Bicycle thread

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

  1. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Don't forget your studded snow tires and/or chains for the bike. When I lived in Wyoming I rode to work year-round and came to love my studded MTB tires on packed snow or ice, but DAMN anything more than a couple inches of snow increased the rolling resistance to a point that made it a serious struggle, like riding in deep loose sand. I knew some folks that tried the bicycle tire chains and, as expected, they were a complete joke - WAY too much trouble to install, very heavy (strapped to your tires where you felt every bit of it), and then you had to be The Hulk to actually pedal the chained-up bike more than a few feet through the snow. Studs are awesome, and you can get a range from heavily studded (dense pattern) to lightly studded tires. There's been no need for that around here since our winters usually consist of periods of cool damp weather with maybe some light snow and ice on the roads, then things dry out again. The big hazard is all the sand VDOT puts out on the roads, holy crap they love that stuff almost as much as chip seal. I'm a hydrogeologist and love checking out what the groundwater is doing as exposed by the freezing temps and a road cut:

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    Once the pesky leaves are off the trees a skiff of snow will accentuate the structural geology:

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    Maybe you can tell I'm ready for some cooler and drier weather - it was 85*F and very humid here yesterday, blah.
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  2. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    At 1:25 "OH SHIT! Arghhhhhh!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!" :lol3 We've all been there! Zen and the art of downhill bicycling... talking herself through it, encouraging her bike to hang in there, reassuring herself. She's FLYING at the bottom, holy crap! Awesome video!
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  3. Maritimer

    Maritimer Bikeless Adventurer

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    She's quite entertaining on Twitter, too. Or as her bio says..."show up for the bike culture and commentary, stay for the profanity "
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  4. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie

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    queued for the big screen later.
    I laid around the house yesterday feeling poorly. Better today so I changed the tires on the KTM.
    Sent the Harbor Freight changer up the road too. I have hated that thing since the first day I used it more than 12 years ago. Now it is gone.
    And for a few moments there was a tire changing stand sized hole in my garage.
    It is like shoveling sand.

    Now, my hands and fingers are cramping. Old age is lovely. My left hand is pretty useless right now. I know for certain I can't pull in the clutch on the KTM or the brake on the bicycle. I tired. I was thinking since I was already tired and sweaty I might as well ride. So much for that.
    I think I'll just pay some guy to change my tires from now on.:gerg

    Now speaking of tires and tubeless stuff these GOlden Tires now are available with what they call FTS.
    FTS is a system of a bonded tube inside a tire so you end up with a sort of tubeless set up. You can just plug punctures.
    I bet they are a bitch to mount though. I need to get another one of those valve stem fishing tools. Mine wandered off a couple of decades ago.

    Caution, sexy non-bicycle related photo::lol3
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    66,000 miles.
    Anyway the bicycles now pack a little better in there.
    I hope to have functional flippers tomorrow.
  5. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Sent the Harbor Freight changer up the road too. I have hated that thing since the first day I used it more than 12 years ago. Now it is gone.
    And for a few moments there was a tire changing stand sized hole in my garage.
    It is like shoveling sand.


    :lol3

    I have changed my tires by hand since I was able to help my Dad fix the things I wrecked/punctured as a little kid (moto riding for 55 years and counting!). I've always wondered about those HF changers; if I got one, could I do my car tires etc.? Prolly... Last time I had a car tire fixed it was $28 to pull a little nail and put in a plug-patch, seems like robbery. Then what about balancing the freaking things? Can I get an adapter for my Parnes balancer? Prolly not... Then I hear comments like yours and resign myself to just paying the robbers and getting on with my day without self-inflicted wounds and pushing the limits of the equipment I can afford to own. I bought $1200 worth of tires for the cars in one month earlier this year and now my truck wants a set (3/4-ton 4X4 truck needs 10-ply rated tires at +$200 each). It never ends.

    That shore is a purty KTM. :tb
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  6. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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  7. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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  8. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    The peer pressure was overwhelming. Neither of the 2 people that showed up at the shop tonite wanted to go ride in the mist.

    Grrr

    If I'd had a headlight, I'd have gone anyways, but...

    M
  9. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    That's a sweet looking KTM

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  10. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie

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    I gave the HF stand away to a friend.
    I find the hand tools I carry on the bike are better.
    It seems I may have dislocated and popped back in the knuckle of my left first finger. I’d done this the first time fifty years ago.
    This time I was cleaning the wheels on that 990. It bends but hurts back to the middle of my hand. Not a lot of grip. I figure it is slowly getting better if I stop abusing it.
    Just got told I’m working construction tomorrow. That should do my hand a lot of good.


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  11. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    I thought a person was supposed to relax and take it easy during retirement?? Maybe I'm not so interested in doing that anymore. :nah



    Just kidding. I think it sounds great to get to do what you want to do every day even if it's hard work. Go slow, it will heal. :thumb
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  12. OC

    OC Long timer

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    :imaposerThat's what I thought until I tried it. I was dragged out of retirement and although I only work a couple of days a week I've got so much of other stuff going that I have never been as busy as I am now. I've never enjoyed it as much either.

