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Old 09-20-2012, 10:01 AM   #25186
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With all the great rides here, I feel a little silly asking my question.

I'm doing a 78 mile Charity ride on the 29th. I plan on doing a 20, 50 and 15 this Fri/Sat and Sunday. I have been riding every week for the past 8 weeks or so. What kind of riding or other kind of exercise should I do, if any, the 5 days before my big (for me) ride? Don't wanna wear out my knees or legs.

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I've found that if my training mileage hasn't exceeded my event mileage, I'll take at least 3 days before the event off to rest. The weekend before I'll go pretty hard on Saturday with a short recovery ride on Sunday, but then just an easy spin in the middle of the week to keep loose.

Like duc said, work on your nutrition. Find what you can eat before and during long rides. My wife loves uncut oatmeal before a ride, but it makes me sick to my stomach after about 10 miles. I'm happier with a hard-boiled egg, a banana and some coffee for breakfast.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:54 AM   #25187
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Hey Gummee, do you have easy access to that link you posted for knock-off carbon frames? (Tried searching this thread, but couldn't find it.)

I'm thinking about surprising my wife with a new frame/fork later this year and was going to look for something similar to the Specialized Ruby in a 54.

Thanks!
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:58 AM   #25188
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Hey Gummee, do you have easy access to that link you posted for knock-off carbon frames? (Tried searching this thread, but couldn't find it.)

I'm thinking about surprising my wife with a new frame/fork later this year and was going to look for something similar to the Specialized Ruby in a 54.

Thanks!
There's a few places out there that are either doing carbon frames or in the case of Price Point, AL frames too.

Pricepoint.com
velobuild.com has group buys on those frames.
pedalforce (aka Ritte's carbon bike)

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Old 09-20-2012, 11:06 AM   #25189
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There's a few places out there that are either doing carbon frames or in the case of Price Point, AL frames too.

Pricepoint.com
velobuild.com has group buys on those frames.
pedalforce (aka Ritte's carbon bike)

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:46 PM   #25190
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In the end though, they are both pedal bikes and as long as people are riding, I don't care what style of frame it's on...
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:21 PM   #25191
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Hey Gummee, do you have easy access to that link you posted for knock-off carbon frames? (Tried searching this thread, but couldn't find it.)

I'm thinking about surprising my wife with a new frame/fork later this year and was going to look for something similar to the Specialized Ruby in a 54.

Thanks!
These guys have a bunch, too.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:35 PM   #25192
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I've talked at length with many of those riders on the ergonomic differences between the two styles of bikes and I firmly believe it just boils down to personal preference if there is no physical restriction that keeps one from riding a standard frame bike.

I would say personal preferences or personal restrictions. In my case, it's the latter - my neck won't allow me to ride a DF.


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In the end though, they are both pedal bikes and as long as people are riding, I don't care what style of frame it's on...
Oh hell yeah. I love riding my bike and will willingly ride with just about anyone/anywhere. Like is good - "I ride a mf'n bike".
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:57 PM   #25193
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I've settled on a 30 mile loop as my route.
First go was 2:48 mins. 2 weeks ago.
Then 2:20. Last week.
Last night 2:06hrs.

Bit of a back story.
I had surgery on my feet and was bed ridden for three months. I normally play rugby so the surgery precluded running or rugby or activity. Healing slowly and trying to get back in the swing of things. Been on my feet for two months now but still have pain. Since I can't play rugby or run (i only ever ran to stay in shape for rugby) i'been trying to ride more frequently to make up.

I've always been a masher/ grinder and just not able to spin, but the gospel of spin is becoming more clear to me. I really, really want to average 15 mph for this loop, but most of the back half is a long slow incline, before a longish decline that leads all the way home. Trying to up my average speed really opened my eyes to the spin. Still not quite doing it right.

Anyway, this excerpt is from last night.

