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pierce 09-30-2011 01:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr Head (Post 16972324)
After I sliced open a tire on the bike path I started using those Specialized Armadillos they work pretty well, but a nasty little shard of glass was able to get through to the tube. Then a few weeks later I noticed I'd sliced the tire through the chrod, but no flat. I had a spare set so swapped that one which was worn square in the middle.

the gatorskins are really tough, both tread and sidewalls, AND they ride nicely.

TheYeti 09-30-2011 01:24 PM

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Originally Posted by YakSpout (Post 16972197)
Stole my wife's barely used 700x25 Conti GatorSkin last week after a rear flat on my commute. Now I've just dealt with two front flats in 7 days on the stock Specialized 700x25 that came with the bike. :eek1 I'm stealing her other one...

Nope, they weren't pinch flats. One was a nice chunk of glass that I dug out and the other was a small pinhole from a thorn or something. (I found the matching hole in the tire, but didn't find anything still in it. Lots of glass/crap in the "bike lane" (more like gutter) on my commute.


I've never had a flat with Gaterskins,( having said that I'll get a flat on every other ride.:lol3) good tires for training.I use conti contact for the commute but they are huge 37mm. ride nice though.

Mr Head 09-30-2011 03:12 PM

I noticed it has been about a year and a month since I bought the Roubaix last summer.

A little report maybe in order I suppose.

so, I managed maybe 300 miles on it last year and I'm now hovering around 1,600 or so. I can't remember for sure. The mileage I made with the Pinarello is not recorded since I pulled the mount when it was in Seattle.

So I'll guess less than 2k miles on the Roubaix over the course of an up and down cycling year.

My feelings toward the bike have not altered since purchase. For me it was a hell of a lot of money to drop. But, In that time I've dropped about 23 pounds, one belt and two notches on a second belt. I'm about into the last notch on this second belt. Two jerseys are too big for me now.
I'll give the Arrogant Bastard jersey to my brother. :lol3
Old jerseys from nearly twenty years ago fit again so I count that as a big plus.
The waist 34 Levi 501 jeans I wear are loose in the waist but beginning to tighten on my thighs. Just like the old days. :clap

My resting pulse has dropped like a rock to settle for now around 43 bpm. I now get dizzy if I stand too quickly.
I've managed to work climbing a face of the hill past my house into my regular workout; something I have never managed in the preceding 15 years.

The bike has worn off one rear tire I could have probably got a few more hundred miles out of had I not sliced the thing on glass.

I will get the bike into the LBS the weekend my brother comes out since we're unlikely to be riding road bikes. I might be able to con him into a short steep mtb ride though. :evil
I'm really happy with this bike and don't feel that I settled at all, it still has a lot more in it than I do yet and lots of speed. It feels very solid to about 50 mph on windy descents, but moves around a bit above that. I can put the wheels anywhere I want them at any speed descending or hammering. The ride is plus by roadracer standards. I put that down in part to the high profile tires that seem to be the norm these days. They are fat too 25's I think, stockers were 23's.
I swapped the stock seat for a fancier Specialized I'd got for my mtb, a Toupe' ti rail saddle. Feels more comfortable than the puffy white gel saddle. Though the gel saddle works well on the mtb. :huh

I've barely had to adjust the cables on the shifters or brakes other than a tweak here or there.

My only bitch is the rear wheel has one spoke that habitually goes out of true at the same spoke. I suspect not enough torque in all the spokes to maintain the tension. I talked to another friend with the same bike only the largest one they make and he has the exact same problem. I'll have that addressed further when I have the whole bike gone over. Though last time I torqued things up pretty well and got the true within about 0.005in using my old high-zoot dial indicator. But, that's about it for mechanicals.
For fit, the bike is just about perfect. I think I could do with a slightly shorter stem. I may change that sometime over the winter. I am not far off on that though.
The color is not what I would choose but at the time I bought it this was the only bike of this set up and model anywhere in the country and only the dark blue ones were left. I figure maybe I can get a red one for my 70th birthday.:freaky

The only thing I don't like about my old speedometer is the detent is worn out so it doesn't really snap onto the stem mount. I have to be careful to hold the body when pushing the buttons while riding to change screens. I never got the cadence pick up to work so tossed that mount. Once it finally dies I'll replace it. Maybe go the iPhone route with all the sensors or not. we'll see.

