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Forum: Texas
05-11-11, 04:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 881
Posted By gresam

I understand the sarcasm but I cannot count the...

I understand the sarcasm but I cannot count the number of times I hear people talk seriously about not doing a longer ride "without aid stations".
05-07-11, 12:59 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,607
Posted By gresam

So that is a ... 83 inch gear? Sounds about right...

So that is a ... 83 inch gear? Sounds about right if you have some open spaces. I ride a 42 x 16 on the commuter and cruise at around 22mph. My warmup gear at the track is a 48 x 16 (81) but there...
05-07-11, 12:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 391
Posted By gresam

I think the first reason is that most fixies are...

I think the first reason is that most fixies are converted from older steel frames with longer drop outs. What little extra space exists does allow for chain tension adjustments. Vertical drop outs...
Forum: Texas
05-07-11, 12:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,060
Posted By gresam

Don't worry so much about the wind, just get out...

Don't worry so much about the wind, just get out and ride in it. You can't fight the wind so settle into a tempo and pour on the miles. You'll be all the stronger for it and then when there isn't any...
Forum: Texas
05-07-11, 12:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 881
Posted By gresam

I am a little curious why people wait for a...

I am a little curious why people wait for a group/charity event to ride some of these routes. There is a massive wealth of good FM roads that I never see anyone else on... Google is a wonderful tool...
Forum: Texas
05-07-11, 12:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,146
Posted By gresam

I have to agree... callous as it does sound there...

I have to agree... callous as it does sound there are a lot of people who have just enough in the tank to hang on and not nearly enough in the tank to ride withing themselves.

I have also noticed...
Forum: Texas
05-02-11, 06:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 881
Posted By gresam

McKinney Velo uses most of the roads (and others)...

McKinney Velo uses most of the roads (and others) from the CC route every Saturday and Sunday if you want some early practice... they're a fast group but it breaks up into smaller pockets.
Forum: Texas
05-02-11, 06:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,097
Posted By gresam

MS150 on Fixie

I just did it on a fixie, not a huge ordeal but it was challenging and a lot of fun. 42 x 16 is a good gear and you just need to work on cadence and some power to tackle the climbs. I'm not so sure...
03-20-11, 07:11 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 11,220
Posted By gresam

Uh, yeah... No offense, but I am certain you do...

Uh, yeah... No offense, but I am certain you do not make anywhere near the power of the pro peloton when climbing a hill on your fixie... Basically, I am certain you are not producing 2,400+ watts.
03-20-11, 07:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,737
Posted By gresam

Better bearings, smoother races, lighter...

Better bearings, smoother races, lighter weight... all mentioned earlier. I race on Dura-Ace hubs and they are liquid smooth. Also, the threading and metal used are a higher quality. I ripped all the...
Forum: Texas
03-20-11, 06:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,033
Posted By gresam

MacArthur is a bad place to be on a bicycle... I...

MacArthur is a bad place to be on a bicycle... I avoid most of it but will use a small section up North to get from 121 to the first traffic light in Coppell.

The Las Colinas area has a fair...
Forum: Texas
03-20-11, 06:39 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,937
Posted By gresam

I'm signed up for Frisco-Ft Worth. Normally I...

I'm signed up for Frisco-Ft Worth. Normally I avoid group rides over a dozen people due to safety concerns and pacing, but I need to give back and thought this would be a good way to do it. I ride...
Forum: Southeast
03-20-11, 06:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 851
Posted By gresam

I'll be in Huntersville the week of 3/28 visiting...

I'll be in Huntersville the week of 3/28 visiting family and am looking for good road routes to put in some miles during the week. Do you know of a site with good maps of rides or have any good...
09-25-10, 02:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,014
Posted By gresam

Heavy on Garmin to support Farrar I would guess....

Heavy on Garmin to support Farrar I would guess. I don't know if the course suits Farrar, but with all eyes on Gilbert I expect to see someone win solo from a small break.
09-25-10, 02:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,937
Posted By gresam

Very cool! Makes me want to convert a bike...

Very cool! Makes me want to convert a bike over... I've been thinking about some CX tubulars for my road bike on my next trip to Colorado. Each time I go I end up riding dirt roads on slicks. Ascend...
09-25-10, 02:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,378
Posted By gresam

Switching to brake levers for a flat bar may also...

Switching to brake levers for a flat bar may also change the pull ratio for the brakes you are running. This will make it a lot easier to lock the brakes (bad) or harder to stop altogether (bad) so...
09-25-10, 02:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 888
Posted By gresam

I would be more concerned about messing up the...

