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    • i think i'll be doing a lot more biking this year than in recent years.

      right now the longest i've been able to hike is 3 miles; and that knocks me out out of commission for a few days. i need to keep it at 2 miles if i plan on hiking on consecutive days.

      i've been able to bike for an hour with no ill effects.

      but biking is sooo boring; at least to me.
      2,000 miler
    • max.patch wrote:

      i think i'll be doing a lot more biking this year than in recent years.

      right now the longest i've been able to hike is 3 miles; and that knocks me out out of commission for a few days. i need to keep it at 2 miles if i plan on hiking on consecutive days.

      i've been able to bike for an hour with no ill effects.

      but biking is sooo boring; at least to me.
      Have you tried a spin class? Or a greenway so you can bike outside? (Assuming you’re talking about a stationary bike or one on a trainer.)
      In life there are no limitations. Except stupidity. If you're stupid, you're screwed.

      Stephan Pastis
    • Bo Peep wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      i think i'll be doing a lot more biking this year than in recent years.

      right now the longest i've been able to hike is 3 miles; and that knocks me out out of commission for a few days. i need to keep it at 2 miles if i plan on hiking on consecutive days.

      i've been able to bike for an hour with no ill effects.

      but biking is sooo boring; at least to me.
      Have you tried a spin class? Or a greenway so you can bike outside? (Assuming you’re talking about a stationary bike or one on a trainer.)
      i'm riding my road bike on the silver comet trail. i'm not comfortable taking my mountain bike into the woods yet.
      2,000 miler
    • max.patch wrote:

      Bo Peep wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      i think i'll be doing a lot more biking this year than in recent years.

      right now the longest i've been able to hike is 3 miles; and that knocks me out out of commission for a few days. i need to keep it at 2 miles if i plan on hiking on consecutive days.

      i've been able to bike for an hour with no ill effects.

      but biking is sooo boring; at least to me.
      Have you tried a spin class? Or a greenway so you can bike outside? (Assuming you’re talking about a stationary bike or one on a trainer.)
      i'm riding my road bike on the silver comet trail. i'm not comfortable taking my mountain bike into the woods yet.
      why? Is it worry of it being stolen?
    • Jake Ace wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      Bo Peep wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      i think i'll be doing a lot more biking this year than in recent years.

      right now the longest i've been able to hike is 3 miles; and that knocks me out out of commission for a few days. i need to keep it at 2 miles if i plan on hiking on consecutive days.

      i've been able to bike for an hour with no ill effects.

      but biking is sooo boring; at least to me.
      Have you tried a spin class? Or a greenway so you can bike outside? (Assuming you’re talking about a stationary bike or one on a trainer.)
      i'm riding my road bike on the silver comet trail. i'm not comfortable taking my mountain bike into the woods yet.
      why? Is it worry of it being stolen?
      no...i'm afraid i'll be in the middle of the woods and my back will go out. and when it goes -- man o man it hurts. :(
      2,000 miler
    • Don’t know your planned routing, but months? I’ve estimated the southern route will take 40-45 days with the northern route upwards to 50 days dependent on weather issues.

      Most likely a ride across America will occur prior to completing the AT.

      Lest we forget.....



      SSgt Ray Rangel - USAF
      SrA Elizabeth Loncki - USAF
      PFC Adam Harris - USA
      MSgt Eden Pearl - USMC
    • max.patch wrote:

      Jake Ace wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      Bo Peep wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      i think i'll be doing a lot more biking this year than in recent years.

      right now the longest i've been able to hike is 3 miles; and that knocks me out out of commission for a few days. i need to keep it at 2 miles if i plan on hiking on consecutive days.

      i've been able to bike for an hour with no ill effects.

      but biking is sooo boring; at least to me.
      Have you tried a spin class? Or a greenway so you can bike outside? (Assuming you’re talking about a stationary bike or one on a trainer.)
      i'm riding my road bike on the silver comet trail. i'm not comfortable taking my mountain bike into the woods yet.
      why? Is it worry of it being stolen?
      no...i'm afraid i'll be in the middle of the woods and my back will go out. and when it goes -- man o man it hurts. :(
      ah gotcha, yup, not good.
    • Drybones wrote:

      Finally bit the bullet and ordered a new trail bike, has everything I wanted except 29" wheels, which I'm not sure I should want in the first place.

      canyon.com/en-us/mtb/spectral/2018/spectral-al-6-0

      I went with the stealth grey instead of hellfire red.
      I like the 27.5 tires. 26” tires, rims, and tubes are down to minimum stocking in most bike shops. My LBS owner riding buddy says he’ll always have access to 26” product line but at a lower price point. Not a problem for me as I can build 26” rims, but premium tires are getting scarce. But I do have a rather nice 26” MTB which cannot be retro fitted to 27.5.

