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    How bout Adam Craig

    racing SS in a UCI World Cup!

    <iframe title="Adam Criag Racing Single Speed At Windham World Cup" width="480" height="270" src="http://www.cyclingdirt.org/embed/NDM2NjQ1Mjkw?related=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p><a href="http://www.cyclingdirt.org/video/645290-Adam-Criag-Racing-Single-Speed-At-Windham-World-Cup">Watch more videos on CyclingDirt</a></p>

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    He's done it at a few cross races also!

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    Thats so damn cool and Adam is such a chill guy.....I wonder how his sponsors see it though. Wonder what they have to say about his race day bike selection. Not flaming...heck I only ride singles

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    They were saying that it was apparently one of the things he really wanted to do before he retired. He figured that Windham was one of the few courses where he would not be too badly disadvantaged by running SS, so he went for it. Very cool IMO. And he did well!

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    I feel like giant let's him do whaterver he wants since he's been with them for so long. I want to see what his setup was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onetrack View Post
    Thats so damn cool and Adam is such a chill guy.....I wonder how his sponsors see it though. Wonder what they have to say about his race day bike selection. Not flaming...heck I only ride singles
    I think Craig's sponsors know what they're getting with him. He's not going to win a World Cup XC race, but he's a great ambassador; interesting and funny guy.

    Some of my friends met him after the race. He said he ran a 34x17. Just to put things in perspective I raced in Grafton VT last weekend. There was 144' of elevation gain per mile and I ran a 34x20. Windham has 194' of gain per mile.

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    If you look at at his profile on the giant site, he was the 2007 SS world champ

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    Anyone have a pic or description of the bike he used?

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    not the best shot, but easy to find, and clearly shows a SS.


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    That second shot is badass!

    I like reading about this kind of stuff more than who even made the podium!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
    I like reading about this kind of stuff more than who even made the podium!


    While definitely not WC class or anything, I raced 12hrs at quantico on my rigid two weeks ago - basically 10 miles laps, as many as you can do in 12hrs. It was painful, but ranked 4th out of 19 in class. Over 450 riders in total and only 2 rigid's (including me) were raced.



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    Rad. Anyone know if that Giant is a SS frame or how the chain tension works on it?

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    Sounds like a magic gear.

    From his twitter page.

    "More magic... @shimanocycling came thru w/ fresh 9sp chain, which works MINT with a half-link and 34x17. Nap time then Windham shred time!"

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    Forget the SS...he rocked baggy shorts at a pro UCI World Cup race! Who does that? It's awesome that Adam doesn't take it too seriously. It's only a bike race after all.

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    Great rider, also does own or ride a road bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulsepro View Post
    Forget the SS...he rocked baggy shorts at a pro UCI World Cup race! Who does that? It's awesome that Adam doesn't take it too seriously. It's only a bike race after all.
    I 2nd the baggies comment at a WC XC event!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulsepro View Post
    Forget the SS...he rocked baggy shorts at a pro UCI World Cup race! Who does that? It's awesome that Adam doesn't take it too seriously. It's only a bike race after all.
    Who does that? Manuel Fumic.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pulsepro View Post
    Forget the SS...he rocked baggy shorts at a pro UCI World Cup race! Who does that? It's awesome that Adam doesn't take it too seriously. It's only a bike race after all.
    He is not the only one fwiw.. So, if a pro football player showed up to a game in jean shorts, would you get all excited and say how neat it is that he is not taking the game seriously...I mean afterall, it is just a game right?

    I don't care what they wear, but rockin' baggies isn't something I get all stoked on. Who cares?

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    AC is a pimp!!! ROCKIN SS and baggy shorts in WC and still beating dudes. Homie is sick in the enduro series.
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    I find no climbing bars on his bike more interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydbyk View Post
    He is not the only one fwiw.. So, if a pro football player showed up to a game in jean shorts, would you get all excited and say how neat it is that he is not taking the game seriously...I mean afterall, it is just a game right?

    I don't care what they wear, but rockin' baggies isn't something I get all stoked on. Who cares?
    I think you've missed the light-hearted nature of this thread. We're just talking about a pro bike racer who isn't affraid to be different or have some fun in an otherwise "serious" activity...pro MTB racing.

    Carry on if you must.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulsepro View Post
    I think you've missed the light-hearted nature of this thread. We're just talking about a pro bike racer who isn't affraid to be different or have some fun in an otherwise "serious" activity...pro MTB racing.

    Carry on if you must.
    Gotcha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydbyk View Post
    rockin' baggies isn't something I get all stoked on. Who cares?
    We do. If you don’t, carry on with my blessing. It takes all kinds of people to make a world, and I don’t mind in the least that you have a different perspective than we do. If we were all exactly the same, there’d be nothing to discuss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding View Post
    I find no climbing bars on his bike more interesting.
    In the booth at Mont Sainte-Anne, RobF and ThomasF were discussing this. ThomasF said that the bar ends were definitely on their way out of fashion in favour of (slightly) wider bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fryed_1 View Post


    While definitely not WC class or anything, I raced 12hrs at quantico on my rigid two weeks ago - basically 10 miles laps, as many as you can do in 12hrs. It was painful, but ranked 4th out of 19 in class. Over 450 riders in total and only 2 rigid's (including me) were raced.

