[python] Re: 81 inseam

  • From: "25hz" <25hz@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <python@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 23:15:52 -0500

Marcel and I like to ride fast - maybe it's a character flaw :)  Anyway,
that top speed is on a downhill and unfortunately, we had to ride the rear
brakes while pedalling to achieve that speed.  I'm also not too shy to tell
you that there were certain parts of my body that were severly puckered at
that speed too :)  It wasn't the most comfortable riding experience I've
ever had.  That being said though, that same hill on my trike or high racer
can get into the 85 to 95 kph range.  I like to really work hard and sprint
if I can on the up-hills, but to level out the kharmic scale, I like to
really hammer on the downhills too :)  On the flats though, with the BHP and
Marcel's, we could stay in a fast cruise in the high 40's to low 50's for 10
oir 15 minutes, depending on road conditions.  It was a lot of fun.

Marcel has slowed down a little bit though, because he had one wipeout
around 50 to 55 kph on that 66kph hill when his rear tire went flat suddenly
(so he claims :)) and he got stuffed under a guardrail at that speed.  Then
another time, on another hill (not quite as steep) he hit a bump and got
into a bit of a oversteer situation and wiped out on the shoulder at about
45 to 50 kph.  It's too bad, but he only got a couple small scrapes from
those accidents.  I think the first big wipeout made him a little skittish
and that didn't help with his second wipeout.  Prior to that, he had amazing
finesse and it was impossible to keep up with him if he really wanted to
apply some steam.  I really wish I had of taken some video of him doing the
slalom on the ice python.  It was amazing and him and the python were very
smooth - it was like he was skiing.  He was going almost as fast as the
trikes, and they did the slalom like they were on rails.  Even on the
pursuit and lap races, he'd be flying around a corner, with the rear blade
gently drifting out, laid over with his left hand out on the ice like an
outrigger, and the whole time he's got the hammer down chewing up the ice
with all the screws in the front wheel.

I may have romanticized this a bit, but from having a couple thousand KM on
a python, I think I have a half decent idea on the python's performance
capabilities, but I was still pretty amazed to watch him go.  Very cool.  I
think Mike Channon was there and might have seen one of the races, so
perhaps he has a more  . . . realistic remembrance of it than I :)  This is
the best picture I have of that:
http://georgianbents.ca/06brantfordice%20marcel%20pursuit.jpg
and even that is a relatively slow corner compared to when he was going
hard.


| Wow, don't worry about gearing and top speed, the man said:
|
| "I like to go fast, and after about 2000km the fastest I could get it
going
| is 66kph"
|
| Even on my trike, you know the one: steady as a rock  :-), top speed is 39
| kph, with a strong wind in the back, on a sunday morning so no worries.
| Tell me how do you do that? 66 kph, wow wow!!
|
| I will have to lose some extra weight, spent more (even more more) time in
| the gym, have to wait for a hurricane and then...., maybe if I'am very
lucky
| I could push it to ....42 kph (43 kph).
|
| No more postings from me, I will sit quitely in a corner, thinking what to
| do next with me and my python.
|
| Greetings,
|
| henk <not to fast on the flat> pythonmad.
|
| > On a python, the wheel size is largely irrelevent, I think, because it's
| > more important to be able to ride the bent than worrying about wheel
size.
| > If you are worried about gearing and top speed issues, don't.  I like to
| go
| > fast, and after about 2000km the fastest I could get it going is 66kph.
| > There are lots of high pressure, smooth rolling 26" wheels, and even for
| 24"
| > there are the Kenda Kwests and Schwalbe Stelvios.  The 24" wheels I'm
| > talking about are the junior/small MTB wheels that equate to 507 in the
| ISO
| > sizes.  I think the Stelvio is a 520 so I'm going to call them and see
if
| > their 24's will fit a MTB 24" rim.  Even if they don't, the Kenda Kwests
| are
| > great tires and I have no complaints with them.  There is also a growing
| > selection of 24" rims because many people are switching to them for
| > MTB/offroad bikes, even some BMX.  ALso, I have mounted 7/8" to 1 1/8"
| tires
| > on rims up to 30mm wide and have had no problems.
| >
| > | My inseam is only 81cm
| > | I'd love to be able to use 700c wheels but realistically will probably
| > | have to settle for 26" or sadly even 24"
| > | Seems that tire selection and rims for 24' are not plentiful
| > | Or am I wrong?
| > | All input gratefully received
| > | Regards to all
| > | Brian ......  in S Carolina USA
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