Bicycle thread

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

  1. inyang

    inyang 5secs away

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    Last week was the kick off of the West Africa tour (ECOWAS Tour). Start off point Lagos, Nigeria then Benin, Togo, Ghana and end at Cote d'Ivorie.

    Riders and teams from Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Cote d'Ivorie, Libera, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and an observer from Cape Verde took part.

    It was cool doing Moto work on the first stage and seeing the racing from inside.

    I was behind the main bunch on an incline that I hit close to HR max @25km/h and the bunch was doing 45 (and looking relaxed) when I checked my GPS. And the fireworks had not even started then.

    The attacks were a thing of joy to watch, and seeing the Nigerian team go TTT mode to reel in a break was awesome.


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    Numero Uno
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    Neutral part of stage
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    Break!
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    Peloton chasing
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  2. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    About 5 hours ago, this guy, Vincent Muoneke of Seattle (originally from Nigeria) just finished his 10th 1200-km brevet ......

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    ...... this year. :huh

    Let me help you with the math.

    1200-km x 10 is 12,000 km or roughly 7500 miles.

    I rode a bit with Vincent in the one we did in Texas - great guy, damn good rider.

    Oh, this particular event was in Australia and had just over 53,000 ft of climbing hence the Sydney - Melbourne Alpine 1200 jersey. :deal

    Let me speak briefly for myself...and probably for the majority of riders here - "Ain't no f'n way for me to duplicate his achievements."
  3. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    There's some good info on there but #1 is :nah

    If I have an off I don't want my phone & my id 10 feet away with my bike. I want them in arm's reach!
  4. Ridge

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    I just wanna ride again... :cry
  5. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    What happened?
  6. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Infectious smiles, from those guys.
  7. Ridge

    Ridge Sinister Kid

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    Taking 9 hours of coursework this semester combined with my career and farm duties has put a halt on peripheral activities. since it requires much less gear; I can still eek out a run a couple days per week but no way can I effectively train on the bike. I hope to alleviate some of that as the year/semester draws to a close. I really need to maintain the base if I plan on racing at all next year.
  8. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Oh is that all! :lol3 I was afraid you'd gotten hurt or something.
  9. Ridge

    Ridge Sinister Kid

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    ha... I would not wish that on anyone but I'm sure I would not feel as bad about not riding if that were the case.

    I'm living vicariously through you guys until I can put rubber to pavement again.
  10. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Garmin Edge 500 on the local craigslist, guy wants $135. These don't have any maps or nav right? I was wanting a computer for the LHT but you can get a decent Cateye for ~$30 and if I want to track a ride I usually just use my phone. Is the extra $100 for the Garmin going to get me anything?
  11. Ridge

    Ridge Sinister Kid

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    My Garmin 510 gives me much more precise data than my phone tracking. If the cell signal is weak or drops out anywhere, my ride data can be sporadic or missing from using the phone plus I don't have to burn through the phone's, already limited, battery. The Garmin UI is pretty intuitive and easy to extract if you like keeping up with the metrics.
  12. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    +1 to what Ridge said. Also, $135 is a smoking deal for that unit. You can probably resell it for more if you don't like it. My bottom of the barrel Edge was $10 less and it doesn't do jack shit, except record the most basic functions.
  13. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Thanks guys, I'll think about it... What's the battery life like on these things after being used for a year?

    I'd been recording almost every ride using my phone and then decided that was only worth it for longer rides. I like the data but I'm not sure I do anything useful with it :lol3
  14. YakSpout

    YakSpout Obstacle Allusion

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    I can get 3 or 4 rides that exceed 4 hours each on a single charge. I don't usually let it run that low, but it'll easily outlast your phone battery. :D

    Is the seller including all of the sensors? (cadence/speed and HR?)
  15. Ridge

    Ridge Sinister Kid

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    I'll sometimes go a week or two between charges. When I completed my double century back in June, my 510 had about 30% left on the battery after 10 hours pedaling and recording.

    Yak brought up a great point with the sensors. They really enhance the accuracy of the head unit.
  16. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Doesn't look like it comes with any sensors, just the GPS unit, a charger, and a couple mounts. I think I'll probably pass right now.
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I let the old, fat dood on the 'lectric bike beat me up the hill last nite. M's wife too for that matter. :cry Had legs everywhere but the hill. :nod

    Yanno... its DARK at 1800 these days! Getting :vardy too. Yet somehow I end up overdressed, sweaty, then cold despite how little I'm wearing. :confused One of these days I'm gonna figger it all out. Not last nite!

    Wore some Roubaix fabric bib-knickers, thin booties, and 2 thin wool layers beneath a Gore Phantom jacket. Did OK when I was working, but despite the wool, I got sweaty and cold on all the descents. Other than stopping to change layers IDK what to do. :dunno I can't wear much less. I may try going without the sleeves on the Phantom and bringing another jacket to put on on top at the stop before the last downhill. Maybe that'll work. :dunno I'll let y'all know.

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  18. SV_Dwayne

    SV_Dwayne Been here awhile

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    I'm right around 6,500 commuting miles for the year, was planning on being over 7,000 by the end. Probably won't happen now, was literally two minutes into my hour ride home last Friday when my front tire washed out on a crack on the sidewalk (still a mystery to me how that happens to 2.15" Big Apples). Felt my left hand get bent back, chin slammed into the sidewalk. I knew something was wrong with my hand, but being made of 90% stubbornness and 10% common sense, I rode the 17 miles home anyway with my front wheel wobbling against the loosened brakes (there's an argument for disc brakes right there). Went to an orthopedist on Saturday, x-rays showed a complete fracture in the largest bone in my left pinky, have a splint on now, cast tomorrow. It's not even a manly injury, but a broken pinky. Medical costs eat into the new bike fund (Surly Ogre), too. *grumble*

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  19. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Bummer dood.

    Heal fast!

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  20. Ridge

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    Heal up soon... but on the plus side; you are now perfectly equipped for drinking espresso and fruity umbrella drinks at the bar... :lol3:toney

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