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Old 03-05-2014, 12:46 PM   #32881
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I had to order an MRP/White Bros Loop fork cause neither Fox nor Rock Shox wanted my $. Neither makes a 1 1/8" straight steerer fork any more*. The MRP/White Bros got good reviews (the few I read) so my mind was pretty well made up for me.

Was shipped Mon. Probably get to the shop Fri. I'll have a functioning mtn bike again shortly after that. ...just in time for the snow to melt and make the trails I ride a quagmire.

Anyone need a 16" Sette Reken frame? $50 That's half-ish price for a 'rides better than the price would suggest' AL 26er hardtail.

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Old 03-05-2014, 01:23 PM   #32882
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Oh, and was out for a ride today with a buddy. JRA and 'pop!'



Broke a spoke in the back wheel on a downhill when I wasn't putting out much torque.

Not completely unsurprising 'cause a broken spoke is how I got the wheelset for free in the first place. Back to the shop for another spoke!

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Old 03-06-2014, 12:39 PM   #32883
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Iditarod Invitational record crushed

All you fat bikers should appreciate this one.

1000 miles in 10 days, 2 hours, 53 minutes...
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Old 03-06-2014, 03:03 PM   #32884
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Iditarod Invitational record crushed

All you fat bikers should appreciate this one.

1000 miles in 10 days, 2 hours, 53 minutes...
Holy shit - that's huge.

I loved this comment below the article:

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I recall book that had a quote from Chief Tanana when he observed gold rush era men who had brought bicycles to the Yukon to ride to the gold fields, riding on the ice covered river. I think it went something like, "White man sit down, Walk like hell."
Imagine if the Chief had spotted a recumbent.
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:55 PM   #32885
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Iditarod Invitational record crushed

All you fat bikers should appreciate this one.

1000 miles in 10 days, 2 hours, 53 minutes...
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:44 PM   #32886
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Iditarod Invitational record crushed

All you fat bikers should appreciate this one.

1000 miles in 10 days, 2 hours, 53 minutes...

Wow, and Here I am thinking I was doing pretty good because I did 5 miles.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:38 PM   #32887
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I spent two hours doing yoga stretches last night. I started out with only being able to get my knee about a foot off the mat, (twisting spine torture thing), my right would get about three inches off the mat. After two hours I had my left to about six inches off the floor. Walking today was better. But, even better was my back and my knee lossened up as the day wore on.

Bad news? Work sucks. Damn the man.
Ah well wheelied the bike twice and a nice big slide.

Bottom line is I may have a lot more time to ride by the end of the year but no money to buy tires.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:26 AM   #32888
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Bottom line is I may have a lot more time to ride by the end of the year but no money to buy tires.
That's the way it works: time and no money or money and no time.

I picked the wrong parents. I should be one of the 'idle rich.'

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Old 03-07-2014, 05:32 AM   #32889
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:52 AM   #32890
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Yay, our little city made the top 10 mtb cities in North America list.
http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb...=top-10-cities
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:40 PM   #32891
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Yay, our little city made the top 10 mtb cities in North America list.
http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb...=top-10-cities
nice


I'm going exploring (and I'm sure more clipless related crashing) here in a little bit.
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:45 PM   #32892
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Yay, our little city made the top 10 mtb cities in North America list.
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nice


I'm going exploring (and I'm sure more clipless related crashing) here in a little bit.
Same here. I need to get my ass over there and chase Monte down some single track. 'Specially since it's only 5 hours or so to get there.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:27 PM   #32893
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Welp I was correct on the crashing part

Friggin hills out here are plenty, I'm used to going like 10 miles and climbing 100feet max. Just did like 3000 feet in about that span. Having real shoes seems to help a ton, I had plenty of motor, even for being grossly out of shape after not riding for like 6 months.

The tally.

1) pushed the front in some pretty deep sand, good and bad thing, bad because I biffed it, good because it was soft
2) high sided myself let it roll down what I think used to be a pretty smooth section.....all of the washout made it a rhythm section....wasn't ready for a VERY sudden drop off (not pedal related)
3) ate it twice practicing track stands totally pedal related
4) George of the Jungled it taking an unintentional erm.....shortcut That one of course involved supermanning it across the trail infront of three womenz.

This is why I stay away from dirtbikes. If I hit this much shit on a mountain bike, god help me if I had a motor under me lol.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:34 PM   #32894
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45 mins at 18mph avg pace. I did a better job this time of maintaining a steady cadence and narrowing how much I can increase or decrease speed.
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:35 PM   #32895
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Hoping for a little advice:

Once upon a time I rode pretty regularly. I averaged 150 - 200 miles per week (6 days on, one day off) on an ALU frame trek 1100 and averaged about 19 mph. Nothing too impressive, but I enjoyed it and could use my bike to actually go places.

That was then, of course, back in the 1990's when I was in considerably better shape Fast forward to today - I'm 48 years old with some significant physical challenges. I'm only about 15 lbs overweight, but severely out of shape. I've got an abdomen complemented with copious amounts of plastic mesh. Lots of Athritis (osteo, thank God), and severe tendon damage in both elbows. That's probably more than anyone wants to know about me, but probably necessary to explain if I hope to get some good advice.

I'm really hoping to get back into some bicycling, but it may ultimately prove unrealistic. I need some exercise in my middle age and I don't really enjoy the only other option available to me, which is swimming. I still have that Trek 1100, though I can't ride it because it just kills me physically at this point. So I'm looking at other options. I've considered a tadpole recumbent trike, which would probably be ideal if I didn't have to drop 2 grand to get a good one with a decent selection of ratios. So I've moderated pretty significantly and am considering something more conventional in the "comfort bike" range. Looks like I can get a pretty decent Motobecane comfort bike from bikes direct with 27.5" wheels, ratios more appropriate for hills than high speeds, upright bars, decent hardware, front suspension and seat post suspension, and what appears to be a comfortable seat for about $500:

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...mfortbikes.htm

The negatives are weight (about 30 lbs) and the fact that "road bike" isn't really the bike's primary mission. But considering the fact that most road bikes are too rigid and aggressive for me at this point in my life, this combination of features looks to be just about the sweet spot for me. I don't intend to ride like I did over 20 years ago. I'd ride outside for 30 - 60 minutes at a stretch, with an occasional trip to a rail to trail. On bad weather days I'd put it on the trainer and watch some TV while mindlessly pedaling in my great room. I don't necessarily need speed, I just need exercise and do enjoy covering some pavement on two wheels.

Thoughts? Any other suggestions that might work? I'm going to hate it if I drop the money and find it's too painful for me to use.
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