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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.

    Tyson Cushing, Oklahoma

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Paulie
    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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    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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    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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    Great ride!! I'm a September bday guy as well.

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    Good way to celebrate one's birthday... yes?
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox
    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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    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!
    F Thomas

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    congrats. Nice speed too.

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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.

    Tyson
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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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