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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 10-28-05, 10:32 AM   #1
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It started on a cool Saturday morning. I'd asked off for the 22nd and 23rd a month ago and was given the rare gift of an entire weekend off from the shop. I prepared the night before. Four shirts, a sweater and a hoodie, two pairs of pants, one pair of squid shorts, three pair of gloves (warm, cool, and damn cold), and 10 GU gel packs.
The rules were simple: 11.5 mile loop through downtown and some surrounding neighborhoods. Teams of 4-6. Three checkpoints (locked newspaper dispensers full of tickets). Pass the key to the next rider when you check in. Team with the most laps after 24 hrs wins.
Easy. Except that the route traveled down the most heavily congested road in Atlanta on Saturday night. Down Peachtree Rd. passed all the most popular clubs and cruising spots before heading into some quieter neighborhoods to go up two hills that most riders here go out of their way to avoid.

So I showed up on Saturday with two people on my team. And I was on my own for 7 hours until my teammate Josh showed up after work. I was cool. I could do this. Just ride until I can't ride anymore, sleep, and ride some more. I ended up getting two more teammates, Robert, whose team had dissolved and another friend, Sam, who was staffing the repair station but ran some laps for us.
The race started with a parade lap so everyone could see the course. When we got back to the start/finish (a hipster bar that graciously let us take over their parking lot and allwed us to sleep inside that night) the first riders took off with little fanfare. I rose with the first group of five for the first lap. Everything was great. We were pacing each other and staying together to maximize energy conservation. I was ready to ride a few laps until I felt my cog slip. I had just installed new 16 and 18 tooth cogs to give me a good range of gears. I had to sit out the second lap and send my new partner out. After retightening my cog (I was able to screw off the lockring by hand. horray for no red lights on the second half of the course) I realized that I still had the key in my pocket. So I took off to try to cut my partner off on the other side of the course. I caught him at the corner of Piedmont and 10th and excecuted the most glorious transfer as he flew passed at full speed. After sprinting back to the bar and trying to rest a bit I took off on two more laps.
We traded off like this until 7:30 when my friend Josh showed up and rode five laps so we could get some sleep. After 55 miles at 15 mph through building traffic he went home to sleep, with a promise that he would be back to ride the next morning before he went to work, I set out for five laps between 11:30p and 4:30a. Peachtree had become a parking lot and every lap had 4 miles of riding the white line between two lanes of drunk, club-hopping traffic. When I got back I crashed. I didn't care if I got up again. I had done my 10 laps, 115 miles, my first fixed century. I found a spot on the floor and curled up with my hood pulled over my eyes and my sweater wrapped around my numb feet. At some point I was moved to one end of a couch and someone took up the other end and kept my feet warm.
I was woken up by my partner at around 7:30a. I was feeling great. Ready to do another few laps. Josh had run two more before going in to work and we had 4 hours to get as many laps as possible. We ended up getting four more. I ran one and was about to get another but I couldn't find my helmet and bag so someone else took it.
So I ended up with 11 laps. 126.5 miles fixed (The next highest was 8 laps), some damn sore knees, and some tickets to improv comedy for having the most individual laps. As a team we came in 5th out of 13. We had 26 laps total. The winners (a team of messengers) had 31 laps and an average lap time of 41 minutes. Someone had a 34 minute lap. I was just happy to keep most of mine under an hour. The squid cycling team from Georgia Tech came in 3rd, beaten by two teams of goats.
So I'm gonna do it again next year, maybe as a solo. Josh and I are thinking of doing a two person team, riding in 6 hr intervals. My new goal is 200 miles.

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Old 10-28-05, 10:56 AM   #2
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That's crazy! And I know Peachtree.
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Old 10-28-05, 11:35 AM   #3
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Dude that's awesome. Now write down all the details about it and write it as a story and submit it to bicycling magazine or something.
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Old 10-28-05, 12:12 PM   #4
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So awesome.. good job! Now I wanna get out and ride.. I don't think doing 2mph at CM after work is going to satisfy me.
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Old 10-28-05, 01:36 PM   #5
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Now that is an awesome idea. How about it SF? Before the fog sets in again?
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Old 10-28-05, 01:40 PM   #6
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i was just about to say, that'd be fun in san francisco.
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Old 10-28-05, 04:29 PM   #7
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lessee, if we can get sports basement in the presidio to let us camp in their parking lot, the loop could be embarcadero > 16th > sanchez > the wiggle to the panhandle > arguello > washington (the presidio) > sports basement.
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Old 10-28-05, 04:36 PM   #8
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how long is that course, roughly? sounds like a good one... not too huge and fatiguing but not too shortwinded and sprinty
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There actually is a campsite in the Presidio, at the top by the lookout. Near where Kobbe ends/starts. Anyway I think it would be a fun thing to do here.
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it looks to be about 17 miles.

i suggest we start a thread about this, so we don't hijack this one any more.

timArchy is a champ, and deserves to get credit for what he did.
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TimArchy is a champ -- well done.

I assume the mustache kids didn't ride in their speedos? Or am I underestimating their dedication to looking like morons and self-inflicted chafing?

Who made up the top messenger team?
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wheels of fire team A was the top messenger team. Those are some rad dudes, and I hope I see some of them out here at our race tomorrow cause we love them.
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TimArchy is a champ -- well done.

I assume the mustache kids didn't ride in their speedos? Or am I underestimating their dedication to looking like morons and self-inflicted chafing?

Who made up the top messenger team?
We talked to the faster mustache kids a couple of weeks ago and I think th e speedo thing is cool, cuase it gets people interested in cycling period. And the more people on bikes, the better. And they have a blinged out bike they take everywhere to have new people ride.
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Had a great time ridin' w/Tim (Legs'o'ass) and the crew at the Helloween Critical Mess on Friday. A better mustacioed elf there will never be...
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I only saw the speedo come out on the last lap.
and where the hell were YOU Adamkell? You've missed two races now. I expect to see you in Feb for the second annual Broken Hearts and Bicycle Parts race. Did you get to the race in Tallahasee? Some ATL people were going down for it but I had to work.

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I only saw the speedo come out on the last lap.
and where the hell were YOU Adamkell? You've missed two races now. I expect to see you in Feb for the second annual Broken Hearts and Bicycle Parts race. Did you get to the race in Tallahasee? Some ATL people were going down for it but I had to work.

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School's been mercilessly smacking me around. Well, school and work and freelance -- they take turns. But I will plan on February, for sure. I didn't make it to Tally this weekend either... and now that I've seen photos from other 'races,' that might be okay? A few too many squirted condiments for my liking.
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