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Old 11-29-2013, 05:14 AM   #31891
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Not to mention, the geometry may be way too twitchy for a returning rider.
That is what I ment by racy, twitchy might be a better way to put it. The Allez might feel like more fun on a 10 minute test ride but in my opinion, unless you actually plan on racing, the Secteur is the better choice. That bike will do it all.
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:20 AM   #31892
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That is what I ment by racy, twitchy might be a better way to put it. The Allez might feel like more fun on a 10 minute test ride but in my opinion, unless you actually plan on racing, the Secteur is the better choice. That bike will do it all.
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I loved my Roubaix. If it'd had a shorter head tube, I'd probably still have it.

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Old 11-29-2013, 07:31 AM   #31893
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That is what I ment by racy, twitchy might be a better way to put it. The Allez might feel like more fun on a 10 minute test ride but in my opinion, unless you actually plan on racing, the Secteur is the better choice. That bike will do it all.
Figured you meant riding position.

Agree with your last thought, as well.

Has your shop gotten in an AWOL, yet?
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:10 AM   #31894
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Has your shop gotten in an AWOL, yet?
I am kind of excited to see this one....
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:30 AM   #31895
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I am kind of excited to see this one....
Yeah, their Trans-Con videos are intriguing. I'd like to get a new bike for '14 and really wanted a Fargo. But, this thing came along. Then, I keep thinking of just getting a Lynskey frameset and disc wheels and swap my Tricross components over. But, there's the Raleigh Tamland, too. Argh!
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:43 AM   #31896
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Yeah, their Trans-Con videos are intriguing. I'd like to get a new bike for '14 and really wanted a Fargo. But, this thing came along. Then, I keep thinking of just getting a Lynskey frameset and disc wheels and swap my Tricross components over. But, there's the Raleigh Tamland, too. Argh!
I LOVE my Fargo. It fits what I use it for perfectly. I tend to be the pack mule when my family goes for a ride and I can pretty much ride it anywhere and it does it really well. I like the new gravel bikes but I need (for now) full rack braze-ons, especially for lowriders.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:53 PM   #31897
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. It just so happens that all my training at the moment involves mastering the most difficult and dangerous trails, and for that I don't want to be clipped in.
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:26 PM   #31898
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I can't say it was muddy out there this PM but it was certainly slimy. Trails got wet, froze, then started to thaw today. Made for some 'interesting' moments as the 3 of us slip-slid our way around Lake Fairfax.



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Old 12-01-2013, 12:24 AM   #31899
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On anything less challenging than expert level trails, I still prefer clipless pedals because of the advantages they confer. It just so happens that all my training at the moment involves mastering the most difficult and dangerous trails, and for that I don't want to be clipped in.
what sort of flat pedals are you using? have you tried modern bmx/mountain 'pin platform' pedals? with the right shoes (I use sturdy low top hiking shoes with a spring shank in the sole), they stick your feet on the pedals just great, you can even sweep the top/bottom of the stroke when you're spinning, yet its instant foot out to kick off a stump, and instant plant to get back to pedaling.

something like these,
http://www.amazon.com/Wellgo-MG-1-Ma...d_sim_sbs_sg_3
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:41 AM   #31900
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what sort of flat pedals are you using? have you tried modern bmx/mountain 'pin platform' pedals? with the right shoes (I use sturdy low top hiking shoes with a spring shank in the sole), they stick your feet on the pedals just great, you can even sweep the top/bottom of the stroke when you're spinning, yet its instant foot out to kick off a stump, and instant plant to get back to pedaling.

something like these,
http://www.amazon.com/Wellgo-MG-1-Ma...d_sim_sbs_sg_3
I picked up a very nice pair of mtb pin pedals from a friend who owns a bicycle shop. They were ordered for a customer who never came by to pay for them, so he let me have them at his cost. They're lightweight and very thin to avoid pedal strikes. They came in very handy on a dangerous expert level trail at Chuck Lennon mtb park yesterday. I made it through without incident, but I wouldn't even want to attempt a trail like that while clipped in. One of the guys I rode with went down hard several times. He finally went back to his car and swapped out his clipless pedals for flats.
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:45 PM   #31901
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Some family came to town for Thanksgiving. Luckily the Obama administration used stimulus money to dumb this trail down so anyone can ride it.











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Old 12-01-2013, 02:49 PM   #31902
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Well... that went. MABRA CX Championships were today. While there were some high points, there was one low point and a few other mental errors.

...AND... my legs just didn't wanna work. Musta been the whole 15min of warmup I got.

It was a slippy, sloppy, 'soil froze then the top layer melted and got slicker'n snot' kind of day. I was smiling and laughing thru the flatter/muddier bits 'cause I love that kind of stuff. Always have. Mud tires came in handy today. We don't get too many MUD days, so while it seems like a luxury to have mud wheels, there's a race/two per year that you NEED em. Today was one such day. PDX in the front like usual, Dugast mud tire in the back.

The extra bike had a Limus in the back with another PDX on the front. If something'd happened to the Fuji, I was still ready to rock-n-roll.

Luckily, the one fall I had nothing happened to the derailleur/hanger. :phew

Did I mention SLICK?!
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:59 AM   #31903
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Ok - challenge for the bikie folks: I need a set of pogies/bar mitts/hippo hands that will fit:

a) A Ninja 250 commuter
b) An mtb with trigger shifters and Groovy Luv bars

Note - they don't have to fit all that well... I only MTB 2-3x per week (most of my riding is on the road), and my commute is only 10 miles r/t 5 days per week.

But yeah, I'm cheap and don't want to buy two sets. What ideas have you got for me?
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:04 AM   #31904
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I loved my Roubaix. If it'd had a shorter head tube, I'd probably still have it.
If it had a shorter head tube, it'd be a Tarmac.

I love my Allez - it's 90% of my Extreme Power at 1/8th the price.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:34 AM   #31905
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If it had a shorter head tube, it'd be a Tarmac.
they made a few otherwise Roubaixes with Tarmac length HTs for the pros. I want one of those. I loved the ride of the Roubaix, but despite the 8mm top cap and a -17 stem, I was still too high.

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I love my Allez - it's 90% of my Extreme Power at 1/8th the price.
I have a '96 Allez. Still rides nicely all these years later. Once I get my '02 S-Works back (don't ask) I'll build that up and ride it too. I'd like to get my M2 Road Pro back, but that's long gone.

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