Bicycle thread

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

  1. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Grover was killed, just west of Auburn, IL. I was hit, in my pickup, a few days before, just east of Auburn, IL, on the same highway. I was following a van that signalled a right turn. They initiated a right turn, but, decided to flip a u-turn across the highway, in front of traffic. I took evasive action and swerved to the left shoulder, where they hit me in the door. I got the ticket for "failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident" (I was doing 35mph-slowed behind them). The trooper stated that he had to ticket me or he'd get in trouble. He'd made several statements that he opposed ticketing me. Now, I have to go to court and fight the ticket, to which the trooper said he wouldn't appear. Thankfully, my insurance company is behind me, as I have pictures of the scene that show my tracks on the shoulder and the other driver stating what he did. F*ck the Illinois State Police!
  2. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    I am so sorry to read this.
    Grover sounds like a person we'd all be better for having known. And lucky to have as a friend.

  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    On a happier note: someone's got a new (to her) bicycle.

    :augie

    I'll let her post pics when she gets home.

    M
  4. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    I took my time this afternoon, and managed to ride 25 miles, a post-broken foot record for me.

    midway I had to shoot a snap of my bike. not used to this P&S cam (I usually use a DSLR but it was a bit much to carry) so I had to do some doctoring to get this rather backlit photo to come out at all well, excuse my photochoppery...

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    700x35 sorta-slicks do just fine on dirt trails as long as its not too steep or sloppy. I think far too many casual riders buy into big fancy suspended mountain bikes when they would be better off with something more road worthy and still be able to ride occasional trails...

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  5. HappyRiding

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    Home after after an 800 mile and 19 hour quest for #5 in the Happy Bike Stable. The bike will have to stay in the car a few more hours. I'm going to bed.

    Nice to meet Gummee!
  6. Aurelius

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    Yesterday's group ride led us to the top of Sugarloaf hill just in time to watch a stream of riders participating in the Horrible Hundred, coming around the turn at the top of the hill. I was amazed at how fast these guys were moving after a grueling climb up Sugarloaf, when suddenly we saw a riderless bicycle go cartwheeling through the group. It's rider had managed to crawl off the pavement before being run over, but he was in a very bad state. A number of people were gathered around him trying to determine his condition, but he just lay there writhing in pain. We suspected he'd broken some bones, but none of us had any medical training, so we didn't dare touch him for fear of doing more harm than good. Another rider said someone was on the way to take him to the hospital, so we waited there until help arrived. Parts of his bike were strewn all over the place, so we gathered them up and loaded everything into the truck that came to take him to the nearest ER. Two of my friends were on that ride, so I'll be calling them later to see if they know anything about the rider's condition.
  7. inyang

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    Went for the MTB race I posted about earlier.

    OmoForest is a protected reserve and some elephant conservation work is going on side by side with intense logging. Good thing is that past some point, the terrain is too difficult for logging trucks to access or even to get the logs out.

    Location is 170km from Lagos so we left 0615. Arrived ok and were allocated accommodation, mattress on the floor type stuff. No problems. Had my tent plus full cooking stuff and a huge cooler of drinks and water.

    Ok, briefing...basically , sign off that you are on your own. Trails are not accesible by 4 Wheel vehicles, repairs and stuff are riders issue etc.

    47km. Some chap said they did it in 6hrs last April. 6 hours?

    Last April winner gave a talk on safety and showed off his nice shoulder scar (broke his shoulder when he endoed into a mud hole filled with rocks)

    Off we went.
    At 3km, my heart rate was in Zone 5.X, I had to walk the part of the climb. Looking back, found a gaggle of riders already got the right idea.

    Course was basically a roller type route, ascend/descend, mud holes, ruts, nice rocks, and when it looks clear, means you have shiny sweaty rocks. Mudholes across the trail daring you to speed across.

    Flipped when I tried changing from a dead end rut, another flip crossing a deepish stream that had a nice log at the exit.

    Just 10km so far. Two cutoff points, 16km and 25km.

    Using wrong pedals, and could not clip in left foot from all the mud or unclip right foot! And I have the 'non platform' SPD pedals but did not put them on bike

    Sucks to pedal SPD when not clipped in.

    Made first cutoff...yippeee
    How bad can it be? Second cutoff only 10km away.

    That was bad

    From 20 starters, we now down to 8

    Then 7 by second checkpoint

    Turn around. Should be easy riding back since trail is known right? No.

    Romanian chap gave up when he saw the waiting trucks at KM38, refused to take electrolytes or energy gels, said water was ok, cramped legs tell me otherwise.

    Crawled back, ran out of water by KM 38, managed till we got water ahead.

    Made it back

    20 started, 6 completed

    So much mud! A couple of gashes and one broken ankle this time from across the participants. Not bad

    Next race is April 2013, need to start cross training, walking the bike was much much tougher than I thought such a 'simple' thing could be.

    Who knows about CrankBrothers eggbeaters? Go for plain EggBeaters 3 or Candy? Advice please.


    https://picasaweb.google.com/102094600529123038018/OmoForestNov2012
  8. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    That's a bad-ass ride! :clap

    Congrats on finishing. I saw a helmet-mounted GoPro. When do we get to see that footage? :lurk
  9. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Yikes. Get thee to a first aid course or three. It's a crappy feeling to stand around now knowing what to do when someone else is hurting.
  10. HappyRiding

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    Meet my new to me Surly Cross Check.

    I ain't in love with the bar end shifters but it has decent stuff on it. Having been a commuter, it needs a good cleaning and the bits with bearings need new grease but it seems to be a good solid bike. I will have to change the 175's for 170 cranks soon though.:D
  11. inyang

    inyang 5secs away

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    Will post the videos next week.

    The splash into water was nice
  12. ducnut

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    Looks like a muddy mess. But, you finished and that's what counts! :clap


    Have both and prefer the Candy 3's platform for support and when clipping in. The Eggbeaters will roll and have no shoe support. Just be sure to get the level 3 or 11, so the pedal has full bearings. The lesser CB pedals have bushings that quickly wear out.
  13. pierce

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    bar end shifters were the next step in evolution from downtube shifters...

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  14. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Is this amount of gunk normal or are the fork seals blown?
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  15. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I'd say you pretty well answered your own question.

    Take it apart and see.

    M
  16. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    OK thanks. Looks like I will be taking the hardtail to Indy for Turkey day.
  17. ducnut

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  18. HappyRiding

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    The Cross Check still comes with bar end shifters.:puke1 I actually would like downtube shifters better. :hmmmmmThere's a thought...

    Being a reformed roadie, I will resist the urge to put D/A STI on it. I must also resist the urge rob the 9 speed Ultegra shifters off the Brew.:lol3
  19. inyang

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    Thanks

    How well does the Candy shed mud? Thick clayey type mud.
  20. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    That's what my forks looked like a week ago. I just wiped the grunge off with a cleaning rag. There's been no sign of any leakage since. :dunno