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Old 05-20-2013, 05:47 AM   #28846
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Would a bike designed for cyclocross be any good on hard, smooth singletrack trails?
Short answer: yes

Mine's gone farther off-road than your DS bikes have gone. It takes more skill to get em there though.



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Old 05-20-2013, 06:17 AM   #28847
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Short answer: yes

Mine's gone farther off-road than your DS bikes have gone. It takes more skill to get em there though.



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I was wondering about that. I've gotten very fast on my road bike, and that cycloross bike looks a lot like it. The idea of seeing if I can beat my mtb lap record on the road bike is very enticing. I'm pretty sure I'd have to do something about those skinny road tires, though.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:20 AM   #28848
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Cool2 Saturday's ride

My best sprint result yet. I moved up on the leader board from 6th place to 2nd place out of 460 riders.

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Old 05-20-2013, 06:40 AM   #28849
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:14 AM   #28850
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do you run 28's on your training rides in the marin, sonoma back roads? I would.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:27 AM   #28851
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Saturday's ride. It included King Ridge Road, Annapolis Road and then a spectacularly beautiful ride back down 1. In a couple places, the road climbs way up above the water so you're at least several hundred feet up. The water was spectacular from up there; all manner of blue and green and every color in between.

What a terrific day that was. King Ridge Road is exactly that - up on the ridge, so you're presented with spectacular views on either side - once you make the climb up. There were a couple sections where I saw north of 20% on the "current grade" indicator on my GPS.

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Old 05-20-2013, 09:39 AM   #28852
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As usual, my plans for a bike ride or two vaporized with errands and spur of the moment visits. Still a good weekend.
I arrived back in the heat completely beat. I drained and re-filled the camel-bak twice on the way across. Then a couple more liters while i cooled down in the hotel waiting for my phone to charge, then a walk to pizza and a cold beer. I gave a second pint a go but could only manage half if it. Only two slices of the pizza as well. Must becoming a light weight?

Three more mornings here then vacation.
And vacation for me means riding time. relaxing and cleaning the garage.

and my honey will be home..

I promise to ride, take pictures and lose some weight. And see if in my out of shape state I can beat up my little brother with a bicycle.

Could be a tough call this time, as he is retired and runs. I can always put him on an old mountain bike and drag him up a steep trail.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:59 AM   #28853
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Hey all,
Does anyone know of a true (as in Aerostich) high vis yellow rain jacket? I wear a visibility vest right now, but it would be nice for more.

Just got done with a nice 1 hr ride in a warm rain..... It was pretty nice, found some new roads.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:00 PM   #28854
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Hey all,
Does anyone know of a true (as in Aerostich) high vis yellow rain jacket? I wear a visibility vest right now, but it would be nice for more.

Just got done with a nice 1 hr ride in a warm rain..... It was pretty nice, found some new roads.
There's lots, but showers pass springs to mind first.

After that: Gore bike wear, then Mavic, then...

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Old 05-20-2013, 12:03 PM   #28855
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There's lots, but showers pass springs to mind first.

After that: Gore bike wear, then Mavic, then...

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Showers pass is what I was thinking of, couldn't remember the name.... Thanks!

I dig these....

http://www.showerspass.com/catalog/m...lub-pro-jacket
http://www.showerspass.com/catalog/m...b-visible-pant
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:34 PM   #28856
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There's lots, but showers pass springs to mind first.

After that: Gore bike wear, then Mavic, then...

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Interesting to note.

It is amazing how many DO NOT offer their rain jackets in high viz.
The really nice stuff is in blue, red and black typically.
In other words, totally invisible in the rain to drivers.

Showers pass have some sweet high viz pants.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:35 PM   #28857
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Interesting to note.

It is amazing how many DO NOT offer their rain jackets in high viz.
The really nice stuff is in blue, red and black typically.
In other words, totally invisible in the rain to drivers.

Showers pass have some sweet high viz pants.
IME High viz helps, but blinkies are better.

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Old 05-20-2013, 07:12 PM   #28858
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IME High viz helps, but blinkies are better.

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Oh yeah,
They really catch peoples eye.
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:16 AM   #28859
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Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN) is a good bet.

How's this? Start small. Start with the smallest square footage you can rent and start with just wrenching and accessories. Special order stuff on a pre-paid basis. Be prepared to suffer days/weeks of no work till word gets around. If you're a member of RBR, PM PlatyPius for info. He did what you're thinking of doing.

You won't be able to order from QBP or most of the other wholesalers till you have an ad in the yellow pages, have a storefront, a shop, a display area, and send em pics. They don't want 'amateurs' ordering from em. AMHIK

Its a tough row to hoe and you'd better love it or you'll have 'issues.'

Old joke: how do you make a small fortune in the bicycle business? Start with a large fortune.

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That is what we are doing.

Started and in still in a small shop space, special order for expensive (>1,500) bikes.

Operating out of the US but I have found most of the comments spot on. Some customers expect free service as a RIGHT.

What we do is for loyal/repeat/good customers on 'free' service is to bill them for it and remove it via a discount. That way, they see that putting a new tube tyre actually cost 10$, so next time there is no argument like 'But I thought it was free!'
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:51 AM   #28860
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Showers pass is what I was thinking of, couldn't remember the name.... Thanks!

I dig these....

http://www.showerspass.com/catalog/m...lub-pro-jacket
http://www.showerspass.com/catalog/m...b-visible-pant
We have rain storms in the Summer months here in Florida. Now, I have no objection to riding my bike in the pouring rain, but when I mention this to local riders, they look at me as if I've just said something insane. Is there any reason why a modern road bike can't tolerate water? Are CF framed bikes more delicate than the steel framed ones we were all riding in the rain 40 years ago?
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