Bicycle thread

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

  1. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    I got 2 rides in today and was still home before 11am

    First on the MTB

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    And then on the road on the CX bike

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    Was planning on a night ride tonight too but my wife just told me it wont be happening:cry
  2. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    if you're going to SS a old steel roadie, make sure its got horizontal dropouts . and isn't some nice english/french/italian double butted 531 or columbus frame.
  3. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    That's all the rage, I guess. I saw a Indy CL add where the guy put something like "Please don't turn this into a fixie". I don't remember what the bike was, now.
  4. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    You know what's nuts? The transit bus drivers in Columbia were a cycling menace, too.
  5. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I'm leaning toward a single speed, but it will have to have a freewheel hub, I'm not coordinated enough for a fixie. and the frame will likely be whatever I find laying around a friends basement or something. I think this will end up being a fun winter project!
  6. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    The horizontal dropouts are a near must as vertical ones mean you need an external method of adjusting chain tension, such as an eccentric bottom bracket, or an external chain tensioner.

    and grinding the derailleur boss off a campi dropout should be a felony! :D
  7. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    :lol3
  8. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    I got in 67 miles today. Left the house on Savannah's southside and rode to the historic district and Chippewa Square (the one folks associate with Forrest Gump). Every Saturday, the ride leaves from the Perry Rubber bike shop at 0800, the owner supplies bagels and coffee to all who show up..during the summer, I've seen over 120 cyclists.

    Today was about half that.

    The Six Pence Pub usually stays busy, a bit early for a Guinness though...

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    After a quick safety briefing and info for the noobs (we'll break into groups by speed at the only stop six miles into the ride).

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    Some of the roads on the route are very lightly traveled and we have it to ourselves until the "Car Back!" call...

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    We travel on main roads (US 17) a few miles...the "bike lane" is usually unusable but we stay "as far to the right as practicable" per GA law.

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    I've ridden over 200 miles this week by the start of the ride, my legs were toast before we even started! I tried to bring a dropped rider back, but I waited too long....and then, had the ride to myself! (That's the peloton disappearing in the distance at 22-24mph...I'll never catch them)

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    Mitsubishi is building a HUGE plant to repair turbines, the 5 mile road going by the work site is deserted on weekends.

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    I met up with another dropped rider towards the end and we had a nice easy spin back to the historic district. I found out that he took up cycling in his 60's...and I thought I was late to the game by picking it up at 39!

    It was a great day to ride, temps around 52 to start and 65 to finish.

    Todays ride brings this weeks mileage to 271...tomorrow, I think I may squeeze a 29 mile ride in before strapping on the feedbag.

    I hope your ride went as well as ours!
  9. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Da UP, eh.
    Good idea: Skiing down ski slopes.

    Sort of OK idea: Fatbiking down ski slopes.


    Sort of like riding in sand, but with less feedback.


    Dab....dab....OHFUCKWEREGOINGDOWN

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    :lol3
  10. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    What more people need to see is this pic. Lessee... we can single up and have a pack 1/4mi long OR we can take the entire lane and you only need to pass 100' of us.

    Pick one.

    Me? I don't see this as safe. Too stretched out. Someone's gonna try and pass the pack, get halfway up, realize that 'hey! There's my turn...' and problems are gonna happen.

    OR someone's gonna come in from a side street...
    OR someone's gonna try and pass into oncoming traffic (2 lane roads)
    OR...

    :bluduh

    M
  11. LoJack

    LoJack Long timer

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    I see your point of it being unsafe, but they aren't likely doing anything illegal. Most states/counties/municipalities allow riding two abreast on anything with more than one lane (and that's a two way road, even). Also, a bicycle is a legal vehicle, so you don't have to yield to a car if there is another lane for it to move around you. Check your local laws, of course.

    That said, someone back home died a few months ago doing a road ride that was hit by a car. Twisty road and not a lot of visibility. My mom tells me about it every time I see her practically now.
  12. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I hate snow, but I gotta admit that looks like fun.
  13. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    So what kind of bicycling-related stuff did Santa bring you?

    We haven't even opened presents, so I can't post up. I know there's at least something from Dept of Goods and something from Competetive Cyclist under my tree. :deal

    M
  14. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    Same here, we're currently in a holding pattern waiting for the rest of the clan. Competitive Cyclist has some mad deals right now though. Any monies I get from the Fat Man might be going to them...
  15. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Arrived a few days ago....

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    21 pounds....fairly light for a recumbent.
  16. 309

    309 Special Purpose

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    So breaking the hell out of my leg on my moto back in August renewed my interest in bicycles. I'm still prohibited from riding until mid-January, but have been riding the stationary bike and getting myself prepared for the return.

    First, i needed a trail bike to get my singletrack fix. This ought to do it:

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    It's a 2009 Commencal Meta 6 with some nice upgrades. Been getting it adjusted to my liking and am really looking forward to trying it out.

    I also wanted to try some mild dirt-jumping and really want to try the pump track for exercize. I started looking at bikes for this, then realized I already had a suitable bike. I bought this bike new back in '95 or so. I raced it a bit, beat it up doing "urban" riding, then stuck it in a shed and forgot about it. It's been partially assembled, spray-painted, and generally neglected for many years now. I wasn't sure if I could get it back up to snuff, but i'm pretty happy with how it's coming along so far:

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    1995-ish Bontrager B29 24" cruiser. Made in Wisconsin with True Temper 4130 CR-MO. This bike is unique in that it has a long top tube to fit big guys. Should work really well for my intended use. I plan to upgrade and bling it out a bit. I'm very excited about this bike!
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Wore the 150wt wool inner layer (bag from Dept of Goods) on a ride just now. I was overdressed. [​IMG] Oh well. I'm not stopping cause I'm too warm! [​IMG] Did 1:20-ish on the dirt roads round here at tempo or higher. [​IMG]

    The other bag was some PRO overshoes. I *think* Mom got em a size big. I'll have to break em out of the bag and try em

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  18. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    A new bike stand from Aldi that was only $AU 40

    Does a good job.

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  19. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Looks good, but you want to do yourself a favor and only clamp on the seatposts. AL and Carbon can get fragile.

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  20. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    so I scored some 700c fenders at a clearance sale, want to put them on my 700c hybrid commuter... said bike has some rather fat 38c tires on it, Specialized Nimbus... the fenders are barely as wide as the tread... ya think that will provide adequate coverage (I'm assuming most water and road flug comes off the tire center line), or should I pass these on to a bike that has skinnier tires and find something phatter for my hybrid ?

    I've go the front mounted, and I see how I can get the rear to clear but havent' done the neccessary modding yet. I'll maybe take a couple pix later today.