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Old 01-28-2011, 03:52 PM   #18706
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Ran some red lights too. All in good fun.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:01 PM   #18707
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Just spent 90min on the trainer. At the shop. Watched the second disc of the 06 Paris-Roubaix. When they went over cobbles 'so did I.'

I couldn't go too hard 'cause the trainer I was on was a hoopty, but I still managed to have a pool of water underneath me.

Who's in for the 3Apr11 P-R homage ride here in NoVA?



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Old 01-28-2011, 05:03 PM   #18708
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Having a cadence feature on your bike computer is a good way to monitor your rpm's, especially when you are first getting into road riding. After a while you just know when to be in the correct gear/rpm for the situation. I still have it on the Cateye that I use, as it's a good guide.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:26 PM   #18709
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The LBS let me demo a GIANT Anthem 29er for the weekend. I've always been curious about these newfangled big wheels, but never had the opportunity to ride one... until today. I was 6 minutes faster than on my bike on a little 5 mile single track loop. The way it glided over roots and positively hauled ass through the corners was downright amazing. My preconceived notions about slow turn in were quickly eradicated. I'm a believer, but unfortunately cannot justify paying more for a mtb than I did my DR650. Any suggestions on a 29er that costs under $1600?

edit: Hardtail is fine by me as I prefer them.
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:10 AM   #18710
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I'm a believer, but unfortunately cannot justify paying more for a mtb than I did my DR650. Any suggestions on a 29er that costs under $1600?

edit: Hardtail is fine by me as I prefer them.

I just brought this home last night. $950 + tax.




It was down to the Jamis and the Marin Pine Mountain (a Cro-Mo hardtail). The Pine Mountain would have been 1400 with every component nicer than this rig, but I just couldn't afford it at the moment.

He had the Dragon Race 29er in the bike vice. Mmmmmmmmm. I have a 26 inch 853 Dragon. It made me consider running down the street and robbing some store.
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:37 AM   #18711
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I like it.

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I just brought this home last night. $950 + tax.




It was down to the Jamis and the Marin Pine Mountain (a Cro-Mo hardtail). The Pine Mountain would have been 1400 with every component nicer than this rig, but I just couldn't afford it at the moment.

He had the Dragon Race 29er in the bike vice. Mmmmmmmmm. I have a 26 inch 853 Dragon. It made me consider running down the street and robbing some store.
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:48 AM   #18712
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So last weekend I had my FatBack built up and running well - and took her for a shakedown cruise.


Remolino invented the fatbike in El Paso for sand use - but it's the snow folk that are driving it now. I'm just bringing it back to it's roots. I let the guys at my LBS ride it, and they were all surprised - "I thought it would be a tank, but it just rides like a bike" was the best remark. Rolls the same on asphalt, grass, sand or rock landscaping.
Cool. Nice bike. Congrats!

And thanks for buying one of my buddy Greg's Fatbacks. He and I used to road race bicycles up here back in the '80's. I'm waiting on a frame he had built for a short torso/long legged person like me and then I may have a Fatback too. Mark H.
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Old 01-29-2011, 05:16 PM   #18713
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Well, it's DONE-ish. Thanks Mr head! The wheels look great. No more dork ring either. Brakes are a lot nicer on the Mavis as the rim is cut for brakes and not just smooth. They word so well the the tires are locking up and breaking lose on the wet asphalt. Now I have to wait for some sun or at least for it not to be raining. Not sure what the next stage will be. Maybe some bar ends but that's about all I can think of.

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Old 01-29-2011, 07:43 PM   #18714
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New (to me) bike day.....

It has a kickstand also. Pictures to follow tomorrow.
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:32 PM   #18715
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Did my semi-usual ride along the river trail today. 27 miles.

Instead of rocketing down my hill as is my usual drill, I climbed up past the school and down then up an over the next hill and down that descent to the river. Much tougher start to the ride. The weather was just warm enough to make a summer jersey just tolerable if I was working hard. So, I kept working hard.
There was enough of an onshore breeze to keep me down around 16 mph on my way out to "The Pond", my usual short ride turn.
I sat for a bit there then hot the trail. In no time I was up to an easy 18 mph, stretching that to 22 at times.
Stopped by the LBS to pick up some go beans, and as I re-joined the trail I came upon a fallen rider. She was OK, just rashed a bit. I had clean rag for cleaning up and she got on down the trail to meet friends.
The one day I venture out without my usual first aid kit.
Form my experiences with the tarmac, I think she is in for a rough night of sleep. No breaks or punctures and bleeding was superficial as the doc would say.
After she took off I continued home. I was feeling good enough to attempt the face of my hill again.

This time I only had to stop once. But, I could feel that hill once I got home.
Not bad though, almost 28 miles in a bit more than an hour forty.

Sure feels good though.

Oh, and RAGBRAI is stopping in my home town this year. Guess that means I have to go.
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:00 PM   #18716
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I did my first race of the year today. Not real fast and I think I came last in my category.

I would have thought the 330kms I rode in the last 2 weeks would have helped me go faster.

The track is only 8kms from home so I rode there and rode home again.

16 degrees celsius when I left and 32 when I got home.

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Old 01-29-2011, 09:17 PM   #18717
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Oh, and RAGBRAI is stopping in my home town this year. Guess that means I have to go.
Several of us are going - we need to meet.
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:41 PM   #18718
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I will be riding with Snus Hill Winery
We'll keep in touch. I plan on being very, very safe prior to the event. No more broken ribs.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:43 AM   #18719
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Was out for an easy hour this AM. Snow is pretty as long as A. it ain't melting on the roads then re-freezing and 2. falling on me while I'm riding.



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Old 01-30-2011, 08:46 AM   #18720
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Was out for an easy hour this AM. Snow is pretty as long as A. it ain't melting on the roads then re-freezing and 2. falling on me while I'm riding.



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Good man. I refuse to go out today and ride until it goes above 65.
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