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Old 09-10-06, 08:27 PM   #1
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56 x 56

Guys,

No huge deal for most of you . . . but on Thursday I was 56 and yesterday I rode 56 miles. Never stopped and averaged 16.2 mph. Was a nice ride solo in the rolling hillls around this part of Oklahoma. High 80's and not much wind.

I usually ride with 3-5 good riding buddies on regular weekend rides, but this week everyone had chores or projects that precluded riding together. It was fine riding solo and I really didn't mind. One of my buds knew my route and he and his 8-year old (BMX'er) met me along the highway with a Polar Bottle of fresh cold Gatorade at the 30 mile mark. Nice!

I love riding bikes. This one was a borrowed aluminum Schwinn: a 506? or some such.

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Old 09-10-06, 10:04 PM   #2
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When I saw the thread title. 56 x 56, I assumed that you were talking about a road bike with 56mm seat tube and 56mm head tube. Since that is not my size, I was convinced beyond all reason this was going to be a sucky thread.

But, I checked it out anyway...and it's a great ride story! Meeting up with a friend and his kid was a nice touch!!!

Nice average speed, too...
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Old 09-11-06, 05:19 AM   #3
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When I saw the thread title. 56 x 56, I assumed that you were talking about a road bike with 56mm seat tube and 56mm head tube. Since that is not my size, I was convinced beyond all reason this was going to be a sucky thread.
56 x 56

And I thought you had a really strange Chain ring/cassette gear ratio/setup!

But, congratulations anyway. Good stuff.
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Old 09-11-06, 05:28 AM   #4
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Oh crap, I'm 66. When you're sippin that first cold Coors I'll still have 10 miles to go. Hey, maybe I can do it in metric.
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Old 09-11-06, 05:35 AM   #5
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I'll be 57 next month. You give me something to shoot for. I went to high school in Meeker, one county south of you. My recollection of the countryside there is that some of those hills did a lot more than "roll" and they went on forever. I'll bet that Gatoraide was wonderful!
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Old 09-11-06, 05:41 AM   #6
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Great ride!! I'm a September bday guy as well.
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Old 09-11-06, 05:59 AM   #7
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Good way to celebrate one's birthday... yes?
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Old 09-11-06, 06:01 AM   #8
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Nice thread, and really that was a good performance for your your ride, i think anyway
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No stops, rolling hills, and still a 16+mph average...not too shabby, old man!
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I turned 56 last month, on Mr. Campagnolo's birthday, but I have not yet taken a celebratory 56-mile ride. Congrats!
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56 x 56

And I thought you had a really strange Chain ring/cassette gear ratio/setup!
My initial thoughts too. Then my initial reaction was why 56?.....why not go with something more practical like 28 x 28?....
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Old 09-11-06, 02:14 PM   #12
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Your title threw me also 56 x 56?
Anyway congrats on a great ride!!
Now if your friends had brought you a drink and PIE! then you'd really have the forum speaking out in praise.
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Pie and Sweet or UnSweet Iced Tea?

Seems common in OK, AR and TN!

Congrat's on the neat ride!
Happy Birthday!
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congrats. Nice speed too.
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Old 09-11-06, 07:00 PM   #15
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Guys,

I like riding and I like this forum Thanks for all the kind words. JPPE, you may be a September B-day, but YOU my friend are genuinely FAST.

Thanks guys,

May all of you have as nice a B-day as I had.

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PS Ticwanos, you're right, some of these hills do seem to go on forever, but nothing like the guys out west see regularly.
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