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Mr Head 05-28-2010 11:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gummee!
:wave

I tell people if the biggest hill I hafta climb again is the banking of the velodrome, I'll be a happy camper. Denver/CO Springs has a track apiece. :nod

:ricky

I can't wait!

Its actually the safest racing I've ever done. YOU don't turn, the track does! Oh, and everybody accelerates and decelerates at about the same speed. No sudden coasting. :nono
M

Denver has a velodrome now?! Cool.

EvilGenius 05-28-2010 11:41 AM

It looks like a lot of fun, but in my current state I'd probably make about 1-1.5 laps before I couldn't make the bank anymore.

:lol3

http://fi.somethingawful.com/images/...uttertroll.gif

Askel 05-28-2010 11:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RichBeBe
Currently do not have any kind of commute with my bicycle, but that is likely going to change to a bit of one. I also want to do some more touring. Currently I have a Bianchi Axis CX with rear racks, and fenders. But rode a Surly LHT and loved it. Don't think I want to build form scratch but I think I want disc brakes. The only reasonably priced steel touring bike I see is the Kona Sutra. Anyone have any opinions about it? Or any other options in the sub-$1500 range?


For reasons that I'm not exactly sure of, one of my teammates just ditched his Sutra in favor of an LHT.

Not entirely sure why. The Sutra looked like a nice bike....

Mr Head 05-28-2010 02:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EvilGenius
It looks like a lot of fun, but in my current state I'd probably make about 1-1.5 laps before I couldn't make the bank anymore.

:lol3

http://fi.somethingawful.com/images/...uttertroll.gif

The track was easier than the road to and from. Big hills to climb both ways.

The track is basically flat if you ride around it. If you ride to the top of the banking that would be silly, not that I never did it. I wanted to see what it looked like from a bicycle seat from way up there.
The answer is very weird. Diving off onto the straights is awesome though. :clap

We used to sprint for "yards" to be redeemed at the old pub in the basement of the Broadmore Hotel. :freakySomewhere i have some video I'll have to dig out when I get back to the OC in a month or so.

1reddawg 05-28-2010 05:05 PM

Here are some pictures of my new toy!!A 2009 Speialized Pro Carbon Enduro SL
http://images1e.snapfish.com/2323232...73673339nu0mrj
http://images1e.snapfish.com/2323232...4%3C3339nu0mrj
http://images1e.snapfish.com/2323232...4%3C4339nu0mrj
http://images1f.snapfish.com/2323232...4%3C2339nu0mrj

RichBeBe 05-28-2010 05:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bimble
It's a double, but the Salsa Vaya just squeaks in under $1500.

The double would be a no for me, since I plan on doing some loaded rides and my knees need to spin versus mash. But cool bike nonetheless.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Askel
For reasons that I'm not exactly sure of, one of my teammates just ditched his Sutra in favor of an LHT.

Not entirely sure why. The Sutra looked like a nice bike....

I doubt I am in his/her league, but I would be curious to know why. If you speak to them could you ask for me?
Thanks!

ducnut 05-28-2010 07:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RichBeBe
The double would be a no for me, since I plan on doing some loaded rides and my knees need to spin versus mash. But cool bike nonetheless.

Read this article on the Vaya double. The new SRAM Apex group is built around this same concept.

Just some commuter/touring bikes, in your price range:
Salsa Vaya, as mentioned
Salsa Fargo SLX
Redline Conquest Classic (price?)
Civia Bryant ($1700)
Surly LHT, as mentioned
Novara Buzz ($850 from REI)
Raleigh Detour Deluxe ($800 from REI)
Novara Safari Touring ($720 from REI--several ACA members travel on these)
Marin Lombard ($800 from REI)

I recently picked up a '09 Specialized Tricross Comp for the same type of use as what you're looking at. It has similar geometry, except for 20mm shorter chainstays and taller headtube, to the Surly LHT. I wanted something a little more nimble and lighter than a full-touring bike. Yet, not as serious as a full-'cross bike. It has front and rear eyelets, mid-fork eyelets, and provision for fenders. Found on eBay for $1315 shipped versus an MSRP of $2200. I can easily change the RD to a long cage and swap cassettes to achieve lower gearing, if I were to really load it down. After trying a trailer, I think I'd go that route instead of racks/panniers.

Do you know about the Adventure Cycling Association? It's an organization devoted to bicycle touring in the US.

EvilGenius 05-30-2010 08:12 PM

Suggestions for cycling related iPhone apps?

YakSpout 06-01-2010 10:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EvilGenius
Suggestions for cycling related iPhone apps?

iMapMyRide works with MapMyRide.com to track your routes. Unfortunately, I stopped using it as my iPhone 3G can only run for about 2.5hrs with the GPS running.

pierce 06-01-2010 11:10 AM

this is my idea of a commute bike for a fatty that is working on losing weight.... it needs a rack, for sure....
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_JS1yca5KB-0/S-...0/IMG_5782.JPG

this bike cost me $50 about 30 years ago (circa 1977), and I've spent a few $100 over the years upgrading/repairing it. it now has 7 speeds, which range from just a bit taller than I can comfortably spin on flatlands unless I have a tailwind (40:13), to low enough for serious climbing (40:34). the default riding position is about like riding on top of the bars on a roadbike, but with a wider arm stance that I find more comfortable.

