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Old 05-14-2011, 02:56 PM   #20296
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Get yourself a mid-cage rear derailleur, it'll allow you to run a 36T low-gear cassette. I did that on my GF's 'cross bike. I actually prefer her 46/36 'ring gear spacing better than the compact gearing on my 'cross.
Was thinking about that, but I am trying to lose about 20kgs this year so that should help.

I did the same hill 3 weeks and had to walk so I am getting better.

As they say "Don't buy upgrades, ride up grades"
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Old 05-14-2011, 04:18 PM   #20297
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Spent my morning and early afternoon assembling the Vaya:



Ran into a hiccup early on when I realized that the frame had bosses for downtube shifters, rather than cable stops like the Fargo. I'd need a set of cable stops made to mount on those bosses.

But then a lightbulb went on in my head: I already had exactly the required parts. They'd come with a set of barend shifters I picked up a few years ago for another project. At the time I hadn't been sure what they were (I've never owned a bike with downtube shifters) and I hadn't needed them, so I chucked them in a box and forgot about them.

Until this morning. I went over to my storage unit and sure enough, there they were in the box labeled "bike drivetrain bits". Sometimes being a packrat is useful.

Took it out for a shakedown cruise this afternoon. Mostly pavement, and poached a couple of miles of singletrack in the trail system where I've been going running for the past month. It's about what I expected -- doesn't eat up the asphalt miles as eagerly as my Roubaix, doesn't carve the trails like my fat tire rig. But for dirt roads it'll be just right, and it'll make a good commuter, too. (I'm starting with that next week, weather permitting.)
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Old 05-14-2011, 04:30 PM   #20298
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I want to ride brevets and as such, I'll incur some nighttime riding. I had to make a choice: batteries or dynohub, LED or halogen. Peter White seems to be the US expert on these devices so after spending a fair amount of time on his site, I went with a dynohub and selected a Schmidt SON28S unit - made in Germany.

Good choice on the lights. I have two SON hubs. One on my Kogswell (20R) and one on my Salsa Fargo Ti (28). On the Kogswell I run a Supernova E3 and the Fargo has a Supernova E3 Triple.

I hope you have fun on brevets. I really enjoy them. I've completed up to a 400k. I think they are the best way to see your state.

Here's a familiar sight on a brevet.

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Old 05-14-2011, 04:36 PM   #20299
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A Ti Fargo? Awesome! If any bike is my dream bike, that would be it. Can't wait to follow your track on the TD! Man, I hope the weather turns better than last year's race. Its been cold and wet so far.
Yeah, I hope so too! There's some talk of a possible re-route around the Flathead because of snow levels. Should be interesting. Less than a month away!
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Old 05-14-2011, 04:57 PM   #20300
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:04 PM   #20301
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Well that was the first time in a while THAT happened.

My legs pulled a Petacchi a few miles from the end of the ride. Locked up. Didn't wanna ride no more. I could spin, but I didn't have any oomph.

First few pedal strokes outta the driveway I could tell I wasn't on a good day. The guy I was riding with was trying to rip my legs off on the climbs. Took till mile 30 for him to do it, but he did it. All in all tho, a bad day that good is still not bad. (if that makes sense )

Right before I hit that wall, he was demonstrating what 500w was. I was right beside him at that point... Next few hills did me in.

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Old 05-14-2011, 05:35 PM   #20302
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47 degrees and sprinkles

But I got out for a bit. Not the most expensive bike, but I rode mine today and I'm feeling great about it.

Sorry for the supersize pic, but it is the best I can do with free image hosting. You get what you pay for and all of that. I hope you folks got out too. Good times.

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Old 05-14-2011, 06:13 PM   #20303
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I'm now a USAC class C ref, next month going for my Motoref the day after suffering through the Hillbilly Roubiax
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:25 PM   #20304
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I used to ref back in the day. It was fun for a time. huge amount of work and sometimes frightening.
That was with the USCF, I have no idea what is going on now in bike racing in the states.
Good luck. Be careful out there.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:06 PM   #20305
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Get yourself a mid-cage rear derailleur, it'll allow you to run a 36T low-gear cassette. I did that on my GF's 'cross bike. I actually prefer her 46/36 'ring gear spacing better than the compact gearing on my 'cross.
It needs to be a mid cage mountain derailleur. Read the specs on road derailleurs, they are not rated for anything bigger than 28 teeth (except for apex). A mountain derailleur will follow the line of the cassette better. If you use a road Der you will have to crank the b-tension out and you will have sub par shifting in the small cogs.
Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine. Just because a derailleur has a longer cage does not mean that it can handle a large cassette.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:25 PM   #20306
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Well that was the first time in a while THAT happened.

My legs pulled a Petacchi a few miles from the end of the ride. Locked up. Didn't wanna ride no more. I could spin, but I didn't have any oomph.

First few pedal strokes outta the driveway I could tell I wasn't on a good day. The guy I was riding with was trying to rip my legs off on the climbs. Took till mile 30 for him to do it, but he did it. All in all tho, a bad day that good is still not bad. (if that makes sense )

Right before I hit that wall, he was demonstrating what 500w was. I was right beside him at that point... Next few hills did me in.

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I'm now a USAC class C ref, next month going for my Motoref the day after suffering through the Hillbilly Roubiax
Very nice, congrats!
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:43 PM   #20307
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Weekly miles

I rounded out my weekly total today 154, somewhat over what I wanted. I didn't mean to rouned it out with a 48 mile ride. A few hills thrown in for good measure. So I start building my mileage , something I should have done over the winter. It is what it is: I'll have to accept that.It's all good
Just got a Big bottle of Rum from the ABC store.(state owned Liquor store ) for those don't have these. good times in the morning when I get off work.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:11 PM   #20308
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Tomorrow should be fun, did 400 miles on the 950 in the rain today, tomorrow, 2 TT's in the rain 1st thing in the morning. I'm going to try to win my age group and then go back out and set the course record for fixed gears. I already have the record for standards (drop bar no aero and technically the fixxed gear but I rode it in the age group class so it didn't count
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:39 PM   #20309
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Good choice on the lights. I have two SON hubs. One on my Kogswell (20R) and one on my Salsa Fargo Ti (28). On the Kogswell I run a Supernova E3 and the Fargo has a Supernova E3 Triple.

I hope you have fun on brevets. I really enjoy them. I've completed up to a 400k. I think they are the best way to see your state.

Here's a familiar sight on a brevet.

Thanks ErrinV - middle of the night at a control point/convenience store?

I'm looking forward to it. My first 200-km will be in early Nov. and it includes a well-known hill in the world of motorcycling: Yarnell Hill which supposedly drops about 3000 ft in six miles.

I did 100-km today. It started out nice and cool and got warmer and warmer as the morning turned into early afternoon. I have a long ways to go before I'm proficient at longer distances but I suppose if it were easy, everyone would be doing it! I feel pretty good though - I'm fairly certain I could do it again tomorrow if I had to. I don't so I'll use the day to recover.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:13 PM   #20310
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Rolling out for 80 miles in a few minutes. This route has a couple truly epic climbs; one is about 5 miles at nearly 20% in a few spots. I'll post a plot if it doesn't kill me.
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