Bicycle thread

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

  1. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Long timer

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    Yes, they are. Look at what a cheap straight bar costs vs a cheap drop bar. Then do the same for road break lever/shifters vs straight bar shifters and levers.
  2. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    Ah. I think sometimes the internet has too much information. Are clip on pedals/cleated shoes really that beneficial (especially to a n00b)?
  3. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    depends on the sort of riding you'll be doing. short round town, bike path kind of hybrid riding? probably not, in fact, while you're still getting your bicycle balance, they are pretty hazardous. if you're going to start doing longer road rides, like 25+ miles, in the countryside where you don't have to stop often, they can help quite a lot.

    me, I've become a convert to BMX 'pin pedal' style, they hold your feet nearly as securely as clip-on pedals, without needing to clip in. downside, they can shred your shins pretty good if you do crash.
  4. Emperor Norton

    Emperor Norton Kilroy was here

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    Bike path + flat roads to start with - so not too many stop signs. For the previous bit - yeah the 7+ different subtle variations of each bike is confusing me - though most responses have been to buy the ne plus ultra version.
  5. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    I've got an offbrand ("Globe Vienna") equivalent of the base model Sirrus from a few years ago, and its a great bike for rides of up to maybe 20-25 miles at a relaxed pace, bike paths and such...
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I'm having a crisis of motivation right now. I *should* have gotten home, changed, and hopped on the trainer for an hour.

    Instead I ate some cereal, and am typing on the computer.

    Its ~40deg and very rainy... Great for CX, not so bueno for riding in an unheated garage.

    M
  7. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    If you want to continue riding using your cleats and pedals you could try some Lake winter boots like I do. :wink:

    If it's really cold or you just don't want to be cleated to your bike you could try http://www.mountainracingproducts.com/power-grips/ which can be adjusted to any thickness of footwear.

    I've been riding toe clips then clipless for so many years I can't ride w/o them anymore. :lol3

    Good luck and have fun, Mark H.

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  8. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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  9. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    No. Stay away from them, they're just a trip to the emergency room waiting to happen. :grim If you really must try them, practice on a mountain bike first. Dirt is much softer than asphalt and it won't break your femur when you fall.
  10. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Bullshit. I have used them for the past 3 or 4 years (INCLUDING on rollers) and I have fallen exactly once and in my defense, my front tube exploded so I was kinda distracted by that.

    As for using them on a mountain bike FIRST ? Even more poppycock - you are more likely to fall riding a mtn bike so clips are even less useful there (for me at least) and really, dirt is softer ? How about roots/rocks etc. ?
  11. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    How's that hook taste????:lol3
  12. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    :nono

    No way he trolls...he's way too professional for that....
  13. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    :lol3
  14. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Yah, I've only fallen once too. That was all it took to break my femur. One of the roadies in my group also fell only once. The result? Another hip fracture, but much worse than mine. :doh

    Of course you're more likely to fall while riding a mountain bike. All the more reason to practice clipping in and out on a dirt trail rather than on the road, where the consequences of falling are far more serious. How about roots and rocks? Read what I wrote instead of being deliberately obtuse.
  15. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Sounds like you guys need to double up on your calcium consumption.:deal

    On a more serious note for JoeDuck, get some clip less pedals, set them loose, then ride around a soccer/football practice field and practice doing slow speed figure 8s, while clipping in and out. This should give you a feel for how they work and jump start the muscle memory routine for the process. If you break your hip, blame Aurelius.
  16. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    It's just you then I guess...you just need to learn to un-clip :deal
  17. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I spent a lot of time researching this type of injury after the operation. It's much more common among cyclists than I would have thought, and the methods usually used to repair it (partial hip replacement, J-brace) cause lasting problems. IIRC, Floyd Landis had a J-brace installed. I was fortunate in that the surgeon who operated on me suggested a riskier procedure, but one which, if successful, would have much better results. It worked. :thumb
  18. mud

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    Ooh! I was wrong! Funny.
  19. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    :nod and :nod

    I'm using VP "thin gripsters" on both of my Rivendells, and am very happy. Even on long rides, 50-70 miles in a day, they're comfortable and I like being able to move my feet around - gives my leg muscles a break. For shoes, I found some excellent shot-putt shoes with dead-flat soles, no waffle tread just a slab of rubber. They're also fairly thin, but rubber is stout enough that I don't feel the pedal pins/spikes through the shoes (only on my legs when I'm walking the bike and bang into them).

    http://oceanaircycles.com/2013/04/22/vp-vice-and-001-pedal-comparison/

    http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/pe4.htm
  20. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Y'all can pat me on the back now. I got over my crisis of motivation aka the f*ckits and actually *gasp* rode the trainer just now. Managed to get in two sets of Tabata intervals in 53min.

    My Cateye Psychostimulator said I was hovering somewhere in the 400w range consistently across all 10min of intervals.

    That 20sec on seems to last for-effing-EVER! while the 10sec recovery flies. WhyTF is that?! :confused

    I've now matched last year. I rode the mother-loving thing twice last year and I'm up to twice already this year. :bluduh

    M