Biking anyone?

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  1. zidane339

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    Hey everyone, haven't posted in a while but was just wondering if any of you bike? Feel free to share your biking background, the bikes you own, cool stories, etc.

    I recently got into road biking and I have been having a blast. It shares a lot of the qualities that drew me to tennis. I loved tennis a lot due to being a gear head and enjoyed learning how to string and customize racquets. Bikes are the same, if not even more perfect for a gear head. The amount of components and mechanics that go into a bike are crazy cool and fun to tinker around with. Its also quite liberating to know you can go anywhere you want on your own power and your bike. Pretty awesome hobby (although expensive) and I wish I got into it earlier.

    Here's my first road bike, its a pretty sweet customized 2009 Fuji Roubaix Pro. Super light and it flies. I also have a beater that I use to commute on.

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    Let's hear your biking experiences, whether it be mountain biking, commuting, or just biking round the block! (apologies if a thread has already been made for this)
     
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    Yeah, I literally just started looking into biking 4 days ago when I learned my long time friend started it a few months ago. Comparing to tennis, this is a very expensive interest. I have no idea how I'll like it but my friend is very enthusiastic so I thought..what the hell. I am still shopping for stuffs and just placed my order yesterday for my first bike, a entry road bike @ 360usd. I wish I had money to burn for one like your 2009 Fuji Roubaix Pro.

    Your bike looks gorgeous.

    Oh man when my bike arrives I will have to assemble it and do my best with tuning and I have no idea how. I am only relying on my average mechanical "skills".

    I think if I have the legs and knees for tennis, biking shouldn't be that hard!!!
     
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    I have been cycling for about a year now. I got my first road bike last year, a Cannondale Caad 10-5. I try to go out a few days a week, and I'm slowly building up stamina for longer rides.

    I haven't made the move to clipless pedals yet, but I am currently thinking about it. I've got a pair of Specialized road shoes picked out, but still browsing the pedals. Think I'll be going with Look Keo Max 2's.

    But yeah, cycling is an expensive hobby to start up. The shoes + pedals I'm currently looking at would cost about $275 total. The more you ride though the more bang for buck you get.
     
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    I like to steal insanely expensive bikes. That's about as far as I've taken this hobby.
     
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    Cool man glad you got into biking. It happened the same way for me, I had a hardcore friend that pushed me into it.

    Putting together your first bike will be a blast im sure! Just make sure you have the right tools and you're careful. If all else fails I don't think bike shops will charge too much for assembling a specific complex step (putting on the headset, deralliers, cassette, etc). I'm sure it will be a sweet bike. If you're ever looking to upgrade I recommend Craigslist. Bikes devalue like crazy (kinda like cars and racquets) so its easy to pick up super nice bikes for much lower than msrp. Thats what I did with mine.

    Keep us updated with how the build go and put up a pic!
     
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    Cool I was looking at the Cannondale Caad series as well and those are sweet. Definitely the high end of aluminum bikes out there. The pedals that I have in the pic are Look Keo Classics. I can't attest for the Max for the Classics are really nice. It was definitely hard to get use to though since the Look cleat on the bottom of your shoe is rather large so its hard to get any traction if you have to put your foot down in a hairy situation. I'll admit I took a small spill my first time. lol :oops: There are also the shimano spd system where you can get shoes that have a cleat that is not sticking out so its more of a traditional shoe.

    Riding bikes is definitely great for building up stamina and it's much more fun than just running. Its helped me lose a couple pounds which I've noticed has really helped me on the tennis court!
     
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    I know very little about biking, but I highly approve of your bike for the simple fact it has my name in it! :D LOL!

    My girlfriends father is currently training for Ironman competitions and he`s a very solid cyclist from what I`ve heard. LOL!

    -Fuji
     
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    I commute to work by bike every day, and have been doing so for that last few years. Longer rides happen on weekends when the weather is good. I have a basic steel hybrid bike that doesn't go very fast, but has been a tough and problem-free ride for the last 3000 miles or so. For the size and timing of my commute, the bike is actually faster than the car, besides being more fun than driving in stop-and-go traffic.
     
