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    it really IS all about the bike (bike porn & race rept)

    'cause right now it sure as h3ll isn't about the rider!

    but first some porn...

    AN the evil glowing-eyed feline stalks the porn box...


    mmm....carbon


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    the ideal spot for the throne...


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    my dream bike (if i was a guy she'd be my dream girl but i'm not and girls aren't really my thing....not that there's anything wrong with that. ;-))


    specs:
    Titus Racer-x ti frame, custom geometry
    Fox rp3 rear shock
    gruppo: full XTR w/ sti dual control shifting & hydraulic disc
    Thomson elite seatpost
    wtb laser saddle
    Chris King headset
    Ritchey os stem (90 mm, +5)
    Easton EC90 bar
    Schwinn silver glitter grips
    RS SID fork (soon to be replaced with a manitou scareb)
    DT Swiss 240 disc wheels w/ center lock hub
    hutchinson python tires (pictured, currently running mosquitos)

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    so, being the great planner-aheader that i am i started building up my baby on thursday......just in time to race her on sunday!

    of course, things did not go as planned and i ended up at the shop until 10 pm on friday night and then back in at 10 am on saturday morning to deal with the finishing touches. what is it about me and disc brakes?! yikes, it took us forever to get those babies bled.

    many many many many thanks to Nate at Outback Bike Shop for everything. i owe you huge and if your wife has divorced you as a result of your late return home on friday night i promise to marry you once the divorce is final!

    with my new baby finished and in hand i rushed out of town to make it up to preride the course......on time. well, sorta. ok, probably not at all on time but hey, it was p!ssing rain all morning, who wants to preride in a downpour?

    ready to preride...


    yeah, the course was a little muddy. what gave it away?


    race day dawned with clear blue skies and enough sunshine to reduce the mud bogs to puddles. still, i didn't regret my decision to go with a better mud tire than the pythons i prerode on.

    women's ex lines up


    dispelling rumors


    waiting to start


    my last 2 races (sorry, been slacking on the reports, but i promise to get them up soon) have been really tough and i've been spending far more time at the back of the pack than i'd like. once is good for humility. twice begins to take a toll on the ego. and i did not have high hopes for this race. my heart just wasn't in it.

    the horn sounds and we are off. i am about midpack as we hit the single track. overall i really like this course. it is the same trail system that i raced 2 weeks ago but a different course - slightly longer with a nasty waterbar climb in the middle. although the trail has dried out some since yesterday the roots (of which there are many) are still slick and the spots where there is exposed carolina red clay can be like riding on ice (how come those spots always seem to be on climbs?!)

    we get to the first technical rooty climb and tire and line choice become key. apparently i have chosen both well as i find myself passing ursula, amylynn, and then krista (all of whom i am sure will eventually catch me). i grind up the hill and find myself in the unfamiliar territory of sitting in 3rd place behind erin (pro) and carolyn. huh! i think to myself, maybe this race won't be that bad.

    but alas, my time in 3rd is short lived and ursula soon catches and passes me (along with another girl)...then krista...*sigh* i continue on trying to ride within myself and hope that i neither cramp nor come in last.

    down the fireroad descent, there's a nice line that's formed through the tight turn...no brakes needed. the sun has dried up the orange clay-mud field that packed up my tires duing my preride. into my least favorite section of the course. it's tight & twisty, with ill placed whoop-de-dos and no flow at all. then, just to break your spirit it finishes with a vile climb up to a baking field. can you tell how much i like this section? i come through the first tight twisting section, through 2 switchbacks and am down near the lake when i suddenly bury my front wheel into a muddy spot, weight too far forward, torque the front end completely around and endo hard landing mostly on my left elbow. OW! as i'm collecting myself amylynn comes past and is gone.

    back on my bike i finish up my first lap

    coming up...


    and passing through the feedzone...


    into my 2nd lap my legs decide to join my heart in not being into this whole racing thing. my pace drops some but i continue on without getting passed by anyone except sport men. as i climb up the hill toward the feedzone someone tells me i'm in 6th. i'm unenthused but figure i might as well finish since i'm certain what doesn't kill me must make me stronger. and it could go either way on this one.

    looking & feeling miserable


    i crawl through my 3rd lap and eventually roll through the finish. thrilled to be done i spin for a bit before joining everyone to be social. i ended up 7th, losing 6 minutes between my 1st and 3rd lap. not exactly a stellar performance but marginally better than my race 2 weeks ago.

    the good news is that i love my new bike!! it does everything i wanted it to do and more. the only thing that it doesn't do is get rid of the pain in my lower back but i'm beginning to think this a problem inherent in the rider and not the ride.

    at dinner i notice i've got a bruise on my knee from my crash on lap 1. chad looks at it and says 'what is that?!' then everyone else has to look at it as well...

    what is that imprint?


    bets were that it was the imprint of the topcap on my fork but when i looked closely later the patterns didn't match. so what was it?

    hmmm...check out the endcap...


    the only thing missing is the word "schwinn"! ouch!! what a souvenir!

    rt
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    Mmmmm...TITUS!!

    Welcome to the club! I still love my Hammerhead

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    Sweet Jesus!

    Now I'll go read the report...

    What's going on *rt*? You overtrained already? Still lingering lung crusies? Or just got the racing 'blahs'? I was thinking you'd be off and running down there, snapping women off your wheel from the word "go"! Hup! Hup! Hup! JK, though I'd have to say it took nerve (one personality trait you've got covered, I suppose) to race a bike with so few hours on both it and you. I'd be a nervous wrek with such a radical change in steeds! I bet once you get some saddle time you & the Titus will come out smokin' fast.

    None the less, great bike & pix, fun write up too. With that strong start, I'd have thought you'd reel in the few others ahead... but some days it's just not meant to be - especially after getting a bar end tat! Now go read my Socorro report already!

