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Old 03-22-2009, 07:29 PM   #10066
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No thanks, I'll walk the bike along that.
I wouldn't even walk there. I am afraid of heights, and I'm OK with that...

Unless there is a bear in the woods! Then I'd ride like the wind. A breaking wind, mind, but that's kind of a wind...

I don't even like looking at that picture.
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:32 PM   #10067
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I wouldn't even walk there. I am afraid of heights, and I'm OK with that...

Unless there is a bear in the woods! Then I'd ride like the wind. A breaking wind, mind, but that's kind of a wind...

I don't even like looking at that picture.
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is another awesome ride of similar 'cliffness-es' Not all of it, not even most of it, but they're there.

Have you ever heard that the North Rim gets 10% of the visitors that the South Rim does? No one, but no one goes up there. BUT the riding is great, and its nice to be there and not be assholes to elbows with everyfuckingbody else

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Old 03-22-2009, 07:37 PM   #10068
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The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is another awesome ride of similar 'cliffness-es' Not all of it, not even most of it, but they're there.

Have you ever heard that the North Rim gets 10% of the visitors that the South Rim does? No one, but no one goes up there. BUT the riding is great, and its nice to be there and not be assholes to elbows with everyfuckingbody else

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I'm all about the FLAT, and wide open. My "Cliffness" ends at energy bars.

Partly this is a control thing, but the majority of it stems from being very afraid of heights. I don't like looking downstairs from our upstairs hallway.

I can get the same feeling from the second step of a ladder. Mind over matter, sometimes, sometimes not so much. Like when there is a go-around.

Right now, I'm thinking aobut $400 for pedals and road shoes....
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:37 PM   #10069
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Looks like some GREAT riding up there!

Has anyone ever ridden in Vermont? Where and when?


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Old 03-22-2009, 07:42 PM   #10070
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Check here for shoes, etc.

Chucksbikes.com is going out of business, so check there too

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Old 03-22-2009, 07:47 PM   #10071
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... Have you ever heard that the North Rim gets 10% of the visitors that the South Rim does?...
Gummee!, Hi!

I have heard that actually. Frankly, when I rode through there, it was just as you say, elbow to ...umm .. elbow with people. It makes sense though, the access isn't set up for the North Rim to be convenient. Plus don't they close it part of the year?

Unfortunately I think I was National Geographiced. The views from each of the parking areas were redundant and unimpressive due to a gazillion years of seeing photos in National Geographic and on the WWW. The next time I go would be with a hike and/or mtb included, gotta feel it, ya know?

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PS: The busloads of people and watching kids tripping over tree roots might have been a distraction from the beauty of the Canyon too.

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Old 03-22-2009, 08:19 PM   #10072
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You have a Brew?! Man! I STILL lust after a 180 proof.

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Gummee! et al,

There are very few people out there who know what a Brew is. We're an odd lot you know. That is a 180 Proof, circa mid-90's. There's a story behind that for all who care to listen.

The founder of SRP Bicycle Parts was a friend and client, I do taxes. He built titanium nuts and bolts for bicycles before titanium came on bikes. He was very popular with high end bicycle shops and bike builders. He built drop-outs for Craig Calfee, who is now known for his Bamboo bikes.

One of his customers was BREW. Jeff loved bicycles, it's an addiction you know. He made parts for Brew, I've heard they are wild hill billies, Brew sent Jeff a couple of totally tricked out, state of the art, hand made frames. SRP used one of the frames, in my size, as their top of the line XTR everything, titanium nuts and bolts everywhere, super light, Bike Show Display Bike. Following year I did a great job on the taxes and he said "Liz, do you want to Brew?" I've had the bike ever since. Here's the website for SRP check it out.

It's a quiet little secret of the bicycle industry, don't you think, barter and taking care of each other?

Sounds like some great tools!

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Old 03-22-2009, 08:52 PM   #10073
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Has anyone ever ridden in Vermont? Where and when?


Kingdom Trails, in East Burke. Love that place, probably my favorite riding in New England. We went twice last year; The first time was early in the year, and it was pretty muddy and turned me off, so we didn't make it back until Septemberish -- when it was absolutely gorgeous.
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Old 03-22-2009, 09:45 PM   #10074
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It's a quiet little secret of the bicycle industry, don't you think, barter and taking care of each other?

