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Old 04-15-2019, 08:07 AM   #4361
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Anyone here ever ride a gravel bike consistently? I saw one in the local bike shop and would just love to try one out. Not sure I would end up buying due to the low riding position similar to a road bike, as I think that would do havoc on my back after awhile, but I'd love to try to see what kinda speed I can get on my path.
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:49 PM   #4362
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Anyone here ever ride a gravel bike consistently? I saw one in the local bike shop and would just love to try one out. Not sure I would end up buying due to the low riding position similar to a road bike, as I think that would do havoc on my back after awhile, but I'd love to try to see what kinda speed I can get on my path.
Is the path gravel or rough?

I haven't ridden a gravel bike, but the whole world is paved where I live. It's a 30ish mile drive to get to dirt trails for mtb. The additional flexy that's ostensibly built into gravel bike frames & their disc brakes are enticing to me as I become an old man and want a smoother ride, but I think for decent pavement, a true road bike is still the best fit.
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Old 04-24-2019, 03:43 PM   #4363
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This time last year I had a big ride coming up, so I was doing more and tougher rides. YOY, these Q1 results are down quite a bit. Lots of rainy days this winter meant fewer rides, but I am going to the gym a lot more.
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Old 04-26-2019, 11:37 AM   #4364
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Here's my stats so far...and for the foreseeable future. As I mentioned on Strava, I just had another knee surgery to fix the damage after my fall at work last year.

Still have to wait for the follow up appointment to get the details on what was all done, but he did say the meniscus was pretty tore up from waiting so long.

Distance 597.5 mi
Time 36h 20m
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Edit- Went to the surgeon for my post op and found out I'll be off work for 2-3 months and cant drive till at least June. Ended up having MPFL reconstruction, meniscus and patella repair, debridement of the MCL, then drilled a hole in femur to promote growth, then plasma injections in the area.

Surprisingly, I'm already able to lightly walk on it with crutches. At this point I'm guessing no riding till late August. FML...


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Old 05-15-2019, 08:10 PM   #4365
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It's finally finished!

Last summer, I had added the S5 dual position seatpost, S5 aero bars, Garmin 820. Today, stopped in at my LBS to pick up some new tires, and ended up getting them with the Enve 3.4s.
Couldn't be happier with the setup, and now can't wait for the warmer riding weather!

my god. amazing looking bike dude! Enjoy her



How's everyone's riding going along? I have the NY Gran Fondo again this coming Sunday. I did more cycling compared to last year and I should do better this year. Btw the carbon seatpost is DEFINITELY worth it. A lot of road buzz has decreased. Debating if to get a carbon handlebar next.
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:33 PM   #4366
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SJ how’d your big ride go?
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Old 05-23-2019, 02:39 PM   #4367
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SJ how’d your big ride go?
It went great, thanks! A lot better than last year. Went from 8:30 to 7:58. This time my legs did not cramp up whatsoever, it was just the heat that was beating down this year (my tan is gnarly). For the subsequent hills after Bear Mountain itself I only stopped maybe once per hill which was great.
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Old 05-24-2019, 10:08 AM   #4368
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It went great, thanks! A lot better than last year. Went from 8:30 to 7:58. This time my legs did not cramp up whatsoever, it was just the heat that was beating down this year (my tan is gnarly). For the subsequent hills after Bear Mountain itself I only stopped maybe once per hill which was great.
Good work young man.
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Old 05-24-2019, 08:32 PM   #4369
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Good work young man.
Thank you sir. Trying my best to ride more this year over last year. I'm also receiving in the mail piece by piece parts to replace my entire drivetrain. Chain, cassette, front chainrings, rear derailleur pulleys and the rear derailleur hanger since I think mine is bent a bit. Also looking into getting new wheels, most likely campagnolo.

Here's the strava link for anyone interested

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Old 06-13-2019, 09:10 AM   #4370
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Really debating if to get a '19 Synapse Carbon with Ultegra Di2... I can hopefully get it at 50-60% off... so 1800-2200

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Old 06-13-2019, 10:56 PM   #4371
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Really debating if to get a '19 Synapse Carbon with Ultegra Di2... I can hopefully get it at 50-60% off... so 1800-2200

https://www.cannondale.com/en/USA/Bi...ntid=undefined

It's purty. Your previous post said you're collecting replacement drivetrain parts. Would this be your new main ride?
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Old 06-16-2019, 05:52 PM   #4372
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Went for a quick 22 today. Good to get back in the saddle

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Old 06-17-2019, 07:03 AM   #4373
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Thank you sir. Trying my best to ride more this year over last year. I'm also receiving in the mail piece by piece parts to replace my entire drivetrain. Chain, cassette, front chainrings, rear derailleur pulleys and the rear derailleur hanger since I think mine is bent a bit. Also looking into getting new wheels, most likely campagnolo.

