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5x15 second sprints, max effort

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 12:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

rest 5 mins in between

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 12:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Pootling like a vicar to and from work, twice.

Ed, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 13:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Mine is going to be like this: Monday: grocery store; Tuesday: Dumbo bike shop; Thurs: Local bar; Weekend: Everywhere.

Repeat 4x per month.

Laurel, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

well you should also post interesting tidbits of what happens during your ride, like a great out of saddle fart or almost killing a squirrel

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i very nearly killed a rat the other day, coming down the alley to my garage.

apparently my friend paul broadsided one a few weeks ago, but the fucker kept ticking and straggled off into the darkness

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i swear the fucking squirrels at prospect park have deathwishes

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I was overtaken by a hearse last week, I'm sure this was a sign.

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

(PS. It was going fast, cos it was EMPTY)

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

WELL THEN! Last Sun I went to Floyd Bennett Airfield out at the end of Flatbush. It was a pretty meh ride, passing malls and suburban stuff, but I did run across a half-decent (paved) bike trail way out there, that followed the highway. Dunno yet what trail it was or where it goes, but it's a thought.

Also while riding down Nostrand being in love w/ the world I passed someone who started whooping "white girl, white girl". Neighborhood watch?

Laurel, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

there are some great stretches on nostrand if you hit all the greens

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I did not.

The airfield is fantastic, though, if you're a transpo/military history/aviation/old stuff geek.

Laurel, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yeah there is a hidden beach there, really weird area

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I am so badly out of shape bikewise this year. I keep getting almost fit, then something else comes along that snags my interest so I go off and spend all my time doing that and I get all decrepitated all over again. I think I def. need to buy a proper road bike and get some focus back.

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

what else is there to snag your interest? stay away from women

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ah, you know how it is. Bike fitness takes huge buckets of time to cultivate. Sloth is so less demanding.

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

^ 'much'

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

to work: 4.5 miles of urban commute dodging broken window glass, jaywalkers, insane taxi drivers, homeless zombies, methed-out busdrivers, light rail tracks, subway grates, idiotic tourist drivers, etc.

from work: same as above but uphill (big hills).

Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

so who takes the squirrel out

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

bike shop charges extra for that

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

probably should leave it in like a spoke card

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink


ddb, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

he was just on the way home from collecting acorns :(

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

My initial reaction was WTF fork broken, but carbon fibre really is that brittle especially with loads out of the design axis like that. Riding a steel fork would have lead to squirrel guts spread around.

Ed, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I wish I were riding my bike right now.

Laurel, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink


ddb, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 16:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

that squirrel is going to be causing a tension load in the spoke, which they are designed for and a shear load in the fork which they are only designed for to a certain extent.

I am going to ride my bike in a few minutes and buy some fresh tagliatelle.

Ed, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 16:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink


ddb, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 16:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Somewhere there's one of a critter in a disc brake assembly it is dire.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 18:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh ya, 14 miles business casual and pannier, 14 to go yet. It is supposed to rain. BUt, also 20mph tailwind out of NNW!

Nothing says for better or for worse like a pair of fenders. (nicked from someone in the internets)

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 18:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Somewhere there's one of a critter in a disc brake assembly it is dire.

I have seen this, and it is THE HORRORS.

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

hunter where are you located?

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Somewhere there's one of a critter in a disc brake assembly it is dire. had it, it's pretty sad:

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

omg the comments are sadder

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i was gonna say.

lolz at flags: I AM FROM CANADA

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

commute today (a poem):

checked weather: no rain
went outside sunny and nice
rode first half happily
second half started with sprinkles
followed by drizzle
the fucking skies opened up (i was wearing thin sweater, t-shirt, jeans and sneakers)
lol soaked
now wearing samples
straight chillin

Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

this is what this thread is about folks!!

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

lol soaked

Not how I do. I'm #*(%#&@~~~!!!

Cutty I'm in Denver xpo

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I see olympic gold medallist S4ra C4rrigan out most mornings on the gold coast.

W4LTER, Thursday, 18 October 2007 04:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

And Mc3wen will be ponying up and down the gold coast all summer too.

W4LTER, Thursday, 18 October 2007 04:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

No ride today. Puncture. Only got fat tubes. Can you fit fat tubes (1.5-2.2 i think) into slick tyres (1.25 i think)?

ledge, Thursday, 18 October 2007 08:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Not really, you'll be much more at risk of pinch flats.

