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  #26  
Old April 17th, 2012, 07:22 AM
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PV Loop should be about 30 miles? I don't know about old man but I think "crap shape" seems to be a recurring theme for all of us .

Greg, what time do you think you can get to EE by since you live the farthest.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 07:48 PM
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I could make it by 10-that too late?

Looks like PV is supposed to be 84F on Saturday-about 10 degrees cooler than Riverside so sounds good to me.

30 miles should be fine-Just no Col du Torrance or L'Alpe d'Hawthorne. I'm disgusted how quickly I find myself pedaling squares on hills right now.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 07:52 PM
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Greg, can you make it earlier? I was thinking of meeting at the shop at 7:00 a.m. so that we can finish the ride before the heat and also before the shop opens at 10:00 a.m.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 08:02 PM
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Why not? That means getting up at 5AM and I'm not doing anything at that time anyway except SLEEPING.

Looks like I'm going to bed early Friday night.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 01:42 PM
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So... leaving the shop at 7am?

I am going to try to rearrange my schedule.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 02:34 PM
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Let's do it. 7:00 a.m. at the shop.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 10:09 PM
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this is looking good... can't wait for saturday. see you guys at the shop at 7am.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 04:07 PM
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I'm in.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 07:18 PM
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I chatted with both Aaron and Ho this morning and we all think there should be some climbs included in Saturday morning's ride. The bunch of us don't get together very often, so the ride should be interesting and memorable rather than loops around Dennis the Menace Park. Greg is driving from Riverside. Aaron is driving from the Valley. Han is driving from Pasadena. Let's do an interesting ride and have a good time while eating shit together on the climbs.

I mapped out a route that takes us from the shop to Malaga Cove, up Via del Monte to Hawthorne, down Hawthorne to Portuguese Bend, then up PV East, and then straight north back to the shop from the top of PV East and along Arlington.

The ride includes two climbs, but the ride is only 30 miles so it won't be a death ride. Both climbs are difficult but shaded by tall trees. Also, there's a good variety of beautiful terrain on the route. There's a beautiful descent down Hawthorne with a majestic ocean view. The descent of PV East isn't technical, but it's twisty enough to be a lot of fun and if you're good you don't need to touch the brakes all the way down--just lean harder and harder. This is often more fun than descending something super-technical when you almost have to stop to negotiate hairpins. The ride along Portugese bend is contiguous with the ocean. Most importantly, a large chunk of the route is on non-busy roads and streets so that we can very often ride side-by-side and chit-chat rather than pacelining the entire ride and looking at each others' rear wheels.

No one should be worried about being in bad shape. I think we're all in bad shape, so we will all eat shit together. Don't bring your A-games on Saturday morning. Bring your C- or D-games and let's have a fun ride.

If you want to race, that's great. Go and enter a race.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 07:50 PM
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I'm bringing my bluetooth so I can hands-free dial 911 when I fall over with a heart attack.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 08:15 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by greghirst
I'm bringing my bluetooth so I can hands-free dial 911 when I fall over with a heart attack.

I'll bring tools to part out your bike while we wait for the ambulance to show.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 08:21 PM
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Don't worry, Greg. You'll look back on the day with fondness and good memories.

And I'll be the one needing the ambulance.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 02:41 PM
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Ready to roll for tomorrow:



At least I hope it is. I rode it on Thursday for the first time and it was a disaster. The seatpost slipped down into the seat tube and the derailleur cables stretched out and put the derailleurs out of tune. At least I didn't flat.

Good heavens this bike is ugly. Bad ugly. Not good ugly. Still, it's better than it was before:



I parted out everything but the frame on eBay and got good money for that junk. Ended up getting the frame for $650. Not bad at all, but boy is that frame ugly. I like the frame a lot and it fits me well, but the paint job is just ridiculous.

See you guys tomorrow morning.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 02:53 PM
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It's weird seeing so many alloy parts and an "old fashioned" saddle on a modern carbon frame. No Ritchey frame then?

Enjoy the ride.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 03:11 PM
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I realize the blacked out everything super duper carbon is all the rage nowadays and the silver stuff isn't period for a modern carbon frame, but I just couldn't do the blacked out stuff. Plus, that stuff is big bucks. I'll pay big bucks for stuff I really want, but I just didn't feel it on the carbon stuff.

