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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #450 on: September 27, 2018, 04:07:35 pm »

Another month with 300 + miles under the belt.
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #451 on: October 07, 2018, 03:48:27 pm »

Cooler riding weather!!   :)
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #452 on: October 09, 2018, 08:09:18 am »

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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #453 on: November 04, 2018, 07:36:26 pm »

Anyone have power meter experience?  I finally bought one, the Garmin Vector 3 pedals.  I know I have to do a FTP test before utilizing the pedals.  Beyond that, any recs on which training software you prefer? (i.e. trainerroad, training peaks, zwift, etc).
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #454 on: November 07, 2018, 01:05:15 am »

Anyone have power meter experience?  I finally bought one, the Garmin Vector 3 pedals.  I know I have to do a FTP test before utilizing the pedals.  Beyond that, any recs on which training software you prefer? (i.e. trainerroad, training peaks, zwift, etc).

nope but would like too, just cost too much...
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #455 on: November 10, 2018, 09:14:32 am »

Cooler riding weather!!   :)

upper 30/lower 40's to start this am.
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #456 on: January 01, 2019, 03:56:38 pm »

Cold ride this afternoon, with average temp during the ride at 24-degrees. However, I was so desperate to ride, not having done so since Xmas Day, that I was able to wrangle another desperate soul to join me.

I donít get to ride as much as Iíd like w/ the various things in life that get in the way, but was able to make my modest 3k goal for the 4th year in a row. Bring on 3k more for 2019.
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #457 on: January 05, 2019, 09:24:55 am »

Cold ride this afternoon, with average temp during the ride at 24-degrees. However, I was so desperate to ride, not having done so since Xmas Day, that I was able to wrangle another desperate soul to join me.

I donít get to ride as much as Iíd like w/ the various things in life that get in the way, but was able to make my modest 3k goal for the 4th year in a row. Bring on 3k more for 2019.

Good work on the miles.

I got 3,034.85 miles cycling, 242.15 miles running and 57.5 hrs in gym lifting.

McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #458 on: January 07, 2019, 01:30:52 pm »

+1

My outdoor run miles were only 62 (it hurts my back too much to run).  I'm not sure how to access my hours spent on the eliptical, in spin classes, or treadmill (walking or running) via Garmin Connect -- I didn't see breakdown for them.  Strength training I was able to get and it came in at 52 hours.
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #459 on: February 10, 2019, 09:33:08 am »

I began riding spring of Ď14, starting w/ a Retul fit when I purchased the bike. I had been doing spin classes since 2012 so I expected back pain to be an issue (I have 3 herniated disks in my lower back and could not find a comfy position on the spin bikes) and was willing to try a fitting to see if some pain could be alleviated. It worked well for about 4 years, indeed minimizing pain.

I didnít ride before this fit, so I imagine my riding style has evolved over the past 5 years. Additionally, I began stretching daily 2 years ago, so I was tighter then than now. Iím still tight, just a bit less so.

But the past year has not felt right. A year ago I changed saddles after wearing out the other one. Same model, updated version, but it never felt like it was in the same spot. I rode on. Three months ago I replaced my shimano pedals and cleats w/ Garmin Vector pedals and Look cleats. That change made me feel more off. Additionally there seemed to be more rocking or bouncing on the bike. Over the 5 years Iíve laid the bike over a few times ó early on by not clipping-out and many others by thinking the bike was leaned well against something only to see it crash to the pavement (sigh).

So I felt a new fit was in order. I wonít bore you with the old numbers versus the new numbers, or list the changes made. Simply put my bike feels GOOD again and Iím thankful to my LBS.
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #460 on: February 14, 2019, 07:10:11 pm »

Nice.

I began riding spring of Ď14, starting w/ a Retul fit when I purchased the bike.
My first 50 miler was 1992... but took quite a few years off in the early 2000s due to travel for work.


So I felt a new fit was in order. I wonít bore you with the old numbers versus the new numbers, or list the changes made. Simply put my bike feels GOOD again and Iím thankful to my LBS.

Good Fit is a must.

McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #461 on: April 28, 2019, 10:53:22 am »

Something I'd like Garmin to incorporate, that I like that other brands do, is to be able to change settings, screen fields, etc. via the app on the phone, rather than having to do so on the Garmin device.  When some buddies showed me last fall how their Lezyne and Wahoo could do that, I fell in love, and wondered why in the hell Garmin wasn't allowing us to do that.


Annual rant.
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #462 on: May 16, 2019, 09:09:13 am »

Anyone biking to work Friday? -- on national Bike to Work Day.

