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Old 10-12-2012, 02:22 PM   #25486
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From the GeoManGear.com website.
"On April 6, 2012 GeoManGear stopped sales and closed its virtual doors.
On July 6, 2012 we ceased all operations.

Despite our best efforts we are not able to continue in business.
We want to thank all of our loyal, devoted, and fanatical customers from the bottom of our hearts. You have all been great supporters of GeoManGear over the years and we are going to miss you.
Thanks from the GeoManGear Team!"


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Thirded. I have one of their 1000 lumen lights with the extended life battery pack from GeoManGear. Works great!
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:54 PM   #25487
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Bummer. That high-capacity battery pack they put together really makes a difference on longer rides.
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:52 PM   #25488
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I wish someone made a hard tank that mounted to the two sets of bottle cage mounts with a quick release and a long straw that was a hydration pack.

Fill it up for the beginning of the ride and be good for hours. Couple of snaps or straps to remove, fill with soapy water, shake and rinse. Reinstall for the next ride.

Weight is low and out of the way. Triangular shape means the straw will always bottom out.

Does such a device exist?

Looking at all of the bottle cages and bottles is numbing my grey material.
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:01 PM   #25489
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I wish someone made a hard tank that mounted to the two sets of bottle cage mounts with a quick release and a long straw that was a hydration pack.

Fill it up for the beginning of the ride and be good for hours. Couple of snaps or straps to remove, fill with soapy water, shake and rinse. Reinstall for the next ride.

Weight is low and out of the way. Triangular shape means the straw will always bottom out.

Does such a device exist?

Looking at all of the bottle cages and bottles is numbing my grey material.
Which bike is it going to fit? None of em are what you'd call 'standard.'

If you want something like that, your best bet is to build it to fit your bike.

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Old 10-12-2012, 09:07 PM   #25490
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Try a custom frame pack with a hydration bladder?
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:58 AM   #25491
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I wish someone made a hard tank that mounted to the two sets of bottle cage mounts with a quick release and a long straw that was a hydration pack.

Fill it up for the beginning of the ride and be good for hours. Couple of snaps or straps to remove, fill with soapy water, shake and rinse. Reinstall for the next ride.

Weight is low and out of the way. Triangular shape means the straw will always bottom out.

Does such a device exist?

Looking at all of the bottle cages and bottles is numbing my grey material.
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:08 AM   #25492
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Going fast on a roadbike

A local mountain biker I know finally bought his first roadbike, a Trek Madone 5.9. This guy works out with weights and has massive leg muscles coupled with tremendous endurance, and a body fat percentage of 7%. I assumed that because of all this, he'd be winning all the KOM's in the area, but so far his best placings have been 4th and 8th place on the leader board - losing out to riders who don't look to be in better shape than the average person. These KOM's consist of sprints or hill climbs, which don't require skill, just strength and endurance - which he has in spades. So why wouldn't someone who has his degree of physical development and a fast bike like the Madone 5.9 be able to easily outrun everyone else in these kinds of 'races'?

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Old 10-13-2012, 07:34 AM   #25493
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A local mountain biker I know finally bought his first roadbike, a Trek Madone 5.9. This guy works out with weights and has massive leg muscles coupled with tremendous endurance, and a body fat percentage of 7%. I assumed that because of all this, he'd be winning all the KOM's in the area, but so far his best placings have been 4th and 8th place on the leader board - losing out to riders who don't look to be in better shape than the average person. These KOM's consist of sprints or hill climbs, which don't require skill, just strength and endurance - which he has in spades. So why wouldn't someone who has his degree of physical development and a fast bike like the Madone 5.9 be able to easily outrun everyone else in these kinds of 'races'?

Physical attributes aren't everything. Large muscles often look strong, but may be eclipsed by someone with smaller but stronger (maybe more efficient) muscles.

Growing up in Zimbabwe we had a very macho culture in high school. I went to an all male boarding school. We had big rugby players, water polo players, basketball players etc, who all played for Zim schools in their respective sports. Guys who had to run, jump and lift in their sports.


Who had the best record for the leg press? A skinny triple jumper.....

