PESO 2018 - 018 - GDG

Bob W-PDML pdml at web-options.com
Sun Mar 25 11:33:48 EDT 2018


Cycling up hills is good for core strength :0)



> On 25 Mar 2018, at 14:26, Godfrey DiGiorgi <godfreydigiorgi at me.com> wrote:
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> I'm sure I could cycle across France with it but at a different range of speeds than I would on the Cinelli Criterium racer I once had. :-) Trade off the knobby tires for smooth, roadie tires (like the Surly Black Floyd … https://surlybikes.com/parts/tires/black_floyd) inflated to 25psi and it becomes a very free rolling machine that takes less energy to move along than it might appear. 
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> It'll never challenge the narrow, high-pressure cycles for pure speed or light weight. To me, the forte of these bikes are the handling dynamics (they glide over the nastiest terrain, over gravel and sand, over snow, over railroad tracks and dirt roads with comfort) and they feel more akin to a motorbike when they turn. I can feel the tires working when I throw it into a corner—feels just like with Racer. Love that sensation and the feedback of feeling exactly how much grip I have to work with. 
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> Depending on how the OEM gearing works out, I might push out the drive to an even more extreme range … 11 speed shifter and derailleur with 11-46 cassette and matching front ring rather than the 10-speed it has now … to make it more capable for hilly country. Fun stuff! Can't wait for it to get here! Last I looked at the tracking, it had left Arizona on its way here. 
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> I'm going to do a bit more on diet manipulation: the gout and colitis issues are well under control now, as is my blood pressure, so I have more leeway to work with. What I need more now, according to my PT and doctors, is working with a trainer for an exercise program at the gym on a regular basis. Weight loss will come of its own with the exercise on the bike and modest trimming of my diet; what I need to concentrate on most is good muscle development and core strength. That's where being a desk pilot for so many years has really hurt me. 
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> One of these days I'll even do some photography again. I hope. LOL! I really do have some book ideas that I want to work on, but my priority for the past year and some has been re-constructing and developing the machinery. My love of fine art photography has been a secondary priority for a while. 
> 
> onwards! 
> G
>> The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.
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>> On Mar 25, 2018, at 3:14 AM, Bob W-PDML <pdml at web-options.com> wrote:
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>> That's an amazing looking bike, especially the gearing, but I guess it's needed to turn those huge wheels! I can imagine it's a lot of fun, but I wouldn't want to cycle across France on it!
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>> Controlling my diet is more effective than exercise for me when it comes to weight loss (except when I'm cycling 6-7 hours a day across France, burning zillions of additional calories). Losing weight helps to control gout, but losing it too quickly, in combination with an increase in my gout medication, has paradoxically triggered additional severe gout attacks... but that's short-term pain for long-term gain, I hope; keeping it down, along with maintaining fitness, of course has millions of other benefits, so it's worth the pain.
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>>> On 24 Mar 2018, at 22:45, Godfrey DiGiorgi <godfreydigiorgi at me.com> wrote:
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>>> Thanks! 
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>>> I had to muck around with my diet a lot up to a couple of years ago due to gout and colitis issues. Nowadays, those issues are past and things are a lot more stable … I stick with mostly gluten free, low carbs, modest veggies (I don't digest veggies very well), and a reasonable distribution of meat, fish, and poultry. Light on anything sugar, fruit and nuts in modest amounts, stay away from garlic and onion and brocoli, etc. Amounts of all have been reduced by a little. I have my occasional wee dram or short glass of wine, and drink a lot of water. 
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>>> That's a lovely machine, Bob! :-)
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>>> Only photo I have of my new one so far is the manufacturer's photo: 
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>>> 2017 Specialized Fatboy Comp Carbon
>>> https://farm1.staticflickr.com/808/40285787454_4122ce07a2_o.jpg
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>>> I'm fitting it with a pair of the Surly Black Floyd street tires (same ones I've been using on the Sumo fat ebike). It's a year behind the 2018 on equipment, so I might do an upgrade to the brakes and drive system as well; depends on how I like it after a few miles of riding. 
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>>> G
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