your daily bicycle log

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

5x15 second sprints, max effort

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

rest 5 mins in between

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

Pootling like a vicar to and from work, twice.

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

i swear the fucking squirrels at prospect park have deathwishes

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

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

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

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

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

yeah there is a hidden beach there, really weird area

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

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

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

^ 'much'

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

so who takes the squirrel out

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

bike shop charges extra for that

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

probably should leave it in like a spoke card

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


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

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

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

I wish I were riding my bike right now.

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


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


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

hunter where are you located?

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

omg the comments are sadder

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

i was gonna say.

lolz at flags: I AM FROM CANADA

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

this is what this thread is about folks!!

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

lol soaked

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

Cutty I'm in Denver xpo

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

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

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

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

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

an hour on the rollers, sweatnet = essential

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

i call that poem shasta keeps riding

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

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


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

Ha those adventures sound wild. A little jealous your kid joins in the sport, keep it going-

i’ve got adventures coming up, so ive wanted to ride more/get better fitness. that, combined with ~difficult life situations~ which seem to drive me to hammer harder and longer have me spending too much time playing and not enuf time trying to get productive. I srsly bonked last week (like the not able to focus eyes, drowsy, falling asleep on the bike kind of sugar depletion), and started to again today after 5 hrs of pounding.

also weird bike parts are getting bought. it’s sorta bad, but i am optimistic i can get through before loved ones have an intervention lol.

Hunt3r, Sunday, 5 May 2019 22:42 (nine months ago) link

Had a day in northern Wales yesterday (followed by a very long drive home) and took in a couple of climbs that are about five times bigger than anything where I live:

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 12 May 2019 19:43 (nine months ago) link

looks lovely!

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Sunday, 12 May 2019 22:20 (nine months ago) link

Thanking the Lord for having me intersect with someone juuuust a bit slower than me toward the end of my ride, so we could pass each other a couple times before I rode triumphantly away uphill. Where I was promptly crushed by two trim young men who each appeared to be at their resting heart rate.

but everybody calls me, (lukas), Sunday, 12 May 2019 22:25 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Got some solid miles in at the weekend - rode with my son from Brighton to Winchester and back over the local chain of hills (the south downs), 145 miles all in one hit, 99% off road and 15,000 ft of climbing. Still didn't manage to wear the lad out, he only struggled during the last hour really and that was totally due to a lack of sleep (we left home at 3AM and got back at 11PM). Weather was kind and the puncture gods were lenient (only three, all poxy thorns). Stats and photos and shit here:

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 12:23 (eight months ago) link

holy shit, guy

gbx, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 16:35 (eight months ago) link

Oh man. that looks brutal.

Saturday I did an mtb ride (3000ft of asphalt climb/descent as access) with two really strong guys, only did like 7500ft climbing total tho. bonked _again_ like an hour from done.

i actually ended up passing out in a tamale shop after eating a huge smothered ground beef and potato burrito with two cans of coke. I was alone, in full gear, and i finished eating.

the next thing i knew a kindly 60 y/o was waking me with “sir?” *my head snaps up* “sir your sunglasses are on the floor, i dont want you to step on them— are you ok?” so that was humiliating and hilarious really.

missus hunt3r, who strongly disagrees with my riding at all pretty much, just eyerolled. “has to be _drama_, every time.” 😕

in hunt3r’s head “aw cmon, that’s good drama”!

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 22:04 (eight months ago) link

Haha, you take care out there hunt3r! :D

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 05:52 (eight months ago) link

Great ride, Nick

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:54 (eight months ago) link

A friend of a friend who puts on cycling events took over the management of the "Great Western Bicycle Rally" a few years ago, so my wife and I joined with my friend and his girlfriend last weekend to ride it. It was started by the Los Angeles Wheelmen club in the mid 60's and has been going strong since then, taking place mostly in Paso Robles (wine country town in central California). My wife and I, at 43 were about the youngest people there, to give you some idea about the crowd. The rally has the use of the Paso Robles fairground, where everybody camps out and goes on any number of rides throughout the weekend, depending on what they're into. Real Fred hours. We took our gravel bikes and did rides on routes through mostly gravel vineyard access roads on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday's ride took us through some really amazing gravel canyon routes under partly cloudy and intermittently sprinkling skies. Amazing roads and views, very much the epitome of central California terrain. Ended up with a bottle of wine and crackers at a really nice local vineyard, cooked a meal on my camp stove and told stories around the campfire. Pretty good stuff.

My buddy's strava of the ride, with photos: (I'm on the Giant with yellow bartape)

sous les paves, Friday, 31 May 2019 19:42 (eight months ago) link

That looks really fun. Kiler/Cypress/Santa Rita seem pretty legit for Freds with wine. do they still use that term in CA? i heard it _a lot_ at end of 80s on east coast and when i rode transcontinental, but i don't think i've really heard it in CO (91-now), even when i was racing.

i was so pissed about my second bonk of year last saturday that i _re-rode_ the same course today. i think i only took like 25 mins off my riding time, but i ate and drank constantly. i haven't been so anal about 250cal/hour in 20 years. but i was so much more comfortable. a highlight: double flour tortilla rollup filled with thin-ish layer of nutella and 3 slices of turkey. salty sweet savory bready: tasty tho supermessy around 5.25 hrs.

