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Old 01-13-2013, 05:42 PM   #26806
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Well, it stopped snowing so I managed to get out for about an hour. The snow made it much easier to ride than on yesterdays ice covered streets.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:49 PM   #26807
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Did an hour of intervals around Druid Hill Lake. Legs felt like crap. Did it anyway.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:16 PM   #26808
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One of the guys in the group only had one leg and apparently, only one good hand. He had no trouble keeping up although as you can imagine, his peddling was a little jerky.

I caught several of them over the next 20 miles but about 6 miles from the end, I rode by the one-legged rider who was sitting off the side of the road trying to change a flat. I yelled to ask it he needed help and he said he didn't but I turned the cranks twice....and turned around.

I didn't do much more than offer help. He was struggling but I was worried about insulting him. He managed ok with on good hand but I helped a bit by using my pump to top off his pressure. Next time you have a front flat, try to stand on one leg and balance everything while putting the wheel back on the bike. That cost me 10 minutes but it was worth it.
Good on ya man. The imagery you drew in the mind's eye with that story was wonderful. Congrats on your first century of the year, even though for you, it's just a warmup for the real rides.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:21 PM   #26809
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We got a bit over 50 for the weekend. It was wet and in the 40's both day's. Felt good to get back on the skinny bike.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:24 AM   #26810
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OK, So the overall thickness of the lugs points to stamped lugs instead of cast which points to a lower quality frame. as does the style of termination from the fork leg to the dropout. Steel seatpost is another (may have been added later). The seatpost lug is also a sign, it is hollow around the clamp bolt instead of solid, this also points to a stamped lug instead of cast.

Pressed (stamped) lugs are not necessarily a sign of a "bad" frame, it is the lack of finishing that is the big pointer. The lug thickness is constant, if a frame is a quality frame the lugs would have a filed taper as the get closer to the tube. The edges would also be softer yet more sharp as well...

There are other things that are covered by the paint that would tell. The "shoreline" for one, it is the junction between the tube and the lug. If it is sharp, it is of good quality. not so sharp, lesser quality....

It is still a lugged steel frame.

Hope this helps, sorry it is not more exciting.

yeah, those lugs don't look like anything I remember seeing on any decent 531 frame, way too thick. and the top of the seat stays say 'cheap mass produced bike' to me, not 531.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:59 AM   #26811
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The only thing that gets me through time and suffering on the trainer:

http://www.thesufferfest.com

One of the problems I have with watching race videos on the rollers is leaning with the motorbike camera as it rounds a bend. I don't do it on purpose but it is responsible for the bulk of my ride-offs.

But I liked that site, thanks for linking it. I will try one!
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:21 AM   #26812
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We got a bit over 50 for the weekend. It was wet and in the 40's both day's. Felt good to get back on the skinny bike.
I managed to get out 3 times last week - it was cold but sunny most of those rides. I really wanted to get out this past weekend and they said it was going to quite nice but it was too wet for my liking - I did get out on the XR thought...

I have finally figured out the cold toes issue - heat packs. I put one on top of toes on each foot and it works a treat and when I get back, I put them in a ziploc bag and they stop generating heat.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:27 AM   #26813
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hooray

got off my lazy couch dwelling arse and got in an hour on the fixed gear yesterday. Not bad at all even pushing 80 gear inches.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:05 AM   #26814
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got off my lazy couch dwelling arse and got in an hour on the fixed gear yesterday. Not bad at all even pushing 80 gear inches.
I've got sad news: the track project in DC is on hold. Evidently the city doesn't want to cough up their part of the $ for the land the track, a skate park, tennis courts, and b-ball courts are supposed to go on.

Not that that affects but a few of us, but the thought of a FG brought it back to mind. I'm gonna stop looking for a D/A small-flange rear hub.