    It is looking more and more like I'll keep going until I drop which I don't think is such a bad way to go out.
  13. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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  14. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    What are you running for lights?
  15. Oznerol

    Oznerol Motion Enthusiast

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    The shop I usually buy tires at usually mounts and balances for free, if you bring them the wheels off the bike.

    A few weeks ago I had them put a new rear on the new-to-me 525, which has a Tubliss setup in the back. They charged me $20 labor this time, because they had to do the change by hand due to the tubeless system. Then the Tubliss inner bladder started leaking while I was bringing the wheel home. Rather than take it back to them, I used the levers I carry on the bike to pull the tire off, and replaced the bladder with one I bought a while back for the WR but never got around to installing. Reinstalled the tire with the on-bike tools, too.

    On inspecting the failed bladder, I think this was an existing issue due to mis-installation of the Tubliss by a previous owner, not a screwup by the shop.

    But I'm going to get a balancing stand and keep doing my own tire installs using my on-bike hand tools. It wasn't as bad as I remembered, and was a big confidence builder that I'll be able to do it in the boonies. I figure regular practice can only help, and it'll also give me a chance to check the Tubliss bits' condition from time-to-time.

    No bicycling since last weekend. Did a short run on Tuesday, but otherwise I've been "tapering" for this weekend's trip to the Sierras on the 525. Loaded the bike last night. Leaving mid-day today. Noon can't come soon enough.

    (Still a little jealous of Geek's Fruita photos, though.)
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  16. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie

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    Marc Parma balance stuff are cool. I have an old stand and used to have a Parns. Tho I don’t know where it is if it is still here.
    Best stand I ever had was a 30 gallon oil drum with split hose around the top and a sack of concrete in the bottom. Changed tires for years with that set up and never scratched a rim.


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  17. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie

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    “Parma” = Parns


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  18. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    I started the bike trip last Sunday ( it's Friday as I'm typing this.)I'm doing this on my phone.it sucks.I gave up doing it on the phone ,I'm at a library
    Left from Havelock to Otway,traffic wasn't bad.I bet I saw10 groups of HD types with cuts each group had at least 30 riders.

    In Otway I stayed behind a fire station.They let use the bathroom and gave ice,I ended the day watching the Packers barely beat the Cowboys,I don't like the Cowboys so that was good.

    Monday I Made it to Ocarcoke ( sp. ) got to ferry at 11:45 for the 1:00 ferry ticket lady said no ferry until 4:00. not a happy camper split a $ 30 campsite,because it was too late by the time I got to find anything else. Between the beers and lunch waiting for the ferry,then a $ 15 campsite it was budget busting day. I made up for it later.

    Tuesday Ocarcoke to Avon I ran around the island and did some errands,And sent some weight home. I'm glad I did this trip south to north I had Tailwinds up the coast. I did some touristy stuff on Hatteras ( Graveyard of the Atlantic,Hatteras lighthouse.) Stopped just before Avon rested and ate.At 6:45 I still had no place to stay.Talked to guy in a parking lot,I told him all I need is a yard,Do you know any body with a yard.He said I've got a yard and You are welcome to stay there.Great, I got all set up.The Mossies were horrible went up to a Food Lion bought Yard spray and Deep woods OFF. I got back sprayed the yard and me,about that time Leroy came back and said "I forgot to tell you there's an outdoor shower with hot and cold water.Great again.



    Wednesday Avon to Duck. Had some coffee ate a Banana, and apple hit the rode it was gonna be a long day.A little over 60 miles by Goggle Maps. Stopped at a rest stop with shade and a picnic table had oatmeal more coffee. I left there at 11:00 with 50 miles to go.I got an email confirming a Home stay( Warm showers) had to get there by 4:00.Had a tailwind,But the problem with a Tailwind it;s Hot,and it was humid. My phone died about 3 miles from their house.I was glad the lady at the convenience store was correct with her directions. Got there and the hosts were great. thunder and lighting woke me up at 5:00.


    Duck to Rest stop Today was all about going easy.Did errands and off into head wind. The storms finished before I left that was good.Of course I started off the wrong way stopped and asked direction ( turn in my "Guy Card" ) I just rode not fast.About 2:00 I stopped for a late lunch early dinner and rode some more.Pulled into a rest stop just it started spitting rain,Ok,I'll charge my phone while I'm resting and eating(get the theme here).Took off and sloged up the road luckily I stopped at this library,over a scary bridge over the intercoastal waterway.I;ll use their internet ,started hunting for my phone.........Oh F**k I left my phone at the rest stop.The silver lining in I had a tailwind back (over the scary bridge) and the phone was fully charged. The wind was really hammering by this time,so I ended up staying there. Was hidden behind a full dumpster all was all well until 5:00 when the dumpster truck showed up,I was awake being Friday, I thought that it may happen. I jumped up and waved at the driver threw the bike and odds and ends out of the way,so he could do he's job and not crush my bike and or hurt me. It's Friday we'll see where I'll be tonight.More head-cross winds..so more fun. I'll post pics when I get home,and don't expect daily updates.

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  19. Ridge

    Ridge Mischevious Disruptor

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    Sounds like dirtbag touring thus far... good stuff!
  20. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    ^ Well THAT sounds like a proper adventure!:clap Keep us posted.:deal