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Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:21 am

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Fuck, that looks fun.
Sure does! :excited:

The climb to the top would be just your kind of crazy too.
:dat:

I'll ride the whole damn thing.
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Am going to try to bug out of work a little early tomorrow to hit up Southwestway. I was too big of a :pussy: to go down the first line when I had my Orbea, but it’s time to head back now that I’m getting better. Here’s to hoping I don’t die on the rock garden heading into the jump track.

Things are slow at work for the moment so I took a leisurely 2 hour lunch break to come here. I started with a short loop that's about a mile long just to get warmed up, then hit the climb up to the trailhead where the 3 main downhill runs start. I did the second line in this video first, but it was SO dry today that I had a really hard time keeping my speed up through the berms. I just did not have enough speed to carry me over the tabletops because of it. I'm sure some of it was me, but I couldn't put much of any weight on the front tire or it'd wash out instantly. I tried to keep my weight back and really drive the back wheel around with the outside leg, but that only seemed to get me so far. I don't think the High Roller II helps much here. The outside lugs are spaced really far from the center ones, so there's this big dead zone as you start to lean the bike over. Thinking of swapping it out for the DHR II.

I tackled the rock garden next after walking it first, and it was a :knot: -puckering experience to say the least. Unlike in the video I tip-toed my way down before mashing the pedals to pick up speed once I hit the dirt. Similar to the first trail, though, I couldn't keep my momentum in some sections to clear everything like it was designed. Still sort of fun, but nowhere near as fun as it should be. I'm definitely not a good enough rider yet to take full advantage of that run.

In other news, my former riding buddy just went and sold his bike out of nowhere. Just :rage: quit MTBing. :foreveralone:

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Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:37 pm

Is it worth going cheap on one of these vs full :troywax: on a trainer that mounts directly to the crank?

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/us/ ... taEALw_wcB

I plan to use the thing probably 5-10 hrs a week on zwift for the 8 months a year of shit weather up here. Fuck riding in the dark, ice, salt, etc.

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Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:47 pm

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Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:37 pm
Is it worth going cheap on one of these vs full :troywax: on a trainer that mounts directly to the crank?

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/us/ ... taEALw_wcB

I plan to use the thing probably 5-10 hrs a week on zwift for the 8 months a year of shit weather up here. Fuck riding in the dark, ice, salt, etc.
They work. You’ll need a trainer tire if you go that route. They are slick and hard wearing and can take the heat without flaking apart. Your knobbies are not compatible with that.

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Johnny_P wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:47 pm
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Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:37 pm
Is it worth going cheap on one of these vs full :troywax: on a trainer that mounts directly to the crank?

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/us/ ... taEALw_wcB

I plan to use the thing probably 5-10 hrs a week on zwift for the 8 months a year of shit weather up here. Fuck riding in the dark, ice, salt, etc.
They work. You’ll need a trainer tire if you go that route. They are slick and hard wearing and can take the heat without flaking apart. Your knobbies are not compatible with that.
Yeah it seems like either way I need to buy more shit to make any of this work, but it's more a question of durability and general "feel" of the cheap roller unit vs direct drive. $250 vs $750+ for a direct drive unit seems hard to argue against unless the roller just plain sucks. :iono:

As usual, NFW will I be able to try any of these things out for myself. Especially not before the clearance sale runs out on the Vortex.

Edit: screw it, ordered one. The $20 off for new accounts stacked with the clearance price so it was $230 shipped. Couldn't afford not to buy it! :troywax:

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Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:05 pm

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They work. You’ll need a trainer tire if you go that route. They are slick and hard wearing and can take the heat without flaking apart. Your knobbies are not compatible with that.
Yeah it seems like either way I need to buy more shit to make any of this work, but it's more a question of durability and general "feel" of the cheap roller unit vs direct drive. $250 vs $750+ for a direct drive unit seems hard to argue against unless the roller just plain sucks. :iono:

As usual, NFW will I be able to try any of these things out for myself. Especially not before the clearance sale runs out on the Vortex.

Edit: screw it, ordered one. The $20 off for new accounts stacked with the clearance price so it was $230 shipped. Couldn't afford not to buy it! :troywax:
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I played bikes today.

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I played bikes today.
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Johnny_P wrote:I played bikes today.
Deets?

I wanna come down and ride wiss.
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Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:23 pm

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Johnny_P wrote:I played bikes today.
Deets?

I wanna come down and ride wiss.
Just a quickie (slowie?) through Belmont. 17 miles. PR'd crossbow trail :notbad:

New tires are good. I'm up to a 2.3 Nobby Nic on the front and moved the 2.2 NN to the rear. Lots more grip than that conti had.

The dirt is good right now brah. Wiss would be prime.

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Deets?

I wanna come down and ride wiss.
Just a quickie (slowie?) through Belmont. 17 miles. PR'd crossbow trail :notbad:

New tires are good. I'm up to a 2.3 Nobby Nic on the front and moved the 2.2 NN to the rear. Lots more grip than that conti had.

The dirt is good right now brah. Wiss would be prime.
Yeah, riding all over is solid right now. I ripped Mercer on Tuesday night and set a new KOM/PR on my race loop.

