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Forum: Touring
04-24-08, 09:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,711
Posted By tajsss

What about something like this? ...

What about something like this?

http://www.rei.com/product/761895

We have an REI Taj 3 which is similar but an older model. One of us carries the tent and the other both sleeping bags so the...
Forum: Touring
04-24-08, 08:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,115
Posted By tajsss

I've done small tours up to a week on my old...

I've done small tours up to a week on my old '91/'92 Trek road bike. I've got the same holes above my axle but nothing at the top. Used some cheap P-clip things wrapped in rubber to mount the rack...
Forum: Triathlon
02-22-08, 03:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,269
Posted By tajsss

I know the distances of most of my regular run...

I know the distances of most of my regular run routes. Found via www.gmap-pedometer.com or something similar. I wear a regular watch and know the time between mile markers and can figure out my...
Forum: Touring
02-13-08, 10:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 837
Posted By tajsss

I haven't toured but have taken my dog to the dog...

I haven't toured but have taken my dog to the dog park all the time and did one overnight trip so far with him. Problem is that he is 50lbs and I don't have a real touring bike yet so my lack of low...
Forum: Touring
12-12-07, 09:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,062
Posted By tajsss

The sport has a much lower geared cassette and a...

The sport has a much lower geared cassette and a mountain bike derailleur to support it. The comp has a 10sp derailleur that will not support the really low gears of a mountain bike cassette. So it...
Forum: Touring
12-06-07, 03:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 997
Posted By tajsss

I've actually used the map case from Arkel. Got...

I've actually used the map case from Arkel. Got it dirt cheap with some T22s when they were having a clearance sale. I liked it pretty well.
Forum: Touring
12-04-07, 10:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,360
Posted By tajsss

I see your point cyccommute, and I have no...

I see your point cyccommute, and I have no problem with that at all. Some people just seem to have the attitude that if you're not on a touring bike then you can't tour at all. If someone doesn't...
Forum: Touring
12-04-07, 07:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,360
Posted By tajsss

Not to further hijack this thread but this is...

Not to further hijack this thread but this is really good advice. I see it all the time too. Everyone thinks you must have the best equipment, a real touring bike, fat tires, etc. or you just...
Forum: Touring
12-03-07, 12:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,402
Posted By tajsss

My wife and I have the Crystal 30 degree bag. It...

My wife and I have the Crystal 30 degree bag. It is actually a mix of synthetic and down. We chose this model for the price to weigh to temperature rating of it. I couldn't afford anything super...
Forum: Touring
12-02-07, 11:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,943
Posted By tajsss

I look at cyclocross bikes. They will be much...

I look at cyclocross bikes. They will be much faster for races and regular riding than a tourer. Plus they'll generally weigh less, can still fit fat tires, and some accept racks from the factory. ...
Forum: Touring
12-02-07, 04:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,402
Posted By tajsss

Haha. 1. She doesn't read this forum. 2. ...

Haha.
1. She doesn't read this forum.
2. She knows she has big hips and doesn't get mad about.

Still funny though.
Forum: Touring
12-02-07, 03:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 553
Posted By tajsss

Yes you will need a mountain derailleur such as...

Yes you will need a mountain derailleur such as an LX or XT, etc. Not sure if the chain length will work for all cassettes but I bet it might. You'll have to try it and find out or maybe someone...
Forum: Touring
12-02-07, 03:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,402
Posted By tajsss

My wife and I have the BA pads as well and like...

My wife and I have the BA pads as well and like them a lot. We don't do much more than some weekend trips currently and have nothing to compare it to but they are nice. We have BA bags too which...
Forum: Touring
12-02-07, 03:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,675
Posted By tajsss

I use Specialized Armadillo's on my bike. The...

I use Specialized Armadillo's on my bike. The sidewall is pretty stiff and I think handles the weight a bit better. I use 700x23 because that's all that will fit. They are slow though. I've only...
Forum: Touring
11-27-07, 09:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,521
Posted By tajsss

I use an old race bike for touring. It's all I...

I use an old race bike for touring. It's all I have. There is no way it will support a front rack. Much less rear racks are cheaper(I use a real cheap aluminum rack) and easier to install. Of...
Forum: Touring
11-01-07, 12:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,481
Posted By tajsss

I like the punch 'em in the gut theory. Just...

I like the punch 'em in the gut theory. Just hope the wife isn't smart enough to figure out the kick to the nuts theory, which leads to slapping of the wife, which leads to murdering of the husband....
Forum: Triathlon
09-06-07, 06:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 859
Posted By tajsss

I ride and race on the same bike. I bought a QR...

