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Old 12-04-2012, 07:15 PM   #26236
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Crits are another story.

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I entered one crit on a lark (racing was cheap in Missouri, it's in Maryland), and encountered more douchery in one crit race than an entire season of tri's & du's.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:21 PM   #26237
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Nice post about growing up - thanks for that.

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My interests lay in frames where, for the money, I'm not getting quite the value. Unless that value is the name of an old Italian racer/frame builder.
I was never into racing but rather long distance touring which persists to today via brevets. If I ever go back to a diamond-frame, I would purchase my third Mercian King of Mercia framed bike.







My first one was black and the second was a gun-metal gray with red accents. Things of beauty they were - and luckily, still made in the UK.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:36 PM   #26238
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:00 AM   #26239
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Nice post about growing up - thanks for that.



I was never into racing but rather long distance touring which persists to today via brevets. If I ever go back to a diamond-frame, I would purchase my third Mercian King of Mercia framed bike.







My first one was black and the second was a gun-metal gray with red accents. Things of beauty they were - and luckily, still made in the UK.
That is beautiful - never heard of them and it turns out they are located a couple towns over from where I was born.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:06 AM   #26240
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all y'all steel lovers need to surf on over to both Paceline forums and velocipede salon. Friday night lights on VS will knock yer socks off.

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:27 AM   #26241
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That is beautiful - never heard of them and it turns out they are located a couple towns over from where I was born.
Cool. For everyone else, their site.

I was poking around their website and they have a metal headbadge option. Heck, I'd damn near order a frame with that option just to hang it above the fireplace as art:



I dated a gal in Atlanta who had one also. On our club rides, we found that we could both out-coast everyone else. It was amazing. Somewhere at home, I have a picture of both of our bikes on top of my car. I'll see if I can't dig it out.

Good times - great memories!
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:38 AM   #26242
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Nice to see this thread get back on track!
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:00 AM   #26243
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accomplishments in 2012, goals for 2013?

Had a good year -

I went from 0 brevets to completing the full series along with a 1200-km event in 2012. That's almost 3000-km in brevets and with regular weekday and Saturday rides, I'll end up with 8000-km / 5000 miles this year.

Part of my staying motivated is putting my goals out there for everyone to see. That way, you can rag me if you don't me at least make an effort. So.....

In 2013: more of the same. I've signed up for the Texas Rodeo Stampede 1200 in early May. It's a 1200-km event through the Hill Country and due to the 2012 results, I'm already qualified. I'm sure I'll ride a few of our local events also. Our club's first century is in early Jan so we'll do that one too.

What did you accomplish in 2012 and what are your goals for 2013?
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:01 AM   #26244
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Nice to see this thread get back on track!
Yeah - too much {edit: Aurelius,} mountain bike and Strava shit.






























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Old 12-05-2012, 09:05 AM   #26245
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What did you accomplish in 2012 and what are your goals for 2013?
2012: Yer gonna' make me waste half my day downloading the Garmin, aren't you?

2013: Hopefully, will be through all my ailments and back on the bike. Ugh! In the meantime, I'll continue to soft-paddle my kayak.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:16 AM   #26246
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2012: Yer gonna' make me waste half my day downloading the Garmin, aren't you?

2013: Hopefully, will be through all my ailments and back on the bike. Ugh! In the meantime, I'll continue to soft-paddle my kayak.
Kayak? Kayak? What kind? Wait - there's a thread for that here also.

Nah - You don't have to do that. I download mine after every ride or at least, every ride gets downloaded within a few days. It's like my old man writing down the mileage, the date, the amount of gas purchased, etc in a little book he kept in the glovebox. I did that also until I realized I never used the data.

To an amusing feature on one brand of frames: The Ibis Hakkalugi - and the little touches they add. This is logically called the Ibis Hakkalugi handjob:



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Old 12-05-2012, 09:27 AM   #26247
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What did you accomplish in 2012 and what are your goals for 2013?
Go get 'em!

No crazy plans on our end. Maybe another Metric or two. I'll continue the weekday club ride and weekend cruise routine unless YakWife wants to train up for something bigger.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:58 AM   #26248
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Goals for next year:

Finally lose this last 10# (eat the same. ride more)
Get enough points to upgrade to a 3 in cross

Then it gets kinda nebulous
work on the anaerobic engine so I can get enough points to upgrade to a 3
work on my sprint 'cause I sure as shootin ain't a climber!
race more during the summer to get ready for cross season (having a team helps)

Then there's the equipment upgrades:
25 to 38mm carbon rims for my King hubs
11-28 or 12-27 cassettes for my cross race wheels
new road frame 'cause the QA is dented (probably another AL or chinese carbon depending on what I can get a deal on)
backup cross race frame
Bont Vaypor shoes
new Shimano mtn shoes for cross. 3 velcro straps suck for running in!
etc.

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Old 12-05-2012, 11:22 AM   #26249
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What did you accomplish in 2012 and what are your goals for 2013?
2012: I started riding

2013: Improve riding technique and overall endurance and strength on the bike. Maybe enter the local MTB time trial series next winter (should start in December 2013).
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:27 AM   #26250
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Kayak? Kayak? What kind? Wait - there's a thread for that here also.
Yeah, I need to post over there, but, I'm not real active on forums and don't need another thread to follow. Though, to answer your question, we both have Venture Flex 11. We schooled in a couple of Tidewaters, but, they're just too much boat. We wanted something to explore creeks and rivers and could be mishandled and not make us feel guilty. The Flexes were the perfect boat for us and we knew it as soon as we hit the water.

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Nah - You don't have to do that. I download mine after every ride or at least, every ride gets downloaded within a few days. It's like my old man writing down the mileage, the date, the amount of gas purchased, etc in a little book he kept in the glovebox. I did that also until I realized I never used the data.
I thought I'd use my data, too. But, I quickly realized I didn't really care and just wanted to ride.

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To an amusing feature on one brand of frames: The Ibis Hakkalugi - and the little touches they add. This is logically called the Ibis Hakkalugi handjob:

That thing is awesome! They make some really nice bikes.
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