It also does double duty as a trail bike
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_JS1yca5KB-0/TA...0/IMG_6901.JPG
I didn't take any pictures of the downhill single track I did that was littered with baby-head sized rocks and fallen branches. ok, that stretch would have benefitted greatly from suspension, and for sure, I did almost all the uphill on a hard pack fire road. only dismounts on that 4-5 mile trail loop were for a couple stream crossings like that one above that looked a little sketchy, and once on an uphill single track when there were some pedestrians, I pulled over and stopped for them.

I shoulda gotten a picture of the two guys on FSR bikes who had just given up on going up a stretch I was coming down on this cruiser, with my sandals and rolled up jeans, ahhaahah. the baby-heads were far enough apart that I could steer the front wheel around them, and let the back wheel get pushed back and forth if I clipped them. oh, and those Geax Evolution cruiser tires have A) nice low rolling resistance on pavement and hard pack when at 50psi, and B) surprisingly good traction if I kept my butt on the seat during climbs.

btw, el-cheapo V-brakes work surprisingly good in deep mud if you just keep pumping them lightly after each muddy stretch. they got nastily gritty a few times, so I rode through some deep puddles while pumping them, then did some hard braking on hard pack, and the grit went away.

Gummee! 06-01-2010 06:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pierce
this is my idea of a commute bike for a fatty that is working on losing weight.... it needs a rack, for sure....
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_JS1yca5KB-0/S-...0/IMG_5782.JPG

this bike cost me $50 about 30 years ago (circa 1977), and I've spent a few $100 over the years upgrading/repairing it. it now has 7 speeds, which range from just a bit taller than I can comfortably spin on flatlands unless I have a tailwind (40:13), to low enough for serious climbing (40:34). the default riding position is about like riding on top of the bars on a roadbike, but with a wider arm stance that I find more comfortable.

It also does double duty as a trail bike
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_JS1yca5KB-0/TA...0/IMG_6901.JPG
I didn't take any pictures of the downhill single track I did that was littered with baby-head sized rocks and fallen branches. ok, that stretch would have benefitted greatly from suspension, and for sure, I did almost all the uphill on a hard pack fire road. only dismounts on that 4-5 mile trail loop were for a couple stream crossings like that one above that looked a little sketchy, and once on an uphill single track when there were some pedestrians, I pulled over and stopped for them.

I shoulda gotten a picture of the two guys on FSR bikes who had just given up on going up a stretch I was coming down on this cruiser, with my sandals and rolled up jeans, ahhaahah. the baby-heads were far enough apart that I could steer the front wheel around them, and let the back wheel get pushed back and forth if I clipped them. oh, and those Geax Evolution cruiser tires have A) nice low rolling resistance on pavement and hard pack when at 50psi, and B) surprisingly good traction if I kept my butt on the seat during climbs.

btw, el-cheapo V-brakes work surprisingly good in deep mud if you just keep pumping them lightly after each muddy stretch. they got nastily gritty a few times, so I rode through some deep puddles while pumping them, then did some hard braking on hard pack, and the grit went away.

Texas Cruzers has updated versions of yer bike. Check this month's Dirt Rag.

M

EvilGenius 06-01-2010 07:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by YakSpout
iMapMyRide works with MapMyRide.com to track your routes. Unfortunately, I stopped using it as my iPhone 3G can only run for about 2.5hrs with the GPS running.

Thanks!

pierce 06-01-2010 08:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gummee!
Texas Cruzers has updated versions of yer bike. Check this month's Dirt Rag.

M

sorta-kinda.

http://www.firemansbikes.com/blkcomp.JPG

Gummee! 06-02-2010 08:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pierce

Get a Rohloff geared hub and yer at the same spot yer in now. :nod

Me? I'm prolly gonna go riding round Granite Lake in Curt Gowdy State Park here shortly. Stick wants to go mtn biking. :ricky

M

pierce 06-02-2010 11:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gummee!
Get a Rohloff geared hub and yer at the same spot yer in now. :nod

Me? I'm prolly gonna go riding round Granite Lake in Curt Gowdy State Park here shortly. Stick wants to go mtn biking. :ricky

M

the seat is much farther back on that thing, nearly over the rear axle, which leads me to suspect it would be great at wheelies, but not so good at sustained hill climbing. my red beast is almost impossible to wheelie (the seat is nearly in line with the front edge of the rear wheel), but climbs quite nicely.

after this weekend's mudfest, I'm investigating fenders and a rack for it :)

once I burn off some of the 50 lbs of excess baggage I'm toting around, I'll get back on my mtn bike and start doing Wilder again.


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