RTL training and wining ride

RTL training and wining ride

Post by tholu » Thu, 01 May 2008 10:32:38


Three-fourths of team Totally Doable went up to the Napa Valley this
weekend for a set of Ride The Lobster training rides.  These were hard
days; we only managed to go to five wineries and two breweries along
the way.  We averaged about 10 miles per bottle of wine, which is
better mileage than a Prius.

As you can imagine, it was a brutal ride.  Photos of our hardship are

I used the Big Apple 29x2.35 on Saturday, and the Big Apple 28x2.0 on
Sunday.  I came away liking the 28x2.0--the lighter weight and the
better performance on camber might make it my choice for the race.
It's squirrelly when it's pumped up to its rated pressure (70psi), but
with a little softness to the tire it rides really nicely.

'[image:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2225/2452299728_b2f2167e50.jpg]'
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/tholub/2452299728/)

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(http://www.flickr.com/photos/tholub/2451478689/)

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(http://www.flickr.com/photos/tholub/2452495652/)

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Post by stevey » Thu, 01 May 2008 12:43:39

That flower pic is one of the nicest uni pics I've ever seen.  Sorry to
hear about your suffering.

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Post by lunicycl » Thu, 01 May 2008 16:13:25

Great pics!

Also good info on the 2.35 vs the 2.0. I've been reading other threads
on camber as the main road I'd hoped to commute on regularly has severe
camber in parts and I'm running a 2.35 Big Apple. I'm getting better at
handling the camber, but tbh with the amount of camber and all the cars
buzzing by etc, it's not an enjoyable piece of road.

I know it's hard to quantify, but how much of an improvement do you
think the 2.0 is in respect to the handling of camber over the 2.35? Do
you ride the same stretch of road and go 'oh wow, this is more like
it!', or is it only small (but worthwhile) improvement?

Thanks!

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Post by tholu » Fri, 02 May 2008 00:29:26

On my ungeared 29er, I've adjusted to the road camber issue with the
29x2.35; as long as the tire is pumped up to 50psi+, I don't really
notice it much anymore.  But on the geared 29er, it can be quite a
problem.  There was one section of the Silverado Trail with a banked
turn that I came into at speed, and I really had to fight the wheel to
keep it moving straight, slowing to under 10mph.  On the same section
the next day, I just carved the turn without slowing.  It was a pretty
dramatic difference.

The 28x2.0" doesn't handle bumps quite as well, especially at high
pressure; it's still better than many tires, but not super-cushy like
the 29x2.35".  

The 29x2.35" is definitely better for anything off-road, but I'm pretty
sure I'll be running the 28x2.0" (or else the Marathon Supreme, which I
just received and haven't ridden on yet) for RTL.

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Post by mscalis » Fri, 02 May 2008 02:24:46

This weekend was a LOT of fun. While Tom and Nancy stayed at a romantic
B&B, I camped up at Harbin Hot Springs, which is a perfect way of
winding down after a day of riding.

I HIGHLY recommend the combination of wine tasting and unicycling.
Staying sober wasn't an issue since we had adequate distance between
the wineries that we stopped at. The logistics of buying wine were a
little tricky. A  few wineries held our wine that we picked up later,
and I managed to stuff a couple bottles in my hydration pack. We did
most of the wine tasting on Saturday while riding 40 miles. For those
contemplating a similar ride, I'd recommend dropping that down to 30
miles to have more time  at the wineries and not be as rushed.

..if you're wondering what the thing in my hand is, they're Tom's
socks (clean!!) that we used as a baton.

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Post by lunicycl » Fri, 02 May 2008 14:16:21

Quote:

> On my ungeared 29er, I've adjusted to the road camber issue with the
> 29x2.35; as long as the tire is pumped up to 50psi+, I don't really
> notice it much anymore.  But on the geared 29er, it can be quite a
> problem.  There was one section of the Silverado Trail with a banked
> turn that I came into at speed, and I really had to fight the wheel to
> keep it moving straight, slowing to under 10mph.  On the same section
> the next day, I just carved the turn without slowing.  It was a pretty
> dramatic difference.

> The 28x2.0" doesn't handle bumps quite as well, especially at high
> pressure; it's still better than many tires, but not super-cushy like
> the 29x2.35".  

Thanks for that, appreciate it! I've ordered a 2.0.

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Post by onebyon » Fri, 02 May 2008 20:12:24

I should be on your team. I might buy two as well!:)

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