Bicycle thread

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

  1. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    hey, they made frames-only even b efore that. my 22 yr old son's bike, a Trek TX300 frame from 1977, hand brazed lugged frame made with Ishiwata tubing, that was populated with a mix of Shimano 600 and newer stuff. the paint isn't original, and the decal is wrong. I've since replaced the crankset with a 53:39 older Ultegra

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  2. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    I hit 43 without really pushing it on a hill this past Saturday - it's all aero.

    One cyclist, a friend, caught up with me at the regroup point and said I looked like a bobsled going down the hill. Next time, I think I'll whip out the GEICO pig ....."wwweeee wwwweee wwwweeeeeeeeeeeeee"

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  3. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    My max speed this year was 46.1 down this long hill on our Saturday route. You start feeling pretty vulnerable with no gear...:eek1 I wonder how fast those recumbents can go...
  4. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    They HAUL downhill. I was following a car down a twisty bit a couple years ago during a large organized century. We were doing just under 35mph, which is where I spin out on a 50-11 gear. A greybeard on a 'bent passed us both over the double-yellow on the outside of a right-hand corner.

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  5. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Was he sportin' an aero-belly too?
  6. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    :lol3

    Not really. We were pacing each other between a couple of SAG stops. Nice guy. HUGE descending cajones.
  7. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    That's the knock on recumbent riders - gray beard, aero-belly, black socks and a bicycle flag. I'm one out of four. :1drink
  8. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    I hit 53mph, on my TT bike, once. "No gear" was all I could think.
  9. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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  10. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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  11. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    I got pretty good at the old tuck and go deal on the big hills in Colorado. My added girth has not diminished that capability at all, possibly even serving to enhance my prowess in that regard. I hit 59 on my Roubaix coming back down off Pacific Coast last fall.
    Back in the day, the Pinarello and I would manage a fairly regular 60 mph descending many of the mountain roads I'd ridden back then Mt Evans highway, pieces of the Morgul-Bismark, Pretty much all the canyons other than the flatter ones. Now, though, that same thought pops into my head.
    Back in the day we used to draft cars and trucks down Boulder Canyon for the easy tow back to town.

  12. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Oh, I know the stereotype. Don't remember a flag and wasn't checking out his socks. :D

    Cycling tribes crack me up. Maybe because I'm a blend of casual and Fred and I don't really fit in any particular group.
  13. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    My personal best is 52 and I had the same thought while tucked in a line of testosterone-fueled MAMILs. I dropped back when it occurred to me, "I normally commute on this road and at this speed in ballistic nylon and a Shoei."
  14. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    +1

    ...and I've hit 60 before on a road bike. Most recent high speed was in the mid-50s coming off Mt Weather. :ricky That was the day a VW bug pulled out in front of us on the downhill and we both had to ride our brakes down the twisty part or we'da run up his bumper. He'd gun it out of the corners so we couldn't get a clean pass in. :baldy

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  15. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Wen I was younger and riding on roads like the one that leads from Clingman's Dome to Newfound Gap, I thought nothing of jumping cars in left-hand turns to get by them. The same for Cadillac Mountain outside of Bar Harbor.

    I'm a little more cautious now... more prudent.
  16. mikem9

    mikem9 Wanderer

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    Anyone do this stuff?

    I'm in my early 50's. I participate various sports & adventure sports. I ride bicycles mainly for fun and cross training for fitness. I'm not a serious bicyclist, but I love riding. My mantra these days is to look for fun things to do which create fitness as a byproduct. Playing soccer, riding enduro dirt bikes, snow skiing, surfing, mtb, are examples.

    Last night I went out for one of my typical 45 - 60 minute urban style rides around town on my mountain bike. But, I was bored and decided to just ride to a local area where there is a school and a church. I spent the entire ride time trying and practicing various skills and tricks, such as bunny hops over various structures, jumps off small things such as raised curbs, and amateur tries at manuals and wheelies. My level of proficiency was pretty low, but I enjoyed trying to get better.

    At the end, I was pretty worn out. Felt like a good full body workout. Multiple repetitions of sprinting to sections and trying various tricks/skills. It was exhilarating. And, I was pedaling the entire time. Sometimes sprinting, sometimes doing the trick and sometimes recovering while pedaling slowly.

    Does anyone else do this kind of thing? Do you see a fitness benefit?
  17. soewe812

    soewe812 Wag more Bark less

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    That's me as well. Graying beard, black socks, slowly disappearing aero-belly but no flag. Too much drag with the flag.
    What can I say? I was told there would be cookies.
  18. ducnut

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    Anytime I ride my FSR in town, I rail anything that I can catch air off of. I don't know about fitness, but, I sure end up with soreness. :lol3
  19. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    thanks, 'Head. having had one similar to yours, i totally understand why you've never gotten rid of that Pinarello; the handling was close to magic.
    during my time at 2WTA, Alexi piloted his Aero version that looked like yours to his win over Bauer in Mission Viejo. i lived near the course, and most of the shop workers camped at my house the night before the race; we had 24 bikes in the garage that night (including a few tandems).


    thanks. i actually read through this whole thread; i figured there were some here that might relate. :rofl


    that's how i bought mine; a 720 frameset, and you picked for an offering of suggested components to make a pseudo-gruppo. i picked the '08' gruppo; hence the 728 model number.


    saw that. nice indeed.


    OK; you win. :rofl


    sounds like a budding case of Trials-itis. :wink:


    descending at speed on a good road bike is one of my favorite things to do with clothes on. i always try to tell myself that once i'm going more than a couple dozen miles per hour i'm already going to get ripped up if i fall, so i might as well go for it... :lol3
  20. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    I got some nice road rash once when a sewup-err-tubular rolled off my rim in hot weather flying down a grade going 50MPH+ (hey, thats what the guy in the car behind me said I was doing. I lived where it was usually cool, so generally used the gummy tubular glue (Mastik or something?), and not the dry hard stuff (Clemenit?), because it made it easier to swap a flat tire.

    Sewups-er-tubulars were wonderful riding, but I switched to 700c clinchers in the mid 80s, and haven't looked back :D