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vvill
01-27-2016, 11:35 AM
For this Pointless Prize, you log as many ride days on different bikes as you can, with a minimum of 2.0 miles in one day on a bike to count a bike, with the following rules:


You may only add to your n count by one bike per day.
You must submit [at least] one photo per bike that shows the bike (rider does not have to be included), and a brief description of the bike and your ride on the bike. Post submissions in this thread and feel free to edit existing posts to update your count. You can link to your Strava activity and add the photo(s) there, or just post text and an image/link to an image if you don't want to use Strava - or you can use some combination thereof. (The mileage requirement is based on the honor system.)
Bikeshare systems count as one bike (each system can count separately). Exceptions may be made for say, the Cherry Blossom pink CaBi (bikeinbloom). Tandems, recumbents, unicycles, trikes and ElliptiGOs are allowed. Scooters, skateboards, roller blades, etc. are not. Trainer rides and stationary bikes do not count. Underground rides count as long as you have an accurate odometer AND include a photo showing the mileage on said odometer. Anyone submitting ELF rides will be summarily disqualified (just kidding... or not?).


This pointless prize/sidebet starts 1/27 - pre-dated rides during BAFS2016 do not count, sorry! You may (and are implicitly encouraged to) borrow team mates' or fellow riders' bikes.

Value of prize to be awarded will be a function of the number of participants, and the winning value of n. Prize will be split in the event of a tie, although bonus points may be arbitrarily awarded for unusual rides/bikes.



Final totals

Top 10
kayakcyndi = 17
Raymo853 = 11
vvill = 10
QuikAF77 = 9
trailrunner = 8
ShawnoftheDread = 8
dcv = 7
Boomer2U = 6
americancyclo = 4 with +1 bonus point
Subby = 5

11-18
sethpo = 3.98 (0.01 deducted twice for incomplete submissions that could be easily completed)
Steve O = 3.666 (Devil's number, and partial credit for griping about previously ridden bikes on travel).
Amalitza = 3
TwoWheelsDC = 2.5 (one incomplete submission - no photo)
Judd = 2
lbds137 = 2
DCAKen = 1
Rod Smith = 1

ShawnoftheDread
01-27-2016, 11:41 AM
I can't believe you're allowing ElliptiGOs. It's like I don't even know who you are.

vvill
01-27-2016, 11:46 AM
I can't believe you're allowing ElliptiGOs. It's like I don't even know who you are.

Are you against encouraging someone riding 2+ miles in the winter on an ElliptiGO?!

ShawnoftheDread
01-27-2016, 11:51 AM
I'm against them no matter what on aesthetic grounds.

TwoWheelsDC
01-27-2016, 11:52 AM
Hmmmm...with Bikeshare I could theoretically get up to 6, but that would mean taking the trainer tire off my Cannondale, and I really don't want to do that...

vvill
01-27-2016, 11:58 AM
Hmmmm...with Bikeshare I could theoretically get up to 6, but that would mean taking the trainer tire off my Cannondale, and I really don't want to do that...

I have SPD-SLs on two of my bikes...

KayakCyndi
01-27-2016, 11:58 AM
Two mile hot laps around Mike's, Kindred, Amouri, Best Buns, Java Shack and Swings from now until March 20th?

vvill
01-27-2016, 12:17 PM
Two mile hot laps around Mike's, Kindred, Amouri, Best Buns, Java Shack and Swings from now until March 20th?

Yes! But only as hot as you would want to do on someone else's bike that might not fit properly - and possibly with flat shoes on clipless pedals. Or on a fixed gear, even. :D

(And as with the main FS competition it's more about consistency than anything else, given that you can only add 1 to your n each day!)

TwoWheelsDC
01-27-2016, 12:22 PM
I have SPD-SLs on two of my bikes...

I just (well, this summer) switched to Looks!

Steve O
01-27-2016, 12:24 PM
This pointless prize/sidebet starts 1/27 - pre-dated rides during BAFS2016 do not count...

I was liking this bet until I got to this line, which disqualifies my LA rental and my Boulder Bikeshare bikes.
plbbbltltlllbbbbttt!!:p



....sorry!

sure you are.

vvill
01-27-2016, 12:39 PM
I was liking this bet until I got to this line, which disqualifies my LA rental and my Boulder Bikeshare bikes.

I really did want to start from the first day of BAFS but just didn't get around to posting anything! I figured it wouldn't be fair to allow backdating because some folks would start with higher numbers already, and not everyone takes photos. You can still submit them if you have photos, maybe they'll get used in a tiebreaker... also: I might take beer bribes.

Ok, so to kick things off:

N = 1, 1/27/16
I noticed a strange noise in the back. Two broken spokes on the rear wheel (my first ever, finally!). Two slow miles on paved, plowed but narrow roads and lots of melting runoff. Sunshine was great. Rigid 26" MTB on studs.
http://scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xtf1/t51.2885-15/s320x320/e15/12545391_1649091838684311_1147650553_n.jpg

N = 2, 1/28/16
Went to check out the trails, especially the route to DC. Roads are probably still better overall. Studs aren't exactly required, but I prefer them still. CX bike.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBF9Fc4o1Ia/media?size=m

CPTJohnC
01-27-2016, 03:01 PM
I'm sorely tempted to try for this one, but somehow I think I'll be eclipsed in short order. I have a grand total of 8 bikes at home and a Cabi membership... Hmmm... how much time each day can I afford to waste doing test rides at Bikenetic...?

BrŁnÝ Moore
01-27-2016, 03:54 PM
More to the point, how much time can the very bored bike shop employees in the challenge spend test riding bikes?

sethpo
01-27-2016, 03:58 PM
More to the point, how much time can the very bored bike shop employees in the challenge spend test riding bikes?

Do you have any fat bikes that need to be test ridden?

ShawnoftheDread
01-27-2016, 07:00 PM
More to the point, how much time can the very bored bike shop employees in the challenge spend test riding bikes?

Only 10 minutes per day for the rest of the challenge sounds easily doable.

KayakCyndi
01-27-2016, 08:51 PM
N=1 Surly Ogre shod with studs.
1/27/2016

http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/27/70cf567dd2e79537acd9d6cce67ca12a.jpg

Seemed like overkill on the Custis tonight on the way home. But it has proven to be the perfect choice these past few days and likely will be again tomorrow morning when all that melt turns to ice. And to think I had been considering selling this bike. Maybe not ....

sethpo
01-28-2016, 07:31 AM
Here we go:

Jan 26: My old Kona rigid MTB rolling on 26er studded tires to explore possible bike-friendly exits from my neighborhood. There were none.


Jan 27: Rode to work anyway which entailed three rather long periods of portage and some unpleasant co-existence with large metal death machines along Montrose and Old Georgetown Roads. Volagi Ti running Conti Top Contact winter tires.

Rod Smith
01-28-2016, 07:55 AM
The Smith Army Bike's final ride was January 20th

KayakCyndi
01-28-2016, 01:43 PM
N=2 CABI
1/28/2016
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/28/ac8c60747c05d7b7fd2cc8a38b4dcc26.jpg

Bikeshare is a wonderful invention. My 2.4 mile spin was a nice break from the drudgery of the office. I only wish someone would make a portable coffee holder that you could attach. Riding the CABI through the already bad DC roads made worse by ice, snow and slush was a challenge.

BrŁnÝ Moore
01-28-2016, 10:56 PM
Took a Surly Instigator 2.0 for several laps inside the shop while we were dead today (PLEASE, will SOMEBODY come visit us bikeshopminions?). Unfortunately, the building we're in doesn't get reception or GPS signals of any kind, so my Strava track never started.

So much for that idea.

Subby
01-29-2016, 12:39 AM
1071110712

N=1
1-28-16

Made the...ahem... unwise* decision to ride my road bike (2006 Orbea Onix) to work this morning. Sure, it's been part of countless crashes and 5 broken bones and a torn kidney, but NOT TODAY. The afternoon was actually pretty nice!


*dumbass

Sunyata
01-29-2016, 07:49 AM
Took a Surly Instigator 2.0 for several laps inside the shop while we were dead today (PLEASE, will SOMEBODY come visit us bikeshopminions?). Unfortunately, the building we're in doesn't get reception or GPS signals of any kind, so my Strava track never started.

So much for that idea.

Aaaaaaand... Indoor riding does not count. :cool:

ShawnoftheDread
01-29-2016, 09:45 AM
1071110712

N=1
1-28-16

Made the...ahem... unwise* decision to ride my road bike (2006 Orbea Onix) to work this morning. Sure, it's been part of countless crashes and 5 broken bones and a torn kidney, but NOT TODAY. The afternoon was actually pretty nice!


*dumbass

Maniac.

americancyclo
01-29-2016, 10:22 AM
Aaaaaaand... Indoor riding does not count. :cool:


Trainer rides and stationary bikes do not count. Underground rides count as long as you have an accurate odometer.
Does that mean that underground rides count towards vvill's prize, but not BAFS total points/mileage?

vvill
01-29-2016, 12:05 PM
Does that mean that underground rides count towards vvill's prize, but not BAFS total points/mileage?

I was under the assumption that underground rides did count for BAFS (at least this year), which is why I let them count for this prize.

But it's pretty tough to get 2.0 miles inside a LBS anyway I imagine.

americancyclo
01-29-2016, 12:34 PM
Took a Surly Instigator 2.0 for several laps inside the shop


Aaaaaaand... Indoor riding does not count. :cool:


I was under the assumption that underground rides did count for BAFS (at least this year), which is why I let them count for this prize.

But it's pretty tough to get 2.0 miles inside a LBS anyway I imagine.

I assumed that the "inside the shop" was in a parking garage attached to the shop, because MY FRAME OF REFERENCE ONLY! Also, maybe BrŁnÝ was making a joke.

so yeah, i guess i agree that riding inside a shop on the showroom floor doesn't count.

the rules say:


3) Trainer rides don’t count. Mark your rides as such or include #NOBAFS in the title to exclude them. Take your bike outside and ride it some distance across the surface of the earth in order to earn points.

I would assume that a parking garage would count, but only if it's cold and exposed to the elements? I dunno. My parking garage at work is a subterranean toasty 65 degrees with two doors to the elements that are always kept closed, and I would feel guilty posting up a ride and claiming points.

I would however totally count a ride in the parking garage at WFC metro, since it's open on all walls, and it might be a convenient place to ride without worrying too much about ice/snow buildup.

TwoWheelsDC
01-29-2016, 12:41 PM
I would however totally count a ride in the parking garage at WFC metro, since it's open on all walls, and it might be a convenient place to ride without worrying too much about ice/snow buildup.

You should get the points just for the mind- and ass-numbing drudgery of riding circles in a cold parking garage.

vvill
01-29-2016, 01:35 PM
I assumed that the "inside the shop" was in a parking garage attached to the shop, because MY FRAME OF REFERENCE ONLY! Also, maybe BrŁnÝ was making a joke.

I just assumed BrŁnÝ had a LOT of time on his hands!

Ok, if it matters (I suspect not), for the purposes of this Prize: I will accept 2.0+ mile rides that aren't GPS tracked as long as you have a photo showing the odometer reading (in addition to other requirements). I will update my original post too.

KayakCyndi
01-29-2016, 02:35 PM
N=3 Volagi Viaje sporting Xerxes 30 mm studs (120 TPI)
1/29/2016
https://www.strava.com/activities/481295127

10735
10736

Oh how I have missed going anything over 10 mph and riding anything that weighs less than 30 lbs! The Viaje felt down right zippy today as Pete and I rode a few recon laps around Navy Federal. The 45North Xerxes in the 120 TPI are amazingly light You almost forget you are on studs -- right up until you need them! Spendy? Yes. Worth i t? Absolutely!

hozn
01-29-2016, 05:46 PM
I just got mine in the mail. Going on this weekend, just in time for the 60į weather.

Subby
01-29-2016, 07:20 PM
10739

1/29/2016

N=2

2008 Kona Major Jake with Nokian Hakkeplitta A10 700 x 32 72 Studs. Definitely not enough for the goddamn MVT which remains ungoddamnplowed. This bike and tires (which are really "studs-lite") are happiest in fresh powder. When I went out at 12:05am last Saturday it was pure awesomeness. I just ordered some 45NRTH 700x38s which I think will be a little more hearty.

vvill
01-29-2016, 07:36 PM
2008 Kona Major Jake with Nokian Hakkeplitta A10 700 x 32 72 Studs. Definitely not enough for the goddamn MVT which remains ungoddamnplowed. This bike and tires (which are really "studs-lite") are happiest in fresh powder. When I went out at 12:05am last Saturday it was pure awesomeness. I just ordered some 45NRTH 700x38s which I think will be a little more hearty.

I'm looking forward to not riding studs. 8 days in a row I think, so far...

Will 38s clear that frame/fork? I'm assuming they're for that bike.

Subby
01-29-2016, 07:38 PM
Will 38s clear that frame/fork? I'm assuming they're for that bike.
I am assuming so - when I bought the bike off of ebay he shipped some 38s and 35s in the box along with the tires on the bike. So using that lazy af research I have deduced that, yes, they will fit! Possibly related: keep an eye out on DC Used for these tires in the next two weeks.

vvill
01-30-2016, 07:12 PM
N = 3 1/30/2016
http://scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e15/12424699_1570177823268071_868607842_n.jpg
20 mile North Arlington hills ride on a bike < 25lbs and without studs, yay! Gearing was just about right.

KayakCyndi
02-01-2016, 06:38 AM
N=4 Volagi Liscio
1/31/2016
Bikenetic loopy shop ride. 38miles.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160201/eb036c5c1f700d99f49f6d9c14f49d2c.jpg

Snow on the margins but the roads were blissfully clear. Lovely morning for laps around Navy Federal. I've got the legs. Need to work on the lungs.

Subby
02-01-2016, 10:11 AM
10801

1/30/2016

N=3

https://www.strava.com/activities/482251313

2015 Specialized Langster fixed gear with 23 slicks. Bike is too big for me but I love love love it so I am going to get a shorter stem and more narrow handlebars and make it work. Light sculpture in the picture is one of my favorite things in falls church - you can see it from Great Falls Street right past Lincoln Park.

vvill
02-01-2016, 12:25 PM
2015 Specialized Langster fixed gear with 23 slicks. Bike is too big for me but I love love love it so I am going to get a shorter stem and more narrow handlebars and make it work. Light sculpture in the picture is one of my favorite things in falls church - you can see it from Great Falls Street right past Lincoln Park.

I love that too, always wanted to stop and snap a pic!

Incidentally I feel like my Wabi fixed gear is just a little small... 2.0 mile pedal swap + ride swap sometime??

americancyclo
02-01-2016, 02:25 PM
2015 Specialized Langster fixed gear with 23 slicks. Bike is too big for me
if it's a 58 I'd be happy to take it off your hands!

DCAKen
02-03-2016, 12:43 PM
10861

n+1

1/28/16-2/1/16

I took a trip to Maui for a friend's 50th birthday party. She got me in touch with one of her friends who works at a local bike store, who provided me with this nice Specialized Tarmac. I got out every day on the long weekend here, but two rides really stuck out in my mind. The first (https://www.strava.com/activities/483265701) was going north from the hotel, doing part of the very hilly northern coastal road, including the Honokohau Bay Wall (https://www.strava.com/segments/612611) (with one short 17% grade section). The other (https://www.strava.com/activities/483741776) was heading south and exploring the Honokohau Ditch trail, a surprisingly nice bike trail out in the middle of nowhere.

