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Old 01-30-2013, 08:23 AM   #27046
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Oh my! This is better than that whole Larry Armstrong/Doping/Skinny tire ride around France scandal thing!

Everybody was talking about it at the trails last night, people are taking sides, friendships will be destroyed.

Seems the whole fat bike vs. skier thing has really come to a head.

At the race last weekend, they started the fat bikes just 2 hours after the last wave of skiers on the 50k course. The fastest fat biker beat the fastest skier by almost 10 minutes. Even I was catching up to the last few poor souls on skis praying for it to just be over.

Seems it didn't go without incident- the winning biker apparently crashed into a skier or two en route to victory.

The race result comments are interesting if you catch them before they get edited.

Guess I need to go ahead with my "FATBIKING IS NOT A CRIME" sticker order.
Uh oh, This is not going to end well.....

Here the fat bikes don't really share very many trails with skiers. Good thing I guess. We also have not gotten enough snow lately to ski anyway.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:34 AM   #27047
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Watching RAGBRAI route announcement party tonight.

Apparently they've decided to make more time for boozing and cut out a lot of that pesky riding.
Only 407 miles... they really did cut out that pesky riding stuff. Was debating on whether to go or not this year. Think I'll probably stay home and race instead.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:49 AM   #27048
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Studs are where it's at.
No way could I HTFU for that without some serious alcoholic-induced courage first...
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:46 PM   #27049
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@Ridge: it ain't so bad once you convince yourself to get out the door. Getting out the door is the hard part. DAMHIK

I got in 3hrs today. Luckily, the massive headwind that I fought to get to the meeting spot was on the 'I'm going to ride Zone 1-2' section of my ride. Met my buddy and toodled around SW of Warrenton. Dropped him off at the top of Bealeton Rd and headed home.

Got to the corner of Rogues Rd and Ritchie Rd I put the hammer down and did an effort all the way to the bridge on Courthouse Rd. (I haven't DL-ed the Garmin, so don't quite know how long I went) Kept the HR in the zone I was looking for and was FLYING! That tailwind pushed me right along! Looked down at one point and was doing mid-50s kph. Gotta love hammering with a tailwind! Makes you feel fast. I know better, but I can dream.

Now its threatening rain and I'm gonna bet that the Wed night ride is gonna get cancelled.

To top off feeling good it was over 60 deg again today. One lightweight wool base layer and I was overdressed!

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Old 01-30-2013, 01:25 PM   #27050
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@Ridge: it ain't so bad once you convince yourself to get out the door. Getting out the door is the hard part. DAMHIK

I got in 3hrs today. Luckily, the massive headwind that I fought to get to the meeting spot was on the 'I'm going to ride Zone 1-2' section of my ride. Met my buddy and toodled around SW of Warrenton. Dropped him off at the top of Bealeton Rd and headed home.

Got to the corner of Rogues Rd and Ritchie Rd I put the hammer down and did an effort all the way to the bridge on Courthouse Rd. (I haven't DL-ed the Garmin, so don't quite know how long I went) Kept the HR in the zone I was looking for and was FLYING! That tailwind pushed me right along! Looked down at one point and was doing mid-50s kph. Gotta love hammering with a tailwind! Makes you feel fast. I know better, but I can dream.

Now its threatening rain and I'm gonna bet that the Wed night ride is gonna get cancelled.

To top off feeling good it was over 60 deg again today. One lightweight wool base layer and I was overdressed!

M
Very hard to get out the door as you say but I did today - I overdressed also.

2nd bloody puncture in 2 rides, one of them on the bloody rollers - how the hell do you get a puncture on rollers

Felt good to get out but damn it was wet and windy...
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:28 PM   #27051
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Very hard to get out the door as you say but I did today - I overdressed also.
Very easy to do. I practically always overdress and I'm down to a mesh base, then a thin wool layer, then a Gore Phantom. STILL get too farging hot. I had to sell my Assos jacket 'cause I just couldn't wear it without getting too hot. Too bad 'cause that was a fantastic bit of kit.

