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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
Cool. That makes sense.
True that but I don't think I ever said they were better or the answer for anyone else. In fact, I think I've been pretty balanced in my comments about what they can and can't do i.e faster on the flats and slower on the hills for most riders.
FWIW, not everyone rides a recumbent due to issues like mine. Some actually elect to ride one. Can you imagine? The horror...the horror.
I've done all the items on your list at least once - i.e the 2000' of climbing, riding dirt roads (only once thought - about 10 miles, in the dark, on an event ) and my current recumbent has even see the inside of a train in SoCal. Imagine that. Not many trains in Phoenix though.
Like anything else, in the right hands, a recumbent is a formidable bicycle. A friend of mine finished the 2011 Dirty Kanza on a recumbent - good enough for 10th overall and first in the 50 year old age group. He has no health issues though and can ride anything he wants but I'm the first to admit, he's an animal - he's been racing bikes almost all of his life. He's probably the second best male recumbent rider in the US so clearly, he's outside of the stereotypical image of a recumbent rider.
Be safe on your rides and have fun!
You must read that in your best Napoleon Dynamite voice in order to get the full effect.
I admit I also have 0 interest in recumbents aside from allowing people with special needs to ride a bicycle and I also have 0 interest in ultra marathon events unless it involves racing through the Ardennes and climbing La Redoute.
But, you know, I have no trouble owning up to my snobbiness or my hairy legs.
^^^ 100% true!
The one common trait I've noticed in all accomplished cyclists I've met is humility. Why? Because they have nothing to prove to I or anyone else, only to themselves. I'm a huge Jay Petervary fan, as I admire his accomplishments and character. He's probably the most humble of them all. I'd lump you into that same group.
You match? Definite snob!
I took a second to remove a bit of lint from my bibs and clean a scuff from the toe of my shoe as well.
Yeah, I'm one of those weirdos. But I get all of the 12-year old boys telling me I have a cool bike!
I think the best was about a week ago
when a guy in a lowrider passed and said
i ride the same area on both a " real bike " and
on a bent, the bent gets noticed much more
and its always a positive reaction.
I ride the bent because its more enjoyable
and in the area i ride the " real bike " is always
about the same avg.mph
Well, the reactions said out loud are positive.
Ride a lot, ride a lot. Just ride.
I don't care who you are - that's pretty darn funny.
Well, being second best isn't a bad thing. I was considering that he was only about 7 miles behind No 1 in the Sebring 24-hour event. There was a group of recumbents, drafting, who exceeded 500 miles. No 1 did 523 miles, No 2 did 516.
No 2's wife also did 516 miles but I'd rank her behind Maria Parker who did 474 miles non-drafting in the same event. :eek1
I don't care what you ride - anything over 400 miles is pretty serious riding. 500+ is hard to fathom even under the best conditions.
To put that in perspective, lots of riders, DF and recumbent, have done 250 miles in a day. The first day of nearly every 400-km, 600-km and 1200-km brevet is right at 250-miles in the first "day".
I say "day" because most are done with 400-km in 18 hour or so. The challenge as you transition from 600-km to 1200-km is essentially riding three double-centuries back-to-back-to-back followed by a 150 day to finish the event. Being physically prepared is one thing but the bigger challenge is psychological.
I never saw the movie you referenced but I suppose it one thing to sit behind a computer and "talk" versus going out riding.
From what I've observed, most of the people in this thread seem to have a pretty good balance and I appreciate the stories, the experiences and the expertise that's demonstrated here from riders like yourself, Docnut, Gummee, Rouch, Yeti, etc, etc, etc.
I don't even hold it against any of you guys just because you don't ride a recumbent.
Had good ride up to the old fire lookout atop South Fork Mountain this morning. A CX bike is my normal choice for this ride, but my buddy's Psychlo X is in pieces right now so we took the MTBs. A suspension fork and fat tires make the descent a lot less harrowing, too.
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It's a long way to the top, but the view is worth it. (This is my best side, BTW. )
Man - that's beautiful country!
Nice ride, nearly 4,000 feet of climbing and a nice payoff.
Put in another 28 against my better judgement. Bottom bracket creaking, snapping and popping now. FSA... Fucking Shyte Accessories.
About half way I thought I should find a shortcut back to the truck or risk walking back with a broken machine. But I did the loop anyway.
I have everything I need to make the Dura-Ace swap aside from the $2.50 plastic tool that you use on the left side Dura Ace crankarm to set the preload.
In other news, for the first time in my adult life I threw the chain while going from big ring to small ring. How embarrassing. And I couldn't even trick the shitey bastard back on by massaging the FD while rolling. I had to stop and coax it back on.
Did the MS charity ride to the Jersey Shore today. Me and 8,000 other riders.
80 miles and a total of 1,015 feet of vertical. See, we've got hills.
I got in 32 miles yesterday. Perfect riding weather. My KM is way down this month, life getting in the way and more rain. 420km
I LOVE the Clement tires, they ride great and handle good in gravel and rain. They are wearing great too.
I FINALLY made it down to 169lbs this morning
Taking the vstrom to the mountains tomorrow.
I wanted a challenge and I got one. I rode my Trek XO1 Single Speed with a 39/16 gear on a 100k full of short steep climbs. 59 miles, 4,400 vert. feet, and 3h45' later, I was wolfing down a blueberry fry pie with ice cream.
I can't wait until tomorrow to see how my legs feel at the mx track. They'll probably fold like a cheap lawn chair under Rosie O"Donnel on the 1st jump.
Congrats on the weight loss, it can be a long rough road but worth it in the end.
Nicely done. You're an ironman.
How was the gearing, spot on?
Love Cycling, unfortunately have become a bit lazy in the last month and don't get to more than maybe 50km a week and far from every week at the moment
Here's my do it all bike a Surly Troll I built up 2 years ago
As I don't do any mountain biking at the moment I replaced the suspension fork with a ridgid one and mounted some mudguards