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Old 03-25-2009, 05:25 AM   #10036
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I can't remember if this has been discussed but when it comes to ultra-distance stuff I think Jill Homer is my current hero http://arcticglass.blogspot.com/
Though this year's race was a disaster and short for her.
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:25 AM   #10037
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Riding a bicycle over long distance is something that everyone should experience in their lifetime, the realization of getting places where you thought impossible under your own ability is IMO the greatest feeling of all.

Having done the "Longest Day" and the "Jersey Double" a few years back, the time involved for training prior to the event is rather involving.
The cost of training (tubes, tires, chain, food, etc) and participating the events are not inexpensive.
The benefits of preparing and participating in such event are not something the most people would understand. I never doubt myself being stranded some place without the means to get to where I really need to go. I learned about my body's capability to endure extended time of physical activity, signs of fatigue that I normally would ignore, and eventually I realized that riding a road bike over long distance isn't really ideal, my body could suffer a whole lot less on a recumbent.. and likely be able to ride longer.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:38 AM   #10038
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During the upcoming spring break I plan on riding my first century. Not for any other reason but to start seeing how I can do on long distance rides. At one point in the next few years I want to do a coast-to-coast ride with the ceremonious dipping of a wheel in both oceans.

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Riding a bicycle over long distance is something that everyone should experience in their lifetime, the realization of getting places where you thought impossible under your own ability is IMO the greatest feeling of all.

Having done the "Longest Day" and the "Jersey Double" a few years back, the time involved for training prior to the event is rather involving.
The cost of training (tubes, tires, chain, food, etc) and participating the events are not inexpensive.
The benefits of preparing and participating in such event are not something the most people would understand. I never doubt myself being stranded some place without the means to get to where I really need to go. I learned about my body's capability to endure extended time of physical activity, signs of fatigue that I normally would ignore, and eventually I realized that riding a road bike over long distance isn't really ideal, my body could suffer a whole lot less on a recumbent.. and likely be able to ride longer.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:51 AM   #10039
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Been thinking about picking up a city type bike just to tool around on but Electras and such are not very cool looking. This Gary Fisher is...

Get the suit to go with it...
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:53 AM   #10040
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Say, anyone here a Randonneur?

Turns out I have the perfect bike for it, and the shorter brevets around here look pretty enticing.
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:37 AM   #10041
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Say, anyone here a Randonneur?

Turns out I have the perfect bike for it, and the shorter brevets around here look pretty enticing.
You miss the last page of discussion or are you bein funny?



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Old 03-25-2009, 01:04 PM   #10042
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You miss the last page of discussion or are you bein funny?



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I missed that last page!

Cool!
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:32 PM   #10043
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I missed that last page!

Cool!

Javarilla, Hi~


Show us or tell us about your bike, please.


Enjoy,


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Old 03-25-2009, 02:10 PM   #10044
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Javarilla, Hi~


Show us or tell us about your bike, please.


Enjoy,


Liz
It's red!





That's an indy fab club racer.



Turns out the guys who built up the components are rabid randonneurs, so I think they just basically built what they'd want in a bike. Turns out to suit me perfectly!
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:03 PM   #10045
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that'll get you down the road no problem!
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:14 PM   #10046
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that'll get you down the road no problem!
I'm actually looking for advice on baggage/racks.

I'm a 280lb guy who consumes a lot of fuel. Mileage isn't a problem until I'm up near 100mi, but fuel is a HUGE problem.

I notice a lot of rando's use a bar bag with a front rack (partially for add'l lighting - which would be good, too).

I don't have rack braze-ons - I didn't think it'd go touring - and I was wondering about the typical method of attaching rando racks...

Do they go to the spindle, or to the fender braze-on?

Gonna stop by the shop - but thought I'd sling the question here, too.
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:24 PM   #10047
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Javarilla!

That is an absolutely beautiful bicycle!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course some might accuse me of being a bit prejudiced, but still it's a great looking bike. Those fenders are sharp. Have you thought about a couple of pair of lights to use it for brevets? That's about all you need to complete the randoneur set up.

Who put it together for you? I'm guessing IF built it to spec to fit you, yes?

Don't ya just love that pretty red? mmmmm!

Enjoy,


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It's red!





That's an indy fab club racer.



Turns out the guys who built up the components are rabid randonneurs, so I think they just basically built what they'd want in a bike. Turns out to suit me perfectly!
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:46 PM   #10048
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It's red!





That's an indy fab club racer.



Turns out the guys who built up the components are rabid randonneurs, so I think they just basically built what they'd want in a bike. Turns out to suit me perfectly!
Chris King is building a series of bikes in a similar vein. Its prolly what I SHOULD be riding, but I still have delusions of racing and going fast.

I have lust for a Casseroll. Less spendy, but then for what I'd do with that bike, its perfect!

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Old 03-25-2009, 03:48 PM   #10049
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I'm actually looking for advice on baggage/racks.
You can get little plastic covered clamps that'll go round yer seatstays for the rear rack. Front rack needs braze-ons tho. (I'm NOT the rack expert!)

AFA fuel: look for stuff like Enervit and other easily carried gels and liquids. I've also had great luck with Mtn Dew and Slimfast cans. Gotta make sure the slimfast stuff ain't gonna screw with yer stomach tho.

HTH

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Old 03-25-2009, 03:48 PM   #10050
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Javarilla!

That is an absolutely beautiful bicycle!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course some might accuse me of being a bit prejudiced, but still it's a great looking bike. Those fenders are sharp. Have you thought about a couple of pair of lights to use it for brevets? That's about all you need to complete the randoneur set up.

Who put it together for you? I'm guessing IF built it to spec to fit you, yes?

Don't ya just love that pretty red? mmmmm!

Enjoy,


Liz
IF did build it to spec, and did a right quick job of it, too. Awesome turnaround. Even went beyond the call of duty on paint. Superior folks there at IF!

I had the folks at Counterbalance Bikes on the Burke Gilman build it up for me, and the thing is put together like a tank and rolls like a magic carpet. I can actually roll downhill on it without it feeling all flopsy and wiggly. I have a built up Trek Portland that feels like a ragdoll in comparison.

Everybody in Seattle has lights. But, I'm going to wait to commit to generator hub and real rando lights to see if I'll actually ride anything over 100km this year.

Right now I need a means of carrying a couple burritos and a six pack of beer.
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