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1/15/19 8:58 A

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I currently have 6 bikes in various capacitues. I like to get bikes for free or cheap and fix them up for other people. My personal rides I have a comfort cruiser I had since 1996 and have had it powder coated and and put big tires on for the beach.

Ihave a Redline crossover which is my road bike, 21 speed skinny tires etc.

I have a humu humu by Kona which is my knockaround bike.

The other three are cruisers I am fixing up to give away.



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10/17/18 1:16 P

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Hi Sharon,

On the Triple ByPass there are 4 fully stocked Aid Stations and 2 Aid Stations providing limited nutrition and hydration. At Loveland Basin, which is about half way at 60 miles, are medical services and lunch.

My moving speed averaged 14.2 mph. I lost 2 mph with quick stops at Aid Stations and eating lunch at Loveland Basin.

The 8 mph speed to complete the Triple ByPass includes rest stops at Aid Stations and Lunch. Moving speed would likely need to be about 10 mph.

I trained very hard for the Triple ByPass. The Bakerville Bike Path to Loveland Basin and the climb up Loveland Pass was an adventure in quad burning pain!

As you know, high altitude has less effective oxygen than sea level. The effective oxygen at sea level is 21%. The effective oxygen at the summit of Loveland Pass at 13,000 ft is 13%. .

Loveland Pass is brutally steep, cold and windy. The pavement on Loveland is broken and rough, which increases rolling resistance. The 40% less oxygen per breath makes the climb up Loveland Pass agonizing difficult. A downslope headwind was just icing on the cake.

Of course, the climb up Loveland comes after 7,000 feet of climbing over Juniper Pass, Squaw Pass and Highway US-6 along Clear Creek.

I am one of those people that ride during the winter, weather permitting. I have good cold riding gear.

I am sorry to hear of your AC Shoulder Separation injury. Even riding a tandem bike with your husband could be painful. Some years ago, I got a Grade 2+ AC shoulder Injury while skiing. I still feel a shoulder twinge sometimes. My shoulder still pops and crunches sometimes.

I hope you heal well.

Bruce

"No one has ever drowned in sweat."
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"The strongest have their moments of fatigue."
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10/15/18 11:20 A

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Wow Bruce, you definitely beat us on the number of bikes per person. But I can perfectly understand the need for the right type of bike for the outing, it makes a world of difference for me in enjoyment to have the right kind of bike.

I seem to average about 10mph no matter the terrain. I assume that the 8 mph for the triple bypass includes resting times. I have lots of training to do to make that. Unfortunately, I crashed a couple months ago and have an ac shoulder separation so the biking is limited to riding the tandem with my husband. Not my favorite kind of riding. Fortunately, we are going into winter when it is difficult to ride outside and I can ride the spin bike inside.

Are you one of those hardy souls I see riding throughout the winter.



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10/12/18 4:56 P

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Hi Sharon,

We both live in Colorado, which has great weather and a bazillion miles of great road and mountain trails.

I had to count my bikes. I have 7 bikes! Two great mountain bikes that include a Santa Cruz Bronson for technical terrain and Stumpjumper FSR Expert for fast single track. I have a 9-Zero-7 Fatbike for snow. For commuting I have a Breezer Discovery. For fitness I have a State single speed. I also have two more road bikes including the Specialized Roubaix Comp and a Specialized Allez Sport. The Allez is clamped into my indoor fluid trainer.

I am 61 years old. I have done two Triple Bypass rides. I plan to do the next year's ride. The endless climbing at high altitude is not easy. I also tend to keep my speed under control on the descents. Kissing the pavement at 50 or 60 mph would be bad. I just do the speed limit, which is around 35 to 40 mph. I am a good climber on the steep segments and fast on the easier climbs. I averaged 12 mph with a top speed of 38 mph. My average speed would have been faster if I let the bike go on the downhills. But I could have been killed if I lost control! My Roubaix has hydraulic disk brakes, which came in handy.

The Evergreen Cycling Club estimates that an average speed of 8 mph is required to finish the Triple ByPass within the allotted time.

My garage is for bikes also.

Thanks, Bruce



"No one has ever drowned in sweat."
Lou Holtz

"The strongest have their moments of fatigue."
Friedrich Nietzsche

"It ain't bragging if you can do it."
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" Not everyone who looks fast really is, and not everyone who looks slow really is."
Mark Remy





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10/12/18 12:38 P

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My husband and I are bike junkies. Between us and the 2 kids we have 15 working bikes: 3 tandems, a mountain bike and a road bike for each member of the family, a touring bike a piece for my husband and son, a fat tire bike of my husbands (dang just realized he has 4 bikes!) and I have a commuter bike. Needless to say the garage is for bikes not cars.