Raymo853
02-04-2016, 11:28 AM
Right now at 4 for Sun 31st through yesterday Wed Feb 3. (Sun - Salsa El Mar Ti, (https://www.strava.com/activities/483211468) Mon - Wheeler 2800 (https://www.strava.com/activities/483538060), Tue - Blue Parabola (https://www.strava.com/activities/484617005), Wed - Salsa Colossal (https://www.strava.com/activities/484971942). Tonight I am riding my Salsa Colossal to pick up my IF Deluxe and then ride it home for 5. May ride my wife's Crockett to work Friday for 6. Hmm then maybe this Sat I'll pull out my Spearfish for 7. Then Sunday I can ride my wife's Niner Jet and Monday her Niner Air to work for 9.

Oh Jehovah , we have too many bikes. Because even after this list, there are another 2. (IF Club Racer and my mother-in-law's old road bike)

10867108681086910870

KayakCyndi
02-06-2016, 02:17 PM
N=5 Masi Speciale CX
2/6/2016
Jamestown Island loop

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/d7d077c3b69f93ef50e8d7155c256f85.jpg

I have taken hundreds of versions of this same photo -- bike on Jamestown bridge. Regardless of ride, season or weather it is one of my favorite places on earth.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160206/88037968f2dfc78555b30d648633ed5d.jpg

vvill
02-06-2016, 04:01 PM
I keep forgetting to take pictures of my road bike on my road bike rides. Oh well, there's always tomorrow!

Edit: coffeeneur got a picture of my bike today (http://scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/12543273_817134971741929_1535786685_n.jpg). yay!

2/6/2016
N = 4
This is a "GTR Series 1" road bike, with a bunch of upgrades made over the years. It was my first road bike/bike with drop bars and although it doesn't get as much ride time as it used to, it still works pretty well for a road century. This was with the DC Randonneurs crew.

trailrunner
02-07-2016, 09:25 AM
10909

7 February 2016
Trek Madone from around 2004 or so
outside of Clifton VA, just before climbing the wall

this is n=1 for trailrunner

KayakCyndi
02-08-2016, 09:25 AM
N=6 Raleigh Furley Singlespeed
2/8/2016

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160208/9b059f5d2ef4bbabe57ea9334aaeb1cc.jpg

dcv is one of the best sources for n+1 that I know. A casual discussion at coffee one morning last fall about needing n+1 resulted in Vin finding me this within hours. I haven't ridden it in awhile and almost forgot how fun it is. But no, I still don't want to race Singlespeed cx.

Subby
02-08-2016, 12:45 PM
N=6 Raleigh Furley Singlespeed
2/8/2016

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160208/9b059f5d2ef4bbabe57ea9334aaeb1cc.jpg

dcv is one of the best sources for n+1 that I know. A casual discussion at coffee one morning last fall about needing n+1 resulted in Vin finding me this within hours. I haven't ridden it in awhile and almost forgot how fun it is. But no, I still don't want to race Singlespeed cx.
Heh as soon as we parted this morning I realized I failed to mention, once again, how much I love that bike. CX single speed is definitely #1 on my list for next bike.

KayakCyndi
02-08-2016, 01:16 PM
Heh as soon as we parted this morning I realized I failed to mention, once again, how much I love that bike. CX single speed is definitely #1 on my list for next bike.

Ha! Don't let dcv hear you say that ....

dkel
02-08-2016, 02:02 PM
heh as soon as we parted this morning i realized i failed to mention, once again, how much i love that bike. Cx single speed is definitely #1 on my list for next bike.

10916

cx fg ftw!

Raymo853
02-08-2016, 02:12 PM
Now at 6. Rode my IF 29er SS on Thursday and my wife's Jet 9 on Sunday.

https://www.strava.com/activities/486070911
https://www.strava.com/activities/487969551

1091710918

Raymo853
02-08-2016, 03:53 PM
Now at 6. Rode my IF 29er SS on Thursday and my wife's Jet 9 on Sunday.


Now at 7. Rode my wife's Crokette to Rite Aid.
https://www.strava.com/activities/489081575

10919

trailrunner
02-08-2016, 07:25 PM
10922

8 February
3.25 miles into my commute home, I could smell the incense from the temple when I took this picture
this is my old Rockhopper that I bought in 1992 - rode it a lot, raced it a bit, and now it's one of my commuters
n=2 for trailrunner

vvill
02-08-2016, 07:37 PM
this is my old Rockhopper that I bought in 1992 - rode it a lot, raced it a bit, and now it's one of my commuters
n=2 for trailrunner

I love it when bikes have double lives! Or triple lives, etc.

dcv
02-08-2016, 08:10 PM
Ha! Don't let dcv hear you say that ....

Did Chris tell you how he found his Langster?

KayakCyndi
02-08-2016, 08:12 PM
Did Chris tell you how he found his Langster?

Oh yes I know. As I said you are the n+1 King!

KayakCyndi
02-12-2016, 07:53 AM
N=7 vvill's Raleigh RSX
2/12/2016 -- https://www.strava.com/activities/491705289
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160212/787e493c0509e7a83f480d449d3e568d.jpg
Took the opportunity to trade bikes with Will on the way back from FCCII. Love the RSX. The fit was just about perfect with no adjustments. The belt drive was super quiet. So light. This would be a lovely n+1!

Anyone wanna meet at Haines next week for a little bike swapping?

vvill
02-12-2016, 08:40 AM
Now it's game on! Here's the corroborating evidence:

n=5 2/12/2016

This was my first time on a Volagi, and probably 3rd time on a carbon frame - this thing was really smooth! I have (what is listed as) 28mm/32mm F/R tires on my RXS right now but this actually felt smoother. I also didn't mind the 38mm bars at all after riding 42mm, wasn't twitchy at all. Also my first time trying Bar Mitts as opposed to Moose Mitts (I had to swap to my less bulky gloves to fit my hands in).
1094710948

This is really fueling my desire to get a nice riding carbon frame with disc brakes...

TwoWheelsDC
02-12-2016, 09:13 AM
I also didn't mind the 38mm bars at all after riding 42mm, wasn't twitchy at all.

My Cinelli has 38mm bars. Feels weird when I ride it for a while and then ride my Cervelo (or vice versa), which has 42mm bars, but I've grown to prefer it and it makes me want to put 40s on the Cervelo.

vvill
02-12-2016, 09:26 AM
My Cinelli has 38mm bars. Feels weird when I ride it for a while and then ride my Cervelo (or vice versa), which has 42mm bars, but I've grown to prefer it and it makes me want to put 40s on the Cervelo.

I generally ride 40mm (center-to-center) but my CX bikes have come with 42mm, and then modern MTBs are crazy wide, so I've gotten used to wider bars as well as my default. I honestly don't know what's best but I don't have wide shoulders. I think one day I'd like to try something with flared drops but normal straight-up hoods - I like where the hoods are but could see flared drops being a bit more comfortable/powerful.

KayakCyndi
02-12-2016, 10:15 AM
Now it's game on! Here's the corroborating evidence:

n=5 2/12/2016

This was my first time on a Volagi, and probably 3rd time on a carbon frame - this thing was really smooth! I have (what is listed as) 28mm/32mm F/R tires on my RXS right now but this actually felt smoother. I also didn't mind the 38mm bars at all after riding 42mm, wasn't twitchy at all. Also my first time trying Bar Mitts as opposed to Moose Mitts (I had to swap to my less bulky gloves to fit my hands in).
1094710948

This is really fueling my desire to get a nice riding carbon frame with disc brakes...

Glad you liked it! The barmits are definitely tight over the hydro-disc brakes which are taller as you know. I have a lot more room in them when they are on the Viaje with mechanical discs. The tires I have on there are Schwalbe Durano 28s on alloy rims. Just image if they were carbon .....

KayakCyndi
02-13-2016, 03:00 PM
N=8 Dave's Red Bike
12/13/16

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160213/ee275d1b717b602d441018984fb3f5d4.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160213/43afbf97e7bbb7e6aa3d5e89254a74bc.jpg

I call my bikes by their model names mostly -- the Viaje, liscio, el mar etc. Dave, not so much. He has the "red" bike and the "black" bike. I considered it progress when he started calling his new mountain bike the mountain bike and not the "silver" bike.

Also, it didn't feel too bad out there until I turned into the wind!

vvill
02-16-2016, 08:57 AM
n=6
12/15/16
This is my nicest, and least ridden bike. I really should ride it more - every time I ride it I'm amazed at how nice it rolls. Though I still managed to slide out once (on the trail near enough to a tree that I didn't end up hitting the ground).
10985

n=7
12/16/16
My folding bike that's more of a mini-velo/travel bike. Did about 1000 miles on it when I first got it, but only gotten intermittent use since then. It had been sitting around for months without a left crank or pedals but I finally replaced the old chain on it today and adjusted a couple of other things, and it was once more a pleasure to ride. Has a slightly unusual 1x9 gearing (50T x 9-26).
https://www.instagram.com/p/BB3M_FiI1NP/media?size=m

dcv
02-19-2016, 07:46 AM
n=1
19Feb16
FCCII @ the Java Shack
1988 Fuji Tiara frame in cherry web, 1x10 commuter

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/Mobile%20Uploads/20160219_075912_zpsdbakvoeu.jpg

vvill
02-19-2016, 07:58 AM
Nice photo! (Also... yessssssssss, you're playing! Someone else on Crank Bros cleats... hehe.)

n=8
2/18/16
I'm showing my hand too early I guess, I'm gonna be out of bikes soon... my steel (725) fixed gear (Wabi Special) that I've kept away from the salt/muck. Really missed it though. Same place, but taken on my lunch ride yesterday.
11005

trailrunner
02-19-2016, 03:47 PM
11008

19 February
Lemond Zurich, steel frame
When I bought this bike in 2000, it was blue and yellow, but I repainted it in basic but economical black about 2006 or 2007. Now I mostly use this bike as a commuter when I don't need to carry much stuff, and it sure felt good to ride this bike today after riding my slow, heavy, studded-tire commuter for the past month.

n=3 for trailrunner

sethpo
02-20-2016, 09:03 AM
N+3 Viaje snow machine

11013

N+4 Trek speed machine

11014

That's it. I'm all out of N's.

trailrunner
02-20-2016, 11:51 AM
11015

20 February at Lake Accotink
I bought this Stumpjumper in late 1995. It was one of the last steel-frame Stumpjumpers, and came with a Mag 21 fork, which provided about one inch of travel -- big stuff back then. I raced on this bike in the mid-90s. Shortly after I bought this bike, V-brakes came out, so I took the bike to Papillon Cycles and they welded (or brazed?) the cable stops I needed for V-brakes. In the process of doing that, they burned off the paint, but I didn't like how it looked anyway. Over the years, I got the frame powder-coated, replaced the Mag 21 with a rigid fork, and removed the bar ends and put on a riser bar.
n=4 for trailrunner

dcv
02-20-2016, 02:32 PM
n=2
20Feb16
Tapering for MonsterCross
Cinelli Mash, hipster commuter
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/Mobile%20Uploads/20160220_134746_zps0opu7mdu.jpg
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/Mobile%20Uploads/20160220_135843_zpsgld4s0ii.jpg

ShawnoftheDread
02-20-2016, 06:10 PM
N=1. Raleigh Olympian, fixed gear. Put on a new chain last night and took a spin through the neighborhood this afternoon.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160221/adfe86a855931ac09863bfdebc033981.jpg

KayakCyndi
02-21-2016, 11:41 AM
N=9 Shawndread's cannondale cross bike.
2/21/2016

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160221/22ba5399e37c38f839acd172f766fc2e.jpg
Traded bikes with Shawn on the way back from our muddy canal ride. Rode this from the top of 41st street to Kindred. I'm amazed at how easily so many of us fit onto each other's bikes. The cannondale has a slightly longer top tube and stem but otherwise felt good. First aluminum bike I have ridden in awhile. It was pretty comfy and those fenders. We should have traded on the muddy canal!

ShawnoftheDread
02-21-2016, 01:37 PM
N=2, kayakcyndi's Volagi Viaje, with super fat tires and the smoothest bottom bracket I've ever turned.

Pic utilizes the super-pro ziplock bag filter.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160221/39fecdf570054adc0e507f98252ab7b4.jpg

trailrunner
02-21-2016, 02:54 PM
11022

21 February
Redline Conquest Pro
n=5 for trailrunner

dcv
02-21-2016, 05:22 PM
n=3
21Feb16
Monster Cross
Felt Breed SSCX
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/Mobile%20Uploads/20160221_122237_zpsc4d3nkv5.jpg

vvill
02-21-2016, 07:20 PM
N+3 Viaje snow machine

11013

N+4 Trek speed machine

11014

That's it. I'm all out of N's.


11022

21 February
Redline Conquest Pro
n=5 for trailrunner

Not to be too rule-y but surely you folks have more to say about a bike than just that? Doesn't have to be a paragraph but it's skirting the guidelines a bit.

trailrunner
02-21-2016, 07:39 PM
Not to be too rule-y but surely you folks have more to say about a bike than just that? Doesn't have to be a paragraph but it's skirting the guidelines a bit.

I figured people were getting bored hearing about my bikes, and since I'm halfway through my quiver, I thought I'd keep it short.

11023

But since you asked - I bought this bike in November 2005. I raced it for a couple of years and had a blast. Now I ride it on not-too-technical trails and on some paths. Over the years, I replaced the original fork with a carbon fork, took it down to one chainring since I never did use the large ring very much, upgraded the brakes, and made a few other improvements. For a couple of years I also used it as a commuter.

vvill
02-22-2016, 06:29 AM
I figured people were getting bored hearing about my bikes, and since I'm halfway through my quiver, I thought I'd keep it short.

But since you asked - I bought this bike in November 2005. I raced it for a couple of years and had a blast. Now I ride it on not-too-technical trails and on some paths. Over the years, I replaced the original fork with a carbon fork, took it down to one chainring since I never did use the large ring very much, upgraded the brakes, and made a few other improvements. For a couple of years I also used it as a commuter.

Not getting bored! It's cool to hear what people think of their rides, how long they've had their bikes, what upgrades/changes they've made, etc.

dcv
02-22-2016, 08:32 AM
n=4
22Feb16
Hair of the dog ride after monster cross, easy spinning with gears
Bianchi Infinito, light - stiff with a lot of gears. My go-to for climbing mountains, fast group rides or recovery rides.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/Mobile%20Uploads/20160222_072342_zpsyddqs5k8.jpg

americancyclo
02-22-2016, 09:29 AM
n=1
2/21/2016
Sunday C&O Out and Back with MUD! (https://www.strava.com/activities/498976095)
Van Dessel Gin and Trombones

I bought this bike from Dirt a while back after he let me borrow it for a few gravel grinders. I get a silly smile every time I ride it, which is not often enough. It's a surprisingly light bike and with 40mm tires, can go almost anywhere. I usually can't resist riding some trail side gravel or the C&O canal, even if I'm only commuting on this bike. It's funny. A few reviews on the interweb call it "not the lightest bike" which is true, but this 60 cm bike, with everything on it, including the 40mm Clement MSO tires, full saddlebag and lights weighs in at 20 lbs. Just as light as my carbon road bike.
11024

americancyclo
02-22-2016, 09:33 AM
I figured people were getting bored hearing about my bikes, and since I'm halfway through my quiver, I thought I'd keep it short.

