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    Another "chicagoian"

    Where to start...

    Three weeks ago I recieved a Dawes LT1000 in the mail from bikesdirect.com. Nice bike, good price. :-) I'm happy with my purchase.

    I'm a gearhead first. I love to work on things, fix things, make them better. When I was younger that included working on bicycles. And moving on to lots of other hobbies. Most recently motorcycling. And that leads us to where I am now. A bit more than a month ago I broke my elbow test riding a CRF450X. The results were not pretty. It's remarkable how much biking relates to motorcycling. And how much those lessons cross translate.

    I am recovering. Slower than I'd like, yet faster than the docs expect. The road bikes geometry helps me stretch my elbow out. And, someday I hope to get back into the riding shape I was in while I was in high school. I am very out of shape now... years of sedentary work. Lots of car instead of bicycle. It's been to long since I was active in paintball. So I have lots of work ahead of me to get back into some form of decent shape.

    The bike came out of the packaging in good shape. I got it assembled, and I directly went and ordered a new set of pedals for it. I'm not into the clipless things yet, but I do like my clipped pedals. Some nice narrow, single sided road platforms and a $7 set of toe clips. That's a taste I learned to like from my mountian bike, a 18" framed Team Iorn Horse 350.

    I learned my lessons on wallmart bikes. I was hard on bikes, and I rather hurt them. I've folded handlebars. I cracked a frame. I twisted the headstocks on two bikes. I ripped the derailur off another bike.

    I like indexed shifting. Good quality trigger type shifters make me very happy. They have a very nice mechanical feel. Sadly I only get that nice feel while shifting to smaller cogs on my Dawes. Shifting to bigger cogs is kinda mushy. (I'm looking into buying new brifters...) I need to find out what series are on my friends fuji road bike... Those feel very nice.

    So I have a few questions, I'm not sure if they're appropreate here or not.

    What makes "good" bottom brackets, and derailurs so "good". Beyond stiff cranks and high quality bearings?

    I do most of my riding at night. So I am looking into a decent lighting setup. What would you recomend?

    I have a computer in the mail, I know my goals. Using a online power calculator I found out how much power I making in high school. (22mph for 20-30 minutes at a time) And by plugging that number into a road bike... I found out how fast my goal speed is. *shakes head* Friction is to the square of speed. 26mph isn't easy for me right now. At least for my goals, I think just going out and riding, slowly incresing time, and intensity may not be a bad plan. Or am I being stupid with that? (so far I've worked from 10 minutes, up to 30 minutes. The computer isn't here yet, but I reckon I'm rolling along at 15mph)

    So Hi. I'm Nero. I'm from chicagoland.

    Edit: Maybe I should add some goals in here. I'm 5'4-5" or so. 30" inseam, and as of tonight 190lbs. I'd like to get back down to 160lbs. I've never had much of an upper body, but I do miss the legs I had.
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    Hello Nero, I won't try to address the questions about good BBs and derailleurs, but I can tell you that we have a whole forum devoted to the intricacies of lighting systems (Electrical & Gadgets).

    Good luck on getting up the speed, and a rapid recovery.

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    It's nice to see another Chicagoan on BF. Welcome to the wonder of BF. Anything that you might need to know could be found here. Knowing that you like to fix things you would fit in great in the Mechanics Forum. Also, knowing that you like gears (, I'm a SSFG kind of girl myself) you can introduce yourself to the Roadies in the Road Cycling Forum. From what I hear, they're nice people. I have a couple of Roadie friends myself. Now if you need some randomness in your life stop by Foo in the Lounge. That's where you'll find me and many other great people. I hope you enjoy the forums.

    Good luck on your recovery.

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    *waves*

    woo hoo for more Chi-town people! You are far more hardcore than I am (the mere idea of clips gives me the shivers. I almost fall off my bike regularly in Converse. I'm clumsy like that.) But I am also the kind of girl who will stand there and watch lustfully as ANY BIKE, no matter what kind, goes by. I just like wheels.

    That said, even though I'll normally ride with rain... I won't ride in thunderstorms. *sigh* So, I need to get my butt in gear and on the... bus. BOO.

    Good luck on mending!

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    Welcome to the Forums nerobro!!!!! As ms.gio said you can find all the information you need right here. bibliogrrl I am a season ticket holder I CANT WAIT FOR FOOTBALL TO START!!!!!!!

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    Welcome to Chicago: "never a more wretched hive of scum and villainy." (I jest of course).

