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04-29-13, 11:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,153
Posted By Blossom

How much light is needed at 5 am? I've got no...

How much light is needed at 5 am? I've got no problems with a little headlamp, but I'm a little loath to break out the full commuting light rig.
12-01-12, 10:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,769
Posted By Blossom

In Arizona it seems like the Cat 4 races are...

In Arizona it seems like the Cat 4 races are aways full and the 3s often are while the 1,2 races have 10-20 riders. Moving some of those people up should even the fields out a bit. It might also...
07-12-12, 01:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,338
Posted By Blossom

There are two things you want to learn: ...

There are two things you want to learn:

First is how to act safely in a big group. You want to be safe and consistent and learn how to move around. Do a couple of crits with the idea of sitting...
07-10-12, 08:35 PM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 691,141
Posted By Blossom

Thanks! It was a great weekend all around. It...

Thanks! It was a great weekend all around. It is a shame you couldn't be up here for it. Hopefully you'll be back in the groove for Mormon Lake!

I'll be at the group ride this weekend, maybe...
07-08-12, 05:33 PM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 691,141
Posted By Blossom

Flagstaff Omnium - Day 3 - Foxburro Circuit Race...

Flagstaff Omnium - Day 3 - Foxburro Circuit Race - Cat 5

The days course was 12 laps of a 2 mile pancake flat circuit that had two hard turns.

My goal was to just sit behind the sprinters and...
07-07-12, 06:01 PM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 691,141
Posted By Blossom

Flagstaff Omnium Day 2 - Williams Road Race - Cat...

Flagstaff Omnium Day 2 - Williams Road Race - Cat 5s.

The course is 45 miles with the first 10 being rollers, then 12 miles of descent, a U-turn, 12 miles climbing back up (average of 3.5% but it...
07-06-12, 03:40 PM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 691,141
Posted By Blossom

This was the first race in the Flagstaff Omnium,...

This was the first race in the Flagstaff Omnium, the Snowbowl Hillclimb. The total length is about 6.4 miles with an average grade of 5.4% for a total of 1800 feet of elevation gain.

The Cat 5s...
06-29-12, 01:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 943
Posted By Blossom

This may seem odd, but have always like the image...

This may seem odd, but have always like the image you have in your signature and have been interested in trying to find a print of it. Do you have any tips on where I might find it?
06-21-12, 11:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,293
Posted By Blossom

Disclosure: I was at the front when this happened...

Disclosure: I was at the front when this happened (in the black/white "unattached" kit).

We were all on the rivet when this happened and the video makes it clear how much sloppier things are when...
06-18-12, 11:01 PM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 691,141
Posted By Blossom

Cat 5 race with two laps... about 2000 ft of...

Cat 5 race with two laps... about 2000 ft of climbing each lap for a total of 54 miles.

I made sure I was warmed up, which was good because we went moderately hard on the initial rollers. After...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-12, 10:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,687
Posted By Blossom

I'm 5'4" and I run 165 cm cranks. I mostly do it...

I'm 5'4" and I run 165 cm cranks. I mostly do it so that my knees make less contact with my belly and my stomach is happier. I'd consider going smaller, but it is ridiculously hard to find...
04-26-12, 10:34 PM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 691,141
Posted By Blossom

It was a very long and hot climb. It helped that...

It was a very long and hot climb. It helped that I had plenty of water to douse myself at the start of the climb and didn't overheat too badly.
04-22-12, 09:55 AM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 691,141
Posted By Blossom

That is a good point... I wasn't able to get a...

That is a good point... I wasn't able to get a huge amount of base milage in and I have wondered what the effects of that would be. I guess the effects are that I get tired after 50 miles. That...
04-22-12, 08:38 AM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 691,141
Posted By Blossom

Cat 5 Road Race

It was 53 miles of sitting in with no effort followed by 10 miles of climbing in the heat. About 6 miles from the end, I slipped off the front and hoped nobody realized that I could stay away. ...
03-11-12, 02:22 PM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 691,141
Posted By Blossom

It was indeed the same venue. ...

It was indeed the same venue.



Congratulations! These were my first points as well. :)
03-10-12, 05:40 PM
Replies: 12,012
Views: 691,141
Posted By Blossom

Cat 5 Circuit Race with a bit of a hill!

