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Old 06-24-12, 09:46 PM   #826
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Hey, what are you doing with my Pocket Rocket...? Apart from a few extras on yours and a black Brooks, not brown, it is identical to mine - color and all. I never thought these funny little bikes would be so comfortable. The furthest I have gone is 40 miles and I could easily have done another 60.
Yes, the size of its wheels really isn't an issue, whereas the wrong fit or the wrong type of saddle could easily make a long ride difficult on a regular size bike. My Bike Friday was custom built based on my measurements and input.

I think orange is a great colour for cyclists, even if you aren't Dutch! My wind breaker is orange too and so is my back pack. It helps me get noticed by motorists.

The Bike Friday is perhaps not the lightest of road bikes (especially in my configuration with mud guards, kick stand, dynamo hub, triple chain ring, bell, etc) but I'm not planning on racing up the Alpe d'Huez in the TdF with it
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Old 06-24-12, 11:44 PM   #827
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The Bike Friday is perhaps not the lightest of road bikes (especially in my configuration with mud guards, kick stand, dynamo hub, triple chain ring, bell, etc) but I'm not planning on racing up the Alpe d'Huez in the TdF with it
My P20 is 28 pounds before I start throwing on the extra gear and it has no problem with racing down the road or climbing and I have passed my share of lycra clad road warriors and even sat in on some road rides where folks said those small wheels would not be able to keep up.

When folks are killing themselves climbing with a 40-50 gear inch low I can drop it all the way down to 24 gear inches and make most hills disappear.

I love the quill stem as the bike can go from touring mode to road mode with a quick adjustment that puts me in a very aero position.

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Old 07-04-12, 07:07 PM   #828
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My P20 is 28 pounds before I start throwing on the extra gear and it has no problem with racing down the road or climbing and I have passed my share of lycra clad road warriors and even sat in on some road rides where folks said those small wheels would not be able to keep up....
You realize of course that it's only a race if there is a prize at the end and everyone knows it's a race. Also, just think how much faster you would have passed those lycra clad warriors if your bike was 10lbs lighter, especially on those climbs.

I have a friend who is CAT1/2 fast and he loves doing century rides on an old mostly rusted ten speed with three working gears, wearing sweat pants, flowered Hawaiian shirt, backpack and tennis shoes. He then proceeds to then blow just about everybody off the road. In fact, I first met him on a 200k when he passed me on a pretty stout climb. He just smiled at me and said hi, then proceeded to leave me in his dust. I just about got off my bike and quit right then and there. Cycling is an unforgiving sport!

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Old 07-14-12, 02:52 PM   #829
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Old 08-04-12, 09:05 PM   #830
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Old 08-18-12, 08:27 AM   #831
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Both of these I've taken 100+ miles.

Fixed and geared on big blue:




Li'l yeller is climbing Mt St Helens tomorrow but that is more climbing than distance, although hopefully another actual 100 miles next Sunday.

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Old 08-18-12, 09:04 AM   #832
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Earlier this week I began using the new Pedal Force CX2. It's a great road bike alternative, 98% of the speed but twice the utility. The ride quality is exceptional. the bike feels solid and is very responsive, but the tires provide the right amount of suppleness that is very compliant on bad pavement of gravel.

The bike will also take fenders and a rear rack. I expect the bike to become my #1 ride.











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Old 09-06-12, 07:10 AM   #833
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Beautiful Pedal Force CX2. What size is your frame? Does it use the "standard" CX pulley thing on the seat tube for the front derailleur?
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Old 09-25-12, 10:13 PM   #834
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My Fuji Gran Fondo. I would like to mod the gearing and build a lighter wheel set. Other than that, I love it.

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Old 10-19-12, 10:03 AM   #835
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heres my century ride

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Old 10-31-12, 11:44 PM   #836
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Leader 515 mountain bike. 3 centuries and 2,200 miles.
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Old 11-07-12, 11:07 AM   #837
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I did my October century (117 miles, ride report here and continued here), some of it on sand roads in the New Jersey pinelands, on this Fothergill which is just after, or possibly just before, the second world war. It's a bit heavy but fun to ride, and of all my bikes it has the fattest tires; which you need on the sand.


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Old 11-07-12, 04:17 PM   #838
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Very nice, rhm.
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Old 11-07-12, 05:18 PM   #839
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RHM: Nice bike! Looks like that light would give great light on early morning rides, especially now that it's getting dark. How heavy is it? Man, you can fit anything you want in that saddlebag for a S24O. What happened to the front fender though?
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Thanks for the kind words, guys!

How heavy? The bike itself isn't that heavy. Butted 531 frame with mostly aluminum components; the crank is cottered steel but a very slim one, no heavier than a beefy aluminum one. The saddle bag, especially when loaded down with tools, extra clothes, and fig newtons (I bring along a package of them whenever I ride a century) adds a lot. But honestly, I haven't weighed it. I'll put it on my to-do list!

The front hub is a 12 volt Sturmey Archer dynohub from the 30's, and it is heavy, but who can argue with 12v? The headlight is heavy too, but I've put a pretty powerful LED in it. Lots of light, though it could be put to better use. I think it has a 30[SUP]o[/SUP] lens, but a narrower one would make a brighter spot where it's needed. That, too, is on my to-do list.

