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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
Where's the fun in that?
Fewer critter issues I guess too.
You and I have the same dream! Wife also aware and approving here!
The <a href="http://baltimorebikeparty.com/">Baltimore Bike Party</a> was last night. Always an interesting time. This month's theme was 'Superheroes & Supervillains'.
Of course, there's always <i>that</i> guy...
Some interesting people
And interesting bikes.
The best part was when they got lost. 1500 cyclists lost in Federal Hill in Baltimore.
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I hadn't ridden since Monday and have fighting a bit of a cold. I felt it. I had intended to ride all of May's century route, but didn't have enough left to attempt the final loop and its extra 2000' of climbing.
Next weekend is a road trip up to Medford for The Rouge Flahute.
I'm initially here on ADV due to my Suzuki DR350SE thumper, but I thought there might be some interest in the two electric bicycles that I have built from scratch in the last year or so.
Hopefully two photos will appear here:
I've also written detailed accounts of both builds on these two webpages:
Let me know what you think!
I need that Indian. NEED.
I could see you on something like that.
Meanwhile, back in Flanders...
Oh Peter, you cheeky monkey.
There's a big ole thread on The Paceline bitching about Sagan.
Its almost 50deg out and its not quite 0900.
From the 'what will they think of next' files:
Hands free DI2
It's been ages since I got my road bike out, but the extra hour of sunlight gives me just enough time to head out to a nearby paved trail after work. That's what I did last night. I was sure that my ability to sustain high speeds over long periods would have suffered from months of doing nothing but mountain biking on relatively short trails. To my complete amazement, I beat my previous Strava record and earned two PR's on the fastest segments. My speed on the final uphill climb jumped from 17mph to 20mph. Usually I'm exhausted by the time I reach the halfway point, and have to rest a few minutes before turning around and heading back, but this time I felt like I had plenty of energy in reserve. Next time I'm going to make myself a bit lighter by ditching that 2lb water bottle and see if I can advance to the first page of the Strava leader board.
Improving my road skills is kinda why I wanna get a little dirty. Well, that and an excuse to get another bike.
Mtn biking helps develop power and bike handling skills.
Road riding helps develop fitness.
Doing both makes you a better cyclist all around.
I made it through a few pages of that pedantic, holier-than-thou drivel and agree with your comment there. He's young, dumb and full of cum. Let it go already. If there's one thing the cycling community excels at, it's pissing and moaning about inconsequential B.S.
It was still going as I checked in over there this AM. 99 posts... Give it a rest already you whiny beyotches!
I got out Friday and Saturday on the MTB. By Sunday, my legs were Jello. (I'd also run 12 miles during the week)
Trails were awesome; a little muddy but my new rear tire gripped nicely, and my bike was too clean to begin with anyways. There's one part of my normal loop, about 3/4 to the top of the mountain, where a chute down a pretty steep hill breaks up the 45 minute climb to the outlook. On Friday I did what I always do on the run up. Crest the climb, stand up and give it all I have for the 100 yard flat section before the banked left turn, log drop, chute the pine trees and send it over the hill. Friday was no different, except this is Connecticut, and it's only March. I had about a hundred feet after that nifty little log drop to realize this North-facing hill was still completely covered with ice. :huh Talk about pucker! I slowed down all I could and bailed off the trail into the 6" or so of soft stuff on the side. Luckily it was a soft landing, and my shin guards worked well!
Running through the winter helped with my climbing, but I wasn't nearly as fast or agile as I felt at the end of last season - I can't wait to shake more cobwebs this week.
How the race was won: Gent Wevelgem
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I was inspired by the sight of some roadies I met last week. These guys had massive tree-trunk thighs and virtually no fat. :eek1 I kept thinking about how fast I could go on the trails if I were in that kind of shape, so I'm putting myself on a strict diet combined with every day rides, instead of just riding on weekends.
In light of my last post (whining about minutiae) this is probably the height of hypocrisy, but here goes: couldn't the helmet manufacturers have saved themselves a boatload of money and just rebranded their skate/hockey/snowsports helmets as the new aero road helmets? Because I can't tell the difference.
It's worse than that! I just bought my daughter one of <a href="http://www.doversaddlery.com/ovation-protege-helmet/p/X1-36309/">these</a>.