Bicycle thread

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

  1. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Get yourself a mid-cage rear derailleur, it'll allow you to run a 36T low-gear cassette. I did that on my GF's 'cross bike. I actually prefer her 46/36 'ring gear spacing better than the compact gearing on my 'cross.
  2. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    Rolling out for 80 miles in a few minutes. This route has a couple truly epic climbs; one is about 5 miles at nearly 20% in a few spots. I'll post a plot if it doesn't kill me. :lol3
  3. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    You suck! Have fun.
  4. Bimble

    Bimble In giro in moto

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    A Ti Fargo? Awesome! If any bike is my dream bike, that would be it. Can't wait to follow your track on the TD! Man, I hope the weather turns better than last year's race. Its been cold and wet so far.

    And speaking of cold and wet:

    So, it's 47F° and pissing down rain. Sounds like a great day to do a 162-mile gravel race... which is exactly what Askel is doing right at this moment.

    :hack

    I bet he's still smiling.

    :lol3
  5. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    Final ride on the 54 CAAD was a drizzly and overcast 60 miles this morning. Hooked up with the local "P" ride out of Chapel Hill and played up in the front roatation for 18 miles or so. After they turned south, I headed back North and had to pick up the pace again when the drops from the sky started getting bigger. Back home now to drink :freaky and switch everything over to the new frame.
  6. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    Was thinking about that, but I am trying to lose about 20kgs this year so that should help.

    I did the same hill 3 weeks and had to walk so I am getting better.

    As they say "Don't buy upgrades, ride up grades":D
  7. Oznerol

    Oznerol Motion Enthusiast

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    Spent my morning and early afternoon assembling the Vaya:

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    Ran into a hiccup early on when I realized that the frame had bosses for downtube shifters, rather than cable stops like the Fargo. I'd need a set of cable stops made to mount on those bosses.

    But then a lightbulb went on in my head: I already had exactly the required parts. They'd come with a set of barend shifters I picked up a few years ago for another project. At the time I hadn't been sure what they were (I've never owned a bike with downtube shifters) and I hadn't needed them, so I chucked them in a box and forgot about them.

    Until this morning. I went over to my storage unit and sure enough, there they were in the box labeled "bike drivetrain bits". Sometimes being a packrat is useful.

    Took it out for a shakedown cruise this afternoon. Mostly pavement, and poached a couple of miles of singletrack in the trail system where I've been going running for the past month. It's about what I expected -- doesn't eat up the asphalt miles as eagerly as my Roubaix, doesn't carve the trails like my fat tire rig. But for dirt roads it'll be just right, and it'll make a good commuter, too. (I'm starting with that next week, weather permitting.)
  8. ErrinV

    ErrinV D Boon!

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    Good choice on the lights. I have two SON hubs. One on my Kogswell (20R) and one on my Salsa Fargo Ti (28). On the Kogswell I run a Supernova E3 and the Fargo has a Supernova E3 Triple.

    I hope you have fun on brevets. I really enjoy them. I've completed up to a 400k. I think they are the best way to see your state.

    Here's a familiar sight on a brevet.

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  9. ErrinV

    ErrinV D Boon!

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    Yeah, I hope so too! There's some talk of a possible re-route around the Flathead because of snow levels. Should be interesting. Less than a month away!
  10. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer

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  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Well that was the first time in a while THAT happened.

    My legs pulled a Petacchi a few miles from the end of the ride. Locked up. Didn't wanna ride no more. I could spin, but I didn't have any oomph.

    First few pedal strokes outta the driveway I could tell I wasn't on a good day. The guy I was riding with was trying to rip my legs off on the climbs. Took till mile 30 for him to do it, but he did it. :bluduh All in all tho, a bad day that good is still not bad. (if that makes sense :norton)

    Right before I hit that wall, he was demonstrating what 500w was. I was right beside him at that point... Next few hills did me in.

    M
  12. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    But I got out for a bit. Not the most expensive bike, but I rode mine today and I'm feeling great about it.

    Sorry for the supersize pic, but it is the best I can do with free image hosting. You get what you pay for and all of that. I hope you folks got out too. Good times.

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  13. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    I'm now a USAC class C ref, next month going for my Motoref the day after suffering through the Hillbilly Roubiax
  14. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    I used to ref back in the day. It was fun for a time. huge amount of work and sometimes frightening.
    That was with the USCF, I have no idea what is going on now in bike racing in the states.
    Good luck. Be careful out there.
  15. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Long timer

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    It needs to be a mid cage mountain derailleur. :deal Read the specs on road derailleurs, they are not rated for anything bigger than 28 teeth (except for apex). A mountain derailleur will follow the line of the cassette better. If you use a road Der you will have to crank the b-tension out and you will have sub par shifting in the small cogs.
    Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine. Just because a derailleur has a longer cage does not mean that it can handle a large cassette.
  16. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    Hate those days! But then there are those sweet, sweet moments when all the wind completely settles down and the only sound you can hear is your own breathing and the tires on the asphalt. It's those rare moments that make all the shit days forgotten. (today was not one of those, but dammit I can dream...) 500 watts is no easy task to hold for any length of time without uncontrollable drooling on your rig and rolling blackouts of your vision. damhik :wink:

    Very nice, congrats! :freaky
  17. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    I rounded out my weekly total today 154, somewhat over what I wanted. I didn't mean to rouned it out with a 48 mile ride. A few hills thrown in for good measure. So I start building my mileage , something I should have done over the winter. It is what it is: I'll have to accept that.It's all good
    :freakyJust got a Big bottle of Rum from the ABC store.(state owned Liquor store ) for those don't have these. good times in the morning when I get off work.:clap:clap
  18. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    Tomorrow should be fun, did 400 miles on the 950 in the rain today, tomorrow, 2 TT's in the rain 1st thing in the morning. I'm going to try to win my age group and then go back out and set the course record for fixed gears. I already have the record for standards (drop bar no aero and technically the fixxed gear but I rode it in the age group class so it didn't count
  19. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Thanks ErrinV - middle of the night at a control point/convenience store?

    I'm looking forward to it. My first 200-km will be in early Nov. and it includes a well-known hill in the world of motorcycling: Yarnell Hill which supposedly drops about 3000 ft in six miles.

    I did 100-km today. It started out nice and cool and got warmer and warmer as the morning turned into early afternoon. I have a long ways to go before I'm proficient at longer distances but I suppose if it were easy, everyone would be doing it! I feel pretty good though - I'm fairly certain I could do it again tomorrow if I had to. I don't so I'll use the day to recover. :lol3
  20. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    :ear