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Chisenhallw 03-24-2012 09:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Askel (Post 18296067)
Oof.

http://g.co/maps/5sgq7


Right around 12 hours or so, including the occasional stop to try and cram 8 slices of pizza in my pie hole.

Righteous.

Gummee! 03-25-2012 06:43 AM

Gent-Wevelgem is on RIGHT NOW on www.cyclingfans.com (or direct link)

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Ricardo Kuhn 03-27-2012 08:48 PM

Any of you bicycle geeks have access (with out getting in trouble) to a QBP account...??

I need the part at the bottom of the picture (Yes I know I need to buy the whole kit) to repair three of my XTR 952 rear derailleurs, I just don't have any relationships with shops around here in salt Lake (I don't like any of them so far) so I prefer to give the money to somebody I like specially if I get a little discount.
http://patineto.smugmug.com/Stuff-fo...ko3VfQ6012.jpg

Aurelius 03-28-2012 05:30 AM

One for the old timers
 
On Sunday I was heading back after a 30 mile ride, when much to my surprise, I saw out of the corner of my eye another rider pulling up on my left. I've been riding this trail for months and gotten quite used to the idea that I was the fastest rider out there, yet here was some old geezer not just keeping up with me, but out pacing me. :huh Once he got in front, I increased my pace to match his, thinking that sooner or later he'd tire out and allow me to retake the lead. It never happened. Eventually we reached some uphill sections where he managed to pull away even further and then disappeared from sight in the turns. When the road finally straightened out again, there was no sign of him. I finally arrived back in the parking lot where I'd started, and spotted him loading up his bike. I went over and spoke with him briefly, wanting to know how he could be that fast. He looked much older than me but still had tree trunk thighs like those of a weight lifter. He said that while he only did long distance rides these day, he was once an Iron Man competitor, and that I shouldn't feel badly because in all the years he'd ridden that trail, no other rider had ever passed him. :bow:bow:bow

Gummee! 03-28-2012 05:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Ricardo Kuhn (Post 18320738)
Any of you bicycle geeks have access (with out getting in trouble) to a QBP account...??

I need the part at the bottom of the picture (Yes I know I need to buy the whole kit) to repair three of my XTR 952 rear derailleurs, I just don't have any relationships with shops around here in salt Lake (I don't like any of them so far) so I prefer to give the money to somebody I like specially if I get a little discount.
http://patineto.smugmug.com/Stuff-fo...ko3VfQ6012.jpg

You have any D/A derailleurs? Parts should be the same.

...or you can use the top of the D/A derailleur and put an XTR bottom on it. XT and Ultegra are interchangeable. XTR and D/A are interchangeable. At least in that vintage.

BTDT

(I may have one b-tension plate in my bin of stuff it it helps)

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Mr Head 03-28-2012 06:25 AM

Awesome! :thumb

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Originally Posted by Aurelius (Post 18322296)
On Sunday I was heading back after a 30 mile ride, when much to my surprise, I saw out of the corner of my eye another rider pulling up on my left. I've been riding this trail for months and gotten quite used to the idea that I was the fastest rider out there, yet here was some old geezer not just keeping up with me, but out pacing me. :huh Once he got in front, I increased my pace to match his, thinking that sooner or later he'd tire out and allow me to retake the lead. It never happened. Eventually we reached some uphill sections where he managed to pull away even further and then disappeared from sight in the turns. When the road finally straightened out again, there was no sign of him. I finally arrived back in the parking lot where I'd started, and spotted him loading up his bike. I went over and spoke with him briefly, wanting to know how he could be that fast. He looked much older than me but still had tree trunk thighs like those of a weight lifter. He said that while he only did long distance rides these day, he was once an Iron Man competitor, and that I shouldn't feel badly because in all the years he'd ridden that trail, no other rider had ever passed him. :bow:bow:bow


Aurelius 03-28-2012 06:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Mr Head (Post 18322611)
Awesome! :thumb

I'm still amazed. In most sports you're considered washed up by the time you hit your 30's, and yet this guy is still going strong at 60+ years of age. I wish I had his genetics!

Mr Head 03-28-2012 07:27 AM

I'm closing on 60 now and when all this stupid overtime goes away I'll be back to running and pedaling.
I've given up on racing long ago with banged up knees and six surgeries I have no illusions about that. Long distances though are one thing I know I can do to the grave.
My favorite look of surprise when I was in my prime, in my late 40's in Denver. I was riding interval climbs over at Redrocks park, (From the lower parking lot to the top. I caught and passed a young guy on my third climb, he was struggling a bit.
As I pedaled in circles at the top to cool down we talked a bit. He was a cat II from NYC, who moved out to Denver area after college for work and was thinking he was going to be hammering some folks. :evil
His first comment to me was "Fuck, you're and old guy!"
Then I told him I was a cat IV.:rofl
The look on his face was priceless.
We rode for a couple of hours over to Golden and up Lariat trail to Buffalo Bill's Grave, and over to Evergreen and back down Bear Creek Canyon. Along the way I told him in about two weeks of riding he would get used to the altitude and begin to be able to keep pace and start getting away. Told him about the local big teams too.
This last winter I got a similar comment a couple of times on the trail riding to the ocean and back.

