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Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 09-29-14, 08:43 AM
Replies: 20
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Posted By spokenword
I started using handlebar bags when I got into...

I started using handlebar bags when I got into randonneuring back in 2006, and in that time I've tried a small variety of bags and forms. I've used big boxy things similar to the Topeak Tour Guide...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 07-30-13, 09:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 576
Posted By spokenword
For a straight line ride, it may be about 400km...

For a straight line ride, it may be about 400km (or 250 miles), which can take anywhere between 18 and 24 hours. The northeastern corner of Connecticut and Central Mass is filled with several steep...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 10-15-12, 06:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,668
Posted By spokenword
I have an S3X that I use for in town commutes. I...

I have an S3X that I use for in town commutes. I personally find that the gear range isn't wide enough for the mixture of terrain that one finds in New England, so I personally wouldn't use one for...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 10-11-11, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By spokenword
oh sorry, for clarification, the Saratoga Springs...

oh sorry, for clarification, the Saratoga Springs 400k that I was referring to was the one that Don runs out of New Horizons, which goes from Westfield to Saratoga Springs by way of Lee, Stephenstown...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 10-10-11, 03:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By spokenword
I hope to do the GRR 'one of these days'. Just...

I hope to do the GRR 'one of these days'. Just hasn't quite fallen in line with my calendar since (I think) it's always on Columbus Day weekend and I usually have standing plans on that day. All...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 10-10-11, 11:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 510
Posted By spokenword
On PBP 2007, I made a point of stopping in as...

On PBP 2007, I made a point of stopping in as many patisseries and bakeries as my time, wallet and stomach would allow. I could specifically recall being able to get a Paris-Brest at bakery outside...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 11-09-10, 10:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,031
Posted By spokenword
I think all of the brevet distances have their...

I think all of the brevet distances have their charms. The 100k can be a nice social event, and the sort of thing that doesn't have to take up an entire day. 200's and 300's are nice full daylight...
Forum: Touring 10-05-10, 10:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 388
Posted By spokenword
to bring along a spare bike? ;) I have a...

to bring along a spare bike? ;)

I have a Burley flatbed trailer that I use for utility tasks. As a grocery getter and urban errand runner it's fine, but it's not something that I'd take on a...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 10-05-10, 09:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,533
Posted By spokenword
I finished PBP 2007...

I finished PBP 2007 (http://cris.livejournal.com/tag/paris) but from my recollection, the first 24 hours were fairly miserable for many of the 80 and 90 hour starters. Rain started about halfway...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 10-01-10, 08:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 838
Posted By spokenword
for disclosure, Coluber (Hi, E!) is designing the...

for disclosure, Coluber (Hi, E!) is designing the bag for me and I find it kind of funny how common complaints about map cases are as that's one reason why I've looked into getting a custom bag...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 09-10-10, 03:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 607
Posted By spokenword
personally, i tend to go...

personally, i tend to go "year-heavy","year-light" when it comes to randonneuring ... and have found that works really well for staving off burnout. I don't necessarily mean taking a break...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 08-31-10, 08:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 792
Posted By spokenword
... or for riders who were recovering from...

... or for riders who were recovering from stroke, as my friend was.

I also recall taking a 15 minute catnap on someone's lawn in the middle of Connecticut during a fleche. A teammate waited...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 08-26-10, 04:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 792
Posted By spokenword
My experience has been a bit of 'all of the...

My experience has been a bit of 'all of the above'. On 400k's that might start at some indecent hour, like 3am, I'll sometimes get sleepy after lunch or dinner and will pull over to the side of the...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 08-17-10, 05:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 532
Posted By spokenword
4Rings6Stars -- I've done both the 180k and 100k...

4Rings6Stars -- I've done both the 180k and 100k version of the D2R2. With regards to tires, I've done it with both Pasela 28s and Jet 30s and have had better experiences with the Jet 30s. There...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 06-20-10, 02:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,465
Posted By spokenword
ultralight and self-supported don't necessarily...

ultralight and self-supported don't necessarily go together in terms of extreme distance riding. when they do, they are usually held together by a glue that is made of Unbridled Optimism.
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Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 05-19-10, 08:10 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 12,515
Posted By spokenword
Viper, I'll go against the grain and say that you...

Viper, I'll go against the grain and say that you actually can have a 'do-it-all' bike, given your requirements, which are fairly middle of the road. Since you say that you won't do anything more...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 05-18-10, 08:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,216
Posted By spokenword
fwiw, I did my first three MS 150s on a Trek 730...

fwiw, I did my first three MS 150s on a Trek 730 hybrid bike. It was fine. The MS rides are all pretty chill and the time allowances that they give you are fairly generous. I picked up a Trek 520...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 05-16-10, 06:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 571
Posted By spokenword
I live about 13 miles from the start of the...

I live about 13 miles from the start of the Boston brevets and have generally ridden to most of them. I used to drive to the start in my first couple of years but invariably found that whenever I...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 04-22-10, 11:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 389
Posted By spokenword
yeah, I had the hallucinations thing on PBP,...

yeah, I had the hallucinations thing on PBP, riding past fields just outside Rambouillet on the way to the controle in Dreux and I imagined that there were feral rabbits the size of wolves pacing me...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 03-10-10, 07:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,231
Posted By spokenword
skiffrun, to clarify: you do not really need to...

skiffrun, to clarify: you do not really need to reach the common destination within the 24 hour period. It is best to do so within 24 hours for matters of form, but arriving at the destination in...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 03-09-10, 06:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,231
Posted By spokenword
generally ok. if you submit an itinerary...

generally ok.

if you submit an itinerary with a start at 7pm on Friday and your finish point is town A, with your 22 hour control at town B, but find that, at 5pm on Saturday, you're at town C,...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 01-21-10, 10:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 331
Posted By spokenword
I have not done the Outriders specificaly, but I...

I have not done the Outriders specificaly, but I have done Boston to Provincetown as part of the Great Mass Getaway for the NationalMS Society. It's a great first century route -- flat, scenic and...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 01-18-10, 12:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 373
Posted By spokenword
awesome. hopefully it will be a recurring event....

awesome. hopefully it will be a recurring event.

oddly, I find that it's not so much the 1000k that some riders have issues with but the fleche. I think that for all of friendships and...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 01-18-10, 08:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 373
Posted By spokenword
I qualified for an R-5000 in 2009, but didn't get...

I qualified for an R-5000 in 2009, but didn't get the paperwork back from my 1000k in time to apply so will have to wait until 2010 to pick it up. Congrats, claire, it's a very worthy...
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 01-06-10, 09:23 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,765
Posted By spokenword
for the sake of your RBA's, respect the...

for the sake of your RBA's, respect the randonneur's maxim: "Don't start the ride if you don't think you can finish."

With that said, brevets can be intimidating events, and I think a lot of...
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