Bicycle thread

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

  1. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    my college son picked up a kid trailer for his dog.... rode to a brewpub with a friend about 10 miles. dog refused to stay in the trailer on the way home and ran the entire 10 miles along side of them while they were booking a fast pace on their vintage steel roadies. crazy freekin' border collie mutt.

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  2. HOT DAMN!

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    I was going to do this exact thing but knew my ol' boy would never stay inside. :lol3

    From our ride this morning. :D

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  3. pierce

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    I've tried and tried to get my yellow lab to run along side my bike, and she insists on running ahead, then turning in front of me to look over her shoulder.

    I tried one of those bike leashes, as shown earlier, that clamp to the seat post, with the bungi cord, she pulls so hard that no matter HOW tight I torque it down, she pulls the shaft forward into my leg, or even spins the whole seat post, arrrgh. Maggie is a 80 lb lab so when she goes right, so does the bike :eek1
  4. soewe812

    soewe812 Wag more Bark less

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    Garmin Connect is a free web based app like Strava for Garmin users. It allows you to create and schedule workouts, tracks data and other goals, maps where you went and allows you to share routes with others. It seems to be mostly like Strava but without KOM, suffer score etc. It may only work for Garmin users though. Check it out here http://connect.garmin.com/
  5. rob feature

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    That should have been my first question. Err, it sorta was, but the longer the bike sat here, the more I loosened my standards. I started thinking like that again yesterday and got to feeling that unless the bike was like a magic carpet under me, I was gonna pass. About that time I got an email from the guy. He said he went out and aired up the tires and took it for one last spin and decided he couldn't part with it. :cry. I scored me some new Geax Gatos on the cheap to make me feel better though...think I'm gonna try tubeless
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Devil's Backbone ride yesterday. Fun in a masochistic kind of way.

    I dressed for rain. That meant I was warm most of the ride 'cause it didn't rain till AFTER I'd gotten in. Oh well. Less mess to clean up!

    So there I was... just about the last guy in the line 'cause I'd helped stop traffic on the road as everyone rolled out. Made my way thru the crowd (160-ish riders) as the hill steepened. I *thought* I was keeping the pace down where I'd be OK on the steep part of the first climb (20-ish %) but NOOOOO I got within 50' of the top of Cub Creek (near Wintergreen if you want to google it) and my legs filled with so much lactic acid all I could do was stop. I waited till the feeling of the thighs being on fire went away and my breathing slowed and made it over the hill under my own power. First time in 20 years I've had to stop on a hill. :bluduh

    Down the gravel road on the other side. :thumb ...except the 'fix' to keep the strap-on water bottle holder from sliding around didn't fix the issue. Bout 2/3rds of the way down I saw the water bottle cage sliding around on the DT and had to stop and stick the bottle in my pocket. It stayed there till the first rest stop when I re-tightened the strap and stuck it back in place 'cause I knew I was done with gravel roads. So... even if you're ordering a cyclocross race bike, get it with bottle cages *just in case.* Saw another guy with the same issue, but he'd used old tubes and really tight zip-ties. May try that next time.

    Back to the narrative: rode up and down up and down this twisty gravel road that dumped us out onto a paved highway. Ended up a little further down the road from where we came out in the spring and I started to know where I was. :thumb That helps on this ride. :nod

    Right turn and the beginning of what I'm told is a 14mi climb. I didn't measure it, but it certainly took a long time to get up and over it. :nod Never super steep. Except for the first mile or two, all gravel. I was thanking doG I had 34c knobbies on there. :nod I stuck it in the 34 x 27 combo and just spun as much as I could. Passed a few, but worst of all got passed by a couple of guys too. Didn't climb this nearly as well this time as the spring ride. I don't think I was spinning as much this time either. Little more 'grindy.'

    Down to the rest stop. Topped out at 74-ish kph on my knobbies. I can only imagine what I could do on 'real' tires. :ricky

    Got water, ate a cookie, then out to the next hill. Reid somethingoranother that goes up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Ugh. I HATE that hill. This is twice now where I've been up it. BOTH times standing in the 34 x 27 and barely making headway. I knew it was coming this time so I wasn't cussing at my buddy as much. This time I had people in front of me, so I could see my 'target.' Helped. As I got around one corner, the road got even STEEPER :eek1 and the target was walking. I was barely managing to go faster than he was ...and I was riding! Yeah, it was THAT steep!

