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    Hi everyone, this is the bike I plan on riding this spring on a weekend ride through the Rockies. My 2010 Kona Jake the Snake rebuilt to my tastes. It was stock once, not anymore. The ride is comfortable, and was once used as a day to day commuter. It had full fenders and a rear rack during the commuting days as well. I don't plan on adding fenders or racks to the bike anytime soon so I'll add a Topeak Aero Wedge seat bag to carry supplies. I really look forward to taking this bike out this spring for long rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Six jours View Post
    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.

    I usually stick to the Clydesdale forum but saw this beautiful bike. I was wondering how do you like your Brooks B33 with drop bars? I've only seen people use it in conjunction with flat bars or porteur bars.

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    It's extremely comfortable as long as the position is upright and I'm not working too hard. It rewards gentle, low rpm riding. Trying to spin much beyond about 80 rpm results in all sorts of odd gyrations, and trying to go too fast results in glute cramps, at least for me.

    So I guess it's about ideal for a truly relaxed touring bike, which is exactly what I use it for - I keep a good birding binocular in one of the saddlebags and remember to stop as often as possible. But I'm glad it's not my only bike, because the saddle does limit its usefulness - let's just say it's not my first choice for a five hour century.

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    spring training.jpgspring training began in earnest today..... but i didn't see anyone else out sharing my enthusiasm for early season riding.
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    My 09 Specialized Roubaix upgraded with 10 speed Centaur and White Industries/Kinlin Wheels.

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    Graduated up to my third century bike -- this is a full custom Ira Ryan, built for me a little over a year ago.

    So far it's done about 15 centuries, including a 120-mile ride with 9,000 vertical, and hit my goal of a century in six hours.

    A combination of light, modern steel, modern components and a classic geometry.

    Since the photo -- now sporting a Romin Pro (amazing!) and Ambrosio FCS28s with a brushed alloy finish.
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    Having completed my first century earlier this month, my sole century bicycle is my 1950 Norman Rapide. Why this bicycle? Over the long-haul, it has proved itself exceedingly comfortable and stable. If it has one limitation, it would be the gearing: it has a Sturmey-Archer FW 4-speed hub and with the current gearing setup only affords a range of 38-72 gear inches.


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    What a fantastic bike!

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    Done one on this:


    Untitled by ctjr, on Flickr
    Also had a lot of fun on this one:

    will be riding this for the Retroronde van Vlaanderen by the way.


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    Just got this one. Now with 252 miles and two centuries.

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    If a "century" can be very flat (much along riverside paths) and very slow, then I've done three from home in Tokyo on this:



    Reynolds 531 double-butted frame, branded "Richmond" and bought from Richmond Cycles (Richmond, suburban London) around 1987. (Richmond Cycles then rivalled F W Evans, and put out a substantial mail-order catalogue. The company still exists, or did so very recently, just across the river in St Margarets.) The yellow sticker on the seat tube is for (Japanese) bicycle registration, then taken very seriously and not easy to get for a foreign-bought frame.

    A lot of parts bought in Japan a little later, new wheels and other parts bought last year. SR "Randnner" (sic!) bars should put me in the mood for real Audax; the little third chainwheel should make it easy.

    I'd rather have a smaller bag on the front and more of the content on the back; but this (Ostrich) bag fits a pair of (Nitto) prongs and doesn't interfere with the brake cable or loosen, a bag on the luggage rack gets a lot of vibration, and a rack attached to the seatpost seems pointlessly high

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    Welcome to Bikeforums, microcord!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    All of my centuries have been on Ribby, my '92 Bridgestone RB-1. An absolute joy to ride.
    Love the bike. I didn't know that B'stone made the RB-1 in blue (or, if this is a repaint, it is very nicely done). I use an RB-1 for long distance stuff as well and recently converted it toP1010081.jpg a triple:

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    I've done most of my centuries and long-distance events on the same bike I used to race on (a team miyata built up with superbe pro gear). I've always liked road bikes that can take fat tires, though; they're comfy. Lately I've mainly ridden a Soma double cross set up with a triple and I recently converted my Bridgestone RB-1 to a triple to ride organized centuries and the like:Soma3.jpgP1010080.jpgP1010081.jpg

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    I've been spending a lot of time on this bike lately, so it was my pick for the century this past weekend. The bike has "mutated" a lot in the 5 or 6 years that I've owned it, and the only change from when this picture was taken is that I've switched back to SPD pedals.



    The 50/39 crankset and 13-23 cassette meant no slacking off on the hills. It was a great time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joewein View Post
    Welcome to Bikeforums, microcord!
    Thank you, Sir! Now I'll just have to go on more challenging rides. I'd like to do this and that (or, lazily, to have this and that done) to the bike before I go on these, but mustn't use various dissatisfactions as an excuse to slack off. After all, when the temperature promises to rise to the mid-thirties in the (non-existent) shade, how better can one pass a humid day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
    Love the bike. I didn't know that B'stone made the RB-1 in blue (or, if this is a repaint, it is very nicely done). I use an RB-1 for long distance stuff as well and recently converted it toP1010081.jpg a triple:
    It was a custom repaint. Unfortunately, Ribby was fatally wounded when we were hit from behind by a car nearly 3 years ago. I have since ridden several centuries on a couple of other bikes, once on a Salsa Casseroll and most on a Specialized Roubaix. The Roubaix is both more comfortable and more efficient than the Bridgestone, but no bike will ever fill the gap left after riding the RB-1 for 18-1/2 years.
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    Nice to see the mix of old iron and new rides here too. I ride a 7 speed 1980's Bob Jackson that is just about all original...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    I've been spending a lot of time on this bike lately, so it was my pick for the century this past weekend. The bike has "mutated" a lot in the 5 or 6 years that I've owned it, and the only change from when this picture was taken is that I've switched back to SPD pedals.



    The 50/39 crankset and 13-23 cassette meant no slacking off on the hills. It was a great time.
    Thats a pretty sweet ride, but did you ride a century with that bent brake lever?

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    Bikes that have earned their big C...


    1955 Raleigh Lenton (fixed gear)


    1957 Peugeot PLX 8 (8 speed)


    Mouldon custom (24 speed)


    Cascade Expedition bike (18 speed) (fixed)


    Ron Cooper (14 speed)


    1973 Phillip's custom (24 speed).

    I would like to do a century on my Moulton (7 speed IGH) and my 1954 Raleigh (3 speed)... did 80 miles on my Raleigh Superbe roadster once and that was pretty brutal because it was so windy.

    The Lenton is one of the most comfortable bikes I have ever ridden and has a flip flop hub and relatively low gearing for riding longer distances, my 1954 Raleigh is almost identical save for the three speed and it is a little lighter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by handsthatcatch View Post
    Thats a pretty sweet ride, but did you ride a century with that bent brake lever?
    Yep, the lever end got tweaked in a 2010 crash where the tires caught a groove in the road, I fell to the side, and the bike flipped once or twice before stopping. It still works fine, so I haven't bothered to straighten or replace it in the thousands of miles since that crash.

    I did some digging and I've only owned the bike for 4 years, for what that's worth.
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    I am nearly done putting together my new long-distance bike, a Boulder All Road. Here's a recent photo:



    The steerer is uncut; hence the ridiculous number of spacers. Since I took the picture, I've installed a decaleur for my handlebar bag. I'm riding it next weekend in D2R2, so I definitely need to get the steerer cut before then!
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    Now that she has about 4000 miles on her, I figured that she was broken in enough to post here.

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    I just rode a century on this 1954 Alvin Drysdale a few days ago:


    Over the summer I rode three or four centuries on my Lambert, which has a three speed fixie hub:

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