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    I don't know which ISM seat you're after but Amazon Prime has a few. Maybe try one out and return it if it doesn't work out if you can't find one locally?

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    Amazing what a week of "clean living" will do for you. Last week I stuck to my goals diet/alcohol-wise. I did skip 1 ride, Chip and I were supposed to go for a dual-sport ride Friday after work but as I was approaching his house my wife called to inform me that she won tickets to Hamilton at PPAC that night. So yeah, I whipped a U-ee and bailed on Mr Ripper and my ride. Saturday was a 15 hour day-trip to NH to see friends, Sunday was spent cutting grass and studying....and then I decided to bomb a 4 pack of Nightshift and cap it off with a G&T to cash in my last "drinking ticket" for July. I really felt that yesterday. Monday was not great, I felt like crap all day and although I didn't go full-glutton on snacks, I had bit more to eat than I should have. Feeling like a useless cunt in the evening I figured I'd better get out on my bike before dark and regain some god damned self-respect. Almost immediately after getting the pedals going I felt better. Although it was a shorter ride (7 mi, 29 minutes) I felt stronger on the bike than I have to date. I have a nice hill that terminates at my house from 1 direction which is 7% grade and 1/2 a mile long so I decided if I was going to take a short ride, I might as well make it challenging. Crushed the climb and ended up finishing with an average pace of 14.5 mph. Woot!

    Going to take it out for a longer loop tonight, I plotted a 23 mi loop on Ride the other day that should be a nice challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JettaJayGLS View Post
    Here are the ones you should try not to miss - in order of awesomeness.

    -Ice Weasels (not a sanctioned race, more of a keg party at the end of the year)
    -Gloucester - sign up immediately, it sells out
    -Orchard Cross
    -Night Weasels
    -Northampton
    -Minuteman CX (haven't done it, heard great things)
    -NBX

    Other fun ones are White Park, Sucker Brook, Shedd Park, Really Rad, Midnight Ride (same course as Night Weasels), Secret Squirrel

    You can skip Fruitlands, KMC (unless they change venue) and Supercross (unless they change venue)
    KMC will be at a different venue this year. Hartford, so we'll see how that goes. I would add Quad CX to the list of awesome. Very fun course with a mix of everything. I agree about Fruitlands. The course didn't offer anything very interesting unless you like hills, thick stubs of brush mowed down and poison ivy.

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    I rode 3 days in a row, praise baby cheese slice.
    I’m pretty antsy to get back into a routine of sorts once school starts again.
    I need a detox from summer.

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    I raced a road bicycle for a third time this season, and the first time out west. It was a downtown criterium in San Rafael and it was hard. It is on the USA Crits calendar, which is the "highest level" of crit racing in the US (and probably the world because Europe doesn't really have this style). They've done a good job reviving the series, and people came to play. The reg list was stacked with legitimate pros, and local pros. I was hosting a couple friends from a pro team out of Boston that specifically focuses on the USA Crits calendar, so I kinda had to show up and race.

    I usually don't go into races worrying about crashing, but with this being my third and likely last race of the reason, and also being the highest caliber bike race I've ever done, I really didn't want to go 1 for 3 and scrape across the pavement. Anyway, it was fine. I pride myself in my ability to race smart and conserve energy. This is how I've done well in cycling, not by being the fittest - but by being the freshest when it comes to the end. If I had raced 30 times this year, this wouldn't have been a problem, but I was rusty to say the least. I wanted to die 15 minutes in when I saw "41 laps to go" and noticed that my normalized power was 331. Thankfully, I was able to force a mental reset and came into it. I stopped hitting the brakes and raced much better, bringing my NP down to 301 by the end. Last 15 laps I was relaxed, sore, and just waiting for it to end. Even though I had legs to move up, I have a personal gripe with people sprinting for 30th place in a 100+ person race. This is where the crashes happen. So yeah, I chilled out, avoided the two crashes in the last 5 laps and finished someone in the 30s.

    Being pack fill is not my idea of fun, so this kinda drove the nail home that I'm done road racing for the foreseeable future.

    I am flying home for the VT Overland. I'm in shape. Gonna hit the CX bike hard this month out here. Every year something bad happens to me in this race, but I know if things go right I can have a good finish. Top 20 is completely doable. Top 10 would take some luck but its the goal.

