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Postby fraew » Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:50 pm

wolfie wrote:you know what's cool about bikes? the barrier to entry is like 100 bucks.

like even if you're broke as shit you can go ride a bike

that's good to know, cause when you're prophesying doom it's like one cool thing you can hang your hat on even if your life blows up

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Postby glam2deaf » Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:31 pm

Spent Saturday doing the longest ride I've done in pretty much 12 months. 87km all up 2000 odd meters or elevation. First 50 on gravel, couple of nasty climbs, then a nice easy trail back. Happy to have the shade for the last 40 odd kms. We were roasting in the sun. Thankfully we met some people along the way with spare water purification tablets, so we here able to go wild refilling everything in a stream.

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Postby Jefferson Zeppelin » Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:58 pm

is that the Into the Wild bus
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Postby shizaam » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:48 am

that looks awesome, glam2deaf
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Postby brittle » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:55 am

I've wanted one of those Ritchies since the first time I laid eyes on one
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Postby glam2deaf » Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:48 pm

I've been lucky to score one, I waited. too long when they were available new and missed out. This one I have bought from another guy at work. I also got my hands on the Road Logic in the heritage colour, so now I've got a matching set.

The trail we were on is the Motu Road then we came back via the Pakihi track. If anyone is doing a riding holiday in NZ it's worth checking out.
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Postby brittle » Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:57 pm

What's the fork?
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Postby fraew » Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:15 pm

Man, I love NZ's rainforest trails; it's been 2 years since I last did Tour Aotearoa (Timber Trail, Whanganui River Trail etc)

Baby woke me up at 4:30am this morning and it was absolutely fucking perfect outside - I just wanna ride my bike in the glorious sunshine today
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Postby wolfie » Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:49 pm

shizaam wrote:that looks awesome, glam2deaf

Yeah that looks great. Is that nz?

I have to go to Massachusetts this weekend and I'm thinking of throwing the bike in the truck for the hell of it. Thinking I could get a nice Sunday hangover ride in. Chance of a little snow Saturday, but doesn't look too real
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Postby wolfie » Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:50 pm

Now that I think about it, I wonder if it's already snowy up there, in which case it'd be kinda dumb to bring it
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Postby southpaw » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:11 pm

I have been hiking the logging roads of the Cascades lately and it's so fucking amazing, the surface being decent gravel and I've started lusting for a mountain bike or hugely geared gravel bike

But I'm very broke atm and the bike fund has like ~500 in it

Would I be fucking up to buy a starter mountain bike? I've been watching CL and FB like a hawk but this place is mtb and gravel obsessed and I'm finding nothing

Lbs in my town is blowing out their giant low end mtbs from last year for that very price and I'm trying to convince myself it'd be worth while

The gearing on new bikes is bonkers, I walked past some dudes on a fifteen percent grade just crawling but still spinning. I need some of this shit
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Postby fakename » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:34 pm

southpaw, i suspect the main issue with an entry level mbs is that the suspension is going to be sealed and not serviceable in any way.
so after a few seasons, it will probably go to shit. if you're likely to upgrade in that time, and there's nothing on cl, then maybe?



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Postby shizaam » Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:30 am

i just wish my rear light would last longer
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Postby southpaw » Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:06 am

I rarely get excited about any new bike tech but rechargable LED lights are a game changer

The dark days of putting 4 AAA batteries in a blinky that lasted like a day

Also I'm getting my bike back today and am seriously psyched to get some miles in. Unseasonably warm and not rainy today but of course 20mph gusts. Haven't ridden in more than a week though, it's gonna hurt
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Postby shizaam » Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:36 am

i've got these, which are generally pretty good https://www.specialized.com/us/en/stix- ... 091-173324
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Postby glam2deaf » Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:18 pm

brittle wrote:What's the fork?