I would be more concerned about messing up the geometry if you don't pay attention to rake / trail and match the fork geometry to the bike. Now that it's purchased ... how does it feel?
09-25-10, 02:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 951
Posted By gresam

Just ride on what you have... seriously. I took...

Just ride on what you have... seriously. I took my Ridley road bike to Colorado twice this summer and rode up several mountain passes that were just dirt roads, at best, and never had an issue. I had...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-10, 02:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 611
Posted By gresam

The volume of people who walk in DFW is so much...

The volume of people who walk in DFW is so much less than NYC there is no way to compare or even comprehend if you have not been to NYC. I grew up in NJ and spent many weekends in NYC with my family....
Forum: Commuting
09-25-10, 02:11 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,454
Posted By gresam

I'm guilty of this as well and try to just laugh...

I'm guilty of this as well and try to just laugh things off or remember that I'm still upright and need to worry about who else is lurking behind me and not being patient or paying attention.
...
Forum: Texas
09-17-10, 04:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 872
Posted By gresam

Thumbs up For those of you who don't know a Keirin works as...

For those of you who don't know a Keirin works as such:
A durney (bicycle with a 2-cycle engine) is lapping the track in the sprinter's lane at 20 mph. Six riders make a standing start and get in a...
Forum: Texas
09-16-10, 05:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 664
Posted By gresam

Sitting on the back stretch is fun as well. A...

Sitting on the back stretch is fun as well. A break typically forms up and the riders will rip down the road at 40+ mph, no joke. Great racing and an amazing spectacle. I'm not so sure about the Ivan...
Forum: Texas
09-16-10, 05:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 872
Posted By gresam

Cool Keirin this Weekend!

You read right, KEIRIN this Friday and Saturday night! It is a spectacular form of track racing and always provides for some of the closest and fastest sprinting.

This Friday and Saturday night is...
Forum: Texas
09-14-10, 04:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 664
Posted By gresam

This is a great event that needs the support of...

This is a great event that needs the support of the D/FW cycling community. The last two years this has been an exciting and fun event and I can't wait for Thursday! Grab your friends, coworkers and...
Replies: 1
Views: 340
Posted By gresam

Superdrome: Live Webcam 5/22/10!

After a few rain out dates and some technical difficulty we are LIVE again... tonight is a Texas Cup points night as well as the first ATRA National Series event! Take a look at out live webcam....
Replies: 4
Views: 389
Posted By gresam

I'll try to have the cam live tomorrow night as...

I'll try to have the cam live tomorrow night as well for our first race in the Match Sprint series! Racing starts at 6pm CST if I can get the camera live... had some trouble early this evening but...
Forum: Texas
04-16-10, 09:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 380
Posted By gresam

Thanks for watching!

Thank you to all who stopped by for the live racing. I'll try to get this setup for tomorrow night's Match Sprints Series! If not tomorrow then look for it next Friday. Again, any suggestions are...
Forum: Texas
04-16-10, 06:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 623
Posted By gresam

I rode in today, no rain. I've ridden in some bad...

I rode in today, no rain. I've ridden in some bad weather before but if I know there are T-storms I park it or am just very careful if I am trying to get home. Sitting on a chunk of metal or carbon...
Forum: Texas
04-16-10, 06:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 12,720
Posted By gresam

Plano: Windhaven and Plano Parkway is a decent...

Plano: Windhaven and Plano Parkway is a decent set of hill repeats. You can link it all together in several ways but none of them are that steep (Windhaven is 6%) or long. Still, it can be enjoyable....
Forum: Texas
04-16-10, 06:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 380
Posted By gresam

Superdrome Webcam is LIVE tonight!

Please stop by and check out our LIVE track racing cam at the Superdrome! We are broadcasting LIVE (http://www.stickam.com/willshootphotos) tonight and would really enjoy having you stop by for a...
Replies: 4
Views: 389
Posted By gresam

Superdrome Webcam is LIVE tonight!

We're experimenting with webcams at the Superdrome and broadcasting LIVE (http://www.stickam.com/willshootphotos) tonight! Please drop in and check out our live streaming video!

The camera is a...
Forum: Texas
04-09-10, 06:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 470
Posted By gresam

As much as we would love to have you we are very...

As much as we would love to have you we are very careful about having cyclists who are too new to the track out for this event. Pace lining at the Superdrome is vastly different from doing so on a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-10, 03:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 702
Posted By gresam

Agreed with the above but I will add: Get a...

Agreed with the above but I will add: Get a professional fit. Any pedal has enough float as long as your cleats are properly aligned. Having your feet float all over the place isn't a solution, but...
Forum: Texas
03-28-10, 03:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By gresam

Check out the Tour das Hugel...

