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    first 2004 century / first fixed century

    i know, i know, but it'll be cross-posted to the fixed gear forum.

    my hope is to expose (myself, LOL) some of you non-converts to the joys of ss/fixed riding. this is the #1 most effective training tool i've used. fixed for me = full circle pedal stroke. my hamstrings are getting so big i'm gonna have to custom order pants soon.

    saturday we hosted the annual st. patrick's day ride. about 50 riders gathered at an outlying state lake / park to select from 3 ride options, up to 51-miles. six of us chickens met at a regular ride start location approximately 20 miles away, about 1:45 before the StP ride, for some extra miles. ok, the math says we should have ridden 91 miles.

    a few miles into the ride we discovered--on the long route--a bridge impassible due to construction. this was quickly (ok, not quickly) resolved with an 8-mile detour. it was either that, or hurdle barbed wire fences and play frogger across 4 lanes of interstate 40. so there's your other 8 miles +change.

    weather was nice. wind was nice on the way back.

    this was my longest ride so far this year, and my longest ever (by 14 miles) on the fixie. of the six, two took a ride home from the lake, after 20+51. i was happy to have RCarp and crew to pull me home, as i was in a sad state for the last 25 miles. strangely enough the (geared) 42-miler on sunday felt great.

    surly steamroller
    purchased november 2000 for $834, including shipping, from excelsports.com
    rear brake removed
    shimano aero levers removed
    drop bars removed
    42x18 freewheel
    42x14 fixed (thanks MB1!)
    ritchey headset
    ttt stem
    tsunami "el toro" bars (rebadged syntace bars from chucksbikes.com)
    tektro lever for front brake
    shimano rx100 front brake
    open pro ceramic 32 hole / 105 front wheel
    open pro ceramic 36 hole / suzue flip flop rear wheel
    SRAM ss chain
    stronglight 170mm cranks
    look pp296 pedals
    elite ciussi cage
    pearl izumi greptile tape (interesting)
    thomson seatpost
    brooks b17 narrow saddle
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    Congrats on your century. It's an accomplishment like your first multi-gear century...

    But 42x14! You stud. I'd be whipped way sooner than 75 miles at that gearing. My 44/18 is downright easy in comparison.

    I was thinking of putting bullhorn bars on my Bianchi, but decided that I like the drops as-is, except I'll soon try weaving cotton tape on them.

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    [Way to go JK. That first fixed century is a real thrill. Did you get sore staying seated too much? With that tall gear was it flat?
    "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --A. Einstein

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    Looks kind of familiar.

    Can't beat a fixie for winter riding. I have about 600 miles on mine YTD.
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    not really flat

    there are very few flat stretches around here (west tennessee). kinda lumpy. no hills over 1-2 miles long, and yes, they are just hills. no elevation gain around here. tried to stay seated as much as possible as i've been having some knee worries (coming back from a stress fracture). things are sore today, but not injured. thanks!
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    is that the loin (sic) of flaaanders flag?

    and did you get it from grahamwatson.com?

    if so, it looks pretty large. how's the quality?
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    Yes it is, and yes I did. The quality is good.
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    thanks (nm)

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    I sucked and so did my bike

    20 miles into this ride with J (read 20 miles from the car) my rear hub cracked at my spoke. 2.5 hours later my ride picked me up. Not a good day. Looks like it's warranty-fixed (3 weeks and will I ever trust it again?--It's an Alex). I was dying on the ride anyway. Do two beers and 4 hours of sleep really screw up everyone else too?

    I rode the mTB yesterday at Stanky. No breakdowns and only one fall. In the market for some wheels--probably open pros with ultegra hubs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J's Haiku Shop
    i know, i know, but it'll be cross-posted to the fixed gear forum.

    my hope is to expose (myself, LOL) some of you non-converts to the joys of ss/fixed riding. this is the #1 most effective training tool i've used. fixed for me = full circle pedal stroke. my hamstrings are getting so big i'm gonna have to custom order pants soon.

    saturday we hosted the annual st. patrick's day ride. about 50 riders gathered at an outlying state lake / park to select from 3 ride options, up to 51-miles. six of us chickens met at a regular ride start location approximately 20 miles away, about 1:45 before the StP ride, for some extra miles. ok, the math says we should have ridden 91 miles.

    a few miles into the ride we discovered--on the long route--a bridge impassible due to construction. this was quickly (ok, not quickly) resolved with an 8-mile detour. it was either that, or hurdle barbed wire fences and play frogger across 4 lanes of interstate 40. so there's your other 8 miles +change.

    weather was nice. wind was nice on the way back.

    this was my longest ride so far this year, and my longest ever (by 14 miles) on the fixie. of the six, two took a ride home from the lake, after 20+51. i was happy to have RCarp and crew to pull me home, as i was in a sad state for the last 25 miles. strangely enough the (geared) 42-miler on sunday felt great.

    surly steamroller
    purchased november 2000 for $834, including shipping, from excelsports.com
    rear brake removed
    shimano aero levers removed
    drop bars removed
    42x18 freewheel
    42x14 fixed (thanks MB1!)
    ritchey headset
    ttt stem
    tsunami "el toro" bars (rebadged syntace bars from chucksbikes.com)
    tektro lever for front brake
    shimano rx100 front brake
    open pro ceramic 32 hole / 105 front wheel
    open pro ceramic 36 hole / suzue flip flop rear wheel
    SRAM ss chain
    stronglight 170mm cranks
    look pp296 pedals
    elite ciussi cage
    pearl izumi greptile tape (interesting)
    thomson seatpost
    brooks b17 narrow saddle
    Good stuff, J! I hope to do a fixed century this year too.
    -Jeff

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