Bicycle thread

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

  1. Motocicletta

    Motocicletta ridetowork

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    Verizon 3G service, Sansung Illusion phone, I loose GPS signal on Strava and Mapmyride apps, lots of straight lines connecting locations where the GPS reconnects, Google MyTraks works great instead and keeps acuurate GPS tracking during the ride.

    Any ideas as to why ? Bad phone ? I'd prefer to use Strave or MApmyride because both are more bicycle specific.

    Now I import the *.gpx file to RidewithGPS to keep records of my rides:


    <iframe src="http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1013179/embed" height="500px" width="100%" frameborder="0"></iframe>
  2. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I'm legal to race again. Just renewed my license. 13mos for the price of 12

    :thumb

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  3. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    On Strava, right? :wink:
  4. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Ya know... if I had a strava account, I may post races on it to see if I couldn't match those speeds solo. ...but I'd probably just use Training Peaks, the Garmin Software, etc instead of posting anything publically.

    Why do I want my competition to know how fast I'm going before I outsprint em?!

    Thinking about track racing just now. Can you imagine the 'strava segment' around the track?! :rofl

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  5. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Some time ago, I was downloading to Garmin, but, thought "Why?'. I don't really give a shit. I just wanna' ride.

    You sly dog! :lol3

    There's a velodrome, down in St Louis. It's pretty rough, but, there's a decent crowd.

    Major Taylor velodrome in Indianapolis is super-nice. If I lived there, I think I'd buy a track bike. They have a skate/BMX park, right there, too.
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Yer damn skippy!


    you wanna get fast in a hurry? Race track. :nod LOTS and LOTS of seated power comes outta track racing. I useta be able to outsprint people sitting down. Its fun to watch em flailing about on their bikes as you're pedaling smoothly away from em. :ricky

    ...but I can't climb a hill quickly to save my life!

    M
  7. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    We had a lottery pool at work and someone asked what I'd do if I won a share.

    They had never heard of a velodrome before. :lol3
  8. melville

    melville Long timer

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    Thing one here also--build a velodrome if'n we win the lottery.

    250m, wood, indoors!
  9. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Well, I don't know if that's what I do, but, to each their own.

    This gives one an idea of the standards of the place.
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    The BMX/skatepark.
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  10. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    ChisenhallW ain't home, but boy howdy! does HE have a story.

    ...so does my buddy B.

    I'll let him tell C his side first. :augie

    Oh, B and I did 3-laps and then 2-laps at race pace. Got gapped by a bit on the first one after I dropped my chain from the outer to inner ring after an off-camber uphill leading into an uphill/rise (as much as there're hills where I am) and lost focus. I just couldn't close a 10m gap in the second. 0 for 2 but B was fixin to puke and I wasn't. Seems I didn't dig hard enough gotta work on that. :bluduh

    M
  11. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    3:20 and 42 mi. out in the mud and muck on the MTB today. I've got to get some winter tires, the back end was bound and determined to pass the front in every other corner (Continental Race Kings). Something not too knobby with a nice round profile since I ride from the house on the road to get to most rides. Your suggestions are welcome. :ear
  12. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    No rides for a week now and it's spitting rain and I worked til midnight last night and I went to a funeral 100mi away today.

    So many excuses. So few miles. :cry
  13. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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  14. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    You get those pics uploaded yet?!

    :mrskbasa

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  15. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    I got out today on the Fat Chance, for 2 1/2 hours. It was kind of warm, in the high 40's. There was a group of horse nuts having an equestrian event, and they had a table set up with food. Offered us some hot soup after we returned. It was a nice way to end the ride. :clap
  16. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    We've been having some trouble at our local trail with riders who refuse to obey the one-signs. There have been several crashes and near crashes in just the last two weeks. On Saturday my buddy Dave was out there when someone came rocketing around a blind turn, going the wrong way. Apparently this was someone who had been warned about it several times. Dave gave the guy a stern talking to :pain, but things got out of hand, :fight:jomomma and by the time I arrived, the other guy was lying in a crumpled heap on the ground. We decided it might be best to do our Strava runs another day. :augie
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Lap of today's race

    http://vimeo.com/54553281

    The run-up after the dam kicked my rear end. The downhill on the other side did too, but for a different reason. Can you say 'washboard in a chute?' [​IMG]

    Got a half decent start. IOW I didn't lose as many spots as I did last time at the very start. I DID lose some in the first few sets of turns and the first time up the first hill. I kept picking people off in onesies and twosies. I was a few hundred meters behind my buddy C coming out of the end of the gravel section. Managed to get within 30-40m. If I'da had another lap, I bet I coulda picked him off. I seem to get better as the race goes on. Means I need to do something about my warmups. [​IMG] Come in hotter and stay that way as opposed to what I've been doing. Guess I need to actually start bringing (and using) my folding trainer. [​IMG] I think I'm gonna ride out the last 2 races of the season 'as is' and break out the trainer for next year.