Invest in Slime.

Ed, Thursday, 18 October 2007 09:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

an hour on the rollers, sweatnet = essential

cutty, Thursday, 18 October 2007 14:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

quick zip in to work and back - left the house at exactly 9.30 and left work at exactly 9.30. front wheel need truing. both do probably. and brakes need some love. also some fucker in a big car tried to kill me twice this morning on tottenham court rd :/

did anyone watch the 'bike messengers are on crack' vid on youtube?

emsk, Thursday, 18 October 2007 22:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Quick zip up to the Wburg bridge, to the bar. Nice out, a little warm. The pulled pork and cigarettes slowed me down on the way home -- it might be uphill most of the way back to the Heights but it shouldn't be THAT annoying. Fuck stoplights, anyway.

Also fuck the white van that pulled over and stopped in front of my while I was cruising down Kent. They apologized as I blew by, but they weren't sorry enough not to cut me off, I noticed.

Laurel, Friday, 19 October 2007 03:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

more poetry:

A little wet again
Douchebag on a rice rocket gunning it at every light only to slam on the brakes every
200 feet
I blow a red (no cross-traffic)
Almost catches me around 2 lights later
I hear a bang, look behind
2Fast2Furious doored by a work truck while trying to split traffic
Motorcycle down and skidding
Him on his ass
He looked fine (truck driver was on him already)
I keep riding

Steve Shasta, Friday, 19 October 2007 14:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i call that poem shasta keeps riding

cutty, Friday, 19 October 2007 14:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

gbx, Friday, 19 October 2007 18:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink


cutty, Saturday, 20 October 2007 16:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yeah thanks. i’m sure it’s fine, just need to learn how to do bike maintenance. standing in a basement with unhelpful youtube videos is not fun.

Everything to do with chocolate (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 23 August 2018 19:23 (five months ago) Permalink

just go to the park tools youtube account, they'll explain everything

gbx, Thursday, 23 August 2018 21:06 (five months ago) Permalink

I live in a relatively low theft zone, but just heard you can fill saddle allen bolts with hot glue. What are your tricks? To deter ez pickins. (Lol its a fucking c13 and my preeeciousss).

Hunt3r, Thursday, 23 August 2018 22:20 (five months ago) Permalink

I bought some security bolts after I got a saddle stolen and have never used them. But they exist!

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Thursday, 23 August 2018 22:27 (five months ago) Permalink

yeah i say pitbolts and pinheads and like that, but i uh...have a LOT of hot glue, can't reglue baskets and grips without that shiz

Hunt3r, Thursday, 23 August 2018 22:57 (five months ago) Permalink

just go to the park tools youtube account, they'll explain everything

― gbx, Friday, 24 August 2018 07:06 (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

thanks for tip. turns out the cassette was loose (i don't know what that means or how i would have diagnosed it)

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 1 September 2018 08:14 (five months ago) Permalink

Buy bike
Buy accessories
Fail at riding
How do I change my gears?!

spacedaddy, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 23:32 (five months ago) Permalink

What the old saying doesn't mention is how long it takes till riding a bicycle is something you never forget. Can we help?

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 01:30 (five months ago) Permalink

Practice and repetition is a pain but part of the game. specific questions i’ll try to respond if i know.

Shifting- shift before it gets difficult is one non-insight insight.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 01:43 (five months ago) Permalink

uh lemme see if i got this right: don't buy upgrades, ride up grades

gbx, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 02:03 (five months ago) Permalink

"it never gets easier, you just get faster"

gbx, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 02:06 (five months ago) Permalink

is the physical act of changing gears difficult? (janky derailleurs, old cable, front derailleurs in general) or is it how to find the right gear? after years of fixed gear/single-speed i did think that finding the right gear was tricky (i mashed when mashing was called for, got spinny when that was required). getting into the right cadence (esp when you're in the middle of the cassette) can be frustrating, but i have found, as a heuristic, that any time you move the big ring in one direction (eg it got harder), move the rear two in the opposite (eg make it easier)

gbx, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 02:10 (five months ago) Permalink

p sure sheldon brown (RIP) has a whole tutorial on this?

