Bicycle thread

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

  1. expatbrit

    expatbrit Still pretty much a n00b.

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    I was so thinking the same thing. Under 6’3.
  2. expatbrit

    expatbrit Still pretty much a n00b.

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    Well. Quick 25-30 out and up NM14.

    I don’t think I’ve ever ridden anything quite like that. My Ridley was a cross bike, and Euro style with a high bottom bracket. I did Haleakala on a rented Scott CR1. I’ve ridden around the U.K. a chunk on my brothers Roubaix. And then a few hundred miles last month on the Defy 3.

    I kinda feel like the Infinito was a revelation. Immediately comfortable (and we didn’t do much of a fit), tremendously responsive (I thought the magazine and Internet reviews were rather overblown, but I stand corrected) to the pedals, corners better than I will, climbs nicely (if it wasn’t for the evil headwinds and gusts). The Countervail or the frame or whatever works — it’s not glass, and you’ve got road feel, but there’s no buzz at all. Standing sprints it just /goes/.

    Goddamn. I was pretty convinced I couldn’t tell the difference between the $1000 (if I’d got it new) Giant and the ... rather more expensive Italian poseur machine. I could not have been more wrong.

    I may be gushing a bit.

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    See if that works.
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  3. expatbrit

    expatbrit Still pretty much a n00b.

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    See. If I’m not as talll as Shaq how can I be REALLY tall? I’m only 2-3” taller than my sis, even ...
  4. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    Well...
    I’m already rebuilding my fat bike. It will get a second set of 29+ hoops (and stay rigid) and eliminate the surly. The road and cross bike I will combine with 2 sets of hoops. There’s a decent chance I keep the Fuji and put a 2x on it and get another set of wheels at this point.
    The squish...I never ride it. It MAY get replaced at some point, but I might just put a “summer” set of tires on the fatty and call it a career.
    That feels the most logical thing at this point. I’m open to input.

    @cjbiker ill look in the morning when I get home from work.
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  5. slugsmasher

    slugsmasher Been here awhile

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    Looking for a SSCX bike for my backup. Trying to go semi-iight so all the tanks are on the fence. I.E. All-City, Surly, State, Traitor, Transition = tanks. Would like to have a SSCX that weighs less than my geared bike. Tried to find a Kona Private Jake AL but not my size any where on the earth. Need a 52-54cm for a 5'8" rider with normal body type. Would like a light steel frame if possible but not opposed to aluminum or cheaper carbon if that is an option. Seems like all the big OEMS are ditching sliders and horizontal dropouts. There's Pivot of course but WAY too expensive for a backup bike. Trek Crockett is possible but it's a Trek. Any other ideas welcomed. Not opposed to a 1k to 1.5k custom steel frame with QRs so I can use all my wheels.
  6. expatbrit

    expatbrit Still pretty much a n00b.

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  7. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
  8. expatbrit

    expatbrit Still pretty much a n00b.

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    The one that fits?


    They’re a 48.
  9. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    I wear 48s or 49s depending and am always on the lookout for a nice set of size 49 boots.

    That's why I was asking. Two pair of SiDis are 49, I have pair at 48 as well. Two pair of Diadora at 48. One pair of Louis Garneau which I have yet to wear or mount cleats. I don't care much for the brand but they were on sale.

    I bought a pair of Diadora in 49 and they were gigantic. Big enough for me to wear a heavy woolen sock. Which might just happen when winter time comes.
  10. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    You know you want a Wednesday. If you find yourself up in Maine, you're welcome to try mine out. It's a large, though.
  11. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    Yes, I’m building a weds. With two wheelsets, it’ll see as much use as my monkey gets now, which is quite a bit.
    My garage is too small to hold ALL the things, bicycle and moto, for the 3 of us.
    I’m hopefully headed to Maine tonight. There’s a NETRA enduro tomorrow in Berwick. If I don’t go up tonight, it’ll be an early morning.

    That ergon is a smr3-m. It’s not my favorite, but after ragbrai, I needed something different than the narrow wtb rocket, and I already had it in my box of stuffs.
  12. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    I put an Ergon SMA3 on the Krampus. I wouldn't say it's comfortable, but it doesn't do any bad things. I'm curious about their road saddles.
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    chippertheripper motorcycle junkie

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    same, same. I don't really have enough time on it to impart any further wisdom.
  14. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Da UP, eh.
    Scott made a nice one a few years ago. Might be able to dredge one of those up.

    I'll be damned if I can find any details on it. Googling for Scott SSCX or some equivalent leads down a black hole.
  15. expatbrit

    expatbrit Still pretty much a n00b.

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    Ah! Yes — understand totally. I have spent ages trying to find an appropriate set of canoes for my feet — I had issues, especially since I also have wide feet. Regular Sidi or LG, even in my size, are a pain. Literally and figuratively. On the moto, I’m pretty much A* all the way for the wider lath — Tech7 and Supertech-R being my goto pairs, though I have a set of Vendramini Marathon Steels that probably have more miles than all the other put together.

    These are the 2018 Northwave Flash. I’m not a huge fan of the fake Boa so far, but I have only worn them once.
  16. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    We learned that the entire cycling community of Asheville refuses to ride mt bikes after / during rains not because of the cleaning - but they are that protective of their trails.

    Only uneducated visitors or cycling newbies ride the trails then, and they get criticized for it. Plenty of hills to climb - some even with dirt roads - to get a work-out or have fun on without ruining the trails around there. I really appreciated their long-term outlook for their resources.
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  17. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    They actually close our mountain bike trails when they are wet. But there is no one out there to enforce the measure, so every gate has a way around. The mountain bike trails that are not so tightly controlled look like WWI no man's land after a rainy week. Anyone who rides enough cannot help but see the damage and erosion caused by wet riding. But even some of my closest riding people will call me while it's raining to go out on the mountain bike.
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  18. chasbo

    chasbo Long timer

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    Not all trails are bad when they are wet. I've lived in places where if you didn't ride after a rain, you didn't ride much at all. That said, this area is mostly sand and rain generally runs off pretty fast. This one trail has a section of clay though, and it is nasty when wet, which I found out yesterday. As I walked back to the car, a lady that was running caught up to me after making it further than I did before turning around.
  19. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    I know essentially nothing about Northwave, but I'm not beholden to any brand. Returning to the same brand once I know they fit has worked better than expected. Sole composites change, the lasts seem to stay steady. But then one pair of Diadoras is tight but wearable, although nearly worn out (flex in the sole is becoming abusive) and the other pair is larger.

    One nice aspect of our plight is the sale shoes are almost always a good bargain but when you check size you'll see available sizes like:
    39
    40
    41
    48

    So the pair of Diadoras is larger and more comfortable and was purchased in haste as the last existing pair for that price in that size. But when they arrived they were found to be white and pink. That's right: white and pink.

    I'm not pro enough to wear white shoes, and I'm not sure who amongst us is, aside from @Christine94 or @Ridge or maybe that @Aurelius guy.

    edit:
    found a photo. Poster of every winning Tour de France jersey next to Diadora shoes. Quelle horreur!

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  20. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Da UP, eh.