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My new LOOK and riding in Albuquerque(29 posts)

My new LOOK and riding in AlbuquerqueDave Hickey
Jan 12, 2004 7:53 AM
My son had a hockey tournament in Albuquerque over the weekend so I loaded up my new LOOK 381 and headed for the mountains. If you've never been to ABQ it is a very friendly city. There are bikes lanes everywhere and a huge bike path that runs along the Rio Grande. There are PLENTY of hills to test your climbing skills.

As for the bike, this is my new LOOK 381 Jalabert. I have about 120 miles so far but it is everything I could have hoped for. I'm using Dura Ace 9 speed with Weyless carbon cranks and DA/Open pro wheels

I'm still testing the stem/spacer combos so please spare me the stem police comments. I plan on cutting down the steerer today.
Look Questionsswampman
Jan 12, 2004 9:21 AM

I have a couple of look fit questions for you and anyone else who would like to help. I have been around this board long enough to see you go though a couple of Looks.

Anyway, I got used a 54cm kg361, and it seems to sit a lot taller then my 54cm Fuji (54.8cm TT) and 54cm Leader (54.5cm TT). I have always wanted a Look but the geometry seems to be a lot different, mainly the standover height. Plus I felt more stretch out on the frame too. I could pop wheelies very easily. It did not feel as good as my Fuji and Leader. I started to look at the 381i but I did not know if it would have different geometry then the 361.

Any suggestions? What size is your frame? What is the standover height? I tried to figure out this once before and I could not do it correctly with just the catologs I had.

Jan 12, 2004 10:08 AM
If you haven't already been to the Look website's forum(under "Interaction") check it out. I think at least a couple of threads discuss standover ht/ fitting etc. Nexus is the Look guy who answers some of the questions definitively.
Look QuestionsDave Hickey
Jan 12, 2004 12:03 PM
I can't comment regarding fit vs the fuji or leader other than the LOOK is measured center to center. Are the Leader and Fuji measure center to center or center to top?

Regarding being stretched out and popping wheelies, try moving your saddle 1 cm further forward. With the slack seat tube, I move my saddle 1 cm further forward(on the seatpost)than on my other bikes.
cowboy LOOK: nice pic. nmcolker1
Jan 12, 2004 9:35 AM
sorry I missed youterry b
Jan 12, 2004 9:54 AM
spent Saturday on the river path and Sunday on path in the center of town. You did though get to see the best of winter riding here in the Duke City. Yesterday was golden.
I was real impressed with the ridingDave Hickey
Jan 12, 2004 12:07 PM
On Thursday, I stopped in Santa Rosa and rode around the state park. Friday afternoon, I rode the bike path from Alemeda Blvd south past downtown and back. Saturday and Sunday, I rode in the Rio Rancho area. Let's get together on the next trip.
sounds goodterry b
Jan 12, 2004 1:33 PM
I live in Corrales, down the mesa from Rio Rancho. Assume your son was skating out at the ice center. You've discovered our little secret - the MUTs in ABQ are generally not like MUTs at all - pretty darn deserted, even during peak season.

My typical ride for Saturday is down the local roads in Corrales, joining the path at Alameda and then down south as far as it goes (actually the turf of another RBRer - Crankist.) Sundays I break off the Rio path, head into town and then ride another MUT down to the University, sometimes returning the same way or back through downtown and up the Rio path.

Yesterday, I tagged onto a small group ride just south of Alameda, remnants of an organized ride that leaves from UNM on the weekends. I had been riding faster than their pace, but since we had one mile left to go before the end, I just tucked in behind. At the front was a guy in full Postal on a Postal Trek. Was chatting with the guy on the tail end who informed me that the Postal guy was actually a Postal guy - Kenny Labbe. Damn, missed my opportunity to blow past (albeit unchallenged) a Postie!

If you come back keep me in mind, I'd be glad to go out for a spin.
Terry, do you ride any of the centuries in the areaspookyload
Jan 12, 2004 4:37 PM
I rode santa fe, enchanted circle, and Tour de Tucson last year. I am looking for someone to share the long car rides with. If you not, do you know anyone in the area that rides 5-6 hour centruies that is looking for some club style riding? I have ridden with the local team that leaves from Perfection Honda on Sat and Sun a few times, and they are too much of a race team for my taste right now.
yepperterry b
Jan 12, 2004 6:27 PM
I'm a regular at the SFC, in fact I'm already registered. Usuually I spend the night before in an inexpensive hotel on Cerrillos since I hate getting up at 5 to be there by 7. Also did El Tour the last 2 years, my wife's family lives in Tucson so we turn it into a visit.

