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Old 06-10-19, 09:42 AM
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ride em cowboy! Make sure to report how it went.

Also you race cross, right? I've never done it. I think there are parts that are more steady state, but there is a lot of off/on style pedaling with all the obstacles, no? I think that would be good criterium preparation, and vice-versa.
Yeah, so I know how to start and what basically needs to be done, I just don't have much intensity under my belt yet this year. Cross is all about maintaining momentum and repeatedly sprinting out of tight corners. Similar to crits in a lot of ways I suppose with less steady-state. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous.
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Today I did this...

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Today I did this...

So lit
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I just did a test ride and I donít like it for the same reason I donít like driving around in a car with fog lights on all the time.

They light up very close to the bike. The bright spot in front of the wheel draws the eyes when I should be looking down the road. If tilted up they just blind motorists and shine on the trees instead of the road.

Iím sticking with higher mounted handlebar and helmet lights which casts further down the road without blinding motorists.


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Old 06-11-19, 04:42 AM
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Since the Texas MS ride I have had my bike apart for a complete rebuild. I stripped the frame and had it painted at a local body shop. (The last two powder coat jobs failed in <2 years.) I installed a Dura-Ace headset which is so smooth. I also replaced the stem with an aero version. I installed cartridge bearings in the rear wheel to replace the cup and cone bearings that fail every year. It came out very nice.


All done sitting in the sun


New stem


New headset. Steers so smooooth.


Frame stripped from powder coat ready to paint.


Frame back from body shop. Painted with automotive paint and brimer. 1967 Jaguar British Racing Green.
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British Racing Green for the win!!!


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I just did a test ride and I donít like it for the same reason I donít like driving around in a car with fog lights on all the time.

They light up very close to the bike. The bright spot in front of the wheel draws the eyes when I should be looking down the road. If tilted up they just blind motorists and shine on the trees instead of the road.

Iím sticking with higher mounted handlebar and helmet lights which casts further down the road without blinding motorists.


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I rode with a fork blade-mounted light for a season and had the same objections. Any bumps or holes in the ground created huge dark spots ahead. In addition, I found the shadows cast to the other side of the wheel distracting.

Moving the light up to the fork crown level helped a lot, although it is nice to have the light coming from the same general direction as your eyes.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
I rode with a fork blade-mounted light for a season and had the same objections. Any bumps or holes in the ground created huge dark spots ahead. In addition, I found the shadows cast to the other side of the wheel distracting.

Moving the light up to the fork crown level helped a lot, although it is nice to have the light coming from the same general direction as your eyes.
Exactly. Thanks for the confirmation.

Bar light + helmet light is the best IMO.

I love the L&M Vis Pro.
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Originally Posted by bmwjoe View Post
Since the Texas MS ride I have had my bike apart for a complete rebuild. I stripped the frame and had it painted at a local body shop. (The last two powder coat jobs failed in <2 years.) I installed a Dura-Ace headset which is so smooth. I also replaced the stem with an aero version. I installed cartridge bearings in the rear wheel to replace the cup and cone bearings that fail every year. It came out very nice.


All done sitting in the sun


New stem


New headset. Steers so smooooth.


Frame stripped from powder coat ready to paint.


Frame back from body shop. Painted with automotive paint and brimer. 1967 Jaguar British Racing Green.
Love the green! What crankset is that? Looks like the Campy Record track.

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Love the green! What crankset is that? Looks like the Campy Record track.

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It is a Campy crank, but a 170mm road crank originally for a double ring. I tried a 165mm track crank and we did not get along.

Thanks. I love the green too. British racing green was the color of my son's last bike.
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(last night) First crit. Screwed up the start like the road rookie I am, missed the group and then metered my effort too conservatively for the next half hour. Live and learn. Finished with waaay too much gas in the tank. Was still fun to just be racing my bike.
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What happened? Was the start too fast? No warmup? Missed a clip in?

A lot of times in crit races it can be imperative to close gaps down like stat, esp. if you aren't confident in your ability to do a TT-style effort for minutes at a time at higher than the average speed w/o blowing up.
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What happened? Was the start too fast? No warmup? Missed a clip in?

A lot of times in crit races it can be imperative to close gaps down like stat, esp. if you aren't confident in your ability to do a TT-style effort for minutes at a time at higher than the average speed w/o blowing up.
I blasted off the front at the gun and then basically everyone else (really small field) flew by me in tight group a half mile later and rather than immediately chase on (like I should have) I played it too conservative and that was pretty much it.
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Well, looks like you learned that one! Do it again next time! Just make sure that you're monitoring the gap, and back off slightly if you know you're going to get absorbed by the group and be ready to squeeze very hard for a few seconds to get back on. Ideally a small group will bridge up and then you have a breakaway! The most glorious way to win . I managed to turn myself into a breakaway rider this year with increased training, some weight loss, and lots of trying and failing
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Finished updated the mountain bike. Looking forward to going for some rides soon



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nice bike! Thing is sick.
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nice bike! Thing is sick.
Thanks. I've thought about selling it before but I can't seem to get myself to do it .The frame is a size small but it isn't a deal breaker since I've been riding it for five year or so. It's also really fun to ride on the street!
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Today I finished my base miles for the year and almost got dropped in a 25 mph paceline. The guy leading (sometimes was Tim) had a mtb and 2.3 inch tires. Amazingly fast.

Also met one of the local bike shop owners. Another really fast rider. Probably has 30% of the koms in the area.

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Today I finished my base miles for the year and almost got dropped in a 25 mph paceline. The guy leading (sometimes was Tim) had a mtb and 2.3 inch tires. Amazingly fast.

Also met one of the local bike shop owners. Another really fast rider. Probably has 30% of the koms in the area.

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A co-worker gave me a 2010 Surly Instigator frame. Planning on building a single speeded moun-tain bike out of parts should be fun. Weighs a ton. should have taken a picture.
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A co-worker gave me a 2010 Surly Instigator frame. Planning on building a single speeded moun-tain bike out of parts should be fun. Weighs a ton. should have taken a picture.
Did you get it with a fork?
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Did you get it with a fork?
No, just a frame and parts of a headset that will need replacement anyway. Not really sure how I want to go with it?
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Had fun at the track tonight. Rolled a break of four for 4 out of 5 k in the scratch race, made it to the second half of the elimination race (I suck at these), then lapped the field with three other riders in the 12 k points race. Probably the only time I've earned 20+ points in the Men's A field at San Diego .
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Did a shortish ride before work with laps around a quiet crit-like loop in a nearby park, hit a new PR twice over six efforts. Also realized all of my miles have been fixed gear for the past couple months or so, pretty much since I got my Big Block. Not mad at it because I love this bike, but I'm also wanting to give my road bike some much needed maintenance so I can take it out once in a while.
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