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Javarilla 07-22-2010 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Mr Head
Rode for 2:15 last night from Bothell to just about the end down past Lake Union. About 34 miles.
A trail known as the Burke Gilman Trail. My sportstracker lost the GPS plot on the way back so I lost a few miles of recording.
Hammered my quads real good. Calves began cramping so I switched to a lighter spin. At about 5 miles out from the car I was down to near my lowest gear but still maintaining a pretty good pace for me. Only 1,700 feet of climbing which as it turned out was more than enough.

One bad thing is I noticed my stem is getting loose at the bars. Now, I'm going to need to go searching for a vintage stem and maybe bars I expect. :huh

Where'd you find 1700 foot of vertical on the Gilman? Are you cruising the hills of Bothell or something?

I have to toss in Phinney, Queen Anne and Magnolia to score any v's around my place.

Gummee! 07-22-2010 09:40 AM

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Originally Posted by YakSpout
Possibly, but I've given it some thought...

I have a hill on my commute that I would really like discs on. I melted a good chunk of front brake pad onto the rim when trying to avoid a taxi that decided he needed some of the 18" wide bike lane to make it through a left-hand sweeper.

Discs on mtn bikes and urban 'all weather' bikes makes the weight penalty make sense. :nod I've had discs. They stop the same wet or dry. Rim brakes? Not so much. Ceramic coatings on the rims helps, but don't eliminate the need for the brake pad to squeegee the rim dry before they hook up.

I even have a bike that'll take disc brakes. I just don't have the wheelset... ...or a job, so don't go pointing out how inexpensively you can get em!

M

Gummee! 07-22-2010 09:48 AM

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Originally Posted by pierce
you get exactly the same results from toe-clips, especially when used with cleated shoes.

No. You don't.

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but, in my case at least, I'm currently riding a 'hybrid' aka 'comfort' bike, albeit one being setup for a little more speed than typical (flat bars set at seat height, 700x38 high pressure tires, 50T chain ring), and its a bike I'll mostly be riding in street shoes and keen sorta-sandals. I'm considering the powergrips as an alternative to conventional toeclips.
In the case of your cruiser bike, clipless still makes sense as long as they're mtn clipless. BUT that means ya gotta go buy some Keen bicycling sandals to go with em.

:D

M

Gummee! 07-22-2010 09:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Zodiac
Sorry OTG -but he was no pussy... he should have won 5 TDFs instead of just 3, and won one after being shot in the back and riding with a few pounds of buckshot in his blood, which actually poisoned him.

He also had a higher recorded anaerobic threshold than LA which I seem to recall, and won the closest TDF to date.

You may not like his words in his retirement years, but the man was no slouch....:deal

He wasn't saying he was a pussy, he's saying that LeMond is a whiney little bitch that can't stand being trumped by some guy from TX.

:nod

LeMond had a great run at it, but jealousy doesn't become him.

:nono

M

Javarilla 07-22-2010 09:52 AM

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Originally Posted by pierce
discs on an urban bike is just poseur points.

:lol3

You can just give me ALL the poseur points, then.

My urban ride is a Fargo with 185's fore and aft.

Gummee! 07-22-2010 09:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Javarilla
:lol3

You can just give me ALL the poseur points, then.

My urban ride is a Fargo with 185's fore and aft.

Yabbut...

yer HUGE! Takes a lot of brake to slow down a metric ton of Javarilla!

:razor

M

2whlrcr 07-22-2010 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Gummee!
He wasn't saying he was a pussy, he's saying that LeMond is a whiney little bitch that can't stand being trumped by some guy from TX.

:nod

LeMond had a great run at it, but jealousy doesn't become him.

:nono

M

I used to worship Lemond.

Too bad he turned into a dick.

ducnut 07-22-2010 12:34 PM

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Originally Posted by heynowref

Anyway, I've got a bare frame I need to build up.
I've looked around a little and have been pretty surprised at the cost of a new component set.
Had someone suggest buying a complete bike from one of the cheap online place and using the components off of that. Not a bad idea.

Any other ideas?

Depends on what the frame is that you have, what wheels (if any) you have, what type of cockpit you prefer, and if you have a preference in a drivetrain.

There are some really nice, full-carbon Kestrels on one of the sites. If you have no attachment to your current frame, that'd be the way to go. Nytro offers a complete tri package for $2K, if you need everything. It's about the same money, either way, for the same bike.