11023

But since you asked - I bought this bike in November 2005. I raced it for a couple of years and had a blast. Now I ride it on not-too-technical trails and on some paths. Over the years, I replaced the original fork with a carbon fork, took it down to one chainring since I never did use the large ring very much, upgraded the brakes, and made a few other improvements. For a couple of years I also used it as a commuter.

A friend of mine has this same bike in the white/orange colorway and loved it. His was primarily adventure racing and commuting. Seemed like a great "do it all" bike.

ShawnoftheDread
02-22-2016, 12:43 PM
N=3, Feb. 22. Took my Foundry Riveter for a spin at lunch (as well as today's commute). It's a carbon disc road bike, with wheels built by Hozn. Love the wheels, like the bike quite a bit, but not sold on the disc brakes, especially since I rarely ride this in bad weather.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160222/65792f2251f9bf6fb5a174ae42d56e67.jpg

TwoWheelsDC
02-22-2016, 12:57 PM
N=3, Feb. 22. Took my Foundry Riveter for a spin at lunch (as well as today's commute). It's a carbon disc road bike, with wheels built by Hozn. Love the wheels, like the bike quite a bit, but not sold on the disc brakes, especially since I rarely ride this in bad weather.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160222/65792f2251f9bf6fb5a174ae42d56e67.jpg

Oh nice...I like what you did with it. I'm not sold on road discs either, since I really only ride my road bikes in decent weather. Not that I'd avoid road discs, but I don't think I'd specifically look for them if I were in the market for a new road bike...which is good, as it means I'm still perfectly happy with my Cervelo and feel no urge to upgrade. I may be looking for an all-weather commuter in the next few months though, and that will definitely need discs.

americancyclo
02-22-2016, 12:59 PM
Love the wheels built by Hozn

Can we get some stickers so that all his H+SON wheels can be re-branded HOZN?

vvill
02-22-2016, 01:24 PM
N=3, Feb. 22. Took my Foundry Riveter for a spin at lunch (as well as today's commute). It's a carbon disc road bike, with wheels built by Hozn. Love the wheels, like the bike quite a bit, but not sold on the disc brakes, especially since I rarely ride this in bad weather.


Oh nice...I like what you did with it. I'm not sold on road discs either, since I really only ride my road bikes in decent weather. Not that I'd avoid road discs, but I don't think I'd specifically look for them if I were in the market for a new road bike...which is good, as it means I'm still perfectly happy with my Cervelo and feel no urge to upgrade. I may be looking for an all-weather commuter in the next few months though, and that will definitely need discs.

Yeah I think if your n is greater than I dunno, 2 or 3, you're probably not going to really need disc brakes. I don't ride my fixed gear much in the wet, and I have my (disc) CX bike to use instead of my road bike if it's pouring. Having discs is more about laziness and consistency. When I get around to replacing my current road and/or CX bikes I'm hoping to get something that will cover both bases, so I'll only have to maintain one brake system and one geared drivetrain... excepting my other bikes of course.

trailrunner
02-22-2016, 05:49 PM
11037

22 February
I took this photo about five miles in to my commute home tonight. This is my Kona Sutra, which I bought 1.5 years ago as a touring bike to tow my camping trailer, and as a commuter and errand bike. I swapped the seat (came with a Brooks B-17, which I didn't like) and the rear rack. This bike is built like a tank and weighs about as much.
n=6 for trailrunner

ShawnoftheDread
02-22-2016, 06:40 PM
Can we get some stickers so that all his H+SON wheels can be re-branded HOZN?

Let's just get Tim to change his forum name to H+SON.

TwoWheelsDC
02-22-2016, 07:33 PM
This is actually n=2 since this challenge started, but first bike photo I've taken. Cinelli MASH Parallax, 48x16 fixed.

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hozn
02-22-2016, 08:16 PM
Having discs is more about laziness and consistency.

Yeah, I agree with this.

I like disc brakes a lot, but my passion has mellowed a bit. I will say, and Jabberwocky will say "I told you so" l, that hydro disc is quite a different beast. On the MTB my BB7s were setup really nicely, but not in same league as my SLX brakes now. I have never gotten road mechanicals to be as firm/crisp as MTB. I like my Spyres, but I would like to switch to hydro on the road. I am torn because I prefer SRAM shifting by far to Shimano, but apparently SRAM hydro tech is inferior. I would rather work with mineral oil too. I think the answer is Di2+hydro.

Other random disc-brake observations:
- Black rims look much nicer without brake tracks.
- I like carbon rims but braking on carbon rims just sucks
- and shapes of these newer disc-only rims is really nice -- Aileron, Grail, SL25.
- love swapping rim profiles without adjustments.
- the other tech going along with discs like tubeless-ready rims, thru-axle and standard use of tapered forks seems almost as good as the brake tech
- I find replacing disc brake pads simpler than brake pads (and then readjusting them). Probably this is just driven by familiarity.

But:
- discs are loud in the wet
- braking with mechanicals in fair weather is only marginally better than good pads on good rim brakes
- some (~4w worst-case iirc) aero penalty.
- hydro is definitely more if a pain in the butt. We will see how maintenance goes but dealing with mineral oil, olives, bleed blocks, etc. was not trivial. And of course I destroyed a set of brake pads with my first attempt to bleed my brakes.

Regardless, it seems obvious discs are her to stay across the board.

dcv
02-23-2016, 07:01 AM
n=5
23Feb16
Tue coffee @ Cafe Kindred, snuggle bikes with Dickie's CX
My absolute most favorite bike ever, Lemond Zurich converted fixed gear. Have had this frame since 2002, this fits better as a FG without hoods - shorter reach. 57.5 top tube for a 55 frame. http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/Mobile%20Uploads/20160223_074155_zpse1bxukkl.jpg

ShawnoftheDread
02-23-2016, 09:30 AM
N=4, 2011 CAADX. This is my usual commuter, race bike come cx season, and do-most bike. Ridden more than 13,000 miles in the two years I've had it, including gravel, light single track, and Kill Bill. No real complaints, except for toe overlap and a propensity for BB noise.

This is after today's ride to work, with fenders and cross tires.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160223/b04dc0c883ec3adb289d76cc7a6ba3ac.jpg

vvill
02-23-2016, 10:31 AM
I like disc brakes a lot, but my passion has mellowed a bit. I will say, and Jabberwocky will say "I told you so" l, that hydro disc is quite a different beast. On the MTB my BB7s were setup really nicely, but not in same league as my SLX brakes now. I have never gotten road mechanicals to be as firm/crisp as MTB. I like my Spyres, but I would like to switch to hydro on the road. I am torn because I prefer SRAM shifting by far to Shimano, but apparently SRAM hydro tech is inferior. I would rather work with mineral oil too. I think the answer is Di2+hydro.

I haven't tried to adjust my own hydros yet, but I love the ones on my Raleigh (TRP Hylex). Blew away any mech discs I've used (which is not many, admittedly), although I've read that for maximum reliability (in very cold temps for example), mech is still better. And for some reason the SLX hydros on my MTB squeal horribly and seem mushy so I haven't been very impressed by them actually but may just need adjustment or cleaner rotors. OTOH, the BB7s on my beater MTB have been rock solid across several different wheelsets/rotors and bad conditions even if they don't feel quite as nice.

I'm probably going to wait another year or two to see what else comes to market hydro-disc-integrated-shifter wise (I'm not married to Shimano or SRAM shifters, so I've been curious about the Gevenalle hydro-shifters which use Hylex brakes as a base.) There were only a few complete CX/gravel bikes that I was really interested in this year, and I'm very satisfied with my Raleigh for most purposes. The 10/11 speed thing is annoying because I'm trying to stay 10 speed but feel like it's a losing battle - especially since I'd want hydro and thru axle (up front, at a minimum), and building a frameset vs buying a complete bike is even more expensive if you want newer tech.


n=5
23Feb16
Tue coffee @ Cafe Kindred, snuggle bikes with Dickie's CX
My absolute favorite bike ever, Lemond Zurich converted fixed gear. Have had this frame since 2001, this fits better as a FG without hoods, shorter reach. 57.5 top tube for a 55 frame.

57.5 ett, dang, that seems a little long even though I'm shorter than you - without hoods makes sense. (I usually ride 54-56 ett or so with a 90-110 stem.)

hozn
02-23-2016, 01:14 PM
And for some reason the SLX hydros on my MTB squeal horribly and seem mushy so I haven't been very impressed by them actually but may just need adjustment or cleaner rotors.
It sounds like you just need to bleed the brakes (for mushy) as mine are very crisp. For the squeal probably start with cleaning rotors with rubbing alcohol; maybe new pads needed?

Let me know if you want oil / borrow bleed kit. Or bring it by and we can learn together! I have spare pads now ... :-)

americancyclo
02-23-2016, 07:46 PM
N=2
https://www.strava.com/activities/500753915
Dahon Speed 7
I've got this on permanent loan from a family member to help close the last mile of our single car family routine. It's a fun little bike but I do get the impression I'm a bit big for it. Heaviest of all my bikes weighing in at 32 lbs. usually my rides in this bike don't exceed 2 miles but a mental error gave me a little extra distance today.
11040

KayakCyndi
02-23-2016, 08:16 PM
N=2
https://www.strava.com/activities/500753915
Dahon Speed 7
.... but I do get the impression I'm a bit big for it. .....
11040

The mental image I have of you on that bike is similar to Pete on the respect bike. We need pictures!

americancyclo
02-23-2016, 08:18 PM
The mental image I have of you on that bike is similar to Pete on the respect bike. We need pictures!

I have to bring the seat post as far out as it will go to get decent pedal stroke!

That and the respect together would be hilarious. Maybe next Tuesday morning hills.

dcv
02-24-2016, 08:15 AM
n=6
24Feb16
Another wet commute
My latest addition - got this Raleigh RX frameset off DC Used, moved most parts over from my now-dead Blue (Competition Cycles) road bike (cracked frame). Mix of SRAM Red / Force with TRP mini-V brakes. Built this to climb gravel mountains, I'm still loving the novelty of CX with gears.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/Mobile%20Uploads/20160224_081348_zpsodpfzgef.jpg

ian74
02-24-2016, 08:20 AM
This thread is just pure bike porn for me. I'd post if I had more bikes, but I love seeing everyone else's!

americancyclo
02-24-2016, 08:25 AM
N=3,
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160222/65792f2251f9bf6fb5a174ae42d56e67.jpg
love the reverse mount headlamp.

dcv
02-24-2016, 09:17 AM
This thread is just pure bike porn for me. I'd post if I had more bikes, but I love seeing everyone else's!

Ian I think you caught me on the MVT when I was bring the RX frameset home a few months ago?

ian74
02-24-2016, 09:38 AM
Ian I think you caught me on the MVT when I was bring the RX frameset home a few months ago?

I did see you with a bike frame over your shoulder that day! I didn't realize that was the frame you built up in the picture. Looks great!

ShawnoftheDread
02-24-2016, 12:22 PM
love the reverse mount headlamp.

Trying to distract from the fact that I still haven't cut my steerer tube.

dcv
02-25-2016, 07:01 AM
n=7
25Feb16
The morning after
My lightest bike, carbon Scott CR-1 Pro frame converted to fixed gear using the same ENO wheelset from the Lemond. Ready to ride this bike is 14.17 lbs, sometimes both wheels skip off the ground during an all-out sprint (accidental bunny hops). Head tube is too big.
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/Mobile%20Uploads/20160225_065514_zps02ujm9gc.jpg
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/Mobile%20Uploads/20160225_065112_zpssqxj5m7m.jpg

americancyclo
02-25-2016, 07:11 AM
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/Mobile%20Uploads/20160225_065112_zpssqxj5m7m.jpg
That looks like mile 7.5 on the W&OD.
You could have a sub 14 lb bike if you switched out the gatorskins for GP4000s

dcv
02-25-2016, 07:20 AM
That looks like mile 7.5 on the W&OD.
You could have a sub 14 lb bike if you switched out the gatorskins for GP4000s

or get rid of the emergency brake & bottle cage

vvill
02-25-2016, 08:23 AM
My lightest bike, carbon Scott CR-1 Pro frame converted to fixed gear using the same ENO wheelset from the Lemond. Ready to ride this bike is 14.17 lbs, sometimes both wheels skip off the ground during an all-out sprint (accidental bunny hops). Head tube is too big.

Part of me wants to tear down my road bike and switch over my ENO wheel from my hybrid/pit SSCX bike (which hardly gets ridden anyway). Probably wouldn't be <15lbs but anything <17.5 would be lighter than any of my other bikes. Force/Red cranks? What chain ring is that?

ShawnoftheDread
02-25-2016, 10:23 AM
N=5, CaBi. I had a breakfast meeting on the Hill so took bike share there and back. Dock blocked twice so was almost late, which is a drawback of the system.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160225/035e8df40559524c09e03370d63df91c.jpg

dcv
02-25-2016, 10:31 AM
Part of me wants to tear down my road bike and switch over my ENO wheel from my hybrid/pit SSCX bike (which hardly gets ridden anyway). Probably wouldn't be <15lbs but anything <17.5 would be lighter than any of my other bikes. Force/Red cranks? What chain ring is that?

Force cranks with Blackspire chainring. I think you'd be surprised how light you can get by ditching your groupset, I think my steel Lemond is mid 15 lbs.

dkel
02-25-2016, 10:50 AM
Force cranks with Blackspire chainring. I think you'd be surprised how light you can get by ditching your groupset, I think my steel Lemond is mid 15 lbs.

My hi-tensile steel Schwinn conversion was less than 17, I think. None of that fancy chromoly there.

TwoWheelsDC
02-25-2016, 10:53 AM
Part of me wants to tear down my road bike and switch over my ENO wheel from my hybrid/pit SSCX bike (which hardly gets ridden anyway). Probably wouldn't be <15lbs but anything <17.5 would be lighter than any of my other bikes. Force/Red cranks? What chain ring is that?

So other than some wheelset flexibility to move between different FG bikes, is an ENO hub preferable to an eccentric BB?

vvill
02-25-2016, 11:39 AM
So other than some wheelset flexibility to move between different FG bikes, is an ENO hub preferable to an eccentric BB?

Based on my experience so far with only one EBB, and one ENO wheel - yes.

ENO will slightly change your BB drop, effective chainstay length, wheelbase, tire clearance, and brake position if that matters (unless you're on disc brake with the ENO disc brake adapter thing).

EBB will slightly change your BB drop, effective chainstay length, front-center, seatpost height, AND stack/reach which I think is more annoying if you are sensitive to fit changes. I'd say EBB has an edge if you do take your rear wheel out a lot though, and/or if you don't plan on changing gearing often, and/or run a rear brake. It makes sense on my SSCX for example because it doesn't have a ton of clearance and with any belt drive you wouldn't likely change gearing much and won't need to compensate for chain stretch - so it's definitely a plus to easily put the wheel back in the same place with the same tension.

The ENO is easier/quicker to adjust tension IMO. Since an EBB is getting larger as you secure it (against the inside of the BB shell), it actually gets more eccentric and that seems to change the tension (after you think you've got it figured out) as you tighten it. Annoying with something like a belt drive where you're trying to get a very specific tension. Whereas with the ENO once you get it where you want you can tighten it down and that's about it (not that it's not a little fiddly - I use an adjustable wrench in one hand and a hex in the other).

