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Newbies Corner / Re: Kids Bikes - Isla Bikes
« on: December 03, 2015, 10:35:42 PM »
I bought a 24" Isla for my daughter to ride cross and road.  Customer service was first rate and the bike arrived with minimal assembly and no damage.  I am very happy with the quality so far - components are in line with the price but everything works well.  I like that the saddle is scaled down for the size of the rider.  I don't think I should have any problem selling it for 60%+ of what I paid for it when she is ready to move up.

Rangeline Nature Preserve / Re: Nice people hang out at Rangeline
« on: August 20, 2013, 02:46:12 PM »
Doing fine, thanks!  As my foot/ankle was stuck between two boards and I was falling the wrong way for both my ankle and my knee, I wondered which part of my leg or joint would fail first.  Fortunately, nothing serious. 

Rangeline Nature Preserve / Nice people hang out at Rangeline
« on: August 19, 2013, 11:18:42 AM »
Wanted to thank the kind soul who helped untangle me and my bike and remove my twisted foot from one of the playground structures last night (don't ask - ride two solid laps, no misses and then wreck in sight of my car!) 

Tech Bench / Re: Loud nosy elixir brakes.
« on: May 30, 2013, 09:18:03 PM »
I switched away from Avid too - in addition to the noise, I got tired of sticky pistons, messing with DOT 5 fluid, etc, etc.  I put on Shimano XT's and no issues. 

My favorite XTERRA training is at Westwood.  Ride a lap, run a lap.  Open-water swimming for me is the toughest - lap swimming in a pool cannot replicate the group dynamic.  If you can grab an open-water swim with a local tri group - it will pay dividends on race day.  Good luck!

Club News / Re: Prairie Creek Reservoir trails? Any info?
« on: December 31, 2012, 02:25:45 PM »
There has been work on the trail, the FB page for the effort has more detail along with the next work day.  I did not attend the first few work days due to CX races but I believe that almost a mile is done.  During the spring, the larger effort of a gravel multi-use trail (which will connect to the Cardinal Greenway!) will be underway by contractors.  This trail will serve as a backbone for the MTB trails and allow us to utilize the best features of the land that is available. 

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: So, Who is going to Iceman?
« on: November 06, 2012, 04:45:06 PM »
I finished in 2:04 starting in Wave 5.  I didn't  have any traffic issues in the singletrack sections until the very end, when I came up on a tandem from the Slush Cup.  They were sketchy and very slow - I was looking for an opportunity to get around when they just fell over - problem solved.  Not a good idea to mix beginner-level tandems with riders from the first 5 waves in those tight areas.  My drivetrain was screaming at me toward the end - but a great day to be in the woods.  I was happy the temperature remained constant the entire morning - much easier to dress for than past Iceman races I've done. 

That Bells' beer went down easy at the finish!

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Gels.
« on: October 02, 2012, 07:54:15 AM »
+1 Hammer - Montana Huckleberry

Riding on Pavement / Re: National Ride to Work Day head cout
« on: May 23, 2012, 12:03:05 PM »
Yep - Friday was Day 1,218 since I last drove to work (7 miles one way). 

Rants and Raves / Re: The Mini Marathon
« on: May 06, 2012, 08:16:32 AM »
This was #13 for me and from what I can tell, it was 3-4 minutes slower than the past few years.  It definitely showed in my time, 1:37.  I agree with other posters, it's riding time now!

Rants and Raves / Re: Looking for opinions...
« on: April 16, 2012, 08:50:13 PM »
If you compare riding versus racing, the answer changes in my opinion.  I have gone multiple years riding on the road without going down - but I go down multiple times a season while mountain biking.  However, I started racing crits this year and by far that is much more dangerous than any mountain bike race I've been in, hands down. 

I've raced that last two MTB Nationals (Colorado, Idaho).  My experience with altitude is that it takes me about 3 days before I feel reasonably acclimated.  I don't expect to have the lungs of a local, but I do notice an improvement after a few days. 

I tried again at 2:30 and got through - I hope my card was only charged once.  I'm in!

Once again, Iceman registration opens (10 am today) and on a new site (USA Cycling) - and the site is down... What a surprise!

Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: CX racing categories
« on: October 19, 2011, 11:15:19 PM »

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