holy smokes. i thought you were a guy. well, i assumed.
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Originally Posted by frankl
I saw about a minutes worth of the first one in 2006. Here's a video.
We're going to position ourselves on a climb so that they will be passing by relatively slowly. I want to get a good look at them and my hubby wants to take pics. They still do 15-20+(!) uphill. I'm excited to be able to see all these cycling champions in person and to cheer them on. It's gonna be fun.
i got one for my lady for 120 bucks. i think its a Giant brand.
Kind of, but you have to do the balancing on your own. They don't hold the fork. There are a couple cylinders that your wheels sit on. It's like riding a bike on the top of a treadmill. Is that what you mean? Does your lady like them? How much effort do you have to pedal to make them turn?
I hate fixed gear bikes, it's funny seeing people in SF riding fixies, when they go down hill there legs are pedaling so fast, can't spot pedaling...
I would like to try to ride a fixie backwards...
I ride one, but I got it before I realized it was such a fad. Everything I read about them is annoying. All the messenger people hate everyone else because they're copying the style. Who cares, take the compliment: people like your style. And all the dickheads who say it's lame to have brakes. Brakes are for stopping, chain is for moving. I read Sheldon's article about them and it made sense, so I bought one and I love riding it. Will I spend a trillion dollars to add fancy bright green wheels from Japan with a matching chain, tape and toe straps? No.
Fixed gear bikes freak me out. I do however have a single-speed. I got really good at climbing hills with that thing. I could beat most Saturday riders uphill except for a guy in a Wheaties jersey. Figures.
When our twins were little, we had a Winchester trailer. It folded for storage, but it was heavier, and therefore less costly, than a Burley (which was out of our price range at the time). It got a tremendous amount of use, and the kids absolutely loved it.
Always check your hitch! Look out for crosswinds!
Jacknifing is fun when you're in the trailer, I suspect not so much when you're pulling it.
OMG, the fixie fad is killing me. I understand their function for the messengers because of low maintenance and cost, but when a fad reaches junior high you know it's past it's prime. My students are all about their fixies. It's driving me crazy, and they are scary. I see these kids riding to and from school and they're completely out of control. They are trying to be "rad" by weaving in and out of cars, but it's pretty obvious that if they got in a real bind they'd be in serious trouble. And the bikes are all either too big or too small for them. It's crazy don't people get sized for their frames? What idiot is selling these kids their bikes?!!?
Anywho, I've been DVRing the tour and we'll probably watch some of it today. I'd love to see some of the race in person, otherwise watching a bike race can be pretty boring. Almost as boring as riding one of those rollers or bike trainers.
Here are some pics (actually lots) of the Palomar KOM portion of yesterday's final stage in SD. All photos courtesy of 1litro, husband and photographer extraordinaire (except for the pic I took of him at the KOM line):
Daybreak at the summit of Palomar Mountain with all of us die hards who spent the night - or nights - at the side of the road to ensure good viewing.
My brother-in-law, my husband and I, tolerably comfy in the back of the Volvo. We all survived with about 4-5 hours of sleep.
1litro at the King of the Mountain line. He helped paint it...well... he held down the duct tape for the staff guy. And he was damn proud of it.
My contribution to the road art.
Jens Voigt crosses first.
All of the breakaway - you can see Levi in second right after Jens.
Lance in the peloton.
The following are random, unidentified riders in the peloton. Probably the most surprising aspect of the race was how astonishingly fast the riders pass by, despite the fact they are traveling uphill, 11 miles up a 7% grade, halfway through a 96 mile race. It was literally impossible to recognize favorite riders, or pick out numbers on their jerseys, because they rode by, were swallowed by the crowd, and around the corner in an instant. After the breakaway, it was immediately apparent that we shouldn't even try, we just lost ourselves in the general hysteria - ringing cowbells, shooting pics, waving our arms, madly screaming out encouragement at the top of our lungs:
And let's not forget some of the other costumed crazies --- pre-race:
All in all, it was ridiculously fun. Minus the time and energy spent, it was free, and we got to experience a race with the finest cyclists in the world passing inches by our faces.
Five star activity. Would recommend.
Last edited by HowToDisappear; 02-23-2009 at 01:02 PM.
Awesome pictures. It looks like a lot of fun. Being there in person must have been great times.
We couldn't be there, so we decided to hit the dirt ourselves before the rain came again. This is our ride. I bought it for us on our third year anniversary. We've been together 6 years hence. Apparently riding a tandem says a lot about the future of one's relationship.
i have a good eye for the booze! actually i worked in the bike industry for over 10 years so that stood out to me. That is a very nice tandem. I could never ride on the back-i need to be in control at all times.