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What's in da baaaahhhhhxxxxx? Some parts. Darker blue than we thought. Happiest kid in the world in this moment. **BRENT**

Alec is 12 today and asked for a "proper bike."

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The kids race was quite exciting.

 

This little guy managed second place and proceeded to ride back down the hill to help his little sister make it up.

 

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She was not liking the climb.

 

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Raffy, I just picked up a pair of those shoes.  Thanks for the heads up.  I needed a second pair after having to use a hair dryer on mine more than once to wear on a second day after rain.  I don't know about the men's shoes, but the women's have a wide toe box and a narrow heel, which is perfect for me.  

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Chris, your team was well represented.  You had two riders in the breakaway in the Pro race but one died off so your guy couldn't pull off the win against the Ducati team.

 

Pro Race.

 

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A little Cervelo Love

 

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Team NCVC

 

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After coming in Third while leading much of the race.

 

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Others.

 

The Winner

 

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Rode a 25 mile HR Zone 2 ride today meaning I had to be at 139 bpm max for the ride. It was very very very challenging to force yourself not to hammer and it really took every ounce of whatever discipline I have in me to maintain the constant lowish HR. And how do the cycling gods reward me? A fucking gash to my 1 week old Vittoria Pave's less than .5 mile from my car!

Fuck me, might be a sign that this HR zone training is a bunch of horseshit.

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I went over it a few times when I just had to sprint but I'm pretty sure my average is at 139 or lower for the whole ride. I was painful initially but I learned some sections you can coast to around 120 bpm or less then pound to 140 then take it easy again. It was more mentally than physically exhausting to keep track.

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I don't think it'd be physically possible for me to ride with that max HR. 

 

You guys watch HR? I figure if I'm not in the ditch, it be good :)

 

Raffy: you are trying to get your bars lower? I ran across this calculator today which might be useful

 

http://yojimg.net/bike/web_tools/stem.php

 

Doesn't work so well for my quill stems :rofl: Or maybe it would.

 

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He had a hell of a ride and if he not been against a team in the breakaway I think he would have taken it. He did too much of the leading and they jumped him the last lap.

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That's an impressive average to still be moving at 16mph.  I'd guess I'd be a good 20bpm higher. 

 

You guys watch HR? I figure if I'm not in the ditch, it be good
I really try to only look at it after a ride is over unless I'm trying to specifically make sure that I'm not over doing it.  But more and more often I'm trying to just go out and ride at a pace that feels comfortable and not look at my HR or speed for the entire ride.
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I'm probably gonna get lectured about this but I ran my stem with no headset cover for the past 2 days but with a shim so as not to contact the top bearing directly. This gives me almost .5 more inches of drop for a whopping 1.25 inches total. The extra half inch may not sound like much but I like it better this way. Probably not gonna run it this way for a long time though.

 

 

 

12mm makes a big difference when you need it. I wonder if this won't work for your set up? I believe they have a height of about 2.5mm. In terms of weather sealing, perhaps you might need to pull the fork and clean/regrease the upper and lower bearings every 6 mo. or so, but that's a simple operation.

 

Forgot the link.

 

http://metallicpoutine.com/shop/

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Raf really needs a new frame, unfortunately. The endurance road setup just isn't really suited to his style so I think it's probably just time to bite the bullet and get what you want, Raffy.

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I wish, Nate. The way it's set up right now is actually feels really good. I know I bitch about my frame all the time but in the grand scheme of things, my bike rocks. Of course, my next frame will have a more aggressive geometry but for where I am right now, my Roubaix is plenty good for me.

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12mm makes a big difference when you need it. I wonder if this won't work for your set up? I believe they have a height of about 2.5mm. In terms of weather sealing, perhaps you might need to pull the fork and clean/regrease the upper and lower bearings every 6 mo. or so, but that's a simple operation.

 

Forgot the link.

 

http://metallicpoutine.com/shop/

 

Yep, just ordered one last week and it should be here any day now.

 

Raffy what is the angle on the stem you are running now? Maybe you can get something with more negative angle to get you your drop.

 

I'm already on a -20 degree track stem, the only stem steeper is a -28 degree stem that Specialized makes but it's never in stock. 

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Did 24 effing hot miles today from our house over to see some friends.  Thank god they have a pool - the average for the ride was 90F and i was predictably off my usual pace.

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