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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.


    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    How long is a race like that? Distance wise.
    This was classified as a criterium (crit), which normally go by a set amount of time. They'll say the race is an hour, time the first few laps of the race, then do some math and determine how many laps are left. Wikipedia actually does a really good job explaining a crit.

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    This specific one was set to be an hour, but due to the crash and ambulance on course, we went neutral for about 15-20 minutes (which is very unusual as they typically clear the course fast), so they added some time.

    The amateur crits are normally 40-50 minutes and the elite are typically 1-1.5 hours. Its pretty much full gas the entire time as compared to your more traditional road race that are a bit more drawn out. Sometimes they can be 2+ hours and are just brutal.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Hah. I've always been told a road race is just a giant group ride with a sprint at the end.

    I think I have some bicycles somewhere....

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    Hah. I've always been told a road race is just a giant group ride with a sprint at the end.

    I think I have some bicycles somewhere....
    In the higher categories (newer, slower riders) it can often be like that. At the more elite levels it becomes a high speed game of chess. My teammate put together this video (narrated through text) of the last 9 laps from a race we won last Sunday to show our newer racers. Its a 10 minute commitment, but its a great demonstration of team tactics.


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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    That's some exciting poop right there. I get it.
    Like entering T1 in a pack after the lights went out. Yeah. I get it.

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    Really well executed. And that was some serious wattage he put out on more than one occasion.

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    That was really cool to watch!

    And that guy at the end

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crimedog View Post
    I got lucky and bought a bike with a medium width Ergon saddle. I liked it so much I have them on road and mountain now. If you're willing to drop $75++ on a saddle you can go to a good bike shop and they will measure your sit bones and try to help you find the right saddle but you're still going to have to live with it for a while and see if you like it. They should have some that you can try out as well.

    If you want to go DIY you can measure your sit bones and looks for used saddles, there are lots of active trading groups and people are always selling saddles for this reason.
    How to Measure Sit Bone Width For Bicycle Saddle Selection
    So I ended up with a medium Ergon saddle. The width fits really well, I find myself more concentrating on riding than my ass. The only issue I have with it is the center isn't cut out and tends to start to chaffe after about hour or so. But the pain and numbness are almost completely eliminated.
    Thanks all for the recommendations. Is this the end all be all saddle, probably not, but it is getting me in the right direction.

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    **********ing SRAM direct mount bolt froze up on my crankset. Torx T25 head stripped. Went after it with a bolt extractor and it couldn't loosen it, ended up breaking the head off the bolt. Got the chain ring off at least? If it wasn't a xx1 crankset I wouldn't go to these lengths but does anyone know a small job machine shop in the metrowest area that might help a sad biker out?

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    Do you have a pic of the issue? I'm trying to figure out if its a t25 holding the chainring to the spider or the spider to the crankarm.

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    Here's a random Google image showing the interface
    https://gzmyu4ma9b-flywheel.netdna-s...RAM-3-bolt.jpg
    It's a m5x6 bolt and it's good and buggered up now.

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    That's not nearly as bad as I thought. I've caused way worse and somehow fixed it. Pretty sure sram uses loctite during assembly, unless you've taken it apart and put new stuff on a little heat will help loosen it up. Also if you have a dremel you may be able to cut a notch enough to get a flat head in, but you may end up putting a couple nicks in the chainring. The other option is still a small hole (1/8") and tap in a small Allen key (a cheap one you don't mind losing), add a little heat and see if you can get it to break free.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Anyone interested in a 2017 Carbon Crux Frameset, size 52? I have enough parts to outfit it with wheels (the DT swiss that come on it), crankset (SRAM Force or Rival), stem (specialized), bars (specialized), seat post (specialized), and a seat (specialized). You would need to get your hands on a groupset (drivetrain, shifters, and brakes). I can work in good pricing on a brand new group set, but its going to cost you dollar for dollar what I pay. It will be on par with the overseas online deals, but from my LBS.

    This is the complete bike I would be parting. Overall its in good shape. Has a bump or bruise from a season of racing CX.
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    Start at $1,250 for the frameset and then work up as we add parts. I have power meters and shit too if you want to get fancy. This bike is fast. It's a super capable road machine on top of CX, I wouldn't hesitate to race it. With all the carbon bits it is incredibly comfortable.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    I just hit a pretty significant milestone.
    I went out for my hour of power and cracked 21mph avg for the first time ever.
    All that pizza and beer is finally paying off.

