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Old 07-06-2011, 11:29 AM   #20971
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Magicshine ftw. Get it from geomangear.com.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:26 PM   #20972
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My LBS of choice is a Stevens dealer. Nice bikes.



I'm looking at doing some more mountain biking @ night to escape the heat of the day. I need to upgrade/augment my lighting from the single Niterider MiNewt I have now. Suggestions? I've been pondering the Magicshine LEDs on dealextreme.com, but would prefer to give my $$$ to a LBS if possible.
Lots of 24hr racers swear by them things. Lots of light for the $$.

Next fall, that's where MY light $$ are gonna go.

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Old 07-06-2011, 12:27 PM   #20973
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Magicshine ftw. Get it from geomangear.com.
You still riding? How's it going?!

I'm in VA and up to 4 built bikes and 2 frames. Down to zero MCs tho. Also down 30#!

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Old 07-06-2011, 02:09 PM   #20974
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Got in a ride last Friday for 80 minutes at about 15 mph average. Then Saturday while working on the sprinkler heads, my back decided it had not had enough attention and went nuts. Sunday morning I decided that since riding usually helped, I'd go for a ride.

Probably not one of my better ideas. 128 minutes later after an average of 16.1 mph I was feeling better I thought until I laid down to recover with my legs up. Back went into overdrive bad mode.

So, I spent the rest of Sunday pretty much stationary on my back. Monday the 4th saw zero activity other than just managing to get the spark plugs, air and fuel filters replaced on the Adventure. And a little tune on it. Now, that is ready to go, and I went to shower figuring I'd run down to Newport Dunes on the motorcycle instead of the bicycle so I could get back early for bed. The shower felt really good, but when I was drying off, my back had that twinge again. Back on the floor. I called the family and told them I was taking the rest of the holiday off.

Today I finally feel OK to walk. Standing a bit and sitting don't hurt anymore.

Tonight a light spin for my last chance on the bike for a week or so. Then packing and laundry.
even with all the laying around over the long weekend I'm still down on my weight about 6 pounds or so. My resting pulse is down to below 50 now. It has been up to 60. Back in the racing days in my 40's I had a resting pulse of about 35 still. I probably won't ever see that again, but I want to drop it back into the 40's if I can.
Still looking to drop 15 more pounds or so. 20 would be even better.
While I'm on vacation I figure to walk a good hour at least a day. Once I get to altitude an hour will work me pretty well I expect.
Almost wish I was taking the bicycle rather than the big Adventure... almost.
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Old 07-06-2011, 05:45 PM   #20975
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Got in a ride last Friday for 80 minutes at about 15 mph average. Then Saturday while working on the sprinkler heads, my back decided it had not had enough attention and went nuts. Sunday morning I decided that since riding usually helped, I'd go for a ride.

Probably not one of my better ideas. 128 minutes later after an average of 16.1 mph I was feeling better I thought until I laid down to recover with my legs up. Back went into overdrive bad mode.

So, I spent the rest of Sunday pretty much stationary on my back. Monday the 4th saw zero activity other than just managing to get the spark plugs, air and fuel filters replaced on the Adventure. And a little tune on it. Now, that is ready to go, and I went to shower figuring I'd run down to Newport Dunes on the motorcycle instead of the bicycle so I could get back early for bed. The shower felt really good, but when I was drying off, my back had that twinge again. Back on the floor. I called the family and told them I was taking the rest of the holiday off.

Today I finally feel OK to walk. Standing a bit and sitting don't hurt anymore.

Tonight a light spin for my last chance on the bike for a week or so. Then packing and laundry.
even with all the laying around over the long weekend I'm still down on my weight about 6 pounds or so. My resting pulse is down to below 50 now. It has been up to 60. Back in the racing days in my 40's I had a resting pulse of about 35 still. I probably won't ever see that again, but I want to drop it back into the 40's if I can.
Still looking to drop 15 more pounds or so. 20 would be even better.
While I'm on vacation I figure to walk a good hour at least a day. Once I get to altitude an hour will work me pretty well I expect.
Almost wish I was taking the bicycle rather than the big Adventure... almost.
Man, that sucks. Hope it heals up soon. We may have to put you on one of those [ick] bent recliner bikes [/ick].
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:10 PM   #20976
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1:40-ish tonite with the group outta Culpeper. Guy that has a power meter said it was harder than normal, but I didn't think so. Coupla people bitching at me for either not pulling (BS) or pulling too hard too late (BS again)

The guy bitching that I wasn't pulling was shithooking and I kept sliding in in front of him. Ummmm if I'm allatime in front of you because you're not pulling, then WHO is?!

If I'm not pulling hard enough, why are you bitching at me for keeping the pace the same as it had been?

I couldn't win for losing tonite.

Towards the end of the ride I was on the front at 35-36kph kinda letting everyone get into a line and tried to pull off. Guy behind me sits on my wheel and sez 'you're pulling.'

So I thought eff y'all and ramped the speed up to where I wanted it to be (41-42kph) and held is as long as I could. Right after that, the speed went back down to 32-33kph. We're within a few miles of the end, c'mon folks! Try a little something here!

