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- 2004 Titus Motolite ML1, Medium (26” Wheels) $1000 OBO
I bought a leftover (2004) Motolite frame in 2005 and built up a great bike. I ran it in both 4” & 5” versions, and find I vastly prefer the 5”. This bike won the 2007 "Trail Bike of the Year" award and was approx. $4000 retail. It has normal wear and tear, but still cleans up great. White frame…will post pics when I can. Weight around 28 pounds. Bike pictured is not the actual bike, but the same color scheme without the hideous fenders!
Frame: Medium, ML1 (Aluminum Rear Triangle)
Shock: Fox RP2, with Pro-Pedal & adjustable rebound
Fork: Rock Shox Reba w/ remote lock out
Wheels: Bontrager Race Lite Tubeless (setup tubless)
Tires: New Hutchinson Alligators (26 X 2)
Brakes: Juicy 7’s
Grips: Oury ODI Lock On Grips
Headset: Cane Creek
Cranks: XT 175mm
Drivetrain: 3 X 9, sram chain & 11-34 cassette
Front Derailer: XTR
Rear Derailer: Sram X9
Shifters: X9 – 9 spd, X7 – 3 spd
It needs a new chain & cassette, which I have brand new and will include in the sale.
Archived specs of 2009 version here: http://www.titusti.com/bicycles-archive/2009-bikes/motolite/
MTBR Reviews here: http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/allmtn-full-suspension/titus/moto-lite/prd_364982_1547crx.aspx
Talking to BBC Sport at a training camp in Gran Canaria, Alberto Contador said he is not bitter about crashing out of this year’s Tour de France because he knows it could have been worse: he might have died.
The Spanish star broke his right tibia, or shinbone, during the Tour’s 10th stage, and after riding on for nearly 20km, he eventually gave up.
“When I think I was going 77kph at the time and I only broke my tibia, well, on balance, that’s good,” he said.
“Maybe I lost the Tour, but I didn’t lose my life.”
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- All in great shape, all clean, just need to get it out of the closet.
Bar Mitts for your mountain bike. I never even took them out of the package. $25
Size 41 Shimano MO77 entry level mtb shoes, uses spd cleats $15
"I Support County Police" Jersey by Verge, I have two of these, both Medium, fairly generous fit. $10 each.
Cool Salsa Jersey made by Voler. Medium, snug fit. $15
Women's Hincapie Italian made Pro jersey, full zip, size medium.$10
Kick a** Rock Racing full zip jersey, size medium, totally pro fit snug. $10
Kick a** again, Rock Racing full zip, size medium, totally snug fitting, in white. $10
Old faithful Trek cycling jacket, fleece arms and internal, with wind block chest, full zip, pockets in back. Large, snug fit. $10
Woman's capri's by Cannondale. Size small, but generous fit. Liner with pad. Cool stretchy nylon. $10
Cool Cannondale Grind baggy cycling jersey, loose fit, short zipper, large loose fit, with zippered pocket in rear. $5
Cannondale Grind baggy cycling jersey, no pockets or zip, just a cool tech t sort of thing, large, generous fit. $5
Cannondale Grind jersey, large very loose fit, short zip, 3 pockets in rear. $5
Cannondale Grind jersey, large very loose fit, short zip, 3 pockets in rear. $5
Women's Hincapie Cycling Kit (Ghisallo? What is that??) Top end stuff, very nice condition, medium $25
Cannondale "Carbon" women's sleeveless jersey in large. Short zip, three pockets in rear. $5
Clean Cannondale Carbon bibs, very snug large, did I mention they were clean? $10
Same bibs as above, never worn, all black. $10
Pearl Izumi GEL-Vent gloves, mens large, $5
Cannondale Gel gloves, large, $5
She didn’t start the 2014 season with her eye on the hour record. But that didn’t stop Molly Shaffer Van Houweling from diving into an accelerated track program to take on the U.S. women’s hour record at the end of her summer road season.
Facing a 24-year-old record set in Colorado Springs by Carolyn Donnelly — 44.028 kilometers — Van Houweling rode 44.173km on Sunday at the Velo Sports Center track in Carson, California (formerly the ADT Event Center).
Inspiration struck in early September after she heard that Jens Voigt would attempt the world hour record. As the German rode into the history books on September 18, she set about planning the attempt with help from her husband, Rob, who “likes to geek out about all things bike-related,” she said.
Though Van Houweling’s track experience was limited to a few beginner sessions at the Hellyer velodrome in San Jose, California, she drew on 11 years of road racing to pick up the discipline quickly. The 41-year-old is no stranger to racing the clock, having won the time trial event at 2014 UCI amateur world championships in Slovenia.
