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Blue_Bulldog 09-13-13 12:47 PM

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Did my very first century this past weekend from Washington, NC to Nags Head, NC on this. It's a Mongoose trail bike, that I did a bunch of mods to. Road tires, more comfy saddle, upgraded shifters, and a few other things. Basically turned it into a thicker framed commuter bike. My buddy and I did this ride as a gift to my daughter to show her anything is possible, and also to raise money and awareness for Stand Against Suicide. It was a great experience, and very cool for us to show people you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on a space age bike to pull of a century!

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=340218

pdinphx 09-19-13 04:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Blue_Bulldog (Post 16062326)
It was a great experience, and very cool for us to show people you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on a space age bike to pull of a century!

Awesome !!!

delcrossv 10-04-13 12:22 PM

Here 'ya go. Ol' Reliable. :innocent:
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t...atejuly005.jpg


Recently got this and I'll try it on a long ride next year- but it's really a TT bike- a lot faster than the Lightning.

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t...e/DSC03602.jpg

Lanovran 10-06-13 08:31 PM

I just finished my first century (about 102 miles, to be specific) yesterday, on my Trek 520. I rode from my apartment in east Cincinnati up along a scenic and winding route to my parents' house up in Beavercreek, OH. I did have to make a detour over to Centerville, OH on the way, to stop at JuneBug's Cupcakes, on account of undeniable deliciousness. :) It was slightly uphill nearly all the way, so I can't claim any great speed or time records (but that's not the point, is it?), but the route was mostly along the Little Miami Scenic Trail and was quite pleasant.

http://i44.tinypic.com/vh3wr9.jpg

dave42 10-23-13 01:52 PM

http://s843.photobucket.com/user/smi...tml?sort=3&o=4

Ride report here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-First-Century

I learned a lot. I've got a rack on the bike, too. it's in some of the pictures on photobucket.

dave42 10-23-13 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Blue_Bulldog (Post 16062326)
Did my very first century this past weekend from Washington, NC to Nags Head, NC on this. It's a Mongoose trail bike, that I did a bunch of mods to. Road tires, more comfy saddle, upgraded shifters, and a few other things. Basically turned it into a thicker framed commuter bike. My buddy and I did this ride as a gift to my daughter to show her anything is possible, and also to raise money and awareness for Stand Against Suicide. It was a great experience, and very cool for us to show people you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on a space age bike to pull of a century!

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=340218

Very true about the money. My bike was an ebay find. I've got about $500 in it right now, but that includes new wheels, freewheel, tires, bar tape, 2nd bottle cage, lights, bags, etc. It also includes a pump and multi-tool, inner tubes( I carry two spares), patch kit, spoke wrench, schraeder adapters, freewheel remover, and cable lock.)

I got new cables and housing for it, too, just haven't put it all on yet.

My wife has a Schwinn comfort bike I paid 30 dollars for at the flea mkt. I've gone over it good, mechanically, and would ride it 100 miles if I wanted to.

ThermionicScott 10-24-13 12:38 PM

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Originally Posted by dave42 (Post 16185508)
http://s843.photobucket.com/user/smi...tml?sort=3&o=4

Ride report here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-First-Century

I learned a lot. I've got a rack on the bike, too. it's in some of the pictures on photobucket.

I missed the ride report the first time around -- nice work, especially considering how much longer it was than any of your previous rides. :thumb:

Also dug this:

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I stopped ... sat and smoked my pipe

:D

dave42 10-24-13 02:21 PM

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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott (Post 16188875)
I missed the ride report the first time around -- nice work, especially considering how much longer it was than any of your previous rides. :thumb:

Also dug this:



:D

Yeah, I don't have to try hard to be a Fred. I also wore jeans and cowboy boots that day. My cowboy boots are work boots/rubber soled. They make excellent riding shoes. Been rockin the tennis shoes lately though. I'm a fred, but a groovy fred...:)

frant 10-26-13 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Lanovran (Post 16138500)
I just finished my first century (about 102 miles, to be specific) yesterday, on my Trek 520. I rode from my apartment in east Cincinnati up along a scenic and winding route to my parents' house up in Beavercreek, OH. I did have to make a detour over to Centerville, OH on the way, to stop at JuneBug's Cupcakes, on account of undeniable deliciousness. :) It was slightly uphill nearly all the way, so I can't claim any great speed or time records (but that's not the point, is it?), but the route was mostly along the Little Miami Scenic Trail and was quite pleasant.



http://i44.tinypic.com/vh3wr9.jpg

I know this trail too well! It's interesting to find other people from my area here... Greetings from Beavercreek!
Good to know you enjoyed the adventure!

lungimsam 10-26-13 01:27 PM

Did first century on my Rivendell Sam Hillborne on Oct. 5th this year at the Seagull Century in Maryland.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7313/9...4a759553_b.jpg
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/9...b031d1c0_b.jpg

