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Old 05-20-2015, 09:34 PM   #21
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I was out in the Capitol region Sunday on a bike ride. Managed to do 53 miles at the Farmer's Daughter Gravel Grinder on my Fat Bike. The whole loop was 100k (63 +/- miles) with 6100 ft of climbing. After 39 miles I bailed and took some flatter paved roads back to Chatham. Ran a 29x3 Maxxis Chronicle on the front with a 26x4 Nate on the back. Considering most of the 300 riders were on road bikes, it was challenging to say the least :-)
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:53 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by colden46 View Post
Just curious, but why so skinny? Wider tires have lower rolling resistance at the same pressure, or you can use lower pressure for more comfort and still avoid pinch flats. Most pros are riding 25s nowadays.

Might help with making those bombed-out roads more comfortable!
Originally Posted by bmike-vt View Post
go even bigger if you can!

i ran 28s on my 'road' bike.
then moved to different brakes and can run 32s under fenders, or up to 40 without.

i'm using a 29+ with 3" tires for my dirt road / backcountry mountain bike these days...
The 20's are very lightweight, and the difference in polar inertia is really noticeable. If ever I start puncturing regularly, I'll switch to 23's...but until then, I just love the responsiveness of my light wheels and tires!!

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Old 05-22-2015, 07:35 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by stripperguy View Post
Where's Justin?
Here I am.
Work has been keeping me from riding over the past couple weeks ,
but I was able to get out yesterday for one of my favorite local routes here in
the Colonie area that I like to do when visiting my girlfriend at her work.
Here's a few photos from my phone...

Cruising through the trails behind Lisha Kill School:

Quick selfie on the bridge:

Good ol' Central Ave:

Amtrak crossing on Rapp Rd/Lincoln Ave:

Back in the woods through the Pine Bush Preserve off Rapp Rd near
Lake Rensselaer:

On the Lake Rensselaer Bike Path, passing underneath I87:

Lake Rensselaer, A.K.A Six Mile Waterworks:

Through the Lake Rensselaer Park:

Out to Railroad Ave:

To the West Albany Pocket Park:

And finally almost back home along Watervliet Shaker Road near Stripperguy's
place of business, where they are repaving, fixing those dreaded potholes that
we love so much.

And just for fun, I brought along my GPS...
17.2 miles total...

And here's a quick 1:20 minute video of riding through the woods near Lake
Rensselaer, just before passing under I87:

...And a quick video of me wiping out on the trail...this why I need a

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Old 05-22-2015, 08:18 AM   #24
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Been out a few times, on both the road bike and the hybrid. My Boy Scout council is actually doing a camporee next weekend where the boys ride in from various starting points - they can choose a 10, 15, 25 or 50 mile ride. While the older boys are riding the Erie Canal path in, the younger Cubs will be doing a bike rodeo!

Popped a spoke on the trail last weekend, since you mentioned the post-winter conditions of the road...I suppose between the potholes and my excess winter weight, the bike couldn't handle it!

Ride on!
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:23 PM   #25
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I've been out a few times on the road bike. I started with a couple of 18 mile runs. Today I put down 46 miles......and boy, do I feel it.

Does anyone plan on doing the Ididaride with the Adirondack Mountain Club?
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