One weird thing with the ENO is the chainline/spacing (I assume it was originally designed for MTBs).

I feel that track/sliding drops are still the best overall solution especially if you don't take your rear wheel out much. In my case I deliberately chose to have 41/16 and 39/18 on my ENO equipped bike so that I don't need to change chains or make too many adjustments, and those two gearings are about perfect for casual road/commuting and SSCX respectively. (Also, the rear triangle on that bike is designed for road tires - it's only by luck that the position of the ENO lets me run CX tires with a little clearance.)

Steve O
02-25-2016, 09:30 PM
Okay, I'll play even though I have no hope of winning.
Here's my n=1 bike. Fuji touring bike I use for almost all my riding, set up for commuting and all around transportation with fenders, rack and kickstand. Wearing the "winter" wheel with dynamo hub. Had the drive train swapped out for 1x9 (with outside chain guard) last year for simplification reasons (less stuff to break). Shimano two-sided pedals (platform one side; spd the other). Works for the commute, all my transportation and even got me through Kill Bill. The Brooks saddle is actually a dark, forest green--not black--which I like better with my frame.
11065

trailrunner
02-26-2016, 09:33 AM
11070

26 February

I used to do a lot of triathlons. For the first couple of years, I just used one of my road bikes. I never really felt like I was at a disadvantage, but when I could afford it, I finally bought this Litespeed Saber in June 2002. I picked it up on a Friday and raced it at Spud that weekend. After that, I rode it for another decade in many races and on training rides. I didn't make too many changes to the setup: new aerobars, new seat, new headset, but that's about it. I haven't done a triathlon in a couple of years, but I have way too many great memories of riding this bike in races to think about selling it.

I hadn't ridden this bike in a while, but took it out for a short ride this morning. The path was muddy, so now I gotta wash it. :)

n=7 for trailrunner

Amalitza
02-26-2016, 01:44 PM
I have no shot at this (especially since I N - 2íd in 2015), but I support the premise of ogling more bikes than I will ever own, so I might as well make my own contributions.

2/26 N=1
The bike: Diamondback Airen carbon frame outfitted with Ultegra Di2.

Someday I will look back at this bike as the first step in the ultimate destruction of my retirement savings. :)

I got her in December 2014, after dramatically increasing my time on bikes over the previous couple years, ultimately doing my first century that fall, and deciding it was maybe time to upgrade and try out one of those fancy carbon fiber models. She came slightly used and dramatically discounted, which of course means I wound up spending all the money I had planned to spend and getting a much nicer bike than I otherwise would have. Iím now totally spoiled and will probably wind up spending a lot more money on every other bike I ever buy in my lifeÖ

The ride: The Indian Head Rail Trail starts about a mile from my office, so I use my lunch time to go for rides. Today is theoretically my day off, which means I didnít worry about being back on typical work day schedule and got an extra couple miles in compared to normal. I was tempted to ride further, but I do have a bit more work to get done today, and I also knew I was being lulled into false complacency by the outbound tailwind. I was correct: inbound was just a teeny bit more challenging. :)

11074

Steve O
02-27-2016, 01:04 PM
N=2
This is what I call my "toodler" bike. 3-speed Western Flyer with basket and old-style rack.
Not the most comfortable or even the perfect short-trip, errand-running bike, but I love it for its pure vintageness. Here it is with my laundered shirts on the handlebar (I actually carry them in my hand while riding).
11082
Until last spring it had the original 1962 Sturmey Archer, internally geared, 3-speed hub. Then one day it catastrophically failed. 50+ years of service and some sort of metal fatigue inside toasted it.
Miraculously, Phuoc at Bike Club found an identical 1962 Sturmey Archer to replace it.
11083
My favorite feature on the bike is this sticker from Virginia Tech. It's gotten more worn, so the date cannot still be made out. But when I first got the bike, the sticker was more intact, and it says, "Bicycle Permit Expires 8-31-73." I find it pretty cool that some student was riding this bike around the campus more than 40 years ago.

11084

ShawnoftheDread
02-27-2016, 02:09 PM
N=6, Motiv Duet tandem. I bought this from someone in the next neighborhood for $50 last summer. New tires, cables, and shifters and it rides quite nicely, if somewhat tank like.

My oldest daughter won the bar mitts as a barrier prime racing tandem cx with me in December.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160227/97e91aa027dd257010344d1efa28a6bd.jpg

Raymo853
02-27-2016, 07:23 PM
Got another to give me a score of 8. My 2003 Indy Fab Club Racer is back up and running, this time as single speed cx thing. https://www.strava.com/activities/503922657. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160228/fb0d9206f37ac90386326dc44ce4ada3.jpg

Subby
02-28-2016, 01:30 AM
11089

2/27/2016

N=4

https://www.strava.com/activities/503645850

2014 State Bel Air 2.0 set up as single speed. I switched out drops for bullhorns and I love them for this bike. It's steel and pretty heavy but not terrible and it's fun to ride around the neighborhood. Fun fact: the longest ride I have ever done (205 miles) was on this bike (albeit set up as fixed gear)!

Raymo853
02-28-2016, 07:01 AM
Got another to give me a score of 8. My 2003 Indy Fab Club Racer is back up and running, this time as single speed cx thing. https://www.strava.com/activities/503922657.

This IF is not going to stay this way. The chainline is just off a bit, causing a lot of popping. The front brake performance a (Shimano R450) is so bad. The rear ENO hub is cool, but lead to the tire rubbing on the brake caliper, necessitating it's removal. Plus I forgot how easy it is to get the wheel off center with this thing. (See photo below)

I am just going to hold to my original plan for this: light commuter and touring/randonneur bike. The parts sitting around for this build: R700 cranks with 34/46 rings, XTR M965 rear derailleur, ultegra 6600 front, a 11-34 XT 9 speed cassette, a R600 rear caliper, 9 speed Ultegra shifters, Haynes CX Pro front disc caliper, Shimano 3N72 front generator disc hub based wheel.

I am missing a good disc fork and generator lights. Have an older steel Salsa disc CX fork that is ok, but plan to buy a Lynskey https://lynskeyperformance.com/lynskey-endurance-disc/

An no, once I rebuild and ride this I will not submit it for another +1. Nor for the old blue bike that will be redone as a SS CX bike.

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hozn
02-28-2016, 07:18 AM
I am missing a good disc fork

I have a Whisky No 7 (straight 1 1/8 alloy steerer) that is heavily used and a bit nicked up, but was gonna put it up for sale for $50 on DCUBM; you can have it for $40 if you want. -- Or someone else on forum can if by "good" you meant something actually nice/new :-)

Raymo853
02-28-2016, 08:36 AM
I have a Whisky No 7 (straight 1 1/8 alloy steerer) that is heavily used and a bit nicked up, but was gonna put it up for sale for $50 on DCUBM; you can have it for $40 if you want. -- Or someone else on forum can if by "good" you meant something actually nice/new :-)
I may be interested. I assume disc and carbon lower part, correct? How nicked is nicked? Like concern one might be structural and start a failure?

Oh, and does it have fender mount eyelets?

trailrunner
02-28-2016, 09:45 AM
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28 February
I bought this Parlee Z4 in June 2010. It was the most money I spent on a bike, and worth it all. I had it built with an Ultegra group, CK hubs and BB, Velocity rims, Cane Creek 110 headset, Thompson seatpost. It's a very nice ride.

n=8 for trailrunner

hozn
02-28-2016, 10:30 AM
I may be interested. I assume disc and carbon lower part, correct? How nicked is nicked? Like concern one might be structural and start a failure?

Oh, and does it have fender mount eyelets?
It is just superficial. There is some scoring of at top when I rode it without lower bearings (I hadn't realized they had fallen out when I was installing headset -- very embarrassing.) The folks at Whisky said it was fine because it is aluminum up there. And a couple of rock nicks, as pictured. Just paint. Yes to islets.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160228/618f759b398cbf7778280a253763e60a.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160228/930605eb2c69758c4c3d89d2d31abb05.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160228/80de33bb16f7c585140c19879d43f0a3.jpg

americancyclo
02-28-2016, 11:09 AM
N=3

Friday's commute straight in to the headwind.

I got this bike as a present from my wife and at a huge discount off MSRP while working at a now defunct bike shop in Georgetown. It's distinct color is from the demo models of 2009 and has earned it the name "Grimace". It's 20lbs and rides pretty well but has been showing its age recently.
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ShawnoftheDread
02-28-2016, 01:21 PM
N=7, Shogun ss. I got this from americancyclo a couple of years ago. I use it to putt around the neighborhood, leave at the park, get milk, and pull my youngest around (today's ride).

I switched out the drop bars for a pair of VO swept back, almost like moustache bars.

It rides fairly nice considering its age and the general abuse it receives.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160228/ccaf1728848864cf3406b092f395daa7.jpg

KayakCyndi
02-28-2016, 03:32 PM
N=10
2/28/2016

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160228/e8074e10ca28c054c81cb150c3a32d7f.jpg
Kayakpro .... Oh wait. Wrong sport.

How about
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160228/b89b73401f447b8035cdbc3ba47870e7.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160228/05ef186f3a770a968f1fb01f3141a227.jpg

Salsa El Mar Ti and no it's not Will's. Although it is nearly identical right down to the squealing SLX brakes.

I also don't ride this bike nearly enough. Last year I raced a few Wednesdays at Wakefield and hit freedom park but not much beyond that. Totally need to step it up since for some silly reason I signed up for a bakers dozen team!

Steve O
02-28-2016, 04:07 PM
And no, once I rebuild and ride this I will not submit it for another +1. Nor for the old blue bike that will be redone as a SS CX bike.



So you're planning to do all that before March 19? 'Cause after that it won't matter...at least for N+1.

Raymo853
02-28-2016, 04:48 PM
It is just superficial. There is some scoring of at top when I rode it without lower bearings (I hadn't realized they had fallen out when I was installing headset -- very embarrassing.) The folks at Whisky said it was fine because it is aluminum up there. And a couple of rock nicks, as pictured. Just paint. Yes to islets.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160228/618f759b398cbf7778280a253763e60a.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160228/930605eb2c69758c4c3d89d2d31abb05.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160228/80de33bb16f7c585140c19879d43f0a3.jpg
Perfect. I'll take the for your price of 40.

Raymo853
02-28-2016, 04:52 PM
So you're planning to do all that before March 19? 'Cause after that it won't matter...at least for N+1.

I may do it this week, but do not consider it valid as a plus 1. Do you?

vvill
02-28-2016, 10:27 PM
n=9
2/28/16 2.9 miles
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So this is actually one of my favourite bikes, mostly for sentimental reasons, so this is unapologetically long. After a typical "straddle the top tube" fitting I paid £300 for it new in 2005, easily the most I'd ever paid for a bike myself at this point, then got rear ended by one of those "quaint" London cabs on the way home from the bike shop (while stopped at a red light... it was more of a light tap actually, and the driver was very apologetic.) It's a flat-bar road bike, a "Ridgeback Genesis Day 00", although Genesis and Ridgeback are now two separate entities. Genesis is known now in the UK as a champion of steel and disc brake 700c bikes in particular, although according to the wikipedia article their flat-bar road bike models are what led to their success. In the USA, Genesis is a Wal-mart bike brand...

Anyway, this was also my first 700c/non-MTB and probably also the first one where I realized you go faster when you're not riding 26" knobbies on pavement, although I never learned that you should own/use a floor pump and keep 23c tires regularly inflated - I only owned a hand pump and rode without a spare tube or anything when I commuted on this in London. Even when I brought it over here (after serving some time in Australia) I got a bunch of pinch flats - this is before I knew what a pinch flat was, and how much higher you need to keep skinny tires inflated over MTB tires.

Since I bought a drop bar road bike in 2011, this has since served many other duties, including kidical rides (both trailer and front seat) and it's endured experiments with fenders, a rear rack/panniers, my first forays into single speeding and fixed gear riding and thanks to hozn (who supplied the current fork), even SSCX races (it still serves as my main pit bike). The component mix is eclectic and although I did a lot of my "firsts" in terms of wrenching on this bike, I wouldn't call it a frankenbike - it's 19.5 lbs and rides nicely, without any weenie parts. The seat collar, headset, rear brake and possibly the chain are the only original things left. One day I might chop and change it up again into a geared road/light off-road bike.

Raymo853
02-29-2016, 04:56 AM
n=9

So this is actually one of my favourite bikes, mostly for sentimental reasons,

You story is got me thinking getting rid of my old 1994 Wheeler 2800 (bought new) or 1988 Performance Parabola (bought in 1998) is a bad idea.

Raymo853
02-29-2016, 05:11 AM
Up one more N value after Sunday to 9. First ride on my Salsa Spearfish this year at all. And first time with a new wheelset, tires and dropper post. https://www.strava.com/activities/504946833

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I just went through this thread to make sure I did not list any bikes twice in error. I haven't. It helped highlight the few left I need to go ride. My wife's Niner Air9 and her mother's Guerciotti.

1 Salsa El Mar Ti
2 Wheeler 2800
3 Blue Parabola
4 Salsa Colossal
5. IF Deluxe 29er SS
6. Wife's Niner Jet9
7. Wife's Crokette
8. IF Club Racer Single Speed
9. Salsa Spearfish

vvill
02-29-2016, 07:50 AM
You story is got me thinking getting rid of my old 1994 Wheeler 2800 (bought new) or 1988 Performance Parabola (bought in 1998) is a bad idea.

Depends on how much you like those bikes! I don't have the same attachment to my 26" MTB (GT Avalanche) that I bought new in 2006 when I arrived in the US, except that I still use it in the winter and with kids. I like my Kona CX, and Wabi FG too but would part with those if I upgraded. But I doubt I'll ever own another "Genesis". It's also funny for me to see that their "Day" model line has evolved into a SSCX in the same time frame I turned mine into one http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/urban/cross-utility/day-one-decade

KayakCyndi
02-29-2016, 08:57 AM
N=11 Gina's Vaya
2/29/2016

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160229/1ccc08aa93ca013c15b472078e4ad41a.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160229/96acdcd9c0740c13832780fffa51a2a2.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160229/7c9ed9e57dcc00be0dc1c2eaa1d08306.jpg

Mike's deli wasn't open for pancakes yet when i arrived so I took Gina's bike for a spin.

It is easy to see why the Vaya gets such great reviews as a touring bike. It is very smooth and when up to speed just rolls along. Gina's is set up particularly well for this use with an Ultregra triple crank, lovely couplers, huge tires and fenders too. The upright position I'm sure would make it a great all day ride.

Having a bike like this in your quiver would necessitate some long tours. When do we leave?

Raymo853
02-29-2016, 10:29 AM
N=11 Gina's Vaya
2/29/2016
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160229/96acdcd9c0740c13832780fffa51a2a2.jpg


What brand are those pretty fenders?

ginacico
02-29-2016, 10:54 AM
What brand are those pretty fenders?

Hi Raymo853!

That's my bike, and those are Velo Orange zeppelins in polished aluminum. I gave you a quick review over in your fenders thread -- love them, wish they had a quick release.

When I was outfitting the bike for touring, I actually took it out to visit the Velo Orange guys in Annapolis. With fat tires, disc brakes, and racks there were a lot of potential compatibility issues. We futzed around and gladly it all worked out. They're solid. And pretty!

KayakCyndi
02-29-2016, 11:21 AM
Hi Raymo853!

.... They're solid. And pretty!

