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Old, tired, crazy.


Apr
30
comment Suggestion on buying a single speed 29er mountain bike
Yeah, you gotta pay more for fewer gears.
Apr
30
comment Transitioning mountain bike into city commuter bike
Yep, you can generally fit a 26x1.25 tire on standard mountain bike rims, and that is a good size for a commuter. Look for a tire with minimal to moderate tread (no lugs), and ideally Kevlar belted for puncture resistance.
Apr
30
comment What is a reasonable speed for long distances on a bike?
@BrianCampbell -- Except in New York, where pedestrians walk in the street and cabs drive on the sidewalk.
Apr
30
comment Can someone give me a short description and comparison of the different road cycling pedal / shoe systems?
A complete review would discuss the "walkability" of each style.
Apr
30
comment Tandem position - front or back
All I know is that you don't generally want to make the blind guy the captain.
Apr
30
comment Can someone give me a short description and comparison of the different road cycling pedal / shoe systems?
One important point is that you can walk with relative comfort with the "mountain" SPDs (and compatible shoes), and you don't tend to seriously wear down the cleats or scar floors doing so (though still stay off of nicely finished floors with them). The others are not generally "walkable".
Apr
30
comment Exercises to do while cycling?
I think just stretch what it feels good to stretch, and try to change positions regularly. And as Helton suggests, taking a break every now and again is good too.
Apr
30
comment Exercises to do while cycling?
I think you're unrealistic to claim that you shouldn't experience pain while cycling. Six hours into a ride every bone in my body is hurting.
Apr
30
answered Homemade bicycle degreaser liquids
Apr
30
comment How to store a bike outside and still avoid rapid decay?
Yeah, you want to minimize splashing from the ground up onto the drive train. Ideally hang the bike, and, if not, place it on slats and/or use gravel or wood chips below to prevent splashing.
Apr
29
comment Is training by heart rate really a good thing?
Also keep in mind that any drugs you use can affect heart rate (and general strength/energy). I was on Abilify for about 6 months once and my heart rate would be depressed by the drug (very noticeable when I missed a dose in the AM, before gym). Other drugs, notably asthma-type drugs, will accelerate the heart.
Apr
29
comment How to store a bike outside and still avoid rapid decay?
It's important that the tarp NOT be tightly sealed, but be relatively open at the bottom to allow air circulation. The tarp is only to prevent rain/sun damage, and air needs to circulate to allow the condensation that will inevitably occur to escape.
Apr
29
comment Is training by heart rate really a good thing?
So why do you care about heart rate anyway? Are you trying to become a professional racer? Or would you rather just enjoy cycling? It's good to have a general feel for your heart rate, but, as you've found, paying too much attention to that (and watts, for that matter) takes the joy out of riding.
Apr
27
comment What's a good second lock option for around the frame and wheel?
I usually loop around the down tube as well, not for security so much as to hold the front wheel steady so the bike is more stable.
Apr
27
comment How can one maintain cycling fitness as one ages?
I would have some nits to pick with Friel's statements. One does most definitely lose muscle and nerve cells as a result of aging, at a fairly predictable rate. Nutrition (notably semi-starvation) can reduce the rate of loss somewhat but will not prevent it.
Apr
27
answered How can one maintain cycling fitness as one ages?
Apr
27
comment How can one maintain cycling fitness as one ages?
Haven't got a whole lot to contribute, but as an almost 63-year-old cyclist in mediocre shape with a history of polio I'd be interested to hear some suggestions. I do know that the older you get the less a "one size fits all" strategy is gonna work (if it ever did work).
Apr
26
comment What's a good second lock option for around the frame and wheel?
Just a plain old loop of thin aircraft cable held to the pannier frame with cable clamps. Easily cut, but it deters the see-it/grab-it guys.
Apr
26
comment What's a good second lock option for around the frame and wheel?
Yeah, I carry a separate cable that I use when I'm at all nervous. I also have cables tied to the frames of my panniers that I can loop through if I'm nervous about them.
Apr
26
comment Biking with spinal disc herniation
Sounds pretty good. You want a reasonably upright posture and want to avoid shocks. A "sissy" seat might be the only thing to add.