    PS Might try flipping the stem back over, or putting a spacer or two UNDER it, bringing your position up a bit - you look all aero'ed out, road position-style there! Might help your back.... I had a similar catharsis with my recurring shoulder cramps on the mtn bike. I'll sacrifice the aerodynamics in a mtbike race so that I can survive the 2-5 hours of pedaling!
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    I see a pattern here:
    1- 'I'm out of shape whoah is me excuse', new bike, blah blah blah
    2 - still kick ass in the race
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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*

    ready to preride...


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    PS This pic is sure to trigger a whole lot of Titus/*rt*/mtbr fan mail & tongue-waggling! Is it going on the Titus site? :-)
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    "my last 2 races have been really tough and i've been spending far more time at the back of the pack than i'd like"

    Its that white helmet. You need to go back to the yellow one. Way to hang in there though.

    PS--Pretty bike, but I prefer the Surly.
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    WoooHooooo!! Nice bike *rt*!! It's a beaut. I'll show you my new SS bike soon
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    There's something still missing...

    Yep, it's still missing the ultimate go-fast accessory - bar-end tassles. Definitely needs tassles.

    Nice bike, though it looks better since you got it muddy.

    Hasta,
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    That really is a schweeet ride!
    I've been having the same thing with my lower back, I end standing for 1/2 the race. Getting the major massage to loosen up the tight back muscles, hope it helps.
    I thought you were real sick just a few weeks ago? It takes a long time to get to 100%,It's a long season take care of yourself! You will be on the podium again soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*

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    Pretty darn nice Titus

    my only experience is with the Loco I got for Faye Light and fast), but I'm sure all that XTR and light stuff and lesser travel will make you a rocket, er rockettete, pick one.

    I'll be watching for 1 podium after another *rt*, Jim

    does this mean it's OK for me to start looking for a new bike too?

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    Hey! That's my bike!

    ... but I have to win the lottery first. I've been drooling over the RacerX for years now. I want one BAD! Niiiiiice!

    I see you even went with Ti and custom geometry... you don't mess around, do ya! What are you going to do with the rest of your lottery winnings?

    Nobody is going to mistake your bike for mine. Your's fits a 100-ish pound 5'2" gal, me... 5'11" 192# doughy mufugger with freakishly long arms. I can touch my knees without bending over. Okay, no I can't but you get the idea.

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    Great race report......as usual!!

    It's a shame things didn't go your way. You can at least take solice that you like the new ride and you didn't get injured.

    I'm looking forward to your next RR.

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    I spy...

    nice bike you got there...and those bike and you pics are sure only fuel the already large *rt* fan club. In the race lineup,i spy a pink rigid fork...and a singlespeed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    ...........PS Might try flipping the stem back over, or putting a spacer or two UNDER it, bringing your position up a bit - you look all aero'ed out, road position-style there! Might help your back.... I had a similar catharsis with my recurring shoulder cramps on the mtn bike. I'll sacrifice the aerodynamics in a mtbike race so that I can survive the 2-5 hours of pedaling!
    I agree with Glen on this one; it certainly can't hurt. I'd flip the sten over and put a couple of spacers under it. Your back will thank you.

    Nice pics; you're so cute in the before & after ride photos. :^D

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    So, do you think you'll get used to racing with camelbak?

    Sweet bike. We both run similiar set-up on our bike (240 disc/Python, RP3, CK, EC90) so I can imagine how fast your Titus feels. Let me know how you like the dual-control shifting. I think the rapid-rise derailleur will drive me nuts...

    Nice write up.

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    I can look at women wearing giant diamond rings, and not feel anything.

    But to have a Ti Racer X *and* to be among the expert women.....that's envy like no other!
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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    we get to the first technical rooty climb and tire and line choice become key. apparently i have chosen both well as i find myself passing ursula, amylynn, and then krista ..
    I know it's not about the bike and I'm sure your good line choice, tire choice and stellar technical riding skills played a major role in your kicking butt on this tech hill..... but I ride a Hammerhead 100x and you've gotta credit the RX rear end here a bit as well. It just sticks and stays active, clawing its way up this kind of stuff.


    Very, very nice ride. The bike and the race.
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    I like dirty pics...

    err...pics of dirty bikes. Looks like a sweet new ride that you have. And, judging by your smile, it looks like you had a great time breaking it in.

    Happy riding
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Faustus
    There's something still missing...

    Yep, it's still missing the ultimate go-fast accessory - bar-end tassles. Definitely needs tassles.
    Pink tassles would be a perfect match for the glitter grips.

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    Nice report and pics RT, as said I can't believe you went into that race riding a bike that you only finished putting up the night before. Way to stick with it, once you get some hours in on that baby and "meld" with it I'm sure you'll be up front in a race or two.


    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    PS This pic is sure to trigger a whole lot of Titus/*rt*/mtbr fan mail & tongue-waggling! Is it going on the Titus site? :-)
    Sweeeeeeeeeet bike, guess I'll be the first to say the rider matches the bike.
    BTW I think that bike classifies as a dream bike "drool"


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    ...........PS Might try flipping the stem back over, or putting a spacer or two UNDER it, bringing your position up a bit - you look all aero'ed out, road position-style there! Might help your back.... I had a similar catharsis with my recurring shoulder cramps on the mtn bike. I'll sacrifice the aerodynamics in a mtbike race so that I can survive the 2-5 hours of pedaling!
    I agree with Glen on this one; it certainly can't hurt. I'd flip the sten over and put a couple of spacers under it. Your back will thank you.
    I agree, I tried a 100mm stem from the 120m that came w/ my bike AND flipped it over but it was giving my neck grief from craning to look up and make sure I don't run into anything/anyone. Was great for the round the island -58miles- road ride weekend before last (tucked down and cranking away) but sucky for on the trail, I since flipped it back over and dropped 5mm of spacers from under the stem and even wit a ride around the yard it feels better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    must...meet...girl...who...rides...

    Got any sisters *rt* ;-)

    Great writeup and pics! Keep up the hard work and you're season will surely improve!

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    My dram bike as well...

