Bicycle thread

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

  1. Mr Head

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    When I was racing my resting pulse was 25 or so. I could drop it to below 20.
    Right now at 60 years old my resting pulse is mid 50's.
    Once I get a little more conditioning in me, I'll have to go back to not getting up from laying down quite so quickly, or from sitting.:lol3

    And on that note, it's time for me to go find some of that cardio.


  2. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    Sorry.

    Didn't think a riders HR stats would be considered a spoiler.

    *edit*
    My bad.
    I see the Cav update at the end.

    Won't happen again.
  3. DLdeano

    DLdeano Ridin' all I can

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    FAT GUYS IN LITTLE SHORTS...

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    July 4th ride with my brother...He's got over 2k on his Specialized but my Giant is only about to turn 300 miles. He is a hammer...but we managed to meet in the middle and have a good workout and a better time. Lotsa bulshittin' on the road.

    For the numbers guys- 33.3 miles averaging 15.9 mph for a bit over 2 hours...made it home before the wind and temp really whipped our tails.

    Now it is time for a shower and some beers :freaky
  4. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Here's some of John's other builds.

    This one is in CA:
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    A group picture:

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    A velo:
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    ...that tilts:

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    And, apparantly, a younger John -

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  5. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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  6. ericm

    ericm Been here awhile

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    You'd have to know their LT threshold HR to make sense of their HR data. HR varies between individuals- 170 for me will be different from your 170. And all it shows is how fast the heart is beating, not how much work the person is doing. Factors other than the effort the rider is making will affect HR, like temperture and hydration.

    Most of the good MXers and motorcycle road racers train on bicycles quite a bit, and they are pretty fit. Some will dabble in bicycle racing. For example Ben Bostrom's at least a cat 2 and turned in a 2:11 at the Mt Evans hillclimb this year. That's not the same as the top pros who can do 1:50 or so (Tom Danielson did it in 1:43 in 2007), but it's pretty damn good, especially for someome who does not live at altitude. He also probably carries a little more upper body muscle mass than your typical skinny climber.
  7. Mr Head

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    Got out for a ride to the beach again. Went a little further.

    Tough one this time. I could not hang onto the tandem that came by at about 23mph on the way back. I sprinted to catch, caught, stayed there for a while then the first underpass, the tandem held the 23. I couldn't do that. Backed off to 18-ish.
    I am tired now. Going to go find my ice pack for my back and sort of veg.:lol3
    Strava goop:
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    While I was in Newport I stopped and looked for a car. No bike racks on these. I didn't buy one.
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  8. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Cracked me up.....

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  9. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    I sold a KTM 450 exc last fall to purchase a (lightly) used Pivot FS 29er. No regrets. I've ridden more miles and gotten in better shape in the last 8 months than the previous decade. Do it.
  10. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    Re: the third bike from the front. Is that some sort of tandem where the riders (Can we even refer to them as captain and stoker?) sit back to back? Wild...



    Maybe bungee it to the wing?
  11. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Yep - it's a back-to-back and apparently pretty fast to boot.
  12. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    Yep - great concept, but the back drivetrain wants to turn the wrong way, gotta do something interesting, like pedal backwards or cross the chain.

    Here's the Flevobike version:
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  13. Aurelius

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  14. Mr Head

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    Besides piss poor economy and really poor cargo capacity, the financing options were not that attractive. :lol3

  15. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I'm gonna file that one under 'nice to have done, but not necessary.'

    I know I've ridden my Full Tilt Boogie thru some gravel and its fine.

    YMMV

    Speaking of which... Just got back from 2:13 of mixed surface roads. Rode the Wed winter loop backwards. Car needed tires and the tire place is just down the road from the Haymarket shop.

    :ricky

    Saw ONE car on the gravel sections. He was playing 'rallye driver' and was hauling ass down a twisty, turny dirt road with lots of blind corners. :rolleye I can only imagine what would've happened if I was another car. :eek1

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  16. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Bostrum rode the single speed worlds a few years back and got 3rd.

    Fast guy on a bike too!

