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Addiction LXXVII

Old 01-25-20, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
What about none of the above?

https://theadirondacktrailride.com/
Anything requiring > 25 tyres = bad
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I’m not big on the KOM function of strava, but this little segment is right outside my house. When I first started it would take me 90 seconds or longer to get up the hill. I’ve been slowly making it to up the ranks. Jumped to number 6 today.
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Originally Posted by Metallifan33 View Post
Actually, I've been wondering this as well. Besides a tear, how do you know when to change it? (with the understanding that road conditions, weight, mu factor, all play a part)
When it doesn't look good.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Anything requiring > 25 tyres = bad
You can do the entire event on one set of tyres.
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Ok, so some minor details. I finished pretty well, but just wasn't really in a large, competitive group. I got 12th overall, about 16 minutes behind first. A couple of guys got in just under 2 hours. Got second in my age group, which I got beat by something like 10 minutes.

So yeah, it sounds good but it's also only like 60 or so people that did the short route and I'm sure a good chunk of them were just joyriding. But for me, who has not been back on a bike consistently for a long time, to finish strong after only about a month of riding again feels like a big accomplishment.

I should mention that in the past I did these events and blew up big time early on just to crawl through the second half. I think it might have been rjones or laj that might have pointed to the fact that I needed to learn how to fuel on the bike. This was ages ago on an addiction thread. I did work out a system and I credit my ability to maintain the effort to that big change.

But the biggest thing for me was digging deep and still managing to have a really fun ride. I was worried going hard would just sap the fun out of it, bit it was quite the opposite.

Now if I can keep improving power and take off some of this weight, I might just be able to start training for longer rides and try to do well in some 100k events.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
how many miles does the typical road tire last?
Front lasts forever. Rear maybe 3000ish miles. YMMV.
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Also, is it even possible to be in the threshold heart rate range for 1 hour and 37 minutes, or are my HR zones incorrect? I already have them set pretty high because I used to get to 195+ on max efforts in the past.
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Old 01-25-20, 02:24 PM
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On the bagel front: when I am in NYC for work, I usually hit up Absolute Bagel on the upper west side. How does it actually rank among locals? They are always busy.
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Front lasts forever. Rear maybe 3000ish miles. YMMV.
I will often rotate used front to rear and put the new tire on the front. That typically works out pretty well.
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We're doing the best we can without the benefits of civilization.
Civilization is overrated, but good pizza . . . . not.
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What's a luxurious bus?
Lazy boy type seats, and only 24 to the bus, instead of 44. Some of them have servers, who bring food and drink, like on an airplane.
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I would also like pizza recommendations in NYC. Most i found were pretty average. I usually go to Sal & Carmine, also on the upper west side, but I feel like there could be better pizza than that.
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On the bagel front: when I am in NYC for work, I usually hit up Absolute Bagel on the upper west side. How does it actually rank among locals? They are always busy.
The locals are all from Ohio and Belarus.
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Civilization is overrated, but good pizza . . . . not.
We have found a local pizza source that we like.
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Warm afternoon, so I set out for a ride with minimal kit - no tights, no jacket, no vest, no gloves... And about 3 seconds in to my ride, my bare palms felt a sharp poking... datlas can guess what it was.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
You can do the entire event on one set of tyres.
Vol does *very* hard-core events.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
how many miles does the typical road tire last?
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Front lasts forever. Rear maybe 3000ish miles. YMMV.
Keep in mind that datlas is a waif. I'll get 2-2.5k out of the rear with a good performance tire. With some hard-wearing tires that aren't as fun to ride, you could probably double that up, but life's too short.
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Originally Posted by Metallifan33 View Post
Actually, I've been wondering this as well. Besides a tear, how do you know when to change it? (with the understanding that road conditions, weight, mu factor, all play a part)
This is a pretty fair indicator -
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Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels View Post
I will often rotate used front to rear and put the new tire on the front. That typically works out pretty well.
That's the way you should do it, but with tubeless I just leave the front on and change the rear. 1 front to 2 rears is about right.

In addition to avoiding the extra work of dismounting/remounting the front, there's also frugality and vanity at play - I want to get my money's worth out of the tires, but I like to try different tires and I don't like being mismatched on the bike, so 1f:2r is the best compromise for me.
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That's the way you should do it, but with tubeless I just leave the front on and change the rear. 1 front to 2 rears is about right.

In addition to avoiding the extra work of dismounting/remounting the front, there's also frugality and vanity at play - I want to get my money's worth out of the tires, but I like to try different tires and I don't like being mismatched on the bike, so 1f:2r is the best compromise for me.
My latest wheel build has mismatched spokes and nipples. A first even for me. When I ordered the 12 spokes I was short, I failed to specify silver. Last time I bought spokes, black was not an option
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I’ll never understand the person that has to hear themselves speak, And continue even when it is obvious nobody else cares.
Clearly, you’ve never worked in construction.
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Happy Year of the Rat, everyone!

24-hours post mousing and my knees have upgraded to riding condition. But it's too cold today, so I earned a walking achievement.

Walking along the main road, I see three cars backed up, which is kind of unusual there. Then I see the reason--a cyclist taking the lane.

As he approached I hear a weird noise. When he passed I looked and on his rear rack he had a small gas engine running. wut
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Vol does *very* hard surface events.
Fixed.

And he has had many a tyre surpass the 5,000 mile mark.
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