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12-10-05, 03:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,070
Posted By serious

I wonder how all those racers on Shimano make it...

I wonder how all those racers on Shimano make it through their races? ;)

I have seen comparisons from professionals regarding XTR and X.0 and although they gave the X.0 a slight advantage,...
10-20-05, 06:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,241
Posted By serious

Why on earth would you have front and back brake...

Why on earth would you have front and back brake on the same side (unless you have a physical problem with your left hand)?
10-14-05, 02:40 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,437
Posted By serious

OK, so many riders here are not impressed with...

OK, so many riders here are not impressed with the technical difficulty of that trail. I agree that it is a rather easy trail and it would be labelled a "green" trail by most standards. But that does...
08-30-05, 01:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 941
Posted By serious

It seems to me that many people prefer a HT...

It seems to me that many people prefer a HT because that is what they have or can afford. Personally, I prefer a FS, because it is easier on my body, especially after hours of riding. But I will be...
08-26-05, 03:04 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,601
Posted By serious

One has to use hydraulics for a while to see how...

One has to use hydraulics for a while to see how they compare with mechanicals. You will truly understand the meaning of modulation when you switch back to mechanicals, which will feel like an on-off...
08-05-05, 01:23 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,051
Posted By serious

Speedub.Nate: On a hardtail with a suspension...

Speedub.Nate: On a hardtail with a suspension seatpost, the rear wheel is mounted to what essentially is a long (44"), 6 pound swingarm. It is isolated from the rider using the seatpost damper...
07-31-05, 05:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,051
Posted By serious

I did not ride yesterday. I entered a 25km trail...

I did not ride yesterday. I entered a 25km trail run that took me almost 3 hours to complete. It is a tough run with a total gain/loss in elevation of 4000 feet. The run includes climbing/descending...
07-31-05, 05:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 948
Posted By serious

I don't like rainy, muddy conditions and I don't...

I don't like rainy, muddy conditions and I don't ride in the winter (snow is for skiing :D)

Everything else is fine with me. This summer we've had an amazing heat wave and the trails are dusty...
07-23-05, 04:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,283
Posted By serious

I agree, it works well, and it is fast and easy. ...

I agree, it works well, and it is fast and easy.

As for keeping the bike clean, I do wash it when needed, but I am not anal about having a clean bike. I concentrate on having super clean and well...
07-19-05, 10:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,308
Posted By serious

I always wear clear lenses since I ride in the...

I always wear clear lenses since I ride in the woods where sunlight is not a problem. My glasses happen to be Louis Graneau with changeable lenses, but that is unimportant. All that is important is...
07-19-05, 10:27 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,510
Posted By serious

I am still stuck on cheath's signature, which...

I am still stuck on cheath's signature, which says: "I ride 50-100 miles a day in terrain you'd think was unpassable.".

I don't think Mickael RASMUSSEN would be capable of that.
07-10-05, 09:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 525
Posted By serious

dccool879:You can take a FR on XC rides, if you...

dccool879:You can take a FR on XC rides, if you don't care about the few pounds, short headset, some pedal bob from the fork, and lack of a third chainring, weird geometry etc.

Or if you don't...
07-10-05, 06:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 581
Posted By serious

Nice "show" bike. Useless if you don't have the...

Nice "show" bike. Useless if you don't have the confidence to bang it around real trails.
07-06-05, 04:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 772
Posted By serious

I guess you don't know anyone in good shape, huh?...

I guess you don't know anyone in good shape, huh? :p
07-02-05, 08:07 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,942
Posted By serious

I happen to own a Trek, but I am not "in love"...

I happen to own a Trek, but I am not "in love" with Trek nor would I "only swear by Trek". I got my bike because it fit so well and the deal was great. I occasionally scratch my head about riding on...
06-27-05, 10:58 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,547
Posted By serious

Carefull there, he already mentioned that he...

Carefull there, he already mentioned that he carries a gun on his bike rides! :D
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-05, 03:14 PM
Replies: 463
Views: 37,031
Posted By serious

Patriot, don't feel an ounce of guilt. You...

Patriot, don't feel an ounce of guilt. You protected yourself and you probably prevented a future disaster from happening. It only a matter of time beofre that dog would have ripped someone to shreds.
06-13-05, 02:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,674
Posted By serious

If people could afford whatever bike they wanted,...

