Lightning riders

Paul Links

On a solo 200K ride with his Lightning F-40

“Each month I ride a solo 200+KM ride. These are a few short videos from those rides. These come from my October and December 2012 rides. The sound in these videos is caused by my cranks. I am using a Schlumpf High Speed Drive (HSD).

“The sounds is from the internal gearing of the high speed drive being transmitted through bottom bracket shell, then out to the front nosecone. The camera is hard mounted on the aluminum bar where a windscreen would be mounted. I need to add something between the camera case and the aluminum bar to dampen this vibration. The nosecone acts like a speaker cone amplifying the small vibrations from the HSD.

“The Silver Comet trail is a Rail to Trail path that runs from the western side of Atlanta to Anniston, AL. Once a month I ride to Piedmont AL, have breakfast and ride back. Its generally flat but is always going up or down by 3% or less over long stretches. There is one section that is hilly … and really fun. It’s a great path and I’m lucky to have it near.”

A couple of curves on the Silver Comet. This is about 40 miles into the 131 mile route.

I short drop, then long flat and a wide sweeping curve to the right.

Going around a few curves.

I like this section. Great fall colors, and the morning sunrise at my back. Every now and then you can a neat shadow of the bike.

This one is neat because it shows how you handle rolling terrain on the F-40. It’s hard to get an idea of the elevation changes in this video. But it starts out running down a slight 1–2% grade, then at 20 seconds I am coasting up and over the next hill and still carrying around 25–28mph at its top.

This is a fun section. It starts with a drop with a hard right and an off camber left. Notice the SLOW painted on the path. I’ve seen people off in the trees.

1:48 Going over a hump at 35-ish.

2:10 Carrying momentum up a short roller.

2:50 is one of my favorite views on the ride. Just an open field with a ribbon of bike path.

4:20 Going under an overpass with some fun curves.

Through the train tunnel heading towards Rockmart, Georgia. A great stretch of path. Some parts of this video are better then others, but generally this is a 1–2% drop over along stretch. Great sunrise behind me as the trees are just starting to turn. I picked up something and felt the backend getting soft … then a flat.

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Ride around Roswell

“The sound in these videos is caused by my cranks. I am using a Schlumpf High Speed drive (HSD). The sounds is from the internal gearing of the high speed drive being transmitted through bottom bracket shell, then out to the front nosecone. The camera is hard mounted on the aluminum bar where a windscreen would be mounted. I need to add something between the camera case and the aluminum bar to dampen this vibration. The nosecone acts like a speaker cone amplifying the small vibrations from the HSD.”

Start–1:20 High speed run down Pinegrove Road. 50 mph.

7:10–8:10 High speed sweeping curves in Waverly Hall. Upper 30s to mid 40-ish.

8:55 A squirrel almost hops into my path around a fast curve.

10:30–11:40 Stretching out the F-40's legs.

4:20–5:15 Norcross Street. Nice curvy downgrade into the sunrise. 42 mph.

5:35–6:55 52 mph. How old are my tires?

8:00–8:51 Grimes Bridge Road. Sustained 40-ish Racing my Shadow. Caught by the light!

11:35–15:20 Azelea Drive along the Chattahoochee River. Nice and flat. Nice F-40 shadow in the sunrise.

15:25 Spring street and 20+% grade. Luckily it’s short.

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