Bicycle thread

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

  1. Mr Head

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    My evening ride last night, the usual, brutal headwind blowing inland, so I warmed up headed with it.
    Felt good after a couple days off the bike, and hammered myself in places. Found a new max at 181, and averaged a nice middling 134. I maxed climbing up to the road from the river chasing, catching and passing and making it stick for a few miles too. A younger rider, who didn't climb.
    My legs are coming back. The gut is leaving the building too. :clap
    Elvis ain't gone, but he is on his way out. Viva Las Vegas.:lol3

    Enough, Strava:

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    He re-caught me but I was about a quarter mile from my turn back up the hill and had turned into the shifted wind and pretty much kicked it back to cruise almost survive mode. I didn't need to drop to the granny on the way back so that was good. My averaged dropped from 16.2 to 15.8 with the climb slowing me that last mile. My heart rate dropped quickly after getting home and grabbing a glass of water, and slowly began my evening chores.
    Legs are sore today but not terribly so. Not flat like they were a few days ago. I think I got them worked a good bit.
    My plan for a long ride Saturday got a little wrench tossed in with some extended family coming in, but I have Sunday so I'll ride then.
    Felt good to run pretty hard and not hurt or blow up. When I maxed on that climb, I knew I could just keep rolling. That is what training does, prepares you so you know what to expect and how much more there is in the tank.
    a lot like driving those old Volkswagen Beetles before gas gauges. You really had to keep track and pay attention to the odometer. After a while you knew by looking at it how far you could push things before you were pushing.:wink:
  2. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    I ended up bookending my workday with rides yesterday. First up was a shakedown of my old CX/new gravel grinder. The XT rear der with an 11-32 and the Clement X'plor MSO tires work well. Next up will be a pair of 9sp Retroshift shifters and canti brake pads.

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    After work was the normal Thurs. night shop ride. It was hot. Damned hot. The heat combined with the earlier ride meant my legs checked out early. I struggled mightily on the climb back up to the house then spent some quality time under the garden hose.

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  3. Mr Head

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    Changed tires the other day to some Folding Roubaix, the Armadillos from Specialized. $130 for the pair.
    Hope they last a bit. 23-25 X 700c. Seem higher profile than what I was running which was an armadillo but wire bead I'd gotten in Everett back in 2010. I had only a few miles on them up there before swapping the worn out tires I had on the Roubaix from zero.
    Old worn out tire:

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    Nice wear indicator eh?
  4. Mr Head

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    Nice bookends. :thumb
  5. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    Had a flat on the way home during my commute yesterday. I'm running Gator HardShells, so it was a bit of a surprise. I was on the downhill leg and running about 23-25mph when the rear got mushy. I changed the tube and didn't see any punctures/damage to the tire. Couldn't find anything wrong with the tube, either. Rode the rest of the way home wondering if the new tube was going to suffer a puncture from something my inspection didn't find.

    Nope, got home and found a moment to pump the bad tube up. The hole was the on the wheel side and on a seam. Ugh. I'll double-check the rim tape, patch the tube and put it back in rotation.
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    More than a few of the mysterious flats I fix are rim strip-related.

    @Mr Head: I know whatcha mean about the little 'pro shops.' There are one or two running around the DC area, but for the most part, the guys working there aren't Vecchio's. :nah I'm better'n some. Worse than others. Right now, I don't have time to be 'the guru.' Too effing busy. If I had help, that'd probably be another story. :nod

    Dropped spokes off with a 'competing' LBS down the road from the shop 'cause they have a Phil Wood machine. Introduced myself, asked em if they were getting busier 'cause I was sending em so much business. Guy said yes, but there were some 'interesting' repairs so he didn't know whether to thank me or cuss at me! :lol3

    So I had off a whole two days straight. Right? Left 4 repairs/day in for the 'somewhat under-motivated' mechanic to do. Guess how many repairs I came back to yesterday?

    If you don't say 8 you're wrong.

