Bicycle thread

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

  1. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Went mtn biking on Quantico Marine Base yesterday. Buddy of mine's a Marine (duh) and works right next to their trail system. :ricky Bout an hour's ride. The two I was with wanted to go quickly but my legs didn't wanna.

    ...till about 2/3 of the way thru the ride when they woke up.

    Marine buddy tipped over 2x on different hills. Stopped and flopped on his side (1) and then stopped and flopped on his back in an uphill hairpin (2) :razor

    I certainly wasn't stopping in the middle of a hairpin to help him up! :nono He got into the mess, he can get out of it. I did ask him if he was OK on the way by. :lol3 You just never know... He woulda scored higher on the 'crash scale' if he'da come up with something witty to say on the way down. As it was he didn't say anything so his scores were low.

    I'm racing Sunday. Applecross. Cross practice tonite with the Haymarket shop, then a couple of VERY easy days. We'll see how the weekend goes.

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  2. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    Looks like I've been horn-swaggled into competing in my first ever Psychlo-cross race this weekend. Heading to Asheville and then to Johnson City, TN for my trial by mud... pray for me. :lol3
  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Tee hee. :razor

    You're either gonna love it or hate it. There's really not much middle ground.

    Few quick tips: the field sprint's in the beginning. Warm up well.

    If it don't hurt, you're doing it wrong

    Its probably the hardest thing I've done on 2 wheels but the most fun at the same time.

    If you see a handup, take it. You'll make the day of whomever is doing the handup. :nod I've gotten a $69 gift card from the shop putting on the race before. Lots of $1s and beers at some of the races.

    G'luck!

    M
  4. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    Grassy ass Gummee. Crits are my forte' so I'm hoping the CX will be similar... only with the added humility of mud in places I dare not mention. :huh
  5. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Harder than crits. :nod There's really no way to hide whether you're strong or not. IOW no pack to hide in.

    Riding a cross bike across a grassy field and putting down power is tough. AMHIK

    This time of year is probably won't be as muddy as you think. :nah Wait a bit tho. :ricky Good mid-atlantic videos here

    Next weekend's race last year was muddy. Don't think it'll be like that this year, but I've been known to be wrong before
    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/30056952" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>

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  6. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    Nice... I'll be sure and document my antics with pictures for y'alls entertainment. :D
  7. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    As of last weekend, I've officially made the transition from flats to clipless pedals.

    Just thought you'd all like to know. :thumb
  8. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Great news! Remember you WILL fall. Typically at a stop sign/light as you unclip the wrong foot.

    If you've got time to take pics, you're doing it wrong. :nod I've had 'those' pics taken: tongue hanging out, sweating running into my eyes, etc. Non-cyclists just don't understand. :nah

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  9. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    My teammates and "friends" will be taking the pics of the race. I'm just documenting for... posterity yeah, that's it... posterity. No need for evidence pics of my impending face plants.
  10. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Real friends will hand you up a beer.

    Get ready for the heckling. :nod

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  11. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    NO WAY dude! I rode Santos last week and nearly dumped the bike three times: once because someone fell right in front of me, a second time because my front tire slid on a wet root, and a third time when someone nearly collided with me in a blind turn. In every case, I was able to unclip instantly and put my feet down. Those Crank Brother pedals rock! Getting in and out of them is almost as easy as using flats, and climbing hills with them was like having booster rockets on my feet. I like them so much that I've even put a set on my road bike. :bow:bow:bow
  12. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Listen to me now. Hear me later. :nod

    You do get to where its second nature. :nod I've bailed over the top of my handlebars, off the side, off the back, etc over the years. Amaze and astound your friends as you vault your handlebars... :augie

    M
  13. somecallmetim

    somecallmetim Surf &/or Die

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    I've been having a good year racing the OMBC, been winning my class, Novice Clydesdale, getting my pick at the prize table every race. I'm enjoing it now, next year racing Sport I'll be lucky to see the podium. I've carried home a couple of tires and a saddle, but this weekend I managed to snag a 70% discount voucher for Velocity Wheels good for up to $700. Wow.

    So looking at their 29er wheelsets...

    http://store.velocityusa.com/products/category/29"/7455.0.1.1.791.93064.79421.0.0

    I'm thinking that the Blunt SL Comp make the most sense for me. I weigh 220 & tend to plow through things... The pro builds use Sapim bladed spokes in a 2x lacing vs the double butted dt's on the comp build, laced 3x. Assuming I upgrade to alloy nipples the pro wheelset is only 170 grams lighter. Should I conisider the wider P35 rims?
  14. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    based on the weight and 'plough through things' comment :wink: I'd go for the highest spoke count you can get, and 3 cross. screw the weight savings, 170 grams is 1/3rd of a beer.
  15. Ridge

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    As Pierce stated, if you plow through stuff and are racing Clydesdale, I'd stay with 3 cross, brass nipples and DT spokes. FWIW, I run Sapim CX-ray bladed spokes on my road race bike and they took quite a while to get bedded in with an Amer. Classic hub on Stan's Alpha Pro rims. Actually just had the rim replaced under warranty since it started stress cracking on all the drive side spokes after only 6 months of racing, and I'm just 170#.
  16. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    I wouldn't go the Blunt SL I broke one in 2000kms of road riding on my CX bike. When my LBS shop rang Velocity they said the max weight should be 85kgs. Currently have the P35 and it's still going strong after 2500kms.
  17. somecallmetim

    somecallmetim Surf &/or Die

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    Do you like the feel of the wider rims? From what I can gather they tend to flatten the profile of the tire, making the bike more stable & slower turning. FWIW they will be going on my 2010 Redline D660.
  18. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    I haven't taken it off road to test it out but it feels good on the road with a 38mm Continental Contact pumped up to 85psi.

    They look pretty good being so wide.

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  19. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    further adventures of my handlebar tuning on my new hybrid... having drop the stem 3 10mm spacers from its original position, AND flipping the stem over so its horizontal instead of 45 degrees up, I then swapped on the almost-straight bar from my last hybrid (about the only part that didn't get mangled in the car wreck), and whoa, had to raise it back up 1cm.... so 2cm spacers below and 2 cm spacers above, for now. I'm gonna ride it like this for awhile before i shorten the tube. felt good doing laps around the driveway, and by tape measure, the grips are exactly the same height off the ground as the seat, which, IMHO, is perfect. this almost straight bar also has less angle backwards than the original riser bar, and that suits my build better (I ride the adjustable grips on my R1100RS at their wider/straighter setting, too).

    oh, and the 25.0 to 27.2mm seatpost shim arrived, so I could install the Moxey Suspension Seatpost on my wife's stepthrough. what a cool seat post. its firmer than I expected, you can hardly tell you're on a shock while riding on pavement, til you hit a bump or drop (potholes in the case of my test), and then it very subtly absorbs it without any drama. bloody shame Thudbuster/Cane Creek sued them out of existence, its a great design, very well engineered.

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  20. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    If'n you ever come through Redding, you owe me a ride on the handlebars. :thumb