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Old 05-22-19, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Here's a video of the descent off the Blue Ridge Parkway. For some reason my video of the Thunder Ridge descent is upside down. I think I posted the same descent in last year's thread but my camera was muddy. Better quality this time although I was a little slower this year, being gassed from the climb.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epeGlneOVas
Man, that looks like fun! I may have to put the ride on my calendar for next year, provided I can get back into shape.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Here's a video of the descent off the Blue Ridge Parkway. For some reason my video of the Thunder Ridge descent is upside down. I think I posted the same descent in last year's thread but my camera was muddy. Better quality this time although I was a little slower this year, being gassed from the climb.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epeGlneOVas
My video is a bit shakier, with the camera on the bars, but you can also see my left hand feathering the brakes.

I'll try to get it up. The only guy in front of me, I passed, and shortly thereafter he went off the road, not intentionally.
I was slower, too. The dry road had me a bit more cautious, as it seemed kind of slick with the heat.
700x21's don't inspire confidence, even on a Bob Jackson. Being a bit shorter, it loaded up on the front quicker than I expected.
Not as bad as when it rained (that was horrendous 2 years ago), but hairy enough.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
My video is a bit shakier, with the camera on the bars, but you can also see my left hand feathering the brakes.

I'll try to get it up. The only guy in front of me, I passed, and shortly thereafter he went off the road, not intentionally.
I was slower, too. The dry road had me a bit more cautious, as it seemed kind of slick with the heat.
700x21's don't inspire confidence, even on a Bob Jackson. Being a bit shorter, it loaded up on the front quicker than I expected.
Not as bad as when it rained (that was horrendous 2 years ago), but hairy enough.
If you're adding music, try LCD Soundsystem's 'Daft Punk is playing at My House'. That's what I was jamming to on the downhill...
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Old 05-23-19, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
If you're adding music, try LCD Soundsystem's 'Daft Punk is playing at My House'. That's what I was jamming to on the downhill...
How about the Real McKenzie's White Knuckle Ride. That might be a good choice.
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Old 05-23-19, 06:10 PM
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This is how you move 195 lbs of fat 60-year-old up a mountain. On a Bob Jackson.

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Old 05-23-19, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post

This is how you move 195 lbs of fat 60-year-old up a mountain. On a Bob Jackson.
You badass! Great pic.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post

This is how you move 195 lbs of fat 60-year-old up a mountain. On a Bob Jackson.
Eye of the Tiger!

The Bob is a 54 square, correct? How did it feel? You need to post you thoughts in your shrinkage thread. My 2 54s have 56 TTs. The 54 TT bikes I have ridden feel like too much of my weight is over the front of the bike. It feels like the front brake is dragging or the front tire is going down, especially when out of the saddle climbing. Did you experience any of that?
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
Eye of the Tiger!

The Bob is a 54 square, correct? How did it feel? You need to post you thoughts in your shrinkage thread. My 2 54s have 56 TTs. The 54 TT bikes I have ridden feel like too much of my weight is over the front of the bike. It feels like the front brake is dragging or the front tire is going down, especially when out of the saddle climbing. Did you experience any of that?
54x54.5, I think. You being 2-3" taller than myself, I can see how it would load the front end a bit. Hanging out over the hoods, I could tell, a bit, especially as these are DA7402 levers (not a lot of hood there). Back on the bars was fine, and in the drop, I felt more balanced, but at the speeds of Hwy 43, and the bumps, keeping one finger on the levers was not always a given. The descent was a bit different in that regard, and having less than 100 miles on it, probably a good reason for caution on the descent.

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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post

This is how you move 195 lbs of fat 60-year-old up a mountain. On a Bob Jackson.
Looking good RT.
I believe we're about the same height and Coincidentally I was at 196 a few months back.
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@Spaghetti Legs tearing it up on his Carrera



Making ready.


@rccardr on his Merckx Century, @speedevil, and @Spaghetti Legs. Gary in the back. I think I'd gone off to find @seypat



Better view of the Bob Jackson. DA7700, levers 7402, night-before wheel swap to DA9000/Aeroheads. 53/39...not the best climbing idea.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
@Spaghetti Legs tearing it up on his Carrera



Making ready.


@rccardr on his Merckx Century, @speedevil, and @Spaghetti Legs. Gary in the back. I think I'd gone off to find @seypat



Better view of the Bob Jackson. DA7700, levers 7402, night-before wheel swap to DA9000/Aeroheads. 53/39...not the best climbing idea.
Hugh looking like a pro as always. Doc never changes from year to year. He must be living right. I forgot to give a shout out to speedevil. Glad he had a good time I liked his review. Maybe it will help get more BF members to the ride.

Now for the really important question. Did the dew/fog/mist/varnish/funk on the Bob Jackson TT finally burnoff/disappear?
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Hadley and I have discussed doing the 75 next year. I will be back on my 84 Letour Luxe triple for that one.
In other news, packing is finished. The rims didn't make the cut, but have found a good home here locally. I used 3/4 of a large roll of gorilla tape. #overpackersunite !

Edit: Un my defense, the box I got had been flattened, and as such needed re-constructing.

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Now for the really important question. Did the dew/fog/mist/varnish/funk on the Bob Jackson TT finally burnoff/disappear?
Yes, within minutes of it heating up, long before the ride began.

Except for the place where you rubbed it with your finger.

Where had that finger been?
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Except for the place where you rubbed it with your finger.
Just kidding, it looks beautiful.
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Hadley and I have discussed doing the 75 next year. I will be back on my 84 Letour Luxe triple for that one.
Watch...now it will be 34 degrees and raining.
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China. I'd get the matching bibs, but I think they were blue and red, and I don't have that kind of nerve.
I'm looking at the pics again. Are the matching bibs blue with a red contrast or red with the blue contrast?(just like the jersey) If it's blue based, might look really sharp. If just like the jersey, I'd agree it would take a lot of nerve. in case you need another, this kit is on sale:

https://globalcyclinggear.com/products/u-s-marine-corps

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Red with blue, I think. I'd look like a Cherry popsicle.
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A couple days ago I read that bicycles are now treated as a normal first checked bag at American Airlines, my return flight, effective immediately. Domestic flights. Mine is international. I've yet to be charged oversize for a bike box on any airline. Vamos a ver.
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A couple days ago I read that bicycles are now treated as a normal first checked bag at American Airlines, my return flight, effective immediately. Domestic flights. Mine is international. I've yet to be charged oversize for a bike box on any airline. Vamos a ver.
Professional packing job there. I can see it's not your first rodeo.
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Professional packing job there. I can see it's not your first rodeo.
It is my first. I've received, but not packed like this.
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Fat old man going uphill:


Fat old man going downhill:
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Looking good Doc. That's the look I want, strong and in control.
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Definitely in control. My video of him leaving me in the dust on the descent was too long, so I'll work on it to upload.

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Fat old man going uphill:


Fat old man going downhill:
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Descending on Hwy 43

The guy right at the start, on my R, followed my line. We passed the one rider, who ended up leaving the highway unintentionally, but he was OK.

Note the feathering on the L brake lever. I was a bit slower this year, 48.6 mph vs. 50.2 last year, and glad of it. At least it didn't rain like 2 years ago.

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I was a bit slower this year, 48.6 mph vs. 50.2 last year, and glad of it. At least it didn't rain like 2 years ago.
Yep, we had a little headwind on the way down the back side of the mountain that cut down the top speed a bit.
Love that last section coming out of the steep curve onto a long straight, which I think is actually one of the fastest parts.
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