Bicycle thread

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

  1. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie

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    Climbing stairs at 7,500 feet is interesting when you live 7,000 feel below that.
    Lunch yesterday on the back deck here was nice.
    Coffee this morning back here very late.
    Two things: I wish could stay about three weeks and I'd brought both bikes.


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  2. k7

    k7 Long pockets, short arms

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    41.78 miles. 2:04 hours of heat, humidity and trying not to get dropped. Led out a little also. As usual, the traffic lights kill me - I'm slower on the uptake and uprights but I held my own.

    I sat down in my recliner when I got home and promptly fell asleep - still in my cycling shorts and jersey and slept for a glorious hour. Now, we're relaxing and watching "The City of Z". I highly recommend this movie if you have a love of Amazonia and exploration.
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  3. Maritimer

    Maritimer Bikeless Adventurer

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    Got in a couple of hours of sweeeeet singletrack today. One of the big trail systems did an expansion in the off-season and it was my first time there

    Would have been better with a guide who knew the trails, but was still a great ride. 45 minutes from my house and well worth the $5 day pass price. Going back for a full day in a few weeks.
  4. OC

    OC Long timer

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    It was the usual Coffee 'n Cake rides yesterday (Saturday) and this morning, about 80km/1300m or 50mi/4000 for the metrically challenged with a half hour break in the middle... we usually get more out of it that way. Yesterday was a bit faster than usual, then a mad rush to get out to the other side of the city on the moto for a trials session and a few hours in the workshop with the youth program. They look after themselves so I don't have to do much, but it is exhausting nevertheless. Today I get to kick back a bit... might wander out later and do an upper body circuit on the weights.

    BTW, I tried incorporating the youth program into my weekend rides, but the distance, about 120km if I get picked up halfway home or 160km if I complete the full distance, is a little too much to sustain. As it is I get a lot benefit and a spring in the step out of the 80km rides, but 120km+ puts me into a mildly fatigued state which needs a longer recovery and is overall a step backwards.
    What I'm doing now is just right. 80km on Saturday, same on Sunday, Monday is a weights session (no bike), Tuesday 20-25km MTB on the local paths and trails with the lady, Wednesday another 75-80km road ride with a faster group, Thursday on the MTB again and Friday another weights session and I'll do a third weights session wherever I can squeeze it in... Sunday is a good day. I'm not going to mess with a good thing.

    Coffee 'n Cake:
    https://goo.gl/maps/u5iNpwcwcfG2
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  5. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Got out for 57 miles yesterday with a group of 10 riders in the north GA hinterlands. About 15 miles in, four of us gapped the group and hammered for the rest of the ride. Due to the long sight lines, gradual uphill terrain, and headwind, there were several false crests which made the pace a real mind fuck at times. We stopped at a store to refill our bottles at the 47 mile mark. My ass was killing me and the hands were cramping to the point I was missing shifts. That gallon of chilled water we shared from the store fridge sure did feel good. Jason gave me a smattering of salt which saved my bacon. The last couple of miles had a couple of rollers that shoved us deep into the cave de pain. We arrived back at the meet up spot in time to see a beautiful thunderstorm roll in from the ridge line to our west. Jason had to jump in his car and fetch Doc D, who got a flat in his rear tubular near the store. He rolled up to find Doc napping in the shade of the store front awing.:imaposer That ice cold Bud Light Lime that LG gave me at the end tasted like heaven in a can. :beer
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  6. Harry94025

    Harry94025 Been here awhile

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    Just installed some platform pedals on my mountain bike after another low speed spill when I couldn't unclip. These are the Performance Forte Convert pedals, aluminum with threaded studs (ss set screws). I bought some new shoes because my Shimano M089's have the SPD cleats.

    The new shoes are Pearl Izumi, with a filler at the cleat location. I bought these because they have a stiff sole and a lugged pattern bottom. Researching this more today, I see a lot of people like the Five Ten shoes, but they didn't seem like the sole was stiff, and the tread pattern was minimal; probably hard to walk in slick/wet conditions.

    What kind of shoes do you recommend for mtb platform pedals?
  7. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    I tried some "fitness" style shoes like your Pearl Izumis, and they were a disaster. Now I'm using Specialized 2FO flat shoes now. They have a stiffer sole than BMX/skate shoes, offer tons of grip, and good foot protection from rocks and such. They're not the most comfortable, but I can put up with them for 2-3 hour rides.
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  8. theMISSIONARY

    theMISSIONARY hunting and riding!!

