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Old 04-17-2009, 01:47 PM   #10471
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Warming up

Ahhhh...

The local trails reopened for MTBing again on Wednesday, but work's been crazy so I wasn't able to sneak out and get in a ride there until this afternoon. So far we're having a pretty dry spring, and today was even short sleeves weather, so the trails are in pretty great condition -- very little mud, unlike this time last year.

But very much like last year, riding on actual trails is a bit of a shock to the system that my occasional snow and trainer rides over the winter didn't really prepare me for. My first 10 minutes after my wheels hit the dirt were like "Augh, this sucks, why do I do this, again?" But then I got into the groove and hit the challenging parts of the trail and started enjoying myself.
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:43 PM   #10472
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$12.9K would buy a lifetime supply of Jeep Cherokees.

that was $12.9 CDN which is only about $800 USD
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Old 04-17-2009, 05:50 PM   #10473
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Anyone have an opinion on a Specialized Comp Tricross?
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Old 04-17-2009, 08:55 PM   #10474
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This is a fantastic machine.

Had I found this first, I think I'd only have one bike.

What it is: SalsaFargo
I applaud you - the anti-hipster!!! 30 speeds! racks front and rear!

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Old 04-17-2009, 10:12 PM   #10475
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Anyone have an opinion on a Specialized Comp Tricross?
if Specialized's frame geometry suits your physique, they are great bikes. Most Specialized dealers are pretty good shops, too.
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Old 04-18-2009, 06:41 PM   #10476
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Jesus Christ my legs feel like wet cement! Who knew that a bunch of over the hill bike racers could go so fucking fast? I got shelled on the second climb, a mere 12 miles into the race on an 18% loose gravel grade that kicked the shit out of me and a few others. The next 50 miles were spent hanging on to various groups, just trying to finish with my dignity intact.

The course was awesome, with some really fast dirt descents, stupidly steep climbs and fun twisty roads. I just kept wishing I was on my motorbike. I definitely would have won!

The whole ordeal was toppped off by driving the wrong direction home for nearly an hour, turning a three hour trip into a five hour odyssy, but I'm now on my third glass of wine and second scotch, so life is good.

The highlight was seeing some fellow advriders, one a former bike racer and a current part-time framebuilder (my fogged mind is drawing a blank on a name-duh) who are riding in support of the pros tomorrow, who do two laps of todays course.WTF? If I had to do another lap I'd still be out there.
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:49 AM   #10477
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That's awesome, good for you for hanging in there notmike!

I got a new bike recently. Bike snobs will turn their noses up at it, but I love it and haven't really stopped riding it in two days, LOL. Schwinn Tourist hybrid; 700c, 24 spds, flat bars. I still have a few stickers to peel off and I haven't decided if the side stand is staying or going. Plus I need to mount my drink cage and a small tool kit yet. Until I graduate $200 is a lot for me to spend on a bike and the local c'list only had 20 year old pos's in my price range. My new bike:

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Old 04-19-2009, 09:57 AM   #10478
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... Bike snobs will turn their noses up at it,
Pheh, what do they know.



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...but I love it and haven't really stopped riding it in two days, ...
That's the important bit. It's amazing that 200 bones can get you a decent bike to get out and ride. You should see some of the ratty looking bikes rolling around downtown and on campus (Minneapolis). They all don't have to be "gruppo" do get the job done.
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:11 AM   #10479
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Pheh, what do they know.



That's the important bit.
Thanks. The only thing on the bike that is REALLY cheap are the brakes, well cheaper than the rest. They work well but don't even have a name on them, lol. I already told my wife once I graduate in 2.5 years my graduation present to myself will be a good bicycle (by good I mean $2k or so). Hopefully by then I am in much better shape and can do a nice bike justice. Until then I will keep riding my cheap bike everyday and maybe make some upgrades along the way as things wear out, which I know they will at this price point .
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Old 04-19-2009, 01:31 PM   #10480
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Get out and ride that's the important thing. I've got 20 yr old Frankendale.It's got parts from evey bike I've ever owned still going ( like the Everready Bunny ).
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Old 04-19-2009, 03:21 PM   #10481
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I applaud you - the anti-hipster!!! 30 speeds! racks front and rear!

I was thinking of adding a sprung Brooks.
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:10 PM   #10482
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I was thinking of adding a sprung Brooks.
You should be able to sneak that in without your wife noticing.
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:29 PM   #10483
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You should be able to sneak that in without your wife noticing.
It'll be under my ass, nobody'll be able to see it unless they look REAL close...

And those people will go blind or insane from the endless expanse of spandex.

Now all I need is a generator hub and twin PIAAs up front and I'm a rockin!
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:35 PM   #10484
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Twin PIAAs.

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Old 04-20-2009, 06:31 AM   #10485
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This may be 205 to some of you (it was in the Wired Gadget blog), but wow, just wow. I know, I know, we've all seen millions of "trick" videos. I rarely make it halfway through them anymore. I've watched this one all the way through 3 times now.

The big stuff is hot, but there's some really magical subtle tricks in here too. Danny, you are my new hero.

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