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Old 05-01-08, 07:47 PM   #176
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I don't know if presta- and schraeder- equipped tubes are interchangeable on the same rims, you'll have to discuss this with the dealer. The new 700 rims I had installed on my old Raleigh Gran Prix accepted the old 27 inch tubes with schraeders. I bought a 160psi hand pump to carry on the bike. Haven't used it yet. A foot pump would be easier but wouldn't be transportable.
I have a specialized rockhopper; I live on a farm so call it a plop hopper. I bought it 18 months ago and barely touched til a month ago. Didn't like it at first, not as fast as the old Raleigh. Bought it because I wanted something for the section line roads around here and it seemed a sensible choice. I'm now doing at least 8 miles, 5 days a week on it and I consider it a superior, durable bike. Will ride it to work (11 miles one-way) at least one day a week this summer. It will eventually lose the knobbies in favor of a more pavement-oriented compromise.
Riding a bike is WORK. You will tire quickly. Stay with it, you'll get better at it. Protect your knees: make sure the seat is high enough (you may find helpful info on that on this website, or I can share what I've learned) and try to spin the pedals at 90rpm (count on either left or right foot, not both).
And smile when you pass the filling station.
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Is counting rpm's suppose to keep my mind of the pain that will be in my butt? LOL...

Seriously...why 90 rpm's?
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Old 05-03-08, 03:04 PM   #177
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Why 90rpm? Because the people who talk as if they know what they're talking about (I may seem like one of them, I suppose) all say "90rpm".
When I was riding a lot 20-30 years ago, I was never what you would call a "spinner", for lack of a better word. I peddled slower than most in bigger gears and it seemed to work for me. I developed knee pain/weakness, and I think it was because I was loading my knees excessively at the lower rpms that seemed right for me.
An analogy: the faster you spin a bearing (ball or roller) or gear, the more power it can transmit and the heavier the load it can handle. There are limits to this, of course, but within design limits that's a fair rule of thumb. Think of your knees the same way.
I was once looking for a way to strengthen/condition my knees, and with that in mind I asked a physical therapist what was good for knees. His reply was instant: "Nothing!". With that in mind, keep the load light and the rpm high.
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Old 05-03-08, 09:04 PM   #178
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Thanks for all your help! When I have more questions (which I will) may I give you a hollar?
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Old 05-04-08, 07:37 PM   #179
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sure, why not? confusion is more effective when you have someone to influence. good luck gettin' your bike.
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Old 05-04-08, 07:47 PM   #180
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Yesterday I did a ride in Southern Cal. called "Breathless Agony" Touted as one of the most difficult centurys of all. It's 112 miles and 12,000 ft. of climbing all in the first 80 miles, finishing at Onyk Summit in the San Berdardino Mtns at an elevation of 8300ft. I'm originally from Hutchinson and have lived in LA for 30+years but I have a Kansas jersey complete with Jayhawks that I bought at Sunflower Bikes in Lawrence. I wore it on the ride yesterday and while I had to endure endless Toto jokes I did meet a guy from Overland Park who came out for the ride. I don't know how he trained for such a mountainous ride in K.C. but he passed me doing just fine. Goes to show ya what I tell these beach bumbs out here. We Kansans are tough. Here's a friends report on the ride "Breathless Agony" 114 mi. 12,000 Feet

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Old 05-05-08, 04:04 PM   #181
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Training for hills

