Bicycle thread

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

  1. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    (psst! it's 'Thomson', actually,...)

    one of the strongest for their weight; in part because of the elliptical internal profile that leaves them strong where they need to be without any extra weight where it isn't needed, and the integrated head.
    and, they're not made in Asia,...

    that, and their customer support is first-rate in my experience; i once had one of the pivot bolts break, and a phone call put 4 new ones in my mail box for free. (story went that they had a supplier issue on a small batch with that part years ago.)



  2. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    wow; glad none of my Syncros seatposts ever read those comments,... :lol3
    for example, i've got a long Ti post that i've had on the main trail bike for over a decade, and it survived being thrown away on the trail bike that i had before that back when i was first learning Trials.
    but i've had mine since they were new, and made in Canada.


  3. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    My seatpost was so smart, it warned me that it might break, and to put it out to pasture... :deal :lol3
  4. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    File under: whoops! Well... THAT wasn't so smart!

    So I talked my buddy into going for 'a coupla hours' down to Summerduck and back.

    Weeeellll I may have miscalculated a wee bit. What *I* thought was going to be a 3hr ride turned into a 4hr ride with the last 45min or so in the dark. :norton HE thought it was gonna be a 2hr ride.

    :augie

    Good thing it was sorta cloudy and we both kept our blinky lights on the backs of our bikes! I had on the Halo band I wear on the Wed ride. ...but neither of us had headlights. Hindsight being what it is... :norton

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  5. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    We are getting pounded by snow right now! Sunday is going to be awesome for X country Skiing!!!!!
  6. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    I did this today. Oooof. My legs are toast.

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  7. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    56 mi. in 3:20 on the road today. Did the Oak Run loop clockwise for the first time. Strong cross and headwinds made for much cursing and gnashing of teeth.
  8. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Does synchros make the 'giant connect' seat post that came on my reign? I'm a big guy, and the idea of my post breaking makes me cringe.
  9. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    (pssst! it's 'Syncros', actually,...)

    Syncros hasn't really been what it started out to be since the late '90s, and has been owned by several different groups since then (including Tom Ritchey, GT/Schwinn, and most recently, Scott).

    no telling who made the post on your Giant; they're one of the largest manufacturers in the world, and make bikes for many other companies as well. these days it's probably not impossible that Giant made the posts labelled Syncros. :rofl


  10. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    Thieves have made off with all 16 of Team Garmin-Sharp's Cervelos. Apparently they cleaned out the trailer taking all the wheels and tools too. The team has pulled out of the Mediterranean Tour even after other teams offered to lend them bikes and equipment.

    Seems like a hard thing to fence in France where cycling is so mainstream.

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  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    There's always eastern EUR...

    Me? 1:36 easy to moderate on the bike just now. Underwater Hockey later. Don't want to overdo it. :augie

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  12. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    I'm off the rig for a week visiting family which I think I needed. Rode on Thursday night in the cold rain and felt flat as a pancake.
    I'm above my mileage goals and will get back on it by Friday and then ramp things up for the spring. I'm really looking forward to the weather turning around. I think I've ridden on dry roads twice in the last four months.

    Met a French gypsy who said he could get me a great deal on a used Cervelo, so things are looking up.
  13. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    When I don't have any particular place to go, I'll ride over to the store on the Indian Reservation. It's about 22 miles there and I generaly stop at the store and have a Gatoraid & crackers while talking to the kids who always have questions about the bike.

    I went off and forgot my wallet today so there was no stopping. Instead, I decided to try and hold a 20 mph average. The route is fairly flat but it was a little windy which made it a little more difficult. My gps is set to stop the timer when I stop so I decided to ride w/o putting a foot down. I can count six lights each way but none of them come into play on the out route and only two of them are really in play on the return. Those two are left-hand turns and on both of these "on-demand" lights, there was traffic who turned the light for me. The rest was a matter of timing. I'd slow up knowing that they'd change pretty quickly.

    Happy to have accomplished my 20 mph esp as a solitary rider.
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  14. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    That's hauling the mail Gerry.:clap Do you use a fairing or windshield on your bent?:ear
  15. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    No - but I seem to be sportin an ever so small, aero-belly these days. :bluduh Does that count?

    There's a new bike shop in Florida that some friends of mine are starting up - John and Jacquie Schlitter - who are both extraordinary riders. They've each ridden 400+ miles in 24 hours on multiple occasions and were part of a RAAM team.

    Anyway, they've asked many of the leading recumbent riders in the US to become part of Team Vite - their bike shop will be called Vite Bikes.

    Vite is supposed to be French for speedy and I believe it's pronounced "Veet". Anyway, for some unknown reason, they must have needed an old, slow but determined brevet rider so I was invited to join "the team". Part of the deal included a free jersey and...well.... mine is just a tad too small.

    Or, another way of looking at it is that I'm a tad too large.

    I really need to drop 10 pounds.
  16. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Noice!
  17. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Awesome!

    I need to drop another twenty, but my jeans fit again!

    We used to refer to our shape as the Aero-Pear(TM)


  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I may never get back to the 30" waist jeans I wore in college, but I'm back down to 32-33" jeans.

    :clap

    Weight's still coming off, but slowly oh so slowly

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  19. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    yippee . After becoming quite the couch dweller last quarter of 2012, Jan/Feb 2013 have been much better. Between the TDF trainer and road riding I got 360 miles thus far. I know not really much but I've been pedaling almost daily. Dropped 10lbs and pants are fitting better.

    Went with continental gran prix 4 seasons in 28mm width for the Pistola. 28 miles Saturday and 26 yesterday on the new tires. Pumped up to 90 psi felt good. Roll fast , not too harsh , we will see about flat proofedness... 13 miles of 15+ mph headwinds on the ride/limp home yesterday. :puke1:puke1
  20. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    At least we don't have snow. :clap