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Old 03-22-2013, 03:42 PM   #27856
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HAHA! Yeah, that is why you are going

On a related note... My wife wanted to go MTBing with me last week. Her words in the middle of the first turn, and full 7 feet into the trail, "How do you do this?!?"

After about a mile, "Ok, I see why you like this now."

And to bring it back to the female racers... There are two reasons I let my wife go in front of me on the ride, and only one has anything to do with riding a bike
Well, I just got back. It started raining just as we started on our second lap, so that put an abrupt end to the festivities. Good thing too, 'cause these women were insanely fast! We were flying around the turns at speeds I've never seen before, and I've ridden with some pretty fast riders. I had no idea that our tires had that much traction on dirt, but I didn't slide out once. By some miracle I managed to follow their lines and kept up with them for half a lap, at which point they began to slowly pull away. I put my bike up on the car rack just as it started to rain, but there was no sign of the women. For all I know, they may still be out there doing laps.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:53 PM   #27857
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I could manage no better than 1 hour, 20 minutes. This time, I did it in only 1 hour, 4.4 minutes.
Keep hammerin', dude!
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:24 PM   #27858
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I've been needing new tires and had planned on Conti Country Plus. An LBS was willing to order in a set, with no obligation to buy, because I was concerned they'd be less than advertised width. I chose 37mm and they measured ~32mm. I refused them and told him to let me know when he was placing another order and I'd go with 42mm. But, I never heard from him and had been in there since and saw that all three sets of 37mm he ordered had sold through. A different LBS advertised these new, 2013 Conti Speed Ride in 42mm, on their FB page and being advertised by Conti as a gravel tire. I dropped in there and picked up a set. Mounted on my ETRTO 622X16mm 'cross rims, they measured out 37.2mm, which is exactly what I wanted. Seems Conti's ATB line end up ~5mm narrower than advertised, as I've tried 3 different Conti ATB tires and all three were about the same width narrower. I haven't ridden these yet, but, soon will. I've got prior obligations, the next few days.



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Old 03-22-2013, 06:57 PM   #27859
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I've been needing new tires and had planned on Conti Country Plus. An LBS was willing to order in a set, with no obligation to buy, because I was concerned they'd be less than advertised width. I chose 37mm and they measured ~32mm. I refused them and told him to let me know when he was placing another order and I'd go with 42mm. But, I never heard from him and had been in there since and saw that all three sets of 37mm he ordered had sold through. A different LBS advertised these new, 2013 Conti Speed Ride in 42mm, on their FB page and being advertised by Conti as a gravel tire. I dropped in there and picked up a set. Mounted on my ETRTO 622X16mm 'cross rims, they measured out 37.2mm, which is exactly what I wanted. Seems Conti's ATB line end up ~5mm narrower than advertised, as I've tried 3 different Conti ATB tires and all three were about the same width narrower. I haven't ridden these yet, but, soon will. I've got prior obligations, the next few days.



That tread pattern looks a lot like the Tufo tubulars I'm riding. Should do OK till it gets wet.

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Old 03-22-2013, 07:31 PM   #27860
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Keep hammerin', dude!
I just saw on Facebook that the girl racers posted a record 10 lap time of 1:02:11. Two minutes faster than me.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:35 PM   #27861
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:50 PM   #27862
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I've been needing new tires and had planned on Conti Country Plus. An LBS was willing to order in a set, with no obligation to buy, because I was concerned they'd be less than advertised width. I chose 37mm and they measured ~32mm. I refused them and told him to let me know when he was placing another order and I'd go with 42mm. But, I never heard from him and had been in there since and saw that all three sets of 37mm he ordered had sold through. A different LBS advertised these new, 2013 Conti Speed Ride in 42mm, on their FB page and being advertised by Conti as a gravel tire. I dropped in there and picked up a set. Mounted on my ETRTO 622X16mm 'cross rims, they measured out 37.2mm, which is exactly what I wanted. Seems Conti's ATB line end up ~5mm narrower than advertised, as I've tried 3 different Conti ATB tires and all three were about the same width narrower. I haven't ridden these yet, but, soon will. I've got prior obligations, the next few days.



These look just like the Conti Cyclocross Speed, but it appears the Speed Ride is more puncture resistance. I've been thinking about a set of tires suited for dirt, gravel and pavement and these look pretty good. My LBS owner has been running Clement X'plor USH with good luck, but they're a bit pricey. I like the look of the Clement LAS, but they're only available in 33 mm and seem too light to be durable. Decisions, decisions.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:20 PM   #27863
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On the tire topic... I just got the deal of the century off ebay...seller had an auction for 2 700x25c duro road tires, black/blue/gray for $30...decent deal....so i got em, they show up, ones a 23c...send a message to the seller, they appologise profusely, and inform me that that was the last pair they had of the discontinued black/blue/gray...would it be ok of they sent a set of black/blue instead? Yeah...oh and you can keep the other tires, sorry for the mix up....

So... $30 for all this

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Old 03-23-2013, 11:15 AM   #27864
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Beautiful morning in PHX

Out the door at 0600 to meet the Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club for the "Lucky 7" Saturday morning ride.