The hour effort played to Van Houweling’s strengths, but prior to the record attempt, she enlisted the help of Andy Lakatosh, a 28-time U.S. national champion, to help with one small but crucial track skill: the standing start.
“Up until last week I’d never done it before,” Van Houweling told VeloNews. “I was nervous thinking about it, that I wouldn’t be able to even get my gear up to speed to avoid falling on the corner.
“Hellyer is banked at a gentle 23 degrees,” she wrote in a report for her team, Metromint Cycling. “The Velo Sports Center velodrome is 45 degrees in the corners. My first sight of it on December 6, only eight days before my scheduled attempt at the record, took my breath away. Standing at its edge felt like standing on the lip of a double black diamond ski run having only mastered the bunny slopes.”
Fortunately for Van Houweling, her fears were unfounded, and she rode her way into the U.S. record books, but it wasn’t easy.
“I cannot say that I enjoyed it, although I did try to think as many positive thoughts as I could,” she said. “Lots of friends wished me luck and I tried to think about them out there.”
With seven minutes remaining in the hour, she drew on inspiration from two close friends. “Ellen wanted me to ride like I was on fire, and Beth told me to ‘go at ‘em like a spider monkey,’” Van Houweling wrote. “So at my most desperate moment, an image of a flaming spider monkey sprung into my head, along with good vibrations from the rest of my supportive friends and family. I almost cracked a smile.”
When the gun sounded at the end of 60 minutes, she’d held her lead, which had grown as large as 24 seconds at the halfway mark.
“It’s the kind of thing that doesn’t sound that hard … We’ve all raced for an hour … But about 30 minutes in it occurred to me, ‘Now I see what they’re talking about.’ It’s really pretty miserable.”
Yet perhaps it wasn’t that miserable. Van Houweling hinted that she may return to the track to set the bar even higher. “I would be interested in doing it again, since this was my first attempt, and I don’t have a lot of experience on the track,” she said, “maybe see what I could do at altitude as opposed to sea level.”
For now, it’s back to work for Van Houweling, who is a law professor at University of California, Berkeley. In fact, on Monday morning, the day after setting the record, she hopped in the car and drove back to the Bay Area, where she had an afternoon meeting.
After an hour of misery on the track, it’s likely that most drives or meetings don’t feel quite so long anymore.
My shop recently glued up a set of Clement MXPs for me using Tufo Tape and layers of glue. I’ve since been doing some research and found that there’s a bunch of negative reviews about this method, but most seem to reference Tufo Extreme and Tufo Regular tape. It seems Tufo has updated their tape since most of these reviews with just a general Road tape option. I’ve found one review on this presumed newer tape that’s favorable but no other information.
Have you heard any feedback on Tufo Tape and CX recently?
I checked with Tufo, and the response I received was, “no changes, one tape for road, one tape for MTB, no tape for CX.”
I have tried what your shop did, and I can say that Tufo road tape didn’t work adequately for that application. I used a combination of both Tufo Extreme and Tufo standard road tape and glue about five years ago on a number of cyclocross wheels, and all of them either rolled off in races or would have if I hadn’t re-glued them. I did roll three of them in races before I had the sense to pull them all off. The Tufo tape delaminated (it’s a multi-layer tape), and the tires came off incredibly easily. It’s possible that the glue caused the tape to delaminate, but I know that adhesion without glue is also insufficient for CX with Tufo road tape. I recommend you have the shop re-glue those tires; at least pull one off to see what the adhesion is like before you attempt racing on the other one.
I’ve also tried a combination of Velox Jantex tubular gluing tape and layers of glue, and that also didn’t keep the tires on. I rolled three of those in races, too, before I had the sense to pull them all off.
I only recommend gluing CX tires with Cyclocrossworld.com’s “Belgian Tape.” Here’s the method, and it also mentions my preliminary experience with Tufo tape and glue in CX; unfortunately, the photos showing the gluing process as well as the delaminated Tufo tape were not archived with the article.
I live in Minneapolis, and with all the new (sort of) road bikes with disc brakes, larger tire clearances and fender mounting, I’m considering a wet/cold weather commuting bike. My question also pertains to fat bikes, which are very common up here.
I’ve looked all over the web, called a few manufacturers, and no one seems to have good information about cold weather performance of disc brakes, whether operating or storage. I’ve seen mention that mineral oil should be stored at room temperature, but that’s very generic advice, and that DOT fluid will absorb moisture.
What’s best in the cold — mineral oil, DOT fluid, cable, or cable/hydraulic with mineral oil (TRP HY/RD)?
