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Old 06-20-2013, 10:38 AM   #29446
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Thanks for the info! I guess I could also go with a new 105 or Ultegra long cage rear derailleur as well. As I tend to do with projects such as this, I'm probably starting to overthink it.

the long cage road ders will have a bit less capacity than a mtb unit.

popping on a deore will allow just about any gearing experiment you can dream up for a modest cost. ;-)
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:48 AM   #29447
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Got in another 25 miles last night. Broke into a sweat just putting my shoes on ugh. About 3/4s into my ride I see a couple carrots up ahead. Looks like maybe a guy with his woman in his slipstream. They are cruising along a a good clip and I'm barely reeling them in. As I get closer I see it is two females front girl on hybrid back girl on drop bar road bike. They are both wearing yoga pants. As I prepare to pass the sun hits girl in the backs rearend and she has the see through pants with a black t-back on underneath.. Didn't check if front girl was see through or not, didn't want to be Aqualung.

I know the plumbing is different but that couldn't be comfortable, nice to look at butt
Pics or it didnt happen....
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:20 AM   #29448
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Pics or it didnt happen....
well I would've had to have stopped , take my iphone out of my handlebar bag, catch back up then snap picture. That would've been way to creepy even for me. I felt bad enough oggling t-back as I went by. There is a thread in jomamma with plenty of pics.
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:53 PM   #29449
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I've decided this week is for resting my back. Last night I got home early prep'd waterbottles got the tires pumped up, helmet. gloves and sweatband, (I really need to get a new helmet, I've killed the liners in both my old helmets and no replacements are made anymore), Headed up stairs to suit up, and pulled my back bending over to pick up my shoes in the closet.

Just a small twinge that as I sat there got slightly worse.

Back down to the freezer and an ice pack. Floor, towel, lay down.

Put the bike back and gave in to the rest day.

Then this morning in the wee hours I go to turn off the alarm across the room, (re-arrangement of the bedroom a work in progress), I trip over a piano stool I forgot was there, nice judo flip, (probably a ninja), with my left hip, shoulder, wrist taking the blow. The hip strike was on a nearby table I'd been using.
I laid there for a second trying to figure who/what had just attacked me and how I was going to defend myself, laying there on my bad side, unable to move.
Nice little wake up call.
Bruised hip/back shoulder and sore wrist.
I guess walking around in the dark is operating heavy equipment.

I'm blaming the muscle relaxers.

My wife was downstairs and didn't hear a thing. Looked at my like I was an idiot when I mentioned it to her. OK, I'm an idiot. I'll finish re-arranging the room tonight and maybe I can relocate that damned alarm.
Or just take to sleeping in full road race leathers, and helmet. ATGATT!
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:40 AM   #29450
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Ultra-long distance riders are a little IMO. They're also more than a little tough.

For the mechanics on the panel: I want to make my commuter rig more gravel/forest service/fire road friendly. To this end, I'd like to run an 11-32 cassette. Will my Shimano 9-speed road shifters work with a Shimano 9-speed Shadow MTB rear der? I know the old direct mount derailleurs will work, but the only ones available now are Alivio, Acera, etc. I've got Tiagra on there now and don't want to go sideways or backwards quality-wise. Cost is another motivation, going 10-speed or switching to SRAM isn't in the budget.
I'm almost certain they won't. I'm also sure that there's charts somewhere on the innerwebs. IIRC they changed the pull ratios when they went to the shadow series.

You can go up to a 12-30 with a short-cage rear derailleur and a double up front. That help?

Another option is to find some older XT/XTR stuff like my M95X series stuff. You can find that on ebay for 'not as much as they used to cost.' Get stuff that looks like it came off a garage queen.

I don't remember if I have anything in my bin o' parts. If ya want, I can look. I *used* to have an XT rear, but may have sold it.

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Old 06-21-2013, 03:52 AM   #29451
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So I got the green light to 'take a break' and hit the Thurs Herndon ride. Met up with the group and noticed a few guys I knew.