I will also need new shoes eventually, probably stick with mtb shoes since I like how easy they are to walk in.

I'm not riding tonight since I'm going to try for a long ride tomorrow morning. I'll lube and adjust stuff tonight. This weekends rides I'm hoping to just take it easy and do some miles. Maybe get some climbs in. I'll try and force myself to stop and take pictures more too. The riding out here is really spectacular for being in the middle of so many people. big clean wide roads that river trail and some great views. Pretty neat. Not a lot of places a guy can see wild deer, eagles, coyotes, pro-beach volleyball and a McLaren all in the same ride.:wink:

Mr Head 09-30-2011 03:34 PM

I had not even shopped for tires. I just walked into the LBS and bought what was hanging there.
I always like Conti's in the past.
I used to use laytex tubes too like what came in sew-ups. Very light and took a patch like magic. I once punched a big, bent 4 inch nail through the tread and out the sidewall so it was banging on the seat stay. Never punctured the tube, just nudged it out of the way. No flat. I pulled the nail out expecting the worse, and nothing no hiss of escaping air, just a big nail in my hand. Tossed it into the ditch and continued my ride.
I remember seeing some online but they were priced like they were made out of whale foreskin.:lol3

The crappy Chinese tubes I've gotten have pulled the stems out brand new. just hand pumping them up a little before ever getting them on the wheel. One tube came apart in my hand brand new from a sealed plastic bag. No idea where I bought that, but I'm glad I flatted near a trash can that ride. I tossed two tubes and rode home on a repaired one.

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Originally Posted by pierce (Post 16972568)
the gatorskins are really tough, both tread and sidewalls, AND they ride nicely.


ducnut 09-30-2011 05:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Brton161 (Post 16971387)
Thank you for your reply! The price is $1,400 when new it would cost $2,800. The bike looks like it's been ridden very little, and is what the owner states as well. It's XL (I'm 6'8") so I can't really do much else on sizing but buy the biggest there is.

That's a reasonable price. I've bought 3 leftover bikes, on eBay, and gave ~60% of retail.

Quote:

Originally Posted by YakSpout (Post 16972197)
Stole my wife's barely used 700x25 Conti GatorSkin last week after a rear flat on my commute. Now I've just dealt with two front flats in 7 days on the stock Specialized 700x25 that came with the bike. :eek1 I'm stealing her other one...

Nope, they weren't pinch flats. One was a nice chunk of glass that I dug out and the other was a small pinhole from a thorn or something. (I found the matching hole in the tire, but didn't find anything still in it. Lots of glass/crap in the "bike lane" (more like gutter) on my commute.

I've had 2 different sets of Specialized tires (neither were Armadillo) and had numerous flats/cuts with them, despite not riding gutters. I switched to Conti Contact (~2,000 mi) and Touring Plus (~500 mi) and have never flatted with them. Both sets of Conti roll noticeably easier than the Specialized tires. I'm sold on the Continentals. YMMV.

2whl-hoop 09-30-2011 08:25 PM

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Originally Posted by ducnut (Post 16974053)
I'm sold on the Continentals. YMMV.

:up What he said. I've had good luck with Contis, no unusual problems.

Gummee! 10-01-2011 12:51 PM

2:04 trying to wake up my legs for tomorrow. We were supposed to meet at Pearson Ele at 1100 but it was nasty and drizzly in the AM so we postponed till 1400. Turned out that was a better bet. :nod No rain and a 10deg temp hike = bueno


Did a set of 5 CP Jumps (10sec on, 50sec off high cadence) then a minute and change, then a 3min effort that I tried to go faster at the 2nd and 3rd min marks. The rest of the time was spent toodling along.

