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Old 08-29-2013, 08:17 PM   #30916
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My X01 has 40s, makes for a nice ride

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Old 08-29-2013, 08:18 PM   #30917
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Just put bigger tires on your LHT. I've seen people put 50's on it.
I've got Travel contacts on mine it'll go down any gravel road or root and rutted Muti Use Trail. I run 40's on mine.
Thanks for the tip. I've still got the stock tires on mine, they do alright on loose surfaces but I have pondered some really massive tires.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:29 AM   #30918
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Yeah, it was discontinued when I was shopping, so I scored a new in the box unit off ebay.

In other news, this week old sinus infection/crud is really getting old. Luckily, that old country church at mile 20 in BFE had a port a potty in front of it yesterday. The inside of the crapper must have been 120F... and it was a long s(h)it.
I had one two weeks ago and eradicated it with zero medication. I used the NielMed Sinus Rinse about 3 times per day to flush everything clean. Tip for post-flush; bend over like you are touching your toes and blow your nose to clear out any leftover saline. This is far and away improved over the Neti pot.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:43 AM   #30919
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Didn't ride to work today and felt a little guilty about it, so I took the fast bike for a short ride after work. Decided to go after a Strava segment (I know I know ) near my house. I'd made a PR last time on it and thought I was cranking pretty good, but I didn't think I rode it as smart as I could. This time I attacked it a bit more thoughtfully, and today I beat my old record by 30 seconds! I couldn't believe it. Felt pretty good, and really makes me appreciate that Klein after slogging around on the Surly
30 seconds? You must really have been dragging your ass the first time you rode it.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:56 AM   #30920
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I have to stop looking at those off-roady Surlys... I love my Trucker and sometimes I think I'd like to try offroad bike riding, don't need another bike to spend money on though
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Just put bigger tires on your LHT. I've seen people put 50's on it.
I've got Travel contacts on mine it'll go down any gravel road or root and rutted Muti Use Trail. I run 40's on mine.
I knew they'd take at least a 40, but, didn't realize a 2.0" would fit.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:12 AM   #30921
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30 seconds? You must really have been dragging your ass the first time you rode it.
Yeah, I hadn't put much thought into previous attempts. The segment is a little over a mile long and starts relatively flat, then has a huge dip that goes up over an even bigger hill. I'd been getting myself psyched out by the big hill and didn't realize that going fast on the flat, then going warp speed down the hill and carrying enough momentum to crest the next hill at a decent speed was the way to do it. Figuring all that out cut 30 seconds off my old time. Small victories for internet racers
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I knew they'd take at least a 40, but, didn't realize a 2.0" would fit.
I think Surly's website says it will take up to a 45. I was just looking at Rivendell's description of the Schwalbe Big Ben 50 and they measured it to be about 45, so I wonder if even that tire would fit. Personally, the Conti 37 I have on there right now seems about big enough
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:38 AM   #30922
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I think Surly's website says it will take up to a 45. I was just looking at Rivendell's description of the Schwalbe Big Ben 50 and they measured it to be about 45, so I wonder if even that tire would fit. Personally, the Conti 37 I have on there right now seems about big enough
Well, you want to leave room for mud and rocks to pass through. And, measure that 37 with a caliper and see what the actual measurement is. A lot of Conti's models are way narrower than labeled. A set of 32s measured ~27 and my current 42s measure ~37.

Edit: The Speed Ride at the bottom of their page is what I'm running.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:31 AM   #30923
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When I wear out/get tired of the Conti Contacts on the Trucker, I think it's going to be a hard choice. There are so many options out there for wide tires, from off-roady tires to roady tires to everything in between. I kinda wish I could get something a little faster than Contacts so group rides would be a little easier, on the other hand I could put something big and dorky on there and then just ride the Klein for group rides. Decisions!
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:10 AM   #30924
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:29 PM   #30925
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Yeah, I hadn't put much thought into previous attempts. The segment is a little over a mile long and starts relatively flat, then has a huge dip that goes up over an even bigger hill. I'd been getting myself psyched out by the big hill and didn't realize that going fast on the flat, then going warp speed down the hill and carrying enough momentum to crest the next hill at a decent speed was the way to do it. Figuring all that out cut 30 seconds off my old time. Small victories for internet racers


I think Surly's website says it will take up to a 45. I was just looking at Rivendell's description of the Schwalbe Big Ben 50 and they measured it to be about 45, so I wonder if even that tire would fit. Personally, the Conti 37 I have on there right now seems about big enough

Here's the link on crazyguy
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p...id=284064&v=HC

Ilike the travel contacts,90 psi,high thread count,slick middle tread with nobby sides.good all round tire.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:41 PM   #30926
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Here's the link on crazyguy
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p...id=284064&v=HC

Ilike the travel contacts,90 psi,high thread count,slick middle tread with nobby sides.good all round tire.
From what little I read, the guy has a great attitude. That's the kind of dude I'd like to ride with.
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Old 08-30-2013, 03:09 PM   #30927
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Here's the link on crazyguy
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p...id=284064&v=HC

Ilike the travel contacts,90 psi,high thread count,slick middle tread with nobby sides.good all round tire.
Here's another guy who put 50's on a LHT,He did have to shave the outer nobs off the tires as they were wearing the paint and probably some metal off the chainstays
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?page_id=117641
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:45 PM   #30928
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Went to see the spine doc today.
Boo.

Good news is surgery won't fix anything.

Bad news nothing else will either.

Basically I have some birth defect. Sixty years of beating my body down to find this out now. Oh, and according to the doc cycling is bad for your back.
Bullshit.
So, blood tests top determine how crazy the pill pushers can get and physical therapy for me to find out what fab exercises I get to do for the rest of my life.

Yeah the motorcycle is bad for my back too. I'm pretty sure doubling down on twin hookers would be too, so I'll avoid that.
Cycling I'll keep since I know for a fucking fact it makes my back feel fucking better!

The favorite bit is me sucking pills. AIn't going to happen. I can deal with the pain until I can't then I'll see what is what.
At least I'm not some twenty-something just starting to tear things up. The pictures of my spine are pretty awful. Even I knew it was fucked when I looked at them. I now understand why I've lost some height. Much of my spine is compressed to very, very near bone to bone. Lots of scaring, aka spurs and such.
So, a life of contact sport and activity is pretty clearly a very stupid way to pass painlessly through old age.

Five years and I figure I can look into alternatives.

Oh and since I'm on a roll; work sucks.

More good news: We have a three day weekend, that looks to be less stupid hot than the previous week, and I plan to ride.

Damn the Man!

Now, that first bottle of wine I opened was nasty. Time to go find something with a little character and purpose.
We will survive, and I am cranking The Dead.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:37 PM   #30929
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:39 AM   #30930
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