Bicycle thread

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

  1. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2002
    Oddometer:
    20,129
    Location:
    SOP - south of Phoenix, hotter n hell
    Outstanding my friend! That's just great news for you. I hope you enjoy your rides and....tailwinds to you!
  2. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2002
    Oddometer:
    20,129
    Location:
    SOP - south of Phoenix, hotter n hell
    On my last event, there were so many times I wanted to quit. The first day was trying to say the least and the second day wasn't a whole lot more enjoyable.

    The third day, something changed. I walked outside to meet my buddies and despite 4.5 hours in the previous 28 or so hours, I was pumped. I literally yelled at my buddy, "You ready to get this done?" When he responded, "I guess so", I knew he was done and wouldn't finish the day.

    When we hit that first hill out of Atwood, I quickly dropped him. Not out of meanness but out of necessity. I knew that if I didn't get to Anton by 6 pm that evening, I wouldn't make it.

    As it turns out, I missed the store being open by about half an hour but there was support for other riders who provided lots of food for folks like me.

    My buddy arrived some six hour later in Anton and DNF'd.

    I know the feeling of exhilaration and exhaustion. It's now a friend that I hope to visit again soon.
  3. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,907
    Location:
    los angeles. ca.
    I reckon I have good shorts. Bike store brand 8 panel. About $60 each I think. No butt'r, although I guess that's something I should look into.

    This was just a weird ride coz normally I am comfortable.

    Yeah, i'm in the middle of the valley pretty much. I don't know that i'm at the point where I can go on group rides. I went on one or two with the SFV bike club and got an initiation in hell. Kinda soured me on group rides. Apparently, the beginner ride I went on (from CSUN south into the hills of Tarzana/ Encino) was "mis labelled." It sucked dirty sweaty donkey balls. :lol3 That's a coffee shop group as well.

    I ride at night right now because it's so hot during the day. I'm only off work for the next two weeks (actually, we'll see what the doc says tomorrow) but there are rugby games on Saturday mornings that I can't miss.

    I'll def hit you up when I get fitter and have a Sat off.

    Good looking mate...

    Cheers.
  4. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2003
    Oddometer:
    6,261
    Location:
    all by myself
    Good onya with the shorts and definitely check out a chamois lube. Lots of brands and even a few recipes to make it on the Internet. (I think it's basically hand lotion, mineral oil and some plant oils.) Find one that keeps the kibbles'n'bits happy and you'll ride happier. I've noticed that if I wear my cheaper 'commuter' gear, I need to use lube even for shorter rides, but if I wear decent 'long ride' gear, it's not necessary until I plan on fairly serious miles.

    Just so we're clear, I'm not talking 'coffee shop/club ride" that leaves from a bike shop. This really is a group of 3-8 (35+ year-old) friends who show up at a buddy's house and ride. Very casual, no crazy pacelines or anything. And if my wife comes along, she whips us into a proper 14-15mph pace so she can talk to her friends without breathing too heavily. :lol3

    On the other side of that coin, if you're a dick, you're not invited again. :wink: We stop at stopsigns/red lights (unless there's absolutely NO ONE around), we pick up stragglers before the next turn and we stuff our faces with burgers and beer after the ride.

    My 63 y.o. father-in-law rides with us. How bad can it be? :evil
  5. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,907
    Location:
    los angeles. ca.
    Sounds like good people. My kinda people.

    I definitely observe street signs. It's part of the responsibility of being a cyclist. And if you want to be accorded the same respect and rights as a car, you should follow the rules they observe.

    Or course I ride at 1am though. Very little traffic in the middle of the week at that time. Check for safety, and go. Thank God for the bike path and the new extension on Roscoe. That's half my route.

    Only caveat; I don't adhere to The Rules. Mountain bike helmet. Mountain bike shoes. I never ride without a camelbak. And I need to harden the fuk up.

    If the doc gives me more time off i'll hit you up. Otherwise this is my 2nd last Sat of free(read= bore)dom. And i'll be watching the footy in the morning.
  6. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,105
    Location:
    Open to suggestions
    Excellent news. Glad we could help you out. :freaky
  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

    Joined:
    May 13, 2004
    Oddometer:
    28,987
    Location:
    NoVA for now...
    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.

    M
  8. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,105
    Location:
    Open to suggestions
    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
  9. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

    Joined:
    May 13, 2004
    Oddometer:
    28,987
    Location:
    NoVA for now...
    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
  10. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,105
    Location:
    Open to suggestions
    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
  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

    Joined:
    May 13, 2004
    Oddometer:
    28,987
    Location:
    NoVA for now...
    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>

    M
  12. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,105
    Location:
    Open to suggestions
    Nice... I'll be sure and document my antics with pictures for y'alls entertainment. :D
  13. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2002
    Oddometer:
    22,851
    Location:
    Altamonte Springs, Florida
    As of last weekend, I've officially made the transition from flats to clipless pedals.

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

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

    Joined:
    May 13, 2004
    Oddometer:
    28,987
    Location:
    NoVA for now...
    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

    M
  15. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,105
    Location:
    Open to suggestions
    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.
  16. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

    Joined:
    May 13, 2004
    Oddometer:
    28,987
    Location:
    NoVA for now...
    Real friends will hand you up a beer.

    Get ready for the heckling. :nod

    M
  17. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2002
    Oddometer:
    22,851
    Location:
    Altamonte Springs, Florida
    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
  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

    Joined:
    May 13, 2004
    Oddometer:
    28,987
    Location:
    NoVA for now...
    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
  19. somecallmetim

    somecallmetim Surf &/or Die

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,113
    Location:
    Loudonville, Ohio
    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?
  20. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2003
    Oddometer:
    10,123
    Location:
    S'Cruz
    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.