Bicycle thread

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

  1. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    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. :p3rry

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    It's a long way to the top, but the view is worth it. (This is my best side, BTW. :choppa )

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  2. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Man - that's beautiful country!
  3. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    Nice ride, nearly 4,000 feet of climbing and a nice payoff.
  4. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    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.

    The ignominy. :fpalm
  5. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    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.:lol3
  6. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    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 :cry

    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:clap

    Taking the vstrom to the mountains tomorrow.
  7. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    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.
  8. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    Congrats on the weight loss, it can be a long rough road but worth it in the end.
  9. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    Nicely done. You're an ironman.

    How was the gearing, spot on?
  10. Sagi

    Sagi n00b

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    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

    [​IMG]

    As I don't do any mountain biking at the moment I replaced the suspension fork with a ridgid one and mounted some mudguards
  11. fz6kd7

    fz6kd7 Been here awhile

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    Welcome to advrider
    Nice bike and your country is beautiful
    though i have only seen it through pics
  12. Sagi

    Sagi n00b

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    It is, I came to Ireland from last year, I'm originally from Austria

    The small country roads here are very nice for cycling and motorcycling, somehow terrible with the car, too narrow and you can never see what's round the corner due to bushes and/or walls, but well I don't have a car....
  13. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    A big +1 on the Clement tires. 3 of my 4 bikes wear Clement rubber with the dedicated CX rig swapping the LAS file treads for Kenda Slant Sixes in the wet winter months. When the Kendas get used up, I'll be replacing them with some MXPs.
  14. inyang

    inyang 5secs away

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    Have you tried removing the left pedal, clean up the thread on both surfaces - pedal and bottom bracket, re-install and torque to spec?

    What FSA crank are you running? SL-K?

    Can't remember if you mentioned it earlier.
  15. hyperfocal

    hyperfocal n00b

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    My Trek 1x9... [​IMG]
  16. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    Its funny that Clement has come out of the woodwork. I used Clement back in the days of silk sewups, they were the /only/ tire as far as I was concerned. Sewup prices went to the moon after they had a big fire in their factory in the 70s, and I ended up switching to clinchers, first the Michelin Elan, then later 700c. Nada peep of that name for 30 years. Apparently Pirelli bought them back in the 80s, and they rapidly sank into obscurity, until an American firm, Donnelly Sports, bought them in 2010 and revived the brand, making the tires in Thailand. The only "Donnelly Sports" I can find anything about is a team uniform reseller, doesn't seem to be any connection.
  17. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    Yes, SL-K light.

    I have had a shop pull it apart and then I did it myself just yesterday morning. I bought the tools to remove the bottom bracket cups and the crank arm is self extracting. The noise sounds like the cups are loose in the frame but I can assure they are not. It took every ounce of arse I had to remove them. The shop threw them back in with Loctite but I cleaned all that up and reinstalled with grease. I swapped pedals early on to make sure it wasn't the pedals, which do have a small amount of play in them. (Look Keo Max with about 600 miles on them). It's not the pedals. It has to be in the bearings.

    I have the Dura Ace chainset and the bottom bracket and new chain sitting in the shop awaiting install. If you want the SL-K crank let me know. I am getting a return shipping authorization from FSA for the bottom bracket cups and mailing them back to FSA along with 30 lbs of gravel. :evil

    The chainset is compact. I guess if the hollow spindle is coming loose from the crankarm that could be the creaking and popping.

    I was considering upgrading the Merckx to an ultra torque chainset but I think I'll leave the square taper bottom bracket installed. Using a wave washer as a means to set preload seems pikey to me. But maybe that's just me.

    Post some more photos of your rides, Inyang. We've been waiting.
  18. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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  19. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    an american company selling thailand tires with italian branding. brilliant.
  20. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    2X2 Cycles rack? I really want one for my V-Strom. It just irks me having to drive a car to a bike ride.