Bicycle thread

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

  1. fwlslyr

    fwlslyr Adventurer

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    Thanks for the kind offer. Everything checks out o.k. The rear hub is fine. It's an old XTR 8 speed with the Ti casette. I expect the bottom bracket will fail but I believe it's a run of the mill un54 which costs next to nothing. I'll stick to my old parts. It's 8 speed xt rapidfires with xt front xtr rear derailluir. It's has the origanol rock shock that I added coil springs to when it was new. It's a Stump Jumper pro in the mountain dew color.
  2. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Got in almost two hours last night. Down past the ball park and back. I made the turn around at just over an hour.
    The headwind I fought for that hour was now a tailwind.:clap

    Felt good to be out for a good ride again. If I can keep the 2 hour thing going every other day and on the off days walk for lunch and then sneak in an hour or so after work I'll be back to fit in no time.

    These long days are great.
  3. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Hey, anybody know if ErrinV made the start of the TD?

    Not sure what his real name is and I don't see anybody with his listed location on the start list: http://tourdivide.org/2011_start_list

    In the meantime, I'm cheering on our local boy:
    http://trackleaders.com/tourdividei.php?name=Danny_Hill
  4. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Da UP, eh.

    Ah, looks like he took a 1 day head start on everybody to do an individual time trial: http://tourdivide.org/2011_ITT-D_start_list


    Damn, no updates until he gets back then. Good luck, ErrinV!
  5. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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  6. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I flipped the stem on my cross bike over the other nite. Rode it today. My King HS was rubbing. Top cap wasn't level and it was rubbing on the front lip of the top of the cups. :scratch

    So I flipped the stem back over tonite (wow! is it humid!) and its fine. :confused

    I think it may be that its been installed the same way since I got the bike 6+/- years ago and things are compressed in a certain way. :dunno I need a new cross fork anyway, this just accelerates the 'need' for it.

    :bluduh

    M
  8. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    An ITM stem I had did that, the clamping are was cast or forged and machined inside but not faced so one end of the clamp wasn't square and would bind the bearing
  9. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Long timer

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    Weird, what kind of stem? The amount of time it was installed for should have no effect on being able to flip the stem. Those parts should not wear together in any way.
  10. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Ritchey WCS and a 'sorta prototype' Ouzo Pro cross fork.

    I didn't try the stem on another bike (I have a slightly different WCS stem on my Quattro Assi) to see. PITA got too big in the humidity.

    M
  11. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Long timer

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    That is odd, it all should work together just fine. The only thing it could be is the stem is not cut perfectly flat on one side. I have never seen that before though. If it is the steerer tube of the fork causing the issue I would throw the fork away ASAP, but I doubt it is causing the issue. The headset could have worn bearings allowing the top cap to drop in a little more. How old is the headset and has it ever been overhauled? I have never seen a CK headset bearing wear out either.
  12. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    Always good to win free beer! :freaky

    Final race of the local speedway series was last night. My teammate was second in the points series and our team was holding solid as first in overall points. I was there only to work for team points and keep points away from the guy in first place.

    Before the race even started, I could not get my power meter to work. No speed, HR, power... nothing. So, I scrapped it pulled off the HR strap and planned to race on perceived exertion only.

    As the whistle blew, we were off and I was on point. Going strictly by feel, rather than numbers had me going harder than I should have and I had opened up a small gap that no one was interested in bridging to, so I backed off a bit and that's when it happened...

    The points leader attacked and another strong rider went with him, I "just" caught what was happening when my teammate hollered break right, so I spun up and the four of us were soon hammering away from the main pack. We must have been hitting those pedals hard 'cuz no one decided to jump with us, or attempt a bridge. We stayed away and worked together. As the points leader knew there was no way we were letting him get away, we just settled in and hammered.

    Within about 10 minutes we had gained 3/4 of a lap on the field and were closing fast! Another 2 laps and we had lapped the field to settle in for the top 4 places. There were a few guys that attacked each other for 5th, but we had decimated the field. As the whistle blew signaling the final lap, I watched and waited for the guinea pig to jump. All four of us got on front again and sprinted to the finish line. I was able to secure a solid third place in the race, fourth overall in the series and our team won 2 cases of beer for the team points! What a great way to end that series.:clap

    We had most of the team there for the beer shot.
    [​IMG]
  13. Zodiac

    Zodiac loosely portrayed

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    that's real cool Ridge, sounds like fun:freaky
  14. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Looks like you got good beer too! :clap Always better than winning yellow fizzy stuff. :nod

    Congrats!

    Which of those ugly mugs is yours? PLEASE tell me yer not wearing a blue bandana!

    M
  15. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Cool Ridge! Nice report too.
    Back in the day our team ran a circuit race. Since we had Coors sponsorship we would give beer primes. So only the vets got those. They were always popular, something about an August in Colorado race. :freaky
  16. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I've narrowed it down to 'earth'. Or 'Baltimore'.
    Good job Ridge!
  17. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Got an hour in last night. Getting caught in an end of the day meeting is not how I had planned to use the longest pit of daylight.:kboom

    Then of course the legendary traffic gave me a good twenty miles of splitting. I arrived home hot and tired. But, determined to ride no matter what.

    I got geared up and on the road by 6:30. :eek1

    So, I was going to use all the sunshine I guess.:lol3

    Turned around at 30 minutes after hammering hard to keep building the gap I'd made on the timetrial/tri guy I caught and passed as he slowly got his big gear turning after the short descent to the river form the street level.
    My legs were pretty dead, but that hard spin for 15 minutes got the blood moving in where the stiff used to be.
    At my turn I felt OK, and was able to catch another guy for a bit of a tow, after spinning pretty easily up to 20 mph.

    Caught another guy in the big ring, after he had caught on to me and hung out for a mile then reluctantly pulled through, only to hammer it up to the top of where I was almost comfortable.
    That hurt a little, but I stayed with him back up that short hill only to just be done as we topped it. I knocked it back two gears and spun to recover to the street, then back up four to a good spin at 18, as I peddled away.

    He caught back on about a mile later, and we rode to almost my turn before I remembered I still had "The Hill" to get up.

    I made it back in 63 minutes total, at a bit over 16 mph average.
    I did walk for an hour at lunch which got real hot and sticky... for around here anyway.

    Today less walking, and more riding if I don't get another end of the day fire drill.
  18. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    Ha, no mandana for me. I'm the second from the left. The one with curly locks next to me held the entire pack off to assist with our break. Every time one would pass him to pick the pace up, he would jump on the front and bring it back down. In the immortal words of Colonel "Hannibal" Smith from the A-Team... "I Love it when a plan comes together!"
  19. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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  20. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    Not next month, but I will be in the area the middle of August. I'm doing an ADV race around Orlando on the 13th with my buddy from Tampa and another friend the lives in Orlando. They are trying to find us a fourth for the race so we don't have to wedge all three into one canoe.

    I'll have my SS 29'er with me and plan on hitting Boyette and Alafia if you're free.