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    Dabbled a bit thru the last 40 years with Bianchi/Record, Zeus/?, Cannondale R500/105, and my last year's purchase, Cannondale Caad8/6 Tiagra. Only for fall/winter/spring, we ride mostly in the mid 30 mile range, I'm not up to speed.
    G/F is a ex racer, so she has Treks at sub 15 lbs., DuraAce on 2 bikes. Of course, I can't keep up, except on short sprints at the beginning of rides. She's done double centuries, so well out of my leaque.
     
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    How long is your commute distance wise? Mine is 15 miles, which is a little rough to get up early enough to make it in to the office by 8 am. Hopefully I will get fast enough to do it more than just once or twice a week.

    And youre right, much more fun than traffic and nothing like saving gas money now a days.
     
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    Wish my gf was into biking! Currently trying to persuade her into it so I'm not always riding solo.
     
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    Haha sounds like you should buy a Fuji, Fuji. :)
     
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    Anyone into mountain biking? I actually first started on a mountain bike and it was just too extreme for me. Having to deal with logs, rocks, and other things that I could easily get hurt on wasn't my style. What can I say I'm a wuss!lol I also felt I wasn't accomplishing anything riding around in circles on trails. With a road bike I'm able to get to destinations I would normally just drive to. Its a nice feeling of accomplishment. Kudos to anyone that does mtb though!
     
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    15 miles one way is pretty challenging. I'd say that makes the road bike worth it. Mine is much shorter, only 7 miles round-trip.
     
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    Man Im jealous, 7 miles is a perfect commute. 15 miles one way is taking me up to 2 hours right now even on a road bike. Need to get more fit. But Im moving closer to work, <10 miles, this coming year so I can commute year round. Can't wait.
     
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    Hard to find the right distance for a work commute.
    G/f goes 7 miles, so she takes a cyclocross lead bike and weighs it down with 2 heavy panniers. She winds up thru the Berkeley hills mostly, adding another 5 miles and 40 lbs loaded bike.
    Me, I'm lazy, either take my HooKooEKoo mountain (27lbs.) or a long flat way home withe the 20 lbs Caad8.
    I started mountain biking at MtTam with the pioneers in '85, rode a FisherMontare with really big balloon tires. Coming off MX, downhill was still scary, but doeable (their speeds coming down EldredgeGrade off Tam..hit over 40 at PortreroMeadows), but I couldn't come close to staying with them uphill. By '90, third mountain bike was an Offroad bumper front and back 986, a pretty good 2" suspension downhiller. Still couldn't climb worth beans. Then in the mid '90's, the Fisher front Indy shox with Judy parts. Stuck with tennis, windsurfing, and snowboarding till last year's road bike.
     
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    Do people really have thousands of dollars to spend on a bike?
    For me, it's just the basics.

    Alum. frame and sub 25lbs. That's it.
     
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    Some people do, otherwise the bike manufacturers wouldn't bother releasing them. I think the best recent example is Specialized Mclaren Venge. That thing will sent you back quite a few bucks.

    Anyway, I just returned from a 15 mile ride. Fun, fun, fun!
     
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    I've always bought the absolutely low end bikes, but the lightest I cannot afford. Around $1,000 does a 20 lbs'er roadie, and a 26lbs mountain bike.
    Some people can afford a 15lbs road bike, cost around $5,000-$8,000. Why not? If they can afford it.
    Some say "buy used" for the best deals. Yes, it's true, but it's also used, might need upwards of $500 in cables (150), bearings (ez dat), tires, seats, etc. Might get lucky, might not.
    I'll be back riding again around Oct., when the windsurfing starts to die out. Windsurfing and biking burn out the same thigh muscles, along with tennis.
     
