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Old 07-20-2012, 09:36 AM   #24466
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One other thing, I am not a fan of sand! Where I crashed yesterday was a sandy area at the bottom of a small drop or wash. The sand was there to build up the ground since this area is where water drains after a rain. I hit that small area, maybe two-three feet of sand a few inches deep) and the front wheel just twisted when it dug in, throwing me forward. Thankfully, I was going pretty slow, because I don't like sand, and landed without injury.

However, when I got the bike up, I noticed that the fork was rotated from straight by about 20 degrees! It was easy to just grip the wheel with my legs and twist everything back in line. I am assuming that the fork should not be that loose through the frame. Is there a specific bolt I should tighten to keep that from happening again, or should it be that way??? Also, what is a "true" wheel, perfectly straight with no wobbles while rotating? (Cause mine now has a slight wobble after that little spill yesterday.)
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:40 AM   #24467
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I was up at 0415 for a 0430 ride this morning. Mainly just to exercise, no pushing, no intervals - just a calm ride.

My normal route is up Pecos and then reverse and go down it until I'm forced to the north where I take a circle through a neighborhood. When I exit the neighborhood, I go back south and then pick up Pecos to head home.

That all went well until a road rider caught me by surprise on the final stretch. I was loafing along at 16 or so, daydreaming and didn't see him coming. He went by with a cheery "good morning" so I did what comes naturally - I decided to jump on his rear wheel and enjoy the ride back home! You can see on the graph where my speed jumped from 17 or so to 23 just past the 50 min point.

I run a dynohub front and a Schmidt Edelux headlight. Nice LED light, reasonably bright. When he noticed the light on his handlebars and legs, he turned around, saw me and then stood up to crank a bit. I was about 4' behind him, on flat ground & there no way most (average) guys are going to drop me there. Luckily for me, he kept a very nice steady pace of 22-23 mph.

I didn't want to make him too nervous so I kept a respectful distance from him - but not too far. When we got to my turn, I yelled out a "nice pull - have a great day" and he responded in kind. Darn nice way to start the day.



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Old 07-20-2012, 11:25 AM   #24468
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How do you communicate to other riders on a narrow trail that you want to pass them? I always pull off to the side when I see another rider crowding my rear wheel, but many people don't. In several instances, I've actually observed another rider deliberately speed up to prevent me from getting by him. When I asked this question of the Fast Boyz who ride my favorite local trail, the advice I got was to stick out my elbow and knock the other guy off his bike. They weren't kidding, either. Surely there must be a better way.
If yelling "On your left!" doesn't work after three times, pull up beside them and yank their earbuds out. Works for me.
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:19 PM   #24469
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One other thing, I am not a fan of sand!
The girlfriend & I found out about sand on our trek across Missouri on the Katy Trail. Just about all of the trail is this great small-pebble limestone, except where it's washed out and the morons at the DNR patched it with sand. You'd be zipping along at 15-20 mph and suddenly the trail color changes. Just enough time to grab the rear brakes & get your weight back before the sand grabbed your front wheel.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:09 PM   #24470
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Too hot to ride

I usually do at least five laps at my favorite local trail. Today I was feeling exhausted after just two, and felt nauseous after the third, when I decided to call it quits. That's how it's been for the past two weekends with a heat index hovering above 100F. It's not just unpleasant out there, it's unhealthy. I think I'm gonna quit riding the trails for the next two months and work on my basic skills in the back yard until things cool down.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:45 AM   #24471
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I usually do at least five laps at my favorite local trail. Today I was feeling exhausted after just two, and felt nauseous after the third, when I decided to call it quits. That's how it's been for the past two weekends with a heat index hovering above 100F. It's not just unpleasant out there, it's unhealthy. I think I'm gonna quit riding the trails for the next two months and work on my basic skills in the back yard until things cool down.
I am planning on riding my local trail this afternoon. It is about 6 miles total, but there are options to head back to the parking lot at 2 and 3 miles. Hopefully, at only 6 miles I can make it the whole way, but I am not so prideful that I won't turn out. Supposed to be right at 100 today, with a heat index close to 110!
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:29 AM   #24472
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The girlfriend & I found out about sand on our trek across Missouri on the Katy Trail. Just about all of the trail is this great small-pebble limestone, except where it's washed out and the morons at the DNR patched it with sand. You'd be zipping along at 15-20 mph and suddenly the trail color changes. Just enough time to grab the rear brakes & get your weight back before the sand grabbed your front wheel.
That's opposite of what I do. I've found that if you keep pace or speed up, you have more chance of making it through, upright. Slowing down causes you to lose flotation and sink, especially when hitting the brakes and transferring weight to the frontend.

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I usually do at least five laps at my favorite local trail. Today I was feeling exhausted after just two, and felt nauseous after the third, when I decided to call it quits. That's how it's been for the past two weekends with a heat index hovering above 100F. It's not just unpleasant out there, it's unhealthy. I think I'm gonna quit riding the trails for the next two months and work on my basic skills in the back yard until things cool down.
We've had high 90s to low 100s, the last few weeks. I've been riding 72 mile out-and-backs, where there are no towns in between home and my destination. The hottest temp upon returning has been 102 on the thermometer, in the shade. I've been doing this ride 2-3 times per week, the last month. Get yer road bike back out or start earlier in the morning.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:49 AM   #24473
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A beautiful day here in CT. High 70's. 41 hill filled miles. Back out for 55 + tomorrow.
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:45 PM   #24474
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I want a cross bike. My friends are doing midnight gravel grinders to avoid the heat and I want in. I get a deal on cannondale, so I'll likely go with that (105 group). I'll throw skinnies on it and use it as a road bike too. My girlfriend won't give back my 613.

