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Old 04-01-24, 07:51 AM
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New Bike Day!

Did a thing this weekend, and went to the dark side. As I've gotten older, I've felt myself slowing down and having difficulty keeping up with my younger friends. Haven't ridden it yet other than a short trial ride as the weekend was filled with other things I had to do. Will be removing the reflectors and making some other changes to personalize it. We'll see what the new chapter brings. Price got fairly reasonable with Trek Fest discounts.

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You got an e-bike?

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You got an e-bike?

Still going to keep my others and ride them often.
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Is this April Fool's or real??
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Very nice bike. Can't tell that its an Ebike.
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That's the beauty of those; it is hard to tell they are e-bikes just by looking. The downtube and bottom-bracket area are the only tip-offs, and it is reasonably subtle.

Congratulations.

You look younger than I am.
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I blame bam for this.
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
That's the beauty of those; it is hard to tell they are e-bikes just by looking. The downtube and bottom-bracket area are the only tip-offs, and it is reasonably subtle.

Congratulations.

You look younger than I am.
Could be - 66 for a few more months.
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I've felt myself slowing down and having difficulty keeping up with my younger friends. Haven't ridden it yet other than a short trial ride as the weekend was filled with other things I had to do”

Imma thinking sentence 2 may go some way to explain sentence 1 ;-)

Nice looking machine.
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Originally Posted by choddo
I've felt myself slowing down and having difficulty keeping up with my younger friends. Haven't ridden it yet other than a short trial ride as the weekend was filled with other things I had to do”

Imma thinking sentence 2 may go some way to explain sentence 1 ;-)

Nice looking machine.
I usually get in 3 to 4 rides a week. Last week was the exception due to having a large construction project at the house and the holiday.
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I think this is a joke. His next bike purchase was to be a madone. I decided for him.
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I think this is a joke. His next bike purchase was to be a madone. I decided for him.
Madone wouldn't give me anything I don't already have.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Could be - 66 for a few more months.
pfft … Pup.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
I usually get in 3 to 4 rides a week. Last week was the exception due to having a large construction project at the house and the holiday.
Just kidding
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Madone wouldn't give me anything I don't already have.

well in that case. 100 mile ride in May it is!
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
well in that case. 100 mile ride in May it is!
As long as you are deciding for me.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Did a thing this weekend, and went to the dark side.
For a moment, I thought (from the photo) that you opened an LBS. And you don't look that old.

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The downtube and bottom-bracket area are the only tip-offs, and it is reasonably subtle.
One needs a thicker down tube and a more robust bottom bracket area when one generates so much power that other frames just cannot handle the resulting torsional flex.
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
That's the beauty of those; it is hard to tell they are e-bikes just by looking. The downtube and bottom-bracket area are the only tip-offs, and it is reasonably subtle.

Congratulations.

You look younger than I am.
Indeed. One day I was riding my Canyon Endurace - definitely NOT an e-bike - and because I was having one of those "Cycling God" days when the legs just seem to have unlimited power, I caught and dropped a guy on an old Kestrel, then because of traffic lights I dropped him 3 more times. The last he made some snide comment like, "It's nice when the bike does the work for you", which I figured out later meant he thought it was an e-bike. I guess the downtube is pretty big if you're used to older bikes, and the BB area is thick, too, but not THAT thick!
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
For a moment, I thought (from the photo) that you opened an LBS. And you don't look that old.



One needs a thicker down tube and a more robust bottom bracket area when one generates so much power that other frames just cannot handle the resulting torsional flex.
Thanks for the age compliment.

I'm keeping my day job - I make a lot more than can be made owning a local bike store. Hours are shorter also.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Did a thing this weekend, and went to the dark side. As I've gotten older, I've felt myself slowing down and having difficulty keeping up with my younger friends.
See, I avoid this by not having friends.
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I took a ride on one of those the shop has as a rental. It really made me think about selling my Domane and picking one of those up. I went on a 85 mile ride and when we got done, and I was back home, I still had the energy to do the yard work. The best part was when we headed home, I laughed at the 35 miles of 16 mph headwinds. That was a good day.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
See, I avoid this by not having friends.

It all makes sense now.
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The day is coming to an end in my hood, so I’ll leave this thread at this - Happy April’s Fools Day and thanks for playing.
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The day is coming to an end in my hood, so I’ll leave this thread at this - Happy April’s Fools Day and thanks for playing.

I’m so confused at this point.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Indeed. One day I was riding my Canyon Endurace - definitely NOT an e-bike - and because I was having one of those "Cycling God" days when the legs just seem to have unlimited power, I caught and dropped a guy on an old Kestrel, then because of traffic lights I dropped him 3 more times. The last he made some snide comment like, "It's nice when the bike does the work for you", which I figured out later meant he thought it was an e-bike. I guess the downtube is pretty big if you're used to older bikes, and the BB area is thick, too, but not THAT thick!
This reminds me of a Sportive event I did last summer. I was riding along in a small, fast group and we hit a steep climb. I looked over my shoulder and saw two young women coming up rapidly behind us out of nowhere. As they pass us, the guy next to me calls out to them about how great their e-bikes must be. I look over at their bikes and they are both on regular S-Works Tarmac SL8s. The women didn’t say a word, just smiled and continued to ride away from us. I checked the entry list later and it turns out they were Team GB pro triathletes. They must have thought this guy was a right clown.
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