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5x15 second sprints, max effort

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 12:58 (fifteen years ago) link

rest 5 mins in between

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 12:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Pootling like a vicar to and from work, twice.

Ed, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 13:32 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

i swear the fucking squirrels at prospect park have deathwishes

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:30 (fifteen years ago) link

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

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:32 (fifteen years ago) link

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

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:32 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:36 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah there is a hidden beach there, really weird area

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:40 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:48 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

^ 'much'

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:14 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

so who takes the squirrel out

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:31 (fifteen years ago) link

bike shop charges extra for that

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:34 (fifteen years ago) link

probably should leave it in like a spoke card

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:35 (fifteen years ago) link


ddb, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:39 (fifteen years ago) link

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

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:43 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

I wish I were riding my bike right now.

Laurel, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:53 (fifteen years ago) link


ddb, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 16:04 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link


ddb, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 16:16 (fifteen years ago) link

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

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 18:36 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

hunter where are you located?

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:11 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

omg the comments are sadder

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:17 (fifteen years ago) link

i was gonna say.

lolz at flags: I AM FROM CANADA

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:21 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

this is what this thread is about folks!!

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:31 (fifteen years ago) link

lol soaked

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

Cutty I'm in Denver xpo

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:48 (fifteen years ago) link

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

W4LTER, Thursday, 18 October 2007 04:45 (fifteen years ago) link

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

W4LTER, Thursday, 18 October 2007 04:48 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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

Invest in Slime.

Ed, Thursday, 18 October 2007 09:00 (fifteen years ago) link

an hour on the rollers, sweatnet = essential

cutty, Thursday, 18 October 2007 14:24 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

i call that poem shasta keeps riding

cutty, Friday, 19 October 2007 14:56 (fifteen years ago) link

gbx, Friday, 19 October 2007 18:39 (fifteen years ago) link


cutty, Saturday, 20 October 2007 16:31 (fifteen years ago) link

Maybe a pandemic will stop it? I'm hoping they don't ban solo cycling here in London. The weather was so bad here that I had scarcely ridden this year even before the coronavirus really kicked off in the UK. Now I'm wondering if I'll ever get out this year or possibly even longer. In the big scheme of things, I've got bigger worries, but it would do me some good if I could escape to the countryside every now and then.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 23:45 (three years ago) link

idk man can you bike but like ... in a less risky way? i have a friend who kept skiing in terrain parks even after the first shattered everything, the results were not great.

NBS feel the same way you do - a bit guilty to be focusing on cycling *now* but yes I selfishly hope that it continues to be an option. It feels kinda scandalous idk.

lukas, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 23:49 (three years ago) link

maybe everyone working from home can do their commute to work on zwift every day

*our internet is mostly shit so that's out of the question for me

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 23:54 (three years ago) link

lukas i am sure you're right on that. part of me is afraid of getting back in. it's a bit of "one drink is too many, but 4 (or 8) are not enough." i'm sure many obsessive nerds know this tendency and handle it fine.

i hope everyone stays safe and well, and needn't self-isolate indoors. that seems cruel and mostly-to-completely pointless to me, but what do i know?

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 03:18 (three years ago) link

fwiw, one basis- needlessly crowding hospitals:

The Spanish Sports Council confirmed the lockdown also includes a ban on riding bikes, with some cyclists stopped and fined on Sunday. Fines can range from €500-€3000 for unnecessarily being outdoors.

Carlos Mascias, a medical director from Madrid and keen cyclist, posted a message on the Twitter account of the Vuelta a España explaining the risks of cycling during the coronavirus crisis after he saw a number of cyclists out on the roads.

"Stay at home and put the bike aside,” Mascias said pleaded. "If any cyclist suffers an incident and needs an ambulance or a bed in intensive care, we are taking it away from people who truly need it, who are now arriving en masse to hospitals.

