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Old 03-03-2011, 08:35 AM   #19111
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From now on you guys can call me fullNancyboy, in this thread only. FNB did ride 115 miles of singletrack in February. My toes (even with booties) get frozen at road bike speeds when its under 40F. They refuse to thaw out until immersed in hot water. The short winters here are a huge plus.
I had the same problem even with good socks and ducnut's el cheapo plastic bag toe warmers (don't laugh, they help!). My bicycle sensei had me loosen the straps on my shoes; instant improvement due to increased bloodflow to the tootsies. Might be worth a try if you haven't already.
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:48 AM   #19112
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I had the same problem even with good socks and ducnut's el cheapo plastic bag toe warmers (don't laugh, they help!). My bicycle sensei had me loosen the straps on my shoes; instant improvement due to increased bloodflow to the tootsies. Might be worth a try if you haven't already.
Now you tell me. Got any pics? Day time highs haven't dropped below 60 in over two weeks. The short of it is I've recently rediscovered how much fun mtb single track can be, since we have some new trails that are close (a 10 minute drive)to the house. That, coupled with the harshest winter in years, has kept me off the road bike. I figured I'd wait until most of the salt/sand grit gets washed off the roads before jumping back into it. The winters here are very Seattle like in nature with lots of rain. We got snow twice and then nothing, in terms of precip.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:12 AM   #19113
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Thanks for your reply

Any thoughts/comments on my logic in getting a steel bike with Ultegra ? Thoughts on the spec of the Motobecane ?
Compact cranks are basically two-chainring cranks with a smaller bolt-circle diameter, which normally accomodate smaller chainrings. A typical 'standard' crank can have 53 teeth on the big'un, and 39 on the small 'un, where the compact might typically have 48 and 34, respectively. Actually, your bike comes with a 50/34, so it's almost undoubtedly a compact - I don't think you can get anything smaller than a 38 to fit on a standard crank.

Smaller chainrings sacrifice top speed in exchange for more options on the low end. An additional benefit is that it lets you run a cassette with few gaps in between the gears (like an 11-23, for example), giving you a much more even distribution of your gear ratios. The problem with standard cranks is that a lot of these ratios are unusable by mere mortals.

Nothing wrong with steel, nothing wrong with ultegra. The spec of the motobecane looks pretty good, actually. Unless you're looking at the blue one, in which case it's crap.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:36 AM   #19114
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My buddy went with the Compact crank when he built up his Trek Madone. Not sure the ratios, but I think the big ring is 48 T. I've got the 39/53 standard cranks, but am going up to a 27 Cassette. Next build will most likely have the Compact. Ultegra is a very durable gruppo. No need for Dura Ace unless you want the bling factor.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:53 AM   #19115
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Compact cranks are basically two-chainring cranks with a smaller bolt-circle diameter, which normally accomodate smaller chainrings. A typical 'standard' crank can have 53 teeth on the big'un, and 39 on the small 'un, where the compact might typically have 48 and 34, respectively. Actually, your bike comes with a 50/34, so it's almost undoubtedly a compact - I don't think you can get anything smaller than a 38 to fit on a standard crank.

Smaller chainrings sacrifice top speed in exchange for more options on the low end. An additional benefit is that it lets you run a cassette with few gaps in between the gears (like an 11-23, for example), giving you a much more even distribution of your gear ratios. The problem with standard cranks is that a lot of these ratios are unusable by mere mortals.

Nothing wrong with steel, nothing wrong with ultegra. The spec of the motobecane looks pretty good, actually. Unless you're looking at the blue one, in which case it's crap.


Goddammit, it's looking more and more likely I am going to go orange (never thought I'd say that about a bike....)
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:53 AM   #19116
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goals?

All these posts about bicycles and equipment - I'd love to hear of your goals for bicycling.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:57 AM   #19117
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All these posts about bicycles and equipment - I'd love to hear of your goals for bicycling.
I guess my primary goal is to get fit and lose weight. I have tried many things and cycling just suits me the best - I am no lightweight so running regularly is out and while I used to swim a ton, it hurt my shoulders and it was just a PIA to do, especially if you have people who have no freaking idea how to swim lanes.

That said, I LOVE cycling as it gets me out and about and I really feel like I'm doing something good for my body.

Not really a regrets kind of person but I sure wish I'd found cycling 20 years ago....
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:00 AM   #19118
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Smaller chainrings sacrifice top speed in exchange for more options on the low end.
Actually... the 50 x 11 combo feels almost exactly like a 53 x 12 combo so you're not losing out on the top end either.

I toodled along on my cross bike this AM. It has a compact crank on it. I find myself in the big ring longer. Only shifting to the inner when the road points up.

After a few weeks of riding only the compact crank, the regular rings on my other bikes felt HUGE!!!

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Old 03-03-2011, 10:17 AM   #19119
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All these posts about bicycles and equipment - I'd love to hear of your goals for bicycling.
My goal this year is to ride 100+ miles a week again. Also, I am going to join some friends on their annual July ride to VT from CT. 280 miles or so, mostly uphill!
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:42 AM   #19120
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All these posts about bicycles and equipment - I'd love to hear of your goals for bicycling.
My wife and I have a baby on the way (due 9/21/11). As such, I would like to get in a couple epic mountain bike camping trips (at least one to Pisgah) before we meet our kid.

