Show us your bicycle.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by kbasa, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. FinlandThumper

    FinlandThumper Has Cake/Eats it Too Super Moderator

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    Nice bike and nice picture too. I have been eyeing a couple of Colnago's as a next bike (next year). I commute on a steel framed Marin and it's a nice ride especially with load (computer, clothes, etc.) but am thinking about a more sport oriented bike for weekends and training rides.

    I decided that after a decade of neglecting myself, and seeing that I was knocking on the door to 40 in a few years, I HAD to get off my lazy butt in 2011 and bought the Marin. I went from basically zero hard miles in ten years to 1250mi last year. This year my goal is 2500. Since I'm up to 100-125 a week on the commute alone, this should be pretty do-able even with a long summer holiday. All I can say is that the difference I feel in a year is nothing short of amazing. I went from struggling to do the commute twice a week, and having to walk up a few nasty hills to running 5 a week and not even thinking of dismounting unless I stop to talk to someone I know. In the meantime my time to work went from a measly 1:20 minutes to as little as 0:50.20 just last week. My goal is a 5000 mile year when I turn 40 (two years from now).

    Can I ask...when you run a 113 mile ride, how long does it take you? I'm just trying to gain an idea of what sort of pace you fellows maintain. I see a lot of serious road riders on my commute and they're hauling ass. I also notice that their crankset and cassettes are sized WAY differently from my Marin, which has almost a more "mountain bike" gearing with a lot more on the low end. Currently I average around 15mph through town which, given the traffic,. construction, cruiser bikes, and pedestrians is probably as fast as I feel safe with. But on weekends I can get out and put up some better numbers.

    Anyway, your story about training (and some others here) was a real inspiration to me and I wanted to tell you thanks.

    Good luck on your Death Ride!
  2. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    Thanks! I'm running about 190 now on a 6' frame, so the 23s are working really well for me. I've started running them at 100psi instead of 110, which has made it really, really comfortable and less likely to get twitchy on cratered pavement.

    My training program has worked extensively on glutes, so I've got more of a cushion to sit on these days. :lol3
  3. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    Thanks, man. I'm very, very flattered. My riding this year has been all about climbing, so my speeds can vary between extended periods at 6mph or less up some nutty hill and 40mph on the descent.

    On my ride home, rolling on flat pavement, I'm usually right around 18 to 22mph, depending on how I'm feeling, headwind and general traffic. For gearing, I'm running a 54/34 up front and a 12-30 out back. When I bought this bike, it had an 11-27 on the back, which was tough for climbing. This year, with Death Ride as the training objective, I needed something I could manage better, so 12-30 it was. A guy on my team is running a 12-32 Shimano and loves it. He says he can make long climbs and keep his heart rate in zone 3 for most of it, which is impressive.

    Now, bear in mind that my cycling habits are generated by endurance riding. Gummee, who races, probably rides faster than I do, as will any of the racers. On our longish rides, with a ratio of about 1000/ft of climbing per 10 miles, my average speed overall is usually right about 11 - 13 miles per hour. It's been trending upward lately, so I feel like I"m getting stronger.

    And thanks for the kind thoughts on the photo. Colnago had it up on their FB page for a while, along with this one.

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  4. svs

    svs Posts too much...

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    I don't have a "Beach Cruiser" Kinda always wanted one just for sitting upright and well, cruising.. I live at the beach so why not?

    Check this thing out... Aluminum Frame, Flat black with red and silver accents... and 32" WHEELS!! Under $200..

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    And this Guy stuck a motor in one....

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  5. soyanarchisto

    soyanarchisto Long timer

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    Dude! I ride every day, rain or shine (or snow) and you get mad props! You are awesome. I doubt I could keep that sort of ace in hill climbs.

    I love life on two wheels.
  6. Lastrada

    Lastrada Been here awhile

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    More fat bike love, My 2011 907 built with their susitna kit, added a white brothers carbon fork. Rides dreamy

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  7. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    I finally picked up my vintage Raleigh poster after it's been stabilized by a local art conservationist and then framed. It looks great in my kitchen, you can't tell so well with the reflection:D
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  8. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    We picked up Huffy Albatross Tandem bicycle. I was surprised how light it was... now what do to with it.
  9. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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  10. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    Ultimate beach/snow bike, I bet.
  11. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    Thanks! I've spent the last six months working on it both in the gym and on the road. Lots and lots of goblet squats! :lol3
  12. cornercarver

    cornercarver Long timer

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    I just took a job in Santa Monica and absolutely cannot wait to have a long bicycle commute again. My new employer has showers and clean towels in every building and also runs shuttle buses with wifi to take employees to and from work. I plan to start by just riding one way a couple of days per week and take the bus the other way. It's been a long time since I've had a good bicycle commute and I'm in terrible shape. 60 pounds heavier than when I last rode 30 miles per day (plus training rides on weekends). I'm looking forward to the excuse to buy a new or new-to-me bike, though. I really want to replace the Trek OCLV frame that I lost to a bike thief 5 years ago.
  13. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    From my ride home from work today.

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  14. d mc gee

    d mc gee Been here awhile

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    Bicycle noob here:wave. I recently bought a used TREK 7.2, the closer I get to 40 the less I like the shape I'm in. I've been tring to get 2-3 miles a day in to build up. Eventually I would like to do much more. Some times I run out of day light. Any lighting recommendations? Also I would be interested in a speedo.:ear
  15. scorpion

    scorpion Two arm bandit

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    CC, PAS>SAMO Is a mans ride!
    Ride metro to Chinatown then skirt downtown and get on sta Monica blvd.
    You'll be the fastest thing out there.
    1;15 tops
  16. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Pierce bought himself a nice light. I bought the same one. If you search for Pierce's posts in the Bicycle Thread in Sports, you'll probably find the info. Don't search my posts. :nah Too many of em

    AFA computers: I liked my Cateye Strada Wireless.

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  17. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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