"If something happens to you now, maybe you have a chance [to get treatment], but you will be taking it away from someone else — but in 48 hours, if something happens to you, the one who is left without [intensive care] might be you, those who are now riding your bikes. Please, park the bike and stay at home."

i've seen this concern raised on mtb boards regarding moab and other small med center destinations.

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 03:27 (three years ago) link

yeah that absolutely makes sense. i feel pretty okay about road rides, have been riding for years without accidents and the worst case (if i'm not hit by a car) is pretty okay.

it is definitely increasing risk vs sitting on my ass or going for a run, i just have to be okay with the fact that if i go for a road ride in a couple weeks and get in an accident, i might not get care.

dirt feels like a different thing.

lukas, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 20:50 (three years ago) link

i still like mtb, i still dislike putting a bike on a car, it's still 7 miles min to trailheads, i still love riding a fast dirtdrop hardtail on the road to go get durty and then ride roads/paths home again. this is the way.

today was day 2, i road the same local road/trails as two days ago. it felt so nice and normal.

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Thursday, 19 March 2020 05:26 (three years ago) link

sounds delightful

i don't have a bike that can really do dirt, but I have 28s, I can hit some trails in GGP, probably even the eucalyptus forest on Mt Sutro - gotta do this soon

lukas, Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:24 (three years ago) link

with grav grav being all that cycling talks about—gravel feels oppressive, but way better than not-grav, because most cyclists have always ridden it? it’s why you have a cx bike even if you don’t cx anymore.

but 28s work. 28s were the widest tires i could find, fund, and fit on my 94 converted road>cx bike (wolber grifo sewups lol). just ride wherever you like, as you like.

i def decided that i need 2” tires to do all my things well, tho some friends who can actually ride can go down to like sub 50mm. but usually on bigger wheels.

i basically beg my pal who has a primo old 26” ti townie setup to let me really fix it up for long-range omni-terrain, in vain. but he knows what he wants, and it’s not what i want.

best thing about yesterday’s low elev, near home loops- tons of kiddos and doggos hiking and maintaining distancing space from others. it was therapeutic.

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:52 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

i saw 3 offroad atvs (the kind that seat two and have full cages) on this ride, but no other bikers. based on strava, no one rides it, really. all old mining roads in varying states of decomposition. the 3000' descent off saxon mtn, which i've done before, is just _rough_, even with 100mm up front. i had a dropper down, and and it still hurt my ass. no flow at all, just as i like it.

inveterate practitioner of antisocial distancing (Hunt3r), Sunday, 7 June 2020 05:02 (three years ago) link

yer a loonie

lukas, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 03:39 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

lots of really aggy cars today for some reason. happy to sign an executive order bringing in summary executions for all car drivers, if that is something people would appreciate

it's like, god, it's such a nice day, calm down, slow down, enjoy life a little, why so angry bro

aw naw no bolingoli anaw noo (||||||||), Saturday, 15 August 2020 18:33 (three years ago) link

Drove up to Yorkshire where the temperature was about 15C lower than what I'd left behind in London. Rode up several major evil climbs (each with sections of 20-26%) with thick fog every time I got high up. Encountered some kind of rally with old cars steaming towards me through the fog. And an elderly Yorkshire cowboy in full costume cheering me on near the top of Buttertubs.

The Rampaging Goats of Llandudno (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 17 August 2020 23:34 (three years ago) link

about to do a short cycle downtown to get my wife some medication and it's 30 degrees outside oh dear.

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 00:11 (three years ago) link

I'm out of shape and there is a hilly section on the way there

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 00:11 (three years ago) link

how'd it go?

lukas, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 03:51 (three years ago) link

Not so bad!