I guess I'll see if it worked tomorrow.

On a related note: the Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie is in my garage. :clap On a sad note: I don't have a crankset (BB30) nor the $$ to go buy one. Guess its time to sell/trade something.

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GotMojo? 10-01-2011 04:36 PM

My first 29er.... Yeti Big Top.... lovin' it so far...

http://car.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83455ae...4231970b-800wi

TheNedster 10-01-2011 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by GotMojo? (Post 16979831)
My first 29er.... Yeti Big Top.... lovin' it so far...

http://car.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83455ae...4231970b-800wi

Approved!!!! :thumb

Gummee! 10-01-2011 05:31 PM

Yay.

On a related but not similar note: Thor and I were riding down the road on our bicycles when we rounded the front of this Toyo pickup. I sorta saw the dog on the other side of the truck but didn't pay too much attention to it since it looked like it was getting in.

Nope.

Next thing I hear is the scritch scritch of pit bull claws on pavement as he's headed for my right foot. http://www.farmrulz.com/forum/images/smilies/eekers.gif1 First thing I thought of was 'Eddy's a real SOB...' Then: all I gotta do is outsprint Thor. http://www.farmrulz.com/forum/images/smilies/thumb.gif Did that with ease.

We got 1/4mi down the road and the dog's still after us. :norton That was one determined dog!

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Garthe 10-02-2011 10:41 AM

I'm having a Stock steel trials frame made. It's almost done, here are some pictures.

http://garthe.smugmug.com/Other/STEE...als-bike-L.jpg

http://garthe.smugmug.com/Other/STEE.../L/jim22-L.jpg

http://garthe.smugmug.com/Other/STEE.../L/jim23-L.jpg

http://garthe.smugmug.com/Other/STEE.../L/jim24-L.jpg

Mr Head 10-02-2011 04:33 PM

After watching MotoGP this morning I headed off for a ride. No backpack this time.

Less cold water, not good...:huh

I stopped at the beach and re-filled the bottles, headed down the coast on PCH. Stopped to re-fill at Crystal Cove Beach, then up Newport Coast road, over the top and down to Some canyon road, then took the wrong turn, but figured it out once I could see the mountains.:lol3

Turned back, climbed another hill back down to PCH, up the coast to the trail and home.

On the way out I had a couple of fast guys come by, I then caught, and dropped. :clap

On the way back there was a guy on a motorized scooter who came by. I caught him, passed and dropped him. His motor made a funny noise and quit as I was running at about 22 mph. :rofl

I had to stop a lot for water. It got hot and the work on the way out was a bit too much.
I'm still a bit shaky and queezy from the Gu, and strange waters. I hope that stuff doesn't make me sick.

The tape:

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Gummee! 10-02-2011 05:39 PM

Race #2 is in the bag. Details to follow.

The short version: goal #1 was met. Didn't get lapped
Goal #2 needs a little more work. My knee hurts where I crashed on it on my pedal. :bluduh

Next week: work on my starts. I lost 20-ish spots in the first 100m! :eek1

M

TheNedster 10-02-2011 06:52 PM

Good cross ride this AM. 36.5 mi. in 2:54. A little slower than normal, but I'm trying to work on keeping my spin up.
Summer is finally in full retreat out here; I had to break out the vest and arm warmers. It musta been in the 50's! :vardy :lol3 About half the distance was dirt. The trails are really dusty and loose, some rain would be good. Luckily, there was a charity run of some sort on the River Trail while I was out. Hellooo, ladies! :evil

ducnut 10-02-2011 08:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr Head (Post 16984738)

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Good effort, there. My GF and I hammered 74, last Thursday, in brutal wind. And, grabbed another 36, tonight. After having some recurrring health issues, I'm starting to get back out riding. :clap


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