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  1. #31
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    I have always wanted to do a bike trip in NZ. I don't think I could handle a flight that long, mentally, though. Going to Europe is hard enough.

    So really a compact? Hmm... I wouldn't like losing on the top end. Either end, really! Well, it will be lighter with a compact, I suppose. Is that why you're doing it?
    Sarah

    When it's easy, ride hard; when it's hard, ride easy.


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  2. #32
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    I almost never use the 48 that I have now, only on big descents. I can spin fast enough in the 36 - 11 to do 25 mph, on a slight downhill I use the middle for long flat sections.

    I'm more worried about losing the low end because of my knees. I climb most of Diablo in the second or third lowest gear. And that's just about the same gear ratio as I'll have with a 33 - 34. I've tried climbing in my middle ring. And I can do it. But the joint pain after isn't worth it. It's a genetic biomechanical thing - my sisters have it too. I figure if it doesn't cause me joint pain, it's worth the weight savings and the added speed I should pick up, just from being in a bigger gear.

    If it doesn't work out - I'll have a compact double for sale.

    V.
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  3. #33
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    So you going to take the new bike in for a professional fit? Might help - that knee thing needs everything you can throw at it to minimize injury. Especially when you start doing the 400 - 600ks.....
    Sarah

    When it's easy, ride hard; when it's hard, ride easy.


    2011 Volagi Liscio
    2010 Pegoretti Love #3 "Manovelo"
    2011 Mercian Vincitore Special
    2003 Eddy Merckx Team SC - stolen
    2001 Colnago Ovalmaster Stars and Stripes

  4. #34
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    Just shut up about 400 and 600! LALALALALALALA. I'm NOT listening. Well maybe a teent tiny bit...

    I'm still thinking about the professional fit and getting tested again. I'm curious to see if my power output has improved a lot, or if it's my imagination and wishful thinking.

    You know the first time I had the testing done, it was a birthday present. Do you think you're entitled to two way cool presents when you turn 40?

    V.
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  5. #35
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    Hey, V! I heard Testa is packing up shop and heading to Colorado. Not sure if Heiden is going with him.
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    That's a bummer. Do you suppose someone else will continue with the clinic?

    V.
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  7. #37
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    Dunno. You could check the web site or use it as an excuse to go bicyling in Colorado. Andy Pruitt is in Boulder, isn't he?
    Frends know gud humors when dey is hear it. ~ Da Crockydiles of ZZE.

  8. #38
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    I've actually been wanting to ride in Colorado, but the elevation has put me off a little bit. It's on the list.

    V.
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  9. #39
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    Bubba and I both did it. We survived. You just gear back your expectations. Slower and another gear lower -- and a ton of water.
    Frends know gud humors when dey is hear it. ~ Da Crockydiles of ZZE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SadieKate
    Dunno. You could check the web site or use it as an excuse to go bicyling in Colorado. Andy Pruitt is in Boulder, isn't he?
    Yep he is. Oh go on V I would like him to autograph my copy of his book while you are there seeing Im such a big fan.
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  11. #41
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    Well, if you can't get Testa to fit you, I do recommend PK Racing in Fairfax. I think a pro fit would be well worth it.
    Sarah

    When it's easy, ride hard; when it's hard, ride easy.


    2011 Volagi Liscio
    2010 Pegoretti Love #3 "Manovelo"
    2011 Mercian Vincitore Special
    2003 Eddy Merckx Team SC - stolen
    2001 Colnago Ovalmaster Stars and Stripes

  12. #42
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    I got the new bike today.

    V.
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  13. #43
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    Quote Originally Posted by Veronica View Post
    I got the new bike today.

    V.
    Pictures?!?!?!?!?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veronica View Post
    I got the new bike today.

    V.
    Woohoo! Ride report?
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    Pictures... maybe today.

    I rode just under nine miles around my neighborhood last night after dark. It started to rain and I didn't want to go home. I did two more hills in the rain.

    The shifting is smooth. Mark at Rivendell really worked on the front chain rings to make it that way. I REALLY wanted a 46 - 33 compact double... bad knees, long steep mountains that I enjoy climbing. Anyway, he filed by hand the spider between the rings to make the shifting smooth as silk.

    I was a little worried about how the shifting would be after reading about troubles some other people have had with their compact doubles. I swear it's less effort than the triple on Fluffy.

    I also wondered if it would feel really different on descents. I don't have any really long hills in my neighborhood, nothing more than 1/2 a mile, but I went up and down several to get a feel for the bike. It's like riding Fluffy's svelte twin brother.

    Thom says I can't take it out again and get it dirty until we take pictures.



    V.
    Discipline is remembering what you want.


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