Bicycle thread

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

  1. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    That's not what he was talking about!

    :eek1

    Seriously. Sometimes ya get it right and are comfy thru the whole ride and sometimes ya don't. :nah I've gotten it wrong as often as I've gotten it right. :bluduh Usually err on the side of too much rather than not enough. We have inmates riding in AK in the winter, so we ALL know it can be done. :nod

    I don't actually own a lot of very warm layers. Of those, what I DO own, I usually wear doing something other than riding! My PI Thermafleece jersey is a MC layer. My fleece tights go skiing. Etc. Mostly what I wear are midweight or lighter. I just wear several of em. I have several different weights of baselayers, midlayers, etc. I usually just put a regular jersey over top of em. :nod I also usually wear a vest vs. a jacket cause its easier to adjust temps with yer arms 'free.'

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  2. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber "Tacticool"

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    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little... :puke1

    Cycling is a bit easier with arm warmers and leg warmers etc. When I went on some trips with the Colorado Mountain Club it was pathetic. Hike 10 minutes and do a "clothing adjustment" for 20 minutes. Rinse and repeat. In the mean time I'd be freezing my ass off on the side of the trail.

    But sometimes you get it right and warm up to the right temp, and some times ice drips off your nose.
  3. Bimble

    Bimble In giro in moto

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    :lol3

    I have the hardest time when temps are in the low twenties to the teens. It's just plain friggin' cold. I've come off ski trails all frosty on more than one occasion.

    But, yeah, warmer temps it is easy to over do it. Experience helps with dressing for individual habitus.
  4. notmike

    notmike Been here awhile

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  5. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    i tried some rollers yesterday afternoon :eek1

    man that was scary! I thought that my pedal technique was pretty good - NOPE

    goign to do a fair bit of practice on a wind trainer and then maybe get some

    was allright when I was focused on a rock about 40feet in front - for about 1 minute and then off the side.......

    can see their benefit - of giving me a broken arm!

    any advise any one?

    Hay Ewe
  6. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Practice Practice Practice :deal

    When I first got mine I fell off so many times it wasn't funny but I figured it out in the end and I haven't fallen off in ages and I can even do 1 handed now.
  7. TandemGeek

    TandemGeek Hors Category

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    Read this...

    http://www.sportcrafters.com/frequently_asked_questions.htm#Roller_Riding_Tips_

    They touch on all of the key points.

    It's mostly mental and being smooth is the key. High revs, smooth cadence, soft hands on the handlebar end up being the keys.
  8. flip18436572

    flip18436572 Broke ex-YMCA employee

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    Don't try to steer the bike. You lean the bike to move on the rollers.

    Practice in a doorway, until you feel comfortable. DON'T look at the front wheel.

    Once your speed is over 10 mph you get smoother and can ride for long periods without any problems. I ride on the aerobars on the rollers for usually 5 - 7 miles and then sit up and ride one handed or just fingertips on the edges. I always keep one hand on the bars.

    Good cadence, good speed and good pedal stroke usually keep you on the rollers. I have ridden mountain bike, road bike and comfort bike on my rollers. Road bike is what I prefer.
  9. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    thanks
    I like the idea of practice in a door way, that makes sense

    I opend the link to book mark it for later and the first picture i see is a bloke riding rollers with no hands - kinda awesome but also also nervous at the same time

    looking fwd to the challenge

    thanks

    Hay Ewe
  10. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber "Tacticool"

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    Choose the right sized doorway and maintain your balance by just touching the door frame with your elbows as you need it. But don't rely on the prop too much. Learn to pedal smooth and then get out of the door.
  11. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    So I actually rode a bicycle yesterday. :eek1

    The Pedalphiles Hash had its 3rd analversary and Stick really really wanted to go. So we did.

    Lots of streets in/around Shooter's Bar and Grill. Not much to tell about urban riding except ya gotta watch for manhole covers! One of em snuck up on my and if I hadn't gotten my hands on my drops, I'da had a stem in my chest and prolly woulda crashed. :patch It was a close thing. :nod I was talkin to Stick on trail and WHAMMO!

    That tree cast a dark shadow and I basically wasn't payin attention.

    Luckily, I'm not writing this in a cast, with a busted up face, or any of that. :nah

    :thumb

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  12. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    When you get good enough, you can ride no hands, drink, eat, change TV channels, etc.

    :nod

    I haven't quite mastered the skill of just hopping on and going without a prop. Just don't have the need to. :nah

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  13. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Back when I had rollers, I had a basement. Unfinished. Perfect for this activity since it was cool and away from attention. More importantly there were the exposed overhead beams of the floor above that were perfectly suited for an overhead handhold for beginning. I used a couple of wooden boxes placed at the sides of the rollers as steps onto the saddle. The down side of this is after a big workout, I could barely get myself back upstairs.:lol3

    I eventually got to where I could pull a jersey off while riding the rollers. But after my last crash off them, (watching motorcycle roadracing tapes on TV), and leaning into the turn drops you off the rollers onto the floor and moving pretty good. I managed to miss the television and bounce off the wall and daybed, so no damage to the bike or me. The daybed did not fair so well. Those little legs snapped.:lol3

    I gave the rollers away to a younger fellow with the stipulation that he could never return them.:rofl

    I had a very cheap set from Nashbar, or Performance. Plain bearings, and a real workout to do an hour on them. I got to where if it was too cold to ride, I'd go skate for a few hours. In Colorado the days were rare when I couldn't get a ride in with the right kit that is.
  14. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    :lol3 I hadn't thought about the forward component of falling off of rollers, just the sideways. Now I have a much funnier mental image!
  15. 309

    309 Special Purpose

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    I'm in love:

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    SE Stout 29er.

    Picked this up today. I've always wanted a bike that was like a big BMX bike but would let me get proper leg extension while sitting. The new generation of steel single speed 29ers built by companies with BMX backgrounds fit this bill nicely. Just a few rides and it's already one of my favorite bikes ever. all for $399!

    Jut some disc brakes, a BMX bar and stem, and some cr-mo 3 piece cranks away from perfection.

    Sweet.
  16. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    Cr-moly CRANKS?? say huh? Sure, use a steel axle if you're a real masher, but cranks?? ain't never heard of noone, and I mean no one, bending/breaking decent aluminum alloy cranks. :loco
  17. Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown Sweeter than YooHoo

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    ok kids.

    anyone got a good clothign site that has suuper deals for socks/leg warmers/arm warmers/maybe a bib knicker?

    not performance, pricepoint, jensenusa, etc. but something i ahvent seen before.

    im thinking of commuting via bike and need some stuff.
  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    :nod

    You wanna PM me or you want it here?

    :D

    www.longscycles.com

    :thumb

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  19. 309

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    I have snapped "decent" Truvativ aluminum alloy crank arms in half just pedalling. My 235lbs. coming off a jump to flat ground would put out more force than that.

    Tubular cr-mo cranks have been the standard on high quality BMX bikes for a long time now and are also used by lots of folks in the urban/freeride/downhill scenes.

    It all started with Redline Flight Cranks, which are still available.

    [​IMG]

    I'll be putting a similar set on the new bike. I doubt that I'd break the ones it came with, but I love the look of these and well, I want them.
  20. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    Thanks for the link that doesn't work. :doh