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Old 06-04-2007, 12:26 AM
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Yeesh, that sounds unpleasant.

I haven't actually joined the group ride yet. I went and talked with a guy at the bike shop and he strongly recommended that I have a road bike before I try it, lest I end up dragging down the group. (Apparently they're big on the "no newb left behind" policy). No, the ride today was just me and the roomie.

I think I could've gone twice as far, but the fact that there's something of a tough incline for a few blocks on the last leg of the return trip makes me cautious.
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Old 06-04-2007, 04:39 PM
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A friend of mine and I are planning to ride up McKenzie pass Saturday. The road (OR 242) just opened to bike traffic, but cars arenít allowed for a couple of weeks. Itís only about a 50 mile round trip (from where weíre starting), but is a 4000 foot climb, so Iíve been trying to get in shape for it by riding most days for the last week (we just decided to go last Monday, and less than two weeks isnít the ideal conditioning period).

Also, my friend is a 140 pound runt who runs marathons in his spare time, and goes for 60 mile rides every weekend, so although I can keep up with him on the flats, I know heíll blow me away on the 4000 foot climb. Actually, I just hope to make it up without any back injuries.
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Old 06-05-2007, 12:26 AM
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Just cycled home from work in a rainstorm, and forgot my gloves at work.

It's the first time in a couple of years that I've ridden without gloves, and I couldn't believe (i) how quickly my hands felt the pressure and (ii) how slippery the brake hoods are when they're wet! I have this whole new* appreciation for the wonderfulness that is cycling gloves.


*I already had a pretty major appreciation of them from a time last year when my bike went out from under me on a curve in the rain, and I skidded along the pavement on my ass and one palm. I had a pretty good raspberry along one thigh, but my cycling shorts weren't even ripped, and my hand was fine. (Yes, my skin -- under the shorts -- was torn up, but the flimsy lycra-looking shorts themselves were totally fine.) Buying good stuff can pay off!
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Old 06-05-2007, 12:36 AM
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Thanks for the tip. I've been wearing these weight-lifting gloves, but I suspect cycling gloves are better suited to cycling - odd though that might be.
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One problem with equipment is that you get used to it and then feel naked without it. I hate riding without my bike gloves now, too -- although I used to do it all the time. I'm starting to feel vulnerable without my helmet, too --although I never wore one until a couple of years ago.
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Old 06-05-2007, 03:19 AM
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Thanks for the tip. I've been wearing these weight-lifting gloves, but I suspect cycling gloves are better suited to cycling - odd though that might be.
They're probably pretty much the same, though the location and type of the padding may be a bit different. Mine have gel padding on the heel of the palm, and a terry-cloth "wipe patch" on the back. (Uh, and they're washable.)

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One problem with equipment is that you get used to it and then feel naked without it.
I don't think it's a problem, especially when it's safety gear. In fact it's kind of reassuring that the equipment can quickly come to feel effortless and normal. Before I wore a helmet, I was sure that cycling would feel less pleasant if I wore one. But now I don't even notice the helmet, and feel wrong without it. Since the helmet makes me safer, that's a good thing.
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Old 06-05-2007, 03:27 AM
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Ah, yeah. Mine don't have any padding at all. They're just (faux) leather. I'll buy some cycling gloves this weekend. :yup:
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:09 PM
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Speaking of equipment, does anyone know where I can get some steroids or EPO before my mountain ride on Saturday? I may need them.
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Just under 13 miles today, in 84:degrees: - "feels like" 89:degrees: - weather.

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Gonna pick up some cycling gloves after brunch, and I'm up to $500 in my new bike savings account. :hyper:
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:48 PM
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Good ride!

Drink lots, eh?

I'm thinking of trying a 100-miler tomorrow with a local charity ride. But I may chicken and do the 100 km instead. (Or compromise -- do the 100 km ride, but also ride to and from the ride site, which is about 20km from my house...)
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I bring a water bottle, but only stopped to take a swig a couple times. I'll work on that.

Good luck with the ride tomorrow! I'm really looking forward to being able to do rides like that.
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Okay, I got some styling cycling gloves today. Muy bueno.

Now, is there something I can do to minimize strangulation from the helmet strap?
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Loosen it?

Not to be a smartass or anything. But what else could be the problem?
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Old 06-10-2007, 01:40 AM
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I suppose I could loosen it, but I'm afraid if it's too loose it'll be less effective (ie. fall off).
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160 km = 100 miles! I did the long version of the charity ride.

Calm day, bright sun, 25 C... perfect for cycling. I feel better than I felt after doing the 100K in this ride last year, when it was chilly and bloody windy. Then again, I also made some important changes to how I rode:

- don't go hard like a maniac in the first 20K
- eat small amounts frequently while riding
- drink tons (8 or 9 litres)
- treat the long steep hills (of which there were many :shakefist:) with respect and climb them with patience.

Last year the only one of these I came close to practicing was the third, though I definitely drank more today. Anyhow, I feel good, and may, through the magic of ibuprofen, play hockey later tonight.
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Wow, that's brilliant. Congratulations Clutch!

You were right about the helmet strap. All I had to do was loosen it a bit and the experience was considerably better. We did another 12 mile jaunt today, though along a different route - had to break in the new gloves and cycling shorts I got yesterday.
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Gloves and cycling shorts? Rockin.
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Wow, that's brilliant. Congratulations Clutch!
Aaaand just in time to puncture my pride: 81 year-old plans to cycle 3200 Km in 16 days.

So, um, that'd be 200K/day, every day, for over two weeks. :eek:
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Congrats, Clutch! I am hoping to finish my first century this November--a few years ago, my mother and I semi-attempted this, but only got 55 miles into it (mostly because we probably hadn't ridden in months prior to it). This fall, I'm hoping to ride all over it.

vm, after a few rides, you probably won't be able to believe that you ever did without gloves and cycling shorts. It makes all the difference, or it did for me. (Now it takes a whole day of riding, if at all, to not be able to feel my fingers. haha)
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Old 06-11-2007, 06:20 PM
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My McKenzie pass ride (50 miles round trip,, but 4000 vertical feet of climbing) was a piece of cake. The grade was perfect for a nice, steady pace. In fact, it was easy enough that we're thinking of going back this weekend and going up and over to the town of Sisters (and then back up and over) -- which would be about 70 miles and 6000 vertical feet (the climb is less on the eastern side). The road opens to cars after that.

Good job on the century, Clutch.
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Thanks. I played hockey afterwards and scored twice from the point (we lost, though). My teammates insist that a pre-game century is now mandatory prep for me.
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I'm more jealous about the hockey than about the riding. I can still ride a century -- but my hockey days are over. God I used to love hockey!

Power play goals? Or even strength? (I figure more than half the goals from the point are on the power play.)
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Even strength, both. The first was a seeing-eye slapper along the ice that went through about six pairs of skates and beat the goalie five-hole. The second was supposed to be the same, but it got away from me and went high. Apparently the goalie was surprised too -- it went off his shoulder and up under the bar. So, neither was a thing of beauty. But I take my mandate to be nothing more than hitting the net from the point![/derail]
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Up on the top shelf where they keep the saltines. [/meeker]
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Stop it right there! Stop it right there! See? Went around Hammarstrom like a hoop around a barrel! Steve Shutt, just super!
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