"So I turn up Corbin from Devonshire and try to Lance Armstrong that uphill in whatever gear I was going 17 miles an hour just a minute before.
That shit lasted all of 20 seconds as I had to sit my ass down on the seat, rapidly change gears (thank God I have a triple) and start to spin like crazy to go 5 miles an hour (so everybody sees you. Thanks Will)

So about five minutes later, sweat is dripping from my face (it's 3 am) and i'm approaching a little area near the freeway that is somewhat undeveloped; people ride horses, and there are mountain bike trails and stuff there, and I axe myself;

a what's the likelihood that there are bears, wolves, coyotes, panthers in this general area
b what's the chance that these animals are nocturnal? maybe diurnal

Then being that I didn't grow up here I tried to think what our predators habits are at home.
Apex predators; lions leopards etc. Definitely will hunt at night. Too lazy during the day. Therefore any pumas/ panthers can be assumed to be nocturnal too. Okay then.
We don't have bears in Africa. Big question mark.
Scavengers and pack hunters. Hyenas, jackals, wild dogs. Definitely will hunt at night too. Although they do also hunt during the day.
You know random stuff. Stuff to keep your mind off the pain.

I crest the rise and there is the slightest downhill before I enter the pain cave again so I try to gain as much momentum as possible in that 20 meters so I can make the final push up to Rinaldi. As I approach a T junction a coyote casually cuts across the intersection, completely oblivious to the fact that there is a stop sign there, and I have right of way. I'm about to cuss him out on his bad traffic manners when another one does the same thing.

REALLY DUDE?!?!?!?! I nearly ran your ass over, can't you see the bloody stop sign. What if i'd run into you? Do you even have insurance? You realise I am clipped in and a fall could have incapacitated me here? Were you going to call 911 or just run off like the bitch that you are? (Caveat; I didn't check for gender, so I don't know if these were females, or just some inconsiderate, maybe drunk males. Remember; 3am, bars closed an hour ago, maybe they are only just getting home....)

So while my left brain is busy processing this information, my amygdala is busy taking action too. You know how Dr Banner gets angry and there's that transformation into The Hulk? Well, mine is nothing like that; imagine a fat boy holding his breath, concentrating real hard, and squeezing like he's really trying to fart. Or hold it in. Yeah, well, it's kinda like that. Except it's more primal, because as i'm doing that, i'm secreting serious amounts of pheromones to communicate with these animals at their level; a combination of Wolverine (when he's really pissed, not when he is drunk and cage fighting to make some beer money) a sabre tooth tiger, a Tyrannisaurus Rex, fucking Godzila, and just a hint of Tinkerbell. You might run into someone who's got the same pheromones + Cthulu, so you might need some magic or some shit.

Anyway, as my body is secreting these powerful pheromones (you humans excrete that piddly adrenaline shit) these coyotes are circling around and following me, like they read my mind and are itching for a fight. They might have been drinking, remember? So i'm huffing and puffin, pedalling like crazy, going 5 miles an hour getting ready to go all buck while (oh yes, we've gone ghetto now, shit's about to go down!) on these damn coyotes, and I spy them retreating into the distance, giving up the fight.

I think they realised they couldn't catch me. That's what my left brain tells me.

Me, I think it was the pheromones....."
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:25 AM   #25194
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funny stuff there neanderthal.


damn you've already took 40+ minutes off your loop, keep at it .
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:58 AM   #25195
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As I approach a T junction a coyote casually cuts across the intersection, completely oblivious to the fact that there is a stop sign there, and I have right of way. I'm about to cuss him out on his bad traffic manners when another one does the same thing.

REALLY DUDE?!?!?!?! I nearly ran your ass over, can't you see the bloody stop sign. What if i'd run into you? Do you even have insurance? You realise I am clipped in and a fall could have incapacitated me here? Were you going to call 911 or just run off like the bitch that you are? (Caveat; I didn't check for gender, so I don't know if these were females, or just some inconsiderate, maybe drunk males. Remember; 3am, bars closed an hour ago, maybe they are only just getting home....)

