Bicycle thread

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

  1. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Ah, gotcha. Did you hit something when the tubes went flat or did they just let go on a smooth section?

    I check pressure before every ride. I usually lose about 5-8psi per day until they stabilize at about 80psi after a couple days.
  2. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    I have been running the Fusions for over a year and really like them too. Never had a rear last 2500 miles until now. My brother, who puts in the big miles, put me onto them.
  3. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Hit a rock yesterday - got a flat. Dammit. :lol3

    Ran a camera for the first time ever - almost took out a little dog on a long leash. I'll figure out how to slice and dice it later and try to post that segment. :evil
  4. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    in the collection of old bike tires and other odd parts I recently dumped on the local Bike Church collective, was a pair of skinny road tubes that were clear yellow but NOT latex, they appeared to be some sort of high tech rubber. I vaguely remember getting these on my road bike in the late 80s, but I'll be darned if I can remember what they were. they were very light, held air well, and were rather puncture resistant, but very difficult to patch (standard patch kits didn't stick to them).

    Anyone remember what these were? My mind is aware, but my body forgets. :gerg
  5. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    I remember those, but not the name. They are not rubber for sure, the patching issue probably killed them.
  6. Chillis

    Chillis Land Barge Pilot

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    You know, it was just one flat on this bike. The last bike got tiny thorns in the tire and I went through a couple tubes before finding those little bastards.

    Current bike I hit a rock and it caused a pinch against the rim on a heavy duty tube.

    I switched out my rear for the new 25 tire and a fresh tube. Just turned my front wheel around to even out the wear.

    The tag on the tire says to run Max psi for my weight 178lbs, 116psi.

    After going through this new tire I will go for the chubby girls for that cushier ride and less chance of pinching.
  7. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    get tires with kevlar liners, like the Gatorskins, and you won't have any problems with thorns (or my old bugaboo, tiny slivers of glass).
  8. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    I highly encourage you to try less pressure.

    BTW, do you always adhere to the number on speed limit signs? :lol3
  9. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    on a skinny tire, just a few PSI less makes a fairly big difference in ride. my daughter is like 120 lbs, and rides a old roadie converted to a flatbar with 700x25c's, I keep hers around 100psi as she's so light, and maybe even 90psi in front. 120psi is way too harsh for her, especially with the radial spoked front some tard put on that bike.
  10. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    It looks like I'm planted here in Phoenix area for at least the rest of the year, maybe more. I'm thinking of bring one of my bicycles out but am in a muddle as to which one.
    On one hand I'm thinking I'd like to get some mountian biking in on semi-technical trails. On the other hand I'm well and truely out of shape now with so many months of overtime and out of town work. So the road bike may be the way to go.

    Thoughts?
  11. Brek81

    Brek81 Been here awhile

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    both?
  12. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    I have family in Tempe and they've said that road riding in the PHX area can be pretty dangerous as the drivers just aren't adjusted to sharing the roads. :dunno No experience there myself.
  13. Chillis

    Chillis Land Barge Pilot

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    If you can find some nice, quiet scenic roads I vote road.

    You could just get two sets of tires and tubes and use the mtb.
  14. Chillis

    Chillis Land Barge Pilot

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    On another note, my bottom bracket keeps coming loose. The thread in kind. Is it time for light grade thread lock? Maybe a different style?

    Also, I can feel quite a difference after changing rear tire and swapping front. Going to rotate more frequently.

    Also, I will try running 90/100 and see how it feels.
  15. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    I've noticed they aren't really aware driving around cars. Scares me to drive cars here. Up on this side of town I don't see too many bluehaired ninjas snowbirds but, it may be too early yet. They have yet to decide it is indeed cold in the north and that snow on the ground isn't decoration. Time to get on the bus and head south.

    I may just go with the mtb. Or just go with the hotel treadmill for a while instead of dying out on some lonely trail. :lol3

  16. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    and my new HG50-8 13-26 cassette arrived today ($11 on amazon!!), brought my back wheel down to my favorite LBS where they nicked me $5 to slap it onto the wheel on the spot (no complaints). took it for a brief spin, a mile or so down a side street and back. YES! my thoughts of a 2x9 or 10 upgrade are receeding. I do believe this will do the trick for quite some time with the crankset I have, my low is now a 28:26 which is plenty low enough, and my high is a 48:13 which is taller than I'm gonna be pulling on a flatbar bike any time soon. most important, ALL the gear steps are much closer. color me :ricky


    hey, for laughs, I ordered one of these on fleabay... direct from China.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/261073771436?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

    [​IMG]

    I looked up the tech specs on a Cree XM-L T6 bin... its not 1800 lumens except maybe down hill with a tail wind, but it IS capable of over 1000 lumens. thats about as much total light as a automobile halogen 9004 high beam. this should be fun. if the supplied li-ion pack is the 6400mAH 8.4V they claim, thats 54 watt-hours, which should keep it burning for 5+ hours on way-too-bright, and much longer on 'plenty-bright'.

    I'll report back when I've got it and had some time to play with it. bonus, it has a headlight strap in addition to a handlebar clamp.
  17. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    ^^^ I'm intrigued. :ear
  18. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    I bought one of those ebay lights. Cost me AU$34 and is brighter than the HID I paid $800 for in 2005:cry
  19. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I still have a stack of 6v halogen lights that I bought 'back when.' They're pretty well useless unless I can find an EE to re-work em with LEDs.

    Rode the other nite with a NR 500 lumen light on my helmet and an LED flashlight on my bars. I didn't even have the helmet light turned all the way up and I could see fine. :nod

    Bars: flood beam
    Helmet: spot beam

    edited to add: for $40 I'll take a chance. Looks like the chinese are knocking off their own stuff already. :confused

    edited to add s'more: www.viewranger.com Free app for adding gps functiontionality to your smart phone

    More editing to add: cycling apps

    M
  20. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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