      Interesting gearing...1X12. But I find myself primarily in middle range unless I need a serious climbing ratio so it makes sense.

      The depicted trail appears to be as rugged as some of the trails I’ve helped construct within the Wasatch Range. However most of my riding partners truck pool to the trailhead, ride down, and return via pickup for a second run. I’m usually with one or two others riding uphill to the trailhead which is a problem. Uphill riders have the right-of-way but most downhillers ride kamikaze style and expect folks to bail upon their approach. I’ve witnessed some heated discussions on the subject.

      Lest we forget.....



      SSgt Ray Rangel - USAF
      SrA Elizabeth Loncki - USAF
      PFC Adam Harris - USA
      MSgt Eden Pearl - USMC
    • Dan76 wrote:

      Don’t know your planned routing, but months? I’ve estimated the southern route will take 40-45 days with the northern route upwards to 50 days dependent on weather issues.

      Most likely a ride across America will occur prior to completing the AT.
      Yep, months.
      I want to start in the Pacific North West and ride east on the northern route.
      Then I'd turn south until I got to my wife's sister who lives just a little south of Denver.
      Then I'd ride south until hitting the southern route where I'd head east to Austin, Texas where I'd visit with the wife's brother.
      Then I'd go east until I turn north on the Underground Railroad route and take that to my son's place in Ohio.
      From there it would be homeward bound, going east toward New York City and continuing onto Long Island

      I'm sure I'd want to stop at some of the National Parks along the way too.
      I haven't estimated mileage but it will be considerably more than just a cross country ride.
    • Dan76 wrote:

      Drybones wrote:

      Finally bit the bullet and ordered a new trail bike, has everything I wanted except 29" wheels, which I'm not sure I should want in the first place.

      canyon.com/en-us/mtb/spectral/2018/spectral-al-6-0

      I went with the stealth grey instead of hellfire red.
      I like the 27.5 tires. 26” tires, rims, and tubes are down to minimum stocking in most bike shops. My LBS owner riding buddy says he’ll always have access to 26” product line but at a lower price point. Not a problem for me as I can build 26” rims, but premium tires are getting scarce. But I do have a rather nice 26” MTB which cannot be retro fitted to 27.5.
      Interesting gearing...1X12. But I find myself primarily in middle range unless I need a serious climbing ratio so it makes sense.

      The depicted trail appears to be as rugged as some of the trails I’ve helped construct within the Wasatch Range. However most of my riding partners truck pool to the trailhead, ride down, and return via pickup for a second run. I’m usually with one or two others riding uphill to the trailhead which is a problem. Uphill riders have the right-of-way but most downhillers ride kamikaze style and expect folks to bail upon their approach. I’ve witnessed some heated discussions on the subject.
      I believe I'll really like the 1x12....32/50 low gear should be able to climb a tree and the 32/10 high gear should get me down the road pretty well.
      I may grow old but I'll never grow up.
    • Drybones wrote:

      Dan76 wrote:

      Drybones wrote:

      Finally bit the bullet and ordered a new trail bike, has everything I wanted except 29" wheels, which I'm not sure I should want in the first place.

      canyon.com/en-us/mtb/spectral/2018/spectral-al-6-0

      I went with the stealth grey instead of hellfire red.
      I like the 27.5 tires. 26” tires, rims, and tubes are down to minimum stocking in most bike shops. My LBS owner riding buddy says he’ll always have access to 26” product line but at a lower price point. Not a problem for me as I can build 26” rims, but premium tires are getting scarce. But I do have a rather nice 26” MTB which cannot be retro fitted to 27.5.Interesting gearing...1X12. But I find myself primarily in middle range unless I need a serious climbing ratio so it makes sense.

      The depicted trail appears to be as rugged as some of the trails I’ve helped construct within the Wasatch Range. However most of my riding partners truck pool to the trailhead, ride down, and return via pickup for a second run. I’m usually with one or two others riding uphill to the trailhead which is a problem. Uphill riders have the right-of-way but most downhillers ride kamikaze style and expect folks to bail upon their approach. I’ve witnessed some heated discussions on the subject.
      I believe I'll really like the 1x12....32/50 low gear should be able to climb a tree and the 32/10 high gear should get me down the road pretty well.
      A 50 tooth cog? really?
      That's gotta be one looooong rear derailleur, I would think it would be a problem on a mountain bike
    • Since reading this post, I talked with my LBS owner buddy. He says no problem with the derailleur on a 1x12 cassette as long as folks clean and lube properly. Of course when the cable stretches, he’ll clean, lube, and adjust at no cost the 1st time.

      Lest we forget.....



