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Come on people, it's a tire change, not open heart surgery
Last Post 01/03/2018 08:26 AM by Orange Crush. 19 Replies.
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Nick A

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12/27/2017 02:18 PM
I don't ride tubulars any more, but they were actually much easier to change on the road. I use the HPX too. I've gotten sick of pumping, and just stopped a little early, and then put in a little more at the next pee break. Now that's sad, breaking up pumping into "intervals". LOL.

I think when cycling was more of niche sport (in the US), you had no choice, but to know how to do everything, because there weren't as many people around to help, or to even pay (when it comes to repairs, etc.)

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Red Tornado

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01/02/2018 10:24 AM
Posted By Dale Dale on 12/24/2017 06:41 AM
The 11,000 mile guy works... legal assistant and commutes to work, does a bunch of ultra gravels rides/ races and jumps in every possible after work ride. The 10,000 mile guy is retired and the 13,000 mile guy just rides a ton, not sure what his work/ retirement status is but he's late 50's/ early 60's and doesn't have kids at home.


" doesn't have kids at home" That's a big one right there. Putting in those kind of miles requires cycling to almost be a lifestyle, and not a hobby IMHO. When I was single and un-attached, I found plenty of time to put in the mega-miles even with some decent OT at my job. Throw in a wife and kids, no way. If I would have tried to get 10K miles plus after I got married & with three kids either the job, family or sleep would have to suffer (maybe even two of the three at times). All of those things trumped cycling for me. So I've been content with my average 2.5K miles a year. Now when the kids are gone & I'm retired, that's two of the three out of the way and I can see myself bumping back up to maybe the 7500/year range or thereabouts.
Dale

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01/02/2018 01:20 PM
Speaking of tire changes- I use old worn out tires on the trainer. Who cares if they get thread worn? Saturday I did nice hard hour and fifteen on the trainer and was in the cooling down stage watching the clock tick down 10.. 9.. 8.. 7.. BLAM!! The freaking rear tire blew! Sounded like a gun shot and scared the daylights out of me.

Guess I got my moneys worth out of that tire... and then some
SideBySide

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01/02/2018 07:48 PM
It scared the crap out of me last time I had a blowout like that. Damaged the rim too.
Orange Crush

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01/03/2018 08:26 AM
Posted By Stefan Eckardt on 01/02/2018 10:24 AM
Posted By Dale Dale on 12/24/2017 06:41 AM
The 11,000 mile guy works... legal assistant and commutes to work, does a bunch of ultra gravels rides/ races and jumps in every possible after work ride. The 10,000 mile guy is retired and the 13,000 mile guy just rides a ton, not sure what his work/ retirement status is but he's late 50's/ early 60's and doesn't have kids at home.


" doesn't have kids at home" That's a big one right there. Putting in those kind of miles requires cycling to almost be a lifestyle, and not a hobby IMHO. When I was single and un-attached, I found plenty of time to put in the mega-miles even with some decent OT at my job. Throw in a wife and kids, no way. If I would have tried to get 10K miles plus after I got married & with three kids either the job, family or sleep would have to suffer (maybe even two of the three at times). All of those things trumped cycling for me. So I've been content with my average 2.5K miles a year. Now when the kids are gone & I'm retired, that's two of the three out of the way and I can see myself bumping back up to maybe the 7500/year range or thereabouts.


That's why I took a 10% pay cut and went to 36hr workweek right after kids were born. Four dedicated training hours every week where neither employer or family is expecting me. Expensive training rides but well worth it. They have been a big factor in cycling adventures of past years. I don't really need the setup anymore now that kids are teens but the 4 sanity hours are nice to keep around.
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