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Yesterday was great. I went on a fast ride around the Mercer Island loop with a friend. Doing the loop clockwise is the way to go. Flying through the curves in the first 1/4 of the loop is so fun when the gas tank is full. We played road racer and attacked each other on climbs and stuff. It was fun and my legs were feeling it by end.

Sun, 03/07/2010 - 12:26
Larry Winget
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josh wrote:
Doing the loop clockwise is the way to go.

My favorite way too.

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Sun, 03/07/2010 - 13:37
balonya
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Yesterday ws a great day for a ride! I took the long commute home with a coworker. We went around the north end of LW via Juanita Dr with a pit stop up a little hill called goat trail.

I want to do a tarck ride soon, but my damn schedule is so unpredictable.

Sun, 03/07/2010 - 14:51
balonya
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size not listed but Davidson for $585 not the best deal but ...

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/1638233465.html

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 02:37
Larry Winget
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balonya wrote:
size not listed but Davidson for $585 not the best deal but ...

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/1638233465.html

That's nice. Looks like the size is maybe in the low 50's?

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Thu, 03/11/2010 - 10:55
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moonbear wrote:
balonya wrote:
size not listed but Davidson for $585 not the best deal but ...

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/1638233465.html

That's nice. Looks like the size is maybe in the low 50's?

After months of looking, riding and comparing bikes Sarah finally decided on a Cross Check. If it were not for the fact that she came to this decision on her own, I would try to get here to buy this. I did a good job of not interjecting opinions, and just explained things. I have to admit that I am glad she is going this rout rather then the Scott sub 20 or Jamis Coda, which were in the running for a few weeks.

I also have to admite that all the looking at bikes drove me to buy RJ's Double Cross DC for myself as a 40th Birthday gift, even tough I don't need a new frame. I mean WTH I just got the Novara. I am going to da a part swap. (birthday is in April beers?)

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 13:32
Larry Winget
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balonya wrote:
moonbear wrote:
balonya wrote:
size not listed but Davidson for $585 not the best deal but ...

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/1638233465.html

That's nice. Looks like the size is maybe in the low 50's?

After months of looking, riding and comparing bikes Sarah finally decided on a Cross Check. If it were not for the fact that she came to this decision on her own, I would try to get here to buy this. I did a good job of not interjecting opinions, and just explained things. I have to admit that I am glad she is going this rout rather then the Scott sub 20 or Jamis Coda, which were in the running for a few weeks.

I also have to admite that all the looking at bikes drove me to buy RJ's Double Cross DC for myself as a 40th Birthday gift, even tough I don't need a new frame. I mean WTH I just got the Novara. I am going to da a part swap. (birthday is in April beers?)

Good job. I pretty much did the same when D. was shopping for a commuter. The only advice I gave her was to get the next size down, which she ignored then later admitted I was right smiley

Can't really go wrong with a CC. She can always get something lighter/faster later.

A birthday beverage sounds good.

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Thu, 03/11/2010 - 15:04
scrub
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I may even be able to climb out from under my eastside rock for your 40th!

I want to ride my cross bike on some fun gravel/dirt trails does anyone have any suggestions? I'm looking at some of these and wondering about there suitability for my bike!

http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=14331#trailid=BGW063-009&lat=47.40833&lon=-121.92806&zoom=9&m=terrain&a=MB

Anyone into this sort of thing?

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 22:04
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I've been wanting to do the same thing on my cross bike. Would gladly drive to the eastside on a saturday or sunday to crossbike mountain bike.

Edit: Big Finn Hill park and St. Edwards park seem like good viable options. Not a terrible ride from my apartment either, maybe 20 miles?

http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=BGW063-006
http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=BGW050-029

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 23:20
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It was these pics that really got me thinking about it!

http://www.wowmtb.com/photos/2009/P2A2009/CANONFinish6/index.htm

My other thought was some lake to lake trail in Bellevue I've ridden some parts and they were fun.

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 23:27
scrub
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Did you notice I hit 1000 posts?

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 23:43
hambeki
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We should have beerz to celebrate.

MoonCat wrote:
All bikes are really just overpriced crosschecks with different geometries.

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 23:57
josh
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Doesn't list size, but this is potentially an incredible deal for a high-end racer bike.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/1640216976.html

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 00:43
Larry Winget
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Damn. Yeah.

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Fri, 03/12/2010 - 00:51
hambeki
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You have got to be friggin kidding me with that price on that bike. Either someone's supporting a cocaine addiction, it's a prank ad, or someone knows that you can't sell a 4k bike on CL for 2.5k.

MoonCat wrote:
All bikes are really just overpriced crosschecks with different geometries.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 01:01
josh
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I know ... I feel like the grammar and vocab is too decent.

Actually, looking at the specs again, who the fuck would get sram red shifters to go with rival derailleurs? That's crazy talk.

Someone buy that and flip it, then buy me a drink for helping you make $1000 profit on ebay.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 01:09
hambeki
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I will say that, in general, the shifters are more important than the derailleurs.

