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Old 08-04-18, 01:43 PM
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A local cycling friend rode all the way from Fort Worth to the HnH and back in two days last year. The temp wasn't too bad, mostly in the 80s.

I'm still struggling to manage 20-30 miles before the shoulder and neck pain insist I go home. But I might be in better shape next year.
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Too bad the HnH is so late. I always have to get back to the classroom. I've got family in Red Oak and my brother already agreed to do that ride with me -- probably thinking I'd never make him do it. I should find get an IM to leave at his place for him to ride and I don't have to borrow his Rock Hopper. I usually ride down to Waxahatchie.
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Might be fun to get a whole load of Ironmen for next year's HnH. Robbie, Seypat, the whole gang. I'd be up for that!
What the hell are you drinking?

I want some.

I like the idea.
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Another Idea

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13000 riders. That is a drab, desolate route through the wasteland that is the TX/OK border. Think of the Mad Max movies. I'm not kidding, that is what the route and the landscape looks like. The temps hit 112 there a couple of days last week. Strong tailwinds and headwinds. If you wanna get baked in the sun and blast furnace winds, that is the ride for you. Just saying. I do have to make a visit there sometime however, so I might be up for it. Might be able to talk my 2 brothers into doing some of the route as well. Neither are cyclists at the moment. Think about it for a month or two.. If people are serious about it, we can probably plan a shindig like Robbie and his family do at The Dare. Throw a fish fry, or smoke something. Heck, cook some calf fries so the city folk can eat some real exotic meat! Here is the website:

https://www.hh100.org/
There are some nice places to ride with parks etc. in the Fort Worth area. I work in Fort Worth and have friends that ride down there that describe some pretty nice places. It might be better to meet somewhere like that than at the HH100 with its big crowds and meager accommodations that weekend. Don't get me wrong I love the Hotter N' Hell for its atmosphere, huge cycling vibe and the challenge of doing it and am in if that's what folks want to do.
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Whatever works. I've ridden in Texas, but only in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area (Sams Club MS150). And living in the DC area, am pretty used to high heat and humidity.

Could see us gettng together in Hill Country maybe, that looks pretty interesting. Farther for me than most people, but that just means finding the closest airport and a rental car.
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The Hill country......although hilly and Not moutainous, it puts fear in this flat landers heart.
Maybe central Texas? Austin is both cen-tex and part of the hill country.
How bout this? Generally latter part of September or early part of October, generally Cool mornings, warm days in October.
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Ok the jig us up , I'm from Waco. I was born , raised, and almost run out of Waco. Also home of the Texas Rangers hall of fame and Museum, The Mayborn museum, Dr. Pepper museum, Mammoth national site, Texas sports hall of fame, and the home of the TV show The Fixer Upper/the Silos (which gets more visitors than the Alamo). Anyways just saying.
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I think the biggest difference between an Ironman and an Italian racing bike is the amount of explaining one must do when riding the Ironman. By the time you are done telling the group you happen upon why it is a good bike or just as good a bike, you are too tired to ride it hard. Italian bikes need no explaining. You just know everyone knows, you know? No sense of inferiority.
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I think the biggest difference between an Ironman and an Italian racing bike is the amount of explaining one must do when riding the Ironman. By the time you are done telling the group you happen upon why it is a good bike or just as good a bike, you are too tired to ride it hard. Italian bikes need no explaining. You just know everyone knows, you know? No sense of inferiority.
Around here there are two schools of thought. To one group if its not a plastic fantastic whiz bang electronically shifted 15 lb Crevelo then you might as well be riding a Walmart bike. Those riding a Walmart bike think you are some kind of fool since they bought a perfectly good bike for $129 and yours cost much more. But ever once in a while you will see a enlightened soul on a classic bike that doesn't have tubes the size of a coke bottle. You can spot them a mile away by the grin on their face.
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Originally Posted by Steve Whitlatch View Post
I think the biggest difference between an Ironman and an Italian racing bike is the amount of explaining one must do when riding the Ironman. By the time you are done telling the group you happen upon why it is a good bike or just as good a bike, you are too tired to ride it hard. Italian bikes need no explaining. You just know everyone knows, you know? No sense of inferiority.
Bahaha. Probably more truth to that than I'd like to admit. However I'm too tired to ride from riding a bike that feels to good to stop riding.
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Went on a local group ride a few weeks ago.
Fellow I don't know on a Cervelo comes up to me and asks if I'm 'the guy who has all those old bicycles'.
I say "Guilty as charged. Why?"
Fellow says "People told me to watch out for you."
I say, "In what way, exactly?"
Fellow says, "I was told that if you make a break for the front of the pack, and I don't want to get dropped, I should move up at the same time."

