Bicycle thread

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

  1. 2whl-hoop

    2whl-hoop Long timer

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    I think someone needs to find another hobby instead of motorcycling...:eek1


    I did my first century today. I'm pretty happy with it, 15mph moving average. The weather's been so crappy this spring I only had less than 200 road miles altogether, so I increased my mileage by over 50%. I was pretty careful about eating and drinking and we made five supported rest stops with snacks and bevereages. I didn't have any problems with cramps :clap, but there was a 15mph wind out of the south that KICKED my ass, I felt really good on the hills early on, but the wind just beat me down :cry. The last 29 mile loop sucked, and on paper it should have been the easiest, but my ass was dragging. Anyway, I've finally got a century under my belt.:deal

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  2. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Awesome :clap

    Well done :thumb
  3. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    +1

    Helluva job! :thumb
  4. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Congrats on your first century 2whl-hoop.:clap To finish with no cramps means you did it right.:deal
  5. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    This has been THE worst weekend all year in terms of weather. The rain has been relentless and it never really warmed up.
  6. JRose

    JRose Been here awhile

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  7. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    Target fixation, no excuse for such sloppy riding.
  8. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    that looks expensive :-O
  9. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Great job! Once you do the first one, you realize that you can do more of em. Pretty soon you'll be like K7 and head out to do brevets!

    M
  10. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    shoot me now...

    I feel like I've been beat with a :whip, run over by a :dllama frozen like a :vardy and :pep out to rot...

    Most brutal day on a bike... ever!

    Full report to follow as soon as I get my joints and brain working in unison again.

    Just for a teaser; here is a before and after shot of the bike:
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  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    @Ridge: so when's the next one?!

    :razor

    :D

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  12. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    That must have been rough! You even lost a fork leg out there!!!:lol3
  13. JRose

    JRose Been here awhile

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    Congrats. It's a heck of an accomplishment to do a century. When I do them, I just use it as an excuse to eat non stop. I attack aide stations. Hahaha
  14. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    Itching to get myself a carbon framed bicycle. Not wanting to spend over $1000 so it will be used. I have found the following in or near my price range locally.

    2010 Cannondale Synapse 4
    2007 Specialized Roubaix comp
    2008 Specialized Roubaix
    2012 Specialized Tarmac mid compact Apex


    Not in a huge hurry. Anyone have experience with the above? Or know of a reason to run away from them ?
    thanks in advance
  15. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    one of these things is not like the others...

    IOW that Tarmac is going to be 'racier' geometry-wise than the others. I'm a fan of Roubaix-es. :nod Magic carpet ride that's still stiff enough to race on.

    Ride em. See which one YOU like. Best way to tell.

    M
  16. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    Let’s begin with the drive to the Ocoee Whitewater Center. Six hours of conversation that revolved around a central theme; “Why, oh why, could we have not raced Friday rather than Saturday? Watching the weather reports all week for Ducktown, TN and Blue Ridge, GA did not bode well for a 100 mile ultra-endurance race… especially one that was to be 95 percent off-road. Overnight storms were predicted to move through Friday evening and tapering down throughout Saturday. As the race was to begin at 7am, this meant our best hope was for a wet start and drying out as the day progressed… wishful thinking. We were teased with stunning full sun and 70 degrees for the entire drive to our destination.


    Our arrival, registration confirmation and pre-ride of the first single track section just added to the insult that would come later. The trails were tacky but mostly dry for the 1 hour pre-ride and everyone seemed to be in high spirits for the following day’s event. We packed up, headed out to our hotel in Blue Ridge, GA then shuffled around the downtown area for dinner. As an aside, the quaint little burg of Blue Ridge appears to be a tourist destination for Atlanta-ites. The food was excellent, albeit a bit pricey and the selection of establishments numbers around a dozen but they roll up the streets early so get your eating and drinking done quickly. Until 3 years ago it was a dry town and their menus reflect that fact although there is a German Bier Garten on Main which we did not get to try. I highly recommend Christy Lee’s Backyard Grill and Harvest On Main for quality food. Our drive back to the hotel revealed an ominous bank of clouds looming over the hills in the distance. Nodding off to sleep, the thunder rolled off in the distance and the rain moved in heavy.
  17. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    +1 I love the way my Roubaix rides. Bought it after a phone conversation with Gummee. A race bike might not be much fun after an hour in the saddle.
  18. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Agreed.

    I wouldn't even consider the Tarmac. You're not a racer, so don't buy a race bike. The other 3 are all nice bikes. However, if those Roubaix are not carbon, then, the Cannondale would be the one I'd most likely consider. Specialized made lower-end Roubaix models that are aluminum framed and don't ride like the carbon bikes. But, as Gummee!! said, give 'em a test ride.
  19. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    That must have been some serious mud. It splashed up a full storage compartment and a water bottle holder, and was sticky enough to keep them mounted properly! :eek1

    Just kidding, great job finishing! :clap :freaky

  20. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Holy crap, Ridge!