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  1. Thread: 300 km / day

    by joewein
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    I am a slow randonneur who usually struggles with...

    I am a slow randonneur who usually struggles with completing brevets beyond 200 km within the time limit (albeit on hilly courses around here, e.g. 300 km with 2900 m = 9700 ft of climbing). Last...
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    My very first century was in high school. During...

    My very first century was in high school. During the summer vacations I visited a friend who lived south of Munich, riding there by myself on my French Motobecane 10 speed touring bike. I lived some...
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    Congratulations on your first century completion!...

    Congratulations on your first century completion!

    I virtually never have full meals on long rides. Mostly I eat bananas, bread, pastries, yoghurt that I buy at convenience stores. My minimum is...
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    Sticky: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-W4XCn0hSjHA/VUb...

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-W4XCn0hSjHA/VUbgsuUOvII/AAAAAAABjl0/3HKAeBfedwM/s800/IMG_0389.JPG

    Last Sunday I combined a 188 km mountain course with a social ride with two friends. I only...
  5. Typical hybrid bikes are set up with the...

    Typical hybrid bikes are set up with the handlebars either level or higher than the seat, which is comfortable but not very aerodynamic. Flat bars mean a limited choice of riding positions.
    ...
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    Steve, Going from 50 km to 160 km the...

    Steve,

    Going from 50 km to 160 km the difference is not so much in fitness but in learning to pace yourself and to eat and drink right.

    This sticky thread at the top of this forum is still...
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    24 or 28 spoke wheels always made more sense to...

    24 or 28 spoke wheels always made more sense to me on a racing bike where aerodynamics matter at lot rather than on a randonneur, where you want things close to bullet-proof. I would never go for...
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    You mention both low trail forks and disk brakes....

    You mention both low trail forks and disk brakes. That's a rare combination. I only know of one non-custom fork on a production bike that offers it, the Elephant Bikes National Forest Explorer. There...
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    Yes, if you find the steering too fidgety,...

    Yes, if you find the steering too fidgety, putting a handle bar bag or front rack on the big will steady it. I carry a bag with tools, a spare tube, my camera and batteries for the GPS / phone up...
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    Second month in a row with over 1000 km. I...

    Second month in a row with over 1000 km. I started the month with a 460+ km ride on the first weekend as a preparation for this year's 400 (April 18/19), which I successfully completed.

    I was...
  11. Thread: First 400km

    by joewein
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    Same here, at least one banana an hour for me. As...

    Same here, at least one banana an hour for me. As long as I don't run out of bananas or water I can always keep going. Fortunately I can find them at virtually any convenience store, so there's...
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    If you want to stick with the existing wheel size...

    If you want to stick with the existing wheel size (27 x 1 1/4 = ETRTO 32-630), the basic Panaracer Pasela (non-Tourguard version) is one of the best tire options. There's some discussion in the...
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    Nope, it's still there: ...

    Nope, it's still there:

    http://ravn.rawlandcycles.com/

    You can also follow the Rawland Cycles Owners Group (rCOG) on Google groups for updates.
  14. Thread: First 400km

    by joewein
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    Yes, I also often wake up before the alarm clock...

    Yes, I also often wake up before the alarm clock goes off for a big ride (brevet or personal), but that's why you can't rely on the last night alone, though the amount of sleep you get then probably...
  15. Thread: First 400km

    by joewein
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    I think if you can do a 300 km without much night...

    I think if you can do a 300 km without much night riding (or sleep deprivation), you may find a 400 a lot harder. If on the other hand you already suffer from lack of sleep in a 300, a 400 will be...
  16. I don't commute but ride over 9000 km a year...

    I don't commute but ride over 9000 km a year (almost 6000 miles) and have had 4 flats over 3 1/2 years. Out of those one was due to a 50 mm (2 inch) wood screw that no tire could have survived....
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    Technical merits aside, I would never buy a...

    Technical merits aside, I would never buy a bicycle from that company, simply because of their overactive legal department (remember Cafe Roubaix or the renamed Neil Pryde Alize).
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    Sticky: Second century (and double century) distance of...

    Second century (and double century) distance of the month: I successfully completed my first 400 km brevet with 59 minutes spare :)
    ...
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    I started using a Brooks saddle before getting my...

    I started using a Brooks saddle before getting my first cycling shorts and still rode my first brevet (300 km) in cotton shorts. Everybody had told me what an improvement the cycling-specific shorts...
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    Thus speaks a true engineer! :-)

    Thus speaks a true engineer! :-)
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    As unterhausen mentioned, Jan Heine of Bicycle...

    As unterhausen mentioned, Jan Heine of Bicycle Quarterly studied the subject in a wind tunnel and found as follows:
    If you think about it, when you look at a cyclist from the front, no part of the...
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    I eat a regular size breakfast before a day's...

    I eat a regular size breakfast before a day's ride, then start consuming 200+ calories per hour one hour into the ride. No full meals during the ride as I try to keep food stops short. It's easier...
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    Sticky: I did a full weekend ride with 469 km (291 mls)...

    I did a full weekend ride with 469 km (291 mls) and 3874 m (12700 ft) of climbing in a big loop around Mt Fuji, leaving Saturday at sunrise and not getting back until 43 hours later. The cherry...
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    In the last two years I've heard of a handful of...

    In the last two years I've heard of a handful of cases amongst my friends and acquaintances of people who have had to have their Ti frames rewelded or replaced under warranty because of cracks...
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    I don't understand why you link reusing the...

    I don't understand why you link reusing the existing parts to the choice of frame material: If you can swap your Campy parts from the carbon frame onto a Ti frame, why not to a steel frame? And you...
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