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    Same basic goals as every year: - at least one...

    Same basic goals as every year:
    - at least one 160+ km ride every month,
    - at least 100 km every week (negotiable during overseas trips),
    ...both of which are only possible if I don't get injured...
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    Sticky: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-XOf_DfdL9wY/VLI...

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-XOf_DfdL9wY/VLIDIoIm_9I/AAAAAAABbkc/9qit7onlKMg/s800/IMG_9873.JPG

    I rode 242 km on January 10: A few km from a motel to the start (06:00), then 204 km for the...
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    rhm: Point taken :)

    rhm: Point taken :)
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    Sticky: 2015 Century-A-Month Club

    The rules are the same as last year or every year:
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    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-JSeBsTQFYAA/VI4...

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    Fading daylight at Kamakura beach
    (during my 218 km December century ride)
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    (continued from above) Fishing boats at...

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    Fishing boats at sunset:

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-k_otm6UL8lc/VI49f3eEV5I/AAAAAAABa-s/xL3eStXhIK8/s800/IMG_9724.JPG
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    (continued from above) Gradually some grey...

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    Gradually some grey clouds started appearing. They looked too much like rain clouds for my taste. I hadn't brought any kind of rain gear and the idea of riding home after...
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    I love riding mountains for the views, but when...

    I love riding mountains for the views, but when it gets too cold up there in the winter, Miura peninsula is a good place to visit (and so is Boso peninsula in Chiba).
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    Nice list of rides, Rick! It's pretty...

    Nice list of rides, Rick!



    It's pretty simple: If it's 100 miles or more in a day, it's a century :) If it's 200 miles or more, it's a double century. And if it's 100 km or more, you can call...
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    Thanks for all the great feedback so far, with...

    Thanks for all the great feedback so far, with many different viewpoints! It has been most helpful.

    My immediate action item will be getting some Kool Stop salmon pads (cartridge inserts for...
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    (continued from above) The bath house: ...

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    The bath house:

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-63G8nsZiXMo/VFeVhopSxvI/AAAAAAABZcg/Ywvc92VLHW0/s800/20141102_120040.jpg

    Climbing from the ruins to the tunnel:
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    (continued) There were many tourists after the...

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    There were many tourists after the lake, taking pictures. This is one of the most beautiful parts of the ride.

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    Report originally written on Nov 4: ==== ...

    Report originally written on Nov 4:

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    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-JpDiGrdhTzg/VFdxq8LmxkI/AAAAAAABZZA/NQHUxVzJdUw/s800/IMG_9186.JPG

    This year's Half-Fast Nichitsu loop was a very...
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    Disk brakes on Randonneur bikes

    Do disk brakes make sense on brevets?

    While I'm generally happy with my existing bike for brevets, I never like the performance of its cantilever rim brakes (Shimano 105) in the rain. Once it gets...
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    (continued from above) A couble of km down...

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    A couble of km down beyond the top, the route took a detour to the "Kintaro yuhi no taki" ("Kintaro evening sky waterfall"), where AJ Nishi-Tokyo staff was taking care of us...
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    Report originally written on Oct 20, 2014: ===...

    Report originally written on Oct 20, 2014:

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    BRM1018 AJ Nishi-Tokyo 200 km "Kintaro Yuhi no Taki" was my fifth and last brevet of the season, all of them organized by AJ Nishi-Tokyo.
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    (continued from above) The sky was rather...

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    The sky was rather gloomy, with the top of hills covered in low clouds
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    I've fallen a bit behind with posting century...

    I've fallen a bit behind with posting century rides and pictures. Meanwhile I'm up to 27 consecutive months of "one century ride a month". I wrote the following report on Monday, Oct 13, 2014:
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  19. My multi tool and patch kit case go into a...

    My multi tool and patch kit case go into a handlebar bag compartment, while the first spare tube goes deep inside another. The 2nd spare tube (which I only take on long rides) goes into the seatpost...
  20. My mini USB cable popped out of the Garmin Edge...

    My mini USB cable popped out of the Garmin Edge 500 USB on several occasions. Road vibrations do that and it's worse the longer and heavier the cable is.

    I solved the problem by attaching 2 thin...
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    The 500 is quite different from the 800 with regards to simultaneous charging. The 800 will happily record while charging provided you have the right firmware. The 500 will only record while charging...
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    The current Tiagra is the previous 105 and the...

    The current Tiagra is the previous 105 and the current Sora is the previous Tiagra. They're all pretty decent. The difference is mostly clever marketing. Any of them will be reliable if properly...
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    Not sure about formal "Century-a-Month" awards...

    Not sure about formal "Century-a-Month" awards and certificates. The closest that comes to mine is Randonneur USA's R-12 award, but that's for brevets (200 km or more), not centuries.

    As for this...
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    (continued) Around the Kawaguchiko area the...

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    Around the Kawaguchiko area the roads were crowded with cars and tourists. As I slowly made my way to the lake, traffic was virtually gridlocked. Passing stopped cars on the left and...
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    I'm up to 25 months of at least one 160+ km ride...

    I'm up to 25 months of at least one 160+ km ride a month. Yesterday I came back with 190 km with 1905 m of climbing, one swollen lip, a bruised knee and 80km of half-cleated riding.

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