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My bike is why my Jeep has no miles. I rode 42 yesterday. I usually ride 50 or more on Saturday but it was a little cool, and rainy, so I came home. I haven't added up my bike mileage for the year, but it's around 2K since March. My bike is carbon, with the 105 groupset. I just recently installed a pair of Zipp carbon bars which are really nice, they are thin like a wind but broad on top, it keeps my fingers from wanting to clinch the bars. Mine is a road bike I built earlier this year. I would post a pic but I don't host my pics anywhere other than FB.
 

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You guys are serious cyclists!

I volunteer as SAG for about four charity cycle events each year. It is impressive to watch the 100 mile group in each event.

Frankly, I think they are nuts to be riding in the Orlando metro area. The drivers are terrible here.
 
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You guys are serious cyclists!

I volunteer as SAG for about four charity cycle events each year. It is impressive to watch the 100 mile group in each event.

Frankly, I think they are nuts to be riding in the Orlando metro area. The drivers are terrible here.
Yep, that area is murder. It's much better over in the Clearwater area with the Pinellas Trail. Where I am at now is crazy too mainly because of the abundance of untrained pseudo humans. I've gotten a camera on the bike now and video my rides. I need a rear facing camera, maybe I will get one later this year. I've already gotten one construction company to change the way their drivers drive. I posted the video on their website and got an immediate response and so far their huge dump trucks have been giving a wide berth to cyclist.
 

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My bike is why my Jeep has no miles. I rode 42 yesterday. I usually ride 50 or more on Saturday but it was a little cool, and rainy, so I came home. I haven't added up my bike mileage for the year, but it's around 2K since March. My bike is carbon, with the 105 groupset. I just recently installed a pair of Zipp carbon bars which are really nice, they are thin like a wind but broad on top, it keeps my fingers from wanting to clinch the bars. Mine is a road bike I built earlier this year. I would post a pic but I don't host my pics anywhere other than FB.
Mine is a felt B14, carbon with ultegra groupset, I'm very happy with it. The only thing Im planning to change for now is the seat, I want somethig to relieve the pressure on the perineum.
 

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Mine is a felt B14, carbon with ultegra groupset, I'm very happy with it. The only thing Im planning to change for now is the seat, I want somethig to relieve the pressure on the perineum.
I use the ISM Typhoon. It has no nose and once adjusted correctly you rarely think of the nethers. I am thinking of getting another ISM seat for my road bike, one of the PL or PN models.
The typhoon has more padding and the others models I mentioned have less.
I have the ISM Typhoon on my steel bike I use for indoor training. You can pick up a Typhoon or PR 3.0, PR 3.0 being the updated model with graphics for under 100 bucks if ya look, be wary of imitations though even on Amazon.
Also if your like me I do not like spending money on expensive clothing. I wear Performance Ultra Bibs, which you can get for 79 bucks or less on sale and I wear Nashbar jerseys that cost 15 bucks on sale. Nashbar has a couple other jerseys that go on sale with printed stuff on them but the material is different and I do not like it in hot weather, when it's cool around here, i.e. at or below 48 I will wear them. Oh 48º is my cut off for wearing my summer gear. Below 48 I will usually wear my tights, and light jacket.

http://www.ismseat.com/all-saddles/

Oh, don't forget lights. I use Cygolytes, very bright. I have Cygo Hotrod and Hotshot on the back and Cygo Dash on the front. My camera is a Garmin Virb Elite and my computer is an old Garmin Oregon. I use my Oregon because the data is bigger, plus it has internal mapping and supports ANT sensors.
My cyling glasses come from Sunglass Warehouse, they sell bifocal sunglasses. I use a yellow lens so I can ride night or day without changing glasses, out where you are it may be too bright with a yellow lens. My current helmet is a Bell Star Pro. I was using a Giro Aero helmet up until I had a crash.
 

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I took a couple pics and hosted them.
This is my Carbon bike. I call it a DIY, pronounced Die or Dye, since I built it,
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The ISM Typhoon Seat, it has no nose. Whne correctly adjusted the front sits just behind the nethers.



These are the Zipp Carbon bars. They are a nice platform for my big hands when I am on the tops.



 

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Nice bike, I don't see the shiters, I assume you are running a shifter/brake combo?

Thanks for the tips on the cycling clothes, I'm just starting my learning curve. I'm using my running clothes to ride the bike, the first thing I learned is running jackets will not protect you from the wind so I purchased a light windbreaker after my first ride.

The shop I got the bike from in Tucson has a saddle test program, where they will let you try several saddles for $25, which will go towards the purchase of the new saddle.
One of the saddles Im looking forward to try out is the ISM IPN 1.1, other brands they carry are fizik, cobb and selle.

For now I'm using my mountain bike helmet, but Im looking forward to buying a road helmet as well as the computer and some lights.
 

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Yes, it's the brake shifter combo. When I built my steel bike it was the first time I ran across these. They have been around for ages now, but were new to me and I was like how are these suppose to work but now I think they are great.

I like bibs over shorts because the bibs don't bunch up and cut into my waist. Some people complain about taking a leak, they are whiny babies, all I do is pull down the front.

The reason I went with the ISM is because my oldest son uses one on his Tri bike, plus I knew it had too be better than the seats with noses. Like I said about the ISM seat it has to be adjusted correctly and it may take a couple rides to tweak it to your riding style. The ISM site has info on basic setup .