And may I add, quiet! People often complain about metal fenders rattling. These were super quiet. Granted I wasn't riding gravel or anything but even going over the wood bridge over route 7 I never heard a peep from them.

TwoWheelsDC
02-29-2016, 05:00 PM
N=2 (but sorta 3)

Cervelo R3. If I could only ride one bike for the rest of my life, this would be it.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160229/18e2f49373172107b603127943fe5b24.jpg

ShawnoftheDread
03-01-2016, 07:03 PM
N=8, Volagi Liscio. I rode kayakcyndi's fancy carbon road bike with fancy carbon wheels around Hain's Point and up Four Mile Run. Fast, nimble, light, and it fits me perfectly.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160302/5472dc479d89d284e4e36be199622c16.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160302/bc7246fe08391d3584f2564fd2b03082.jpg

KayakCyndi
03-01-2016, 07:09 PM
N=12 Shawndread's Foundry
3/1/2016

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160302/fe9114e833ea7aad1e0e464793812135.jpg

This bike has already been featured here so I'll expound on the brilliance of this n+1 challenge. Creating the opportunity to ride other people's bikes is brilliant. As a result of this challenge I can confirm than Hans builds great wheels; that a 54 cm frame is that crucial 1cm too large; that belt drives are quiet, smooth and nifty; that you can have quiet fenders; and that while I love most all bikes I really LOVE mine!

KayakCyndi
03-01-2016, 07:24 PM
N=8, Volagi Viscio. I rode kayakcyndi's fancy carbon road bike with fancy carbon wheels around Hain's Point and up Four Mile Run. Fast, nimble, light, and it fits me perfectly.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160302/5472dc479d89d284e4e36be199622c16.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160302/bc7246fe08391d3584f2564fd2b03082.jpg

It's a Liscio Shawn! And I was a little afraid I might not get it back. You looked quite comfy.

ShawnoftheDread
03-01-2016, 07:47 PM
I was just coming back to fix that.

vvill
03-01-2016, 07:48 PM
This bike has already been featured here so I'll expound on the brilliance of this n+1 challenge. Creating the opportunity to ride other people's bikes is brilliant. As a result of this challenge I can confirm than Hans builds great wheels; that a 54 cm frame is that crucial 1cm too large; that belt drives are quiet, smooth and nifty; that you can have quiet fenders; and that while I love most all bikes I really LOVE mine!

Glad you're enjoying it! Now I wish I'd been on carbon wheels when I was on the Liscio.

Also, according to Bicycling Magazine, so it MUST be right :rolleyes:
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ShawnoftheDread
03-01-2016, 07:59 PM
N=12 Shawndread's Foundry
3/1/2016

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160302/fe9114e833ea7aad1e0e464793812135.jpg

This bike has already been featured here so I'll expound on the brilliance of this n+1 challenge. Creating the opportunity to ride other people's bikes is brilliant. As a result of this challenge I can confirm than Hans builds great wheels; that a 54 cm frame is that crucial 1cm too large; that belt drives are quiet, smooth and nifty; that you can have quiet fenders; and that while I love most all bikes I really LOVE mine!

The ETT of the 54 Riveter is 18 mm longer than the 53 Liscio. Read those size charts closely, kids.

KayakCyndi
03-01-2016, 08:03 PM
The ETT of the 54 Riveter is 18 mm longer than the 53 Liscio. Read those size charts closely, kids.

So let's see, you have a zero offset seat post and I have a standard setback. That should decrease the reach by a few mm. Swap your 90 stem for an 80 and narrow your bars and you might be right comfy!

ShawnoftheDread
03-01-2016, 08:14 PM
Yeah, good call.

QuikAF77
03-01-2016, 11:24 PM
I'm going to jump into this competition.

My CX Bike I'll call 1. It is a 2015 Redline Conquest Pro I bought slightly used in January. Full carbon, setup with Sram Force CX-1 and hydro discs it is an absolute to dream to ride.
https://www.strava.com/activities/503927341

My Commuter is 2. It's a 2014 Jamis Bosanova and has been a freaking workhorse. It may weighs well over 30lbs, but once it is moving the ride is so smooth (steel is real, and a carbon fork helps). It is currently down with 2 slashed tires courtesy of my crazy ex. Aside from new tires, it is also awaiting a new crankset and shifters. I'm tired of the triple and Tiagra, a compact double and 105 seem like a good upgrade.
https://www.strava.com/activities/501647337

I'll have to start taking pictures of my other bikes when I ride them so I can submit them.

For #3 I have my Dad's 1990's Era Litespeed Ultimate. Titanium frame with a Look carbon fork, mix of Shimano 600 and Dura-Ace Components, and Mavic SUP wheels. Space age race bike back in the day. Still fairly light and stiff, a fun ride for sure. The 600 shifters really need new springs, it kind of shifted when it wanted to. I would love to take this frame and put modern components on it. He used to have Speedplay pedals on it, no clue where those are, riding with Toe-Clips was interesting.
https://www.strava.com/activities/507095623

vvill
03-02-2016, 09:40 PM
I'm going to jump into this competition.

Love seeing the 90's Ti! I strongly considered Redline bikes when I got my Kona but the shop didn't really carry them except for special order so I couldn't really test ride.

Just a note though, that's the same ride day as your n = 2 Bosanova so going to give you 2.5 until you manage to ride it again (with a different ride day)

For my n=10, it's kayakcyndi's OTHER Volagi! Just as with the Liscio I thought it rode really smooth, and although you can attribute some of that to the 40mm tires, I thought the overall feel was very nice and easy to ride... steel is real. Enjoyed the FSA K-Wing? handlebars too (40cm), comfy and compact, and the brakes were definitely better adjusted than mine. I feel like most of my bars are a little wide now for some reason. SRAM shifting is always fun after being so used to Shimano.

3/2/2016 3.4 miles
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QuikAF77
03-02-2016, 11:56 PM
Look at the date on the Strava ride for my Bosanova, Feb 24th.

QuikAF77
03-03-2016, 12:03 AM
I strongly considered Redline bikes when I got my Kona but the shop didn't really carry them except for special order so I couldn't really test ride.

I was torn between the Redline and a Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie (both used). The Hydro discs vs Canti's and the fact that Bikenetic is a Redline dealer (warranty help) swayed me towards the Conquest Pro. I've never had a bike this nice so I'm probably biased, but it blows my mind how much fun it is to ride.

If I hadn't gone the used route, I was going to go with a Kona Private Jake or Jamis Nova Pro.

vvill
03-03-2016, 07:28 AM
Look at the date on the Strava ride for my Bosanova, Feb 24th.

Weird, I could've sworn they were the same date when I looked! Full credit applied.


I was torn between the Redline and a Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie (both used). The Hydro discs vs Canti's and the fact that Bikenetic is a Redline dealer (warranty help) swayed me towards the Conquest Pro. I've never had a bike this nice so I'm probably biased, but it blows my mind how much fun it is to ride.

If I hadn't gone the used route, I was going to go with a Kona Private Jake or Jamis Nova Pro.

I love the hydro discs on my Raleigh SSCX. Funny how it can make a bike that much better to ride! I've been thinking of selling my Jake to get something nicer and so that I'd have hydro + thru axles on both my CX bikes but haven't found anything that really grabs my fancy. The Private Jake and carbon Salsa Warbird are closest to what I'm looking for but the carbon Warbirds are out of stock, and although I love the Kona brand I feel like the Private Jake is not really a big enough upgrade to justify. I like the specs for the carbon Jamis Renegade in theory, but I don't really like the frame shapes/paint on the carbon version and the wheel stickers are soooo garish - I don't mind their Nova/Supernova lines though - that's probably my last option. For now I'm trying to convince myself the Jake is just fine!

Raymo853
03-03-2016, 07:56 AM
I really falling behind with my antisocial tendencies.

vvill
03-03-2016, 08:00 AM
I really falling behind with my antisocial tendencies.

Pretty sure we ride about the same size bikes. And we're on the same team!

hozn
03-03-2016, 08:37 AM
I've been thinking of selling my Jake to get something nicer and so that I'd have hydro + thru axles on both my CX bikes but haven't found anything that really grabs my fancy.

Any interest in joining forces for a 2-piece order of http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/CX-road-bike-frame-with-142_60299025774.html?spm=a2700.7724838.0.0.LowfYZ ? BSA, [option of] tapered HT, 142x12 TA, Di2 ready, internal shifter routing ...

I love my cx/commuter, but I could be tempted if the price were low enough (I'm assuming it's somewhere in the $500-700 range, but haven't inquired).

KayakCyndi
03-03-2016, 09:08 AM
N=13 vvill's Kona Jake the Snake
3/2/2016

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160303/03ff9194a24b34c9194362fc3d7f38ef.jpg

Will and I did another round of horse trading after last nights garage spin kickoff. As usual we switched bikes easily. His jake felt livelier than the other I had ridden. We chalked the difference up to the wheels -- did I mention that Hans builds nice wheels?

One of the funny things about riding Will's bikes is that the brake position is reversed. Silly ausie!

ShawnoftheDread
03-03-2016, 09:27 AM
I've been thinking of selling my Jake to get something nicer and so that I'd have hydro + thru axles on both my CX bikes but haven't found anything that really grabs my fancy.

Hmmm...

TwoWheelsDC
03-03-2016, 09:40 AM
I couldn't make WNS this week, but I'll be there next week, probably on the Cinelli if anyone wants to ride it. I may be the oddball with Look Keo pedals though....

ShawnoftheDread
03-03-2016, 09:57 AM
I couldn't make WNS this week, but I'll be there next week, probably on the Cinelli if anyone wants to ride it. I may be the oddball with Look Keo pedals though....

My next trick is going to be learning how to use road pedals on a fixie. Mine has egg beaters.

vvill
03-03-2016, 10:37 AM
I could be tempted if the price were low enough (I'm assuming it's somewhere in the $500-700 range, but haven't inquired).

Ha, thanks yeah - I could always be tempted especially with that nice spec titanium frame. Doesn't mean it's necessary though. I am trying to hold off anyway since I added two bikes last year, and one still has hardly been ridden. Maybe I could restrict myself to maybe just a new wheelset this year... or another power meter.


N=13 vvill's Kona Jake the Snake

Will and I did another round of horse trading after last nights garage spin kickoff. As usual we switched bikes easily. His jake felt livelier than the other I had ridden. We chalked the difference up to the wheels -- did I mention that Hans builds nice wheels?

One of the funny things about riding Will's bikes is that the brake position is reversed. Silly ausie!

Actually it's just a regular "Jake", Jake the Snake is the next level up - it's usually same frame, but better components and paint scheme - although the year I got mine the Jake was the only Kona CX bike that had disc brakes, which is why I got it. The Major Jake (or Super Jake - although there's none this year) is the carbon version and usually a more aggressive geo too.

That Jake started way off the regular spec though, as I had the shop ditch the stock triple, brifters, FD and brakes (and saddle) and put on a CX70 FD + cranks, 105 brifters and BB7s. Since then I've also changed the stem to a Ritchey and the seatpost is a Ritchey carbon. And rarely use the stock wheels.

Heh, yeah one of the funny things about buying bikes here is that the brake position is reversed. And no one likes it when I drive on the left! :D In terms of practicality since I usually dismount NDS, I like having the less powerful rear brake on that left side for cyclocross barriers, steps, and such (if I need to scrub just a little speed). My fixed gear has the front (and only) brake on the left though as I think it makes more sense for resetting the pedal position after a stop (I start pedaling down on the drive side).


My next trick is going to be learning how to use road pedals on a fixie. Mine has egg beaters.

The great thing about road pedals is the platforms are wide enough to ride a flexible street shoe on without too much difficulty (although your Mallets are probably similar). I did switch to road pedals on the fixed some time ago but have considered switching back. I love the security of them but hate unclipping / clipping in on road shoes still.

TwoWheelsDC
03-03-2016, 11:17 AM
My next trick is going to be learning how to use road pedals on a fixie. Mine has egg beaters.

It's not so bad...it can be tricky starting on hills if you're running a big gear (I run 48x16), but it's also dependent on the soles of your shoes and how much pressure you can put on the pedal if you miss clipping in on the first revolution. My old shoes were shaped in such a way that they would slip off if I tried putting the arch of my foot on the pedal and pushing, but my current shoes are much more forgiving.

QuikAF77
03-04-2016, 07:27 AM
N = 4, my Mom's Trek 7.2. Kind of like a generic bicycle, nothing special about it, but very functional. The V brakes blow, though...
https://www.strava.com/activities/507884410

vvill
03-04-2016, 08:32 AM
N = 4, my Mom's Trek 7.2. Kind of like a generic bicycle, nothing special about it, but very functional. The V brakes blow, though...
https://www.strava.com/activities/507884410

Aw, I like V-brakes. I've never bothered with cantis because I've got a v-brake set up nicely on my pit SSCX/hybrid bike.

QuikAF77
03-04-2016, 01:43 PM
N = 5, Dad's GT Avalanche 3.0. It felt strange to be on a 26" mountain bike, it was so little compared to my 650b Kona. Seems like an adequate bike for the mild off-roading my Dad does.
https://www.strava.com/activities/508530338

hozn
03-04-2016, 08:27 PM
N = 5, Dad's GT Avalanche 3.0. It felt strange to be on a 26" mountain bike, it was so little compared to my 650b Kona. Seems like an adequate bike for the mild off-roading my Dad does.
https://www.strava.com/activities/508530338
That was my first mountain bike. It actually is an adequate bike for any mountain biking in the region :-)

I enjoyed the GT so much that I decided I would try to find one of the new Zaskars -- yes, in 29", I do enjoy the big wheels. Finally a like-new frame came up on ebay this winter and now my mountain bike is once again a GT hardtail. Full circle.

Steve O
03-04-2016, 11:27 PM
n=3

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So if I ride a different one of these every day through the end of FS, I could get up to about n=18.

Raymo853
03-05-2016, 07:56 AM
No a plus submission, but Hans' fork is mounted and looking great on my Indy Fab. Geometry closer to the orginal steel fork than the other Salsa disc fork I had.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160305/9b4629a63767821402d09f6ac8ac318b.jpg

ShawnoftheDread
03-05-2016, 09:02 AM
n=3

11149

So if I ride a different one of these every day through the end of FS, I could get up to about n=18.

Read the rules. Bike share systems count once.

Judd
03-05-2016, 09:32 AM
N=1 - A ride on Maxwell, a 2016 Trek Crossrip and my regular commuter. This picture is after attending a trivia night at the National Portrait Gallery where I met a few WABA women bikers who gave me a sticker that I put on my fork.

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https://www.strava.com/activities/490688655

Judd
03-05-2016, 09:58 AM
N=2 - A Trek 5.2 Domane that I rented in Peach Tree City

I rented a bike in Peach Tree, GA while on a business trip. The guy at the bike shop suggested Senoia, GA as a nice place to ride, which is where The Walking Dead is filmed. Senoia is a small, quiet town that reminds me of where I grew up. I took a ruralish road out of town to check out a waterfall that was featured in the show before pedaling all around town.

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https://www.strava.com/activities/467693202

Raymo853
03-05-2016, 01:03 PM
My wife's Niner Air9 for another +1 to 10. Ride was a group ride at Fort Dupont for all of advocates from MORE, REI, & IMBA to meet to talk about the future of the trails in the park.

https://www.strava.com/activities/509337669

11154

Steve O
03-05-2016, 03:29 PM
Read the rules. Bike share systems count once.

