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Old September 25th, 2012, 08:58 AM
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Old November 6th, 2012, 08:54 AM
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Old November 12th, 2012, 12:13 PM
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Old November 25th, 2012, 01:03 PM
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Beautiful day to work off some of the Thanksgiving meal...





This made for a very exciting descent!



Even with all my remaining patches I was left with a significant tire bulge even with low pressure.
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Old November 25th, 2012, 02:51 PM
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Sweet.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 05:15 PM
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i'm assuming that you rode dirt? that looks like fun.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 06:58 AM
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i'm assuming that you rode dirt? that looks like fun.

A few dirt side tracks, but mostly road.

I opted for the Salsa because my (lack of) fitness made the "alpine gearing" very appealing.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 09:16 AM
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I think I should go get me more patches. variety pack that has these big ones.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 09:47 AM
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I think I should go get me more patches. variety pack that has these big ones.

I usually get one of the "road" patch kits with the smaller patches and a "mountain" patch kit which has the larger patches. Then I have the full assortment.

Sunday had three flats including a blow out (complete with a loud bang) at speed, so I was down to my last three patches in the photo.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 07:13 PM
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Shitty photo... but thanks John!
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Old November 27th, 2012, 08:49 PM
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Sweet, you got it. Enjoy the Grifo.


I swear Rossini was a cyclist.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 02:26 PM
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I went riding with Han on Saturday morning. It didn't go well:


The rear derailleur got yanked off:


I'm still not sure if a stone wedged inside the derailleur cage or if the cage went into the spokes. Either way, the derailleur got yanked off.

Fortunately, Han had his chain tool handy. So we shortened the chain and I limped home in 34x29:


To top things off, I got admonished on the way home by some bike chick. You know those athletic white cunts who have an aggressive nature to them? She scowled at me while passing and said:

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You need to get a helmet for that head of yours.

She had that same asshole attitude that the other woman from Velo Club LaGrange had. Like I was endangering her or something by not wearing a helmet. How dare I even share the same road with her. It's funny. People like her seem to have no problem telling perfect strangers what they need to do, but I'll bet if I ever told her how to live her life, she would be morally outraged and probably sue me for emotional distress.

Thanks to Han for the use of the tools and for keeping me company on the long, slow, and very undergeared ride back to the shop.

Incidentally, this is the chain tool Han had:


I really like this tool. It sort of has everything you need and nothing you don't. Most of the bicycle multitools leave you wondering why they were designed that way. On this tool you have Allen bits from 2mm to 6mm (including the common 2.5mm), a Phillips bit, and a T25 (more and more common nowadays). The chain tool is driven by a 4mm Allen bit inside the reversible ratchet. This chain tool works better than the chain tools in my home tool kit. It's very unlike the micro chain tools on most of the multitools. The micro ratchet is also a pleasure to use.

I just ordered one.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 03:11 PM
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i never used that chain tool which is probably a good thing but it was pretty nice to find out how nice that tool was on the field.

i don't know how these guys do mud runs... we ate shit. we probably shouldn't have tried the mud that day. it was simply a... "doesn't look that bad, let's try it!" yielded to carnage. that stuff was like snow ball on clay mud. the more you rolled, the more you'd pickup mud.

we also found out how nice the egg beaters were on mud. both our shoes had a good layer of thick sticky mud and the cleats were still engaging. This is what the pedal looked like,




also for some reason, john's ritchey would clog up way more than mine...





note how both seat stay and chain stay bridges on john's bike are clogged,




the mud was nasty but washing off the mud was fairly quick.



hose off the bike, ballistol and some shop air... done deal.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 03:58 PM
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As Han said, we ate shit. We were slipping everywhere. Or at least I was. I almost fell over once and had to dab. It wasn't even some xtreme hispeed section. We were more rookied out than some new Land Rover owners at a dealer run.

Quote:
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also for some reason, john's ritchey would clog up way more than mine...

Han's rear brakes:


My rear brakes:


My front brakes were about the same:


Han's chainstays:


My chainstays:


I guess these tires on this clay weren't sympatico.
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Old December 12th, 2012, 09:18 AM
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So this guy is harassing cyclists off the road in Mandeville Canyon, apparently it's happened multiple times...
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Old December 12th, 2012, 09:40 AM
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That lone S badge on the rear is so fucking gay. What a lame ass.

It looks shitty too. Reminds me of the Specialized logo.
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Old December 12th, 2012, 12:27 PM
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We were more rookied out than some new Land Rover owners at a dealer run.

Yep.
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Old December 15th, 2012, 02:09 PM
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I test rode an SRAM Red-equipped Lapierre Xelius this week. I think it's time for me to move into this century. Unfortunately a bit expensive.

I also looked at but didn't ride a Lapierre Cyclo-Cross Carbon. What a sweet bike.

Francis Moury of Equipe FDJ:


Francis Mourey, le cyclocross dans la peau by Equipe_FDJ
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Old December 15th, 2012, 04:32 PM
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Marc Madiot wants you to get it:


Marc Madiot is such a badass:

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Old December 15th, 2012, 05:58 PM
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Gobs of FDJ-Lapierre love in this stage:


Roy has a beautiful position on the bike.
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Old December 15th, 2012, 08:18 PM
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Gorgeous weather this morning, so after having breakfast with the family, I had to go for a ride. Rode up to Park Del Cerro:



and some more riding around checking out views:

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Old December 15th, 2012, 09:25 PM
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There's some pretty epic Lapierre (and Colnago) action in this clip:

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Old December 15th, 2012, 10:03 PM
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This is an excellent documentary on the FDJ squad's campaign to win Paris-Roubaix:

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Old December 16th, 2012, 02:20 PM
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This is an excellent documentary on the FDJ squad's campaign to win Paris-Roubaix:


Love that-I can only understand a few words here and here but the passion for cycling and Paris-Roubaix shines throughout that video.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 05:00 PM
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Gorgeous weather this morning, so after having breakfast with the family, I had to go for a ride. Rode up to Park Del Cerro:



and some more riding around checking out views:


Nice Ho...

Did you get a new bike?
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