I always think about commuting but not sure how I'd make it work.  No shower at my office.  I wear suits and ties, but at minimum a dress shirt & slacks 2-3 days/week.  I could have a second set of toiletries at the office, and some wet wipes.  Deoderant and wet wipes would probably be good enough.  Get rid of the helmet hair.  But the clothes would be a chore.  Carry clothes in a back pack on the bike and they might need some ironing.  Or take the work clothes to the office the day before I plan to commute to work.  That works but takes some of the spontaneity out of riding to work "some morning".  As much as I want to do it, just seems like extra work.
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #463 on: May 16, 2019, 09:26:10 am »

I received the Garmin 530 on Tuesday.  First ride was this morning.  I like it a lot.  But why the heck did I get another Garmin after my annual rant? (see post 461 above).

Well, I initially decided to buy the Wahoo Roam after investigating it.  I think it was announced a handful of days after my rant (the rant was triggered by the earlier announcement that day of the 530/830, and Garmin's continued lack of the convenience features that are endeared by Wahoo owners).  I was ready to make my pre-order.  It was a done deal.  I had even input my CC information.  I felt like I better check on one last thing before submitting my order.....I signed-up for Xert, a year's subscription up-front, a month ago, or thereabouts.  I assumed Xert had Wahoo support, but thought I should double-check.  IT DOES NOT!  I've really enjoyed using Xert and its philosophy.  So, yada-yada-yada, I now have a Garmin 530.
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #464 on: May 16, 2019, 07:42:13 pm »

I received the Garmin 530 on Tuesday.  First ride was this morning.  I like it a lot.  But why the heck did I get another Garmin after my annual rant? (see post 461 above).

Well, I initially decided to buy the Wahoo Roam after investigating it.  I think it was announced a handful of days after my rant (the rant was triggered by the earlier announcement that day of the 530/830, and Garmin's continued lack of the convenience features that are endeared by Wahoo owners).  I was ready to make my pre-order.  It was a done deal.  I had even input my CC information.  I felt like I better check on one last thing before submitting my order.....I signed-up for Xert, a year's subscription up-front, a month ago, or thereabouts.  I assumed Xert had Wahoo support, but thought I should double-check.  IT DOES NOT!  I've really enjoyed using Xert and its philosophy.  So, yada-yada-yada, I now have a Garmin 530.

Looks like a cool unit...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbeX_ruKt3k
Garmin Edge 530 Review: 15 New Things To Know!

hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #465 on: May 25, 2019, 12:52:24 pm »

McKdaddy...How's the Garmin working out? you riding faster?! 8)
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #466 on: May 25, 2019, 08:29:52 pm »

I like it, HR. It gives some neat in-ride and post-ride metrics that my nerdiness enjoys. I think Iíve read some of those metrics will be coming to some previous Garnins via an update.

hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #467 on: June 16, 2019, 02:06:58 am »

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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #468 on: June 28, 2019, 02:27:44 pm »

Did legs at the gym today then remembered I have a 60 mile ride tomorrow.  :o
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #469 on: June 28, 2019, 03:18:31 pm »

Did legs at the gym today then remembered I have a 60 mile ride tomorrow.  :o


Dude . . . I'll say a little prayer for you.
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #470 on: June 29, 2019, 03:53:36 pm »


Dude . . . I'll say a little prayer for you.

Thanks! Got the ride in...Man I'm beat!  8)
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #471 on: July 09, 2019, 10:06:32 pm »

Tour de France 2019

anyone watching?

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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #472 on: July 09, 2019, 10:47:28 pm »

Iím keeping up w/ the results daily, but thus far have been able to watch very little.
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #473 on: July 09, 2019, 11:27:06 pm »

I’m keeping up w/ the results daily, but thus far have been able to watch very little.

Those 9 to 12 min NBC sports highlights on youtube work great for stage recap.

McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #474 on: July 10, 2019, 09:21:46 am »

Those 9 to 12 min NBC sports highlights on youtube work great for stage recap.


Thanks, Iíll begin looking at those.
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Re: Cycling
« Reply #475 on: July 10, 2019, 10:16:15 am »

I've been watching each day a lunch as the stage finishes.  Love seeing the scenery and trying to understand the strategies.

