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I rode my "weekend" steed with no fenders or lights and got to work early with a big smile on my face. It's a lovely one for certain.
Yes! Now THAT was what I call a bike commute - cars stuck in jams to laugh at and weave through, and bombastic weather.
I've got a cold...didn't do much except blearily ride my folding bike to and from the light rail train stations today. But in the time I was sailing along on my tiny bike -- I saw colored leaves, happy kids, and even courteous drivers.
Took full advantage of the nice weather.http://connect.garmin.com/activity/55576675Zoo hill is so long.
Breaking my vows of silence ("if I'm blogging, I'm not riding").Yeah, this past stretch of days has been most welcome. I've been riding my fixie love-child devotedly for about 3 weeks now, since my shit Redline Conquest frame snapped. (No impact or nuthin -- the drive side chainstay and seatstay just decided they wanted to their separate ways...) Good miles, including yesterday.Anyway, back to the monastery...
i find the most difficult part of Zoo Hill to be the seven stepped hills at the end. Which is a less monastic way of saying exactly what Chad said.
My second Redline AL Conquest split right at the dropout, drive side, between the stays. Felt like the rear wheel instantly detensioned...
218 rpm max cadence! That's one way to do a hill!
@ Phil -- wow! Exactly what happened to me. Ironically, I was able to ride home most of the way, because I was on Alki, and while riding uphill, gravity kept the rear triangle together, more or less.Redline had a recall on some forks last year, didn't they? Not my favorite brand at the moment, I'm afraid.
@ Phil -- I noticed another Redline Conquest framed bike in the garage of my building at work, and today I got a chance to speak to its owner. I was going to warn him that you & I had identical failures in our frames. He said yeah, his original Conquest had split in exactly the same place. He got a replacement from Redline, and that's what he's riding now.I deposited my frame at the dump over the weekend. I thought about trying to get a replacement, but given Redline's record, I'd rather be out the $$ rather than ride a frame I couldn't trust.
@Ted: I've talked to a few other Redline owners who've had frame failures. For a bike ostensibly built for hucking, our commutes certainly shouldn't be causing these sorts of woe. My current (3rd) Redline is steel--hopefully it lasts. (Hopefully I do too: the damn thing is incredibly heavy.)I sorta know a guy who designs for SBS & he was telling me how they can design a frame and in fairly short order get prototypes from China. I'm not blaming one side (I'm blaming both)--I've loved the handbuilts I've owned, and will continue along in that direction whenever I can.
Yeah, I use the powertap cadence that just goes by the fluctuations in power applied to the pedals. It is easily fooled into thinking I can spin at 200+.
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