I ride and race on the same bike. I bought a QR Kilo in May and have ridden it exclusively ever since. I do have a 15 year old road bike that will be my ride to work when my tri season is over. I...
Forum: Triathlon
08-16-07, 09:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 862
Posted By tajsss

I currently have a 58cm road frame ( free but a...

I currently have a 58cm road frame ( free but a tad big). I should probably be on a 56cm. I got my first tri bike in May and ended up with a 52cm QR Kilo. Anything in a 54cm I tried was too damn...
Forum: Triathlon
08-11-07, 05:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 890
Posted By tajsss

I use the same stuff. The coppertone spf 15...

I use the same stuff. The coppertone spf 15 spray. It's just so easy to put on. I've never really thought about sunscreen making me sweat or not as I sweat a ton regardless.
Forum: Triathlon
08-03-07, 06:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 864
Posted By tajsss

I try to warmup a little if I get to the race...

I try to warmup a little if I get to the race site early enough. I warm up by simply getting in the lake and swimming. It's good to get used to the water anyways in case it is exceptionally hot or...
Forum: Triathlon
07-05-07, 06:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 751
Posted By tajsss

I have a friend with a Forerunner but no personal...

I have a friend with a Forerunner but no personal experience. A few things:

-Tree cover can affect it. He has lost signal before and the distance shows short. Also it has gotten some weird...
Forum: Triathlon
06-26-07, 07:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,098
Posted By tajsss

mattyde, I've always heard the opposite of...

mattyde, I've always heard the opposite of spinning fast and easy towards the end helps, but your logic does make a little sense. I might have to give it a try on some test bricks to see if I feel...
06-26-07, 06:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 700
Posted By tajsss

Dam Bike TT. It's put on by IronheadRP. They're...

Dam Bike TT. It's put on by IronheadRP. They're a tri company, but put on this one TT every year. Here's a link.

http://www.ironheadrp.com/calendar/calendar.htm#thedam
06-26-07, 12:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 700
Posted By tajsss

Thanks for all the advice everyone, especially UT...

Thanks for all the advice everyone, especially UT Dude, thanks for the tips on pacing. I'll have to play the wind situation by ear. I've heard on an out and back with wind to go harder during the...
06-26-07, 09:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 700
Posted By tajsss

I won't necessarily go out as hard as I can, just...

I won't necessarily go out as hard as I can, just try and hold 24mph or a tad faster. I'm just not sure if I can hold that pace for the whole 8 miles. In my latest tri my avg was 21.3 over a 16mile...
06-26-07, 08:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 700
Posted By tajsss

8mile TT - Looking for advice

Doing my first TT this week. It's 8 miles, flat, out and back. I am normally race tri's but figured this would be fun. I'm shooting to break 20 minutes but its a big fat maybe. I'm going to just...
Forum: Triathlon
06-25-07, 12:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 806
Posted By tajsss

If you already have the Polar, then that may be a...

If you already have the Polar, then that may be a good idea. If you want to upgrade to a nicer unit later, you can always go to a nicer Polar or the Garmins which do all in one.
Forum: Triathlon
06-25-07, 08:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 806
Posted By tajsss

I have a Caty Astrale 8 on one bike and a Trek...

I have a Caty Astrale 8 on one bike and a Trek 11i on another. Both have cadence because I like keeping an eye on it. I'm a little guy without a lot of power so I have to be sure I keep my cadence...
Forum: Triathlon
06-21-07, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,357
Posted By tajsss

I'm with everyone else. Find a shop that carries...

I'm with everyone else. Find a shop that carries them. Make sure they have one in stock before you drive too far, and go get fit. Most shops will order a size in if they don't have it for you to...
Forum: Triathlon
06-21-07, 10:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 662
Posted By tajsss

B is the best as far as filling your aerodrink...

B is the best as far as filling your aerodrink bottle. Probably a good idea to practice a few times just to make sure it works good enough for your satisfaction.

I have not done a race with aid...
Forum: Triathlon
06-21-07, 06:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,539
Posted By tajsss

This is funny. Mine are more like "Float,...

This is funny. Mine are more like "Float, Hammer, Jog"
Haha.
Forum: Triathlon
06-20-07, 12:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By tajsss

lilscotboy, good luck with the IT band issues. ...

lilscotboy, good luck with the IT band issues. I've had a few problems as well. Luckily my wife is a massage therapists so with some help from her and a lot of stretching, it seems to be better...
Forum: Triathlon
06-20-07, 06:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By tajsss

Thanks for the feedback Chris. So as long as I...

