Bicycle thread

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

  1. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    I got out again last night for a short ride down the river trail and back. I had a pretty good headwind but kept it steady and slowish. I figured to ride 45 minutes and make my turn.
    On the way back I could click up two cogs out back. That was pretty cool. BUt, that still didn't reall bump my overall slowness. And once I hit the bump up to the road, I was done. Lots of folks past me. But, I was able to maintain focus.

    Primarily due to not having anything in the tank to go faster.:lol3

    I oly had to stop once to swap bottles around. A little calf cramp tried to get going at about 50 minutes but I just kept an even cadence and pressure and it subsided as I drained my first bottle.

    No electrolytes or Gu or anything other than ice water this trip. Tomorrow night I'll take a bottle of go-juice.

    The work computer doesn't allow me to see the stuff from Strava anymore. I guess I'm supposed to spend my lunch time reading policies and processes.

    Excellent.
  2. 2whl-hoop

    2whl-hoop Long timer

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    I've been reading that it was in the mid-90s. I was about 4 hours north of there, and it was mid-80s. Plus the wind.

    155 miles = :gdog
  3. brewer90

    brewer90 Been here awhile

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    It is a balancing act between keeping enough weight on the back to maintain traction, enough on the front to maintain steering and moving back to unweight the front to clear obstacles and forward to get the rear over it. Stand up in a crouch to get your weight off the seat, basically stick the nose of the seat between your butt cheeks and keep your chest down over the bar. Now it is easy to move your weight front and back.

    Another tip is to look past the obstacle you are about to hit. If you stay focused on it you are more likely to smack it with your front wheel or not be prepared for what is next if you do happen to clear it. Also try to pedal in circles in order to keep your torque constant so you don't have any sudden bursts of power that spin the rear or pop the front up. I avoid the granny gear too since it doesn't get you enough momentum. Finally practice riding super slow. Do track stands and just get comfortable staying clipped in when your forward progress stops or comes to a crawl. I used to bail when I would hit something that slowed me way down just based on survival instinct but once I got good at slow riding I was able to stay clipped in and clear stuff that I always used to have to walk.
  4. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I'm actually pretty comfortable keeping the bike upright at very slow speeds, or even at a full stop for a few seconds. Doing that with clipless pedals still freaks me out though, due to the fact that the last time I couldn't unclip my foot in time, I ended up breaking my hip as a result. Eggbeater pedals are very easy to get out of though, so it's just a matter of getting more practice with them until clipping in and out becomes instinctive. For some reason I have a very difficult time getting my left shoe clipped in, so if I had to put my feet down on a hill, I would definitely have to walk the bike up. In any other circumstance though, those pedals work much better for me than flats.
  5. brewer90

    brewer90 Been here awhile

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    Son of a bitch. What did you land on?
  6. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Asphalt. Although, I imagine landing on a rock would have had the same result. :kurt

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  7. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    Bad. Ass.
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    It was crazy windy here all week. I didn't go out and ride. Just getting back to it now with my 1yr old in his sweet chariot trailer. Damn thing cost more than a new entry level mountain bike :huh Kids are expensive! :lol3
  8. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    Has anyone here gone tubeless on their road bike? I just purchased some Mavic Ksyrium SL's to replace the 14 year old Heliums on my Rhygin. I also bought a kit from Stan's notubes, that comes with a couple of 700x23 Hutchinson tires, and the sealant, etc. I am going to mount them up, and see if I like the setup. People are reporting going thousands of miles between flats, with a much more forgiving ride at lower pressures. I will report back after a few rides.
  9. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    This is regarded by locals as the most challenging part of Cow Bone trail at Santos. They weren't kidding. Last week, I wouldn't even have tried hurling myself over the steep rock garden, but after sharing a few beers with other riders, it seemed like just the thing to try. :freaky

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  10. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I've narrowed it down to 'earth'. Or 'Baltimore'.
    You're the man! I'd have been creamed crap on toast 30 seconds into that.

    ...although now I'm pricing MTBs. I blame you!
  11. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    The first 17mi of my 44mi ride yesterday in time lapse.

    Then the already half-full 16GB card filled up and it quit recording. :becca
  12. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Da UP, eh.
    Well, it's not the worst idea I've ever had, but it could use some refinements.

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  13. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Looks like a good start, you need a compartment that can hold you cycling shoees, helmet, gloves, change of clothes, etc.. Pelican box works great:

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    Removing the rear wheel of the bicycle also help weight distribution.
  14. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    After four beers on an empty stomach, there wasn't a trail out there I would have been afraid to try. :lol3

    You'll thank me for it. I haven't ridden my street bike once since I started mountain biking. Mountain biking through forest trails is soooo much more fun and challenging than riding for hours on a strip of asphalt in the broiling sun. :puke1
  15. Mr Head

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    Got out for a short pedal before I get back to weekend chores. Not real pretty, but I managed to not fall over or make much of a mess.
    Caught a big motor on the way back that towed me and another guy for a good bit. Missed that when they turned off.

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    It will be a while before I'm taking any turns at the front.
  16. Oznerol

    Oznerol Motion Enthusiast

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    We're spending the long weekend in Lake Tahoe. Rode the Flume trail today -- muddy slushy fireroad climb, followed by several miles of level but exposed singletrack with amazing views, followed by 3 miles of blazing doubletrack descent. Overall a nice ride; Fun factor wasn't huge, but the scenery made up for it.
  17. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I wanted to spend some time learning to climb steep hills yesterday. What better place to learn than the trails at Chuck Lennon park? :evil

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  18. Chisenhallw

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    I've narrowed it down to 'earth'. Or 'Baltimore'.
    Bah! I grew up in the land of plastic seat sweat. Heat doesn't bother me much. Plus I love descending. I love it enough to grind through the rest of it.

    However, I'm still pondering the idea of putting a simple MTB together. Despite being in the middle of the city, there's a pretty good trail not too far from me. Nashbar has a <a href="http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_522473_-1___202617">very simple 26" hardtail with disc brakes for about fo' hunnert</a> that might be in my price range. What'd be your recommendation?
  19. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    If you can put a HT with disk brakes together for a measly $400, I say go for it! I ride with this guy who has a clapped out old HT with cable actuated rim brakes and skinny tires, which looks like something built in the 1970's. It's a piece of garbage that I'd be afraid to ride. Yet he's managed one of the fastest lap times at our favorite local trail on it. :bow :bow
  20. brewer90

    brewer90 Been here awhile

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    Spend the extra $100 and get a 29er.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom29_trail_xii.htm