    I'm glad you're here and you're in a great place for riding a bike (if the cabbies don't kill you). Mayor Daley seriously wants Chicago to be one of the most bike friendly cities in the country. There are miles of bike lanes on many of the streets, the Lakefront Path that is 18 miles long (a nice workout if you ride the whole thing there and back again). Plus there are a ton of clubs and groups here to ride with.

    Just a few:

    The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation: http://www.biketraffic.org/ (join up and get a discount for Bike the Drive and a great cycling map, plus discounts at a ton of places in the city)

    The Chicago Cycling Club: http://www.chicagocyclingclub.org/ (offers a ton of rides from spring to early fall)

    The Rat Patrol: http://www.rat-patrol.org/ (They're just cool)

    Chicago Bike Racing: http://www.chicagobikeracing.com/ (A good blog and info point about racing and teams in the area)
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    Can't help with the power calculations, but welcome to another Chicago BF member!
    Bibliogrrl, I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for you, as I'm a Wicker Park resident as well. You can generally spot me commuting up and down Damen on my blue and white Merckx, or having a beer at the Pontiac.

    Anyone doing Critical Mass tomorrow? Not sure of my schedule; about 50% likely that I'll be doing so.

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    If it matters, I'm going to the mass tomorrow with a couple of my friends. I ride a blue and white Fuji Track SE with red taped bull horns.
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    I'll shout hello if I see you.

    Happy Friday!

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    Another Chicagoan....yaaah!

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    Well I am a little anoyed that I missed the critical mass ride. :-/ But I suppose I'll catch next months.

    I thought I might post my rides.

    A 46cm Dawes LT1000. If you look closely you can see that I hadn't hooked up the front brake or put on the pedals yet. The bike now has ~20 miles or so on it.


    And here's my Mountain Bike. I was wrong, it's a MT200 not MT350. Can anyone tell me the year this was made?

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    Nice looking bikes! Don't worry, there's always another CM to attend .

    The age of the Iron Horse? Looks like middle-late '90s from the graphics, but I'm not an expert. What kind of components are on it?

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    So, first off. Bike update: It's sprouted clipless pedals, a flashy led rear light, and a computer.


    I've done a few more rides. Longest was a 16 mile ride the night I installed the clipless pedals. I can do a 10 mile ride now at 12 mph without feeling it. It's probally time to step it up a bit. Sadly most of my riding time comes at night, and I've moved to a neighborhood where night time lighting is non existant.

    I have several solutions cooking for that. First of which will be a maglite mount. I have a few 5v regs, and i have an itch to buy a hundred or so white LED's so that will be next.

    A friend of mine introduced me to hills. I need to drag out the GPS to see just how far I went up and down, but the last mile or two leaving the fox river and going back up into carpentersville were nutty.

    I managed to hit 24mph on the flat. Which is nice. And I'm finally able to use the drops.

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    Hills are wonderful!

    Have you managed a CM ride yet? Good updates, keep them coming!

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    There is a CM friday. I'm seriously tempted. However I may need to skip this month, it's a friends birthday friday.

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    Oh well, next month! I don't think I'd miss the party, personally .

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    If I weren't getting married on Sauturday, I'd definitely be at CM. If it weren't for the fact that my sister is throwing a rehearsal type dinner for us on Friday night, I'd drag my friends out for a bachelor party on two wheels and do the CM anyway.

    Oh well. Definitely will do September.
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    Congratulations to you, bibliobob.
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    Well, it's warm again. Time to again attempt to join the nuts on parade.

    I've been busy this winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nerobro View Post
    Well, it's warm again. Time to again attempt to join the nuts on parade.

    I've been busy this winter.
    Don't kill yourself on the headtube extension or stem or whatever that is !

    Otherwise, nice bike!

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    She's done....




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    You did a great job! How many miles ridden now?

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    Maybe 1/4 mile? Not even enough for me to bother to put it on bikewire. I plan on 10-15 miles tonight.

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    Nice setting, by the way! Enjoy that ride.
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    so we're now a little more than a year on. That white bike has seen almost a thousand miles, as has my black bike. The white bike has seen some changes too.

    The black bike: it's got a new stem now too.


    The white bike:


    I've race three times at the northbrook velodrome. And as a present to myself I decided it was time to get me a track bike. Say hello:


    And.. now that the track season is over, I am going to try my hand at CX. That MT200, is finally back in my hands, and now has some new parts on it.


    I took it for a few mile ride yesterday, I remember why I liked dirt so much.

    I'm no longer commuting by bike (I am now 24 miles from work) but I am taking longer rides a few times a week. Cranking out a 15 mile ride is a pleasure. I'm yet to hit my "I don't wanna do this anymore" limit. that makes me happy.

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