gbx, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 02:11 (five months ago) Permalink

i just spent 16 days with a bunch of people riding the length of thee isle of great britain (john o'groats in scotland to land's end in cornwall). mostly we stuck to quieter roads which added to the distance considerably - 1220 miles ridden in total and on an average day we did about 80 miles. we were camping in tents every night, but my mum and dad drove the whole thing in their camper van so they carried all our tents and other gear so that was a massive boon. weather was mostly okay, the only day when we got totally soaked was riding through lancashire (typical), the haul over the the forest of bowland was a glorious battle against wild, wet and windy conditions. my 14 year old son did the whole thing with us - he normally only rides bmx and mountain bikes but he absolutely stomped everyone on every single climb, he was amazing. the riding was great, but tbh i really struggled with the whole group dynamic and once everyone started getting tired and grumpy i was glad to just spend most of the later days with just my son and one other guy. anyhow, photodump in my long-neglected flickr if anyone's interested in viewing my terrible helmet hair and whiskery bad looks:

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Thursday, 6 September 2018 16:30 (five months ago) Permalink

congrats, that is a great great event. it must have been amazing to do it with your kid, too. can't wait to check yr photos.

Hunt3r, Thursday, 6 September 2018 16:36 (five months ago) Permalink

Great work

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 6 September 2018 22:18 (five months ago) Permalink

This is not the content I expect from ilx but I find it pleasing. A stone circle! Wheelies!

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Friday, 7 September 2018 20:34 (five months ago) Permalink

so many endos!

gbx, Friday, 7 September 2018 20:49 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah he had an spd moment after one of those endos, landed in a heap on the floor and totally ripped the leg warmers I bought him just the day before. Grrrr!

I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Saturday, 8 September 2018 10:15 (five months ago) Permalink

That is a fun photostream, looks like a great trip.

hardly the most memorable moment for you probably, but the one of the geese is cool in a _is that what they actually do?_ kind of way.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 18:45 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Wow I didn’t check this for like two weeks!
Thank you guys!!!!

spacedaddy, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 16:01 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

missed the old CX bike and wanted something for road/path/dirty hijinx for the summer, got sweet deal on kona rove with 650b wheels and superfat slicks. so good! the french were right!

Steve Reich, 'Ass-Clapping Music' (haitch), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:04 (three months ago) Permalink

used it for nite ride, middle of the city after midnight, barely see a regular car among the garbage trucks and taxis

Steve Reich, 'Ass-Clapping Music' (haitch), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:24 (three months ago) Permalink

that’s doin it right 👍

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 03:46 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah bigtime

gbx, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 04:08 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah that sounds fun as hell

night rides were actually a big part of me getting back into cycling as an adult. i complimented some random dude's classic 10-speed back in 2010 and he told me about Midnight Ridazz (LA night ride crew of Taco Tuesdays fame - "guys, please stop stealing from the 7-11 or they won't let us in")

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 16:13 (three months ago) Permalink

Midnight Ridazz were founded by the biggest amateur doper in the USA. He has a lifetime USAC ban from competition, now he just tries to claim Strava KOMs all over LA. Terrible person.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 22:26 (three months ago) Permalink

and gaimon took most of them back

don't shame a dude for getting back on the bike because he did it in the presence of a jerk. keep it positive ya ding dong

gbx, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 23:39 (three months ago) Permalink

brilliant summer idea haitch, i may very well get into some of that (now that evil magpie season seems to be over)

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 25 October 2018 10:16 (three months ago) Permalink

melbourne bike cru

Steve Reich, 'Ass-Clapping Music' (haitch), Thursday, 25 October 2018 23:10 (three months ago) Permalink

the spotless reputation of Midnight Ridazz ruined

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Thursday, 25 October 2018 23:46 (three months ago) Permalink

Won't somebody think of the Ridazz... lol

In unrelated "tech giants are horrible" news, this was particularly disturbing coming from a consumer reports POV:

YouTube have terminated my GPLama account. Apparently for three violations of their community guidelines (no reason given). That's everything gone. 2 years work. 700 videos. 17 Million watch minutes. @TeamYouTube Explain this to everyone below. You've just ended me.

— Shane Miller (@gplama) October 29, 2018

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 29 October 2018 16:25 (three months ago) Permalink

whoa -- i've watched some of that dude's videos, seems like the most innocuous unboxing/review stuff around

gbx, Monday, 29 October 2018 16:39 (three months ago) Permalink

they've reinstated the channel but haven't communicated what the problems were - obviously there's probably not anyone to actually talk to about it

Steve Reich, 'Ass-Clapping Music' (haitch), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 04:38 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

My main recall of Melbourne roads is nearly having a tram impale my rental while I tried to turn across traffic. Be careful.