    Down the hill towards the start/finish. Minivan pulled out in front of me so I went around em. Held em off till a few miles down the road where it leveled out and I was out of gears (46 x 12) and out of legs. Didn't look down to see where I topped out on that one, but I kept the Jeep in front of me in sight (and was gaining slightly) till the road leveled out. :thumb

    I DIDN'T make the mistake I made in the spring of turning right onto the first climb. :phew It took till almost the spot where I had to stop this time the last time to figure out I was going the wrong way. This time I knew better and blew right past that turn, kept going down the hill to the start/finish. Mo bettah. :nod

    35-ish miles 2:43 riding time. Can you say 'slow?' I can. Can you say 'steep arse climbs?' I can definitely say that. In this case, short did NOT equal easy. :nono

    Now my legs feel like they've gone rounds with Mike Tyson. Easy day today and tomorrow and hopefully I'll feel good for Wed nite's cross ride/race

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  7. Gummee!

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  8. ducnut

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    I always wonder, in those cases, why a witness never follows the vehicle that flees a scene.

    That was a Shiv.

    Sad.
  9. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Couple towns over from me. doG what a waste. There are so many fucking asshole drivers out there. Maybe those tools in the other threads about cyclists would like to comment on this - of course, we all know, it would be the cyclist's fault.

    RIP.
  10. dtsv650r

    dtsv650r Long timer

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    Damn, Levi just can't finish
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    Great TT though


    Add: who's Starling?
  11. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    I like the way he slows down and waits for the others to catch up....nice perspective:

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  12. TheNedster

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    They were haulin' the mail for sure, but it would've been nice if they hadn't crossed the centerline. It didn't look like oncoming traffic would be able to see them in time to evade.
  13. dtsv650r

    dtsv650r Long timer

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    ... not to mention the stop signs they blew through
  14. TheNedster

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    I've been thinking about building up a budget road bike so that my Scott 'cross bike doesn't have to pull double duty anymore. The plan is to swap out the Ultegra shifters and derailleurs on the Scott for Rival or Force (11-32 would be mo' bettah for the steeper trails). The Ultegra stuff and my set of road wheels would end up on the road frame. Appropriate crankset, bars, stem, etc. would be purchased to round out the build.

    I'd prefer a steel frame and have been considering the Soma Smoothie with a carbon fork, but I'm not opposed to a carbon frame, either. I don't have anything against aluminium, but my 'cross bike and MTB are Al and I'd like something different for the road. Any recommendations for frames I should be looking at in the $500 range?
  15. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    find and restore a classic lugged reynolds 531 or columbus or one of the better japanese touring frames? :)
  16. k7

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    Prep.... Those were all left-handlers - the kind where you can easily see well beyond the turns, Look at it a little more closely.

    I'll do that exact same manuvour to cut the corner and not think a thing about it. When I was younger, I passed cars doing that on Clingman's Dome Rd between Clingman's Dome and Newfound Gap and on the road coming off of Cadillac Mountain outside of Bar Harbor. Recently, I've done it on South Mt....but didn't pass anyone.
  17. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Saw that also. What can I say? I suspect they had enough of a view to see there was no traffic.
  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    That thread's slipped to p2, so no comments so far.

    :dunno

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  19. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Check out velobuild.com for ideas. :augie

    Used top of the line stuff from a few years ago is a good bet too. IF you're a 56cm kinda guy AND the guy that wanted me to go grab the Allez frame hanging in the garage decides he don't want it, I have a 56cm Allez frame for ya. 1" headset tho, so you'd have to source your own fork (Serotta still makes em. So does Ritchey) Its in so-so shape, but looks straight and not cracked. I got it for free, so IF the dude that wanted me to grab it don't want it, that's the price you'll pay too.

    (its AL tho :augie)

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  20. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    There's some hypocritical bastages in CO lemme tell ya!

    Course, the people going out to watch the race in/near Boulder probably aren't the ones kvetching about all the cyclists in/around the area. I can tell you from having ridden there that there's a nasty undercurrent of hatred for cyclists from Boulder up to Lyons and over to almost the interstate.

    ...till a big race comes thru!

    :norton

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