...and that was about a mile after an attack at the top of a hill on a chip/seal section of road. We got chased down, but the person doing the chasing popped. Doh! Yeah, my legs blew right after the hill, but I could still keep up 35-36kph on the false flat with one of my teammates. If there'd been one more person, I think we coulda held em off.

There's been better rides. I didn't even feel particularly good tonite either.

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Old 07-06-2011, 08:12 PM   #20977
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Dood! I know this guy!

Mark Whitehead dies

Not like we were close buddies or anything, but I got along with him at the races in Sandy Eggo.



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Old 07-07-2011, 02:10 AM   #20978
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You still riding? How's it going?!

I'm in VA and up to 4 built bikes and 2 frames. Down to zero MCs tho. Also down 30#!

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Still riding. I moved closer to work so now I am commuting 8 miles each way in the dark. Love the Magicshine just sayin. I also picked up a single speed mtn bike. My old ass knees say I shoulda got gears. Maybe upgrade after paying off some bills. Need to ride more. Way more.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:54 AM   #20979
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Still riding. I moved closer to work so now I am commuting 8 miles each way in the dark. Love the Magicshine just sayin. I also picked up a single speed mtn bike. My old ass knees say I shoulda got gears. Maybe upgrade after paying off some bills. Need to ride more. Way more.
Great to hear from you.

Keep it um mang!

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Old 07-07-2011, 09:41 AM   #20980
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ive been considering buying a relatively cheap single speed bike just for messing around, and have sort of narrowed it down to a new 2009 specialized langster on closeout for $400, or a motobecane single speed cyclocross bike from bikesdirect for the same price.

any thoughts? i like the langster, but the cyclocross bike would seem to be more bombproof/versatile, with the larger tires and steel frame, plus the ability to handle gravel/dirt trails/roads (which i have access to).

any thoughts?
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:36 PM   #20981
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ive been considering buying a relatively cheap single speed bike just for messing around, and have sort of narrowed it down to a new 2009 specialized langster on closeout for $400, or a motobecane single speed cyclocross bike from bikesdirect for the same price.

any thoughts? i like the langster, but the cyclocross bike would seem to be more bombproof/versatile, with the larger tires and steel frame, plus the ability to handle gravel/dirt trails/roads (which i have access to).

any thoughts?
I owned a Langster for a while and it was one of my favorite bikes... even rode it across Iowa for my first RAGBRAI. That said, I think a steel frame will offer a better ride, but not necessarily the Motobecane from Bikesdirect. I know a few ppl that have bought their bikes from the site. Some have had problems with warranty, others were happy with the purchase. A CX frame will offer more in the way of utility and rough road comfort though. The Langster is an aluminum frame and can get buzzy on chip-seal or rough road surfaces.
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:53 AM   #20982
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ive been considering buying a relatively cheap single speed bike just for messing around, and have sort of narrowed it down to a new 2009 specialized langster on closeout for $400, or a motobecane single speed cyclocross bike from bikesdirect for the same price.

any thoughts? i like the langster, but the cyclocross bike would seem to be more bombproof/versatile, with the larger tires and steel frame, plus the ability to handle gravel/dirt trails/roads (which i have access to).

any thoughts?
Sounds like the SS cross bike is more what you are looking for. The steel bike will be heavier than the langster for sure. I own a langster and it is a lot of fun. Light and fast. I have purchased from bikedirect and was pleased with my purchase. Didn't experience any issues that needed Customer Service so I can't comment on that.
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:12 PM   #20983
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I'm a big proponent of 'if you can only have 1 bike, get a cross bike.' Goes off-road. Goes on the road. Just... goes.

I don't ride mine near enough thru the summer. Its actually got a spiderweb on the handlebars cause I've been on the road-road bikes so much. There's shoe/cleat issues + I always seem to forget to put on the mtn shoes when going out.

I've taken my cross bike places where guys normally ride DS bikes. I've ridden it in fast group rides. Gravel road? Sure.

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Old 07-10-2011, 09:58 AM   #20984
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Fri 2.5hrs with 5 x 1min or 90sec intervals. Included was about an hour of tempo.

Sat 4-ish hrs mostly easy, but rolly ride around Remington/Brandy Station

This AM 2:00 hrs or so mostly easy with about 15min of attacks and fast riding thrown in in the middle.

I'm debating on UW Hockey this PM. I'm beat.

I felt like poo this AM till the attacks started then my legs woke up. That don't happen often. When I don't feel good, it *usually* lasts the whole ride.

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Old 07-10-2011, 12:20 PM   #20985
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I'm a big proponent of 'if you can only have 1 bike, get a cross bike.' Goes off-road. Goes on the road. Just... goes.

I don't ride mine near enough thru the summer. Its actually got a spiderweb on the handlebars cause I've been on the road-road bikes so much. There's shoe/cleat issues + I always seem to forget to put on the mtn shoes when going out.

I've taken my cross bike places where guys normally ride DS bikes. I've ridden it in fast group rides. Gravel road? Sure.

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2 hrs. of MTB this morning with pavement at either end. I rode from the house since my FIL is borrowing the truck. Small Block Eights aren't too dismal on the road, but it was still a slow boat to/from the trail.
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