Bicycle thread

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

  1. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Good luck and have fun!
  2. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Thanks ducnut. As much fun as it was, I can't justify a dh rig for the few times a summer I'll use it. Figure I'll either use my reign and go slower or rent a too small dh bike when I go. Santa Cruz makes a Xl v10 dh sled, but it's approaching $8k :eek1

    I'm actually technically 6'8" and around 275 lbs, but I've been told I ride very smoothly, and have been perfectly happy with my reign. I think if I started plowing stuff, I'd break things quickly, but I just don't seem to ride like that. Suspension travel has been great, though my rear shock is at max psi and I have managed a few bottom outs off a 4' drop to ride out that is on my normal loop. Although I don't plan on buying another bike for 2-3 seasons, I'll give foes a look.

    The only real issue I have is on long, intense dh runs at speed... I get a lot of lower back pain. Just comes with being a giant I guess.
  3. 2whl-hoop

    2whl-hoop Long timer

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  4. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    My MTB partner, who's 6'4"/~250lbs, sent his shock and fork into Fox. They revalved everything, for his weight. You just need to call them and they'll give you the details on what to do.

    I suspect it has to with your riding position, on steep downhill terrain. You're really far back, on the bike, offsetting the slope. That's partly why a DH rig is "leaned back".
  5. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    First ride report on the TCR: :lobby :ricky

    Its like the smilie... There's an angel on one shoulder sayin 'today's an easy day' and there's a devil under me sayin 'go faster! go FASTER!'

    Man does this thing shout 'go faster!' :nod

    Stiff with a capital 'if you have an erection that lasts more than 4 hrs call a Dr.' 'S.' :nod

    ...but there's a fly in the ointment. Its a few mm (~5mm) too high in the seatmast. I have to decide whether to stay with Bont shoes or go with something else. If I stay with the Bonts, there's a pair of Vaypors in my near future and I need to cut the seatmast.

    If I go with Shimano, I have a pair of first gen Poggios I can wear till the new shoes end up in my possession and I don't have to cut the seatmast.

    I don't like the way the Poggios feel any more. They used to be comfy, but the heat molding of the Bonts has spoiled me. :nod Those Bonts fit my feet like they were custom made. ....because they were! (sorta) IDK if there's a spacer you can put under the topper 'cause I haven't actually been to a Giant dealer to discuss this. Its not like it'll be a huge amount of spacers, but... There's the old adage of 'its easier to cut it shorter later than it is to stretch it' at work.

    :confused

    Thoughts? :ear

    M

    edited to add: pics are on the camera and I can't seem to find the cable. I'll post em up when the cable's found.
  6. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    I had a good CX/gravel grinder ride going today.

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    Saw some nice scenery.

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    Then the Unfortunate Incident occured.

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    I was less than pleased.

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    I really liked that derailleur. Ended up calling TheWifester for the Ride Of Shame. Looks like I'll be darkening the LBS doorway this week.
  7. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Real conversation after the race today.

    Askel's 6yo Nephew: "Did you win?"

    Askel: "No"

    Nephew: "Then why do you do it?"

    Askel: "Because it's fun!"

    Nephew: "How?"

    Askel: "Uhhhhhhhhhh......"
  8. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Went riding at a trail system outside of Atlanta today. About 10 miles into it, I got behind a racer on a brand spanking new Scott Scale carbon 29er. Followed him for maybe 100 yards and his bike started making an awful squeaking sound.:eek1 After checking over the bike, we discovered his bottom bracket literally locked up. He just got the bike today and this was it's maiden ride. He said he bought a bike shop last October so he wouldn't have to spend so much money on bikes.:rofl Poor guy had a long walk back to the parking lot.
  9. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Watching RAGBRAI route announcement party tonight.

    Apparently they've decided to make more time for boozing and cut out a lot of that pesky riding. :freaky
  10. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Someone remind me to not kvetch if its above 40deg out, wouldya?

    After riding in the teens and 20s for the last week, 40-ish feels absolutely balmy. Still chilly, but not 'cold.'

    2 ish hrs on the FTB with road wheels on it. Believe it or not, its a smoother ride than the TCR. ...despite the HUGE fork, downtube, and etc. :scratch

    M
  11. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    My neice told me about this. Goes through Des Moines. I'll have to wait and see a bit before I know what is what that time of year. I won't have a lot of riding under my belt since I'll mostly be running.
    Could be a good fit. :freaky
  12. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    A number of people mentioned that possibility at the outset. Numerous adjustments have been made, all to little avail. The most irritating thing about this is that every 'fix' seems to work for a short time. Just as I think, 'Aha, that did the trick!,' it starts giving me problems again. One shop thought the rear derailleur might even be bent. They realigned it, but the problem persists. At this point I don't know what else can be done that hasn't already been tried. Fortunately the bike is less than a year old, so all the work is being done under warranty. :deal
  13. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    I seem to have been invited to join a new team.

    http://offtrackevents.com/teamska.php


    :evil
  14. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    I went for a run with my nieces. Never run with twenty-something women. They made me work too hard, but I got them slowed down a good bit by the end.

    I am fairly certain I'll be moving a bit slow come morning. Oh, and when we hit the road it was raining, warm it stopped.
  15. thechickencow

    thechickencow Been here awhile

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    I'm doing some shopping for FS xc 29er rigs - any input/advice?
  16. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I've been partial to either the FSR or Anthems.

    ...but ya gotta try em and see which YOU like better.

    M
  17. thechickencow

    thechickencow Been here awhile

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    So far I've ridden Tallboy, Scalpel, Superfly 100 Elite, Spearfish, and looked at a few others. Scalpel stands out so far.
  18. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    is this for Trail, XC, all mountain freestyle, or DH ?
  19. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Skipped the 'XC' in his post, huh?

    :razor

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  20. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    This is going on, in their area. You gonna' be there?

    Add Specialized Epic, Giant Anthem, Santa Cruz Superlight (more appropriate than Tallboy), Niner Jet 9, and Rocky Mountain Element.

    You may have a look around MTBR.com. Though, I don't care too much what the general forums have to say, as I don't know the person doing the review. As "Gummee!" said, you gotta' ride some bikes and pick what appeals to you.

    You may consider a 650b/27.5" wheel size. They seem to be gaining momentum as offering the best of 26" and 29er.