Bicycle thread

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

  1. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Something tells me the top guys are deceptively fast. Since they're racing one another we don't get a real good idea how fast they're really going. :nah I'd be so far OTB and then lapped it wouldn't be funny.

    I just got back from 3:06. Surprisingly, I feel OK now, and felt OK on the bike. :scratch Considering my headache woke me up at 0230, 0300, 0330, 0430, 0530, 0630 and 0700. :bluduh Heat pack, ice pack, switch, repeat. I finally had something in my stomach and managed to get enough pain killers in me to make a horse feel good.

    We'll see what tonite brings. :fingerscrossed

    M

    edited to add: Garmin sez I climbed 5383'. That's funny because I topped out at 941' ASL. Lots of rolly hills today. Going flatter tomorrow.
  2. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    very cool; it's easy to see the lines racers pick during an event, but in this vid i love being able to see the shifts and braking!

  3. HOT DAMN!

    HOT DAMN! ♪ ♪ ♪

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    **PARDON THE INTERRUPTION**

    Hey guys, I know this thread contains some very knowledgeable cyclists/mechanics who may have some experience with the different offerings of 3 speed IGH. Planning a simple bike path cruiser build for the wife and all the prices are relatively close. Who's the best, Sturmey, Sram, Shimano...or can I not go wrong with any?

    :ear
  4. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Sturmey has the longest history, but I don't think you can really go wrong any direction you go.

    My $.02

    M
  5. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    I really like this bike.


    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/gravity/zilla_xx.htm
  6. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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  7. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    The 'cross ride du jour. The weather was great and the north wind decided to take the day off. This is the ride I had to bail on a few weeks ago when I blow'd up my rear der real good.

    <IFRAME height=405 src="http://app.strava.com/activities/43773235/embed/267a8d3e367c27c456aade836d5424f52bf3b54c" frameBorder=0 width=590 allowTransparency scrolling=no></IFRAME>
  8. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    That Cosmo character,is a riot. :lol3
  9. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    A beautiful and hard ride today.

    <iframe height='405' width='590' frameborder='0' allowtransparency='true' scrolling='no' src='http://app.strava.com/activities/43812297/embed/2d8c0cdeca8df1309133ab31b97be7580e654cdf'></iframe>
  10. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    +2 Damn, I like that...
  11. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    Strong effort! :thumb I bet that last short, steep pitch really sucked.
  12. Schnickelfritz

    Schnickelfritz pick, grin, repeat

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    Very nice. I have a brother in Berkeley and a sister who just moved from Emeryville to Concord. I had a chance to do part of that route with my brother a few years ago.
  13. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    Cold front just came through, and now it is 60 degrees with nary a cloud in the sky. Rained just enough to pack the dirt at the local trail. I believe I shall head there now!
  14. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Today was the Pick Your Poison mtb race at Booker T Washington state park. After being goaded into participating by Brandon, a riding buddy, I decided to enter the Cat2 mens over 40 class. I've never done a real mtb race before and figured it might be fun. Due to an unusually high turnout, the Cat2 races got started an hour late. This was great because with 90 seconds remaining until the start, I had to answer the call of nature with a hurried piss take. By the time I got back to the start line, I ended up on the second row. Then we were off like a shot through the grass section, which included a mud pit to keep us on our toes. I ended up behind a guy in a green jersey who ended up being a rolling road block. He held me up in the woods for about 2 miles. When I (and 2 others)finally got past him it was a relief. Shortly thereafter, I got unclipped in a bumpy section which cost some seconds. Time to make up some ground. Then, as I was coming up on another rider I got completely unclipped with both feet off the pedals. A resounding "FUCK!" could be heard throughout the woods. It took about 20-30 seconds to get the pedals where they needed to be and one guy passed me as I desperately tried to get clipped back into the pedals. My right shin was bloody and I was starting to get pissed. After getting remounted it was game on. I started catching people and passing them as space allowed. The trails at Booker T are tight single track with very few passing zones. I finally figured out you have to make your own. With the exception of Mister Green Shirt Shitwhistle, most of the racers were very good about letting me pass. I stopped counting at 6 but I probably got by about 15-20 guys. I felt sorry for the single speed dudes who were audibly struggling on the climb sections. Those guys are nuts. As I emerged from the woods after the first lap I looked at my timer and it said 39 minutes. Dammit. I rode it in 38 flat yesterday while goofing off and learning the course. This place is normally run clockwise, but the race organizers decided to run it counter clockwise today, which made it alien to me. Time to pour on the coals. People were dropping like flies. About 5 miles into the second lap, I got caught by a Cat1 racer and hung onto his wheel for a few minutes. Then he checked out and I had the trail all to myself for awhile. Near the end of the second lap I noticed a racer standing below the bridge in the creek. He was banged up, but otherwise alright. That had to hurt. It was a race ender for him. After seeing that he was OK, I pushed hard to the finish. Result: 2nd Place. The leader beat me by 2 minutes. I never saw him. The MC called him "Sandbagger" when it was our turn on the podium.:evil It's frustrating to know I could have hung with him or taken the race, but I'll chalk it up to a learning experience. Gotta be first into the woods.
  15. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    awesome ride/results ! :clap:clap
  16. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    That's awesome! Congrats.

    :nod

    Me? 3hrs easy to moderate. Met a buddy at our usual meeting spot and rode around the loop. How is it I can have a headwind 3/4 to 4/5 or a ride? Riding a loop no less! :confused

    M
  17. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Outstanding!

    Now, I know not to call you, on my next trip to Chattanooga. Nobody wants their ass handed to 'em. :lol3
  18. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    :clap:clap:clap
  19. soewe812

    soewe812 Wag more Bark less

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  20. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Be nice if they had my size. :bluduh