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Old 05-20-2009, 07:44 PM   #10921
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That I would believe!
You seen ole Vancy?!

I'll give it 6mos afore its torn in half

Who's in for a 6-pack?

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Old 05-20-2009, 07:45 PM   #10922
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You see suspension serves its purposes!!!!
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:47 PM   #10923
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My balls are way too big too. I just may have to take an old inner tube and wrap it under my balls and up around my neck to gain some comfort.

Most of us just use spandex trousers to accomplish much the same, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:29 PM   #10924
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Gummee, cRAsH and Perry.


Thanks much for all of your help.

Vance

Sweet ride man, best of times with it. (PS I was really hoping you'd get a Pugsley though..... it's just.....more you...... )

May your spokes stay stong V.

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Old 05-20-2009, 08:36 PM   #10925
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What makes it an all mountain bike?
It's just what they call it in the brochure. I don't really know.

It just felt right when I test rode it.

The last bike I had was a GT Zaskar with a Manatou bumper fork with stiff bumpers. I really loved that bike...but these 29er wheels really make the bike feel a bit better for my large ass at least. The fuggin thing is huge!

Most of my riding is with the kids on the bike path here in GA. (Silver Comet Trail) but...I just found out that the off road bike group here in GA maintains an off road trail that runs along the paved path too! This bike is awesome for both of those.

Maybe someday I'll get suspension for the front...but it feels fine for now. I'm just stoked to be on a decent bike again. I had bought a cheapo Walmart bike to ride with the family...but the brakes were not even good enough to stop me during aggressive down hills! Scary as fuck!
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:44 PM   #10926
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my buddy Chief & I went out for a short first road spin of the year after we got skunked in our search for some surf.
what a bunch of losers


-that's cool, now all you have to do is ditch the teenager shorts.........



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Old 05-20-2009, 08:55 PM   #10927
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:41 PM   #10928
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Motorcycling & Cycling

Los Gatos Road is so steep you wonder how the pavement sticks to it. You would think that in the summer, the asphalt would melt and all slide into a sticky pool of tar at the bottom.

Motorcycle road racer Ben Bostrom loves to ride it—but on a bicycle. “That’s one of my favorite climbs,” he says smiling. “But I won’t take anyone up there without apologizing first.” Ben and Eric Bostrom have quite a number of good climbs around their De Luz, California, hideout. Both Bostrom brothers are from Vegas, but about ten years ago they purchased a place on 30 acres in the hills between Temecula and Camp Pendleton as a way to get away from it all. These days, getting away is usually done on the seat of a bicycle.
It wasn’t always like that. Back in 1999 Ben was the reigning U.S. Superbike champion, which is the premier title in American motorcycle road racing. “I didn’t even think of bicycling for training. Eric took me mountain bike riding once, but he almost killed me before we even got to the dirt. I’d never been clipped into pedals before, and I fell over right in front of a car. I didn’t get hit, but it kind of soured me on the whole bicycle thing.” That changed in 2002 when Honda hired Ben to go for the World Superbike Championship. “Miguel DuHamel worked with Carmichael Training Systems and was really pushing the fitness thing. They were all about training on a bicycle for road racing, and they just kind of saw me as a slacker. So I tried a road bike. I loved it.”

Both Bostrom brothers discovered that training on a road bike gave them an edge on a motorcycle. “You wouldn’t think it would be that important—road racing on a motorcycle is all about upper body strength. Your legs don’t do much of anything. But you really have to concentrate. If you’re in shape, your mind works better.”

Ben’s program reached another level when he lived in Lago di Como in Italy. He used that location as a base of operations for his assault on the World Superbike Championship. As it turned out, that’s a hub for pro bicycle racing in the region. “I got to know Brent Copeland, who runs a bike shop in town called Rullobike. He was also the manager for Team Lampre. He set me up to ride with some old guys to train with; 40-, 50-and 60-year-old-riders. I thought, how hard can that be? As it turned out, they were old pros. On my first ride, I was hanging on in the back, and felt like I should take a pull just because of guilt. It was the worst possible timing. The road went straight uphill. The old guys dropped me.”

