^^^ Not sure if the @Ghost of Josh really meant any type of biking in the OP, including indoors. He gave a thumbs up on Striders, though, so maybe.
So... is which is more anti-stokey, riding indoors or stories about getting hit by cars?
I used to ride in winter..then I got over it. Now I ride indoors when it's cold. Yeah, it kinda sux, but so do weights, stretching, crunches, planks and everything else I have to do in order to be able to stand up without pain!
I remember descending in the Alps with cantilevers (pre-v-brakes even..) in November and having my hands cramping from freezing up and still firing down the logging roads at warp speed. Yikes.. No braking power..wet rims and pads..terrible. I do appreciate the all-weather power of disc brakes..still like the v-brake feel better.
I also remember getting half-way through a ride with no pump and having my tire deflate due to ice formation in the schrader valve..no cap..true story.
I own a retail bicycle shop in Central New Jersey. I get to see and hear about every car encounter or close call in town. Just had one of my regular customers in with an erector set attached to his wrist. 6 pins and rods attaching them all together after a car cut him off on an empty road.
1- that's why I don't road ride in NJ
2- that's why my BMC is in CO
On the bright side, I just sold him a Specialized Roubaix Pro UDi2 as a replacement bike. He's a skier too, and hoping to make some turns as soon as the erector set is removed.
Nice bike! Maybe you should sell PT services with every road bike???
I've got a 2013 Roubaix Expert. No Di2, but I concur; it is a nice bike. Nicer since I replaced the stock crap Specialized tires and DT wheels.
I've done three road rides on the new Ultegra wheels and Schwalbe One tires. Very noticeable improvement! Lighter, stiffer, and smoother ride vs the stock equipment. I just ordered a set of 52/36 chain rings from Praxis, and will be stoked to have a little more high end in both rings! Supposed to be 80 degrees tomorrow in Denver, and torn between heading to the Luv for some Spring Corn, or going for another road ride. Maybe a biathlon day?
Finally ordered and installed a Works Components -1 degree headset on the Stumpy. Replaced brake pads, had front and rear shocks serviced, and new Stan's in the tires. It's probably premature, but I'm just about ready to stick a fork in this ski season.
Kind of hope we have a snowy April to make up for a pretty lack-luster ski season, but I'd be fine with an early start to bike season too. Actually can't wait to see how much difference -1 degree makes to the Stumpy's handling. I don't imagine it will be a dramatic change, but -1 is the biggest adjustment available for my '07's 1-1/8" head-tube, and a new headset is a hell of a lot cheaper than a new frame!
For any tubeless users who run liquid latex (Stans); highly recommend valve stems with removable cores, and the Stan's injector. Mount tire, inject 2 oz Stan's, inflate. No mess. Actually never had a problem pouring Stan's in around the bead on mountain bike tires, but the road rims/schwalbe's have a really tight bead, and low volume, which made it really hard to avoid half the Stan's dribbling out when I tried to get the remaining bead mounted/set. Removing the valve core and injecting is a way better approach.
So, are we just going to keep this thread going for 2015? My vote is yes, but some of you OCD types may find the 2014 dating vexing...
Ordered a new Ultegra cassette, so gonna build two custom now.....one for general/short climbs, one for flats/sprinting. Also got some new gloves, heh.
Maybe get a Mod to remove the "2014" in the title and just keep it as "bike stoke"? That should satisfy OCD types and make this a generally popular/big thread??
If the OP is unable to fulfill his duties, it seems the Vice OP (second poster) should step in. She is clearly qualified... but it's possible the Vice OP had a part in bringing down the OP, so some sort of inquiry is probably needed.
Wasn't there a 24 episode along those lines. I wish they'd bring that show back!
Counting on your continued bringing of the stoke this year! That goes for the rest of you lot!
I don't think I can swing a couple of grand for Nay's sweet new ride, but I will donate one nearly new Specialized Toupe saddle to get things moving...
You have to appreciate a good samaritan with a sense of humor.
But seriously, this was scary because it's in a downhill section where there are a bunch of banked turns and you can really build up speed. Had to hit the brakes and come skidding to a stop. It's way out there too - so it's going to be a while before someone hauls a chainsaw out to clean this up. Kind of a bummer.
I was riding with a guy and he had a helmet on with a visor. I heard a groan and a thunk..turned around and he was wedged under a fallen tree that I had easily avoided..but with the visor he couldn't see it I suppose. Was quite funny. None the worse for wear, he wiggled out from under the tree and we carried on. Almost as good was the time my buddy failed to turn right and rode off a 5' drop into a creek..when I asked him where he was going he said "I don't know.."