Now, I've not been on the bike or run more than a few steps since January. 12 to 14 hour days and seven day weeks are plumping me up again.
But, the end of that is nearing. I'm going to go get my new running gear this weekend if I can manage the time. Then at least I can sneak away after work for some sweat and gasping.:lol3

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Originally Posted by Aurelius (Post 18322823)
I'm still amazed. In most sports you're considered washed up by the time you hit your 30's, and yet this guy is still going strong at 60+ years of age. I wish I had his genetics!


Aurelius 03-28-2012 07:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Mr Head (Post 18323036)
I'm closing on 60 now and when all this stupid overtime goes away I'll be back to running and pedaling.
I've given up on racing long ago with banged up knees and six surgeries I have no illusions about that. Long distances though are one thing I know I can do to the grave.
My favorite look of surprise when I was in my prime, in my late 40's in Denver. I was riding interval climbs over at Redrocks park, (From the lower parking lot to the top. I caught and passed a young guy on my third climb, he was struggling a bit.
As I pedaled in circles at the top to cool down we talked a bit. He was a cat II from NYC, who moved out to Denver area after college for work and was thinking he was going to be hammering some folks. :evil
His first comment to me was "Fuck, you're and old guy!"
Then I told him I was a cat IV.:rofl
The look on his face was priceless.
We rode for a couple of hours over to Golden and up Lariat trail to Buffalo Bill's Grave, and over to Evergreen and back down Bear Creek Canyon. Along the way I told him in about two weeks of riding he would get used to the altitude and begin to be able to keep pace and start getting away. Told him about the local big teams too.
This last winter I got a similar comment a couple of times on the trail riding to the ocean and back.

Now, I've not been on the bike or run more than a few steps since January. 12 to 14 hour days and seven day weeks are plumping me up again.
But, the end of that is nearing. I'm going to go get my new running gear this weekend if I can manage the time. Then at least I can sneak away after work for some sweat and gasping.:lol3

I mentioned my experience on Sunday to a friend who got me back into riding. He claims there's someone named Bill Erwin who rides with the fastest group of cyclists in the area, and he's 75 years old!! I'm sure he's always been a gifted athlete, but it's amazing to see how long the human body can continue to perform at those high levels even at such a late age.

fullmonte 03-28-2012 07:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Aurelius (Post 18322823)
I'm still amazed. In most sports you're considered washed up by the time you hit your 30's, and yet this guy is still going strong at 60+ years of age. I wish I had his genetics!

Cycling is different in that aspect. Last month I got passed by an old grey beard on the steepest climb section of my return leg heading home. Felt like I was going backwards or riding with my little brother who's a hammer head.:lol3

Aurelius 03-28-2012 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by fullmonte (Post 18323247)
Cycling is different in that aspect. Last month I got passed by an old grey beard on the steepest climb section of my return leg heading home. Felt like I was going backwards or riding with my little brother who's a hammer head.:lol3

Yeah, there are lots of grey haired riders on the roads and trails around here. I learned early on not to underestimate them. Strangely, I can't recall ever seeing any older guys riding mountain bikes. All the riders around here seem to be in their 30's or younger.

ducnut 03-28-2012 08:24 AM

I don't think fast, old people are more gifted than the rest of us. I think it has more to do with discipline. They pay attention to how they treat their bodies and utilize them. The aforementioned Ironman competitor is probably as disciplined a person as they come. We have four local IM competitors (1 is a pro-1 was a featured competitor on the 2011 Kona telecast) and they definitely live differently from the average "cyclist".

Oh yeah, don't forget that older people usually have more time to ride/train.

fullmonte 03-28-2012 12:17 PM

Attention Southeast Riders
 
If anyone is interested in doing a very well organized century, the 3State 3Mountain Challenge is May, 5. People come from all over to ride this one because the sag support and the scenery are second to none.
http://www.active.com/cycling/chatta...challenge-2012
This will be my third year in a row riding this event. Its the only century I do and its a lot of fun/punishment followed by a real sense of accomplishment. The final few miles as you enter the city is great because the cops shut down the intersections and give you your own lane.

Mr Head 03-28-2012 04:35 PM

You what's really telling is I have yet to see any old guys in Go Pro Downill Freeride videos. :rofl

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Originally Posted by Aurelius (Post 18323408)
Yeah, there are lots of grey haired riders on the roads and trails around here. I learned early on not to underestimate them. Strangely, I can't recall ever seeing any older guys riding mountain bikes. All the riders around here seem to be in their 30's or younger.


Aurelius 03-28-2012 05:11 PM

Bunny hop fail
 
Well, I just spent a bunch more time trying to get my 29er to bunny hop, but still no joy. I can barely even get the front wheel of the ground, never mind the rear. :cry


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