Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. patch29

    patch29 Surly Rider

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    I have a Brooks on my touring bike and I like it a lot. The only thing I have had to do it to treat it and retention the saddle. It started to sag when I sat on it and made it uncomfortable, re-tensioning cured that. :thumb
  2. Zodiac

    Zodiac loosely portrayed

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    So now that we have saddles settled, what about shorts....:1drink

    I've got padded bike undershorts, but I'm looking for a baggier solution.

    I just can't get myself to wear those skintights.....
  3. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    Seems to be a love-hate thing.

    I've got three of 'em. One is on my Phat, one is on the bastard cruiser from hell, the other is sitting in a box in the closet. When they break in they are IMHO pretty comfy. I think like any seat it's such a subjective thing...but the ones that I have that are broken in feel really nice and offer a bit of shock absorbtion. On of 'em is a honey-colored one and it's really pretty.

    Oh, one more thing. It takes 80 years to break one in. Enjoy! :1drink
  4. Jarvis

    Jarvis DC GSer Administrator

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    I compromise -- I wear the basic Pearl Izumi spandex shorts with chamois under a pair of mountain-bike specific baggies (no rear pockets, tough fabric, etc.). No undies, of course. :clap
  5. Mulekick

    Mulekick 2.7 on Fu Man Chu

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    I wanna try these out...
    http://oakley.com/o/o2892a

    If you decide you like these and want a pair PM me Perry and I will get them for you at my cost...(1/2)
  6. terry.mc

    terry.mc Stop ruining my vacation

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    +1

    Sometimes I throw some umbro shorts over the spandex. I have a pair of fox Mnt bike specific shorts that have the chamois built in, but things never feel like they are in the right spot when wearing them, so I usually don't.
  7. terry.mc

    terry.mc Stop ruining my vacation

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    They look good for downhill/4x etc.
  8. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    For the baggy short crowd, there's a few alternatives.

    First place to check is always sierra trading post. After that, Performance/Nashbar/Supergo (different sites, same parent co.), then www.pricepoint.com and then www.chucksbikes.com

    After you ride for a bit, you'll understand why we all ride in the spandex!

    HTH,

    M
  9. Mulekick

    Mulekick 2.7 on Fu Man Chu

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    I ride naked....:dunno
  10. Mulekick

    Mulekick 2.7 on Fu Man Chu

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    Yep..Definately geared towards MTB but also look like they would be anti-:ymca on the street...:lol3
  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    OW MY BRAIN!!!

    Dammit MK why did you hafta write that?!

    :baldy

    M
  12. skwidd

    skwidd where does this lead?

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    zillion dollar road bike or not,i ain't sportin' the weasel squeezers with the rest of the roadies.
    i find a good selection and lots of good deals on overstock stuff at sports basement in the city.

    www.sportsbasement.com

    they have a couple of big warehouse locations here and tons of good stuff.
    more cycling gear than most bike shops have at great prices.
  13. Jarvis

    Jarvis DC GSer Administrator

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    Those look too long to handle any sustained pedaling motions without serious chafing on the leg. The shorts I have are somewhat shorter (but still longer than umbros) -- just about the length of the Pearl Izumi spandex bike shorts underneath. That means that when I'm sitting and pedaling, the fabric of the baggy overshorts is moving back-and-forth on the spandex, not my leg and leg hair.
  14. Zodiac

    Zodiac loosely portrayed

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    They look a but long for a hot day in the saddle. Think I'll go the under baggy route. I tried the baggy shorts, specific bike pants and they shift too much.

    THANKS for all the advice peoples.





    Now what about pedals/clip ons...?

    I have SPD shoes and peds but everyone tells me there obsolete compared to the new LOOK's systems, and CRANK BROS. set up.....???


    ?
  15. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    I'm still using old Look pedals on the Colnago and SPD's on the mtn and hybrid bikes. I've nearly busted my ass so many times on the Look cleats coming to a stop (my foot sliding out from under me on the asphalt) that I've considered going to SPD's on the road. A friend of mine swears by their Frog pedals. :dunno
  16. Flaco

    Flaco Zombie Holocaust

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    You might also check speedplay

    I like them especially for riding in the city as there is very little effort required to unclip at each red light.

    I used Shimano until I participated in a clinic at the OTC in Colo Springs with the coach of the USA Track team. He said after he got all his riders on speedplay, he had far fewer knee problems.

    FWIW,

    Flaco
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    i rode Speedplay for years on the road. Then I got some double strap pedals for the track and was completely locked down. The difference between loosey goosey on the road and locked down on the track was too much. Sold the Speedplays and went to SPD-Rs. Sold the SPD-Rs and went to SPD-SLs. Like them lots. Very similar to my Look pedals, just lighter. (rode Look for AGES! before going to Speedplay)

    The new Speedplay pedals are great 'cause you can adjust float. If I'd known that when I was looking for pedals, I'da gotten more Speedplays.

    If yer running around in baggies, ride in mtn shoes. Once you decide that the spandex look is all right, go with the road stuff. Right after that, people usually end up shaving their legs... :evil

    I've got a pair of Magnums (Speedplay's first gen mtn pedals) still in my possession. Good stuff. Fewer moving parts = good.

    Got a line on an Oval Concepts seatpost... We'll see what happens.

    HTH,

    M
  18. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    My brother has been using Speedplays for the last couple of years because of his knees. He considers a 60 mile ride casual and does several centuries a year in a mountainous area. I'm using SPDs because (like Photog) I was sick of LOOK cleats sliding out from under me at stops. Mountain shoes on a road bike don't matter when you weigh 215 lbs either.:evil
  19. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    :rofl

    Heard that.

    Being too many cheeseburgers on the clydesdale side, I'm not a gram freak nor do I fret the aero stuff. :lol3 I do tend to buy trinkets that are good looking just for the aesthetics. But the best performance improvement I could buy would be a personal trainer to slap the junk food out of my hand.

    I think I'll move to spd-R's if I'm back on the road a lot...for now I'm just using the same SPD pedal that I have on my mtn bikes mostly because I finally got a pair of shoes that fit so well I prefer 'em over everything else I've got.
  20. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    :nono SPD-Rs suck donkey balls. Ugh. About the worst pedal I ever rode.

    SPD-SLs rawk.

    I've got Time ATACs on my mtn and cross bikes. They're OK. Similar but different to the Crank Bros pedals. Recommended.

    Photog: all you need is to get back on some kind of workout schedule. Yer body'll figger the rest out... DAMHIK how long it takes to get this shit back off once it goes on! :bluduh

    M