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    I was looking at my initial ride plan and...

    I was looking at my initial ride plan and comparing with the actuals from the result sheet. I was amazed at how much time I was losing on the climbs. I was fine until Escalante, and then I was...
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    Shorts and saddles are very personal things. You...

    Shorts and saddles are very personal things. You just have to keep trying different ones until you find one that works for you. Have you tried other saddles besides Brooks & Fizik?

    And just...
  3. So are you saying that those who ride RAW are...

    So are you saying that those who ride RAW are somehow lesser riders than those who ride RAAM?

    I think the main difference is level of resources and time commitment. It costs far less to do RAW...
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    Another way to answer the question is to ask,...

    Another way to answer the question is to ask, "when does cycling stop being fun?" On my recent Hoodoo 500 ride, these times were:

    - climbing Boulder Mtn, where the road just kept going on and on,...
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    I wouldn't worry, and your son should just take...

    I wouldn't worry, and your son should just take this as a learning experience. Riding what you've got, especially if it's not as "good" as what everybody else has, will only make you stronger. I...
  6. I notice that many of the top ultramarathon...

    I notice that many of the top ultramarathon cyclists are going to liquid diets. Christoph Strasser typically starts on a liquid diet two days before his big events (like RAAM). I find that when I am...
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    I double-wrapped my drop bars using two sets of...

    I double-wrapped my drop bars using two sets of FSA tape in preparation for London-Edinburgh-London in 2013. This is a 1400-km ride within about 5 days. By the time I got to Edinburgh, the top layer...
  8. False analogy. Riders are still divided into...

    False analogy. Riders are still divided into gender and age categories for both races.

    The issue could easily be resolved by either altering the course so the RAW riders cover more/less distance,...
  9. Why are RAAM and RAW two separate races?

    They start at about the same time and they cover the same roads. So why are they treated as two separate races?

    Seems to me Christoph Strasser (who arrived in Durango first) should have been given...
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    There's really nothing preventing anyone from...

    There's really nothing preventing anyone from riding the RAAM route (highly documented) as a permanent. It would be like riding one of the "Diagonals" in France. Read the rules and ride across...
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    August results: Rodriguez fixie: 2,632 Dolan...

    August results:

    Rodriguez fixie: 2,632
    Dolan track bike: 109
    Total for August: 2,741 (1,713 miles)

    The biggie this month was the 520-mile (835 km) Hoodoo 500. I also did a 300-km brevet two...
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    OK, Hoodoo 500, check. Next week is the Cino...

    OK, Hoodoo 500, check.

    Next week is the Cino Heroica. I'd better get the old pedals with toe clips on my steel fixie, and put the cleats on some road shoes! The ride requires a "heroic" bike. I'm...
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    Oh, and I almost forgot about the long,...

    Oh, and I almost forgot about the long, never-ending STEEP descent from Cedar Breaks to Cedar City. Very non-technical FAST drop for somebody on gears/freewheel, but a challenge for numb hands having...
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    Hoodoo 500 on a Fixed Gear

    Just back from St. George, Utah after one of the toughest rides I've ever done. Here's the link to the 2014 webcast: Webcast 2014

    When I first contacted Deborah Bowling (the race organizer) about...
  15. Seems to me most cyclists regard their bicycles...

    Seems to me most cyclists regard their bicycles as tools or golf clubs. You get a whole bunch of n+1's, each built for a very specific purpose, and you don't deviate. For me, this is really boring...
  16. Thanks for clearing that up, TWOcycle. You can't...

    Thanks for clearing that up, TWOcycle. You can't trust anyone anymore. I've also got a Wound Up fork (also "made in Utah") that I use with a front disc brake in the winter, so now I am wondering...
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    July results: Rodriguez fixie: 2,255 km Dolan...

    July results:

    Rodriguez fixie: 2,255 km
    Dolan track bike: 250 km
    Total for July: 2,505 km (1,565 miles)

    No really long rides in July, just one 100-miler in Whatcom County, WA. August is the...
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    Some ideas about why belt drives are not so...

    Some ideas about why belt drives are not so popular:

    An acquaintance of mine owns a Harley with a belt drive. He says it works fine, but the manual cautions against riding on loose gravel, as...
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    In my 40+ years of riding fixed gear bikes, I...

    In my 40+ years of riding fixed gear bikes, I have NEVER used a lock ring. Even on the track, where applying any kind of back pressure would cause problems in a pace line. If you're riding on the...
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    Forgot to do the June update: Rodriguez fixie:...

    Forgot to do the June update:
    Rodriguez fixie: 2,443 km
    Dolan track bike: 229 km
    Total for June: 2,672 km (1,670 miles)

    Started the month by riding the last 250 km of a weekend 600 km brevet....
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    I'm 6'1" with 34" inseam, and I use 165mm cranks...

    I'm 6'1" with 34" inseam, and I use 165mm cranks on the road fixie. The shorter cranks are an advantage spinning down hills (for a given angular velocity, your linear foot speed is slightly slower...
  22. Thread: Raam 2014

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    Pippa: ”The boys, they thought there was going to...

    Pippa: ”The boys, they thought there was going to be some sort of—some way they were going to benefit if there was a girl on the team. So I was roped in by my brother. It’s been positive having the...
  23. My wife and I had stopped at a local corner store...

    My wife and I had stopped at a local corner store to eat some ice cream on a bicycle ride near our vacation villa near Mount Vernon, WA. The store has a couple of old chairs on the front porch, so...
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    Sticky: This is when you lightly hold your gloved hand...

    This is when you lightly hold your gloved hand over the rolling tire in order to remove any little shards of glass or metal it might have picked up when you rolled thru that patch of loose crap at...
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    Went on a 12-day bike tour of western Turkey this...

    Went on a 12-day bike tour of western Turkey this past April. Friends of mine have run a bicycle touring company out of British Columbia for years; they have sold that and have now partnered with...
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