    Quote Originally Posted by Christine
    I can look at women wearing giant diamond rings, and not feel anything.

    But to have a Ti Racer X *and* to be among the expert women.....that's envy like no other!
    Very well put. I couldn't agree more.

    So RT you went with disc's. Are they overkill or worth it? Being a little thing too I would love to hear your impressions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    'cause right now it sure as h3ll isn't about the rider!

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    Funny, I don't see either a FOX or Manitou shock on that bike...

    Backordered?

    Looks grea!. It's like a mountain bike, only smaller

    How long do you have to ride for Titus until you can retire and just take that thing out for fun? Sounds like you could use a vacation.

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    Sweet!

    Nice Bike Porn and Race report RT! Man that ride makes me want to give up the steel SS and go FS again. Well almost.
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    Mmmmm, Titus Ti...gurgle...drool...

    That bike is very nice. You just need escape the rat race and get a good mountain bike vacation. A solid weekend of backcountry epic riding to get you back into the swing of things. It would also be a good way to get aquainted with your new baby.
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    nice bike

    very impressed. Have fun with it. I enjoy the reports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    'cause right now it sure as h3ll isn't about the rider!
    Please excuse my being brash but i personally was falling asleep at all the pics of the bikey, until i saw one WITH the rider. meow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerSAC
    Welcome to the club! I still love my Hammerhead
    thanks! glad to be in the club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weasel
    I see a pattern here:
    1- 'I'm out of shape whoah is me excuse', new bike, blah blah blah
    2 - still kick ass in the race
    not sure if 3rd to last counts as kicking ass in a race but it would be cool if it does!

    thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wooglin
    "my last 2 races have been really tough and i've been spending far more time at the back of the pack than i'd like"

    Its that white helmet. You need to go back to the yellow one. Way to hang in there though.

    PS--Pretty bike, but I prefer the Surly.
    ah ha!! it's the helmet. i knew it had to be something simple. back to the yellow helmet.

    thanks. i am trying to learn how to love them both equally....but differently, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Faustus
    There's something still missing...

    Yep, it's still missing the ultimate go-fast accessory - bar-end tassles. Definitely needs tassles.

    Nice bike, though it looks better since you got it muddy.

    Hasta,
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    hehe. i actually have a set of go-fast bar-end tassles that a friend sent me but they are destined for the ss since they are pink and silver. i'll have to keep my eyes open for something appropriate for the new steed.

    much better looking when she's muddy.

    thanks tim!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justen
    Pink tassles would be a perfect match for the glitter grips.
    but they would clash terribly with the red fork. maybe blue and silver tassles instead? it really is all about how you look.

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    Nice bike, nice photo's. who is darkeyz_01?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    What's going on *rt*? You overtrained already? Still lingering lung crusies? Or just got the racing 'blahs'? I was thinking you'd be off and running down there, snapping women off your wheel from the word "go"! Hup! Hup! Hup! JK, though I'd have to say it took nerve (one personality trait you've got covered, I suppose) to race a bike with so few hours on both it and you. I'd be a nervous wrek with such a radical change in steeds! I bet once you get some saddle time you & the Titus will come out smokin' fast.
    not sure what's going on. i'm hoping it's just a combo of lingering funk from being sick and racing blahs. got lots of those racing blahs going on. but i think i'm going to concentrate on training this month, skip one of the races i'd planned and do a 6 hr race instead as a good training ride. hopefully by the time the next race in the series rolls around i'll be back to feeling good.

    not sure it took nerve so much as total and complete stupidity to race a bike i'd basically never ridden before! not my usual MO! on the other hand, i haven't been doing so hot at my recent races so i figured it wasn't exactly going to hurt my standing in the series points if i got out there and the bike blew up on me! besides, i had to steal parts off my HT to get the new baby built up and once i took the fork from the HT & changed out the crown race i was pretty much committed to riding the titus.

    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    None the less, great bike & pix, fun write up too. With that strong start, I'd have thought you'd reel in the few others ahead... but some days it's just not meant to be - especially after getting a bar end tat! Now go read my Socorro report already!
    a strong start is only as good as your ability to maintain the pace, which in my case these days is not so good!

    ok, i promise to go read your report asap!

    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    PS Might try flipping the stem back over, or putting a spacer or two UNDER it, bringing your position up a bit - you look all aero'ed out, road position-style there! Might help your back.... I had a similar catharsis with my recurring shoulder cramps on the mtn bike. I'll sacrifice the aerodynamics in a mtbike race so that I can survive the 2-5 hours of pedaling!
    i'll definately go give that a try. i also noticed that i've got a pretty steep drop from my saddle to my bars on this bike. much steeper than my HT, but oddly my back didn't hurt more. on the other hand, it didn't hurt less either so i'll play around with the spacers and bar height. anything to get rid of the pain in my back! by 1/2 way through the race my eyes are just about crossed from the pain which i'm sure is not helping to make my lap times more consistent.

    nice report!! only getting beaten by the pros eh? not too shabby at all! you rock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by radair
    I agree with Glen on this one; it certainly can't hurt. I'd flip the sten over and put a couple of spacers under it. Your back will thank you.

    Nice pics; you're so cute in the before & after ride photos. :^D
    thanks Rob!

    i'm going to give a higher bar position a try. i keep thinking that if i'm more stretched out it will help but maybe i've been going the wrong way and i just need to be a bit more upright. hmmm, come to think of it i've got a really upright position on my ss and it doesn't hurt my back at all! doh!

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    *grin*

    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    PS This pic is sure to trigger a whole lot of Titus/*rt*/mtbr fan mail & tongue-waggling! Is it going on the Titus site? :-)
    i'll put the whole report on the titus site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx
    Nice report and pics RT, as said I can't believe you went into that race riding a bike that you only finished putting up the night before. Way to stick with it, once you get some hours in on that baby and "meld" with it I'm sure you'll be up front in a race or two.
    hehe, yeah, i'm not always the sharpest tool in the shed! but as i said to glen i figured that since i haven't exactly been having a stellar season so far, even if the bike blew up mid-race i'd hardly ruin my chances for a top finish in the series.