My favorite bike is my Habanero. It is a titanium bike with a triple chain ring in the front for the mountains. Love it! Fricken fast on the down hills.

Speedydog, I'm so impressed. The triple bypass. I live in Golden and have only dreamed of being in good enough shape to do that ride. I'm afraid as the years go on the chances of me ever doing it get slimmer. Haven't given up hope though. Your amazing!

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10/12/18 11:10 A

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I ride a blue Trek with yellow trim. I think it's a 400. I was told by a bike enthusiast that it was probably manufactured in 1984, so it's almost as old as I am!

I bought it used from a bike shop in St. Paul, MN (I think it was a Cycles for Change shop?) that supported at-risk high schoolers by teaching them how to repair and restore donated bikes, and then supported itself by selling those bikes to the public. It cost me $350 in 2004.

Since then, I've ridden it in Minnesota, Ohio, Seattle, Illinois, and Wisconsin. I've replaced the handlebars, wheels, pedals, front and rear derailleurs, rear cassette, front crank... the only things original to the bike when I bought it are the saddle, seat post, fork, brakes (not the pads and cables, obviously those have been changed out!) and the water bottle cages on the frame!

The saddle fits me perfectly, and is still in great shape. I've pulled so hard on the gears that I actually popped the back wheel out of its support when climbing a hill while pulling my two kids in the trailer in Seattle. The shifters used to be on the downtube, and I rode with them like that for years, but my dad and I switched them to brake handle shifters two years ago.

I love my bike. It's gotten me through my first century ride, my first triathlon, and was my main method of transportation when we were living car-free in Seattle. It's held up so well over the years, and has been worth every penny. I will eventually need to get it repainted or something, as there's a tiny bit of rust on the top tube where the paint got scratched leaning against a ladder in my garage before we got the bike rack mounted.

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9/4/18 1:22 P

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Hi GreenGenes,

There is a good chance that your 20+ year-old Huffy Hybrid was made in Celina, Ohio.

Huffman Manufacturing made over 100,000 Huffy bikes in the United, States. These USA manufactured bikes were renowned for high quality.

Due to competition from Chinese made bikes sold by big box stores such as Walmart, Huffy closed their Ohio plant in the mid-1998. They contracted with Chinese companies to make Huffy bikes. In 2006, Huffy sold-out to Chinese creditors.

Huffy is now a Chinese brand that makes cheap low-quality disposable bikes. Today, new Huffy bikes go for around a $100, which is not bad for someone that wants to try cycling without spending a lot of money.

Your old Huffy sounds like it suites your purpose well.



Edited by: SPEEDYDOG at: 9/4/2018 (13:25)
"No one has ever drowned in sweat."
Lou Holtz

"The strongest have their moments of fatigue."
Friedrich Nietzsche

"It ain't bragging if you can do it."
Dizzy Dean

" Not everyone who looks fast really is, and not everyone who looks slow really is."
Mark Remy





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9/3/18 11:32 P

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I ride an old Huffy hybrid that I bought over 20 years ago for $50. I originally bought it just to ride around the neighborhood with my 4 year old which we actually didn't do very much because our neighborhood is very hilly. Many years later I decided to start riding my bike to work when time and responsibilities would allow. Once my "4 year old" went off to college I was able to ride to work more often but I have stuck with my old reliable Huffy. My commute can be as short as 3 miles one way but I usually take a variety of detours to stretch it out to 7 to 10 miles each way. I occasionally ride out into the countryside on weekends and holidays, riding up to 40 miles. Every once in a while I think about getting a new bike but when I think about why I ride - save gas, get exercise, fresh air, etc. I don't really see a point in it. I'll just stick with my old bike and enjoy the best $50 bucks I ever spent :-)

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8/27/18 8:44 A

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When I first started riding I started on a Trek Navigator--a pretty heavy fat wheel step through bike with 7gears. I did my first charity rides on this and soon discovered something a little lighter with more gears would work better. I moved to a Raleigh Alyssa hybrid. This was great for me for a few years then I started having trouble shifting gears. The gear shifter was a lever you pushed with your thumb. I developed enough arthritis in my thumbs that it made it very difficult to shift. I now have a Raleigh Capri 3. It's a women's geometry road bike, and it has been doing a great job for me. It stands up to my weight and is fast enough I can keep up with the others in the group I ride with and I can still get up the hills I have to deal with.

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Wow, you are in great shape Very good luck on the CF Ride For Life, we'll be cheering for you!

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8/10/18 10:42 A

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I bought a new bike.

