Bicycle thread

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

  1. Oznerol

    Oznerol Motion Enthusiast

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    Pics from my recent road-trip to Utah, here:

    http://ericlorenzo.smugmug.com/gallery/8112015_4hkT6

    Not all bike related, but it was a major part of the trip, so I'm going to inflict a report on you guys. This was the second spring in a row we've done such a trip west, though this year we went a bit further away and for a longer period.

    We left Boston the evening of Friday, May 1. We drove pretty much 2 days straight from there, taking turns at the wheel and sleeping a few hours in the car at rest stops each night. We've been traveling this way on road trips at least twice a year for the past few years, and at this point we've pretty much got the long-distance drive down to a science.

    Iowa had sprouted a lot of these since last year:

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    Midday sunday found us in Fruita, in western Colorado. We spent a few days in the Fruita/Grand Junction area on last year's trip, and it's definitely a place worth spending some time in. But this year we just pulled off the highway, drove 1/2 mile to the trailhead, spent a couple hours riding, and then loaded back up and continued our drive to Hurricane, UT, near Zion National Park.

    The next several days were spent in the Zion area where we did some...

    Biking:

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    Day-hiking:

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    Car-camping:

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    And canyoneering:

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    There's a ton of good riding in that area, with a lot of variety (i.e. both slickrock tech-fests like Gooseberry Mesa, and fast flowy desert singletrack). And the variety of other stuff to do is pretty great, too. The one down note on this part of the trip was that we didn't get to hike the Zion Narrows, probably the park's best-known and most unique trail, due to a heavy flow of water from snowmelt.

    From Zion we drove to the opposite corner of the state, to visit a friend and climbing partner of ours who relocated to Park City about this time last year and quickly discovered mountain biking:

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    PC was in the midst the transition from ski season to bike season. The lowest bike trails were dry and rideable, and the highest slopes were still skiable. Lots of fun riding here, and we got in some bouldering as well. Probably the highlight ride of this part of the trip was the Glenwild loop, which fits the west-coast-trail stereotype of "Long switchbacky grind up the mountain side, blistering switchbacky descent back down, and you're done" almost perfectly.

    We'd planned to go from PC to Boulder for the last part of our trip, but I heard Moab calling, so we rerouted to spend a couple of days there. On our trip to Moab last year I'd skipped the Slickrock trail, and I wanted to remedy that situation:

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    The Moab stop turned out to be a bit of a mistake. The main problem is that by this time of year it's just too hot for us, for much of the day. And it turns out that I prefer slickrock in more measured doses -- mix it in with some tree-lined singletrack, as you find on Gooseberry Mesa, and it's great. But the 100% slickrock of the so-named trail (and the relentless sun) got old for me pretty quick. We rode the practice loop, realized we weren't having much fun (and were too low on water to safely attempt the full route) and packed up. But not before I had an OTB incident that left my rear shifting squirrelly.

    So we made plans to leave the next morning, leaving me the afternoon free to do something silly. On last year's trip to Moab I met up with ADV'er fifthcircle and a friend of his, and we shuttled to the top of the Porcupine Rim trail and rode back down. During that ride we occasionally passed folks who were climbing the trail, riding it as an out-and-back. I thought it was a little nutty, and joked with the riders I saw doing it that they were going the wrong way. But I've gotten a little nutty and have learned to enjoy the sense of achievement I get at the top of a tough climb, and I was feeling a good bit fitter than last year, so I decided to attempt to ride Porc as an out-and-back.

    I figured I'd load up with extra water and plenty of food, and ride up until either I reached the top or my supply of water or daylight had fallen below a certain level. This would have been more reasonable if I hadn't started the ride at 1pm when the heat was near its peak, or had eaten more that day prior to the ride.

    After about 30 minutes I was already bargaining with myself: "Ok, gotta at least make it 2 miles in". Every 15 minutes or so I had to stop and sit in the shadow of a boulder or a tree to cool down for a bit. As I got higher I got more airflow and the heat became less brutal, so I ended up making it about 5.5 miles in before I turned around and headed back:

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    The descent wasn't nearly as much fun as last years', when I shuttled up and wasn't already suffering mentally and physically from a grueling climb. This time I pretty much felt like crap by the time I got to the bottom. I figured the headache was from dehydration, but water, electrolytes, and painkillers did nothing for me. I didn't really improve until my girlfriend dragged me out of the motel that night to keep her company at dinner, though I was feeling too nauseous to eat anything myself. I poured a Coke down my throat and almost instantly felt much better. Apparently I just needed sugar.

    So we fled Moab and headed for Boulder, stopping again in Fruita on the way. First we re-visited the trails at the Loma exit that we'd ridden during the drive out. During this ride my rear shifting grew a lot more annoying, frequently ghost shifting. I knew from the way it was acting that I'd almost certainly bent the derailleur hanger -- the same thing had happened last year, and this year I'd brought along a spare hanger just in case. But I didn't want to use the spare hanger if the old one was salvageable, so we drove into town, dropped the bike off at a shop, and ate a pizza and wandered around a bit. A hour later the mechanic had gotten back from his own lunch and realigned the hanger without breaking it, and my shifting was once again nice and crisp.

    We did another ride in the afternoon -- just a quick loop at the 18 road trails, up Prime Cut and down Kessel Run:

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    If the last swoopy mile of the ride down Kessel Run doesn't put a huge grin on your face, your inner child is dead.

