Bicycle thread

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

  1. 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

    M
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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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  6. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Hello!
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    Studs are where it's at.
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  7. 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.

  8. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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

  10. 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.
  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Snowed last nite. Time to break out the mtn bike and go play in the woods

    :ricky

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  12. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    2 miles into my ride work interrupts with transaction logs filling, yarg.........

    Thankfully I was on the TDF bike and was a short walk to laptop. Couldn't get the stage I was riding to reload so chose a different one but got a work out in anyhow.. Hopefully tonight will be fixed gear pedal.

    Pedaled with a friend Monday and flatted on my way home. The tire was almost glued on to the rim and the tube stuck to the tire ??
    Michelin Krylion carbon tires clinchers.. Mighty strange. Replaced tube and all was well .
  13. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    When one is as fast as you and causes excessive heat buildup in the tire, the tire starts to melt to the rim. :thumb
  14. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    I only wish that was the reason . Twas a 27 mile ride, tire started feeling squishy at about 21 miles in. I pumped it up it felt good but went flat again shortly after. I averaged about 17 mph for the ride.
    bought the michelins from a friend who was closing his shop and selling at bargain prices. I am now looking for something in the 25 - 28mm range. Cannot find the conti top contacts I love in 28 anywhere.


    you must have me confused with Aurelius, he is the fast guy from florida.
  15. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Nope. Looks like you'll have to "settle" for the regular Contacts, which is what I'm currently on.

    BTW, tires stick to rims. I've had to use a screwdriver and ice pick to dig rubber out of the beads on some vintage stuff.

    :rofl
  16. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    New frame's here! New frame's here!

    :clap

    Now to get it built up ASAP. (re-using old parts BTW)

    M
  17. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    You do know that'll make you super slow right...
  18. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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  19. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    His narrative is pretty amusing...:lol3
  20. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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