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Nobody understands me. (upgrade city)(19 posts)

Nobody understands me. (upgrade city)gs6769
Aug 13, 2002 4:13 AM
I'd been getting saddle sore waiting for a chunk of cash to come through. It did Friday. As planned, I promptly passed along my windfall to my new friends at Texas Cyclesport who in turn have sent along a parcel containing a full set of Ultegra, less hubs and headset. I suppose it will arrive by Thursday or Friday, onto the car rack goes the Klein for a trip to the LBS, off comes the 105, into the parts cleaning tank with it, on goes the Ultegra, dialed in by some of the areas most skilled wrenches, wheels trued, and I'm on a nearly new machine by Monday or Tuesday next. I'm SO psyched. This will also give me a chance to get to know my Bianchi again while the swap is made. Admittedly it's been neglected this summer.
The 'Nobody understands me' part comes from the experience we've all had in trying to explain new components, or anything cycling related really, to 'civilians'. No doubt you've all seen the same blank stare on the faces of your co workers when asked the usual 'How was your weekend?' question. If you tell the truth, 'Beat my best time up my fave nasty climb!', 'Scored that carbon seatpost I've been saving for!', you might as well have said 'mxg65yeug nfhis igdtfbkihbh!!'. No matter. In my book it beats the crap out of 'Oh, wenttothemall, drankbeer, sataroundthehouse'.
I certainly dont understand youSteve_0
Aug 13, 2002 4:22 AM
whats wrong with beer?
naught wrong with malt bevys.......gs6769
Aug 13, 2002 5:56 AM
......point taken.
Hah - I hear ya'. Good luck w/your new Ultegra...and enjoy yourjtferraro
Aug 13, 2002 4:25 AM
Bianchi in the meantime. Klein Quantum, right? How do you like it? Is your Bianchi an Alloro?

-Jeff
Hah - I hear ya'. Good luck w/your new Ultegra...and enjoy yourgs6769
Aug 13, 2002 6:08 AM
Thanks! Quantum is awesome. The frame is so perfect it makes spending money on upgrades an easy choice. No worries about the components ending up better than they need to be.
The Bianchi's a 2000 Eros. Being more of a touring bike it'll be a change from the more 'crit' friendly Klein. It's also got 175 cranks, the Klein 172.5. I'm going to make a point to see how much difference I can *really* feel. Always debate about this. My sense is that it doesn't really matter a whole lot.
Bikes are the ultimate status symbol.Spoke Wrench
Aug 13, 2002 5:19 AM
Spend $25,000 on a car and no one will even notice.

Spend 25K on a boat, and they'll ask why you didn't get the "good one".

Spend 1/10th of that on a bicycle and they'll wonder what you've been smoking to make you think you can afford that.
Very good point. Distressingly true. (nm)gs6769
Aug 13, 2002 6:12 AM
It gets worse as you get olderRickC5
Aug 13, 2002 5:21 AM
I'm nearly 55. Guess how many people my age have even the slightest clue what I'm talking about if I get started on the bike topic? Very few, it seems. Most of the time their eyes glaze over and they go back to talking about golf, or "them Broncos", or their new SUV, depending on the season. Sometimes I start talking bikes just to watch the reaction. I'm easily amused, I guess.
Hey, if they get excited by the Broncos,Spoke Wrench
Aug 13, 2002 5:35 AM
They're easily amused too.
Yeah, but.............RickC5
Aug 13, 2002 1:25 PM
That's when MY eyes glaze over. I may even go to sleep. ZZZZZ......
What is your fave nasty climb?filtersweep
Aug 13, 2002 7:13 AM
Granted, there aren't many around here. The only one I can think of is after doing the river loop a few times, coming back on W. River Road, the final hill toward downtown as I approach St. Anthony Falls never seems to end- and that is really not much of a hill compared to a mountain. The other direction toward Franklin is a bit of a climb... Ramsey hill in St. Paul has a very nasty grade, but it would be insanity to take a bike up or down it (stop light at the bottom?). E. River Rd. is quite mild compared to the west side...
What is your fave nasty climb?gs6769
Aug 13, 2002 7:30 AM
Yeah, not too much real 'climbing' to do around here. There are a few steep spots, they're just not nearly as long as the stuff our brethren out west have.

I look sickly forward to that sort of 'double' spot near St Anthony Falls. After hammering your way up from Minnehaha it's like the final insult. The first grade seems not so bad until you get 2/3 up and it gets thatmuch steeper. It makes that second bit after the flat seem tame.

I like going up behind the Walker Art center where the 'old money' lives for a little hill sprinting. Mainly though, I like the climb from the end of Shepard Road trail in St. Paul, up Eagle Street past Xcel Energy center up to Cathedral Hill. Puts me right back on Summit Ave towards River Blvd.

I've also been enjoying the Wabasha St Bridge. After riding through Harriet Island and Lilydale Preserve it's a good little leg stretcher. Great wide bike lane and excellent pavement on both sides.
What is your fave nasty climb?bnlkid
Aug 13, 2002 8:37 AM
Wow you guys don't like climbing either. I hate all those spots mentioned. I think the high bridge is the hardest psychologically because it is only about 4-5% you feel like you should be able to fly up it. If you go all the way to Annapolis, it is about a mile long. when I ride with friends, they always bust my ass up that. they seem to be going about 17-18 mph and I can only muster about 15 mph on a good and 13 mph most other days.

As far as Ramsey Hill goes, I almost prefer that because the suffering is over quicker, and once you get to the top you have flats all the way to the river. There are few climbs out in the Woodbury area that are tough. Bailey road from 61 is grueling.(basically any road that goes up from 61 in St. Paul Park hurts).

Basically I try to avoid hills if I am out to have some fun. :)
that's what this board is for ...tarwheel
Aug 13, 2002 9:50 AM
It would drive my wife and coworkers crazy if I tried to talk to them much about bike stuff. That's what's great about boards like this -- you can share your thoughts with folks who are equally nuts like yourself.
Amen! without RBR I'd REALLY think I had a screw loose! (nm)gs6769
Aug 13, 2002 10:22 AM
I'd rather have a Bianchi in front of me than a frontal lobotomyjs5280
Aug 13, 2002 4:42 PM
...or something like that.

Go Broncos! Empty the streets, stores, and lift lines till Super Bowl Sunday baby!
My wife...this boardPaulCL
Aug 13, 2002 11:54 AM
My wife's eyes first glaze over, then she gets P.O.ed if I talk about bike stuff. I know she somewhat resents the time I spend with....er...on...my bike. My friends and co-workers just smile politely then go into detail how they birdied the 5th hole with a perfect wedge shot (that's when my eyes glaze over). If not for this board, I would go insane. OK, maybe I'm too late.....
re: Nobody understands me. (upgrade city)bcm119
Aug 13, 2002 10:23 AM
When confronted with the usual wide-eyes and questions about how I can afford to spend so much money on a bicycle, I like to just say, "it all depends on how much you like to ride your bike.... and I like riding mine alot." Then the person will say " I guess so" and that will be the end of it. Which is fine, because they'd never understand anyway.
re: Nobody understands me. (upgrade city)Corey VR6
Aug 14, 2002 4:56 AM
Did you ever get the "why do you need such an expensive (fill in the bike, helmet, part, etc)?" from your spouse or co-worker? I never really know what to say, but the answer seems so obvious to me.