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Skinny Tire Bikers Thread.
    #11242703 - 10/13/09 11:29 PM (8 years, 11 days ago)

I love this sub forum way too much to not post in here.

I'm building up a new bike,made specifically for heavy training on a Rail trail that leads to the next state.

I usually Ride track bikes,but I'm planning for a massive tour fall '10/spring 2011

Going all out on the exotic yuppie mobile this time.

This is my new frame.  skinny

It's nuts...



Big weave Carbon TT frame. weighs like 1200grams

Going kinda wacky on gearing. I'm thinking a single 55t front( i like giant sprockets) and maybe a tiny 6 speed rear, enough gear to haul unholy ass/destroy my legs, but not so much as to be all complicated and finicky.  Not sure about wheel set yet. Certainly Disk rear.


I'm Gonna look like a douche for sure,but fuck it, I'll be hauling balls through the woods.

Goal is to finish the trail and back in one entire full day of riding. 140+- miles. My average ride pace over and hour or so is 16mph, so at ride pace, that's like 7-8 hours of solid riding. Give it time to rest,water,some food off trail to refuel and it's certainly within a days ride.

High speed Bike touring,hah. It'll catch on one day.


I know some of you ride,Don't think I've seen any roadbike's on here though. With the system of Rail trails,and greenways being layed all over nowadays you can be hauling ass on a dedicated roadie and be right in the center of the woods. I can ride 3-4 times a week,roughly 20-40miles a ride and never be on  the actual "road".

it's lovely stuff.

anyone? Your rides,bikes,training?


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: CaptainH13]
    #11244106 - 10/14/09 05:35 AM (8 years, 11 days ago)

Wow, i've never heard of a rail trail before, sounds like really nice riding though!

Nice bike man, I suspect it will make you considerably faster.

Post a pic when you got'er done.


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: PDU]
    #11246067 - 10/14/09 03:30 PM (8 years, 10 days ago)

Rail trails are amazing man.

This one happens to be the longest yet built,so it's really got a variety of terrain.

Your in long tall tunnels through a montain one moment, hundred feet up over the forest on super old train trestle,now smooth path. really lovely riding.


www.railstotrails.org


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: CaptainH13]
    #11247733 - 10/14/09 08:00 PM (8 years, 10 days ago)

Rode 20miles on my ghetto Track bike today before i blew my rear tire. having to walk the bike back like 7 fucking miles. :crankey:

The irony is i had to weld the rear wheel on the frame(long story),just hoping the rear tire wouldn't blow anytime soon. Naturally I get my 3rd ever flat on a roadbike today.

ghey. was a Nice wet,rainy ride until then though.


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: CaptainH13]
    #11248247 - 10/14/09 09:13 PM (8 years, 10 days ago)

sweet bike:headbanger:

i too love biking, i rode 15 - 20 miles a day all summer, sometimes up to 40 a day, but im usually pretty beat after that

heres my bike:



these are pictures from when i first got it, since then i've put some drop style handlebars and toe clips on it, and purchased a much better lock.  i also put a winter tire and wheel on the rear because the tiny road tire was about to pop from skidding too much

as stupid as it sounds, i really love riding through downtown in traffic on my bike, i can get through rush hour traffic faster than any car, and it feels great to pass car after car after car at red lights

cool website, i just looked at it, and ive rode most of the trails in my county, but i found a few that i didnt know about

sweet to see fellow bikers on the shroomery


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: CaptainH13]
    #11248422 - 10/14/09 09:35 PM (8 years, 10 days ago)


Count me in. I've been riding this guy for a year now. I try to go minimum 13 miles on my days off. Before my wife lost her job, I would ride 20-30 miles on my days off. Now that she's not working, I tend to sleep in a little bit more, and I'm definitely noticing the pudge that I had managed to work off return.

We don't have any rails-to-trails out here, I gotta ride on the same roads as all the local & tourist traffic. It's kind of dangerous, I gotta be a little more on guard than I used to be back in the midwest. I definitely miss my old greenbelt bike trail, and the rail trails that got me around a few different small towns. I could do 50-60 milers no problem!!!

Here's a photo of me on a cross-state bike ride called RAGBRAI. It's a huge bike-ride/party that cruises thru my home state of Iowa. 8000+ cyclists plus another few thousand hangers-on & part-time riders. The second is me & my now-wife dipping our skinny tires in the Mississippi River at the completion of our 500 mile ride  (seven days of cycling).



EDIT--- Fuck it! -- I am going for a ride right now!


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: Gr8fulJ420]
    #11248659 - 10/14/09 10:08 PM (8 years, 10 days ago)

hell yea! Thread success.

That's awesome Gr8. Long rides are what it's all about. I seriously want to start high speed Bike Touring,hah. 400+ mile races.  Something like the Great Divide on a roadbike.

walter, I Love motobecanes, I had a mirage as well. Lovely bikes for the prices you can pick them up for. Mine was White with this racing stripe fade deal,hah

Riding Fixed through the city does kick serous ass, full on sensory overload.

I just wanna go really,really fast ,and cover as much ground as possible these days.

my old track bike:RIP. :sad:



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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: Gr8fulJ420]
    #11248689 - 10/14/09 10:11 PM (8 years, 10 days ago)

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nice bike dude :thumbup:


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: CaptainH13]
    #11248731 - 10/14/09 10:18 PM (8 years, 10 days ago)

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Riding Fixed through the city does kick serous ass, full on sensory overload.





hell yeah, it is far greater than any drug

thats too bad about your track bike


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: WalterShabas]
    #11248985 - 10/14/09 10:56 PM (8 years, 10 days ago)

Just got back from a 13 miler through town. Hardly any wind, but man I rode through several swarms of bugs. All over my face and in my mouth & eyes. I think I here my wife pulling in..... time to smoke a bowl and relax!!!!

