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  1. F18

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    enn-zed said: "Art of Flight" for bikes, looks fuckin' rad:
    http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/Video/Where-the-Trail-Ends-90-Sec-Teaser-021243227115521

     

    what impresses me the most of these guys is the size of the features they hit (including the speed required to do so), but also mostly the HARSHness of the crashes. Falling on a snowboard looks like a funny slide vs the trainwreck of a bike crash.

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    enn-zed said: "Art of Flight" for bikes, looks fuckin' rad:
    http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/Video/Where-the-Trail-Ends-90-Sec-Teaser-021243227115521

     

    A better clip....Holy Fuck!

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    Wow, that sand line was nuts.

    My regular riding is paying off - did a shorter 6 mile ride that I hadn't done in about a month - knocked 2 minutes off the climb and up & down section, then about 20 seconds off the "DH" section to finish and had plenty in the tank. A timing system is a great motivator for me. The best part? I passed about six people on the way up, all of them with bikes lighter than mine and with a granny gear. Legs are getting strong!

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     advice/insights on mtb clipless pedals and shoes for a n00b? wait on them or get them now and what to look for or avoid?

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     I think they're great and if you think you'll want them, you may as well start right off the bat. To start though, practice in a wide open area like a park lawn to practice getting in and out. You should practice a LOT. Remember that to get out it's a rotating motion and NOT a pulling motion. Every newb I've seen eat it with SPD's rotates a little bit and then tries to pull their foot off and crashes. Just keep in mind that you need to pull your foot out and not off.

    If going with a Shimano SPD pedal (which is what I'd recommend) the thing to watch for when setting them up is to not assume that a looser setting is easier for a beginner. A looser setting increases the float..meaning you'll need to rotate your foot further to get them out. Whereas with a tighter setting, you'll have to use more force to get your feet out but you won't have to move as much.....if that makes any sense. I would start out in the middle of the range.

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     Thanks. Was looking at the spd m540 but I have no clue

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     Those are great. I really like the M647 as well. That little cage gives you a more solid platform if you're riding unclipped and doesn't add much weight. Good if you plan on cruising around town as well as trail riding.

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     Awesome.that's the answer then. Thanks

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    I remember practicing on the trainer at the shop when first got clipless.

    IAlso think it's good to practice with both feet. Most people seem to have dominate foot.

    Amazing how expensive some pedals are now. Like buying another cheap bike after you've bought and expensive bike in some cases.

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     the vertical in my home town is killing me on my single speed

    doesn't help that i have a stuffed nose

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    great vid

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     I fucked up my right petal/crank after putting my bike back together. Rode it yesterday no problem and noticed today that the petal was put on off axis and bent. It also "clicks" when I rode it today. Tried to remove it and fucked the threading.

    Any chance a bike shop can rethread it or do I need a new crank?

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    stuuuuuuu89 said:  I fucked up my right petal/crank after putting my bike back together. Rode it yesterday no problem and noticed today that the petal was put on off axis and bent. It also "clicks" when I rode it today. Tried to remove it and fucked the threading.
    Any chance a bike shop can rethread it or do I need a new crank?

     

    Not sure, but it's worth asking a shop though. The thing with bike maintenance is knowing when to use a lot of force and when to be gentle. Make love to your bike :)

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    I am exhausted. 4000 foot climb over 10 miles. On a 38lb freeride bike with no granny ring. Legs and lungs are getting strong!

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     45-50 km bike tour with 3 of my guys friends with a beer/food break in the city.

    there was this fucking steep hill on the way home and the guys all thought i was gonna get in last on my single speed. 2nd place, whoop whoop. they all said "respect on doing it on THAT bike!"

    fuck i love biking. especially tours with friends.

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    and here a video snap of our bike tour    

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     been riding 30-40km on this highway stretch by my cottage on my mtb bike. fucking killing me but averaging about 22-24km/h with about 4 notable climbs and a pretty solid uphill grade most of the way

    Counting down the days to payday so this road bike can finally be mine

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    picked up this computer... now, just to find a suitable off bar mount... as it's quite huge.

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    bicycles are fun
    now i need a road bike

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    thinking about flipping the dropdowns on my fixed over & hacksawing them into bullhorns.

    i would also love to upgrade my frame and crankset soon, as they are needing some love & are originally from my grandpa's 60's/70's roadbike.

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    eyeing up this frame. locally made, repping the home state.

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    Noice. There is a possibility that I'll be the owner of one of these within 6 weeks or so:

    Except in "HOLY FUCK LOOK AT ME!" green.  

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     these wheels with few, stronger spokes are secks.

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    Yeah, I won't be getting those wheels. A friend is selling one, pretty decent build and it's about 10lb lighter than my current bike so much more suited to the up, up, up, up, up, down, down, down, down, down type riding that UT has to offer.

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     Is it dumb to want a single speed road bike with disc brakes?

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    first time actually watching tour de france.

    some of the finishes are crazy... especially after these guys have already ridden 150-200km throughout the day.

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    stuuuuuuu89 said:  Is it dumb to want a single speed road bike with disc brakes?

     

    Maybe not. Depends on what you 'need' disc brakes for. All the roadies seem to do fine with v-brakes.

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    enn-zed said:

    stuuuuuuu89 said:  Is it dumb to want a single speed road bike with disc brakes?

     
    Maybe not. Depends on what you 'need' disc brakes for. All the roadies seem to do fine with v-brakes.

     

    Mostly aesthetics but also for the slippery streets of Seattle.

    I'm still trying to find road frames with disc mounts. Any suggestions?

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