This is to the previous post. The guy riding in Cali probably trained for the hills by riding into our constant wind from the south at 20-30 mph. I just did a ride this morning and the wind was a killer. I told my wife that I would trade the wind for hills anyday. At least at some point you will reach the top of the hill, the wind is always there....
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Old 05-05-08, 04:07 PM   #182
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Former SEK runner here (Girard, a shade north of Pittsburg) checking in!
Now Colorado Cyclist! Rocky Mountain National Park, represent. Saw someone was from near Pittsburg before? Maybe when I can afford to go home, we can get together for a ride.
I am in Fort Scott and usually ride solo. Give me a shout when your in town and I can show you some good rides in Bourbon county.
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Old 05-05-08, 05:23 PM   #183
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This is to the previous post. The guy riding in Cali probably trained for the hills by riding into our constant wind from the south at 20-30 mph. I just did a ride this morning and the wind was a killer. I told my wife that I would trade the wind for hills anyday. At least at some point you will reach the top of the hill, the wind is always there....
Man I agreee with you, at least you can see a hill
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Old 05-10-08, 02:41 PM   #184
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Anyone into old Raleighs? Spotted today at Salvation Army, 200 S. Main in Hutchinson KS: early 70s Raleigh Gran Prix, 19 inch frame, green, original and complete, rusty chain and freewheel, flat (original?) tires, everything looks straight. Clerk said $15. I said I would pass it on, and she said $10.
I spotted the green handlebar tape as I was driving past and I went around the block to stop and check it out. Too Small for me, as is my 23" Gran Prix, but it would be a find for someone.
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Old 05-15-08, 12:18 AM   #185
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Posting here from Missouri, but three blocks away from the state line in KCMO. I drive back and forth to Kansas to take my daughter to school. I also love to ride my bicycle in KC KS along the Kaw River, and the old neigborhoods in Wyndotte County
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Old 05-27-08, 05:23 PM   #186
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Need a riding partner: I live in Fort Scott and am looking for someone to join me on training rides. I am riding solo now. I usually ride the road bike 20-40 miles and also have a mountain bike and ride the dirt roads. Let me know if you are interested.
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Old 06-07-08, 04:01 PM   #187
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wichita in the house. i live in riverside and love to ride my bikes along the river. i just started to ride a fixed gear and am loving it.
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Old 06-09-08, 10:48 AM   #188
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thatdamngoat...welcome...there is some good riding along the river, you do not have to worry about traffic. Maybe can't go as fast, in some places, but you don't seem be bothered by that detail. I do not live in Wichita, it has been a while since i have even seed the river paths, I hope they are keeping them in good shape.
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Old 06-10-08, 01:29 PM   #189
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I'll try this here...am in Mission Woods near the Plaza for most of the Summer and I'm looking for some weekend group rides that might originate somewhere nearby...any information or bike store recommendations who might be able to serve up some good recommendations? Thank you!!
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Old 06-14-08, 03:44 PM   #190
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you might try the kansas cyclist website. I believe they have links to clubs and rides. Good luck.
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the river paths

I live in the riverside neighborhood, so i know those paths well. They've been maintained well north of Maple St. but once you get south of that the get sketchy in spots. They're especialy nice from 21st to Douglas.
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Old 07-09-08, 12:39 PM   #192
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Very new rider living in Olathe KS. I don't have any rides to recommend or advice, I have only owned my bike since Sunday (3 days). I have ridden to and through Heritage Park, and one other ride around the neighborhoods of 159th and Mur-len. I can't wait until my butt adapts to the seat as it is pretty sore right now. Hopefully will be riding at Shawnee Mission Park this weekend.

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Old 07-09-08, 01:17 PM   #193
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I'm from the Greatest City in the Greatest State, Lawrence Ks. I live in L.A. now, but still rock the KU cycling team's jersey and kit on training rides.
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Ride Routes in KC

Hey KC area riders, are there any websites or suggestions for finding beginner to intermediate ride routes? I am basically just going out for a ride with no real purpose or destination, and would like to have a more structured route to ride, are there any sites or places to find routes that others have ridden or do I just have to find my own by trial and error. I am looking for 10-15 mile routes that have some smallish to medium hills, and at this point of my cycling experience, not much traffic.

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Hey KC area riders, are there any websites or suggestions for finding beginner to intermediate ride routes? I am basically just going out for a ride with no real purpose or destination, and would like to have a more structured route to ride, are there any sites or places to find routes that others have ridden or do I just have to find my own by trial and error. I am looking for 10-15 mile routes that have some smallish to medium hills, and at this point of my cycling experience, not much traffic.

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Husker,
I'm in Wichita (a brand-new arrival to serious commuter-cycling and to this forum), but I can recommend KC Bike Commuting to you: Noah has lots of experience biking all over KC, and has Veloroute maps of some of his routes.

Best of luck--and greetings to fellow Kansans here.
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another Kansas biker

I am in Shawnee, KS
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Old 07-13-08, 12:13 AM   #197
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I am in Olathe & some times stay in Gardner. Have an old Nishiki with a Tricross on lay away. That I cant wait to get out.
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Hey KC area riders, are there any websites or suggestions for finding beginner to intermediate ride routes? I am basically just going out for a ride with no real purpose or destination, and would like to have a more structured route to ride, are there any sites or places to find routes that others have ridden or do I just have to find my own by trial and error. I am looking for 10-15 mile routes that have some smallish to medium hills, and at this point of my cycling experience, not much traffic.

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Go to mapmyride and search for the area of town you are interested in. There are 64 pages of routes mapped in Kansas.
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Go to mapmyride and search for the area of town you are interested in. There are 64 pages of routes mapped in Kansas.
Thanks, I did discover that site and it is exactly what I am looking for.
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Last visited your state in the 1988 RAAM. 400 miles downhill at 110 to 115 degrees F. I would like to assemble a team for the grueling ascent of Mt. Sunflower.
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