Bicycle thread

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

  1. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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    Hmm, a KTM with better service intervals and cheaper tires than mine but the lights are worse.
  2. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Who wants to buy some parts and/or a frame/fork so I can buy my buddy's Rivet? I've got some Dura Ace 7700 cranks/bb, a fixie/track/ss specialized crankset/World Class Ti BB with a 42t ring and a 'bash guard' that used to be the matching 52t ring, some XTR (M952) cranks/bb with or without the 110mm adaptor to run cross rings, a Quattro Assi frame/Easton EC90SLX fork/King HS (54.5cm TT), 7703 D/A 'long' cage rear derailleur, etc etc etc. I need to raise $600 by next week.

    M
  3. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Have you priced those Schwalbes? I was having a great leafy singletrack ride yesterday when the rear Nobby Nic blew a hole in the sidewall.:eek1 Had to hike the bike out of the woods due to only having one Co2 cartridge in the Camelback.:baldy Lesson learned. No more overpriced, paper thin, Schwalbes for me.
    I did set a new (low) record though, with a blistering 3.1 mph avg speed while walking the bike back to the parking lot.:knary
  4. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    Were the NN's the Snakeskin sidewall model? I just put a set of them on my bike, and ride in some rocky stuff. Wondering how long they will last... I've heard the non snakeskin ones are very prone to sidewall tears.
  5. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Yep, Snakeskin with Pacestar compound. I bought the bike with them already on it, so I'm glad it wasn't my $160 wasted on the tires. The older guy I bought it from doesn't ride hard and the tires looked newish two weeks ago. The rear developed alot of wear after I put 130 miles on it. Ripped a side knob off last Saturday. They do ride well though. Lots of confidence inspiring grip and I like the feedback.
  6. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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  7. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Add: "I need to get a pump", to your lessons learned.

    I gave up on inflators, long ago. I've had multiple flats, failed inflations, and rides with others who didn't have their own repair system. I bought a Lezyne. It works great and no more worries of limited air.
  8. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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  9. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    +1

    Great pump.
  10. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Thanks for the tip, but $100 for a pump?:eek1 I'll look into the non carbon model at less than half that price.
  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Tire boot with $, powerbar wrappers, or a boot kit a Blackburn Mammoth Mtn pump and you're good to go.

    One important hint I learned along the way: keep your pump inside your camelbak. Keeps it clean and it lasts a LOT longer. Last pump I bought was roughly a decade ago.

    M
  12. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    I carry a spare tube, tyvek for sidewalls, co2 and a pump. I hardly ever got flats running tubes. I'll see how long I can go without one running tubeless...
  13. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    huh. i put a jazillion miles on my old road bike with a full length Silca 'frame pump' on the seat tube, one end up against the BB, other end tucked under the top tube. that pump never failed me. true, the pump 'handle' did overlap the main tube when it was compressed, so it acted as a mud guard, the shaft was only exposed when you had the pump extended. would pump up a 23c tire to 120psi in a half dozen strokes.

    I do NOT like those little shorty things they sell now days.
  14. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Yabbut we're talking mtn bikes here. They're a whole nuther level of dirty! (speaking of which... I need to clean mine after Tuesday's ride)

    Try and keep up old man. :D

    May be time to start seriously looking at Denver again: bike repair rooms

    M
  15. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    I do a Saturday morning ride with the local club and I'm slowly learning the names, faces and even riding styles. I'm in my mid-50's and it's clear that most of these guys are older and have been riding for quite some time.

    I still remember the first sting of my first club ride in March of last year. We made the turn out of the parking lot, made another turn onto a main street and I was dropped in less than a mile. :(:

    Now, it's different. Fast? I don't know what fast means to you. My experience is limited but let me describe a typical ride:
    35-40 miles
    Terrain varies but not an awful lot of hills since we're in the desert
    Pace: pick your poison. I usually start from the back and then make my way to the front.
    Size: 65 ~ 100 riders depending on the weather.

    Here's a slice of my speed from last Saturday's ride:

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    Every slowdown is a result of approaching a traffic light and then with the green, it's a sprint back up to speed. They actually ride up to the intersection and stop. I prefer to soft-pedal and stay clipped in. We're in a very urban area so there are major intersections every mile and maybe a few smaller ones in between.

