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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by veinbuster, May 31, 2020.
45km today from Trier to Bernkastel-Keus.
I started a 21 stage challenge today. It’s loosely patterned after the Tour de France, but a lot shorter. For grins I thought I would ride as many different bikes as I can. I’ll try to remember to add some photos when I get a bit further into it.
I’ll be layering in the ongoing TT Challenge I started in May. At week 10mI have a perfect record of covering the 20km a bit faster than the previous week, but it’s getting harder to shave seconds on heart and legs alone. Good thing I have a faster bike in the wings to switch to when I hit my limit of the Giro.
Some photos of the first week of my stage race. I thought I would toss as many bikes as I could into the mix.
Stage 1: TT on my traffic friendly stick bike
Stage 2: Mountain, so I took the cross bike out to repeat the longest climb within riding distance
Stage 3: Flat, so I took Vinnie along the river
Stage 4: Mountain, so I took the mountain bike up and down the trails of the moraine
Stage 5: Hills, I thought I would make it more challenging by taking the fixie. The downhills were much more work than the up hills - no brakes allowed.
Stage 6: long, flat and wet - I reused the Stage 1 bike
Stage 7: rolling hills so I took the high racer to hang with the time trialers that like to ride the north face of the moraine on Sundays.
Yes, the pedals are about 20cm above the seat. This is my fastest bike - for now.
How fast is that stage 7 bike?
No need to man-scape with this baby! The chain will catch any stray hairs!
My first good bike when I was a road racer in the mid-60s was a Frejus. Sold it eventually, had kids, got a Schwinn Super Sport, and sold it a few years ago. I decided that when you are over 70 you should not risk falling so I decided to find an adult semi-recumbant bike. I found this one which has an electric-assist and I love it. Here it is:
And, while I'm at it....here's my newest PRS:
Sorry for the link...I don't know how to insert the pics directly
Cannondale Rize Carbon 3 (modified), 26" tires, 140 mm travel
Nicolai Helius AM 1.18 Pinion (18 gears gearbox), 27,5" tires, 160 mm travel
Installed a new saddle (the white one is back on the Rize)
Here’s the bike in line
Really slow without a rider.
As shown above, I’m about 10% faster on this than my full carbon road bike with Zipp 404 wheels. It can be made more aero by lowering the seat back - it’s angle is adjustable between 20&50 degrees.
Not if you keep it properly lubed.
55 miles yesterday. Starting to get my legs back. Most of the trail was in good shape but its Germany so there are a few places like this to be expected.
The weather couldn't have been any better.
And there were some interesting things to see along the way.
This thread is inspirational.
I’ll take your word! Haha.
This is where the padded shorts help!
Yeah I know you stay on the pedals, but where’s the joke in that?!
Hell yeah on the 55 miles. It looks amazing. I’m lucky to ride in some great scenery in Austin and the CO Rockies, but the historic views and cobbles...
That is in some cases the nice German countryside. Currently being in the Afghan desert I really miss the forests, grasslands, agricultural fields...
Dusk>night ride in Cutler Park, MA...
When I see pictures like this I want to move. For those of you that are much more well traveled than I, am I crazy?!
Not that STL isn’t a decent place.
I’ve become a big fan of immersion in other places for 10-42 days. When I do that, I feel I get to know the place much better riding a bike.
I’m with you, bro. I feel the same way every year while I’m watching the Tour de France
Work has us remote until 2021 at a minimum. I need to do some traveling while I am forced to be remote.