He continued, "And I see that today your're riding an Ironman. So I'm gonna try to be on your wheel all day, just so you know."
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Went on a local group ride a few weeks ago.
Fellow I don't know on a Cervelo comes up to me and asks if I'm 'the guy who has all those old bicycles'.
I say "Guilty as charged. Why?"
Fellow says "People told me to watch out for you."
I say, "In what way, exactly?"
Fellow says, "I was told that if you make a break for the front of the pack, and I don't want to get dropped, I should move up at the same time."

He continued, "And I see that today your're riding an Ironman. So I'm gonna try to be on your wheel all day, just so you know."





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I have been trying to post a picture of my $160 Ebay Ironman and it keeps crashing. I'm going to try again with it resized.
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Hey it finally worked. I replaced the saddle, bar tape, pedals, cables & added the bag I had laying around. I don't know if my posterior is going to get along with the saddle but I think it looks good.
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My heart was warmed by that.

Then I realized I have to ride with you in 5 days.

Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Went on a local group ride a few weeks ago.
Fellow I don't know on a Cervelo comes up to me and asks if I'm 'the guy who has all those old bicycles'.
I say "Guilty as charged. Why?"
Fellow says "People told me to watch out for you."
I say, "In what way, exactly?"
Fellow says, "I was told that if you make a break for the front of the pack, and I don't want to get dropped, I should move up at the same time."

He continued, "And I see that today your're riding an Ironman. So I'm gonna try to be on your wheel all day, just so you know."
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Now for a grenade in the hen house: I have to cull from 16 bikes down to 5 and I don't think either Ironman is going to make the cut.

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16 to 5? Whoo!
That's gotta smart.
I'm trying to remember I think your Ironman are a 89 and 87 both Experts. Well If you ever get another make it a Master. Just saying. No one believes me but I think the differences go beyond components and lugs......of course I could be wrong..... as usual.
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How many are 56cm?
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Now for a grenade in the hen house: I have to cull from 16 bikes down to 5 and I don't think either Ironman is going to make the cut.

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How many are 56cm?
Both 54cm, and the jury isn't out just yet.

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I loved my 1985 Ironman Centurion

I loved my '85 Centurion (54 cm) but someone stole it from the side of my house one of the first times I rode it after moving in. Really pissed me off. Shimano 600, I even bought the headset wrench which I still have. There was something I modified on it internally which would enable me to still identify it if I found it, but now it's probably totally abused and rusted.

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I loved my '85 Centurion (54 cm) but someone stole it from the side of my house one of the first times I rode it after moving in. Really pissed me off. Shimano 600, I even bought the headset wrench which I still have. There was something I modified on it internally which would enable me to still identify it if I found it, but now it's probably totally abused and rusted.

Made up for it with my addiction to bikes.
1950s Favorit
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Specialized Allez (1990: carbon tubes/alloy lugs) with Mavic 637 Crank
1983 Schwinn Madison fixie with Mavic Single Speed crank (am I sensing a crank theme here?)
1983 Andre Bertin
1983 Centurion (now my rain bike repainted, overheated, rust -proofed, and retrofitted with all SS and Ti parts and naturally fenders) Sirius crankset
1993 Macalu Mountain with Shimano Deore DX Grouppo (rigid fork)
1997 Alan Top Cross with Sweet Wings Crank
2005 Vin Dessel Gin and Trombones with Sweet Wings Crank (16#)
2005 Scattante CX frame with Sweet Wings crank, and other unique parts
2011 Ridley Crossbow with Sweet Crank
1997 Merlin Extralight with Sweet Wings Road Crank (<15#)
1999 Litespeed Unicoi (~20 pounds) with Sweet Wings Crank (am I sensing a crank theme here?)
1995 Easton Proflex full suspension (~20 pounds) with Coda Mtn Crank
2006 Scott CRT1 (previously owned by Thomas Frischii) with Coda Road Crank (<15#)
2014 Austro Daimler Superleicht with Cannondale Hollow Gram Crank (am I sensing a crank theme here?) (<15#)
2001 Merlin Agilis with FSA Carbon Crank (<15#)
2001 Daccordi Piuma (Starship tubing) with FSA Carbon Crank (am I sensing a crank theme here?) (<15#)
I think that qualifies for an addiction.

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Both 54cm, and the jury isn't out just yet.

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I can handle a 54cm, but I have one sitting here with no parts on it. Just no room. I'm waiting for kharma to call me up and coordinate the chaos.
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I can handle a 54cm, but I have one sitting here with no parts on it. Just no room. I'm waiting for kharma to call me up and coordinate the chaos.
Whats the top tube length of a 56cm Ironman? After riding 58s forever, Im starting to realize I may need 56 with a longer top tube. Or at least Id like to try one. Was under the impression that Bridgestone RB-1s fit the bill, but those all seem to have really inflated prices.
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