Bicycle thread

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

  1. wd4o

    wd4o n00b

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    gravel is good.
    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/51515607" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" width="500"></iframe> Pandale to Langtry and back from Horseshack on Vimeo.
  2. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Managed to find the hole in my Tufo. Nope. Not fixable. There goes $50 :bluduh

    ...and if that's auto-running, you may want to link to it. Otherwise people'll get their panties in a wad. I've got script blockers going so I can't tell. :augie

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  3. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    After riding a motorcycle for several years, bike commuting didn't intimidate me much. Not being able to outrun cars kinda sucked, but keeping my eyes moving and looking for cars/obstacles was pretty natural.

    Riding with my wife has presented a problem though, as she can't look around to say live her life (and that could be literal one of these days! :baldy)
  4. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    Nope, no auto-play. Nice vid, looks like a good ride. :thumb

    I'm getting set for the Honey Badger on Sunday. I put new tires (Clement LAS) on the cross bike yesterday. The Small Block Eights were still useable, but I've had to patch sidewall cuts on both. No SAG on this ride, not gonna tempt fate. :nono No SAG also means I'll be strapping on the Revelate Tangle frame bag to carry victuals, clothing, etc. (Wonder if I can stuff an extra pair of legs in there... :hmmmmm)
  5. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Girlfriend does the same thing on the road with her bike, and it scares the shit out of me. Few weeks ago she crossed the double line on a downhill blind curve to get around a parked truck doing about 30mph. Had there been a car coming the other way, she would have been a hood ornament. I try to not be an asshole, but when my heart jumps out of my chest at a completely stupid and preventable move pulled by a borderline brilliant loved one, it's hard to be polite. I've put the cabosh on motorcycle license for her if I'm in the picture, she's just not careful enough.
  6. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Sounds about right... I'm considering that I'm going to have to slow down just to stick close to her until she can gain some situational awareness.
  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Who's up for a mixed surface century Sun AM? :ear

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  8. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Must be nice to ride where the roads actually have shoulders!

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    When I lived in Wyoming I used to ride all over the State as I travelled for work and always took that nice wide escape strip for granted. Even the roads in Grand Teton and Yellowstone had great shoulders (still dangerous, though, because the tourons were looking at the critters or scenery and not the roads). Now I live in rural Virginia where there really are no shoulders, period, on any roads except the busiest two-lanes and the Interstate. Even the Blue Ridge Parkway, an absolutely glorious place to ride, has zero shoulders - cross the white line and you're in the ditch. The really rural roads are like 1.5 lanes wide with not even a center line. Gets a little hairy at times...

    FWIW, I've found that the most dangerous time to ride out here is around noon on Sundays when all the old folks are out in their cars for the weekly trip to church (there are churches EVERYWHERE out here!) and lunch with their friends. It gets downright scary being on a 1.5 lane wide twisty hilly road with a bunch of deaf and blind 90 year olds driving their 1970's American Heavy Metal tanks around.

    Doug
  9. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    It can be. If you look between the first bike in the picture and the second bike, you can see the rumble strips that line the shoulder. They aren't built to national specs so if you have to dive off the road, you get quite a jar. Beyond them on the other side is road debris.
  10. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    They do that shit in AL too. Found it out when I went to visit a friend from HS that moved down there.

    :bluduh

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  11. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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    New sled! :clap

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    The 520 steel Jamis couldn't take any more of it. Time for an upgrade.
  12. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    What an inspiring photograph. In Florida, those riders would be all over the road, blocking traffic for miles. :bluduh
  13. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Nice! I need a new mountain bike, but decided to go for one with a motor instead and got a WR250R!

    I love this photo - look at all the well-used and well-loved toys! Motorcycles, bicycles, kayak, but WTF is up with the vacuum cleaner? Can you ride that thing on the street? Does it fly?

    :lol3

    Doug
  14. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    Took my Fargo on its maiden voyage yesterday. I REALLY like it!
    We got about 8-10" of snow on Weds-Thursday, so I wasn't sure I would get out. The day looked good so I figured I would go for an hour ride or so. Temp was around 38 and going between sun and snow showers (not flurries). Around my area the streets were plowed quite well with only a few piles of snow to cruise through here and there (they were slush). When I got into Minneapolis the roads were only plowed to the line and not the bike lane line.... After getting buzzed by a few busses and riding through some pretty deep puddles I called it and headed home.
    When I started there was a "slight" breeze out of the north, my ride took me south of my house. So now the fun begins. I turned around to head home into a 30mph headwind.:huh The plus side is it was not gusty. I wiggled my way home using roads that have trees and such so it was not THAT bad. My legs were fried when I got home.
    I did have a nice ride and my fenders worked great. I love the bike much more than my low trail Rawland I was riding last year. Wool is a good thing and gore-tex is not overated....

    11 miles in an hour.
  15. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Were they triathletes? :lol3 :lurk
  16. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Worse: Duathletes :augie

    Today was a 'doesn't happen very often' situation. I bailed on a ride. Flatted within the first 10min. Tire had a low spot in it that you could feel every rotation. Legs felt like poo.

    ...then when I stopped to try and work out the lump a few miles later the bike fell over. That's it. I'm done. Back to the truck and back home. I'll try again another time 'cause this ride's obviously not going my way.

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  17. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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  18. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Took one out for a spin this morning. It's a VERY impressive ride. :clap

    Ready to ride, it registered 15.5 lbs on the scales, which is very light for an 56cm 'aero frame' bike. Seat of the pants impression suggested that it picks up speed very rapidly, but I couldn't be sure until I took it to a local drag strip. It's a straight one mile long paved trail that simply dead-ends in the middle of nowhere. I have no idea why it was built, but it's been a favorite with all the local speed freaks.

    I mounted my Garmin to the handlebar, got down in the drops, and did one fast run. Unfortunately I made the mistake of pushing far too hard at the beginning because I wanted to see how fast the bike would accelerate. By the time I could see the end of the trail, I was totally exhausted and gasping for air. I had nothing left to give, and could only watch in dismay as my speed steadily decreased. Still, my result tied me with two other riders for 4th place on the Strava leader board, one of whom is a local racer whose name graces the top of many a leader board. :bow :bow

    Though I was already tired, I attempted a second run, this time conserving my energy in the early stage. It worked. Though my time was 3 seconds slower than before, my speed from about the halfway mark to the end was 4 mph faster than in the first run. Had I used this technique when I had all my energy, I'm confident that I would have shaved off several seconds and likely ended up in second place on the leader board. We'll find out tomorrow. :evil

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  19. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    Well then, I don't feel so bad about backing out of the Honey Badger. Both of the guys I was going with cancelled earlier in the week. I ended up not really wanting to drive 3 hrs. to do a pretty tough ride with a bunch of strangers. So I wussed out, too. :D Instead, I went on a long solo jaunt, stopping at a decent little taqueria for lunch. :dg

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  20. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    22 miles of two-wheeled therapy today. Although Druid Hill Lake was hosting some sort of dog festival. Talk about obstacle course. :bluduh