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Old 06-14-08, 01:59 PM   #1
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A B or C

Got this ride tomorrow. Only a gentle ride- except for the numbers involved. It will not be a fast ride- or one to enjoy- It can only be classed as a fun ride. Plenty of other riders- very few of whom will be experienced riders so- It will be a ride where I look after myself. Too many people on the ride to cause problems.

So- This afternoon I have been preparing the bike. Didn't take much as all my bikes(ahem) are in perfect condition. Problem is What Bike to Use?

Last year I did it on the OCR3 for the first time on a road bike. Triple crankset and a good solid bike for the knocks it would take. Since then I have got a couple of other bikes. The Boreas that is superb. Lightweight rides a dream and doesn't get out very often. Save it for the important rides. Then there is the Hack bike- The Giant TCR C. Good bike again- Not as light as Boreas but still rides well.

The problem on what bike to use is that I do not know which one to use. The OCR is built like a tank at 19lbs- has the triple crankset for the one hill that might require it. The TCR rides well- goes up hills- but will not take the knocks. and If you thought Crit racing was dangerous- this ride is lethal. Then there is Boreas. A joy to ride- seem to propel itself up slopes- lightweight and I like it.

So problem- Do I take the chance with the decent bikes and at least enjoy the ride- Or- take the OCR and join in with the rest and swear at the hills- the slopes- the other riders and the lack of Toilet facilities when you want them.

Details of the ride. London to Brighton-54 miles and only one hill of note- 5 miles from the end that is a 10% for a mile. Large number of riders -33,000 of them- most of whom will not be experienced riders and will be trying to knock you off your bike. Will probsably take about 6 hours- due to the numbers and most slopes will be blocked with walkers taking the whole of the road. Attachments from last year and show the typical riders that are on the ride.

I have made up my mind and the bike is ready- But what do you think I should Ride?
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Old 06-14-08, 02:10 PM   #2
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Old 06-14-08, 02:44 PM   #3
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Old 06-14-08, 03:51 PM   #4
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Given your description of the ride I'd opt for the OCR also.

1. Triple crankset and low gearing is good to have on that kind of ride. You may be able to bound up a 10% hill just fine by yourself on one of the other bikes, but it's different in a crowd of relatively slow riders and even walkers.

2. We have a huge annual ride here in St Louis called the Moonlight Ramble. It's thousands of inexperienced riders, many of them who have been obviously drinking while waiting for the after midnight start time. I'm NOT going to take my Klein on that ride.
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Old 06-14-08, 04:00 PM   #5
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I also agree.. Take the tank.
Doesn't sound like a ride with much continuous motion with all the repairs and flats you may be assisting with.
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Old 06-14-08, 04:32 PM   #6
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Old 06-14-08, 07:55 PM   #7
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Yes, take the Ocr3, but since when is a 19 lb. bike "built like a tank"?
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Old 06-14-08, 08:37 PM   #8
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Yeah. Definitely take the tank.
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Old 06-14-08, 08:44 PM   #9
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Sounds you will fit in a lot better with the tank. I was on a ride last year when a visiting rider said her bike cost over $200 and what did ours cost? Choked silence greeted her as all of our bikes ran over $2000. You might even want to make your Ocr3 look a little grubby so as seem less of an outsider. Got any old water bottles?
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I vote for option D
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Old 06-15-08, 09:51 AM   #12
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I vote for option D
Nearly did and set the Bianchi up for the ride.

Just goes how the 50+ers all think alike and choose the same option- Except for 1- 2 in you count dnvrfx



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Old 06-15-08, 10:33 AM   #13
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I took Boreas.
Reminds me of "My Fair Lady".

"She will beg you for advice.
You're reply will be concise.
Then she'll listen very nicely and go out and do precisely as she likes."
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Old 06-15-08, 12:29 PM   #14
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Think I'd mail in my donation and take a nice quiet ride in another direction, but I hate crowds. If bound and determined though, it would be that which I thought could take the beating best. Good luck!
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Old 06-15-08, 02:19 PM   #16
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OCR three, but you have a funny definition of a tank. Are you sure you are not confusing it with your tandem, now that is a tank. Maybe you should get one of these. http://www.revver.com/video/455234/g...uring-traffic/
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Old 06-15-08, 02:25 PM   #17
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19lbs is heavy after 15 or 16 lbs bikes- And I tried a penny farthing once and got vertigo.
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