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    I never did consider sprinting however I was told by many of the advanced riders that I have strong legs and would do much better if I could find a "pace". In a few flat out sprints I did blast away from the other riders however again they all caught me at about the 10 mile mark.....To watch a seasoned rider is really amazing the pace they can keep.

    On a side note can anyone say what a very fast speed would be in a sprint considering flat ground and a decent road bike? I am not talking about those exotic shaped salt flat bikes but more like the average road bike. I have done 47 mph downhill and have never really noticed how fast I can get on level ground. If I remember correct it seems as if I was at about 35 mph this last weekend on level ground.

    My bike is 18 lbs and has a double chain ring with the rider at about 200 lbs....what would be considered a fast speed on a flat sprint? I tried a search on google however only came up with those cone shaped exotics that get close to 100mph. I could not find much on pro roadbike riders nor sprinters riding road bikes.


    True sprinting is normally a very short burst of speed (200-500 meters) and is separate from pacing. In road racing the top sprinters come up from the midst of the pack and attack for intermediate goals or time bonuses. The main mission of a sprinter is to remain in the pack and hold on the best as they can with strategies like drafting and team support, in order to conserve energy until the end of the race. When the end nears they start to tactically position themselves for a sprint to the finish line. In races where the pack isn't divided as a result of break away riders, the top sprinters are almost guaranteed a win since the Lance Armstrong types don't have a chance against these powerhouse riders. Sprint specialist aren't really contenders for the overall in large multi-staged races like the Tour de France but do have a good chance of possibly capturing the leader's jersey during the early stages of a tour because of a stage victory or two. The fans also love these guys because they're exciting to watch. The top sprinter in a stage race even wears a special green jersey which tells everyone else that he's won the most sprint points.

    Track sprints are different in that the duration of the race is measured in hundreds meters instead of miles or kilometers. This is sprinting at is purest form but normally these rideres aren't as popular or as recognized as world class road racing sprinters in huge world cup events.

    The top sprinters like Eric Zabel can push a 55-11 gears to around 47 mph on a flat road with no wind. I believe it's very close to 1500 watts. It's interesting though to note that it takes about 40% more power to go 45mph than it does 40mph and that's only maintaining the speed. You also have to factor in that a rider has to accelerate through that region which I think boarders on super human. Track sprinter Nelson Vails was once measured to produce nearly two horse power. These days everything is measured in watts since it's easier to track and measure.
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    Heres my Klien that I bought new easily 10 years ago. I can olny guess about 10,000 mile have been logged on it, considering I have not had a drivers lisence in almost 8 years.

    I bought a Cannondale "Lefty" last summer. 3 weeks ago today I was hit by some a$$hole that wasn't paying attention and have had to go back to the Klien for the time being....until all the legal crap is handled so I can get my bike fixed. Getting hit has made me reconsider getting my drivers license back....but listening to all my friends complain about gas makes me think twice....oh but the freedom







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    I'm glad you're ok DaFAB. What happened to your bike.....just the front wheel? I can't see any other damage...


    That old school Klien brings back some memories. I remember riding one when they were new. The massive frame, single pivot contact point and skinny crank arms are funny to see these days


    Speaking of funny, here is my old school trek rigid....

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    Daily driver, a rebuilt 1982 Trek 311. Currently racking up about 40 miles per day as a commuter.



    Old winter bike on the same commuting route in winter:



    New winter bike doing its thing:


    With narrow road tires, it can go surprisingly fast, especially with a 12% grade and a tailwind...



    The shelf queen, a '00 Paramount with Ultegra 10sp:



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    I finally have pics, thanks again to those who helped in a earlier post,

    the only things i have added are, speedo: L&M arc: superflash: and road tires 85psi, i am occasionally considering a saddle, but thats another day



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    mechBgon
    Nice communters! I like the picture of the snow packed bike but I can't tell what kind it is. I love your Paramont too. I used to race a graphite grey one in 1989. That bike was ahead of it's time.



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    Your seat looks super low..... I was thinking that either you're not that tall or maybe it's just not as high as it should be.

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    That is a nice herd mechBgon!

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    This is me on a 7 day trip through the san juan mountain range from colorado to utah.



    The bike's a 2003 trek fuel 90. I've swapped to sram shifters since this pic was taken. Naturally, the racks are not everyday equipment.

