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    Century rides in good weather are not a problem if you have trained enough. Same with the bike. If it is serviced properly and has no problems on it- it should do 100 miles or longer without needing any adjustments or repairs (And I do undersatnd that parts can fail at any time)

    Main thing is that you are going to be sitting on that bike for a long time. Saddle is obvious but brakes have to be reliable. Gear changes must work properly. 100 miles on trying to get the gears to change smoothly can be annoying and that change you made to saddle height last week must be proven to be correct.

    Weather is the factor you cannot cater for. You have to be prepared for it and that may mean carrying a few extra coats or jerseys at the start or having a place to carry discarded heavy Goretex jackets when it dries up.

    Couple of pics of my Century bikes but the main one is the Tandem. That does 100 milers witout any other problems than a bit of Butt ache after about 8 hours. Probably down to the saddles changing shape with all the rough stuff. Road rides and it is just one of two bikes. Flat ride and the Boreas gets used with its Compact crank. Hilly ones though and the TCR-C is favoured as it now has a triple fitted.
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    My new century bike. Still working on getting my bent legs but my back, butt, neck and prostate love it. No beard either. 45 year old commercial pilot.
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    Did my first century yesterday on my trusty Cross Check. 117.5 miles, Tucson to Mesa, AZ.


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    With respect to the '72 Fuji, I have a similar bike, perhaps a little older, a 27 wheeled a dura-ace Miyata Racer, though I suspect the Fuji and Panasonics were very similar builds.
    Do you really use it for century rides? I've demoted the bike to commuter runs and park rides. Isn't the weight and scarity of replace parts, a problem? My bike is a big smoothy, but
    century rides...that's seems like asking for trouble. You saying it's been trouble free?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    I don't have a "special" century bike. I just grab whatever I feel like riding that day from my collection, and go. With the exception of my mtbs, I've ridden all my bikes on centuries.

    The current rotation - Pogliaghi, Palo Alto, Cinelli:






    Beautiful... all three of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrenchFit View Post
    With respect to the '72 Fuji, I have a similar bike, perhaps a little older, a 27 wheeled a dura-ace Miyata Racer, though I suspect the Fuji and Panasonics were very similar builds.
    Do you really use it for century rides? I've demoted the bike to commuter runs and park rides. Isn't the weight and scarity of replace parts, a problem? My bike is a big smoothy, but
    century rides...that's seems like asking for trouble. You saying it's been trouble free?
    I can't speak for USAZorro, but his Finest shouldn't be that heavy. It was only about 23 pounds. As for replacement parts, Ebay provides plenty of vintage components when needed. My first century was on an old Fuji America and it ran beautifully...certainly better than I did.

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    16lbs of centurion bliss:


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    My new racer, commuter and long distance bike:



    Already have over 1,000 miles on it.
    2009 mileage = 14,738 miles; 2010 mileage = 15,234 miles; 2011 mileage = 17,344 miles; 2012 mileage = 11,414 miles; 2013 = 12,169

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    Not sure if I ever posted a picture of my DeSalvo here or not. I have had it for about a year and a half and am very happy with it. Recent changes include OnOne Midge bars and Rivendell/Nitto Mark's Rack (which will hold an Acorn Boxy Rando Bag).



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    British style fixed gear touring bike.

    Frame is from scraps from other projects; mostly Reynolds 531 tubing and Henry James lugs. Forks are English oval 531 with an original Nervex crown. $70 worth of powdercoat, and dry transfers from the local Michael's, clearcoated and lightly sanded for an aged look. The "Ashdown" name is taken from a pencil drawing of a pre-war British cyclist touring the Ashdown forest.

    Velo Orange sprung saddle
    Campy Nuovo Record seatpost
    Grand Bois randonneur handlebars
    Nitto Pearl stem
    Tange needle bearing headset
    TA Cyclotourist cranks with a 49 ring
    Phil Wood BB
    Universal extra long reach sidepulls
    Mafac brake levers with half-hoods
    MKS Tourist pedals with leathered Christophe toe clips and straps
    Shellaced cloth bar tape
    Phil Wood flip-flop hubs with a 20 tooth fixed cog and 24 tooth freewheel
    Izumi V chain
    Ghisallo wood rims
    Dugast 28mm "Paris-Roubaix" touring sew-ups
    Carradice Pendle saddlebag on a Bagman support

    I threw the frame together without any real care, as I figured it would only see occasional use. I then promptly fell in love with fixed gear touring and have used the bike almost exclusively. My fancy French rando bike has been hanging on a peg for months...
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    Chisallo Wood Rims with Phil Wood hubs. WOW!
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    I'm the envy of hipsters everywhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Six jours View Post


    British style fixed gear touring bike.



