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Old 10-08-19, 06:54 PM
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I think the road will be picking up as these kids mature.

This weekend junior endos after "a great climb" and I have to drive on these epic paved roads (Red Rock, Manitou Springs) to pick him up. He is smashing up his body, having fun doing it. I am looking forward to collegiate MTB nats this Friday in Big Bear. This is not his discipline, actually nothing is these days, but I don't think he is going to loose it on the climbs. Hitting the dirt deck has become a regular thing.

FWIW - he has never crashed in a non junior USAC category road bike race. MTB is different.
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Old 10-08-19, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
I think the road will be picking up as these kids mature.

This weekend junior endos after "a great climb" and I have to drive on these epic paved roads (Red Rock, Manitou Springs) to pick him up. He is smashing up his body, having fun doing it. I am looking forward to collegiate MTB nats this Friday in Big Bear. This is not his discipline, actually nothing is these days, but I don't think he is going to loose it on the climbs. Hitting the dirt deck has become a regular thing.

FWIW - he has never crashed in a non junior USAC category road bike race. MTB is different.
Maybe you should get him into some skills classes?
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Old 10-08-19, 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
Maybe you should get him into some skills classes?
I have little control anymore (good) except buying stuff. This is recreation, and he'd rather do cross or ski than do any class - skills or school. He is a road guy. This is less about skill than knowing your limitations and riding to them.

It is interesting to see how cautious and precise he is on on the road vs reckless abandon on the dirt. Maybe how hard the deck is.
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Old 10-08-19, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
I have little control anymore (good) except buying stuff. This is recreation, and he'd rather do cross or ski than do any class - skills or school. He is a road guy. This is less about skill than knowing your limitations and riding to them.

It is interesting to see how cautious and precise he is on on the road vs reckless abandon on the dirt. Maybe how hard the deck is.
Or maybe because he doesn't take it seriously enough.
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Or maybe because he doesn't take it seriously enough.
True. Because it is not the same value as other things.
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Old 10-09-19, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
I think the road will be picking up as these kids mature.

FWIW - he has never crashed in a non junior USAC category road bike race. MTB is different.
MTB tires slip and slide a lot and good ones do it in a predictable way that's easy to use or recover. Road tires are either gripping or they aren't (for most people) and once they let go, you're sliding 40+ mph into the ditch/curb/oncoming traffic. I've Tokyo drifted road tires in crits and sketchy downhills, and it takes a level of finesse that most people don't want to tempt fate to obtain.

Odd comparison, but I'm a vastly better cornerer on the road bike than I am on the mountain bike or cross bike, and I'm one of the more timid dudes on a motorcycle.
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Old 10-09-19, 01:00 PM
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I've had a few heart-stopping moments on a road bike when the rear wheel lets loose in a slippery turn or even the front sliding in some slimy gutter. Don't like it. Rode open class 2 stroke mx bikes in the desert for 10 years, so I don't mind sliding a bit in the dirt. I'm timid on the mtb when in high consequence situations, but I like sliding that thing a little, too.
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Old 10-10-19, 11:54 AM
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Road I've laid a pedal down on the inside, twice, trying to cheat the corner and apply power early. Both times I lived. Basically hopped me up and over a bit then had to straighten from the slide. Both times people watching "ohhhhhhh shhhhiiiiiii", and then........"yahhhh!!!!". Lol.

In cross? I slide out with a foot down every time I'm on the course, practice or race. Just learned to recover it and lay a foot down. Usually it's when they've mown the grass and the loose grass is on top of the hard-pan dirt in a fast corner. That'll make your butt pucker!
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Old 10-10-19, 05:26 PM
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Road I've laid a pedal down on the inside, twice, trying to cheat the corner and apply power early. Both times I lived. Basically hopped me up and over a bit then had to straighten from the slide. Both times people watching "ohhhhhhh shhhhiiiiiii", and then........"yahhhh!!!!". Lol.
I've done this a half dozen times in crits, never once crashed though. Had a bad one at intelligentsia where my rear wheel came probably a foot off the ground, still saved it though!
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Old 10-14-19, 09:28 PM
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I had a pedal strike actually save me from going down at a crit this summer. I took a corner way too hot trying to save some energy and totally lost traction, and was low siding but out of habit kept pedaling. When the pedal struck the ground it launched my ass into the air and I was able to save it. And then I pulled myself cuz that's the spookiest ****** thing that's happened to me on a bike in a long while.
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Old 10-16-19, 06:49 AM
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Back when I raced, the outside edge of my SPD-SL's had been worn down due to pedal strikes. I know I scared the **** out of one person behind me.
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Old 10-18-19, 02:36 PM
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So earlier this year I mentioned I wanted to go back to grad school. I started at the end of August and it's ****** rad. It's a 2.5 year program and after it's done I think I want to go to law school. Maybe I'll keep going to school until I'm retirement age or some sort of Mad Max scenario becomes reality and I get to wear assless chaps without fear of arrest.

Anyway yeah, things are great. The no job thing is kinda scary but I think in the long term it'll work itself out.
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Old 10-18-19, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin View Post
Maybe I'll keep going to school until I'm retirement age or some sort of Mad Max scenario becomes reality and I get to wear assless chaps without fear of arrest..
Are there chaps with ass coverage?
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Old 10-18-19, 04:22 PM
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Jeeze you're right man, I guess I really mean I'll stop wearing pants.
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Ive got my app in for grad school. Waiting to hear back!
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Old 10-20-19, 10:21 PM
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So earlier this year I mentioned I wanted to go back to grad school. I started at the end of August and it's ****** rad. It's a 2.5 year program and after it's done I think I want to go to law school. Maybe I'll keep going to school until I'm retirement age or some sort of Mad Max scenario becomes reality and I get to wear assless chaps without fear of arrest.

Anyway yeah, things are great. The no job thing is kinda scary but I think in the long term it'll work itself out.
Good luck! I really miss school tbh, I had a 3.4 gpa and almost went to UCLA for my masters but that would have been a losing proposition financially unless I go into management (which I don't want to do). Now I'm 12 years from retirement so I'm just waiting that out...
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Old 10-21-19, 08:01 AM
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Women in Lulu Lemon yoga pants and men in Mad Max assless chaps - priceless.
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Looks like I'll be in SD in a few weeks. Work trip has me going to Vegas (ugh) for a few days then on to SD for a few days.

I'm not sure of my schedule yet, but I'll connect with you SD guys later and maybe we can meet up for a beer.
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Looks like I'll be in SD in a few weeks. Work trip has me going to Vegas (ugh) for a few days then on to SD for a few days.

I'm not sure of my schedule yet, but I'll connect with you SD guys later and maybe we can meet up for a beer.
You gotta ride the Valley of Fire outside of Vegas. It's like riding through rolling hills made of bacon.
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