    For more info on the trip (and more pics) see my website about the trip.
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    That snow covered bike photo just amazes me every time I think about it. Just tonight I was thinking of how I could manage to ride in the coming winter months....and it only maybe snows here a few inches during the coldest months. We never have conditions here such as the ones in the photo and no way can I even imagine riding in that....very cool photo indeed.
    Is that an ARC in your pocket or are you just small like that?

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    While we don't get snow were I live.

    I do prefer colder - very cold conditions to ride in.

    I'm very warm blooded & believe Id do just fine in snow. After 5mins My body would adjust to it. But the heat just kills me.



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    I've got the same bike as 2000xlt.. Trek 4300



    Everything's stock. Only additions are: bar ends, speedo, bike pump, TwoFish lockblock (G2 mounted in it for now) and a small bike tool zip-tied to where the rear disc brakes should be.

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    This is one of my older noob bikes.
    (I've keep this baby in as best condition since I got it back in early 2002)
    All Original except new bearings in back wheel.




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    ibex 550, about 3 years old, mostly ridden to class
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    '05 Norco Havoc (single speed) dirt jumper. Purchased as a reliable bike for a short commute to campus. Pretty much stock, but it's fared me well the last few years.

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    Yeah its low, I'm 5' 3"-4", the seat is adjusted right, it just appears low because of the fram design which as you can tell the top tube is sloped down, insteat of being straight from the head to the seat, i still wish i got the disc brakes though, i see the are mounting points, but from what i understand they wil not work with the hubs
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    On a different note, here's my Time Trial (aka Tri Bike), a 2004 Cervelo P2K. It's got mix of Dura-Ace and Ultegra components. On the front is an HED 3 Carbon-fiber trispoke wheel (aero and bombproof) and on the rear is a Zipp 404 laced to PowerTap SL (powermeter and computer) hub.



    Here's me riding to a 6:39 bike split (112 miles) at Ironman Kentucky just last month--not terribly fast I know, but hey you've got to run 26.2 miles after.

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    Ghost, very nice! Is that Fox just the smoothest thing ever or what!!

    How is the riding over there? ...and what kind of riding do you do mostly?





    Guncollector, Nice Cervello! I always appreciated how stiff their frames have been and they seem to be one of the better values out there at the moment. They're not exclusive like a De Rosa or a Colnago, but they're not as generic as a Trek either. Very cool color too. You really got my attention with the Zipp wheel though. Their products have been my absolute favorites for 10 years. I think they're the finest manufacturer of fast, responsive wheels. You just need one on the front now too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patriot36 View Post
    Guncollector, Nice Cervello! I always appreciated how stiff their frames have been and they seem to be one of the better values out there at the moment. They're not exclusive like a De Rosa or a Colnago, but they're not as generic as a Trek either. Very cool color too. You really got my attention with the Zipp wheel though. Their products have been my absolute favorites for 10 years. I think they're the finest manufacturer of fast, responsive wheels. You just need one on the front now too...
    Funny you should mention that. Originally, I had 2 HED 3's (front & rear) on my P2K. Then, I came across a great deal on the Powertap SL/Zipp 404 combo. If you think custom flashlights are expensive, try cycling powermeters and Zipp wheels on for size. Yikes! Anyway, I sold the rear HED 3 to defray the cost.

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    We have plenty of MTB's here...

    I'd been a roadie since I started around '85. The guys at work back then were all buying MTB's so I picked one up also. This came home with me back in '89 and except for a few jaunts in 19 years, it has sub 150 miles. It spends most the years just hanging and waiting. End of last season, I replaced the canti brakes for V types and dumped the wide spaced cassette for 13-19 (7 spd)



    I was looking at building a MTB but felt a cross would be better suited. I'm kinda attracted to the Fisher Mendota: http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/mendota/bigimage
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    1950's Schwinn Phantom replica with Shimano Nexus 7-speed hub and coaster brake.


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    Anyone got one of the new treks with the rear pivot actually ON the rear axle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobAsh View Post
    1950's Schwinn Phantom replica with Shimano Nexus 7-speed hub and coaster brake.


    Neat bike...and what a great application for the Nexus 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostReaction View Post


    A moment, my moment

    I had a chance to touch and feel this over the weekend and I think GR must have had a hard time wiping the drool off his floor after I was done...

    Patriot... the Fox is unbelieveably smooth...

    Its really a sight to behold in person...

