Bicycle thread

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

  1. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Speaking of mud and such...

    Rode 3hrs of off- and on- gravel roads round Culpeper, VA. Unlike the roads I ride around here that are 'gravel' but have been smooshed flat, theirs have gravel as in 'your bike is moving all about under you.'

    Lots of fun despite the feeling in my legs from about hour 2 on.

    In other words: if you're riding the gravel roads around my house, road tires are fine. If you're riding around Culpeper, bring the knobbies.

    Oh, and 50-ish after Crimmus?! :ricky

    M
  2. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    I've had exceedingly bad luck with my 45mm fenders over 35c tires in sticky mud. They pack up right quick. To the point you have to remove the wheel to fully clean them out.

    I thought about maybe doing some kind of tire scraper before it can carry too much mud into the fender, but just decided to not run fenders in such conditions.
  3. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    I put 45mm PB Hardcore fenders on my GF's 'cross. They work perfect with a 37mm (measured) tire.

    However, as "Askel" knows, no fender is worth a shit in mud. We've been on some really nasty stuff, in the rain, and ended up having to ride the grass along the ditch to keep going. The worst part of that is the grass usually grows in clumps, which makes it like riding railroad ties; brutal.

    And, most debris is off the center of the tread.
  4. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    I learnt today that next time I do an almost 140km mtb ride with 1900 metres of climbing, I am not riding 80kms the day before.

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    Garmin went flat with about 20kms to go.

    I was doing it tough at the 50km mark but the boys kept me going.

    A few photos off my phone.

    Our first rest stop
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    We had to climb all the way up there.
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    Tainjarra Falls lookout
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    This was my saviour after 90kms :D
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  5. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    At least someone's smart enough to run bar-ends!

    ...and don't tell me what's on that sammich. I don't wanna know. Y'all Aussies eat some STRANGE stuff! :nod

    M
  6. Lencho

    Lencho Been here awhile

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    :thumb Niner rules. Like the R.I.P 9! I've got a Jet 9.[​IMG]
  7. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    Its a W.F.O so its even cooler.
  8. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    I thought so. I was looking at 'em, but, it was beyond my budget.
  9. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    Way beyond mine too. Especially with the hammerschmit cranks he has on it.
  10. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    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.

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  11. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    Thats a big call from the land of the epic meals.

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  12. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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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.:cry
  13. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    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.
  14. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    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. :wink:
  15. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    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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  16. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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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.
  17. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis Darth Peach's cracker...

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    Good lord.

    I didn't ride in anything ABOVE 65 degrees this year. :lol3
  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    It got a little chilly yesterday here in NoVA. Windy too! I mean it musta been down around 42deg! :eek1 Still managed to overdress. :baldy

    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. :clap Hope he has a good time.

    M
  19. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    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. :D

    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...
  20. PaigeIGGY

    PaigeIGGY I heart MILFs

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    best decal ever!!