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Askel 05-24-2010 07:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PMC
That looked brutal
My buddy Dave pulled out at Rock Lake. His back was totally shot and had smacked his chin on the steerer tube/stem after bouncing off a tree just before OO. He was one of a couple guys on Fargos.

Even attempting this with drop bars and rigid fork... hard core... :thumb

That course was pretty brutal. If I never see a baby head rock again, it'll be too soon. :lol3

Even looking at the GPS route beforehand didn't give me any idea how tough this thing would be. I'm glad I did it, but I'd really have to think long and hard about attempting it again (and shelling out the money for a full suspension bike that I consider pretty much required for a second attempt at it. :D )

kbasa 05-24-2010 08:09 AM

My head would have exploded.

Bimble 05-24-2010 05:04 PM

Ohhhhhh Askellllllll...
 
http://www.arrowheadultra.com/blogger/blogger.html

:augie

The trail: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_tra...ead/index.html

ErrinV 05-24-2010 05:25 PM

Rode my second Brevet this weekend. It worked out perfectly with it starting in Big Bear on Saturday. We got to watch the finish of Stage 6 on Friday and then ride 126 miles on Saturday.

Next up is a 300k brevet around San Luis Obispo.

Askel 05-24-2010 07:49 PM


I've been following that race for a couple of years now... And well... a Pugsley is still on the short list for my next bike.

Still- and this is something I've been kind of struggling with as of late. I've sort of hit my limit in bike racing. There's lots of things I'd like to do (Trans Wisconsin, Arrowhead 135, Tour Divide, etc...), but I'm just lacking the time and money to pull it off successfully.

I'm thinking maybe now's the time to focus on the racing I really enjoy- cyclocross and gravel road racing, and try to suck as little as possible at them.

Bimble 05-24-2010 08:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Askel
...I'm thinking maybenow'ss the time to focus on the racing I really enjoy-cyclocrosss and gravel road racing, and try to suck as little as possible at them.

That's why I let off on tri and running. I got away from bicycling even though that is what I enjoy most. I've been perennially unprepared to do the riding I want. So, I've focused on getting ready for the Gentlemen's in September and will continue to do more of the gravel series next year. Maybe even a rando or two. Those have been an unfulfilled goal for too long.

For now, I'll jot a note down that the Arrowhead exists and follow it. In the mean time, I have some great gravel roads not six miles from my doorstep and the WTB Wolverines I just threw on rock mightily on them.

:D

Flaco 05-25-2010 08:57 AM

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Originally Posted by kbasa
Avg. speed was 14.5. We rolled out about 9:10 and got back about 3:50. What's that? 7 hours including SAG stops? (we had 4).

We left next to last and finished FIRST.

Nice job.

YakSpout 05-25-2010 10:20 AM

Any word on Force bicycles? I'm completely unfamiliar with them, but Performance and a couple of other stores nearby just started carrying their road bikes. I did a quick Google and the only that comes up in the first couple pages are their own press releases and some Giro results.

I looked at their frames and they use larger tubes on their larger frame sizes, which they say helps stiffness. Is that just marketing garbage? As a clyde riding a 62cm, I'm looking for something that won't blow up on me while I try to pedal off some of my extra poundage and continue training for the MS150 in mid-October.

ducnut 05-25-2010 12:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by YakSpout
Any word on Force bicycles? I'm completely unfamiliar with them, but Performance and a couple of other stores nearby just started carrying their road bikes. I did a quick Google and the only that comes up in the first couple pages are their own press releases and some Giro results.

I looked at their frames and they use larger tubes on their larger frame sizes, which they say helps stiffness. Is that just marketing garbage? As a clyde riding a 62cm, I'm looking for something that won't blow up on me while I try to pedal off some of my extra poundage and continue training for the MS150 in mid-October.

I searched all the sites I frequent and can't find anything on Force bicycles.

Yes. Larger diameter typically does equal stronger. I've, also, seen some double-top-tube, steel frames in the larger sizes to add strength to the front triangle.

YakSpout 05-25-2010 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by ducnut
I searched all the sites I frequent and can't find anything on Force bicycles.

Yes. Larger diameter typically does equal stronger. I've, also, seen some double-top-tube, steel frames in the larger sizes to add strength to the front triangle.

Nevermind... I'm a dumbass. It was "Focus Bicycles". I couldn't remember the name.

I've found a few more reviews, but just curious if anyone here had any personal experience.

Specifically, I'm looking at the Focus Cayo line.

Gummee! 05-25-2010 05:32 PM

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Originally Posted by YakSpout
Nevermind... I'm a dumbass. It was "Focus Bicycles". I couldn't remember the name.

I've found a few more reviews, but just curious if anyone here had any personal experience.

Specifically, I'm looking at the Focus Cayo line.

S'posed to be good stuff. Sponsor a pro-tour team, so it ain't garbage.

M

EvilGenius 05-25-2010 06:07 PM

Got myself a cheapo $12 Bell Speedo/Odo today.

Easy to setup and pretty nifty little gadget.

TheNedster 05-25-2010 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by EvilGenius
Got myself a cheapo $12 Bell Speedo/Odo today.

Easy to setup and pretty nifty little gadget.

I've got 2; one for the MTB and one for the commute-cross. They've been rained on, baked in the sun, and crashed. Still no problems after several hundred combined miles. It would appear as though cheap ain't so bad sometimes.

EvilGenius 05-25-2010 07:25 PM

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Originally Posted by TheNedster
I've got 2; one for the MTB and one for the commute-cross. They've been rained on, baked in the sun, and crashed. Still no problems after several hundred combined miles. It would appear as though cheap ain't so bad sometimes.

Awesome.

I didn't expect much durability for $12, but that's good to know.

:thumb

ducnut 05-25-2010 09:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by YakSpout
Nevermind... I'm a dumbass. It was "Focus Bicycles". I couldn't remember the name.

I've found a few more reviews, but just curious if anyone here had any personal experience.

Specifically, I'm looking at the Focus Cayo line.

From bicycling.com

On the Izalco

And another

RBA on the culebro

RBA on the Izalco

I don't know anything about them, other than they're new to the US, German, and expensive.


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