Discussion in 'Transportation' started by werewolf won, Jun 16, 2011.
Good luck on the race. Have you done it before?
I have not, but I'm riding with people who have. I live only half an hour from Durango, so I'm able to practice on the actual course once the weather gets warmer. Also lots of good hills nearby. There's an 11 mile segment right near my house that climbs 2000 ft.
If you've done it, I'd love to hear your take.
Doesn't sound like you're going to have any issues. If you're doing the citizen's race, ride your own ride from Hermosa up Rockwood Hill to Purgatory- don't let others' over enthusiasm trash your legs before the real fun begins.
Nah, I haven't done it. I've never even been to Colorado.
Well took the annual trip to Rays Indoor bike park over the weekend. If your into jumping, I highly suggest it. I also got to mess around with a pro trials riders custom ti bike. It was pretty sweet.
Quite a facility!
I've seen YewTewb vids of that place, looks like a blast. I'd kill myself there.
Hey, how's the solid axle working out?
Jason was just riding along and a piece of wood wedged itself between the wheel and the fork. He instantly went over the bars.
He's ok now with bruised ribs. He drove himself to the emergency room and had to call them from the parking lot because he couldn't get out of his car.
It pretty solid. Much better than the qr. I can feel it especially on hip jumps where your landing almost sideways.
Poor man's thru-axle!
The new motorcycle is coming today, I'll post pics.
A pic is worth a thousand words.
I rode it for an hour. It's so easy to ride and I haven't ridden since 2006, 13 years. The clutch pull is so light and gearbox is so easy to shift. It turns so easily weighing only 320 lbs with fuel. It's only 300 cc but it blows away traffic without even trying. The bike fits me perfectly even though it's small and I'm 6' tall. It's a sporty riding position. The seat is reported to be hard but it's a throne compared to a bicycle seat. The suspension is firm, sporty not wallowy, love it. I'm surprised how little wind blast I feel on this naked bike. I had bikes with fairings in the past and there is annoying buffeting. The airflow is clean on a naked bike, no buffeting. I previously thought a fairing was a must have and wondered why naked bikes are so popular.
I really like all the riding gear I recently bought. I only got the helmet and jacket today and rather hastily but I love what I got. The helmet fits great, snug, no moving around on my head from the wind blast. It's a "modular" helmet. It's full face but the whole front hinges up revealing the entire face. Good for when you're off the bike and chatting, removing helmet unnecessary. The visor flips up independently, good for moving slowly through traffic. There is also a built in sun shield that flips down over the eyes only, no need for sunglasses. But, sunglasses fit nicely with this helmet. The jacket is mesh with a removable waterproof liner. I wore the liner today. I was comfortable on this 55 degree day. The gloves are also mesh and are a little too light for this kind of day, typing with cold fingers.
Bilt Power Modular / BLH101
Joe Rocket Velocity Mesh Jacket
Funny how moto reviewers obsess over seats!
I've come to the conclusion that most are not, ahem, athletic, to put it charitably.
You guys ever push it too hard on the MTB and feel like absolute garbage for the rest of the day?
I’ve always felt great after a ride, but this morning I rode on an empty stomach except for a cup of coffee, twice as far and a lot faster/harder than I have been. About a mile from the trailhead my energy just hit the floor. Got back to the car and was starving. Stopped at a store and bought, then ate an entire rotisserie chicken, came home and felt like absolute hammered poop for the rest of the day. Kinda sucks!!!
Cyclists call than bonking. It would happen to me the first few years of being a rider but you live and learn and know to back off before it happens.
First time I've been on this thread in 10 days. I've been distracted by the motorcycle. Don't worry it hasn't cut into my bicycling time one iota. I do my bicycle rides in the morning as always and ride the moto in the afternoons if I have the time and/or energy. First and formost a bicyclist. Bicycling is the more gratifying of the two.
That was me a month ago during a 40 mile ride. I felt my whole body sag, 3 miles from home at the bottom of the last hill. Absolutely brutal slog up that hill. Fortunately, I could coast the rest of the way.
