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Old 07-13-2009, 06:34 PM   #11491
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what's wrong with that?
Nuthin if you don't wanna sell bikes!

I know yer kidding, but still...

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Old 07-13-2009, 06:35 PM   #11492
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Only time I can remember bonking was when I was out explorating around my parents' house in NoVA. Went right when I shoulda gone left...

Turned a 60-ish mi ride into a 100-ish mile ride and I bonked at about the 60mi mark. NO convenience stores in outer nowhere VA between The Plains and Warrenton. THAT sucked out loud 'cause there's these rollers out there!

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Did you ever read Bobke II? He got lost in New Mexico, and something like 12hrs later after humping his road bike through knee high snow on forest service roads, in the pitch black night; was picked up by a passer by.
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:36 PM   #11493
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Did you ever read Bobke II? He got lost in New Mexico, and something like 12hrs later after humping his road bike through knee high snow on forest service roads, in the pitch black night; was picked up by a passer by.
Nope. You got a copy you wanna lend me?



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Old 07-13-2009, 06:37 PM   #11494
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Nope. You got a copy you wanna lend me?



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Sure, send me your address...I'll drop it in the mail. It's a good read.
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:58 PM   #11495
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finally bought road pedals and shoes...

So, I've decided to get a bit more serious with my cycling. I started last week with a 43 mile ride on Saturday...in Savannah (with the CBTC) and ended the week with 150 miles on the Trek (which is typical for me).

The few times I've tried to pace another rider around Hunter AAF, I feel like I'm "spinning out" 'cause my street shoes are lifting off the pedals when we get up to 25mph or so.

I reckon I'm probably missing some power by only being able to mash vs. mash and pull.

Last year I assured the wife that bicycling would Save Money!
$300 for 10 yr old Trek off Craigslist
$100 for shorts, shirts and lights

I rode 1300 miles in 2008 and I was gone for 7 months.

This year:
$75 for tuneup by LBS including new large chainring
$50 for new tires, tubes and misc parts

1200 miles so far this year (gone for 2 months).

This week:
$250 for more bike shorts, jerseys, road shoes and pedals, handlebar tape, etc.

My goal is 150 miles/week for the rest of the year.

The bottom line is that getting into bicycling can be cheap but once you really get into it, there will be some expense.

Golden nuggets of info:

-cheap bicycle shorts (i.e. Insport) are worthless, spend the extra dough for quality shorts.

-Street shoes will only get you so far.

-it was about 6 months before I found out that "Giro" is just the fancy brand of Bell Helmets (saving mucho deneiro)

-an "old" bike only saves you money up front if you like fixing something on it every few hundred miles...otherwise consider a new "entry level" rode bike (Raleigh, Trek 1000, etc.)

-a good cycle computer and HRM are neat tools, nothing beats mashing the pedals against your perceived level of exertion.

-you are probably only going to save money vs. a cage if you commit to riding rain or shine, hot or cold, IOW all weather/conditions

There are probably dozens or hundreds of Golden Nuggets of Info out there.

YMMV.

Ride often and minimize your risks!



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Old 07-13-2009, 07:10 PM   #11496
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(long seattle bike shop diatribe deleted)

omg, thats fuggin awesome. that should be in 24 pt helvetica on 19x36 white posterboard in every single gaddamn decent LBS in this country.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:27 PM   #11497
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Sure, send me your address...I'll drop it in the mail. It's a good read.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:30 PM   #11498
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Keep an eye on yer lugs. If there's white 'worm tracks' in/on em, start REALLY lookin at em cause you've got some galvanic corrosion going on.

In that bike, galvanic corrosion = bike falls apart. Doesn't ALWAYS happen... I've seen some pristine carbon Treks and I've seen em with a serious case of rot.

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Old 07-13-2009, 08:28 PM   #11499
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Keep an eye on yer lugs. If there's white 'worm tracks' in/on em, start REALLY lookin at em cause you've got some galvanic corrosion going on.

In that bike, galvanic corrosion = bike falls apart. Doesn't ALWAYS happen... I've seen some pristine carbon Treks and I've seen em with a serious case of rot.

HTH

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You say "lugs", does that mean the carbon/aluminum junctions?

If so, they appear clean. Except for the running gear, the rest of the bike appears excellent (as quoted by the LBS). Thanks for the info..I'll keep an eye out for the "worm tracks".
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:30 PM   #11500
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I have broken one such TREK aluminum/carbon frame, they replaced it with an OCLV frame and I broke that one, too.. never again do I ride TREK..
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:10 AM   #11501
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You guys have bird issues in the UP? Lots of folks in Brisbane would dress up their helmets like that to discourage swooping birds (usuall magpies) during nesting season. Those little f'ers don't mess around, swooping was a daily event.

Bats maybe.

Actually, I used a bunch of zip ties to secure my light to helmet and just left them all uncut to be weird (you know, better mind ray reception and all that...)

First time I took a lap through the mine, there's a couple low spots where you have to get off your bike. I could hear the zip ties scraping before anything more substantial hit. Hey wow, silly looking and functional!

The blood came from a sharp right through a doorway in an old building foundation. I decided to take a break and lean up against it for a second. Or maybe crash into it.

Very, very cool race. Lots more pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7748942...7621225166675/
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:14 AM   #11502
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The bottom line is that getting into bicycling can be cheap but once you really get into it, there will be some expense.
I've lost nearly 100lbs and managed to keep it off through bicycling and skiing. People often ask me how I did it.

I tell them to head down to the bike/ski shop and just empty out their wallet on the counter. Maybe hand over a credit card or two as well.
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:34 AM   #11503
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chick: "coming around"
me (pissed): "not this time....."

In almost every race I do, I end up getting mixed in with a pack of top 10 class female racers. Generally, I try to take every opportunity to stay the hell out of their way as I'm not going to win anything. Besides, the scenery is usually better from behind than in front..

Still, I had one poor girl stuck behind me at one race on a swoopy fast section I knew really well. She'd holler out to pass just as a I dropped down into something, she'd catch up just for the same thing to happen again... Must've happened four times before things leveled out and I let her by. Man, was she pissed.
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:31 AM   #11504
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You say "lugs", does that mean the carbon/aluminum junctions?


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If so, they appear clean. Except for the running gear, the rest of the bike appears excellent (as quoted by the LBS). Thanks for the info..I'll keep an eye out for the "worm tracks".
Get a stand, some degreaser, and some rags. Clean that bike every other weekend. Help keep things workin better between 'real' tuneups. Park tools has great DIY hints/tips/instructions

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Old 07-14-2009, 08:57 AM   #11505
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I've lost nearly 100lbs and managed to keep it off through bicycling and skiing. People often ask me how I did it.
This gives me hope. Good on ya!
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