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attack edition

previous thread at bump limit >>996025

This is a thread to discuss racing, training and riding bikes competitively. CX is here. How fares your training, /brt/?
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that is some good insight, thanks. Because I live in the middle of Atlanta, finding an equitable stretch of uninterrupted climbing (between 2-5% gradient) road would have me driving an exorbitant distance to conduct a proper FTP test, so I rely on input from others (like in these threads). Also, my 5-minute max is only 325W, and my 20-minute max is maybe 275
I'm 125 and I've done 316w for 6:12.

I cannot come close to 240w for 4 hours.

Somethings screwed up with your numbers, you should be able to do a lot more. It makes no sense that you can only do 275 for 20 minutes but 240 for 4 hours.
I've never been good at sprinting or high-power outputs for intervals at or less than 10 minutes; my forte has always been endurance training, which results in a less steep power curve as I have been training for endurance for the past few years. Additionally, I've never formally conducted a 5-minute or 20-minute power test: my best results are inadvertent and from longer rides wherein data is extracted, as opposed to being dedicated tests for the sole purpose of an individual test; I suspect therefore that these outputs would be higher as you say, but not by much
Been getting into riding a little more. Got myself a heart rate monitor. Should I go out and find out my max heart rate straight up even though i'm quite unfit? Or some other test?

Or just ride sensibly and improve my fitness a little more? Just using a calculated max HR to stay roughly in the right zones?

I'm hoping to do sometime in the future when it's remotely possible i'll be able to keep up.

Right now my training is super simple, and probably quite dumb and wrong. I'll choose between three 'rides'. A fairly slow easy ride, an easy ride with some intervals, and a ride where I push myself quite hard. On top of that I have a short commute to work daily.

Anything glaringly wrong with this setup for a super beginner?
>Just using a calculated max HR to stay roughly in the right zones?
Yes, Idk why a beginner would worry so much about it unless they had heart problems and don't want to go into the red.
Just build up your miles and don't worry so much in the beginning.

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I like the look of women's bikes and I like the concept of not having to do a stretch or tilt my bike everytime I want to get on or off

In the flesh I've only seen one person riding a ladies bike. Anyone here ride ladies bikes can report on reactions and the advantages over gents bikes
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> downtubers
That's not a ladies bike. It's a step through. It's for anyone.
A mixte is a male stepthrough, which gives a fairly stiff frame. Other alternatives are folding bikes like Bromptons, which are eay to mount.

I dumped my touring bike a while back for that reason because it was a fucking chore to hop on and off with a load on the back, but with at MTB it's easy as. MTB are also semi-stepthrough.
you can get on it more easily
better for wearing dresses/skirts while riding

it's significantly heavier
it's significantly less stiff and structurally strong
less availability, hard to find them on anything but lower end hybrids and cruisers

that's about it
Rivendell cheviot is pretty neat--if you're into being obstinate and willing to put down 2 grand on a mixte.

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Last one is over the post limit. so let's get it going again. Come here to post screenshots of your ride data and Stravas while everyone else laughs at (You)
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Had a nice gravel ride planned for today, then it poured overnight. Going to go for an evening ride instead since the wind is supposed to die down. Shitiest October since I started riding year round. Even if September is wet October is usually awesome, but 14 days of rain and temperatures well below normal, insufficient to quickly dry out gravel roads this year. And tomorrow another cold saturating rain, but I should be able to sneak in an early ride.
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Anyone gone on a ride the day after giving blood? Not sure if I should go out tomorrow or just stay in.
I did that a few days ago. You have to keep it very, very slow and, in any case, the arm where the needle punctured will hurt significantly and get some dark areas around the needle hole.
That is to say: better to rest for one day and then just resume normally.
how do i gofast

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1020 gas the tubes

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I just want to live in a place like this. But this doesn't exist in one single U.S. city. Not one in a country the size of a continent.

Cagers just get mad and tell me to move somewhere else, and "it's what the market wants" when they don't realize their lifestyle is enforced by subsidies and regulations.
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>Obviously, no property owner (or renter) wants their property cut off from vehicular access.

In some cases, pedestrian malls increase business. But it has to be planned carefully.