If people could afford whatever bike they wanted, I suspect that most people would prefer an FS. With enough money one could get a very light and efficient setup and one could afford to maintain it...
06-09-05, 01:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 555
Posted By serious

I have a few theories about lockouts: 1)...

I have a few theories about lockouts:

1) Unless they are remotely controlled, you will never (or very rarely use them). Unfortunately, remote lockouts add cables and clutter to the cockpit.

2)...
06-07-05, 09:52 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,531
Posted By serious

I think it is safe to say that Isabelle Dube was...

I think it is safe to say that Isabelle Dube was also a victim. Certainly she did not deserve to die, for running along a "popular trail" even if it crosses that 300 meter corridor. Besides, as...
06-06-05, 02:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 350
Posted By serious

At my local mtb center I regularly do a 30 mile...

At my local mtb center I regularly do a 30 mile run. The trails are a mix of single and double track - your average Ontario Cup racing loops (actually 2 loops).

Here is my food/hydration prep:
...
06-03-05, 08:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 708
Posted By serious

dirtbikedude: I ride with a guy who uses a Giant...

dirtbikedude: I ride with a guy who uses a Giant BigHit and he is just as fast as the guys riding 25lb bikes (about 11kg) even on steep sustained climbs.

Then the guys who ride 25lbs bikes suck!...
05-28-05, 06:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 511
Posted By serious

Nice trails, beautiful bike, what more can one...

Nice trails, beautiful bike, what more can one ask for?
05-26-05, 02:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 978
Posted By serious

NOT! When going uphill over roots, your best bet...

NOT! When going uphill over roots, your best bet is to remain seated and pedal smoothly and strongly. Being clipped in is key, especially if you are on a HT. I hope KonaRider24's advice is only meant...
05-25-05, 01:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,661
Posted By serious

I used creatine as a competitive bodybuilder very...

I used creatine as a competitive bodybuilder very effectively. But creatine tends to draw water in the muscles and can have a dehydrating effect on the body. So if you take creatine, you need to be...
05-23-05, 10:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 985
Posted By serious

With all due respect, if you can do that for a...

With all due respect, if you can do that for a couple of hours straight then it ain't steep. Steep is 35-45 degree inclines where you have to make an all-out effort to get to the top. You can...
05-23-05, 05:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 985
Posted By serious

I always look for efficiency while maintaining...

I always look for efficiency while maintaining the best possible speed I can manage. I will gladly shift into the lowest gear to avoid walking. Uphill or downhill, the name of the game is to stay on...
05-19-05, 10:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 620
Posted By serious

If I have to pedal hard, I always try to sit on...

If I have to pedal hard, I always try to sit on the saddle. It is the most efficient way for long hard climbs, although very short climbs can benefit from out of saddle efforts.

I do get off the...
05-18-05, 09:57 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,722
Posted By serious

Before I drop it, I will say this to...

Before I drop it, I will say this to SteelCommuter: great post!

If I came across the wrong way, I apologize. I did not mean to force the original poster into any particular choice. Your post...
05-18-05, 09:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 667
Posted By serious

Are you saying that all things equal (i.e. equal...

Are you saying that all things equal (i.e. equal rider performance), a mountain bike should be able to hang with a road bike in the draft? If that is what you are implying, you are very mistaken.
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05-17-05, 02:41 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,722
Posted By serious

Actually, I would be in favor of drop bars for a...

Actually, I would be in favor of drop bars for a more "mild" and fast off-road course, as most cyclocross courses are. But the XC trails I ride are not that forgiving. The control advantage of a...
05-17-05, 06:20 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,722
Posted By serious

Do you really think that top XC racers care about...

Do you really think that top XC racers care about looking cool over winning? Can you be that naive? Have you not seen enough drop bars in cyclocross to understand that where is appropriate people...
05-14-05, 06:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,351
Posted By serious

It is all relative. Here is an example: ...

It is all relative. Here is an example:

Elite men or pro riders average about 20-21km/hr on one of the XC race courses where I often ride. However, average riders with enough skill to manage this...
05-10-05, 08:43 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,722
Posted By serious

And while you are at it, make sure your bike is a...