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Old 01-14-2013, 06:13 AM   #26815
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This Saturday I decided to put my new found climbing skills to the test, and took another run at the dreaded John Brown trail at Santos. My first effort six months ago was an unmitigated disaster, and I ended up having to walk half the trail. This time I expected to only do slightly better, but to my complete amazement, I managed to make it all the way through, having to put a foot down only occasionally at the beginning. I pedaled up steep, treacherous hills that not long ago I would have considered impossible climbs, or just too dangerous to even attempt. The worst climb is the last one near the highest point of the trail. After that, it's pretty much all down hill. What made that last climb particularly difficult is that it's a long one, and it starts right after a hairpin left-hander, so you can't get a running start like you can on the others. Big roots snake across the trail from both sides, forcing you to steer around them to avoid getting your wheels stuck. It took me three tries to conquer it, switching to a lower gear on each successive attempt. I finally made it with one low gear to spare, and with my rear tire fighting for traction all the way up. The way down was no picnic either. There were steep descents where it was more like controlled sliding rather than riding. It wasn't pretty, but I made it without any dabs. Words can't express the exhilaration that I felt when the green sign at the end of the trail finally came into view. Once out, I just sat there for a few minutes replaying the entire experience in my mind and savoring every second of it.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:30 AM   #26816
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I've got sad news: the track project in DC is on hold. Evidently the city doesn't want to cough up their part of the $ for the land the track, a skate park, tennis courts, and b-ball courts are supposed to go on.

Not that that affects but a few of us, but the thought of a FG brought it back to mind. I'm gonna stop looking for a D/A small-flange rear hub.

M

Yea been real lazy lately. Drew me a 16 mile loop in San Francisco with google maps and rode that Saturday on the TDF bike, turned out to be a good ride ! After that I brought the fixed gear in from the shed and got her road ready for Sunday. Needed to get out in the world for a change of pace. Was refreshing even though it was 79 .
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:36 AM   #26817
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It was 23F on the way to the first century of the year and never got over 50. I started at 8:30 and was back at the car at 2:35.

I have to share this. I was riding with another rider and we were cruising along at 17-18 when a group went by at 24 or so. That's too fast for me at 100 miles but I jumped on with another group who was moving around 20. One of the guys in the group only had one leg and apparently, only one good hand. He had no trouble keeping up although as you can imagine, his peddling was a little jerky.

We stopped for lunch at the 70 mile point and the group started off again. This starts with a slight but steady 6 mile grade. I was pretty wel toast as were a few others. I caught several of them over the next 20 miles but about 6 miles from the end, I rode by the one-legged rider who was sitting off the side of the road trying to change a flat. I yelled to ask it he needed help and he said he didn't but I turned the cranks twice....and turned around.

I didn't do much more than offer help. He was struggling but I was worried about insulting him. He managed ok with on good hand but I helped a bit by using my pump to top off his pressure. Next time you have a front flat, try to stand on one leg and balance everything while putting the wheel back on the bike. That cost me 10 minutes but it was worth it.

So glad to soak in the tub when I got home....and warm up!
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:14 AM   #26818
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Words can't express the exhilaration that I felt when the green sign at the end of the trail finally came into view. Once out, I just sat there for a few minutes replaying the entire experience in my mind and savoring every second of it.
So, do you still feel difficult trails are not worth riding?
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:16 AM   #26819
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So, do you still feel difficult trails are not worth riding?
Maybe just once.

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Old 01-14-2013, 09:50 AM   #26820
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Melted Tar

Did not get to see my mum this past Christmas holiday. First time in 22 years.

Went to work some 140km from where she lives last Friday and carried the bicycle along. Meeting over in good time and I made it to her place.

Next morning, ride from Calabar to Akamkpa, some decent hills at last.

Met this accident spot at 35km out. A petrol truck fully loaded went off the road and turned over, it was avoiding a swerving car or something. Tank had multiple holes and petrol was gushing out. The people nearby took off (they have experience of such). Some chap decided to rescue his car parked close by, cue ignition, big bang and several houses and cars burnt.

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The tar on the road was melted in patches and the vegetation across the road burnt off.


Sad.

Did 82km.
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