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Old 03-11-2013, 10:37 AM   #27631
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Have you tried the ESI silicone grips? Work for me. I wish they were fatter, but then I wear XXL gloves.
60 grams, eh? I'll have to weigh my contour grips to see how much weight I'll be shedding.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:37 AM   #27632
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That's awesome! Congrats.



Me? 3hrs easy to moderate. Met a buddy at our usual meeting spot and rode around the loop. How is it I can have a headwind 3/4 to 4/5 or a ride? Riding a loop no less!

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Ugh. I hear ya. Saturday was my first day back on the bike in three weeks. A few climbs and not much wind. Great to be back on the saddle.

Sunday, my f-in-law tried to kill me. 20kt steady winds from the north and north-east so he heads out ENE for 10 grinding miles. It got bad enough that YakWife, who was feeling about 65% anyhow, decided to pack it in and head back. We finally hit our turn-around point and the slight downhill run back was pretty quick. Then he turns north for 10 more miles. Ugh. I was starting to feel the ride the day before. That 65 year-old man is going to kill me.

Going to see if I can get an "interval-commute" in this week with the later setting sun and then I'll probably be off the bike until race morning on Sunday.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:39 AM   #27633
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You know, there's no end to hanging new shit on your bike- a slippery slope.
The seat and steering stem are the only remaining parts I didn't have. The ones on the bike now are on loan from a local dealer who may want them back.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:53 AM   #27634
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clearly.

do you think there's any point in telling him again?

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Obviously something's off.



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Old 03-11-2013, 11:59 AM   #27635
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My Selle Italia SLR XC Gel Flow saddle just arrived. Man, this thing is LIGHT. The weight savings alone might be worth another KOM or two.

WOW! $120 for a saddle?!? Sure looks nice though.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:18 PM   #27636
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clearly.

do you think there's any point in telling him again?
Nope. He'll just ignore me again.

Oh, and on another note: Mtn bikes? Who needs em?! Guero has asked me if his opinion would change on a modern mtn bike. IDK about the author, but *my* opinion hasn't. I'd still rather ride my cross bike off-road over my mtn bike on *most* rides. I go places where DS bike riders go I just have to be more careful where I put my wheels.

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Old 03-11-2013, 12:20 PM   #27637
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Today was the Pick Your Poison mtb race at Booker T Washington state park. After being goaded into participating by Brandon, a riding buddy, I decided to enter the Cat2 mens over 40 class. I've never done a real mtb race before and figured it might be fun. Due to an unusually high turnout, the Cat2 races got started an hour late. This was great because with 90 seconds remaining until the start, I had to answer the call of nature with a hurried piss take. By the time I got back to the start line, I ended up on the second row. Then we were off like a shot through the grass section, which included a mud pit to keep us on our toes. I ended up behind a guy in a green jersey who ended up being a rolling road block. He held me up in the woods for about 2 miles. When I (and 2 others)finally got past him it was a relief. Shortly thereafter, I got unclipped in a bumpy section which cost some seconds. Time to make up some ground. Then, as I was coming up on another rider I got completely unclipped with both feet off the pedals. A resounding "FUCK!" could be heard throughout the woods. It took about 20-30 seconds to get the pedals where they needed to be and one guy passed me as I desperately tried to get clipped back into the pedals. My right shin was bloody and I was starting to get pissed. After getting remounted it was game on. I started catching people and passing them as space allowed. The trails at Booker T are tight single track with very few passing zones. I finally figured out you have to make your own. With the exception of Mister Green Shirt Shitwhistle, most of the racers were very good about letting me pass. I stopped counting at 6 but I probably got by about 15-20 guys. I felt sorry for the single speed dudes who were audibly struggling on the climb sections. Those guys are nuts. As I emerged from the woods after the first lap I looked at my timer and it said 39 minutes. Dammit. I rode it in 38 flat yesterday while goofing off and learning the course. This place is normally run clockwise, but the race organizers decided to run it counter clockwise today, which made it alien to me. Time to pour on the coals. People were dropping like flies. About 5 miles into the second lap, I got caught by a Cat1 racer and hung onto his wheel for a few minutes. Then he checked out and I had the trail all to myself for awhile. Near the end of the second lap I noticed a racer standing below the bridge in the creek. He was banged up, but otherwise alright. That had to hurt. It was a race ender for him. After seeing that he was OK, I pushed hard to the finish. Result: 2nd Place. The leader beat me by 2 minutes. I never saw him. The MC called him "Sandbagger" when it was our turn on the podium. It's frustrating to know I could have hung with him or taken the race, but I'll chalk it up to a learning experience. Gotta be first into the woods.
It helps to make it to the woods first, but more than anything else, you have to go all NASCAR on they ass if they don't make room for the pass. Nice race Monte!
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:21 PM   #27638
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Been enjoying mine
Cool, that seems like a lot of bike for the money and a very good do it all machine.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:28 PM   #27639
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Oh, and on another note: Mtn bikes? Who needs em?! Guero has asked me if his opinion would change on a modern mtn bike. IDK about the author, but *my* opinion hasn't. I'd still rather ride my cross bike off-road over my mtn bike on *most* rides. I go places where DS bike riders go I just have to be more careful where I put my wheels.

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Old 03-11-2013, 12:35 PM   #27640
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I read it, I'll keep my Reign.
Try it. The skills gained will only help you go faster on the squishy bike.



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Old 03-11-2013, 01:13 PM   #27641
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More eBay stupidity.
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:20 PM   #27642
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You're just hoping no one bids against you.
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:31 PM   #27643
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"Professional" bike fitting, doesn't do anything for people who haven't figgered out the finer details of proper form. Lot's of material in printed & innerweb form out there. Two & a quarter for Retul 3D fitting, but we'll apply your to fitting fee to the purchase of a new bike.

I'm all for supporting the bicycle industry, but selling someone a fit, and a new Dogma with 2" of spacers under the stem is an epic fail. Seems to be a trend in my neck of the woods. I need to go and download my powermeter numbers from this mornings coffee ride...
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:32 PM   #27644
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Try it. The skills gained will only help you go faster on the squishy bike.



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I've actually been looking at CX bikes, but my size (6'7" and 270lbs) makes me skeptical on how well they'd hold up. I think I may instead take my old Rockhopper and make it more road-friendly.
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:42 PM   #27645
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You know, there's no end to hanging new shit on your bike- a slippery slope.
I find it easier to mostly hand the same shit on a new frame....LOL
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