Bicycle thread

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

  1. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    So I'm bouncing down the gravel road and my handlebars slip in the stem. I'm fixin to have a REAL fun time if I don't do something fast, since I couldn't stop right there, I switched to braking in the drops and kept going downhill till I hit a flat spot in the road.

    Whew!

    Broke out the wrenches and tightened that bitch back up! Onwards and downwards!

    Ended up on the tarmac for a bit. Wound around a creek/valley then right and up.

    ...and up

    ...and up

    ...and up

    I swear I must've climbed for 30-40min. I passed a bunch of people 'cause if I didn't spin at a certain cadence, I was stopping dead in my tracks. Its funny, but its easier to go a little faster than it is to sit back and grind. :confused

    I'd pass someone, ask em a question to keep my mind of the interminable climb I was on, then catch the next person. Repeat till you hit the top of the hill.

    ...but the decent was worth it! Even in the rain. Oh, did I mention that as soon as the ride started it started to rain? It did. Thankfully, it was warm, and not 50deg! THAT woulda sucked out loud. [​IMG]

    So at the bottoms of the hills, I took my jacket off. Put it back on on the way down the hill. I must've gone in and out of my jacket a dozen times over the course of the ride. Its a skill, putting a jacket on on the move. Not for the faint of heart!

    So I get to the bottom of what felt like a 45mph downhill and there's a rest stop! Woot!

    ...except I didn't see my buddy there. The whole way up the hill I kept thinking he was a sadistic, evil little man and I was gonna kick his ass.

    Then I turned right at the short ride cutoff.

    Short may equal short, but it sure nuff didn't equal easy. I could just see him laughing: I'll show those short ride pansies! I'll send em up something EVEN STEEPER than the first climb. I'll make it LONGER too! That hill sucked all the life out of my legs lemme tell ya. I was paperboying across the road like my life depended on it. Cause it DID!

    So I got over the first bit, rounded the corner and there's another one. [​IMG]

    Got around THAT corner and guess what?! Something as steep or steeper yet again! As long or longer! [​IMG] This one topped out on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I chatted with a couple of hikers for a few minutes and headed down another screaming downhill. This one told the truckers to watch out, cause there were 15% downgrades. [​IMG]

    So I get to the bottom of the hill and see a 'turn right sign' for the ride. OK. Kewl. One more hill...

    As I'm hoofing it up the hill, I'm looking around. Pretty round here. [​IMG] I wonder if that spring is OK to drink from, I'm about out of water...

    So I see another wall in front of me. K. I can make this. Just around the corner! You can do it! Keep on spinning them pedals around.

    Hey! Waitaminit! That wall in the field looks REAL familliar! OH SHIT! I'm going up the first hill again! :norton I sure as shootin didn't want to do THAT again! I was already done.

    So I went back down the hill in the rain. Didn't bother with the jacket this time. I knew I was close enough to the end that I didn't need it.

    2:35 or so of riding time that felt like a lifetime.

    IF I get goat roped again in the fall, 1. I'm staying down there the night the night before, 2. I'm getting a bigger cassette, and 3. not running knobbies

    All in all, it was more of an accomplishment than what I'd call fun. I'm not built to go up hills. [​IMG] I'm built to go fast on the flats. Damn little skinny bastards think the world revolves around climbing! I'll show him next time we're out riding.

    M
  2. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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  3. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I set a new personal record on Sunday when I drove out to the mountain bike trails at Santos. I arrived there at 10:00 in the morning and rode until noon, stopping only briefly to eat. By the time I exited the trail, my odometer showed that I'd accumulated a total of 61.5 miles! That's the longest distance I've traveled on any bike, on or off road. Given how much more effort it takes to ride over rocks, roots, and sand, I honestly don't know how I made it that far. It was so hot out (93F) that I had to refill my CamelBack three times, sucking down the last few drops as I exited the trail. I figure I must have sweated off a gallon of water in that time. :knary

    The bad news is that I still suck at the really difficult Red trails. Clearly I'm going to need a lot more practice at climbing and descending really steep hills littered with rocks and roots. The good news is that I discovered that on the easy Yellow trails, my road bike endurance training allows me to outpace much more skilled mountain bike riders. It was immensely gratifying to catch up to and pass all the guys who had earlier passed me on the rough sections of the trail. :clap
  4. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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  5. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Nice work!
    That is a load of miles climbing on a mtb.

  6. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Next year's vacation has been approved by SWMBO -

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    1400-km or 870 miles in 116 hours from London to Edinburgh and then back to London.