    That's definitely NOT WC-class, but it definitely IS something to be proud of. I'm posting this before I search (sorry), but what about a "post your SS race results/pics" thread?

    -rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by surreal View Post
    That's definitely NOT WC-class, but it definitely IS something to be proud of. I'm posting this before I search (sorry), but what about a "post your SS race results/pics" thread?

    -rob
    I specifically said it wasn't lol. I was just glad to finish like I did. I think I might find me a light 80mm for the front for next time

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    Quote Originally Posted by raganwald View Post
    In the booth at Mont Sainte-Anne, RobF and ThomasF were discussing this. ThomasF said that the bar ends were definitely on their way out of fashion in favour of (slightly) wider bars.
    When the hell did people start putting bar ends on for "fashion"? Instead of RobF and ThomasF I'll just say F-Thomas and F-Rob too! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by DickTeaseDude View Post
    When the hell did people start putting bar ends on for "fashion"?
    I did not mean to imply it was a non-functional “look,” I guess the correct word should have been “trend.” The trend is away from bar-ends and towards slightly wider bars. I wonder if riders sit more these days or whether there’s some other reason for racers to move away from bar ends?

    Quote Originally Posted by DickTeaseDude View Post
    Instead of RobF and ThomasF I'll just say F-Thomas and F-Rob too! Lol
    My bad, I meant RobW and ThomasF.

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    I was just messing with you. I guess there will always be those who choose to be trendy. I'll just keep using what works for me. That's a narrow flat bar with bar ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raganwald View Post
    The trend is away from bar-ends and towards slightly wider bars.
    I actually like wider bars so i have more room to add bar ends. On skinny bars with your hands already narrow, the bar ends push them inward even more. Wider bars allow my chest to open up more, get my elbows out a bit, and still have room for the barends. I even run the barends on risers. Hows that for "fashion"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboy23 View Post
    I actually like wider bars so i have more room to add bar ends.
    I see you folks really like to play the “Literal Interpretation” card. very well... Sigh...

    The trend it towards bars that are slightly wider than the bars already were with their bar-ends. So if Trendy Tina already has bars slightly wider than average to accommodate her bar ends, she’s now switching to bars that are even wider so her chest and shoulders are in much the same mechanical position.

    You can do as you please with your bars and/or bar ends. Me, I like riding technical singletrack, so I don’t use things that can hook trees and/or saplings. But I have observed that XC racers in my neighborhood get a high diet of doubletrack, so I imagine this is not a consideration for them.

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    Wasn't arguing with ya Raganwald. Just adding that i like to use both, wide bars and barends.

    My ends are going to hook as much stuff as my 700mm bars are going to. Barends have yet to add any hooking factor. I do have really short ends, though.

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    Adam Craig has an updated blog, and talks quite a bit about his SS escapades in the World Cup race. A fun read that you guys might be interested in.

    Reading between the lines, it sounds like his Rabobank team management was very happy with his decision
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    Wow, what a great blog post. I totally hand it to Adam Craig. It sounds like under a lot of pressure he stood for (no pun intended) a vision- something more than most elite athletes strive for.

    This guy's humanity is something that inspires me to try my first race (SS of course). Experimenting is what pursuing visions and goals is all about. When we strive for success, leaving the door open for improvisation just opens the door further...for fulfillment beyond the podium.

    Even if Adam is not pursuing WC glory next year, his effort at Windham will have a lasting impact on this SSer. Thanks for that.

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    I was watching him race the Pro race at Nats this past weekend. Adam was geared (there was a brutal climb on that course).

    There was a young punk holding up a sign that read "You're losing" and he was waving it at all the riders as they would ride by on this climb. Most ignored it but by the 3rd or 4th lap Adam got fed up and snatched the sign and mocked the kid while climbing this massive hill one handed.

    Needless to say the crowd cheered and laughed and was in full support. Even dead last place in that race wasnt "losing" anything. I would like to see that punk kid climb that hill like those guys. What a tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    I was watching him race the Pro race at Nats this past weekend. Adam was geared (there was a brutal climb on that course).

    There was a young punk holding up a sign that read "You're losing" and he was waving it at all the riders as they would ride by on this climb. Most ignored it but by the 3rd or 4th lap Adam got fed up and snatched the sign and mocked the kid while climbing this massive hill one handed.

    Needless to say the crowd cheered and laughed and was in full support. Even dead last place in that race wasnt "losing" anything. I would like to see that punk kid climb that hill like those guys. What a tool.
    Lemme guess. A DH kid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
    Adam Craig has an updated blog, and talks quite a bit about his SS escapades in the World Cup race. A fun read that you guys might be interested in.

    Reading between the lines, it sounds like his Rabobank team management was very happy with his decision
    Adam Craig - blog / professional mountain biker / adventure / rally / kayak / ski
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydbyk View Post
    Lemme guess. A DH kid

    I wouldn't surprise me.... Im not going to lie, there were a lot of snobby young punks racing at Nats. I wont tell you about my Pump Track experience. Almost got into a brawl with one of em.
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