Yesterday's Stage 4 finish was a thing of beauty.
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #476 on: July 11, 2019, 08:15:22 pm »

Stage 6 had that 24% grade...  8)

https://www.bicycling.com/tour-de-france/a28353066/tour-de-france-2019-stage-6/
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Stage 6, in the heart of Franceís Vosges region, is relatively short at 160.5K. But it features seven categorized climbs, including an early Category 1 ascent that starts just 29K into the route, and a summit finish on La Planche des Belles Filles.

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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #477 on: July 21, 2019, 09:54:30 am »

ďIt is carnage on this horribly steep climb with riders littered all over the place.Ē

Excellent description of the brutish Mur de PťguŤre climb via The Telegraphís live update reporter.

hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #478 on: July 23, 2019, 11:33:26 pm »

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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #479 on: December 26, 2019, 02:00:30 pm »

Garmin Varia radar device works very well.  A buddy of mine had been recommending it to me. I finally decided to buy one a week ago, and also would refer it. Works w/ both Garmin and Wahoo computers.

hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #480 on: January 01, 2020, 02:34:35 pm »

Garmin Varia radar device works very well.  A buddy of mine had been recommending it to me. I finally decided to buy one a week ago, and also would refer it. Works w/ both Garmin and Wahoo computers.

set for many rides in 2020!

McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #481 on: January 08, 2020, 09:23:38 pm »

Trying out gravel biking. Many of my buddies have gotten into it. 85% of their miles remain road miles, but I can see that number continue to decline (i.e.  gravel miles go up).
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #482 on: January 10, 2020, 10:23:19 pm »

Trying out gravel biking. Many of my buddies have gotten into it. 85% of their miles remain road miles, but I can see that number continue to decline (i.e.  gravel miles go up).

sounds fun but for me here in San Diego not too many gravel roads!  8)
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #483 on: January 11, 2020, 12:36:03 pm »

sounds fun but for me here in San Diego not too many gravel roads!  8)


Good point.
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #484 on: February 23, 2020, 10:44:47 am »

sounds fun but for me here in San Diego not too many gravel roads!  8)


Looking around a bit, you have a lot of gravel around you, HOWEVER, same as me, you canít simply hop on your bike for nearby gravel miles. I load up my gravel bike for quicker access to the gravel.
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #485 on: February 23, 2020, 10:58:49 am »

3 of GravelStokeís 4 favorite SD area gravel rides appear to be in your backyard!

https://www.gravelstoke.com/gravel-cycling-gear-blog/san-diego-gravel-routes

This webpage works like crap on my iPad, but is fine on my macbook. Looks like some solid routes w/ excellent elevation over the courses.

Good thing about gravel bikes is their flexibility....a modified road bike. To the lay person my roadie and gravel bike look near identical, other than the color. Bigger tire clearance, a bit more height from the ground to the bottom bracket, and 37mm tires with more tread.
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #486 on: February 23, 2020, 08:58:25 pm »

3 of GravelStokeís 4 favorite SD area gravel rides appear to be in your backyard!

https://www.gravelstoke.com/gravel-cycling-gear-blog/san-diego-gravel-routes

This webpage works like crap on my iPad, but is fine on my macbook. Looks like some solid routes w/ excellent elevation over the courses.

Good thing about gravel bikes is their flexibility....a modified road bike. To the lay person my roadie and gravel bike look near identical, other than the color. Bigger tire clearance, a bit more height from the ground to the bottom bracket, and 37mm tires with more tread.

Cool, two of those routes are at my backdoor!

McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #487 on: February 24, 2020, 07:37:41 pm »

Cool, two of those routes are at my backdoor!

Wow!
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #488 on: April 03, 2020, 01:44:40 pm »

HR, what are your cycling rules out there during this mess?  Ours were groups of less than 10 about 3 weeks ago.  Last Sunday they changed it to <4.
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #489 on: April 04, 2020, 03:00:09 pm »

HR, what are your cycling rules out there during this mess?  Ours were groups of less than 10 about 3 weeks ago.  Last Sunday they changed it to <4.

I know that all official club rides have been canceled. But haven't come seen an official note about only groups of 4 or less. I did come across this...

https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/commentary-why-its-better-not-to-ride-together-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #490 on: April 04, 2020, 05:03:20 pm »

Yeah, we arenít doing any pacelining, only riding 6í apart, side-by-side. Which means it is preferable to only ride in groups of 2 so the 3rd person isnít feeling like a 3rd wheel.

I first read that article when it was released, prior to the correction. Admittedly I was pretty irritated until they made the correction.

