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About bert40

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    Transitions Addict in Progress
  • Birthday 07/12/1964

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    Port

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  • Year of first Tri race?
    1991
  1. bert40

    TA Membership time

    I'd like to join the local club and do their club races but having the extra expense of having to join TNSW, pushes it to the 'not worth it' category. For many years the insurance whether in the tri or cycling world has not been worth the expense. It seems very disproportionate cost for the insurance provided. As the cost of racing creeps up, I find it harder to justify entering. Last race was 2008 Port Half, now back doing some good training and will do Port 70.3 next year, but certainly wont be entering the number of races I used. Getting to $1k for IM and the drop in value of the extras (carbo night, awards, kit bag, volunteers party etc), it gets to the not worth it or special occasion event, not each year like I used to. Will do 1 more IM to get my 10 up, but then will be some years before I back up to use the legends number. I know the actual carbo and awards dinner was probably not worth much in respect to the meal, but it contributed to IM being an event rather than just a one day race.
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    Ken Baggs has a book coming out.

    I presume out in time to buy a copy this week at Port?
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    Clunker bike rehab question

    Agree with Willie, if you have the right type. I have a Stronglight so can just replace the needle bearing races and the bearing surfaces. No need to press out the top and bottom frame fittings. However, I've always had to buy the whole headset as I've never been able to find just the bearings and surfaces. I think some have bearing cartridges, which probably means you can just change the cartridge.
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    Clunker bike rehab question

    As in one of these? https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Stronglight-France-Vintage-Bicycle-Headset-ISO-26-4mm-great-condition/152996958001?hash=item239f544f31:g:eZsAAOSwERRa1ucy Can usually find new ones on eBay. Shouldn't be any issue. That's all I've done to replace mine. Not sure about being a clunker though. Still have these on my two main bikes, haven't upgraded for years. Still on my 1991 Cannondale 3.0 Series Criterium frame. Have upgraded from the original 7spd downtube shifters to now 9 spd STI. Still some years behind but figure better the time/money spent on improving the engine rather than the bike..
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    Got 404s, what next?

    Go a disc and the Zipp disc. On the just because, an 808 is just another version of the 404 and despite all the technical mumbo jumbo, wind tunnel, but road enviro etc, the disc is the best option. My vintage, I have a pair of 440's and a Zipp 950 disc (purchased off Pauli Kiuru). Absolutely love the disc. The 440 rear is very nice, the disc is that much better again. Apart from the faster feel of the disc, there is no substitute for the sound of a disc on the road (a true disc, no wheel covers cut it). Just love having people look around as you come up behind them, you know they've heard the disc (ah, the good old days when I would/could pass people). The bit extra for the Zipp fades very quickly over time. In 1991 I spent nearly twice as much on my new Cannondale 3.0 series criterium frame instead of half the money on a Bundy frame, Avanti bike etc and I'm still riding it today and never regretted the extra money. I know if I settled for the Bundy 753, it would have been a nice bike but it was not what I really wanted. Would I still be riding it today, no I wouldn't be. My thoughts.
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    Jim Hazel Trophy, does it still exist.

    Kens reply mentions his book. What's the title of his book? I've checked iBook's and not finding anything, will check local book store.
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    Disc wheels - yes/no?

    Go a disc, worth the money. I have a retro Zipp 950, very nice sound on the road and being autographed by Pauli Kiuru (purchased from Pauli - so it knows how to go fast), Greg and Sian Welch and Wendy Ingraham, its guaranteed to be fast.
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    Use by date on gels

    Bonus and yes! Except probably some dodgy flavor that no one wants.
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    Inguinal hernia recovery time?, anybody been there?

    All good here, no swelling and very little pain. Am taking it easy, just walking around the house. Had open with plug/mesh. Will lay low till after Christmas and then ease back into it. Been surprisingly good, haven't needed any painkillers at all. Had a spinal block which was better than a general. Will take bandage off next Tuesday and check out his handy work.
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    Inguinal hernia recovery time?, anybody been there?

    Just wondering how your recovering Chuckie? All good here, open surgery yesterday morning, head home today. Getting out of bed and walking fine, so far so good.
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    Running Attire

    Similar boat here, pulled out some old gear, some hot designs as well as other brands. Most had elastic that was shot. Just found some New Balance shorts and an Under Armour singlet top at Rebel to keep me going. Not fussed onlooking the part, just glad to be out running. Agree the hot designs was good stuff but a bit too old.
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    Inguinal hernia recovery time?, anybody been there?

    This will be me as well soon. Surgeon yesterday, pre admission today and booked for next Tuesday. Will be open and plug/mesh method. Left inguinal. Don't know when happened, running, cycling or weights (squats or dead lifts most likely). Noticed about 2-3 months ago but not causing me any problem. Just looking to get it done, recover and ease back into training. I've had 5+ years doing very little (to none!), so after a good 12 months getting back into the groove, a few weeks out wont be a drama.
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    Bike maintenance

    I mainly use a good quality chain lube, the rest gets a good wipe down regularly with a clean rag. The cables I pull out each season to clean and check. The cable guide under the BB is the main area that will attract the dirt and impact on shifting. Next will do the headset, will aim to replace as its been in place for a few years now. My bike is a Cannondale 3.0 series criterium frame. That will stump the junior burgers on here. Its a SC800, 1991 model (they had a criterium and road frames then) that came with Ultegra 7 spd. Have regularly upgraded gear, now running 9spd Dura-ace with Ultegra 10spd levers. A well looked after bike will last a very long time. Its had a respray, in original colours, some years back and still looks fairly flash (to me anyway!)
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    HRM with GPS - Speed Sensor?

    Thanks for the input. Will see how I go without. Put the money saved towards a Salomon running pack.
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    Lights for Night MTB

    I just run handlebar mount and have got the Exposure Six Pack. Very impressed, very bright and programmable so can adjust for the duration required. Each program (has 10) has either high/low or high/medium/low which cycles through on the touch of a button on the back of the unit. What I like most though is no cables to an external battery pack. Very tidy set up. Not cheap, but I'm very happy with it. With a second mount, its a matter of seconds to swap between bikes.
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