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Old 04-30-17, 02:14 PM
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God's Own Locomotive...

That's what it felt like I was riding on the way home from lunch. 17mph+ tailwinds, flat roads and a slight downhill gave me a sustained speed of 33mph for blocks and blocks and blocks on my 32lb, 26x1.86 slick-tired, custom high-geared, extra long crank, aero-barred 1997 Nishiki Blazer. So much mass, so much speed, so much stability. At 56 I was yelling like a nine-year-old on Mountain Dew and Pixie Sticks!

I love cycling!
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Old 04-30-17, 02:27 PM
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Ha! sound like fun!
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Old 04-30-17, 02:37 PM
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Nice!
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More like Issac Newton was your co-pilot.
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Did you get to ride the other way, into the wind?
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Old 04-30-17, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
More like Issac Newton was your co-pilot.
You got that right!
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Old 04-30-17, 04:00 PM
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Did you get to ride the other way, into the wind?
Yes, uphill into the wind, but at least it wasn't also raining like my commute home last week. This bike has really low gearing,too, so it wasn't too bad, but it was ssslllooowww.
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Heavy tailwinds are funny things; the more upright you sit, the faster you go.....

Last time I rode 3 miles into a heavy headwind, I struggled to average 10 mph....in the drops! On the return? Averaged 28 (and that was only because of traffic on the MUT.
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Old 04-30-17, 05:10 PM
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....and I thought this thread was about Winning Town Line Sprints (or at least staying ahead of the photographer).
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Old 04-30-17, 05:58 PM
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Yeah, that feeling of no-effort cruising is nice. I check the hint.fm/wind/ site before some rides before deciding on a route, so I can pick some fun areas with tailwinds.

Last week we had steady 20 mph wind out of the south, perfect time to crack the Strava top 10 on a little known nearby northbound segment. There's a slight uphill grade for a few hundred yards followed by a long gradual downhill for a couple of miles. Not many riders have tackled that route yet and the current KOM did it at 33 mph.

My fastest time on the downhill section was 35 mph, so I knew there was no chance of breaking his record. But I figured the tailwind would get me into the top 10.

I rode 19.4 and 19.6 mph on different days that week, enough for 8th and 10th places on the segment. Riding my 1992 mountain bike with riser bars for a more upright position, I just loafed through the uphill bit at 12 mph, then kicked into the big chain ring and smallest rear cog for the downhill.

For now. It won't last long. By the end of the year I'll be back where I belong, around 537th place. It's the main road through a new housing development that just opened last week. As soon as more riders learn about the segment the top 10 will be stacked with 33 mph overall averages, each a tenth apart from the other.
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Old 04-30-17, 06:02 PM
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Looks like a nice set up to ride in anything mother nature throws at you. May the wind always be at your back
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What is with the horizontal bottle with the hose coming out of it?
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Old 04-30-17, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Crawdaddy View Post
Looks like a nice set up to ride in anything mother nature throws at you. May the wind always be at your back
That was my only bike for 13 years, so it was my commuter/do-all bike. Now it's my utility bike and in the winter it gets studded snow tires. I like to mix it up bike wise, and with the wind today I wanted the extra heft in case of cross winds.

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What is with the horizontal bottle with the hose coming out of it?
That's the plastic bottle air reservoir for the Delta Airzound Airhorn. You pump it up with your bike pump. They're now made out of metal.
https://deltacycle.com/airzound-horn
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Old 05-01-17, 06:12 AM
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Only 32 lbs. for that bike? As pictured?
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Old 05-01-17, 06:38 AM
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Funny that the direction of the wind can make or break your ride some days. No one else pays as much attention to the wind as us cyclists...except maybe sailors.
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Old 05-01-17, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Only 32 lbs. for that bike? As pictured?
I believe so. It's been a while since I weighed it. The bike it replaced was a 1996 Schwinn Cruiser Supreme, outfitted with rack, fenders and 2 full water bottles (and possibly a steel front wheel) that bike was 48lbs on the fish hook. The only things I've added to this since weighing it arethe bar-ends and aero bars, which together don't weigh much.
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take that bad boy on any sweet ramps?
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Originally Posted by Blanbrineson View Post
take that bad boy on any sweet ramps?
No, not for years and years. But with these tires, I may just go lookin' for some!
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
No, not for years and years. But with these tires, I may just go lookin' for some!
Go for it!!!!!!!!!
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