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    During this past year's Cino Heroica ride (you...

    During this past year's Cino Heroica ride (you must ride a classic "heroic" bike and are encouraged to wear wool kit), I overheard one old guy at the rest stop say that he was wearing his wool...
  2. The numbers on my Sigma computer (an older 1009)...

    The numbers on my Sigma computer (an older 1009) are sufficiently large, and the material they use for the LCD display is highly visible in low light. My Garmin 500, on the other hand, is hard to see...
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    Be careful with "open tubs" on 23mm rims. Not all...

    Be careful with "open tubs" on 23mm rims. Not all of them fit. I normally run 23mm Vredesteins on Velocity A23 rims, but I once made the mistake of using a Vittoria EVO on the front. It seemed like a...
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    If you're upgrading wheels to be used on a bike...

    If you're upgrading wheels to be used on a bike equipped with disc brakes, then you definitely want carbon fiber rims, just for the weight advantage. You can get decent carbon fiber clinchers. If you...
  5. Depends on the context. On the road, I think that...

    Depends on the context. On the road, I think that if you need to carry food (or a bottle, or two bottles), it's an endurance ride. Otherwise, it's more of a sprint, like riding to work. Unless you...
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    I've never ridden my bike in Alaska. Sounds...

    I've never ridden my bike in Alaska. Sounds interesting. Am planning a trip to Anchorage at some point, maybe do the 400 km brevet to Seward and back?

    Luis
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    The primary goal for me in 2015 is to do a "REAL...

    The primary goal for me in 2015 is to do a "REAL Charlie Miller" at Paris-Brest-Paris. Miller's greatest accomplishment in completing his 1901 PBP ride (finishing 5th, and the first American to...
  8. Agree that it's not the bike. You just have to...

    Agree that it's not the bike. You just have to try different saddles and different shorts until you find what works for you.

    Typically, if a saddle is still comfortable after 300 km (probably...
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    Sophie Matter completed the 1230-km...

    Sophie Matter completed the 1230-km Paris-Brest-Paris in 2011 on a heavy commuter bike, complete with flowers. I am one of those guys who just thinks that acquiring bikes for each specific purpose is...
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    I was looking at my initial ride plan and...

    I was looking at my initial ride plan and comparing with the actuals from the result sheet. I was amazed at how much time I was losing on the climbs. I was fine until Escalante, and then I was...
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    Shorts and saddles are very personal things. You...

    Shorts and saddles are very personal things. You just have to keep trying different ones until you find one that works for you. Have you tried other saddles besides Brooks & Fizik?

    And just...
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    So are you saying that those who ride RAW are...

    So are you saying that those who ride RAW are somehow lesser riders than those who ride RAAM?

    I think the main difference is level of resources and time commitment. It costs far less to do RAW...
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    Another way to answer the question is to ask,...

    Another way to answer the question is to ask, "when does cycling stop being fun?" On my recent Hoodoo 500 ride, these times were:

    - climbing Boulder Mtn, where the road just kept going on and on,...
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    I wouldn't worry, and your son should just take...

    I wouldn't worry, and your son should just take this as a learning experience. Riding what you've got, especially if it's not as "good" as what everybody else has, will only make you stronger. I...
  15. I notice that many of the top ultramarathon...

    I notice that many of the top ultramarathon cyclists are going to liquid diets. Christoph Strasser typically starts on a liquid diet two days before his big events (like RAAM). I find that when I am...
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    I double-wrapped my drop bars using two sets of...

    I double-wrapped my drop bars using two sets of FSA tape in preparation for London-Edinburgh-London in 2013. This is a 1400-km ride within about 5 days. By the time I got to Edinburgh, the top layer...
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    False analogy. Riders are still divided into...

    False analogy. Riders are still divided into gender and age categories for both races.

    The issue could easily be resolved by either altering the course so the RAW riders cover more/less distance,...
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    Why are RAAM and RAW two separate races?

    They start at about the same time and they cover the same roads. So why are they treated as two separate races?

    Seems to me Christoph Strasser (who arrived in Durango first) should have been given...
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    There's really nothing preventing anyone from...

    There's really nothing preventing anyone from riding the RAAM route (highly documented) as a permanent. It would be like riding one of the "Diagonals" in France. Read the rules and ride across...
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    August results: Rodriguez fixie: 2,632 Dolan...

    August results:

    Rodriguez fixie: 2,632
    Dolan track bike: 109
    Total for August: 2,741 (1,713 miles)

    The biggie this month was the 520-mile (835 km) Hoodoo 500. I also did a 300-km brevet two...
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    OK, Hoodoo 500, check. Next week is the Cino...

    OK, Hoodoo 500, check.

    Next week is the Cino Heroica. I'd better get the old pedals with toe clips on my steel fixie, and put the cleats on some road shoes! The ride requires a "heroic" bike. I'm...
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    Oh, and I almost forgot about the long,...

    Oh, and I almost forgot about the long, never-ending STEEP descent from Cedar Breaks to Cedar City. Very non-technical FAST drop for somebody on gears/freewheel, but a challenge for numb hands having...
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    Hoodoo 500 on a Fixed Gear

    Just back from St. George, Utah after one of the toughest rides I've ever done. Here's the link to the 2014 webcast: Webcast 2014

    When I first contacted Deborah Bowling (the race organizer) about...
  24. Seems to me most cyclists regard their bicycles...

    Seems to me most cyclists regard their bicycles as tools or golf clubs. You get a whole bunch of n+1's, each built for a very specific purpose, and you don't deviate. For me, this is really boring...
  25. Thanks for clearing that up, TWOcycle. You can't...

    Thanks for clearing that up, TWOcycle. You can't trust anyone anymore. I've also got a Wound Up fork (also "made in Utah") that I use with a front disc brake in the winter, so now I am wondering...
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