Maybe it's a shop rat bike and he just bought whatever he could get a deal on. The parts list is kind of all over the place.

In fact, if that's true, then it would help explain why the guy isn't afraid to offer it at $1500.

MoonCat wrote:
All bikes are really just overpriced crosschecks with different geometries.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 01:13
josh
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Anybody heading to the Seattle Bike Expo? I'm heading over there in a half hour or so. Should be a good time. I'm looking forward to the panel discussion by Ken Taylor, Bill Davidson, and Glen Erickson that's moderated by Jan Heine. Promises to be lots of awesome retro-grouch talk. Also the talk by Joe Parkin should be cool. I can always appreciate talk of european hard men and spring classics.

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 12:32
Larry Winget
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I'm at the Ken Taylor/Jan Heine talk right now.

The Jack Taylor and vintage show is really cool.

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Sat, 03/13/2010 - 19:51
scrub
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I skipped the expo and went to Bikeworks/2020 cycles/Recycled cycles, scored a set of used (good condition )WTB crosswolf tires for $10 and a campy BB for $15.

Hoping to ride some North Bend trails tomorrow.

Sat, 03/13/2010 - 22:44
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Sat, 03/13/2010 - 23:28
josh
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moonbear wrote:
I'm at the Ken Taylor/Jan Heine talk right now.

The Jack Taylor and vintage show is really cool.

I was there for the second half of it. I couldn't hear a damn thing they were saying cause I was standing to the side and there wasn't really anywhere to sit by the time I got there. I was pretty bummed about that, but I saw Ira Ryan standing around on the side to so I went and chatted with him for a good while. Really nice guy and quite interesting to talk to.

Anybody going back for the second day? I'm kind of doubt I will. I'd like to get out and ride my bike instead of ogling fancy bikes I can't afford.

Sun, 03/14/2010 - 04:20
Larry Winget
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Merlin with DA. Silly Rolf wheels, but otherwise, pretty nice for $800.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/1645080760.html

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Mon, 03/15/2010 - 15:51
Larry Winget
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Pinarello? track bike. Supposedly it's 753 which seems weird to me. 52cm. No price posted. Same seller has a Pinarello cross bike (53) and a Merckx frame posted.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/bik/1644683410.html

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Mon, 03/15/2010 - 15:54
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Tue, 03/16/2010 - 10:39
josh
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I think i'm going to ride the cross bike out to either St. Edwards park or Big Finn Hill (or both) and try and ride some trails on Saturday. Anyone want to join me, either on mountain bike or cross bike, for some sort-of-cautious trail shredding?

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 14:28
balonya
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Thoughts on the missing link?

Would it be a good (if only temporary) option to put those plastic/rubber things across the tracks (like they have at 6th) to reduce the risk of accidents, or is this just stupid and people really want a longer path that does not travel on the road at all. Since I am still relatively new to the area I am trying to get a better understanding of this issue. To me the above seems like a viable compromise, but I Know it is not perfect. From my perspective Seattle is a bicycle heaven, those who have not lived or ridden elsewhere have no idea how good we have it here. That does not meant that there is A LOT OF ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. I just wondering what you all thought, since most of my info is from Cascade bicycle club.

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 14:40
Larry Winget
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balonya wrote:
Thoughts on the missing link?

Would it be a good (if only temporary) option to put those plastic/rubber things across the tracks (like they have at 6th) to reduce the risk of accidents, or is this just stupid and people really want a longer path that does not travel on the road at all. Since I am still relatively new to the area I am trying to get a better understanding of this issue. To me the above seems like a viable compromise, but I Know it is not perfect. From my perspective Seattle is a bicycle heaven, those who have not lived or ridden elsewhere have no idea how good we have it here. That does not meant that there is A LOT OF ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. I just wondering what you all thought, since most of my info is from Cascade bicycle club.

IMO the tracks are not the big problem. It's Shilshole. Also, when it gets frosty those plastic/rubber things get very slick.

Riding parallel to the tracks near Fred Meyer is kind sucky, but it's low traffic compared to Shilshole, and there is usually ample opportunity to get out in the lane and cross the tracks at a good angle. I have seen several people eat shit in the section just west of Fred Meyer by trying to ride between the tracks and then cutting over at the wrong angle, but in my honest opinion those people are idiots.

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Thu, 03/18/2010 - 15:09
balonya
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Wth Andy at recycled cycles is a dick and about to blow a sale. He can't even listen to get a fit right or he just will not take the time to do it.

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 17:34
Larry Winget
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balonya wrote:
Wth Andy at recycled cycles is a dick and about to blow a sale. He can't even listen to get a fit right or he just will not take the time to do it.

Go to Free Range.

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Thu, 03/18/2010 - 17:36
Larry Winget
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Here's a stem for your tricktarck bike.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/bik/1649814542.html

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Thu, 03/18/2010 - 17:45
balonya
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This is the only 52 in town or I would not be here! And we don't want to order one.