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    I started riding 2 years ago to cross train for tennis - currently riding a Felt Z85. Once I finish grad school, I'm jumping to a Z4 or F4 - want to go full carbon/Ultegra. I figure that I should be able to put at least 2,000 miles on it before I move up - about halfway there right now.

    My longest ride to date has been 50 miles - hoping to get my legs under me for a 60 miler this summer. Got 30 in a couple of weeks ago on a windy day, and realized I've got some work to do. :) It's amazing how good a 2+ hour ride feels after a while though. The one thing I noticed after a summer of lots of riding was that my legs were much stronger, and I was naturally staying down on my groundstrokes because of that strength.

    I can't recommend clipless pedals enough - you only get half of your pedal stroke when you aren't clipped in, plus you are so much more connected to the bike. I've gotten so used to clipping in and out that it's second nature now.

    Zidane - do I remember you being a MN member? If so, you should check out the Cannon Valley trail - it runs along the Cannon River from Cannon Falls to Red Wing, and it's an AWESOME trail to ride on a weekend afternoon - it's about 40 miles round trip, and it's beautiful scenery the whole way.

    Bike pricing is tough to wrap your head around at first if you're coming from tennis, where getting a quality frame is pretty cheap. It comes down to getting an extra 3% or 4% for that huge jump. The jumps come from moving to carbon fork/aluminum frame ($$), then to full carbon ($$$), then upgrading components (Shimano 105 $$, Ultegra $$$, or Dura-Ace $$$$) with incremental improvements to weight and smoothness. I currently ride Shimano 105, and the jump to Ultegra or Dura-Ace isn't something I've found I need yet. I'm a believer in "if you need to upgrade, you'll probably know that you do." I'm not there yet....
     
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    Looks like I'm only a touch behind you.
    I normally ride about 33 miles, + or - 6-8 miles. Usually 1/3 hills, the rest basically flats.
    Will never be able to spend more than on previous year's bikes, so my Caad8-6 cost me 699, instead of the new 1,100 bucks.
    Currently using my mountain bike SPD's, good enough. I often commute on that bike around 10 miles, and wear tennis shoes.
     
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    I agree with you as long as we are talking about the requirements of practical commuting. For recreational biking, or "biking as sport", all bets are off, and people should just spend however much they want to spend if it makes them happy.

    Most people don't have thousands to spend on a bike, though the bike industry would want people to lighten their wallets on the latest and greatest carbon fiber/titanium bicycle and clipless pedals or Brooks/Selle Anatomica saddles on romanticized lugged frames.

    Not saying that people shouldn't use them - indeed racers and endurance folks doing century rides would be foolish not to optimize their weight and power transfer, but for the standard commuter, I fail to see the utility of clipless pedals and carbon forks and titanium bicycles on a sub-10 mile commute. Don't be surprised if you find bizarro $5000 commuter bikes targeted at the hipster demographic.

    I have a steel Jamis of unknown weight :). Not a beater bike by any means, but nowhere near 4-figure prices. It is further loaded down with fenders, a rather uncool kickstand and pannier for clothes and groceries. Speed is not my priority at all; Comfort and practicality is.
     
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    Specific bikes for specific purposes....
    I rarely commute on my low end road bike, choosing my mountain bike to deal with potholes, curbs, slick street striping, and pebbles.
    I can't ride 37 miles averaging 12 mph, including stops (5mph) and stop signs with my mountain bike, so choose a 20 lbs road bike with SPD's and 23mm tires. Flats, we average 17, push it to 19 if it's long and smooth. Try that with a fully loaded commute bike.
    Hard to find ONE anything to do it all.
     
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    Lee, if you have a 20-lb road bike with SPDs and a mountain bike with SPDs, you're likely not the demographic that Tennishacker was talking about. :) . And I did say sub-10 mile commute. If I had a 37 mile commute, I would also seriously think of a lighter, faster bicycle.

