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The Cycling Thread 4297

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #90 on: May 03, 2018, 08:55:36 PM »
BTW I got my first bicycle as my sixth anniversary birthday present, and I´ve been riding bicycles ever since. Classics, ATBs, racers, you name it. Next August 18th is my 56th birthday; I can´t even begin to guess how many miles I pedalled away in 50 years.

I just got the first anniversary on my E-bike, 3145km in the first year  :cheers:

That´s about 1000 times pi. Now if you have wheels of 1 meter in diameter ...  :D
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #91 on: May 04, 2018, 12:51:35 PM »
Mmm, pi...  :D

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #92 on: May 27, 2018, 03:22:22 AM »
I remember back in 1989 seeing my first mt bike in taos new mexico. We were hiking Philmont scout ranch during that summer. Between 1990 and 2000 i must have had 20 plus mountain bikes, just 3 road bikes. My first bike was a Ross pos , heavy as hell chrome monster. Then I got into Treks. 930, 950, 990, Y with xt.  I had a Schwinn homegrown back when Schwinn was awesome there for a bit. I had a Ritchey with an awesome yellow Judy rockshox.  I had a Girvin with the funky handlebar suspension, I had the privilege to ride an Ibis bowTi for a bit.

I'm a bit timid when it came to road bikes. At 6'5 it seemed like i was far away from the ground . Clipping in for the first time was terrifying . The road crowd at the local bike club were not very welcoming of new roadies. They would smoke you leaving you in the dust. I mainly just road with friends in bike tours around Texas. Hotter than Hell was one we went to quite a bit. 100 miles in 100 plus August heat.

I haven't ridden a bike in a few years although I still have my 2000 Trek 8000 and Specialized Allez with Campy. I need to fix my back rear derailler on my mt bike and ease back into cycling. That skidders youtube video was pretty much my childhood. Always on a bike when I was younger. 

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #93 on: September 23, 2018, 06:58:50 PM »
It's starting to be that time again, fellow cyclists...

Get those lights on, check the batteries, and most importantly.. BE SEEN!



Lets be careful out there... Ride safe, ride smart, have fun!
« Last Edit: September 23, 2018, 07:00:38 PM by AlephZero »

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #94 on: September 23, 2018, 07:15:03 PM »
I don´t like riding in the dark, but I have to, or else I´ll be late for work. I´m leaving at 06:30, now well before sunrise, and I´ve been using lights again for the past two weeks.
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #95 on: September 23, 2018, 07:17:45 PM »
I'll be riding in the dark both ways soon, from mid october to mid march or so...


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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #96 on: October 12, 2018, 03:04:53 AM »
My ride...
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #97 on: October 14, 2018, 06:40:51 PM »
Time for my yearly lights rant  :D

It's about the time, my fellow cyclists!

Get those lights and reflectors ready so that not only YOU will see, but also you will BE SEEN!

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun!

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #98 on: October 15, 2018, 12:39:45 AM »
I don’t ride in the dark myself. Camp setup before nightfall. And sleep!  :tu:
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #99 on: October 21, 2018, 11:10:03 AM »
Time for my yearly lights rant  :D

It's about the time, my fellow cyclists!

Get those lights and reflectors ready so that not only YOU will see, but also you will BE SEEN!

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun!

I'll add visible clothing. Seriously, it makes a huge difference.

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #100 on: October 21, 2018, 05:47:34 PM »
Time for my yearly lights rant  :D

It's about the time, my fellow cyclists!

Get those lights and reflectors ready so that not only YOU will see, but also you will BE SEEN!

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun!

I'll add visible clothing. Seriously, it makes a huge difference.

That is very much true!  :cheers:

I have Endura hi-viz helmet cover and a Respro hi-viz Sam Browne belt (don't like the hi-viz vest cause it makes me sweat  :P)





Both have hi-viz and reflective elements and the helmet cover even has a rear light (which I rarely use though)

Also, few of my jackets have velcro on the upper arm, so I stick reflector patches on those as well, and I have hanging reflectors for just about every jacket I own  :D

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #101 on: October 21, 2018, 10:15:00 PM »
I went for a walk on the moors of Kampina (Netherlands) today. There is a war memorial there, lest we forget and it was all in vain.

A cyclist of the resistance carrying food in a milk bin.
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #102 on: October 21, 2018, 10:20:06 PM »
I don’t ride in the dark myself. Camp setup before nightfall. And sleep!  :tu:

I absolutely love riding at night.  Roads are quiet, there's no one around and you get to see the best wildlife - badgers, foxes, owls. :dd:  Best bit is when the moon is bright and you switch your lights off, cruising along in silence, lit only by a silvery glow. :)
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #103 on: October 27, 2018, 11:11:01 PM »
Opinion question please!
If you could, which modern road bike would you buy?
I had an 'English Racer' as a kid and a 1980 Motobacane *Italian?
but has the thin tires and uncomfortable ram horns.
I need something NYC rugged but comfortable for my advancing age!
Thanks guys,  stay safe!

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #104 on: October 28, 2018, 09:37:47 AM »
Worth having a look at the new 'gravel' bikes, I reckon. Fatter tires, disc brakes and a more upright position will help with comfort and control. Go to a decent bike shop and get them to get the right size.
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #105 on: October 28, 2018, 01:57:37 PM »
Worth having a look at the new 'gravel' bikes, I reckon. Fatter tires, disc brakes and a more upright position will help with comfort and control. Go to a decent bike shop and get them to get the right size.
Thanks, yes I would go to pro shop.  Any brand or are they similar in price point?

