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    Spring Fever Rollcall - March 24th, Sulphur Springs

    Three and a half weeks out from what will be my first organized ride of the year. Going to get a roll call of anyone else planning on going.

    Ride website: http://www.sspilotclub.org/

    Route with profile (44mi): http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=783870

    My review of this ride from last year:

    Ride: Spring Fever, Sulphur Springs Texas.
    Bike: Barracuda Mk.I. 14speed vintage build with custom paint and Shimano 105 Golden Arrow group.
    Official Distance: 44miles
    Route Topography: generally flat with gentle rolling hills throughout.
    Weather: low - 46 deg, high - 57. Clear (Sunny) skies. Very light winds (thank goodness!)
    Time on the road: 2h 47min
    Average Speed: 15.7mph

    We finally got a weekend without rain, and just in time for my first scheduled organized ride of the season. I had been planning to make this ride since the end of last season and happy that I was both in shape and the weather cooperated enough to make it happen. To put the weather situation into perspective, the previous weekend the Dallas/Fort Worth area received anywhere from 4 to 10 inches of rain in 2 days. This was also the first major outing for the Barracuda Mk.I. I had a number of rides on it around the neighborhood and in town since first building it up over the winter so I felt confident that nothing major would be wrong with the bike. This ride, however, would be the first organized ride and the first ride much over 20 miles for this bike and me. I must say, the old steel frame was a joy to ride, especially on those long flat stretches where you could just cruise along at an even pace and soak in the scenery. Your legs nearly effortlessly pedaling under you even when the roads were tilted upwards just ever so slightly. Even though the steel frame couldn't soak up all of the roughness that comes with some of the east Texas roads, I never once wished for a modern aluminum frame as I rode along in comfort.

    Roads were generally good, though there was a fairly long stretch of the generally rough chip-seal roads that anyone who has done any riding in rural Texas knows about. Country highways with enough shoulder to ride two abreast or very lightly traveled Farm-to-Market roads made up the route. The typical make up of rural charity rides of the region. I thoroughly enjoy riding these back roads, seeing the farm lands, the untouched forests and small communities along the way. Though, I must admit, as we passed a couple of the dairies there was a scent on the air that gave you a little extra incentive to pick up your pace a tad. We also say many other animals, both domestic and wild. Happily I saw no loose dogs being a problem to any cyclists. I saw only one dog not behind a fence or on a leash during the ride - and this one was curious about the mass of cyclists passing by put appears to have no intention of chasing any. Its owner was also near by keeping a sharp eye.

    Rests stops were well placed, though the last one could have been a few miles earlier as it was fairly close to the end any many riders were passing it up and heading on to the finish. Each rest stop was very well stock with home made cookies, drinks and water, oranges and other fruits. More than enough to compliment my own supply of food to keep me going strong straight through the end of the ride. There was a restroom at each stop, and the wait for them was brief if any at all when I passed through. Major thumbs up to organizers for having the stops worth stopping at for more than a stretch.

    When it was all over there was more (by more I mean much more) great food waiting for us. Stew, desserts of all sorts, along with live music let us relax and recover from the ride in the wonderful weather. I was very happy with this ride, both from the standpoint of the organizer's ability to put on a great ride - and also from my own performance and the bike's. I still have a lot of strength to gain and a few pounds to lose to be where I'd like to be - but for late March I think I'm not doing too badly. The 44mi route was generally flat and didn't pose much of a challenge in that regard - but certainly made for a great day of riding. This ride is definitely one that will be back on my list for next year.

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    Ride Roll Call:

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    I may be in, let me see how things go when I get back from vacation.
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    maybe, if I'm here (and not in Va.)

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    Just emailed the wife to see if she wants to do it.

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    Wife says yes. We'll mail off our registrations a week from Friday.
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    Anyone doing the 66 mile ride???
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    I'd like to do the 66mi, but not sure if I'm going to be ready for that distance by the 24th. I'm certainly doing the 44mi at the very least. Since it is a fairly flat ride I may push myself and go for the 66mi though, depends on the plans of those I'm riding with I suppose.

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    Put me down as tentative. I won't know for sure for another week or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinmcdade
    Put me down as tentative. I won't know for sure for another week or so.
    Done. This really was a nice ride last year. I'll probably take the 'Cuda Mk.I again this year as it runs a slightly wider tire that seems to soak up the chipseal.