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    510's are super soft and grippy....most of my mates have them whilst i suck at life and have the Shimano flat shoes(hard in the sole but not unreasonable to walk in )......going to get the 510's when i can

    the New Shimano shoes will have a sole done by Michelin and they might be good.
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  9. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    So I'm home after a heck of a weekend.

    It started at 2000 on Thurs when I loaded the van with 'camping' stuff: 10x10 pop up, tables, etc. Drove the van home, parked it in the driveway for an 0800 start on Fri. Mostly managed that. Drove thru a hell of a rainstorm on the way to Davis. Last time it was that bad, but that time, someone hydroplaned across the median. No such problem this time :thumb

    Sat AM it started with a guy asking me to fix his flat at 0800. Before coffee. Before breakfast. :bluduh Can't be a putz about it 'cause that's what I'm here for. :nod ...but that was the opening of the floodgate! I didn't stop till 1900. Not just little 'can you adjust my X' but some cable and housing replacements on internally routed bikes :baldy There were very few flat fixes :thumb The rain on Fri made the trails a quagmire. :nod Lots of effed up bikes coming out of the woods. :nod

    Sun was better because most of the bikes going out were demos and I didn't have to fix those. The trails were also drying out, meaning fewer hosed up bikes. :thumb

    Managed to ride a bit on Sun despite a headache. :ricky I was bouncing around like a pinball on the slimy rocks. :cry Not my forte. :nah I can see why some of my buddies ride longer travel, bigger tired bikes. :nod

    Drove the van back this afternoon. I gotta tell ya, them extra high, long Sprinters move along just fine. Not 'fast' getting up to speed, but once there, they cruise nicely.

    M
  10. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    Crazy times indeed.
    The latest in my little corner was:
    Work weds nite-Friday morning. Drive straight to NH for mini-adv rally, fri-sat, to include 100miles of dualsporting fun Saturday. Drive straight home sat eve to play a surprise 40th party for one of my (our) former bandmates. Bed at 0230, up and at 'em for 55miles (ish) of semi hung over gravel racing today. (2016 3:43, 2017 3:08) and back to work for 14 overnite tonight.
    Tomorrow is re-assemble my life day, and maybe even see my fam if I'm lucky, or if I still have one.
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  11. k7

    k7 Long pockets, short arms

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    Dang Chip - you're burning the candle at both ends and from the middle!
  12. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    Meh.
    Life happens.
    I will not be on 2 wheels again until weds though. I'm not really sad about that.
  13. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    So I'm home after a heck of a weekend.

    Yeah, but did you see any cute ladies on bicycles? You're description of the weekend reminded me of an experience in Jackson, Wyoming several years ago. I was project manager on a big environmental cleanup project and had a couple of drilling crews in town installing monitoring wells. I drove up to a drilling location about half a block north of Fitzgerald Bicycles/Snake River Brew Pub to find the driller, his helper, and the field geologist standing next to the rig (which was turning...) and staring at an extremely fit and lovely young woman as she rode past on her mountain bike. She was riding a very high-end red and black Specialized downhill bike and was dressed in matching red and black tights, red and black Specialized jersey, matching red and black helmet, Oakley shades, and a blonde ponytail bouncing behind the helmet. The three guys stood side-by-side with heads swiveling as she rode past while the drill rig operated itself. I stood next to my vehicle watching them watching her until she was gone, then they turned back to their respective jobs and saw me. I was laughing and asked, "What's the matter with you guys? Don't you have pretty women riding bicycles where you're from?" Almost in unison they said, "Not like that we don't....". :lol3

    We found out later that the local bike shops were sponsoring some kind of downhill race on Snow King Mountain the coming weekend and since the hill is so close to Fitzgerald's Bikes shop and the brew pub that the contestants were hanging out at the shop between practice runs. I suspected (from using my superior observation and deduction skillz) that the young lady was a Team Specialized professional rider.
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  14. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Today is the second anniversary of my Dad passing away. He taught me a deep love of all things out-of-doors and instilled a special place in our souls for mountains (his side of the family is from Gunnison, Colorado). So I took the day off work and went for a ride up in my local mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway to commune. What an awesome place to ride, 90% of the very light traffic was motorcycles, but DAMN there are a lot of big, long climbs up there. I parked at Whetstone Ridge (mile marker 29) and rode north towards the Skyline Drive (MM Zero). I didn't make it as far as I wanted because I seriously misjudged the damned heat and humidity. :knary I got about 15 miles down the road and said Self, I feel like a case of heat stroke coming on and my water is 3/4 gone so I am turning around. It was only around 75*F but also about 75% humidity and that section has lots of long climbs with very little shade. I was baked but still thrilled to get out and celebrate the legacy of my Dad.
  15. k7

    k7 Long pockets, short arms

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    Good job - I'm sure the old man would approve.
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  16. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    :nod

    Lots. ...but none of em seemed to be single. Lots of wives and/or girlfriends.