I have a tandem, too. It broke yesterday on a cruise through town. I will post that story later and revive this thread whne it needs.


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: Gr8fulJ420]
    #11250939 - 10/15/09 05:40 AM (8 years, 10 days ago)

I've always wanted to try a fixie. I've got a single speed mountain bike and love the quiet smooth efficiency of it, but having no breaks would be something else...

Your motobecane is very nice looking Walter, how much did that set you back?

+ Captain H, i gotta ask you too - how much for the carbon frameset?


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: PDU]
    #11250998 - 10/15/09 05:56 AM (8 years, 10 days ago)

It's worth a try man. I've built Fixed gears out of 10 dollar thrift store roadbikes.  Just leave a front brake on. Fixed gear is insanely addictive. My favorite way to ride bar non,but for Touring I'll need a few gears for now.

the carbon is a  factory nameless copy of a many thousand dollar Cervelo. Shipped for 5-600 hundred. crazy cheap all things considered. I bike it's modeled after is like 7-8 grand.

I still probably end up making it Fixed for now, until i can plan out my wacky custom Gruppo.

Dont mean to answer for walter,but my Mirage was 80 bucks in good condition. Seems average around here.


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: CaptainH13]
    #11251282 - 10/15/09 08:17 AM (8 years, 10 days ago)

Quote:

PDU said:
I've always wanted to try a fixie. I've got a single speed mountain bike and love the quiet smooth efficiency of it, but having no breaks would be something else...

Your motobecane is very nice looking Walter, how much did that set you back?




i bought the bike, a brake, and an extra set of tires and rims for $300 dollars (pretty damn cheap)

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It's worth a try man. I've built Fixed gears out of 10 dollar thrift store roadbikes.  Just leave a front brake on. Fixed gear is insanely addictive. My favorite way to ride bar non,but for Touring I'll need a few gears for now.




yes fixed ridding is addicting, i bought my bike with intentions of putting a brake on it and using the freewheel, but after riding it for one night, i decided not to.  also it is a a very good idea to have a front brake on a fixie.  just makes things alot safer

also, riding fixed has made me a much better biker, it forces you to look farther down the road and plan ahead more.  and once you can skid, and stop in reasonable distances, a brake isn't necessary, but it sure would help, (and save your legs)  you also want toe clips


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: WalterShabas]
    #11255405 - 10/15/09 08:51 PM (8 years, 9 days ago)

30 bucks,some grinding,and some welding and I fixed my flat tire today,hah.

This is what i have to do to fix a flat on the dumpster Fixed gear. Sadly i went from having $6 into this bike to like 36 today.

and were back riding.. :lol:



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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: CaptainH13]
    #11255448 - 10/15/09 08:59 PM (8 years, 9 days ago)

looks like a pain in the ass, but i bet it was worth it


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: WalterShabas]
    #11255520 - 10/15/09 09:14 PM (8 years, 9 days ago)

of course. It's all I really have right now. Anything nice bike related I sold for heroin when i was strung out. So This is how i gotta get down nowadays.

That's Why I'm going big and fancy for my new bike. Something too nice to justify getting rid off.

drugs are bad,mmmmkay.

Rode the now fixed fixed gear to the gun range!



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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: CaptainH13]
    #11264156 - 10/17/09 08:06 AM (8 years, 8 days ago)

im about to ride 7.5 miles to work, and then 7.5 after work  its cold out, so im wearing plenty of layers.  ill try and post more recent pics of my bike after work. 

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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: WalterShabas]
    #11278952 - 10/19/09 07:46 PM (8 years, 5 days ago)

Do you skinny tire bikers don full cycling garb? shorts / jersey / silly little caps?  I usually wear bike shorts when I go for 5+ miles, but I wear them UNDER a pair of board shorts, so the world doesn't know I'm smuggling plums. I don't own any jerseys, and when I ride I like to wear old tie-dye shirts or aloha shirts. The real cyclists tend to stare at me while I laugh at them.

What about clip-in shoes? I bought my first pair this spring and I can't believe I've gone without for so many years!


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: Gr8fulJ420]
    #11279672 - 10/19/09 09:26 PM (8 years, 5 days ago)

I just wear pants that aren't baggy,and a shirt.  I have a pair or real nice full fingered cannondale gloves that I wear anytime I'm on the bike,but that's about it.

I do have one jersey. It's a Martini racing:Ala; the older BMW/Porshe race cars,so i kind had to own it,hah. I never wear it though.

I prefer nice metal/double strap cages to Clip ins,but i ride Clip in exclusively on the Downhill MTB i borrow all a lot. Having to really move the bike up and over things,to the sides,etc, i feel much more in control clipped in. For road biking i like being able to wear normal shoes and just slide out.


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Re: Skinny Tire Bikers Thread. [Re: CaptainH13]
    #11282189 - 10/20/09 05:48 AM (8 years, 5 days ago)

Thats weird what you say about the control on a DH bike, Captain ... I LOVE clip in pedals for commuting, xc, and touring but always rode flat pedals when i was DH or Freeriding.

I am in the market for a new pair of clipless shoes right now, because i lost my 2nd pair of favorite northwaves at burning man last year, and now they discontinued that model. I get northwaves for approx. 50% off from my work but all their shoes look like fancy roadie shoes!!!!

Damn.

When riding, i just wear a teeshirt, or a button up shirt and tighter fitting shorts with lycra underneath, although ill consider just wearing lycra in the future.


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