      SSgt Ray Rangel - USAF
      SrA Elizabeth Loncki - USAF
      PFC Adam Harris - USA
      MSgt Eden Pearl - USMC
    • Dan76 wrote:

      The rare times I use a bike trainer, a MP3 loaded with a book allows me to endure the activity.
      i've tried to listen to books when hiking and i just can't do it -- i start daydreaming and realize i haven't paid attention to the book for awhile -- so i have to "rewind" (what do we call "rewind" when it's digital?) and start over. it was tough for me to get thru the 3 books i had when i tried out audible. i can do podcasts -- cuz when i miss something -- no big deal! if i was a kid i'd probably be diagnosed with ADD.
      2,000 miler
    • New

      Boy did I get in a bad mood when I got home today....I was expecting a new bike, Fedex left a sticker on the door, nothing checked or directions given, no explanation, called the number on the sticker and got a bullshit auto for ten minutes, threw the phone down and cursed for ten minutes, finally got a live person, she told me they would come by each day for 3 more days and leave the same fuc******sticker on my door, then tell me I had to drive 40 miles to pick the package up...talk about the perfect business model to piss off a customer who has been working all day and in need of a drink....I will never again use or buy a product shipped Fedex.....never had a problem with UPS.
      I may grow old but I'll never grow up.
    • New

      Drybones wrote:

      Boy did I get in a bad mood when I got home today....I was expecting a new bike, Fedex left a sticker on the door, nothing checked or directions given, no explanation, called the number on the sticker and got a bullshit auto for ten minutes, threw the phone down and cursed for ten minutes, finally got a live person, she told me they would come by each day for 3 more days and leave the same fuc******sticker on my door, then tell me I had to drive 40 miles to pick the package up...talk about the perfect business model to piss off a customer who has been working all day and in need of a drink....I will never again use or buy a product shipped Fedex.....never had a problem with UPS.
      I used to work for one of the large shipping companies.
      Trust me when I say they all have their problems.
      Buy enough stuff and eventually you'll have trouble with them all.
    • New

      I sent an Email to the Fedex CEO with my complaint, got a response from his "helper," would have responded and given feedback to hopefully be helpful had it been from him...as it is ....screw them! BTW, spoke with someone that supposedly provided instructions for the shipment to be delivered after 2:00 today so my wife would be there....pulled up at 11:45 as the truck was leaving after pasting another note on my door...blocked the truck from leaving and got my bike!!!.
      I may grow old but I'll never grow up.
    • New

      Drybones wrote:

      I sent an Email to the Fedex CEO with my complaint, got a response from his "helper," would have responded and given feedback to hopefully be helpful had it been from him...as it is ....screw them! BTW, spoke with someone that supposedly provided instructions for the shipment to be delivered after 2:00 today so my wife would be there....pulled up at 11:45 as the truck was leaving after pasting another note on my door...blocked the truck from leaving and got my bike!!!.
      Pictures of the new bike?

      It might be warm enough to ride on Sunday. :thumbsup:
      In life there are no limitations. Except stupidity. If you're stupid, you're screwed.

      Stephan Pastis
    • New

      Drybones wrote:

      I sent an Email to the Fedex CEO with my complaint, got a response from his "helper," would have responded and given feedback to hopefully be helpful had it been from him...as it is ....screw them! BTW, spoke with someone that supposedly provided instructions for the shipment to be delivered after 2:00 today so my wife would be there....pulled up at 11:45 as the truck was leaving after pasting another note on my door...blocked the truck from leaving and got my bike!!!.
      Hey, I hope you have miles of smiles on the new bike.
    • New

      Bo Peep wrote:

      Drybones wrote:

      I sent an Email to the Fedex CEO with my complaint, got a response from his "helper," would have responded and given feedback to hopefully be helpful had it been from him...as it is ....screw them! BTW, spoke with someone that supposedly provided instructions for the shipment to be delivered after 2:00 today so my wife would be there....pulled up at 11:45 as the truck was leaving after pasting another note on my door...blocked the truck from leaving and got my bike!!!.
      Pictures of the new bike?
      It might be warm enough to ride on Sunday. :thumbsup:
      Hey, if it is a brand new bike, probably a much higher initial tolerance for cold. :)
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • New

      Bo Peep wrote:

      Drybones wrote:

      I sent an Email to the Fedex CEO with my complaint, got a response from his "helper," would have responded and given feedback to hopefully be helpful had it been from him...as it is ....screw them! BTW, spoke with someone that supposedly provided instructions for the shipment to be delivered after 2:00 today so my wife would be there....pulled up at 11:45 as the truck was leaving after pasting another note on my door...blocked the truck from leaving and got my bike!!!.
      Pictures of the new bike?
      It might be warm enough to ride on Sunday. :thumbsup:
      I brought the new baby home from the shop today, tomorrow we take the maiden voyage. This is the trail I will ride first. I plan to gradually slide into this with the unrealistic hope I will not totally bust my a$$ and be laid up for a month. This is like a drivers ed student being given Jeff Gordon's #24 to learn on.

      I may grow old but I'll never grow up.