Bicycle thread

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

  1. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I rode with flats for the first time in months. It was horrible. I had to keep readjusting my foot placement, and I couldn't generate anywhere near the power I had with clipless pedals. It made the bike feel 30 lbs heavier! :puke1 Once you get used to clipless, there's no going back.
  2. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    It could have been worse. You could have broken your hip and needed surgery to put the pieces back together. Like someone else I know. :augie
  3. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    Wow, no kidding. :eek1 I'm still amazed that you could do that much damage to yourself tipping over!!!!!! You seem to have gotten over it pretty well!:deal
  4. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    It was an unusual accident. The doctor said that had I been moving at the time, it would have been a glancing blow, unlikely to result in a fracture. Good thing they had three long screws handy. :D

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  5. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Argh!

    Commuted in today on the pedal bike and got right-hooked. Bruised hip/cheek and lost some knuckle skin, but other than that I'm fine. More pissy about the scratched skewer and the driver that bolted after impact.

    I should have realized what was happening sooner. I may have been able to avoid the collision if I'd been a bit more cautious/alert.

    I'll have to check the Black Friday sales online, too. My Hincapie bib has a quarter-sized hole in the left cheek now. :cry
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    We did most of the ride today, but we kinda cut off the top of the ride but turning left onto Carter's Farm and riding Parsons down to Hulbert's and then on to Halfway. In our defense, we'd ridden up from Warrenton and had to ride back to Warrenton.

    4+hrs and 51.5mi of mixed surface riding. It was actually mostly gravel roads. :thumb I got 'pipped at the line' at the top of Bull Run Mtn after having towed B's ass up there, but I got him on Busthead Rd a little (lot) later. :ricky

    So our actual path was Warrenton out Blackwell to Blantyre. Crossed 55/66 and kept going on Old Busthead to Waterfall. We turned right onto Waterfall and left onto Old Bull Run Mtn Rd. Followed most of the ride from there. We retraced our steps from the bottom of Busthead back to Warrenton.

    Have I mentioned my legs are tired?! If I haven't, they are.

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  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Bummer dood. I've BTDT too.

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  8. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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  9. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Didya tell him that soon enough it'll become so ingrained that if he's about to go over the bars he'll know how to unclip so he can jump and land on his feet? BTDT

    Till then, expect to fall. Typically it'll be at a dead stop.

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  10. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    :nod

    Good advice from all of 'ya!
  11. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    In front of lots of people.

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  12. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    set em loose for a while,till it becomes secord nature then tighten em up. it's a helpless feeling ,stopping ,wiggling your feet wildly as you slowly tip over. knowing what's comming. while your friends are doing this :rofl Good luck You'll get it soon enough
  13. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    HAHA! Yep, they are set almost at the most loose setting right now :1drink
  14. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    Put this in Shiny Things too, but what the hell, I'm pretty stoked.

    Picked up a new cross rig yesterday. It's going to be my winter trainer, wet day, commuter, cyclocross ride.

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    I rode a Ridley in some really wet conditions not too long ago in on some really hilly trails and roads. I was disappointed with the quality of the braking to the point where I thought I was gonig to kill myself. Big selling feature of this bike is the disk brakes.

    First ride tonight!!
  15. inyang

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    Falling is not compulsory though

    Tips:
    When coming to a stop, unclip both feet. If you unclip say left, by the time you stop, right may be more convenient to put down, cue roll over

    If you come to a stop, attempt to unclip and fail, don't struggle to unclip, that will only make you fall, move a bit further and unclip. If no space or you feel there is no space, hold the brakes, press on the pedals, that may buy you time to unclip one foot.

    Most times its panic that causes the fall, you still have a few seconds left to unclip if only......
  16. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    Sweeet!!! :clap:clap
  17. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    +1. My first 'cross bike was a Norco that has since been relegated to commuter duty. I've beat that thing like a rented mule and it keeps hanging in there. A good, solid bike.
  18. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    Good advice.

    I've started trying to stop before the stop line at intersection; just make sure I have a few extra feet to roll unclip etc if need be.

    I can unclip my right foot no problems, but my left is sometimes "sticky." the motion just seems very unnatural. :lol3
  19. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    One additional thing I'd suggest. When you've unclipped your left foot in preparation for a stop, make sure to place your center of gravity far to the left of the bike when you do stop. If you fail to take this precaution, you can easily find yourself tipping to the right and fall over because your right foot is still clipped in. You might think that all you'd have to do in that situation is to quickly unclip your right foot, but it won't be that easy. That's because when you feel yourself tipping to the right, your instinct will be to put your weight on your right foot, making it hard to detach it from the pedal.
  20. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    another day, another ride around the waterfront...

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