They proceeded to talk me into riding the 1 ride (aka fast guys) instead of the 3 ride.

No. I'm not real bright.

So we're headed off into the wilds of Herdon, VA and I'm towards the rear of the pack. I'm sucking wheels and having a grand time.

Then we turn right and go up this little rise where the front guys attack.



I can see the pack splintering under the pressure and I tried to close the gap.

Got 3/4 of the way and my legs gave up.

All I gotta say is 'thank doG for traffic lights.' The remainder of the pack (appx a dozen people at this point) got stopped at a light and I got hooked back up. :whew!

Proceeded to surf the pack towards the back as much as possible to avoid getting sucked to the front and having to rotate thru. Weeeeelll that worked for the most part, but I still managed to find myself on the front for a bit. Luckily for me it was slightly downhill at that point! I'm good at downhills. Not so much with the uphills.

I wasn't *quite* as lost as I was last week, but this week, the pack took a left after Rt 7 and wandered thru a neighborhood. Yup. Completely butt-ass lost yet again! Another 'you'd damn well not get dropped 'cause you haven't a clue where you are!' moment.

After Wed's hammerfest out west in Haymarket, I had very tired legs and it showed. I gotta wonder what it would be like if I hadn't ridden my ass off the day before?! I'm not willing to give up the Haymarket ride to see, but if it rains one Wed, I'll be sure to tell y'all about the Thurs ride the day after!

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Old 06-21-2013, 05:21 AM   #29452
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the long cage road ders will have a bit less capacity than a mtb unit.

popping on a deore will allow just about any gearing experiment you can dream up for a modest cost. ;-)
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I'm almost certain they won't. I'm also sure that there's charts somewhere on the innerwebs. IIRC they changed the pull ratios when they went to the shadow series.

You can go up to a 12-30 with a short-cage rear derailleur and a double up front. That help?

Another option is to find some older XT/XTR stuff like my M95X series stuff. You can find that on ebay for 'not as much as they used to cost.' Get stuff that looks like it came off a garage queen.

I don't remember if I have anything in my bin o' parts. If ya want, I can look. I *used* to have an XT rear, but may have sold it.

M
Thanks, guys. I was able to find an XT M771 rear der...had to go all the way to the UK, but shipping was only $10 to get it here.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:31 AM   #29453
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. After cycling 3,000 miles through 12 states on just seven and a half hours of sleep spread out across eight days, with nary a shower, solid food or a real bed in between, Christoph Strasser glided past the Race Across America finish line here and was asked how he felt.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:55 AM   #29454
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So I got the green light to 'take a break' and hit the Thurs Herndon ride. Met up with the group and noticed a few guys I knew.

So we're headed off into the wilds of Herdon, VA and I'm towards the rear of the pack. I'm sucking wheels and having a grand time.

I wasn't *quite* as lost as I was last week, but this week, the pack took a left after Rt 7 and wandered thru a neighborhood. Yup. Completely butt-ass lost yet again! Another 'you'd damn well not get dropped 'cause you haven't a clue where you are!' moment.
The "wilds of Herndon"? When I lived in Reston as a child, I can remember going to the hardware store in Herndon with the parents. They had peacocks roaming the main street and there weren't any roads wider than 2 lanes. This was the late 70's. Rt7 was a rural backroad in that era too. It was a clogged 4 lane highway last time I drove it in the 90's. Does it have bike lanes on it now?
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:51 AM   #29455
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A day in the life of an ultra-distance rider

I'm on an email list from Maria Parker's team as she attempts to complete her RAAM competition.

You know, it's easy to sit back and say, "She's doing great", "She's not having any issues", etc.

I kept wondering if it really was as easy as she makes it appear. I mean, to a much smaller extent, I've done similar events and they're tough. Rain, bad drivers, roads that require constant attention, the heat, the cold - it will wear you out.