    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx
    Sweeeeeeeeeet bike, guess I'll be the first to say the rider matches the bike.
    BTW I think that bike classifies as a dream bike "drool"
    thanks! it really is my dream bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx
    I agree, I tried a 100mm stem from the 120m that came w/ my bike AND flipped it over but it was giving my neck grief from craning to look up and make sure I don't run into anything/anyone. Was great for the round the island -58miles- road ride weekend before last (tucked down and cranking away) but sucky for on the trail, I since flipped it back over and dropped 5mm of spacers from under the stem and even wit a ride around the yard it feels better.
    yup! definately going to try changing the stem/bar positon around some this weekend to see if things improve. it's hard to tell though since my back never hurts except when i'm racing. grr! frustrating! hopefully a good position change will help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GotMojo?
    must...meet...girl...who...rides...

    Got any sisters *rt* ;-)

    Great writeup and pics! Keep up the hard work and you're season will surely improve!
    sorry, no sisters, and my brother's already married.

    thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T.
    WoooHooooo!! Nice bike *rt*!! It's a beaut. I'll show you my new SS bike soon
    your new lady is a beaut a well!! let me know how she does on the track.



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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin
    That really is a schweeet ride!
    I've been having the same thing with my lower back, I end standing for 1/2 the race. Getting the major massage to loosen up the tight back muscles, hope it helps.
    I thought you were real sick just a few weeks ago? It takes a long time to get to 100%,It's a long season take care of yourself! You will be on the podium again soon
    thanks merlin!

    i feel your pain. except not only does my back hurt but by about 1/2 way through the race my legs are killing me as well so i can't even stand. going to try to give myself a slightly more upright position like others have suggested and see if it helps.

    i was pretty sick up until about 3 weeks ago. it's so unfair that it takes 10 times longer to get the fitness back than it does to lose it!

    cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by STrackMike
    Oh you dirty,dirty girl!
    yup, very very dirty.

    still finding clumps of mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimC.
    my only experience is with the Loco I got for Faye Light and fast), but I'm sure all that XTR and light stuff and lesser travel will make you a rocket, er rockettete, pick one.

    I'll be watching for 1 podium after another *rt*, Jim

    does this mean it's OK for me to start looking for a new bike too?
    she's actually heavier than i wanted but still pretty light at a couple ounces under 24 lbs. would love to knock her down to about 23 lbs but i'm not sure exactly where i'd shave that weight from so for now i'm happy with her at 24.....granted if you're riding a 50 lb free ride pig 24 lbs sounds feathery!

    absolutely, you NEED to start looking for a new bike. hehehe.

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    nice report... very fast looking bike but I have to agree with someone else about that sexy pink rigid fork. don't you have one of those? buried under old sweaters in a box in the cellar or something...

    I flipped my negative angle stem on my truth over, not for any back pains, but because someone said (XTRKona) repeatedly, that the negative stem was the source of my weakness in descending. Little did he know, I do feel better onthe descents, but the stem is definitely not the only source so you may realize two benefits from flipping the stem. However, when you do that the thompson label is upside down, so it isn't as aesthetically pleasing so I'm sure the you'll go ouit and buy another stem, just to keep your fanclub happy

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    Hey *rt* what's the weight on that build?
    One day your life will flash before your eyes, will it be worth watching??

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    ... but I have to win the lottery first. I've been drooling over the RacerX for years now. I want one BAD! Niiiiiice!

    I see you even went with Ti and custom geometry... you don't mess around, do ya! What are you going to do with the rest of your lottery winnings?

    Nobody is going to mistake your bike for mine. Your's fits a 100-ish pound 5'2" gal, me... 5'11" 192# doughy mufugger with freakishly long arms. I can touch my knees without bending over. Okay, no I can't but you get the idea.
    LOL! after this baby i'm fresh out of lottery winnings! ;-) i decided to go with the custom geometry (which is only available in ti so what can you do?! ) because i happened to be one of those freaks who fell between sizes. also, i had a pretty good idea of what i wanted the bike to do and i thought that if i was going to spend my life savings on a bike i might as well just go whole hog (so to speak).

    huge props to titus for creating a bike that does everything i wanted. the higher bb really cuts down on pedal strikes and it corners so incredibly smoothly that i could amost cry.

    when you win the lottery i highly recommend a call to titus. (and not just 'cause they're sponsoring me and gave me a screaming deal on a bike......i still had to take out a second mortgage and will be eating ramen noodles for the next 2 years.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Shorts
    Great race report......as usual!!

    It's a shame things didn't go your way. You can at least take solice that you like the new ride and you didn't get injured.

    I'm looking forward to your next RR.
    thanks! that tattoo on my knee has turned into a really impressive bruise but other than that i did manage to come out of the race pretty much unscathed.

    cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dompedro3
    nice bike you got there...and those bike and you pics are sure only fuel the already large *rt* fan club. In the race lineup,i spy a pink rigid fork...and a singlespeed...
    you spy correctly. she was riding a rigid ss with a pink Kelly fork. i don't know her name but it was her first expert race and she will be doing the shenendoah 100 on that bike later this summer. kudos to her for racing her first ex race on a ss!! she's my hero.

    thanks. really pleased with my new baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine
    I can look at women wearing giant diamond rings, and not feel anything.

    But to have a Ti Racer X *and* to be among the expert women.....that's envy like no other!

    thanks christine!
    the bike is worthy of envy but the rider definately isn't!! i still can't believe that she's really mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    you spy correctly. she was riding a rigid ss with a pink Kelly fork. i don't know her name but it was her first expert race and she will be doing the shenendoah 100 on that bike later this summer. kudos to her for racing her first ex race on a ss!! she's my hero.
    Ah ha! That's Kristen I bet. Met her at Ouachita where she placed 3rd woman overall on that bike. This it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by -kelly-
    Very well put. I couldn't agree more.

