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General Bike Thread (Desiderata, questions, porn)

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by kronik, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. venessian

    venessian Senior member

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    I was hoping for Basso, but Evans deserved it. He rode a brilliant Tour. Voeckler was quite impressive and tough. Contador was gracious in his first GT defeat.

    This was the best Tour in many, many years, perhaps since Lemond beat Fignon. I am so glad the mind-numbing USPostal days are finally over.
     
  2. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    Love watching the tour every year.
    But this year I swear if I hear that "I just want to be okay" song again I'm going to kill some one. (This only makes sense if you were watching in the US on Versus.)
     
  3. culverwood

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    At last Cavendish got the jersey he has deserved for a few seasons now. The Tour organisers seemed to be trying to bend the rules and alter the competition to stop him winning but they could not.
     
  4. Sir Humphrey Appleby

    Sir Humphrey Appleby Senior member

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    No they made it so you couldn't win the green jersey without going after intermediate points.

    The organisers also set the rules so they can't really bend them :lol:
     
  5. AndyMcL

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    Drool
     
  6. culverwood

    culverwood Senior member

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    Remember the Monte Carlo Rally and the Mini Sir Humphrey?
     
  7. justinsmnz

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    Yeah, it was pretty apparent that they only got three or four advertisers and sold just them a shit ton of spots. The 17,000 Range Rover spots about made me kill someone. And I realize that they sponsored a lot of the coverage, but goddamn if that Izod spot didn't piss me off.
     
  8. zippyh

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    Funny, wifey and I were discussing the commercials and she said the Range Rover one was the least irritating.
    We were mostly watching off the dvr and it got to be a game to hit the skip button fast enough so as not to hear "I just want to be okay...".

    Crap, the "SAAB: Born from jets" tagline is still stuck in my head from the 2007/2008 tours.
     
  9. AndyMcL

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    If I never hear that Weezer song from the Izod commercials I'd be a happy man. God those commercials annoyed me.
     
  10. rdawson808

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    Well, the awful sound from my bike has finally been solved. My wife filmed me riding it and it making the noise and I showed that to them.

    While the shop originally said they couldn't get it to make any noise and I could come back and they would take it out with me, they then told me that they could not guarantee that any time I came in, they'd actually have someone available to do it. I couldn't even make an appt or simply be the next person in line and then step out of the shop with them.

    When I relayed this (I filmed because you refuse to come outside your shop and listen), the head mechanic took over, went outside with me, rode the bike himself and then had me ride it, then took it in and basically took everything off: made sure the rear wheel was true and the hub was fine then moved to the cranks and BB. Sure enough, there was the problem.

    I made sure to tell him that I had been assured that the BB and crank were fine the first time I was in. So someone wasn't doing their job properly. I think this shop has lost my business.

    But the noise is all sorted out. Finally.
     
  11. oisin

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    my rear wheel has scoliosis. not sure if you can see from the pic, but there is this weird S shape in the tire. Dunno what happened, but it started rubbing against my fender it is so out of shape. Is it the wheel? The tube? I tried deflating and inflating and nothing changed. Thoughts on a fix appreciated.

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  12. venessian

    venessian Senior member

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    It's hard to tell from just one photo, but...

    Minor: there is a weak spot in the tube which is creating that bulge. However, that isn't so common on a thicker (not road) tire like that.

    Major: the wheel itself is out of true. You can see this by turning the bike over and spinning the wheel and gauging if the rim distance from the seat/chain stays is constant or not. Don't gauge against the fender, as the fender itself may not be aligned exactly with the frame. If the rim wobbles you will need to have the wheel trued, unless...

    Trashed: the rim itself is cracked and bending. If so, it needs to be replaced asap or it will certainly taco on you.
     
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  13. justinsmnz

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    I'd say it's most likely just out of true. I generally spin my wheels after each ride and compare the rim distance from the brake pad just to make sure everything is still lined up.

    If that's the case, it's a pretty quick fix at any bike shop.
     
  14. rdawson808

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    Just picked this up at Performance Bike for cheap. Focus Mares AX2.

    I'm committing myself to rehabbing my shoulder and getting fit for a late-season CX race. Plus my wife might kill me if I bought this bike and never actually race. ;)


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    my new ride (actually just new frameset and wheels, swapped everything over from my old bike) waiting to get fitted before I cut the steer tube

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  17. Chico2007

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    After many many years off the bikes, this year I finally jumped back on. It has been a great summer of riding and the resulting physical and mental benefits are priceless. I trimmed a little more than 20lbs since May. One thing I didn't expect was to favor my road bike so much more than my mountain bike.

    Over the years I've lost most of my riding gear. Now I need to start buying some cold weather clothes. Need to buy: arm warmers, long sleeve jerseys, wind vest or jacket, toe/foot covers,tights, and probably some other things I'm not thinking of.
    Most of my summer stuff is Pearl Izumi. I know it's not the best quality, but it has always served me well. I bought a pair of tights from Performance and well, you get what you pay for.
    Please offer suggestions. Capo, Castelli, Campy? The Rapha stuff looks nice...but pricey.
    Thanks.
    Semi-creepy pic from yesterday's ride(22miles on rolling farm roads).[​IMG]
     
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  18. delirium

    delirium Senior member

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    So I'm a bike n00b looking for advice. I've had a random mountain bike and rode a vintage road bike through college. Now I'm looking to pick up a commuter beater, joy ride?

    I was thinking of buying a folding bike but have no real clue if that's a good idea or not. Please help with your knowledge and wisdom :)
     
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  19. Fang66

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    Unless you have a specific reason (storage, carrying on the train etc) then a folding bike is a poor choice.

    Can you be more specific about what you will use the bike for?
     
  20. rdawson808

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    They can also be really expensive. A Brompton will set you back a grand ($US) easy.
     

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