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    If anyone wants to sight see that loop in, say, September/October, hit me up. I’d love to make a day of it.

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    I managed to get 18miles in this morning. Nothing outlandish but good for me. Took just over an hour to pound it out. Hoping to do at least that again tomorrow.

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    Headed back on 2 self propelled wheels.

    Bought a leftover 2016 Trek Emondo SL6 and put the old Cannondale F700 hardtail with Headshock in for a tune up.

    Going to use both to alternate with and supplement my running to get weight down and leg strength up with less joint pounding.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom M View Post
    I don't know which ISM seat you're after but Amazon Prime has a few. Maybe try one out and return it if it doesn't work out if you can't find one locally?
    Part of my problem is I also don't which seat to get. This is why I wanted to see them before I purchased. A good number of the reviews on amazon also claim the seats are fakes. ISM has a demo program. It seems a bit ridiculous the way it's run but at least they have one. You need to front the money +20 for shipping. If you like the seat you send it back and you get a new one. If you don't like it you send it back and wait 30days for a refund which is the ridiculous part to me. If I have trouble finding the seat I want I could be out a couple grand for a little bit of time. That is a bit on the extreme side but very possible.

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    A bit of a milestone yesterday, first time riding north of 20 miles. 23 miles, 1 hr 44 min, 13.2 avg speed, almost 900 ft in elevation gained. All in the ride went really well with a few observations:
    1. I'm using my MTB helmet, which I will continue to do as it has good coverage on the base of the skull, but I REALLY need to pull the visor off. It's got a big honking visor that blocks my forward sight line when I'm riding in anything but an upright posture. This causes me to tilt my head well back when I'm on the hoods or drops and I believe probably is causing some additional strain on my lower back.
    2. Lower back was pretty smoked by the time I hit about 15 miles, hopefully the visor delete will alleviate.
    3. The last 5 or so miles I had massive grundle ache. It was tough to stay on the seat and my pace really dropped off from there. The last 5 miles was also the segment that was the most flat so I really should have been able to up my pace. I'm not going to do anything about it yet, I expect I just need to keep riding and get acclimated to it. If I'm still having this issue in a month or so, I'll look into a different saddle.
    4. Fitness level is pretty damn low but improving. An awful lot of pedal-coast-pedal-coast going on which is dictated by the lactic acid burn I feel in the quads. I still have enough to power through the tougher climbs when needed but as my fitness improves I'm sure this will get much better.
    5. In 10 days I'm down ~10 pounds, this morning was the first time I've seen south of 235 In quite a while. Target weight is 220 or less, I'm a big dude and in spite of being a bit of a fatty right now I still carry a lot of muscle mass. 220 previously has always looked right on me, maybe not right for cycling but I'm in it for the fun, not to be a cyclist.
    Anyhow, here's the ride and the limited metrics one gets without using gadgets. It's about time I start using some of the off road capability my scoot has to offer and explore some of the trail heads I'm seeing on my routes. Also, I live in a really kick ass town for cycling. As long as you stay off a few busy roads (Rt 44, 118, Providence St) the traffic volume is very low and most drivers are very bike-conscious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loudbeard View Post
    An awful lot of pedal-coast-pedal-coast going on which is dictated by the lactic acid burn I feel in the quads. I still have enough to power through the tougher climbs when needed but as my fitness improves I'm sure this will get much better.
    I recently learned that you can play with cadence to adjust the stress on your lungs vs muscular system. For a given power output, higher cadence will hit your lungs/aerobic system more, lower grinding cadence will hit your muscular/anaerobic system more. So if you are burning up your quads, you can click down, speed up your pedaling, and switch to lungs for a while to give your quads a break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petorius View Post
    I recently learned that you can play with cadence to adjust the stress on your lungs vs muscular system. For a given power output, higher cadence will hit your lungs/aerobic system more, lower grinding cadence will hit your muscular/anaerobic system more. So if you are burning up your quads, you can click down, speed up your pedaling, and switch to lungs for a while to give your quads a break.
    Will work on it, I think my lungs may be weaker than my quads though.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Seems like you just need some more TITS

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    Or boobs.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Anyone in the market for a 54cm road bike in the $800-1000 price range? I'm finally replacing my trusty training bike; my first road bike ever! Its currently living in Boston as my east coast bike. I'll be home the following weekend and will clean it up and make a true for sale post.

