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    Danger is my middle name. lucklust's Avatar
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    Hey all... I'm back!

    First, I want to say thanks to all those who donated their time and money to help The San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

    I had one of the best weeks ever! The weather from S.F. to L.A. was impeccable, the people were interesting, and the Pista was outstanding. I started off with 42/16 gearing, but was destroying my ankles by spinning out. There were a lot of long, fast descents, and some strong tailwinds. About halfway through, I found a bike shop and convinced the owner to sell me a 53 tooth and new chain for dirt cheap. My life was so much better after that. It slowed the climbing a bit, but everything else was perfect.

    The folks I rode with were on their 5th Lifecycle ride, so they knew how to do it in style. We were always the last to leave camp, and the last to get in, but were still some of the fastest riders out there. We did 3 separate 100 mile rides in under 5 hours of riding time each, but would take 2 hour lunches, go swimming in the ocean, and drink margaritas on the beach in the middle. We saw and did a lot of things that 99% of the other riders missed out on.

    Anyway, here is a link to some PICTURES.

    Thanks again to everyone who made this ride possible...
    Torrin
    Yeah, I'm still pretty.

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    Cool. Sounds like it was fun.

    I can't remember: did you do it SS or fixed?
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    Danger is my middle name. lucklust's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by skitbraviking
    did you do it SS or fixed?
    Fixed all the way!
    Yeah, I'm still pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucklust
    Fixed all the way!

    Ride on buddy!
    "I can't go on, I'll go on..." —S. Beckett

    "Ta det lungnt." —Dungen

    blah blah blah...

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    Congrats, glad to see you made it,

    Also your face is healing up nicely...

    Phil

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    Good job! Sounds like a fun time. You must have been flying to run a 53/16!

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    isn't that skitbraviking in the last pic

    Looks like a good time. 53/16 shees, I guess goind from SF to LA is down on the map though huh

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    Nice work man! Glad you made it back in one piece and did it stylee.

    Man I wish it was summer down here. *grumble*
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    Congrats. That's quite a ride.


    Cheers
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    Awesome! I'm planning a longer trip this summer, and was starting to think maybe I need a geared bike. But you have reassured and inspired me. Still not sure whether to do it fixed or SS...

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    Congrats Danger man!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfmckenna
    isn't that skitbraviking in the last pic
    No, he was just channeling me.
    "I can't go on, I'll go on..." —S. Beckett

    "Ta det lungnt." —Dungen

    blah blah blah...

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    Quote Originally Posted by William Karsten
    Congrats Danger man!!!

    Good to see you posting again, too bad you can't more often Willy...

    Again, good luck...

    Phil

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    Hey Torrin,

    Congrat's!! Now that I've ridden out on the left coast a little I'm in awe of your fixie touring abilities. Question: when you swapped for the 53 what kind of chainring did you get? Was it just a random road-style ring or was it track? I gotta prep for ragbrai.org

    jeff

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    Another question. Did you run none, one or two breaks???

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfmckenna
    Another question. Did you run none, one or two breaks???
    We had breaks about every 20 miles.
    Yeah, I'm still pretty.

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    I ran one brake on the bike... necessary for some of the disturbingly long downhills. It was pretty funny, I'd pass everyone going up the hills, then they'd pass me back on the way down.
    Yeah, I'm still pretty.

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