I made sure I had enough food today. We finally got above 59° today. There is a route I began to incorporate into my training today: 11 miles, 1900' gain, ending at 9200'. Unfortunately, at this time it's only plowed until mile six, but that still got me struggling up 1100'. Made it up in 45 minutes, took me a third of that time to head back down. I'm loving this weather right now. I hope it stays in the 50s for a while.
Couple pics from our gravel ride yesterday.
Drop bars on fatbikes, gotta' love it. I thought I was the only one who did stuff like that. Times must be changin'.
I got in a "Fred" race this morning. We were sitting at a red light. The sure sign that it's going to be a race is if they hurry to clip in, sure enough he did.
It wasn't much of a race so instead I tried to spark up a conversation. First I said, aero bar on a gravel bike, no response. Then, I read the name brand of his bike aloud, Alchemy. He said, you give them your money and they turn it into gold for themselves.
I got on the Alchemy site and on the gravel bike page it said, frames starting at $4000, complete bikes stating at $8500.
WTF I just bought a new Honda motorcycle for $5000.
PS I shouldn't be so smug about an aero bar on a gravel bike. Ted King won last year's Dirty Kanza on a gravel bike with an aero bar. He averaged over 21 mph over 200 miles of dirt, amazing.
Not on a mountain bike, I can ride all day and feel good. My gravel bike on the other hand for some reason I feel dead if I do anything more than 60 miles, but I most people I know would feel the same.
I can’t even do 60 miles on road...
Fatigue on a bike is all about the fit. That's why people commiserate so much over it. For Ted King to average 21 mph over 200 miles of dirt means he knows how to make his bike fit perfectly. His "yoga" is perfect, every pedal stroke energizes him rather than wearing him down.
With incredible, hypnotic music too.
This sounds like a recipe to win if you ask me. Last year was my first time on a bicycle in 23yrs. Ketogenic bicycle rides followed by huge pieces of quality meats seem to have amazing health benefits for me. I bring some almonds or almond butter in case I completely run out of energy, but I do my best to avoid eating them.
I ride for fun and health. I do not compete. Don't tell my canoe, but I'm having more fun on my bicycle.
Just got out on my first "real" trail ride of the spring yesterday. No pics, but this guy's vid is pretty representative of my ride:
This guy's vid is ok too, he's from AZ so his experience is a bit different (couple mild curses in this one):
Did 35 miles on the fixed gear today. Felt really good. Explored an abandoned garbage incinerator, and a green house. Ended up at the genesee beer brew house for some burgers. It was a good day.
So jealous of those north shore trails
I finally got around to installing the SRAM GX 2 x 11 derailleurs on my commuter bike. I found out that Exact-Actuation is not the same as X-Actuation, arghhhhh.
The 11 speed shifter is SRAM Apex with Exact-Actuation and the 11 speed SRAM GX rear derailleur is X-Actuation. The fix is a GX 11 speed rear shifter from Jenson USA for $42, not bad. I ordered it today and it should arrive tomorrow.
Now that the weather is better, I feel like working on bikes again. Next I'll install the Shimano XT disc brakes and then I'll convert the hubs from quick release to solid axles and nuts. I want my bike to be ready well in advance of the big gravel ride in July, the Rivet Raid. I am determined that it's going to be a whole different story this year. I sucked last year because I hadn't been riding the bike that I rode, it just seemed all wrong. This year I'll be riding the bike that I commute on every day.
The new shifter arrived and has been installed. Adjusting the new derailleurs were a breeze. In the big chainring, 50 tooth, there is no front derailleur rub from one side of the cassette to the other. Riding the 50 chainring and the largest cog on the cassette, 44 tooth, is not a problem. I have never needed to shift down to the small chainring in the few months that I've been riding this bike. The SRAM GX shifters and derailleurs are nicer than the SRAM APEX stuff that originally came on the bike.
There is much more rear tire clearance with the GX front derailleur.
Weather hit 60 degrees so decided to work on the dirt jumps and repair them from the winter. Got some strange looks from carrying a saw across campus.