Since hydraulic disc brakes work so much better than anything else in warm and down to quite cold weather, and since there aren’t too many days each year that the temperatures in Minneapolis get down to -10F or colder, I’d still use hydraulic discs. Given that the viscosity of mineral oil and DOT fluid is about the same to start with, I’m willing to bet that the added sluggishness both of them develop in deep cold will be similar.
Below are some answers from some diehard winter riders.
From an any-weather rider in Winnipeg:
“I like mechanical disks for really cold weather, especially if you store your bike indoors. A warm rim planted into soft snow will instantly render rim brakes useless, as the snow melts onto the rim and freezes again. That said, I rode with rim brakes for years, and got by okay. I recently rode with a guy on expensive hydraulic brakes in minus 25C (-13F). He said they worked, but were a little slow. I would stick with less expensive, more robust cables.”
From a dedicated New Hampshire fat-bike snow rider:
“I really have never had an issue with my hydro discs in the winter, aside from sometimes (and this is only an Avid issue) some howling. That being said, I recently switched to the new SRAM centerline rotors and they are very quiet so far.
I also have always run the organic pads instead of sintered. They wear faster, but have much better performance right out of the box.
I personally love my Avid Trail 9 brakes, but next time around I’ll be switching up to the new SRAM Guide brakes.”
I have a question for you about road tubeless tires. I was doing my Milano-Sanremo impression yesterday by riding in snowy weather, when I flatted my rear tire. It’s a Hutchinson Fusion tubeless, on a Bontrager race 29 tubeless wheel, on my CX bike. I went to put a tube in, but spent 30 minutes in the cold just trying to get the tire off with no success. Eventually I had to call a cab before hypothermia set in.
In my warm living room this morning, the tire comes off by hand in 10 seconds. I’m assuming the cold yesterday (~34F) shrunk the bead, locking it in super tight? But that’s not really workable if I can’t change the tire in an emergency. Is there a magical tool I don’t know about for cold weather removal, or do I have to switch to clinchers for the winter?
I think the answer is that there is no such magical tool. I asked a bunch of tubeless riders, including Stan of Stan’s NoTubes itself, and they all said they hadn’t run into that before. So I don’t imagine a tool exists for something that not many people run into. I can’t personally remember changing a tubeless tire at freezing temperatures.
I’m assuming that you meant “around 34F” (i.e., just above freezing) and not “-34F”, when you wrote “~34F.” But if you actually meant you were trying to change a tire at 34 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, then I think there’s a deeper issue here, in addition to the fact that the sealant would be frozen.
If you ride above the freezing point, and even within a few degrees below it, you’re still less likely to have a flat if you are running tubeless tires with sealant than if you’re running tubes. So I’d still tend to stick to tubeless tires for their reliability and chalk this one up as a one-off that you probably won’t ever have to face again.
I have Shimano shoes with hard/slippery plastic bottoms and Look cleats with hard plastic bottoms. No matter how much I tighten the screws (I am strong) they slip after five or six spin classes.
I have tried Loctite blue and red they still slip out of my desired position. I weight 185lbs and spin pretty hard.
Try gluing a piece of sandpaper, rough side out, to the bottom of the cleat; I suggest using contact cement (put it on both surfaces, allow them to dry, then stick them together). Once it’s glued on, trim around the cleat and in the cleat holes with a razor knife. The sandpaper will dig into the hard shoe sole and keep it from slipping.
I also wonder if Park Tool’s SAC-2 SuperGrip Carbon and Alloy Assembly Compound might work. This stuff is amazing at how it makes a carbon seatpost that constantly slipped down become super difficult to pull out of the frame.
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There are two things confirmed on the 2015 racing schedule for Nairo Quintana: the Tour de France, and now the Tour de San Luís. Anything else remains to be seen.
Race officials confirmed that Quintana will debut his 2015 season at the Argentine race in January, setting the stage for a highly anticipated return to the Tour in July after skipping it in 2014 to race, and win, the Giro d’Italia.
“The rest of [Quintana’s] schedule is not yet confirmed,” said Movistar manager Eusebio Unzué in a press release Tuesday. “But since winning the Giro, he only raced the Vuelta a Burgos, and a few stages at the Vuelta a España, so we believe it’s important for him to start early, but calmly, because the goal is in July.”
Last year, Quintana delighted South American fans with victory before returning to Europe. With one eye on the Tour for 2015, Quintana might not be flying hot out of the gates in January, especially in light of a nagging shoulder injury related to a nasty crash that forced his exit from the Vuelta in September.
The San Luís tour, set for January 19-25 in northern Argentina, has quickly established itself as a favorite for top riders to kick start their respective racing seasons.