Bicycle thread

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

  1. HappyRiding

    HappyRiding Silly

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    Can you build wheels? Please PM pics of your bicycle tools and road bikes.:evil
  2. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Like you, I used to think that nothing climbs like a HT, especially a 29er. Well, after spending two weeks and 155 miles of singletrack on a FS29er that myth has been quashed. I am 2-3 minutes faster per lap which equates to a 1-1.5 mph avg increase in speed. The bike puts the power to the ground on the climbs and it just flat rails the corners. However, its a 5k dollar bike (Pivot Mach429). Would a FS at half price ride as well? I dunno. I had a cheapish FS 26er and it truly sucked, so for many years I was biased. I rode the 29er HT on Wednesday and was sliding all over the place and spinning up the climbs, which were covered with dry leaves. I didn't buy the Pivot for rider comfort, but that has been a nice side benefit as well. I can now ride 5 days in a row without my back killing me like it used to on the HT. The mileage and the fun factor has gone way up with this bike. A fast racer buddy has a Stumpy and loves it. I can actually keep him in sight now.
  3. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I've had the same experience. I was initially very skeptical that a 29er would perform as well or better than my 26er, but repeated timed comparisons show that it really is faster except on trails consisting of hairpin turns. On steep hill climbs, the 29er wins hands down.
  4. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Yes, I can build wheels. All but 2.5 of my wheelsets are built by me.

    Unfortunately, my tool(s) are in a rather small box. Hard to take a picture of em. :cry

    You've seen pics of the bikes. If you don't remember, they're in the 'show us your bicycle' thread around here somewhere.

    So... there I was... off on a whirlwind adventure out in The Plains, VA with a couple of buddies. Gravel road riding on our cross bikes. I put my Racing Ralph clincher on the front of a front wheel I'd built up pending finding a black Open Pro to match for the rear. Built it appx 12mos ago and just last week found an Open Pro for a deal.

    ...so I'm bombing down this gravel road at a high rate of speed when all of a sudden

    WHAM!

    WTF? Why's my handling all wonky?! Damn! Front flat at 'busting a gut down a hill speed?!' SHIT! I can't stop now, so I'll have to ride it out till the bottom. :baldy Thank doG it turned to pavement about a meter before I flatted. :nod

    So I get to the bottom of the hill, pull the tube and notice that I've ripped the top part where the valve screws shut. Blow it up to see where the hole is and find a round hole opposite the valve.

    :confused

    I musta hit something REALLY 'just wrong' to get that to happen. First time in 20+ years of riding. :eek1

    Oh, and did I mention today was the first ride EVAR on that wheel? Yeah. Effed up the front rim on the first time out on it. How's THAT for a sonofabitch?!

    Put the spare tube in and finished the rest of the ride except now every time I go to brake I get a thumpthumpthump and shuddering on the front. :baldy

    Up and over Busthead Rd. then up and over the other part of Busthead road to 55. Crossed that and detoured left up and over Old Georgetown Pike to get to another stretch of dirt road before the pavement slog to my buddy's house.

    3:38 on the 'road' and no assholes :thumb

    M
  5. BmoreBandit

    BmoreBandit nomo B

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    Oh, I am fully for 29ers on the trail- that is unless one is under 5', then I would consider a 26er. However, aside of some downhill it is only on steep climbs that one could be better off with smaller wheels.
    a) easier to get them spinning than the mass of a 29 wheel, could be usefull when it is steep
    b) lower 1X1 than 29er gearing 1X1, and sometimes it's usefull to go that low

    That being said, I am a bigger guy and have no problem powering the 29er momentum.
    It is the silver lining of a F/S as opposed to a HD that I was questioning. I do feel like I need to be careful of my line a lot more, and for some reason I find it easier to do certain moves shock assissted (like bunny hops).
    I don't sit down (or feel it) much so comfort is not of an issue.
    That Pivot is a nice bike, indeed. I think it cost more than my dirt bikes combined, so it better be good!
  6. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    OK,
    1st, if you want a trialsy HT 29er, check this out.... RCP NE29ER Ryan can do custom, his Kickstart didn't pan out, but he will build the frame on a small scale. Here is his website RCP fabrication

    The problem with going to a trials specific frame is that that is about all they are good for. They have evolved with SUPER high bottombrackets... Look for an older trials frame if that is what you want.

    DH bikes have SUPER slack headtube angles, make them really floppy unless you are flying down hill, or stairs....

    If you want a FS all-mountain 29er check out these.
    Transition makes a covert 29er (140mm) and a bandit 29er (120mm).
    Banshee makes the Prime.
    Intense makes a variety also 27.5 and 29ers.... VERY well built bikes. They tend to go from the spider 29er which is more XC to the tracer 29 which is more gravity, they have a gap, but that may not matter for you....

    The main problem these days is finding the bike that works across all styles. We have gotten very specialized, and that requires a quiver.

    If you have more specific questions let me know, I can steer you in various directions.
  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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  8. ducnut

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  9. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Ugh. That sucks.

    My heartfelt condolences to the family.

    M
  10. Slimie

    Slimie Long timer

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    What a waste, I'm so sorry.

    -Simon
  11. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Ducnut - so sorry to hear about that. He seemed like a really nice guy....condolences to his friends and family :cry
  12. HappyRiding

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    Dunut, I am so very sorry about your friend.:cry
  13. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    and the murderer gets cited for 'improper lane use' ?!?

    arrrrgh.
  14. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Man, I'm so sorry for your loss. He was fairly well known in rando circles. From an email that I received yesterday:

    Grover started his love affair with Randonneuring in 2009 with 5 RUSA rides, 1,016 km’s. In 2010 he almost doubled his 2009 rides with 9 rides 1,837 km’s. In 2011 Grover rode 23,640 Km’s on a total of 185 different RUSA rides, an average of over 3.5 rides per week, and I think that he fell and broke a leg that year, only one of those rides was a Brevet. Grover had already surpassed his 2011 km’s this year, and was on track to earn more than 25,000 km’s, making him one of the very few RUSA members to acquire a “Double Dog and Half K-Hound Status”.

    I can only hope that I'm half the cyclist he was at the age of 70.

    It's unbelievable that the driver was cited only for an improper lane change.
  15. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    Ducnut, That is sad news. Sorry for your loss:cry. Be careful out there, people...
  16. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    Wow, I so sorry to hear of this. He didn't let age slow him down. :cry My condolences to the family.
  17. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Anybody need Yakima Tower parts?

    [​IMG]

    The clamp parts fit a Saturn, but bases are all the same.

    Free, just cover the shipping.
  18. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Thank you, for your thoughts, everyone. :thumb
  19. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    That just sucks for everyone involved. :waysad Our hearts go out to them all.
  20. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    wow that is shitty news Ducnut.

    Seems like a great guy has been lost.


    this I don't get:

    Cohen was cited for improper lane usage, state police said. No additional charges are expected.