Seattle has had some block parties on Capitol Hill, where they closed down some streets to traffic. Local bar and restaurant traffic was great. But the mistake they made was to block a major arterial rather than organize it on some less used side streets where the shops actually are.

The plan wasn't to encourage pedestrian malls as much as it was to organize a giant 'fuck you' to vehicular traffic (both cars and bicycles).
They use teleporters you barbarian.
Deliveries vehicles are authorized, but only at a specific time of the day. It's something like between 9am and 11am in my city.
The solution is simple and was introduced by the ancient Romans about 2000 years ago. Vehicles with shipments can access a pedestrian zone in the night/early morning. And of course there are also some exceptions e.g. for emergency vehicles.

Colorado here. Denver itself is on the great plains and is mostly flat. I also never sweat here because no humidity. Enjoy getting whacked in the face by giant insects every meter.

But if you really wanted to, use a microfiber towel to take a wipe down in the bathroom hobo style, then change your clothes. You're just making excuses.


As always, the Romans already had this problem solved. Thanks shit tastic public education.

Would /n/ have an orgasm if there were cross-nation aqueducts?

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Bicycle Buddy Thread

Find someone from /n/ to ride with!


Melbourne, Australia


I'm somewhat new to cycling but looking to expand my horizons.
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Xiaomi EU. It's based on the China rom with a bunch of bloat and Chinese stuff stripped out but you can also use cyanogenmod for a more pure android.
eastern shore, sorry. I should now amend my post and say i do 20-30miles at a 15mph pace.
Memphis, TN reporting.

Although I'm not sure I actually want to meet any of you fuckers IRL
Ever make it to Vigo?
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Artesia - Cerritos

I usually just go back and forth down the San Gabriel bike trail from my house to the beach

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>A man approaches a bicycle, handheld electric saw at the ready. He powers it on, starts to drill, and is shot in the face with a noxious spray that makes him vomit uncontrollably. This is the dream of the inventors of SkunkLock.


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I know fuck all about chemicals but wouldn't the compound break down after a while? Also fuck indie gogo.
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Looks like you're gonna get b& for viral marketing family guy then
I suspect it would be more cost effective in the inner city to hire a hobo to vomit on bike thieves for you.
Bystanders letting a thief cut a lock without intervening deserve to get skunked
Theives start wearing chemical smocks.

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Post a photo of thine bike.

The old old one is on life support.

This is mine...for those that have seen it before, yes I still haven't bought the proper tools to remove the fucking dork disk.
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Ingenuity and a tight budget
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How horrifying
You're telling me, man.

(But it works, and it cost me nothing)
That bike deserves a better camera to take pictures of it, baka.

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>going on a 6.5 hour amtrak ride next weekend
>do a google image search for amtrak because im autistic
>nothing but derailed trains or otherwise destroyed trains
>ive been on shorter amtrak trips before where people have an heroed by jumping infront of the train and getting run over so we were delayed

whats the general consensus on amtrak?
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Amtrak is safe its just slow as shit

Expect to take at least half an hour just boarding the fucking train
It can be enjoyable, but always expect delays, at least on the west coast. The worst thing about delays imo is having to listen to all the faggot passengers bitch about it though. One time, other passengers tried to get my email for a petition or some bullshit. One fag said he was going to get it on the news. Like anyone gives a fuck that an amtrak train was delayed for few hours. It happens all the fucking time. Prepare for if you have to ride amtrak. Fucking newfags.
I live in california, half the time the train is late. Half the time I have to make a bus connection.
I'm sure it's ran well considering it's budget.
>tfw america doesn't shower their trains in money
It's pretty safe but it's slow as shit because they don't own the tracks they run on because they don't have the funding to build/buy their own. Even on the NEC or in Michigan the trains are slow compared to elsewhere. So yeah expect delays and stuff.
>>nothing but derailed trains or otherwise destroyed trains
This is only because of their general rarity. Even if only 1 accident happened per 10 years everyone would hear about it because it becomes big news. You won't, however, hear the millions of vehicular deaths that occurred in that same time span cause it's boring news.
>>ive been on shorter amtrak trips before where people have an heroed by jumping infront of the train and getting run over so we were delayed
AFAIK it's not as bad as Japan had it so not really something to worry about. Delays in general on their weirder long routes (like Miami going north) are something to worry about.

