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Old 09-06-06, 08:44 AM   #1
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I must have lost my mind...

As some of you may have seen in the road cycling forum, I have decided to do the Texas Time Trials 24 hour event not on my CF Giant, not on my Planet X TT bike, but on this 55 pound beast:



My LBS dared me to try it, and I am nowhere near placing in JMC, so I figured why not try it and raise some money for charity. The bike shop then decided to pitch in and modify the bike for better "rideability".

It is a 7 speed Shimano Altus with 48T front, 18 to 20 center, and 34-11T rear. The cranks were changed to 172.5's and look pedals attached. The seat was changed to something easier to sit on, and the front wheel was changed to a lower drag rim with a really good hub. I tested it in the parking lot, and in the 14T rear was able to get it to 22.3mph in about 100 yards. I can't wait to see how fast it is on downhills!! I am also making a fake gas tank that will hold a CamelBak.

Anyway, I just thought you other LD peeps might get a good laugh out of my total brain lapse... wish me luck!!!
BTW, I am hoping for at least 150 miles, but would LOVE to get a double century or better. It is a hilly course. Here are some more pics too:





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Probably no worse than doing it on a mountain bike. I've seen tons of people do that. Actually saw a guy do a century on a tandem with only one rider once. Bet this thing will scream down the hills! You should put some playing cards in the spokes for the realistic engine sound. :-)
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I will be looking forward to passing you a few times. Hopefully more than a few times. This will be my first 24hr event and I have no idea how it will go. My goal is 300 but who knows for sure. Good luck and I will see you there.

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Hopefully your arms don't fall asleep.....
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Hopefully your arms don't fall asleep.....
Yeah, I thought about that. I have a few different hand positions and will probably change bar positions a few times.

As for passing me, I hope you do too, but remember on the downhills...on your left...
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I'll also be doing the 24 hour TTTT race. It'll be fun seeing your bike there. Good luck to you.
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Well I went out for the "maiden voyage" and found a few problems. First, the seat that I tried to fit on broke 3.5 miles in, so back to the drawing board there. Second, the re-gearing has made hills nearly impossible unless I develop some huge quads soon. The smallest gear is equivalent to a 56-34, which wouldn't be bad if the bike wasn't over 55 pounds.

For the good news though, on the flats, it rolls very easily at a nice 20 mph pace, and I had it up to 33.5 with a very slight downhill. So, if I can conquer the seat and hill problems, it might do okay. If not, I will be doing a lot of walking in Texas next month...
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I love the instrument panel, but since weight is not an issue, what about a 7 inch monitor to feed the garmin data to the larger display... and the camelback gas tank is an awesome idea.

You could then take a picture while you are going downhill at 75MPH...
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