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Old 07-24-14, 07:17 PM   #526
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I haven't seen any flattrack since the days of Kenny Roberts Sr.
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Old 07-25-14, 01:28 AM   #527
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I saw Kenny ride the TZ750'tracker at the San Jose Mile. The was epic. One of the most talented racers I have ever seen.
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I saw KR at Laguna Seca a few times. Yes, he could go fast!

Ex, those were great shots. Dalai, I love - LOVE - that Stealth!! Gorgeous.

I've always gotten along well with motorcycles, but I wouldn't even consider racing one - ever! I used to ride with some women back in the day who owned the local Yamaha dealership. One was a flat tracker, and she could go. I found I could keep up with her, until she started her flat track stuff on the pavement. Like doing full lock slides around curves at ludicrous speeds. Nope, not me. I don't ride fast on a motorcycle anymore. My reflexes are too slow and I don't see well enough. That age thing! I'm much more suited to TRYING to go fast on my bicycle!
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I raced my Harley at the track, but it had no turns. 11.86, street tire, no bar.
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I raced my Harley at the track, but it had no turns. 11.86, street tire, no bar.
Impressive!
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No air shifter either but it had a full Andrews box and a Barnett race clutch. 98ci. Shovelhead. Of course.
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No air shifter either but it had a full Andrews box and a Barnett race clutch. 98ci. Shovelhead. Of course.
Of course!
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Broken link? Not showing up...
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Valygrl, come back!
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Battery ran out.
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oops, here's a do-over
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Pretty nice bike...for a *girl.*

How do you like the shifting?
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I *do* have a pink water bottle cap, so I guess I deserve that.

The rear shifting is great. What I was really seeking from this upgrade was relief from the long/hard push for the front shift, since I damaged my left wrist in a crash, and I've been having trouble physically shifting. The effort for the buttons is just what I was hoping for. However, the front shift from small to big ring is a little slow and I had to click the button 2ce a couple of times, so it might need a little adjustment - I'll take it back in.
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I'm afraid if I tried that stuff I'd want it...the last thing I need is something else to spend my bike budget on!
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I *do* have a pink water bottle cap, so I guess I deserve that.

The rear shifting is great. What I was really seeking from this upgrade was relief from the long/hard push for the front shift, since I damaged my left wrist in a crash, and I've been having trouble physically shifting. The effort for the buttons is just what I was hoping for. However, the front shift from small to big ring is a little slow and I had to click the button 2ce a couple of times, so it might need a little adjustment - I'll take it back in.
I definitely hate you.

Di2 is deceiving. The shift itself may seem slower than mechanical but it's not. The motor noise will fool you.
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Valygrl. I like a lot.
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Valygrl! Oooo. Of course, a new Cat 3 needs the proper bike to go with her prowess. That one does!!!!!! Congrats!!!
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nice!

as for your comment on front shifting, i've posted this before. i made the switch to electronic in fall 2010. i spent a bunch of time thinking about the front shift.

sure, it seemed slower, but like shovel said i think that is because of the noise.

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with mechanical, as soon as you press the lever (for shifts to the big ring) the chain gets jammed against the big ring immediately. nothing happens right away in terms of the shift--the chain doesn't move until it hits the ramps. but it feels like something is happening. there's a bunch of noise.

with electronic, you press a button and you get no feedback at the lever. as a result, the only thing you notice is that the shift actually happened. the "empty space" in between the two feels longer.

i bet if you were to have some high-speed camera trained at the chainrings the electronic shift would happen faster (but we'd be talking fractions of a second).

i've found that 9070 is slightly touchy with respect to setting up the angle of the cage. if your FD is not shifting perfectly when you are actually riding, that's an installation that needs a bit of tweaking. (i find that sometimes on the stand if barely rotating the pedals, what you described can happen, but it should never happen on the road.)
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Thanks for the input. I get to ride it again tomorrow, I'll see if it does it again...
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]with mechanical, as soon as you press the lever (for shifts to the big ring) the chain gets jammed against the big ring immediately. nothing happens right away in terms of the shift--the chain doesn't move until it hits the ramps. but it feels like something is happening. there's a bunch of noise.
I'm running 9000 11sp mechanical, and the front shifting is more akin to D12. There is none of that "chain against the ring waiting to catch" stuff. It just shifts, instantly and effortlessly. What it lacks (FD) is the automatic infinite trim, which is enough to make me Jones for electronics. I'd also love sprinter-shifters.
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You have to have a sprint first.

Seriously I use them all the time.
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Here is the bike I'm going to try cross on. It's a 95 or 96 Marin something. It's never been ridden! I picked it up for nothing. You have to start somewhere, right? Tires, saddle, pedals (SPD, I would think) and weight training and I should be ready to go.

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Serious, now. This is my REAL cross rig. It's a 2013 Giant TCX-W, brand new. I got it and set it up just yesterday. The first cross race COULD be next Sunday, but I've never ridden in dirt, plus this thing is SRAM Rival, and I'm not used to that. However, I bought it so I must be racing it, right? Those are road pedals, yes. Test riding it! I'm putting Shimano SPD pedals on it for racing.

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Sara is all in. Loving it.

SPD is a bad choice for cross. I suggest MTB pedals and shoes.
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