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    those are my top two as well. the pass hunter was...

    those are my top two as well. the pass hunter was winning for me, as i preferred 700c and the modern threadless fork. research also says the VO stuff plays well together (fenders, racks, etc.), but...
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    2014 was my first year randonneuring. 10 down for...

    2014 was my first year randonneuring. 10 down for an R-12.

    2015:

    1) finish my last brevet for an R-12 in february (just did january's ride two days ago).
    2) fleche, if it falls in the cards....
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    ah gotcha, glad to hear you've got a solution :)

    ah gotcha, glad to hear you've got a solution :)
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    why not use a longer bolt and a locknut? might be...

    why not use a longer bolt and a locknut? might be easier to remove if you ever need to take it off or switch the support between bikes. a less permanent solution ... might also rattle loose but...
  5. glad to hear it worked well. i have a gomadic AA...

    glad to hear it worked well. i have a gomadic AA charger for my edge 500, but working on a new dynamo set up, and adding in USB charging would be a nice touch.
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    most of my under-30 friends don't want to make...

    most of my under-30 friends don't want to make the time commitment either, even with minimal responsibilities. the same friends that book hotel rooms the night before a faraway cyclocross race, only...
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    coming from an under-30 novice randonneur, who is...

    coming from an under-30 novice randonneur, who is friends with a lot of "serious" cyclists about my age, it's easy to see that randonneuring is a very niche discipline. most of my friends are racing...
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    Sticky: just got it this summer but it's already been...

    just got it this summer but it's already been through a century, 3 200k's, and hopefully two more 200k's in september (and many more to come). this picture was at the last controle of the NJ rando...
  9. thanks! i would use them now (i used to before...

    thanks! i would use them now (i used to before when doing road-ish rides on that bike), but i usually use a carradice saddlebag for brevets and such these days. my frame has no mounts for anything,...
  10. man, after riding a flat 200k with 3 SS/fixed...

    man, after riding a flat 200k with 3 SS/fixed urban riders from NYC, i really want to get my track bike rando-ready with modern compact drops like your somas. aaaand lose the double-straps for...
  11. that looks more difficult than the one you're...

    that looks more difficult than the one you're proposing! i haven't really gotten into the "gravel grinding" thing (i skipped out on the PA/NJ 'classics' rides to do brevets instead), but a gravel...
  12. did GK just do this ride over the weekend? looks...

    did GK just do this ride over the weekend? looks like a nice and scenic ride...i guess it's not hard being in central PA.

    as for the hard ride, why not?
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    yes, i finished my first overnight brevet, and it...

    yes, i finished my first overnight brevet, and it was the FUNNEST brevet i have completed thus far. i was in the first group to arrive at the first controle, aaaand then waited an hour for the last...
  14. Don't worry about what other people are doing, or...

    Don't worry about what other people are doing, or what non-cyclists think.

    The real question you should ask yourself is "Is riding a century every Saturday *enough* for this 61 year old?"

    If...
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    I don't walk out in the dark (or at all, really)....

    I don't walk out in the dark (or at all, really). And practically all of my night-time riding occurs in suburban areas or the city, and so there is plenty of ambient light. Dead silence and complete...
  16. Congrats! I think the most important thing about...

    Congrats! I think the most important thing about route planning is knowing where supplies (food, water, bathroom) will be available along the route, at regular enough intervals to leave you high and...
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    I guess I can't really do much to "get over"...

    I guess I can't really do much to "get over" being scared of the dark. I wish I had a somewhat louder music system...last night I simply turned some music on through my phone, but the volume was...
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    just got home from a 2 hr shakedown ride with my...

    just got home from a 2 hr shakedown ride with my buddy who will be joining me.

    i've realized:
    -shooting the breeze is an easy way to while away the time
    -the 60-70 temp range at night is really...
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    novice here, but i was in your boat re: luggage...

    novice here, but i was in your boat re: luggage just a few months ago. for this year, i went with a carradice super c audax to bagman 2 QR support, and only a small handlebar-mounted bag (not the...
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    thank you for the advice everyone! i will have a...

    thank you for the advice everyone! i will have a dynamo hub powering a supernova front + rear light, 2 USB front lights as backup/for descents (are there even any on this course??), battery rear tail...
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    Tips for Night Riding

    Rando n00b here, I only have a few 200k's and one 300k under my belt, which gives me a grand total of about 4 night-time riding hours.

    I am prepping my bike and mental strategy for the upcoming NJ...
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    running road tires off-road isn't ideal, nor is...

    running road tires off-road isn't ideal, nor is riding an excessively-knobby tire on pavement for an extended period of time. the marathons in a 32 look like pretty decent tread...is it going to be...
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    i used to think doing even one or two centuries...

    i used to think doing even one or two centuries in a year was 'crazy'...

    last year i did my first century (june '13) and my first 200k (sept '13).

    i took it easy doing trainer miles over this...
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    i usually make them myself for the brevets i do,...

    i usually make them myself for the brevets i do, and double check, and triple check them. even then, i can still make some errors or overlook something, orr maybe it won't load correctly come time to...
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    looking forward to the upcoming NJ shore by night...

    looking forward to the upcoming NJ shore by night 200k, specifically to log some 'easily gained' night-riding experience.
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