That vvily vvill. Thinks of everything.

vvill
03-05-2016, 06:43 PM
That vvily vvill. Thinks of everything.

Rent an ElliptiGO!

QuikAF77
03-05-2016, 06:56 PM
That was my first mountain bike. It actually is an adequate bike for any mountain biking in the region :-)

I enjoyed the GT so much that I decided I would try to find one of the new Zaskars -- yes, in 29", I do enjoy the big wheels. Finally a like-new frame came up on ebay this winter and now my mountain bike is once again a GT hardtail. Full circle.


My first was a GT Bullet. It was an "18 speed" and I LOVED that bike! I've owned 3 different GT's, loved them all. Triple Triangle FTW!!

vvill
03-05-2016, 06:57 PM
Triple Triangle FTW!!

Yesssss. I like the GT Edge road bikes they made too. They even came out with a new Ti version a few years ago.


That was my first mountain bike. It actually is an adequate bike for any mountain biking in the region :-)

I enjoyed the GT so much that I decided I would try to find one of the new Zaskars -- yes, in 29", I do enjoy the big wheels. Finally a like-new frame came up on ebay this winter and now my mountain bike is once again a GT hardtail. Full circle.

I was gawking online at one of the Hans Rey Zaskars a couple of years ago on sale at Performance to replace my GT Avalanche 3.0. I now have my Salsa 29er hardtail but still enjoy the GT and incidentally it ended up as the bike with the most number of rides last year (104 - mostly very short kidical rides) - even my road bike only had 97 rides. I have good memories of my brother's red GT in the 90s (while I had a Diamondback) and the triple triangle that was soooo coooool. Both those 26" rigid bikes ended up getting stolen.

The funny thing is that after riding around on my Salsa 29er and being amazed how easy it is to just ride over everything whilst finding it slightly unwieldy for my size I threw the original MTB tires back onto the Avalanche and ended up appreciating it more riding a few easy trails (fork is just a rigid Surly now). I feel like ultimately I may be better off on a bike with 26/27.5 capabilities but with my lack of MTB skills I'm not going to test that out anytime soon, and will just stick with what I have until I get more MTB experience.

Amalitza
03-05-2016, 07:00 PM
N = 2

On travel in CA, I failed at obtaining a bike at China Lake, my T/W stop. I located two bike shops in Ridgecrest, the town outside the gates of the navy base. Both were closed on Monday, the day I arrived. Both opened too late and closed too early for me to make it there before/after my work meetings.

Thursday, however, I had a morning meeting at Port Heuneme, and a redeye flight out of LAX, which gave me ample time to stop by the beach in Santa Monica and try out their bike share.

This is where I admit I've never ridden a CaBi. I assume this was similar. I can certainly see and appreciate the utility of this bike as a "last mile" transportation option, but for a pleasure ride, honestly I found it more annoying and uncomfortable than actually enjoyable. I did find it a *bit* less annoying once I adjusted to the extra effort it took to get it moving and steer it in comparison to what I'm used to. I almost dropped it on myself when I first hopped on it and started off, only to have it almost fall over (or so it felt) because I didn't push off hard enough to get it upright and moving forward.


http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160306/2af5c01c4284a0ef23f3ac0d194df239.jpg

Amalitza
03-05-2016, 07:18 PM
N=3 Specialized Tricross Disc

I have two wheelsets for this bike so I can switch it between slicks and knobbies per my whims without having to actually change the tires. Yes, I am lazy. :o

2/21/16 in "Gravel bike" mode with knobbie 40s after a fun ride at (mini) Monster Cross
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160306/64e47881c86ce42e0505e3d3c011d6a1.jpg

3/5/16 as "Errand runner/all-rounder" with 25 slicks (which are really too narrow for this use of the bike, but they still had life left in them when I took them off the road bike, so I put them on here until I wear them out or get tired of them. 28s or 32s would be better), rear rack and panniers, home from yoga (much needed after previously mentioned redeye).
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160306/b3275c4936a0279d677700a5dec86d8b.jpg

KayakCyndi
03-07-2016, 09:46 AM
N=14 eminva's Volagi Viaje
3/7/2016
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160307/8b2555e6d18cfa8444feca68b968e9f5.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160307/89a2d02a38439a2c8babdfb7b021afb9.jpg

Coming back from pancakes this morning I swapped Viaje's with Liz. Hers is a 50 and feels decidedly smaller than my 53. The ride felt nice and smooth as always likely due to the steel frame and cushy MSO 40s she has. Her Viaje has ulterga for which I admit a degree of jealousy. I do love the black color scheme too.

QuikAF77
03-07-2016, 08:35 PM
N=6, My 1994 Cadex CFR3 road bike. Cadex was a sub brand of Giant back in the day. This bike was fairly high tech for it's time with carbon tubing held together by aluminum lugs. It has an aluminum fork though, carbon forks were too expensive for this bikes price point of $1,000. My Dad bought it for me from a riding buddy when I was 15 or so. He had upgraded it to Campy Chorus, Mavic SUP rims, and a Chris King headset. Alas, only that headset remains. It has gone through many drivetrain permutations since then. I upgraded it to Sram Rival 22 last fall and love it. I've always loved this bike, it has a unique look I really enjoy. It may not be as light or stiff as modern roadbikes, but with its short chainstays it is very nimble, and at a hair under 20 lbs still light enough to climb quickly.
https://www.strava.com/activities/511135195

Subby
03-08-2016, 09:27 AM
11175

3/08/2016

N=5

https://www.strava.com/activities/511658652 (https://www.strava.com/activities/503645850)

So yeah being friends with Cyndi has its advantages. You get to ride her cool bikes when she pilfers yours to rack up the Ns. I had a pretty great revelation too - I loved her narrow handlebars. Super comfortable. Only change I would make to the bike itself would be skinnier tires. 28s on a Liscio is like having Usain Bolt run the 100 in Uggs. ;)

vvill
03-08-2016, 09:35 AM
N=6, My 1994 Cadex CFR3 road bike. Cadex was a sub brand of Giant back in the day. This bike was fairly high tech for it's time with carbon tubing held together by aluminum lugs. It has an aluminum fork though, carbon forks were too expensive for this bikes price point of $1,000. My Dad bought it for me from a riding buddy when I was 15 or so. He had upgraded it to Campy Chorus, Mavic SUP rims, and a Chris King headset. Alas, only that headset remains. It has gone through many drivetrain permutations since then. I upgraded it to Sram Rival 22 last fall and love it. I've always loved this bike, it has a unique look I really enjoy. It may not be as light or stiff as modern roadbikes, but with its short chainstays it is very nimble, and at a hair under 20 lbs still light enough to climb quickly.
https://www.strava.com/activities/511135195

I instantly recognized that bike when I saw this activity pop up on Strava! Very nice one to keep in the stable (I happen to love lugs). And anything under 20lbs is light in my book.



So yeah being friends with Cyndi has its advantages. You get to ride her cool bikes when she pilfers yours to rack up the Ns. I had a pretty great revelation too - I loved her narrow handlebars. Super comfortable. Only change I would make to the bike itself would be skinnier tires. 28s on a Liscio is like having Usain Bolt run the 100 in Uggs. ;)

Really curious to see how she felt on the fixed gear!! Glad you got to try that bike - I really enjoyed it and those handlebars too.

americancyclo
03-08-2016, 09:50 AM
N = 5, Dad's GT Avalanche 3.0. It felt strange to be on a 26" mountain bike, it was so little compared to my 650b Kona. Seems like an adequate bike for the mild off-roading my Dad does.
https://www.strava.com/activities/508530338


That was my first mountain bike. It actually is an adequate bike for any mountain biking in the region :-)

I enjoyed the GT so much that I decided I would try to find one of the new Zaskars -- yes, in 29", I do enjoy the big wheels. Finally a like-new frame came up on ebay this winter and now my mountain bike is once again a GT hardtail. Full circle.
You guys just sent me on a nostalgia trip looking for pics of my GT Outpost Trail. That was the first bike I ever had stolen.

KayakCyndi
03-08-2016, 09:50 AM
N=15 subby's singlespeed

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160308/0199693720042bf05a86a1bd3bd532c6.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160308/d2c44942e1d79cfe37ad653198a3862e.jpg

Today I got to try Subby's singlespeed. This bike had bullhorns which I've never used before. It took me a few minutes to figure out where to put my hands but once I did it seemed pretty cool. I'd totally feel like a hipster on this!

The gearing is higher than on my furley which was a great advantage going down the MVT. I probably wouldn't have felt that way if we were going up the custis!


vvill, if you want to ride this bike bring an allen wrench. You'll need to lower the seat. It was on the tall side for me and my bikes are on the tall side for you ....

TwoWheelsDC
03-08-2016, 09:51 AM
N=15 subby's singlespeed

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160308/0199693720042bf05a86a1bd3bd532c6.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160308/d2c44942e1d79cfe37ad653198a3862e.jpg

Today I got to try Subby's singlespeed. This bike had bullhorns which I've never used before. It took me a few minutes to figure out where to put my hands but once I did it seemed pretty cool. I'd totally feel like a hipster on this!

The gearing is higher than on my furley which was a great advantage going down the MVT. I probably wouldn't have felt that way if we were going up the custis!


vvill, if you want to ride this bike bring an allen wrench. You'll need to lower the seat. It was on the tall side for me and my bikes are on the tall side for you ....

Freewheeling with no rear brake? Subby so cray.

vvill
03-08-2016, 10:40 AM
You guys just sent me on a nostalgia trip looking for pics of my GT Outpost Trail. That was the first bike I ever had stolen.

I think that's the model my brother had!


vvill, if you want to ride this bike bring an allen wrench. You'll need to lower the seat. It was on the tall side for me and my bikes are on the tall side for you ....

Ahh I didn't realize it was a single speed (forgot Subby has the Langster now)! You were destined to ride a single speed today. I carry a multi tool with me on pretty much every (non not-a-sleaze) ride, so I could've adjusted it I guess. That camera angle makes the saddle look like a unicycle saddle!

Freewheeling with no rear brake? Subby so cray.

Yar. I'll ride a fixed gear with a rear brake but not a single speed without a rear brake.

Raymo853
03-08-2016, 11:07 AM
11175

3/08/2016

N=5

https://www.strava.com/activities/511658652 (https://www.strava.com/activities/503645850)

So yeah being friends with Cyndi has its advantages. You get to ride her cool bikes when she pilfers yours to rack up the Ns. I had a pretty great revelation too - I loved her narrow handlebars. Super comfortable. Only change I would make to the bike itself would be skinnier tires. 28s on a Liscio is like having Usain Bolt run the 100 in Uggs. ;)
28s are faster than 25s or 23s.

QuikAF77
03-08-2016, 11:36 AM
You guys just sent me on a nostalgia trip looking for pics of my GT Outpost Trail. That was the first bike I ever had stolen.

Awww! My only bike ever stolen was a Huffy BMX bike I had from like ages 7-11. Still broke my heart though!

TwoWheelsDC
03-08-2016, 11:52 AM
28s are faster than 25s or 23s.

Well...wider tires generally have less rolling resistance, but would be (slightly) heavier for any given make/model of tire and are less aerodynamic...so it's complicated.

QuikAF77
03-08-2016, 05:52 PM
n=7, My Mom's mid-90's era Bianchi Eros. It is a super sweet lugged Italian steel road touring bike. It is setup with a triple crank, Campy Mirage, 8 speed drivetrain. Riding Campy for the first time in forever was funny, especially coming from Sram. I kept on upshifting then spinning like mad everytime I forgot to hit the button to downshift. I did like how I could downshift multiple gears in one push though. The bike was small for me, and as a result I was rocking a super aero position in the drops! Italians know how to make them, this bike tracks smooth and puts the power to the pavement!

https://www.strava.com/activities/512102438

ShawnoftheDread
03-08-2016, 06:44 PM
n=7, My Mom's mid-90's era Bianchi Eros. It is a super sweet lugged Italian steel road touring bike. It is setup with a triple crank, Campy Mirage, 8 speed drivetrain. Riding Campy for the first time in forever was funny, especially coming from Sram. I kept on upshifting then spinning like mad everytime I forgot to hit the button to downshift. I did like how I could downshift multiple gears in one push though. The bike was small for me, and as a result I was rocking a super aero position in the drops! Italians know how to make them, this bike tracks smooth and puts the power to the pavement!

https://www.strava.com/activities/512102438

Cool, but we want to SEE the bikes.

vvill
03-08-2016, 08:31 PM
Cool, but we want to SEE the bikes.

Found them with just a little stalking. Biiiig images:
https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net/GUWfbRwbrmH0aVzKc1Bnf8zr8ehwBZR_efeGNrFBj7k-1152x2048.jpg
https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net/ORYU1AQEraEyemNqqxf8vRSQOXVHjT8owb6MgWgr_As-2048x1152.jpg


n=7, My Mom's mid-90's era Bianchi Eros. It is a super sweet lugged Italian steel road touring bike. It is setup with a triple crank, Campy Mirage, 8 speed drivetrain. Riding Campy for the first time in forever was funny, especially coming from Sram. I kept on upshifting then spinning like mad everytime I forgot to hit the button to downshift. I did like how I could downshift multiple gears in one push though. The bike was small for me, and as a result I was rocking a super aero position in the drops! Italians know how to make them, this bike tracks smooth and puts the power to the pavement!

Your folks have some awesome bikes!! That said, most of my cycling as a kid was with my brother first, and my mum second. She had a steel road bike with drop bars, from a yard sale (of course).

QuikAF77
03-09-2016, 05:56 AM
Cool, but we want to SEE the bikes.

Whoops, linked to the wrong ride!

https://www.strava.com/activities/512049506

hozn
03-09-2016, 08:30 AM
Only change I would make to the bike itself would be skinnier tires. 28s on a Liscio is like having Usain Bolt run the 100 in Uggs. ;)


28s are faster than 25s or 23s.


Well...wider tires generally have less rolling resistance, but would be (slightly) heavier for any given make/model of tire and are less aerodynamic...so it's complicated.

All true!

I found a good article on the different variables: http://engineerstalk.mavic.com/the-right-tyre-width-on-the-right-rim-width-2/

Would have been nice if they normalized the units a bit to quantify the cost vs. savings of going with larger tires than the rims. I'm too lazy (and busy) to figure it out myself.

Probably Subby was just noting that the Schwalbe Durano (in any size) is a great winter tire but is not a fast tire. But having a tire that matches rim width definitely "feels right" on a road bike, I agree with that too. Assuming the Rovals are wide rims, a 25mm might work great. (Cyndi, I recommend 25mm Schwalbe One tubeless or GP4000S II if you want to stick with tubes. In which case latex tubes apparently offer improved ride -- not 100% sure I could tell the difference in a blind test, but they do roll nicely.)

KayakCyndi
03-09-2016, 08:56 AM
(Cyndi, I recommend 25mm Schwalbe One tubeless or GP4000S II if you want to stick with tubes. In which case latex tubes apparently offer improved ride -- not 100% sure I could tell the difference in a blind test, but they do roll nicely.)