    So RT you went with disc's. Are they overkill or worth it? Being a little thing too I would love to hear your impressions.
    hi kelly!

    yes, i went with discs and i'm really pleased. i could have had the bike a lot lighter without the discs but i don't think the weight trade off is that bad. the discs are AWESOME!! especially when i will have to race in rainy or super muddy conditions you can't beat disc brakes. i had disc brakes for a little while last year and really liked the stopping power but didn't like the brakes i had chosen so i went back to v's. i definitely don't think they are overkill. the modulation alone makes them worthwhile but it also makes the bike more versitile for times when i get to take it up to places like pisgah, nc or out to NM again for GITA in the fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potential Roadkill
    Nice Bike Porn and Race report RT! Man that ride makes me want to give up the steel SS and go FS again. Well almost.
    thanks!

    careful, the dark (geared) side might start calling you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportsman
    nice report... very fast looking bike but I have to agree with someone else about that sexy pink rigid fork. don't you have one of those? buried under old sweaters in a box in the cellar or something...

    I flipped my negative angle stem on my truth over, not for any back pains, but because someone said (XTRKona) repeatedly, that the negative stem was the source of my weakness in descending. Little did he know, I do feel better onthe descents, but the stem is definitely not the only source so you may realize two benefits from flipping the stem. However, when you do that the thompson label is upside down, so it isn't as aesthetically pleasing so I'm sure the you'll go ouit and buy another stem, just to keep your fanclub happy

    scott
    i do have one of those sexy pink forks sitting in my dining room (where else would you keep a sexy pink fork?!) but it is waiting for the appropriate time and place before i use it. yeah............thats it.

    no worries about having the logo upside down if i flip the stem - the ritchey stems have their name written in both directions. no bad asthetics here.

    thanks scott. now the rider needs to be as fast as the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew
    That bike is very nice. You just need escape the rat race and get a good mountain bike vacation. A solid weekend of backcountry epic riding to get you back into the swing of things. It would also be a good way to get aquainted with your new baby.
    thanks chris!

    i DO need an mtb vacation. when's your next trip up to pisgah. i'm dying to take the new bike up there and really test her out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy
    very impressed. Have fun with it. I enjoy the reports.
    thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wooglin
    Ah ha! That's Kristen I bet. Met her at Ouachita where she placed 3rd woman overall on that bike. This it?
    <img src ="http://forum.bikemag.com/photopost/data/500/1212ouachita8-med.jpg">
    yup! i'm pretty sure that's it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx
    Hey *rt* what's the weight on that build?
    according to the scale at my shop its a couple ounces under 24 lbs. i'd love it if she was down at 23 lbs but she climbs so well that i didn't really notice the additional weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kawboy8
    Nice bike, nice photo's. who is darkeyz_01?
    thanks.

    why do you ask about darkeyz_01?

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    Quote Originally Posted by forkboy
    Funny, I don't see either a FOX or Manitou shock on that bike...

    Backordered?

    Looks grea!. It's like a mountain bike, only smaller

    How long do you have to ride for Titus until you can retire and just take that thing out for fun? Sounds like you could use a vacation.
    that's because the Skareb is still sitting at the shop. i had to steal the SID off my HT because titus sent me a caliper for the front brake that was not compatible with the manitou fork. i'll have the manitou on there in a couple weeks.

    thanks! hehe.

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    Nice ride *rt*...

    I've been lusting for a RX for a while, you've got a nice one. Pretty ballsy to race that bad boy without a test run, sounds like she (he) held up great though. I built a new Superlight last season and did the same thing, that is, racing it right out of the shop. I wasn't so lucky though. I ran out of lock-tite when I got to the seat rail clamp bolts and said "screw it" it'll be okay. Guess what came off after one lap...you don't truly apreciate your saddle until you've had to ride standing up the whole way.

    I see that you've made the switch to a hydration pack, I seem to remember something about you and escaping water bottles last season I guess you can strike that off of your list of things to worry about now! Good luck with the new ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-Zero
    So, do you think you'll get used to racing with camelbak?

    Sweet bike. We both run similiar set-up on our bike (240 disc/Python, RP3, CK, EC90) so I can imagine how fast your Titus feels. Let me know how you like the dual-control shifting. I think the rapid-rise derailleur will drive me nuts...

    Nice write up.

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    not sure about the camelbak yet. wasn't my first choice but the frame is so small that a cage won't fit inside the triangle. the water bottle cage bolts are under the downtube! totally inconvenient not to mention i can only imagine what sort of stuff the bottle cage will bash into! so, i'm forced to race/ride with some sort of hydration pack. it's kinda hot and uncomfortable but i bought the smallest one i could find (50 oz) and i have to say i was better hydrated at my last race than at any race in recent memory. went through the entire 50 ozs and actually ran out before the end of my last lap! (i have a tendency to think i'm a camel when riding and rarely drink enough) unfortunately, i still had leg cramps at the end of my last lap but now i can be fairly confident that the problem isn't from dehydration!

    the rapid rise is much easier than i thought it was going to be. did a lot of misshifting during the race because i still have to think about how to shift. my poor thumb was wagging in the air a couple times when i wanted to upshift before i remembered what i needed to do. but with the sti shifting the rapid rise is fairly intuitive: push the lever down if you want the chain to move down to a smaller cog and up if you want to go up to a larger cog. what gets confusing is that the front der is the opposite: push down to get to a bigger ring and up to get to a smaller ring. this was much more of a problem for me while i was riding but i think i'll get used to it pretty quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    I know it's not about the bike and I'm sure your good line choice, tire choice and stellar technical riding skills played a major role in your kicking butt on this tech hill..... but I ride a Hammerhead 100x and you've gotta credit the RX rear end here a bit as well. It just sticks and stays active, clawing its way up this kind of stuff.