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    tentative-if I go I'll do 66 probably not in contention for the cash grab

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    Quote Originally Posted by dl613
    tentative-if I go I'll do 66 probably not in contention for the cash grab
    Let me know if you go DL. I'll see if any of the guys that I ride with who don't use BF want to go as well. Let's get some paceline action going!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinmcdade
    Let me know if you go DL. I'll see if any of the guys that I ride with who don't use BF want to go as well. Let's get some paceline action going!!!
    I just checked txbra.org and there aren't any races that weekend so I may go. With a good group we could shoot for a strong effort of 3 hours or so, depending on the layout. It would make for a great workout, throw in some mailbox sprints and could turn into a fun ride.

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    Dang, ya'll are going to make me want to take the Flyte and try to hang on to the tail end of your train as long as I can. We'll see how my miles and trainer time adds up over the next few weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dl613
    I just checked txbra.org and there aren't any races that weekend so I may go. With a good group we could shoot for a strong effort of 3 hours or so, depending on the layout. It would make for a great workout, throw in some mailbox sprints and could turn into a fun ride.
    I will talk to some of my team mates on Sunday on our training ride. This could get very fun!!!

    Jon -- you gotta bring the Flyte. You built it up and havent' really had the opportunity to see what it can really do. It needs its maiden voyage!!! If you don't want to ride it, can I
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    My calander looks open but I will have to talk with the wife. I would go for the 66 miler. I might try it on the fixed gear if the terrain is doable. Are there any thing more than rollers? I can handle some of the longer climbs but the downhills are a pain.

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    I don't remember this one having any real elevation changes. If you poke around the bicycle-stuff website there are some elevation graphs of some of the routes. I think this ride is included.

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    Lots of tenitives. Hopefully plans will get set soon and we can all meet up near the start at the very least. I don't remember the start being all that big last year so hopefully we can spot each other. Haven't decided on what bike I'll be riding on this one yet. I'd like to take the Barracuda Mk.I but not sure if my new wheels will be completed by then at the rate that project is going (still waiting on spokes to arrive...) else I'll either take the Flyte or the Gazelle. Leaning to the steel.

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    I have the same issue as you: not sure which bike I'll ride.

    I'll either be on the Eddy Merckx or the Catamount.

    My wife will be on her Biomega Amsterdam.
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    I'm still trying to round up some troops for the 66 mile route.
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    Kevin, I'm going to aim for the 66mi, but not sure if I'm going to be able to keep your pace.

    monogodo - my vote is going to be for the Merckx. But I'm being greedy because I want to see it in person.

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    I will be there. I am meeting my Grandad and Dad for the ride. They are probably just doing the 44 mile route (not bad for a 87 year old). I don't know if I will ride my single or if I ride my tandem with the wife or I may just do the 22 mile ride with the 4 year old stoking and the 5 year old on the trail-a-bike. Too many choices. I haven't had the time to ride much so that will play into it. I rode the 66 mile route last year which was 71 do to construction. It is a great ride and friendly atmosphere (biased since I was raised there). I hope to see you all there.

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    Another tentative. Parents live a little less than 2 hours from there.

    Dunno if I'm going to do the 44 or 66 miler. Depends on how this and next weekend go, as far as mileage.

    This'll give me a good reason to get more miles in. And a new helmet. Oooo, and I saw some bibs on sale at Nashar. They'd need a new jersey to go with 'em.
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    try as I might, I can't see driving 100mi one way to bike 66. I don't think Al Gore would approve

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    I'm 85mi out according to google maps. Don't ask me how far I'm going next. For me, the scenery and the enjoyment of getting out of DFW is worth it. I may drive out to Lake Fork on Friday and spend the weekend out there if I can afford to spend that much time out of town and away from the school work.

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    I really hope we have more of the weather we had this last weekend for this ride on the 24th. Last year was a tad on the cool side (as evident that I was wearing warmers and and long sleeve jersey last year), but wow was last weekend nice. Looks like there's no way I'm going to have the Barracuda Mk.I's new wheels put together in time for this ride, so I'll most likely be rolling on the Gazelle.

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