Bicycle thread

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

  1. thencamebronson

    thencamebronson Takin' a trip?

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    What is the consensus on slime tubes for road bikes? My experience has been less that satisfactory. Last summer I bought two and put them on my bike, or tried to put them on. Both blew out at 85 PSI (the max pressure for the cross tires I was running. I must have forgotten that because I orderd two more last week after two flats caused by small wires I picked up.

    Last night I put on the front, pumped it up to 120 and walked away. About ten minutes later, POW. Is it me, or is it the tubes.
  2. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Dunno. Prolly a little of both. :dunno

    IMO you're better off with the kevlar liners (not Mr Tuffys :nono Too farging heavy and a PITA)

    One of the ways to get a sealant inside yer tire is Tufo sealant. You'll hafta have valves you can take the cores out of... Put the Tufo goop in there and you *should* be :thumb. Vittoria Pit Stop is supposed to be good stuff too, but I haven't used it. Wanted to, just haven't. Oh, with both of these, you use regular tubes. :nod

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  3. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    It's sunny and beautiful outside. But, 42 degrees. :bluduh
    I have no idea how to dress for riding when it's not hotter than hell outside. Let me guess, about 200 pages ago, this was discussed thoroughly? Anybody wanna help a poser out?:ear
  4. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    base
    light insulating layer
    SS jersey
    vest
    thick-ish arm warmers

    shorts
    tights or knee warmers or leg warmers
    toe booties or shoe covers

    DO NOT wear cotton. :nono

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  5. Bimble

    Bimble In giro in moto

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    Yup, you got it, Gummee. Layering is where it's at.

    Cover your ears, too. There are several brands of hats made for fitting under a helmet that work great. A neck gaiter is nice, too.
  6. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Busted by the Man! :lol3

    OK, so we weren't actually cyclocross racing *in* the cemetary, just at the park next door, but it must have been close enough.

    Apparently once the mayor started getting phone calls at home, they sent in the police. :lol3

    We had permission and everything, so they just took all our beer (Hey, those were our trophies!) and left.

    It was about 37 degrees out, so nobody really missed the beer much anyway. We just want to know where the cops are going to be partying tonight. :freaky
  7. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    Ok. I've got plenty of underarmor cold weather base layer stuff, so that's a start. It's supposed to be a little warmer tomorrow, so I can probably get by with a ride in my typical stuff with just an underarmor shirt and tights over my normal gear. I need to find a way to make riding in to the 40's doable. I'll guess I'll go look at arm and leg warmers, a vest, shoe covers and gloves tomorrow. I just happen to be working down the street from the performance bike shop. :1drink
  8. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    I ride down to about 45 degrees with biking shorts, shoes, helmet, and short sleeve biking jersey. Once it gets below 40, I sometimes add a long sleeve biking jersey (over the ss jersey), I don't cover the legs til it gets to about 25 or so.

    You should be cold the first 10 minutes (or so) of your ride (otherwise, you overdressed).

    Cold tolerance is something that can be acquired.

    YMMV.:norton
  9. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    It got up to the low 50's here today. To cut the grass, then take the boy fishing, I wore long johns under jeans, medium thickness wool socks in insulated boots, an underarmor long sleeve base layer, t shirt, long sleeve tshirt, then a hoodie sweatshirt(yes, four layers). That was with plenty of sunshine. :uhoh

    I am one cold blooded mofo. It can get up to 80 and I'll still be wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts.
  10. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    :nono Cover them knees! Old rule of thumb: if its below 60, put something over yer knees. :nod I fudge that a bit and go mid-50s, but the thought's the same.

    I'm sure this is true. If yer warm at first, yer gonna be too farging hot here REAL soon. :nod

    Oh, and always ride into the headwind on the first part of yer ride, that way you have the tailwind (in theory!) on the way home. Do it the other way and yer gonna be bucking a headwind when yer all sweaty an shit. Not nearly as much fun. :nah DAMHIK :baldy

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  11. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber "Tacticool"

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    There is never a tailwind...:norton
  12. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Sure there is!

    Yer just going the wrong way!

    :D

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  13. rexbro

    rexbro Been here awhile

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    Bucks County Pa Covered Bridges Ride is coming up this weekend. Fun ride with some very nice scenery.
  14. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    Maybe 205, but I don't remember seeing it...

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    They make it seem rather difficult to fall off a bicycle.

    :norton
  15. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    I knew htose fixies were good for *something*...
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  16. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Unless you live on the front range of Colorado. As I recall it was always uphill and into the wind in every direction.:huh

    Very rarely I was able to get a tailwind on the way back home. Usually the wind flipped and I'd be in pain.
  17. JeffPrice

    JeffPrice Primitive CoDriver

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    Wind is the worst - and there is NO such thing as a tailwind [except that this is created by the powerbar lunches....].

    I commute year-around here in PDX,OR [15 miles give or take depending on the mood]. Including ice and snow and the rain and some hail...blah blah blah....and have ridden in temps from 106 F to 12 F. I cheat and keep to the hardtail for the winter riding [have yet to build up that cyclocross bike with disks]...

    Hands are the hardest to me - below 20 degrees and I double layer a pair of moutaineering mitts over mid-weight REI riding gloves. For mid-20's and 30's I go with a set of weather resistant Performance heavy gloves.

    Agree on the under 50's - knee protection. Be it knickers or tights over the rest. Wool clothing is popular here and readily available on-line [but somewhat pricey].

    Go with thermal/poly tops of varying weights from REI [zipper necks for venting]. Light vest [Zephyr] for a chill or rain cape [gotta love Phil and Paul] for chill and rain. Around freezing and I add a micro fleece top. The head gets a doo rag all the year because I'm follically challenged and when it is mid-20's a turtle fur ear/head band thing.

    Feet get the cheap $19 performance full booties for rain and cold. If it is snowy and in the teens - I actually add plastic bags inside the shoes over the socks to trap heat.

    Also full fenders for the wet...

    40's is nothing! :lol3
  18. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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  19. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber "Tacticool"

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    Every time I open the thread and see this I cringe a bit. Layering is good but most people do not do it right. In cycling and climbing I teach a new layering:

    I call it climb/cycle naked.

    Most people put on their base layer, then a mid layer, then some insulation, and then an outer layer, and then a shell, etc etc etc...

    Then they start to move and immediately overheat and have to stop. Then take of their shell, and their outer layer and their insulation, and their inner layer then put back on their insulation and so on ad naseum.

    Dress as lightly as possible for the conditions you are in. Gummee (I believe) said it earlier. Start out cold. Do not just layer up blindly and go forth. Or you shall be hot, sweaty, wet and cold in short order.

    So take off your layers and free yourself! :clap
  20. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    I'm naked right now.