Bicycle thread

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

  1. ScootTour

    ScootTour Long timer

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    let me try to explain. When it comes to cycling for me the entire point is minialism, the challenge is minalism. The Apex of cycling for me is to be able to leave from your front door, ride for a thousand miles and bring everything you need with and never using a hotel or the like. THAT is kick ass.

    Having a car follow you with spare bikes and shaving gear while another films you is just bullshit to me. Its race that make no larger statement at all whatsoever other than 'we are really bored and cant think of anything better to compete over'
  2. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    extrapolated from your 'waste of resources' remark concerning video, sag, etc on a professional bike race, and that racing 'pisses you off'.

    when I was (much) younger, I regularly bike-camped a few 100 miles, but never thousands. My longest trip was Monterey/Pacific Grove to the Crater Lakes area in south Oregon, no hotels, I couldn't have afforded them. Now days, I'm a overweight 58 year old computer engineer who thinks bicycling 15-20 miles is good enough, and I need to (re)start doing it more often.

    as far as random directions go... 5 miles west and I'd be swimming in the Pacific, my bike don't float. 500 miles east would put me in the middle of the Nevada deserts, not exactly a bike friendly place (assuming I don't croak climbing the Sierra 10,000 foot passes). 1000 miles south, and I'd be somewhere in Baja, also not a very bicycle friendly place. That pretty much leaves north for long trips. Frankly, I'm more into camping trips on my motorcycle, when family and work committments allow me the time (not often enough for my tastes).
  3. ScootTour

    ScootTour Long timer

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    I have to ask, if someone is going to have a car riding aside of you with spare bikes why not have the entire competition on stationary bikes? what the f*))&^) is the point of being on the road in the first place?
  4. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Tom Ritchey video
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    Nifty

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  5. Ridge

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    Nice segue from the previous... And now for something completely different (before I lose my cool on Scoottour). :freaky

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  6. LoJack

    LoJack Long timer

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    Hope this works.

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    Yep, got it. Nice Ritchey video. That guy rules.
  7. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    Funny as Hell.!!!
  8. ducnut

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    Man, that's really cool. I can only imagine what it must've been like to grow up around these guys. Makes me wish I lived where these guys do. I'd love to be around them. Great find!
  9. vfr700

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    I'm not sure what minialism is, perhaps it's your intellectual capacity. I'm not sure what you ride, but if it contains a derailleur, freehub, freewheel, steel or aluminum alloy, butted tubes, compressionless cable housing, quick release levers, you can thank racing & trickle down technology for that. Your diatribe is foolish, and you're an idiot.
  10. LoJack

    LoJack Long timer

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    Having multiple gears and the deraileur came from people that didn't want to tour on fixed gears 90 years ago after WWI in Europe.
  11. vfr700

    vfr700 172S

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    You obviously don't know who Tullio Campagnolo was, what he made, and why he made it. Perhaps you should do a bit of research before you make assertions in an area that you have little knowledge.
  12. LoJack

    LoJack Long timer

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    Yes, I know who he is. I wasn't trying to be a jerk. Have you read the golden age of the hand built bicycle? Good stuff. Tullio didn't make the first multi geared bike.
  13. Aurelius

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    Let's not beat around the bush. :lol3
  14. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Maybe if you had made an analogy between fully sag supported stage races and Ewan McBoorman's Long Way trips you would have gotten more traction from this crowd.:D Looking at it from that context I can see why you said what you did. Have you ever competed in an amateur club crit or road race? Flats, crashes, or mechanical difficulties mean its on you the rider to fix your stuff and get back in the saddle. Same thing happens if you compete in a mountain bike race.:deal
  15. vfr700

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    I'm not talking about Lallament or any of the other early developments, but instead the impact of what Campagnolo brought to the masses through competition, and the direct lineage to modern multi speed road & touring bicycles.

    Campagnolo was the bench mark everyone copied to some degree, Zeus, Ofmega, Gipiemme, Huret, Shimano, Avocet, all took design influence from Campy. Campagnolo came to be because of competition, not touring.

    To bash competition as not pure, but ignore the technological growth that resulted from racing is absurd. The handmade bicycle is an excellent book, my apoligies if I was gruff.
  16. Ridge

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    Yes... tell us how you really feel. :hide

    I would challenge ScootTour to enter himself in a crit, road race or 6 hour MTB and report back on how the team car was there to help him out when things got tough. Don't compare apples to oranges. There is a world of difference between the support afforded to a paid, professional cyclist versus us common club racers. Ride a mile (or 6500 this year) in my cycling shoes, then come back and bitch all you want to.
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    That would be some Italian dood named Tulip or Tull or was it Tullio? :confused

    I just got back from a 2:12 ride round my buddy's house down in Bealeton. Legs felt pretty good after yesterday's trip thru the rolling hills between my place, Marshall, and my place. They started to really feel it at about the 90min mark. Till then I was feelin pretty sprightly.

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  18. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Wow, this thread is more cut throat than some of the motorcycle threads. :D

    Anyway, on a lighter note, a question about using a GoPro camera and taking vids on the mountain bike. ( Just bought a bike and started riding again after 20 years)

    Do guys tend to like to take video from helmet/rider mounts, or mount to the bicycle itself???

    I know when I use the GoPro on my motorcycle(offroad) rides, I mount to my helmet. I know when some guys moiunt to the bikes(motorcycle), the vid has too much movement to it, and is sometimes hard to watch.

    I am assuming that if mounted to handlebars, for trail riding, unless its really bumpy, it should be OK????

    This is the mount I am thinking about getting:

    http://gopro.com/camera-mounts/handlebar-seatpost-mount/

    Thoughts?
  19. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    Just picked up a Columbus Airplane frame with Dura-Ace 7900 hanging on it. Budget wheelset, handlebars, stem and seatpost.

    Look Keos coming tomorrow. Can't remember which model, 200 USD or so. I haven't ridden in ages and I'm sure I'll suffer tremendously.

    I never really enjoyed the ride of aluminum but I can always change the frame. Used to have a Gios Compact back in the day, maybe I'll check into their newer framesets.

    Does Gianni Motta still make frames? I had a tri coloured one before the Gios. I liked it a lot but the top tube was too short. I wouldn't mind a nice steel frame again. Something in about a 58 cm.
  20. McDuff

    McDuff Been here awhile

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    Doug,
    From what I've seen, most guys use either a helmet of chest mount for their gopro's. But like you suggested it works okay when bike mounted if the trail isn't too bumpy. Here's a vid I made at one of the local trails with a gopro 960 mounted to my bars(2:37) The sound sucks, you might want to turn it down first. http://youtu.be/Psk0YNr6v2o