If jamis still made the nova in 853 tubing, I'd buy one right this second. It even had rear rack braze-ons...man I wish I had pulled the trigger on one a few years back.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:04 PM   #24475
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I want a cross bike. My friends are doing midnight gravel grinders to avoid the heat and I want in. I get a deal on cannondale, so I'll likely go with that (105 group). I'll throw skinnies on it and use it as a road bike too. My girlfriend won't give back my 613.

If jamis still made the nova in 853 tubing, I'd buy one right this second. It even had rear rack braze-ons...man I wish I had pulled the trigger on one a few years back.
right on!

I had a C'dale cross bike a few years back. It was cursed. I crashed and broke five ribs. Sold the bike a week later. It was purdy...
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:26 PM   #24476
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Thanks for the wheel building input fellas!

I've watched a few good tutorials on youtube and I think I'm going to give it a go.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:43 AM   #24477
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Working out, not so much working out as just working.

But, first the good news: This past week I've slipped one notch closer to the end of my second belt. Toward the smaller end rather than off the larger end.
That is one notch away from my old custom made buffalo nickel belt. A belt my wife gave me back when I was at my racing weight. I was one notch ahead of here back at the end of January so things in that regard are looking up, or at least smaller.

This weekend I had planned to take Friday off and ride mid-morning while my wife worked from home, then I'd be back in time to take her to the airport, and get some of my chores and small projects completed. And I'd planned an all out assault on my girth with three days of good steady riding.

As I was leaving work for what would have been an early for me exit after only 10 hours I got caught by one of the other managers and let into yet another hotter than a two dollar pistol task. It's way behind and pretty high visibility having caught the eye of "The Suit" that screams.

So, I'm at the beginning of my third twelve plus hour day. trying to move the pile a little closer to the ditch. The sad part of that is of course no big hilly rides this weekend, or even flat spins back and forth on the trail. Barely a walk.

Oh, and just so I can challenge my wistful plans at recovering my lost conditioning there are gears whirring as I sit here increasing my girth that may put me off the bike through the end of the year. Of course I'm going to blame this on the world's economic collapse, global warming and possibly some bad Thai takeout and poor cable service.
Nobody moved my cheese, they moved the whole damned trap!

But, the light at the end of the tunnel may just be light instead of dark. If I do get seperated from my bicycle at least I'll have my running gear to fall back on. Also my aging Adventure will get to hove unmolested in the back corner of the castle's vast motorpool, under covers and pads rather than winding its clock ever closer to that 200,000 milestone/headstone. (less than 15,000 miles to go now)
OK, maybe boxes, garden implements and old clothes.
And the real silver lining in this cloud is that somebody else will be buying the food, place to sleep, car to drive and gas to burn so I'm down with that. There is of course a very nasty little grain of sand to be rubbed into the eye, maybe three or four. But I'll leave that until later when and if this plane touches tarmac.

I may soon become an even greater spectator of/in this thread. Or if it all goes pear-shaped I could have a load of training time on my hands.

We'll see in a few which way the hammer will fall.

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Old 07-22-2012, 10:31 AM   #24478
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Got in 3+ hours in 'heavy air' yesterday. Not quite rain, not quite cold. Wool rawks.

Did 3 x 20min cruise intervals in there. Starting on the :30s-ish. Lemme tell ya. That last 20min stretch was teh suck. On a road where I normally have a tailwind, I had a head/side wind.

I can tell you from personal experience that mo cadence = mo bettah. I was breathing hard, but the legs didn't burn till I slowed down the cadence/went up a rise. So for all y'all mashers: its always spin faster, not push harder.



...and from the 'bicycles on the road' thread in the perfect line: no idiots on the road in all 3 hours.

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Old 07-22-2012, 04:29 PM   #24479
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Still learning the biking lingo... Is this someone who is over 200 lbs (like me )???
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:51 PM   #24480
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New bars, tape and saddle...

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The bars are Salsa Pro Moto 2s. Similar to the Cowbells I put on my Vaya, minus the flared drops. The bars made the Vaya much more comfortable and had the same effect on the Cannondale. I'm getting better with the bar wrapping, but I still have a bulge under the brake hoods. I don't notice it really when I'm riding, but it annoys me to look at it. The saddle is actually pretty comfortable. It's hard, but the shape fits me well. I guess I got lucky

Question for those who know: What would I have to do to convert the bike to compact gearing? Can I just swap chain rings? New crankset? Do I need a whole new front deraileur, too?

I took the Cannondale out for the second time this year, to try out the new set-up and I really liked it. Went 26.3 miles at 17.3 mph avg. About 1.5-2 mph faster than I usually manage on the Vaya, and I loved how light it felt going up the hills. The Vaya might not get much use again until fall...

I've been lucky to get one "real" bike ride per week, but I've been doing indoor classes two or three times a week and it's been keeping me in pretty good shape. In fact, I'm probably in better shape than I've been in for few years.
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