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Offline Ali the Baseball Cat

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #800: July 20, 2012, 11:55:58 AM »
Are you planning on riding home?  I'd steer clear of creeks...I'm sure Beach Drive will be under water if Rock Creek gets any more rain.

16.6 mi to work today.

http://app.strava.com/runs/13924257/embed/7a071e7d7d8f7d4e149bf58a8b61f9511bdd09dd

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #801: July 20, 2012, 12:20:23 PM »
Giving Strava a shot I see?  How do you like it so far?

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #802: July 20, 2012, 12:32:25 PM »
I got rid of my bike computer...the tyranny of metrics has been deposed...freedom!!!

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« Reply #803: July 20, 2012, 12:59:41 PM »
Eh, I like to know how far I've ridden total.  Granted, my bike computer reset after I had racked up 800 miles on it when I switched bikes (26" to 700cc) but I love looking down at the end of a long ride and seeing 347.1 total miles ridden.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #804: July 20, 2012, 07:37:47 PM »
Giving Strava a shot I see?  How do you like it so far?

It's pretty good. I had a few days where MapMyRide cut off more than half my ride.

So, Strava has been more consistent. And it calculates moving time, so, the MPH is more accurate.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #805: July 21, 2012, 07:19:25 PM »
Did 20 miles in the rain today averaging 13.5mph. Only issue was hitting a hidden mud puddle at the end of the Mt Vernon Trail that could have been a serious crash had I not clipped out and corrected real quick.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #806: July 22, 2012, 11:27:49 AM »
Manx Missile brought the pain today!!!

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #807: July 22, 2012, 11:33:06 AM »
The Brits just owned this Tour. 

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #808: July 22, 2012, 11:37:53 AM »
Pretty amazing that Hincapie is still racing.  I had the dubious distinction of being lapped by him a third of the way through a junior race many moons ago... :lol:

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #809: July 22, 2012, 11:42:21 AM »
The Manx Missile looks like 12.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #810: July 24, 2012, 09:27:01 AM »
Check this out:


Looks like a $20 stem might have been just what the doctor ordered to get my crazy body fitted on the Cross Check correctly.  This one is only a 120mm and seems to be a perfect fit, though I'm going to try out a 140mm just in case.  Bike is still a little small to get into the drops but I think my 100lbs of belly flab are more the issue there than anything.  Should put another 20 miles on this beast tonight once the sun starts going down. 

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #811: July 24, 2012, 10:33:22 AM »
Re the TDF last stage:  Great job by Wiggo snake EBH and Cav through the bunch from about 1.3 km to go.  It was sort of like the job Hincapie did for HTC in 2009.  There really wasn't a clear shot through to the front, but using his flat out speed, he just blew through, dragged Boassen-Hagen and Cavendish into the clear and the front, and then it was missile time.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #812: July 24, 2012, 11:19:57 AM »
For the yellow jersey to lead out the sprint on the Champs Elysees shows some serious moxie, but to have done so after doing the same thing just a couple of days earlier makes it totally full of win.  Loved it.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #813: July 24, 2012, 11:24:47 AM »
Well, inside the last three km, he goes down, he doesn't lose time, but it was a real "I owe it to you" moment.  I had read something about how Cav and Wiggo had had a falling out after the last Olympics when they did poorly in their Olympic event after being defeindg world champs.  Apparently, the Brit Olympic team was focused on pursuit, and the pursuit gold round was the day before the Madison and did not allow Wiggo to recover.

I wonder if it'll be Froome in a break away rather than Cav in a sprint for the road race gold?

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #814: July 24, 2012, 11:31:47 AM »
I haven't seen the road race course...it can't be too hilly unless it's way out of London.  IIRC the course in Athens was very technical, whereas the one in Sydney was largely flat with relatively few sharp corners.  Don't remember Beijing (other than the smog). 

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #815: July 24, 2012, 11:44:44 AM »
I haven't seen the road race course...it can't be too hilly unless it's way out of London.  IIRC the course in Athens was very technical, whereas the one in Sydney was largely flat with relatively few sharp corners.  Don't remember Beijing (other than the smog). 

west London to City Airport during rush hour would be amusing (if not particularly Olympian)
http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/london-calling

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #816: July 24, 2012, 11:48:54 AM »
looks like they are sticking to the more leafy photogenic parts of south London:

http://www.london2012.com/news/articles/2011/2/london-2012-announces-new-route-for-olympic-road-races.html

That Box Hill part is interesting...something like 9 circuits in the mens race. 


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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #817: July 24, 2012, 11:49:21 AM »
 :rofl:

west London to City Airport during rush hour would be amusing (if not particularly Olympian)
http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/london-calling


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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #818: July 25, 2012, 10:35:03 AM »
Anyone here watch track cycling? What an awesome sport.


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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #819: July 25, 2012, 10:38:26 AM »
Anyone recommend a good exercycle?  Consumers sometimes is a bit behind?

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« Reply #820: July 25, 2012, 11:36:39 AM »
Anyone recommend a good exercycle?  Consumers sometimes is a bit behind?

They're cheap and sometimes even FREE! on Craigslist. People get tired of hanging their laundry on them....

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #821: July 25, 2012, 11:40:38 AM »
They're cheap and sometimes even FREE! on Craigslist. People get tired of hanging their laundry on them....

Really! That's what I use my Dads old broken one for! 

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #822: July 25, 2012, 09:30:05 PM »
Dang it. My front shifter broke on the way home today. The tension spring inside the shifter gave out (about 5 miles into the 15 mile trip) and I had to spend the rest of the trip holding the shifter in place - keeping the derailleur from going where ever it felt like. Which was somewhere between the small and medium sprocket on the front....

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #823: July 26, 2012, 08:42:46 AM »
Picks for Saturday, other than Cavendish?

Slovakia is only allowed to send Sagan, so it will be interesting to see how he does without support.  greipel has Tony Martin & 2 others, while Spain, USA, Australia, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, and Netherlands have full 5 man teams, I think. 
http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/07/news/london-olympics-mens-road-race-preliminary-startlist_231820

Kind of hoping for Luis Leon Sanchez or one of the Belgian classics guys.  Australia looks stocked, too.  Goss probably is 2d choice to Cavendish.

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Re: The Cycling Thread - 2012 Edition
« Reply #824: July 26, 2012, 08:45:28 AM »
Anyone recommend a good exercycle?  Consumers sometimes is a bit behind?

Besides craigslist, I'd check thrift stores. People really hate exercise equipment.