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  1. 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,...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  6. 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...
  8. 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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    Sticky: 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.
  18. Thread: Custom Bags?

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    making a traditional front handlebar bag, if you...

    making a traditional front handlebar bag, if you are crafty enough, seems pretty simple...it's a big cube/box with a flap over the top. of course, making a nice one that works well and lasts a long...
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    this is one of the most ridiculous things i have...

    this is one of the most ridiculous things i have heard. so if all-city bikes are for hipsters who now want to ride geared bikes and crush it at cross races, aren't surly bikes made for bearded,...
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    both are very nice, well-spec'd bikes. i think...

    both are very nice, well-spec'd bikes. i think the main question you need to ask yourself is, beyond the triathlon in august (just ride any bike for your first one), what kind of riding do you see...
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    i went from a 200k to a 300k, and the jump does...

    i went from a 200k to a 300k, and the jump does seem to be smaller than the 3 to 4, or 4 to 6 (or of course 6 to 1,000 or 1200).

    all of the problems i had encountered during previous 200k's, i...
  22. try to 'train' as much as you can and get those...

    try to 'train' as much as you can and get those miles in...short sprints to try to boost that engine.

    tires, as others have mentioned...

    if you can do 50+ now, try to structure your riding so...
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    peter white cycles...

    peter white cycles carries a few different lights and a handy chart to show which mounts can support or should support which lights (down towards the middle of the page).


    if you are running...
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    check the 'thickness' of your cycling kit....some...

    check the 'thickness' of your cycling kit....some jerseys have UV block built in, which protects you to some extent, but light/summer-weight jerseys can almost look like a mesh shirt, depending on...
  25. missed your post but these are all exactly what i...

    missed your post but these are all exactly what i have in mind.
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