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Old 06-03-2014, 06:36 AM   #33496
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Got the RFLKT+ yesterday when I got home. Did a quick mount to the stem and took off for a test ride.
Short and hot.
16 miles. Then when I was done, went for a short walk with my wife.
Used up what energy I had so I guess that was good.

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Old 06-03-2014, 07:12 AM   #33497
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I know this has been addressed many times. BUT.
What are the "reputable" brands for cheap carbon frames. I am looking for a CX bike....
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Old 06-03-2014, 07:45 AM   #33498
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1:15 on the mtn bike last nite after work. As I was passing groups of guys on bikes I kept wondering 'WhereTF were you when it was 20deg and pitch-ass black?!'

1hr on the road bike today. Easy to moderate.

I'm still (!) sick, so no 'training' for me yet

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Old 06-03-2014, 08:16 AM   #33499
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I know this has been addressed many times. BUT.
What are the "reputable" brands for cheap carbon frames. I am looking for a CX bike....
Isn't that a contradiction?
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Old 06-03-2014, 10:32 AM   #33500
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1:15 on the mtn bike last nite after work. As I was passing groups of guys on bikes I kept wondering 'WhereTF were you when it was 20deg and pitch-ass black?!'
I feel that way about all the fair weather swimmers clogging up my lap swim time -- people who don't swim in the rain or when it's below 70F and have no idea how fast they swim 50 yards but assume they are "fast" because they are at the pool, and who don't know lane etiquette (ie, let faster swimmers by - don't just get in your flip turn and imagine that gets you ahead of the faster person)... gah!!!

well, at least they are out there instead of sitting on their sofas!
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Old 06-03-2014, 12:48 PM   #33501
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Isn't that a contradiction?
It's relative.
Actually they are about $700 on ebay...... That is for an unknown though.
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Old 06-03-2014, 12:51 PM   #33502
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3rd ride of the season at 38 miles. Sit bones hate me for a few days after. That and the chafing. How I did the 86 mile ride a couple years ago, I do not know.

Thinking of ditching the big saddlebags I ride with. Also need to get a taller stem as my neck does not like being cranked up to look forward.

The last issue is hydration. I keep water in the saddlebags and stop to hydrate. I refuse to get bottle cages between the legs so one of those bottle holders under the seat seems to be the next best thing.
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:38 PM   #33503
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3rd ride of the season at 38 miles. Sit bones hate me for a few days after. That and the chafing. How I did the 86 mile ride a couple years ago, I do not know.

Thinking of ditching the big saddlebags I ride with. Also need to get a taller stem as my neck does not like being cranked up to look forward.

The last issue is hydration. I keep water in the saddlebags and stop to hydrate. I refuse to get bottle cages between the legs so one of those bottle holders under the seat seems to be the next best thing.
For the first two years she rode, my wife hated bottle cages. She rode with a Camelbak and then moved to one of these: http://www.showerspass.com/about-veleau

Once she had some one-handed riding practice her hate (which was actually fear) vanished and she switched to insulated bottles in normal cages.
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Old 06-03-2014, 03:45 PM   #33504
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Bike Karma story-
Just getting over a stomach bug over the weekend...

Went out this AM, noodled about 25 miles.
ABout 6-7 mile from home, noted a gaggle of three female cyclists stopped on the other side of the rough road.
Rolled over to check, Yup- flat, they needed air.
Slickly pulled the rear off this older alu trek something or other, wire bead worn tire (damn)...

Got the tire back on, and the bead jumped off when I hit it with the CO2 (double damn) causing a bulge. So much for dazzling the much younger females...

I deflated the tire (and my ego) enough to pop the bead back on, and had just enough CO2 left in the tank to inflate to a soft rideable pressure (only had the one CO2 "tank"...

I left them the presta/schrader adaptor thingy I keep in my seat pack, pointed them toward the nearest gas station, and continued noodling home.
Girl #'s 1 and 2, "thanks"
Girl #3, "I hope you won't need that CO2 on the way home"
Me, "No problem, I've only got a few miles"

you guessed it
2 miles to home, the front tire feels kinda soft- here's where the karma fits in- I was able to nurse it home
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Old 06-03-2014, 03:57 PM   #33505
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:08 PM   #33506
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Karmas only a bitch if you are.

I am having more frequent "GET OFF MY LAWN" moments with age, but have been in the up the creek without a pump situation more than once
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:31 PM   #33507
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My buddy refuses point blank to carry a pump. I've no idea why
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:39 PM   #33508
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My buddy refuses point blank to carry a pump. I've no idea why
Me neither. In the last year, I've helped out three riders who were SOL with their CO2 making them pretty much FORD.




(The last guy broke the plastic tab off of my pump. You put you foot on this tab to hold it in place. He didn't bother to acknowledge that which irritated me a bit. Luckily, I don't use that tab extensively.)
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:50 PM   #33509
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I always carry a pump as well as CO2.
Old tech works.
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Bike Karma story-
Just getting over a stomach bug over the weekend...

Went out this AM, noodled about 25 miles.
ABout 6-7 mile from home, noted a gaggle of three female cyclists stopped on the other side of the rough road.
Rolled over to check, Yup- flat, they needed air.
Slickly pulled the rear off this older alu trek something or other, wire bead worn tire (damn)...

Got the tire back on, and the bead jumped off when I hit it with the CO2 (double damn) causing a bulge. So much for dazzling the much younger females...

I deflated the tire (and my ego) enough to pop the bead back on, and had just enough CO2 left in the tank to inflate to a soft rideable pressure (only had the one CO2 "tank"...

I left them the presta/schrader adaptor thingy I keep in my seat pack, pointed them toward the nearest gas station, and continued noodling home.
Girl #'s 1 and 2, "thanks"
Girl #3, "I hope you won't need that CO2 on the way home"
Me, "No problem, I've only got a few miles"

you guessed it
2 miles to home, the front tire feels kinda soft- here's where the karma fits in- I was able to nurse it home
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:00 PM   #33510
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Im just gonna stuff another one in


CO2 that is




Besides, its nice to lick the freezing cold metal on a hot day
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