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Old 06-18-2013, 09:08 PM   #29401
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^^^ I feel your pain, and the only other bike I work on is my wife's Bridgestone.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:40 AM   #29402
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Oh, one clueless triathlete story. Woman comes in with her tri-bike in tow. I was riding my trainer () and the chain just got locked up! What did I do?!

So I looked the bike over. Not chain-sucked (common). No freehub body problems... Hey! What's this?! The cassette is a little wobbly on the body.

Tightened the lockring on the cassette and all's well. I was so dumbfounded over the complete cluelessness over the whole thing that I didn't even write up a repair ticket or charge her.


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Here's one from the other side of the counter. Friday I brought my tri-bike in to swap out the stock wheels for the Zipp 808's. The mechanic decides it would be best to swap out the cassette as well, rather than mixing and matching Shimano parts with SRAM parts. Saturday morning rolls around, and then I notice that the bike isn't shifting properly. At a certain point, the chain would just skip over the gear teeth without engaging. It turns out that the mechanic had flipped one of the gears around the wrong way when putting the Shimano cassette back together so that it was flush with the neighboring gear, leaving no space between them for the chain to fit into. So I called the shop to get it fixed, and was told they might have it back to me by the end of the day. Maybe. "That's not going to work for me," I said. "There's a Strava KOM waiting for me to claim it, and I've got to get out there before it gets too hot. This is serious business!" So he reluctantly agrees to bump my bike to the head of the line, but by the time I got it back, it was already mid morning and hotter than hell. The stifling heat sapped my energy and caused me to miss getting the KOM by ONE lousy second. All because the mechanic messed up my bike.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:47 AM   #29403
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Learn to work on your own bike, and those problems disappear...
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:54 AM   #29404
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Learn to work on your own bike, and those problems disappear...
Think of all the poor starving mechanics we'd be putting out on the street.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:13 AM   #29405
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Think of all the poor starving mechanics we'd be putting out on the street.
You have no clue how many on the spot flat fixes we do.

Call me a cheap SOB but $10 to put in a tube?!

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Old 06-19-2013, 05:22 AM   #29406
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You have no clue how many on the spot flat fixes we do.

Call me a cheap SOB but $10 to put in a tube?!

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The wife of one of my riding buddies is a bicycle racer. I noticed how perfectly manicured her fingernails were and asked her if she wasn't worried about breaking one if she had to fix a flat. She said, "I've never had to fix a flat in my life. I just wait for a man to come along and do it for me."

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Old 06-19-2013, 05:40 AM   #29407
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TT racing - anyone here done it?

I just found out they're having monthly TT races in my area. I think I might give it a try. Judging by the photos, they're all a bunch of fat bastards. I think I could kick this guy's ass.

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Old 06-19-2013, 06:55 AM   #29408
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When I got involved with the local cycling scene in St Petersburg I would every now and then cross paths with an elderly gentleman of color. He was kind of portly I thought but good for him to continue pedaling. One day he was at my favorite bike shop when I showed up. He and a female riding partner were getting tubes or gels I forget. After they leave shop owner turns to me and says "Ever been in the same room with a rainbow stripes jersey holder"? No I say. "You have now that was Earl Henry" says shop owner.


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http://www.usacycling.org/results/?compid=45449

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Old 06-19-2013, 07:01 AM   #29409
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When I got involved with the local cycling scene in St Petersburg I would every now and then cross paths with an elderly gentleman of color. He was kid of portly I thought but good for him to continue pedaling. One day he was at my favorite bike shop when I showed up. He and a female riding partner were getting tubes or gels I forget. After they leave shop owner turns to me and says "Ever been in the same room with a rainbow stripes jersey holder"? No I say. "You have now that was Earl Henry" says shop owner.


don't judge a book by its cover as they say

Lot of truth in this...

I race pretty regularly with a World RR champion. He's now 62 and will ride away from guys 1/3 his age. Extreme technical and strategic proficiency. Watching him race is like watching art in motion. When he makes his move, you better stick his wheel and hang on!

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Old 06-19-2013, 07:13 AM   #29410
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When I got involved with the local cycling scene in St Petersburg I would every now and then cross paths with an elderly gentleman of color. He was kid of portly I thought but good for him to continue pedaling. One day he was at my favorite bike shop when I showed up. He and a female riding partner were getting tubes or gels I forget. After they leave shop owner turns to me and says "Ever been in the same room with a rainbow stripes jersey holder"? No I say. "You have now that was Earl Henry" says shop owner.


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http://www.usacycling.org/results/?compid=45449
I've ridden with the guy in the picture. If he's as slow on a TT bike as he is on a mountain bike, I can guarantee you I won't be finishing last.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:08 AM   #29411
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Yesterday's TT race

Just checked the results of yesterday's time trials. Very encouraging.

Based on the average speeds posted, it looks like I could have won first place on my road bike, and finished a comfortable second on the TT bike. That's assuming there were no hill climbs involved, which I suck at.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:14 AM   #29412
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nope at this point I ride to maintain sanity and some semblance of physical fitness.
Me too...my dick is small enough I don't feel the need to wave it around in public.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:15 AM   #29413
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excellent.

nicely bent elbows, but his head is tipped back a bit; have you checked to make sure he doesn't have a visor or something else forcing him to tip his head up to look under it? (could even be the fit of his glasses,.. worth a check to avoid a pain in his neck later.)

also notice he's pretty much a brick in the saddle until the very end; can you encourage him to try to keep his pedals turning more, even when he's not trying to gain speed? keeping the pedals moving will keep him loose and better positioned to deal with bumps, and keep him from listing off to one side,...

i know, he's young; but best to try to build some of these practices early, since it looks like he's off to such a good start.




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The younger boy turned 12 yesterday, and has been given the freedom to roll about. Here he's descending in the local city forest (click for vid):

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Old 06-19-2013, 09:15 AM   #29414
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Just checked the results of yesterday's time trials. Very encouraging.

Based on the average speeds posted, it looks like I could have won first place on my road bike, and finished a comfortable second on the TT bike. That's assuming there were no hill climbs involved, which I suck at.
I thought you didn't race though
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:20 AM   #29415
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I thought you didn't race though
These are time trials, no different than my Strava runs. Except there's a $25 prize for winning first place.
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