Sounds like some great tools!

Enjoy,


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Old 03-22-2009, 10:12 PM   #10075
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If ya'll are getting sick of me sharing photos, let me know. Here are some photos from my ride today. I think I got a little karma return today because of my talk of good weather. It was a little windy today to start, kept blowing harder and harder. It was really blowing, enough to make me think I was on my brakes going down hill. Every hill became a chore, fighting the wind and being pelted with sand.











I thought it'd be great fun to ride out to the end of this small floating pier.



I changed my mind once out there when the pier started to get swallowed by the waves.




Me being the dork I really am.



My super cool riding partner.




To the people who think its a great idea to ride a horse on the trail when its wet, news flash your being a douche!
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:59 AM   #10076
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I wouldn't even walk there. I am afraid of heights, and I'm OK with that...

Unless there is a bear in the woods! Then I'd ride like the wind. A breaking wind, mind, but that's kind of a wind...

I don't even like looking at that picture.
Do you want to know what I do for work? No bears....



Hey MsLiz, this shot's been up already, but here's a good representation of the kind of technical we get a lot of: rocky, rooty, wet, boggy-any one or all at once. Look-no cliffs
No I haven't ridden Vermont but one day I'll go visit my friend in Brattleboro and bring a bike. I did go with my ex when she raced the Killington Stage Race many years ago though
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:44 AM   #10077
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... No I haven't ridden Vermont but one day I'll go visit my friend in Brattleboro and bring a bike. I did go with my ex when she raced the Killington Stage Race many years ago though


Skibum, Oznerol, et al,

That single track looks great! You'll love Vermont riding. We've got some pretty nice trails throughout the state, as Oznerol knows. One treat is doing some night riding on Killington Mountain.

In the interest of it's a small world, do you remember what year and which category she raced in the Killington Stage Race? I raced it as a Cat 4, and the next year in Cat 1,2,3. I think that was the last year they had the race. Does she still race?

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Old 03-23-2009, 01:49 AM   #10078
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what are you doing online at 5 am? She was racing in '96 I believe in one of the lower categories on a red & white True North, as I recall it was right after the Olympics? One of our friends was hurt in a crash when he went down in the middle of the peleton on day 2 I think. I saw chainring marks from at least a couple of bikes on his jersey when I went to find him in the hospital.

I've ridden in Maine a bit and driven around Vermont so I can guess at what you have for trails.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:07 AM   #10079
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what are you doing online at 5 am? She was racing in '96 I believe in one of the lower categories on a red & white True North, as I recall it was right after the Olympics? One of our friends was hurt in a crash when he went down in the middle of the peleton on day 2 I think. I saw chainring marks from at least a couple of bikes on his jersey when I went to find him in the hospital.

I've ridden in Maine a bit and driven around Vermont so I can guess at what you have for trails.

I'm nocturnal, well at least this weekend I am.

If he got hurt on the second day in 96 I'm pretty sure that was on the 17 mile circuit. I remember it pretty well because that year I drove Pace Car for the Men's pro category Cat 1,2's and for the men's Cat 4. A friend of mine was in a bad crash on the downhill coming to the finish in the Cat 4 race. Someone overlapped a wheel and took out eight to ten riders. My friend went to the hospital with a broken collar bone, a couple of the others weren't as lucky. Now I might be misremembering but that was the worst crash I can remember back then. Do you remember all the Saab Pace Cars?

In 97 I raced it as a Cat 4 and happened to win. Blame on local knowledge or that I had a heck of a sprint. In 98 I was upgraded to Cat 3 and had to race with the Pro Women 1's and 2's, and felt lucky to just finish the race, much less place even in the top half of the pack. That was a brutal season. We didn't have enough women racing back then to fill up Cat 3.

What are you doing up?


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Old 03-23-2009, 02:14 AM   #10080
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That was probably the one-our friend broke a few vertabrae and went up to Montreal for surgery. He's back racing now.

Sounds like you're a pretty solid racer yourself from those results.

I gave up road racing after a couple of years as I didn't feel like I was getting enough out of all the training I was doing. The last season I was racing XC, DH and road at a low level for the hell of it.
I don't think my ex is still racing from the last time I saw Ontario race results.

I'm guessing I've got some jet lag from getting home from San Francisco on Saturday night
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