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    In 2011, I spent 11.3 hours awake in controls. ...

    In 2011, I spent 11.3 hours awake in controls. There are 15 controls including the two secret controls, plus on the way out, Mortagne is not a control but practically everyone stops there anyway. I...
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    From my perspective, exactly the opposite is...

    From my perspective, exactly the opposite is true. Having a drop bag is part of preparing for the worst. On BMB in 2006, what I had in my drop bag meant that I finished while what my friend was...
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    I bought 165's for my wife's road bike, since she...

    I bought 165's for my wife's road bike, since she is also short. But when she's on the tandem, she's riding 170's or maybe even 175's, I can't remember. She's never commented on the difference.
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    Have you ridden a 400km in "PBP weather" (i.e....

    Have you ridden a 400km in "PBP weather" (i.e. temperature range from high 30's to high 80's with and without rain)? If so, make a pile of everything you took. Next, take the food and consumables...
  5. No. But I try to keep up somewhat with the...

    No. But I try to keep up somewhat with the literature. If you have other info, please post it.

    Nick
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    I started out with an Arkel Tailrider on a rear...

    I started out with an Arkel Tailrider on a rear rack and a small ditty bag in front. Switched to a Carradice Lowsaddle Longflap on a Bagman support, both to get more carrying capacity with lower...
  7. There are many riders your age who continue to...

    There are many riders your age who continue to ride centuries every weekend. The only thing I'd be concerned about is osteoporosis. There's some evidence that endurance bicycling leaches calcium...
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    Good call -- IT band pain can take a long time to...

    Good call -- IT band pain can take a long time to recover from. Generally, the cause is that your saddle is too high, making you have to stretch for the pedals and creating stress on the IT. Try...
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    That looks like a hugely-challenging route. It's...

    That looks like a hugely-challenging route. It's a little unclear from the ride description which roads are gravel/dirt and which are not. E.g. is the 18 percent grade on Meyers Grade Road on...
  10. I think the bike in the OP's photo is an '81 600...

    I think the bike in the OP's photo is an '81 600 series Trek -- the '82's and '83's were not made in that color, and the headtubes were painted a contrasting color, which this isn't.

    The failure...
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    The Soma GR has pretty beefy forks and stays, I...

    The Soma GR has pretty beefy forks and stays, I think it'd be fine for light touring. The fork has both a rack braze-on and a mid-fork "hole" where you can screw in a bolt for a pannier rack.
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  12. What the literature shows is that tire width...

    What the literature shows is that tire width basically doesn't matter, except that comparable-construction, wider tires are faster on rough roads than narrow, high-pressure tires that just lead to...
  13. Thread: Pbp '15

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    Yeah, I had big problems with this in 2007. So...

    Yeah, I had big problems with this in 2007. So in 2011, I made a set of cheat-sheets printed on cardstock paper that had all of the controls and their closing times. I had it set up so that I had...
  14. Thread: Pbp '15

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    If you haven't ridden a 1000 or 1200 before, then...

    If you haven't ridden a 1000 or 1200 before, then I would set my sights on riding a 1000km this year. What you learn on that ride will go a long way toward teaching you what you need to know to...
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    Kind of similar: On my recent 600km, I got...

    Kind of similar: On my recent 600km, I got dropped early in the ride and was by myself for most of the first 80 miles -- when I did find someone to ride with, I got a flat so I was on my own again. ...
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    A similar strategy without the hydration pack is...

    A similar strategy without the hydration pack is to just take a one-gallon plastic bag, fill it halfway with ice, and tuck it into the top of your jersey on top of your shoulderblades. I made myself...
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    I like the Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Gel Vent Glove...

    I like the Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Gel Vent Glove [Revision: PI has revised these gloves so that they are probably useless -- they've "modernized" them to just have minimal pads so I expect they will...
  18. For whatever reason, it seems like the SRAM...

    For whatever reason, it seems like the SRAM cassettes seem to shift a little more uniformly with my setup. It seems like the Shimano's are slightly more finnicky and if adjusted so they shift well...
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    I used to use Lantiseptic regularly from about...

    I used to use Lantiseptic regularly from about 2005 to 2007, but I found that it tends to clog up my pores and cause saddle sores. Plus the petroleum in it may make it so the fabric in my shorts...
  20. Weatherby, He didn't call you a liar, he said...

    Weatherby,

    He didn't call you a liar, he said you're being rude. That's because ... some of your posts verge toward rudeness. Rowan, Machka, I, and many others have been on this forum for over a...
  21. +1 It doesn't matter if you are right or...

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    It doesn't matter if you are right or wrong, Weatherby. But it does matter if you are polite. Just imagine that you're on a bike ride with the people on this forum, talking to people the same...
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    My wife's 1986 Trek 400 wouldn't take anything...

    My wife's 1986 Trek 400 wouldn't take anything bigger than a 25c (with fenders), and she felt really unsafe riding on bike paths that can easily have wet leaves, slippery mildew on wood, longitudinal...
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    Before the ride, I smear on Chamois Butt'r, about...

    Before the ride, I smear on Chamois Butt'r, about a golf-ball size amount. For me, that's good for a typical 300km without re-application. But for longer distances I'll try to remember to reapply...
  24. Thread: Gearing ?

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    If you're planning to do serious long distance on...

    If you're planning to do serious long distance on hilly terrain, then I think you need to think in terms of having a very-low bailout that lets you spin up the steepest climb instead of having to...
  25. While I agree that this can often be a problem,...

    While I agree that this can often be a problem, it isn't the cause of randonneurs being overweight. I think the primary cause of overweight randonneurs is that they are overweight people who have...
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