most all my cycling friends also ski, and the injury per sport is higher with skiing. One guy I raced with practically killed himself on Mt. Bachelor. Levi Leipheimer had a break similar to my son's last year. https://twitter.com/levileipheimer/s...801536?lang=en Obstacles are a lot harder to see on slopes than roads. My son is a brilliant skier, too (former racer, years of summer race camp and four years skiing in Utah with top-notch skiers while at the University). Sh** happens.

-- Jay Beattie.
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Old January 8th 18, 01:24 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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Joy Beeson writes:

On Sat, 06 Jan 2018 18:43:16 -0500, Radey Shouman
wrote:

It's a sentimental thing about the Crimean War, but it tends to fog up
your glasses.


That's a ski mask. A balaclava has one big hole for your eyes, nose,
and mouth.


I admit not to knowing the difference. The article in question has a
single hole for the eyes and nose, and sort of a mesh panel for the
mouth.

I knitted mine with a pouch for the chin, but found it more
comfortable to fold it inside and let my chin hang out. It rubbed on
my lower lip, and my breath condensed on it.

Most of the time, I wear wool scarves pinned under my left ear for
walking, and inside a triangular bandage-size scarf for cycling.
Wrapping the tails of the scarf around my neck keeps the scarf from
flapping around and obscuring my rear-view mirror. It's possible to
arrange a scarf to cover the same area as a balaclava. When walking,
I don't bother, since my hat can be pulled down over my forehead.


I will wear a scarf when walking around, but don't ask me to pin it up.
And I certainly don't want anything flapping around.

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Old January 8th 18, 06:35 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On 2018-01-07 15:21, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 1/7/2018 5:22 PM, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 1/6/2018 8:21 PM, jbeattie wrote:


[...]


Then we drove around the West Hills. I scraped the undercarriage
coming up Brynwood -- which I rode last weekend.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0lUZG8pku8 Go to 3:30 to get a sense
of the grade. It's a killer.


Any idea of the percent gradient?


Hmm. Google Earth seems to give about 19% for the northward portion, and
25% for the portion that runs E-N-E.

I think I'll skip it. 18% nearly killed me earlier this year.


Wasn't it Eddy Merckx who responded to a comment that the chocolate cake
he was eating isn't bad but for you hills are bad for you?

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Old January 9th 18, 08:42 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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If yawl ski ride n drive at 9/ths...

There's a thin nylon bal in amazon looks like a manzella ... Shakira ... 2 for 10 ?

Riding around town with size 14.5. Tired of breaking trail runners soles, 4 large u shaped rusto yellow plus were cut n bolted onto the nbar bear traps.

Ahhhhh instant comfort n we went to cycle specific already broken sneaks
 




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