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Old 06-30-2009, 08:28 PM   #11311
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I am, next race.... everybody told me I would be sandbaggin otherwise...

b-b-b-ut I like the podium....






so here comes some interval training (starting tonight)!! 44 mile ride with (too) much interval crap!!! I was chatting with a pro friend of mine who refused to give me training advice if I did not move up a class
Joe Friel's book is all ya really need. Read. Do the exercises. Get faster.


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Old 06-30-2009, 08:29 PM   #11312
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Unfortunately, judging from how shiny it is, you lack time to ride it...








I don't know his habits, but I useta ride on occasion with a dood that kept a paper towel under his seat so he could mop up sweat afore it got 'too bad.' He rode AND his bike was clean enough to eat off of.

He was the one that sent back 2 pairs of Shamals when they first came out 'cause they were 'scratched.'

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Old 06-30-2009, 08:39 PM   #11313
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My Dad has a retirement place there in the winter, along with a ton of other retired relatives. If I can ever afford to retire it will be to some former meth-lab trailer in the desert I am sure...
I'm moving to New Zealand the second I'm done with school.
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:09 PM   #11314
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right there is one good reason not to ride Trek or Sidi!
Here's another...


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Old 07-01-2009, 03:26 AM   #11315
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Unfortunately, judging from how shiny it is, you lack time to ride it...









well that is kinda true-but those pics were taken about an hour after we finished the build. I've actually managed to get out for 2 rides since and now I'm away from home for a month-might get a bike shipped over to at least have something to ride.
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:27 AM   #11316
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Here's another...


That's the Whitest Black guy I've ever seen on a bike....
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:13 AM   #11317
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what kind of bike would the collective recommend for a n00b who wants a decent quality road bike with a bit of vintage flair?

something ala those old ubiquitous Schwinn 10 speeds, but updated?
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:18 AM   #11318
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I'm moving to New Zealand the second I'm done with school.
Cool.

They don't have much call for rocket scientist PowerPoint engineers over that way I expect... What I have heard of that area sounds very good. Very green, motorcycles are way cool there and cycling ain't too bad either.
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:21 AM   #11319
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:27 AM   #11320
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what kind of bike would the collective recommend for a n00b who wants a decent quality road bike with a bit of vintage flair?

something ala those old ubiquitous Schwinn 10 speeds, but updated?
One can still find used, handmade, (brazed and kugged) Italian frames around, and then add some nice components. Not cheap though.
A few pages back I considered the option of upgrading my old steel bike.
I've since almost convinced myself to just get a Roubaix and be done with it. That way I can have a triple up front for these damn hills, and 9-speed rear. It still mostly looks like a bicycle and rides really nice.

But on the romance side of cycling though I really like the fixed gear thro-backs Specialized has come out with. Those can be copied pretty easily. I don't live where a fixie is a good idea for an old guy with bad knees. I can hit 49 mph going down my hill without pedaling. Going back up is where those thirty gear choices come into play.

It all depends on money, lots and lots of money. And how and where you ride, or want to ride or wish you could ride.

For example, I got a bug to do a long ride from the Bay area back to the OC some day. Staying in hotels so I'd pack light. We'll see how that turns out.
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:30 AM   #11321
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I have this for road work
Those are made 5 miles north of here in Ooltewah, TN. See lots of them being ridden around here by old, slow, rich guys. Very nice bikes.
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:36 AM   #11322
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if I'm 6'2'' with 32 inseam what size road bike am I looking for?
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:44 AM   #11323
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if I'm 6'2'' with 32 inseam what size road bike am I looking for?
A big one.










Geez I kill myself sometimes!

Seriously: get at least a preliminary fit from an LBS that's good at that kind of thing before you start buying. BUT and here's a time when advice is worth what you pay for it, you could get away with a 60cm TT maybe 61/62. I haven't the foggiest what you look like so take that with a BIG grain of salt.

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Old 07-01-2009, 10:19 AM   #11324
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what kind of bike would the collective recommend for a n00b who wants a decent quality road bike with a bit of vintage flair?

something ala those old ubiquitous Schwinn 10 speeds, but updated?
find a funky junk bike at the local goodwill, and if you really want that true vintage Schwinn experience, strap about 25 lbs of dead weight to the frame and wheels, then replace the derailleurs with something made from silly putty.

what kind of riding do you want to do. casual around town / weekend bike trail / commuting? get one of the new light weight 'city bikes' aka 'hybrids', like


(Specialized Sirrus Sport)

or



if you want to do long distance road riding, then you want something more endurance/race oriented.

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Old 07-01-2009, 10:26 AM   #11325
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if I'm 6'2'' with 32 inseam what size road bike am I looking for?
I'm the same size.

I can ride a 58 or a 60 depending upon geometry.
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