― Hunt3r, Saturday, 26 May 2018 13:55 (seven months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

just fell victim to tram tracks

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 31 December 2018 01:37 (one month ago) Permalink

oh no- hope yr well and no or few damages! status check?

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 14:52 (one month ago) Permalink

a load of skin came off left elbow, both knees, left calf and right hand. no damage at all to neck or helmet/head. bike front wheel is jamming against the brake and the chain mechanism is making a funny noise, but i think it’s fixable (will know next week).

next time i see a load of arse biscuits standing in the bike lane i will lose my shit at them.

thanks for your concern <3

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 20:49 (one month ago) Permalink

FWIW this has happened to me also (although not quite as dramatically!) and almost everyone who bikes in downtown San Francisco. Hope you heal quickly!

fajita seas, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 20:55 (one month ago) Permalink

thanks! a lovely bloke came out of his shop and got me bandaged up, and the hospital i went to (public health is free here) checked joint movements &c. and established nothing was broken.

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 20:57 (one month ago) Permalink

I think I might be on the verge of getting a Brompton y/n

gbx, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 23:54 (one month ago) Permalink

what for specifically? depending on your situation you might be better off with another folder

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 23:58 (one month ago) Permalink

commuting. one of the ways I can get to work that isn't driving is commuter rail + bike the rest of the way

I guess it'd also be nice for bringing along on trips, too, as a number of airlines will let you bring them on as carry-on luggage

gbx, Thursday, 3 January 2019 02:02 (one month ago) Permalink

ah brompton then. for portability there’s no competition.

you’d want to consider things like # gears v weight, expensive light titanium v weight, etc. i went for six gears in standard metals, so it’s heavy but not too expensive. if your ride doesn’t have too many hills, you could get away with a three or two speed.

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 3 January 2019 02:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Call is going out:

May 18, 2019. I'm hoping to lasso a gbx, as much for wanting to meet a legend, as anything else. :^)

i've had a lot of... dreams and setbacks as i've ventured through the last couple years, but i'm confident i can make it through this one. i'm comfortable being a reliable 50+ ally, as opposed to "ima set a pr" guy, though if asked to pull or die, i'll ride til i die.

Anybody wanna walk through the process of doing this? i'll be on a minimally loaded drop-bar, tubeless, 26x2.1" mtn bike. This kinda monster-cross shit is considered "fashionable" by my understands.

hope all are well. i see most of yall through strava and the fatmantis group, but while few, we are strong.

Hunt3r, Monday, 7 January 2019 04:11 (one month ago) Permalink

"NEW for 2019 Class 1 Ebike for 85 K distance with later start time (no age or gender classes )."

Hunt3r, Monday, 7 January 2019 04:23 (one month ago) Permalink

that gravel ride looks terrific hunt3r, very jealous - you'll have a blast on that!

i've been upping the miles here in an effort to tire my son out. it's not working at all, it's absolutely killing me while he's just getting fitter and faster all the time. i had a virus over the last six weeks so i did manage to get some time just sitting on my arse, but i think i'm over that now and it's all beginning again. 100 miles last monday, and then 55 yesterday up four of the big climbs in the area - we were going to do another couple as well, but thank the lord we ran out of daylight :D

main riding goal this year is mountain mayhem which is the longest running uk 24hr mountain bike race. i'm not really into racing at all anymore (i'm soooo slow) but they've just dropped the lower age limit to 14 so we're doing it as a pair. with any luck i'll just be able to do one lap and then let him ride the rest - seriously i'd just be slowing him down, he's just ridiculous

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Monday, 7 January 2019 08:37 (one month ago) Permalink

viewing a kid's increasing capacity is always amazing, that is v cool.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 00:54 (one month ago) Permalink

hunter! I'd actually tentatively planned on targeting the pony express as my first gravel event / goal to keep me honest (standards have uh fallen very far). It'd be great to see some other mantii show up too

gbx, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 01:43 (one month ago) Permalink

encouraging news, i'm checking the forecast already. i'm not much of a mudder no matter what my enemies say.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 04:30 (one month ago) Permalink

i'm not much of a cyclist these days, tbh, so having some incentive to get back in the saddle would be nice

gbx, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 18:44 (one month ago) Permalink

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