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Isaac's Papa    37,896

Got a new seatpost for the Wheelhouse. Slapped it on and out the door I flew. Nothing hectic. Just a nice ride into Kent and back to clear my head. Had to stop for a train on Summit so I anarchy'd a bit. Front tire needed a little air so I stopped at the first maintenance stand on my route. Put the head to the stem and half the air I did have was gone. Some jackass ripped the pump head from the line and then pushed it back into place. Which wasn't a big deal until I realized my CO2 bomb wasn't in my pouch. 12 miles from home with no way to fill my tube. I crept back towards Kent and found the local shop still open. Quick splash of air and I'm back in business. Decided to just head home from there and cut the ride shorter than planned. Still happy to just get outside. Beautiful evening to ride. :) 

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motocat12    689

I had one on my bike once. crazy Topheavy. trying to wheel it through doorways by the stem it would try to roll over like a puppy,

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Isaac's Papa    37,896

New Keo Classics and fired up the old Giro road shoes. I'm not climbing the Skyway in 2-bolt cleats. Got a new LG X-Lite helmet, which is awesome. I love Nashbar's random sales. 

Took the bikes up OH-88 to Asbury Rd. for some hill work. The Wheelhouse outclimbs the Trek, hands down. It's not really faster, but it's so stable that climbing is just easier. Standing out of the saddle is easier. Getting back on the saddle is easier. It's just stiff as hell when I put the gas to it, too. The shitty crankset deflects, but the frame is solid. The brakes are awesome. I trust them wholly to do their job when it matters. That's a big plus for me. I like descending as fast as my nerves will let me and knowing I have quality binders gives me more confidence to hang it out. The tapered fork and thru-axles are uber nice in the corners. I can't wait to drop down the Skyway on this smooth beauty. :) 

...I mean, if I make it to the top. :eek: 

 

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motocat12    689

74mi  round trip to cedarville with a gorge hike @2talltim on mossy rocks in bike shoes.

Turns out arrester beds don't work as well for bikes. hit this rock on the trail ~17mph lost my grip and went into the loose ditch. grabbed a bullhorn grip and couldn't reach the brakes or steer and finally washed out. I probably should have moved the rock.

drank 3 water bottles came in 5 lbs lighter

 

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2talltim    9,767

Moss is a killer, It should be banned.

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motocat12    689
On 5/26/2017 at 8:13 PM, Isaac's Papa said:

Got a new LG X-Lite helmet,

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motocat12    689

I have a $10 off $50 or more  coupon for :ROLL Columbus if anyone needs anything.

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Isaac's Papa    37,896

Too hot to ride today, so I snagged a quickie to Tallmadge and back. Got dark faster than I thought and I hitched a ride with a guy on a mtb with a headlight. He's smarter than I am. Nice dude. Sure better than hauling ass in the dark and hoping I didn't hit a critter or tweaker. His light exposed an opossum playing possum in the center of the path. That might have hurt. Still had a good ride and my legs needed that after last week's trip. 

Also, new seatpost day. Previous new seatpost developed a crack and I decided to upgrade before something bad happened to my bunghole. 

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2talltim    9,767

Me and the Mrs. took a stroll on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk today. Got soaked on the way back but it actually felt good. Going back out once this 2 lb burrito and 3 Dos Equis I drank at the local Mexican joint passes a bit.

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2talltim    9,767

And who would have thunk that two steel framed bikes would fit in the trunk of a Chevy Impala. :lol:

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2talltim    9,767

4 trips down and back on the 3 mile boardwalk today.  So that's 18 miles on the pedal machines. Last one was a nice night ride with all the lights on the boardwalk.  

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motocat12    689

Trying to replace the same grips I already have on the mtb.

Last week i received cheap thin hard china knockoff grips on ebay, This week i received the wrong style from more expensive US seller.

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redkow97    7,703

I raced my bike in the time trial at my local trail system. 

There were no beginners last week, and only two older guys this week. I wanted someone to actually race, and I preferred the 6 mile course to the 4.5 mile beginner course, so I raced "expert" despite being anything but. 

One of the expert women (there were only two) told me "we're going to start ahead of you, since you don't have a 'real' bike."

she was joking, but I hope I beat her bitch-ass... I caught and passed her friend, which means I was at least 60 seconds faster. Didn't catch the woman who started 120 seconds ahead of me, but I may still have beaten her. Fingers crossed. Times will be published tomorrow. 

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CBBaron    446
9 hours ago, redkow97 said:

I raced my bike in the time trial at my local trail system. 

There were no beginners last week, and only two older guys this week. I wanted someone to actually race, and I preferred the 6 mile course to the 4.5 mile beginner course, so I raced "expert" despite being anything but. 

