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  1. I've done PBP twice (and 4 other 1200s) and...

    I've done PBP twice (and 4 other 1200s) and that's the benchmark I shoot for. It's worked well for me. The one 1200K I DNF'd (Uzbekistan) -- the only ride I have ever DNF'd -- had nothing to do...
  2. Central Florida 1000K (11 October 2014)

    All--

    The details of the Central Florida 1000K are now out, and you can check them out here.

    There are no "easy" 1000Ks, but this ride is aimed squarely at those who are perhaps new to this...
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    I've started events I really care about (PBPs,...

    I've started events I really care about (PBPs, ultra races) on brand new rubber.
    Other events? Eh, whatever's on the bike works fine, but I don't let things get too worn down/out before...
  4. Never carried one. I take one to PBP, but that's...

    Never carried one. I take one to PBP, but that's only for locking up in SQY outside that huge shopping mall there.....
    On randonnees, ain't no one gonna steel any of my crappy bikes. Couple of...
  5. Sticky: No. I think it's really tough to control a...

    No.

    I think it's really tough to control a bicycle without your feet on the pedals (and preferable clipped into the pedals). I have 2 kids and a wife and a mortgage and a job that I cannot show...
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    Needless to say, I'm a big fan of IRO. If their...

    Needless to say, I'm a big fan of IRO. If their bikes can take this (and that was a Jamie Roy, which was not as well received as the steel Rob Roy), then they can handle whatever you're gonna do to...
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    Since it's getting to be that time of year again...

    Since it's getting to be that time of year again in most randonneuring places, and I know we have a lot of new(er) folks here... thought this thread might be helpful.

    Current version of this is...
  8. Silk Route 1200K (Uzbekistan), 18-22 Oct 2012

    I'm headed off to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, for the Silk Route 1200K this upcoming Sunday (ride starts 0800h local time (EDT +9h) on Thursday, 18 October). Though I leave Sunday afternoon, I won't...
  9. Dude, I am so pumped for you! A big, hearty...

    Dude, I am so pumped for you! A big, hearty Congratulations! on one hell of an accomplishment. You're gonna get to enjoy this deal for the rest of your life.

    P.S. -- Look forward to checking out...
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    YATQ (Yet Another Tire Question)

    Any recommendations for a 32mm (or thereabouts) 700c tire?

    Intended use: riding a 1200K in Uzbekistan, over legendarily lousy pavement. I believe all the roads are paved; just very, very poorly...
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    Completed a full series, fleche, and a few...

    Completed a full series, fleche, and a few permanents.... Good times, as always.
    Off to Uzbekistan for the Silk Road 1200K in two weeks. Details on that epic, here.
    Fixed, of course.
  12. I did a 200k on a pursuit bike running tubular...

    I did a 200k on a pursuit bike running tubular tires. It didn't make a lot of sense, but it was fun to take that bike out and light up a long ride.

    That said, I carried an extra tire and two...
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    Interesting idea. Sounds like an alleycat for...

    Interesting idea. Sounds like an alleycat for the dirt and gravel crowd.

    A different kind of event than yours, but you might check out -- http://12hoursofstpete.com/ -- in which we took the idea...
  14. Speaking of pig products: Bacon. And if JLE...

    Speaking of pig products: Bacon.
    And if JLE approves it, beer would be brilliant.
  15. You know, I started planning on 2015 before the...

    You know, I started planning on 2015 before the 2011 edition was even over.
    Heck, I was talking with some people at dinner in SQY on the Saturday night before the ride about how we all wanted to...
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    There are some very good thoughts here from...

    There are some very good thoughts here from randonneurs with a wide variety of approaches to our sport; my own are pretty close to where Nick is on all of this stuff.

    My own experience, for what...
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    I'm flying up Friday for it; it'll be my 8th one....

    I'm flying up Friday for it; it'll be my 8th one. Riding down and back in one day with a group of guys I used to work with. Good luck and give the folks in the PorterWright jerseys a wave when you...
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    I started randonneuring after riding a lot of...

    I started randonneuring after riding a lot of centuries in the winter in Ohio and the RBA up there said he thought I might enjoy this randonneuring thing. I'd never heard of it, other than in...
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    I'll give my $0.02 on randonnees (one's options...

    I'll give my $0.02 on randonnees (one's options and what one ought to be willing to endure -- either to continue on or to find one's way home, using their own resourcefulness, should depend, in part,...
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    Good luck, y'all. Let us know here how it went...

    Good luck, y'all. Let us know here how it went after you get back safely and recover from it!

    And easy on the caffeine; it can upset your stomach pretty good, especially if you're hammering,...
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    12 Hours of St Pete, 6.9.12

    An urban, endurance cycling event in the heart of St. Petersburg, Florida. Last year it was awesome. This year, it will be awesome-er.

    Rather than tell you about the Guaranteed Awesomeness, you...
  22. @Santaria -- Thanks, mate! I think the best...

    @Santaria -- Thanks, mate! I think the best reward one can receive in cycling is inspiring others to take their riding to the next level, push it just a little harder, try something they might have...
  23. I think there is. Obviously, practice makes...

    I think there is.

    Obviously, practice makes perfect and, the better physicial shape you're in, the better you're going to be at climbing hills or mountains or bridges or whatever.

    But, all...
  24. A few thoughts on bridges and rollers: As...

    A few thoughts on bridges and rollers:

    As others have noted above, on a fixed-gear bike, you tend to be better off at the start of a small hill/roller/bridge maintaining the same effort (but don't...
  25. Kent Peterson...

    Kent Peterson rode it on a SS years ago. Kent's a legend in the long-distance SS/FG world. Strongly commend his blog and writing to anyone interested in this sort of thing.
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