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Crush the Commonwealth 2013

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Pierce

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Jan 15 2013 at 1:47am #

@mr marv

Isn’t that Trek Portland a touring bike?


mr marvelous

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Jan 15 2013 at 1:56am #

It’s way to heavy and slow, I would prefer something lighter….. Maybe carbon fiber


stefb

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Jan 15 2013 at 2:27am #

Carbon fiber schlong.


mr marvelous

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Jan 15 2013 at 2:36am #

Hahaha that is for Facebook only. They wouldn’t understand here.


Pierce

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Jan 15 2013 at 2:52am #

I have a strong desire to bring out my 1980′s Schwinn Caliente for the ride and don’t have any good excuse not to so far


Anonymous

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Jan 15 2013 at 3:29am #

you can borrow my bike mr Marv. i’ll even keep the krypto lock velcroed to the handlebars for ya.


pearmask

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Jan 15 2013 at 4:55pm #

Marv, The Portland is a nice bike. Just take the rack off and throw a lighter wheelset on it. Team Dropped doesn’t need carbon: it would be unfair for everyone else if we had it


sarapgh2

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Jan 15 2013 at 5:53pm #

I’m with pbeaver. #CrushTheJailtrail or #CrushTheRailtrail :)


mr marvelous

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Jan 15 2013 at 6:02pm #

@pearmask true, I guess I’m just bored with the Portland.


helen s

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Jan 15 2013 at 6:15pm #

I may be joing that CrushtheRailTrail group. Pnacakes sound good too!


Drewbacca

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Jan 15 2013 at 6:17pm #

“It’s way to heavy and slow, I would prefer something lighter….. Maybe carbon fiber”

I used to like you. That’s a completely legit bike for such a ride… unless you intend to SPRINT across the entire state?


mr marvelous

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Jan 15 2013 at 6:36pm #

@Drewbacca you are correct it is a completely legit bike for such a ride. I just want another bike. For no other reason other than I always want another bike. Any excuse to get a bike I will use it.


cburch

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Jan 15 2013 at 7:41pm #

focus on the frame design more than the material. unless you plan on getting really serious about racing and only racing, you want a comfort/endurance road bike. much nicer on long rides than a pure racing frame and not enough slower or less responsive for you to even notice.

get either carbon or steel, just not aluminum. high end steel wont be much heavier than mid to high end carbon either. your more likely to notice the components and the wheels than the frame weight anyway. different materials, same purpose, both really nice. for example, you should check out my mr pink sometime.


mr marvelous

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Jan 15 2013 at 7:47pm #

I alway thought aluminum was better than steel. I think I may be wrong.


Drewbacca

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Jan 15 2013 at 7:48pm #

@mrmarvelous… n+1, fair enough. :) *edit to add* steel is generally more comfy and aluminum generally more rigid… generally. There are always exceptions and there are other factors such as tubing diameter, the way the tubes are bent, mixed-alloys, heat treatment, carbon bits and pieces, additional bushings, etc.

@cburch, I agree… but there are some important exceptions (Trek Domane, CDale t1000, for example). I know that you know this, but I figure I’d put that out there.


rice rocket

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Jan 15 2013 at 8:08pm #

Just add big tires to anything and boom, less road buzz, less pain, etc.


reddan

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Jan 15 2013 at 8:24pm #

@mr marv: If you’re suffering from severe upgradeitis, check out the steel Volagi, which is designed specifically for endurance road rides: buy the frameset, transfer parts over from your Portland, and away you go.

That said, I betcha the Portland would work fine for CtC. Like Oprah says, it’s not about the bike.


Drewbacca

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Jan 15 2013 at 8:33pm #

“If you’re suffering from severe upgradeitis, check out the steel Volagi.”

At long last, a steel bike that would look natural with a modern racing aero wheelset! But seriously, that’s pretty hot! Thanks for sharing.

“Just add big tires to anything “

Assuming that the big tires fit… yes! :)

Personally, I just want a Cane Creek ThudBuster!


Eric

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Jan 15 2013 at 8:45pm #

I finished the first 3 years or so on a drop-bar converted Schwinn Criss-Cross frame I rescued from the bike shop scrap heap.

