Bicycle thread

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

  1. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Image deleted so we don't hafta look! :eek1

    Did I forget to mention that falling thing to you? If I did, sorry.

    If yer Just Riding Along (JRA) you should try and keep yer legs spinnin about 90rpm. Between 90 and 110 is recommended. Uphill? 40-60 min. Why? Because if yer spinnin, yer primarily usin yer aerobic system insteada yer muscular system. I can garntee you that yer aerobic system is gonna outlast yer muscular system! :nod

    10% per week is about all ya wanna add to yer loops. Get good at whatcher doin afore you add LOTS more miles. DAMHIK

    M
  2. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    That's the same advice I read on another forum last year. I had no idea where I was at until I bought a computer with cadence on it. I was cruising at about 75rpm. I made that my main focus for the rest of the year, and now am usually around 88 if I just pedal and not pay attention to it. I don't feel nearly as tired at the end of the ride, but I don't know if that should be attributed to the cadence I'm keeping, or just building up endurance. :dunno
  3. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    do NOT modify your cleats! Double check the positioning of the cleat on the shoe first. You can cheat it in a little so that the release point is closer and you don't have to turn your foot as far. The next thing is practise getting out of it from a standstill.

    My body is so used to it now that once when I submarined my skis into a front somersault I did a double eject from a twist release out of the bindings. Funny as hell when I discovered I'd broken both brakes in the event, covered under warranty fortunately:razor
  4. Turbocelica

    Turbocelica Been here awhile

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    Since we're sorta on the shoe/pedal topic. Does anyone know of a mtb shoe that is clipless capable and available in extra wide??? I normally wear 4E width shoes and have previously never been able to locate a clipless compatable show in wide???

    Justin
  5. legion

    legion Pope's Nose

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    Thanks, Gummee! I definitely understand the beer budget thing. Maybe too well. Thanks for the tips re: my tail section. That hard thing on top of the seat post looks like it might fit if I greased it up first but I'm just not ready to make such a sacrifice.

    I bet my wife would be mighty excited about a mothers day present of a new-ish set of wheels though and she rides like the world is on fire compared to me. Fourth in her class in last weekend's hillclimb. There just might be a brownie point hiding in there somewhere... :thumb
  6. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    You probably won't kill them right from the get go. :D

    My trek had the Bontrager "Select" 24 spoke rear wheel- pretty much the cheapest 24 spoke rear Bontrager offers. I started riding it at 260. I never lost a spoke and it always got me home. Had it in to be trued every couple hundred miles though.

    Finally replaced under warranty last year with an even more fragile looking Race Lite. The spoke holes on the rim had started to crack.

    Bike shops like to advise us big dudes to run really high pressure- they told me 10psi over the max on the stock tires. I've found it's better to go as low as possible without pinchflatting. I typically run my 25c rear at 80-90psi now- max on this tire is 120.
  7. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    :baldy I've never brought a bicycle to a shop for repair and have been riding and fixing all of my friends bicycles since before I was a teen. I have probably changed over 500 tubes on a bicycle. I have also changed probably over a 100 motorcycle tires and well today I met my match.
    I have been sick of flat on my cyclocross bike and yesterday after one in the rain I got angry and did some research. Today I bought what are supposed to be one of if not the toughest tires made. I bought a set of Schwable Marathon's with their liner. I bought a set in 28mm and went home to mount them. I did not use any tools to get the stock tire off. Then I had to fight with the bead on the new tire just to get one side on. I had to use tire levers which never happens for the first side. Put the tube in, a bit of air in it and started on the other side. Holy crab was that a nightmare, got it on and filled it up and "hiss" I pinched the tube. Cursed a bit pulled it out and patched it. Fought with it again and put it back in and "hiss" another flat.
    Cursed more and put a new tube in and guess what "hiss"." I do not think I have pinched a tube in ten years and I did it three times. Put it on again and no pinch, but I CANNOT get the tire to seat evenly on the rim. I got pissed and gave up. I guess tomorrow I will try it with some tire lube.
    I swear I would rather mount a double rim lock hard sidewall MX tire than one of these.
    Oh and I didn't even start on the rear.:baldy
  8. legion

    legion Pope's Nose

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    Thanks. I'll let you know if the extra 40 pounds is a problem.

