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  1. Rick_G

    Inattentiveness, a rabbit, and a BROKEN HIP

    Here’s a sad cycling story that happened to me and my wife this week… Nancy and I went out for a quick ride this past Wednesday morning. We headed out for a short 6 mile ride through a nearby nature preserve to get the day started. (Hey even a short ride's better than no ride...
  2. Rick_G

    Dropped Riders and Dropped Teams :-(

    Alexandre Vinokourov -- Team Astana Patrick Sinkiewitz -- Team T-Mobile Cristian Moreni -- Team Cofidis Michael Rasmussen -- Team Rabobank This is totally INSANE!!! 4 Riders and 2 Teams dropped from the tour on account of doping. The sport of cycling is tarnished. You want to believe...
  3. Rick_G

    My right foot is killing me

    Do any of you guys/gals have advice for an aching foot? The right side bottom of my right foot aches with excruciating pain right after I ride. I've tried adjusting the cleat. I try wiggling my toes while I ride. Nothing seems to help. Toward the end of even a short few mile ride the foot is...
  4. Rick_G

    I discovered an AWESOME floor pump

    I have been using a Park floor pump. It's a cheap pump that works OK. Well I went on a bike tour this week (NapaValleyBikeTours.com) and I inflated the tires on their bike before we took off. I grabbed their pump and filled the tires. Oh my goodness! I have never experienced such a nice...
  5. Rick_G

    Steel versus carbon

    I don't get it. :confused: I've ridden a handful of carbon frames and they've all felt kind of like a cardboard box to me. Yet I see most of the "pros" are riding carbon so I assume there's some merit to carbon. I'm not personally seeing the attraction though. Is it because the "pros" get...
  6. Rick_G

    Handlebar / stem advice

    I have a Deda Big Piega bars with a Deda stem. I don't like the comfort level of the bars, they don't fit my wide palms very well when I ride in the drops. So I'm looking at ordering the 3TTT XL Less bars. They're nice ergo bars that should fit my hands better. My question is... Will...
  7. Rick_G

    pfffst..pfffst..pfffst..pfffst..pfffst..pfffst

    Went for a nice ride yesterday with my wife. She was riding along behind me and got a flat. I was riding on the same road as she was, and there wasn't any glass or crud on the road. All of a sudden I hear the dreaded pfffst..pfffst..pfffst..pfffst..pfffst..pfffst. :( Fortunately I had just...
  8. Rick_G

    Road Magazine

    Just wanted to say thanks for the recent discussion about bike magazines. I went to Borders, and on the suggestion of what I read here picked up a copy of Road. What a cool magazine! I hadn't read it before. I've read Bicycling of course (which I never really cared for). And I've read...
  9. Rick_G

    Campy Zonda wheels and Vittoria Diamante Pro's

    My wife and I bought a pair of new Orbea's with Campy Vento wheels a month ago. We LOVE 'em! We're riding 4 days a week and man these bikes are sweet. Yet as much as I love the bikes, I'd still like to get a bit more out of the wheels. I've always ridden on sew-ups with super light rims. And...
  10. Rick_G

    Back On The Saddle Again (with 2 new Orbeas)

    Hello from sort of a newbie. I used to be a total bike head when I was younger but the past 2 decades have seen little riding. Well after 25 years - I'm finally back to riding a good road bike. And man it feels great! I used to race road bikes when I was a kid. I worked in a bunch of...