The front fender isn't as twisted as it looks; the sides are squeezed together to form a peak. It's not right, but fixing it is out of the question. Old aluminum doesn't like being bent repeatedly!

Honestly, it's isn't much harder to ride a century on this bike than on a modern one, except for a couple things. The first thing I notice is that frame mounted water bottle cages are the best way to carry extra water (extra bottles in the saddle bag are one of the worst). Later on, in that final 15 mile slog before I get home, when my legs are getting tired and my mind is starting to wander, it gets hard to find the right gear. But wait... that second one, that happens on any bike, doesn't it?
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Old 11-25-12, 11:29 PM   #841
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This is easy. One Century completed -- the Davis Bike Club Foxy's Fall Century.
One bike owned -- 1983 Schwinn Super Sport.



Whenever I ride I look for other Schwinns. They're uncommon these days.
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Old 12-04-12, 05:45 PM   #842
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My Curtlo all-purpose bike with a Banana Slug. I have rode numerous centuries on it. True Temper steel frame, nice gearing range to haul my FA up any hill.
Longest ride so far was up Slug Gulch out of Plymouth, Ca, 125 miles. The yellow fellow pictured is outside of La Honda, Ca. Currently getting repainted.

A racier, more compact bike would be my Salsa Podio (Scandium). A pound lighter than the steel. Still a nice range of gearing, total ratio is equal to that of the Curtlo.
Still a comfortable bike for a long ride, done a couple of Centuries on it.

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Old 12-17-12, 10:16 AM   #843
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Old 12-21-12, 04:41 PM   #844
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Old 12-27-12, 09:30 PM   #845
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Well - I have an interesting experience to share and a new favorite bike. I have been riding a 1986 Cannondale SR400 (racing bike geometry) and toured thousands of miles and ridden several centuries on it. I always told people what a great and comfortable bike it is. Then this year I picked up an old steel Bob Jackson touring bike that actually was closer to my ideal frame size. All I can say is WOW. I can ride the BJ forever and still feel good when I get off! I never realized what a comfortable bike was until I tried something better than my old mount! Don't make the mistake that I did in thinking just because I finished a century that I was riding a comfortable bike... EXPERIMENT!!
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Old 12-31-12, 10:10 AM   #846
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I did centuries on all of these bikes. Carbon Jamis is replacing the steel Mongoose as a long distance bike. Jamis also can fit a rack, fenders and bigger tires, but it is lighter than most bikes in my stable, but Cannondale. I am a little sentimental about selling the Mongoose, it went to PBP with me in 2011.
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I have two road bikes and have done numerous centuries on both, they have both each completed double centuries too. I really believe it more about what fits and works for you than style of bike. The Madone is by far my favourite and is an amazing frame for my needs.First is my Opus Andante, the bike that got me into cycling.

Secondly a picture of the Madone myself and my son on the day he completed his first ever century on the road, he was 12 years old at the time.
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Old 01-15-13, 08:59 AM   #848
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I don't know whether to call it my "light touring" bike or my "contemplative randonneuring" bike. It's really just a comfy and classy "day touring" bike I use when I just want to enjoy the day, do some bird watching and picture taking, and generally just loaf around.

Oh, wow. Is that by an chance a Routens?

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Good eye. It's as close a copy of a 1938 Routens as I could manage, but it's another of my home-builts.
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There she is. Thats my centry/long distance rider. Hand built from parts to suit me to the 'T'

1) Fuji Outland Pro Frame. Strongest most reinforced mtb frame I've ever seen and very pretty. Got it second hand for $50.
2) Full Shimano Deore gear set/disc brakes. Took me some time and a lot of looking but 90% of that was second hand and it works great.
3) Shimano MT15 wheel set. Strong, colors match perfectly, its only middle of the road but I like it and I got it second hand after almost zero use - the dude took it off a new bike after an upgrade to carbon everything.
4) Full lighting suite. 1600 lumens up front and a solar powered flasher at the back. I can ride the darkest night and still see pefectly.
5) Rock Shox 'Tora' front shock. Lockable, height adjustable, coil spring and oil design make it damn near unbreakable and it can be tuned for dampening speed as well. Again, second hand in good condition.
6) Italian sport seat. Free in fact. It had come apart somehow and no one could put the seat back on the frame. LBS owner told me if I could reassemble it I could have it. So I did. $100 worth of seat for 30 minutes of assembly.
7) SRAM 48-38-28 crank set. I like having a bit more gear room and the 48 really compliments the deore rear cluster. Also the bearings are super smooth. Second hand for $40
8) Full smart phone ready carrying/charging solution so I can both see and run my gps/mapping app... for at least 24 hours (or until my legs get too tired to pedal).

I also have a full set of touring bags/luggage for when I feel like going a really long way and need supplies.

Me and my home built steed have gone 14000km this year alone. I didn't count the centuries but at least a century every week right up to late November when the snow makes it too damn slippery to go anywhere fast. I would have to guess 30-40 at least with the longest ride being 240km in 11 hours with 2000 feet of climbing. Best bike I've ever owned and she stays with me until she falls apart. Whenever I ride this bike I don't want to get off
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