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#76 2017-03-03 12:14:05

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

Now that I have 2 roadies, it got me thinking what I could do with my Marin Bear Valley hybrid. I was doing some searching and came across bikeforums.net. As I am looking thru different threads I start thinking I may have been a member there at one point. So I try my default screen name a login, BOOM first try. My last login was June '08.

I am thinking of mounting a set of CX tires my brother wanted to give me, then mount some panniers on it and force myself to do the 14 mile commute to work a couple of times.


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#77 2017-03-03 13:13:43

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

Nightcrawler wrote:

Now that I have 2 roadies, it got me thinking what I could do with my Marin Bear Valley hybrid. I was doing some searching and came across bikeforums.net. As I am looking thru different threads I start thinking I may have been a member there at one point. So I try my default screen name a login, BOOM first try. My last login was June '08.

I am thinking of mounting a set of CX tires my brother wanted to give me, then mount some panniers on it and force myself to do the 14 mile commute to work a couple of times.

In Albany morning traffic?! you'd be a greasy spot on the road in no time.  biggrin Even when I'm on the back roads in ballston lake people still blow by as if they are driving on the highway with their pants on fire being bitten to death by rabid racoon ninjas.


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#78 2017-03-03 13:50:22

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

Tactical Pancake wrote:

Nightcrawler wrote:

Now that I have 2 roadies, it got me thinking what I could do with my Marin Bear Valley hybrid. I was doing some searching and came across bikeforums.net. As I am looking thru different threads I start thinking I may have been a member there at one point. So I try my default screen name a login, BOOM first try. My last login was June '08.

I am thinking of mounting a set of CX tires my brother wanted to give me, then mount some panniers on it and force myself to do the 14 mile commute to work a couple of times.

In Albany morning traffic?! you'd be a greasy spot on the road in no time.  biggrin Even when I'm on the back roads in ballston lake people still blow by as if they are driving on the highway with their pants on fire being bitten to death by rabid racoon ninjas.

Speigletown to Latham. The only hairy parts are crossing route 9 in Latham and Rte 7 by Sonic.


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#79 2017-03-03 15:50:36

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

I commuted by bike all last summer.  Some mornings were tougher than others, but it was worth it.

Got a proper bike fit on my tri bike this morning.  Took about 90 minutes and felt well worth it.  Just about everything that could be tweaked was, and the positioning at the end felt great.  Aero and tight but comfortable.

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#80 2017-03-06 09:34:17

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

Shoes and pedals, so many options.  sad hmm


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#81 2017-03-06 23:00:29

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

I use Sidi Dominator's and Shimano XT or XTR pedals on all of my bikes. So much easier to walk around in MTB shoes as opposed to road shoes.


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#82 2017-03-06 23:14:39

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

Really depends on your usage.  I have Look pedals on the tri and roadie bikes, Forte campus (SPD cleat) on the mountains.  I like the campus pedals, a bit bulkier but they can be worn with flats or cleated shoes and they have taken a beating on my bikes.

If you have a performance bike in your area I'd recommend going to see them.

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#83 2017-03-07 10:21:02

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

Unfortunately there are no Performance shops in my area. I have something similar to the Campus on my single speed mountain bike. Currently all of my bikes have SPD and I would like to keep it that way.

SaabaruAero wrote:

I use Sidi Dominator's and Shimano XT or XTR pedals on all of my bikes. So much easier to walk around in MTB shoes as opposed to road shoes.

Absolutely. That's why I am trying to find a decent mountain shoe that doesn't look too bulky. And I will probably get a commuter shoe for the hybrid.


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#84 2017-03-07 10:32:35

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

I used Giro Rumble VR shoes and Crank Brothers Candy 1 pedals when I had my road bike.  Can't tell the shoes are clip-less and aren't bulky like some mountain bike shoes.  You can easily walk around in them since the cleat sits up into the sole.