Check out the Tour das Hugel (http://www.tourdashugel.com/) route and use the contact button to reach the organizer. The route takes in the most heinous climbs in Austin and includes a lot of epic...
Forum: Texas
03-20-10, 08:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 518
Posted By gresam

Hell Week!

It's Saturday morning and the wind speed just hit 25+mph. I've been here doing the A rides since last Saturday (630 miles & 32,400 feet of climbing so far) and while I'm brain dead enough to get on...
Forum: Texas
02-26-10, 08:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 470
Posted By gresam

Superdrome Century: May 8th!

One Gear. One Day. One Hundred Miles.

The Superdrome Century is back for the second edition and everyone with track certification and suitable experience is welcome to join us. Certification...
Replies: 8
Views: 1,135
Posted By gresam

What an event! I want to thank everyone that came...

What an event! I want to thank everyone that came out to ride and those that came out to lend support. We had a great time with several riders completing the full century, others doing a metric and...
Forum: Texas
05-31-09, 10:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 994
Posted By gresam

What an event! I want to thank everyone that came...

What an event! I want to thank everyone that came out to ride and those that came out to lend support. We had a great time with several riders completing the full century, others doing a metric and...
Replies: 8
Views: 1,135
Posted By gresam

I'm in. (Excellent!) I'm a sucker for anything...

I'm in. (Excellent!) I'm a sucker for anything that looks really insane. (In that case, you are in the right place.)

I have a few questions.... (ok, shoot.)

Is there going to be a course map?...
Replies: 8
Views: 1,135
Posted By gresam

If you currently ride/race at a velodrome you can...

If you currently ride/race at a velodrome you can come up and ride with us. We'll do a few practice laps to get you used to the banking and make sure you are comfortable, but it is not a big deal.
...
Forum: Texas
05-14-09, 07:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 994
Posted By gresam

Woo-Hoo! Welcome to the ride! C'mon folks... at...

Woo-Hoo! Welcome to the ride!
C'mon folks... at least pick up a sweet t-shirt and support the LAF!
http://SupportLAF.com/

http://supportlaf.com/slaf/website.nsf/SC-Tee-Web.jpg?OpenImageResource
Replies: 8
Views: 1,135
Posted By gresam

Superdrome Century!

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y207/GSampson/Bikes/FInal-on-white.jpg (http://SupportLAF.com/)

We've organized a full Century at The Superdrome on May 30th (http://SupportLAF.com/) to benefit...
Forum: Texas
05-11-09, 05:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 994
Posted By gresam

OK, here are more details......

OK, here are more details... (http://SupportLAF.com/)

Superdrome Development Class (http://www.superdrome.com/classes.htm): May 16th at 9am

Event T-Shirt (http://SupportLAF.com/): Pre-Order...
Forum: Texas
05-09-09, 12:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 994
Posted By gresam

Talking Let me just say that we would love to have you...

Let me just say that we would love to have you all come out and support the ride! I have PM'd those that are expressing interest with some more details. The thing is, you have to be track certified....
Forum: Texas
05-02-09, 12:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 994
Posted By gresam

Talking To answer a few questions: Yes, the Superdrome...

To answer a few questions:
Yes, the Superdrome Development class qualifies you to ride this event. We would prefer that you also get some experience during the weeknight training sessions before...
Forum: Texas
04-29-09, 08:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 994
Posted By gresam

Lightbulb Superdrome Century - May 30th

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y207/GSampson/Bikes/FInal-on-white.jpg
What is it?
To raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the LiveStrong Challenge we have piggy backed off the 100...
Forum: Texas
03-23-09, 06:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,270
Posted By gresam

Finished!

The track was finished Saturday / Sunday morning and while there is still some signage to be hung we did ride the track on Sunday. A few impressions...

Quiet: The track that is... The only thing I...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-17-09, 08:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 428
Posted By gresam

Bike Art...

During the summer of 2000 I worked at a little shop near Charlotte called Lake Norman Bicycles. There, I met a guy named James Barker that advised me in building my first road bike. The only advice I...
Forum: Texas
03-17-09, 08:45 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 47,964
Posted By gresam

Bike Art...

My retired Pinarello Galileo is now hanging in our kitchen... and it was my wife's idea!

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y207/GSampson/Bikes/PinarelloArt.jpg

Yeah, I love her. :thumb:
Forum: Texas
02-26-09, 07:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,058
Posted By gresam

Sweet bikes, scary place to ride. I don't know......

Sweet bikes, scary place to ride. I don't know... seems more sketchy than the Katy Trail at midnight.
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