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    rode 1km to the train station for the commute to work...and flatted 200m from the station. spent 40min on the hour 30 trip into the city changing my innertube. all fixed then on the way home stopped off at parramatta sydney to pick up a spare innertube and co2 canister to replace what I used today.
    the old innertube was a write off as the rubber had split at the base of the valve

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    Quote Originally Posted by alphajaguars View Post
    I think I finally got my rear brake to quit dragging.

    Hope to ride it tomorrow to confirm.
    Was it a rim brake or disk?
    Both my Cobia(disk) and F9(rim) have dragging brakes. I keep trying to fix the F9, with mixed results.

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    Disc.

    To be fair, I screwed them up twice. First on install, i squeezed the lever per Avid's instructions, but a little too much.

    Second time I had the wheel out and went to grab the front brake instead of the back. Pads touched and it has never been right since.

    What I did was loosen the bleed screw on the caliper and put the pad spacer in. It forced a bit of the fluid out and allowed the pads to retract just enough that I think I am no longer also overcoming the brakes. It felt a LOT easier to pedal around the backyard.

    If you do this, turn that screw out just enough to get the slightest bit of fluid to bleed. Anymore than that and you run the risk of letting air into the system.

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    TODAYíS RIDE
    I set out on one of my usual routes down the road a half mile to the power line trail. Hang a left and you go towards the power plant, hang a right and you go towards, well towards nowhere. I must have had my route already set in my mind because without giving it any consideration I turned left and hit the gravel at speed. I was on my 29er trail bike but it didnít matter what bike I was on. All I thought was Iím riding my bike on this beautiful day all alone and I was free! I was listening to my wifeís i-pod which I donít normally do but today I decided to have some music. The only other people I ever see out there are four wheelers and today would be no different. I had a young guy come up from behind very fast and cut off on a side trail and on the way back an old guy giving his very young granddaughter a ride. As I rolled along keeping cadence with the music I wondered how many other people are doing something they love right now. It wasnít about the speed I kept or how far I went. For one segment in time I was suspended between the two ends of the route I was on. As long as I stayed out there riding with the music playing I was free of every other demand and commitment in my life. I got to my turn around and took a moment to have an energy bar and look at the now empty Osprey nest nearby. I had watched the parent Osprey protect and care for the young that grew there until they flew out on their own all summer long. I could feel the season change coming in the air already and my natural reaction to shun it. Slowly I remounted and started back. I took my time in some spots and even some detours to check out areas previously uncharted. At one point I climbed a huge slippery hill, then wondered who would ever find me if I crashed on the decent. No worries as I made it down just fine, as if something could go wrong on this day! I kept on my ride/tour and rediscovered some areas I had not been to in a while. Somehow they looked different, new even. As I got back to the main trail to head back I was beginning to tire, but it was sweet. The last sections of the trail are fast and so was the music. I was pushing hard and jamming with the beat. Through the water crossing and as my foot entered the water I was again reminded by the cold that fall is here. Up the hill on the other side and back on my pace. One more section between two roads and I hit the start point of the ride. Just as I finished the ride Bon Jovi said his last, (Have a Nice Day).

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    ^ I read all that fully expecting an "and all of a sudden out of nowhere..." LOL. Sounds like a great ride.
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    I put air in my suspension... That's all. Probably go for a ride tomorrow afternoon.

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    3.75 mile, early morning ride. When I made it back to the trail head (parking lot of local state park), the local Thunderbird car club was there for a picnic. Got to see some nice T-Birds.

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    Scared the crap out of myself.

    Went down a steep incline and didn't see that after a little flat part there was a good 2' drop. Never did any drops before and since I'm not in the hospital its safe to assume that my bike laughed at me and took it like a champ lol.

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    Crashed. On the first corner after the trailhead. Maybe a 20 degree turn that was very smooth. Took a chip out of the paint and bloodied my knee up. Proceeded to ride 6 miles at Pine Hill Park, including my first ride on Halfpipe.

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    It's been a hot and humid east coast summer. Only road MTB a handful of times a month in July and August. Went to Rockburn Skill Park for some fun practice yesterday. Stepped up to the intermediate run and I didn't go flying off on the jumps, though it was close a few times. Getting better and got some baby air....




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    Adjusted brakes and shifters. Pulled cranks to clean all the mud and gunk off. Cleaning the wheelset. Will probably check to makes sure the Stan's hasn't dried out.

    Got my 1st 6 hour race next weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kryptoroxx View Post
    Scared the crap out of myself.

    Went down a steep incline and didn't see that after a little flat part there was a good 2' drop. Never did any drops before and since I'm not in the hospital its safe to assume that my bike laughed at me and took it like a champ lol.

    Beamed from my dumbphone
    Did similar things today, including dropping some rocks while coming fast on a flowy section.Had I been coming slowly, I would've thought twice before committing. Well, it wasn't that scary, but I surprised my self.

