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Old 03-23-18, 07:51 PM
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Today I bought cables for the new roadie build. Then I got home and realized I bought MTB cables.
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Today I built seven Archetype/Phil Wood wheelsets.
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Today I got 3 personal records on Strava (first time ever).

There was so much pollen it looked like rain in front of my headlight!

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Today I cabled up the Litespeed and made a beer can shim for the FD. Haven't been able to ride lately because I got banged up, but might be able to take it for a spin to get the fit dialed tomorrow.
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Old 03-24-18, 09:58 PM
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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
There was so much pollen it looked like rain in front of my headlight!
Welcome to the South. I got news for you. Pollen season is just getting started. You ain't seen nothing yet.

Today I have ridden 1186 miles for the year. Strava overstates my elevation by at least 20% but they say I have 64,000 ft already.


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Old 03-25-18, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Welcome to the South. I got news for you. Pollen season is just getting started. You ain't seen nothing yet.

Today I have ridden 1186 miles for the year. Strava overstates my elevation by at least 20% but they say I have 64,000 ft already.


-Tim-
Anybody ride with a mask during the spring? If so, which one? Pollen season is definitely intense here, after a rain you can see the pollen swirling around in a green soupy puddle :-p One thing I found that helps afterward is a sinus rinse, in case anyone else has this issue.

That's a lot of miles for 3 months Tim! Wow. Seems like the speed is a little off in Strava too. I have my bike speedometer calibrated to the car speedo, and that definitely helps a lot. Unfortunately GPS is only as accurate as weather conditions will allow (cloudy weather can affect its accuracy, as well as tall buildings even).

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Old 03-26-18, 03:58 AM
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Spent about an hour fussing with some Serfas ribbon bar tape before giving up. I had to redo the wrap four times because it's impossible to work with, and then realized that there's not enough tape to wrap the whole bar. I'm never buying this **** again.
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Spent about an hour fussing with some Serfas ribbon bar tape before giving up. I had to redo the wrap four times because it's impossible to work with, and then realized that there's not enough tape to wrap the whole bar. I'm never buying this **** again.
I've never had an item from Serfas that I was fully satisfied with....
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I've never had an item from Serfas that I was fully satisfied with....
I could have lived with it if the tape was simply long enough to actually wrap my bars. It's hard to comprehend how they could fail that badly. Bought some Supacaz today. Not sure if it's worth the price, but the fancy bar plugs feel pretty ******.
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I could have lived with it if the tape was simply long enough to actually wrap my bars. It's hard to comprehend how they could fail that badly. Bought some Supacaz today. Not sure if it's worth the price, but the fancy bar plugs feel pretty ******.
It's nice tape, but definitely some of the least compliant tape to get to wrap around the hoods.
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MTB commute into work this morning, 'bout 90 minutes. I felt great and cleared a few steep and/or technical sections that usually make me put a foot down. Weird because I'm fatigued from hard interval workouts on the road bike over T and W, and I had a few to drink with the lady last night. Whatever, I'll take it!
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MTB commute into work this morning, 'bout 90 minutes. I felt great and cleared a few steep and/or technical sections that usually make me put a foot down. Weird because I'm fatigued from hard interval workouts on the road bike over T and W, and I had a few to drink with the lady last night. Whatever, I'll take it!
Take it. Its nice to be able to get your exercise while getting to work.

I'm building volume now but not looking forward to some of my training.

Two weeks from now I have a recovery week with only 7 hours planned ride time. Staying off the bike is going to be difficult. Weather is great. I will want to ride!

After that comes three weeks of steady volume with increasing intensity including anerobic endurance. That means short but intense hill repeats, pyramids, etc. Basically pain instead of fun rides and I'm sure I'll wonder if it is worth it.

Tonight I'm going to ride 25 or 30 miles mixed surface on the gravel bike - road, grass fields, singletrack, gravel, cross country running trails, sewer easements, power lines - basically terrorizing the area.


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Old 03-29-18, 01:11 PM
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Always tough to see the forest from the trees when you're in the thick of it. Once you're done with the block and rest up, you'll def. feel like it was worth it though .

I've been racing a lot and kind of lazy in between for 4-6 weeks now, focusing on really piling it on this and next week. Hopefully I get a nice fitness boost out of it.

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Always tough to see the forest from the trees when you're in the thick of it. Once you're done with the block and rest up, you'll def. feel like it was worth it though .

I've been racing a lot and kind of lazy in between for 4-6 weeks now, focusing on really piling it on this and next week. Hopefully I get a nice fitness boost out of it.

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Yeah, I know it. Running back and forth in the subdivisions training for a marathon wasn't fun but it was so worth it.

You should try gravel T. Same team tactics, groups, breakaways, chases, bridging, leading out, etc. People at gravel races are really friendly. That's kinda the point.

This is the event I will do June 2. Check out the crash at 2:30.



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I may have to check it out at some point, if for no other reason than because a lot of my road teammates and friends do it and they seem to have fun. I have a mtb so I may just enter one for fun and mob that for now. If I like it enough it could be a good reason to N+1
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I may have to check it out at some point, if for no other reason than because a lot of my road teammates and friends do it and they seem to have fun. I have a mtb so I may just enter one for fun and mob that for now. If I like it enough it could be a good reason to N+1
Mountain bikes rule the descents. There is no way a 40 mm tired gravel bike can keep up with 2.1's and such on fast, twisty descents on dirt.

Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde raced the last race I did. Mountain bikes were keeping up with them on the mountain descents.

Staying kinda on topic, there was a guy racing a fixed gear Moots MTB.
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Did a 23mi road ride today, realized how out of shape I am from being lazy the past couple months when I nailed myself to the wall on a climb that usually doesn't give me much trouble. Loving the way the Ti bike rides though, hope to take it out for a longer spin tomorrow.
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today i pulled off a gnarly pawn shop
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I found a Mercier Stripper for $40.00
I barely looked at the thing and said done and done.
Fresh tires and some riser bars and shes good to go.
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I like bib shorts but stopping to take a pee is a PITA amirite?
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Are you a male? If so just lift up one of the legs and you're good to go.
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Today, as the first quarter of the year is coming to a close, my total mileage passed 500.

I'm on track to get at least 2000 by the end of the year, and I should actually get somewhat more than that, because the cold, dark months have passed and it will only getting easier to increase my average daily distance. I know TimothyH and some others here are putting this mileage to shame, bit I'm happy with my performance so far.

My goal is to ride every day in 2018 (Sundays excepted), and I haven't missed one yet.

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Got in over 100 miles this weekend. Sunday was great, I rode my track bike 63 miles with 3k of climbing. The weather in SE PA has finally gotten fair.
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I got into a 2 man break last lap of a 5 lap circuit race and we only got caught in the final sprint, but I got my first 3/4 podium. Longest 9 minutes of my life.

I also lost to a dude with no socks
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Are you a male? If so just lift up one of the legs and you're good to go.
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sorry, that was probably uncouth of me
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