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#85 2017-03-07 12:15:26

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

I'm digging the Giro Republic road for a commuter shoe.

http://media.performancebike.com/images/performance/products/product-hi/11-1283-BLK-ANGLE.jpg?resize=415px:415px&output-quality=85


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#86 2017-03-07 14:40:49

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

Shimano makes mellower looking ones too: http://www.shimano-lifestylegear.com/us … /index.php

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#87 2017-03-07 21:31:52

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

Nightcrawler wrote:

Absolutely. That's why I am trying to find a decent mountain shoe that doesn't look too bulky. And I will probably get a commuter shoe for the hybrid.

I use Specialized XC Expert Mountain shoes and Time ATAC pedals on all my bikes.  I'm considering some of their 2FO Clip Mountain shoes for commuting just because they don't look like cycling shoes.

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#88 2017-03-08 11:53:22

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

The SH-CT80 looks like a newer version of what I am using now. And I really like it. Might have found my commuter shoe.

http://www.shimano-lifestylegear.com/us … ontentsPro


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#89 2017-03-09 09:09:28

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

I know I have been all over the place with shoe options, but I finally made up my mind. Tuesday I stopped at 3 different shops to get a look at their selection. Not much of a selection due to it still being cold and not road season yet. I had a long conversation with the owner of the last shop I went to and he had me talked into a road shoe. He also said that even though I didn't buy the bike through him I can still bring it up and he will get me fitted, and shoes aligned correctly. This hasn't been mentioned at the shop I am buying it from. I thought that was pretty cool and since he was doing this for me I would buy the shoes and pedals from him. He almost had me in a pair of LG shoes and Look pedals for $225. I didn't pull the trigger that day and said I would definitely be back for the fitting.

Stopped at another bike shop yesterday that I didn't know existed. The biggest f'n bike shop I have ever seen, 2 stories and Specialized every where. They also had the largest shoe selection available at this point, and  alot of them were last years model at deep discounts. This doesn't normally work out for me because I wear a 10.5-11 and those are normally gone, until last night. I found a pair of Specialized Comps that were selling for $160 and I got them for $50 last night. So in essence a great deal made up my mind more than anything. I will keep the rest of the bikes with SPD though.
https://static.evanscycles.com/production/clothing/shoes/product-image/969-638/specialized-comp-road-shoe-EV180340-9999-1.jpg


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#90 2017-03-10 10:21:28

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

This is getting bad. Now I want to make changes to my Marin, since I can dedicate that to a commuter now.

This is the stock form my bike is basically in. I had to upgrade to grip shift because I broke the original triggers and the bike shop couldn't find the replacements. I have also added aero bars, just for an additional body/hand position.
http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/Bike … ear+Valley

Upgrades I am looking at are:
http://www.jensonusa.com/Aero-Bars/Dime … Top-TT-Bar
TT aerobars
Carbon fork
IssI Flip pedals
Add some lighting
2nd set of wheels with CX tires on them. Only because a friend has an extra set of wheels he wants to get rid of, and my brother has a set of CX tires he is giving me.

Last edited by Nightcrawler (2017-03-10 10:23:16)


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#91 2017-03-10 12:07:45

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

That seems like an odd combo, why aero bars?

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#92 2017-03-10 12:33:06

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

I meant more of a bullhorn bar rather than an aero bar


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#93 2017-03-10 13:20:46

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

So just the bullhorn?  Or the center aeros too?  These bits:

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0910/6368/products/t5c_03.jpg?v=1481038398

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#94 2017-03-10 17:15:47

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

I currently have aerobars on the bike. Up until today it was my 2nd road bike and the aerobars were there for an alternate position during longer rides. Now that the bike has been regulated to commuter duty they may no longer be necessary. So if the bullbars work out, I will see if the aerobars fit,  if they don't it's no big deal as the bike will be used for commutes that are 14 miles max.

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#95 2017-04-03 10:45:52

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

Finally had a nice day to take the new bike out for a ride yesterday. I really like it, feels a lot different than the 1999 bike I was riding. The Wahoo Bolt computer is awesome, will be better once I get Strava Premium and I can see what segments are upcoming. I had a quick fitting when I picked it up, but will probably go back for a full fitting. My hands seemed to go numb and stay that way for a while. I didn't know it was going to be so nice yesterday so I did an hour on the trainer in the morning, then went out for another hour in the in afternoon. My heart rate sucks and I still can't climb for shit.