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2nd bloody puncture in 2 rides, one of them on the bloody rollers - how the hell do you get a puncture on rollers
I'm not saying nuthing. Nope not a darn thing about excess tonnage. Nope. I wouldn't do that.

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Felt good to get out but damn it was wet and windy...
No wet, but LOTS of wind around here.

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Old 01-30-2013, 01:39 PM   #27052
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Very easy to do. I practically always overdress and I'm down to a mesh base, then a thin wool layer, then a Gore Phantom. STILL get too farging hot. I had to sell my Assos jacket 'cause I just couldn't wear it without getting too hot. Too bad 'cause that was a fantastic bit of kit.

I'm not saying nuthing. Nope not a darn thing about excess tonnage. Nope. I wouldn't do that.

No wet, but LOTS of wind around here.

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What is the temp when you wear that? If it is over 60-65 I wear a pair of board shorts, and a MTB specific Alpinestar jersey I picked up cheap from Huck 'n Roll before they were bought out. In only that I still work up a sweat. Granted, on the MTB I am likely going slower so less windchill to contend with.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:21 PM   #27053
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From a local police report website:


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Canada and Woodside roads, 10:35 a.m. Saturday A group of cyclists, about 50 altogether, caught up with a driver who had passed them earlier, surrounded his vehicle, then punched and kicked his window and mirror.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:56 PM   #27054
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Snow rides

Ride bikes with your friends. Good to see you FFs out there in it! Here's how we start the new year around here:



Sadly, that's the most snow we've had in almost 2 years.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:05 PM   #27055
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Riders,

I have a couple 54s for sale over in the FM:

CAAD7/Record
S-Works Tricross CX brand new full carbon F/F/HS with S-works carbon crankset/post

Ane now, back to your off-season riding season!
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:10 PM   #27056
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What is the temp when you wear that? If it is over 60-65 I wear a pair of board shorts, and a MTB specific Alpinestar jersey I picked up cheap from Huck 'n Roll before they were bought out. In only that I still work up a sweat. Granted, on the MTB I am likely going slower so less windchill to contend with.
That'd be what I'll wear when its in the mid-40s. Add a thicker wool layer when its 30-ish. Delete the Phantom and substitute a piece of plastic under my jersey when it gets 50-ish.

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Old 01-31-2013, 05:34 AM   #27057
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@Ridge: it ain't so bad once you convince yourself to get out the door. Getting out the door is the hard part. DAMHIK
Eff that... there's a reason I don't live above the Mason-Dixon Line...
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:59 AM   #27058
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Very easy to do. I practically always overdress and I'm down to a mesh base, then a thin wool layer, then a Gore Phantom. STILL get too farging hot. I had to sell my Assos jacket 'cause I just couldn't wear it without getting too hot. Too bad 'cause that was a fantastic bit of kit.

I'm not saying nuthing. Nope not a darn thing about excess tonnage. Nope. I wouldn't do that.

No wet, but LOTS of wind around here.

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Cheeky bastid...actually, the valve stem gave way - first puncture I've had on the rollers in about 2K miles...

Sadly, not much chanced to get out today - it's certainly warm enough but it's windy as all hell.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:29 AM   #27059
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Cheeky bastid...actually, the valve stem gave way - first puncture I've had on the rollers in about 2K miles...
Love you too mang!

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Sadly, not much chanced to get out today - it's certainly warm enough but it's windy as all hell.
Going to be in the mid-40s here today. Normal for this area, but effing COLD after the last few days of 60s. D'ya know how much easier it is to get motivated to go riding when its 60deg vs 40deg? Do you?!

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Old 01-31-2013, 07:03 AM   #27060
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Why Aluminum not steel Bikes??

Normal broadcasting will be resumed asap....

Some time in the past, the world seemed to switch from mass produced steel alloy frames to aluminum alloy for the now ubiquitous "mountain bicycle". What was the main reason for this? Are aluminum alloy bikes much lighter and/or stronger than steel, was it to do with lower manufacturing costs or other factors?? Been away from bikes for decades so am playing catch up. Interested in all your thoughts, thanks.

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