Bicycle thread

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

  1. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    When I was at Auburn, I natually got to know some of the folks who worked at the local shops.

    Chris Hinds was one. Chris was kind of short, maybe a little pudgy even but a great guy. As my college years ticked by ever so slowly, I began to realize what a great rider he was.

    From his bio here:

    Chris started racing BMX in 1971 and road bikes the following year in Auburn, AL. He raced intermediate in the ABLA (which became the USCF), and competed nearly every year in district state championships. In 1975, Chris went to the Junior World Tryouts in Atlanta, then rode in the 1988 Olympic trials in Houston (Points Race event), and competed in the 1990 National Championships. He was a mechanic at the 1992 & '96 Olympic trials for Paul Swift, who was an alternate in both Olympic games, and worked with Brian McDonough who road the Points Race for the USA at the 1996 Olympics. Chris still competes in Cat. 2 road races, and races mountain bikes. As a mountain biker competing last year at Mount Snow, Chris came in 6th place in the National Championships.​

    I'm make an occasional trip through Auburn up until I moved west in the mid-90's. Chris was still at his shop - always happy to see me. Like I said, he was a good guy.

    I just returned from a two-week trip back to the south with my daughter. Flew into Birmingham and then drove to South Caroline. That was followed by a few days in Nashville and Atlanta & then we returned to Birmingham for a few days.

    During our time in AL, my daughter and I drove over to Montgomery for lunch with friends and then, we drove to Auburn. She had never been to Auburn and wanted to see where I went to school.

    I asked her to google Chris with the intentions of surprising him. She came up with a phone number and a google map location so I thought we were good to go.

    When we got to Auburn, I discovered that the shop wasn't where Google indicated. While my daughter was in a small shop, I walked across the street to another bike shop and asked the guy at the counter if he knew Chris.

    He looked at me in kind of a funny way and said that Chris had moved up north years ago - NY he thought - but had died of cancer about 10 years ago.

    I soon discovered that he had moved to Providence RI - a local shop still has this on the net. Link

    As my daughter kindly pointed out, "Maybe you should do a better job of keeping up with friends."

    Smart ass - I get her point but you never expect to lose friends who are roughly the same age as you... if not younger.
  2. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    Seriously? This is a performance part, not made to last forever. If you buy a high-tech set of wheels, a super light frame, bars, etc you know you have a limited time/ number of miles on the component.

    If you aren't prepared to deal with the necessary upkeep, go buy a Huffy.

    We now have pedal sets limited to 175 lbs, frames limited to 75kg and most expensive wheelsets recommended 200 lbs or under.
  3. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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    As a long time member of the over 200lb club and a former bicycle mechanic,
    I can confirm that not all super light weight high tech whiz bang magazine cover
    parts are the smartest thing for the average rider.

    It's hard to explain to a customer that expensive and light weight are often
    at the expense of durable.
  4. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    Like the old saying goes; "Light, strong, or cheap...pick two."
  5. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    I hear ya. As a long-time Clyde myself, I tend to overlook the newest, featherweight parts and go with something a bit more substantial.
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I'm not a clydesdale and do the same thing. Some of the stuff I was running I'd bought in the mid-90s. Finally had to sell it off to go 10sp here a few years ago.

    Ain't broke. Ain't fixing it! :nono

    M
  7. surly357

    surly357 Cochetopa dreamin'

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  8. jejo12

    jejo12 n00b

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    Thanks for sharing. There's a race in RI every year called the Chris Hinds Memorial Criterium. It's nice to know a little bit about the person the race is in honor of.
  9. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    I was wondering if anyone else had heard of this event. Thanks for mentioning it.
  10. VertigoCycles

    VertigoCycles Been here awhile

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    I worked with Chris at Providence Bicycle when I was back east. He was definitely a great guy. Funny, supportive, intelligent and way faster than he appeared to be. That wax a solid shop but Chris's presence really took it up a notch.
  11. ericm

    ericm Been here awhile

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    If you happen to have 6600 or 7800 cassettes, they will work just fine on a 6700/9000 drivetrain. Or on an Sram 10sp drivetrain. I've been using the on my Sram bike. They work better than Force cassettes.

    Some people have been able straighten large staples and use them as shims between the cogs and freehub. Mostly on Tune hubs.
  12. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    "...drunk or stoned"? hardly mutually exclusive terms,... :rofl

    but seriously; when i first started riding MTBs, things were certainly friendlier; there were so few around that if you spotted one on a neighboring peak, you'd ride towards each other to see who it was. a year or 2 later, MTBs were everywhere, people got stupid, and in a couple of years, trails were locked down.


    cheers!

  13. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Small world!

    Yep - he was all of that.

    I remember driving over the Athens GA to watch him in the Twilight Criterium. The format was interesting - after a certain number of laps, there was a "win-and-out" lap. Chris blew by everyone else to take first place and end his participation quite early.

    I remember talking to him in downtown Auburn after class one day. He was on kind of a BMX-type bike and the sidewalk had a big slant to it. Without touching his feet to the ground, he was going back-and-forth in a U-shaped path...backwards and forwards...

    The guy had great skills and was definitely one of the good guys.
  14. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    Did another 27 miles today. I pushed, I stood up a couple times, I rolled some stop signs, I refused to coast downhill. I-- I averaged another 15.3.

    :rofl

    Couldn't believe it. Oh well.

    I did finally see some cute women on the road. I'm not going to leg hump but it does lift one's spirits. I saw another slow guy on an old Trek 2300. Can't believe that thing is still in one piece. I wanted to check his BB to seat tube but I didn't want to be rude. He was going the opposite way but I bet we could meet up for ride. He said hi to me everytime I said hi to him.

    I passed another, faster guy going the opposite way. He looked like a decent chappy but I waved and said hi to him and he said fuck-all back, nor did wave or even nod his head. He some flash bike and I thought this fellow is the sort of fellow who would push me a bit, judging by his form. Maybe I'd break the 15.3 barrier, sort of like Moser. But then I noticed he was wearing a Sky jersey and Lampre bibs.

    Well, that's it. You cannot mix English sports channel kit with Italian steel sheet kit on the same day. And if that was insult enough to the world, I noticed he had Nike cycling shoes. I immediately felt nothing but contempt and enmity for him. Some people know no limits.
  15. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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  16. bogieboy

    bogieboy Long timer

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    I have bent 3 #2 front chain rings, and a 2, 3, and 4 on the rear... Thats on my mtb though not roadie...
  17. ducnut

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    Is that from power? Or, bad shifting habits? :rofl
  18. bogieboy

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    Power... I dont shift for a climb....LOL
  19. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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  20. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    I notice a lot of people in thread like to use that Strava tracking thing. I have been using google tracks on my phone and am pretty happy with it. Of course when the phone takes almost 1/2 mile to find the GPS signal, that is a bummer. Start point and end point were the same.

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_-bW70FFqVEaWYyVExsSXAxQ1E/edit?usp=sharing

    And as luck would have it...first time I get out on mountain bike this season, I get chiggers for the first time in my life. Gotta love the east coast. :D