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Old 02-18-2013, 06:56 AM   #27271
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Talk about an extension of one's body.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:05 AM   #27272
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It'll get easier. Just keep doing what you're doing. Also, quit doubting yourself. Confidence is everything, on a MTB.
Doubt is nature's way of telling me not to do stupid things.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:33 AM   #27273
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k7, great report.
Took me back to my racing/training days. The world from aboard the bike in the early morning chill is just a very cool thing to experience.
I could almost hear those old sew-ups sing.
Back then our usual Saturday morning training rides were 100 miles +. 125 would have been on the longest we'd done. none of our races were ever anywhere near that long. CAT I/II sometimes if it was a big event. CAT III's and IV's never. More like 50 or 60. Lots of climbing and usually wind.

I recall more than a few Saturdays were we got back to downtown in the late afternoon, entirely beat and almost too tired to drive home. I never got to where I could ride the 28 miles from home to the ride start and back and do the ride.

I do miss being in condition to do that stuff.

Great job.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:56 AM   #27274
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My ride yesterday had a humbling moment. I am by no means an expert rider, and I am not that fast either. But, I have a ton of fun on the trails and I am getting faster/smoother the more I ride.

Yesterday there were these two kids at the start of the trail needing help with the rear hub on one of their single speed MTBs (they both were on singles). I lent them my Allen wrenches and stayed around in case they needed help. Well, they finally got the hub aligned, so I took off on the trail while they talked a few more minutes.

Well, about 2 miles into the ride they come blasting past me, radio blaring, both singing at the top of their lungs, "I wear my sunglasses at night!" Talk about having fun! I tried to keep up, but these kids were flying on their single speeds and I was already huffing and puffing so keeping up was a loosing effort!

Lessons of the day: 1) Ride more 2) Have even more fun 3) Loose weight.

Overall, even though my legs were shot from the beginning, it was still fun to be out on the trail.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:13 PM   #27275
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Not a long gray beard or helmet mirror in the bunch? Dammit man, we've got cycling stereotypes to maintain here!
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:25 PM   #27276
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Not a long gray beard or helmet mirror in the bunch? Dammit man, we've got cycling stereotypes to maintain here!


Another rider posted a report and included this picture. It's hard to see but we, the three recumbents were still taking the lead.

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Old 02-18-2013, 04:00 PM   #27277
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Haven't touched a bike in 9-months due to my son being born, and all the preparation happing for his arrival (nursery, guest house) and many other "old house" problems. So yesterday I finally found some time go get out and enjoy some dirt.

72 degrees and sunny! 11.2 miles and it felt like I rode 80. Technical chops still there, but endurance was dust in the wind. Still, ended with a big smile on my face.

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Old 02-18-2013, 07:31 PM   #27278
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ok all you road bike proficient guys out here tell me what i need to know for mounting up a carbon fork.... i can do headsets all day long but do i need to know anything special about a carbon fork, like TQ specs and such? also any specifics for stem types? putting a cannondale SI full carbon fork on this beast...which is also getting a new BB, crankset, shifters, and deraileurs.... also going to swap from threaded to threadless.... i know i need a new headset and some spacers....LOL

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Old 02-19-2013, 06:31 AM   #27279
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:36 AM   #27280
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The only thing I can think of when looking at this picture is how much it would suck to fall on that cactus.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:38 AM   #27281
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ok all you road bike proficient guys out here tell me what i need to know for mounting up a carbon fork.... i can do headsets all day long but do i need to know anything special about a carbon fork, like TQ specs and such? also any specifics for stem types? putting a cannondale SI full carbon fork on this beast...which is also getting a new BB, crankset, shifters, and deraileurs.... also going to swap from threaded to threadless.... i know i need a new headset and some spacers....LOL
Without seeing the bike in person, I don't think you can. That appears to have a 1" steerer and threadless is 1-1/8". I don't know what the diameter of that headtube is, but, that'll be the hangup. You can download this Cane Creek tech file that shows headset specs (page #5). They have the dimensions listed for what'll fit what.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:31 AM   #27282
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threadless also came in 1" and 1-1/4".
but you have a point; the steerer tube dims will need to be the same.

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Without seeing the bike in person, I don't think you can. That appears to have a 1" steerer and threadless is 1-1/8". I don't know what the diameter of that headtube is, but, that'll be the hangup. You can download this Cane Creek tech file that shows headset specs (page #5). They have the dimensions listed for what'll fit what.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:35 AM   #27283
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The only thing I can think of when looking at this picture is how much it would suck to fall on that cactus.
You have no idea how much it sucks when you get into the wrong ones. Google 'jumping cholla' and come back.

I used to bring foreceps and a multitool to go running in the desert. Pretty much every run I was picking cholla out of either the dog or me.

...and don't get me started on goatheads. I picked 20+ out of the ex-'s tires after one ride. Thank doG for Slime!

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Old 02-19-2013, 07:41 AM   #27284
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Without seeing the bike in person, I don't think you can. That appears to have a 1" steerer and threadless is 1-1/8". I don't know what the diameter of that headtube is, but, that'll be the hangup. You can download this Cane Creek tech file that shows headset specs (page #5). They have the dimensions listed for what'll fit what.
Ritchey, Serotta and at least one more all make 1" t-less forks.

Personally, unless you're dead set on having a frankenbike, hit up Pricepoint.com and get one of their AL road frames.

The only thing a carbon fork does is drop some weight and absorb some of the road buzz. Big hits still feel like big hits. On the downside, its more fragile, you won't be able to get as many spacers under the stem like you've got now unless you're using at least an AL steerer (or steel) if you can find one, and well... save your $ for that pricepoint frame above.

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Old 02-19-2013, 07:47 AM   #27285
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You have no idea how much it sucks when you get into the wrong ones. Google 'jumping cholla' and come back.

I used to bring foreceps and a multitool to go running in the desert. Pretty much every run I was picking cholla out of either the dog or me.
I used to visit my grandparents in Tucson and I remember those Jumping Chollas.



The barbs must have hooks in them because it hurts like hell to pull them out.
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