    Then we loaded up the bikes and drove over the Rocky Mountains to Boulder. We spent a couple of days in Boulder, but they were pretty quiet and relaxing. I was ready for a break from pedaling, so we didn't do any biking in this area. We saw a movie one night, tried some bouldering at a local crag. We visited Rocky Mountain National Park briefly, but many of the trails were still snowed over, and the altitude started bothering me, so we didn't do much there. On our last day, we went to Eldorado Canyon, to hike a bit and watch rock climbers:

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    Then we played a round of mini-golf and visited the climbing gym and did a bit of indoor bouldering. Finally we stopped by the Velodrome that a couple of the Boulder folks on this thread have written about. It was a thursday night and the schedule on their website said they'd have racing, so we wanted to go and spectate for a little while. For some reason it was closed.

    Disappointed, we got in the car and started driving east. The next day we saw these again:

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    And the day after that we were home, and the tree branches that had been bare when we left were lush and green with leaves.

    We're already planning next year's trip.
  2. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    Very nice looked like a lot of fun!!! :thumb
  3. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    Went out bike shopping this morning. I still haven't decided on anything in particular, but it happened that two of the dealers both had trek. Looking at the same model, one shop said I would do best to start with a 58 frame, and they would fit me and get all the correct size components to make it fit perfect. The other shop wants me to start with a 64 frame and do the same. :baldy

    I think I'll just find a used one and ride it for awhile and see what I think. :dunno
  4. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Went for a 28 mile ride this morning finally after a week in meetings, and dropping $460 on this boat anchor,
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    Figured out I think I can buy the campy record derailleur for the rear, (10-speed), then the wheel set, and then I can use them with my friction shifters. :clap

    Probably do different chainrings on the front for now, though.
  5. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber "Tacticool"

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  6. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    The money budgeted for the Campy derailleur had to be used to buy the starter for the bigger bike.
  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    :cry

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  8. Range Motorsport

    Range Motorsport Junk collector

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    Sometimes I worry myself with how abitious and crazy I am...


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6Fhs6rvIY4
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  9. sixer

    sixer I suffer from Ainrofilac

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    Creepy but looks like a good time. Thanks for sharing. :freaky
  10. flip18436572

    flip18436572 Broke ex-YMCA employee

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    Thanks for the video.
  11. soewe812

    soewe812 Wag more Bark less

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    So I rode the 50 miler Friday. The group I rode with was so slow it took us 10 hours. Needless to say, but my ass is sore. I actually rode 54 miles because I would push my friend and his son up the longer climbs, circling back for the other and leapfrogging them up the hill. Riding at night was interesting. I think an investment in some proper lighting is in the future(HID). :evil

    The downside is that my bottom bracket developed a bit of a click on this ride. It is worse when out of the saddle, but slightly clicks twice each revolution of the pedals. Any recommendations for corrective action?
  12. flip18436572

    flip18436572 Broke ex-YMCA employee

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    I need a vacation to some of the places you people live by. B E A utiful pictures. I did a short 25 mile ride as I have some music to go play at a winefest, but I can basically show small hills with dirt and small corn plants. Sorta like watching paint dry compared to most of the pictures here.
  13. Weirdo

    Weirdo Welcome to you're "DOOM"

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    Pulled the trigger on a new ride yesterday, kind of blew the budget too. Oh well, can't take it with you, right?

    It's a Knolly Endorphin Comes in at 33 lbs, which is 11 lighter than my Norco VPS 6. Took it out for a moderately technical ride yesterday and was all over the map. I'm having to learn to ride again.

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    Going to change out the bars for some risers and see if it helps. I just love the bike, but it doesn't feel like home yet.
  14. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    It was a new build, so first step is to make sure everything's tight. The pedals are a big culprit. Loose crankarms may be too. The BB takes a special tool that you may/may not wanna buy now.

    After that, if it still don't stop, it may and stess MAY be the frame.

    Pedals are generally a 6mm allen. Crankarms are 8mm. BB is the second tool that Shimano made.

    HTH

    M
  15. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    From those of us that live in a desert, I'd LOVE to see corn growing!

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  16. soewe812

    soewe812 Wag more Bark less

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    Should I just check tightness, or dis-assemble lube and re-assemble?
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    First check tightness. If that don't fix it, disassemble and re-lube/re-tighten.

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  18. soewe812

    soewe812 Wag more Bark less

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    Thanks. Will do.
  19. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Then I got to do this today instead of riding,
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    A few more trips to the hardware store should finish part of this project, until I tear out the counter and re-finish the cabinets.

    What does this have to do with bicycles?

    Money my friends, money. That faucet is ringing the register at about $280 so far, including bits I have replaced.

    Buys me some slack in the budget too.
    Yesterday I did some surfing for parts. Found out the old C-record 135mm ring mounts can be an issue. No 34, for the inner, but I can find a 50.

    Hmm, so no compact.

    Oh, well. That means, crank, then wheels, then derailleurs then new frame, and then go nuts... Or, just blow the budget after I refinish the bathroom cabinets and replace the while tile floor with something less 80's...


    Probably do pedals and shoes first though tilework sucks. :evil

    The new vogue 23mm tires don't fit into my rear triangle when filled with air. Lovely. I take this to indicate that new bikes are stiffer than my old steel is real handmade Italian stallion couch cushion. :lol3
  20. Downagain?

    Downagain? n00b

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    i am coming at it from the opposite side, having been bicycling all my life (well at least 50 of 57 years) and only recently started motorcycling. I have done many triathlons and 4 Ironmans. My advice is stay away from time trial bikes unless you like pain. The riding position is so uncompromisingly "aero" on them that you will stop before you start. I would get a good standard road bike, with emphasis on getting the right frame size and a good quality "groupo", like Shimano Ultegra or Campy Athena. My two cents worth.