    2013 Specialized Allez Race - size 54 - black on black on black on black
    - Upgrades: 11 speed force, zipp 30 course wheels, s-works carbon cranks and power meter (will impact price if you want it), gold jagwire link cabling
    - Headset is creaky, will do my best to fix (I have bearings for it)
    - Steering tube is cut to the point that the stem cannot be raised. Would need to flip stem to raise it.
    - Have a set of specialized shoes (size 43.5) and shimano pedals I can tack on.

    It ain't perfect, but its still sexy. I raced it in April this year and it was fine. Honest to god, I've never crashed it. It just has marks from throwing it in the car and flying with it so often. Wheels not pictured.


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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by JettaJayGLS View Post
    Anyone in the market for a 54cm road bike in the $800-1000 price range? I'm finally replacing my trusty training bike; my first road bike ever! Its currently living in Boston as my east coast bike. I'll be home the following weekend and will clean it up and make a true for sale post.

    2013 Specialized Allez Race - size 54 - black on black on black on black
    - Upgrades: 11 speed force, zipp 30 course wheels, s-works carbon cranks and power meter (will impact price if you want it), gold jagwire link cabling
    - Headset is creaky, will do my best to fix (I have bearings for it)
    - Steering tube is cut to the point that the stem cannot be raised. Would need to flip stem to raise it.
    - Have a set of specialized shoes (size 43.5) and shimano pedals I can tack on.

    It ain't perfect, but its still sexy. I raced it in April this year and it was fine. Honest to god, I've never crashed it. It just has marks from throwing it in the car and flying with it so often. Wheels not pictured.

    Ugh. This has all the upgrades I should do on mine at less than the price of the upgrades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    Ugh. This has all the upgrades I should do on mine at less than the price of the upgrades.
    Yep, it started life as a 10 speed back in 2013. I've also thrashed several sets of cheap wheels until I went with Zipp.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    Ugh. This has all the upgrades I should do on mine at less than the price of the upgrades.
    I've been thinking about upgrading my bike but this shit gets expensive quick. I should splurged a bit more when I bought my current bike. I could of had a carbon frame and full Sram red components for under 3k. Sadly that guy no longer builds his own bikes, just wheels now. Not that it would have filled the want I have now. I lust for a road bike with disc brakes or at least a good frame set that is disc brake ready I can build up.

    Anyway another 18miles down today at 16.2 mph average. Going to try for more tomorrow if time allows.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    I'm currently out for a couple days trying to mend my saddle sores.

    Sleeping in the buff at night and using calendula cream during the day while wearing loose underoos.

    Any other recommendations?

    Never riding without chamois butter ever again and I change out of bike shorts after the ride ASAP now.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    I'm currently out for a couple days trying to mend my saddle sores.

    Sleeping in the buff at night and using calendula cream during the day while wearing loose underoos.

    Any other recommendations?

    Never riding without chamois butter ever again and I change out of bike shorts after the ride ASAP now.

    until you discover brooks saddles and wool undies.
    good luck with the mend.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    until you discover brooks saddles and wool undies.
    good luck with the mend.
    I just got a brooks saddle. It’s a great improvement over what I had, but I don’t know if it’s the right choice compared with a new, more typical design. Still shopping for woolen underroos.

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    Which one?

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    until you discover brooks saddles
    OK, so this has me wanting to put a Flyer S on my Jamis. Matter of fact, I think that bike is primed for a fun build-out. I was going to just return the Jamis back to stock and sell it, but it could also make for a sweet single speed cruiser.

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    S designates women’s model in brooks speak.

    I’m hesitant to recommend spending a wad of cash on anything lately, but some sort of hipster, breakfast bike always excites me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    S designates women’s model in brooks speak.
    oof.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by union View Post
    Part of my problem is I also don't which seat to get. This is why I wanted to see them before I purchased. A good number of the reviews on amazon also claim the seats are fakes. ISM has a demo program. It seems a bit ridiculous the way it's run but at least they have one. You need to front the money +20 for shipping. If you like the seat you send it back and you get a new one. If you don't like it you send it back and wait 30days for a refund which is the ridiculous part to me. If I have trouble finding the seat I want I could be out a couple grand for a little bit of time. That is a bit on the extreme side but very possible.
    I was just at Papa Wheelies in Natick. They have a great selection of demo seats. You might want to check it out.

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