Bicycle thread

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

  1. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Goes back to that 'wisdom' and 'intelligence' post I made above.

    Another case in point: my buddy asked me to help him re-rim a front wheel. He thought he did a good thing by un-building the front wheel and handing me a pile of spokes, a hub, and a rim.

    WhyTF did you do that?!

    I was bored at the bike shop...

    :baldy

    Instead of doing things the easy way and taping the new rim to the old rim, now we gotta go re-lace everything. :norton

    You didn't tell me not to un-build the wheel.

    :baldy

    So instead of 20min of transferring spokes, it was a few hours of lacing, re-lacing, and finally moving spokes around that he hadn't crossed right. :bluduh

    I'll admit, part of that is my fault for not telling to leave the old front wheel alone. ...but its still :baldy If he'd asked 'hey, do you want me to un-build the front wheel?' I would have told him 'NO!'

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  2. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Quoted for when you're bitching about the heat and humidity in summer.
  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    From Reddit. Bike racing categories:

    Cat 5: I have no idea what I'm doing but think bike racing might be fun. I ran/swam/rowed in college, so this can't be that different, right?
    Cat 4: I have no idea what I'm doing, but my carbon wheels help me crash at higher speeds. During races, I find it helps to verbalize my every action. Safety of the pack (though I'd call it a peleton) is ensured by yelling "Hold your line!" in every corner. I have seen Breaking Away.
    Cat 3: I won a few races as a 4, so I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious. I cracked my carbon wheels as a 4, so I'm back on aluminum hoops. I can beat up most of the guys on the group ride, unless I annoy one of the 1/2s and they make me beg for mommy. I have seen American Flyers.
    Cat 2: I'm a legit road racer now. My first P/1/2 race nearly broke my will to live, but since quitting my full time job and moving in with my girlfriend, I'm getting faster. Every upgrade point is celebrated like a birth in the family. I rub elbows with the pros in certain races, and while I try not to show them I'm impressed, I tell all my friends about it after the fact. The weekly local training race is now used as a recovery day. I have seen Deux Secondes
    Cat I: After breaking up with my girlfriend, getting kicked out of my parents basement, and sleeping in my car for the last 6 months, I finally got my 1 upgrade. I'm a demi-god who can take all the shit the pros can throw at me, though I'm acutely aware of how little I can throw back. I can't imagine getting much faster than this, but I really don't have much else to be doing with my life so I continue to train. I have been in the background of a photo on Cyclingnews
    Domestic Pro: I can finally afford indoor plumbing again. Most of us understand this is as good as it's going to get, so we spend most of our time partying, but only after the training is done. I have raced with someone who has doped. I show up to the occasional local crit and spend 90 minutes mother ducking the entire field around. Then I win the field sprint and head out to finish my century for the day.
    Euro Pro: I am half human.
  4. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    I guess that would make me Cat 6 :lol3
  5. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Fortunately I tolerate heat very well.
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Aaaaah much better today! 50-ish and sunny vs. 40-ish and sleeting on me.

    I went sssllloooowww-ly. :nod The goal was to not break a sweat and I pretty well managed it. :thumb

    M
  7. Oznerol

    Oznerol Motion Enthusiast

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    Humidity? What's that?

    Oh, wait, I'm kinda remembering, now. I'm also remembering that there is plenty of it in a New England summer.

    Peak summertime temperatures in Boston are only about 10 degrees cooler than where I grew up in Florida. But wintertime highs are about 30 degrees cooler. There's just a greater seasonal variation in New England than in the southeast, and a dramatically greater variation than where I am in Cali these days.

    But IMO, that variation isn't a bad thing. I mean, this is Adventure Rider, right? And the New England seasons are a bit of an adventure, and the contrast between the extremes makes both of them more interesting.
  8. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    Two gold medals/world champion rainbow jerseys :clap:clap:clap:clap


    won both the individual pursuit and omnium at the track world championships

    she was the only american riding there :huh
  9. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I did that every year when I lived up North. :dunno
  10. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    A SMIDSY got another one.

    Be careful out there!

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  11. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    stories like this are why i try NOT to ride main roads, especially when theres heavy traffic...i prefer back roads and bike paths for the paved riding...
  12. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    That's really no safer. I ride back roads and country lanes all the time and get hassled there too.

    See 'dear bicycle riders' in JM if you doubt me. Had 2 people passing me into oncoming traffic yesterday. :bluduh ...and honked at and then smoked at by a diesel PU hauling a 'farm use' trailer. :baldy

    ...on a SUNDAY! WTF?!

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  13. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    I dont seem to have that issue on the back roads around here....
  14. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    I've had the same thing.

    Sundays it's the "blue hairs'" going to church who, for whatever reason, feel compelled to buzz me. I mean, WTF? I'm in the country, there's no oncoming traffic, and they have to pass a couple feet from me. I've had that a couple times, on the same road, just down the from a church.
  15. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I've narrowed it down to 'earth'. Or 'Baltimore'.
    Happens in the city, too.
  16. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Yup. I was out riding around town this weekend, riding with traffic down a 'back road' hill about 20mph, had a tinted Cavalier with a fart can exahust and gold rims turn into a driveway right in front of me, I could have kissed the trunk on the way by. Lady gets out, still texting with her 2" long fingernails, doesn't even look up. I resisted the urge to slice all four of her low pro tires and kick in her windows, but I knew my tax money would be buying a nicer set shortly thereafter. Instead, I let my adrenaline work for me, and I was flying for the next couple miles!

    This is why I mtb, trees don't move (or text). At least when you're on a moto you have armor on and the option to throttle out.
  17. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Very short ride yesterday. Uphill into a 25kt headwind for 35-40min, then downhill and home with a tailwind for 15min. :lol3

    I signed up for my first race. It's a non-sanctioned event that will crash the LA Marathon course at 4am when they start the road closures. Last year's winner was CA state champ John Gabriel. I won't be riding at that level, but it should be a blast anyway.


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  18. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Been here awhile

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    Man, thanks for sharing that! It looks like a hell of a good time! Hopefully you have good weather though, when you race it. I would love to try that someday!!:D
  19. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Old people are the very worst about not wanting to drift into the oncoming lane to make the pass. 1200 o'clock on a sunday, stand by for close passes by a bunch of Ford Crown Vic's and various Buicks.
  20. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    :thumb

    Wet or dry, it'll be a little chilly. I'll run the GoPro for sure just to capture the insanity.