Crush the Commonwealth 2013

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Pierce
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@mr marv

Isn’t that Trek Portland a touring bike?


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


stefb
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Carbon fiber schlong.


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


Pierce
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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 #

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


anon123
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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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I’m with pbeaver. #CrushTheJailtrail or #CrushTheRailtrail :)


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


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


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


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


reddan
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@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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“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!


eMcK
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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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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 #

whoowhoo! Team Pancakes FTW!

#CrushtheRailTrail-2013

(we need t-shirts or atleast spokecards)


buffalo buffalo
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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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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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“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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Pierce
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@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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@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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…please direct your attention to Piece of Advice #4.

It think it’s sound.


reddan
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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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Hawk Mountain is a CLASSIC climb out east with

a hawk sanctuary on top of it.


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


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


tomh
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Carbony goodness:

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


rice rocket
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reddan
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Holy simul-post, Batman!


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


Marko82
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tomh
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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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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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