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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 02-21-23, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by ls01
That's an aggressive sole! You climb walls with those?
Just stomp around in the snow and mud. If it keeps raining like this I might have to mow the lawn while it's damp, gotta have grip to push that reel mower across a slick tiff lawn!
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
You know what they say about big feet!
Hard time finding cycling shoes.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
poidh
can't upload for some reason.
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How about a Porsche sponsored video of the day:

https://silodrome.com/2022-east-afri...lly-ken-block/
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Originally Posted by big john
umd came to a 10K foot century that was put on by a local club. He is in the white kit and he can climb.
great pic

ran into some old road riding buds this past weekend - they had recently returned from off-road riding

most now riding off-road only - including a couple guys that were barely into off-road riding at one point

saw some neat bikes - including Ibis, Santa Cruz, Scott, Pivot

the Ibis was prob my fav - the lightest in the group ... although it prob had less (susp) travel than the other bikes ... I realized Pivot was an expensive bike - but not *that* expensive
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Originally Posted by Eric F
In my experience, it depends on the kind of rider you are. As someone whose best weapon was sprinting, 95% of a crit for me was doing as little as possible while keeping myself in position to get where I wanted to be when it was time to launch. My happy place was surfing in the top 25% of the group, and paying close attention to what was happening. Lollygagging at the back was too risky to get trapped behind a crash or split in the group. Understanding when it was time to burn a match, and when to be patient, was part of the game. Constantly trying to get off the front was never my tactic, but I had to be wary of breaks that might have the power to stay away and take away my best chance to win. Having strong teammates is helpful.
Whatever gets the job done.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Yes, umd is a serious cyclist.
He and the guy in the Descente jacket look a little too serious
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
those shoe restoration videos are hypnotic.
And amazing. People still do that kind of work. Trenton and Heath are a step above. The mirror polish guys are just unbelievable.
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Originally Posted by ummed
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So had my physical today. Blood pressure was excellent. 44 rhr . My weight remains the same even though I am physically smaller than before.
The big shocker was that I will be getting a new Dr. Mines going to be leaving. He had a stroke. At work while working. He's only 63. Weekend him on the right side pretty good. His blood pressure was super high. He is only working 7 hours a week currently. Split between 2 days. Glad I got to say goodbye and thank him for his time.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
Hard time finding cycling shoes.
very stable in a wind storm
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I know doctors work crazy hours, I just always found it ironic that some of the doctors I had in the past, their health always looked questionable.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
He and the guy in the Descente jacket look a little too serious
Descente jacket guy isn't white cycling shorts serious, though. That's a whole different level.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
I know doctors work crazy hours, I just always found it ironic that some of the doctors I had in the past, their health always looked questionable.
I do try to lead by example. Vegetarian since age 20. No tobacco or alcohol and exercise frequently. Same weight since age 18.
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Originally Posted by mschwett
you had a crabon fiber weed whacker? link?
lol
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Originally Posted by datlas
I do try to lead by example. Vegetarian since age 20. No tobacco or alcohol and exercise frequently. Same weight since age 18.

And you donít have 6 ex wives.

I actually donít know this. This might explain why you drive a saturn. Alimony is expensive.
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Sunday, I joined a gravel bike group ride for a very challenging romp through some roads and trails that I haven't ridden before. The climbs included some extended sections that pushed my hard against my redline multiple times. It hurt. The group was about 40 riders, and my current fitness put me somewhere in the middle-ish of the pack. This was one of the toughest rides I've done in a long time. The 5-mile-long fire road descent was pretty exciting due to occasional loose conditions, rain ruts, and steep grades, but it was really fun. I wish I had taken a few more pics.

From Gold Creek Rd, looking towards Big Tujunga Canyon Rd, where our descent took us to later.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
He and the guy in the Descente jacket look a little too serious
Here is the Descente jacket guy on the dirt. Nice guy, very mellow, but I haven't seen him in a while. He's a cook at a big Italian restaurant. A bunch of us went there and he brought out way too much food.
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Originally Posted by ls01
So had my physical today. Blood pressure was excellent. 44 rhr . My weight remains the same even though I am physically smaller than before.
The big shocker was that I will be getting a new Dr. Mines going to be leaving. He had a stroke. At work while working. He's only 63. Weekend him on the right side pretty good. His blood pressure was super high. He is only working 7 hours a week currently. Split between 2 days. Glad I got to say goodbye and thank him for his time.
Oh man, the stroke at 63 reminds me- a restaurant we go to semi-frequently had the bartender (42 year old female) drop dead behind the bar Friday night. No info on the cause yet. Sad.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Sunday, I joined a gravel bike group ride for a very challenging romp through some roads and trails that I haven't ridden before. The climbs included some extended sections that pushed my hard against my redline multiple times. It hurt. The group was about 40 riders, and my current fitness put me somewhere in the middle-ish of the pack. This was one of the toughest rides I've done in a long time. The 5-mile-long fire road descent was pretty exciting due to occasional loose conditions, rain ruts, and steep grades, but it was really fun. I wish I had taken a few more pics.

From Gold Creek Rd, looking towards Big Tujunga Canyon Rd, where our descent took us to later.
That sounds great! I know where that is but I haven't ridden off road there. Is that a camera mount on the front of you?
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it is very windy here today. went for a 1.5hr ride from the office and had some very questionable moments with extremely gusty winds.

this guy is not going to be happy to come back to his car.





but i got a few segment PRs, heh. cheating.



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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Good news. Emonda fork appears to be in tact.
Throwing 2 new spokes on and straightening the wheel.

Bad news. Took the Madone in as well for the chain kink. I couldnít get it out myself. While the mad scientist was getting that squared away he noticed my brakes suck. I just assumed that was the sram.
Nope, brake pads are toast.

grumble, Sram pads do not last as long as shimano.

Put new pads in, and noticed my head set indexís straight. He has the same bike as me, and his nor any other madone has done this. It has done that since forever. I though it was a madone thing.

Anyways, that is getting checked out. I canít imagine what would cause that, also strange if itís not supposed to happen that it does happen perfectly straight.

Trek 5200? I tried to bring that in too, but could only fit 2 bikes in the mini van. He doesnít think the chain ring is causing the skipping. Most likely cable tension, I guess thatís good news.
How many miles on the pads? Organic I assume? Iím going to swap mine for some Swiss Stop pads in the spring- rumor has it to yell last longer and be less noisy
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Oh man, the stroke at 63 reminds me- a restaurant we go to semi-frequently had the bartender (42 year old female) drop dead behind the bar Friday night. No info on the cause yet. Sad.
One of the things I hate about being over 50 is the number of times you hear the conversation that goes "Hey, do you remember [insert name here]? He was about our age. He just dropped dead of [insert fatal, age-related disease here]"
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Originally Posted by mschwett
it is very windy here today. went for a 1.5hr ride from the office and had some very questionable moments with extremely gusty winds.
I was getting blown around so much DRIVING, I can't imagine taking a bike out in this.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Descente jacket guy isn't white cycling shorts serious, though. That's a whole different level.
He was probably a little apprehensive, not knowing anyone there very well. I invited him and I had only met him a couple times. I think my friend next to him had done a double or some event with him. The rest of us in that shot were all friends.

The guy on the left with red sleeves passed away 4 years ago. I had known him for 30 years.

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