Bicycle thread

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

  1. OC

    OC Long timer

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    I hear that... Unbiased assessments are hard to come by. Sometimes even the opinion of the layman is not worth much as they try too hard to justify their choices to others. It's human nature I guess.

    Have to admit I prefer hard riding bikes and my own steelie is very stiff in all directions although not as hard riding as my Bianchi. It was built to handle a heavy trailer pushing through the stays, often at angles. Lots of things, like the 78mm BB and its heft make it less than ideal, but it'll do. Thursday it was a short ride with the GF riding groomed gravel paths and farm fence lines that are worn smooth and fast by farmers (who aren't shy about dragging a length of chain mesh or a couple of tractor tyres around to keep them smooth) and it felt pretty good - it's the sort of thing I'd put my road bike down except for the 25C slicks (that usually ends badly) and being honest, it's the only sort of 'gravel' riding I'm interested in. Friday morning it was foot/cycle/horse worn single tracks on the MTB. Horses and courses.

    BTW, the GF decided on a Felt Fx frame set with Ultegra to replace her very well used 10-15yo MTB. It is a basic thing without the gimmicks and nose bleed tech (which always makes me wonder about durability in long term ownership) and should last her another 10-15 years doing what she's been doing.
  2. OC

    OC Long timer

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    Continental Grand Prix 4000 S2 have been near the top of the heap for a few years now. I'd suggest 25C, Conti 50g tubes and 25-30ml of Stans.
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  3. Maritimer

    Maritimer Bikeless Adventurer

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    I'll jump on the Gatorskin parade as well. Our roads are pretty crap and the last set of Gators held up to about 4000 miles. I haven't tried the hardshells. I think they would be less compliant than the regular Gators.
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  4. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    I have not noticed any difference in ride quality with the Hardshells over the regular Gatorskins, but I only have about 1000 miles on the Hardshells so far. I ride them on ratty asphalt (lots of chip seal :puke1) and occasional gravel and they grip well, seem to be really tough, roll just fine, and last forever. I took my last set of 'Skins off my bike when they "squared up" at ~4500 miles and put them on my wife's City Bike so she could experience a lower rolling resistance tire than the 42C (I think, they are FAT for road riding) sorta-knobbies her bike came with and they are still going strong.

    Now that we have tires sorted out, let's open the thread to a discussion of oil; do you prefer dino or synthetic?

    :hide

    I'm still waiting for @Gummee! to post a photo of his "new" RT with a discussion of what kind of chain and cassette he's running on it. :D
  5. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    If you've blown out the sidewalls like that, next time stick a $ in there to keep the tube from popping out of the hole. Enough to get you home.
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  6. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    Chains? On road race motorcycles, didn't run o-ring or x-ring chains. The rings cause more drag and suck up a little power. Just used clean straight roller chains that were lubed. On the street, used ringed chains. No matter how good/bad I treated them, I'd get around 15+ k out of them. Good enough for me, since the sprockets needed changing by then as well. And when the sprockets are worn out, so is the chain. Chain oilers are just silly.

    Speaking of chains, looks like the chain on the singlespeed has stretched out and needs replacement.
  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Since I haven't had to lube the chain yet, I haven't posted pics. :augie

    It HAS given me the opportunity to wear my Whale Foreskin suit again tho. :ricky

    Fixin to go ride some gravel. Getting ready for DCCX tomorrow

    M
  8. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    I too have been stuck on the gp4ks2’s. Right now I have the pink Vitoria latex air holders inside.
  9. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    Hmmm. You guys are getting crazy miles on your tires. Had both gatorskins on front and back. They both lasted 800-1000 miles maybe. Was kind of disappointed. I ride on roads and bike paths.
  10. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    My tires last forever, especially this year.
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  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Out for appx 90min just now. Coupla efforts. Coupla bits of tempo. Some seriously 'interesting' driving around me on the way back down Valley View Rd.

    Was checking stats for the year: 9665km and 424hours. 18X,XXX calories burned (according to Garmin anyway)

    Why was I checking stats? Because the hours on the bike have been going down with the earlier sunsets. Not getting in as many miles in the evenings. ...so I gotta get out in the AMs more. :nod

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  12. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Hopefully these last longer than the last set. :lurk

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  13. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    They should, but it's a shame you bought the wrong size.:lol3 25-28C would have been better.
  14. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    :nod

    At least 25c.

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  15. dogsslober

    dogsslober No neck tie, Ti neck

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    Got out with Tyler this morning then some chores and after that some COE. Total 33 miles and 2500'



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    Tyler water stop 10 miles out then back home.


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    Creek side trail, little over a mile of rocks. Some of it ridable some of it hike a bike, all fun !!
  16. Motocicletta

    Motocicletta ridetowork

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    First time up Latigo Canyon since Summer of last year.

    Replaced parts on the bike to make my old carcass climb again:



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    13 - 29 10 speed cassette and medium cage derailleur, this gets a 39 29 low gear, the previous 12 - 25 cassette was too though to climb with, new chain, new rear tire, and a new bottom bracket, the previous one developed play, it was installed in 2003 with the rest of the group when the bike was built.
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  17. Geek

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    I’ll keep that in mind for next time - thanks!

    I just went with what was already on the bike. The reality is that my Lauf bike is going to be here in a couple of weeks and this thing will get moved to the trainer.

    That should help keep it puncture free :lol3
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  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    If its going on a trainer, save the Contis for spring and run whatcha got on there till you've worn thru the cords

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  19. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie

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    But, we’re all woods fairy light. Run them with something more than trials pressures and slow. That speed bs kills man.
    Best mileage is had hanging the bike in the shed and shredding the inter webs.


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  20. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie

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    Wife and I walked a bit after the kids garage day. [​IMG]


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