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Old 04-13-2011, 04:20 PM   #19816
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Congrats, man! That's a hell of an accomplishment. Good write up too!
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Old 04-13-2011, 04:56 PM   #19817
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+1 on the Burley.
I pulled two kids. my trailer attached at the seat stay and chain stay. I think on the modern bikes this is not available. But a modern Burley should be a good place to begin looking.
I put knobbies on our trailer with Mr Tuffy Tire liners, (Colorado has goats head thorns that can flat a motorcycle knobbie.)
I carried spares and didn't bother with QR axles. Plenty of room for tools.
I hauled the girls up and over Vail Pass, from our home outside Morrison down to the dam and back, and all over the place on mountain paved trails. A few offroad adventuers up some jeep trails too.

Hey I was young, the kids were light.

I began with a bicycle infant seat which sucked. My oldest got in that on my Motobecane race bike and her big feet would whack my legs.
I had to wait until she was old enough to sit up very well and not wobble her head.
Helmet of course.

The trailer came along with the second daughter who also got to wait until she was old enough to be structurally sound. Once she began talking she would yell at me to "go faster boy." This was I pushed the granny gear up a jeep trail to the Shrine Mountain Inn above Vail Pass.

Bottom line:
Kid needs to be able to sit up good and not wobble their head with the helmet.
Load up the diapers and bottles and you're good to go. Baby sunscreen and you're off and cranking.


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Perfect, thanks!
I will want one I can run behind as well. Sounds like I won't be able to do it yet this year, since the kid will only be 6 months by November. Maybe I can put it on my Christmas list
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:06 PM   #19818
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Great job and write up. I've worked a few tri's as a camera bike pilot one with a sidecar. I was always certain that was a load of pain from the looks on folks.
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:10 PM   #19819
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yeah, my classic burley had a ABS plastic thing that fit in the crotch between the chain and seat stay on the NDS, and had like a plastic finger that clamped it down to one of the stays. it wasn't going anywhere. safety strap went around all that. that whole assembly was on like a spring to the rest of the burley, so the bike could lean (the safety strap was secured to the hard parts of the arm so even if the spring somehow broke, you'd still be attached). I was able to attach it to a number of different older bikes, like my 1st year Stumpjumper.

ahhhh, they still offer the 'classic' hitch for traditional frames, which stays on the burley's arm and clamps to the bike as needed as I described above.



annd they have a new hitch for unconventional frames, disk brakes, suspension bikes, etc, looks like you bolt this to the axle and the burley connects to it with a pin.
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:28 PM   #19820
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..."Francisco, you are an Ironman!"

Cheers, thanks for reading, and above all thanks for all the support!
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Wow, well done! What a long amazing road since you started triathlon!

Truly impressive.

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:18 PM   #19821
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Francisco, you are an Ironman!

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:33 PM   #19822
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Francisco, you are an Ironman!
...and a pretty nice guy to boot. Good job man!
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:56 PM   #19823
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couple o days ago, someone asked me for action-pictures.
hope u njoy this

Schladming Dh Track on pinkbike.com

Great video! Thanks for posting it. Looks like a fun track.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:28 PM   #19824
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You have to Thank CrAsH for finding this one.

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Old 04-13-2011, 10:02 PM   #19825
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OK, that scared me.

Cool stuff, but it scared me.

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Old 04-13-2011, 10:36 PM   #19826
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So, there you have it - after all those months of training, after all those hours of racing, after all those gels and Clif bars and stuff that counts as nutrition but barely counts as food I finally heard the words: "Francisco, you are an Ironman!"
I dunno, I've really come to like Clif bars.

Good job, Ironman
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:57 AM   #19827
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So, there you have it - after all those months of training, after all those hours of racing, after all those gels and Clif bars and stuff that counts as nutrition but barely counts as food I finally heard the words: "Francisco, you are an Ironman!"

Cheers, thanks for reading, and above all thanks for all the support!
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Congrats Francisco! A great accomplishment for anyone!
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:01 AM   #19828
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So I took yesterday off work to get in a century with one of my teammates. Now I am suffering my choices for being a dumbass and forgetting to put on sunscreen prior to being on a bicycle for the greater part of a day. Arms, face and knees are crispy well done... At least I got to explore new roads, passed by VIR and found a new coffee shop in Danville.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:35 AM   #19829
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It's pretty comfortable on these chip n seal roads they have around here. Much better than my Cannondale Caad 9. So I end up riding it more.
We have the same, plus farm roads, which is why I switched to a 'cross bike.

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^^^ Man, that looks like fun!

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Talk to me about pulling a kid....

I am about to have my first. I am looking forward to dragging him around town behind me on the bike.
What trailer's are good?
How old does the kid need to be?
What have I gotten myself into?
I pull my granddaughter in a Chariot Cougar. It's light, super-high-quality, foldable, adjustable suspension (adjust as the kid grows), full harness, bag for her crap, windscreen or net options, and pulls easily. The only time I notice I'm pulling a trailer is uphill. Otherwise, I don't feel it hitting bumps or feel her moving around. Luckily, she just enjoys the ride and doesn't heckle me. If she does, no DQ for her.

BTW, A trailer is much safer than a child-seat attached to your bike. The trailer has framework that completely surrounds the child, in case of accident. With a seat, the child has no protection. And, if you crash, they get slammed to the ground (Think: being in the top of a tree as it falls-much higher rate of fall than being near the trunk).
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:27 AM   #19830
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Cliples Pedals

I'm thinking about getting some clipless pedals. The guys at the lbs say I'll be "20%-30% more efficient." I'm not sure how that relates to speed. Can you folks quantify that a little better / differently for me? How much difference will it make to my average speed? For instance, last night I averaged right at 18.0 mph for an hour. How much faster (roughly) would I be with clipless pedals? I'm just looking for a ballpark figure. Anecdotal stories would be great also. My bro-in-law estimated 2 mph.

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