Bicycle thread

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

  1. reed523

    reed523 To pedal or not to pedal

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    Apologies for jumping in here with a random question, but I figured you guys would know. I can't find a recent update on the Blackhawk CO bicycle ban. Is the issue resolved or still in court? Thanks in advance.
  2. k7

    k7 Long pockets, short arms

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    Weak google-foo?

    It's with the CO Supremes - awaiting their decision.

    From ...err..google:
    http://bicyclecolo.org/articles/black-hawk-bike-ban-pg1118.htm
  3. k7

    k7 Long pockets, short arms

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    The other day, several riders from the last event were reiminishing over it.

    I posted the following comment:

    I decided to take a nap beside a busy highway last night. For old times sake.
    A new friend, Patrick Chin-Hong, posted:

    I decided to pour ice cubes and cold water down my shirt for a few hours while hunching over a strong fan. For old time’s sake.​

    Lastly, Bill “Meryl” Russell took us home with:

    I decided to take psychedelic drugs and narcotics together. For old time’s sake.​

    Ah....good times. :lol3
  4. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I hear ya. I'm happy I found rugby when I did - I was 30 (I'm 40 now). I starting playing for a local city league in NC and ended up whoring on with Duke's MBA rugby team & going to play in a cup-level tournament in France in 2007 during the World Cup. :huh:freaky Now I occasionally join in the local old boys club.

    I like playing it, but coaching is definitely sapping my love for the game right now. What a pain in the balls.
  5. Slimie

    Slimie Long timer

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    You guys take it easy(ish) playing rugby, even touch rugby. Our last big multi family holiday was made much more interesting when one of the Dad's arrived at the campsite with a broken femur from a tag tackle that went wrong :huh

    His wife was not happy at all, she'd had to drive all the way from Liverpool to the the middle of France! The muttering continued for most of the three weeks that we were there.

    He hasn't played since...

    I'm going to stick to two wheels :evil

    -Simon
  6. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Rugby is the sport I wish I'd played when I was young, back in the days when I was strong, fast, and indestructible. Unfortunately it was virtually unknown in the US then; now I see it sprouting up on university campuses everywhere. Even girls play it. :thumb
  7. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Had a glorious time at Santos yesterday. Having gotten over my fear of clipless pedals, I let loose on the most challenging blue trails, and even hazarded one red trail, just before heading home. My riding buddy Dave, who has accompanied me on virtually every trip up there, said he'd never seen me ride that fast or that smoothly. I felt like I was flying. :rayof

    The first thing I wanted to do was record some fast sprints. I'm not skilled enough yet to challenge any of the Fast Boyz in the twisties, but on relatively straight sections it's all about brute horsepower, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I ended up with 4 personal records, and my sprint times put me right up there with the records set by two local racers, Mike Simmons and Ted Hollander. I actually beat Simmons in one section, and I'll be gunning for Hollander again next week, when I'm not tired out from previous runs. I'm only one second behind the all time women's sprint record in one section, so I'll be remedying that as well. Can't have a girl beating me. :evil
  8. goodolguzzi

    goodolguzzi Guzzen around the hood

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    Ted Wojcik...notdeadyet & still building :clap :deal :clap

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  9. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    All this talk of clipless pedals...

    Are y'all saying I should get over my fear of them as well? (Well, not so much fear of them, fear of not being able to put my foot down in time. :muutt)
  10. Slimie

    Slimie Long timer

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    Yes.

    Much more efficient than flat pedals, much easier to disengage than toe clips and straps (no hands required).

    You'll wonder how you managed after a very short time.

    -Simon
  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    +1

    Case in point was the turn I blew in the race today. Front wheel slid out and I unclipped and stuck a foot down in time to keep from going over. Actually did that twice. First time was on the pre-ride lap. Too much speed going into a corner with too much crapola in it.