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Tell me /n/. To what distance of travel, or location of riding is your limit for when you should wear a helmet. If I never see any cars where I ride, and I'm not in any danger of smacking my head on the pavement, do I still have to carry my helmet to class or can I live on the edge and ride with an unprotected melon?
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>and I'm not in any danger of smacking my head on the pavement

There's always a chance.

>A story of two cyclists

A friend of mine wrecked on a fast descent earlier this year. No cars involved, just some slippery leaves. Pictured: His helmet. If he hadn't been wearing a helmet, we'd have been scraping his brains off the ground. He got away with just bruises and a sore neck.

Another acquaintance of mine was leading a small group ride without a helmet when a dog ran out in front of him. Bounced his head against the ground while trying to avoid the dog, and he's been in the hospital for a week and a half now with a bleed in his brain.The doctors are worried that he may have permanently impaired brain function.

>To what distance of travel, or location of riding is your limit for when you should wear a helmet.

I always wear a helmet while mountain biking, or on group rides. I rarely (if ever) wear a helmet while riding my bike to work or to the grocery store - each is less than a mile away, along very low-traffic routes. If I'm going to be riding more than ~5-6 miles, I generally wear a helmet.
>kask protone
that's a fucking expensive crash
but preferable to the alternative, obviously
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He slipped on leaves and you think he'd've died without a helmet? Is he made of fine china? Have you ever seen a Jackass movie? Do you realize his helmet is designed to smash like that? His skull isn't. You can't look at a broken helmet and then say well that's what his head would look like without the helmet. It's SUPPOSED TO CRUMBLE ON IMPACT. I can literally crush it with my hands. It's styrofoam and the thinnest plastic available.

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So I'm pretty new to cycling, got a Ghost road bike at REI about 3 months ago and have put around 500 miles on it since then on rides of 15-25 miles each. I've been wearing the same clothes I wear running, just normal fitting athletic clothes - shorts, short-sleeve shirt, plus a track jacket if it's cold. No tight spandex or anything like I see a lot of cyclists wear. Why should I really wear that stuff? It's more aero sure but is that just minor min-max type stuff or does it really make a noticeable difference?
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I use mtb shorts so I don't look like a gay lance armstrong fucker.
I do that with regular clothes as well. No problem here.

Frankly, I don't remember feeling any pressure in me junk or shoulders from wearing bibs, however I do remember getting less comfy on the waist with regular ones.
No, Czechia.
99 dorrars is simply too much for me. I can go with any low cost cycling clothes like I have 2 jerseys about 20 USD each and I am satisfied with them.
I wear lined mtb baggies and a running top or cheapo jersey on my commute or just riding around town on the weekend, but for longer faster rides of three hours or so, close fitting cycling clothing is a must for me. It's efficient at wicking sweat away compared to looser heavier stuff, and the material doesn't chafe. Also, back pockets on a properly fitted jersey means you can store a bunch of stuff in them, or even shove stuff up inside the back of it.

I used to get embarrassed but then I realised that shit actually makes a noticible difference and I learned not to be an insecure bitch about it. My "good" cycling jersey cost like £18
You don't need expensive jerseys. However, having jerseys is really nice. They fit better, they have a gripper and long back so your ass doesn't show when you're bent over, and you're always bent over, and if you're worried about being embarrassed, guess which one is more embarrassing, ass crack or wearing a jersey. Obviously they are made from sports cloth, like most sports clothes are. They have the pockets, which can be nice, but not everyone uses them, I rarely use them myself. However, a big one that is often missed is the zipper, it lets you adjust ventilation with one hand, if you have a full length zipper, it's easier to put on and take off.

I use Fineou brand jerseys, they have everything you need, and nothing you don't, for the price of $15 from eBay. Coolmax cloth, pockets, back gripper, full length zipper and available in plain colors, and a race fit with tight sleeves. There's another brand Pterosaur, if you look for solid color jerseys, you can find on aliexpress with even more solid colors, but they have a looser club fit.

