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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
Film at 11?
It only counts if you Puke up half a lung.
First ride of the Spring. Vermont had a freak heat wave today, temps got up to 55. I busted out the cross bike and had a nice 12 mile jaunt. Yay, spring is coming.
Been racing bicycles for over 30 years, dirt bikes almost that long, been on here for almost 5 years and NOW, I find this thread!
Any of you race, on or off-road?
Been off my bikes for 8 weeks recovering from a lumbar fusion. My buddies busted my balls for 53 miles today and want to do it again tomorrow. Better go eat my Wheaties!!!
I picked up my new tri bike yesterday afternoon. Didn't get to ride it 'til this morning - and I've gotta say I'm thoroughly impressed. The fit ain't exactly right, but I think it's just a matter of tilting the saddle a bit, maybe bringing it down and pushing the extensions a bit forward. I basically took my fit coordinates from my old bike and transferred them across, but there's always a bit of tweaking involved.
But it's a purdy, purdy bike (and I can take credit for the color scheme at least!). Very comfortable ride, but a lot more responsive than the Equinox. The SRAM shifters are way smoother than my old Shimanos, and the compact crank is freakin' awesome. Could not be any happier with the bike!
Pics at 11.
Thats the pedal that I am using as well. I bought mine slightly used and then had one of the the pedal clips (wire which holds cleat to pedal) break and sent them back through one of the dealers to be replaced. Time says this is a rare thing so they just replaced them. Got lucky on that one.
Yes they are kind of mushy to get out of but I dont have a problem with that.
I do believe I've found my next purchase. Now all I need is the money. This is the basic idea but components will differ. 953 stainless. Think I'll do it unpainted.
I had a full blown Time Trialer (Abici Time Machine) and I couldn't go any faster on it than my track bike plus it was uncomfortable so I ditched it and no do all my time trials on my track bike using a 49/15 or 49/16 gear. I've been in the 26-27 mph average speed range the last few years and would like to get to 28mph some day.
I have one of the 1st models of the Cannondale 6/13 and I love the ride and feel of that bike.
See the "splinter" shown towards the end....
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That's what happens when your mechanic skimps on the tire glue!!
I'm not so sure about that. I didn't see any tire being flung around. Looks kinda like he mebbe got bumped up high? His wheel was turned left and he was started down.
...but yeah... track crashes tend to be spectacular.
It is hard to tell what caused it but the guy in orange caused the crash and his tire was off of the rim in the end.
Edit: I watched it a couple times and you can see the tire coming off the rim causing him to go down.
33 seconds on the video shows 1/2 the tire unglued, 38 seconds shows the what looks like the tire rolling off the rim and washing the front tire.
The speeds and g-forces generated on those tracks by the pros really tax the glue. The nice thing about tubulars, once flatted, if glued properly, won't come off the rime lake a clincher. I check my race wheels before every race and try to refresh the glue every spring.
Trailer Rails, You ever ride the Washington Blvd bike oval? I did one of the Friday night track events there and 3 or 4 TT's.
There's also a group of guys down your way with their own DS club
Yea, I have ridden it a few times. It is a nice place to shut the brain off and do a bunch of laps. It is about mile from my house. it does get boring quick though. I quit racing before they put it in, they used to hold the crit races at the zoo around the corner. It was a lot more exciting, turns 3 and 4 were 90 deg turns, so in the last few laps it would get pretty exciting. It allowed the good bike handlers a bit of an advantage before the last straight.
I know, I did a 50 lap, 25 mile TT there once. Felt like I was living a re-run!
I think the most I have ever done is about 20 miles. Going on a day when there are a few other people makes it entertaining.
So the 'mechanic' for the local event center comes in with a taco-ed rear wheel a while back.
I need 2 new ones...
K. $30 ea
Wheels come in in their nifty QBP boxes. 'Mechanic' comes in, pays, takes em back.
Today he comes back aggravated. These aren't the right wheels.
Ummm k. They're coaster brakes wheels...
The rims are too thin.
Yeah, the rims are too thin. People are gonna get hurt riding these.
(me examining the wheel) Its a double wall rim. It'll be fine. Its actually a better rim than the one that was on there.
I don't care. They don't match. These tires are too big for these little rims.
Ummm these are mtn bike rims. They'll fit tires wider than those (pointing at tires on the old wheel in his hand)
Its not safe. Get me these wheels. I brought it in so you could get the number off it and order the right stuff.
(me thinking QBP only has one coaster brake wheel... and looking at J&B's catalog)
Can you get me the right wheel?
Maybe. They don't list the rim in this list.
I brought you the wheel. Write the number down and order it.
Ummmm... I'll try but they don't list the rim on these wheels.
See right here. Write this down and just order me the right wheel.
In my professional opinion this wheel is a better wheel than the one you have in your hand and will work better than the one that was on there.
I don't care. Order me the right wheel.
All righty then! I'll get one ordered.
Gaaaaa effing idiots! What part about BETTER THAN WHAT'S ON THERE don't you understand?! Now, not matching I can understand, but that wasn't one of the criteria mentioned when you ordered the wheels in the first place. You said replacement wheel. I got you something better but you STILL don't understand and want inferior stuff?
Okey dokey then. You want it, you'll get it. ...at a marked up price for the PITA factor!
#$%#$^&$%^%$ stupid people Gaaa! Its like arguing with a brick wall. Gets you nowhere and your head hurts afterwards!
Sorry for your frustration. Clients can be a pain.
No offense to you or your shop. Bike shops especially have a credibility problem. I've gotten hosed numerous times at bike shops, moto and velo, accepting what's in stock vs what I wanted. I will gladly trade my $$ for an expert opinion directed at the quality of my ride. It's what I expect. Often the expert opinion has been guided more by having enough cash on hand to pay the UPS COD bill that afternoon than my happiness.
I sometimes wonder what it would be like to go back to coaster brakes only. We rode a million miles on them.