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Old 07-03-2010, 12:38 PM   #15196
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You've seen me ride a motorcycle, does that really look like what I would ride?

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Old 07-03-2010, 03:50 PM   #15197
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YESSSS! adding 2mm spacers to my small chainring and no more scraping.

I now can use almost all my gears (small-small is, by my intent, too crossed over to want to use, but you can shift into it).

Code:
	13	15	17	21	24	28	32
50	3.85	3.33	2.94	2.38	2.08	1.79	1.56
34	2.62	2.27	2.00	1.62	1.42	1.21	1.06
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Old 07-03-2010, 04:13 PM   #15198
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Yes, those are the ones.

My LBS has the straight bars you're talking about, they also have an adjustable (neck angle up and down) goose neck that would fit perfectly and put the bars out about another inch.

Actually, that's sounds like a good idea.
Bicycles are all about small efficiencies.

Start thinking about where your seat is positioned fore/aft. That little dent on the inside of your knee should be over the ball of your foot when your foot is as far forward as it will go on the pedal.
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Old 07-03-2010, 06:09 PM   #15199
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41 inch inseam?
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I see now why the seat post is so tall!
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Old 07-04-2010, 08:06 AM   #15200
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My family and I are in Florida this week. I showed up for the local ride. About 10 miles in, I was dropped like a wet turd. I sorta knew their route and after taking some wrong turns on my own was able to pick them up again.

Nothing like being dropped by guys in their 60's.....

Still got in 30+ miles though.
I think it'll help me get some stamina back for this weekend's hare scramble.
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Old 07-04-2010, 08:12 AM   #15201
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My family and I are in Florida this week. I showed up for the local ride. About 10 miles in, I was dropped like a wet turd. I sorta knew their route and after taking some wrong turns on my own was able to pick them up again.

Nothing like being dropped by guys in their 60's.....

Still got in 30+ miles though.
I think it'll help me get some stamina back for this weekend's hare scramble.
Don't sweat it - you're not used to riding in the flatlands.

I used to ride with some retirees - The Rusty Chain gang they called themselves. Kicked my ass coming and going. But they waited for me at major turns.
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:30 AM   #15202
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Don't sweat it - you're not used to riding in the flatlands.

I used to ride with some retirees - The Rusty Chain gang they called themselves. Kicked my ass coming and going. But they waited for me at major turns.
I've BTDT. Its not fun. Ya gotta remember these guys have developed a rhythmn (sp?) over time and you don't know what that is. There's a Tues+Thurs ride in Sandy Eggo like that. Hammer here. Rest there. Repeat. Takes a while to get the flow.

Knowing where yer going helps too. DAMHIK

One of the most important skills to learn is the shithook. Lets you ride at the front, but not in the rotation. Basically you surf the rear of the paceline, keeping outta the way.

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Old 07-04-2010, 03:37 PM   #15203
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My family and I are in Florida this week. I showed up for the local ride. About 10 miles in, I was dropped like a wet turd. I sorta knew their route and after taking some wrong turns on my own was able to pick them up again.

Nothing like being dropped by guys in their 60's.....

Still got in 30+ miles though.
I think it'll help me get some stamina back for this weekend's hare scramble.
I hate when that happens
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Old 07-04-2010, 06:49 PM   #15204
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Never underestimate old guys! My regular riding buddy is 58 and I'm 54, and he can leave me on long climbs. Doesn't piss me off. Just makes me want to ride more miles to get in better shape. I rode 43 miles yesterday, doing mostly long hills. I'm getting there...
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Old 07-04-2010, 07:02 PM   #15205
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I rode 10 or 12 miles today, including some grades... daughter and I rode from our house to scotts valley (about 7 miles), met my wife who drove my car w/ her bike on the rack, then rode around town, first to the fourth of july parade, then around town, before racking the bikes and driving home.






oh... and the 50-34 front with the 13-32 rear gearing is working great. it shifts and runs just fine in the 50:32 crossover since I put the big ring near the middle of the chainline range, but when I shift the front into the 34: low range, I drop 2 sprockets in back, and can use the low range with 4-5 lower gears. most grades I was fine with the 34:28, but having one more step of 34:32 was a saver. and 50:28 or 50:32 is a fine starting gear on the flats. no more chain scraping at all. I think I'll finetune the shifter cable positions so the friction levers are in the best part of their range. right now, the 50T large front is all the way forward, and the 34T small ring is about in the middle. The beat up Shimano 105 front that I scored shifts great.
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:21 AM   #15206
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I think the most important thing for newer riders is to try a different cadences to find the one that works for them. You need a special computer to give you an accurate count. If you don't have the cadence counter, just consciously spin at different rates. My best rides end up with a cadence count in the mid 80's.
Same here. I usually start off in the low 70s and as my knees warm up, I can increase my cadence to about 90. Between climbing and level riding, I usually wind up with a cadence in the low to mid 80s overall.
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:02 PM   #15207
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Never underestimate old guys! My regular riding buddy is 58 and I'm 54, and he can leave me on long climbs. Doesn't piss me off. Just makes me want to ride more miles to get in better shape. I rode 43 miles yesterday, doing mostly long hills. I'm getting there...
I was the old dood when my buddy Josh and I were riding. I'm a good 10 years older'n he is. He's also about 70# less than I am.

I'd tow him to the bottom of the hills and WHOOSH there he went.

I figgered it out on day. If I wanted to climb the same speed as him, I'd hafta put out darn near double the wattage.



Oh well.

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Old 07-05-2010, 12:17 PM   #15208
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I was the old dood when my buddy Josh and I were riding. I'm a good 10 years older'n he is. He's also about 70# less than I am.

I'd tow him to the bottom of the hills and WHOOSH there he went.

I figgered it out on day. If I wanted to climb the same speed as him, I'd hafta put out darn near double the wattage.



Oh well.

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Old 07-05-2010, 04:07 PM   #15209
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[quote=rbrsddn]Never underestimate old guys! My regular riding buddy is 58 and I'm 54, and he can leave me on long climbs. Doesn't piss me off. Just makes me want to ride more miles to get in better shape. I rode 43 miles yesterday, doing mostly long hills. I'm getting there...[/quote]

Keep up the good work. 43 Miles isn't too shabby!
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Old 07-05-2010, 04:27 PM   #15210
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Anyone on here done an Epic Gravel ride, or Gravel Grinder?

I am signing up for the "Flint Hills Death Ride" that is at the end of the month, and was looking for any tips



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