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Old 11-11-11, 08:15 AM   #26
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Old 11-11-11, 03:16 PM   #27
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More stupid questions:

1. What's the point of the smallest ring on a triple of a SWB?
The second-lowest gear in my middle ring (39X29 or something close to it) is just barely above my stall speed. I can't go much slower without toppling over. I'm no mountain goat by any means, but I can't imagine using the lowest gears on my 30 ring. Seems like a waste of weight.

2. Does riding a bent mean you don't sweat getting the finest bib shorts you can afford?
It seems like paying a lot for exquisite chamois would be a waste of time. In fact, other than that bike clothes are comfortable, a lot of the features are wasted, like the back jersey pockets.
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More stupid questions:

1. What's the point of the smallest ring on a triple of a SWB?
The second-lowest gear in my middle ring (39X29 or something close to it) is just barely above my stall speed. I can't go much slower without toppling over. I'm no mountain goat by any means, but I can't imagine using the lowest gears on my 30 ring. Seems like a waste of weight.

2. Does riding a bent mean you don't sweat getting the finest bib shorts you can afford?
It seems like paying a lot for exquisite chamois would be a waste of time. In fact, other than that bike clothes are comfortable, a lot of the features are wasted, like the back jersey pockets.
I don't know about you, but my knees can't crank low cadences up steep hills. My SWB Lightning has a low gear of 24/28, and I can cruise up 12-15% slopes just fine. My LWB Gold Rush has a low gear of 24/34 - and before you start saying "That's nuts"... I used it extensively on Tour BC last year. We had to climb a continuous 15% grade, for 5 kilometers (or was it 10? Tough to remember due to oxygen deprivation). Yes, we could have gotten off and pushed, but that's not why I ride a bike.

Yes, don't worry about the padding in your shorts. I tend to buy the second-cheapest shorts I can find. The "chamois" is usually pretty thin, but still provides some comfort and modesty. I get the "Pro" model from Aerotech: http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/menshort.htm
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More stupid questions:

1. What's the point of the smallest ring on a triple of a SWB?
The second-lowest gear in my middle ring (39X29 or something close to it) is just barely above my stall speed. I can't go much slower without toppling over. I'm no mountain goat by any means, but I can't imagine using the lowest gears on my 30 ring. Seems like a waste of weight.

2. Does riding a bent mean you don't sweat getting the finest bib shorts you can afford?
It seems like paying a lot for exquisite chamois would be a waste of time. In fact, other than that bike clothes are comfortable, a lot of the features are wasted, like the back jersey pockets.
1. You're right that there is no point in having gears that allow for comfortable cadences below your stall speed. Keep in mind your stall speed will drop as your skills improve, and some day you may want that low gear. My stall speed is about 2.5 mph on my Musashi, and I like to climb at 80-90 rpm on a bent. I have a 26-36 on the Musashi and I use it. I could even stand to go a little lower. 24T ring in my future. If you do long mountainous rides, you'll spend plenty of time at 3.5-4.0 mph. Like this ride that I did this past summer: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/528319

2. Yes.
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1. On steep hills, I spend quality time in the 30-32 combo whether I am on my SWB, LWB or tandem. Found on the recent Hilly Hundred that the Screamer is comfortably stable at 3-4mph.

2. It's important not to wear shorts that balloon open unless you like air brakes; also, if the legs aren't snug or can't be adjusted tight, then bees can make a beeline for tender bits.
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Dudelsack, what SWB are you riding? Or, specifically, what size is your drive wheel that you think a 39/29 is too low?
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Dudelsack, what SWB are you riding? Or, specifically, what size is your drive wheel that you think a 39/29 is too low?
He's on a Bacchetta Strada. A 39/29 would barely get me out of my neighborhood.
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He's on a Bacchetta Strada. A 39/29 would barely get me out of my neighborhood.
With 650c wheels.

Don't get me wrong; my knees were a bit sore today, and I'm all in favor of less mashing with higher rpms. I just can't make it go that slow yet.
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With 650c wheels.

Don't get me wrong; my knees were a bit sore today, and I'm all in favor of less mashing with higher rpms. I just can't make it go that slow yet.
Keep practicing your Zen. You'll get there eventually. I took a major gamble this year and did a tour on my M5 CHR with a 39/32 low gear. I made all the climbs, and who knows -- I may do it again. Some of the hills were a bit tough, though. Even in relatively-flat Michigan, NOBODY rides a recumbent with only a double chainring.
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Another stupid question, for those DF riders out there: when I climb hills on a DF, I only look about 20 feet ahead of me. However you can't really do that on a bent. You gotta look at that hill all the way up.

Does that bother you?
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Some more dumb questions:
1. Can bent riders be OCP?
2. Are bent riders still considered roadies?
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1. Can bent riders be OCP?
2. Are bent riders still considered roadies?
1. OCP? What?
2. It depends on what you mean by "roadie". I'm not a roadie on any of my bikes, yet I know 'bent riders with faster bikes and stronger engines.

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Another stupid question, for those DF riders out there: when I climb hills on a DF, I only look about 20 feet ahead of me. However you can't really do that on a bent. You gotta look at that hill all the way up.

Does that bother you?
You can stare at your cranks on a 'bent. I prefer to look around. You can even look straight up. Try that on a DF.
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* Although technically, we're roadies, the term usually refers to someone on a traditional (upright) road bike.
* What's an OCP? Obsessive/Compulsive/Paranoid? Ssh - they'll hear you!
* Staring at the road: It seems like it would be an advantage to only see a small piece of the climb at a time. Seeing it all at once could be pretty intimidating!
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I, too, have no idea what OCP means. IHIWPUAU!
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Obsessive compulsive poseur.

Can a 'bent rider be a poseur?
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Obsessive compulsive poseur.

Can a 'bent rider be a poseur?
Oh most certainly!
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How? Wear a fake grey beard and stuff pillows under his jersey to simulate an aero belly?

That's just a joke. Relax everybody.
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How? Wear a fake grey beard and stuff pillows under his jersey to simulate an aero belly?

That's just a joke. Relax everybody.

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How? Wear a fake grey beard and stuff pillows under his jersey to simulate an aero belly?

That's just a joke. Relax everybody.
Hmmm.. Maybe by being young, bearded, and skinny?

He wants to be old, beared, and fat, but just can' quite manage it yet....

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How? Wear a fake grey beard and stuff pillows under his jersey to simulate an aero belly?

That's just a joke. Relax everybody.
Still won't work for my wife.
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