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Old 09-03-05, 12:02 PM   #76
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Sorry, scratch that. I have to be at home for a delivery.
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Old 09-03-05, 07:20 PM   #77
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I'm going to ride last Sunday's route (http://tinyurl.com/868lf) tomorrow, since I missed it last week. I'll be leaving from Copley Sq at noon. Sorry for the late notice.
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Old 09-03-05, 08:41 PM   #78
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That was a long ride last weekend; we actually did a slightly shorter route (only 45 miles instead of 50), and it still gave us a workout (of course I also had the round trip to Copley). Personally, I'm staying off the bike for a little while. One of the muscles in my upper back has felt like f-ing fire any time I've gotten on my bike in the past few days, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better, so I think I need some time off.
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Old 09-03-05, 08:51 PM   #79
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psn your a sissy suck it up ... I have the Boston Tri to Photograph @ 6am tommorow I'll be done around noon ... tossing around the idea of riding while i'm up there. I logged 60 today (geared) I have "The Flatest Century in the East" coming up next Sunday but I took it easy, actually drove down to preview ride a portion of course. Anybody meeting up for a fixed ride? what time? where? Jrowe you rollin' solo?

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Old 09-03-05, 09:06 PM   #80
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Well as I said, noon at Copley Sq. At this point it looks like I'm riding alone. Do you think you can make it by 12?

Ah, leave psn alone. He's wise to listen to his back. He would also be wise to examine his seating position and fit, as it's not normal for a bike to cause back pain.

Edit -- "Flattest Century", you mean NY? I'm going too.
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Nah man, believe me, I'm almost always the one campaigning for a ride, but this **** ****ing hurts. Even copious amounts of ibuprofen aren't helping.
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Nah man, believe me, I'm almost always the one campaigning for a ride, but this **** ****ing hurts. Even copious amounts of ibuprofen aren't helping.
I'm just kidding witcha psn ... back issues are not to be ignored, I have major neck and shoulder issues (non-bike related thank god) it can be debilitating at times, Vicodin (left over from oral surgery) & booze usually do the trick for me Advil doesn't touch it, all jokes aside take care of your self man; maybe get it worked on by a professional thats what I do when it gets bad . Jrowe PM me a cell# if you have one. If I can't make it for noon I'll call, otherwise I'm there.

btw, the Century starts in Dartmouth, Mass and goes into Tiverton, Adamsville and Little Compton, RI and several other towns in South Coast Mass.
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Old 09-04-05, 02:52 PM   #83
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Well that was a small group. There were two of us. Nice ride though, despite the constant headwind.
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Old 09-04-05, 03:55 PM   #84
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*****es. By the way, jrowe, I took your advice and did examine my fit. This morning I had my girlfriend help me do all the measurements as accurately as possible for competitivecyclist.com's fitting calculator and I found that my seat was like 4 cm too high, which was undoubtedly behind putting a lot of strain on my back. I just rode down to MIT for a meeting and back, and while the muscle is obviously hurt, being in that position was actually quite comfortable.

It also turns out that my Jamie Roy is more or less too long for me. As I suspected, I'm a 56-58 (seat tube c-c) cm guy who needs a 120 mm stem, which turns out is exactly what I got for my Steamroller, whereas my Jamie Roy is 59 cm with 105 mm stem...we'll see what I can do about that with saddle spacing and what not to get it close to right. Of course, it's top tube length that matters the most, and it looks like (if we are to trust these people) that I should be aiming for top tubes of no more than about 56.5-57 cm in the future. Guess I'm not that big after all. Dang.
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Old 09-08-05, 11:28 AM   #85
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I forgot to mention: I talked to Greg and we're gonna get together at the same time and place on Saturday to resume our scheduled ride. I'm feeling much better, I think the ride on Friday just irritated my throat. I tend to be prone to nagging respiratory issues.
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Old 09-08-05, 11:43 AM   #86
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I can't make that because I'll be in NY, but I am thinking of going for a ride this evening at maybe 6:30 before meeting up with the Philly people.
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Trevor, you guys going geared on the saturday ride? I just sold my geared bike to my friend, so I only have my fixie and a s/s I just converted (my first start to finish no help from anyone conversion) that's geared an amazing 52x24. I'd be down for riding wit some folks though, so I might drag one of those two along, depending on the route you're planning.

JRowe, I'd join but I really need to get to broadway bikes and fix that front hub and tonight is the only night they're open late. I think I've ridden 200 miles with that wobble now and its starting to get to me.
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I'll probably be geared but no worries, I've promised Greg that we'll roll a more leisurely pace and there shouldn't be much if any climbing.

I don't know about riding at 6:30, as I mentioned, need to put my hub back together. If I do that in time, I'll let you know.
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Old 09-08-05, 01:26 PM   #89
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Cool, then I'm down for saturday. Maybe I'll regear the s/s to something more reasonable so's we can have a big coasting party.
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did anyone show this past thursday at the MIT track?

I tried to make it but my car started gushing gasoline. The funny part is that it was when I was letting a potential buyer test drive it. I've never had a problem with my car up until that point. Such is life.

See you guys there next week.

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Yeah, there were some of us there. The gang up from Providence has sworn to bring more next week.
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Yeah, there were some of us there. The gang up from Providence has sworn to bring more next week.
I'm working on the peeps here in Providence to round up a few more for next Thurs. We should try to organize more races ... I think everybody was a little to hammered to stretch it out any longer than we did. Maybe BYOB next week so we have more time.
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Man, I must have been doing something wrong because I'd only had two beers and was far from hammered. I did have that quesadilla, but I probably wouldn't have done that well even if I hadn't.
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Ill be back to MIT as soon as I get my foot checked out by the foot doctor dude. Old problems rising up to keep me down. I almost went in spite of the pain thursday, but then I tripped on the corner of my dresser and reminded myself of why I should not attempt to put my foot into the clips of my bike. Pain.
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I had a pretty nasty fall on my way back on thursday night... I can't remember what happend but I can't move my shoulder too well... maybe a broken nose and a really sore jaw. It has gotten a little better but I'm still going to the doctor tomorrow to make sure that it is not anything too serious. I probably won't make it out to the track on thursday or if I do it will be to heckle ya'll while drinking for the sober ones. I might also make it out to the races to watch tonight though. I hope to see ya'll there.
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Ouch man, get well soon. My back muscle is finally improving - I went on a ride with the MIT team yesterday and another one this morning, and I can finally ride comfortably for a couple of hours, so long as I take ibuprofen beforehand and ice it down afterwards. Hopefully I can give it a whirl around the track this Thursday.
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Henry man, I hope you feel better. ****ty.

Everybody there's a race tonight around the Common at 10pm. 10-lap criterium. Check the Boston Race thread for details. I'll be there and you should be too.

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Yo, anyone know if these clouds of doom are supposed to clear up by this evening.

Oh and do they take credit at the races?
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Yo, anyone know if these clouds of doom are supposed to clear up by this evening.

Oh and do they take credit at the races?
rain through saturday or sunday according to NOAA
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Bummer! I don't know about MIT tonight but I'll still probably show for the Midnight Crit on Friday, rain or shine. If you haven't heard, check it out: www.rushinrevolution.com. Friday, Midnight, $5, Registration at PA's Lounge in Union Square, Somerville. Prizes for first man and first woman.

To answer your question, we don't usually race for money at MIT, but hey we'll take credit too. Whateva.

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