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Jim Moore 12-04-2010 02:01 PM

Trek 1.2 Good for a beginner?

TheNedster 12-04-2010 03:13 PM

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Went on a good cross ride this AM. Chased the fast guys up and back down a local trail called "The Escalator". Never did catch 'em, but I had fun trying.

Some good scenery too:

http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/y.../WP_000009.jpg

We met up at the LBS afterward and I got my new 12-27 cassette installed. Woulda been nice to have it before the ride. Weather permitting, I'll go out tomorrow and see if I can't spin up the hills a little easier.:ricky

ducnut 12-04-2010 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr Head (Post 14617287)
For an mtb, just stick a worn out slick-in-the-middle tire on the back. And ride.

Well, around here you're gonna' need something like this. I'm looking at a set of 240's. I bought some Craft ski wear for an outer layer. If it's effective against the wind, I'll be on the phone to Peter.

rbrsddn 12-04-2010 04:32 PM

I've got a set of the Extreme 294's, and took my first ride after an ice storm a couple of years ago. I couldn't believe the traction I had on sheer ice uphill! Fookin' amazing. I got off the bike to take a pic, and promptly fell on my ass! I need golf shoes or something! :lol3
http://p1.bikepics.com/pics/2007/02/...05702-full.jpg

ducnut 12-04-2010 04:40 PM

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Originally Posted by rbrsddn (Post 14626703)
I've got a set of the Extreme 294's, and took my first ride after an ice storm a couple of years ago. I couldn't believe the traction I had on sheer ice uphill! Fookin' amazing. I got off the bike to take a pic, and promptly fell on my ass! I need golf shoes or something! :lol3

One of the locals has a set of those, for singletrack MTB use. I was looking a little less aggressive, so that I can run them on my 'cross bike. If all went well, I'd try them on my Stumpy. I'm not quite ready to jump into the extreme winter riding thing, until I get the apparel situation resolved.

rbrsddn 12-04-2010 05:02 PM

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Originally Posted by ducnut (Post 14626741)
One of the locals has a set of those, for singletrack MTB use. I was looking a little less aggressive, so that I can run them on my 'cross bike. If all went well, I'd try them on my Stumpy. I'm not quite ready to jump into the extreme winter riding thing, until I get the apparel situation resolved.

It is fun as hell, but the areas that get cold are the feet and hands. I've got a pair of Lake winter shoes that I add the chemical warmers to, and I'm good down to 20F or so. Winter gloves with silk liners for the hands, and a good helmet liner that covers the ears. Then just Hot Chillis and a windbreaker or similar. It's a cool feeling to be out there in a couple inches of fresh powder!:deal

Mr Head 12-04-2010 07:19 PM

So, I Got Out For a Ride
 
A very cold ride. OK, in my parlance a really cold ride. My nose ran the whole time. I NEVER got warm.
My feet were numb until about five minutes before I pried myself from the very hot shower.

So starting off I woke up way too damned early. Dark would the operative word. Another word for the day would be, COLD!
The news said it was 28! outside.

When I went downstairs to start my laundry there was frost on the ground and streets.

So, I waited until it was warmer. Which of course is a relative thing...

This number is never associated with riding weather where I live,
http://mr-head.smugmug.com/Cycling/B...7_EHMih-XL.jpg

With the temperature in mind the day was looking like a total disaster,
http://mr-head.smugmug.com/Cycling/B...1_o7ypa-XL.jpg
Typical Washington crap weather.

I had to get a shot of my aged face to illustrate just how bad conditions were,
http://mr-head.smugmug.com/Cycling/B...4_ep6Ep-XL.jpg

The sun was out, but I say it was slacking by a good margin.
http://mr-head.smugmug.com/Cycling/B...1_obb6d-X3.jpg

The cold spots of the trail looked like this, and there were plenty of these. I stopped stopping because I was so cold,

http://mr-head.smugmug.com/Cycling/B...2_y5H3p-X2.jpg

On my way back to the bus, I grabbed this,
http://mr-head.smugmug.com/Cycling/B...7_ndn9w-X2.jpg

And just to prove I was still freezing,
http://mr-head.smugmug.com/Cycling/B...3_d3RxQ-X2.jpg

So I ended my day of frozen riding in a hot shower, with tingling feet and hands. Then I popped the cork on a bottle at the local tasting room where I am a member. Small pizza and a couple glasses of wine I came back here and fortified myself with some of the wine form my tasting membership,
http://mr-head.smugmug.com/Cycling/B...7_TchRT-X2.jpg

TheYeti 12-04-2010 07:26 PM

http://mr-head.smugmug.com/Cycling/B...1_o7ypa-XL.jpg



Funny it's doesn't look that cold.:lol3

At least you were out riding.

