Rando Richard Welcome to my endurance outdoor blog. This site is about my randonneuring (ultra-distance cycling) and randonnée skiing pursuits. I also have some stuff on SUP too (stand up paddleboarding).

25 November 2015 ~ 1 Comment

Night Riding — It may be safer than riding 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

Cycling Showstoppers & How to Prevent Them

This weekend (July 2015) while riding a 600K, I reflected upon the various reasons why some cyclists do not finish long rides. The three most common problems are listed first. Pressure Points: Cycling has several pressure points where you body meets the bike — feet, hands and butt. Creating a comfortable ride, sometimes at the […]

19 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

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 Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest

I have recently set up accounts on Twitter and Instagram and Pinterest. All are under the name of @eogearinc (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 sources. This is in addition […]

07 November 2015 ~ 7 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 ~ 0 Comments

Constantly Getting Dropped? Maybe you just need more of this vitamin.

Since 2007, when I started cycling, I have been training pretty diligently—but 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 way low. It was at 32, whereas normal is […]

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 Riding During May of 2011, I  had a small cyst or boil near my sit bone. It was a week before I was going […]

29 September 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Calibrating non-GPS Cyclocomputers

Calibrate your bike computer (or cyclocomputer) so it is accurate—unless you have a GPS-based model. On my first brevet, my computer was so far off, that it was a major factor in my DNF (darkness, rain, sleet and a tiny bit of snow didn’t help either). To calibrate it you must know how to change […]

15 September 2015 ~ 3 Comments

Saints to Sinners Race — My Longest Ever No-Sleep Ride

In 2014 I rode in my first-ever supported long-distance race, called Salt to Saint (Salt Lake City to Saint George). It was primarily a 420-mile relay race, but there were a handful of solo riders, like myself, that rode. It went OK and I finished well before the designated cut-off time. That ride had a […]

04 September 2015 ~ 10 Comments

Lezyne Pumps — Beware of this Problem

I really like Lezyne products. Their use of extension use aluminum (instead of plastic) and CNC machining is wonderful. I also think the aesthetics of their round symmetrical design on their products, including their lights. I prefer their mini-pumps to the Topeak models as it is more durable. But, buyer beware, their screw-on pump chucks […]

05 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Working Out On An Empty Stomach — For Fat & Weight Loss Among other things, this author says: Keep intensity low Try fasted riding Perform intervals if time is short Get your recovery routine sorted I don’t understand as point #1 and #3 are in conflict. When I do intervals, my intensity is high—isn’t that the whole point of doing them? Otherwise, I link this […]

07 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Red Rock Randonnee 1000K — And a New Kind of Saddle Sore

On June 8, I rode one of my annual long rides of the summer. This is one that I facilitated and is a 1000 km ride out of Kanab Utah. I will be doing occasional posts during the ride on our Facebook group: The route has some 28,000 vertical and the finish time is 5:30 […]

01 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pfifferhorn Peak SkiMo — via a Different Route

In mid-March, four of us made the ascent up to the top of Pfeifferhorn via slightly route different route than I normally do. This is an 11,000+ foot peak near Snowbird ski resort just east of Salt Lake City Utah. Here is my Strava upload.                 

04 March 2015 ~ 2 Comments

A New PR on Skis — 10,000′ of Uphill

In December there was a vertical challenge at Sundance Ski Resort. The objective was to do multiple uphill (& downhill) laps on skis until you get in 10,000 ft of vertical gain. I was unable to attend, but decided to do it on my own at Brighton on Feb. 19th, 2015. I removed the tongues […]

03 January 2015 ~ 1 Comment

My First 24-hour Time-trial Race (2014)

      Most of my cycling is randonneuring/self-supported ultra-distance events. But towards the end of the summer of 2014 I ended up doing some non-rando races, which included LoToJa (206 mile sanctioned road race) and Salt to Saint (420-mile relay race, which I did solo). It was kinda fun doing these events as they […]

29 October 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Four Commonsense Safety Cycling Rules

A recently bicycle/vehicle fatality prompted me to write to the editor (the victim was a mentally disabled man on a 3-wheel trike riding in the dark, apparently on the wrong side of the road). Below is my text. I was dismayed to see the fatal accident in the Oct 23rd issue. My heart goes out […]

14 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Inexpensive “Good” Road Tire

I have searched for some time now for an inexpensive training tire that had a high TPI count (threads per inch) with a dual compound. CST, a major OEM tire manufacturer (reportedly, one of the biggest in the world), introduced a foldable model called the Recourse C1808. The folding model is only available as a […]

21 September 2014 ~ 5 Comments

Salt to Saint Relay Race — New Unofficial Course Record!

I’m not sure where I got the idea, except that I decided to ride in a local 420-ish mile relay race, except NOT doing it relay style, but riding in the “solo” category. Salt to Saint is the name of these event which goes from Salt Lake City to Saint George Utah. Unlike many multi-day […]

28 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Three Cycling Climbing Workouts

From the Carmichael Training Systems group, here’s three specific suggestions on how to climb better: Climbing Repeats (no surprise) Summary: Two to three sets of 8 to 12 minutes each at a continuous, tough rate at about 85-95% of your max heart rate. Each set should have a cool down or rest period of about […]

10 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

2014 Colorado High Country 1200

This year my annual 1200 km grand randonnée was in Colorado from July 15-18th. It is called the Colorado High Country 1200. Here is the Ride with GPS online map and my Strava upl0ad, made after the ride. (750 miles with approx. 33,000 feet of climbing over 3-1/2 days). As always, this will be a […]

08 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Epic Gear USA SUP (stand-up paddle board) Bag — Quick Review

This brand is the worst. A14 foot bag should be 14 feet long. It’s about 4 inches short. Two years ago I bought another of their bags and it was about 6 inches short so I exchanged it for this one which is still short and barely fits the board. without cramming it into the […]

06 July 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Red Rocks Randonnée 600 — The Inaugural Ride

For several years, I have tinkered with the idea of doing a Grand Randonnée in the national parks of southern Utah. A Grand Randonnée has the minimum distance of 1200 km (750 miles), over a 90-hour time period (just over 3-1/2 days). During the fall and winter of 2013, I begin working on some routes. […]

01 July 2014 ~ 6 Comments

Specialized CG-R Seatpost Review

Last year I took and built up a seven titanium bike and used it’s first 1200K. I just about died because of butt soreness in the last two days of this four day event (see this post). Consequently, I have purchased this new so-called suspension seatpost from Specialized (it’s nickname is the cobbler gobbler). It […]

16 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Provo Peak SkiMo

In March, four us (Jim Knight [+ his hound dog], Mat Gover, Joey Dempster & myself) did a hike/ski ascent of Provo Peak, just east of Provo (11,044 ft). I attempted this peak some 10 years ago, but due to inadequate equipment, I could not summit. On that attempt, also with Jim Knight, I didn’t […]

08 April 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Rainy Weather Apparel (for cycling)

Brief overview of gear used for rainy rides + other gear notes. Nearly all of these items are gear which I have tested first, and then posted on my online gear site: eoGEAR. Shower cap on helmet. I now use a commercial one and cut a slit for my headlamp. Goretex style jacket (i.e waterproof […]

23 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

2014 SkiMo or Rando-Racing

This winter, after a two-year hiatus, I decided instead of doing a lot of indoor lap swimming that I would return to doing rando skiing or skimo (ski mountaineering). I participated in the two local races in February and March. I entered the regular “recreation” division, as opposed to the “elite” division. They are both […]