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Old 07-17-2009, 07:20 PM   #11536
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Outta curiosity, why the sports subsection?



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Old 07-17-2009, 08:52 PM   #11537
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Outta curiosity, why the sports subsection?



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Ever been to an ADV rally and noticed the lack of athletes there? Yeah, me too. Us minority inmates gotta stick together.
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Old 07-18-2009, 02:20 AM   #11538
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I'm back to doing centuries on Saturday mornings. Nothing gets me in shape like getting on the bike and riding to the coast and back. There's a mountain that separates me from home during the last 30 miles and I just have to suck it up.
As in, this is just a regular Saturday morning thing and then come home and mow the lawn and what not?


All the racers are getting back and posting stories from the Tour Divide. It's inspiring me to try all kinds of stupid stuff.

In about 5 hours, I'll get on my bike- and if everything goes according to plan, won't get off (much) for 12 hours. Yep, endurance race. One of my teammates managed 23 5.5 mile laps last year. I'm hoping for 18.181818181818. Or death. Whichever comes first.

If this goes well, I've got an idea for a 4 day mixed pavement/dirt ride from my house to Duluth, MN- about 500 miles round trip.
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Old 07-18-2009, 04:04 AM   #11539
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I love the tour divide and GDR stuff. I was reading about some crazy 20-year old Deanna Adams who finished the tour divide which is impressive enough. But add in the fact that she epilepsy, is a vegan (hard to carry enough calories), and oh did I mention she was riding a fixie?
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:28 AM   #11540
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Ever been to an ADV rally and noticed the lack of athletes there? Yeah, me too. Us minority inmates gotta stick together.
There's been agitating for a separate forum for a while... Why now? woulda been a better question.

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Old 07-18-2009, 08:32 AM   #11541
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Man I'm havin fun on my XXIX! I'm not getting any bouncy fork. It's just fine rigid. Seems that the big wheels have a little extra cush or something? Found 8 miles of single track just down the street from my house. Didn't even know it was there.

I'm sick of spiders though. There are not a ton of off road riders around here and it seems that every time I take a week off riding the trails, the freakin spiders build their webs right across them. Every 30 yards or so I get a spider web across the face and hope that the little suckers drop off of me rather than try to bite my ear or something.

I'm trying to invent a big, fishing pole type extension off of the front of my bike to wipe away the spiders...but it would just get caught in the turns.

Oh well... Haven't broken anything yet. Seems like the Raleigh is purdy tough...
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Old 07-18-2009, 12:08 PM   #11542
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All the racers are getting back and posting stories from the Tour Divide. It's inspiring me to try all kinds of stupid stuff.
I've been following a ride log that one of the lower-key Divide riders kept. Man, that looks like all kinds of fun.

I'm less than a month away from D2R2 -- 60+ miles of hilly dirt roads in Western, MA. I'm not ready for it. I met up with a local mountain biking group on thursday for a social ride, and was dragging off the back most of the time. Polite folks; They didn't complain at all about having to repeatedly wait for me to catch up. Mainly I think I was just under-fed and under-hydrated from the start. Things improved a lot after the first hour, as the granola bars I was cramming down started to have some effect.
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Old 07-18-2009, 12:22 PM   #11543
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I'm back to doing centuries on Saturday mornings. Nothing gets me in shape like getting on the bike and riding to the coast and back. There's a mountain that separates me from home during the last 30 miles and I just have to suck it up.

GO Baldy GO! You got serious pain management skills. I'm getting back into roadies again! I have the great flat plains at my door with some light rolling hills and a trek plant up the road that keeps me inspired. Those factory guys ride way too damn fast... Awesome to watch the pack come by most weekends.
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Old 07-18-2009, 01:37 PM   #11544
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Here are some shots of my Rivendell. Grant called this a "Long Low" when it was offered in his lineup of custom frames, back when? Must have been 1997 or '98. Hand built, lugged steel frame, fits great. Yes, I have the front brake lever on the right side, and did the woven handlebar tape myself. I don't quite every Rivendell doodad on there, but a few...



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Old 07-18-2009, 03:29 PM   #11545
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Mtn wheels?

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Old 07-18-2009, 04:21 PM   #11546
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Ever been to an ADV rally and noticed the lack of athletes there? Yeah, me too. Us minority inmates gotta stick together.
they didn't all seem so bad at the last one I was at?
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Old 07-18-2009, 07:20 PM   #11547
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they didn't all seem so bad at the last one I was at?
oh??? do tell... which one did you attend??
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Old 07-18-2009, 07:21 PM   #11548
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Old 07-18-2009, 07:54 PM   #11549
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I'm back to doing centuries on Saturday mornings. Nothing gets me in shape like getting on the bike and riding to the coast and back. There's a mountain that separates me from home during the last 30 miles and I just have to suck it up.
Outstanding.
A bit jealous....





The only coast I get to ride to is a big stinky lake


Lots of hill however
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:54 PM   #11550
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MTB trail-riding crashing or learning curve.

My exuberance for going fast is rearing it's head as I progress at trail riding on single track in the Greensboro area.

As a 55 yr old brand new to this nonsense, I find myself getting comparatively faster at climbs, roots, stumps, downhill twisties, steps & radical gullies.

In one hour I can get a total body workout that I wouldn't get riding 3 on the road. And my hbm get into the 170 range, which doesn't happen on the road

Anyway my speed is getting up there (relatively speaking) and I'm applying dirt bike logic to what I'm doing. I crash a lot on my dirt bike and haven't on the mtb.So I need to gear up or get better technique. What gear besides a normal bicycle helmet, gloves and glasses do you wear?

Are there any good videos for mtb trail riding like the stuff Neduro puts out for adventure bikes?

Thanks for any advice.
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