    Evidently the guy decided he didn't want to work there any more and left.

    In the short term, it sucks 'cause now I'm behind. In the long run, its better because I don't have to check his work, don't have to deal with his attitude, and most importantly, the customers don't have to deal with his attitude. There's a kid coming on Mon that knows a little more (or maybe a little less :dunno) but importantly, has a good attitude. :thumb A good attitude goes LOTS longer than knowledge. You can teach knowledge. :nod

    M
  7. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    This story was written by one of the guys I rode with last week. It's about his experience during the 'Horrible Hundred' back in 2011. :rofl

    http://johntenney.com/?p=118
  8. Mr Head

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    Good one!
    Fun writer, sounds like a fun guy to ride with.:lol3

  9. thechickencow

    thechickencow Been here awhile

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    Soyanarcristo-
    Bummer.

    My cannondale I bought needed EVERYTHING checked (scalpel 1). I had chain rings loose on my 5-6th ride. That could do what you are saying. I also have had some spokes loose/break on my Reynolds wheels but that is good now.
  10. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    He is. At the ripe old age of 56, John is still doing a grueling Sunday ride, followed by a long distance run on Monday, followed by a Cyclocross race on Tuesday, followed by swimming practice the rest of the week, and an occasional TT race. I don't know where he gets his energy. :bow :bow :bow
  11. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    We had a pretty hard ride today, and the longest of the year for us. What a gorgeous day in the Northeast! We are going to VT in a week or so for 3 long mileage days, so we put in a big effort. We found a guy on the side of the road with a flat, and no spare tubes or tools, so we gave him a tube and got him on his way. Paid it forward... I hope everyone had a safe day of riding!

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  12. TheNedster

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    rbrsddn, good onya for helping a fellow cyclist in need. :thumb Maybe next time he'll remember to bring that stuff.

    I went up to Lassen again today with a group. I was late and left about 20 min. after everyone else. I was irked about being late and the legs felt like crap, pissing and moaning all the way up to the Devastated Area, convinced that I would turn around at the summit. By the time I got to Kings Creek, the legs had woken up and I started to feel better about things. I ended up catching most of the group at the south gate where I had planned to turn around from the outset. All in all, it turned out to be a pretty good day on the bike, once I had warmed up and got over myself.

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  13. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    All y'all that rode today suck. Right about the time it was time to get dressed to go mtn biking another thunderstorm rolled through.

    :bluduh

    While I'm not adverse to riding in the rain, the trails aren't so appreciative.

    So I went home instead.

    M
  14. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Between kissing the pavement on July 5th followed by bronchitis followed by vacation late next week, this will be the longest period I've been off the bike in three years.

    It sucks too.
  15. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Think of it as 'rest weeks.' Allows you to regain motivation among other things.

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  16. Mr Head

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    I had extended family come in last night, late. Late to coffee, then back to putter around the house doing chores.
    I did true up that rear wheel though.
    Replaced a bunch of burned out lights, and almost got the last pieces of trim into the powder room. Washed my nasty motorcycle jacket and my helmet. That poor thing is worn out. Smells a lot better now, I sure hope it dries by Monday.
    Tomorrow I'll get a ride in. Should be nice and windy.:huh
  17. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    Racing 100 miles in the dirt is stupid... so I only did 98. :lol3

    They re-routed the course last minute to avoid some bridges that were out. Pennsylvania has a metric-shit-load of rocks!

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  18. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    :nod

    Back when I did enduros we called them "rock gardens" .

    How'd you do?
  19. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I was in a near panic this morning when I received this message from Strava:

    "You just lost your KOM on Panera uphill final...SPRINT!! to Raffy Soriano by 4 seconds."

    :eek1 :splat

    Turns out to be bullshit. Soriano didn't beat my record at all, he just tied it. I'm gonna sue Strava for the mental distress their mistake caused me. :lol3
  20. Mr Head

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    Wow!
    :eek1