    But, I get your point about different bikes being good at different things, and am not anti-clipless or anti-carbon or anti-racing or anything like that. I just think that, for me, a bicycle is a simple thing, and riding it should be just as simple as putting a leg over it and making it go. There is a noticeable difference between bicycle culture in the US and that in Asia, where I grew up. A bicycle was primarily a tool for commuting, hauling kids, groceries and stuff because cars were (at one point) too expensive for the everyman.
     
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    I did 26 miles a few days back on my fixed gear. No need for gears down here in Florida at least for me. I love the low maintenance and silence of the ride. I can hold a nice pace at 18-20mph. Really awesome way to stay in shape.
     
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    Only just got into biking. Haven't ridden in a while though, too lazy. I'm hoping it will help me get in shape for tennis and life in general. When I was riding a little more regularly, I felt my legs get stronger on the court, dunno if it was all in my mind though...
     
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    No sure if I can hold 18 mph for 25 miles, as we don't have flats where I live in SanPablo/Berkeley. Uphills easily slow us down to 13's, while downhills get us up around 23's, but it's a lost leader, those hills.
    G/f has two Treks with carbon and DuraAce. That's close to top end, only CampyRecord exceeds it.
     
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    Actually, there are a few group sets above DuraAce now. Shimano has two electronic group sets, Ultegra Di and DuraAce Di. Both cost upwards of $4,000, but I've read that the electronic Ultegra is on par with the DuraAce version. Campy also has Super Record, as well as their own electronic shifting system that they're developing. Of course, I'd still love to have a bike with high end components like your lady friend. I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference right away though:)

    Like you, I can't hold that kind of speed yet. I did get a bike computer for Xmas though, so I know that I'm averaging 15-16mph on my rides. There are quite a few spots where I hit the hills and I just totally slow down. I'm still trying to figure out how I am most comfortable climbing the hills. Sometimes I just try to take a steady pace with my hands just on the bars, while other times I ride on the hoods and get out of the saddle for a bit of acceleration.

    Oh, and back to my post about the super bike. This one was basically built for Mark Cavendish, the best sprinter around nowadays. So basically for $18,000 you're getting one of the fastest bikes around. Helps to be able to ride like Cav though:) Here's the link:
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/road/venge/s-worksmclarenvenge
     
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    Good to know the high end is up there....
    Yeah, SuperRecord, forgot about that mainly because I can't come close to affording regular 105, much less Ultegra. So I just gloss over the high end bikes.
    Love it when I move g/f's race bike to the car. It's rear end weighs right around my front wheel, it seems. Kinda a joke really. The mountain biker contractors crack up when they pick up her bike, and it's 8 years old.
    Would be horrid to push along at full speed on a $18,000 14 lbs bike and have a strong commuter pass you at 22 mph on the flats. Still takes some legs to maintain over 19's, and the rider is still the biggest part of the equation.
    I"m the slowest climber ever, so it takes me 70 minutes up EldridgeGrade on MtTam, while my buds get up in about 44 minutes. We descend about the same though. That's 5.7 miles of rocky uphill.
     
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    Yeah I doubt i'd ride fixed in SF..lol. Just too much climbing and going down hills is tough as well because the pedals get going too fast sometimes.
     
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    Lotsa guys ride fixed in SanFrancisco, but I think they're just an accident waiting to happen, with all the cars cutting behind and in front of you, it's better to have brakes AND acceleration. I can't ride them, tried a few times, but g/f's fixey is waaay too light, which gets me going, but then I have to keep pedalling to maintain any average. I suspect her fixey weighs about a lbs. under her race bike.
    Oh, my favorite commute bike, around 1976, when I was shaping for WiseSurfboards across town (6.7 miles), was a 3 speed with riser bars, a wheelie king special. I'd wheelie up most hills, at least 1/3 block, and ride regular down hills. Made the commute through the ghetto really fun, as the street kids just loved it.
    Heck, I've got TWO Skil planers there at his shop still!
     
