Rando Richard Welcome to my endurance outdoor blog. This site is about my RANDOnneuring (ultra-distance cycling) and RANDOnnée skiing pursuits, plus some stuff on SUP too (stand-up paddleboarding) and mountaineering.

My pact: Push hard. Endure. Be safe. Be successful. Be exhilarated.

12 February 2019 ~ 12 Comments

Sigma ROX 12 GPS — Overview & User Tips

DC Rainmaker Review Page (published in 2018) My Preferred Settings set on the Unit Swipe down from the top Tap on top menu > on screen brightness, disable “auto” (only use auto at night) > Adjust slider to max screen brightness.* Runs for about 7 hours & then get a low battery (25%) warning with […]

17 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Yellowstone/Grand Teton 1000K

In July of 2017 (13–15th) I sponsored a 1000K brevet (~ 625 miles) that went through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks…plus Starr Valley Wyoming. This route started in Ashton, Idaho, which is just west of Yellowstone National Park. Day one: Our route heading north though the town of West Yellowstone and then into the […]

19 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

New Magnetic Pedal — A Review

Several years ago, a friend of mine from Colorado, Reed Jentzsch, mentioned that he was working on a new bicycle pedal design — one that uses magnets instead of the spring clip mechanism that is commonly used. He has been an engineer working with metals for most of his life. One of his passions is white water […]

31 January 2018 ~ 2 Comments

How To Add More Tire Clearance To Your Road Bike — DYI

For the past many years I have been using the Continental 4000S II tire in 25mm width on all my road bikes. After a tough 1000K this past summer, I wanted to try out some 28s and see if the ride was better. During the winter of 2017–18 I started experimenting with 28mm 4000S tires on my Trek […]

22 December 2017 ~ 5 Comments

My “Stable” of Road Bikes

In 2006, after two seasons of trail ultrarunning, my “bum” left ankle left me with no choice but to seek an alternative endurance sport. After all, I enjoyed trail running and ski mountaineering so I thought a mountain bike would be the logical first stop. In 2007 I purchased a Fezzari full suspension mountain bike. […]

23 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Epic Human Powered Adventures

The most miles bicycled in one year, set in May of 2017, was set by a woman named Amanda Coker. She did her on a flat loop in Florida, doing the same 7-mile loop over and over again! Her total was 86,500 miles. Links: Gear Junkie, her Blog or Velo News Q&A. The prior record was set by Kurt […]

19 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Cycling Nutritional Ideas

Despite that I sell “tech” bike food on my site, I frequently get tired of it on long rides (300K +). I consequently designed a top tube bag that enables me to have food conveniently in front of me, w/o the need of reaching back to my jersey pocket (which is frequently covered with a […]

01 April 2017 ~ 11 Comments

Sigma ROX 11.0 GPS Cycling Computer Review

For several seasons I have used the German-designed Sigma ROX 10.0 GPS bike computer. I have been happy with it, excepting one big complaint: I could never remotely upload the results of an activity, except through a desktop or laptop computer. I don’t own a laptop so uploading my rides while traveling was always a […]

26 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Coping with Neck Pain from Cycling

My first long ride on a road bike was a typical 100-mile charity “century” ride. That is where I first come to realize that neck pain was commonplace for many roadies. Since then, I have ridden thousands of miles, mostly using bicycles with aerobars. I use the aerobars for two reasons (#1 is the most […]

08 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Mount Rainer — Family Style

In late 2015 my brother Karl and I hatched a plan to do a “family” Rainer trip. We choose August (of 2016) because of the typically stable weather (which it was, we had only a light breeze on the top and had sunny weather throughout). We also selected the commonly-done Disappointment Clever route as it […]

01 November 2016 ~ 2 Comments

Visibility Suggestions for Roadies

Several large manufactures have lately been putting more emphasis on visibility, not just comfort and speed while cycling. This is especially notable with the numerous distracted drivers these days. They include Trek and Pearl Izumi. Also see this article published on the RBR website. (It clearly states that blinking tail lights are better than solid…something I […]

10 July 2016 ~ 4 Comments

Stroke and Open-Heart Surgery — What a Surprise!

Super-Short Summary On February the 20th, 2016, I had a mild ischemic stroke — while resting at home for the weekend. A CAT Scan showed no damage in the brain, whereas the MRI showed many small specs, clear evidence of a stroke in the left frontal lobe. It was later determined that the cause may have […]

23 March 2016 ~ 0 Comments

6 Ways To Determine Your Maximum Heart Rate

Most GPS units or heart rate monitor watches ask for your maximum heart rate so it can calculate the different heart rate zones. I have outlined several different methods below. Please note that your maximum heart rate is different than lactate threshold. As per this article in Road Bike Ride, by John Hughes, “Max heart rate doesn’t show cycling […]

01 March 2016 ~ 3 Comments

One Easy Exercise You Can Do…In Your Car

In addition to my twice-a-week strength training regimen I now carry a hand strengthening device in my car. I use it when traveling or running errands. I originally started using a regular “hardware store” scissor clamp (background — yellow clamp), but it failed after about two months of use. I then picked up this clamp from Flawless Fitness […]

05 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

2015 Strava Summary

Shown above are my totals for cycling (much of which was randonneuring), ski mountaineering (randonnée ski) and SUP for the year. The vast majority of these stats were cycling (10,437 miles and 487,835 vertical feet). New cycling accomplishments this year: Longest duration and distance of an event without sleep. 40 hours and 500+ miles on Salt […]