    Very, very nice ride. The bike and the race.
    absolutely. loved the way the RX climbed. i was amazed at how well the back tired glued itself to the ground and rolled up the climb. it was awesome!! felt as good if not better than my HT doing the same climb. makes up for the extra pound & 1/2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STinGa
    err...pics of dirty bikes. Looks like a sweet new ride that you have. And, judging by your smile, it looks like you had a great time breaking it in.

    Happy riding
    had a fantastic time breaking it in and can't wait to do it again this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorJD
    I've been lusting for a RX for a while, you've got a nice one. Pretty ballsy to race that bad boy without a test run, sounds like she (he) held up great though. I built a new Superlight last season and did the same thing, that is, racing it right out of the shop. I wasn't so lucky though. I ran out of lock-tite when I got to the seat rail clamp bolts and said "screw it" it'll be okay. Guess what came off after one lap...you don't truly apreciate your saddle until you've had to ride standing up the whole way.

    I see that you've made the switch to a hydration pack, I seem to remember something about you and escaping water bottles last season I guess you can strike that off of your list of things to worry about now! Good luck with the new ride!
    thanks!

    the RX is a good bike to lust for. it was my lust for one that prompted me to send them my stuff for sponsorship. glad i did too as i would have had to take out a 2nd mortgage to pay for my new ride otherwise!

    yeah, it was pretty stupid to race a bike i'd barely ridden. but for the most part it turned out well. only a loose headset at the end of the race which would explain that weird vibration i was getting from the front end from the middle of my 1st lap on! doh! i also figured that i'm not really in the running for points in the series i'm doing so if the bike did blow up in the middle of the race it wouldn't make a difference as far as knocking me off a podium spot in the long run!

    lol about the saddle incident. that must have hurt the legs!

    yeah, i've been forced to make the switch to a hydration pack. if you look closely you'll see that there is no place to mount a water bottle cage within the front triangle. just too little space. instead a cage can be mounted under the downtube but to reach down there would be massively inconvenient. so i went out and bought the smallest pack i could find (50 oz). it's not very comfortable to race with but i have to say that i was probably as well hydrated during this past race as i've ever been so it's not all bad.

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    Recommend the Hydrapak AS Race

    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    ... not sure about the camelbak yet. ... i'm forced to race/ride with some sort of hydration pack. it's kinda hot and uncomfortable but i bought the smallest one i could find (50 oz)...
    Hi *rt*,

    Give that Camelback to a needy youngster and get the Hyrdapak AS Race! I've had mine for going on 3 years now. Loved it during races and still use it for short rides. The air scoop shape really helps with air flowing over your back. The tight lycra material holds it steady. They have a 50oz and 70oz version now. The 50oz worked for me during my racing days; drink from it and a Cytomax bottle for 3 laps, then take one more Cytomax from a hand-off while slinging free the Hydrapak for one last kick-arse lap... if I had it in me still!

    Humm, where are you going to put an energy drink bottle? If not in jersey pocket, then I suspect you'll always be mixing it in your pack.

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    Oh yea, really really nice ride you got there! Welcome to the FS world! Now train like you want it... so you will win like you can! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaCruz
    Hi *rt*,

    Give that Camelback to a needy youngster and get the Hyrdapak AS Race! I've had mine for going on 3 years now. Loved it during races and still use it for short rides. The air scoop shape really helps with air flowing over your back. The tight lycra material holds it steady. They have a 50oz and 70oz version now. The 50oz worked for me during my racing days; drink from it and a Cytomax bottle for 3 laps, then take one more Cytomax from a hand-off while slinging free the Hydrapak for one last kick-arse lap... if I had it in me still!

    Humm, where are you going to put an energy drink bottle? If not in jersey pocket, then I suspect you'll always be mixing it in your pack.

    http://store.airbomb.com/ItemDesc.asp?IC=WB7160

    Oh yea, really really nice ride you got there! Welcome to the FS world! Now train like you want it... so you will win like you can! :-)

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    that looks pretty much like the camelbak that i'm using. i just find anything on my back to be hot and a little annoying. unfortunately, there is no place to put a bottle on my bike (hence the hydration pack). the front triangle is too small to fit a cage so they put the waterbottle mounts under the downtube. not very convenient.

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    by the way

    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    thanks chris!

    i DO need an mtb vacation. when's your next trip up to pisgah. i'm dying to take the new bike up there and really test her out.

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    Ummm....

    Will you marry me? You're hella sexy.

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    Hey sexy babe!

    Nice write-up/pics. Next race'll be better - hard to podium on a new ride that you haven't had a chance to ride around the block yet!

    Too bad you couldn't join us all in Froooweeta! Had some awesome rides, and had you been here, you could have seen me pull off some pretty good crashes.

    So, have you been keeping count of your on-line marriage proposals? What, are you up to about 40? 50? You just gots to stop posting those skin pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*

    i could have had the bike a lot lighter without the discs but i don't think the weight trade off is that bad.
    Not true! My CK ISO / Stan's wheelset (1490 grams with strips) and Magura Martas are lighter than say, Mavic Crossmax SL's and XTR brakes/shifters/etc. Especially with the Shimano STI set-ups.

    For you - I'd suggest a set of American Classic super-duper lightweight disk wheels (1350 grams or so). I think the disk/weight deal is a wash with lighter disk systems compared to your average middle/high-end rim brakes. Of course the most zoot rim brake wheelset and rim brakes will be a bit lighter, but then the slight weight gain is invaluable in the control dept., regardless of weather or arm fatigue!



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    more versitile for times when i get to take it up to places like pisgah, nc or out to NM again for GITA in the fall.

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    Will you marry me? You're hella sexy.

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    Nice approach.

    Are you going to marry her for her bike?

    How 'bout this:

    Roses are red
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    your bike is a beaut'
    and you are...

    I don't know *rt* personally, but from reading her great posts I do know she has a sense of humor.

    Seriously though- thats a sweet bike. Serious bike envy here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Endo
    Hey sexy babe!