    I rode some trails for the first time, and met a great guy going to the same route. Though I must've slowed him down a bit, he was very helpful showing me the trail. Thanks Steve!

    While the trails have some walker sections, the remaining sections were challenging and entertaining at the same time. I ended up having a flat in the front tire, which explained the three almost washouts at the end of the ride.
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    Went through some fairly easy trails and worked on my cornering and braking techniques and my form. Think I made some improvements . Watching videos on youtube works wonders.

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    Went to an mountain biking skills class today sponsored by CORBA. All in all it was a very good class. Somethings I was doing already, they showed us some climbing techniques as well as the three L's. Low, Look and Loose.

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    I upgraded my bike with the Shimano XT groupset (front and rear derailleur, cassette, chain, crank, etc etc.). Replaced my cheap fork with another cheapy (Raidon XC with remote lock), new rim with Shimano hubs, new pedals (the previous one cut my leg up pretty bad).

    All in all, I spent over $700 plus $150 to install all this.

    But the ride is now smooth as butter.

    I then gave away my old parts via craigslist.

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    Woke up early. Got my first mountain bike yesterday and went riding today with friends at Sherman Branch in Charlotte NC. Knew beforehand I wouldn't be able to keep up and told them to have fun and I would catch up or meet back at the car. Took my time and got used to my new (used) bike. Had a great time flying through some berms (although I was probably not going that fast it felt like warp speed), did a few small jumps (totally raged six inches of air), got winded and walked up a few hills taking in the scenery (saw a cool spider starting his web for the day) and drank more water than I usually do. Got a great work out. Probably rode for and hour or two.

    Came home and chilled out, had some chicken legs and broccoli for diner, now I'm having some random beers out of this New Belgium mix box.

    It was a good day. Back to work tomorrow. Can't wait to go riding in the woods again.

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    I went on my first bike trails today after replacing my street tires with knobby tires on my Trek 820 yesterday.
    It was exhilarating and kinda scary. Fell off a bunch; just scrapes, cuts, and a slight strain of my ankle. I stopped back by the bike shop to ask about the trail (near Lake Kinkaid). It seemed a lot more difficult than I had envisioned mountain biking to be. He said it's one of the more technical trails around Carbondale, IL. Apparently I didn't pay much attention to the website. It was a hell of a lot of fun when I could stay on the bike though. There were lots of twists, small rocks and roots to ride up and over. There was a fork where you could ride along some logs or cut off to the right. Out of enthusiasm, I chose the logs. Somewhat thankfully, I fell off halfway due to incompetence, the remainder looked even scarier, lol.
    Later in the day I went over to the trail at Cedar Lake. Apparently the portion I rode was on the steep hilly half. Too much hiking up and down the hills; I called it a day and rode/hiked back. Apparently it's considered a hiking/equestrian trail according to the sign at the trailhead.

    All in all, I loved my time out there today. I can't wait to ride more and hopefully get better.
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    I road my mountain bike in a 25 mile road race (actually only 22.5 miles), my first organized ride to this date. I finished 13th out of 26 people finished 22.5 miles in 1:18. ----- on a mountain bike.

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    Did my first mountain bike race on a mountain bike. Done 2 before but both were on the cyclocross bike. Didn't get last...

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    Took my F9 for a nice short ride at the trails at my house. For these short outings, it is a no brainer NOT to use my 26er. It handles brilliantly and is more "fun" going fast down a wide bumpy dirt road.
    29ers are better climbers and are more fun going fast down long long long trails, where a 26er would eventually tire you out from all of the bumps.

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    Rode with the wife for the first time on her new Trek 820. Just on the local bike / walking path and it was more then enough for her.
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    I rode mine to GT's Factory Outlet store (in my home town), little did she know (9 year old Mongoose Rockadile ALD Pro) I was on a mission to replace her. I was able to find a GT Karakoram 2.0 29'er 2013 model for $399(msrp $1000), which in my mind was an incredible find. I hope this will be a significant upgrade from my previous ride! I feel like a kid at Christmas!

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    Did a 10mile ride today and got caught in the rain. I was trying to get in a 15mile road ride before lunch. 20 minutes into it the skies opened up and I got a serious soaking. Have to admit I kind of enjoyed it. I'm trying to shed a few lbs and today was the start of a regiment I hope to keep up at least three times a week.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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    Bought new shoes and cleats.

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    I swore I'd never switch from flats, however after riding with a hand full of faster riders who guaranteed me I'd easily keep pace if I switched, I ordered a set of pedals from CRC and going to the local Bike shop for shoes tomorrow.
    The thought of clipless still scare the crap outa me. Going to make sure my medical benefits are up to date tonight too.
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    Installed a Specialized Command Post Blacklite, 90mm stem, and Enduro XL grips. Going to test it all out tonight on a night ride

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    finished putting some upgrades on my bad boy then was time to get it dirty.



