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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 08-25-05, 10:05 AM   #1
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hey everyone,

just wanted to share a pretty decent panorama i made of all the singlespeeders right before the start.

it's so big it's like where's waldo; find your friends....

bonus point to anyone who spots a bikeforums member. so far i know of two....

http://s94916384.onlinehome.us/sswc05/panorama.jpg

here is an article keith bontrager wrote about the race. i had the same basic experience and he writes WAAAY better than me so i'll let him tell the story. sufice it to say it was an awesomely brutal time!

http://www.cyclingnews.com/riders/20.../?id=keith0510

enjoy....
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Old 08-25-05, 12:11 PM   #2
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I Found Waldo.
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Old 08-25-05, 01:11 PM   #3
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That gold skinsuit guy is scary.
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HEY! I see a front derailleur!

and the red bike laid down on the rocks on the DS is beautiful --you'd never see that done with gears :snicker:
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Thats Alot Of White Poeple
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SSWC = TAOWP
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how come it lets you do all caps but not me?
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Thanks for posting. I enjoyed the link to Bontrager's piece, and from there to the oneSpeeder.com write-ups. The spontaneous/unorganized/fun thing that they're afraid of losing if & when SSWC etc goes "mainstream" is a real issue for sure. I don't know anything about SSWC, but they're talking about the same issues that happened to (killed?) triathlon in the 80's. In the early 80's it was great fun when you'd pound beers & burritos and laugh with your pals before and after some half-baked torture race. Then ESPN showed Julie Moss crawling over the finish line at the ironman, and suddenly it was big business. The fun got squeezed all out of it and the whole sport became the super-serious, olympic-qualifying, body/training-nazi, techno-$$pendfest, killjoy machine that it is now. Not that I don't still do 'em once in a while, but its not like the old days when there was less extremism, and more....extremism.

Like the article said: once you start mailing out results, and once big-time sponsorship comes in, its a different ballgame and not necessarily a better one.

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just wanted to clear something up about keith bontragers write up. the part about someone taking DJ Birch's bike....

DJ took the wrong bike. i know the guy who's bike he took, Bob, we race the mid-adlantic super series with him. Bob was the last person to leave, because he had to wait and see which bike was left. so Bob got screwed, but they made it up to him by giving him a Kona Unit frame. pretty sweet.
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My mistake.

I was telling DJ's [early] version. I guess investigative journalism isn't my deal.

The later version - DJ later figured out that someone moved his bike away from where he left it. Practical joke and all that.

When he got to where he thought his bike was, it wasn't, but he didn't know that because he wasn't in on the joke. There was a Rig right there though, and he took off with it.

Sorry for the mix up. I am sure Bob was bummed when he had to wait for everyone to leave and take off on the bike that was sitll there. He probably figured out what happened when he saw it though.

DJ was bummed too. He had his flat repair stuff in a saddle bag, and BOb had his in his jersey or Camelback. DJ had to borrow tubes and pumps from people to fix his flat.

Hopefully the frame the organisers gave to Bob as a consolation prize was, consolation enough...

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