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Isaac's Papa    37,896

Almost talked myself into selling the Miyata. Took her off the hooks and around the block. Yeah... she's not for sale. Not even close. 

I do have a bad case of speedy road bike fever. Ordered a pair of 52/36 chainwheels to tide me over. I'll have them on the Wheelhouse by this weekend. Planning 75 miles after work tomorrow and a century on Sunday. 

Did the sweetcorn 50 yesterday. Was fun. Didn't crash. That's always a treat. 

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TimTheAzn    1,584
4 minutes ago, Isaac's Papa said:

Did the sweetcorn 50 yesterday. Was fun. Didn't crash. That's always a treat. 

 

Must've not been a mtb bike ride then... 

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PhilD'oh!    203

I put a new tube, tire and new rear brake cable on my youngest son's bike.  Does that count?

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CBBaron    446

4 laps at East Rim.

Amazing it is actually dry and dusty now. 

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redkow97    7,703

Heading to Royalview after work (have to stop home to get the bike and change clothes).  I'll do 12-18 miles, depending on how fast I'm going, and which route I take.

Still a little timid riding the yellow trail down hill since I crashed there.  I haven't ridden the "interior" (Western) section of the red trail in a while, so I'm thinking outer loop (6.2 miles?), then red loop (3.5?), then the first half of Red again, but detour to the skills section (maybe 3 miles?) and back down yellow (another 4 miles?).  Also depends on where I park.  for whatever reason, I don't like having to take the road back to my car.  I guess I could ride to the trail, but that eats up time I could spend on the trail.

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zx3vfr    354

Freaking crashed at Hampton Hills. Well it wasn't so much a crash as it was I lost momentum going up a hill in a turn. Tried to catch myself on a tree. Got my left foot unhooked but couldn't twist my right foot off in time.  Tried to grab the tree missed and landed flat on my back. And slid about 10 feet down the hill. Bike was unharmed though 

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Isaac's Papa    37,896

Threw on a 52/36 set on the Wheelhouse. I don't know what I'm expecting, but I had a spare $50 to burn. Why not? 

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redkow97    7,703

I actually set my pressures before my ride. 3 laps on the red loop. 

Got passed by a couple of guys on nicer bikes. They did not drop me quickly enough for me to be jealous of their fitness. I wouldn't mind their bikes. 

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ludwb675    120

New peddles on the mountain bike. Got some 510 shoes as well. Hopefully hitting the trails tonight to try them out. 

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motocat12    689

Bought 3 latex tubes at probikekit @ $7ea and GP4000s II pair @ 71$  for free shipping, great deals. 

I barely have the mold line wore off my performance bike tires and could re-mount and get a few rides out of my old gp4000s

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snot    8,283

New water bottle holder.....one time use only.

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snot    8,283

Finally got a real bike Del Sol.

I love this bike, I just feel like I am cheating my work out. 

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Ron505    712

Did my first 15 mile ride yesterday.  Heading out for a 25 or so today.  Hopefully I'll work up to be able to hit the trails in a few weeks.

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ludwb675    120

Wrecked it!

At royal view on the yellow trail. Downhill right hander. Don't think i was going too fast. Just got too far to the outside and the front lost grip. It was really loose dirt/sand/whatever and leaves didn't help.

No time to catch my self, went down hard on my right side. Rashed knee and shoulder. Both are kind of tender but will be fine in a few days. 

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Helmutt    8,863

As of Tuesday the wife had a flat tire......so now her and I got new tailbags, patch kits, spare tube, toolkit, and frame mount air pump.  Thinking we'll upgrade to Conti Gatorskins or similar puncture resistant tires over the winter.

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CBBaron    446
5 hours ago, Helmutt said:

As of Tuesday the wife had a flat tire......so now her and I got new tailbags, patch kits, spare tube, toolkit, and frame mount air pump.  Thinking we'll upgrade to Conti Gatorskins or similar puncture resistant tires over the winter.

I road urban roads for a commute for years and used tough tires like gatorskins and they really did make a difference in the number of flats. However they dont eliminate the problem, especially from tube failures, installation failures and pinch flats. Now that I ride more for fun and avoid the urban roads I much prefer lightweight tires. The improvement in comfort and speed is noticeable. And I don't change tube much more often than I did before. 

So unless you have a real good reason to get puncture resistant tires, like picking up glass on a weekly basis or a regular commute, I would recommend just carrying the repair kit and enjoy the ride.

Craig

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Helmutt    8,863
27 minutes ago, CBBaron said:

I road urban roads for a commute for years and used tough tires like gatorskins and they really did make a difference in the number of flats. However they dont eliminate the problem, especially from tube failures, installation failures and pinch flats. Now that I ride more for fun and avoid the urban roads I much prefer lightweight tires. The improvement in comfort and speed is noticeable. And I don't change tube much more often than I did before. 

So unless you have a real good reason to get puncture resistant tires, like picking up glass on a weekly basis or a regular commute, I would recommend just carrying the repair kit and enjoy the ride.

Craig

Thanks for the insight, and we may just buy new tires in general.  The chinese beaters that our new bikes came with are wearing out quickly.  We've churned less than 400 miles so far on them and they're already showing some age ( a little sidewall splitting and cracking ).  But we both feel better  just knowing we can fix a tire/chain/adjustment on site now.

We stick to the paved bike path in our county, but she picked up a shard of glass a day or 2 prior then we found a few patches of broken glass again yesterday from local immatures.  

Our goal is strictly for cardio, conditioning, and weight loss...so a heavier tire would be fine since added resistance would enable our workouts a little more.

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CBBaron    446

Going to try a drop bar Mountainbike (Salsa Fargo like). I had the bars and brake calipers off of a different. Picked up an inexpensive SRAM 10speed briffter and matching left brake lever.

Also upgraded the front disc to 180mm. Between my weight and the size and grip of the fat bike I needed a little more braking.

Hope to give the rig a try at West Branch this afternoon. 

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motocat12    689

I put a latex tube in. They're supposed to give a better ride /more supple. They lose 60% of air in a week.

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Isaac's Papa    37,896
1 hour ago, motocat12 said:

I put a latex tube in. They're supposed to give a better ride /more supple. They lose 60% of air in a week.

FUUUUCK that. 

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blue03636    4,091
On 9/23/2017 at 1:40 PM, Isaac's Papa said:

120 Minute IPA, some weed and my Kona. What else does a man need? 

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1 more week and I should be able to ride again. Mmmmm IPA

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TimTheAzn    1,584

Took her out for a 10 mile jaunt through the hood. Just to keep the blood flowing.

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