I'm still waiting for that Ritchey SwissCross to come out. I saw some on eBay (not my size) but I'm guessing the SwissCrosses were sold before they even hit the shelves. I'll just wait it out.

The silver seatpost and bars on my EMX are Ritchey. But I rubbed out the painted Ritchey logos on them. I couldn't stand having that RITCHEY logo splashed all over a road bike. I got this bar and seatpost because they were the only silver ones I could find.

I like the bar:


These modern hispeed xtreem bikes are a joke. Even with the steerer cut to the minimum and the horizontal stem slammed all the way down, the levers are more than a centimeter higher than the levers on my yellow bike. What a joke.

I cut a centimeter off the ends of the drops and drilled the housings into the bar:


I just can't stand seeing housings under the bar tape, and this bike has four housings on the bar. So I drilled. I hope the bar doesn't snap. My old 65-40 drilled bar never snapped, but then again the holes were large enough for only one housing. I cut weenie shapes into this Ritchey bar to make clearance for the double housings.

The saddle is an Unicanitor that I bought on eBay. I hope it softens up. It's noticeably harder than the Unicanitor on my yellow bike. I put Ballistol all over the underside of the shell to try to moisten it. We'll see. The seatpost collar is now so tight that it's visibly bowed. I hope it doesn't snap.

This turd bike is just waiting to snap into pieces.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 12:04 PM
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Thanks to all for the fun ride this morning.

I have only a few pics.

Aaron on PV South:


Note the cantilevers. Aaron brought his cross machine:


We rode slowly on PV South to regroup so Aaron bopped around on the jogging trails contiguous with the road:


Separate but equal:


Start of PV East:


Greg on PV East:


Note the missing toestrap on the left:


Greg's Octave Lapize strap gave.

Near the top of PV East:


On the way back to the shop:


Note the open rear brake. Aaron popped a spoke today.

Aaron and Ho on Arlington:

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Old April 21st, 2012, 12:13 PM
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Thanks for the fun morning. Here are some pics from my handle bar mounted P/S camera:

Leaving shop, John leads:



West bound on Torrance:




Climbing Via Del Monte:



no, I am not in the front. LOL

regrouping after Via Del Monte:



and we see Greg's strap is done:



I'll have videos in a bit.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 02:53 PM
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Good ride guys!!! We need to try to do it more often.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 03:24 PM
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Good ride indeed... I'm pissed I couldn't hang out and eat lunch. I don't have many pictures but here are the few I took.

Morning fog was pretty dense so I had to tweak the pictures a bit.

PV East climbing... Aaron and Chris chitchatting or not...



and climbing...



cleared up towards the top and still climbing...




Resting at the top with Chris' Cinelli.




Hungry John. Love the Carlsberg Beer jersey and note his new race machine.



Still at the top of PV East and here is Greg after the climb. I think the couple things that don't belong in this picture are Greg's helmet and John's EMX. Everything else seems appropritate to the picture quality... LOL.



Heading back to the shop.



Check out John's new shoes. They are the new Specialized 74 retro all black genuine kangaroo leather shoes with BOA dials. I'm digging those shoes.



It was nice revisiting Via del Monte, PV East and the fun descents.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 04:57 PM
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Fun pics Han.

Quote:
Originally Posted by hanchung
Still at the top of PV East and here is Greg after the climb. I think the couple things that don't belong in this picture are Greg's helmet and John's EMX. Everything else seems appropritate to the picture quality... LOL.



I love this pic.

Greg, aren't you glad you woke up at 5 to to this?
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Old April 21st, 2012, 05:05 PM
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hehe, Greg was complaining how old he was so just thought this filter would be appropriate.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 05:11 PM
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nicely done.


ok, some of the videos are up:

Leaving shop and going thru the Harperberg Forest:



This is on Granvia Altamira, after climbing Via Del Monte:



First part of Hawthorne descent:



Second part of Hawthorne, really foggy:



I guess the lens got really wet. LOL
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Old April 21st, 2012, 07:01 PM
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Despite my extreme slowness I really enjoyed the ride today-

LOL-next time I tell you I'm out of shape maybe you'll listen. Well, that and Ithink everyone else had less years and more gears on me.
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 01:14 PM
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PV Drive South, Aaron on dirt:



Descending PV Drive East, northbound:



on Arlington:



more Arlington:



the final stretch:

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Old April 23rd, 2012, 01:29 PM
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I love how we ride in Fred Formation.
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