Another century to consider, and one we could carpool to possibly is the tour on White Sands MR. Was last April 12th, they claim they're doing it again this year. Spent the night in Alamagordo, did the ride and drove back same day (Saturday.)

Enchanted Circle is interesting, have been toying with it for a couple of years.

I'm too looking for some organized rides also, was considering joining NMTS (though not sure they are for me.) Talked to someone yesterday about the UNM weekly ride, he told me the Saturday pace was 26 mph (definately not for me.) Still hunting, sounds like you are too.
Enchanted circle was awesome last yearspookyload
Jan 12, 2004 7:35 PM
At least the first eighty miles. The last were a struggle with hypothermia in the fifty degree weather and rain. I made it which gave me a big sense of pride though. Lots of DNF's last year. I am interested in the White Sands as well as the one at the Indian reservation west of ABQ. Got some new Nimble Crosswind wheels for the centuries this year and am excited to let em roll. They are way faster than I deserve, but oh well. We need to get together for the starts this year so I can take pictures of people I know. I take tons of pics with my digital camera, but I never know who the people are. Email me at if you are ever in the rio rancho area for a ride.
ever ride out to San Ysidro?terry b
Jan 12, 2004 8:31 PM
I like to do that one sometimes, but generally not alone - bit too barren. if you're interested, we could meet somewhere along 528 (I live in Corrales.)
Never gone that wayspookyload
Jan 12, 2004 10:18 PM
I usually go up to placitas...but willing to try anything.
Jan 13, 2004 7:44 AM
Who has information on the White Sands ride? It sounds like a fun ride. The weather would likely be very favorable.

You should do the Enchanted Circle. Better bring a 27 cassette, you'll need it up the two big climbs.

Last yearterry b
Jan 13, 2004 10:00 AM
I found it on the calendar section here:

They had a website that was associated with the WSMR Recreational Service, but the link no longer works. They also put on the yearly Bataan Death March hike on the reservation.

Weather last year was in the 90s, dry and windy. I about died. Can't wait for the next one.

I'll post something here when it is announced.
I saw you on sunday.spookyload
Jan 12, 2004 4:30 PM
I was riding sunday and saw someone riding your bike. Being as I live in Rio Rancho, I recognize most people I ride around, and noted a new LOOK on the block. Next time you are in the area, give us a buzz and you won't have to ride alone atleast.
I will....Dave Hickey
Jan 12, 2004 4:34 PM
That sounds great. The hockey tournament was over at Blades on Loma Colorado. There are some great hills over in that area. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn across from Intel. I think I rode every road in Rio Rancho between Saturday and Sunday
The you were looking at the window by my office!terry b
Jan 12, 2004 6:20 PM
3rd floor of the office building right across the street from the Hilton. Northwest corner office. So near, yet so far.
Blades is three blocks from my house!! nmspookyload
Jan 12, 2004 7:36 PM
Nice, Dave.KG 361
Jan 12, 2004 10:16 AM
Glad you like it. I'm luv'in the kg 461. Hope you have many more fun miles on it-sweet ride=)
Where do you get such neat toy's....PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 12, 2004 10:44 AM
...Very nice.I beleive you posted a picture of this earlier.I would be interested to see your whole stable sometime.You seem to have quite a few. The black/red color scheme is very sharp.
Someone in the Carribean is filing a lost package form as we speak ;-)js5280
Jan 12, 2004 3:09 PM
Just kidding Dave, nice ride and excuse to gorge on New Mex, yum :-D
Shhhh. Don't tell anyone;-)Dave Hickey
Jan 12, 2004 4:31 PM
I wonder if the guy buying all the LOOK bikes in Puerto Rico wonders why they're always lost in shipping:-)
Very Nice Davebigrider
Jan 12, 2004 11:34 AM
That Southwest gig is looking dang purty from this here
East Coast perspective. Is that a Look 381 because this is the 381st Look you purchased? Pretty bike.
Very Nice DaveDave Hickey
Jan 12, 2004 12:08 PM
It's my first 381. I really like the ride qualities. This is definately an "all day" bike.
I concurr....funknuggets
Jan 12, 2004 1:22 PM
I have the 2002 CSC 381i and I absolutely love it. Pure and simple, the phattest bike I've ever layed hands on. Sure, I have it fitted with pretty decent stuff... but all in all... for the first time in a long time Im not constantly looking for parts or a new frame. Not sure what to do with all this free time and cash... haha, no... currently splurging on new shoes and pedals. Going Dura!!!

Had to take a 2nd 'look' at the! (nm)RemmingtonShowdown
Jan 12, 2004 3:43 PM
LOOK GOOD:) nmdivve
Jan 12, 2004 9:43 PM
But that's not a single speed! :) nmAsiago
Jan 13, 2004 8:54 AM