Their email opened a small window into her ordeal - and trust me, it's an ordeal:

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Race day seven was extremely difficult for Maria. She started out the pre-dawn hours that fell in the center of day seven (Wednesday morning) with a good cry.

She got up, put her feet on the floor, and then started sobbing when she saw the green unitard we’d washed and prepared for her to race in. She’d raced in it yesterday, but the crew had simply washed it, dried it, and put it with her fresh clothes, not considering replacing it with one of the many other colors she had packed.

“No… I’m sick of green. No more green unitard. Ever. I’m done with green. There are so many other colors." And in her state of extreme physical, mental and emotional exhaustion she added, "Why would you do that to me?”

We helped her put it on, promising that after today, there would be no more green. But she still felt sluggish and emotionally low.

“I’m just not sure if I want to do this anymore,” she repeated with a steady stare several times throughout the day. Despite her careful delivery of each word, they came out sounding slurred.

None of the crew was fooled, nor was Maria fooling herself. Just venting her pain. Each day she wakes up with the same wounds, and she must make each bruise deeper, each cut more irritated, and each muscle more exhausted before the day is done.



We knew she would continue. And she did. She pushed through a hard day, helped along by prayers and messages, and a friendly fan grouping at the time station before the Mississippi: Paula McMann of Chainspirations and friends waiting with smiles and bells in the hot sun. When we arrived, they showered us with fresh fruit, veggies, breads, and jewelry. A yellow necklace made from upcycled bicycle chain cheered Maria up and made her feel a little less boring in her green unitard.



The next morning she woke up in much better spirits. She still moaned as she got up, and she said everything hurt so much, but somehow everything hurt a little less than it did this time yesterday.

She sat down to put on her compression socks. “This is the hardest part of getting dressed,” she said.

The angle required to put on compression socks means she must do it alone; no one can significantly help her.

But then: “I guess complaining doesn’t help.”

“What does help, mom?” I said.

“Praying.”

She sang one of her favorite praise and worship songs throughout the rest of the getting prepped process, which includes braiding her hair, putting on several layers of clothes, applying three different specialty sunscreens on exposed areas and more.



Her morning mood set the tone for the day. From the follow vehicle, I talked to her over the Cardo system when the sound of cars and trucks rushing by didn’t make it impossible. She kept her positive attitude and seemed to be enjoying the midday day ride through Illinois and then into Indiana. She plans to be in Ohio tonight.



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The woman is tough - and as nice as they come. God keep you safe Maria.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:40 AM   #29456
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Don't know if this is 205 or not, but...

I don't really care

Been spending time off the bike lately cause I've re-injured my ankle trying to not very successfully emulate some of this -



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Old 06-21-2013, 11:43 AM   #29457
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Also, you can watch a few entertaining vids about the above video here -

http://imaginate.redbull.com/

Guy Martin is in one of the episodes.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:44 PM   #29458
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The woman is tough - and as nice as they come. God keep you safe Maria.
Sounds like it! I'm really impressed, but on such a brutal run as RAAM, when does the support team decide to pull the plug on a rider? If she is losing control of her emotions and speech, is she really okay to be riding a bicycle on public roads?
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:54 PM   #29459
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If she is losing control of her emotions and speech, is she really okay to be riding a bicycle on public roads?
I do it all the time, with my motorcycle even... riding actually calms me down, keeps me sane.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:36 PM   #29460
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I do it all the time, with my motorcycle even... riding actually calms me down, keeps me sane.
When you love the work, the work loves you back. I can tell you that when I seriously started riding, it was my way to deal with the emotional wreckage of Tina's cancer. When all you can think about is getting to the top of the next hill or controlling your descent or working with the team in a paceline, it's lends a sort of "I can do this" sensibility to your life.

Being able to control your bicycle when you can't control your life is very empowering and allows you see what you should and shouldn't worry about quite clearly.
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