I have several more expensive jerseys with 20 panels, nicer fabric, special grippers, flat sewn seams. They're nice, but not sorely missed. The trim cut of the Fineou and full length zipper trump these other things easily.

On the other hand, you should buy expensive bibs. I have several cheap shorts, and they fall apart, the pads are uncomfortable, the sewing comes apart, and the pads disintegrate. I had one that chafed until I bled. Sometimes they're usable, but it's worth investing in at least one set of nice bibs for long rides. If you can't afford fancy bibs, buy fancy bibs on clearance.

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What are the organizational challenges in founding a new commuter passenger railroad in the US?

By this I mean other than finding the right route to establish. Everything else is fair game, from hammering out track leases and buying rights of way, rights to use stations, dealing with local governments, state and federal EPA problems, labor issues, equipment issues, and other problems your average railfan or attorney would not think of.

Asking "for a friend".
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Of course you could. You can lease line access. Every railroad does this and every railroad needs the income.
No, few railroads allow foreign crews to operate on their lines for any substanial distance.

The backbone of American railroading is the principle of interchange. You hand off cars or even through trains for other railroads to run on their network, but you don't lease their rail.
This. In Texas we have had rail options killed a bunch of times despite voters approving new lines.
So let's say your local government wants to set up a regional commuter rail system on currently active freight lines. Would they have to buy rolling stock and then contract its operation to the line owner?

What do NJTransit and Metra do?
>So let's say your local government wants to set up a regional commuter rail system on currently active freight lines...
The freight railroad could simply tell them "no," or they could offer to sell the rail to them, or they could offer to let them run on it, but that's fairly unlikely since railroads don't like to share. If they said no, you'd have to go to Amtrak and get them to initiate and run the service, but the state/local government would be the one paying for it.
>What do[es] NJTransit do?
They own old PRR and NYC rail and run on Amtrak owned rail on the NEC.

Metra is largely rail owned by currently functioning railroads, but the agreements to allow this were created in the 70s when freight railroads were still passenger railroads and there was a huge process to abandon passenger service. Basically they're grandfathered in.

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Post interesting infos, images and videos about trains in Japan.
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Standing coin demo on shinkansen
Holy fuck that's smooth.
The chinks (rather, an indian who rode chink high speed train) did similar test with AA-sized battery

Sure standing coin is more awesome but on a practical side, they are both pretty smooth
A recent press release from Odakyu Electric Railway announces that they will make a new model of Romancecars, it will be designated as the 70000 Series. Odakyu will build 2 sets of 7-cars and enter service in Spring 2018

Did anyone here watch the new Godzilla?
Thoughts about the train scene?

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Previous thread: >>985704

How's everyone's flying going?
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>what is a 12v charging adapter
Even if it's just for planning on the ground I think it's still worth it.
I think in this case a compromise is actually best.

Make use of the convenience, but don't depend on it. Know that if it fails, because there are so many ways electronics can fail, that you won't be fucked.

Use it for reference, incorporate it lightly, but don't allow yourself to get rusty.

And if flying is your career, it's a really sound investment.
First solo XC is in the books today. I don't know how I feel about it. I felt overwhelmed with how fast everything was happening, and I don't want to say i would have been lost if I didn't have a GPS because I still had a general idea of where I was, but it definitely helped me. Also made a lot of silly mistakes like takeoff and landing checlists. At the end of the day though, I made it home in one piece.

Anyone want to share how they felt on their first solo XC?
Nervous as fuck. Done it a dozen times prior but it doesn't really make you feel any less nervous.
Honestly, I was fine.

Thing is, I had prior experience navigating and working with radios due to military service, which is something most people don't have the benefit of, so I can understand you're being nervous and task-overloaded. Just don't get into the mishap chain.

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Post single speed and/or fixed gear bikes, set ups, etc.
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Not single speed, but nice bike. What size are the wheels?

What? I go off of skate ramps on it. It's not a $79 Huffy if that's what you are thinking.
>fixed gear

Enjoy stalling on small hills lmao
i don't.
this, i wouldnt even count the un-wrapped bars.
I've been eyeing this bike for my commuting bike once I finish Uni and have to bike to work regularly.

Is it any good and if not are there similar retro looking single speed bikes that are any better

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