Bicycle thread

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

  1. 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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  2. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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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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  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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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  6. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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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
  7. Ridge

    Ridge Sinister Kid

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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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  8. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    :nod

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

    How'd you do?
  9. 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
  10. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Wow!
    :eek1

  11. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    :bow Ridge
  12. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    Hard Core!!! :freaky
  13. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Couldn't get myself to Newport Coast, turned around at Fashion Island.

    That was a hard ride. Max was only 170, but averaged 139.

    Four hours work:
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    Caught a big guy that came past real fast. I chased on the way out for a mile or two and caught him on the first little jump back up from under an overpass.
    I stayed out front for about 8 miles. At 6 from the beach the wind really kicked up, by 4 I was done.
    He came back by, I couldn't keep up.

    Rode south on PCH after a natural break and taking on more water at the tower 2 rest. By the time I got to Fashion Island I knew that was going to be my turn for today. My legs were beginning to tell me I was a dumbass.
    Another fast guy came by on PCH, I caught up at the next long light. He took off in way too big a gear, sort of stood on it and just stayed there. :lol3
    I rode by, he must have turned off, at least he was gone by the time I got to the river trail.

    Caught a pair of young people training for a tri. Slowed down form the red-zone speed I was doing to sit on and talk, and recover. She missed the turn across the bridge and I stopped at the Fill station to add more water and use the facilities. I caught back up as they had gone up the east side of the golf course at the next overpass east.
    Hugh with them for a bit until they u-turned at about mile 16. By the time I got to the regional park I needed some Gu and lots more water. No shade and a light wind had my legs at the edge of cramps.
    The Gu worked it's magic, one bottle of water there, then back on the trail. I'd caught a couple of guys who had been motoring along at about 20, right about the time I pulled off. I caught back up to them a half mile form my turn up the hill.
    They had slowed down a lot. :eek1
    Like I was doing 18 and went by like they were painted on the fence.
    The one guy might have lost some Trek stickers on that one. :lol3

    The climb.
    Damn, that was tough. I had to drop into the triple, but didn't have to climb all the way to the basement to get up the hills. No shade this time of day out there and back in the houses like it is there is no wind.
    Just heat. Those last two bottles got me home.
    Legs up rest and a fresh cold bottle of water later, I'm beginning to feel almost normal.:clap

    Just about time to go finish the chores, then to bed early for sure.
  14. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    Are you shitting me!!! 11k of climbing on dirt, and i'm assuming they weren't roads.
  15. Ridge

    Ridge Sinister Kid

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    Probably 30% of it was singletrack... rocky, snap-your-leg-in-pieces singletrack. The remainder was double track and jeep trails. The only pavement was at the start/finish, leaving the town we were in. I managed to bounce my rear chain stay off a nice rock whilst trying to avoid hucking my body off a cliff to a meat grinder demise. I now have a sweet dent in my drive side chain stay and the derailleur is out-of-whack. Gotta see if I can find some frame repair.

    Couple of sweet bruises and cuts but intact for the most part. Luckily it did not rain on the course or I seriously might not be here to type this. Those rocks were dangerous enough without being wet.
  16. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    Totally Badass! I might sign up for next year:lol3
  17. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    Well the CX bike is pretty cool. It rolls really well and rides pretty smooth The gearing will take some getting used to, I am still trying to get the tension on my clipless pedals set properly, need to adjust my cleats as well. Just the normal fine tuning stuff, seat angle and for/aft positioning, etc...Biggest adjustment for me is going back to rim brakes, and canti's at that. Hydro disc spoiled me. Need to practice wheelies too the short wheelbase is different:lol3 All in all I am pretty happy. I did lose 2.5lbs this week, trying to pedal my way back below 170lbs. Im down about 13 total since the middle of June.

    In riding form but no water in the water bottles it was 17.5lbs on the bathroom scale.

    Shake down ride was 25 miles, I just did an out and back to try to stay in cell service incase of a major mechanical.
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    Great ride, I was on the road by 7:30, didnt have a single car pass me in 2 hours, saw more deer, goats and atv's then people:clap
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    Strava App and Garmin dont always jive. Garmin said 1800ft, Strava said 1450ft,
    Yes I hillbilly engineered my Montana to the stem:lol3
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    I squeezed in 20 flat miles yesterday. I had been fighting a migraine most of the morning. Uploaded from .gpx and it did the stupid straight line crap again and added 9 miles on the ride. It was 20 miles with an average of 15.4mph.
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  18. Ridge

    Ridge Sinister Kid

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    Do you also go by Dimitri? :evil

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  19. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    RAGBRAI ended on Saturday afternoon. The wife and I rode every day except Monday (which was also the longest day). Had to pick one day to drive the team vehicle so I figured I may as well pick the hardest one :lol3

    Hit the road most days around 8:30am, which meant that pretty much everybody else was already on the road. Most days were right around 50 miles and we finished up around 3pm most of the time. Longest ride I'd gone on this year previously had been about 33 miles but doing more miles is easy when you've got all day and there are plenty of places to stop. 62-odd miles on the last day was my all-time record, but beautiful weather and a bitchin' tailwind made it easy.

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  20. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    awsome El Guero & wife !!



    How'd the seat work out ?