Funny, I just picked up a pair of Schwalbe Ones -- not the tubeless ones but the regular clinchers since I'm constantly changing tires. Hopefully they'll feel as nice as the others. I'll use the Durano's on the Viaje's road wheels since they'll probably hold up better to the silliness that is DC streets.

lbds137
03-10-2016, 05:57 PM
N = 1 : first Capital Bikeshare ride ever: https://www.strava.com/activities/512958098
N = 2 : borrowing a hybrid from @glennpstevens: https://www.strava.com/activities/513657744

(photos are on Strava)

Raymo853
03-11-2016, 07:14 AM
Regarding bike share limitation, I think using bike shares from different systems should count. So a rides on dc and Quebec City systems should both count.

vvill
03-11-2016, 12:06 PM
Regarding bike share limitation, I think using bike shares from different systems should count. So a rides on dc and Quebec City systems should both count.

That was the intention. I will update the original post to make it clearer.

Rod Smith
03-11-2016, 04:54 PM
N = 1
Kona@Work
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/trailer/DSC00999.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/trailer/DSC00999.jpg.html)

Raymo853
03-11-2016, 05:46 PM
I am going to ask for an evaluation for this. Does my Indy Fab Club Racer now qualify for a point, partial point, etc? It got a point when it was a single speed with CX tires. It now has new gearing, new wheels, including a generator hub, a new fork from Hans, and different brakes front and rear.

https://www.strava.com/activities/514383710

11202

Rod Smith
03-11-2016, 06:33 PM
The Kona without the trailer is a very different ride.

vvill
03-11-2016, 08:31 PM
I am going to ask for an evaluation for this. Does my Indy Fab Club Racer now qualify for a point, partial point, etc? It got a point when it was a single speed with CX tires. It now has new gearing, new wheels, including a generator hub, a new fork from Hans, and different brakes front and rear.

Nope, but if it comes down to a tiebreaker it may enter into consideration.

Raymo853
03-12-2016, 04:46 AM
Nope, but if it comes down to a tiebreaker it may enter into consideration.

Well the only people that can catch Cyndi are you and I, and if she just finds two more bike to ride then we cannot exceed her. I've only got one extra n left plus may borrow a bike Wed at the Dupont group ride.

QuikAF77
03-12-2016, 06:15 AM
N=8, My Brother's 1980's ish Soma Generation Fixie. My youngest brother built up this 80's Japanese steel frame into a fixie for our middle brother. This was my second time riding fixed gear, both times on my hilly Clifton commute and i did not enjoy it whatsoever. I really like the simplicity of the drivetrain, just also want a freewheel. The geometry on this bike is all sorts of weird too.

https://www.strava.com/activities/514386955

Raymo853
03-12-2016, 10:56 AM
+1 to 11!!

https://www.strava.com/activities/514875675

1121211213

QuikAF77
03-12-2016, 11:24 AM
n=9, My 2015 Kona Blast. Got this beast from my parents as an early Christmas present last November. Far and away my favorite Christmas present ever. It is a fairly entry-level 650b mountain bike by Kona, but I absolutely love it. I'm an awful mountain biker and this bike has been great to learn on so far. I had tons of fun playing in the snow on it during the blizzard. It really lives up to it's name, it is a freaking Blast to ride!
https://www.strava.com/activities/515033218

vvill
03-12-2016, 06:01 PM
+1 to 11!!

1121211213

Please add a description / ride impression for full credit.

Also, I'm not in the running to win - just playing for fun. (We could also do a ride swap day and add +1 to our scores as well.) And who knows, I may give out prizes for 2nd, 3rd, etc...

Raymo853
03-13-2016, 04:55 PM
Please add a description / ride impression for full credit.

Also, I'm not in the running to win - just playing for fun. (We could also do a ride swap day and add +1 to our scores as well.) And who knows, I may give out prizes for 2nd, 3rd, etc...
Pulled my mother-in-law 's old road bike out of storage, made sure it was in working order and rode it around getting an idea if it can be sold for much. It all works pretty well.

KayakCyndi
03-14-2016, 09:07 AM
N=16 Rockfords Salsa Vaya
3/14/2016
https://www.strava.com/activities/516814994

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160314/31097f37e8326fcfc2a6876aac7209d0.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160314/5c80f37f8679627a7fc5fd4b33d2a25a.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160314/e8b9800678f4c1bfb95c9d55053c1c8d.jpg
Yep, another Vaya. Like Gina's, Kathleen's Vaya is rigged for commuting/touring with big tires, full fenders, and a very upright position. I'm amazed at how much that upright position impacts reach. This top tube felt short even though it is actually a 54cm. Normally, if set with my preferred saddle to bar drop, I am too stretched out on almost any 54. No such felling here.

I also really enjoyed the smooth, clean, grit free drive train. The Viaje's need (another) good clean after yesterday's 115 mile gritty rain ride!

Raymo853
03-14-2016, 09:14 AM
Please add a description / ride impression for full credit.

Also, I'm not in the running to win - just playing for fun. (We could also do a ride swap day and add +1 to our scores as well.) And who knows, I may give out prizes for 2nd, 3rd, etc...

By the way, I see it as just fun too. My lamenting Cyndy is unmatchable was more about the looming end of the BAFS fun.

Subby
03-14-2016, 10:02 AM
Late to the discussion but I just assumed that a skinnier tire was faster because less material was touching the road so less friction. As usual, I know F--- All about bikes. :)

hozn
03-14-2016, 10:24 AM
Late to the discussion but I just assumed that a skinnier tire was faster because less material was touching the road so less friction. As usual, I know F--- All about bikes. :)
This might be over-simplifying, but I think the gist of the argument is that there is the same amount of material touching the road *at the same psi* (i.e. contact patch area is same), but on the wider tire the contact patch is spread out more width wise vs length wise on the skinnier tire (so shape is diffetent). And the former is faster for some reason.

This may be a completely wrong understanding. :-)

Edit: Here's an article explaining the physics of why a shorter/wider contact patch rolls faster: http://flocycling.blogspot.com/2011/11/flo-cyling-contact-patch-why-wider-is.html

Raymo853
03-14-2016, 10:25 AM
QUOTE=Subby;136702]Late to the discussion but I just assumed that a skinnier tire was faster because less material was touching the road so less friction. As usual, I know F--- All about bikes. :)[/QUOTE]

That is only part of the equation. And that variable is only true when the road is perfectly flat and the tire is perfectly round. Both physical impossibilities.

The primary thing that causes slightly wider tires to be faster is there is less deflection upwards and sideways of the bike and you when you hit objects. And by deflection I mean vibrations you can feel and by objects I mean 0.25 cm irregularities in the road surface. Of course you must balance out the mass of the tire, the frontal area for air resistance, and the overall surface rolling friction. So an huge tire will end up being slower.

And there are more variables of course, beyond frontal area, the tire shape and tire & rim shape are more important to air resistance. Then there are the the hard to measure variables, such as your fatigue caused by a too small tire increasing vibration. Michelin, Continental, Trek and Specialized have all researched this a lot the last few years, and it is why so many race teams switched to 25s and 28s.

hozn
03-14-2016, 10:29 AM
The primary thing that causes slightly wider tires to be faster is there is less deflection upwards and sideways of the bike and you when you hit objects.

See link above, but I think the primary contributor is actually the shape of contact patch, as you should be able to simply lower the psi on a 23mm tire to achieve a similar deflection [as running lower psi on a larger tire would yield].

Steve O
03-14-2016, 11:11 AM
This might be over-simplifying, but I think the gist of the argument is that there is the same amount of material touching the road *at the same psi* (i.e. contact patch area is same), but on the wider tire the contact patch is spread out more width wise vs length wise on the skinnier tire (so shape is diffetent). And the former is faster for some reason.

This may be a completely wrong understanding. :-)

I was trying to check this out and ended up with a black eye and a bruised cheekbone.

Subby
03-14-2016, 11:43 AM
That's really interesting. So I guess folks run 23s just out of habit? Is there a handling component to skinnier tires or is that just imagined as well?

TwoWheelsDC
03-14-2016, 01:38 PM
That's really interesting. So I guess folks run 23s just out of habit? Is there a handling component to skinnier tires or is that just imagined as well?

They are aerodynamically better, although I'd wager you have to be over 20mph for it to be a factor. I like 23s because they *feel* faster, which is probably just due to them being less cushy and transmitting more vibrations, but I like the feel of it. I also prefer them aesthetically.

hozn
03-14-2016, 02:16 PM
They are aerodynamically better, although I'd wager you have to be over 20mph for it to be a factor. I like 23s because they *feel* faster, which is probably just due to them being less cushy and transmitting more vibrations, but I like the feel of it. I also prefer them aesthetically.

Yeah, I don't know if any of the studies have normalized the units in quantifying the gain/loss of running 23mm tires vs. a wider (usu. 25mm) tire -- i.e. measure any aerodynamic loss and compare the watts lost to the watts gained from the lower rolling resistance. The aerodynamics depend on the rim, of course, with more and more rims getting wider, that is probably decreasingly in favor of 23mm tires. I'd conjecture that disc brakes help too, allowing these rims [usu. carbon] to grow extra wide without worrying about clearing rim-brake calipers.

There is a small weight penalty to the wider tires, but I would expect this modest number is completely overcome by any crr and aerodynamic considerations.

Here was a recent study that Velo put together: http://velonews.competitor.com/where-the-rubber-meets-the-road-what-makes-cycling-tires-fast

Highlights being that the fastest tire is a 26mm [tubeless] Specialized tire. Also illustrative here is the difference between the Schwalbe One in 25mm and 23mm -- the 23mm costs 2.7 watts additional power [compared to the 25mm]. (Unfortunately they don't have size comparisons for that many tire models in that study.) To put that in some context, a set of triathlete wheels apparently saves around 10 watts [compared to more typical road wheels].

So, yeah, there isn't really any reason to run them other than tradition. I'd hazard a guess that we are probably in the twilight of 23mm tires.

That all said, I'm running 23mm tires right now on my road bike. :-) There isn't really any reason other than this is what was available/on-sale. And I have a set of 23mm tubeless tires to run after these are done, so I'll be riding 23mm for awhile on that bike. I don't even think it feels faster, but I do kinda like the extra road feel on that bike.

vvill
03-14-2016, 07:52 PM
I don't even think it feels faster, but I do kinda like the extra road feel on that bike.

While I tend to run 25-28mm tires myself, I think there is certainly a case for road feel and factors like stiffness during acceleration/sprinting. A lot of these tests are done in quite static environments e.g. 1 hr at 40kph on a roller, or a wind tunnel with a preset list of yaw angles. In the real world there is a lot more acceleration (although arguably less in time trials, triathlons, some track cycling, etc.) and you are putting different stresses on your bike all the time. My gut feel is that narrower tires are easier to accelerate from because there's less deflection (higher pressure). At those higher rider output times you don't really want deflection - especially the front tire if you are out of the saddle. Somehow I feel like the rear tire doesn't matter as much since you are going to have the pressure up higher than the front anyway. I also feel like since the front wheel/tire does not transit power (it just rolls over the surface) it doesn't matter as much if it's narrower/higher pressure and skipping along the surface a bit more (at least in terms of speed - not grip!). But I'm not sure if my gut feelings there are logically sound (FWIW I run 23 front/28 rear on my fixed gear).

I would be curious to see the results if they built a robot that could sprint out of the saddle from 0mph to 30mph, or from 25mph to 40mph, etc. with constant wattage curves and then just swap out tires and see if wider tires win there too. If I'm cruising at 16mph, then want to go up to 25mph as fast as possible I still feel like I'd rather have a 25mm up front than a 28mm (assuming I'm on smooth tarmac - not cobblestones, nor say, the trollheim bridges).

One really interesting source of bicycle research is Jan Heine:
https://janheine.wordpress.com/
He's the guy behind Compass tires and has been ahead of much of the industry in terms of championing wider tires, lower pressure and even the benefits of non-slick treads.

KayakCyndi
03-15-2016, 09:18 AM
N=17 dkel's Surly Straggler
3/15/2016
https://www.strava.com/activities/517592544

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160315/d4766b88c8171984002f72b73079906c.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160315/1f9e322569e7a53abca4848afd3b74c9.jpg
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This morning's N+1 showed up at Cafe Kindred just in time for me to take it for a quick spin. Dkel's straggler was the first bike I had ridden that really was just to big for me. Sitting on the seat and actually pedaling wasn't really an option so this test ride took place standing, standing on legs that were already dead from Tuesday morning hills and Sunday's rainy brevet.

The Straggler is a pretty bike. That shiny, sparkling purple color is just about the shade of the early blooming cherry trees in the neighborhood. Dkel must also have a thing for clean chains as his was grit free too. Maybe it has something to do with the long fenders he is running. I think the front one almost hits ground! Again this bike had a fairly upright position which shortened the ETT enough for me to be able to actually reach the bars. His bell is a thing of beauty.

KayakCyndi
03-15-2016, 09:35 AM
....
Probably Subby was just noting that the Schwalbe Durano (in any size) is a great winter tire but is not a fast tire. But having a tire that matches rim width definitely "feels right" on a road bike, I agree with that too. Assuming the Rovals are wide rims, a 25mm might work great. (Cyndi, I recommend 25mm Schwalbe One tubeless or GP4000S II if you want to stick with tubes. In which case latex tubes apparently offer improved ride -- not 100% sure I could tell the difference in a blind test, but they do roll nicely.)

In other news, I moved the Duranos over to the Viaje and put some Schwalbe One's on the Liscio. I didn't go tubeless but got the road style 28s (http://www.schwalbetires.com/node/4318). I rode them this morning on Tuesday hills. It might be totally in my mind but they definitely seemed to roll quicker and more nicely than the Duranos. Someday I'll get over my fear of tubeless.

dkel
03-15-2016, 10:16 AM
This morning's N+1 showed up at Cafe Kindred just in time for me to take it for a quick spin.

Thanks for leaving it in the tallest possible gear for me to get going on my way. :rolleyes:

KayakCyndi
03-15-2016, 10:26 AM
Thanks for leaving it in the tallest possible gear for me to get going on my way. :rolleyes:

Oops. I guess when I can only pedal standing up it is easier in a taller gear!

ShawnoftheDread
03-15-2016, 10:45 AM
Thanks for leaving it in the tallest possible gear for me to get going on my way. :rolleyes:

You're going to have to train more if you want to ride like a girl.

dkel
03-15-2016, 10:55 AM
You're going to have to train more if you want to ride like a girl.

And here I thought a glittery purple bike would be enough! :p

ginacico
03-15-2016, 11:00 AM
The Straggler is a pretty bike. That shiny, sparkling purple color is just about the shade of the early blooming cherry trees in the neighborhood. Dkel must also have a thing for clean chains as his was grit free too. Maybe it has something to do with the long fenders he is running. I think the front one almost hits ground! Again this bike had a fairly upright position which shortened the ETT enough for me to be able to actually reach the bars. His bell is a thing of beauty.

I approve of dkel's great taste in fenders :D

That is one very cool bike. Did it feel a little like the Vaya's (or maybe hard to tell standing up)?

I love this thread, it's like window shopping.

vvill
03-15-2016, 11:37 AM
Thanks for leaving it in the tallest possible gear for me to get going on my way. :rolleyes:

Better for the photos, and therefore the greater good of the forum.

dkel
03-15-2016, 12:02 PM
Better for the photos, and therefore the greater good of the forum.

She took those pics before she rode it!

vvill
03-15-2016, 01:08 PM
She took those pics before she rode it!

Well then, looks like she left it in close to the same gear as before! What's a couple of teeth between friends?

dkel
03-15-2016, 01:52 PM
Well then, looks like she left it in close to the same gear as before! What's a couple of teeth between friends?

