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Old 12-03-2012, 11:44 PM   #26206
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so I got my park tools 'wall stand' and lag bolted it to the telephone pole thats right next to my outdoor workbench. freekin awesome.

http://www.parktool.com/product/prof...stand-prs-4w-2



that clamp rocks. and when I remove the bike clamp assembly from the base, the lock lever lifts out of the base too, so I don't need to leave that outdoors, just the black panted base piece. this new style clamp is really easy to use, too, will hold odd shaped and large diameter tubes easily. totally overkill for my back-og-the-shed bike wrenching :)
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:09 AM   #26207
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A word about Competitve Cyclist. I ordered some gear from them-- some shorts, some socks, you know. I also ordered a mat to go under the bike/rollers and a sweat catcher along with a headwind unit for my Kreitlers. Well, for some reason Comp. Cyclist split my order up in to 5 shipments. 3 showed up Thursday-- the more expensive items-- and 2 more boxes scheduled for Friday. Friday came and I received an email notice that my packages were delivered at 4:10 PM and left on the porch, just like the others were. Wait a minute, I was home at 4:10 PM. No packages. I circumambulated the house and then called UPS. They told me to call Comp. Cyclist. Comp. Cyclist told me they would send out a replacement shipment Monday. And they did, Monday morning it was already on its way. Guess what showed up on my porch this afternoon? The 'supposedly' delivered packages from Friday. I think someone from UPS was monkeying around.

In any case, UPS wasn't great, but Competitve Cyclist was great.

PS I have spent more than 700 USD at my (tiny) LBS this year. Porbably would have bought a new machine from them if there best brand wasn't Felt.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:38 AM   #26208
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PS I have spent more than 700 USD at my (tiny) LBS this year. Porbably would have bought a new machine from them if there best brand wasn't Felt.
I don't own a Felt, but, what's wrong with 'em?
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:56 AM   #26209
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As it gets to 70-ish again here today

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Old 12-04-2012, 05:58 AM   #26210
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A word about Competitve Cyclist. I ordered some gear from them-- some shorts, some socks, you know. I also ordered a mat to go under the bike/rollers and a sweat catcher along with a headwind unit for my Kreitlers. Well, for some reason Comp. Cyclist split my order up in to 5 shipments. 3 showed up Thursday-- the more expensive items-- and 2 more boxes scheduled for Friday. Friday came and I received an email notice that my packages were delivered at 4:10 PM and left on the porch, just like the others were. Wait a minute, I was home at 4:10 PM. No packages. I circumambulated the house and then called UPS. They told me to call Comp. Cyclist. Comp. Cyclist told me they would send out a replacement shipment Monday. And they did, Monday morning it was already on its way. Guess what showed up on my porch this afternoon? The 'supposedly' delivered packages from Friday. I think someone from UPS was monkeying around.

In any case, UPS wasn't great, but Competitve Cyclist was great.

PS I have spent more than 700 USD at my (tiny) LBS this year. Porbably would have bought a new machine from them if there best brand wasn't Felt.
I get that on occasion from UPS. My guess is that the driver is scanning the item as delivered to make his stats look better. What's the old saying, "You get what you measure'?
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:00 AM   #26211
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As it gets to 70-ish again here today

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Sounds like a nice winter day in Phoenix.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:53 AM   #26212
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Sounds like a nice winter day in Phoenix.
That's it. Rub it in



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Old 12-04-2012, 07:25 AM   #26213
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Found out a week ago I'm stationed here in the valley of the blue-hairs until April. I'm bringing a bike this weekend when I drive back. Maybe even lights. We'll see how much crap I can cram in the trunk of a new Maxima.
My back is semi-good. It hurt like hell over the weekend I spent flying to and from Iowa. Dancing all evening at the wedding reception didn't help, but the wine did mask the activity a bit.
I have enough room to keep my bike in the hotel suite, I just need to clean it up and gather my tools and gear. I'm going to be forced to begin looking at shoes too.