Right now, I ride twice a week (usually once offroad on my full squish and once onroad on my hartail) and run twice a week. I would like to try to maintain this even after our child arrives.

I would also like to continue riding my bike to the bar on Fridays (not included in my "real" rides mentioned earlier). Just because it is fun and it feels good to ride off a couple beers on the way home.

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Old 03-03-2011, 10:52 AM   #19121
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All these posts about bicycles and equipment - I'd love to hear of your goals for bicycling.
BTW, great suggestion.

I love gear as much as the next dude (hey, are we not men?!), but think you're sending this thread in a good direction.

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Old 03-03-2011, 11:12 AM   #19122
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I don't know if your theory is correct, as I believe carbon to have natural damping qualities. But, your thinking seems to be similar to my experience.

Again, I'm talking my new bike versus the old. Even though my Tricross has carbon seatpost, seatstays, and fork, it still has more buzz throughout than the vintage bike. And again, the Tricross is on 32mm Contis and the BSA is on 28mm Panaracers. IDK. Maybe I just need to go order a Vaya (It's orange, this year! And, only $1500 with Apex.) to figure this all out.

That's where I was going with that. I've had Alum & Ti bikes that had CF forks, buzzy as all hell in the hands. The few steels I had with steel forks, never had anywhere near the buzz. Sure, the frame is not as responsive, not as snappy in a sprint, and harder to lug up the 4 flights of stairs.... but.....
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:12 PM   #19123
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My goal this year is to ride 100+ miles a week again. Also, I am going to join some friends on their annual July ride to VT from CT. 280 miles or so, mostly uphill!
Very cool - sounds like a great trip.

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My wife and I have a baby on the way (due 9/21/11). As such, I would like to get in a couple epic mountain bike camping trips (at least one to Pisgah) before we meet our kid.

Right now, I ride twice a week (usually once offroad on my full squish and once onroad on my hartail) and run twice a week. I would like to try to maintain this even after our child arrives.

I would also like to continue riding my bike to the bar on Fridays (not included in my "real" rides mentioned earlier). Just because it is fun and it feels good to ride off a couple beers on the way home.

Ryan
Congrats to you and your wife!

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Old 03-03-2011, 01:18 PM   #19124
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New Bike soon...

I just made the call on a new Giant Anthem X 29r. I haven't had a new mountain bike in about eight years.

I'm having them switch out he avid brakes that come on it for XT. The Avid's get terrible reviews and switching out the brakes makes the grouppo all XT save the hubs.

I'm a little bit numb. I've got three mountain bike races on my schedule...one regular XC at about 30 miles, then a metric century and the Gunnison Growler at 64 miles. I'm thinking the bigger wheels will be welcome.

I'll post a photo when I can. Might not pick it up for a few weeks.

I rode today in the wind for about an hour and fifteen minutes. Second time on the bike this year as most of my training is at a Crossfit gym and XC skiing. I was surprised how much my ass hurt.
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:22 PM   #19125
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I'm not a "go big or go home" goal-setter but....

One of my buddies send me a PM telling me to shut up and reveal my goal.

OK - gotdammit.....

I like have a big touch of obsessive compulsive disorder and a bit of ADHD. For some people, it actually works well. I might be one of those people since having a goal forces me to focus my otherwise severe lack of attention.

I got back into cycling last year but suffered a setback with the passing of my father. Mentally, I just didn't give a rat's ass about anything. Now, I'm probably days away from the passing of my mother and expect that phone call any day/any minute now.

That last event cost me an entire year last year and I am not going to repeat that behavior again this year. Oh, I still went the gym and worked out but that was it. No major trips, no big goals, no big dreams.

Touring was one of my great loves in the late 70's and 80's. I have no great desire to tour but I do want to ride far. I did multiple centuries years ago and even a couple of double-centuries but that was well over 26 years ago.

One thing I learned recently was that with my previous neck injuries, a diamond-frame wasn't going to work now. I get cramps down in my neck & back after about 25 miles. Legs are fine but I need something more comfortable. I purchased the Goldwing of Bicycles elchulopadre a recumbent and want to develop my skills as a long-distance rider.

This year will be spent working towards longer goals and I should be able to easily handle a 200-km ride after the Ragbra event with Bill the Duck. Ragbrai will be the like riding 7 metric centuries, all back-to-back.

If that goes well and there are no major issues, the goal will be the Super Randonneur brevet series in 2012. That a series of 200-, 300-, 400-, and 600-kilometer time-limited events. If there are issues and I have to work up in a slower fashion, that's fine. I ain't no spring chicken anymore and that will likely well impact me.

The goal is to work towards the larger brevets in the US in 2014 and then, the ultimate goal is the 2015 Paris-Brest-Paris brevet. I'll be well north of 55 and hopefully, with age, comes wisdom meaning I'll have to train smarter - pay more attention to other factors such as nutrition, technique and the mental aspects.

It's a huge goal and one that MrsK7 supports. Given that, it'll be interesting to see if I can accomplish it.

There - I said it. Wish me luck - I'm gonna need it on my Goldwing recumbent.
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