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Road Cycling ďIt is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.Ē -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 01-20-21, 02:23 PM
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I feel a bit achey and headachey today because of yesterday’s shot. So I skipped the ride and snuggled the cat instead.

It seems like a fair trade-off.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
National CX Championships in Milwaukee in 1989. I was severely "humbled" according to my training diary.

I don't see any barend shifter cables. Downtube shifting a CX race would definitely humble the hardiest soul.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Is this road bicycle-friendly? Discuss.


Yes, even the crazy bike lane in the middle, but I’ve only ridden on it with groups on the weekend.

Edit: We didn't ride in the bike lane.

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
I don't get it.
It's okay.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
It's okay.
So I got a call from the shoppe and the guy says my bars are "white oxidized." Is that a common thing? He made it sound as if they might fail.
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I started out tonight's ride with no particular plan, but after I'd warmed up and done the spindown, I saw the signs for "Epic KOM", so I though, "Why not?" Turns out it was the opposite - harder - direction from the one I'd done last week in Stage 3 of TdZ. Instead of long stretches of 4-7%, there were long stretches of 9-11%! I kept thinking "Shouldn't there be a flat part about now?" but there never was. I kept going, made it to the top, and then, as if that wasn't enough suffering, did the Radio Tower climb. All I can say about it is, to paraphrase The Bard - "All's Well That Ends."

I wanted to see what my downhill speed would be at my real height of 6 feet - as opposed to the 3 feet I'd accidentally entered before doing it last week. I did the same thing as last week - spin up to 40 mph then stop pedalling and go into "Super Tuck". Last week, I hit a top speed of 67 mph, as a cannonball. This week, max speed was 55 mph. Height doping really works! 12 mph difference!
Lol thats awesome.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
So I got a call from the shoppe and the guy says my bars are "white oxidized." Is that a common thing? He made it sound as if they might fail.
It could happen

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Originally Posted by phrantic09



You do want to ride gravel, you just havenít realized it yet.
We shall see. Its resting in the foyer. It had a nice bath.
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Originally Posted by abshipp
In the end I'm kind of glad I didn't buy it since it's specifically a cyclocross bike, not a gravel bike. I think tire clearance is limited to around 40mm and my friend says that even on the size 58 he's got toe overlap.

Plus I've raced cyclocross enough to know that I don't really like it
that's what this is, cycle cross bike. Plenty of toe overlap. It's a 56, which is smaller than I'm used to, normally a 58 frame. But it felt ok. I'm not going to be doing a lot of gravel just a bit here and there. I'm a road rider.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
National CX Championships in Milwaukee in 1989. I was severely "humbled" according to my training diary.

Nice!
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Originally Posted by ls01
Lol thats awesome.
And on the plus side, I no longer feel like I have to ride Alpe du Zwift on 100% difficulty to atone.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
So I got a call from the shoppe and the guy says my bars are "white oxidized." Is that a common thing? He made it sound as if they might fail.
That's a big problem.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
And on the plus side, I no longer feel like I have to ride Alpe du Zwift on 100% difficulty to atone.
Yeah speaking of that. Wow that's a wake up call, riding @100%. We did London yesterday. Hard. I had a spot on the climb again where I was pushing 700 watts and literally would not go around the guy in front of me. Im riding at 250 lbs at 100%, thats hard stuff. I did finally manage to get around that guy and catch up almost to the leaders. It surprised everyone, myself included. I set 62 new achievements on that ride. The topper for me was 243 average watts for the hour. Great time, great fun
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
I don't see any barend shifter cables. Downtube shifting a CX race would definitely humble the hardiest soul.
I opted for an indexed rear 600 derailleur so I was running 1x6. IIRC, I liked the indexing and didn't have a bar end shifter for it. I doubt Shimano even had one at the time., I know that I had bar ends on my ALAN and my Cinelli but didn't on this bike. This bike handled amazingly well for a last minute, thrown together, re-purposed touring bike.
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So I got a call from the shoppe and the guy says my bars are "white oxidized." Is that a common thing? He made it sound as if they might fail.
Crabon bars for the win.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
So I got a call from the shoppe and the guy says my bars are "white oxidized." Is that a common thing? He made it sound as if they might fail.
eww.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Crabon bars for the win.
But don't they asplode?
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Itís interesting for me to hear all of these crappy things that happen on MUPs. Thereís a short section of the Zim Smith MUP that I normally hit here as a quick cut through to avoid a couple of roads and I have never once had an issue. People are polite and move well out of the way.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
It could happen
I'm guessing that's an extreme case. It's been 7 years or so since I had the bar tape off, so I don't know what it looks like underneath.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Why so dirty?
This woman is the promoter for the CX series here. She is very awesome.
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Originally Posted by big john
This woman is the promoter for the CX series here. She is very awesome.
Why not just go wallow in the pig sty?
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what causes white oxidizing?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
So I got a call from the shoppe and the guy says my bars are "white oxidized." Is that a common thing? He made it sound as if they might fail.
I haven't seen it bad enough that the bar needed to be replaced. But, it happens.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
I'm guessing that's an extreme case. It's been 7 years or so since I had the bar tape off, so I don't know what it looks like underneath.
Sounds dirty.
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