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Old 12-06-2012, 01:04 PM   #26401
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A greybeard on a 'bent passed us both over the double-yellow on the outside of a right-hand corner.

Was he sportin' an aero-belly too?
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:08 PM   #26402
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Was he sportin' an aero-belly too?


Not really. We were pacing each other between a couple of SAG stops. Nice guy. HUGE descending cajones.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:01 PM   #26403
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Not really. We were pacing each other between a couple of SAG stops. Nice guy. HUGE descending cajones.
That's the knock on recumbent riders - gray beard, aero-belly, black socks and a bicycle flag. I'm one out of four.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:45 PM   #26404
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My max speed this year was 46.1 down this long hill on our Saturday route. You start feeling pretty vulnerable with no gear...
I hit 53mph, on my TT bike, once. "No gear" was all I could think.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:49 PM   #26405
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Because I know you guys like nice stuff.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:55 PM   #26406
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Not my taste but nice just the same. I can't imagine the time it took to make those lugs.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:57 PM   #26407
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I got pretty good at the old tuck and go deal on the big hills in Colorado. My added girth has not diminished that capability at all, possibly even serving to enhance my prowess in that regard. I hit 59 on my Roubaix coming back down off Pacific Coast last fall.
Back in the day, the Pinarello and I would manage a fairly regular 60 mph descending many of the mountain roads I'd ridden back then Mt Evans highway, pieces of the Morgul-Bismark, Pretty much all the canyons other than the flatter ones. Now, though, that same thought pops into my head.
Back in the day we used to draft cars and trucks down Boulder Canyon for the easy tow back to town.

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I hit 53mph, on my TT bike, once. "No gear" was all I could think.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:56 PM   #26408
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That's the knock on recumbent riders - gray beard, aero-belly, black socks and a bicycle flag. I'm one out of four.
Oh, I know the stereotype. Don't remember a flag and wasn't checking out his socks.

Cycling tribes crack me up. Maybe because I'm a blend of casual and Fred and I don't really fit in any particular group.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:00 PM   #26409
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I hit 53mph, on my TT bike, once. "No gear" was all I could think.
My personal best is 52 and I had the same thought while tucked in a line of testosterone-fueled MAMILs. I dropped back when it occurred to me, "I normally commute on this road and at this speed in ballistic nylon and a Shoei."
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:25 PM   #26410
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not my taste but nice just the same. I can't imagine the time it took to make those lugs.
+1

...and I've hit 60 before on a road bike. Most recent high speed was in the mid-50s coming off Mt Weather. That was the day a VW bug pulled out in front of us on the downhill and we both had to ride our brakes down the twisty part or we'da run up his bumper. He'd gun it out of the corners so we couldn't get a clean pass in.

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Old 12-06-2012, 04:38 PM   #26411
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...and I've hit 60 before on a road bike. Most recent high speed was in the mid-50s coming off Mt Weather. That was the day a VW bug pulled out in front of us on the downhill and we both had to ride our brakes down the twisty part or we'da run up his bumper. He'd gun it out of the corners so we couldn't get a clean pass in.

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Wen I was younger and riding on roads like the one that leads from Clingman's Dome to Newfound Gap, I thought nothing of jumping cars in left-hand turns to get by them. The same for Cadillac Mountain outside of Bar Harbor.

I'm a little more cautious now... more prudent.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:29 PM   #26412
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Anyone do this stuff?

I'm in my early 50's. I participate various sports & adventure sports. I ride bicycles mainly for fun and cross training for fitness. I'm not a serious bicyclist, but I love riding. My mantra these days is to look for fun things to do which create fitness as a byproduct. Playing soccer, riding enduro dirt bikes, snow skiing, surfing, mtb, are examples.

Last night I went out for one of my typical 45 - 60 minute urban style rides around town on my mountain bike. But, I was bored and decided to just ride to a local area where there is a school and a church. I spent the entire ride time trying and practicing various skills and tricks, such as bunny hops over various structures, jumps off small things such as raised curbs, and amateur tries at manuals and wheelies. My level of proficiency was pretty low, but I enjoyed trying to get better.

At the end, I was pretty worn out. Felt like a good full body workout. Multiple repetitions of sprinting to sections and trying various tricks/skills. It was exhilarating. And, I was pedaling the entire time. Sometimes sprinting, sometimes doing the trick and sometimes recovering while pedaling slowly.

Does anyone else do this kind of thing? Do you see a fitness benefit?
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:07 PM   #26413
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That's the knock on recumbent riders - gray beard, aero-belly, black socks and a bicycle flag. I'm one out of four.
That's me as well. Graying beard, black socks, slowly disappearing aero-belly but no flag. Too much drag with the flag.
What can I say? I was told there would be cookies.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:13 PM   #26414
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Anyone do this stuff?
Does anyone else do this kind of thing? Do you see a fitness benefit?
Anytime I ride my FSR in town, I rail anything that I can catch air off of. I don't know about fitness, but, I sure end up with soreness.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:06 AM   #26415
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Welcome zouch. Very cool intro.
thanks, 'Head. having had one similar to yours, i totally understand why you've never gotten rid of that Pinarello; the handling was close to magic.
during my time at 2WTA, Alexi piloted his Aero version that looked like yours to his win over Bauer in Mission Viejo. i lived near the course, and most of the shop workers camped at my house the night before the race; we had 24 bikes in the garage that night (including a few tandems).


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Awesome write up!
thanks. i actually read through this whole thread; i figured there were some here that might relate.


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hey, they made frames-only even b efore that.
that's how i bought mine; a 720 frameset, and you picked for an offering of suggested components to make a pseudo-gruppo. i picked the '08' gruppo; hence the 728 model number.


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Welcome Zouch...
Touring bikes? Yep - Hill Country, Glacier to Yellowstone, north GA into the Smokies and back and a few weekenders in between. I posted some pictures of my favorite brand a page or two back.
saw that. nice indeed.


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Except a recumbent.
OK; you win.


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Anyone do this stuff?... I spent the entire ride time trying and practicing various skills and tricks, such as bunny hops over various structures, jumps off small things such as raised curbs, and amateur tries at manuals and wheelies. My level of proficiency was pretty low, but I enjoyed trying to get better...
Does anyone else do this kind of thing? Do you see a fitness benefit?
sounds like a budding case of Trials-itis.


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I hit 53mph, on my TT bike, once. "No gear" was all I could think.
descending at speed on a good road bike is one of my favorite things to do with clothes on. i always try to tell myself that once i'm going more than a couple dozen miles per hour i'm already going to get ripped up if i fall, so i might as well go for it...
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