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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
Its a W.F.O so its even cooler.
I thought so. I was looking at 'em, but, it was beyond my budget.
Way beyond mine too. Especially with the hammerschmit cranks he has on it.
I used to run old aluminum specialized fenders on my 83 stumpjumperer with 26x2.125 tires at this same festival.... and I had those fenders set pretty close to the tires.... yeah, they'd pack up pretty fast if I ran through a bunch of deep mud. I'd stop at a water faucet a couple times a day and blast the worst of the mud out. mostly the ground there is hard pack, just wet on top, so the fenders generally work pretty well and make riding around camp a lot more comfortable.
I do seem to remember way way back when (early/mid 70s?), I used these tire scrapers on my road/touring bikes that were wire loops hanging off the brake bolts and had a little bent plastic tube that ever-so-lightly ran along the top of the tires... they'd knock glass bits and thorns out before they had a chance to go around and get jammed in. hugely cut down on glass and thorn flats in the days before kevlar walled tires. I do wonder if something couldn't be done at the back of the fenders to knock some of the worst of the mud off.
anyways, the Spring festival is Memorial Day Weekend... depending on the weather, if its anything like last spring, I'll be really happy I have fenders again.
Thats a big call from the land of the epic meals.
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Love the idea - the hammerschmidt cranks. My front derailleur gets loaded up with sand & mud. unfortunately my bike is not compatible.
I knew there was a d in there somewhere. The only thing I don't like about them is the noise they make. My mate was saying that with a 24t chainring the top gear is 38t.
Pity you need ISCG mounts to use them.
Those were called "tire savers" and they're still available. If we ran through glass or debris, we drop a hand down on the tire and use our gloves to brush it off while moving. Never tried that on my mt bike.
I got a run in Christmas morning, but got too cold for three laps, so stopped at one. .77 miles slow... I forgot to bring my gloves so my hands got cold enough to be numb in ten minutes.
The next day my aunt, uncle and a friend hiked Superstition for almost 6 miles. We saw a few mountain bikes and one big spider.
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50 miles at just under 20-mph average. It was a beautiful day here. I started out with a short sleeve shirt under a long-sleeve shirt. At the 23 mile point, I stopped for snack and took off the top shirt. Later, I came up on another rider with pants, a jacket, gloves and a cap under his helmet. I guess he was cold....I mean the windchill was probably down to 70F.
I didn't ride in anything ABOVE 65 degrees this year.
It got a little chilly yesterday here in NoVA. Windy too! I mean it musta been down around 42deg! :eek1 Still managed to overdress.
I got some PRO Tarmac overbooties for Crimmus. Wore em for the first time yesterday. Light yet windproof. Warm enough that my toes didn't complain but not too warm where they got soaked in sweat. Wool socks under any bootie seems the way to go tho.
My little brother is (hopefully) coming to UW Hockey tonite. Hope he has a good time.
Christmas Day ride:
36degF start temp at 7am. Finished about 8:45 at 47degF. Had to test a new jacket from YakWife, but forgot the shoe covers. Numb toes at the end.
Yesterday's ride was much warmer at 58degF, but we didn't start until 9:15. It was nearly 70degF when we finished at 11:15.
I'm hoping for another 75mi before the end of the week, but that'll depend on work/pregnant wife...
best decal ever!!
Just finished off my year of riding with my biggest week and biggest month.
405kms for the week.
799kms for the month.
6007kms for the year.
I am hoping to ride more next year.
Went to REI for their used gear sale and managed to find a brand new pair of Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek IV, in my size, for $14 and a nice Novara jersey for $4.
Is there anyone here that has old clip in pedals they no longer use and wish to sell to me cheap? I'm looking for the SPD type that are flat on one side and clip in on the other.
Got the shoes, need the pedals - then I'm completely done setting up my new bike!
Don't bother with Ebay; you'll just get sniped by me.
Just bought this yesterday. What's missing?
Seriously: have you looked at Ebay? I've seen sub-$20 pedals that were cosmetically challenged but, would do the job. I'm leaning the other way (drop $60-80 on some nice pedals and get it over with).
Edit: like these
Edit 2: hell, it doesn't pay. Here are the pedals I think you want, for $47, shipped to your door, with the cleats.
Got out twice over the holidays while visiting the family in VA. My little bro and his two mtb race buds dragged me around last Friday through an hour+ of mud, rocks, and leaves. These guys are podium finishers when they race. I was happy to be able to keep up in the easy sections, but the rest was just a slog to stay upright. Those low profile 29er knobs really suck in the mud. Then on Monday, lil bro and I went out to Carvins Cove and rode most of the good single track there. This trail system was a weekly thing for me when I lived in Roanoke, so it was therapeutic to relive the good old days for a couple of hours. However, the creek crossings were cold and deeper than I remember due to recent heavy rains. We had a good time even with the froze toes. Weather during both rides was in the mid 40s.
My MTB partner and I drove 5-1/2hrs, down to Dickson, TN and rode Montgomery-Bell MTB trails. There's really nice riding, if you don't mind having to pay upfront for every downhill. It seemed like every downhill required a nearly identical climb, before it. Definitely a different type of terrain from what I'm used to at my favorite local trail, as I'm used to a couple heavy climbs, throughout the local system, with much more gradual downhill. The trails were in great shape and we rode ~20 miles. I'd highly recommend the place.
I'm not sure if this gutsy or stupid.
Amazing how riding in the mtns works... Gotta pay to play.
I 'grew up' mtn biking around VA Tech. Same situation: Up, up, up, up... to get down! down!
...and that was on a 30# Rockhopper! (started out rigid at 27# but that Manitou 2 was SO worth it!)