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#96 2017-05-11 07:11:45

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

Holy shit. Went out for a ride with a bike shop last night. My buddy said hopefully it would be a big group and the ride wouldn't be so fast, nope. Only 6 of us rode, which I figured because the weather wasn't the best last night. We a 2hr 5min ride, 34 miles with 2200 ft of climbing. They fucking killed me yesterday, I was not ready for that type of ride this early in the season. Not to mention the avg temp was 47 with a low of 43. It took me about an hour to get feeling back in my toes. To make matters worse,I put a new saddle on Sunday, but never had the chance to ride after the install. I had the level right, but it seems the new saddle sat lower than the old one. I had such pain behind my knees half way through the ride.

I made it but I was a little pissed at the distance and ride time at that temp. It's the 2nd time I have ridden with them and they never give an estimate of time or distance before the ride. He just heads out, and calls out turns as we ride. Had I known it was 34 miles, I might have bailed before the ride, or asked for a cutoff for a shorter route for myself.

Then I found out that today was national ride to work day. I would have tried that if my legs weren't already fried.


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#97 2017-05-11 09:28:03

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

Nightcrawler wrote:

Holy shit. Went out for a ride with a bike shop last night. My buddy said hopefully it would be a big group and the ride wouldn't be so fast, nope. Only 6 of us rode, which I figured because the weather wasn't the best last night. We a 2hr 5min ride, 34 miles with 2200 ft of climbing. They fucking killed me yesterday, I was not ready for that type of ride this early in the season. Not to mention the avg temp was 47 with a low of 43. It took me about an hour to get feeling back in my toes. To make matters worse,I put a new saddle on Sunday, but never had the chance to ride after the install. I had the level right, but it seems the new saddle sat lower than the old one. I had such pain behind my knees half way through the ride.

I made it but I was a little pissed at the distance and ride time at that temp. It's the 2nd time I have ridden with them and they never give an estimate of time or distance before the ride. He just heads out, and calls out turns as we ride. Had I known it was 34 miles, I might have bailed before the ride, or asked for a cutoff for a shorter route for myself.

Then I found out that today was national ride to work day. I would have tried that if my legs weren't already fried.

http://www.bikeleague.org/content/bike- … s-events-0

You've got 8 days to recover, bike to work day isn't until the 19th.

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#98 2017-05-11 09:36:43

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

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Nightcrawler wrote:

Holy shit. Went out for a ride with a bike shop last night. My buddy said hopefully it would be a big group and the ride wouldn't be so fast, nope. Only 6 of us rode, which I figured because the weather wasn't the best last night. We a 2hr 5min ride, 34 miles with 2200 ft of climbing. They fucking killed me yesterday, I was not ready for that type of ride this early in the season. Not to mention the avg temp was 47 with a low of 43. It took me about an hour to get feeling back in my toes. To make matters worse,I put a new saddle on Sunday, but never had the chance to ride after the install. I had the level right, but it seems the new saddle sat lower than the old one. I had such pain behind my knees half way through the ride.

I made it but I was a little pissed at the distance and ride time at that temp. It's the 2nd time I have ridden with them and they never give an estimate of time or distance before the ride. He just heads out, and calls out turns as we ride. Had I known it was 34 miles, I might have bailed before the ride, or asked for a cutoff for a shorter route for myself.

Then I found out that today was national ride to work day. I would have tried that if my legs weren't already fried.

http://www.bikeleague.org/content/bike- … s-events-0

You've got 8 days to recover, bike to work day isn't until the 19th.

Well damn, I could have sworn I read it was today. Still sucks, because I am on vacation next week and wont be able to do it. May have to do it my first day back.


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#99 2017-05-11 18:17:39

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

Thought it was June 28...

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#100 2017-05-12 00:10:26

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Re: Finally, back on two wheels ( with no motor)

Just did a "Training ride" tonight. 45 miles in 2 hours, 2nd hour of that was at 26mph. First time I have been stayed in the peloton in quite a few years.


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