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Old 11-11-2010, 07:33 AM   #17896
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+1 this is what I use for commuting and night rides. Very bright !
I bought these:
Though mine are the older, less powerful models. the new ones are 700 lumens

not cheap, but they light up the wildlife along the river trail. No way would I be up the hill on dirt. I've seen the big cat prints and bobcats too, I don't need to be darting around in the dark like a catnip-filled mouse with a yarn tail.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:34 AM   #17897
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2.5 miles. I am stoked. My legs are jello, but it is a big jump for me. I would like to get to 10 miles by next summer (semi-flat, paved). Is that an unreasonable goal?
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:38 AM   #17898
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I think you might be referring to the front derailuer. In that case you have a normal. The other type is a e-type, that uses the bottom bracket as it's mounting point.
Ok, that makes sense. It was on the instructions I found on Shimano's site. It doesn't really way what it was about. I was guessing the derailleur but wasn't really sure.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:05 AM   #17899
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2.5 miles. I am stoked. My legs are jello, but it is a big jump for me. I would like to get to 10 miles by next summer (semi-flat, paved). Is that an unreasonable goal?
should be quite reasonable if you ride regularly. i was riding 8 to 15 mile days when i started this spring. we rode 138 miles on a Sunday about 4 weeks ago.
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:50 AM   #17900
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138???? Ouch, that will be a while for me.

Question about training. I am riding 5 days a week. Should I lay off a couple of days in between? I ride every morning Monday through Friday. MWF I do a shorter distance then lift weights back at home. TTh I ride a longer distance like today.

Am I doing myself an injustice by riding 5 days straight?
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:05 AM   #17901
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I would say let your body answer that. If your knees start barking or other leg soreness take a day off. If no discomfort keep on keeping on.
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:46 PM   #17902
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Old 11-11-2010, 01:12 PM   #17903
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Great pics GG!

Looks like good fun. Genesee beer, never had one....Good?
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Old 11-11-2010, 01:32 PM   #17904
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I just purchased my first "road" bike (see post #17884 of this thread).
It has kenda competition kontender 700x26c 125psi air pressure tires. I have already had two flats. I feel kinda stupid asking, but what the hell am I doing wrong. When I fixed the first flat, I made sure nothing was left in the tire. I have had them at the 125 psi. I guess am I running too much air pressure? What air pressure should I have in them? It was about a week and 20-30 miles between the flats, so I don't think I screwed something up installing it. But I think I am doing something wrong to have two flats so close together.

Are these just cheap ass rims and cheap ass tires? The first flat was a blow out where the tire bead broke, and the tube popped out. Second flat (brand new tube) happened on it's own i.e. didn't notice tire was low when left the bike last night, but when I went to go today it was flat. Aired it up and I didn't make it to my office before it lost the air.
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:03 PM   #17905
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Great pics GG!

Looks like good fun. Genesee beer, never had one....Good?

Thanks. It was great fun.

They don't call Genny "embalming fluid" for nothin'. However, I was weened on it.
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:17 PM   #17906
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I just purchased my first "road" bike (see post #17884 of this thread).
It has kenda competition kontender 700x26c 125psi air pressure tires. I have already had two flats. I feel kinda stupid asking, but what the hell am I doing wrong. When I fixed the first flat, I made sure nothing was left in the tire. I have had them at the 125 psi. I guess am I running too much air pressure? What air pressure should I have in them? It was about a week and 20-30 miles between the flats, so I don't think I screwed something up installing it. But I think I am doing something wrong to have two flats so close together.

Are these just cheap ass rims and cheap ass tires? The first flat was a blow out where the tire bead broke, and the tube popped out. Second flat (brand new tube) happened on it's own i.e. didn't notice tire was low when left the bike last night, but when I went to go today it was flat. Aired it up and I didn't make it to my office before it lost the air.
You may want to take notice of where the hole is on the tube in relation to where it is located on the rim. If the hole is on the inside of the tube then check the rim surface where the tube contacts it. There should be rim tape which protects the tube from the rim surface irregularities.
If the hole is on the outer portion of the tube where it contacts the inner surface of the tire check for debris poking through the tire or possibly a hole in the tire which is allowing debris to poke through.
If the tube is leaking around the valve stem check the valve stem hole in the rim as it will have burrs or a sharp edge.
Last but not least make sure your tube is at least a 700 by 25 or it will be stretched so that the wall is thinner and more susceptible to flats.
The tire will have the air pressure rating on the sidewall.
Thats all that I can think of off hand.Good luck.
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:28 PM   #17907
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... when I get it home I will be more careful to check everywhere. Last time I know I checked the tire but I don't remember checking the rim closely.
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Old 11-11-2010, 03:03 PM   #17908
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... when I get it home I will be more careful to check everywhere. Last time I know I checked the tire but I don't remember checking the rim closely.
I had a series of flats due to the rim-strip being too narrow. That allowed the rivets to bite the tube.

Zero fun.

New strip fixed it.

Blowing the bead off a 125 psi tire I suspect the bead is not seated correctly or the tube might have been pinched under it.
Are you mounting the tire with tools? Should not need them.
Also use plenty of talcum powder to keep both the tube and tire inside slick.
Pump up the tube to near pressure, deflate, and repeat.

The tube should have just enough air in it when you begin to just make the beginnings of a crease when you hang it form your hand.

That's about all the tricks I can remember. Good luck.
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:00 PM   #17909
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2.5 miles. I am stoked. My legs are jello, but it is a big jump for me. I would like to get to 10 miles by next summer (semi-flat, paved). Is that an unreasonable goal?
10% per week. I'd say yer gonna be at 10mi before too long. Century by the end of next summer sounds about a good goal. (that's 100mi not 10)

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Old 11-11-2010, 05:05 PM   #17910
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I had a series of flats due to the rim-strip being too narrow. That allowed the rivets to bite the tube.

Zero fun.

New strip fixed it.

Blowing the bead off a 125 psi tire I suspect the bead is not seated correctly or the tube might have been pinched under it.
Are you mounting the tire with tools? Should not need them.
Also use plenty of talcum powder to keep both the tube and tire inside slick.
Pump up the tube to near pressure, deflate, and repeat.

The tube should have just enough air in it when you begin to just make the beginnings of a crease when you hang it form your hand.

That's about all the tricks I can remember. Good luck.
Yup. Old roadies-r-us nailed it.

You could very well just be havin a bad run. Stay outta the crap on the side of the road.

If it persists, ya may wanna think about some Gatorskins or Armadillo tires. They ride like poo, but don't flat.

HTH

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