Bicycle thread

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

  1. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Been here awhile

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    Got all pumped about riding after watching that video about the night race down in LA next month...Decided to go out for a short, but challenging ride. Ended up staying out for 4 hours, and got some killer shots with the Droid:

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    :clap
  2. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    @BB:

    :thumb

    Least that frame's worth riding.

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  3. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    nice photos Nihon Newbie !





    Got in an 18 mile loop around Acadia National Park last night.








    on the tdf trainer
  4. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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  5. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    What we don't have in altitude (~ 2900 ft of climbing), we make up for in distance (248 miles). We'll start in Casa Grande and make our way to Gila Bend - a lovely desert oasis :1drink and generally speaking, one of the hottest towns in the US in the summer. :evil

    From there, we'll go north towards Buckeye and then turn back to the east where we'll skirt Phoenix from west-to-east before heading back down to the lovely town of Casa Grande. :puke1

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    This is roughly 400-km and according to the on-line maps, 248.3 miles. I'll add another mile or so to record an even 250 miles.

    Last year, we completed the ride in 19:50 total time of which 16:40 hour was moving. Three hours of rest isn't really a lot but 15 minutes here, 15 minutes there really adds up. Lunch and dinner adds time - we usually stop for a midnight snack too. Heck, after 10 PM, it's hard to ride past a Circle K when they're 20-25-30 miles apart.

    I have two goals: finish safely and enjoy the ride. The weather is supposed to be spectacular - highs in the high 70's and lows in the 50's. The moon will be 92% so it'll be a bright night to boot.

    BTW, I've said it before... if you can do a hard-ish flat 60-mile ride at 18-20 mph, you can ride just about any brevet - especially this one. Our goal is to pace ourselves at 16-18 mph but in reality, we'll take what the road & weather gives to us. There are some short rollers on the way to Gila Bend and we'll do 25+ through that section 'cause it's a blast!

    These take a lot out of you but with regular caloric intake, patience and pace, 250 miles in a day is a lot easier than you think. If you're on a diamond-frame, a superior fit will help - distance rides will accentuate any fit issues or adjustments that aren't perfect.
  6. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    I believe that qualifies as an understatement. :lol3
  7. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    :wink: I just want people to think that these are impossible. Anyone can do them. As a friend of mine says, "90% of brevets is 50% mental."
  8. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    All I gotta say is 'you can have em!' I'll pass on the brevets. :nah Give me a velodrome and I'm a happy camper. :ricky

    Misjudged the rain. :baldy Got appx 30min in to a 2hr ride and the pink stuff on the map turned green. So, since I already had on Gore Tex and other waterproof or resistant stuff, I kept on going for another 90min, including 60min of Tempo.

    Its 36-38deg and coming down slowly, so it isn't *too* bad. That hour or Tempo made me sweat. Both layers of wool were soaked thru when I got back. :eek1 All I gotta say is thank doG for wool 'cause while I was chilly when I got back, I wasn't cold per se.

    M
  9. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    I like this shot.
  10. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Been here awhile

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    Thanks! I'm really liking it too. Might have to go back out there soon with a real camera to nail the shot again. :D
  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I have a tan line!

    :rayof

    Woot.

    Its not real distinct at the moment, but it IS only Feb.

    IOW I managed to get out today for 3hrs in shorts. :ricky

    M
  12. bogieboy

    bogieboy Long timer

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    got the bike FINISHED tonight!!!!!! even took it out for a slushy ride...LOL put a half mile on in the dark and snowy weather here in chicago, and it rides nice and smooth, gears all work great, which was a bit of concern to the LBS, seeing a 52t road crankset on a MTB frame...LOL

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  13. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    Nizice :thumb

    The profile data for your ride look quite rich. Is the Strava site supplying elevation along mapped routes? How dyou get such a detailed view of the ups and downs?

    I'm prepping for a May ride from Berkeley up through Wine country, out Navarro to the ocean, then back along the coast. Six-seven days, 325 miles or such. I've been using Google maps to figure distances, but haven't found a good resource for accurate elevation data along the roads.

    Of course, we'll stop at the Bovine. http://goo.gl/maps/P04oE
  14. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    hey Andrew!

    have you played with Map My Ride? that gets you at least some of what you were talking about,..
    http://www.mapmyride.com



  15. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Hey Andrew-
    Not sure about the finer points of Strava (whether you have to make an account or not). I use ridewithgps.com for some motorcycle/bicycle stuff, it seems similar. Here's a pic (of something like what you're talking about, that I just drew up).

    <iframe src="http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2183314/embed" height="500px" width="100%" frameborder="0"></iframe>
  16. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    Thanks! It's all easy training rides for now, but will be a job to string together multiple 50-mile days, six in a row.
  17. bogieboy

    bogieboy Long timer

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    you training for a particular ride? i am signed up for this one, week six, iowa city IA to grand rapids MI, 450 mi in 6 days...LOL
  18. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Should be a great ride, and a nice season for it. Are you staying in B+Bs along the way? I always find myself riding (motos) up that way, I gravitate towards 128 and comtche-ukiah road.
  19. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    Crashing on floors of family and friends first few nights (Napa, Healdsburg, Boonville) then at motels/B+B along the coast. No camping gear to weigh us down! Riding with a friend from college, we used to take long day rides to clear our heads after engineering exams :lol3

    Thanks for the tip, that's a great tool. Here's my better route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2183399
  20. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Nice route. You are going to soooooo deserve a stop at tomales bakery and bovine bakery.