And while you are at it, make sure your bike is a beefed-up rigid roadie with fat tires and toe clips. That way, your chances to hurt yourself on technical trails are increased ten-fold. :D
05-09-05, 03:13 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,722
Posted By serious

Sorry seely, try as hard as you want, but drop...

Sorry seely, try as hard as you want, but drop bars are not ideal for the reasons that gettocruiser already mentioned. Of course they work, but so does a rigid setup. That is not a good enough reason...
05-09-05, 12:01 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,722
Posted By serious

Several claims? I only made one claim about drop...

Several claims? I only made one claim about drop bars. If they are so great, why doesn't everyone use them? Why don't we have them on motocross bikes? Because you don't have the strength advantage...
05-09-05, 07:58 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,722
Posted By serious

Possible yes, recommended, absolutely no. Those...

Possible yes, recommended, absolutely no. Those vintage pictures are ridiculous in today's context. Straight bars allow far more manoverability than drop bars ever could. On very technical terrain,...
05-04-05, 12:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 422
Posted By serious

I used to live in Montreal for about 20 years and...

I used to live in Montreal for about 20 years and I find that it has few good places to mountain bike. The best one I know (and rode there quite a lot) is Bromont. I lived on the South Shore, so it...
05-04-05, 09:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,085
Posted By serious

Guys, remember that I have a FS bike (the Trek...

Guys, remember that I have a FS bike (the Trek Fuel 98) and I know exactly what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. Pedaling is not a problem (I didn't even do any out of saddle climbs) and...
05-03-05, 03:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,085
Posted By serious

This weekend I demoed a Specialized FSR Comp 120....

This weekend I demoed a Specialized FSR Comp 120. It is a beautiful bike, with great geometry and I wanted to experience the "always active" rear suspension that Specialized keeps advertising.
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05-03-05, 03:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,965
Posted By serious

All things being equal, the difference between...

All things being equal, the difference between 80, 100, 120 will be in the flex (which translate to handling). However, if the fork materials/construction is adjusted for the longer travel and flex...
05-02-05, 11:35 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,090
Posted By serious

This past weekend I tried out a rigid SS bike...

This past weekend I tried out a rigid SS bike (the KHS Solo One with 33T-16T gearing). I should add that the Solo One has a soft tail, but the fork is rigid. For long rides I would not be able to...
04-26-05, 09:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 377
Posted By serious

I have had a similar problem with a shimano crank...

I have had a similar problem with a shimano crank on my previous bike. That click was cause by the large gear slipping around the "bolts" that connect it to the middle gear. Those "bolts" cannot be...
04-24-05, 06:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 285
Posted By serious

Common people, this is not rocket science. Forget...

Common people, this is not rocket science. Forget male/female anatomy. Just take the first contact point between your legs. And if you are a man, don't do this while naked, unless you actually ride...
04-23-05, 05:27 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,661
Posted By serious

Given equal usage, I am not convinced that a well...

Given equal usage, I am not convinced that a well built shock tower would fail faster than a HT, even with a better distribution of forces as mentioned. Most of the forces are disipated in the shock...
04-19-05, 11:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,096
Posted By serious

The Trance has a better suspension system. Unlike...

The Trance has a better suspension system. Unlike the NRS setup, it remains fairly active under braking and pedal load. But the Trance is somewhat heavy (over 28 lbs I think), so it is not ideal for...
04-18-05, 05:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,489
Posted By serious

Such a sad statement about our society ...

Such a sad statement about our society ...
04-18-05, 05:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 634
Posted By serious

Is that supposed to impress anyone? You have to...

Is that supposed to impress anyone? You have to get older to realize how idiotic all this sounds!
04-16-05, 07:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 485
Posted By serious

I ride on trails that are used for many races and...

I ride on trails that are used for many races and they are extremely varied. Most climbs are very short (and very technical) and the longer ones are still no longer than 5 minutes. Bar ends would...
04-16-05, 07:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,305
Posted By serious

I am almost 5'7'' with a 31in inseam. My bike is...

I am almost 5'7'' with a 31in inseam. My bike is a 17.5 in Trek Fuel '98, which should have a similar frame to the Fuel 90. I love the way my bike fits me, even though it is a little high in the...
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