    If I'm not wrong, GR does do some trail riding with this... gotta wait for him to chime n with the details...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tessaiga View Post
    I had a chance to touch and feel this over the weekend and I think GR must have had a hard time wiping the drool off his floor after I was done...

    Patriot... the Fox is unbelieveably smooth...

    Its really a sight to behold in person...

    If I'm not wrong, GR does do some trail riding with this... gotta wait for him to chime n with the details...

    That's great that you got the chance to visit and drool on his bike...lol. It would have been great to have a pictorial record of you violating his machine....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patriot36 View Post
    That's great that you got the chance to visit and drool on his bike...lol. It would have been great to have a pictorial record of you violating his machine....
    mmm.... that wouldn't have been a pretty sight... of me getting me paws all over that beauty..... poking into all her nooks and crevices and riding her like a deranged man....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patriot36 View Post
    Hey, that worked out really well for you then. At least it sounds to me like you made out. What an enormous training tool the powermeter is to!!!

    There is just something about a high quality tensioned racing wheel that the full carbon wheels can't seem to match. Where I really notice the difference is at high speed and under load, like a swoopie mountain desent. The tensioned wheel talks back to you and tells you where the bikes needs to have your weight distributed while the full carbon designs I've ridden felt very dampened and didn't inspire confidence, from my perspective anyhow... Another thing that I like about the zipp is that they're pretty friendly in cross winds (for and aero wheel).



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    I really like the Fisher Mendota that you've got your eye on. I looks like a very versatile bike and I especially like the geometry. I was looking at the angles and top tube length and it's very "road bike" like but with just enough touch of plushness. It has a great color scheme too.

    The geometry of your old Fisher reminds me of my green trek 7000 with the long top tube and stretched out design. I sure don't miss the handling characteristics of that concept.



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    Like you stated, I see that you have hubs without rotor mounting flanges, so you're kinda stuck rotorless without getting new wheels or at least hubs. And ya know, for general riding the disc really doesn't provide many noticable advantages. V-brakes are lighter, usually quieter and provide a suprising good feel when tuned properly. We just put a set of Avid Single Digit SL's on my brother's 2004 Fuel 98 and he is very pleased with them. We did a fairly serious ride this morning with a lot of climbing and decending among big grapefruit sized rocks and he was loving his new brakes.

    With regards to your low seat and high bars, often...riders prefer having their seat and bars relatively close to the same height since it improves the weight distribution so much. Although it wouldn't be possible to get them at the same height on your bike, every little bit helps. It's very easy five minute task to lower your stem some if you're willing to try a more natural riding position. Simple take the spacers which are under your stem (between the bottom of the stem and the headset) and place them on top of the stem (between the top of the stem and the stem cap). It appears that you have several spacers there...at least three or four of them and they look like 10mm spacers, which afford you some good adjustment range. You can move as many or as few as you like. The other option is the flip the stem upside down so that it doesn't rise so much. That's usually done if the moving spacers doesn't give the desired effect. If you're interested and if you should need any help, just shoot me a PM and I'll walk you through it either by PM or phone.
    patriot36 Thanks for the tips and help offering,I sure will ask if i have any questions.

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    Its been a while since I hit the trails and damn I m OLD! I even embarrassed myself trying out dirt jumps with younger chaps


    Sadly not much trails in Singapore

    I ve setup the Moment as an All Mountain, pretty much to do everything.

    Nice to see a small group of bikers here.

    Oh for night rides I got scolo duo on the cockpit. I ever tried mounting my Helios with a large twofish lock block but too huge and expensive in case I crash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patriot36 View Post
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    Like you stated, I see that you have hubs without rotor mounting flanges, so you're kinda stuck rotorless without getting new wheels or at least hubs. And ya know, for general riding the disc really doesn't provide many noticable advantages. V-brakes are lighter, usually quieter and provide a suprising good feel when tuned properly. We just put a set of Avid Single Digit SL's on my brother's 2004 Fuel 98 and he is very pleased with them. We did a fairly serious ride this morning with a lot of climbing and decending among big grapefruit sized rocks and he was loving his new brakes.
    IMO you can't touch a well set-up hydro system, but it's surprising at how nice decent quality V brakes can be.

    My bike is here. No small pics, sorry . Since that pic I've got some avid code 5's, 180 front, 160 rear. Suicide in a lever

    Seriously good fun to ride- off stuff, over stuff, through stuff. NEVER around stuff

    Oh, and I've got one of these, too. Great for larking round, but rubbish for riding A to B!


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