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    Yeah, I agree. I have been doing 200Ks each...

    Yeah, I agree. I have been doing 200Ks each month without trouble on a weekly mileage of only 30 to 50 miles. Every one of those training miles is spent in the "pain cave", though.
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    That's good. That gives you an idea of how to...

    That's good. That gives you an idea of how to ride conservatively on a 200K and not break down 30 miles from finish or whatnot.
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    That translates to about 71 feet per mile, which...

    That translates to about 71 feet per mile, which is pretty typical for Pgh area. Eastern PA is similar. Lots of short steep hills. Not the easiest place to ride brevets.

    It is possible to...
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    that doesn't seem particularly representative for...

    that doesn't seem particularly representative for Pgh area. either those six were faster than typical, or it's a flatter than typical route for these parts. in any event, I am highly unlikely to do...
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    Probably not. Climbing rates around here are 60...

    Probably not. Climbing rates around here are 60 to 75 feet per mile, typically. 14 mph rolling average would be pretty fast.
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    This might seem like blog shilling, but here it...

    This might seem like blog shilling, but here it goes anwyay: How Little Can You Ride and Still Do Rando? | The Rothrock Cyrcle of Hell

    Basically, it's largely a mental game, as long as you know...
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    This is a good, modestly difficult perm that is...

    This is a good, modestly difficult perm that is not too terribly far from where you live: Happy Buffalo 200K | The Rothrock Cyrcle of Hell

    (unter is the owner for that one...)

    Also, be sure to...
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    Essentially, yes. Although technically it's...

    Essentially, yes. Although technically it's really the person who created the 'route'. The route, and controle checkpoints, have to generally conform to same rules laid out for a brevet route. ...
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    RUSA: Randonneurs USA (http://rusa.org/) third...

    RUSA: Randonneurs USA

    third sentance:
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    Perhaps the for some of the same kinds of reasons...

    Perhaps the for some of the same kinds of reasons that USAC events have various categories.
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    Thanks. A set of CPs are in my future.

    Thanks. A set of CPs are in my future.
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    I feel lucky to have picked it up. I got it for...

    I feel lucky to have picked it up. I got it for a very reasonable price. I had to drive 2.5 hours just to see it, but obviously that all worked out.

    Oh, my shoulders aren't all that wide. I...
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    How true to size do they run? The fork and front...

    How true to size do they run? The fork and front brake have lots of room. A 32mm tire clears with enough room to spare. A 32mm actually fits in the back too, but with only about 2 mm clear to the...
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    The components run down as follows: Dura Ace...

    The components run down as follows:

    Dura Ace front changer
    Shimano 600 Ult. rear changer
    Shimano 105 indexing shifters
    Dura Ace 7 spd freewheel (13-24T)
    Campag Nuovo Record crank 53-42T, 170mm...
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    Heh. I agree. The bike came with a pair of...

    Heh. I agree.

    The bike came with a pair of 20mm wide Michelins and I don't like tires that skinny. I had a 25mm Durano available that I stuck on there as a temporary measure. I am probably going...
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    That's an old Zefal frame pump/gonfleur/pompa...

    That's an old Zefal frame pump/gonfleur/pompa I've been hauling around like that for years.
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    http://i771.photobucket.com/albums/xx356/steamer_0...

    http://i771.photobucket.com/albums/xx356/steamer_03/P1010822_zpse30d7d30.jpg

    http://i771.photobucket.com/albums/xx356/steamer_03/P1010830_zpsc4c7aed7.jpg
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    some more pictures: ...

    some more pictures:

    http://i771.photobucket.com/albums/xx356/steamer_03/P1010832_zps1e1a724d.jpg

    http://i771.photobucket.com/albums/xx356/steamer_03/P1010825_zps3352f614.jpg
    ...
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    the frame is believed to be mid 80's. Seller had...

    the frame is believed to be mid 80's. Seller had trouble putting a specific year on it.

    I will likely email T. Kellogg with the S/N and find out how old it is and what tubing it uses. No...
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    Sure. I will try to take some close ups soon and...

    Sure. I will try to take some close ups soon and post them.
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    Thanks! Yes, the lugs ARE very thin. It's one of...

    Thanks! Yes, the lugs ARE very thin. It's one of the first things I noticed. The lugs don't stand out in the pictures very well, but they are nice. They are also pretty compact. I guess they...
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    New to me Spectrum

    I have been wanting a handmade lugged steel road bike from an American master builder for many years now. You know a Bruce Gordon, Goodrich, Tesch, Sachs, Bohm, Belinky, Oulette, Rodriguez,...
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    Me too. When I first got my 500 I wasn't...

    Me too. When I first got my 500 I wasn't expecting it to be as useful for navigation as it is. Just wish the VP could be turned off.
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    I didn't think that was an option on a 200 or...

    I didn't think that was an option on a 200 or 500. How do you load it as a route?
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    Then you wouldn't be following the course. I...

    Then you wouldn't be following the course.

    I am assuming the OP would like to follow a course, but doesn't want the VP to be there too. But as others have said, this is not possible on the 500. ...
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