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    Welcome. Nice riding in your area. Underground...

    Welcome. Nice riding in your area. Underground RR route from Adventure Cycling passes nearby. Louisville bike club is great, and Kentucky Randonneurs if you go off the deep end.

    Enjoy bf.
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    A lot like mine, on a Honda 450. A car started...

    A lot like mine, on a Honda 450. A car started to pull out in front of me on a two-lane highway, saw me, and stopped completely blocking the right-hand lane. There's oncoming traffic, and I'm going...
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    What a great ride. After Vilaines I abandoned...

    What a great ride. After Vilaines I abandoned sub 60 hour thoughts and switched to plan b: sleep and enjoy the ride. I stopped at a half dozen roadside coffee tables, three cafes, and a pizza...
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    F059, with a 17:15 start in the 90 hour group. ...

    F059, with a 17:15 start in the 90 hour group. Steady with short stops is the plan. But as Iron Mike says, everybody has a plan until they get hit.
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    Big/big you have smaller cogs available for easy...

    Big/big you have smaller cogs available for easy upshifts. Small/small you have larger cogs available for easy downshifts, but no larger cogs.
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    I think lost in the unavoidable pissing match was...

    I think lost in the unavoidable pissing match was the question of whether the big ring or small ring is advantageous, in situations where both can achieve the same effective gear ratio.

    Friction...
  7. I'd say go with the Giant. Older bikes have...

    I'd say go with the Giant. Older bikes have older bike issues that you may not want to deal with at this point; they are an acquired taste.

    Having said that, there are other considerations far...
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    I had four flats on a 600k this year; in recent...

    I had four flats on a 600k this year; in recent years I've had few. I carry 2 tubes, patch kit, and a pump, which got me through the 600k by the skin of my teeth. At PBP, I'll add two tubes to my...
  9. Thread: Pub 51

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    Sticky: t-6 weeks before PBP, so I've sworn off beer,...

    t-6 weeks before PBP, so I've sworn off beer, donuts, and my beloved cheetos in a last ditch effort to drop a few pounds. Too lazy to do the math, but every pound I drop must translate to a few...
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    Sticky: Right there with you. Condo or apartment living...

    Right there with you. Condo or apartment living comes to mind from time to time. But I could probably hire out everything from lawn mowing to sweeping the garage and still be dollars ahead. In the...
  11. What are your goals? Your goals may be...

    What are your goals? Your goals may be performance related, pleasure related, experience related, political, health related, financially driven, or some combination. What you should do, to a large...
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    Peel the sticker off, then ride worry free.

    Peel the sticker off, then ride worry free.
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    If you consider trucks to be a form of...

    If you consider trucks to be a form of automobile, you could say the automobile displaced walking, horses, and trains. That's a wide range of use cases, and infrastructure is built and maintained to...
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    Sheldon says they are not necessary; that's good...

    Sheldon says they are not necessary; that's good enough for me.

    But... with a pocket knife, a Presta valve cap can be turned into a functional Schraeder adapter.
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    +1 on just ride. Listen to your body, and rest...

    +1 on just ride. Listen to your body, and rest when it says to rest. Keep it fun and you'll keep riding. In Texas heat I'd carry at least one water bottle regardless of how far I was riding.
  16. Working on your bike in your garage at 2AM is not...

    Working on your bike in your garage at 2AM is not likely to get you arrested, divorced, or infected. The same cannot be said for many activities going on outside your garage at that hour.
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    Turned out great, weather-wise. Wind was steady...

    Turned out great, weather-wise. Wind was steady but not bad, cloud cover most of the day kept it cool, and the rain never showed. I even managed to hit my goal.
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    National 24 Hour Challenge

    Who's going?

    Temps look great, with a high of 80 and an overnight low of 70.
    Chance of thunderstorms increasing to 60% overnight.
    Predicted total rainfall is only around 0.2", so that's not...
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    There was a very very brief time, in the...

    There was a very very brief time, in the Quicksilver and Nelson Vails era, when cycling kits were club chic. Guys clomping around in cleats, shirt pockets sagging with gear, sporting legs that...
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    My '76 Grand Jubile has three original parts: ...

    My '76 Grand Jubile has three original parts: frame, fork, fixed cup. Paint is "rough". The front fender is a hacked up rear fender, and slightly wider than the rear. It sports flat bars mounted to...
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    Welcome. Pros: You already know how to suffer...

    Welcome.

    Pros:
    You already know how to suffer
    Your cardio conditioning is probably great
    You've dealt with dogs
    You're accustomed to spending too much money on shoes and special clothing
    ...
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    Congestive heart failure, bike crash, diabetes...

    Congestive heart failure, bike crash, diabetes complications, skydiving mishap, stroke, motorcycle crash, cancer, backpacking fall, suicide, car crash, shot by a jealous spouse, emphysema, and so on....
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    Keep it fun, and it will keep providing benefits.

    Keep it fun, and it will keep providing benefits.
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    Fender and rack ready, stock tires are 32mm wide...

    Fender and rack ready, stock tires are 32mm wide so you have options, 3x9 is beyond sufficient even considering sometimes pulling a trailer. It would certainly work for me. YMMV.
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    In my teens and twenties, my general rule was to...

    In my teens and twenties, my general rule was to turn whatever direction looked least familiar. Being lost was common, and not terribly concerning. I once asked a local which way to the city, and...
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