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Old 09-06-2013, 08:40 AM   #31051
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Thanks for doing that.

Bike races may look high zoot, but are actually not big money makers for the organizers. Volunteers are the way these things get done. Doing similar got me hooked on cycling as an adult.

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#13 The sound of the peloton.

Yesterday was the second stage of the first Tour of Alberta and the stage finish was
Red Deer.
I volunteered and was assigned security duty on the course. Yes, I was one of
those people in the hi-vis t-shirts making sure spectators didn't step out on course.
Unfortunately, I was close to the finish so the crowd noise was too much to let me
hear anything but the marshal's whistles. It is an amazing experience though.
While I was doing my job, a guy with no credentials wandered down the course toward me.
I was expressly told that nobody without credentials was allowed so I
stopped him in a very Canadian way (" sorry, can I see..)
Dude got real grumpy and informed me he was a team owner etc. That's
when one of the organizer crew stepped in. After he was done with (team I won't name) guy
he asked me to work back stage access. Every cycling fan's dream I guess.
I got to be up close to the race leaders and see how they dealt with fans.
A bunch of gentlemen in my opinion. Hockey players and other pro athletes
could take a few pointers I think.

It was a fine way to spend an afternoon and great exposure for our little city.
I was seen in the race footage a number of times and I was even in one of
the last shots of the ceremonies (I'm the big bearded guy in the background)
I guess my 15 seconds of fame are up.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:31 AM   #31052
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That was a nice read, Gummee.

To GP40

My experiences have varied through the years, some riders being so cordial and friendly that my jaw dropped and some riders being so distant that I wondered if they knew where they were.

It's nice though, to see the pros in action. Sometimes it's hard to tell just how much better they are until you see them hammering at 50 kph in perfect circles.

Are you working more stages or is that it?
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:32 AM   #31053
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Beautiful read - makes me miss my Mercian.


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Old 09-06-2013, 11:36 AM   #31054
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Great stuff Gummee!
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:27 PM   #31055
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The DBs we sell are OK bikes. ...but that's about it. They're OK. Made in the same Asian factories with everyone else's stuff.

The standout of what we sell (and don't get in the store) is the Ti GT frame.

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My wife has a Diamondback road bike since it was pretty much the only bike in her size in town while we were shopping. It's nicely finished but nothing special. Gets the job done for her so that makes it a good bike.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:36 PM   #31056
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Yes, unfortunately DB went the way of the big-box store and got mired in mediocrity. I can recall many a day spent as an errant youth pestering my parental units for a DB Silver Streak... Oh how I coveted that conglomeration of metal and rubber... C'est la vie. My first stab at freedom from the homestead was a Diamondback Fleet Streak, nowhere in the same league as the SS but at least it got me out of the house.
Diamondback is now part of the Raleigh conglomerate of brands, owned by a Dutch holding company. At one point it was all owned by Huffy, but they went down in a financial flameout.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:49 PM   #31057
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Yep, it was a great experience. My wife and I decided we'll volunteer again if
the Tour of Alberta comes back to our city or at least somewhere reasonably
close.

My 12 year old son now understands what stage racing is after watching yesterday.
And he also thinks it is cool.

TV coverage was on Sportsnet here in Canada and Eurosport picked it up for
Europe.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:26 PM   #31058
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:49 PM   #31059
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so I have been commuting on my roadie and enjoying it and I am thinking it might be about time to get a reasonable cross country mountain bike for under $1000 , im thinking Hardtail im obviously looking for lockable front shock and mid level components !!

what does the greater wisdom of the ADV bike thread think ?
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:02 AM   #31060
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so I have been commuting on my roadie and enjoying it and I am thinking it might be about time to get a reasonable cross country mountain bike for under $1000 , im thinking Hardtail im obviously looking for lockable front shock and mid level components !!

what does the greater wisdom of the ADV bike thread think ?
If you're going off-road, then Deore is pretty much the minimum parts group you need to look for.

Lockout-able fork? Never had one. Don't see the need, personally, but they're popular.

Otherwise, get the one that looks nicest. Manufacturers have figured out what works and they've standardized on a 'set' geometry.

Budget-wise, the nicer offerings from the second tier manufacturers (Jamis, GT, DB, et al) are going to give you more bang for the buck than the big names.

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Old 09-07-2013, 07:12 AM   #31061
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so I have been commuting on my roadie and enjoying it and I am thinking it might be about time to get a reasonable cross country mountain bike for under $1000 , im thinking Hardtail im obviously looking for lockable front shock and mid level components !!

what does the greater wisdom of the ADV bike thread think ?
if you want a true lockout that feels rigid, look at Lefty forks. You can go the full cannondale setup, or buy an adapter to put a Lefty on any frame. I'll not go back to a double stanchion fork after racing on a lefty.
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:46 AM   #31062
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I noticed while banging away my Vuelta report that Shimano is doing the neutral support instead Mavic.

Anyone know who did support in the Tour de France? I was out on a 2 and 1/2 week motorbike ride and missed all but the first couple and very last stage.
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Old 09-07-2013, 12:22 PM   #31063
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36 miles today with the local club. Got dropped by the fast group - averaged just under 20 mph. Done in 2 hours. One stop for snacks.

I think it was a dentist leading the fast group today...he was really inflicting a lot of pain.

Good ride though - we had drops of rain all morning without getting soaked. I earned the right to sit on my ass and watch football for the rest of the day.

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Old 09-07-2013, 07:04 PM   #31064
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Did an honest 30 miles today, solo. It rained like holy hell for about 25 minutes and then spat for the rest of the ride. Really nice, gritty racer stripe up the back.

How did I get 30 miles out of a 27 mile loop? I turned the fuck around at the truck and did 3 more miles. That's how.

People seemed to be a little friendlier in the rain. Were a number of savoury females joggers out today. Made the ride that much better.

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my Look cleats haven't shown up yet at the local. By Monday they would have been two days out-- shipped from Portsmouth-- for half the price.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:09 PM   #31065
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Fixt

I have some Kool Stop pads for carbon rims on one bike right now. Squeal! Not quite sure how to fix that. (nor do I care)

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The squeal is just a high frequency chatter. Toe in the front of the pads a bit like aligning a car, same as you'd do on a mtb brake. I've had to put a crescent wrench to more than one caliper brake to keep the squealing down. It doesn't take much

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You don't want to lock the tube down. It needs to be able to move about inside the rim or you'll tear the valve off the tube.

You can still use the nut to secure the stem while pumping, then back it off and tighten it against the valve cap until needed again. The only reason I don't run one is I'm too lazy to take the time to put it back on.


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