I had to look very closely at the type of riding I was doing. My Specialized Allez is a good bike for quick short rides under 40 miles. However, I was riding longer distances.

I signed up for the Triple ByBass, which is a 120+ mile ride from Evergreen to Vail, Colorado. There is 10,000 feet of vertical climb topping-out at 12,000 feet elevation at Loveland, Pass. This ride was brutal!

I bought a Specialized Roubaix Comp, which is an endurance racing bike. This bike is feather light, with a carbon fiber frame, Ultegra groupset, disk brakes, and Future Shock "suspension" and superb wheels.

I am riding in the BStrong Cancer Charity ride in Boulder on August 11th, which is only 70 miles over mountain roads.this one tops out at 9,000 feet but it has a brutal 12% grade.

On Saturday, August 18th, I am riding in the CF Ride for Life. This is a 65 mile loop that only tops out at 10,000 feet of elevation.

I changed the rear cassette from 11x32 to 11x34. Those extra two teeth on the low gear really helps on steep climbs.

The Roubaix is the best bike I have owned.




Edited by: SPEEDYDOG at: 9/2/2018 (10:22)
"No one has ever drowned in sweat."
Lou Holtz

"The strongest have their moments of fatigue."
Friedrich Nietzsche

"It ain't bragging if you can do it."
Dizzy Dean

" Not everyone who looks fast really is, and not everyone who looks slow really is."
Mark Remy





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8/4/18 9:53 A

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I have a 12 year old Giant hybrid I bought so I could ride on trails and/or roads. I bought it mostly because it was recommended for me by the bike store. I didn't really put regular miles on it until two years ago. I would love to get a little lighter bike one of these days, easier to lift onto bus racks at the end of a long ride

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8/3/18 3:11 P

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We have 3 bikes, my main bike is a Ritchey Commando Fat tire bike, I love this bike so much, it replaced the super-heavy Surly Pugsley I had previous. Fat tire bikes are a blast to ride on everything from the beach to snow to gravel and dirt trails. My other bike is a Specialized Epic full suspension MTB, I have a dirt set of wheels and a road set so I can try to go fast on pavement too. I just bought my wife a Specialized Vado e-assist bike, she had been riding my Epic. Her knee gives her trouble and she could ride like 5 miles previously. Now with the e-bike we are doing 10+ miles on rides with varying terrain, When I suffer on the hills of in a head wind, she just powers on through.

Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. Count of Monte Cristo


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4/9/17 9:35 P

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After visiting the bike shop a couple times and talking with the fellow there I found him to ask some important questions about what I wanted to DO with my bike and I said I wanted to commute to work, run errands, join with bike club rides and eventually aspire to touring.

Well he recommended the bike HE owned, which he dubbed as his "do-everything bike" and I figured if it was good enough for him it was good enough for me. $1100 later I had my Specialized Tricross which has happily been my versatile buddy for the past 10 years or so.

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4/3/17 6:28 P

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My main road bike is a Kona Esatto, which is considered an "endurance bike". It fits my lifestyle real well because I like to do some good distances and be comfortable doing it, but the roads are so bad here and I like to do the occasional cutting across of a trail system, yet I want speed when I want it. This bike is a good in between, it's a real workhorse. Not as fast as my backup bike - a Motobecane Mirage Sport (very fast) but it does well.
For real off-roading I have a Specialized Pitch, it's a great bike too - lot's of gears, good tires, and a good heavy duty off-road machine. Some of the components could be a little higher quality but they can always be replaced if they wear out.
I have an old Schwinn hybrid for my indoor trainer, lots and lots of mods and lots and lots of miles.

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4/1/17 10:39 P

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DH bought me a Scatante frame online because it was just my size and was very light. He built the bike up using bits from other bikes (we named it Frankie for Frankenstein) and I love that bike. It is light and quick, but my "seat" was never comfortable. So he got me a Stanyan steel frame and built me a new bike. From the first ride my "seat" has never given me a problem. The bike is heavier and I am slower, but I am much happier.

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4/1/17 4:51 P

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Hi Team,

I am just wondering why all of you bought the bike that you have, and how does that fit into the type of riding that you do?

For example: I have a Specialized Allez E5 Sport. I like this sport road bike because it is very responsive,smooth and was relatively inexpensive. The downside is that the Allez is a poor choice for touring or commuting. This bike also requires the rider to pay attention because it can get away from you.

These days there are nearly an infinite number of choices in bike styles. What is your style?

"No one has ever drowned in sweat."
Lou Holtz

"The strongest have their moments of fatigue."
Friedrich Nietzsche

"It ain't bragging if you can do it."
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