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    I've been racing mountain bikes for 20 years, road bikes for 11 and cyclocross for 7. I have a Scott Carbon 29er mountain bike, an aluminum single speed mountain bike that I built, two custom steel cross bikes - one with dura ace and a singlespeed. My road bike is a beat to crap Felt F1 Sprint with Dura Ace. I have a Cannondale road tandem and a Ventana mountain tandem. I have been Oregon state champion five times between single speed mountain and cross, Super-D and cat 3 crit. I picked up a third at the state senior open crit a few years ago, fifth at single speed cross nationals a few years ago, top 15 in my age group in masters cross nationals, and am current masters tandem time trial and road race national champion for my age group.

    I suck at tennis. But I have more racquets than bikes.
     
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    I also had a buddy with me on a mtb and so when I was cruising and my computer said 20mph, it felt perfect..I was right at that point where I was working hard but I could maintain it in there at that speed. The bike shoppe mechanic told me that was his pace on his rides (all flatland, smooth roads) so I always shoot for that.

    Anyway, just left my friend in the dust..the MTB feels so slow after you have a track bike. I thought I would be an mtb guy for sure, but the track bike thing sucked me in last year and I just love the thing. I do have a little front brake.

    Only thing that has ever happened is I was pedal resisting a few days ago and the chain just came off. I will tell you that is a scary little scenario..lol. I saw it happen and was luckily slowing down to where I could dismount. The chain had finally stretched out and we had to take a link out.
     
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    Heh, I've gotten the complete rundown from all the bike shop guys, Leed. The guy I bought my Caad 10 from explained all about the different groupsets and such. He was one of the nicer guys I had to deal with, it's one of the reasons why I took his advice on going with at least Shimano 105.

    I had gone to quite a few bike shops, and I was a bit disappointed with how things happened. Practically every time I would visit they never had the bike I wanted in my size. Two of those shops told me they would put me in their computers and call me up when they got them in. I never heard from either them. They lost my business :)

    I did do my own research too though. It's something I do with all of my hobbies, extensive researching. I also really like to see what the pro guys are riding, that's always cool.
     
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    Cool conversations going, I'm glad I started a nice thread for fellow bikers. What we definitely need are some pics though! Come on guys, let's see those beauties (your bikes that is :)).
     
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    Whoa dude those are serious accolades, great job!
     
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    Yeah I just saw those electronic shifters in person and I was amazed! As an engineer, it makes me want to go into bike component design lol! I love the front deralliuer trimming feature. No more noisy cage/chain rubbing even on weird gear combos! Amazing. Maybe one day it will come standard with bikes. Although the idea of now having a carbon footprint with your bike (battery) is kinda not so appealing.
     
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    FIXIES! You sir are a true hipsta :)
     
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    SS I am not a MN person, CT/PA actually, but if I'm ever in the region I will definitely hit you up. Thanks for the suggestion : )

    Yeah I know what you mean about long rides. My first long ride was 40 miles and I was amazed how fresh I felt after 30 miles. As long as you keep in a good cadence I feel like you could go for a while. That being said, I took a short break before my last 6 miles and I really felt it then in the last few miles, lol.
     
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    Anybody do their own bike repairs or build? Its something that is really fun for me, I recently purchased a set of bike tools and a repair stand so Im excited to get to work. Mostly on my commuter bike which is in rougher shape. Fixed a flat (replaced the tube) the other day so I completed the most basic fix so far.lol

    I also got two great bike repair books, Barnetts Manual and Sutherlands Handbook. Really extensive stuff. If anybody wants to get a hold of a copy I can help you out, just send me a PM.
     
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    I used to do a lot of 70 milers; did one century. But now I no longer have the time to cycle.
     
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    Only repair I've had to perform is fixing punctures. Luckily it's only happened twice and not too far into my rides. First one was easy enough to fix after I found it. Still not sure what caused it though. The second one was a bit of a pain in the butt. I rode over a nail and it went straight into the tire. Only saw the head of it in the tire. Patched it when I got home and pumped the tire back up, only to find that it wasn't holding the air. Turns out when the nail went in, it bent at about a 90 degree angle and had it's own "exit wound." One stupid little nail caused two punctures in the tube:evil:
     
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    I can't wait to get the delivery of my first road bike.

