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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
30 seconds? You must really have been dragging your ass the first time you rode it.
I knew they'd take at least a 40, but, didn't realize a 2.0" would fit.
Yeah, I hadn't put much thought into previous attempts. The segment is a little over a mile long and starts relatively flat, then has a huge dip that goes up over an even bigger hill. I'd been getting myself psyched out by the big hill and didn't realize that going fast on the flat, then going warp speed down the hill and carrying enough momentum to crest the next hill at a decent speed was the way to do it. Figuring all that out cut 30 seconds off my old time. Small victories for internet racers
I think Surly's website says it will take up to a 45. I was just looking at Rivendell's description of the Schwalbe Big Ben 50 and they measured it to be about 45, so I wonder if even that tire would fit. Personally, the Conti 37 I have on there right now seems about big enough
Well, you want to leave room for mud and rocks to pass through. And, measure that 37 with a caliper and see what the actual measurement is. A lot of Conti's models are way narrower than labeled. A set of 32s measured ~27 and my current 42s measure ~37.
Edit: The Speed Ride at the bottom of their page is what I'm running.
When I wear out/get tired of the Conti Contacts on the Trucker, I think it's going to be a hard choice. There are so many options out there for wide tires, from off-roady tires to roady tires to everything in between. I kinda wish I could get something a little faster than Contacts so group rides would be a little easier, on the other hand I could put something big and dorky on there and then just ride the Klein for group rides. Decisions!
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Ilike the travel contacts,90 psi,high thread count,slick middle tread with nobby sides.good all round tire.
From what little I read, the guy has a great attitude. That's the kind of dude I'd like to ride with.
Here's another guy who put 50's on a LHT,He did have to shave the outer nobs off the tires as they were wearing the paint and probably some metal off the chainstays
Caution, foul language is used at will by a cranky old man.
You were warned.
Went to see the spine doc today.
Good news is surgery won't fix anything.
Bad news nothing else will either.:huh
Basically I have some birth defect. Sixty years of beating my body down to find this out now. Oh, and according to the doc cycling is bad for your back.:huh:huh
So, blood tests top determine how crazy the pill pushers can get and physical therapy for me to find out what fab exercises I get to do for the rest of my life.
Yeah the motorcycle is bad for my back too. I'm pretty sure doubling down on twin hookers would be too, so I'll avoid that.
Cycling I'll keep since I know for a fucking fact it makes my back feel fucking better!
The favorite bit is me sucking pills. AIn't going to happen. I can deal with the pain until I can't then I'll see what is what.
At least I'm not some twenty-something just starting to tear things up. The pictures of my spine are pretty awful. Even I knew it was fucked when I looked at them. I now understand why I've lost some height. Much of my spine is compressed to very, very near bone to bone. Lots of scaring, aka spurs and such.
So, a life of contact sport and activity is pretty clearly a very stupid way to pass painlessly through old age.
Five years and I figure I can look into alternatives.
Oh and since I'm on a roll; work sucks.
More good news: We have a three day weekend, that looks to be less stupid hot than the previous week, and I plan to ride.
Damn the Man! :fyyff
Now, that first bottle of wine I opened was nasty. Time to go find something with a little character and purpose.
We will survive, and I am cranking The Dead.
Get the pills but only take the good ones,
then start taichi and cycle both with and without
I'll bill ya later
Sorry to hear the bad news.
Bummer Head, I gave up cyclocross because they added 2 rods and 4 bolts to my lower back. The pain is constant but at least I can still ride.
Sorry to hear that Mr Head.
My back isn't that messed up but it hurts when I do long rides and especially when tucked in on long descents (see pic). Doing core work in the gym has helped. It'd help more if I did more.
Buddy of mine swears by it. (and there's hot chicks too!)
So, since moto-riding is bad for your back, I'll just hop on a plane and ride your bike back here. I'll 'take care of it' for ya for free. I'm suck a swell dood, ain't I?!
Come and see my doc, he rides too. Couple of months ago when I went to see him after crashing and injuring my hand the last thing he said when I left was don't stop riding your bicycle For my back, he wants me to do crunches.
From what you describe, my 60 y.o. back isn't nearly as bad as yours, but hurts if I do too much sitting. Stretching out on the bike does wonders for it.
Hope you get through it ok.
For those of you needing a Schwinn Paramount fix.
Just had a vision of me in yoga pants. Ack!
But that is the most likely route. Need to sell off the big bike. Maybe something lighter?
1098's are pretty light right?
Back felt like crap this morning trying to make breakfast so I got the wife to stir the oats and I made a quick egg.
Time to go find my backpack and Fred gear feels like Houston outside. Try for a little ride. Then I need to change the fuel filter in the pig.
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My Doc has been trying to get me into yoga for like 5 years now due it certain disk issue that I have.....I haven't missed a day of work for my back in like 3 years now so the hell with her.
I wouldn't mind the exercise part, its the chanting world peace bullshit that turns me off about it.