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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 03-26-20, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
They're more bike than any of us would ever need. We're holding the bike back.
Once you ride a nice bike, you never realize how true this is. When I attend clinics with the team, I let the folks know that they will never out-ride the bike they have, as long as they ride it properly. Anyone can wreck a bike, but I doubt any of us will ever take one past it's limits. Trust the bike.
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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.
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Add cheesecake to offset the undesirable calories from the pizza and ice cream.
Nutritional gold.
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Amateur bike racing is just a fun thing, as far as I know, there's no penalty for not winning.
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Old 03-26-20, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
Once you ride a nice bike, you never realize how true this is. When I attend clinics with the team, I let the folks know that they will never out-ride the bike they have, as long as they ride it properly. Anyone can wreck a bike, but I doubt any of us will ever take one past it's limits. Trust the bike.
For some reason, I imagined this as a little speech, given in front of a small group, and then you singling out someone with, "except you - be careful on that piece of ****."

Makes me lol for some dumb reason.
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Old 03-26-20, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
They're more bike than any of us would ever need. We're holding the bike back.
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Once you ride a nice bike, you never realize how true this is. When I attend clinics with the team, I let the folks know that they will never out-ride the bike they have, as long as they ride it properly. Anyone can wreck a bike, but I doubt any of us will ever take one past it's limits. Trust the bike.
I've been weirdly nervous after getting so invested in the C&V world to ride a modern bike again. I've put so much time and effort into my Trek getting it to as close to "dream bike" as possible that I don't want to ruin it somehow by throwing a leg over some modern carbon frame Although the Trek just oozes class and sophistication IMO, and you just can't get that exact flavor without skinny steel tubes and lugs. Also, wide-profile cantilevers are just so classically elegant.

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For some reason, I imagined this as a little speech, given in front of a small group, and then you singling out someone with, "except you - be careful on that piece of ****."

Makes me lol for some dumb reason.
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Old 03-26-20, 01:51 PM
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ruin it somehow
Sure doesn't stop me from window shopping though
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Old 03-26-20, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
Once you ride a nice bike, you never realize how true this is. When I attend clinics with the team, I let the folks know that they will never out-ride the bike they have, as long as they ride it properly. Anyone can wreck a bike, but I doubt any of us will ever take one past it's limits. Trust the bike.
That's right. When the BMC goes in tri mode, my watts are wasting its time.
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Old 03-26-20, 01:55 PM
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I felt free on my ride to work today. It was quiet. I whistled, smiled at people, looked around. It was nice. All within six feet or so.
No waving?
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No waving?
No cyclists, few cars, and some MUPpers.
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Old 03-26-20, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
No waving?
I've never seen a higher rate-of-wave than when I was out yesterday. I mean, I didn't see a lot of people out riding, but just about everyone riding was more outgoing than usual.
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Old 03-26-20, 02:09 PM
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I've never seen a higher rate-of-wave than when I was out yesterday. I mean, I didn't see a lot of people out riding, but just about everyone riding was more outgoing than usual.
I didn't see anyone else riding yesterday.

None of the drivers of the cars I saw waved back at me
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Old 03-26-20, 02:13 PM
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I've never seen a higher rate-of-wave than when I was out yesterday. I mean, I didn't see a lot of people out riding, but just about everyone riding was more outgoing than usual.
Noticed the same thing. I look sort of hard so I tend to get a nod from the local road types anyway, but now they're waving with a full hand. I tend grin and wave at everyone, but I'm doing it more too. Just stay the **** away!
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Old 03-26-20, 02:28 PM
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Ha. Speaking of looks on the bike, some kid with a skate board, maybe 16 years old or so, called out to me when I passed, "I *like* that jacket, man!" He was speaking, of course, about my retina-searing pink Rapha jacket. And yes, he seemed to be genuine.
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Old 03-26-20, 02:31 PM
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The 41 might soon need to be renamed cerveloforums.net

I never cared much for Cervelos, but I've got to say I'm pretty smitten with all of the R series getting posted around here lately.
Cervelo makes a damn fine bike. They sorta lost their way for a while, but their newer ones are getting better. And on the tri side, their bikes below the P5 are crazy fast for not being hard to work on, and handle predictably.

That said, AGs SystemSix looks amazing (and is somewhat more of a Cervelo than a modern Cervelo).

And fwiw, while youre Cervelo-curious, Ive been itching to try an updated steel frame for a while. Unfortunately, I just dont think I ride enough to justify another.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Ha. Speaking of looks on the bike, some kid with a skate board, maybe 16 years old or so, called out to me when I passed, "I *like* that jacket, man!" He was speaking, of course, about my retina-searing pink Rapha jacket. And yes, he seemed to be genuine.
Oh, and I had a big pickup hang back on a wide, empty, road until they could see a quarter mile ahead before passing and then go entirely into the left lane. Okay, nice enough, but then the passenger shrieked something unintelligible at me as they went by. Weird.
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Old 03-26-20, 03:03 PM
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I crashed my R3SL and was dead set on crash replacing it for the new (at the time) black and white S5. Cav's bike, I think. The release date got pushed back and I started to get on shaky ground with my wife because of the delay. She was beginning to lose interest in my new bike purchase.

Lifetime warranty for the original owner is nice. After speaking with Cervelo customer service and feeling encouraged by LAJ's carbon repair, I got it fixed for $500 and went a different direction. Best idea ever. The grass isn't always greener.

Now that the geometry seems to be returning to normal, the Rs continue to kick ass. They excel at everything. As WhyFi pointed out, a bit twitchy/responsive at first, but then it's all good. They're more bike than any of us would ever need. We're holding the bike back.
Speaking of wives and new bikes, a couple came in to the shop last week. She was getting service for her bike and he wanted to upgrade his ride. He really liked the carbon Fuji with 105 we had, but wanted to think about it (because it was a little over his budget).

When she came to pick up her repaired bike, she also bought the Fuji for her husband.
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Getting my grill on.

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Good news/bad news: daughter #2 got accepted to USC.
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Speaking of wives and new bikes, a couple came in to the shop last week. She was getting service for her bike and he wanted to upgrade his ride. He really liked the carbon Fuji with 105 we had, but wanted to think about it (because it was a little over his budget).

When she came to pick up her repaired bike, she also bought the Fuji for her husband.
That's great.
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Good news/bad news: daughter #2 got accepted to USC.
I understand your ambivalence.
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Getting my grill on.

Identify this food, please.
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Oh, and I had a big pickup hang back on a wide, empty, road until they could see a quarter mile ahead before passing and then go entirely into the left lane. Okay, nice enough, but then the passenger shrieked something unintelligible at me as they went by. Weird.
Could have been someone who was afraid to pass and got frustrated waiting for that long clear straight. It's weird, but it happens.
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Good news/bad news: daughter #2 got accepted to USC.
congrats! And ouch!
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Good news/bad news: daughter #2 got accepted to USC.
Congratudolences.
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I understand your ambivalence.
On many levels. Concern about cost AND distance. Stay tuned.
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Identify this food, please.
Chicken marinaded in olive oil and my special blend of 5 spices.
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