So while my left brain is busy processing this information, my amygdala is busy taking action too. You know how Dr Banner gets angry and there's that transformation into The Hulk? Well, mine is nothing like that; imagine a fat boy holding his breath, concentrating real hard, and squeezing like he's really trying to fart. Or hold it in. Yeah, well, it's kinda like that. Except it's more primal, because as i'm doing that, i'm secreting serious amounts of pheromones to communicate with these animals at their level; a combination of Wolverine (when he's really pissed, not when he is drunk and cage fighting to make some beer money) a sabre tooth tiger, a Tyrannisaurus Rex, fucking Godzila, and just a hint of Tinkerbell. You might run into someone who's got the same pheromones + Cthulu, so you might need some magic or some shit.

Anyway, as my body is secreting these powerful pheromones (you humans excrete that piddly adrenaline shit) these coyotes are circling around and following me, like they read my mind and are itching for a fight. They might have been drinking, remember? So i'm huffing and puffin, pedalling like crazy, going 5 miles an hour getting ready to go all buck while (oh yes, we've gone ghetto now, shit's about to go down!) on these damn coyotes, and I spy them retreating into the distance, giving up the fight.

I think they realised they couldn't catch me. That's what my left brain tells me.

Me, I think it was the pheromones....."
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:49 AM   #25196
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I <3 Bikesnobnyc.

http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2012...our-hands.html

The fact is, disc brakes on road bikes is inevitable, since if there's one thing that Freds hate it's knowing how to work on any part of their bicycle. Instead, they prefer to have a rolling inscrutable mystery between their legs that they take in to the bike shop at regular prescribed service intervals, like a leased BMW. The bicycle industry has served them well, too. Thanks to integrated seatposts, they can no longer raise or lower their own saddles. (And even when they could they couldn't do it without paying for a professional bicycle fitting first.) Thanks to crabon wheels the tubular tire has made a resurgence, which is something no Fred knows how to glue. Thanks to electronic shifting they need a qualified technician to plug their derailleurs into a diagnostic tool like they do when their BMWs display a "check engine" light. The weak link is of course the brakes, which even the most inept Fred can still figure out how to adjust, but with the advent of disc brakes the only form of maintenance a typical Fred will be able to perform on his road bike is refilling his water bottle.

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Old 09-21-2012, 07:24 AM   #25197
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:38 AM   #25198
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Life is good - "I ride a mf'n bike".
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:40 AM   #25199
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Ducnut, I absolutely LOVE my Soma Juice SS. I've had it since 2010 and will never part with it. I'm really stoked to see the redesign on the Juice and glad to see they finally incorporated the sliding dropouts (just wish I had them on my frame).

I'd love to have a double cross disc to replace my Vassago Fisticuff, but just not in the cards right now...
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:34 AM   #25200
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I <3 Bikesnobnyc.

http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2012...our-hands.html

The fact is, disc brakes on road bikes is inevitable, since if there's one thing that Freds hate it's knowing how to work on any part of their bicycle. Instead, they prefer to have a rolling inscrutable mystery between their legs that they take in to the bike shop at regular prescribed service intervals, like a leased BMW. The bicycle industry has served them well, too. Thanks to integrated seatposts, they can no longer raise or lower their own saddles. (And even when they could they couldn't do it without paying for a professional bicycle fitting first.) Thanks to crabon wheels the tubular tire has made a resurgence, which is something no Fred knows how to glue. Thanks to electronic shifting they need a qualified technician to plug their derailleurs into a diagnostic tool like they do when their BMWs display a "check engine" light. The weak link is of course the brakes, which even the most inept Fred can still figure out how to adjust, but with the advent of disc brakes the only form of maintenance a typical Fred will be able to perform on his road bike is refilling his water bottle.

HAHAHHAHAHAHA
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"Fred is a derisive term used by "serious" road cyclists to describe other cyclists who do not conform to serious road cyclists' norms with regard to dress and equipment, and appear amateurish to them."



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