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #106 on: October 28, 2018, 03:39:35 PM »
Some better than others for sure, but I don't know what the US market is like.
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #107 on: November 24, 2018, 03:58:13 PM »
Caught a flat yesterday...

When checking the tire before changing a new tube (and winter tires) on, I found this tiniest of piece of gravel, like a tiny arrowhead, lodged into the tire...  :oops:

I guess I should have changed the winter tires on earlier, they have a kevlar protection layer  :-\

Oh well, ride smart, ride safe, have fun!

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #108 on: December 03, 2018, 05:17:59 PM »
Opinion question please!
If you could, which modern road bike would you buy?
I had an 'English Racer' as a kid and a 1980 Motobacane *Italian?
but has the thin tires and uncomfortable ram horns.
I need something NYC rugged but comfortable for my advancing age!
Thanks guys,  stay safe!
You really need to hit the bike shop...and don’t buy...most shops carry a couple of brands...hit another shop and keep looking. Then research the ones you like You will find one.
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #109 on: December 18, 2018, 04:24:33 AM »
Opinion question please!
If you could, which modern road bike would you buy?
I had an 'English Racer' as a kid and a 1980 Motobacane *Italian?
but has the thin tires and uncomfortable ram horns.
I need something NYC rugged but comfortable for my advancing age!
Thanks guys,  stay safe!
You really need to hit the bike shop...and don’t buy...most shops carry a couple of brands...hit another shop and keep looking. Then research the ones you like You will find one.
Thanks! Of course I would pbysically look and resesrch and ask you guys and da wife.....

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« Reply #110 on: January 10, 2019, 01:37:23 PM »
Hello my name is Peter and I have a Problem.
I don't know how it got like this, I just had my 20+ year old MTB with flat tyres sitting out the back and probably hadn't thrown a leg over it in years.

Then one day I spotted a scruffy looking GT Avalanche 3.0 in a charity shop for $40 and it followed me home. Started riding with my (then) girlfriend a bit and grew tired of the knobby tyres on the road etc.

Next I saw a nice Giant CRX-One in a pawn shop, a size or two small for me really but I come from a MTB background and old skool bikes were small so I felt at home on it. 105 components, Gatorskins, 20 gears. Now THIS was something different. so effortless.

Another pawn shop, another day and another bike. More near to the correct size for me this time, a decade old but high-end roadie with Ultegra group and a quite aggressive geometry. Alloy frame with Carbon seat stays and forks. Rides very nicely and was soon upgraded to current 11sp 105. Been riding this one to work for the last year, 25km each way commute.
Before I started on the pure leg powered ride to work I was running a DIY eBay kit e-bike. Actually clocked up over 3200km on that beast with the savings in petrol over that distance paying for the bike and some.

Somewhere along the way I modernised my MTB mount to a Fuji Tahoe Pro which soon after I got needed the frame replaced after cracking around the top of the seat tube. Now Astrix Rook frame with Deore 3x10sp and hyd disc brakes.

bought a bunch of parts and built up a bike with the idea of doing a bit of bikepacking but then chanced upon a near new more suitable bike at a price I couldn't pass on.

Recently I swapped my ebike for another one that was in need of work, plus a nice little Bianchi road bike, plus a Specialized Secteur Comp (in bits), plus a Giant ATX MTB only a couple of years old but a bit neglected, plus a Norco Wolverine MTB, PLUS a Reid Harrier Fixie/single speeder...

There isn't a room in my house that doesn't have a bike or parts of bikes in it. From where I sit I can see four bikes.

I need to get some of these things moved on. I'm sure if I sold most of these I could pool all the money and buy somethng REALLY nice like a Madone or a Roubaix. Actually my current dream bike is a Diverge Sport, I'd swap my entire fleet for one of them.

I know, I know...  :worthless:  maybe some day.

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #111 on: January 10, 2019, 01:41:16 PM »
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I know, I know...  :worthless:  maybe some day.

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #112 on: January 10, 2019, 04:04:11 PM »
 :iagree:

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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #114 on: January 11, 2019, 02:00:28 AM »
Nice  :tu:
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #115 on: January 29, 2019, 09:13:52 AM »
Been trying to get out on my bike more this year - I'm 180cm and 87kg so I could afford to lose a few kg.  Target for the year is 100km/week - easily doable if I commute to work by bike twice a week, or one longer ride at the weekend.  Currently at 660km for January alone. :D  Already feel faster and fitter, even if I haven't lost any weight yet.
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #116 on: January 29, 2019, 09:21:59 AM »
I rode through a forestry block today - 30km of gravel goodness. My butt is a little bit sore. I plan to ride more.
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #117 on: January 29, 2019, 09:24:15 AM »
Nice.  How did the bike/frame/fork swap shenanigans go?
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #118 on: January 29, 2019, 09:29:08 AM »
Pretty good, just welded it. Did I not post pics? I was a little grumpy breaking my collar bone right before the race...
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Re: The Cycling Thread
« Reply #119 on: January 29, 2019, 09:32:08 AM »
Hit some gnarly downhill trails while I was up north and scared the crap out of myself.

 

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