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    Just rode Carr Pond in southern RI and can't believe I hadn't done this sooner. It's been a while, but I used to ride the Big River/western side of things and while I liked it, I never worked out a loop I liked. It always seemed like I spent half the time trying to get to the southern part, where I had just enough time left to get lost and see the sun start to go down. The eastern side has some really nice flow to it, with just enough tightness and rocks/roots to keep it interesting. I was missing out big time.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    You kiddos been riding your bikes?

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    No.

    Emily (my better half) did buy the coolest bike thing ever for her little one. It's called a Weehoo.



    Squirto gets to get strapped into that thing and may or may not pedal, her option. We've been running it behind my old raleigh mountain bike with smooth tires mounted on it. But we've bought a 2nd hitch kit and plan to have her old mountain bike set up to use it too. Kid digs it. Epic banshee war cry as we descend the big hills. Then cheers me on as we go "off road" through a bumpy field. It's a blast.

    Next week we'll be in Acadia renting a cabin. Brining both bikes and the 'hoo. I expect to be casually turning a crank with that attached quite a bit next week.

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    I haven't been there, but friends say the bike paths/roads are excellent in Acadia. Nice smooth stone dust. Enjoy the trip!

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    I was just thinking about tow behinds this morning, but not for my kid. My dog is getting pretty old and has a bad hip/knee and has trouble doing his 3 mile loop now. We can only do 3/4-1 mile before he starts limping and dragging his foot. I was thinking about getting one of those kid carts and pull behind my bike with him in it. Anyone ever do this? I know it seems a bit strange, but he's my bud and loves to get out, just can't motivate on his own real well now.

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    I did the "Rockland Preserve" in Madison CT last weekend. Fun trails, amazingly well marked with names/difficulty ratings at the trailheads, arrows and map stations throughout. Would recommend.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by JettaJayGLS View Post
    I haven't been there, but friends say the bike paths/roads are excellent in Acadia. Nice smooth stone dust. Enjoy the trip!
    So goes our plan. I was up there on the (motor)bike a couple years ago for a weekend. We're basing our plans for the week around being on the bikes a lot. I think it's gonna work out well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    I was just thinking about tow behinds this morning, but not for my kid. My dog is getting pretty old and has a bad hip/knee and has trouble doing his 3 mile loop now. We can only do 3/4-1 mile before he starts limping and dragging his foot. I was thinking about getting one of those kid carts and pull behind my bike with him in it. Anyone ever do this? I know it seems a bit strange, but he's my bud and loves to get out, just can't motivate on his own real well now.
    I would not use the one we got. The seat is pretty small/minimal and not really what I'd strap a dog into. The trailer/tow-behind is very well made. But for the money it better be. I'm impressed with the details like the enclosed chain drive to keep the kiddo bits away from the chain. But I don't think cargo trailers is their thing. Probably gotta look elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JettaJayGLS View Post
    You kiddos been riding your bikes?
    Of course. Howthefuckelse am I supposed to stay sane?

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    Not at all. This season has been terrible. Now that school is back in session it's pretty hopeless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    Of course. Howthefuckelse am I supposed to stay sane?
    I've been staying sane by riding less! I kinda paid for it the other weekend with back-to-back 100+ mile road races, but in all other aspects of life it has been an improvement.

    Looking forward to having some energy for CX this year.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    No.

    Emily (my better half) did buy the coolest bike thing ever for her little one. It's called a Weehoo.



    Squirto gets to get strapped into that thing and may or may not pedal, her option. We've been running it behind my old raleigh mountain bike with smooth tires mounted on it. But we've bought a 2nd hitch kit and plan to have her old mountain bike set up to use it too. Kid digs it. Epic banshee war cry as we descend the big hills. Then cheers me on as we go "off road" through a bumpy field. It's a blast.

    Next week we'll be in Acadia renting a cabin. Brining both bikes and the 'hoo. I expect to be casually turning a crank with that attached quite a bit next week.
    Perfect height to catch your farts in the face. Weehoo? More like Pee yew.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by JettaJayGLS View Post
    I've been staying sane by riding less! I kinda paid for it the other weekend with back-to-back 100+ mile road races, but in all other aspects of life it has been an improvement.

    Looking forward to having some energy for CX this year.

    There's definitely a tipping point where you go to far.
    I had some regular 8hr weeks for a while (on the bicycle, not counting the 350) and had to tone it down a bit.
    I had a couple 10&11hr weeks too, but that's not my norm.
    Freetown 50 is this Sunday. I may or may not race it, just like I may or may not finish it.

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