    It seems to have been for me. :lol3

    The road shoulders here have a lot of pea gravel on 'em from winter. I wonder if a steady diet of pebbles and low pressure might cause some trouble. Are you riding on really clean surfaces?
  9. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    i've had pretty good luck with the 'Armadillo' series of Specialized flat-proof kevlar lined tires. I'm using a 26x1.9 'Hemisphere' on my cruiser bike, that bike used to get thorn flats all the time, and I haven't had one since I switched. :deal
  10. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    Question for the experts.

    I just bought some rollers in anticipation of starting to do some epic milage at home. My cadence is very low and because i don't use clips rather erratic/ jagged.

    I'm thinking of getting clips for the bike, but i'm looking more at the egg beaters. Do I need to get special shoes to use egg beaters, or will any bike shoe work.

    THX
  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    That Klein's not gonna fit much more'n about a 25c tire (28c if they're REAL narrow for their sizes) with the way the frame geo is set up. I'd recommend going 25c for yer weight in a heartbeat. Stick Me is runnin some Mondo S-Works tires (gotta love workin for an LBS :evil) on her Ochsner and sez its MUCH more comfy than the 23c tires I had on there pumped up to 130-140psi.

    If you can find em, box section rims help smooooove out the ride. :nod Box section rims are WAY hard to find tho. MA2s and MA40s are the preferred box section clinchers in my garage. If yer going that route, go at least 36 in the back. You can get away with 32 in the front 'cause it don't support as much weight.

    AFA JRA wheels: stick with Dura Ace (D/A) or Ultegra with the above mentioned Open Pros or Velocity Aeroheads. I've run both and like em. If yer cheep, look for some older Reflex series wheels. Very similar to the Open Pros, just a few years older. :nod Oh, but DO NOT confuse em with the tubular Reflex rims. :nono You'll get a nasty surprise if you try and put some clinchers on a tubular rim!

    My personal recommendation for consumables (cassettes, chains, etc) is to go Ultegra. D/A is WAY spendy for that kinda shit. :nod

    HTH

    M
  12. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Which is it? We went over this above... You getting clipLESS pedals ie: Eggbeaters or you getting clips and straps? :ear

    If you say Eggbeaters, et al, you'll need special shoes.

    AFA wide, Shimano is prolly the widest. They have custom moldable shoes out now too.

    M
  13. legion

    legion Pope's Nose

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    It does. Thanks for the insight !

    I missed your JRA acronym earlier and googled the crap out of it. Came up w/ some kind of goop you squirt into MTB tires in Europe and thought whaaaa? :lol3 It all makes sense now. Thanks again :thumb
  14. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Hell no. I live in an old copper mining area. I'm surrounded by crushed mine rock. It's very hard, and very sharp. I use continental gatorskins and haven't had a problem. It's kind of cool when you catch a rock just right with a tire, hear a loud "PONG!" and launch it about 50 feet. :D

    Prior to that, I used the stock bontrager selects. Those things were so tough, you could probably ride on nothing but sharp metal and broken glass and not have to worry. There was a perhaps somewhat perceptible decline in ride quality. :lol3
  15. flip18436572

    flip18436572 Broke ex-YMCA employee

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    I think your last two sentences say enough. Don't worry about sending a PM. I need to find a running partner not a drinking partner. I do that enough when the band gets together to learn a few more songs or to work on our CD.
  16. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    well, before you give up entirely on the concept, google "hash house harriers" and read a few pages on the history and practice known as hashing :photog
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    You don't HAVE to drink. There's marathoners that hash... Ultramarathoners too. Also happen to be wankers like me that hash often and drink too much doing it.

    M
  18. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    did someone say drinking?
    I'm weighing in around 200 right now at the lowly height of 5'8", so I run Maxxis kevlar belted tires at 100psi min for road and 40 psi min in the wimpy little XC tires on my single speed:lol3:razor
  19. flip18436572

    flip18436572 Broke ex-YMCA employee

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    But see, I think I would be very parched and would need to increase my fluid level quite a bit when I was done, and if there were some good tasting beer at the end of a run that was cold, I would consume way too much!!! I like some of the things that they are doing, I just know that I am trying to keep my beer consumption to only when doing certain things. I like some good dark beers, and since I am a clydesdale, I am trying to stay away from them.

    A once in a while hash could still be a good thing.
  20. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I'm about the same size...

    Hashing helps when you don't drink (much). Running with the dog helps more 'cause there's no beer waiting for ya at the end. Well, there is, but its more effort than pouring out of a keg.

    M