Bicycle thread

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

  1. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    This weekend my riding buddy Dave and I decided to explore a couple of trails at the other end of Santos that we'd never been on. These trails come highly recommended, so expectations were high. Both turned out to be very technical trails with lots of steep little climbs and descents, and obstacles of various kinds everywhere. I thought at first that trying to keep up with Dave would be impossible on a trail like that, given the enormous difference in our level of training, so it came as quite a surprise to me that I managed to stay on his rear wheel while maintaining what he later referred to as a 'good pace', which is Davespeak for 'as fast as I dare to go'. Flying through blind turns on an unfamiliar trail practically guarantees an unintended dismount, however, and halfway through the first trail, Dave got his pedals caught between two sharp boulders which appeared without warning. Fortunately a minor cut in his knee was the only result. Inspired by his example, I bumped my handlebar against on a tree while threading a narrow passage, which sent me off the trail and into a mound of leaves and pine needles. It was like falling on a mattress. If you're going to crash, this is the way to do it. :thumb The second trail proved to be just as challenging, but very rocky and therefore more dangerous to both bikes and riders. We passed one rider walking his bike back after having smashed his rear derailleur on a rock. Fortunately we suffered only one minor fall each before completing this trail. On the way back, Dave suggested we take the express route, which consists of a fairly wide trail composed of rough limestone. He didn't think he had the energy to try for another 12 miles on the kinds of trails we'd been on. That surprised me because I felt fully up to the task, and until recently it was always me who tired out first. About halfway through the return ride, I got bored and began to increase my speed, eventually leveling off at between 18 and 19 mph. Dave kept up with me, but was exhausted by the time we arrived back at the trail entrance, and insisted we rest a while. He has a VERY competitive personality, and for him to say that he needs a rest means he's about to drop dead. :lol3 It was another 500 yards or so to get back to the parking lot, where we sat around a while talking and gulping down energy drinks before the drive home. All the while we were being watched by a coral snake only yards away, which a hiker pointed out to us. :eek1 Contrary to expectations, my legs felt pretty good the next day, but I decided to give them a rest and not to ride the bike on Sunday. The Saturday ride was only the second time I've managed to keep up with and actually outpace Dave on any trail, so apparently both my skilz and general conditioning have improved greatly since we began riding together seven months ago. I'm already looking forward to next weekend. :ricky
  2. ducnut

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    Which trails were those?
  3. Gummee!

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    Wicked Wash is awesome stuff. :nod

    They were at the race yesterday. Spray the bike with this stuff and the mud just melted off when sprayed with water. No scrubbing and the bike is darn near spotless. :thumb

    Now all I gotta do is re-lube the chain, swap chainrings out for the road size, and stick some skinny tires on the FTB and I'm good to go for the spring/summer. :ricky

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  4. ducnut

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    That hook dealio is rubber coated. And, I've seen it listed for hanging bicycles.
  5. Aurelius

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  6. Gummee!

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    the hook is but the frame's not

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  7. ducnut

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    We rode those.

    We parked at the convenience store, on HWY200, and rode east from there, all the way to Santos TH and back. It was quite the day. We rode a few miles east of Santos TH, on another day, and would like to ride further east. That's such a great network of trails that one can just ride and not be killing themselves.

    Also, I carry a spare derailluer hanger and derailluer. Both our bikes take the same hanger and are both SRAM.
  8. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Thanks for the further replies gents.



    Yeah, there is a nice foam on the forks of the wall mounted rack. I am not overly worried about scratches on frame, but again, it is a brand new bike so I'll avoid what scratches I can.

    I did not give it too much investigation, but it looks like it might not be that hard to unclip those two lines where they hook to frame, towards front, and let them hang down when on wall rack. Not that big a deal to hook those back up again when I take it down to ride.

    Would there be any kind of line tension issues I might have to deal with??( in other words, would I mess up any of the shifter settings by taking that line on and off for storage?)
  9. Gummee!

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    The PITA factor alone would have me recommending that you don't do that.

    Its easy to do if you want to: for the rear der, shift to the small cog (physical size) and with the shifter in that position push the derailleur back to the big cog. (physical size) That's gonna give you enough room to get the housing out of the stops.

    The worst you're gonna do is get the ferrules not seated exactly where they were. That may/may not be a problem when you start riding again: der into the spokes or off the end of the cassette on the small end if the limit screws weren't set right, or shifting problems. The der off either side of the cassette can be catastrophic. AMHIK :bluduh

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  10. Aurelius

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    I'm gonna leave my GPS home next time and just enjoy the trails without worrying about my Strava records. :D

    That's not a bad idea. How much do those parts cost?
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    zouch part-time wanderer

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    if you're worried about scratching the paint, why not just take a piece of that protective tape (like a chainstay protector) and put it on the bottom of the Top Tube so the cables can't scratch the frame?


  12. ducnut

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    Full housing; just snip the cable ties.

    I always take my GPS, just in case. It was particularly handy down there, as I could see where we were at in relation to trailheads. We managed to drink all of my 100oz of water, between water points. As you know, not all the Santos trailheads have water.

    Depends on the bike and components. The hanger might be $10-$20 and the derailluer could be as much as $250. Your hanger may have a part number on it, if not, look here and find the QBP part number. That'll save you from having to deal with a shop employee fumbling around trying to find a match.
  13. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    This is what I use. Amazon has it in many sizes. Great for moto tank/frame protection too.
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  14. Aurelius

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    Mine doesn't have any maps loaded, so its of no use as a navigational tool. I always carry a trail map with me for that reason. Greenway Bicycles provides them free of charge, or you can just print them from the OMBA website.

    I'm going to look into this. My riding buddy Dave used to be a bicycle mechanic, so he'll know how to replace a broken one.
  15. Gummee!

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    Typically, a hanger is going to break well before the der is trashed. Its designed that way.

    My buddy that munched a pair of Zipps the other week tore a bunch of spokes out of the rear wheel using his derailleur. Changed out the hanger, der was fine.

    The Wheels Manufacturing hangers are typically stiffer than stock, so be aware that the 'fuse' in the system just got rated for a higher amperage. IOW the hanger is stiffer and you'll shift better but you also have a greater chance of messing up your derailleur.

    YMMV

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    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Back in the day, a buddy snapped his hanger off while we were descending a rough downhill section. We got to the bottom of the mountain and I ended up pulling him about a mile to the parking lot, with him hanging onto my seat post. Thanks for the memory jog.:freaky
  17. Gummee!

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    That's the point where you pull out the chain tool and make a SS out of the bike so he can ride out.

    Emergency surgery on mtn bikes can be fun. :nod ...as long as its not your bike! :augie

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  18. Aurelius

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    Damn, that very thing occurred to me but I thought it was too obvious, so there must be some reason it wouldn't work. :lol3
  19. Gummee!

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    Nope. Works great.

    BTDT a few times over the years. Primarily before replaceable hangers were invented. Damn sticks! :bluduh

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  20. Gummee!

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    Not me or my race again, but 1 lap of yesterday's race
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