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Old 12-06-2012, 06:57 AM   #26281
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Welcome Zouch. Some of your sonnet sounds somewhat familiar. When I got into cycling, banana-seat Schwinn Stingrays were all the rage but my parents were having none of that. Instead, I got a 10-speed called a "Londoneer" that was purchased from a department store in Birmingham.

They also demanded that we use the safety flags that was purchased with the bike. OK - that wasn't quite the cool image that I had in mind but...it'll do. It had to. From that point on, it wasn't unusual for someone to tell my father that I had been spotted a county away from ours. It was that damn little orange safety flag.

Many times, I'd con a friend or a cousin into going for a ride with me. We visited Gilbert SC and one cousin said that riding to their lake house over on Lake Murray would be "easy" for him. I beat him home by a full hour - another 15 minutes and my uncle was ready to look for him. Another guy decided to ride to Payne Lake with us - yeah, it was painful for him. Both of these guys talk about the rides to this day.

Touring bikes? Yep - Hill Country, Glacier to Yellowstone, north GA into the Smokies and back and a few weekenders in between. I posted some pictures of my favorite brand a page or two back.

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yes, a touring bike. i don't know if there's anything in bicycling less cool to cyclists than the touring bike
Except a recumbent. I guess my parents turned me into something of anti-anything-popular since now, I ride a recumbent. It's either their fault or give up cycling due to neck issues. Well, to hell with what people think. Our local club riders don't bother with the jokes anymore. I think I'm a pretty competent rider, fast on occasion and can even go pretty far by most standards. It's all good!
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:11 AM   #26282
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Nothing puts a stupid shit eatin' grin on your face like a recumbent trike. Coasting down the canyon almost 40 mph on studded tires included.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:15 AM   #26283
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:07 AM   #26284
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Nothing puts a stupid shit eatin' grin on your face like a recumbent trike. Coasting down the canyon almost 40 mph on studded tires included.
I'm secure enough in my cycling identity to admit that my inner Contraption Captain really wants a recumbent tadpole trike.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:23 AM   #26285
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... i had one of the best bikes of its kind at the time; a Trek 728.
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yes, some of you kiddies may not know, but back in the early days before they became something ugly, Trek actually hand-built bikes using low-temperature silver brazing and 531 tubes and other things that were worthy of drool of the day...
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hey, they made frames-only even b efore that. my 22 yr old son's bike, a Trek TX300 frame from 1977, hand brazed lugged frame made with Ishiwata tubing, that was populated with a mix of Shimano 600 and newer stuff. the paint isn't original, and the decal is wrong. I've since replaced the crankset with a 53:39 older Ultegra

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Old 12-06-2012, 10:29 AM   #26286
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Nothing puts a stupid shit eatin' grin on your face like a recumbent trike. Coasting down the canyon almost 40 mph on studded tires included.
I hit 43 without really pushing it on a hill this past Saturday - it's all aero.

One cyclist, a friend, caught up with me at the regroup point and said I looked like a bobsled going down the hill. Next time, I think I'll whip out the GEICO pig ....."wwweeee wwwweee wwwweeeeeeeeeeeeee"

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Old 12-06-2012, 10:47 AM   #26287
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I hit 43 without really pushing it on a hill this past Saturday - it's all aero.

One cyclist, a friend, caught up with me at the regroup point and said I looked like a bobsled going down the hill. Next time, I think I'll whip out the GEICO pig ....."wwweeee wwwweee wwwweeeeeeeeeeeeee"


My max speed this year was 46.1 down this long hill on our Saturday route. You start feeling pretty vulnerable with no gear... I wonder how fast those recumbents can go...
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:36 AM   #26288
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My max speed this year was 46.1 down this long hill on our Saturday route. You start feeling pretty vulnerable with no gear... I wonder how fast those recumbents can go...
They HAUL downhill. I was following a car down a twisty bit a couple years ago during a large organized century. We were doing just under 35mph, which is where I spin out on a 50-11 gear. A greybeard on a 'bent passed us both over the double-yellow on the outside of a right-hand corner.

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Old 12-06-2012, 12:04 PM   #26289
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A greybeard on a 'bent passed us both over the double-yellow on the outside of a right-hand corner.

Was he sportin' an aero-belly too?
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:08 PM   #26290
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Was he sportin' an aero-belly too?


Not really. We were pacing each other between a couple of SAG stops. Nice guy. HUGE descending cajones.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:01 PM   #26291
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Not really. We were pacing each other between a couple of SAG stops. Nice guy. HUGE descending cajones.
That's the knock on recumbent riders - gray beard, aero-belly, black socks and a bicycle flag. I'm one out of four.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:45 PM   #26292
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My max speed this year was 46.1 down this long hill on our Saturday route. You start feeling pretty vulnerable with no gear...
I hit 53mph, on my TT bike, once. "No gear" was all I could think.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:49 PM   #26293
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:55 PM   #26294
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Not my taste but nice just the same. I can't imagine the time it took to make those lugs.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:57 PM   #26295
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I got pretty good at the old tuck and go deal on the big hills in Colorado. My added girth has not diminished that capability at all, possibly even serving to enhance my prowess in that regard. I hit 59 on my Roubaix coming back down off Pacific Coast last fall.
Back in the day, the Pinarello and I would manage a fairly regular 60 mph descending many of the mountain roads I'd ridden back then Mt Evans highway, pieces of the Morgul-Bismark, Pretty much all the canyons other than the flatter ones. Now, though, that same thought pops into my head.
Back in the day we used to draft cars and trucks down Boulder Canyon for the easy tow back to town.

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I hit 53mph, on my TT bike, once. "No gear" was all I could think.
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