    M
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  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I noticed that today too. Was out for 1:34 myself. Not as hilly tho.

    It was OK if you were moving. ...just don't stop!

    M
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  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Oh, and the damper side of my Stepcast Fox fork wasn't locking out, so I asked the Fox rep to take a looksee at it.

    Ended up getting my damper rebuilt for free.

    :ricky

    M
  19. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Route 56, which crosses under the BRP near Whetstone Ridge is one of the best knee dragging stretches of pavement in VA. White's truck stop at the I-81 Steele's Tavern exit used to have a cool GP race bike display. Not sure if it is still there. Those Parkway climbs can be brutal in the hot sun.
  20. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie

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    The weekend family reunion was fun. Lots of driving though. Late nights that ended in the wee hours of the mornings followed by a long drive down a narrow mountain road back to town.
    The coffee shop on the corner across the highway opens late on Sundays. So, I only got coffee there twice.
    We hung in the soupy pools at some spa place, I think it is Iron Mountain or something. Can't remember. Hot. Not really refreshing. Near the small pools there is new-age music playing just that little bit too loud and over near the family pool there is 80's music blaring. I guess this covers the interstate noise from I-70. Pricey this hot water thing. $25 per person.
    The cousins little boys were fun. The youngest is just out of diapers I guess, he yells "poop!" repeatedly at the top of his lungs when it was time to haul him out to the restroom. :jack
    Visions of "Caddyshack".
    Sunday morning too early we got up, packed the car and I walked over to find the closed coffee shop. :devildog
    Found the starbucks at the first exit after fueling up the car, and breakfast at McDonalds. :puke2
    I don't EVER need to stop at a McDonalds again as long as I live.
    We were on the interstate and pounding out miles before 8 local time after all that. Rolled in here after a lot of traffic from Vegas on in at a bit after 8:30 in the evening our time. The California license plates begin to pile up around you about 40 miles outside Vegas, and just get worse. Idiots doing well above 70 on the shoulder while traffic is nearly stopped. :dirtdog

    On a hill between Baker and Barstow,
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    The Airbnb we had in Glenwood was nice. Built in 1903 so nothing was square, level or plumb. The back corner where our bed was has a pretty sizeable tilt.
    Take note of the door and frame in this image,
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    The door is closed. The deck seems pretty level, though it is not flat. Ski Town construction.
    The back garden was nice too.
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    Saw plenty of cyclists both dirt and road. One 9X0 adventure and one 1290 SA, lots of BMW twins big GS Adventures and only a couple of older 1150's. Loads of Harleys in all manner of costume. Yes I spelled that right. Lots of lick-n-stick pirates.
    A smattering of folks "dressed up like Gunsmoke on a Saturday night", loads of hippie-type-wannabees and hipsters who outgrew the look long ago. The herb shops seemed to be doing well. The one around the corner had an Audi Q5 parked out back. A FS S-Works on the roof.
    I did not partake. That KLR thing.
    Oldest daughter's BF had an adventure. Planes and automobiles. No trains. his flight was diverted after takeoff to LAX from SNA, where he sat for five hours for a flight to DEN, then picked up a car and drove to Glenwood alone. The original plan was he would get in early afternoon and catch a ride with the youngest daughter and her husband.
    By early evening Friday we were all together and headed up the hill to the reunion. Dinner was late after finding charcoal proved a struggle. The condo rental people seemed bothered to provide what they had stated in print they would provide.
    Not the best customer service. But, we got it done.

    I would have liked to have had a bit more than two weeks to do this. That way I could have brought my bicycles and gotten up to speed and done some riding. Climbing the stairs at the ski area showed us all that even though some have exercised regularly that extra nearly 8,000 feet makes a big difference.
    Everybody has gotten home safely by now according to all the texts that kept ringing on my phone this morning while I piddled around in the garage before the heat made the sweat pool on the floor below my head.
    I think I've figured out the oil leak on the 990. It should be simple. I just need to do a little cleaning then check further.
    There's the buzzer for the laundry again. Time to fold clothes and get ready for the next load.
    I hope I can ride tomorrow.