I stopped at McDonald's for a quick breakfast and then made my way to the meeting place.

This group is an older mix of people. I'm guessing the older riders are well into their 70's and in the fast group, the average age is well over 55.

I don't have a GPS - I returned mine to Garmin for a warranty replacement but the speeds were easily pushing 25 at times with 21 cruising. The temps were spectacular - low 50's at the start and low 70's at the end. Traffic played nice - no real issues. I did see Chandler PD with an older driver and a small group of cyclists. Something happened but I didn't see anyone down. I'm not sure if these riders were with our group which, at the start, easily numbered 75.

When we crossed I-10 onto the reservation, the lead rider was a little confused on the route but this is my home area so I jumped the front. I decided to put the hammer down for a few miles and only one other guy jumped on my wheel. We were easily doing 29-30 which is where most riders in our group will drop off but this guy hung tough. Props to him! When we stopped at Pecos/48th, I told him I was turning off since this was only 4 miles from my house.

I turned onto Pecos and caught another rider who was riding at about 18 mph. There was traffic behind us so I didn't pass him. There was an intersection coming up that's a T-intersection. The car behind us slowed for a right but some inexplicable reason, decided to pass us only to almost right-hook us. SOB - what gets into people? Both of us yelled at the driver.

From there, I dropped the other guy and finished up my ride...almost 60 miles before 10 am. No GPS so there's no data but it was a pretty good ride and the weather is a pure 10 out of 10.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:58 AM   #27865
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Sounds like a great morning ride. The weather here the last few days has been stellar.

Where do you all normally meet? If I end up having to stay here the rest of the year. I am bring my bike over.

I'm at Happy Valley.
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Out the door at 0600 to meet the Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club for the "Lucky 7" Saturday morning ride.

I stopped at McDonald's for a quick breakfast and then made my way to the meeting place.

This group is an older mix of people. I'm guessing the older riders are well into their 70's and in the fast group, the average age is well over 55.

I don't have a GPS - I returned mine to Garmin for a warranty replacement but the speeds were easily pushing 25 at times with 21 cruising. The temps were spectacular - low 50's at the start and low 70's at the end. Traffic played nice - no real issues. I did see Chandler PD with an older driver and a small group of cyclists. Something happened but I didn't see anyone down. I'm not sure if these riders were with our group which, at the start, easily numbered 75.

When we crossed I-10 onto the reservation, the lead rider was a little confused on the route but this is my home area so I jumped the front. I decided to put the hammer down for a few miles and only one other guy jumped on my wheel. We were easily doing 29-30 which is where most riders in our group will drop off but this guy hung tough. Props to him! When we stopped at Pecos/48th, I told him I was turning off since this was only 4 miles from my house.

I turned onto Pecos and caught another rider who was riding at about 18 mph. There was traffic behind us so I didn't pass him. There was an intersection coming up that's a T-intersection. The car behind us slowed for a right but some inexplicable reason, decided to pass us only to almost right-hook us. SOB - what gets into people? Both of us yelled at the driver.

From there, I dropped the other guy and finished up my ride...almost 60 miles before 10 am. No GPS so there's no data but it was a pretty good ride and the weather is a pure 10 out of 10.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:59 AM   #27866
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Had a bruise on the bottom of my foot for the past two weeks. First test ride today; 1/2 hour of intervals around Druid Lake Park. Not bad. Things are looking up.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:30 PM   #27867
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Took the mtb out today for a good 15mi mixed road/mud ride...stayed off the bike trails, but did ride some horse trail...LOL

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Old 03-23-2013, 03:01 PM   #27868
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Sounds like a great morning ride. The weather here the last few days has been stellar.

Where do you all normally meet? If I end up having to stay here the rest of the year. I am bring my bike over.

I'm at Happy Valley.
Dick, here's the club site: http://www.pmbcaz.org/

We meet at Kiwanis Park just off of Guadalupe in Tempe.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:03 PM   #27869
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thats the one.

as I said, that lens will be a little loose with the stock o-ring... and the local hardware stores don't have one thats just right... I have one in there right now thats a little too thick, but its good enough.

action was going to get some to fit the clone lights, dunno if they ever did. they told me I could cut a ring from a plastic milk jug or something and use that as a spacer too, but I never tried.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:07 PM   #27870
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I think you'd better go look at the lights section in MTBR before you believe the 'manufacturer' of that light. I seem to recall someone that knows a bit about the LED used to make the light saying max 600-800 lumens.

I don't particularly care 'cause its bright enough to mtn bike at night by, so more lumens than that is wasted. I use it on my bars as my only light.

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yeah, exactly. 600-800 is way freekin bright, a car 9004 halogen low beam is about 700 lumens total, and these car lights have more light concentrated out front and less splash to the sides. I'd say its easily as bright as the stock H4 for my BMW...

btw, the tail cap is a green/blue/red LED, hah. its green when its over 75% charge, blue if its over 50% and red below 30% and blinking red somewhere below that. I forget how many hours I got on its lower setting but it was like 10 hours before solid red. the light stays pretty much constant brightness.
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