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Old 12-01-20, 11:31 AM
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Decided I'm still all-in on my steel canti track-spaced sscx rig for next year and am going to build a third set of wheels whether I need them or not, because it's fun. 24h 2X/32h 3X, Stans Neo front hub, tried and true Surly rear hub to DT R460's and Sapim Lasers. Black hubs and silver spokes instead of silver hubs and black spokes. Yee Haw!
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Old 12-23-20, 03:23 PM
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...rode fixed gear for the first time ever. Not sure if I liked it or not. It will need to grow on me some, I reckon.
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Old 12-24-20, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by coopman View Post
...rode fixed gear for the first time ever. Not sure if I liked it or not. It will need to grow on me some, I reckon.
Nice! It probably will grow on you. I remember riding fixed for the first time and laughing at myself while trying to coast. Fun times

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Old 12-25-20, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
Nice! It probably will grow on you. I remember riding fixed for the first time and laughing at myself while trying to coast. Fun times

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Lol! I did that one time. I was riding and mentally "zoning out", not a good thing to do I guess, when I thought I'd coast. I didn't fall, but it was quite a shock to the system. Don't try it at home!
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Old 12-27-20, 04:09 PM
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Yes, that's the biggest thing - you can't stop pedaling. At least not w/o being surprised by what happens next. It really is not as bad as I thought it would be though. I am slowing down a bit on turns because I am concerned about pedal strike.
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Old 12-27-20, 08:06 PM
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It only takes one or two reminders by the chain to train the legs not to coast. Usually more scary than dangerous. Soon it will become second nature.
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Old 07-18-21, 08:29 AM
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warning, cross posting this in a couple other sub-forums, just gotta share it where I can:

Local phenom Antonio Rossi just won the Junior 17-18 national IP! This makes me feel all sorts of things, but mostly elated, and proud. He also got second in the points and third overall in the ominum.

He is the number one kid that I am scared of at TNR. Most of the time I can make the selection with him, but me and others (incl. local pros, USA crits types) are just getting spanked since he seems to be able to lift the pace or attack at will from a full gas paceline. I've ridden a number of key selections/breaks with him in road bike racing scenarios as well. When I'm going really good (for me), I like to think that he's someone that he can count on to drive a move. Certainly not a threat, so maybe someone he enjoys having around haha

I've watched this kid for about 4 years now and I remember when he was barely hanging on in the A's. Pre-pandemic he was already a little scary, and his dad (also a racer, seen below cheering) would LMK when I had to worry about him or not. He is focused on his schooling and has other activities that he participates in too, and seems to be able to whip himself up into top shape with a few weeks of training.

He's a real talent, and now it confirms my suspicions that he is world-class. Between his cycling and other pursuits (pun intended), I'm quite excited to see what's next for Antonio!


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Old 07-19-21, 06:05 AM
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Today I commuted for the first time on my new, lower gearing and it was great. Switched from 49x16 to 46x17, and I think I really hit a sweet spot with it. Easier acceleration/deceleration, and a more comfortable spin. Can still go as fast as I need to for city riding and feel more in control overall. Wish Id switched earlier!
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Today I, posted in this thread for the first time in probably over 5~6 years. Haven't really ridden seriously in about that long (off and on, here and there rides)

Last week I rode with the original thread starter of this thread. Is anyone else still around? Hi Tmonk! I sorta remember you
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Old 07-26-21, 02:37 PM
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Today I, posted in this thread for the first time in probably over 5~6 years. Haven't really ridden seriously in about that long (off and on, here and there rides)

Last week I rode with the original thread starter of this thread. Is anyone else still around? Hi Tmonk! I sorta remember you
Much of the "old guard" is gone, but you'll still see a few of us kickin' around. Nice to see you active on BF, and glad you're still riding!
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Much of the "old guard" is gone, but you'll still see a few of us kickin' around. Nice to see you active on BF, and glad you're still riding!
Thanks! Nice to see you're still around and riding as well! I've definitely had times where I don't ride for long periods of time, but still try and get back to it here and there.

I think forums in general are sort of growing out of style, not "instant" enough for this day and age I suppose.

Today I did some skwaats and re-wrapped my bars. I definitely did one side wrong but can't be bothered to fix it, lol.
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Old 07-28-21, 06:19 PM
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my bar tape jobs are usually pretty horrible lol
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Old 08-02-21, 11:54 AM
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Today I have what looks exactly like a serious hickey on the side of my neck, about midway between my collarbone and jawline. I swear it is a bee sting.

I was out for a nice ride Saturday afternoon, just minding my own business and not bothering anyone, least of all the local insects. During a short, steep descent, with both of my hands on the bar in preparation for braking at an upcoming intersection, something started stinging me. I could do nothing about it for several seconds. As soon as I could safely pull over and stop, I used my phone camera to check the damage. I didn't see anything at that time, and I proceeded with my ride. Arriving at home a few hours later, I checked in the mirror and found there was still a stinger embedded in the skin. Getting it out was easy enough, but today it still itches, and it's red and slightly swollen.

I swear it's not from fooling around. It's a bee sting from my bike ride. My wife saw it and just laughed. She's been stung several times while riding, usually inside her bra! We can't figure out what makes the nasty critters fly in there and then attack, but they do.
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Old 08-03-21, 02:36 AM
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Today I have what looks exactly like a serious hickey on the side of my neck, about midway between my collarbone and jawline. I swear it is a bee sting.
I did a 100K charity ride in June and one guy in my little group was stung on his lower lip. I never saw a lip swell up like that before, it was kind of comical. He was a trooper and finished the ride.
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