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TheYeti 10-27-2011 07:08 PM

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Originally Posted by ducnut (Post 17174070)
The drizzle let up, temp rose to 48, and I dug out the ski wear for a top layer. Managed 34 in massive winds. Headwind all the way back in.....ugh!

About 2 miles from my turnaround point, I meet a kid on a Wal-Mart bike in gym shorts and a hoody. I'm thinking "He's frozen". I catch him, as I'm coming back into town. It turns out the kids were out of school and he was riding to this town 17 miles away as part of his Eagle Scout project. His mom was to pick him up. However, when he called her she told him she was eating and wasn't coming to get him. So, he rode back to town in the headwind. I gave him huge props. He was cold, pissed, and feeling letdown by his mom. He needs new parents. A really sad deal.

Because she's eating? seriously!:eek1 Kid probably turned out alright though .Eagle Scout not an easy road,. Lots of time invested in that. Seeing as how his parents most likely not that involved.

Gummee! 10-28-2011 05:09 AM

Sunny and bright again today. Not warm by any stretch tho. :nah

Gonna do an easy hour sometime today. Hour + tomorrow as a 'pre-race leg opener' with some efforts. Race Sunday

Ridge raced all summer. I'ma gonna race all fall. :thumb

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Mr Head 10-28-2011 07:37 AM

Work, weather and a flu shot have nailed my cycling for the week. I get home and lay down for an hour nap. Then get up and mess around making dinner, then bed. I'm finally feeling like I have some energy again this morning. The ride in on the motorcycle was cold. Not cool, cold. :vardy
Probably didn't help I'd forgotten to close the jacket vents.:lol3

I'd switched from the Rally3 jacket to my Drystar winter/wet jacket since the BMW jacket zipper pull broke off. I seem to recall there is a repair, just not handy.:huh

I think the weather is with me for the weekend so I'll get some riding in. I'm avoiding all other activity outside some motorcycle work.

If I'm up to it when I get home tonight I'll get at some disassembly of the old Pinarello. I need to get some real winter clearing out done this year.

YakSpout 10-28-2011 12:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr Head (Post 17176952)
Work, weather and a flu shot have nailed my cycling for the week. I get home and lay down for an hour nap. Then get up and mess around making dinner, then bed. I'm finally feeling like I have some energy again this morning. The ride in on the motorcycle was cold. Not cool, cold. :vardy
Probably didn't help I'd forgotten to close the jacket vents.:lol3

I'd switched from the Rally3 jacket to my Drystar winter/wet jacket since the BMW jacket zipper pull broke off. I seem to recall there is a repair, just not handy.:huh

I think the weather is with me for the weekend so I'll get some riding in. I'm avoiding all other activity outside some motorcycle work.

If I'm up to it when I get home tonight I'll get at some disassembly of the old Pinarello. I need to get some real winter clearing out done this year.

It's coooold out there right now.

Back on the bike for the first time in 2 weeks. Temp on the computer said 48deg when I started at 7:30am and 60 when I got to work an hour later. Brrrr... Glad there's a hill climb at the start to warm me up. :puke1

Ricardo Kuhn 10-28-2011 04:39 PM

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TheNedster 10-28-2011 05:31 PM

Thursday night's ride:

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This was my first night ride since last winter, and I've arrived at a single, undeniable conclusion: I NEED MORE LIGHT! The pattern of my existing light is way to narrow. It's like looking at the trail from one end of a two foot sewer pipe. I've been looking at the 1000 lumen Magicshine light from GeoManGear right here. Anyone have any experience with these lights or a good alternative? I'd like to keep the price less than $150.

dougfromindy 10-28-2011 06:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Askel (Post 17160097)
Having ridden a 24 spoke rear wheel at 260, I can say it's doable if you're handy with a spoke wrench, but maybe a little frustrating.

Shouldn't have to go all the way to a tandem wheel. A well built 32 spoke wheel with a quality rim should suffice. Jamis has a tendency to build some sweet race bikes with 32 spoke wheels.

Just to play devil's advocate here, sure- a touring bike will give you lots of trouble free service. But if the frumpy practicality of it doesn't inspire you to get out and ride, it's not doing much good. Realize that it may cost you a lot more than just the initial purchase price, but if it's a race bike that gets you out riding, buy the race bike.