Thanks for the feedback Chris. So as long as I keep my bike fitness up and do some longer bricks, I should be good to go hopefully. I always have two goals for races, my really ambitious goal if I...
Forum: Triathlon
06-19-07, 09:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,635
Posted By tajsss

I just got some new Sugoi shorts that I like. ...

I just got some new Sugoi shorts that I like. They were cheap, I think 55 bucks or so. I have some TYR shorts I bought last year and liked those too. Most true tri shorts have little to no pad so...
Forum: Triathlon
06-19-07, 09:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By tajsss

Bike course is 56miles of course and is flat. I...

Bike course is 56miles of course and is flat. I live in Dallas and it is a local race. I think there may be a few hills (hills to me, flat to everyone else).

I have not planned out my bikes...
Forum: Triathlon
06-18-07, 09:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By tajsss

Run build-up for HIM

Planning my first HIM in September. The long run is going to be my hardest part. This is my second year of tri's. I did a few sprints and an Oly last year. This year I've already done 3 sprints...
Forum: Triathlon
06-13-07, 08:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 752
Posted By tajsss

A "Brick" is a "Bike,Run,Ick". One of the...

A "Brick" is a "Bike,Run,Ick". One of the hardest things is getting your legs to work running off of the bike. This needs to be practiced at least some so you are familiar with it. It also gets...
Forum: Triathlon
06-13-07, 07:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 752
Posted By tajsss

Do lots of searches and reading on this forum. ...

Do lots of searches and reading on this forum. Lots of good people with good information.
Set reasonable goals.
Train well for the distance and goals you have set (do you want to finish or be...
06-11-07, 08:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,765
Posted By tajsss

Right now I'm on an old 58cm Trek road...

Right now I'm on an old 58cm Trek road bike(because it was given to me, it's probably a bit big). I should probably be on a 56cm. I bought a new TT bike for triathlons and ended up on a 52cm QR...
Forum: Triathlon
06-10-07, 01:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 577
Posted By tajsss

Metroplex Sprint Race Report

Today was my 4th race of the year, the Ironhead Metroplex sprint in Grand Prarie, TX(sub-burb of Dallas/Ft. Worth) at Joe Pool Lake . I've done 2 sprints and an Oly before this one. Today's race...
Forum: Triathlon
06-10-07, 01:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 644
Posted By tajsss

I just use a Bento box type device. Its actually...

I just use a Bento box type device. Its actually the one made by profile designs. See it here.

http://www.profile-design.com/2006_product_pages/hydration/epack.html

I raced this morning, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-07, 09:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,438
Posted By tajsss

I seem to be one of those guys that just has to...

I seem to be one of those guys that just has to have a cut-out to be comfortable. I'm on my 4th saddle now on my new tri bike. The SLR Gel with cut-out is the one that is on there now and is so far...
Forum: Triathlon
06-06-07, 07:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 670
Posted By tajsss

Thats what I was thinking. Lose a few spacers...

Thats what I was thinking. Lose a few spacers and lower the bars a bit.
Forum: Triathlon
06-06-07, 06:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 670
Posted By tajsss

Tri/TT rider on Apple's website

Check out this site for Apple's MacBookPro.

http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/graphics.html

Pretty cool they put a pic of a cyclist in there.
Forum: Triathlon
06-06-07, 02:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,098
Posted By tajsss

When is your first race? You doing Metroplex...

When is your first race? You doing Metroplex sprint this weekend? Or you have another one in mind for your first race?
Forum: Triathlon
06-06-07, 02:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,098
Posted By tajsss

Keep doing them. One of the hardest parts I...

Keep doing them. One of the hardest parts I think about tri's are the first mile to mile and half of the run. My legs usually finally start feeling good after 2 miles. Unfortunately for a sprint...
Forum: Triathlon
06-05-07, 07:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 909
Posted By tajsss

I had the problem as well. I could take IBP...

I had the problem as well. I could take IBP before running and be fine. This was definitely not a good fix though. I am lucky and my wife is a massage therapist. So very religiously for about 2...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-07, 07:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,669
Posted By tajsss

MY LBS allows short unattended test rides. I...

MY LBS allows short unattended test rides. I went out for 10 or 15 minutes regularly when I was shopping for my tri bike. They do have a 30 day return/exchange policy though if you find out it...
Forum: Triathlon
06-01-07, 10:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 661
Posted By tajsss

I did one relay last year and the bike had to be...

I did one relay last year and the bike had to be put in transition before transition closed, and had to remain. You may try and find out what time transition closes.

Have fun in your first race.
Forum: Triathlon
05-30-07, 02:25 PM
Replies: 1
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Views: 587
Posted By tajsss

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Hey, this is fun.

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Hey, this is fun.
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