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  17. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Troy Bayliss used to train with Axel Merckx. Josh Hayes didn't start winning championships until he started riding bikes and taking fitness seriously. His wife Melissa got him into it when they were dating. Spies and Bostrom have both finished well at the 24hours of Moab. The top MX pros usually ride as well.
  18. Ridge

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  19. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    I've never priced them before but my guess is that one with nothing too crazy on the bolt-on's would be $4500-$5000.

    Hurting today. Wasn't paying attention to my angle of attack relative to the highway and caught my front tire in a groove. Went down on my left side.

    Bike handlebar tape is now a little ratty and I've got quite a bit of rash on my left knee, shoulder, three knuckles (left hand), left forearm and the backside of my frontside. I was probably doing just a tad over 20 at the time.

    MrsK7 is gonna throw a fit when I try to ride on Sunday. :evil
  20. Mr Head

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    Two events I forgot to mention from the 4th.
    First as I was up on the top of the levee I came across a face planted rider/group. They were organized with a guy waving people around and others on cell phones. The guy on the ground had his helmet off and another was holding his head and he was shaded. I could see the fire truck on the road up ahead, no way was he fitting there, but the huge medic truck did just get there as I continued. I got to the underpass as the big ambulance turned onto the trail. The guy and vehicles were gone when I came back by later.
    No idea what happened, but by the kit the group were wearing I'd guess a half-wheel incident. Straight flat and dry with good sight lines but narrow so could have had an issue if not anticipating that.

    The second event/sighting was of a FWD recombant, and how poorly they turn. On my way back I saw him stopped waiting at a small bridge, he crossed ahead of me and at the far end you have to make a sharp 90 on wood down a ramp. Making that turn and pedaling at the same time looked very awkward. He quickly wound it up to 23 mph, and I spun by in the middle ring. And we both noted the cop car coming down the path on the other side of the channel. We'd just past a ranger's pick-up about a mile back.
    I thought there were a lot of cops out but, then remembered it was the 4th and the migration of large people wobbling along with all manner of gear to the beach for the much later in the day fireworks, or parties.

    Oh, there was a third thing... When I stopped to recover at the last park before the six mile slog home; I lean my bike against the rail fence, (no racks of any sort around) and got water, got rid of water, dumped water over my head and body to cool off, I spied as my eyes could focus and adjusted to the shade; on the ground wrappers. Those damned GU pack wrappers several of them. Within thirty feet there are a choice of two directions to walk and leave these in trash cans.
    <RANT ON>What sort of self-important fluffer figures this is OK? In what world is this OK? The only people stupid enough to buy and eat this crap at about the price of a Big Mac are supposedly health conscience folks who one might think prefer running/riding through areas not trashed? Yet here is evidence to the contrary.
    I first noticed these wrappers on the trail after there was a staged event for runners. At that time I rode down the trail to the beach and saw on my way out and coming back probably a hundred packet wrappers, small juice containers and such strewn along the route. I never saw anybody from the organization out there cleaning up afterward. Though I was not monitoring the entire route all the time, I only rode through so I may have come through on a way of sorts.
    As far as I'm concerned if you are not in a closed event you don't drop anything but spit and sweat on the road.
    You may puke on the side of the road.
    I use pre-packaged energy products. I also keep the wrapper if I'm not able to toss it in a garbage can. Those Chunks I remove from their impossible to open foil and kevlar bags and put them in zip-lock snack bags. I only eat when stopped. I see no reason to eat on the ride. I'm not in a big peleton racing or training or pretending I'm racing. I had enough eating in motion when I raced. I can afford to stop and grab a couple of Chunks. I also carry three or so NUUN tablets in the same sort of snack bag. Volume efficient. The Gu packs I squeeze out every atom of that crap. Then wash my mouth out with about a half bottle of water. I try to drink the remaining half and re-fill the bottle before I leave the stop. At what, $2.50 a pack I am going to eat all of it and I can just stand it if I'm pretty sure I'm going to die if I don't eat it.:lol3
    That packet gets flattened, rolled and stowed in a pocket if I'm not at a trash can. But, I usually am. I figure if a forgetful old man can do this so can the rest of the STRAVA studs. See Rule #5. <RANT OFF>

    OK, that's enough. Need to pack up here and head out into traffic. Then a nice little ride on the pushbike is in order.:clap