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pooriggy

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Team MTBNJ Halter's
Recap of my First CX Race

Horseshoe CX Race
They say that the first time is the worst time you never forget, this can also be true for CX racing. Also jumping into the B class for my first race is a good way to highlight my lack of bike handling skill necessary for this kind of racing. This is like a 15 yr old trying to take on Jenny McCarthy, in over his head. But hey fuckit, I raced under Utah's reg., I used his bike and as my first race I had nothing to prove...other then to finish.

Through the encouragement of teamates I find myself at the back of the pack about to start the B race. With 0 experience at racing cx I decide not to try and line up at the front, since I would just get in the way of the fast guys. The whistle goes off and feel good about hanging mid pack for the first 5 minutes. I make some aggressive moves and hold my line to keep from getting passed in the turns.

It all went down hill at the end of the paw paw patch, the downhill burm actually. What looked like a good line going down this thing was actually bad, this is where I broke Utah's right shifter. Before I knew it I was on the ground and being passed by 5 guys, and the guys I was chasing where gone.

I didn't just brake that shifter I exploded it. no rear brake, no shifting = no chance. I managed to finish the lap with it and do another one, falling on that broken shifter 2x more times to make sure it was totally beat shit.

Utah yelled at me to pit and see if Eric can fix it. When I pulled in I just stood there helpless and Eric handed my a neutral support bike with flat pedals. More people passed me at this point but I was still not DFL so I had something to fight for.

After crashing Utah's bike 3 times I learned where the bad lines where and avoided them. I think the 2 guys that where chasing me bailed on the last lap...quitters.

The first 5 minutes of the race was fun, once I crashed and didn't have the pack to fight with the race was not as exciting. My effort also tapered as I found myself at the back of the race, since it didn't mean much.

On the whole it was a positive experience since I got to try a cx race and get warmed up, standing around watching cx races in 30 degree weather can suck the life and warmth out of you. Seeing how fast the other guys where gives me a greater appreciation for the tech handling in cx racing. Hopefully when Utah fixes his bike I can try this again next year:D
 

Robin

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:D loved reading this - especially because I saw Utah's bike yesterday and thought "what happened?!". then I saw the photo of you almost on the ground.

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SpartaBard

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Kudos for giving it a try Iggy! It must be exceptionally hard to try going fast on a bike and wheels that are not familiar to you.

From that picture I can imagine the right shifter exploding. Too bad Luke wasn't able to capture the pieces of plastic flying outward. :D
 

Patrick

Overthinking the draft from the basement already
Staff member
Great job out there - you were flashing a smile the whole time you were upright!
 

UtahJoe

Team Workhorse
Team MTBNJ Halter's
It my fault, I have ridden with Iggy long enough to know...

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HES A WRECKING MACHINE!
 

soulchild

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Was great to see you out there buddy! I still think you'd do quite well with a season under you're belt.



"You'll be able to spit nails, kid. Like the guy says, you're gonna eat lightning and you're gonna crap thunder. You're gonna become a very dangerous person."
 

liong71er

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you need to learn tuck and roll then get up then rode off like nothing hapened.:D

nice kit,.luke capture the moment perfectly!
 

pooriggy

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Ok, here's my contribution to this thread.

Every winter I get a hole in my steam pipe. This one was my return line to the boiler. I noticed water in the basement a few days ago and threw a patch on it that kinda held. It leaked a little but was able to put a bucket underneath to catch water.

When the plumber came over he showed me how to remove a section of pipe without having to use a sawzall. He took a hammer and beat on the elbow, after 5 blows it broke open and we had room to unthread the old stuff. Pretty cool. This plumber is really cool, he measured up what I needed and called it in to a local plumbing supply house. I went down and picked it up and put it back together. When fixing old steam pipes taking the shit apart is the hard part, putting it back together is a lot easier.
 

Patrick

Overthinking the draft from the basement already
Staff member
the question is why do you get a hole? my only thought is the pitch is wrong.

what is a return line? steam doesn't use them. condensate comes back down the way it went up - trapped water is what causes the knocking.
 

Patrick

Overthinking the draft from the basement already
Staff member
There are 2 pipe steam systems, they just aren't common.

Cool, just spent some time reading up - I've seen "high" mounted valves on radiators b4, but it didn't register as steam - really seems to be overkill - but perhaps smaller pipes?? thanks for the bump.

the answer is my house was built in 1940.

is it corrosion? where some neutralizer in the water may extend the life of what you have left? Amazing how much energy is stored in a few psi of steam.....

just out of curiosity, did it go back together with a reverse thread coupling or is it ok to put a union in steam?
 
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