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Old 09-28-11, 09:00 PM   #4151
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Don't rush it, with anything the skills come with time.
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Old 09-28-11, 09:18 PM   #4152
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Hahaha, I'll keep at it, thanks guys. Reeling in all the sqrls will have to wait I guess.
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Old 09-28-11, 09:41 PM   #4153
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decided to replace my rear formula that is stripped with a miche hub. Anyone have a negative to doing that?
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Old 09-28-11, 09:42 PM   #4154
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Today, with the new school year making it's way around campus; I couldn't help but notice all of the showeeet phixiez locked up with cable locks which look like fragile enough that a simple tug would tear it apart. Students always learn the hard way.
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Today, with the new school year making it's way around campus; I couldn't help but notice all of the showeeet phixiez locked up with cable locks which look like fragile enough that a simple tug would tear it apart. Students always learn the hard way.
Isn't that always the truth.
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Old 09-28-11, 09:49 PM   #4156
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Learned two things:

- I can now skid reliably.
- Pedal strike SUCKS.

Took my Peugeot UO-9 conversion out on its first shakedown. It's got a really supple, plush ride, it's very stable, and I pretty much nailed the fit. Need to swap out the 105 crankset for something a little shorter, and put a proper set of pedals on it (GR-9s spring to mind). Feels good man.
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Old 09-28-11, 11:05 PM   #4157
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Learned two things:

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- Pedal strike SUCKS.

Took my Peugeot UO-9 conversion out on its first shakedown. It's got a really supple, plush ride, it's very stable, and I pretty much nailed the fit. Need to swap out the 105 crankset for something a little shorter, and put a proper set of pedals on it (GR-9s spring to mind). Feels good man.
I'm jelly. Teach me bro. Haha (not about pedal strike, do not want that)
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Old 09-28-11, 11:09 PM   #4158
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mobbed on the commuter, did some cross hotlaps at the park with the teamies on the bones, then went for a night ride on the dj full of steeze.
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Old 09-28-11, 11:26 PM   #4159
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I'm jelly. Teach me bro. Haha (not about pedal strike, do not want that)
For me, I think I needed additional strength in my legs, and I finally had to get over my fear of launching myself off the bike. I spent the summer riding my ass off after selling my Windsor and HTFU. Just get some speed and commit. REALLY commit.
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Old 09-28-11, 11:59 PM   #4160
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Read one of the billion threads on how to skid. Also read on "whutz a good ratio for mad skidddzzz?"
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I understood some of that...
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Old 09-29-11, 08:10 AM   #4162
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First commute in since switching to fixed last night. Definitely some WTF moments. I noticed I (used to) coast a lot after a big sprint, my bike reminded me not do do that today. Learning how to slow down with my legs is weird, and not as easy as it looks. Still can't skid, although I think I did accidentally, because some ass with his bike trailer was double laning in a blind corner on the trail (I'm glad I kept my front brake on). All in all, not too bad.
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Old 09-29-11, 08:50 AM   #4163
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Right on, man. You'll get it. Just remember you don't need to be pedaling your ass off all the time and learn how to regulate your speed. You can still "coast" by just letting your drivetrain do what it does but be careful not to get spinning faster than your legs will move. For this, a brake will be handy.
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Got pissed for the 4th day that it won't stop raining and thus haven't had a good opportunity to ride my bike.
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Will you melt if you ride in the rain?
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Right on, man. You'll get it. Just remember you don't need to be pedaling your ass off all the time and learn how to regulate your speed. You can still "coast" by just letting your drivetrain do what it does but be careful not to get spinning faster than your legs will move. For this, a brake will be handy.
Yeah, I tried to "train" myself for fixed while I was riding SS by trying hard not to coast, but I guess subconsciously I was still coasting more than I had thought. I don't think that front brake is ever coming off, even when I get the hang of all the different stopping methods. My commute in is relatively car free (few here and there) so it's a perfect time to try something new and get the hang of before the ride home.
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Old 09-29-11, 09:48 AM   #4167
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Yeah, I tried to "train" myself for fixed while I was riding SS by trying hard not to coast, but I guess subconsciously I was still coasting more than I had thought. I don't think that front brake is ever coming off, even when I get the hang of all the different stopping methods. My commute in is relatively car free (few here and there) so it's a perfect time to try something new and get the hang of before the ride home.
You'll get the hang of it quickly. Remember all my posts about "OMG so scared to ride fixed?" I can now switch back and forth between my FG and my geared commuter with relative ease. Honestly, more often than not it's the coasting that feels weird to me now. I still can't skid or track stand but who cares.
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It's sort of baller to start a ride when it's raining. I've done that a few times.

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today, work is getting in the way of my riding...
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Yes.



No, I just have a perfectly good car and I really hate getting rained on. Most of my bike rides are for leisure, so it doesn't make sense to go get all wet for no real purpose.
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Old 09-29-11, 11:08 AM   #4171
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Are you talking about the bakery? If so "oh the irony"
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Old 09-29-11, 11:28 AM   #4172
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today i farted.
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yeah man, its like a samurai movie in here, ppl gonna be losing their heads
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No, I just have a perfectly good car and I really hate getting rained on. Most of my bike rides are for leisure, so it doesn't make sense to go get all wet for no real purpose.
I think riding in the rain just for the hell of it is super fun.
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