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Old 05-02-2013, 07:57 AM   #28381
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Just got the MTB back from the mechanic. The late-race mechanical failure was due to an "exploded" B-limit screw according to him. He said it was completely absent and had forced the derailleur pulleys into my cogs. I could have manually set the gear I wanted to ride in and it would have stayed there, but unless I carried an extra limit screw, that would have been the extent of any roadside repair. It was an unusual failure and not one he had seen before.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:08 AM   #28382
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Statistically you'd have a better baseline on your performance if you rode alone, sitting up in the pack and pulling them at tempo really means nothing in reference to performance. If the gruppo compacto all rode independently and tracked the ride via Strava, you'd know who was the best. Sprinter's tactics have no place in cycling, and are not an indication of performance. The whole 1st over the line is the winner is overrated.
Nice job on the train derailment... Or are you trying to get this thread back on track?
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:10 AM   #28383
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My top end is starting to come back. Rode the Wed nite hammerfest and while I still got dropped on the first hill, I DID manage to stay in contact thru the second AND managed to be fresh enough to launch a suicide attack right before the final sprint line. Still came in 3rd, but if I'd have waited like a smart sprinter...

I was comfortable pulling the pack along at darn near 50kph and even more comfortable sitting in. I could sit up on the hoods and toodle down the road behind everyone.

Feels good to get some of my my fitness back finally. Its been a long, slow, grind getting here.

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Old 05-02-2013, 08:29 AM   #28384
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Nice job on the train derailment... Or are you trying to get this thread back on track?
I try my best.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:58 AM   #28385
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:33 AM   #28386
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Speaking of Strava, the one thing I have wished it could do ever since I started using it back in July of last year, apparently it can do

And that is, list all of my times for a particular segment to see improvement over time.

A very cool feature. Especially in seeing that since I started riding last summer, the first segment of the local trail I mainly ride I have decreased my time from 16:30 to almost 10 minutes flat. Very nice improvement!

Why I also like Strava, I can see that the fastest guy listed is at 7 minutes flat, and a lot of the "really in shape" guys I know are in the 8-9 minute range. So, this tells me that I have improved greatly in the past 8 months, and it tells me where I have to go. This is very cool information, for training purposes only.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:52 AM   #28387
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Statistically you'd have a better baseline on your performance if you rode alone, sitting up in the pack and pulling them at tempo really means nothing in reference to performance. If the gruppo compacto all rode independently and tracked the ride via Strava, you'd know who was the best. Sprinter's tactics have no place in cycling, and are not an indication of performance. The whole 1st over the line is the winner is overrated.
Yeah, no shit, huh?!

Man! am I stoopit or what?!

I'm basically building fitness for cross season. I don't plan on being fast till fall at the earliest.

Rode too hard last nite (for a rest week) so off today and toodle on Fri for 90min or so. Training starts up again Sat. I'll do a gravel ride and work on attacking the hills again.

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Old 05-02-2013, 11:55 AM   #28388
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Just got the MTB back from the mechanic. The late-race mechanical failure was due to an "exploded" B-limit screw according to him. He said it was completely absent and had forced the derailleur pulleys into my cogs. I could have manually set the gear I wanted to ride in and it would have stayed there, but unless I carried an extra limit screw, that would have been the extent of any roadside repair. It was an unusual failure and not one he had seen before.
You may have been able to jam a stick in there, but you'd have to A. know exactly what went wrong and B. have the mental acuity to recognize that a fix is possible. Didn't sound like you had either at the time your failure happened.

You're a better man than I am. That many hours on the bike?!

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Old 05-02-2013, 11:57 AM   #28389
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Speaking of Strava, the one thing I have wished it could do ever since I started using it back in July of last year, apparently it can do

And that is, list all of my times for a particular segment to see improvement over time.

A very cool feature. Especially in seeing that since I started riding last summer, the first segment of the local trail I mainly ride I have decreased my time from 16:30 to almost 10 minutes flat. Very nice improvement!

Why I also like Strava, I can see that the fastest guy listed is at 7 minutes flat, and a lot of the "really in shape" guys I know are in the 8-9 minute range. So, this tells me that I have improved greatly in the past 8 months, and it tells me where I have to go. This is very cool information, for training purposes only.
I don't have any issues using strava for that kind of tracking. Its the johnson waving crowd that gets me.

Tracking you against you is a good thing. I *should* be doing a 20min TT every 4th week, but usually say 'effit TTs hurt too much!'

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Old 05-03-2013, 07:56 AM   #28390
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Might be old news to you guys; but my latest edition of Dirt Rag had a section about Gary Fischer's first mountain bikes, with a company aptly named MontainBikes. The article cited this webpage: http://mombat.org/ ... there's some interesting concepts in there, it's crazy to see how far we've come with bike tech.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:05 AM   #28391
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For those of you in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, this looks like it could be a lot of fun.

If I were just a little bit closer I would try it out. $15 a race seems legit to me
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:02 AM   #28392
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Hey guys! Just found this thread down here and thought I would check in. I have gotten back into cycling over the last 2 years and just finished building my Road bike ( I've been trail riding for the last 2 ).

I have a question ( Not wanting to start another oil debate type thread ) so here goes. What Road tire are most of you guys running for training? I currently have a set of Zipp Tangente tires mounted but after reading reviews online it looks like most don't rate them very high for durability. I was looking at a set of Conti 4000's but wanted to get opinions here. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:06 AM   #28393
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Hey guys! Just found this thread down here and thought I would check in. I have gotten back into cycling over the last 2 years and just finished building my Road bike ( I've been trail riding for the last 2 ).

I have a question ( Not wanting to start another oil debate type thread ) so here goes. What Road tire are most of you guys running for training? I currently have a set of Zipp Tangente tires mounted but after reading reviews online it looks like most don't rate them very high for durability. I was looking at a set of Conti 4000's but wanted to get opinions here. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
For training? Pro4 Endurance or the Grand Prix (non-4000s) are going to be fine if you don't order from online shops in the UK. If you DO order from online shops in the UK, I really, really like my GP4000s-es.

I've run pretty much anything from Supercomp HDs in 19mm to 28c Gatorskins. For training tires I tend to buy things that last vs the lightest and stickiest.

HTH

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Old 05-03-2013, 10:12 AM   #28394
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For training? Pro4 Endurance or the Grand Prix (non-4000s) are going to be fine if you don't order from online shops in the UK. If you DO order from online shops in the UK, I really, really like my GP4000s-es.

I've run pretty much anything from Supercomp HDs in 19mm to 28c Gatorskins. For training tires I tend to buy things that last vs the lightest and stickiest.

HTH

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Thanks Gummee! Yes, they would be for training. I don't plan on any races just yet. Just jumping back into Road cycling and want to get used to things again. I've been away from Cycling for quite a few years... But if you don't jump back in you never will right?
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:14 AM   #28395
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Oh, and here's the new training whip!
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