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 05:04 (three years ago) link

I had a family Zoom call scheduled right after my ride, so I had to hustle today if I wanted to get any lunch. Which turned out to be fun! I miss chasing faster people :/ I'm so lazy usually.

lukas, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 23:13 (three years ago) link

still struggling with my shoulder if I ride anywhere over 3/4 hours... in other news someone in my club just did an 11 hour/180 mile ride : /

||||||||, Wednesday, 19 August 2020 20:00 (three years ago) link

rode up to 12000ft this weekend, which was a first -- not so bad!

gbx, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 19:01 (three years ago) link

smoke from the forest fires has kept me from doing my regular rides, but air quality has been better at night, so I've been doing night rides out to the ocean. they closed the highway along the ocean to cars, rode it last night, just a straight dark road with the sound of waves crashing. now i gotta buy an actual front light (not just a flasher) cuz i almost mowed someone down.

lukas, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 19:07 (three years ago) link

also - congrats gbx, sounds fun

lukas, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 19:07 (three years ago) link

thx man

gbx, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 14:54 (three years ago) link

air quality was finally good enough to go for a ride during the day. followed by a chocolate almond croissant so unnecessarily massive that i felt the need to tack on extra climbing on the way home

lukas, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 22:32 (three years ago) link

Almond croissant is such a delightful sugar bomb

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 22:34 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

Hi all. First time checking in in this corner of ilx. Got a racing bicycle three years ago and fell in love with riding it way more than I expected. December/January are the only months I don’t ride, tried using a Tacx trainer during the winter but I’ve come to accept that indoor riding is really not my thing. Rides include commuting (approx. 30km one way) from March to September, basically as soon as daylight allows it, 1-3 times a week. In most weekends I’ll make longer rides. Love doing it by myself, but with a small group of friends is great too, and often adds a nice competitive element ;)

With Spring coming early this year, this is the first time that commuting by bike started in February – feels so good to be back on the road!
Late last year a bridge specifically for bikes was installed on the route to work, cutting the distance by 5km which takes the morning commute below 1 hr. There’s a myriad of options for the afternoon rides back home, including some nice climbs (not that extreme, it’s the Netherlands I’m talking about, though I do live in one of the hillier parts of the country) that are ideal to clear the head at the end of a working day.
Anyway, blah blah, maybe more interesting stuff to share throughout the year. Would love to read your riding adventures, had a fun time reading the thread

willem, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:53 (two years ago) link

Sounds like a great commute!

Doing more in-city rides over here. Weather's nice, enjoying being out and about. Any day with breathable air in California is one to celebrate.

lukas, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 19:28 (two years ago) link

Does that apply to the entire state? My idea of California (I've never been there) is that it would be perfect for year-round cycling!

willem, Thursday, 25 February 2021 09:21 (two years ago) link

It is perfect for year-round cycling ... except during wildfire/smoke season.

lukas, Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:32 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I don't believe in New Year's resolutions but I'm making an exception for once - I'm gonna ride slower on the bike path to the park. Sorry, lady I almost ran over :/

lukas, Monday, 15 March 2021 21:33 (two years ago) link

(it's a mixed pedestrian/bike path)

lukas, Monday, 15 March 2021 21:33 (two years ago) link

Knowing how to rein it in and where is that next next level.

pence's eye juice (Hunt3r), Monday, 15 March 2021 23:11 (two years ago) link

Yeah within city limits I'm taking it easy unless I'm on a dedicated bike path without crossing potential for pedestrians.

Weather's been too wet for commuting the past two weeks :-/
Fell from my bike on the last commute, such a silly accident - was cycling with a colleague when we had to cross an expressway. With no traffic in sight, we slowly started getting across and then bumped into one another after both thinking the other was going left rather and right and vice versa. Beside feeling embarrassed, nothing more than a scuffed knee and a torn bib....

willem, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 08:53 (two years ago) link

Did a ride with mates for the first time in a long time this mornings ending up at my local coffee shop. Five minutes later the Melbourne cycling nobility roll in (James Huang from cycling tips, all of curve cycles, former Australian cyclocross champ Lisa Jacobs etc.). Suddenly makes me feel very fat.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Tuesday, 16 March 2021 21:45 (two years ago) link

Oh, and apparently Simon Gerrans who I totally didn't clock.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Tuesday, 16 March 2021 22:48 (two years ago) link

hey, you beat them to the coffeeshop

lukas, Wednesday, 17 March 2021 01:01 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

Cool and humid today, nobody out there. Stopped on my ride for coffee and a galette. Eavesdropped on two old guys talking on a bench. There is nothing better, to me, than two old guys on a bench talking. Heard one guy telling another how he got married when he was 21, to a 38yo woman. They were married for 42 years until she died of diabetes complications at 80.

lukas, Monday, 1 November 2021 02:55 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

Can you introduce me?