    I don't know the standard mark of biking, but my friend who only started 2 months does a 30 miles trip on average 14 mph every other day or so.

    I don't know how I'll fare in biking but I could easily play tennis for 5+ hours, 5-7 grinder sets. Does anyone know the equivalence of tennis and biking? :)
     
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    Caad10 is too stiff for my 150 lbs., the wide seat tube juncture and chain stays are really wide.
    I"m too old to ride with my bars 4" below my seat, so it's Caad8 and even for me.
    2 months, averaging 14 is very realistic in the flatlands without too many stop signs or signals.
    Averaging 19 in the flats is a very good rate, but can't compete even in Cat.1V with that slow a speed.
    I'm 63, cannot run one step, and usually ride in the mid 30 mile range averaging around 12, with lots of slow downs and red lights. That's about 2.5 hours in the saddle.
     
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  45. user92626

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    Leed,

    I'm impressed. Judging by my friend, who's nearly 1/2 your age and fit, you are quite strong by those figures. But I don't understand why you can't run in tennis? In doubles with an OK net partner or a semi active baseline partner all you need to run is 2-4 steps on most shots!

    I almost never get tired from playing doubles. I often play 3-5 hours without eating anything, ie all morning or all afternoon/evening.
     
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  46. FastFreddy

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    Nice bike, I use to have a Litespeed 2005 Ghisallo with campy super record with zipp z 4 wheels. It was 14 pounds even but cost me about 10k ouch!! The club and race team I use to ride with did a 60 mile Sat ride at 3 percent average grade at 21mph average. I had to average 163 hr just to hang on the the back. The group was about 25-30 riders but only 12 nuts would do the whole ride since the others raced the next day.
     
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  47. LeeD

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    Ok, ok, you busted me. I'm a wimp! I'm a wimp!
    That sprained left ankle I've had for 4 years now doesn't allow me to raise up on my toes (ball of foot), no chance. Can't bear the weight. Can't stand on one foot without arm support for more than 10 seconds. I tried yoga, they just laughed and couldn't begin to understand.
    But underline it with a sprained medial collateral, swelling up maybe 1/4" a night if I pull it weird... bad combo.
    I can still play 4-4.5 doubles if I don't need to run back to cover lobs that land within 3' of the baseline. Serve only slightly affected, openstance forehand, can't weight the front foot on backhands (so I slice, but my 1hbh topspin is pretty good once), volleys don't need pressure on hitting side foot, and overheads, when I get under them, the same as when I was actually able to play.
    Singles, against a smart player who's not intimidated, maybe new bump up 4.0 at best, which is the old 3.5.
     
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  48. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

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    Oh biking...
    Gotta understand, g/f is a former Cat111 racer, uses 14 lbs bikes, still runs into old teammates on most of our rides, so I, at 22 years her senior, has to try to keep up. Not really possible, I didn't do the Cinderella metic century 3 weeks ago, in the rain and 35+ mph winds.
     
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  49. FastFreddy

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    swet bike

    I had a team Fuji all steel about 24 pounds. If I ever got a new ride I would build a Cervelo R5ca with dura ace 7900 28-11 lightweight obermayer 3 wheelset, zero gravity carbon brakes, Cinelli ram one piece bar stem combo, Selle SMP evolution seat. I built on on wrechscience.com and R&A Cycles in Brooklyn, NYC with a SRM cranks and computer to measure my watts output. Always wanted one of those 4k. It would cost 25k but weigh only 12 pounds flat! I do also love the Eddy Merckx EM-7 and the Domga2 frames.
     
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  50. LeeD

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    I think your seat is set at a really weird raised front angle, causing numbness of your nuts after moderate distances of 10+ miles.
     
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