Had to replace a negative spring on the air shaft of the dirt jumper fork. The spring snapped making the fork top out with a loud thunk noise. Stripped the fork down, swapped the new spring on (little one inside the bigger one ) and put in a 20mm travel spacer to reduce the travel down to 90mm from 110mm. Fork feels much better, no more clunk. Perfect timing too, as the weather is hitting 70 this weekend!
My new ride...
Pair of cuttys
The bike I ride most is a Surly Straggler. Here it is at the Fort Roots parade grounds (North Little Rock, AR, not an active fort). I average around a hundred miles a week riding, this is a great all around bike and I can even camp off it.
You are a good mechanic. Liking the solid axle?
Looks like unlimited tire clearance on those Cutthroats, a great feature.
Really like the Cutthroat...it’s the perfect bike for mixed terrain. I ride mostly dirt roads with some pavement and single track. The 2.1 tires roll well and feel very stable.
Yes, much better. Came short on a pretty big jump yesterday that would have bent a qr pretty bad, solid axle held up perfectly!
Poor man's thru axle!
I went 2-0 on my bicycle ride this morning. Just riding 5 mile laps around the lake, the Westlake Village crit course.
The first was a tall, thin guy around my age, old, on a custom Serotta. He came up from behind while I was stopped at a light. He bullied his way through the the cross traffic at a red light! He must've have encountered me before. I waited for the green and went off in hot pursuit. I caught him before the next turn. When he noticed, his face went pale. Again, he must've have encountered me before. He poured it a couple of times to no avail, the fight was gone out of him. We were rolling up to a red light and he said, I'm turning right. I said, that's what I figured you'd do, don't run any more red lights. Did he ever touch the drops? Nope.
The second was a guy on a carbon gravel bike that looked like he actually rode it in the dirt. I didn't see the brand but I'm sure it wasn't a Motobecane.
He closed the gap to me of 100 yards instantly. I thought I might be in trouble. I didn't panic, maintained my form. He went by, smiled and said something nice, I followed. After a bit he turned around to check the status of me. When he saw that I was close an oh shit look came over him. I passed him and he followed but I could hear the kind of breathing that happen's just before blowing. I didn't speed up, maintained a good pace. I turned around to check the status of him, I was gone. He was more than 100 yards back. It makes sense, he blew his wad catching up to me. He was half my age.
I rode the carbon Motobecane gravel bike. I didn't ride it all winter. If felt so wrong when I first got on it a few days ago. I could tell it needed a 1cm shorter stem which I put on yesterday. I also tilted the ends of the bar down a bunch. I'm using the Ritchie VentureMax again, 42 cm at the hoods, 52 cm at the drops. Feeling real good about these changes. It's a good thing to leave a bike sit for a while. When you get back on it it will be clear what tweaks to the riding position need to be done.
No motorcycle riding this weekend, maybe tomorrow, it will be very warm. Bicycling is still number one.
I posted my new moto in the BCUSA transportation forum. Black Hills who used to post here commented. He rides a Ducati.
First ride of 2019 on Saturday. Short/flat 12 miles with friends, but felt great. Changed out cassette to new rims and adjusted rear derailleur to work yesterday. Ready to kick up the weekday rides. Thanks all for carrying me through the winter!
I commuted by car for the past week. Today I resumed commuting by bike. When I got back on the bike it was clear what tweaks were needed to the riding position. Just like what I talked about in my last post. The changes were to put another 5 mm spacer under the stem, tilt the ends of the bar down lower, and lower the saddle.
It worked like magic! Just like in yoga, get the body alignment perfect, and I can do a handstand as easily and for as long as I can stand on my feet. Strength is no help, alignment is everything. You are as strong as you need to be, it's your alignment that needs improving.
Finally got out to ride the trails about two weeks ago. 2 3/4 miles and crawling back in the truck. Did 6 miles Wednesday felt great.
Went to the dojo last night, stepped up a rank. Things are finally coming together health wise. Getting stronger more endurance, better lungs.
Rolled out of an easy throw last night. Came up on me feet just like normal and POP! Blew my left knee out sideways. I had just ordered a new 140mm 29 er.
I’m ticked off.