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Old 07-30-2013, 01:06 AM   #30151
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Kbasa that is awesome
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:31 AM   #30152
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:18 AM   #30153
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Seems the Army thinks riding a bicycle is suicide.

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Old 07-30-2013, 05:20 AM   #30154
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Seems the Army thinks riding a bicycle is suicide.

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To be fair, I'm pretty sure they mandate hi-viz vests to all motorcyclists while riding on base.
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:28 AM   #30155
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To be fair, I'm pretty sure they mandate hi-viz vests to all motorcyclists while riding on base.
Yeah, you can be in one piece and still get pulled over for not having that stupid vest trust me I've had it happen.

One of the sites I occasionally work at qualifies as a Navy base, its a building with a fence around the parking lot...that is it. STILL need the stupid fucking vest because the parkinglot qualifies as "riding on base" all of the ex-military guys, many of us with stickers still on our bikes just park outside the gate and walk in, because fuck that vest.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:11 AM   #30156
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I roll up to the lanes to get my sticker and it appears that no, I have not been timed out. The 5:15 time wasn't the time to get to the top, but the time you needed to me out of Pickett's. Hell. Yes. I did it. Oh, I rode that whole freaking thing and it tried to break my legs, then my soul, but there it is. I have finished the Death Ride. All 5 freaking passes.

I stop and the guy fixes a sticker to my number and gives me a huge smile. A woman is doing something, maybe recording my number? I dunno, but she's all smiles, too. They both congratulate me and the guy gives me a pat on the shoulder and looks me in the eye when he says congratulations. I start to clip in, but he says hang on and reaches into the toolbelt pouch and pulls this out.



There it is. I'm a genuine 5 Pass Finisher.
Outstanding job kbasa! Well done brother!
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:12 AM   #30157
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I had to add a bunch of stuff to that post. Sorry.

Number - with all 5 stickers.

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Old 07-30-2013, 08:15 AM   #30158
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Great job!
And great write up. You have my wrists aching.
That is really an amazing job.
Thanks for taking us along.
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There it is. I'm a genuine 5 Pass Finisher.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:38 AM   #30159
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Thanks, guys.

This weekend is the Marin Century, a ride I've wanted to do for years. This year, the training and everything has lined up nicely, so I'll be out for that one.

The best part is that I'll be able to ride to and from the start/finish. It's like a mile from my house.

It's 106 and like 6K, which I'm looking forward to. They also have the Mt. Tam Double Century (no thanks right now) and the climbing century (no thanks right now) along with some others like a metric. I'm going to ride the classic century, which should be a lot of fun. I'm going to roll out of the house at 6 or so, start at like 7am and hope to be done early afternoon.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:15 AM   #30160
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Couple gear questions...

Since RAGBRAI I've thought of some stuff I want for the LHT:

1st is a rack. Preferably steel so it's repairable. Tubus Cargo seems to be the way to go, anybody think otherwise?

2nd are shoes with recessed cleats. Was going to do Shimano SPD with the double-sided pedals (I know there are double pedal haters but it's what I want ), but I haven't made my mind up about shoes. There are the shoes like that are like my road shoes (so I imagine perform better) or there are the shoes that look more like normal/running shoes (which I imagine look better and are more practical off the bike but maybe not as good on the bike). Anybody have personal experience that says which way to go?
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:28 AM   #30161
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2nd are shoes with recessed cleats. Was going to do Shimano SPD with the double-sided pedals (I know there are double pedal haters but it's what I want )
I guess my question would be, why do you want the double sided pedals? Are you anticipating forgetting your cleated riding shoes and having to ride with whatever you have on? Are you less than confident about being clipped in, and want the option of riding with flat pedals on more challenging terrain?
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:36 AM   #30162
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I guess my question would be, why do you want the double sided pedals? Are you anticipating forgetting your cleated riding shoes and having to ride with whatever you have on? Are you less than confident about being clipped in, and want the option of riding with flat pedals on more challenging terrain?
Being clipped in doesn't bother me in the slightest, I just want to have the option of not wearing bicycle shoes sometimes. We live in town and there's a lot of stuff going on nearby, and I don't want to have to put bike shoes on every time I want to ride the bike.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:49 AM   #30163
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Props, to you guys and the vintage Schwinn in the background.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:53 AM   #30164
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Being clipped in doesn't bother me in the slightest, I just want to have the option of not wearing bicycle shoes sometimes. We live in town and there's a lot of stuff going on nearby, and I don't want to have to put bike shoes on every time I want to ride the bike.
Then you sound like the perfect candidate for the double sided pedals. One of my riding buddies has them for just the reason you cited. The only problem I've seen is that it sometimes takes time to flip them over to the correct side when he wants to clip back in, especially when done on the fly.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:55 AM   #30165
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Gang, as the local bike guru in my circle of friends, I get asked for recommendations. This latest one's a doozy - a friend of mine who is morbidly obese (300+ pounds, around 5'4") wants to start some gentle trail riding & maybe a few laps at a local park. A gateway to getting in shape.

So, yeah, high spoke count & double-walled rims. Steel frame. Any other recommendations you'd make? Thanks.
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