My experiences with Crit racing have not been positive. My main complaint is that the races are too easy and they don't get broken up. After crashes in the turns, it winds up with 40 guys sprinting...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-10, 09:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 585
Posted By Blossom

The problem with not rolling off is that one of...

The problem with not rolling off is that one of the following situations is inevitable.

1) You stay up in front by yourself and one of the two people behind you is now in the wind. That means...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-10, 08:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By Blossom

If your longest ride right now is 26 miles... I'd...

If your longest ride right now is 26 miles... I'd go with the 39 miler. Jumping up to 60 miles is huge. Especially considering it has no SAG.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-10, 09:26 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 10,106
Posted By Blossom

Not having a studio shoot of that bike would be a...

Not having a studio shoot of that bike would be a crime. I understand that it was a project from an different era of your life and a whole huge pile of &%@# has happened since then, but think of it...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-09, 09:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 548
Posted By Blossom

When I had a triple, I found myself always...

When I had a triple, I found myself always messing with the front deraileur. The big ring was a little too big and the middle ring was a little too small. My new bike has a compact double and I dig...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-09, 06:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,637
Posted By Blossom

About a year ago I bought 3-4 forte tubes and...

About a year ago I bought 3-4 forte tubes and every one of them failed in an unusual manner. A couple had the stem tear off, and the others had a seam split. I went back to the more expensive tubes...
08-31-09, 05:48 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 65,449
Posted By Blossom

In case you haven't figured it out yet... you...

In case you haven't figured it out yet... you have presta valves (Schrader=suck=car). Most floor pumps made in the last few years will work on either.

80 psi feels pleasantly firm. Before you...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-09, 02:15 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,003
Posted By Blossom

It is your birthday. If a sweet pair of wheels...

It is your birthday. If a sweet pair of wheels is what you want, who are we to object?

In 5 years, which will you value more... the 1 very memorable experience or daily love of a nice piece of...
Forum: Triathlon
08-31-09, 02:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 613
Posted By Blossom

The trick is to make sure that the timing chip is...

The trick is to make sure that the timing chip is tucked underneath the wetsuit during the swim. But this only works if your wetsuit has long enough legs. Second choice is for the timing chip to be...
08-26-09, 10:36 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 13,578
Posted By Blossom

When I was there last fall, the P ride was a big...

When I was there last fall, the P ride was a big ride and fairly fast. But I've been to group rides that are consistently faster, albeit with a smaller group. I really did enjoy the that ride,...
08-25-09, 11:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,726
Posted By Blossom

That is because you only see the ones that are...

That is because you only see the ones that are smart enough to get into grad school in the US (or swing an academic position). I think it is safe to say there is a tad bit of bias in that sample.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-09, 04:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,374
Posted By Blossom

As another datum, 10 years ago I tested positive...

As another datum, 10 years ago I tested positive when I went to collage. A chest x-ray showed no lesions and that was it. No 9 month course of anti-biotics. I've never worried about it.
Forum: Triathlon
08-09-09, 07:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 476
Posted By Blossom

Boulder Long Course (HIM) Race Report

After doing enough triathlons, I've figured out some stuff but am still learning what works and what doesn't. Unfortunately today was a day about learning and not about going really fast.

I had a...
Forum: Triathlon
08-08-09, 09:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,187
Posted By Blossom

The usual discussion about Total Immersion is...

The usual discussion about Total Immersion is that it is great for teaching people that suck at swimming to be competent relaxed swimmers but it doesn't really teach you how to go fast. After doing...
Forum: Triathlon
08-08-09, 09:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 622
Posted By Blossom

Doing both strokes in the pool helps to mix it up...

Doing both strokes in the pool helps to mix it up but I would concentrate on learning the freestyle.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-09, 07:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,774
Posted By Blossom

One of the things they seem to do around here is...

One of the things they seem to do around here is that they only chipseal the car lanes and keep the shoulders smooth. I love that.
Forum: Triathlon
08-06-09, 01:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,199
Posted By Blossom

That is awesome... congratulations!

That is awesome... congratulations!
Forum: Triathlon
08-06-09, 01:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,721
Posted By Blossom

I had the same issue. For my next race I'm just...

I had the same issue. For my next race I'm just going to use zip ties to attach a bottle cage to the aero bars and use a standard bottle.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-09, 09:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 877
Posted By Blossom

The key thing to remember is to always be...

