Bicycle thread

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

  1. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    ...and south Jersey.

    Of course you need to be going 37mph to even thing about a KOM on around here, I live in the "hilly" section of the county and I climb a whopping 217 feet from high to low and back to high....over 6 miles.

    These guys doing 7,000 feet in 20 miles per ride I would have to do something like 720 miles to match that in my area.
  2. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    Hmm, you're right; have not considered that one. I'll check it out. :thumb

    I could see this somewhere like "P" bike but not so much around here at the shops in Chapel Hill/Carrboro. I know most of the mechanics by first name since they all race and/or work as mechanics at the races. At least two local shops have given me free reign to their tools and workstands if I walk in with an issue and they are tied up with another customer. They have also provided a wealth of tips and knowledge that I use in my own garage/workshop. It's all in building the relationship. Now, that's not to say that I haven't experienced some "Third Reich" style shops where I felt like I was a customer in the Soup Nazi episode from Seinfeld, but I will only give them business if I absolutely have no other avenue to sort out my problem.
  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Hang out for a while. They'll be in. :nod They're ALWAYS in. :baldy

    Went and rode my '4 dirt roads' loop yesterday. Quick 20 miler that never got more than 5mi from home. :D

    I gotta tell ya... The more I ride that Altamira CX bike, the more I like it. :ricky

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  4. LoJack

    LoJack Long timer

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    Most of the shops in my town I avoid. They probably have ok service, I know some do not, but I do all my own wrenching so only come in for the odd part or two or to get some spokes cut.

    One shop called an old girl friend of mine a "nice kickstand" when she brought her mtn bike in for help finding a part for it. Oh, she was pissed. If she didn't know the mechanic she was getting help from she would have walked out right there.

    Biggest problem I have is the guys at the shop I go to know me well enough that sometimes they feel like they can look past me to the person who walked in behind me. That's gotten annoying, especially when I'm picking something up that I dropped $250 on.
  5. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    I'm pretty sure I know the guy via the internet who posted that video. I suspect he'd be shocked that anyone took it seriously. His name is Kim Rowe - bicycletrailreview.com, Aurelius - lots of FL trail info on his site.
  6. Ridge

    Ridge Jitenshado

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    Don't forget the stop sign he completely ignored at 4:42. :eek1
  7. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    An occurrence so common here that it's actually expected. :1drink
  8. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    I wondered if anyone else saw that. I can't see to the left or the right in the video but it didn't appear that visibility was all that good. It could be they had some kind of road marshals there. Doubtful though.
  9. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    People routinely ignore road signs here in Florida, especially cyclists. That's one of the things I like about living here. :thumb

    In fact, there's a discussion taking place on a local cycling forum as to whether we should petition the state legislature to exclude cyclists from having to obey traffic laws. I'm all for it. Few of us obey the law anyway, and that would just make it official. :1drink
  10. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    I look better as a cyclist than a hood ornament. :lol3 I suspect a rolling stop would be a great compromise.
  11. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Rolling stops are what we usually do. Unless of course I'm trying for a KOM on Strava; then I just blow through every stop sign.

    :hide
  12. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Tell that to the guys in 'that thread' up in the Perfect Line

    :augie

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  13. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    *That thread* is just for shits and grins. We'll never convince them of anything. It's like convincing some people that a recumbent is a real bicycle and I still have to turn the pedals.


    :lol2
  14. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    Gummie,said he had two of the Regal saddles with Ti rails. Gummie ,You still got those Regal Saddles. I may want to buy one ,What color are they?
  15. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    First, the bookstore:

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    A clean bike is a happy bike:

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    Shiny

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    That pile of hogshyte FSA chainset.

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    Soon to be replaced with this:

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    I'll try and get one more ride tomorrow before the crankarm falls off and I plough my face into the stem.

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  16. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    The nice thing I like about the shop I work at in Orrville is it being handed down from his father as a family business from back in the 60's. All assemblies and repairs are inspected by a 2nd person. People from neighboring towns drive past their local shops to come there. And we ell recumbents!!

    Sunday a lady told me her bike was over shifting off the big ring so "Tigertown's" shop replaced the cable, then she took it back a 2nd time and the owner replaced the derailer, it worked but not to her liking. She asked me to check it out, when I looked it over, the cable was so slack the 1st trim never moved the derailer. The High limit screw was too tight to allow the 2nd trim to work properly either. You could force it to click but the derailer never budged. She's bringing it in to be done right.

    Sadly, it's not the only incident like that which I have found over the years from that shop. In fact my wife was going to test ride a bike they had there and the pedal felt funny. I looked at it and noticed teeth marks from a vice on the crank arm and the arm was bent 2" above the pedal. When I brought it to someone's attention, I was basically told I didn't know what i was talking about. The other shop seems to only want to cater to racers and snub the tourist or or recreational rider and they too have a bad rep on work.

    I've pretty much found out that if we do not have it, the average rider does not need it. We don't stock the high end Durace or XTR because our area doesn't support it but when needed we can get it in 2 days.

    The sad part is, Tomorrow will be possibly my last day. Being seasonal, the end of the season is upon me. On the plus side, I've already started my new part time job as the parts manager at AES KTM on my days off from the shop learning their system. In the spring I have to decide if I stay or go back to the bicycle shop.
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    HAD two. Sold/traded em both.

    Still have 1 Turbomatic Team

    Drove over to the Haymarket Wed night CX practice like usual. Last week? 4 of us. This week? Half that. :norton Seems that if the store owner isn't riding, neither is anyone else. IDK about y'all, but someone else's riding doesn't affect mine. :nah My fitness is directly related to how much *I* ride, not how much the shop owner rides. :nod

    So J and I did a 20min interval, got some water, then started another one when it got too dark to see. :eek1 Cut that interval short at 3 laps so instead of 'just below race pace' I pretty well hammered myself silly for 3 laps.

    :ricky

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  18. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    I rode tonight! Wheeeee!

    Just a simple commute home, but it's been over a week. I managed to beat my old time up the damn hill that separates me from work by 4sec. Probably because I wasn't wearing my backpack or carrying a water bottle. Yay for no backpack. Boo for no water.

    Back to work tomorrow via the pedal bike, depending on how much I enjoy my purchases due to LA Beer Week...

    Feeling 'off', I'll take the moto.

    Hangover = Pedal harder, bitch! I guess I like to punish myself.
  19. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    HAD two. Sold/traded em both.

    Crap.:cry Well it was worth a try.
  20. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    This is my 2010 Norco CRR1, a decent bike and I've done a lot of miles on it, but originally when the ISP was cut down it was cut just a little bit too short.

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    Eventually I had the ISP up so high to get a proper fit that I cracked the tube, which sucked. Did a bunch of looking around for a longer topper, no luck. Read some posts on different sites about cutting down the ISP and putting in a traditional seat post and clamp set up. Not a tonne of info on pulling that off so it was looking like an end game for the frame.

    Picked up my buddies Ridley race rig for a hell of a deal, this years and a traditional seat post to boot!!

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    Put the Quark on there and I'm off to the races (literally)

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    So with nothing to lose I figured what the hell, lets give the ISP conversion thing a go.

    Cut down the frame post below the crack and then cut a slit in the back. Bought a seat post that fits exactly into the frame plus a clamp.

    And done, works like a charm. There's lots of post within the frame so it's nice an solid.

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    Now I have a spare rig:

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    I'm going to keep a close eye on the slot that I cut in the post for cracks, but I think it's pretty solid.