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Old 05-08-06, 03:57 AM   #1
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I hate sketchy fixed gear crits

low bottom brackets, traffic circles, turn-arounds, inexperienced riders, stubborn spanish compadre's insisting on dangerous courses out of well, stubborness. bah!

well atleast I didn't crash or run over anyone..

can't we stop doing these?

"If you don't like it buy a track bike"

psh. well I won this Redline Monocog SS Mtb. it's pretty, but it's a 15" and I ride a 20".
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The cutting edge of fixed gear races in Tucson, AZ? Did all of the bored messengers relocate?
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Old 05-08-06, 07:00 AM   #3
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Doesn't sound that different from a regular crit...
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Also, compared with crit bikes, don't track frames have just as high, if not higher bottom brackets. What are you doing riding a fixie conversion in a crit?! Death wish.
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i know someone that will take that mtb off your hands for no charge

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Crit bikes = regular ol road bikes
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Old 05-08-06, 08:54 AM   #7
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Man. A whine and a gloat. Nice OP.
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Crit bikes = regular ol road bikes
Depends on who you talk to. Regular folks mean "the old road bike I wouldn't mind crashing" but some people mean nice stiff 80s/90s crit specific frame with slightly higher bb and twitchy handling.
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Old 05-08-06, 09:32 AM   #9
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any bike that doesn't twitch like a rabbit's nose is a tricycle.
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can't we stop doing these?
what's with the we? do you feel obligated to race?
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I'd be all about an alleycat style crit
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Old 05-08-06, 10:56 AM   #12
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I'd be all about an alleycat style crit
hmmm a tight pack of people with varying bottom bracket heights, crank lengths and pedal styles rounding tight corners at speed without being able to stop pedaling... Oh yeah and a mix of braked and brakeless riders most of whom probably have little to no experience with group riding.

Sounds like a recipe for injury unless by alleycat style crit you mean a race on a short road course with various non-biking activities to prevent it from ever bunching up.
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I don't know much about it, but there are regular Midnite Crits in Somerville, MA.
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hmmm a tight pack of people with varying bottom bracket heights, crank lengths and pedal styles rounding tight corners at speed without being able to stop pedaling... Oh yeah and a mix of braked and brakeless riders most of whom probably have little to no experience with group riding.

Sounds like a recipe for injury
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I don't know much about it, but there are regular Midnite Crits in Somerville, MA.
yep, the last one was a lot of fun. the course was 10 laps around davis square. the streets were wet and slick. i ended up crashing to go on the inside of a turn, but aside from a few scrapes i was fine. the cops broke it up towards the end, but it was a lot of fun while it lasted.
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Man. A whine and a gloat. Nice OP.
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Old 05-08-06, 12:31 PM   #18
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low bottom brackets, traffic circles, turn-arounds, inexperienced riders, stubborn spanish compadre's insisting on dangerous courses out of well, stubborness. bah!

well atleast I didn't crash or run over anyone..

can't we stop doing these?

"If you don't like it buy a track bike"
Tell me about AZ areas fixed crits. Something to take my conversion to.
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Tempe Structure Scramble II, Wednesday May 10, 6 PM Tempe Beach Park by the kiddie water park thing. $5. Not a crit, but fun anyway.
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Tempe Structure Scramble II, Wednesday May 10, 6 PM Tempe Beach Park by the kiddie water park thing. $5. Not a crit, but fun anyway.
Do you have to ride in 'pedestrian areas' fast in order to have-fun/do well?
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I don't know much about it, but there are regular Midnite Crits in Somerville, MA.
for second place all i got were some socks... i wanted money, the $$$ ;-)

oh, and for the OP:

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Do you have to ride in 'pedestrian areas' fast in order to have-fun/do well?
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The park is just the starting line. The race will range all over Tempe. The last one went as far Northwest as the Marquee and as far Southeast as Broadway East of McClintock. Prepare to climb ASU parking garages. A lot. And maybe do shots when you get to the top.
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for second place all i got were some socks... i wanted money, the $$$ ;-)

oh, and for the OP:

lol +3

you managed second place with that emokid.com above head camera angle? impressive!

what does OP stand for anyway. My first guess is omnipotent *****.

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lol +3

you managed second place with that emokid.com above head camera angle? impressive!

what does OP stand for anyway. My first guess is omnipotent *****.

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i divide my free time equally between practicing my emokid photography skills and training


p.s. : OP = original poster
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