Bicycle thread

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

  1. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Right, I left my old hard tail for a full squish that cost $2k last winter and never regretted it for a minute. But to pay $1k for new cogs to lose a couple seconds on some online leader board that holds no real importance seems crazy to me. Less smiles per dollar you could say. But again, your money.
  2. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    I ride with some guys like that. (Chase a few of them, actually :rofl) You can race and still be a Fred.

    Monthly component upgrades? Sounds more like chasing the shiny, but what do I know. I don't race. I just try to ride enough to keep my IPA intake neutral to my waistline.
  3. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Yes, totally agree with you on that score.

    See, contrary to what most people here might assume, I'm actually quite miserly. Months ago, I balked at spending money for light weight rims, having convinced myself that the performance improvement (whatever it was) couldn't possibly justify getting rid of a set of perfectly good rims and spending an extra $500 for new ones. Luckily, I was able to get a set on loan for two weeks so I could see for myself. The difference in performance was HUGE. Not only was I able to increase my overall speed on the trails according to Strava, but also the amount of time I could ride without feeling fatigued. That why I can't take someone seriously when they make statements like, "It's %100 the rider." It's a ridiculous claim that's instantly refuted every time I ride.
  4. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    No, you're making a false assumption. The reason I want to swap out the drivetrain is because the stock 3x10 has given me constant problems, and it's gotten worse now that I'm doing very steep climbs. I've had the bike inspected at two shops, and both times I've been told that these problems are inherent to the way 3x10's are designed. Since both my chain and sprockets are due for replacement soon any way, this is the appropriate time for an upgrade.
  5. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    I still don't agree with you, but what do you want me to say - 'You win!'?

    If you didnt want to hear opinions, you shouldn't have posted it up here.
  6. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    As an overweight, bicycling noob I can see both sides to this. Take me for example. I could stand to lose 40 lbs :eek1 (It was 50, but thanks to running and cycling 10 of that is gone so far :clap ) How many of you have a mountain bike that weighs 40 pounds? Obviously, the first thing that will help me is to lose the weight.

    However, even at my weight and lack of athleticism I can tell that the rear of my Trek bounces around way too much to be safe in corners at much faster speeds than I already go. Full suspension would help, maybe something simple like letting some air out of the rear tire would do the trick. But alas, a good friend of mine that rides semi-professionally, or at least used to, just picked up a new Canondale Lefty which is a hard tail. He is now faster on it than he was his old full suspension.
  7. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    There are opinions built on false assumptions and personal biases, and there are opinions which are rationally defensible. I don't consider them to be of equal value.
  8. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Yeah right. Barely a month ago, you posted this.

    Admit it - you're turning into a shopper.

    :lol3
  9. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    You must be a blast at parties.
  10. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Yep, barely a month ago the price was $500 higher, and the stock drivetrain was fine for the kind of trails I was riding. Times change. :evil
  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    That's where I get most of my parts. :nod I tend to buy D/A or Red slightly used for less than wholesale and call it good. :nod

    Triathletes are especially prone to 'upgrade-itis' for some reason. :dunno

    On another note: man! is it farging chilly round here! Just got in from 2:30 on the bike and the high was appx 30deg F. :eek1 Now, just last week, it was over 60 round here so the temp drop is certainly noticeable.

    AKDuc's gonna be around soon to tell me about the negative eleventy billion he's been riding in and I'm gonna look like a wuss (again). :shog

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  12. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    I know a few like the above. BUT, most RACERS I know ride their shit until it is dead. The only time they replace something before it is dead is if they think it will make them DNF. Money spent on gear is money out of their pockets. These guys are also nuts.:D
  13. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Sure, it's really quite simple for my daily 4mi commute to work. I'm very fortunate to live right next a bike trail that's groomed for skiing. That's mainly why I got a fat tire bike since it sinks less than a skate skier and doesn't mess up the grooming. I ride a studded tire mt. bike if it's icy.

    Non-riders often have a hard time understanding that I find it warmer and more comfy bicycling than going out to a cold car that's just getting warm by the time I get to work. That point also probably doesn't matter to many since auto/remote starts are increasing in popularity these days.

    I'll group my clothing assortment by temperature from head to toe starting with 20f and above. I use a cover on my helmet which helps to keep some heat in and rain/snow out. It's also hi-viz and reflective. I use various thicknesses of balaclavas with my main one being a Smartwool model. Usually just a thin uncoated windbreaker over my work clothes, meaning cotton tee and cotton western shirt and jeans w/o underwear. Since my commute is so short I stay with my clipless pedals tho I really do believe the cleats are quite a heat sink. I usually just wear a low top pair of mt bike shoes but for colder weather I'd recommend different pedals and footwear. At this temp I'm usually just wearing gloves or lobster mitts.

    Form 20f to 0f I'll wear a thicker and longer gore-tex bicycling rain jacket on top and my Lake winter bike boots on my feet and mittens on my hands. Even with the Lakes my feet start to get chilly at the end of 4mi.

    Below 0f I'll add a sweater and a pair of pair of padded bicycle shorts under my jeans and a pair of shell pants over and liner gloves under the mittens. I also wear a thicker balaclava and maybe a pair of longjohns. All pretty simple, eh?

    I'm happy to say that I've only driven the cage to work 4 times in 5yrs. Being able to ride a bike trail 3 of the 4mi is a big part of that.

    Ride on and warmest regards from way up north, Mark H.
  14. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Isn't the extreme cold damaging to a bicycle's rubber tires and inner tubes? I would think they'd freeze solid and crack. :huh
  15. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Waterbottle freezes. Snot freezes... Toes and fingers, ears and noses freezes...
    Body stays warm. Tires, tubes and honey badgers don't care about the cold.
    Back in my racing days we had a rule; we wouldn't ride below +20F or on ice.
    Then we violated that and things got stupid.
    Ten guys on their backs on black ice all still clipped to the pedals in front of the Air Guard base gate.
    Once we extracted our feet from the pedals the real fun began. Standing in titanium cleats with CF soles on a crowned street was comical. Of course riding back we were beating the bottles against our bars to break up the ice.
    We got back to the cars and it was -22.

    Last time I rode in the cold was in the PNWet. Weather said it was 40 or so.

    They lied.
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    This is not the face of a warm and happy Mr Head,

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    Slicker than snot on a glass doorknob,
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  16. ducnut

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    Hello!
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    Studs are where it's at.
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  17. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    So, I went riding this evening, and looked over the bike but forgot to check the axles... The FRONT axle was loose and had been making the sound :eek1 :lol3 Fortunately, I noticed it after only a minute or two and tightened it back up. No issues the rest of the ride, bike was quite.

  18. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    :vardy:bow I mean this as a compliment; you, sir, are a crazy person!
  19. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    I had to go put a sweater on after seeing that. :lol3

  20. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    There's a point where the equipment will no longer yield any improvements, and there is a point where the athlete will no longer improve.