One of the expert women (there were only two) told me "we're going to start ahead of you, since you don't have a 'real' bike."

she was joking, but I hope I beat her bitch-ass... I caught and passed her friend, which means I was at least 60 seconds faster. Didn't catch the woman who started 120 seconds ahead of me, but I may still have beaten her. Fingers crossed. Times will be published tomorrow. 

Hmm, maybe I should come out next week. I'm sure I could take last spot :D

I agree with you 4.5 miles hardly seems long enough to bother with. 

However your bike is much closer to a 'real' bike than my original model Pugsley. Steel frame, non-suspension corrected, offset front and rear 135mm hubs and you have to loosen the rear brake bracket to remove the wheel. :D Its a great bike!!!

 

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Bubba    1,068
On 6/17/2017 at 9:50 PM, 2talltim said:

4 trips down and back on the 3 mile boardwalk today.  So that's 18 miles on the pedal machines. Last one was a nice night ride with all the lights on the boardwalk.  

3 mile RT = 6 miles x 4 = 24 miles!!!  Even better.

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motocat12    689

raising your lactate threshold is always worthwhile

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Isaac's Papa    37,896

6 mile time-trial on the bike trail and someone's giving you the "real bike" business? What an asshole. 

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redkow97    7,703
29 minutes ago, Isaac's Papa said:

6 mile time-trial on the bike trail and someone's giving you the "real bike" business? What an asshole. 

Upon further investigation, I am more convinced she isn't a bitch, and was truly joking, but it did fire me up.

Unless she was borrowing her (quite serious and expensive XC bike), the name/flag decal on her frame suggests that she finished second in the women's division two weeks ago, but that would have put her 15th in the men's division...  Still hoping i beat her, but I'm not optimistic.

The loop we rode is the same one I did 3 times last Saturday, but the opposite direction, so my 34 minute lap from my weekend ride is faster than her, but when you reverse the loop, you're taking the fast downhill trail and turning it into a long, gradual climb.  That said, I had ridden 12 miles before I set that time, so I should have been fresher yesterday.

I set PRs in every strava segment i logged, so it's a personal victory regardless - I pushed myself.  My Strava time is 39 minutes, but I started the GPS early (so i wouldn't forget), and was pedaling around the start area to warm up and figure out which gear was best for a standing start, to accelerate to the trailhead.  I assume that 39 minutes is my total moving time, but I don't know how much will be 'cut off' before my official time started. 

I know the trail, but it's weird to take certain parts as fast as possible.  I nearly bit it in the gravel next to the road.  turned left, and my front tire nearly slid out.  I'm usually stopping there to make sure no cars are coming.  With the road blocked for the TT, I was accelerating to pass the woman ahead of me while we were on the road, and before we entered the second trail.  (she was way cool about being passed, btw - after laughing at my bike, she was cheering me on to chase down her friend).

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jhawk    53

Very cool! I want to do one of these, but always told myself I try to go fast through the woods all the time so whats the point of paying to do so. I didn't know you actually had rabbits you could chase down! Sounds much more appealing. Will there be one next week assuming weather holds off?

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redkow97    7,703
8 minutes ago, jhawk said:

Very cool! I want to do one of these, but always told myself I try to go fast through the woods all the time so whats the point of paying to do so. I didn't know you actually had rabbits you could chase down! Sounds much more appealing. Will there be one next week assuming weather holds off?

Next week is the last.  it's a series of 3, with your fastest 2 times added together for your final 'score.'

I missed the first one and I won't make next week.  I had intended to ride the 15th (cancelled) and the 22nd, but I'm busy the 29th.

$15 https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/parks/programs-events/2017/mill-stream-run-reservation/mountain-bike-time-trials-2-1?instance=42178

I consider it a donation to the park, and incentive for them to do more events like this.  $20 if you register 'late.'

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redkow97    7,703

33:46!

that's about 2 minutes faster than I was expecting, AND I beat the "comedienne," who clocked 34:10 (which is over a minute faster than her last time)

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Tonik    10,977
3 minutes ago, redkow97 said:

33:46!

that's about 2 minutes faster than I was expecting, AND I beat the "comedienne," who clocked 34:10 (which is over a minute faster than her last time)

Congrats!  Is there a way you can message her and point this out?

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redkow97    7,703
On 6/23/2017 at 7:17 PM, Tonik said:

Congrats!  Is there a way you can message her and point this out?

In my mind, she hasn't slept since she saw the result sheet.

I probably can't ride on Thursday (although I'm trying to find a sitter, now) and I will manage to say something along the lines of "just think how much i could have beaten you by if i had a 'real' bike!"

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