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Old 03-31-2013, 07:00 PM   #27946
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Meanwhile, back in Flanders...




Oh Peter, you cheeky monkey.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:55 AM   #27947
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Oh Peter, you cheeky monkey.
There's a big ole thread on The Paceline bitching about Sagan.

Its almost 50deg out and its not quite 0900.

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Old 04-01-2013, 06:01 AM   #27948
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From the 'what will they think of next' files:

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Old 04-01-2013, 06:38 AM   #27949
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Mountain biking & road riding

It's been ages since I got my road bike out, but the extra hour of sunlight gives me just enough time to head out to a nearby paved trail after work. That's what I did last night. I was sure that my ability to sustain high speeds over long periods would have suffered from months of doing nothing but mountain biking on relatively short trails. To my complete amazement, I beat my previous Strava record and earned two PR's on the fastest segments. My speed on the final uphill climb jumped from 17mph to 20mph. Usually I'm exhausted by the time I reach the halfway point, and have to rest a few minutes before turning around and heading back, but this time I felt like I had plenty of energy in reserve. Next time I'm going to make myself a bit lighter by ditching that 2lb water bottle and see if I can advance to the first page of the Strava leader board.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:30 AM   #27950
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Improving my road skills is kinda why I wanna get a little dirty. Well, that and an excuse to get another bike.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:32 AM   #27951
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It's been ages since I got my road bike out, but the extra hour of sunlight gives me just enough time to head out to a nearby paved trail after work. That's what I did last night. I was sure that my ability to sustain high speeds over long periods would have suffered from months of doing nothing but mountain biking on relatively short trails. To my complete amazement, I beat my previous Strava record and earned two PR's on the fastest segments. My speed on the final uphill climb jumped from 17mph to 20mph. Usually I'm exhausted by the time I reach the halfway point, and have to rest a few minutes before turning around and heading back, but this time I felt like I had plenty of energy in reserve. Next time I'm going to make myself a bit lighter by ditching that 2lb water bottle and see if I can advance to the first page of the Strava leader board.
Mtn biking helps develop power and bike handling skills.

Road riding helps develop fitness.

Doing both makes you a better cyclist all around.

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Old 04-01-2013, 07:37 AM   #27952
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There's a big ole thread on The Paceline bitching about Sagan.

Its almost 50deg out and its not quite 0900.

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I made it through a few pages of that pedantic, holier-than-thou drivel and agree with your comment there. He's young, dumb and full of cum. Let it go already. If there's one thing the cycling community excels at, it's pissing and moaning about inconsequential B.S.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:39 AM   #27953
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I made it through a few pages of that pedantic, holier-than-thou drivel and agree with your comment there. He's young, dumb and full of cum. Let it go already. If there's one thing the cycling community excels at, it's pissing and moaning about inconsequential B.S.
It was still going as I checked in over there this AM. 99 posts... Give it a rest already you whiny beyotches!

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Old 04-01-2013, 07:44 AM   #27954
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I got out Friday and Saturday on the MTB. By Sunday, my legs were Jello. (I'd also run 12 miles during the week)

Trails were awesome; a little muddy but my new rear tire gripped nicely, and my bike was too clean to begin with anyways. There's one part of my normal loop, about 3/4 to the top of the mountain, where a chute down a pretty steep hill breaks up the 45 minute climb to the outlook. On Friday I did what I always do on the run up. Crest the climb, stand up and give it all I have for the 100 yard flat section before the banked left turn, log drop, chute the pine trees and send it over the hill. Friday was no different, except this is Connecticut, and it's only March. I had about a hundred feet after that nifty little log drop to realize this North-facing hill was still completely covered with ice. Talk about pucker! I slowed down all I could and bailed off the trail into the 6" or so of soft stuff on the side. Luckily it was a soft landing, and my shin guards worked well!

Running through the winter helped with my climbing, but I wasn't nearly as fast or agile as I felt at the end of last season - I can't wait to shake more cobwebs this week.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:58 AM   #27955
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:58 AM   #27956
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Mtn biking helps develop power and bike handling skills.

Road riding helps develop fitness.
I was inspired by the sight of some roadies I met last week. These guys had massive tree-trunk thighs and virtually no fat. I kept thinking about how fast I could go on the trails if I were in that kind of shape, so I'm putting myself on a strict diet combined with every day rides, instead of just riding on weekends.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:28 AM   #27957
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In light of my last post (whining about minutiae) this is probably the height of hypocrisy, but here goes: couldn't the helmet manufacturers have saved themselves a boatload of money and just rebranded their skate/hockey/snowsports helmets as the new aero road helmets? Because I can't tell the difference.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:35 AM   #27958
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It's worse than that! I just bought my daughter one of these.

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Old 04-01-2013, 08:57 AM   #27959
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In light of my last post (whining about minutiae) this is probably the height of hypocrisy, but here goes: couldn't the helmet manufacturers have saved themselves a boatload of money and just rebranded their skate/hockey/snowsports helmets as the new aero road helmets? Because I can't tell the difference.
That's been bandied about on the 'serious cyclists' forums too. Save all that $ and just get a skate helmet. Looks the same. The new Specialized and Scott helmets are a different story. We'll have to see about them once they're officially released.

I want the trunk mount rack like in this pic:


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Old 04-01-2013, 10:32 AM   #27960
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Since Huck-n-Roll was bought out by competitive cyclist I have been getting their e-mails about twice a week now. Today's e-mail. All I could think was: Should I post this in the mid-life crisis car thread up in Shiny Things?

I am fairly certain that bike would be wasted on the trails I have locally.
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