I believe the next step will be to tell is to ride solo or not at all. Iím addicted to podcasts so riding alone can be preferable.
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #491 on: April 04, 2020, 07:00:02 pm »

We have a small group on Saturday of about 5 to 7 of us but I'm going to bring off from that team. One of my friends had txt'd me and asked maybe just the two of us team up on Saturday (Which I think is fine.)

With the longer days now, I got a few solo rides in after work which helps.
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hawgrunner

Re: Cycling
« Reply #492 on: April 18, 2020, 05:22:13 pm »

If COVID-19 isn't bad enough... I broke my 5th metatarsal foot due to missing the last step coming down a stairwell. I'm out with a Boot on my foot for the next six weeks.  ::)
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #493 on: April 18, 2020, 09:55:27 pm »

That stinks, HR. Cycling in your great weather is a way to feel like you can flip the bird to Covid....and youíve gone and screwed that up. Hope you recover 100%.
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Re: Cycling
« Reply #494 on: April 21, 2020, 10:19:38 pm »

I'm not a biker dude, but I need a new exercise hobby since I currently have some torn muscle and tendon in my left elbow that makes lifting difficult.  I have a lot of straight county roads where I live but they're all pretty bumpy, and some gravel roads too. 

What's a good bike option to look at for riding 20 miles or so at a time without breaking the bank?
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #495 on: April 22, 2020, 08:16:57 pm »

Buff, Iím not going to be the best person to answer that question b/c I have focused my bike purchases at the higher end. Iíd recommend talking to your local bike shop (emphasis on ďlocalĒ).  Lay out to them what type of riding you are looking at (bumpy road, gravel, basic/general exercise, more serious ambitions, etc) and just as importantly any health issues you have.

When I let my LBS know of my 3 herniated disks, they shifted the conversation to a different style of bike than I had come in intending to buy. They were very helpful. If one LBS you go to isnít very helpful and is more interested in simply selling you a bike, try out another. I visited 4 bike shops when I began riding in 2014, and it became obvious which one I wanted to buy from. Customer service, taking time to get me on the right bike based on my needs/issues, not just trying to sell me a bike ó part of the reasons I chose the shop I did.

Heck, I asked about upgrading my wheel set considerably before leaving the shop w/ my brand new bike ó I had been told by buddies that doing so would be a beneficial upgrade to plan for down the road. So my thought, letís upgrade now, not later, if Iím likely to upgrade the wheel set. Why wait? But the shop said, ďno, ride your bike first. Wear out these wheels and make sure you are going to stick with bikingĒ. They couldíve made an easy extra 2k in a relatively low margin business by upgrading me, but chose not to. I respected that and it further cemented my relationship that continues strongly today with them.
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daprospecta

Re: Cycling
« Reply #496 on: April 22, 2020, 08:27:11 pm »

I'm not a biker dude, but I need a new exercise hobby since I currently have some torn muscle and tendon in my left elbow that makes lifting difficult.  I have a lot of straight county roads where I live but they're all pretty bumpy, and some gravel roads too. 

What's a good bike option to look at for riding 20 miles or so at a time without breaking the bank?
So I'm no expert here but I live in Austin where biking/cycling is huge. Tons of trails and pretty much every road has a bike lane. I used to ride my bike as a youth very long distances and I would ride to the gym(about 5 miles) on the weekends before the shutdown. I have a heavy mountain bike. This last week, I've been riding more and more and I logged over a 100 miles last week. I love it. I love exploring new neighborhoods but I envy cyclists on road bikes/hybird bikes that are made for the road and my MB is so heavy and slowing me down. I purchased an escape 3 from giant bicycles yesterday. It's 420(450 with tax) and they deal with LBSs(local bike shops) so you can buy from them and pick it up from your LBS. My recommendation is either by an entry level bike(Giant or Trek, maybe Schwinn entry level) or buy a used quality brand(can be had for 2-300) from your LBS. Whatever you do, don't go to academy or walmart to buy a bike. Most of the bikes they sale worth having are online only. Good luck and yes, cycling is great for people with previous injuries as it is low impact on the body but you can still get a hell of a workout from it.

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #497 on: April 22, 2020, 10:07:54 pm »

Gracias.  My closest bike shop is enjoying the free time I guess, I'll check them out when they open up again.  Worst case, REI opened up a store here in OKC.

McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #498 on: April 24, 2020, 09:04:17 am »

Buff,

Tulsa bike shops are open via appointment only.  But it sounds like your preferred one is completely closed.  Let us know if/when you have any other questions.
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McKdaddy

Re: Cycling
« Reply #499 on: April 27, 2020, 08:54:32 pm »

1 week down, HR
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