You can go with a complete SRAM Apex groupset for under $1K. Then, whatever cockpit, wheels, seat, and pedals you prefer.

It's always a better value to buy a complete bike. The only way a buildup makes sense is if you have component preferences or already have a complete set.

Mercury264 07-22-2010 01:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Off the grid
Greg LeMond, sore pussy and all, described it as "scraping mud off the bottom of your shoe" at the bottom of the stroke.

So that's how I've always pictured it.

Just back from a ride. That really worked for me - I need to work at it some more but I think over time I will make it work better.

Thanks :thumb

Mr Head 07-22-2010 01:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Javarilla
Where'd you find 1700 foot of vertical on the Gilman? Are you cruising the hills of Bothell or something?

I have to toss in Phinney, Queen Anne and Magnolia to score any v's around my place.

Just riding the trail. Start at the bottom and go up. GPS thing you know? That Sportstracker deal on the phone.
I sure as heck felt like it was more than that. I was toast by the time I got back to the landing park. Knee is a little tender even today. The sore throat is my main gripe today though. And tonight I have to do laundry so my riding is out. Maybe I can sneak one in on Friday. Certainly the weekend is going to be two long spinning days in the sun and on the saddle.

I can't believe the cars that stop for you at trail crossings. I'm there at the stop sign on the trail, foot down sitting on the top tube and cars in both directions stop on the street and wave me on.:eek1
In the OC, they'd shift down and accelerate. :wink:
A city bus stopped and waved us through!:huh
Folks up here are very polite and make riding a bicycle a complete pleasure.
Must be the rain. or all the green stuff?

No matter a welcome result. Riding up here is really fun!:clap

Javarilla 07-22-2010 01:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Gummee!
Yabbut...

yer HUGE! Takes a lot of brake to slow down a metric ton of Javarilla!

:razor

M

Gravity loves me! I can coast downhill on the Fargo with Big Apples and a great big ol PassNStow rack and Freight baggage bag as fast as my buddy on his carbon fiber Trek can peddle. All I need is an air horn. Even Jens would go weak and cower when he feels the heat of the plasma generated by my spinning PhilWoods on the back of his neck.

I loves disc brakes. :raabia

PaleRider 07-22-2010 01:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Javarilla
I loves disc brakes. :raabia

... what, no airbrakes?

... BTW, welcome back you big biking goofball :lol3

Javarilla 07-22-2010 01:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr Head
Just riding the trail. Start at the bottom and go up. GPS thing you know? That Sportstracker deal on the phone.
I sure as heck felt like it was more than that. I was toast by the time I got back to the landing park. Knee is a little tender even today. The sore throat is my main gripe today though. And tonight I have to do laundry so my riding is out. Maybe I can sneak one in on Friday. Certainly the weekend is going to be two long spinning days in the sun and on the saddle.

I can't believe the cars that stop for you at trail crossings. I'm there at the stop sign on the trail, foot down sitting on the top tube and cars in both directions stop on the street and wave me on.:eek1
In the OC, they'd shift down and accelerate. :wink:
A city bus stopped and waved us through!:huh
Folks up here are very polite and make riding a bicycle a complete pleasure.
Must be the rain. or all the green stuff?

No matter a welcome result. Riding up here is really fun!:clap

Yup. We trained people right from the get-go.

Welcome to NorthWet cycling.

Hope you got fenders. :lol3

rbrsddn 07-22-2010 01:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Mercury264
Just back from a ride. That really worked for me - I need to work at it some more but I think over time I will make it work better.

Thanks :thumb

I have to conciously think about it, but when I'm on a long ride, I do it a lot, as other muscles share the work. Another term for it is "Spinning Circles"

Javarilla 07-22-2010 01:32 PM

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Originally Posted by PaleRider
... what, no airbrakes?

... BTW, welcome back you big biking goofball :lol3

I just sit up and open my triple XL rain jacket!

Man, you should see my next new bike. Another custom. This thing is gonna be the freakin' awesomest long-distance commuter/randonneur thing on two wheels. Rohloff, disks, internal cabling, eccentric, custom generator wire harness routing, custom lugs.... Suhweet, cute lil' innocent baby jesus, this bike will rock.


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