    I'm getting faster. I'm not back where I was when I was in Sandy Eggo, but its coming back. Next fall *should* see me doing better. Next fall may also see me in the Master's 45+ but [​IMG] It may be a case of 'get my rear end handed to me in the afternoon' or 'hand someone their rear end midday.' [​IMG] We'll see.

    There's a 'mandatory upgrade' coming. Do 10 Cat 4 races and get upgraded to a Cat 3. I'm not sure how I feel about that. The up side to me upgrading to a 3 is I could potentially race with my teammates and *try* to help them out. Again, we'll see. I train enough to be a good 4, and OK 3, or a piss-poor 1/2

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  18. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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    Activities other than visiting are permitted after 4 P.M., just don't get out of hand.


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  19. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    ARRRRGH, no auto-play videos on forums, PLEASE. that announcers voice came across my speakers LOUD, every time I load this page.
  20. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I the opportunity this weekend to test ride a Scott 18 lb 29er HT belonging to a local dealer, and compare it to my 26 lb 29er FS on the same trail. I was most intrigued by what the Stans Ztr Crest 29er wheels would do for me, as I'd considered them as a potential upgrade. The FS 29er belonged to the owner of a local shop. We did at one time compare the difference in weight between my stock rims and the Crests. I was a little disappointed to find that the Stans only weighed about 1/2 lb less per wheel on his electronic scale, which I didn't think would translate into a noticeable performance improvement -- or at least not enough of one to justify the purchase price. But the unanimous opinion of everyone I asked, including those in this thread, was that they would.

    So after I'd done one loop around the trail on my bike, I climbed aboard the HT and did the same. It's owner and I are almost exactly the same size and weight, so his setup worked perfectly for me. My impressions are as follows:

    The HT weighed 6 lbs less on the scale than my Trek Superfly 100 Pro, but that considerable difference wasn't evident once I got the bike rolling. The climbs weren't noticeably easier on the HT as I'd expected they would be, and I wasn't any less fatigued after completing one loop than I was on my bike. That could be attributed to the fact that I had to remain off the seat for much longer. The amount of shock transmitted to my spine thanks to the lack of a rear shock was awful, and made standing on the pedals mandatory on any rough parts of the trail.

    What did really impress me was how quickly the HT turned. It was effortless, almost to the point where I had to expend more effort to keep the front wheel straight than to initiate turns. When I mentioned this, all the other riders attributed that to the lighter Stans wheels (both bikes were equipped with the identical tubeless tires). When the shop owner offered to let me borrow the Stans wheels for my trip to Santos on Saturday, I eagerly accepted.

    My usual riding partner Dave, came with me. Dave is a former BMX racer and has many more years of experience riding mountain bikes than I do. On previous rides, I could never outpace him, even on fast straights where rider skill wasn't a factor. For our test run, I picked 'Twister', which is a very fast trail, and one of the longest ones at Santos. I'd noticed that all the fast riders from my area were higher than me on the Strava leaderboard on Twister, so I wanted to correct that error. :evil I started off cautiously, but after a few minutes I was really into it. The bike was doing an amazing job with those Stans wheels on it. Accelerating and turning felt just as easy as it had on the much lighter HT, but the front end was much more stable, so I just kept increasing my speed until I reached the limits of my comfort zone. I fully expected Dave to be right behind me, but on one long 180 degree turn, I saw that he was trailing me by about 50 yards. :huh I pressed even harder at that point and managed to increase my lead on the easier sections. I kept glancing down at my GPS, trying to see how fast I was going, but had a hard time reading the numbers. Unfortunately I focussed on the GPS a bit too long at one point, and wound up running right off the trail into deep sand. :doh That mistake allowed Dave to close the distance a bit, and he maintained it all the way to the end. He was out of breath though, which I've never seen before. Neither of us had timed the run, so I had no idea whether my impressions would be certified by Strava's record until I uploaded the data. Yep, I not only beat the times of all the local fast guys, but did so by a considerable margin. :clap Needless to say, those Stans wheels are staying on my bike. :D