    So it was a beautiful day for a bike race. :nod Too bad my legs didn't get the memo to show up. :baldy

    Did a decent warmup with some jumps and some efforts to get ready. Actually got to pre-ride the course (see above) Found out that the Belgian Wall was indeed rideable. It was a hair faster to run, but once you got to the top it was faster if you were already riding. I got passed by a few guys running up the hill only to pass em again when they were getting clipped in.

    So off we go! Immediately I start losing spots. :bluduh See what I mean about my legs now showing up?! I lined up further into the field than my number would suggest I should have, but oh well. They didn't say anything and I wasn't volunteering to go to the back. At that point, I thought I still had it.

    No first turn wrecks. :thumb

    Did hear a few mechanicals happen behind me. One guy ripped his derailleur off his bike. Didn't ask if it was OK. Forgot. One guy did a Superman impression in the second big downhill. It had a couple of holes and *I* almost did the same thing when my hands slipped on my hoods. :eek1

    I did ride the Zipps, but I probably would have been better served to have ridden my Escape wheels. There wasn't nearly as much high speed stuff as I was expecting. Lots of 180deg turns. :baldy 27/29psi seems to be a good bet pressure-wise with the Grifos I have on the bike. :thumb The rear threatened to roll some a few times and I hit the rim a few times but overall, not bad.

    Usually I get better as the race goes on. Not t this time. I actually had to back off a bit at about the halfway mark. Lost a few more spots. At one point, I was up to as high as the mid-50s! :clap

    Oh well. There's next weekend...

    M
  12. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    wow, 2 months of convalescing with a busted foot, and I sure got out of shape.

    rode 4 miles friday at a decent pace, and the same 4 today, a little brisker (15 minutes). I can't push the pace any harder or my foot starts to hurt, but my cardiovascular can't take much more yet either. sucks to get old and lazy.

    maybe next time I push it up to 2 laps around the levy ... my 4 mile loop looks like... https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=...=b&mra=dme&mrsp=3&sz=15&via=1,2&z=14&lci=bike

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    :ricky
  13. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    My daughter and I went for a MC ride yesterday to do some leaf peeping. A park at the end of my normal route was taped off for some kind of race. Turns out there was a cyclocross race in town. :cry If I had known, I think I would have given it a try. Does not really matter though, because I talked myself into trying one next weekend a bit north of where my daughter is going to college.

    Sold my dirtbike and am hoping that some kind of bicycle racing will replace that. Maybe it is cyclocross. :dunno

    Find out next weekend.
  14. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    In about ten days it'll be six months since my first op.

    The past two odd months on my feet have not exactly been pleasant. Hang in there. It'll get better.

    At least that's what they keep telling me.... :lol3
  15. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    I had one outpatient operation on said foot, where they installed pins and screws, Surgery was on Aug. 1...

    [​IMG]

    been walking on it without crutches about a week and a half (was 2-3 weeks with 1 crutch, putting partial wait on it in an ortho boot), but only the past 4 days without the boot at all.
  16. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    See my advice to Ridge. Its a lot of fun and a lot of hurt at the same time.

    M
  17. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    yep hurts so good. You will be asking yourself why am I doing this during the race. But all is made well and pain is forgotten over the after race beer.:freaky

    looks like they are having one in St Pete next month, will have to participate
  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I know around these parts, there's pretty much a race a weekend till mid-Dec.

    I just signed up for Hyattsville. Still gonna get my rear end handed to me in the 3/4 field cause I don't wanna get up, drive, get ready for the 35+ 3/4 race. :nah

    M
  19. Slimie

    Slimie Long timer

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    What do you folks do for a warm up if riding isn't an option?

    I live in a valley, the sea is at the end and eff off hills surround us, there's no where to ride a bike gently for two minutes let alone ten to get the muscles warm and the rhythm going!

    Jump on, clip in and after 400 yards pedal hard up a Cat 3 climb :eek1

    Any suggestions from the collective?

    Thanks,

    -Simon
  20. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Do like the pros do and warm up on a trainer :dunno