    Nice write-up/pics. Next race'll be better - hard to podium on a new ride that you haven't had a chance to ride around the block yet!

    Too bad you couldn't join us all in Froooweeta! Had some awesome rides, and had you been here, you could have seen me pull off some pretty good crashes.

    So, have you been keeping count of your on-line marriage proposals? What, are you up to about 40? 50? You just gots to stop posting those skin pics!

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    hey yourself sexy dude!

    thanks. hope the next one will be better. i had a great couple rides this weekend and i'm going to mix things up a bit and skip the next xc race (next weekend) in favor of doing a 6 hr endurance race (in 2 weeks). yep, very hard to podium on a bike i don't know...but even harder when i can't seem to get my legs to cooperate. must beat legs into submission!

    so sorry i missed froooooweeta (yet again! ) would have loved to be able to join everyone for some awesome crashes...i mean rides.

    ya, i knew i shoulda skipped posting that pic of my sexy knee bruise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    Not true! My CK ISO / Stan's wheelset (1490 grams with strips) and Magura Martas are lighter than say, Mavic Crossmax SL's and XTR brakes/shifters/etc. Especially with the Shimano STI set-ups.
    hmmm....could be true. i actually haven't done a real weight comparison between my xtr/mavic 517 rim set up vs the DT Swiss disc set up i've got now.


    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    GIPPER? GITA? Is the one happening and the other one to be attended? It'll be far better this year. I promise!
    if GIPPER happens it will be very small and very informal. i've got my fingers crossed for GITA. i had a ball last year and would love to bring the new steed out to really test her on the good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    if GIPPER happens it will be very small and very informal. i've got my fingers crossed for GITA. i had a ball last year and would love to bring the new steed out to really test her on the good stuff.

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    um, sure. ok.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skywest
    Will you marry me? You're hella sexy.

    =)
    oh wait. i'm busy that weekend. sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adirondack Blues
    Nice approach.

    Are you going to marry her for her bike?

    How 'bout this:

    Roses are red
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    your bike is a beaut'
    and you are...

    I don't know *rt* personally, but from reading her great posts I do know she has a sense of humor.

    Seriously though- thats a sweet bike. Serious bike envy here.
    LOL. nice poem.

    thanks, really pleased with the bike. may even start writing her love poems soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportsman
    the new pink steed?

    scott
    yes, her too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    ! definately going to try changing the stem/bar positon around some this weekend to see if things improve. it's hard to tell though since my back never hurts except when i'm racing. grr! frustrating! hopefully a good position change will help.

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    I saw your post in a back pain thread.

    Lower Back Pain...?

    My back problem sounds very similar to what you described. I found one thing that helps a little.

    Get on your bike and warm up until your back starts hurting. Then get off an do this stretch.

    Stand facing the side of your bike. Grab the stem with one hand and the seat with the other. Bend over at the waist and let you arms extend leaning the bike away from you. Try to straighten you back, arms, and legs as much as possible. You can work your feet away from the bike. I try to get my back to be at a right angle to my legs. I think they call this the jackknife pose or something like that in yoga.

    I usually try to hold this stretch for a minute or so. While doing this stretch, I can actually feel my back gradually loosen up and the pain lessen. It is only temporary for me. I feel the pain come back eventually.

    Good luck on getting rid of your back pain. Please post if the changing the handle bar height/position helps you. That is something I was thinking about trying as well. I even considered something like a Jones bar or Mary bar.

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    thanks. i'll give that a try. i did something similar this past weekend - did 1 lap at my local trail (about 50 min), at about 20 min my back started to hurt, i finished out the lap and then stopped and stretched for maybe 2 minutes. my back hurt a lot less for my 2nd lap. didn't get rid of all the pain but seemed to help some.

    i did try flipping my stem for my ride this weekend as well (from -5* to +5*) but it didn't seem to help at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    ...the good news is that i love my new bike!! it does everything i wanted it to do and more. the only thing that it doesn't do is get rid of the pain in my lower back but i'm beginning to think this a problem inherent in the rider and not the ride.
    Sorry to hear about your results *rt*. But there's always the 'good' to go along with the 'bad'. Hope you figure out something to solve the back pain. That's always a toughie to figure out. Best of luck on your next race.

    Awesome rig! ... and it's always neat to see the *rt* fan club out in force

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    ... i owe you huge and if your wife has divorced you as a result of your late return home on friday night i promise to marry you once the divorce is final!
    Uhhh... better hope she doesn't read this or you might be in a little trouble spot. -LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by ®andyA
    Sorry to hear about your results *rt*. But there's always the 'good' to go along with the 'bad'. Hope you figure out something to solve the back pain. That's always a toughie to figure out. Best of luck on your next race.

    Awesome rig! ... and it's always neat to see the *rt* fan club out in force

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    Uhhh... better hope she doesn't read this or you might be in a little trouble spot. -LOL
    thanks randy!
    yup, the good to go with the bad is a fantastic new bike. hopefully i'll be able to sort out the back issues soon.

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    I know what's going on. You didn't make it to Fruita. All would be well in your world if you did...