The fork is a bit of a bodge job. The bike originally belonged to a guy who worked for the rockshox importer. Turns out a decent straight steerer suspension fork is hard to come by, so he more or less made it him self. It works great, but the only annoying part is the 20mm axle limiting replacement wheel options. I'm still tempted to just go for a carbon rigid option, lighten this up a bit more.

wolfie wrote:Yeah that looks great. Is that nz?


Yep it's NZ, in the Bay of Plenty, on the east coast of the North Island. We have some amazing roads/trails like this all around, I'm yet to do the timber or Whanganui trails that Fraew mentioned, but they look incredible.
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Postby shizaam » Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:12 pm

really hoping the rain holds off this weekend. would be great to get a big ride in.
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Postby fraew » Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:12 pm

Timber trail is great, and not far from you? Whanganui is more of a hike a bike best ridden in good weather - plus getting out again requires a jetboat ride? Pretty fun!
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Postby fraew » Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:17 pm

Hey I won a (b grade road) race today!

This strong climber guy Glenn went off the front early, about 5km before things get hilly. I jumped across, asking my team-mate Blair to hold back. Worked a treat - we powered away on the hills and the bunch broke up; then we just had to maintain through the 20km of ups and downs and TT to remaing 20km of flat to the finish.
Glenn got a bit tired on the hills on the way back, so I sat on the front and just motored to the finish. All up 45km in the break (58km race) and we won by a minute.
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Postby Jefferson Zeppelin » Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:37 pm

a win is a win, nice work!
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Postby bold man » Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:51 pm

wanna start biking to work (and elsewhere but let me not get ahead of myself). its 2 miles. what bike should i buy so that if i bail on this idea i didnt waste too much money but if i dont bail i will enjoy.
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Postby badhat » Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:10 am

is bike share an option where you are?
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Postby jenmichaeljarre » Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:47 am

bold man wrote:wanna start biking to work (and elsewhere but let me not get ahead of myself). its 2 miles. what bike should i buy so that if i bail on this idea i didnt waste too much money but if i dont bail i will enjoy.


the better the bike the better the enjoymend. I'd reccomend a steel or aluminium race bike from the 90s, something like this :

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I don't know how's the second hand bikes market where you are but i bought a similar one for 150€ in Paris a few years ago, and it's the bike that got me into biking.
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Postby incoherent grunting » Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:45 am

yeah I started riding again as an adult on an $80 nishiki and it ~changed my life~
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Postby southpaw » Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:18 am

That bike is close to my platonic bike ideal

Columbus steel, lugs, campy 9 speed ergo

Obviously the mismatched wheels and carbon fork gotta go and the gearing range ain't great but if something like that popped up around me for like $300 I'd be running to it

Buying an equivalent nowadays would be $5k
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Postby glam2deaf » Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:42 pm

fraew wrote:Timber trail is great, and not far from you? Whanganui is more of a hike a bike best ridden in good weather - plus getting out again requires a jetboat ride? Pretty fun!


Timber trail is on the list, just trying to get the logistics of it all sorted. The distance and elevation looks good to do for one day, thinking a shuttle would make things a bit easier, rather than dealing with 2 cars. I'm sold on the Jet Boat ride for Whanganui though. We are currently planning a honeymoon for Feb next year, so we've been looking into some of the South Island Roads.


90's Steel rules. Through some wheeling and dealing I ended up with this. It's mostly me errands/fun bike. Every time I take it out I love it.
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Postby viachicago » Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:15 pm

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Postby shizaam » Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:49 pm

got a nice 65 in for the first time in a month. amazing how quickly the fitness goes.
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Postby Lil Gugger » Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:51 pm

That is a hot ass bike gg glam
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Postby fraew » Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:29 pm

Hard-as-nails flat and windy handicap race yesterday, on 2nd break. We hit the front with a few km to go and scratch finally pushed through maybe 2km from the line.
Canyon Zwift's Ollie Jones took the win, averaging over 47kph for the race! He told me his weighted average was 420w...
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