    Actually, when you break it down, it's essentially 300 km or 186 miles a day for 4 days and then 200 km (120 miles) on the last day. Easy. :gdog

    The current plans are to go over a week early and do the tourist thing - then, pack up K7Wife and K&daughter and send them home while I do the ride. Or, they may stick around a bit longer - up to them.
  7. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I found a video of the infamous Vortex red trail that kicked my ass yesterday. Those who have suffered the misfortune of having been on it know that it's much more treacherous in reality than the video makes it appear. I'm just happy to have survived it intact. :eek1

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yDHEQjv4jIg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  8. FinlandThumper

    FinlandThumper Has Cake/Eats it Too Super Moderator

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    Thanks gummee and markjenn for the tools advice!
  9. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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  10. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Nice. I may have to try that. My experiment with running the ride at 2x on playback was kinda boring and WAY too long.
  11. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    With traffic or against? :D

    Hell, I think any ride over 60mi is worth boring my friends with, whether I was with anyone or not.
  12. taki5

    taki5 Been here awhile

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    Does anybody ever get IT band pain while cycling? I rode 2000 miles last year, and got some pain on only a handful of 60+ mile rides. This year, I am getting some pain at 30 miles....
  13. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Nope. But from the Wiki page:

    Have you changed your shoes, cleats or pedals recently? Had a good bike fit since any major changes?
  14. markjenn

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    If that's your style of BB, yep, something you probably need since the old-style cup/cone BB's require somewhat regular maintenance, especially if you ride in the wet. Personally, I like the Park CCP-22. And from hard experience, I can tell you to be sure you tighten the tool into the crank arm to preload the threads before you begin the pull - otherwise, you risk stripping the crank arm threads if the arm is on very tight.

    I give it a few whacks with a plastic-faced mallet before tightening to spec. BTW, there is tremendous controversy about whether to grease the spindle before installing the crank arms. I use a little grease, but some say this is absolutely verboten. It's the bicycling-equivalent of using WD40 on your chain.

    I've converted most of my bikes over to cartridge-style BB's.

    - Mark
  15. taki5

    taki5 Been here awhile

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    Thats the strange part. I bought my road bike a year ago, had it "fitted" (saddle height and fore/aft, and knee over pedal checked - i know, lots of opinions here, but it seemed to fit me ok), and havent really adjusted anything except adjusting the stem downwards about a centimeter.

    shoes have been the same, speedplay x pedals the same, saddle position the same.

    I have recently aquired a fixed gear bike in the hopes of getting a little stronger, but I havent ridden it too much yet (2 - one hour rides).

    I do have a foam roller that is typically used to stretch it out, its just that it would be better to fix the problem rather than treating the symptom.
  16. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Any good sports medicine clinics nearby? They may be able to isolate the mechanics that caused your inflamation and recommend treatments/therapy to reduce or fix it. :dunno Getting old sucks, but it beats the alternative. :lol3
  17. taki5

    taki5 Been here awhile

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    ya, unfortunately thats my next step. I have signed up for RAGBRAI this year and I dont want this pain to ruin the party for me!
  18. surly357

    surly357 Cochetopa dreamin'

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    There is no worse feeling in bike repair than seeing the crank tool moving out and the crankarm staying in place!

    FWIW, I used the park tool with the handle for years and recently switched to the cwp-7. I really like the leverage of a decent 15mm wrench instead of that little handle. Plus, if I'm working on a juvenile mtb I don't have to pull a pedal to get the handle to rotate, i can just switch wrench positions on the tool. I know the built in handle seems handy, but really- how far away have I ever been from my 15?

    If you do grease a spindle keep in mind it doesn't mean slathering it with grease- it's more than enough to just run an already greasy thumb and index finger over the spindle. Definitely grease the bolt threads. Also where the bolt head contacts the inside of the aluminum arm to keep it from 'digging in' to the alloy before it's actually tightened.

    And check those cranks after each of the first few rides!! I'm convinced left crankarms are the reason shops ever started offering '30 day checkups' in the first place...:D
  19. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Old rule of thumb: if you submerge your crank/bb pull em and regrease em. Ditto with hubs.

    With sealed bearing hubs/bb/etc. its less of an issue, but keep an eye on em.

    Haymarket (hammerfest) ride tonite. :ricky

    M
  20. markjenn

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    When you see the tool tilt slightly you know you're screwed. Definitely a bummer.

    When this happened to me, I couldn't get the right arm separated from the spindle for love nor money. Fortunately, the left side arm did come off so I was able to finally remove the BB from the frame with the reticent arm still attached by unscrewing the fixed cup (which can be a bit of an adventure too). I then heated the arm/spindle and beat the spindle out with a punch and huge hammer. The bike had sat most of its life and nobody had pulled the crank arms in 25 years. They were welded together. This is the reason I use a little grease now.

    - Mark