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Old 11-09-2013, 03:12 PM   #31861
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Hey all,
Thanks for the input on the shoe covers. Here is an update.
I ended up picking up a pair of Pearl Izumi neoprene covers. They are not the ones I was thinking I was going to get, but they fit my size 47's the best.

I like them. They are nice and warm at about freezing, after a 2hr ride the were wet inside (not a great feature)....

I think next year I will pick up a set of these:
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Old 11-09-2013, 07:32 PM   #31862
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Hey all,
Thanks for the input on the shoe covers. Here is an update.
I ended up picking up a pair of Pearl Izumi neoprene covers. They are not the ones I was thinking I was going to get, but they fit my size 47's the best.

I like them. They are nice and warm at about freezing, after a 2hr ride the were wet inside (not a great feature)....

I think next year I will pick up a set of these:
Fasterkatt


The up side is that now you have a really warm shoe. The down side is you're only gonna wear it 3mos out of the year. That's a lot of $ tied up in something that's sitting 3/4 of the year.

AMHIK with my 6 pairs of CX tubular wheels!

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Old 11-09-2013, 08:02 PM   #31863
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The up side is that now you have a really warm shoe. The down side is you're only gonna wear it 3mos out of the year. That's a lot of $ tied up in something that's sitting 3/4 of the year.

AMHIK with my 6 pairs of CX tubular wheels!

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Those 45nrth shoes are sweet, but I've balked pretty hard at the price too. Though, if you only wear them 3 months out of the year, they should last 5 times as long right?

Even by that math I can't afford them I think my waterproof boots and platform pedals will work fine if they don't give me that nice clipless feel.
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:32 PM   #31864
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The up side is that now you have a really warm shoe. The down side is you're only gonna wear it 3mos out of the year. That's a lot of $ tied up in something that's sitting 3/4 of the year.

AMHIK with my 6 pairs of CX tubular wheels!

M
That's the joy of Minnesota, we can wear that shoe for at least 5 months, maybe even 6 or 7......
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:19 AM   #31865
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The guy at Gravel Grinder News seemed to really like them in his review. Out here in the temperate climes of NorCal, I may get to wear them 3 or 4 times a year!
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:02 PM   #31866
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:11 PM   #31867
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Well that didn't go as planned

I got to chatting with a racer in the 55+ race as we toodled for about 45min along 'warming up.' I knew there wasn't enough intensity in there for me, but we were having a great chat, so I figured I'd just 'deal with what comes.'

Well... what came was a shitfer start (again). Missed my pedal and watched racers stream past me. Got to the top of the hill LOTS further back than where I should've.

Then basically had zero legs till halfway thru the first lap. I knew I was pushing too hard, but I couldn't let up, so I slowed down slightly, recovered, then started up again.

I'd pick off a few riders here and there.
I saw a bunch pulled off the course. Either flats or mechanicals

Had a clean race except for the first half of the last lap. I was too far to the left side of the course (windward) and the course tape managed to wrap itself around my bars. Bike stopped. I hopped off. Untangled the bar, and hopped back on. I'd lost 50-75m and lots of momentum.

Tried to sprint and catch the guy I'd chased down on the 2nd half of the last lap, but he was too fast for me up the hill. I gave it a good shot and came about 10m short. Oh well. Maybe next time.

Overall, I liked the course, but then it figures 'cause its a lot of flat + pedaling. Nothing too technical. I was starting to get some slipping in the rear tire as the race wore on, but nothing I haven't dealt with before.

Things to work on: warming up properly BEFORE the race starts and don't use the first lap as my warmup. Its too effing late by then. I think I coulda kept up if I'd actually gotten my fat arse up that first hill.

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Old 11-10-2013, 06:04 PM   #31868
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I think next year I will pick up a set of these:
Fasterkatt


All their stuff looks badass! I'm glad I'm done with riding in the cold, though.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:08 PM   #31869
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I'm visiting my girlfriend in Seattle this weekend. We were driving home form somewhere, passing Woodland park; we weren't even supposed to be in that area, we'd just missed a turn and the GPS rerouted us. I saw a bunch of tents, in the park with 'Kona' and 'Specialized' and other bike manufacturer logos on them.

At first I thought it was some sort of bike show and thought about stopping. Then I saw tape marking off the course and realized what was going on, and obviously I *had* to stop. Found some parking and dragged the woman into the park to spectate.

She'd never seen a cyclocross race before, had no idea what it was about. We watched one of the junior races. Imagine gangly 10-year-olds on their dad or mom's bike, hauling them over barriers and pushing them up run-ups and threading through S-turns with aplomb. After 5 minutes my girlfriend was like: "If we have kids, they have to do this."
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:20 PM   #31870
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After 5 minutes my girlfriend was like: "If we have kids, they have to do this."
Uh oh! Somebody's getting married and they don't even know it, yet.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:09 PM   #31871
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Uh oh! Somebody's getting married and they don't even know it, yet.
Yeah. "If"really means "when".
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:37 AM   #31872
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Yeah. "If"really means "when".


...and 'you should ask me, stupid!'

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Old 11-11-2013, 08:05 AM   #31873
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Yeah. "If"really means "when".
Not a bad thought, though.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:46 AM   #31874
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I think there's a cyclocross race here this weekend, I want to go check it out.

We might actually get a little snow here today, I'm kinda excited to get to ride home in it Still haven't put the studded tires back on though.
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:13 PM   #31875
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I think there's a cyclocross race here this weekend, I want to go check it out.
Do it! They are a good time. Great atmosphere, especially if you know someone racing.....

Be careful though, they will suck you in.
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