    I threw the frame together without any real care, as I figured it would only see occasional use. I then promptly fell in love with fixed gear touring and have used the bike almost exclusively. My fancy French rando bike has been hanging on a peg for months...
    hot hot hot


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    Thanks! I've since changed the bar tape for white cloth with orange shellac, which matches the rims almost perfectly. Looks really nice, if I do say so myself. I also installed the NOS Magistroni Steel cottered cranks that I have been keeping for just such a project. Nothing more elegant than Italian steel cranks, IMO. Think I may order another saddle from VO -- the tan one would look perfect...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Six jours View Post


    British style fixed gear touring bike.

    Frame is from scraps from other projects; mostly Reynolds 531 tubing and Henry James lugs. Forks are English oval 531 with an original Nervex crown. $70 worth of powdercoat, and dry transfers from the local Michael's, clearcoated and lightly sanded for an aged look. The "Ashdown" name is taken from a pencil drawing of a pre-war British cyclist touring the Ashdown forest.

    Velo Orange sprung saddle
    Campy Nuovo Record seatpost
    Grand Bois randonneur handlebars
    Nitto Pearl stem
    Tange needle bearing headset
    TA Cyclotourist cranks with a 49 ring
    Phil Wood BB
    Universal extra long reach sidepulls
    Mafac brake levers with half-hoods
    MKS Tourist pedals with leathered Christophe toe clips and straps
    Shellaced cloth bar tape
    Phil Wood flip-flop hubs with a 20 tooth fixed cog and 24 tooth freewheel
    Izumi V chain
    Ghisallo wood rims
    Dugast 28mm "Paris-Roubaix" touring sew-ups
    Carradice Pendle saddlebag on a Bagman support

    I threw the frame together without any real care, as I figured it would only see occasional use. I then promptly fell in love with fixed gear touring and have used the bike almost exclusively. My fancy French rando bike has been hanging on a peg for months...
    Outstanding work. I am working on one for a 700 mile trip this summer. Along the same lines as yours, except single speed. Will post soon.

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    Here's my new (to me) Trek 400. Only had it a few days.. but I got this specifically to do more long distance rides, and build up to my first century in a couple of months.

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    This is what I'll be using this year. It is also my commuter. We spend a lot of time together





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    ....my Cannondale CAA8 is my "century" bicycle. Did eight century rides last year from August to October. On two weekends during that 3 month period I did two back to back centuries(100mi Sat/100mi Sun). One was the MS Pedal To The Point.
    Just 'cuz the bike looks fast in the shop's window doesn't mean you're going to be fast once you're on it!

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    Bianchi Brava

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    This was my ride for 3 death rides, 1 Double Davis, and many centuries back in the later eighties and early ninities. Dug it out of an ~15 years of storage. Did one metric last year and I was hurting. Started riding again last year after many years off. Hope to keep at it. I am piecing together an all new drive train for it. The compact crank seems to be the way to go. Have one century planned. Very few to pick from here in Montana. Hope to get a couple of other 100 plus rides in this summer. Already in much better conditioning than same time last year(none).

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    I'll now put three century bikes in rotation;

    The standby, a 2008 Soma Double Cross with a Shimano 105 Triple drivetrain. I rode this bike 5000 miles last year, very comfortable long distance bike;





    This bike is new, and will serve me well on faster rides. It's a Planet X with a titanium frame, made by Lynskey. It has a standard double crankset.





    And my commuter and wet weather century bike, a 1987 Trek 400d Elance with a 2x10 Ultegra drivetrain and a Cyclocross 46 & 38t double crankset;




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    Well, this isn't my preferred century bike, but it did a century today. It took a little while...

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    I'll be doing a century later this year on this trusty ride. A bit racy perhaps but it will be getting 25mm tires and perhaps a topeak seatpost pannier! Racerboy meets Fred!


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    Ive done around 15 centuries on this one. Getting it ready for the "Ride Across Florida" on May 5.


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    Next time somebody starts a "what bike for LD?" thread we should refer them to this page. Commuters, mountain bikes, the latest carbon race bikes with aero wheels, old steel frames, new titanium frames...

    The basic answer to the "what bike?" question seems to be "anything with two wheels".

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    tried that last time, didn't work. I don't know how to answer the question without a lot of extra info, maybe we should make a questionnaire

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