Bicycle thread

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

  1. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    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.
  2. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    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! :D
  3. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    Don't bother with Ebay; you'll just get sniped by me. :D

    Just bought this yesterday. What's missing?

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    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
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/150728112924

    Edit 2: hell, it doesn't pay. Here are the pedals I think you want, for $47, shipped to your door, with the cleats.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/300589339366
  4. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    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.
  5. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    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.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0Asir0O0HY&feature=related
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    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!)

    M
  7. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    Exactly! Thanks :D
  8. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    1:45 on the bike just now. Rolled out and the clouds rolled in.

    That meant I was slightly underdressed till I got almost back home and back into the sun.

    :baldy

    Oh well. I'll take darn near 50deg at the new year. :nod

    M
  9. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    Aww, heck, I didn't realize you bought a road bike (thought it was a mountain bike).

    Why not just go for it and get proper clipless pedals? I've never run them but, they look pretty easy to get out of (youtube videos). I'm sticking with combo pedals because of doing technical stuff offroad and wanting to dab.

    How about these--$35, shipped to your door:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/180751767249

    Genuine Shimano for the same delivered price:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/220923523343

    A few more bucks will buy you even nicer stuff. Magnesium pedals look appealing (lightweight, smooth surfaces and would look right on the bike).
  10. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    I got one as a gift - a TT bike. I want those pedals because 1. I'm not worried about weight(my other bike is 30lbs heavier than this one!), 2. I want to be able to use the pedals without clip in shoes for rides to the post office and what not and 3. i want a larger platform for pedaling.

    Thanks for the links!
  11. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    Yup, I looked back through the thread and saw the pics. Very nice bike.
  12. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    the SPD-on-one-side and platform-on-the-other pedals are a pain. you're having to flip them around all the time. standard double sided SPD pedals snap in and out quite easily once you get used to them.

    when you're wearing the cleats, you don't need any platform, as the shoes are quite stiff to distribute the load on your foot.

    as far as shoes to wear, check out the Shimano brand touring SPD shoes, they look like street shoes but have the cleat screws... also Keens makes some that are almost sandals, but have the cleat mounting ...

    http://www.rei.com/product/811226/shimano-wr41-road-bike-shoes-womens


    these are the Keens SPD compatible sandals...
    http://www.rei.com/product/812177/keen-commuter-ii-bike-sandals-womens
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  13. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    Thanks for the info - I did get the shoes already: Link

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    Brand new at REI used gear sale for $14. :deal
  14. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    I've seen a couple of brands of those. What exactly is the point/advantage of wearing sandals on a mountain bike? Nice cool, comfy, airy feet? In my brain, I'm thinking I want something to protect the sides of my feet from rocks, branches, etc. Thoughts? :ear

    BTW: I'm in total product shock right now. I was last into mountain bikes in 1993 and probably haven't been in a shop since 1994-95. The advancement in bicycles and accessories have gone to in the past 18 years is amazing...much more than the motorcycle world.

    And the prices: my last helmet was a really fugly styrofoam thing that you couldn't tell back from front and it cost $30ish dollars in 1993. Anything nice looking was over $100. An hour ago, I bought a nice looking, nice fitting, well vented Specialized helmet for $40. Wow.
  15. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Got ~30 miles in on the Pugs on thursday with a buddy of mine.

    When it all seemed like a good idea:
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    I had nothing to do with beer cans in the snow by my bike, honest.
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    And then we found the limits of fat tires. ~4 inches of lake effect on top of existing snow with only a couple recent snowmobile passes is pretty much impassable. Although I'm sure it was funny watching us try. :bluduh
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    Good to find that the upper limit of a pugs is pretty much where the backcountry skiing gets good...
  16. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    Keens have a big toe shield... I've not tried their cycling sandals, but I have a pair of the regular Keens 'Newport' (thats their classic original style) that I wear all summer long both around town and for casual hikes.

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    they offer pretty good foot protection for everything short of hard core brush crashing. your ankles are exposed, but they are on any lowtop shoe. as long as your foot is traveling forward, stuff isn't very likely to poke in from the sides.
  17. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    That's excellent! I feel like such a wimp for my 20-mile quick ride around the neighborhood in 72F weather. :deal
  18. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    From a tourists point of view.

    Sandals ROCK! They are insanely versatile. Everything from nothing on with them to two layers of wool socks. Rain or sun I LOVE mine!!!:raabia

    Mountainbiking....... not so much. We have sharp rocks up north.
  19. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Agreed. My GF rides those Shimano SPD/platform things, on one of her bikes, and is always messing about trying to flip them and get clicked in. She goes with it, though. I'm not riding her bike, nor did I choose the pedals, so I don't say anything.

    Agreed. Unless you're racing, a more casual cycling shoe is plenty adequate.

    I picked up a pair of Specialized Tahoe at 50% off. They are the only shoe I wear (road and MTB) and have never had any foot discomfort. I enjoy getting off the bike and being able to walk around like a normal person. I will say that I can feel them "wrap around" CB Eggbeaters and that they feel much better on the CB Candys. As far as wearing dedicated road or MTB shoes, never again. There's just too much compromise and inconvenience.
  20. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Yes indeedy on the pay to play part. Not sure if it was the wind on Friday, or the creek crossings on Monday that brought on this nasty bronchitis... hack, cough, etc. Did you ride Pandapas Pond or Brush Mountain when you were at Tech? One of these days I'm gonna get up there.