Hunt3r, Saturday, 1 June 2019 04:10 (eight months ago) link

Dignity restored :D

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Saturday, 1 June 2019 14:46 (eight months ago) link

that is some serious strongo hulkington nuevo cuisine

gbx, Saturday, 1 June 2019 15:19 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

so for a lot of reasons I don't ride during the week any more, just run or do gym stuff. then one ride on the weekends.

today i realized that even though i'm once riding once a week i'm still finishing a flattish 50 miles with plenty left in the tank. so i have no excuse (apart from lack of riding buddies) for not doing my old favorite 60+ mile hilly EPIC RIDES.

but everybody calls me, (lukas), Saturday, 15 June 2019 23:12 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

going a big bike tour next week lads - 1300kms + 18km vertical. 9 days of riding - all on B-roads, canal paths and wind farm/logging access tracks. wish me luck : |

im led by donky (||||||||), Sunday, 18 August 2019 16:42 (six months ago) link

Nice one, have a good time! I’m heading off on a trip with my son tomorrow, we’re riding from Brighton to North Yorks via some sustrans routes plus the Pennine Bridleway over the Peak District / Yorkshire Dales. Slightly apprehensive, I’ve had the most banging of headaches for the last two weeks solid, hope I can shake that soon. Hope the weather perks up a bit and all, we’re going to be sleeping out under the stars, so could really do without getting pissed upon all day long

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Sunday, 18 August 2019 18:52 (six months ago) link

Those both sound fun! Man, what region is that first one? it's 2000m of vert a day.

I'm nearing the end of a bike-obsessive "big day" period. The season for high country exploits is closing, so I sorta have to just go, or shut up.

Friday I at least got over 4000m elev once. I wanted to do 2 separate crossings over 4k, but I ran out of time and energy. I may retry it solo. More people is funner and safer, but slower, even if I was the slowest in my small group.

Hunt3r, Monday, 19 August 2019 18:38 (six months ago) link

bottom of scotland (mull of galloway) to the top (dunnet head). route here:

im led by donky (||||||||), Monday, 19 August 2019 18:42 (six months ago) link

says 14km up there. still chunky

im led by donky (||||||||), Monday, 19 August 2019 18:43 (six months ago) link


sounds cracking/daunting

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Monday, 19 August 2019 18:44 (six months ago) link

this link says 18.5k up so who knows. will hurt regardless no doubt

im led by donky (||||||||), Monday, 19 August 2019 18:53 (six months ago) link

aye - deffo daunting. been enough of a mission already just mapping out evenly spaced cafes/restaurants/spars/londis’s

im led by donky (||||||||), Monday, 19 August 2019 18:54 (six months ago) link

I’ve done multi-day 80+ mile rides before - though typically on silky smooth mallorcan tarmac so I’m not underestimating the challenge. nutrition and the mental game will be key - that and not pushing it like an idiot and instead trying to enjoy it at a decent (but not slow) touring pace

im led by donky (||||||||), Monday, 19 August 2019 18:56 (six months ago) link

day 1 was HOT HOT HOT. scotland currently basking in a heatwave (25C+). 80 miles in the heat led to a long day - riding partner had never ridden proper gravel either so when we hit that at 70 miles in - ... not good. 5/6 miles that should have taken about 30 mins took about 1h15. got through it though - big effort from her, v proud

самокритика me, daddy (||||||||), Sunday, 25 August 2019 19:50 (five months ago) link

I hear you. Did 95 miles today down to Hastings via many hills in baking heat and feel dead now.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 25 August 2019 22:18 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

my eldest got interviewed by cycling weekly (long-running uk mag) at the weekend (!) - a couple of weeks back he did the south downs way double in a crazy fast time (second fastest official time for the route and he's only 15) so they wanted to talk to him about that. the south downs way is ~96 miles offroad trail with about 11,000 feet of climbing, so twice that. i tried to do a road version at the same time, but totally blew up trying to get ahead to meet him at the road crossings (had to get rescued by my wife). super proud of him, not sure i'm ever going to get my bike back though


the creator has a mazda van (NickB), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 13:09 (four months ago) link

amazing !!

stoffle (||||||||), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 13:27 (four months ago) link

holy amazing. *bows low*

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 14:55 (four months ago) link

it's completely bonkers, it just boggles me how fast he is now

the creator has a mazda van (NickB), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:16 (four months ago) link

how does one roll out an offroad double metric+ concept to parents? does he have a crew that rolls like that because, man.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:35 (four months ago) link

“dad, I am both a weapon and a hitter, so...”

stoffle (||||||||), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:41 (four months ago) link

he did it all unsupported too - carried all his own food, spares, lights and clothes. no drafting and insisted on opening every single gate himself (and there are millions of those to go through). planned out where he was going to start from and at what time, all of it was on him. i was just there trying to keep an eye on him as a concerned parent, and you can guess how well that went down

he did a little write-up of it for the south downs double website:

the creator has a mazda van (NickB), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:50 (four months ago) link

tell him he needs to do a one day/fkt of kokopelli, i’ll drive and wrench, youre on h2o drops, and we’ll try to abduct gbx as medical backup (which won’t be needed but he needs to be there).