HY turns out it is on sale! 20% off = new head set for me at $$$ wr planed to spend on just her bike!

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 18:19
balonya
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PS that was one of the worst bike shop experiences I HAVE EVER HAD!

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 19:33
josh
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That sucks. I've had such good experiences at Recycled for the most part. One time they sold me the wrong size spoke even though I brought in the wheel and I had to ride back the next day. That was kind of annoying, but mostly good.

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 22:36
josh
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Salsa with Force and Red and sort of meh wheels:

http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/bik/1650659518.html

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 22:46
hambeki
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balonya wrote:
Wth Andy at recycled cycles is a dick and about to blow a sale. He can't even listen to get a fit right or he just will not take the time to do it.

There's some Aussie kid with a labret piercing that works up there. Super nice guy.

I only really talk to him, Skip, and some girl (Laura?). There are some blowhards that work there, but I've had enough good experiences that I'm willing to overlook the bad.

MoonCat wrote:
All bikes are really just overpriced crosschecks with different geometries.

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 22:47
balonya
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Yeah we had a GREAT experience with a girl there (medium length brownish hair) who even took the time to ride down the street with S to make sure she had the right size frame, even the mechanic who was swapping the stems for us was super cool. I eventually tried to stop dealing with Andy but he kept finding his what back to us. I felt better when we were checking out on sale.

ALSO my frame arrived today! (waring cross post coming up)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 22:59
josh
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Which one is Andy?

Fri, 03/19/2010 - 00:29
hambeki
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The one that Michael didn't like.

MoonCat wrote:
All bikes are really just overpriced crosschecks with different geometries.

Fri, 03/19/2010 - 00:33
scrub
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josh wrote:
I think i'm going to ride the cross bike out to either St. Edwards park or Big Finn Hill (or both) and try and ride some trails on Saturday. Anyone want to join me, either on mountain bike or cross bike, for some sort-of-cautious trail shredding?

If its later (after 3) I might be down, my wife doesn't usually get home from work until then to watch the kids.

Oh and I second (third?) the sentiments about recycled the girls are nice and some of the dudes are great but the couple of douches they have make me angry.

Fri, 03/19/2010 - 00:55
balonya
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josh wrote:
Which one is Andy?

Taller blondish skinny geezer guy. It was not that I did not like him I think he is a dick head. The first time we went in I specifically asked to get her out for a test ride on the Cross Check. 30 minutes later and after showing us three different bikes I finally interrupted him and asked if we could just look at the cross check.

Fri, 03/19/2010 - 01:20
josh
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I'm probably going in the morning so I can hang out with the girlfriend when she gets off work in the afternoon. We'll have to do it another day.

On a side note, did you race cross last season?

Fri, 03/19/2010 - 02:03
scrub
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No, no cross racing, thinking about it for this year but I'm not very competitive! I did watch the Silver Lake race in Everett and it looked like a lot of fun though.

Fri, 03/19/2010 - 09:43
josh
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I did some cross bike mountain biking out in Redmond yesterday. 35-40 miles of fire roads and single track with a little bit of road thrown in here and there. I don't really know where exactly we were as I was just following the ride leaders. We started along the Sammamish river trail, then cut left over to the Redmond powerline trail, then from there ended up on some singletrack loops. It was a ton of fun. I wish I knew how to find it again, haha.

Sun, 03/21/2010 - 19:15
scrub
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josh wrote:
I did some cross bike mountain biking out in Redmond yesterday. 35-40 miles of fire roads and single track with a little bit of road thrown in here and there. I don't really know where exactly we were as I was just following the ride leaders. We started along the Sammamish river trail, then cut left over to the Redmond powerline trail, then from there ended up on some singletrack loops. It was a ton of fun. I wish I knew how to find it again, haha.

The powerline trail is pretty fun, there is actually lots of fun stuff over here, I need to find more of it.

Sun, 03/21/2010 - 19:51
scrub
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In fact the powerline trail is so fun I just went and rode it.

Sun, 03/21/2010 - 22:16
josh
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Here's my little write-up of the weekend ride on Redmond trails: http://www.publicola.net/2010/03/22/the-trails-of-redmond/

This is probably a good time to mention that I recently starting writing a bike column for Publicola called BikeNerd that covers advocacy, bike culture, and events in the Seattle-area. So, if you've ever got ideas that you think would make good material for an article, I'm all ears.

Mon, 03/22/2010 - 17:57
balonya
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Just checking, I am the only one with a weird schedule who can do weekday rides right?

Mon, 03/22/2010 - 22:40
hambeki
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I can't do weekday stuff. I can barely do weekend stuff.

MoonCat wrote:
All bikes are really just overpriced crosschecks with different geometries.

Mon, 03/22/2010 - 23:11
scrub
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balonya wrote:
Just checking, I am the only one with a weird schedule who can do weekday rides right?

Yup! I think my availability sucks too, Saturday 3-6pm, Sunday 1-5pm. Unless you happen to be in Everett and I have to run out to my lake office.....

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 00:42

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