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Old 01-27-09, 09:50 AM   #1
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Orange County, CA Fixed Gear Century 02/07

Hi Fixed Gear riders,

This is a quick invite for all of your fixed gear and single speed riders who would like to join us on a 100 mile ride in Orange County (CA not FL!), on Feb. 7th, '09. Here is the text from our club website:

Saturday, February 7th: This is going to be a day which will have something very special for those in our group that ride a "fixed gear" as well as those that like to put in those long miles. We are going to have a "fixed gear century": a set of routes that will be perfectly suited for those that ride a fixed gear bike and would like to do a long ride. We will have a 7 AM century as well as the metric at 8 with the shorter rides at 9. This will be as flat as we can make it, in other words a "flat land century" aimed at the "fixed gear riders".

Yes, there will be other riders with multi-gears, but lots of fixed gear riders too.

Directions to the start/finish can be found on the club website here:

www.ocrebels.com

There is no charge for this ride. Any questions, post here or send me a PM!

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Sounds cool.
Post photos after the ride.
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i want to go to this but how long exactly are the 'shorter rides'?

are there any stops? 100 is way too long for me, longest ive ridden is around an hour long none stop.

and i cant seem to find much info about this ride on ur site exept the short mention on the bulletin and on the calender
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Would I be out of place in jeans and a tee?
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Hi p120ud213azn,

There are lots of stop lights (traffic signals) on the routes but not many stop signs. The routes have not been published, but I will add links to them here as soon as they are.

The "Metric" is 62 miles. Going from past experience, the shorter rides will be approx. 45 mi. and 35 mi. but those are my best guesses and not fact at this time.

Also, on all the routes there will be stops (usually at coffee shops) where you can refill bottles and get something to eat. I will add more info here (to the OP) as it becomes available.

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Would I be out of place in jeans and a tee?
Not at all. No dress codes on Rebel Rides! Just wear a helmet and whatever else you need to stay legal in the state of CA .

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no way bro, ill be there with the same attire hahaha.
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and i cant seem to find much info about this ride on ur site exept the short mention on the bulletin and on the calender
I can't find the specifics on the website either. I didn't ride the short bus to school so maybe it's well hidden. HELP.....
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I can't find the specifics on the website either. I didn't ride the short bus to school so maybe it's well hidden. HELP.....
Hi tmh657,

The only information on the web site regarding the fixed gear century is what I put in the OP. I will add more as soon as I find out more (details wise). The website ref. is so you can find your way to the start/finish in Irvine.

I know from other Rebel rides that there will be photos, so no worries there. Watch this space for more ride details as they become available.

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is this posted anywhere else (eg midnightridazz, lafixed)?
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Man, makes me jealous...besides the 1"+ of snow & 18 degree high today, I'd love to have someone plan a route specifically with Fixed gears in mind (flat & few traffic stops)! Anyone in Kansas City want to take a shot at it?
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Man, makes me jealous...besides the 1"+ of snow & 18 degree high today, I'd love to have someone plan a route specifically with Fixed gears in mind (flat & few traffic stops)! Anyone in Kansas City want to take a shot at it?
Don't know much about creating a route, but I'd be interested in trying to ride it as well. I'm just not sure what long stretch is that flat.
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is this posted anywhere else (eg midnightridazz, lafixed)?
Hi tFUnK,

This is posted in SoCal bikeforums.net as part of the SoCal Fixed Riders thread. I don't belong to the other fixed gear sites, but feel free to copy the OP and start a thread at midnightridazz and lafixed.

I've ridden with 5fix2, so I should post it on their site too! Wait . . . do they have a site?

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Man, makes me jealous...besides the 1"+ of snow & 18 degree high today, I'd love to have someone plan a route specifically with Fixed gears in mind (flat & few traffic stops)! Anyone in Kansas City want to take a shot at it?
Yo Tbone . . . isn't it time for your once-a-year SoCal fixed riding holiday?

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ok so like a 40mile ride its 20 miles, break at coffee shop then 20 back?

i think my fat body can handle that...
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ok so like a 40mile ride its 20 miles, break at coffee shop then 20 back?
I think my fat body can handle that...
Usually it's a 2/3 kind of thing, so the 40 would be maybe 27 out . . . coffee shop . . . 13 back. YMMV, but lots closer to 2/3 than 1/2.

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what time is the 40 mile?
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what time is the 40 mile?
Most likely a 9:00 AM start time for the 40 miler. I will post start times as soon as I get them, but my best guess now is:

7:00 AM Century (100 miles)
8:00 AM Metric Century (100 kilometers, 62 mi.)
9:00 AM 40 miles, possible 30 miler too.

I'll be starting at 7:00 AM on the Century.

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Don't know much about creating a route, but I'd be interested in trying to ride it as well. I'm just not sure what long stretch is that flat.
Well, from what I remember, the JCBC ride, Lone Star Century is pretty flat, but the winds are usually hell. -> No date set, but it's usually weekend after Memorial Day. And there are shorter routes (down to 40 I believe). There's also the Cider Mill @ the end of the Summer starting out in Louisburg in early August - never ridden it. Anything on the MO side (especially East & North of KCMO) is going to be hilly!

Maybe I'll talk to CommuterDude (Keith) http://www.commuterdude.com/ - he rides fixed & is also big in radonneuring, so knows some good distance routes & would know of long(ish) stretches of Flat.

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Rick - man I wish I could get to SoCal right now! With this kind of gig going on, the great weather & Tour of California in like 2 weeks, I'd love to be there!
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Don't know much about creating a route, but I'd be interested in trying to ride it as well. I'm just not sure what long stretch is that flat.
Couldn't you catch the start of the Katy trail and cruise out to Columbia? I would guess that would be close to 100 miles, and I'm assuming it's relatively flat.

That's, of course, assuming that you could catch a ride home or would be willing to take it back the next day.

I don't know. I haven't been out there in a long time.
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Couldn't you catch the start of the Katy trail and cruise out to Columbia? I would guess that would be close to 100 miles, and I'm assuming it's relatively flat.

That's, of course, assuming that you could catch a ride home or would be willing to take it back the next day.

I don't know. I haven't been out there in a long time.
Yes, the Katy Trail is about as flat as it gets. I just don't like the "crushed gravel" surface. And to be honest I've never ridden it any distance...I'll have to talk to some friends who do a trip on it each year & hook up with them. Thanks for the reminder.
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I would love to ride KATY fixed! Back when I lived in MO I rode KATY from St. Charles to Columbia several times. My 3-Speed worked well with 26 x 1-3/8" tires. I'd just put some 700 x 28's on my fixed gear bike and go for it!

Unfortunately, I didn't have a fixed gear bike when I lived in MO. Oh, wait, I had a Panasonic track bike (remember those?), but only rode it on the velodrome in St. Louis.

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When was this? Back when I was around it, that velodrome was kind of dumpy.

My sister still lives in St Louis. I should really go visit some time.
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any updates rick?

anyone else want to come?
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Okay Fixed Gear Riders . . .

The route has been published and is now down-loadable from the Rebel site, or by following this link:

http://www.ocrebels.com/spreadsheets/SaturdayGold.pdf

The bad news is that it's not quite a century, but Jess (who wrote the route) didn't want to put us on any big climbs, so 84 mi. is what it is. I may put on another 16 miles when I get back to Irvine, just so I can say I did it (down the San Diego Creek Trail to BackBay and back should do it!).

Please print a route sheet from the Rebel site and bring it along with you! We will try to stay togehter, but due to different abilities, etc. some separation may occur.

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