24 December 2015 ~ 2 Comments

World Time Trial 24-hour Race (2015) — My First 1st Place Win

Introducton Last year (2014) I did my first 24-hour race, which was this same event, which is held in Southern California in November, about 90 minutes drive NE of San Diego. This, the World Time Trial Championships, is the last of the season in the Ultramarathon Cycling Association’s (UMCA) sanctioned events.  Also offered are shorter durations […]

20 December 2015 ~ 4 Comments

Fast After Fifty — 7 Points I Learned from this New Book

Seven takeaways from this recently (2015) released title Fast After 50 — How to Race Strong for the Rest of Your Life. By Joel Friel, author of other best-selling books like The Cyclist’s (or Triathlete’s) Training Bible, The Paleo Diet for Athletes etc. Incidentally, he just turned 70. I didn’t start a consistent exercise regiment, until I started running […]

10 December 2015 ~ 1 Comment

24-hour Texas Time Trials (2015)

Pre-Race On September 25th I rode my first event in Texas — the Texas Time Trials. They are hosted by Dan Discroll, who is also the RBA (organizer) of a local randonneuring group. They are put on in the community of Glen Rose, some 90-minutes SW of Dallas. I flew in the previous day so […]

05 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

10 Tips for Staying Warm while Cycling in the Winter

Although living in the mountains of Central Utah at 6,000 feet is not as cold as Wisconsin, it still is a constant battle when trying to road cycle during the winter months. I have heard it said on other blog posts that “if you don’t feel a little cold before starting, you are overdressed.” For […]

25 November 2015 ~ 7 Comments

Night Riding — Here’s Why It May Be Safer Than During The Day

  Several years ago, while riding a 600K on a highway in Arizona (near the Grand Canyon), some experienced randonneurs expressed the opinion that riding at night on a highway is actually safer than during the day. Since that event, I have often wondered about this. A few weeks ago, I did a 200K (125-mile) […]

25 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

8 Cycling Showstoppers & How to Prevent Them

 During the middle of July (2015), while riding a 600K (375 miles in just under two days…or quicker), I reflected upon the various reasons why some cyclists do not finish long rides. The three most common problems are listed first. Aside from my eight points below, check out this interesting 2019 article entitled “Bad Day Syndrome,” […]

19 November 2015 ~ 1 Comment

Creaky Bottom Bracket?

  This is my long distance rando bike which is the all-carbon model, the Trek Domane, with a BB 90 bottom bracket. It used to creak a lot. With every pedal stroke.I repeatedly lubed the bottom bracket to no avail. Finally one mechanic told me to use Loctite between the bearings and the edge of the […]

09 November 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Cycling Gloves — Quick Review

Fingerless Gloves I have a pro-deal with Pearl Izumi, so I tend to buy perhaps more apparel than I need…(yet, much of it, I unload on eBay or Amazon if it doesn’t work for me). Earlier this summer (2015), I picked up a pair of the Pearl Izumi’s top-of-the-line fingerless cycling glove called the Men’s […]

07 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Let’s Talk on Social Media

I have recently set up accounts on Twitter and Instagram and Pinterest. My “personal” Instagram account is @rando_richard My business accounts are all under @eogear_inc (based on my company eoGEAR Inc.). Most of the time, I just use #eogear. Blogging is rather tedious for quick messages, so please connect with me on one of these two […]

07 November 2015 ~ 8 Comments

How to “Randoize” a TT Bike

Last year, I was surprised that on the 24-hour races I was in, how many how full-on TT bikes there were, instead of a regular bike with clip-on aerobars. In December of 2014 I picked up a 2nd hand Cervelo P3C time trial / triathlon bike (for a song). Since many (most) of my training […]

03 November 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Piña Colada Smoothie

For some reason I eat a different smoothie after strength training/weightlifting then I do following endurance training. This is my post strength-training piña colada smoothie. It consists of 8 ounces of pineapple juice, 4 ounces of coconut milk, one banana, handful of ice, a scoop of protein powder, a few tablespoons of flaxseed/wheat germ (I […]

01 November 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Cycling Hill Climbing Tips

A recent editorial in Bicycling Magazine reminded me of some tips for climbing. They suggest to first scoot back on your saddle, which I already do, but they also suggested to drop your heel as your foot rotates across the top of the pedal. On mild terrain (3-5% grades) I also try to lift with […]

25 October 2015 ~ 3 Comments

Super 600 — My Toughest Two Days on a Bike

Introduction Within the past year or so, the randonneuring world was introduced to a new type of event. It is called a Super Randonneur 600 Permanent, or just a Super 600, as it if most often referred to. SR600’s are permanents, and not a “brevet” which is a scheduled ride. Permanents can be done any […]

14 October 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Constantly Getting Dropped? Maybe you need more iron.

Since 2007, when I started cycling, I have been training pretty diligently. Frequently, when riding with others my same age (or older than I), I get dropped. Earlier this summer, while getting some blood tests for a bladder infection/prostate problem, it showed my iron (Ferritin) was low. It was at 32, whereas normal is 22-275. […]

29 September 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Saddle Sores — Prevention & Treatment with Ointments

This page deals primarily with ointments and medicated powders as it deals with one’s “undercarriage” in cycling. For saddle issues, visit this page.   Cremes for Use Prior or During a Ride During May of 2011, I  had a small cyst or boil near my sit bone. It was a week before I was going […]