Been trying to beat my previous best time for 2 years.

https://www.strava.com/segments/20532363?filter=overall
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Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:22 pm

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Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:17 pm
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Just a quickie (slowie?) through Belmont. 17 miles. PR'd crossbow trail :notbad:

New tires are good. I'm up to a 2.3 Nobby Nic on the front and moved the 2.2 NN to the rear. Lots more grip than that conti had.

The dirt is good right now brah. Wiss would be prime.
Yeah, riding all over is solid right now. I ripped Mercer on Tuesday night and set a new KOM/PR on my race loop.

Been trying to beat my previous best time for 2 years.

https://www.strava.com/segments/20532363?filter=overall
Dope. You’re fast.

I’m amazed at the grip and plushness. That damn conti had sidewalls that were way too stiff. The NN on the back may be too aggressive but I’m loving the sheer grip and keep setting PRs. Even more today.

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Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:18 pm

Zillon wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:17 pm
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Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:23 pm


Just a quickie (slowie?) through Belmont. 17 miles. PR'd crossbow trail :notbad:

New tires are good. I'm up to a 2.3 Nobby Nic on the front and moved the 2.2 NN to the rear. Lots more grip than that conti had.

The dirt is good right now brah. Wiss would be prime.
Yeah, riding all over is solid right now. I ripped Mercer on Tuesday night and set a new KOM/PR on my race loop.

Been trying to beat my previous best time for 2 years.

https://www.strava.com/segments/20532363?filter=overall
Holy shit I’m still second.

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troyguitar wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:37 pm
Is it worth going cheap on one of these vs full :troywax: on a trainer that mounts directly to the crank?

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/us/ ... taEALw_wcB

I plan to use the thing probably 5-10 hrs a week on zwift for the 8 months a year of shit weather up here. Fuck riding in the dark, ice, salt, etc.
I went with the smart trainer for the realistic road feel. I’ve had to have my KICKR Core warrantied out twice, but haven’t put any time on the second replacement other than make sure it works. Wahoo definitely had some qc issues.

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Yeah, riding all over is solid right now. I ripped Mercer on Tuesday night and set a new KOM/PR on my race loop.

Been trying to beat my previous best time for 2 years.

https://www.strava.com/segments/20532363?filter=overall
Holy shit I’m still second.
Sher-dog is 16 overall. :like:

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fledonfoot wrote:
troyguitar wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:37 pm
Is it worth going cheap on one of these vs full :troywax: on a trainer that mounts directly to the crank?

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/us/ ... taEALw_wcB

I plan to use the thing probably 5-10 hrs a week on zwift for the 8 months a year of shit weather up here. Fuck riding in the dark, ice, salt, etc.
I went with the smart trainer for the realistic road feel. I’ve had to have my KICKR Core warrantied out twice, but haven’t put any time on the second replacement other than make sure it works. Wahoo definitely had some qc issues.
This one is also "smart" just with a roller instead of direct drive. I still need to find a cheap rear wheel to put a trainer tire on too and wait for it to ship :doe: so it'll be awhile before I try it.

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troyguitar wrote:
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I went with the smart trainer for the realistic road feel. I’ve had to have my KICKR Core warrantied out twice, but haven’t put any time on the second replacement other than make sure it works. Wahoo definitely had some qc issues.
This one is also "smart" just with a roller instead of direct drive. I still need to find a cheap rear wheel to put a trainer tire on too and wait for it to ship :doe: so it'll be awhile before I try it.
Velomine.com has cheap wheelsets, but for a single rear wheel eBay will probably be best.

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fledonfoot wrote:
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This one is also "smart" just with a roller instead of direct drive. I still need to find a cheap rear wheel to put a trainer tire on too and wait for it to ship :doe: so it'll be awhile before I try it.
Velomine.com has cheap wheelsets, but for a single rear wheel eBay will probably be best.
Could just get a tire and tube

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Velomine.com has cheap wheelsets, but for a single rear wheel eBay will probably be best.
Could just get a tire and tube
Could but I don't want to do that swap twice every time I want to ride inside/outside. Looks like a wheel+cassette should exist for <$100. I'm :notsure: what I need on spacing :doe: since my stuff is wide at 135mm.

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Could just get a tire and tube
Could but I don't want to do that swap twice every time I want to ride inside/outside. Looks like a wheel+cassette should exist for <$100. I'm :notsure: what I need on spacing :doe: since my stuff is wide at 135mm.
This is the ticket.

Go for a trainer wheel/tire setup. Easy to swap.
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Today’s ride. Let my buddy Dave build a route, hit some epic climbs up by Easton. 15%+ grade, 500-600 feet. Ow.

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Uggghhhh.

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Ultegra build with carbon Bontrager Aeolus Comp 5 TLR wheels. :stig:

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Uggghhhh.

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Ultegra build with carbon Bontrager Aeolus Comp 5 TLR wheels. :stig:
I think the new Treks are great looking bikes.

The minimalistic paint/graphics really is a 5/7 move by them.
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Zillon wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:50 pm
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Uggghhhh.

https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/ ... 03444.html
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Ultegra build with carbon Bontrager Aeolus Comp 5 TLR wheels. :stig:
I think the new Treks are great looking bikes.

The minimalistic paint/graphics really is a 5/7 move by them.
Yep they look awesome.

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:datass:

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I think the new Treks are great looking bikes.

The minimalistic paint/graphics really is a 5/7 move by them.
Yep they look awesome.

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:datass:
You gonna come shred with us at Nox tomorrow? Play hooky and :doit:
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