Granted, he couldn't squat as much as the others but you have to consider that the squat employs a lot of upper body muscles as well. But when it came down to strictly leg strength, He was peerless.
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:52 AM   #25494
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A local mountain biker I know finally bought his first roadbike, a Trek Madone 5.9. This guy works out with weights and has massive leg muscles coupled with tremendous endurance, and a body fat percentage of 7%. I assumed that because of all this, he'd be winning all the KOM's in the area, but so far his best placings have been 4th and 8th place on the leader board - losing out to riders who don't look to be in better shape than the average person. These KOM's consist of sprints or hill climbs, which don't require skill, just strength and endurance - which he has in spades. So why wouldn't someone who has his degree of physical development and a fast bike like the Madone 5.9 be able to easily outrun everyone else in these kinds of 'races'?

There have been some famous cyclists in the past who switched from cycling to running - one of them came off the saddle, and with no training, entered the Boston Marathon. Failed to finish.

This is why multisport racing (triathlons, duathlons, etc) employ a different skillset than plain ole cycling. This is why cross-training is good.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:58 PM   #25495
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all reet. adjustment wise, my hybrid is approaching perfect. swapped the 90mm stem for a 110mm, and moved the seat back about 15mm on its rails. I think I might drop the bars 2 more 10mm spacers but flip the stem back around so it goes up instead of straight out, which puts it just about where it is now but will look better (will be zero spacers at that point, so I probably should get a couple of the thinnest ones I can find to put above/below the stem clamp prior to whacking the steering tube off).
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:34 PM   #25496
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phew. 11 miles in 57 mins, my longest ride yet since I broke my foot back in july.

http://goo.gl/maps/I4F4V

(more or less. I made a side trip to a bike shop to pick up a camelback podium 'chill' water bottle. totally worth the $11).

I know 11 miles is pretty pathetic (heck, 25 years ago I would reguarlly ride 80-100 miles), but for me, considering my physical condition, its a start.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:16 PM   #25497
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Back on the Road

After > a month off it's time to ride again.


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Old 10-13-2012, 05:10 PM   #25498
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Any input on the Specialized Festina?



I don't really know too much about about the thing and a friend is looking into buying it. It needs some TLC and I think she can get it for cheap ($500 ish)

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Old 10-13-2012, 05:19 PM   #25499
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Any input on the Specialized Festina?



I don't really know too much about about the thing and a friend is looking into buying it. It needs some TLC and I think she can get it for cheap ($500 ish)

Input?
thats a S-Works SL "Team Festina"? apparently that /was/ the exact tour-de-france frame they raced circa 2000. The Festina part is just the colors.

I think thats this bike here,
http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...e#.UHoEom_A8uA

those aren't the original wheels but its 11 or so years old, so, not surprising.


most important thing is that it fits you well. per some random googling, thats a really really stiff rear triangle, suitable for high RPM mountain climbing, the front carbon forks were criticized as being a bit soft. one comment was that the chain stays were very wide and straight and if you didn't have tiny feet, they were easy to clip with your heels.
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:32 PM   #25500
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I can fit her to the bike I think, it may not be the perfect size but she's not sure if she's going to like cycling to begin with. The whole thing is a bit of an experiment and its a question of how much do you want to spend on something that you're not sure you're going to get into.

The bike needs work that I can do for free, and I don't think it's going to need any parts. I'm more worried about the saddle than anything as far as getting our candidate through the first couple of rides.

I'll post some pics of the clean up tomorrow. I'm thinking $500 tops.



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thats a S-Works SL "Team Festina"? apparently that /was/ the exact tour-de-france frame they raced circa 2000. The Festina part is just the colors.

I think thats this bike here,
http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...e#.UHoEom_A8uA

those aren't the original wheels but its 11 or so years old, so, not surprising.


most important thing is that it fits you well. per some random googling, thats a really really stiff rear triangle, suitable for high RPM mountain climbing, the front carbon forks were criticized as being a bit soft. one comment was that the chain stays were very wide and straight and if you didn't have tiny feet, they were easy to clip with your heels.
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