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 17:00 (four months ago) link

tell him he needs to do a one day/fkt of kokopelli, i’ll drive and wrench, youre on h2o drops, and we’ll try to abduct gbx as medical backup (which won’t be needed but he needs to be there).

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 17:00 (four months ago) link


the creator has a mazda van (NickB), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 17:02 (four months ago) link

Saw this a couple days ago- white rim is a cool one day exploit, this guy’s time is pretty insane. Aside from getting lost or left without water, it is not dangerous as is described imo. For 3 olds screwing around with a lot of headwind and photos and hangovers it was like 11hrs riding, 13 all in. No support, we had one water stash like 2 hrs in.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 17:14 (four months ago) link

Very impressive, Nick

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 18:46 (four months ago) link

Thanks! And thanks for the link hunt3r, I hadn’t seen that yet. How much elevation on that loop?

the creator has a mazda van (NickB), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 20:07 (four months ago) link

Says here like 7500. It's not even that much by "mtn" standards- there's really two stiff climbs in it, going CW-- Murphys and Hardscrabble. Come touring man. I told my sluggard 15 y/o about yr kid's exploit and he was v impressed (he is musical, not endurance-sportive).

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 03:38 (four months ago) link

actually three climbs- i "forgot" the last one out of the ditch-- mineral canyon. it was dark when we got to it, i think i just repressed that memory, though i did hammer it with what i had left.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 03:42 (four months ago) link

i played with my iphone on a ride and on imovie

Hunt3r, Thursday, 10 October 2019 17:40 (four months ago) link

Cool. A lot of that doesn't look remotely rideable to me.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 11 October 2019 16:39 (four months ago) link

Ha a lot of that is not rideable to me. A lot is, in fact, not rideable, as it exists. I did a lot of that style of riding/hiking this year.

The more fakey-built shit I see, the more I am inclined by nature to dismiss the trail as space-mountain-feature-flow-track bullshit. (Reminder to me- almost all trails are built, my rules are my arbitrary rules). But I'm obviously not gravity-oriented anyway (I try to avoid hurting shit, though even on that ride, I fell on the 8 stitches that were 10-days-onward on my elbow. I got a little loose at that bizzaro 4x4 piece of random wood in the video. So I tore right through 2 of the stitches, and the rest were not so bueno either. I was almost back to civilization, but still remote enough to make quite a mess on the way). I'm good at riding and since my TBI have about 97% of my previous balance and proprioception imo.

All, I'm planning on taking a year off from riding if I can. A YEAR. I don't know who I need to be, but I guess it's more than this. Just between ILTRMB and me lol, my partner melted down so much at seeing the condition of my limb, which is obviously the latest in a perpetual string of pretty-very bad abrasions, lacerations, fractures, and lesions, that I'm not so sure we'll survive together anyway. True irony, I was planning to try for a year off anyway, before going in on the trip.

Bottom line is that I'm way out of balance in a few ways. I don't know ~what it means~ though.

I'm gonna need everyone's therapy.

Hunt3r, Friday, 11 October 2019 22:11 (four months ago) link

Good luck. You've been through a lot.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 12 October 2019 17:46 (four months ago) link

Aw Hunt3r, hope you get back on an even keel soon but a whole year sounds pretty extreme. I mean that’s a brave call and obviously you’ve gotta do whatever it takes but I dunno, maybe there’s a different way of channelling your cycling that hits on a good compromise? But good luck with sorting things out anyway. Get on with your running, Kipchoge’s thrown down the gauntlet for you there

the creator has a mazda van (NickB), Saturday, 12 October 2019 20:22 (four months ago) link

Thx guys. I am gonna keep running and turn that up a little. i’m neither good at it nor well built for it, but it’s not from zero, i run occasionally now. Plus winter has skiing, and if i have some days, i may resume xc skiing more often, which i’m pretty terrible at but enjoy a lot. I’ll allow any commutation locally that saves time, also.

Hunt3r, Saturday, 12 October 2019 22:07 (four months ago) link

These look niiice

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 04:12 (four months ago) link

That’s some big ££££s. Way outside my area of experience as some fietsy shit. I tried to determine whether the Nexus referred to a hub i know, but cannot.

Speakin of nexus, the IRO bike with nexus rear upon which i was struck in 2015 is in my garage. I keep thinking of salvaging/rebuilding the wheel and selling it, but i dont want to touch it. It ruint me enuf, nothing good can come of it.

Has anyone here ridden or owned such a cargo?

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 04:46 (four months ago) link

I am about to head out as support crew on this.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 12:35 (four months ago) link

that looks great. good luck and stay well in support.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 13:31 (four months ago) link

You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.