Bicycle thread

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

  1. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    He's actually a very skilled rider, but he obviously has his own biases. Part of what he said did make me wonder what 'cross country' actually means when it comes to bike design. How nasty does a trail have to be before it's no longer suitable for a cross country bike?
  2. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    Aah.
    I would say it is a very relative question. Suitable? Fun? What some people would call impossible, others consider a challenge.
    My wife and I were riding trails in Olympic NP last summer. I was thinking this is a pretty cool trail, my wife was out of her comfort zone. It was a nice trail. We were heading back and up the hill around a pretty tight hairpin corner comes a guy on a cyclocross bike..... My wife rides up as I was waiting for her and says "Was that guy on a fucking road bike? Jesus....." Wrong geometry, wrong gearing, wrong bike? Right????? Not for him.:lol3

    The "right" bike is a personal thing, not a bike thing.
  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Speaking of CX bikes off-road...

    I enjoy riding my CX bikes off-road as much or more than I enjoy riding my mtn bikes off-road. I especially like riding my CX bike off-road where Joe Blow INSISTS he needs DS to ride the trail. :ricky

    I've been on some seriously gnarly trails on my CX bike. No, it wasn't the right tool for the job, but its an 'adventure' right?!

    M
  4. ducnut

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    What trails/area were you riding? I used to live out there. Sadly, I hadn't gotten back into bikes, yet.
  5. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    See my signature. :lol3
  6. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    We rode out of Port Angeles. We were on two trails, one called Discovery and one called Mount Muller. I think we saw the guy on the Discovery trail. It is considered easy and it was. It was a really nice trail, GREAT views.
  7. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    I've seen some pretty strange things on local trails. Aside from your basic WalMart bikes with knobbies and the occasional scooter :huh, there's this guy:

    <iframe width="640" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WH2HxWAitxA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    I've talked to him a couple of times. He's an ex-racer who says riding on two wheels got boring. :lol3
  8. LoJack

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    I agree, although I don't have a cross bike. I mtn bike with a friend occasionally who does take his, though. And he doesn't wear a helmet, either. :eek1


    Sometimes I think that trail difficulty markers are relative to the region. One trail systems expert level is anothers intermediate. It's also how you make it through. :evil
  9. trailer Rails

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    It has nothing to do with the bike. If it is more difficult than a intermediate trail, then it is expert.
  10. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Hi All, I'm currently having a bad rash of 1st world problems in that my new 29er MTB won't fit in the car without a wheel off, I just got a new car which has less room in the back & won't fit any of our bikes without a wheel off, the old hitch mount carrier was always crap & is more crap with the new bike... So it's time to make a better hitch mount bike carrier.

    I have fairly decent fabrication capability at home so I can pretty much build whatever I want & custom fit it to the new Subaru Crosstrek. I have a few ideas, thinking of going with the type where the front wheel comes off & the forks clip into a QR axle on the carrier, the back wheel gets strapped into a slot. May make it modular so a rack for a 2nd bike slots into the main carrier. Hoping to make it low profile enough that it can just stay on the car most of the time.

    So if anyone has, or has seen anything like this that works well I'm keen to check out any pics, links or advice that might help in the design process.

    Cheers
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  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    What's wrong with taking a wheel off? :ear I do that all the time to get my bikes in the back seat of the Bank Vault.

    ...and...

    Nite 2 down. 2 sets of Tabata intervals in 50min of riding. Where's the puke bucket?
  12. ducnut

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    I'm not into cobbling stuff together, especially, on a new car. Get yourself a nice hitch rack, like a Kuat NV, and be done with it. A repair stand is included with them. Can't beat 'em.

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    Here's a video, if you need more info.
  13. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    That Kuat is truly state-of-the-art and priced like it. Before heading on a long trip last year, I shopped fairly hard trying to find somethat that suited my tastes and my wallet.

    My criteria was fairly clear - hitch mount, supports the wheel at a decent level as to not drag and it had to carry a high-racer recumbent. That last part is pretty easy though.

    I purchased a Saris Freedom 2-Bike Hitch Rack. It's not fancy but it's very well-built and stable. I love it - very good value for the money. The center support folds down and I simply stow it in the truck when I park for a ride.

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  14. ducnut

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    And, how much did your bike cost? :lol3
  15. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I like the way the Kuat and some of the other racks grab the tire and not the frame for stability. :nod

    If you want to cobble something together, all you need is a Harbor Freight luggage rack and some 'bike tites.' Either weld or bolt the bike tites to the luggage rack and use some toe straps to hold the rear wheel in place and drive on for cheep.

    If you wanna get fancier than that, get the same luggage rack, but add Thule/Yakima/Rocky Mounts upright mounts to it instead of the fork mount. More $, but if you get the mounts on CL, they won't be as expensive as new

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  16. ducnut

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    Totally agree. I have one that tensions the top tube. I cringe, on our CF bikes.

    Last year, Kuat donated an NV to The Cedar Cross. It's possible, they'll do that again, this year, if any of you want to ride 100mi of MO gravel.
  17. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    A lot more than my rack. :lol3 I'd love to have one of those Kuat racks but we're talking...what... $800 for the Kuat versus $200 for the Saris. The Kuat is extremely well-built - IMHO, it's probably the best rack that money can buy. I just don't need all the features that it offers.
  18. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    I've seen them all and this is by far the best design I've come across at the trail heads.
    http://www.1upusa.com/product-quikracksilver.html
    Instead of plastic parts and fancy logos, it's made entirely of aluminum by a machine shop here in the USA. Once you see one up close, you'll realize these racks are on a different level. If I ever replace my Softride Versa (which I love), this is what I'll buy.
  19. Aurelius

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    I had one of those. Be careful about the cheap clamps that hold the bike in place. The rubber pad will wear through and hard plastic parts below will take the paint off your bike frame. :bluduh
  20. ducnut

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    In the $550 range.

    I do think what Thule and Yakima charge for their shit is absurd. They make so much of it proprietary and in pieces, so you're forever buying something. What's worse is all the "Freds" driving around with that rack and crap on the roof, which rarely gets used, beats the hell out of their bike and kills their mileage when they do, just so they can look "Pro". I'd rather see someone buy a trunk or tire mount rack, and just be honest about themselves and conscientious about the fact they're burning gas to go enjoy doing something that doesn't and shouldn't burn gas to do. Huge props to the commuter and utility riders. I'm working toward that.