OK, getting serious now about my bike training

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    Jul 23, 2010 7:08 AM GMT
    This past weekend I bought a Saris bicycle rack for the car. VERY NICE! I know we had a discussion about different bike racks on this cycling forum a few weeks back.

    The idea is to eliminate the local road risks in pedaling from our place to the oceanfront drive where I do most of my training riding. Now I can just carry the bike there, park, and pedal safely, then drive back home. And my partner may come along and do some walking exercise while I'm riding. Got it at a weekend Bike Expo price of 20% off.

    I also got a bike computer, with a cadence sensor (displays your pedaling rate, as well as road speed, distance, time, etc), for $15! I couldn't believe it! Those things rarely go for less than $50 USD with cadence, and more typically over $100.

    We had a table there ourselves for 2 days, promoting the SMART Ride for HIV/AIDS. Got a great response, and lots of people actually signed up through our web site.

    Here's a factory pic of the model I got, followed by a link to the SMART Ride:


  • DanOmatic

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    Jul 23, 2010 11:51 AM GMT
    Nice rack, Wilton! icon_smile.gif

    Sounds like you got some great bargains--cycling is definitely a never-ending investment, so it's great to stumble on steals from time to time. You can find reasonable prices at Bike Nashbar.

    Happy (and safe) riding!
  • calibro

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    Jul 23, 2010 1:58 PM GMT
    yes, but what is the color of the streamers on your handlebars?
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    Jul 23, 2010 2:20 PM GMT
    NC3athlete said... You can find reasonable prices at Bike Nashbar...

    Awesome deals on their site: www.nashbar.com Sign up for their email alerts so you don't miss anything.
  • vj2004t

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    Jul 23, 2010 5:34 PM GMT
    I take a spin class for conditioning at the y it is really developing my leg muscles. It is equiv. to a 13 mile bike ride and it burns 600 calories also. Thought I would pass it along since it sounds like you are sorta a newbie Val
  • rnch

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    Jul 23, 2010 5:54 PM GMT
    ready to give up the red vespa to me? icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 23, 2010 7:25 PM GMT
    those racks are good. I had a similar one last year when i drove to Utah ( 7,000km return ) with 2 friends. We had 3 mountain bikes on it and never had any problems.
    Once you've installed it after you drive for a few minutes, it's not a bad idea to stop and re-check the tension on the straps .
    Otherwise , they're perfectly safe.

    The only issue we experienced with 3 bikes on the rack was friction from one bike to the other , especially the forks and the chainstays. So if ever you mount more than two bikes, make sure you put rubber pads ( an old tube does the job) on certain parts.
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    Aug 01, 2010 10:57 PM GMT
    So, now that you've had it for a week, how've you liked it?
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    Aug 07, 2010 12:17 AM GMT
    I, and all the other members on my team, use the Saris Bones bike racks. They're great. Any rub points we tie a cloth or bandana around. One thing to watch out for is the lower straps: what is tight when the rack is unloaded will render the bottom straps very loose when bikes are loaded. If you add 2/3 road bikes, usually the "lower" straps gain so much slack they release their hold and flap in the wind. icon_confused.gif

    I tell you guys my secret for CONSTANTLY buying new shit: get "associated" with a team that has a parts deal at a bike shop. The team I ride for gets everything at cost (plus 10%), and free labor!

    For example today:

    New Crank: $130 (Retail $220)
    New Wheels: $177 (Retail $300)
    New Ultegra Cassette: $62 (Retail $100)
    New Stem: $61 (Retail $96)
    Tubes: $1 each
    Schwalbe Blizzard Tires (2): $16 each (Retail $36)

    Total cost: $465 (Retail: $806)

    Quite a savings if you ask me. Just had to brag. icon_smile.gif