The key thing to remember is to always be predictable and give the guy behind you a chance to match your speed. If you use your brakes to slow down, don't slow down suddenly. Feather the brakes. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-09, 06:46 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 9,391
Posted By Blossom

Personally my tally has been 1 CO2 botch job...

Personally my tally has been 1 CO2 botch job versus tearing 2 stems off of the tube using a frame pump.

That being said I carry a CO2 pump along with a mini pump.
Forum: Triathlon
07-26-09, 10:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 587
Posted By Blossom

Congratulations!

Congratulations!
Forum: Triathlon
07-26-09, 09:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 681
Posted By Blossom

I'd bet that you can push the center part of the...

I'd bet that you can push the center part of the mount down and end up with two (non-broken) pieces. Rotate the center bit 90 degrees and put the thing back together.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-09, 10:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,092
Posted By Blossom

Being a mountain biker, you probably understand...

Being a mountain biker, you probably understand what happens when you go up the chain of groups. For road bikes, Shimano Tiagra is the base level of good enough and life gets better as you move to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-09, 04:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,090
Posted By Blossom

Oooohhh. That is an awesome trick. Never heard...

Oooohhh. That is an awesome trick. Never heard of it, but it is simple and elegant. :thumb:
Forum: Triathlon
07-24-09, 05:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 757
Posted By Blossom

To your follow-up... Typically people use...

To your follow-up...

Typically people use acetone to remove the old glue. This is fine as long as you don't have a foam core (ie acetone will eat the foam core).
Forum: Triathlon
07-24-09, 05:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 757
Posted By Blossom

If you are going to own tubulars, you should know...

If you are going to own tubulars, you should know how to glue them. Go to the road forum and search on how to glue tubulars.

Gluing tires take a fair amount of time and a fair amount of...
07-23-09, 09:51 AM
Replies: 3,163
Views: 112,447
Posted By Blossom

Current GC: 1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa)...

Current GC:

1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 73:15:39
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:04:11
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 0:05:25
4 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream...
07-23-09, 12:09 AM
Replies: 3,163
Views: 112,447
Posted By Blossom

Yes... as a lieutenant working for the team, he...

Yes... as a lieutenant working for the team, he did it exactly right. As an overall contender... perhaps not.
07-22-09, 11:42 PM
Replies: 3,163
Views: 112,447
Posted By Blossom

Agreed. Tactically Lance played his part...

Agreed. Tactically Lance played his part perfectly and only bridged when it was safe to do so. Though, I will admit, that it probably hurt his chances at a podium, but then again, dragging Wiggins...
07-22-09, 11:20 PM
Replies: 3,163
Views: 112,447
Posted By Blossom

Didn't you see Wiggins sitting on LA wheel? By...

Didn't you see Wiggins sitting on LA wheel? By trying to bridge before it was steep enough to convincingly jump, all he would have done is dragged Wiggo along. Watching the Schlecks go versus...
Forum: Triathlon
07-22-09, 08:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 699
Posted By Blossom

2009 P1 versus 2008 P2? No question about it.......

2009 P1 versus 2008 P2? No question about it.... go with the P2.

There really wasn't any change between the 2008 and 2009 model years.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-09, 12:01 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,124
Posted By Blossom

Gah! The Phinney corning method versus shifting...

Gah! The Phinney corning method versus shifting butt/knees inside debate!

Phinney's method of leaning the bike underneath the rider can initiate a turn very quickly and you can start pedaling...
07-19-09, 04:18 PM
Replies: 3,163
Views: 112,447
Posted By Blossom

Ok. Lets have a serious discussion. Andy...

Ok. Lets have a serious discussion.

Andy Schleck is going to pull some more time out of Armstrong on the climbs and Wiggins probably will as well. What will happen at the TT? Lets look back to...
Forum: Triathlon
07-14-09, 12:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 688
Posted By Blossom

Only you can make that decision. A good pair of...

Only you can make that decision. A good pair of aero wheels will save some time on a 40K time trial. I'll throw out a guess and say that it is in the ballpark of 2-3 minutes per hour. (anybody...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-09, 05:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,938
Posted By Blossom

It sounds like you had a good first experience. ...

It sounds like you had a good first experience. Yes there is a huge difference in quality between what a bike shop sells and what a department store sells. Not only are the components lighter, but...
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