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Old 06-10-2008, 03:26 PM   #8341
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Perry: What size is that TT? Looks a bit short from this angle...

AFA the Access frame: I'm riding one now. GREAT frame. My all XTR with a SID fork is right at 23#. Rides nice. Cheep.

AFA FS mtn bikes: Me? I'm gonna vote either FSR (Specialized) or Anthem (Giant). Ask Yater about his Anthem that weighs about what my HT weighs! Big S has the 4-bar thing down... If yer gonna go FS, don't skimp. If yer on a budget, get the nicest frame/shocks you can and go low on the parts. Parts you can replace. Shitty frames/suspension designs are forever.

Gonna go ride my potential route to work tomorrow on my day off to see how long its gonna take me. I'm betting right at 2hrs on a bicycle. Lotsa hills and some REAL narrow roads thru Clifton. Before and once thru there, there's a wide shoulder and/or bike path next to the road. Getting there's gonna be a ride. Home? Draggin ass! Old and out of shape is NO way to go thru life (and get ready for CROSS SEASON BAY-Bee!)

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It's a 50, which is a bit smaller than my other bikes (Cannondale is a 52, and Surly is a 53), but considering it's a cross bike I figured I'd go smaller with it in case it ever sees dirt.

Rode a 50 miler in the brutal heat this Sunday (110 heat index) upstate NY with a few other guys.
One of them is riding the amateur TDF race a week before the pro TDF, it's a 110 mile stage (stage 10 I believe). He 's gonna get killed, since he couldn't keep up the hills of NY with me and my buddy.

I think he got in through a friend or a lottery, because he could never qualify it.
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Old 06-10-2008, 03:31 PM   #8342
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It's a 50, which is a bit smaller than my other bikes (Cannondale is a 52, and Surly is a 53), but considering it's a cross bike I figured I'd go smaller with it in case it ever sees dirt.
I tried that with my first cross bike too. Found it too short front to back and went with the same size TT as on the road bike. Mo bettah for me. If anything, I tell people to with a cm shorter/higher stem instead of a shorter TT...

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Rode a 50 miler in the brutal heat this Sunday upstate NY with a few other guys.
One of them is riding the amateur TDF race a week before the pro TDF, it's a 110 mile stage (stage 10 I believe). He 's gonna get killed, since he couldn't keep up the hills of NY with me and my buddy.

I think he got in through a friend or a lottery, becasue he could never qualify it.
I hear L'etape du Tour is a great time. REALLY brings it home how hard the TdF really is. Looks *easy* when the pros do it... Its been kind a dream of mine, but $$ interferes.

Been hotter'n shit down here in DC too. Hit 100+ today with all the humidity that the area's known for! For y'all that don't know, DC was built in a swamp. It feels like riding thru water when its this humid. Riding in its actually not bad, just don't stop! Instant sweat!

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Old 06-10-2008, 03:47 PM   #8343
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wow...
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Old 06-10-2008, 03:49 PM   #8344
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wow...
Wow what ya fuckin n00b?!



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Old 06-10-2008, 03:55 PM   #8345
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Wow what ya fuckin n00b?!



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wow I hadn't seen this thread before.

wow that's some hardcore cycling.

wow, from where I stand, you're the fucking n00b...
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Old 06-10-2008, 03:58 PM   #8346
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wow I hadn't seen this thread before.

wow that's some hardcore cycling.
Yeah, well... At least for me, I've been riding bicycles for damn near 20 years and MCs for 4. Much more experienced with pedals than throttles.

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Old 06-10-2008, 04:01 PM   #8347
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The idea of pedalling 2900 miles in ten days kinda boggles my mind...

My hat's off to those guys...

I've been riding motorcycles 25 years. Bicycles only occasionally...
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:25 PM   #8348
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Oh hell yeah. I can't believe you even felt the need to ask this question.

Clydesdales Reprazent!!!




Say, anyone know anything about RetroTec?

I'm lusting after one of these....



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Old 06-10-2008, 04:30 PM   #8349
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Talking 2008 Race Across AMerica

http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/

2900 miles bicycle race across America in less than 10 days. They ride 290-350 miles a day. Most do the ride on just a few hours of sleep per day

Dave Haase, the local Bike Shop guy is in it again and is in six place men's solo. Dave's race progress website

Dave has been the first place American a few times, and is even humble about that fact.

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Old 06-11-2008, 10:21 AM   #8350
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I think I'm in love.

With my new Regal saddle that is!

One of the best $100 I've spent on a bicycle in a LONG time!



Ti rails so it ain't a brick.



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Old 06-11-2008, 10:55 AM   #8351
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Set a new personal best average speed last night of 18.7 mph.
Riding through a lightning storm (no rain, just wind) will do wonders for your training. Boy, was I glad to get home.
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Old 06-13-2008, 12:59 PM   #8352
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C'mon economic stimulus check! Hurry up and get here. The other bike shop in town got a SS 29er in my size.

Odds are good I'll probably own one of these by the end of the month....



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Old 06-13-2008, 03:35 PM   #8353
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C'mon economic stimulus check! Hurry up and get here. The other bike shop in town got a SS 29er in my size.

Odds are good I'll probably own one of these by the end of the month....




I'm considering Salsa's ElMariachi and RetroTec's Classic.

Here's the RetroTec Classic...


I just need to convince my wife it'll
a) Get me out of the house so she doesn't have to put up with me...
b) Make my dick harder because of all the cardio...
c) Ultimately cost less than destroying my 525 every two months...
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Old 06-13-2008, 05:45 PM   #8354
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I just need to convince my wife it'll
a) Get me out of the house so she doesn't have to put up with me...
b) Make my dick harder because of all the cardio...
c) Ultimately cost less than destroying my 525 every two months...

Tell you what, buy me one of them cool looking RetroTecs and loan me your wife and 525 for a few months. I'll let you know how it goes.

One of my teammates just built up a Niner S.I.R. 9 and was raving about it. Sadly, a little out of my price range. Besides, for a few bucks more, I could get a custom Quiring: http://quiringcycles.net/
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Old 06-13-2008, 05:54 PM   #8355
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Tell you what, buy me one of them cool looking RetroTecs and loan me your wife and 525 for a few months. I'll let you know how it goes.

One of my teammates just built up a Niner S.I.R. 9 and was raving about it. Sadly, a little out of my price range. Besides, for a few bucks more, I could get a custom Quiring: http://quiringcycles.net/
Maybe the wife. But not the 525 or Retrotec.
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