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Old 10-24-2011, 03:07 PM   #21961
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If it's all you've got, ride it.

If you can find skinny road style rubber in 29 you'll probably do ok.

This summer I did a 75km road ride on my hardtail and it didn't suck too bad. I had slicks for it
and the only downfall was the cheap ass fork with no lockout. By the last hill I was cursing the
energy robbing squish with every pedal stroke.

My wife did the ride with me on an identical bike and now says proper road bikes are in our future.
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:38 PM   #21962
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Thanks for all the replies.
At least for now I will be riding a 29er with full suspension. Hopefully with some setup it won't be too bad.
29er will be fine the tire choice will be the issue.I've got contis Travel contact on the Surly LHT.Love em nice slick in center and knobs on the edges in case I want to go down a dirt/gravel road,if which there are many in this area.

You're gonna want a tire that rolls well,but is fairly stout. Something in a touring tire,flats are the last thing you want to have to deal with.
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:49 PM   #21963
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Don't tell me let me guess Coast Guard?
Yup!
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:01 PM   #21964
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Thanks for all the replies.
At least for now I will be riding a 29er with full suspension. Hopefully with some setup it won't be too bad.
Try and get some bar ends. One of the advantages to a road bike is the ability to move your positioning around as you ride. MTB's you are kind of stuck without bar ends or something similar.
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:12 PM   #21965
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Another option is Titec H-bars or Jones H-bars.



The Titec are the open ones.
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:57 AM   #21966
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New green and yaller skinsuit stands out, don't it?

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Old 10-25-2011, 08:50 AM   #21967
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IMPORTANT CYCLOCROSS QUESTION!!!

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CX WEEKEND OF THE YEAR.

I CAN'T SCREW THIS UP.





What should I do for a costume in this weekend's race?

I suck at costumes, help me out here.

Budget: about $20.

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Old 10-25-2011, 09:09 AM   #21968
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Here's a pro tip for you novices. When you get a flat in the middle of nowhere, put the wheel back on BEFORE you inflate the tire with the CO2 cartridge. Why? Because the goddam tire won't squeeze through the brake pads if it's inflated. Fuck!

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Old 10-25-2011, 09:45 AM   #21969
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Here's a pro tip for you novices. When you get a flat in the middle of nowhere, put the wheel back on BEFORE you inflate the tire with the CO2 cartridge. Why? Because the goddam tire won't squeeze through the brake pads if it's inflated. Fuck!

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there is usually a switch like lever or screw type to adjust that
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:49 AM   #21970
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Here's a pro tip for you novices. When you get a flat in the middle of nowhere, put the wheel back on BEFORE you inflate the tire with the CO2 cartridge. Why? Because the goddam tire won't squeeze through the brake pads if it's inflated. Fuck!

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DId you release the brake quick-release before you tried to install the wheel?




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Old 10-25-2011, 04:10 PM   #21971
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So I'm riding home today (2011 Specialized Sirrus Elite Triple). I go from sidewalk to parking lot & hit a bump. I hear a pop & hiss in my rear wheel, and it goes immediately flat. I carry a spare & pump with me, I swap it & roll home.

On the ride home, I notice that now I've got a pulsation in the back. After a little research, it feels like what's commonly described as a hop. I get home, ,pull the wheel off, retighten the spokes, check the interior of the rim, and give it a spin. Here's where it gets weird for me. Vertically, the wheel spins true. Laterally, there's definitely a gentle wobble. However, the tire looks like it has a flat spot in it; the tire looks out of true vertically.

Are these the symptoms of a dented rim?

If it's dented, is that generally fixable?

If it's not, does anybody know of a good deal on an alex wheel? 700 x 28?

I also made sure to quick-release the brakes while I was swapping the wheel on & off. ;)
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:24 PM   #21972
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So I'm riding home today (2011 Specialized Sirrus Elite Triple). I go from sidewalk to parking lot & hit a bump. I hear a pop & hiss in my rear wheel, and it goes immediately flat. I carry a spare & pump with me, I swap it & roll home.

On the ride home, I notice that now I've got a pulsation in the back. After a little research, it feels like what's commonly described as a hop. I get home, ,pull the wheel off, retighten the spokes, check the interior of the rim, and give it a spin. Here's where it gets weird for me. Vertically, the wheel spins true. Laterally, there's definitely a gentle wobble. However, the tire looks like it has a flat spot in it; the tire looks out of true vertically.

Are these the symptoms of a dented rim?

If it's dented, is that generally fixable?

If it's not, does anybody know of a good deal on an alex wheel? 700 x 28?

I also made sure to quick-release the brakes while I was swapping the wheel on & off. ;)
Are you sure you have the tire seated all the way around? I usually put a little air in and pull the tire away from the bead all the way around, while looking to see that I don't have the tube pinched between the tire and the rim. Also, this allows me to seat the tire in the bead of the rim. It sounds like your tire is not properly seated.
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:42 PM   #21973
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need help on choosing between 2 bikes, 2011 cannondales

I am just looking for a decent road bike, not into high end stuff. I am 6'4" and these 2 are brand new and like within $100 price wise, I found them much lower than msrp, under $1000 shipped, similar components, really not sure what makes then different. I am a noob. 2011 Synapse 5 alloy 61cm and 2011 Caad 10 5 60cm. I realize these are no longer USA made and theres better bikes out there but either one would suit me just fine. Which one would you get and why? What makes them different? Thanks for help.
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:54 PM   #21974
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Are you sure you have the tire seated all the way around? I usually put a little air in and pull the tire away from the bead all the way around, while looking to see that I don't have the tube pinched between the tire and the rim. Also, this allows me to seat the tire in the bead of the rim. It sounds like your tire is not properly seated.
I follow what you're saying.

But I've had the tire on & off about three times investigating this problem. Wouldn't it have seated at one point at least? Or, if it's not seating, is that another pointer to a dented rim?
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:09 PM   #21975
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Ow.


So I had to take some time away from the bike to put together our little rally.

Seems my technical skills have slid more than my aerobic capacity.

Last week I had what was certainly an entertaining little moment when I came unclipped on a tough uphill, went over the bars, bounced my face off the front tire and managed to keep going without falling off....

Tonight though. Oof.

Locked up the front end and washed out in some leaves. At a fairly good clip. Face first into the ground, sliding *up* hill.

And then my bike attacked me from behind.

I'm not sure what exactly happened, but one love handle is now like 4 times bigger than the other.

I'm now on a strict self medication regimen.
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