You position on the bike trumps frame material, tire size, weight, paint job, lug work, internet recommendations, and what your buddy says.


cburch

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Jan 15 2013 at 9:22pm #

yes. fit is EVERYTHING. thats why stef is more comfortable doing long (anything over 100k) rides on her overbuilt, steel, fixed-gear track bike than on her fancy carbon road bike. i keep forgetting to mention that…


Anonymous

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Jan 15 2013 at 9:56pm #

whoowhoo! Team Pancakes FTW!

#CrushtheRailTrail-2013

(we need t-shirts or atleast spokecards)


buffalo buffalo

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Jan 16 2013 at 1:11am #

depending on whether or not i’ve gotten sufficiently fed up to get a new job by then, i may be in for teamPancakes.


tomh

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Jan 16 2013 at 2:03am #

Put a lawn chair on the bike, and it doesn’t matter what tires you use. :P

what I’ll be riding:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-2Lp0OWF6Ke8/UGofxwTVLfI/AAAAAAAAE3s/5FOPv5glYbM/s768/DSC00341.JPG

Photo by Reddan.


Drewbacca

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Jan 16 2013 at 2:08am #

“Put a lawn chair on the bike…”

Has anyone actually done that? I’m afraid to google search: “Home made recumbent.”


tomh

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Jan 16 2013 at 2:23am #

Well, if you prefer a hammock: http://rbr.info/images/stories/blog/2009-10/dicycle/bob-swaim-dicycle-7.jpg

http://rbr.info/images/stories/blog/2009-10/dicycle/bob-swaim-dicycle-2.jpg


Pierce

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Jan 16 2013 at 2:31am #

@Reddan

“@mr marv: If you’re suffering from severe upgradeitis, check out the steel Volagi [...]“

Don’t you mean Mr. Marv should buy a recumbent?


reddan

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Jan 16 2013 at 2:51am #

@Pierce: Not at all…I think people should ride whatever bikes on which they feel comfortable.

(Besides, if he starts riding a ‘bent, I’ll lose my advantage, and I enjoy outriding him far too much for that…)


tomh

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Jan 16 2013 at 2:55am #

…please direct your attention to Piece of Advice #4.

It think it’s sound.


reddan

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Jan 16 2013 at 12:52pm #

4. Don’t make a bunch of changes to your equipment, position on the bike, etc. right before. Everything needs to be tested, proven, and gone through at least a few dry runs first.

Yeah, that’s solid advice.


steevo

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Jan 16 2013 at 6:15pm #

Hawk Mountain is a CLASSIC climb out east with

a hawk sanctuary on top of it.


Drewbacca

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Jan 16 2013 at 11:34pm #

“Well, if you prefer a hammock”

I’m not sure if that was built for Darth Vader or to encourage the four-foot laws… either way, it’s full of win! (at least, until you have to take a corner???)


mr marvelous

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Jan 17 2013 at 12:57am #

That’s what I need for world domination a carbon fiber recumbent!


reddan

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Jan 17 2013 at 1:10am #

@Mr. Marv: Google for ‘M5 Carbon High Racer’ or ‘Carbent Raven’ or ‘Velokraft NoCom’


tomh

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Jan 17 2013 at 1:10am #

Carbony goodness:

http://www.zockra-factory.com/


rice rocket

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Jan 17 2013 at 1:11am #


reddan

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Jan 17 2013 at 1:12am #

Holy simul-post, Batman!


mr marvelous

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Jan 17 2013 at 1:21am #

Now we are cooking. Now if I wasn’t terrified to ride a bent.


Marko82

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Jan 17 2013 at 1:26am #

Mr. Marv, Superman don’t fly bakwards!

link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/high-speed-cyclist-backpedals-on-attempt-to-break-100mph/article4526183/


tomh

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Jan 17 2013 at 1:46am #

Life’s too short to run into things head first.

Obree’s prone bike is a collection of failed concepts that HPV racers gave up on in the 70′s because people could barely break 40 mph with them. Prone position and linear drive being the two big flaws. And he doesn’t even have a finished prototype shell for it yet. Obree failed to study the past before he started his efforts.


boostuv

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Jan 17 2013 at 2:10pm #

Just posting to say that I’ll be riding this on my aluminum cross bike. The idea of sitting on my cf race fitted bike for 400 miles doesn’t sound fun.

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