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Old 12-04-2012, 07:43 AM   #26214
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Found out a week ago I'm stationed here in the valley of the blue-hairs until April.
Why didn't you tell me you were in Florida? I would have baked you a cake.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:48 AM   #26215
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Feel free to rub it in when we're at our 100th day of temps over 105F.

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:06 AM   #26216
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Different blue-hairs here. These have ninja skilz.

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:55 AM   #26217
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We'll see how much crap I can cram in the trunk of a new Maxima.
Nice choice. You bought that because of all the TdF commercials, right?
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:08 AM   #26218
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Thanks for posting the video. That looks like loads of fun!! The bikes all seemed to have drop bars. Are those road bikes? Looks like a mountain bike might work well on that run.




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Lap of today's race

http://vimeo.com/54553281

The run-up after the dam kicked my rear end. The downhill on the other side did too, but for a different reason. Can you say 'washboard in a chute?'

Got a half decent start. IOW I didn't lose as many spots as I did last time at the very start. I DID lose some in the first few sets of turns and the first time up the first hill. I kept picking people off in onesies and twosies. I was a few hundred meters behind my buddy C coming out of the end of the gravel section. Managed to get within 30-40m. If I'da had another lap, I bet I coulda picked him off. I seem to get better as the race goes on. Means I need to do something about my warmups. Come in hotter and stay that way as opposed to what I've been doing. Guess I need to actually start bringing (and using) my folding trainer. I think I'm gonna ride out the last 2 races of the season 'as is' and break out the trainer for next year.

I'm getting faster. I'm not back where I was when I was in Sandy Eggo, but its coming back. Next fall *should* see me doing better. Next fall may also see me in the Master's 45+ but It may be a case of 'get my rear end handed to me in the afternoon' or 'hand someone their rear end midday.' We'll see.

There's a 'mandatory upgrade' coming. Do 10 Cat 4 races and get upgraded to a Cat 3. I'm not sure how I feel about that. The up side to me upgrading to a 3 is I could potentially race with my teammates and *try* to help them out. Again, we'll see. I train enough to be a good 4, and OK 3, or a piss-poor 1/2

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Old 12-04-2012, 11:48 AM   #26219
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Thanks for posting the video. That looks like loads of fun!! The bikes all seemed to have drop bars. Are those road bikes? Looks like a mountain bike might work well on that run.
To get your feet wet, a mtn bike (without barends) works great. A 29er works even better. Typically the courses aren't rough enough to need suspension, so a road-ish bike with knobbies works fine.

I raced my first half a season on my mtn bike with the fork locked out.

If you search for 'cyclocross' on youtube, there'll be a LOT of fun videos.

Speaking of cross bikes, I just got from 3:40 on my Crosshairs. Over to Busthead Rd then up and over Bull Run Mtn road, then up and over Busthead (another section) to Waterfall. Instead of coming back the way I went out, I went up and over Waterfall to Antioch and back thru Haymarket. Total distance was the same, just one less big hill in the way.

Bull Run Mtn Rd was all kinds of gravelly. Last time I was there it was pretty smoothed out. This time? Not so much. Made for a MUCH slower descent!

Conversely, Busthead was smoother. ...which is good cause there's one pitch (appx 50m long) that's a steep SOB. Up till this time up, there was a really soft spot about halfway thru the steep pitch that really sucked the energy out of your legs.

Was out in shorts, light base layer, and a summer weight jersey. ...and I got to pay for all that fun with a headwind the whole way home.

Screw the training schedule! I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to work on my tan lines s'more!

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Old 12-04-2012, 01:05 PM   #26220
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Thanks for posting the video. That looks like loads of fun!! The bikes all seemed to have drop bars. Are those road bikes? Looks like a mountain bike might work well on that run.
cyclocross is an hour or 90 minute timed race around a short course loop with obstacles, you often have to do a lot of dismount and carry, he who does hte most laps wins. the pace is a mad sprint. beginner classes use hardtail mountain bikes, the expert classes use drop bar purpose-built cyclocross bikes. around here, its done in the winter, so its often raining and muddy.
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