Bicycle thread

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

  1. mellowdave

    mellowdave Красное октябрь

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    Right now it DOES suck to be me, all those beautiful bikes are in the garage with my wife steadily piling more crap on top of them. My daughter emails me telling me all the things "Mommy" does to my motorcycle and bicycles...

    Thank goodness for little tattle tales...
  2. playzNmud

    playzNmud I love pedal derby

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  3. flip18436572

    flip18436572 Broke ex-YMCA employee

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    The wind kicked my ass today both mentally and physically.

    Any tips, other than get more aero and peddle faster and harder?
  4. Oznerol

    Oznerol Motion Enthusiast

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    One suggestion I've heard but never tried, is that in gusty headwind, soft-pedal when the wind is blowing hard, and save your energy to pedal hard during the lulls. Physics-wise it makes sense; You spend less energy overcoming drag that way.
  5. Bimble

    Bimble In giro in moto

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    That and a healthy dose of acceptance.

    Wind is what it is.
  6. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I was in REI today and I since I wasn't sure if they trued wheels, I figured I'd ask. Guy (who did seem a bit clueless) told me it was $25 for one service (no idea what it included) and $15 for just truing. When I told him I also had a couple spokes needed replacing, he told me they couldn't true a wheel with a couple spokes broken and they wouldn't try it.

    Was he blowing smoke or do I need to look for a new wheel ?
  7. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    I've replaced broken spokes on old school lotsa-spoke (36?) wheels, no problem. then you true them up. I've been known to use an inverted bike as a truing stand... on them modern too-few spoke wheels, I got no idea.

    I'd go to a real bike shop. REI is a camping-etc store, great place to get tents and clothes.
  8. sixer

    sixer I suffer from Ainrofilac

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    My new bike bling came in the mail today. :clap

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    I only got a short 2 mile road ride in but I'm loving them so far.
  9. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Mind over matter, learn to love it-there's not much of a damned thing you can do about it. :lol3


    yeah, like he said, take it to a real bike shop. If it's not dented too bad you should be able to fix it right up.
  10. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    I had a fun day that started with a nice surf session, then a mixed 3 hour road/offroad ride on my 640, from there I went to a wine and cheese business thingy followed by a nice mtn bike ride. yay:clap
  11. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    over memorial day weekend, I was at the Strawberry Music Festival, and Sunday afternoon, some friends roped me into a mtn bike ride. these guys all had fancy Specialized FSR disk kinda bikes, and I had brought our junk bikes to the festival, so I traded my 5 speed cruiser for my old stumpjumper hardsteel ...

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    we probably only rode a dozen miles, but much of it was single track on the edge of Yosemite National Park.... cracked me up some, I was doing better on the more technical sections on this old beast than they were on their pogoframes... the guy's wife is a good rider, their kids and husband no so much so.

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    and, then back to the music :)

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  12. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    looks like fun:thumb
  13. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Whatcha selling?!

    OH, you mean PEDAL!

    Gotcha.

    :norton

    To answer the question: always go out into the headwind. That way, you get the workout in while yer fresh. This is especially important in the winter.

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  14. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I get that on my cross bike a lot. :nod Yer riding THAT where?!

    :ricky

    Funny thing is, I like it better off-road than most mtn bikes I've ridden. Maybe its the tires, maybe its the geometry, maybe its just me. :dunno

    M
  15. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    When I lived in Colorado, it seemed to always be uphill and into the wind both ways.:huh

    I got used to it. Learned to spin to save my knees. And got strong.

    Now? I'm a fat bastard who still rides uphill both ways into the damn wind.:lol3



    At least I'm the guy "breaking wind"...:rofl
  16. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    oh yes-uphill into the wind both ways. Nothing like staggering out of the bar at 4 am with an hour of uphill to get home:razor
  17. Superhawk

    Superhawk Been here awhile

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    My single speed - IRO - geared 32x18, manitou minute 2.00 fork, XT crankset and avid discs. I have a full suspension Klein and a geared hardtail but once I started riding single speed I havent touched any other bike. My legs were never so strong riding a geared bike ! I'm thinking about building a 29" SS next :D

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  18. Javarilla

    Javarilla Escapee

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    The cyclist's version of...

    These stairs go on forever...

    And the handrail is killing my back...

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  19. Javarilla

    Javarilla Escapee

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    Remember to refactor your gearing!
  20. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    OK folks, nice weather here this weekend so I need to get my bike on the road and so I need to know, 2 broke spokes = no chance to true a wheel so I need a new one or the guy at REI was a moron :ear