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    frame sizing

    Beautiful bike RT! Just out of curiosity since you had custom geometry, I am wondering why the seat tube is so short given how much seat post extension you have. Was that for weight savings, or do you drop the seat all the way down to go freeriding on your XC bike?
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    frame size

    Beautiful bike RT! Just out of curiosity since you had custom geometry, I am wondering why the seat tube is so short given how much seat post extension you have. Was that for weight savings, or do you drop the seat all the way down to go freeriding on your XC bike?
    Stop being so pissed and save your energy for the ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    I know what's going on. You didn't make it to Fruita. All would be well in your world if you did...
    i think that's it exactly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychos
    Beautiful bike RT! Just out of curiosity since you had custom geometry, I am wondering why the seat tube is so short given how much seat post extension you have. Was that for weight savings, or do you drop the seat all the way down to go freeriding on your XC bike?
    LOL! no freeriding for me. honestly, i don't know why the seattube is so short. wish i had a better answer but that's just how they made it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychos
    Beautiful bike RT! Just out of curiosity since you had custom geometry, I am wondering why the seat tube is so short given how much seat post extension you have. Was that for weight savings, or do you drop the seat all the way down to go freeriding on your XC bike?
    Porbably to get acceptable standover clearance. My bike is set up the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justen
    Porbably to get acceptable standover clearance. My bike is set up the same way.
    could be. though i've got a ton of stanover clearance. my guess is that the shorter seattube provides the most stable geometry and best tolerances for the welds. but i don't really know squat about engineering so my guess is about as uneducated as they come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    thanks. i'll give that a try. i did something similar this past weekend - did 1 lap at my local trail (about 50 min), at about 20 min my back started to hurt, i finished out the lap and then stopped and stretched for maybe 2 minutes. my back hurt a lot less for my 2nd lap. didn't get rid of all the pain but seemed to help some.

    i did try flipping my stem for my ride this weekend as well (from -5* to +5*) but it didn't seem to help at all.

    rt
    Sorry to hear that flipping the stem didn't work, maybe try a shorter stem to bring you back towards the sadle a bit. Might also be sadle positioning or height, maybe a degree or too up or down and 3-5mm drop in height might help. If none of this helps maybe you'd better go see a doc and see if they can figure it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx
    Sorry to hear that flipping the stem didn't work, maybe try a shorter stem to bring you back towards the sadle a bit. Might also be sadle positioning or height, maybe a degree or too up or down and 3-5mm drop in height might help. If none of this helps maybe you'd better go see a doc and see if they can figure it out.
    think i'm going to try taking it in to one of the local shops and have a fit done. i've talked to several people who recommended on guy and he doesn't charge that much (especially if he can figure out the problem!). hopefully i'll be able to do it this week since i'm planning on doing a 6 hr race a week from sat and 6 hrs of screaming back pain does not sound like much fun!

    thanks for the suggestions though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    a 6 hr race a week from sat
    Where is there a 6hr race in the southeast a week from Saturday? And why didn't it make it onto my calendar?

    Not that I could do it in 6 hours mind you, but just so I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wooglin
    Where is there a 6hr race in the southeast a week from Saturday? And why didn't it make it onto my calendar?

    Not that I could do it in 6 hours mind you, but just so I know.
    Tsali. goneriding is putting on the 12 Hrs of Tsali and they have a 6 hr option for all us sissies who don't have the guts to ride for 12 hrs straight. apparently Tinker will be there.

    check it out at goneriding.com under events.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    Tsali. goneriding is putting on the 12 Hrs of Tsali and they have a 6 hr option for all us sissies who don't have the guts to ride for 12 hrs straight
    Damn. And I could even have done it in 6 hours.

    Good SS course I hear.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*

    i did try flipping my stem for my ride this weekend as well (from -5* to +5*) but it didn't seem to help at all.

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    Hmpf. Sounds like a Pro-Fit with a very good bike fitter/trainer type is indeed in order. Or some core-strengthening/sit-ups/yoga and so on . But you did lot's of that over the winter, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wooglin
    Damn. And I could even have done it in 6 hours.

    Good SS course I hear.....
    very good SS course but i think i would die after about 3 hrs. still, going to take the ss up with me and maybe do a lap on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    Hmpf. Sounds like a Pro-Fit with a very good bike fitter/trainer type is indeed in order. Or some core-strengthening/sit-ups/yoga and so on . But you did lot's of that over the winter, right?
    did lots of core strength over the winter & still doing yoga 1x/week so i don't think it's a core issue.

    got some good rec on a guy near by who does fitting. hopefully he'll be able to help me solve the problem.

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    ummmmm what was that?

    got some good rec on a guy near by who does fitting. hopefully he'll be able to help me solve the problem.

    It's official - I've spent too much time on this site when I can pick up the sexual innuendo out of the posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouchies
    got some good rec on a guy near by who does fitting. hopefully he'll be able to help me solve the problem.

    It's official - I've spent too much time on this site when I can pick up the sexual innuendo out of the posts.

    Got to figure out a way to get out of this da@n office...
    umm....there was no sexual innuendo in that post. you do need to figure out a way to get out of that office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    very good SS course but i think i would die after about 3 hrs. still, going to take the ss up with me and maybe do a lap on it.

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    I wouldn't suggest taking the ss with you. Its a spiritual thing, you seem to be teetering on the edge of darkness with the beautiful, soul-warming light that is your surly beckoning to you. If you take a lap on the surly, it will be difficult for you to remain in the shadowland, whose border is delineated by shifting. Once the ssing permagrin occupies the region of your face below the nose and above the chin, it wants to stay. Under these conditions, the reasonable thing to do would be to ride the ss for the last lap, but all of that Tarheel schoolin' will tell you to ride the ss while you're still fresh, before you get tired. Then you're going to get back on that there Titus, and trust me, I know of which I speak, it's going to feel like you're cheating! It won't be the same, and you'll see, in the future you'll find it easier to descend that slippery, exciting slope down to the addiction that is ssing...

    good luck with that

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportsman
    I wouldn't suggest taking the ss with you. Its a spiritual thing, you seem to be teetering on the edge of darkness with the beautiful, soul-warming light that is your surly beckoning to you. If you take a lap on the surly, it will be difficult for you to remain in the shadowland, whose border is delineated by shifting. Once the ssing permagrin occupies the region of your face below the nose and above the chin, it wants to stay. Under these conditions, the reasonable thing to do would be to ride the ss for the last lap, but all of that Tarheel schoolin' will tell you to ride the ss while you're still fresh, before you get tired. Then you're going to get back on that there Titus, and trust me, I know of which I speak, it's going to feel like you're cheating! It won't be the same, and you'll see, in the future you'll find it easier to descend that slippery, exciting slope down to the addiction that is ssing...

    good luck with that

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