Bicycle thread

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

  1. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Another hot and late ride after work.
    20.2 miles, not real fast at under 15 mph average. It was hot and windy.
    Hammered myself a bit. 179 max and 150 average.
    Did a little extra climbing and that is what really whacked the average. Got home before dark so that was good.
  2. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    Chain nonsense sorted I pedaled last night. First time in a while. Been lifting and riding the TDF trainer instead. Did my 28 mile loop and died a thousand deaths. Seemed as if I had a headwind no matter what direction I went. At least I missed the rain.
  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I didn't. Started out with thtat 3hr oil change laying on the ground in the sprinkles. Started out in the sprinkles. ...but my riding buddy put on his Gore Tex jacket and it stopped! :clap

    So we did my '4 gravel roads' ride and then a 3-lap race over at my local park. He was leading at the 1/3rd way of the 1st lap by 15' when he lost his front wheel in an erosion gully. Down he went!

    I looked back, didn't see anything majorly wrong, and put the hammer down. :augie

    'Won' by nearly 1/2 of a lap.

    If he hadn't gone down, IDK what would've happened. As it was, the motivation for keeping in front of him kept me going.

    We were bench-racing afterwards and he was saying that he was going to try and maneuver me in front of him and then sit on my wheel. Didn't happen after that wreck...

    I probably woulda lost him on the dismounts around the dumpster and over the wire. :nod He's not real good at the 'getting on and off the bike' thing yet.

    M
  4. soewe812

    soewe812 Wag more Bark less

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    Hey Gummee! What is the best source for affordable spokes?
  5. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    I think these guys still have a Gen 1, Large hanging around. Give Ben a call (217-679-2356) and see what he'll take for it.

    I'm pretty sure it goes beyond restricted territories. It seems if you're not a Salsa dealer, you can't get them, period. That started, a couple years ago.

    The guys have posted valid arguments as to why dealers don't sign-up with Salsa. When they sell $300 hybrids, 10:1, against higher-end stuff, I get it. Even a metro area like STL has very little Salsa inventory. We do have a good shop, up by Chicago, though. They stock all the Salsa and Surly models and have really carved a niche in the gravel racing market. They've done that by being active in the segment. Seems that most shops, around here, aren't active in anything. That, I don't get.
  6. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    More '14 stuff.

    Trek Farley fatty.
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    Trek Steel District $699. Somebody here was looking for such a bike.
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    Surly Straggler.
    "It’s like they mated a CrossCheck, a Krampus, and a Long Haul Trucker to make it. It’s not simply a disc CrossCheck. The geometry is modified for a lower bb, longer ht, and it features brilliant new rear dropouts to accommodate single and geared setups without fuss. It also has the new 700×41 Surly Knard tires."
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  7. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    Its so,........pink:lol3
  8. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    I have to stop looking at those off-roady Surlys... I love my Trucker and sometimes I think I'd like to try offroad bike riding, don't need another bike to spend money on though :lol3
  9. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    When I got my full suspension 29er, I HAD to get a hitch mount rack due to the non diamond shaped frame not working with traditional racks. I got the Softride Versa because it is one of the few that works with the side swing tailgate of the RAV4, making loading and unloading easier. Plus it works with any kind (or size)of bike. It has been a great unit. Sounds like your mind is made up, but that's my 2 cents in case you want a hitch mount.
  10. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Good advice, but looks like they don't make that specific rack anymore anyway. I don't forecast getting any non-diamond frame bikes in the near future but it is something to think about!
  11. Schnickelfritz

    Schnickelfritz pick, grin, repeat

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    +1. I have five Campy 10-speed bikes, all with Wippermann Connex chains. Plenty strong, easy removal, sweet shifting, and way cheaper than the Campy equivalent. Oh, look, they're on sale for $30 at comp cyclist for the plain steel. Looks like Jenson has some deals, too. I use the nickel steel (10S8 model +$10). Prices up to $100+ for full stainless.
  12. ericm

    ericm Been here awhile

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    Bike Hub Store has good prices on Sapim spokes. I prefer them to DTs or Wheelsmith as they seem to not break as easily.
    BHS always seesm to have stuff in stock and ships quick.
  13. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Yeah, it was discontinued when I was shopping, so I scored a new in the box unit off ebay.

    In other news, this week old sinus infection/crud is really getting old. Luckily, that old country church at mile 20 in BFE had a port a potty in front of it yesterday. The inside of the crapper must have been 120F... and it was a long s(h)it.:knary
  14. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Didn't ride to work today and felt a little guilty about it, so I took the fast bike for a short ride after work. Decided to go after a Strava segment (I know I know :lol3) near my house. I'd made a PR last time on it and thought I was cranking pretty good, but I didn't think I rode it as smart as I could. This time I attacked it a bit more thoughtfully, and today I beat my old record by 30 seconds! I couldn't believe it. Felt pretty good, and really makes me appreciate that Klein after slogging around on the Surly :lol3
  15. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    For me, it's simple, it doesn't touch my vehicle paint, easier to lock to vehicle.



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  16. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    I have 10+ year old 9 speed veloce that I converted to 10 speed with a new index disc, the stuff wears like nothing else, I only replace chains, my cassettes are all close to 6 years old





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  17. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    Just put bigger tires on your LHT. I've seen people put 50's on it.
    I've got Travel contacts on mine it'll go down any gravel road or root and rutted Muti Use Trail. I run 40's on mine.
  18. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    My X01 has 40s, makes for a nice ride

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  19. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Thanks for the tip. I've still got the stock tires on mine, they do alright on loose surfaces but I have pondered some really massive tires.
  20. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    I had one two weeks ago and eradicated it with zero medication. I used the NielMed Sinus Rinse about 3 times per day to flush everything clean. Tip for post-flush; bend over like you are touching your toes and blow your nose to clear out any leftover saline. This is far and away improved over the Neti pot.