Bowman1 10-31-13 02:23 PM

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My Traitor Ruben. Just put together by a friendly shop last week. This weekend rode a 100 miler in the wind. She's a beautiful bike. A bit heavy at 25 lbs., but rides sooo smoothly.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7107/6...4f3ff1a0f2.jpg
Traitor Ruben complete 002 by karmastray, on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7264/7...9014ccc8b1.jpg
Traitor Ruben complete 006 by karmastray, on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7052/7...18bc8170d7.jpg
Traitor Ruben complete 004 by karmastray, on Flickr

Specs:
Traitor Ruben frame
tiagra double crankset and rear derailleur
105 front der.
Shimano 9 speed barcons
Avid BB7 brakes
Nitto Randonneur handlebars
origin 8 brake levers
T-Serv pt 32 mm tires
fizik pave cx saddle
some old seatpost I had lying around

Very nice! Can you give me some details on the stem? I'm looking for something like that to put on my old Schwinn 564.

SnowJob 11-01-13 09:35 PM

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Very nice! Can you give me some details on the stem? I'm looking for something like that to put on my old Schwinn 564.

Sure! The stem in the pic is 110mm and (I believe) +/-17 degrees (might be 25... traded that stem and my fork and have a different setup on the bike now). I'm guessing you'll need a quill stem for your bike? Have you checked out any bike shops? Often they'll have a selection of stems to choose from.

Bowman1 11-04-13 09:49 AM

Thanks for the info on the stem. My bike shot didn't have anything in stock that would work, and their supplier has them on back order. I'll see if they can find me something like this.

tshelver 11-04-13 03:25 PM

ICE: Trice Q

Longest ride on anything else was under 45 miles.

http:// http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/...ps383b3a20.jpg

jetjock 11-12-13 06:37 PM

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Have done century's on both. The Meta is definitely faster.

jetjock 11-13-13 12:23 PM

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Let's try this again. The Meta is faster but I don't know if there is a more comfy ride then the Giro.

daf1009 11-15-13 02:25 PM

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Rode two metrics this year on this bike...

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=350878


And a full metric on this one...

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=350879

Pakiwi 11-22-13 04:36 PM

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Rode my first Century around Wellington New Zealand on a 15 year old Carlton that was too big for me. It was my fathers and the only bike I could get my hand on as a late teen. Before having kids I did three centuries on a 1984 Celo Europa. I got this out again and my goal is to ride at least one century next year on the East coast. Still have to decide which one. Training inside over Winter and trying to lose some pounds so I can improve on the hills.

c.miller64 11-23-13 09:58 AM

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My Cannondale Six13 "everything bike". I've done dozens of centuries, 24hr TT's, 400 miles races, some cross state rides and it's also my daily trainer. +50k on it and still going strong.


http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=352180

ythe1300 11-25-13 06:27 AM

That is a rather aggesive LD bike. I can't imagine holding that position all day...... shoot, I could hardly move after cross fl on my clubman.

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My Cannondale Six13 "everything bike". I've done dozens of centuries, 24hr TT's, 400 miles races, some cross state rides and it's also my daily trainer. +50k on it and still going strong.


http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=352180


c.miller64 11-25-13 08:41 AM

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That is a rather aggesive LD bike. I can't imagine holding that position all day...... shoot, I could hardly move after cross fl on my clubman.

Believe it or not, I'm always comfortable when riding this bike. I think it's mostly due to the aerobar pad locations which are setup behind the bars a couple of inches. This allows me to keep my upper arm perpendicular to the ground which carries my weight without having to use much/any strength. When I had the pads directly above the bars and stretched out slightly I couldn't ride for more than 6 hours or so without some fatigue.

Haven't raced beyond 24hr's yet, though. I'll probably need a second bike once I do.

Six jours 11-29-13 10:03 PM

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Originally Posted by ythe1300 (Post 16275935)
That is a rather aggesive LD bike. I can't imagine holding that position all day...... shoot, I could hardly move after cross fl on my clubman.

People credit Boone Lennon with "inventing" aerobars in 1987 for time trials and triathletes, but they actually were first used by ultra-endurance riders several years before. Jim Elliot used them in the 1984 RAAM, and Pete Penseyres actually won RAAM in 1986 with them. I believe they were intended primarily to enhance comfort for long distances (they were not nearly as low as is common today) and the improved aerodynamics were actually a pleasant side-effect.

handsthatcatch 12-17-13 01:35 AM

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Originally Posted by c.miller64 (Post 16271482)
My Cannondale Six13 "everything bike". I've done dozens of centuries, 24hr TT's, 400 miles races, some cross state rides and it's also my daily trainer. +50k on it and still going strong.


http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=352180

WOW that saddle is slammed forward! Do you have very short femurs? You ride a hell of a lot more than I do, so I'm not questioning your set-up or your comfort level, just curious!

10 Wheels 12-17-13 12:32 PM

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Got one on it....

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=355483

MindEyeSight 12-27-13 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by handsthatcatch (Post 16336128)
WOW that saddle is slammed forward! Do you have very short femurs? You ride a hell of a lot more than I do, so I'm not questioning your set-up or your comfort level, just curious!

I think it's to help shorten the top tube for using the aero bars.


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