Thanks for the encouragement....My main bike is a TREK SOHO S , I have been riding that for 2 years without any problems, original wheelset. I have zero desire to go back to a steel framed heavy bike. (Not saying they are all heavy, just have some MT Bikes and Cruisers already in my collection ) I was after an under $1000 road bike here. I like the made in USA and also like to buy on ADV, helping an inmate over my LBS.
here is info on my Trek Soho S, Its been a great bike.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eILuAysgBSc
AND I just bought the 58cm Cannondale six13 as seen in FM, was a great deal and it should do fine, I am riding the Trek mainly but will be thinner this Spring before riding the cannondale.

pierce 10-28-2011 06:30 PM

proper double butted quality steel frames really aren't that heavy, and they have a certain springiness to the ride that's impossible to replicate with aluminum, only carbon fiber comes close.

my son's very tall late 70s vintage steel frame Trek weighs in at just a hair over 20 lbs, and its a relatively long wheelbase touring frame, with 36 spoke wheels, etc.

Askel 10-28-2011 06:31 PM

:thumb

Enjoy the new bike. If you need help with wheels, these guys have been good to me:

http://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com/

I have some 32 (double-butted) spoke Mavic A319 rims laced to 105 hubs that they built for me. Has carried my 210lb ass+full touring load over a couple thousand miles along with commuting, gravel road racing, etc. I only had to take the spoke wrench to them once within the first couple hundred miles...

soewe812 10-29-2011 01:48 AM

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Originally Posted by TheNedster (Post 17181065)
Thursday night's ride:

This was my first night ride since last winter, and I've arrived at a single, undeniable conclusion: I NEED MORE LIGHT! The pattern of my existing light is way to narrow. It's like looking at the trail from one end of a two foot sewer pipe. I've been looking at the 1000 lumen Magicshine light from GeoManGear right here. Anyone have any experience with these lights or a good alternative? I'd like to keep the price less than $150.

I love the Magicshine so much I have three! Get the tailight that goes with it an the "y" connector. Geomangear is great to deal with as well. I will use one on the bars with a tailight on the seatpost, and another on my helmet with a taillight on my backpack when commuting to work ( I work graves ).

ducnut 10-29-2011 06:56 AM

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Originally Posted by dougfromindy (Post 17181398)
I just bought the 58cm Cannondale six13 as seen in FM.

That's a really nice bike; irreplaceable in my eyes, as they no longer make them and nothing they do compares. It was too big for me and I'm not sitting on a wad of cash, anyway.

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Originally Posted by pierce (Post 17181458)
proper double butted quality steel frames really aren't that heavy.

Agreed. I think the weight stigma comes from the fact that most steel bikes are budget builds in one's product line. When someone encounters those models, it sets a biased tone for future encounters. There are many sub-20lb steel bikes on the market. Because a bike is carbon or aluminum, doesn't mean it's going to be light. Component spec has a huge influence.

outdoorguy 10-30-2011 03:44 PM

Moots Pyschlo X is the way to go
 
On road. Off road. Whatever. Nicest bicycle I have ever owned.

http://moots.com/our-bike/cross/psychlo-x/overview/

ducnut 10-30-2011 04:22 PM

This thread is dead, today. :hmmmmm

A few weeks back, I posted a pic showing some of my LBS's Zipp offerings. Here are a couple more.

This is some of their Campy and SRAM inventory. There's a lot more.
http://www.velomine.com/images/velominegovernor12.jpg

Some of their Brooks offerings. If you look through the shelving, into the next room, you can see another shelf unit with more Brooks on it.
http://www.velomine.com/images/velominegovernor7.jpg

They must have 300 wheelsets and 100 framesets in stock, too. Tires hanging and stacked everywhere. :wink:

TheNedster 10-30-2011 04:46 PM

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Originally Posted by ducnut (Post 17193160)
This thread is dead, today. :hmmmmm

A few weeks back, I posted a pic showing some of my LBS's Zipp offerings. Here are a couple more.

This is some of their Campy and SRAM inventory. There's a lot more.
http://www.velomine.com/images/velominegovernor12.jpg

Some of their Brooks offerings. If you look through the shelving, into the next room, you can see another shelf unit with more Brooks on it.
http://www.velomine.com/images/velominegovernor7.jpg

They must have 300 wheelsets and 100 framesets in stock, too. Tires hanging and stacked everywhere. :wink:

But I was out riding! :ricky 28 mi. cross ride in 2:10. I replaced the Rocket Rons that came on the Scott with the Small Block Eights from the old Norco. Much mo' bettah ride on the powdery, rocky trails we have out here. Once it starts raining and the hero dirt returns, I'll give the Schwalbes a shot again.

I like the pic of the San Marco and Brooks saddles; lots of numbness with the Scott saddle. It's gotta go. My LBS has some San Marcos that I'm going to test out.

ducnut 10-30-2011 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by TheNedster (Post 17193327)
But I was out riding! :ricky 28 mi. cross ride in 2:10.

Good for you!

It's in the 40's and raining off and on. I winterized her SV. That's it. :cry


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