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Damn man, how on earth could you go 99.78 miles and not run around the block a few times to make it hit 100?? I could never do that, but I could also never do a 100 mile bike ride like that, you're insane.
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:33 AM   #4374
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To contrast with you guys who are actively riding, I sold my 2005 Trek 1500 for $400 yesterday. I haven't ridden it in years unfortunately. Riding on the roads around this city is suicide. Rode it around the block before I sold it and it felt sooo good. I'm sad to have gotten rid of it. Lot's of good memories on that bike in high school and college.
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Old 06-17-2019, 11:09 AM   #4375
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Damn man, how on earth could you go 99.78 miles and not run around the block a few times to make it hit 100?? I could never do that, but I could also never do a 100 mile bike ride like that, you're insane.
Because when you've been on the bike for that long and you see the finish line, all you want to do is GTF off the bike.

Happened to me 2 years ago. 99.2 miles and by the time I got done, those 0.8 miles weren't worth it, lol. For me, there's also a sense of wanting the mileage to reflect the true length of the event.

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To contrast with you guys who are actively riding, I sold my 2005 Trek 1500 for $400 yesterday. I haven't ridden it in years unfortunately. Riding on the roads around this city is suicide. Rode it around the block before I sold it and it felt sooo good. I'm sad to have gotten rid of it. Lot's of good memories on that bike in high school and college.
We used to have an Official Mountain Bike thread around here but I'll be damned if I can find it right now.

Maybe riding away from cars is in your future?
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Old 06-17-2019, 12:03 PM   #4376
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To contrast with you guys who are actively riding, I sold my 2005 Trek 1500 for $400 yesterday. I haven't ridden it in years unfortunately. Riding on the roads around this city is suicide. Rode it around the block before I sold it and it felt sooo good. I'm sad to have gotten rid of it. Lot's of good memories on that bike in high school and college.
I still have all my roadie bikes and gear, but I went from 6,000 miles in 2016 to 250 in 2017 and have nothing so far this year. Riding has taken a big back seat to CrossFit for me. Part of it was a bit of burn out from lots of road miles. But the big issue right now is we have 2,000 people per month moving into my area and our roads are not handling the load very well. Everybody seems to be either pissed off or distracted these days. I am worried enough about driving around these assholes in my car, riding a bike in my underwear around them is far less appealing.

Hoping to get out on the MTB a few times this summer.
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Because when you've been on the bike for that long and you see the finish line, all you want to do is GTF off the bike.

Happened to me 2 years ago. 99.2 miles and by the time I got done, those 0.8 miles weren't worth it, lol. For me, there's also a sense of wanting the mileage to reflect the true length of the event.



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I still have all my roadie bikes and gear, but I went from 6,000 miles in 2016 to 250 in 2017 and have nothing so far this year. Riding has taken a big back seat to CrossFit for me. Part of it was a bit of burn out from lots of road miles. But the big issue right now is we have 2,000 people per month moving into my area and our roads are not handling the load very well. Everybody seems to be either pissed off or distracted these days. I am worried enough about driving around these assholes in my car, riding a bike in my underwear around them is far less appealing.

Hoping to get out on the MTB a few times this summer.

Mountain biking is somewhere in my future but the bike isn't in the budget yet.
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:13 PM   #4378
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:08 PM   #4379
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@tizz, yea it was short a little bit due to the crap area where it took the gps a little while longer to connect when approaching the official "second" start line. All good and thanks haha


I neglected my fork maintenance a lot... The bike developed a real back cracking type sound when turning the fork a lot. I took it all apart today and applied new Finish Line grease, nice and quiet and it turns super fast. I have the entire drivetrain replaced and will ride it tomorrow (been on vacay)

As for the new bike doesn't look like my dads connection got back to him so I will replace the turbo on my F30 instead.
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New turbo or new roadie. Ahh, the agonizing choices in life.
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