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Oznerol 05-28-2009 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by flip18436572
The wind kicked my ass today both mentally and physically.

Any tips, other than get more aero and peddle faster and harder?

One suggestion I've heard but never tried, is that in gusty headwind, soft-pedal when the wind is blowing hard, and save your energy to pedal hard during the lulls. Physics-wise it makes sense; You spend less energy overcoming drag that way.

Bimble 05-28-2009 03:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Oznerol
One suggestion I've heard but never tried, is that in gusty headwind, soft-pedal when the wind is blowing hard, and save your energy to pedal hard during the lulls. Physics-wise it makes sense; You spend less energy overcoming drag that way.

That and a healthy dose of acceptance.

Wind is what it is.

Mercury264 05-28-2009 04:21 PM

I was in REI today and I since I wasn't sure if they trued wheels, I figured I'd ask. Guy (who did seem a bit clueless) told me it was $25 for one service (no idea what it included) and $15 for just truing. When I told him I also had a couple spokes needed replacing, he told me they couldn't true a wheel with a couple spokes broken and they wouldn't try it.

Was he blowing smoke or do I need to look for a new wheel ?

pierce 05-28-2009 04:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Mercury264
I was in REI today and I since I wasn't sure if they trued wheels, I figured I'd ask. Guy (who did seem a bit clueless) told me it was $25 for one service (no idea what it included) and $15 for just truing. When I told him I also had a couple spokes needed replacing, he told me they couldn't true a wheel with a couple spokes broken and they wouldn't try it.

Was he blowing smoke or do I need to look for a new wheel ?

I've replaced broken spokes on old school lotsa-spoke (36?) wheels, no problem. then you true them up. I've been known to use an inverted bike as a truing stand... on them modern too-few spoke wheels, I got no idea.

I'd go to a real bike shop. REI is a camping-etc store, great place to get tents and clothes.

sixer 05-28-2009 04:39 PM

My new bike bling came in the mail today. :clap

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t...e/IMGP0907.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t...e/IMGP0909.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t...e/IMGP0910.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t...e/IMGP0911.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t...e/IMGP0916.jpg


I only got a short 2 mile road ride in but I'm loving them so far.

skibum69 05-28-2009 05:27 PM

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Originally Posted by flip18436572
The wind kicked my ass today both mentally and physically.

Any tips, other than get more aero and peddle faster and harder?

Mind over matter, learn to love it-there's not much of a damned thing you can do about it. :lol3

Quote:

I was in REI today and I since I wasn't sure if they trued wheels, I figured I'd ask. Guy (who did seem a bit clueless) told me it was $25 for one service (no idea what it included) and $15 for just truing. When I told him I also had a couple spokes needed replacing, he told me they couldn't true a wheel with a couple spokes broken and they wouldn't try it.

Was he blowing smoke or do I need to look for a new wheel ?

yeah, like he said, take it to a real bike shop. If it's not dented too bad you should be able to fix it right up.

skibum69 05-28-2009 05:29 PM

I had a fun day that started with a nice surf session, then a mixed 3 hour road/offroad ride on my 640, from there I went to a wine and cheese business thingy followed by a nice mtn bike ride. yay:clap

pierce 05-28-2009 05:48 PM

over memorial day weekend, I was at the Strawberry Music Festival, and Sunday afternoon, some friends roped me into a mtn bike ride. these guys all had fancy Specialized FSR disk kinda bikes, and I had brought our junk bikes to the festival, so I traded my 5 speed cruiser for my old stumpjumper hardsteel ...

http://www.hogranch.com/digi-2007/20...s/IMG_9137.JPG

we probably only rode a dozen miles, but much of it was single track on the edge of Yosemite National Park.... cracked me up some, I was doing better on the more technical sections on this old beast than they were on their pogoframes... the guy's wife is a good rider, their kids and husband no so much so.

I took a few pics of my friends...

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JS1yca5KB-0/Sh...6/IMG_0657.JPG

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JS1yca5KB-0/Sh...6/IMG_0660.JPG

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_JS1yca5KB-0/Sh...6/IMG_0666.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JS1yca5KB-0/Sh...6/IMG_0669.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_JS1yca5KB-0/Sh...6/IMG_0690.JPG

and, then back to the music :)

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JS1yca5KB-0/Sh...0/IMG_0718.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JS1yca5KB-0/Sh...0/IMG_0472.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_JS1yca5KB-0/Sh...6/IMG_0805.JPG

skibum69 05-28-2009 05:54 PM

looks like fun:thumb

Gummee! 05-28-2009 09:11 PM

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Originally Posted by flip18436572
The wind kicked my ass today both mentally and physically.

Any tips, other than get more aero and peddle faster and harder?

Whatcha selling?!

OH, you mean PEDAL!

Gotcha.

:norton

To answer the question: always go out into the headwind. That way, you get the workout in while yer fresh. This is especially important in the winter.

M

Gummee! 05-28-2009 09:16 PM

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Originally Posted by pierce
we probably only rode a dozen miles, but much of it was single track on the edge of Yosemite National Park.... cracked me up some, I was doing better on the more technical sections on this old beast than they were on their pogoframes... the guy's wife is a good rider, their kids and husband no so much so.

I get that on my cross bike a lot. :nod Yer riding THAT where?!

:ricky

Funny thing is, I like it better off-road than most mtn bikes I've ridden. Maybe its the tires, maybe its the geometry, maybe its just me. :dunno

M

Mr Head 05-28-2009 09:21 PM

When I lived in Colorado, it seemed to always be uphill and into the wind both ways.:huh

I got used to it. Learned to spin to save my knees. And got strong.

Now? I'm a fat bastard who still rides uphill both ways into the damn wind.:lol3



At least I'm the guy "breaking wind"...:rofl

skibum69 05-29-2009 05:28 AM

oh yes-uphill into the wind both ways. Nothing like staggering out of the bar at 4 am with an hour of uphill to get home:razor

Superhawk 05-29-2009 06:55 AM

My single speed - IRO - geared 32x18, manitou minute 2.00 fork, XT crankset and avid discs. I have a full suspension Klein and a geared hardtail but once I started riding single speed I havent touched any other bike. My legs were never so strong riding a geared bike ! I'm thinking about building a 29" SS next :D

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/i...r1000/iro4.jpg

Javarilla 05-29-2009 07:00 AM

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Originally Posted by skibum69
oh yes-uphill into the wind both ways. Nothing like staggering out of the bar at 4 am with an hour of uphill to get home:razor

:lol3 :lol3

The cyclist's version of...

These stairs go on forever...

And the handrail is killing my back...

http://ondagoblog.files.wordpress.co...gnorthblog.jpg


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