Bicycle thread

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    I did this yesterday. Wicked headwind as I was headed either west or south. Woof.

    <iframe height='405' width='590' frameborder='0' allowtransparency='true' scrolling='no' src='http://app.strava.com/activities/42166095/embed/b7b22002e450fc2be4af1004d3259ea54893b7d1'></iframe>
  4. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Been here awhile

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    Awesome, that should make for quite a video!

    I've ridden along that part of the 101, before you turn East to go to Napa. Pretty scenery, but damn, yeah, the winds...Well done!
  5. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Nice!

    The winds were pretty nuts yesterday. It's always so disheartening when you're cranking along and you can feel your HR spiking, but you look at the bike comp and you're doing 15mph. I was actually chanting "H-T-F-U" while I was huffing upwind. :rofl
  6. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    that's a lovely area; most of the rides that i still do moto-ham support for are in that area. but like an idiot, i was on the bicycle yesterday instead. into the wind,... :cry

    one more reason i don't spoil a ride with a cyclometer anymore,... dang things never seem to be able to sense the wind, and the work i'm actually doing,... :lol3
  7. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    When it gets really windy out, I find myself riding my MTB for some reason. :D At 6'4", I'm more sail than aero. Gimme a nice, long climb over a headwind any day.
  8. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    well, :shog due to some unfortunate circumstances, im gonna have to take Gummees advice....:rofl the fork arrived today, and the idiot seller cant read a tape measure.... or know how to measure a fork steerer... one or the other.... 3 different bidders asked what the diameter of the steerer is...to which he replied 1" every time...guess what...its 1 1/8" with an ID of 1".....so it wont fit the elcheapo frame....so off to the mess of bike parts in the garage...out came the trek 3900 that i retired from mountain use last fall...and all the parts went over to that frame now...spent the last 3 hrs moving what all i can, so far i need a rear derailleur (needed one anyways) and a seat post clamp....and yes, that seat is WAY too high yet....LOL

    :freaky:freaky

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  9. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    No,No.... The bars are protour low. very aero :lol3
  10. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    :rofl:rofl

    well, seeing as i cant make them any higher (drawback of a preowned fork, cant add to the stem hieght...LOL) it may just stay that way depending on where the seat ends up...LOL
  11. 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
  12. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    :thumb

    Least that frame's worth riding.

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  13. 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
  14. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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  15. 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.
  16. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    I believe that qualifies as an understatement. :lol3
  17. 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."
  18. 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.

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  19. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    I like this shot.
  20. 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