To me it looks like about 30-40 gear inches difference. At least I was going downhill to start, though.

Subby
03-15-2016, 02:10 PM
So my running 23s at 120 psi is not optimal? Is that what I am hearing? :D

vvill
03-15-2016, 02:18 PM
So my running 23s at 120 psi is not optimal? Is that what I am hearing? :D

Depends. According to https://janheine.wordpress.com/2016/03/09/tire-pressure-take-home/ a lot depends on the actual tire suppleness (which actually kind of goes along with some of what the velonews article concludes).



What does it all mean? Here is the take-home summary:

Stiff casings always will be slow. They are even slower at lower pressures.
Supple casings are fast, and pressure doesn’t matter.
On smooth roads, tire pressure is a matter of personal preference (at least with supple tires). High and low pressures offer the same performance.
On rough roads, lower pressures are faster. So if you want to optimize your speed on all roads, including rough ones, go with a relatively low, but safe, pressure.
Your tire pressure needs to be high enough to avoid pinch flats. If you get pinch flats, increase your tire pressure, or better, choose wider tires. Pinch flats are rare with wide tires.
On pavement, your pressure needs to be high enough that the tire does not collapse during hard cornering.
The minimum safe pressure is higher for more supple casings. Stiff casings hold up the bike more, and thus require less air pressure.
On gravel, you can run lower pressures than on pavement. On loose surfaces, the tires don’t collapse as easily, because the cornering forces are much lower.
Don’t run your tires so low that the casing cords start to break. That happens only at very low pressures, but if you start seeing multiple lines across the casing where cords have broken, inflate the tires a bit more.
Berto’s chart still is a good starting point. Inflate your tires to the pressures it recommends, then experiment by adding or letting out some air.
See what feels best to you. That is the optimum tire pressure for you. Don’t worry about tire pressure any further! At least on paved roads, you won’t go faster or slower if you change your tire pressure.
Even simpler, here is a summary in two sentences:

Ride the tire pressure that feels good to you.
When in doubt, let out some air.


Velonews's conclusion was


The bottom line

If you want reliability and good rolling resistance, wide tubeless tires with sealant are the way to go. If punctures are not an issue, and you want pure speed and grip without having to worry too much about tire pressure, go with an open tubular with a great tread compound.

KayakCyndi
03-15-2016, 02:55 PM
I find it mildly humorous that we can spend hours talking about and researching tire pressure/width and gear inches based on nothing more than two photos!

This clearly is a most apt use of the forum.

ShawnoftheDread
03-15-2016, 02:58 PM
There were photos? What page?

americancyclo
03-16-2016, 01:30 PM
N=4
19?? Free Spirit Little Star in Sparkle Purple
This bike descends reasonably well given the short ETT. Itís relatively stable, but that makes sense given that itís a steel bike weighing in a good ten pounds more than my carbon road bike. Compared to that relaxed road bike geometry, I definitely feel the compact nature of this ride. Itís almost like I was sitting on top of the rear axle the whole time. Getting out of the saddle on the climbs helped a bit, and while the 28x16 gearing was more than adequate for the hills around my house, my normal cadence suffered combined with the 10cm cranks. Overall this is more of a descenderís bike than a true sprinter given the gearing and heavy weight. A good entry level bike, but it might be time to reconsider whether or not this has a home in the stable.

https://www.strava.com/activities/518697435

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vvill
03-16-2016, 01:31 PM
N=4
19?? Free Spirit Little Star in Sparkle Purple
This bike descends reasonably well given the short ETT. It’s relatively stable, but that makes sense given that it’s a steel bike weighing in a good ten pounds more than my carbon road bike. Compared to that relaxed road bike geometry, I definitely feel the compact nature of this ride. It’s almost like I was sitting on top of the rear axle the whole time. Getting out of the saddle on the climbs helped a bit, and while the 28x16 gearing was more than adequate for the hills around my house, my normal cadence suffered combined with the 10cm cranks. Overall this is more of a descender’s bike than a true sprinter given the gearing and heavy weight. A good entry level bike, but it might be time to reconsider whether or not this has a home in the stable.

https://www.strava.com/activities/518697435


Bonus point awarded!

KayakCyndi
03-16-2016, 01:39 PM
N=4
19?? Free Spirit Little Star in Sparkle Purple
This bike descends reasonably well given the short ETT. It’s relatively stable, but that makes sense given that it’s a steel bike weighing in a good ten pounds more than my carbon road bike. Compared to that relaxed road bike geometry, I definitely feel the compact nature of this ride. It’s almost like I was sitting on top of the rear axle the whole time. Getting out of the saddle on the climbs helped a bit, and while the 28x16 gearing was more than adequate for the hills around my house, my normal cadence suffered combined with the 10cm cranks. Overall this is more of a descender’s bike than a true sprinter given the gearing and heavy weight. A good entry level bike, but it might be time to reconsider whether or not this has a home in the stable.

https://www.strava.com/activities/518697435

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11247

You, sir, clearly have too much time on your hands!

americancyclo
03-16-2016, 01:42 PM
You, sir, clearly have too much time on your hands!
Ironically says the one who rides all the hooky rides ;)

eminva
03-16-2016, 04:06 PM
I'm sure nobody in your neighborhood thinks you're eccentric or anything.

Sunyata
03-17-2016, 06:40 AM
N=4
19?? Free Spirit Little Star in Sparkle Purple
This bike descends reasonably well given the short ETT. Itís relatively stable, but that makes sense given that itís a steel bike weighing in a good ten pounds more than my carbon road bike. Compared to that relaxed road bike geometry, I definitely feel the compact nature of this ride. Itís almost like I was sitting on top of the rear axle the whole time. Getting out of the saddle on the climbs helped a bit, and while the 28x16 gearing was more than adequate for the hills around my house, my normal cadence suffered combined with the 10cm cranks. Overall this is more of a descenderís bike than a true sprinter given the gearing and heavy weight. A good entry level bike, but it might be time to reconsider whether or not this has a home in the stable.

https://www.strava.com/activities/518697435

11246
11247

Next time we have tiny bike races, I want you on my team!

(Seriously, though... How are your knees feeling!?)

dkel
03-17-2016, 07:23 AM
N=4
19?? Free Spirit Little Star in Sparkle Purple

Your Sparkle Purple Little Star should get together with my Glitter Dreams Straggler...

americancyclo
03-17-2016, 07:53 AM
I'm sure nobody in your neighborhood thinks you're eccentric or anything.
Of course not. Neither do the VDOT construction workers I had to pass twice.

Next time we have tiny bike races, I want you on my team!

(Seriously, though... How are your knees feeling!?)
Knees are ok, but my shin muscles are killing me!
Seriously, that was harder than Kill Bill.

Your Sparkle Purple Little Star should get together with my Glitter Dreams Straggler...
I could bring my Purple Pearl Metallic Roubaix and we could have a Purple Party!

Boomer2U
03-19-2016, 08:31 AM
At the risk of being called a sandbagger, I post my N+1 rides on the last day of BAFS2016 largely because I didnt have my act together earlier. However, I am no threat to the leaderboard leaders who obviously have better access to N+1 stables than I do....so here it goes, in jumbled chronological order (note: will cut and paste Strava posts later)

Boomer2U
03-19-2016, 08:56 AM
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160319/b5f52754ab47a09813ab1f4ffcaf7627.jpg

N=1 @SarahBee's 1990s era steel Cramerotti 54cm roadie, appropriately dubbed "Guido." Riding this bike reminded me of the joy of riding when I built up my first roadie in High School for daily commuting (that was a 70s era Schwimn Continental, powder-blue edition) after having ridden handme downs typical of being the youngest kid in the family.

Guido sliced through the wind around HP like a knife, and absorbed potholes and roadside debries around the Mall like butter during an 18 mile spin between the Mall and DCA (and back). I felt like I could ride this bike all day and feel less beat up than on many modern day carbon bikes (of which I own N+1).
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160319/caae77fb22cb47fe36c965ee44efd0b2.jpg

I admit that I'm partial to this bike, having rebuilt it after finding it rusting in shambles in @SarahBee's shed, after she has been taken out on it by a deer while riding at night on the Anacostia trial system in PG county. Guido got upgraded to a used but not abused Campy Veloce gruppo and Hutchinson Fusion 3 bluewall tires ; new cables, housings, Rigida wheelset & 8-speed cog (not easy to find) and a.r.s. seat. I salvaged the original 53/39 Campy BREV crankset and added Speedplay Zero pedals. Guido weighed in at 22.5 lbs before she added all the bling.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160319/a81fdd8f08766e0bf41dab8bfc9c5496.jpg
Check out my 18.1 mi Ride on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/520590613

Boomer2U
03-19-2016, 09:20 AM
N=2: @Sarahbee's Titanium LiteSpeed roadie, 54cm, aka "Speedy Gonzalez", which I rode while chasing #errandonnee points around DC, but found myself wanting to take this fine machine on the open road for a real ride.

This is an older Litespeed with almost touring-like geometry but the only frame marking is the serial number stamped on the bottom bracket, so I dont know what model it is; the seat stays have concave geometry to absorb shock in the rear triangle. The down tube on this thing is BIG. Someone switched out the original Ti fork for carbon, which is a pity, and makes the front end a bit harsher than originally designed. It has a Dura Ace gruppo with a 53/39 crankset, is light as a feather, and fast. Did I say fast?!
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160319/5a6b2b92a3f24c96a8b47e35b8ecc86b.jpg
Check out my 13.5 mi Ride on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/509665120

Boomer2U
03-19-2016, 11:57 AM
N=3: 1991 GT Talera chromoly hybrid w/ 2" knobby tires on 26" tires, 7 speed, aka "El Gordito".
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160319/a815384097af0ed49af5b924b937fc1b.jpg

I am the original owner of this classic which I bought when I first started commuting regularly to West End DC from Falls Church in 1992. There were only a handful of us bike commuters back in the day.

It has a 52 tooth large chain ring so this bike can move once it gets rolling...which given its considerable weight, takes a bit of effort to get up to full speed.

I use this for running errands mostly like grocery runs, and it's my snowmobile when we have blizzards. Most of the components have been replaced at least once, but it has been indestructible and remains a steady performer.

Check out my 4.2 mi Ride on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/512220197

Boomer2U
03-19-2016, 01:36 PM
N=4: 2010 (?) custom Ridley Damocles, 54cm, 30K carbon weave frame, with Easton EC90 carbon wheelset, aka "Snow White." It weighs in at 17 lbs.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160319/5eee622dda83068d6d21c71bf1b1ed69.jpg

This is my project bike from the winter of 2011 that saved me from cabin fever. I bought the frame off of Craigslist and then scavanged or bartered for quality parts for 4 months until I came up with this Frankenbike. It has a mix-match of Sram Rival, Force & Red components, Dura-Ace 7800 brakes, Gore all-weather cable & housing system, FSA SLK-Lite hollow carbon crank w/ white Speedplay Zero pedals, Easton EC70 carbon drop bars and seat post, and a Forte race seat (made by Velo, but at half the price). I forget to add barrel adjusters in the shifter housings, so I have to do the fine cable adjustments at derailleurs. Fortunately that isnt necessary too often. I also recently replaced the MegaXO bottom bracket with the ceramic bearing model since I found it on sale at 60% off on Amazon.com. Damn bike nearly pedals itself now!

I would never have been able to afford a new bike like this, but was able to build it with quality used parts for about half of what it should cost retail.

I originally built it up for racing in the Nation's Triathlon 40km sprint, complete w/ an aero cockpit and deep dish wheels. But then I got old and stepped down from 52/39 to compact 50/34 chainrings and a shorter, steeper stem (from carbon to Al), and swapped out the wheelset to turn it into a full fledged roadie. It's pedigree is for racing on Belguim pavee courses with its radical 5- sided pentagon to 3-sided triangle down tube, but it's a climber, too. This bike is extremely responsive when you stomp on the pedals.

This is my "pride of the pack" bike, and preferred ride for longer distances, anything fast, or when the sun shines (because let's face it, carbon rim brake wheels suck at stopping when it's wet)

I rode 40 miles on it this day, but got a flat and had to bail out on the Metro until I could find a shop with a long stem tube, since my spare had a short stem!:-0...so this is just the bail out ride as I had already uploaded the pre-flat portion of the ride in case my day was over.

Check out my 2.9 mi Ride on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/504833822

Boomer2U
03-19-2016, 01:49 PM
N=5: 2009(?) Trek Madone 5.2 (Sram Rival), carbon frame/fork with integrated seat post, 54cm, w/ Easton EA90TT wheelset (Al, bought off of Craigslist) ...which are the Al version of the EC90 carbon wheel... w/ 25mm tires, aka "Trekky." It weighs in at 17.2 lbs.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160319/4cafd8281c3c781b1af27145c88caa8e.jpg

Believe it or not, this is my daily beater which is why it has DeFender i-glow fenders. I've racked up over 10K miles commuting alone over the past two years and it has been bullet proof, though I had to rebuild the drive train after last year's Freezing Saddles season, and replace the bottom bracket (press fit).

The EA90TT wheels habe AL nipples which fatigue, and then "pop" at randomn moments. I sent the wheel back to Easton before they got bought out, and they rebuilt it for me and only charged shipping. However, those Al nipples fatigued, too, and started sheering at rim contact, so I had the rear wheel rebuilt a third time, switching over to brass nipples (w/ electrical grease to dampen the cation exchange between the brass and Al metals where they come into contact). So far, so good.

Trekky climbs like a billy goat, tracks corners confidently (yeah tapered head tubes!) and descents like a rocket. It is a great all round bike, and my go to ride for any and all conditions at any distance.

Lance (whose last name shall never be spoken again) made this the best selling bicycle model in America at one time. I bought it barely used off of Craigslist with 2 wheelsets from a beginner who was afraid of it.

I rode this as lead marshal for this year's Vasa ride, but I swept on the way back so there was no blueberry soup left by the time that I got back:(
Check out my 59.5 mi Ride on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/516246207

Steve O
03-19-2016, 05:24 PM
I was thinking of bringing my N=3.5 unicycle to tonight's FSLNHPP for a single lap, but I am so not a rule 9 unicyclist. Maybe next year.

Boomer2U
03-19-2016, 10:35 PM
N=6, This one was a Cabi ride around the mall when I needed a break from my office, but I came across a rum tasting at a local liquor store, after which I dont remember much about the ride. Whatever. Cabi's are tanks and can take on about anything in the streets with their 32mm tires, including curbs!

Check out my 5.0 mi Ride on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/486683844

vvill
03-21-2016, 06:40 PM
N=4: 2010 (?) custom Ridley Domacles, 54cm, 30K carbon weave frame, with Easton EC90 carbon wheelset, aka "Snow White." It weighs in at 17 lbs.

17lbs? Damn! I think it's a Damocles, not Domacles btw.

Boomer2U
03-23-2016, 06:47 PM
17lbs? Damn! I think it's a Damocles, not Domacles btw.
You are indeed correct, so I just edited the name correctly. Thank you.

vvill
03-31-2016, 08:45 PM
So here is the summary from this Pointless Prize. Thanks everyone for participating! I think this was the most posted thread of BAFS this year, and I heard a lot of good feedback as well.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SUUrjDKd_XW7-Rhzf3FpJnCRQVGcj53cH9T3Vym37j4/

Raymo853 - I have a runner's up prize for you, since you missed the happy hour.