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Old 09-30-2012, 11:02 AM   #25426
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All this talk of clipless pedals...

Are y'all saying I should get over my fear of them as well? (Well, not so much fear of them, fear of not being able to put my foot down in time. )
Yes.

Much more efficient than flat pedals, much easier to disengage than toe clips and straps (no hands required).

You'll wonder how you managed after a very short time.

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Old 09-30-2012, 02:21 PM   #25427
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Yes.

Much more efficient than flat pedals, much easier to disengage than toe clips and straps (no hands required).

You'll wonder how you managed after a very short time.

-Simon
+1

Case in point was the turn I blew in the race today. Front wheel slid out and I unclipped and stuck a foot down in time to keep from going over. Actually did that twice. First time was on the pre-ride lap. Too much speed going into a corner with too much crapola in it.

So it was a beautiful day for a bike race. Too bad my legs didn't get the memo to show up.

Did a decent warmup with some jumps and some efforts to get ready. Actually got to pre-ride the course (see above) Found out that the Belgian Wall was indeed rideable. It was a hair faster to run, but once you got to the top it was faster if you were already riding. I got passed by a few guys running up the hill only to pass em again when they were getting clipped in.

So off we go! Immediately I start losing spots. See what I mean about my legs now showing up?! I lined up further into the field than my number would suggest I should have, but oh well. They didn't say anything and I wasn't volunteering to go to the back. At that point, I thought I still had it.

No first turn wrecks.

Did hear a few mechanicals happen behind me. One guy ripped his derailleur off his bike. Didn't ask if it was OK. Forgot. One guy did a Superman impression in the second big downhill. It had a couple of holes and *I* almost did the same thing when my hands slipped on my hoods.

I did ride the Zipps, but I probably would have been better served to have ridden my Escape wheels. There wasn't nearly as much high speed stuff as I was expecting. Lots of 180deg turns. 27/29psi seems to be a good bet pressure-wise with the Grifos I have on the bike. The rear threatened to roll some a few times and I hit the rim a few times but overall, not bad.

Usually I get better as the race goes on. Not t this time. I actually had to back off a bit at about the halfway mark. Lost a few more spots. At one point, I was up to as high as the mid-50s!

Oh well. There's next weekend...

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:42 PM   #25428
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wow, 2 months of convalescing with a busted foot, and I sure got out of shape.

rode 4 miles friday at a decent pace, and the same 4 today, a little brisker (15 minutes). I can't push the pace any harder or my foot starts to hurt, but my cardiovascular can't take much more yet either. sucks to get old and lazy.

maybe next time I push it up to 2 laps around the levy ... my 4 mile loop looks like... https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=F...&z=14&lci=bike



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Old 09-30-2012, 09:15 PM   #25429
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My daughter and I went for a MC ride yesterday to do some leaf peeping. A park at the end of my normal route was taped off for some kind of race. Turns out there was a cyclocross race in town. If I had known, I think I would have given it a try. Does not really matter though, because I talked myself into trying one next weekend a bit north of where my daughter is going to college.

Sold my dirtbike and am hoping that some kind of bicycle racing will replace that. Maybe it is cyclocross.

Find out next weekend.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:50 PM   #25430
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wow, 2 months of convalescing with a busted foot, and I sure got out of shape.

rode 4 miles friday at a decent pace, and the same 4 today, a little brisker (15 minutes). I can't push the pace any harder or my foot starts to hurt, but my cardiovascular can't take much more yet either. sucks to get old and lazy.

maybe next time I push it up to 2 laps around the levy ... my 4 mile loop looks like...



In about ten days it'll be six months since my first op.

The past two odd months on my feet have not exactly been pleasant. Hang in there. It'll get better.

At least that's what they keep telling me....
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:06 PM   #25431
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In about ten days it'll be six months since my first op.

The past two odd months on my feet have not exactly been pleasant. Hang in there. It'll get better.

At least that's what they keep telling me....
I had one outpatient operation on said foot, where they installed pins and screws, Surgery was on Aug. 1...



been walking on it without crutches about a week and a half (was 2-3 weeks with 1 crutch, putting partial wait on it in an ortho boot), but only the past 4 days without the boot at all.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:04 AM   #25432
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My daughter and I went for a MC ride yesterday to do some leaf peeping. A park at the end of my normal route was taped off for some kind of race. Turns out there was a cyclocross race in town. If I had known, I think I would have given it a try. Does not really matter though, because I talked myself into trying one next weekend a bit north of where my daughter is going to college.

Sold my dirtbike and am hoping that some kind of bicycle racing will replace that. Maybe it is cyclocross.

Find out next weekend.
See my advice to Ridge. Its a lot of fun and a lot of hurt at the same time.

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Old 10-01-2012, 09:58 AM   #25433
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See my advice to Ridge. Its a lot of fun and a lot of hurt at the same time.

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yep hurts so good. You will be asking yourself why am I doing this during the race. But all is made well and pain is forgotten over the after race beer.

looks like they are having one in St Pete next month, will have to participate
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:16 AM   #25434
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yep hurts so good. You will be asking yourself why am I doing this during the race. But all is made well and pain is forgotten over the after race beer.

looks like they are having one in St Pete next month, will have to participate
I know around these parts, there's pretty much a race a weekend till mid-Dec.

I just signed up for Hyattsville. Still gonna get my rear end handed to me in the 3/4 field cause I don't wanna get up, drive, get ready for the 35+ 3/4 race.

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Old 10-01-2012, 01:55 PM   #25435
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Did a decent warmup with some jumps and some efforts to get ready. Actually got to pre-ride the course (see above)

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What do you folks do for a warm up if riding isn't an option?

I live in a valley, the sea is at the end and eff off hills surround us, there's no where to ride a bike gently for two minutes let alone ten to get the muscles warm and the rhythm going!

Jump on, clip in and after 400 yards pedal hard up a Cat 3 climb

Any suggestions from the collective?

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Old 10-01-2012, 03:35 PM   #25436
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What do you folks do for a warm up if riding isn't an option?

I live in a valley, the sea is at the end and eff off hills surround us, there's no where to ride a bike gently for two minutes let alone ten to get the muscles warm and the rhythm going!

Jump on, clip in and after 400 yards pedal hard up a Cat 3 climb

Any suggestions from the collective?

Thanks,

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Old 10-01-2012, 06:59 PM   #25437
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start the hill spinning easy in granny gear ?
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:18 PM   #25438
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Anybody recommend a good 700 rear wheel? Baltimore ate mine.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:14 PM   #25439
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Anybody recommend a good 700 rear wheel? Baltimore ate mine.
Continental Gatorskins are really tough. go up a size for better durability (28c instead of 25c, or whatever). for 700c hybrid tires, I like the Specialized Nimbus in sizes like 35 or 38.

edit: oh wait, you said wheel. not tire. hahahaah. I've heard very good things about Velocity's wheels, and am thinking of getting a set for my bike. for durability and strength, go 36 spoke.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:35 PM   #25440
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Anybody recommend a good 700 rear wheel? Baltimore ate mine.
Fulcrum Racing 7 CX. They've survived bouncing along the dirt trails carrying 210 lbs. of yours truly with no issues. They won't break the bank, either.
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