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Old 07-09-05, 03:20 PM   #1
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Ok so it was really a metric century, but it had some steep climbs. I feel hot as hel!! The new wheelset rode so smooth, and my new king headset made it feel like a whole new bike. My old needle bearing headset had to be much tighter, so the looseness that most people feel was a new experience.

The best part is passing people and having them gawk. The quote for the day was: " Oh my god you are an animal."

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50,622 revolutions!!! Schooling roadies up the climbs was the best!
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congrats y'all. that rocks! where was the ride?
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heya, congrats on completing the century. i did my first fixed century last month. it was a hoot, never got passed. great way to test yer mettle.
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The new wheelset rode so smooth, and my new king headset made it feel like a whole new bike. My old needle bearing headset had to be much tighter, so the looseness that most people feel was a new experience.
congrats yo.

I'm curious how a good headset feels. I only have a cheap ritchey and I just don't see anything wrong with it. could you explain, in more detail, how the king made a difference?
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could you explain, in more detail, how the king made a difference?
duh. A $120 headset will make you faster, and you will be able to climb hills easier. duh.
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I cant say I really noticed a huge difference in the quality per se - what i noticed was the tension. With needle bearings the headset is much tighter, the stem didnt turn really fast. The king is more standard and the stem "spins" kinda. I actually liked having a tighter headset before, i think i just have to get used to the change. noticing the difference in quality i think will just be watching it last forever.
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congrats y'all. that rocks! where was the ride?
san mateo then down the peninsula and back. it was bike for breath.
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here is the topography

here is the map http://www.mrsnv.com/uploads/evt/stp...-%20FINAL1.pdf
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Anyone interested in doing this ????

OrganicAthlete, a California based nonprofit organization, is organizing the 1st annual Tour d'Organics in Northern California on August 21st, 2005, gathering bicyclists from around the world to take part in the ride, while enjoying the ripe fruits and beautiful countryside of Sonoma County.

Starting in Sebastopol, the 25, 62.5 and 100 mile routes will connect organic farms in the area, where riders can feast on berries, melons, peaches and other delicious fruits straight from the field. After the ride, riders will be treated to a vegan buffet.

The goal of the event is both fun and education. Bradley Saul, former professional cyclist and ride director, says, "The Tour d'Organics brings together two things I'm really passionate about: riding bikes and healthy, organic food. This is a great opportunity for cyclists and fitness enthusiasts to learn more about how they can help the environment and fuel their bodies with organic food."

For more information or to register, visit www.tourdorganics.com
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Amazing work. You guys definitely have some legs to pull that off.

I don't think I have seen your bikes yet? Any Links?
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just did my hardest one day ride last week, was 160 mi up highway 1 from santa cruz to sebastopol, 10.5 hours in the saddle... started to hallucinate! lol
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just did my hardest one day ride last week, was 160 mi up highway 1 from santa cruz to sebastopol, 10.5 hours in the saddle... started to hallucinate! lol
Were you riding fixed? 10.5 hours, i dont love my saddle enough to sit in it that long.
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OrganicAthlete, a California based nonprofit organization, is organizing the 1st annual Tour d'Organics in Northern California on August 21st, 2005, gathering bicyclists from around the world to take part in the ride, while enjoying the ripe fruits and beautiful countryside of Sonoma County.

Starting in Sebastopol, the 25, 62.5 and 100 mile routes will connect organic farms in the area, where riders can feast on berries, melons, peaches and other delicious fruits straight from the field. After the ride, riders will be treated to a vegan buffet.

The goal of the event is both fun and education. Bradley Saul, former professional cyclist and ride director, says, "The Tour d'Organics brings together two things I'm really passionate about: riding bikes and healthy, organic food. This is a great opportunity for cyclists and fitness enthusiasts to learn more about how they can help the environment and fuel their bodies with organic food."

For more information or to register, visit www.tourdorganics.com
that sounds FUN! let's put a crew together and do it!
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Ok so it was really a metric century, but it had some steep climbs. I feel hot as hel!! The new wheelset rode so smooth, and my new king headset made it feel like a whole new bike. My old needle bearing headset had to be much tighter, so the looseness that most people feel was a new experience.

The best part is passing people and having them gawk. The quote for the day was: " Oh my god you are an animal."

Grrrrrrrrrr
congratulations! don't sell yourself short on the "metric" part, those look like righteous climbs to this midwesterner. i've got two "english" centuries to look forward to this weekend, but largely level. i will be doing them at 48:16 - what was your gearing, pray tell?
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i will be doing them at 48:16 - what was your gearing, pray tell?
Sillygirl - 170mm cranks, 42x15
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Good stuff. I actually did the same yesterday in preparation for the Chicago Century tentatively going down. Here's my ride report:
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Good stuff. I actually did the same yesterday in preparation for the Chicago Century tentatively going down. Here's my ride report:
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after reading your report here is ours:

We both brought water 1.5 liter water bags filled with some brand of electrolytes, tools, pump, tubes.

I think our average speed was a bit lower maybe something like 14 to 17. We werent after speed so much as just finishing it, since it was the first ride of such lenght for us, previously we had only done up about 50miles. We spent about what seemed like 50/50 time in and out of saddle with climbs. The last 12 miles were really a breaking point, we began to feel our saddles and legs a bit more. The last 5miles had a nasty head wind, which for me, really shook things up. My legs were tired, my ass hurt and i just wanted to finish, it actually felt better to stand and push through out of the saddle for me.
I think it took us over 4 hours (didnt even check actual time)

During the ride we ate pbj sandwhiches, nuts, fruit and engergy bars, provided on the ride, (makes it a hell of alot easier not having to haul it all.) We stopped to rest about 4 or 5 times, i found this key for stretching and a break for sits bones. (i was using selle flite Ti).

intersting little tid bit, last week i ran a 10k, and my number was 1366, oddly enough i got the same number for this ride. Weird?!!?
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I dunno, you guys probably would put me to shame. Road a century today with my fixie (42x15). for the first 75 miles things were okay. only got passed a couple times. then I started getting really tired. didn't stop for a couple rest stops. stopped at the 94 mile stop, sat down and didn't think I would get up. Eventually got up, slowly road to the end, getting passed by everyone. They must of did shorter versions.... yeah right thats probably what it was...
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Interesting - ostro/sillygirl, what gearing did you use? I was in 48x18. I definitely think that doing it solo is tougher mentally - if I was riding with someone, the camaraderie would have taken my mind of it as it has done so in the past when I've done this ride. I also had to fight a strong headwind for the last 8 miles which at that point was quickly becoming a breaking one. Took me 3 and a half hours. A more relaxed pace might have helped though, but I know when I'm at that point of tiredness, I just want to get it over on and I kept soldiering on.
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OrganicAthlete, a California based nonprofit organization, is organizing the 1st annual Tour d'Organics in Northern California on August 21st, 2005, gathering bicyclists from around the world to take part in the ride, while enjoying the ripe fruits and beautiful countryside of Sonoma County.

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Sounds fun...

Good job with the ride
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Good job on the century. I ride those areas a lot and there are
some steep sections for sure.
I should be back in town for the Tour D'Orgasmics. (I'm going to Omaha for a couple of weeks late July/early August.)
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