Bicycle thread

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

  1. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    My Candy's don't gum up from thick mud, but the cleats on my shoes do. The last time that happened, I couldn't clip in until I'd scraped most of the mud out of the cleats with a stick.
  2. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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  3. ducnut

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    What "Aurelius" said is the bigger issue, unfortunately. You may need to grind/cut out the tread around the cleats.
  4. inyang

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    Thanks

    oh, have to put a little stick on my top tool bag then

    Good to know the Candys don't clog up.

    Now to do some cross training come February in preparations for next race in April.
  5. ceeco

    ceeco two wheels at a time

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  6. ceeco

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    Fox/Rock Shox both have about a 60 hour maintenance interval. This would be new oil, seals, and inspection normally. If you do the math that's not a lot of miles and most riders would need fork service 2-3 times a year based on the factory recommendation. From my personal experience, once a year service is a good average to shoot for.
  7. RxZ

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    Well, I gave in to the light and bought some SPDs this past weekend. I am strongly thinking of installing them this afternoon, and then going on a night ride with them. Maybe foolish since I have never clipped in to clipless pedals, but should be good fun!

    Was it Aurelius that hooked his bike up to a machine at the shop and came away with 40% power gains going from platforms to clipless?
  8. Aurelius

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    I wouldn't do that. You'll fall over every time you have to put your foot down unexpectedly. It's very unnatural to twist your heel sideways to free your foot from the pedal, but this is something you'll have to practice until you do it automatically, and that takes a looong time.

    The power gain was 22%, which roughly matches the 20% gain other riders had told me to expect. Keep in mind also that I didn't know how to pedal properly with clipless pedals at that time; had I used the correct pedaling technique, applying force smoothly through all 360 degrees of pedal rotation, the difference might have been even greater. :nod
  9. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    OK, cool. I may not ride tonight at all. My wife may be going to her parent's tonight to visit with a sister who is in town and lives 1500 miles away. If she goes I will ride, but I may just leave the platforms on for now. Probably the more wise thing to do, I am just excited to try out the new ones. And 20% I can live with :nod :1drink
  10. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I've narrowed it down to 'earth'. Or 'Baltimore'.
    I wouldn't go night riding. I'd go to a nice soft field for your first few trials. Because you ARE, ARE going to fall over. Would you like to do that during the day on nice soft ground or at night in traffic?

    ...if you choose the latter can I have your stuff?
  11. pierce

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    I remember reading a fairly scientific study of racing cyclists pedaling efforts that they don't actually pull UP when they are spinning, but most of the power gains from cleats/clips/whatever is from a 'scrape the sh__ off your shoe' motion at the bottom of each stroke.

    since I've started using pin pedals on my hybrid city-bike, I'm finding I get quite a bit of that going as they really hold onto my favorite walking shoes (New Balance MW956)

    these pedals I picked up off ebay or amazon or something cheaply rock.

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  12. Aurelius

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    The part about not pulling up could be true at high rpms. While pedaling at slow rpms, you'll find that you can pull up quite hard on the pedals, but that ability diminishes as the speed of pedal rotation increases. When there's little resistance on the pedals, the leg pushing down will always be 'faster' because three muscle groups contribute to the down-stroke (the quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings), whereas only one muscle group (the quadriceps) is capable of lifting the leg back up.

    The part I don't believe is that "most of the power gains from cleats/clips/whatever is from a 'scrape the sh__ off your shoe' motion at the bottom of each stroke". That doesn't make sense, because the 'scraping' movement can be performed with or without clipless pedals. The only thing you cannot do with flat pedals is pull up on the pedal.
  13. pierce

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    with flat pedals, the 'scrape' thing doesn't work real well, except with pin-pedals, I find it does.
  14. Aurelius

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    It works much better with pins. Without pins, you need to angle the pedal to make sure your foot doesn't slide off when using the 'scrape' technique.
  15. RxZ

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    Fixed for reality :rofl

    And dully noted. I'll stick to the open home sites across from my house for the first few rides (or, the falling experience with some riding thrown in for fun).
  16. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Its my buddy's 45th b-day today. He wants to do a 45mi mixed surface ride. :ricky

    ...leaving from his place in a little over an hour. Supposed to be darn near 60 later but what does he do?! Rides in the AM when its freaking COLD out! :vardy

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  17. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I want your job :lol3

    How the hell do you get all this riding in :dunno
  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    The down side to all this riding is no clients. No clients = very little $.

    I'm in the 'more time than money' part of 'I have enough $ and no time, or no $ and enough time to ride' equation.

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  19. RxZ

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    Qouting myself 'cause I'm cool like that.

    And these clipless pedals are weird! I am glad I didn't go to the trails for the first ride. I will get used to them, but I think I almost fell every single time I came to a stop. Not a natural feel at all! Just have to train my brain what to do when stopping, but it will come.
  20. rbrsddn

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    Soft ground is good for the first few times! I had just gotten a new pair of time Atac's back in '99, and was fooling around in a neighbors driveway. I did a wheelie, bounced off a pine tree, and landed shoulder first on gravel.:cry Couldn't unclip in time with fresh cleats. 3rd degree AC separation... Good luck!