In the summer when it gets hot I use Clif gels, and now I have been using Clif bars which seem to fuel me much better than the gels.

I wore a mountain helmet for awhile till I got the giro aero helmet on sale, then the crash which scraped up the helmet, but everyone said replace it because of the way the foam in the helmets work. I wanted another one like it but wasn't going to spend well over a hundred bucks to replace it. Giro has a replacement program when you crash but you have to buy from them and even with their discount the helmet was more expensive than just buying outright from a seller. I went with the Bell, it was less expensive and had more features, the lens and you can close off the vents to make it more aero or keep rain and cold air out. Giro and Bell are owned by the same parent company.

Anyway, if you ever have a question and want a down to earth answer without the pre-madonna cyclist BS just ask and if I can answer your question I will.
 

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Good info on the seats. Might make me dust off the bikes and go for a ride.

Cool, I'll tell ya I can't walk far because of the pressure on my spine and nerve damage in my legs. They will collapse from no signal for a millisecond then kick back in. On the bike I do not have that problem. I can ride for miles and miles.
I typically ride 3 x's a week, Monday and Wednesday anywhere from 32-50 miles and Saturday, I ride till I'm tired of riding. LOL
Tomorrow will be a challenge though for me. 31ºF, 19ºF Wind Chill into a 15-25 MPH wind out of the North.
Last time it got cool I had three pair of gloves on and my fingers were frozen. I have some high dollar gloves now from Sweden, they are called lobster gloves, I will be trying them out tomorrow, hopefully fingers will be fine.
Of course this all depends if I can get my sorry butt out the door. LOL


On another note I may have to buy another bike computer. I went out for my Wednesday ride and my Garmin 450T quit a half mile into the ride. I'm hoping when I swapped batteries, I put the dead ones back in. We will see tomorrow. If it is failing I am looking at the Garmin 520 or 810, they are pricey, but I already have ANT+ sensors so I do not need to buy them, which chops a 100+ dollars off the price. I just need the computer.
 

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I use the Garmin 1000. I have several bikes, road, mtb, gravel and I just move the unit from bike to bike. Works awesome. You need sensors on each bike but small price to pay for ease of use. I use the maps on my longer gravel rides/races of 100 to 200 miles. Really takes the worry out of following a coarse or keeping track of free-ride training rides. Good luck.
 

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I'm thinking I'm going to go with the 810. I downloaded some of the open street map files and uploaded to my 450T. I like the color and layout of these maps better than my Garmin Topo map.
 

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Likely will order one next week. I'm trying to talk myself into riding today but it's 26ºF with windchill of 14ºF with a 20-30 MPH wind and I am nice an warm in the house. LOL That wind would be the killer! LOL
 

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I went for a ride this morning if you want to call it that, more like around the block. I wore my Craft Siberian split finger gloves for the first time. A complete waste of money. I had to head home after ten miles, my fingers were frozen at 26ºF. I am annoyed, these gloves are not cheap. Now, it's either ride the trainer or find another pair of gloves that will keep my fingers warm.
 

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Cyclops is your friend! My threshold for cold changed drastically after pedaling for 15 years in AZ. I used to avearge 150 miles a week in that consistent climate, but I absolutely can't handle cold anymore, so my Trek Carbon Postal and I spend crappy days inside. The Cycleops trainer is great, mine is over 20 years old and, although it isn't as good a workout as out on the road, it beats sitting on the couch watching the game. +1 on Performance gear, good bang for the buck and thanks for posting the ISM seat info, looks like a good idea to help keep the boys happy.
 

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All this talk got me looking into a computer, what are you opinions on the edge 520?
 

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I suppose I'm an amatuer in these things. This is my Trek Shift 1 bike:



In carbon (the paint color, as it is an alloy frame), fitted with a rear rack and a double nylon ripstop pannier bags for fetching groceries. It also has puncture-resistant Kevlar-belted tires that are decent on dirt paths and gravel trails. It was manufactured in my kid's home town in Madison, WI. Best feature: this $460 bike (2013 model year retail price) was free, my 30-year employee gift from HP.

Yes, this is a comfortable "cruiser bike" with fat tires and only a 7-speed rear end. It mostly gets used for 2-mile or 8-mile round trips depending upon which grocery store I am going to, or a 2-mile round trip to the pharmacy, or a 3-mile round trip to the hardware store. But I do also take it to Moab where it fetches groceries and takes me to the bathroom and back, from the cheaper tent sites "way in the back" of the campground.


I have reduced my Jeep usage to less than 1000 miles per year, compared to 11,000 miles in the beginning while still working. However, I'm cheating - the biggest reduction came about when I retired. Sometimes I take the bike to the lightrail station and ride from the train, on a variety of trails in the greater San Jose area.

I admit, most miles on the bike are less than 10 mile trips - but I'm 65, slowly losing excess weight and getting in better shape.
 

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I went for a ride this morning if you want to call it that, more like around the block. I wore my Craft Siberian split finger gloves for the first time. A complete waste of money. I had to head home after ten miles, my fingers were frozen at 26ºF. I am annoyed, these gloves are not cheap. Now, it's either ride the trainer or find another pair of gloves that will keep my fingers warm.
Have you tried snow ski gloves? they worked for me in the past on really cold days.
 
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