    Took for a 9 mile ride around 1254 feet elevation climbed. half way through saw this little guy.



    Then came home and ordered pizza.

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    Went for a 11 mile ride today. I can tell I took a 3 month break, I was beat!

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    I did a 12mile ride today. Got the workout I've been needing. I hope to do this 2-3 times a week along with my trail rides.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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    I rode trail 118 in the Los Padres National Forest. It is really a 4WD trail, but I gave it a go, anyway. It was lose, sandy dirt with lots of rocks with brutal uphills and downhills. I did only a few miles and of that, a bunch was HAB. However, my skills in lose sandy dirt are improving.

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    Drove 20 minutes to a sweet trail system so I could try and get some KOM's before class. So i'm in the parking lot, pumped up, ready to go... I forgot my helmet...

    I was in the process of loading up my righteous slayer, ready to drive home and get my helmet and bike somewhere closer... then I said F it..

    Ended up doing a quick 4 mile loop in 25 minutes and getting KOM on the steepest, fastest, and gnarliest downhill section in the system... probably not a good idea to be doing 6 foot drops to flat in between trees at 20-25mph with no helmet on.. but hey.. I didn't crash and it was a wicked ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredjekyll View Post
    Drove 20 minutes to a sweet trail system so I could try and get some KOM's before class. So i'm in the parking lot, pumped up, ready to go... I forgot my helmet...

    I was in the process of loading up my righteous slayer, ready to drive home and get my helmet and bike somewhere closer... then I said F it..

    Ended up doing a quick 4 mile loop in 25 minutes and getting KOM on the steepest, fastest, and gnarliest downhill section in the system... probably not a good idea to be doing 6 foot drops to flat in between trees at 20-25mph with no helmet on.. but hey.. I didn't crash and it was a wicked ride.
    Never ride without a helmet.

    I got my one and only KOM because I was wearing my helmet! I was averaging 104 mph ... in a helicopter on the way to the trauma hospital. But for the helmet, there would have been no reason to rush.

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    Rode a lap and a half at Quiet Waters Park today, I got there later than usual, so it was of course a little hotter; decided I wasn't going to ride as long in the heat so I went faster than usual on some sections which made me realize I could go faster on those sections. Was late because I washed and waxed my pickup first, and went to the beach after. All in all a good day so far.

    4 hours after original post and i just now did some work on my cockpit: i felt like the brake levers were too low and the shifters too high. can't wait to get out there tomorrow and try it out. wow...a slight adjustment like that and it gets me pysched more than i was...
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    Rode 5-6 miles on back roads in Pomfret, Vermont. The Cobia took it well, but the first long climb winded me like I had not felt for a year.

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    Rode 32 mile bicycle tour event.

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    Washed it today.

    Had to get all the dust off it from racing my first 6 hour yesterday.

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    Rode 3 miles on a "mountain pass", the only way from one side of Pomfret to another without leaving the town. It is a Jeep trail and is really fun to ride.

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    Rode my local-est trail for the second day in a row. I was on my second lap when I saw the sky getting black so I hauled butt back to my pickup and beat the rain home.
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    Rode 5 miles on some new to me trails. A lot more climbing then I am used to. Spent quite a bit of time stopping to look at the map because all the connector trails had me confused. Anyone else ride the trails at Wyandotte County Lake?

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    Ok, so it was yesterday, not today...

    Went out for a quick 12 mile ride with a new riding partner. It was nice to ride with someone faster than me. Just fast enough I had to work a little harder and pick smarter lines to keep up.

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    Rode to the gym in a light rain. About 6-7 miles, light rain, mix of gravel road and pavement. Did buy a new helmet today-Giro indicator from REI on sale for $25.93. Why the .93 I don't know.

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    Gave her a bath and lubed the chain... Then quickly rode her around just to make sure everything is shifting properly and bike is ready for trails this weekend.

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    Bought some carbon bottle cage bling for my Niner.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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    Did a 17 miler at my nearest trails system. Still warm (mid 80's) but not too humid. I felt great today. Got a personal record on the toughest 7 mile section.

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    Rode on my local rails to trails for 12 miles at nite in the cool fall like air.

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    Recovering today, from a 28 mile road ride (on mtb) yesterday.

    Absolutely destroyed by my group, a gaggle of 60+ yo women on road bikes. They left me in the DUST. How will I live that down?

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    Got my 12mile ride in today.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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    12mile ride two in for this week. Hope to get one more in tomorrow.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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    Recovering from a 27.4 yesterday. Icing left achilles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nowaysj View Post
    Recovering from a 27.4 yesterday. Icing left achilles.
    I have a 34mile route I was doing last year. I hope to be in shape to do it again when the weather cools off. Those long rides through the hill country are therapeutic.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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