    I do OK with this group. I usually hang off the back but I'll usually pass and take a turn pulling at the front. We had some "state champion" riding with us last week and the pace was a tad faster than normal. The sprints do get a little tiresome but I don't mind. These mid-30 mile rides are my workouts to keep me rolling on longer, slower-paced rides.

    The previous Sat's ride involved a tandem with some fairly deep wheels. I swore I was going to take it easy on that particular ride but I couldn't help myself when the tandem passed.... too much temptation. We managed to catch and pass the fast group. They did their best to jump on my rear wheel but our little train was moving at 27-28-29-30 mph and I know from experience that those speeds are a little high for these guys.

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    The actions at the lights were the same: the fast group would pull up with us and then do a jackrabbit start. I'd stay with the tandem and we'd build speed slowly like a locomotive and then catch and pass the fast group.

    Eventually, the tandem team slowed enough for me to take a couple of turns at the front and then the tandem were subsequently dropped. They may have had a mechanical issue since they dropped fairly fast.

    I love this stuff. The workout is solid, these guys are good riders and that pushes me to be smooth and controlled. Fact is, many of them are older than me - retired, etc and are pretty serious about their riding. I don't get too many comments about the recumbent anymore but when the tandem and I passed the pace line, I heard a "not again" from someone. I think some were dreading the front of the pace line quickening the pace to try and catch a draft from us.

    :ear I'm very, very curious as to how many ride with clubs and how your experiences compare to mine. Are you on a high racer? Low racer? Do you ride with the faster group or somewhere in the middle? What are the typical speeds like? Or, are club rides not your thing? I get that too.
  16. HappyRiding

    HappyRiding Luddite

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    Bike repair rooms? You mean like my living room?
    :lol3
  17. BmoreBandit

    BmoreBandit nomo B

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    I don't have a street bicycle, so no idea regaridng paces and clubs...to me it looks like just 'workout', as much as I enjoy that, I like to have it peppered with some fun and if I lived in PHX I would sure own a mt bike.
    My question here has more to do with different bike purposes. I am looking to get more technical. I've been riding a HD 29er pretty much in AM style and it has been working out. Being the only HD in a group I get props every time I don't suck too much on a downhill. I like HD because it has a lot less maintenance (and I break stuff) and in y view allows me to be as fast on uphills as I can get. So for awhile I was thinking still of upgrading to a F/S, either a Rumblefish or a Stumpy but nowadays I am thinking of staying with my HD Kona and picking up a 'fun' and city bike.
    Here comes the questions part-
    Is the general opinion that F/S is really just for rider comfort and some traction help on a trail ride? Curious what riders here think.
    What is the legit difference between a trials bike and a DJ? I see a relatively cheap Kona Shonty here..would that work for the fun stuff like city riding, few smaller jumps, lite trials stuff? Or should I go for a ridgid trials bike for the around the neighborhood fun...? I don't see either of these bikes going ona serious trail ride.
    And finally, would a DH like Kona Stinky be good at all for around town and stunt playing?
    Thanks, hopefully not every one here is wearing tight, tight shorts!
  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Marry me?!

    :crash

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  19. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I wear the tight tight shorts, but will try and help regardless.

    Yes and no. Yes, it makes for a more comfortable, faster ride because you don't have to choose lines nearly as well, but as you've determined, riding a HT isn't as big a detriment as some FS guys will have you believe.

    If you're going hopping around, get the trials bike. DJ bikes tend to be bomb-proof to take the abuse that cased landings cause. See the Danny McAskill videos, etc. for more info. Alternatively a rigid 26er of a light enough variety may work too for hopping about on obstacles. Note that I'm not trials guy so YMMV

    No. True DH bikes are specialized to go downhill. (duh) You're gonna try and pedal around on a 40# bike? Don't think that'd be much fun. :nah Especially no fun trying to hop up and down on things. I'd go Trials, then DJ bike, then DH bike for your round town adventures. You may get away with an all-mountain cause they're not quite as heavy as the DH bikes.

    I've seen lots of 'go hopping around downtown' types on freestyle BMX bikes too, so don't rule that out. Size-wise, they're pretty farging heavy tho.

    How's that for answers from a tight-shorts-wearing roadie?

    M
  20. BmoreBandit

    BmoreBandit nomo B

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    First class, Gumm! Thanks!

    I forgot to mention skate and pump track forays, too. I am too old to really kick ass but would like to get techincally better and have some urban fun.
    See, you can have tight tight shorts and do it all amazingly well!


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZmJtYaUTa0

    My fav video in a while...