After that, Ben became obsessive about bike training, routinely spending whole days in the saddle during the week. On the weekends, he usually was traveling to a different country for a Superbike GP. When he finally got a weekend off from his motorcycle racing schedule, he entered a bicycle race. “It was a Pro/Amateur road race that started in Bellagio and went straight up a mountain. The finish was at the Madonna Di Ghisallo, which is this really cool church dedicated to bicycle riders. It has the bikes of all these famous riders in the rafters, guys like Mercx, Indurain and Pantani.” Bostrom was wowed by the whole scene. And he won the race. That same year he was invited to ride in the Lampre team car during the Giro di Italia. At the time, the team’s top riders were Damiano Cunego and Gilberto Simoni. Then he got the same treatment during a stage of the 2005 Tour de France. “It was during the individual time trial, so we followed Eddy Mazzoleni from start to finish. It was pretty intense, because they had every inch figured out ahead of time. They would radio to Eddy Mazzoleni that each turn had a certain safe speed limit. I remember noticing that his pedals were getting really close to the ground. Then one of the pedals scraped and he almost ate it. I guess they figured the speed when he wasn’t pedaling.”

In the next couple of years, Ben kept up his cycling, but his road racing career suffered a few setbacks due to injury. In 2005 he broke his back, which put a severe kink in his racing plans for the year. One thing he did get to do was the Silverman, which is a full-length Triathlon in Vegas, including the 112-mile bike ride. He won the bicycle segment, broken back and all.

For 2007, Ben and Eric are riding motorcycles for Team Yamaha in the U.S. That’s what pays the bills. Eric is riding the Superbike class and Ben is on a Superstock bike. That still means there will be a lot of traveling. But more time in the U.S. also means more time for riding the hills of De Luz and a lot of ugly trips up Los Gatos Road.

BICYCLING: THE NOT-SO-SECRET TRAINING TOOL
Motorcycle road racers hit the pedals.
In the world of motorcycle road racing, it seems that everyone who’s anyone is talking about bicycles. It’s more than a training trend, it’s turned into a badge of honor to do time in the pedals. Here are a few names:
Miguel Duhamel, Daytona Champion: “I was probably one of the first guys in the paddock to use cycling for training. I should have been more quiet about it. It’s really important to be fit in motorcycle road racing even though it’s not as physical; it helps you be smarter under stress. I started about 1995, just riding with a friend of a friend. Pretty soon I was hooked. Now I ride four times a week, usually around Red Rock Canyon (near Las Vegas).
Ben Spies, Current Superbike Champion: “During the season, my main training is cycling. I’m the guy who in the winter, when it’s 55 degrees and pouring rain, I’m out road biking. Sometimes it gets a little hard-core so I try to do a lot of active stuff where you don’t get burned out on one thing.”
Mat Mladin, Six-Time Superbike Champion: Mladin is such a training fanatic that he has turned it into a part-time business. Mat Mladin and Simon Sostarics’s Insider Training uses cycling as well as other disciplines to improve performance in motorsports of all kinds, focusing on what they call the human side of motor racing.

http://www.roadbikeaction.com/fly.as...xid=96&cid=125

Pedrosa, Schawntz, Edwards.....

Riding a motorcycle makes you a better descender on a bike.

Finding time for both is not an option.

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Old 05-20-2009, 09:50 PM   #10929
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Nice stable there Moto!

A Mondonico and a Pinarello? Do I detect a trend?

My favorite riding bike(s) were all Italian. I had a few Battaglins that were . I sorta kinda have some Italian bling in the garage, but its Veloce and an incomplete group.



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Old 05-20-2009, 10:02 PM   #10930
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Probably NOT a heart attack



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Old 05-20-2009, 10:51 PM   #10931
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I've been suuper lazy and haven't riden my MTB in weeks. But I can't stop drooling over Surly's Long Haul Trucker and Cross-Check. My Monocog's great but I've found it's place is single track and falls short using it to commute. I can't gain much speed on it, without looking like an idiot with my legs pumping a million times a minute. You know that look of people that can't figure out why their bike has gears, spinning waaaaaay to fast in a low gear?
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:00 PM   #10932
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Am I the only guy here that got into motorcyles because of bicycle racing?
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:10 AM   #10933
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Am I the only guy here that got into motorcyles because of bicycle racing?
In my opinion I think they go hand in hand.
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:38 AM   #10934
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I've been suuper lazy and haven't riden my MTB in weeks. But I can't stop drooling over Surly's Long Haul Trucker and Cross-Check. My Monocog's great but I've found it's place is single track and falls short using it to commute. I can't gain much speed on it, without looking like an idiot with my legs pumping a million times a minute. You know that look of people that can't figure out why their bike has gears, spinning waaaaaay to fast in a low gear?
What gearing are you running on the fixie? I commute on mine with 42/17 and it works great all around even in climbs/descents I can maintain about 21-24 mph without spin out.

I have a LHT, the wheelbase is nice and I'm surprised that it spins up to speed nicely for a bike so heavy.
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Old 05-21-2009, 05:49 AM   #10935
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-that's cool, now all you have to do is ditch the teenager shorts.........



why thanks for the compliment, I like to think I look a lot younger than I am, everyone says I act younger.
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