from my last 200km in January (Cervelo Soloist SL with Di2)
pictured here with Chris Kostman of AdventureCorps
Vireo's set-up is pretty typical for the SoCal randonneur, in my experience. I think he might even have been one of the guys making fun of my fenders a couple of years back. Hard to remember for sure, though. All those plastic bikes look alike to me. :p
What's that thing Kostman's on? I bet you a buck it's some 70's thing, or older, with six speed and down tube shifters. Vireo, did you make fun of him having fenders on a SD brevet? I would have. ;) It never rains in SD... actually, the last 300k I did in SD it poured buckets on us the whole ride. Made coming down off of Palomar Mtn. much more fun than usual! ;)
What year did you do the rainy 300km in SD? I have done a few rainy 300kms. If you are talking about coming off of Palomar there were a couple of years we went up South Grade down East up Mesa Grande to Santa Ysabel and then up to Julian. In March 2005 I finished "first" and in March 2006 I am in "third" that year from the freezing rain and hail. Those years sucked but then there was 2010 300km also rained like hell. Here and here after mile 90 things get really bad.
Um, yeah, it was 2005 or 2006. :) I was just cruzing with some friends, rode a fair amount of it with Barkley. We definitely went up the south grade of Palomar and down the East followed, by Mesa Grande and Julian. It was a lot of fun because I got to ride my bicycle on all the roads I cut my motorcycle racing teeth on when I was younger. :)
I only started randonneuring in 2008 and it's been exclusively on Seattle Randonneur events, so I don't know much about how the rest of the country and the rest of the world do it. But I was a bit surprised by the bikes I saw on the Cascade 1200 last summer. I was used to seeing the local boys and girls with their steel bikes, aluminum fenders, front bags, and Brooks saddles that show up for all of the local events. But the C1200 draws people from all over the world. The only people there riding lugged steel with level top tubes were us locals. Nearly everyone else was on something racier, lighter and more carbony (carbon-ish?). So it really does seem to be a regional thing. What I don't understand in the least is why anyone cares what someone else is riding.
Sorry, just ranting...
...or maybe some people are just ********. I'm torn. :P
Ah ha... so that's what you do with a PhD in philosophy. :)
Edit: I think I'm gonna go with the annihilation.
And to take this thread in a less existentialist direction and back toward it's original intent, I'm going to post big fat pictures of my bike because I just remembered I haven't posted this one here yet.
It's a Velo Orange Randonneur. I just put this bike together last fall so I've only done a few rides of 100 miles or more on it so far. I expect it will see some long rides this spring and summer.
Very nice. How do you like it so far?
What????? Fenders in that sunshine????? And, downtuuuube shifters?????? :):) Sorry, had to do my part to head us towards annihilation. ;);)
Nice looking bike! I'm seriously thinking of heading up to Canada to do the RM1200 again next year as long as it doesn't conflict with RAAM. That's not too far from you. Maybe I'll get a chance to see that thing on the road in person????
The RM1200 is definitely on my short list. If I see you there you'll have to ride slow so I can keep up. The downtube shifters really slow me down, ya know. ;)Quote:
Originally Posted by Homeyba
hee.. i'm pretty fond of the annihilation then. nice bike steve!
i'll posit the completo version having just upped the ante with a new set of cranks-- all that's left is building a set of wheels NOT geared toward farm road riding, and she'll be fully in business.
Well, would you look at that! Suddenly there's a slew of beautiful steel bikes with aluminum fenders, fat-ish tires, big clunky french style handlebar bags, Brooks saddles, no brifters in sight... maybe even some friction shifters!!! Let the annihilation begin...
BigDaddyPete, I already complimented your bike in another thread, but I'll say it again. Beautiful bike!
Shorthanded, I've always been partial to the panel paint jobs on those Masi's. Very classy. And are those the new fancy CNC machined DiaCompe centerpulls I see? If so, what do you think of them? I hate to give the carbon fiber overlords more ammo with which to judge, but I really like centerpull brakes. They have great feel and modulation. I'm thinking of "upgrading" my VO with some old DiaCompe 610s I have on my commuter bike.