^^ that was in my Zing drafts, dunno what the context is.

Last few weeks have been cold and blustery. Today was nearly perfect, though, and I got out for 50 miles on a favorite route with some nice rollers. Just don’t ask me how long it took.

brisk money (lukas), Saturday, 14 May 2022 23:22 (one year ago) link

Bought a new GoPro last week. Here's yesterday's club run:

Nasty, Brutish & Short, Monday, 23 May 2022 20:13 (one year ago) link

A month and a half ago, someone broke into my garage and stole two bikes. One bike was a new mt bike, and the other was the 20yo touring bike. That was the one that had me sad.

Well, wouldn't you know it, but they dumped the old bike (minus some parts) a block away. I found it that morning and had it fixed up.

Finally back from the shop, took it for a ride this morning. Still solid.

fajita seas, Tuesday, 24 May 2022 01:48 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Two new tubes, two flats. Tyre was v old ao bought a new one. Just tried to put it on and got a pinch flat. Fuuuuck. The guy in the bike shop said don't use levers to put it back on but there was absolutely no way I could get it on otherwise. Think I have to accept I just can't change tubes :(

dear confusion the catastrophe waitress (ledge), Wednesday, 20 July 2022 20:46 (one year ago) link

I had to use my bike today and still hadn't sorted the tyre, luckily had another wheel on my single speed that's up in the loft, it's not quick release though. Broke a spanner putting it on - that should mean it's tight, right? It seemed tight enough. Rode 4 miles no problem. On the way back - hmm, what's that rattling noise? Luckily I didn't quite find the answer to the question 'how far can you ride on a loose front wheel?', also lucky I was on a quiet canal not a busy road or I might not have heard it.

dear confusion the catastrophe waitress (ledge), Thursday, 21 July 2022 13:41 (one year ago) link

This all sounds familiar.

I am now passing competent at this stuff, though, practice makes perfect.

death generator (lukas), Thursday, 21 July 2022 15:25 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

One of my former riding partners was killed mid-day yesterday on a popular bike route in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. Everyone's really freaked out and angry and sad. He was well decorated on the track (multiple masters golds national and world levels but also outright USA record holder for flying 500mTT) but just a sweet, humble and nice guy who loved riding. If you ever rode around the GGP polo fields you were likely to see him. Just senseless and saddening.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 6 April 2023 21:56 (five months ago) link

aw shasta, i'm terribly sorry. i've not seen you in these parts for a long time, and given the hazardous world of cycling, i've thought of you in concern for your own welfare, even. so i am glad to hear from you-- but what terrible circumstances. stay safe and well.

alright alright alright alright (Hunt3r), Friday, 7 April 2023 02:39 (five months ago) link

same here - wish I wasn't hearing from you again because of such awful news.

Man we've both biked that stretch of road about a billion times.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Friday, 7 April 2023 15:26 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

White was riding on the shoulder of Highway 119, known as the Diagonal, in Boulder on Saturday afternoon when he was hit by a 23-year-old woman driving a Toyota Matrix. The driver crossed from the right-hand lane onto the shoulder, striking White from behind before she crashed into a fence, according to an incident report from the Colorado State Patrol. White was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead. The car's driver was uninjured.

Top American cyclist Magnus White, 17, dies after being hit by a car

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 1 August 2023 17:32 (one month ago) link

fucking diagonal. it's a graveyard.

toenail fungus (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 2 August 2023 23:24 (one month ago) link

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