Gummee! 12-05-2010 05:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ducnut (Post 14626741)
One of the locals has a set of those, for singletrack MTB use. I was looking a little less aggressive, so that I can run them on my 'cross bike. If all went well, I'd try them on my Stumpy. I'm not quite ready to jump into the extreme winter riding thing, until I get the apparel situation resolved.

If ya ride MCs, I'd say ya prolly have the glove thing covered. I've been riding the bicycle wearing my BMW Summer Rain gloves lately.

M

Gummee! 12-05-2010 05:13 AM

So I've ridden the trainer 2 nites this week. Last nite was on my Psychostimulator aka Cateye Cyclosimulator. Did some small gear spinups. Nothing 'hard' except YOU try and pedal as fast as you can for 30sec straight in a small gear! I'm *trying* to get the local folks to join me. Its ALWAYS more tolerable with more'n one of you. :nod

My highs and Mr Head's highs are gonna be about the same. I've got an hour to let the temps come up afore I head out. Its 30-ish now.

Speaking of Mr Head. There was a rainbow of Avocet computers in the mail. Thanks again!

M

Askel 12-05-2010 05:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Jim Moore (Post 14625826)
Trek 1.2 Good for a beginner?

Kinda depends on what the beginner is planning to begin at, but a Trek 1500 was my first road bike. I was happy with it, but found I wanted something with fatter tires and all the eyelets to bolt racks and fenders and stuff to.

Treks might not be the greatest value, but they're not bad, and as a result- the dealers are usually a step up and good to work with if you're just getting started.

ducnut 12-05-2010 06:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Mr Head (Post 14627743)

Dude, you gotta' get a balaclava. It'll keep you much warmer, since all your body heat is being expelled through your head. Cool air flowing across your scalp doesn't help. If you already have a cloth one, like motorcyclists usually use, put a Wal-Mart bag over your head before donning it. That'll provide a windbreak. Otherwise, get a nice fleeceprene from Schampa. The skull print is optional, but, the material is like neoprene. I've worn a neoprene wetsuit in 35 degree water temperatures. The stuff works. You can use Wal-Mart bags on your feet, too. It helps.

My GF and I rode MTB's, Thursday. We started out at 30 degrees and it eventually warmed up to around 34. You don't have as much ground speed as road biking, but, exert a lot more effort climbing. So, one stays much warmer and still can get a good workout. The only issue we faced was ice at the edges of the creek crossings. Some of it was already fairly thick and that made breaking through a bit of an off-balance situation on slick underlying rock.

We're sitting at 22 degrees, with howling winds, this AM. I'm staying inside. I washed the MTB's, last night. It was snowing and the water was freezing to the bikes and bucket. But, I got the mud off and and wheeled 'em down to the basement. I'll go over them, today, so I won't be too bored. Cold sucks!

Sasquatch 12-05-2010 07:01 AM

I did my training class yesterday with the Boise Bike Project. Pretty basic stuff. I will start Wednesday volunteering. They have a huge bike giveaway on the 18th they are scrambling for. They get names of kids from school and church counselors that really could use a bike and that does not have access to one. On the 18th they bus them all to the shop, have cookies and treats for them, all the volunteers get to act goofy and play santa fitting the bikes to all the kids.

They are going to give away more than 200 reworked bikes in one day.:clap

I'll take some photos on Wednesday of my experience.

SilkMoneyLove 12-05-2010 07:14 AM

Sounds great
 
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all the volunteers get to act goofy and play santa fitting the bikes to all the kids.
Sounds like a great thing. Congrats!

ducnut 12-05-2010 07:43 AM

I just stumbled onto the Salsa Vaya Ti. I didn't know such a bike was in the works. Stunning!

http://salsacycles.com/images/sized/...-500pxx361.jpg


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