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Old 01-06-19, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Hadn't seen the start time until you posted it, DS.
Maybe I should do the 87 miler again this year, later start time...
Originally Posted by Erzulis Boat View Post
Haha. I just noticed that too. That means that I have to start drinking coffee at 0330-
Wes was originally trying to run the first leg up into Hearst Castle property and gravel roads. THAT would have been worth getting up at 3:30 for. Maybe that'll happen next year? Just going up Hwy 1 and back isn't enough of an interest to me, especially since there's an excellent chance that there will be a headwind to start off with.
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post

Equipment check tomorrow. The 12/22 is for training only. The shoes were a Christmas gift from my son who says they are great for clips and straps.
I fashioned a pair of plexiglass inserts to "prevent" hot spots. 14 weeks to go.

edit: the inserts need to be a bit longer. Maybe to mid arch.
And they need to be a bit more robust: right insert broke after 3,000 feet of climbing at start of third climb today.
Year before last I tried a pair of Puma soccer shoes with "composite" liners (sandwich of aluminum flashing and cork board wrapped with duct tape) and my feet were pretty tired and sore after the 85 miles - even on platform pedals (which I though would help).

Went that way because the year before I didn't like walking with the Sidi leather shoes with cleats.

Got in better shape and the Sidi's were perfect last year (although the year I walked alot I did the long route)
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
We left in the dark last year. I don't recall the time. Maybe the community want us off the streets before too late. And maybe that is why Heroic is only 110 miles this year. A lot of folk didn't have lights last year and Wes didn' t say anything about it. He did mention something about wanting to see more effort put into our kits this year but everyone looked the part to me.
Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Hadn't seen the start time until you posted it, DS.
Maybe I should do the 87 miler again this year, later start time...
Now I'm a bit on the fence about the long ride.

Seems to me that even with the hour lead, the additional 30 miles significantly decreases the socialization (and bike gawking) at the rest stops. When I did the long ride I was feeling pressure all day to push on (maybe the 4 flats had something to do with it as well) but I was pretty much at the end of the riders (Wes was sagging Santa Rita road and luckily I wasn't one of the riders he identified that wouldn't make it by dark) - a long day out riding.

The additional 30 mile loop east of Paso isn't all that interesting, but you do get olive oil bread and fries at Olea farms. And being 20 miles less gives us back an hour and a half, but still 2 hrs riding longer than the coastal route.

Maybe if there was a better/elite award for finishing the Heroic Route.......

Light for sure on both rides.

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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
I fashioned a pair of plexiglass inserts to "prevent" hot spots. 14 weeks to go.

edit: the inserts need to be a bit longer. Maybe to mid arch.
And they need to be a bit more robust: right insert broke after 3,000 feet of climbing at start of third climb today.
If I was going to make inserts like that I think I would try kydex instead of plexiglass. It comes in various thicknesses and you can buy it fairly cheap on ebay. It can be cut with a pair of scissors and can also be heat molded.
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If I was going to make inserts like that I think I would try kydex instead of plexiglass. It comes in various thicknesses and you can buy it fairly cheap on ebay. It can be cut with a pair of scissors and can also be heat molded.
Good idea. Enough flex not to fatigue and break? AND enough support? I have no experience with it. Probably 0.125" not the 0.063?
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^^^^

Sweet

Edit - thought I was posting below the Somec.
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post

Good idea. Enough flex not to fatigue and break? AND enough support? I have no experience with it. Probably 0.125" not the 0.063?
I've never used it in that application so I really can't say for sure. Two pieces attached together to form a knife sheath are pretty solid. I think if I was doing it I would start with a thin layer and go from there, maybe 0.060. If that didn't provide enough support then I would add a 2nd layer and attach them together using sheath rivets or Chicago screws (assuming this will be under an insole). You could even mix thicknesses to fine tune the flex and support.
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I'll be riding the La Via Dello Scalatore (formerly Coastal) route on my '66 Paramount. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the Bikeforums crew!



me and and Alex last year (stellabike)
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I'll be riding the La Via Dello Scalatore (formerly Coastal) route on my '66 Paramount. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the Bikeforums crew!


me and and Alex last year (stellabike)
Same stretch of gravel from last year gugie and nlerner trying to get a gap on me.


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Schwinn Circuit



Seller droped the asking price!
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Wow, I haven't seen one of those in a while. One of my local buddies here in Ventura had the identical bike . He bought it new in L.A. somewhere and paid quite a bit for it (somewhere around a grand). He loved that bike and rode it a lot until he got a spiral break in the head tube on one of his rides to Santa Barbara. He was really upset about it , even had a frame builder try to repair it with no avail. He could not find another one so he ended up with a 1973 Paramount(had to be Schwinn!). I am servicing it now for him. I got all the left over parts from the Circuit brakes , drive train etc. even the fork. I never rode it but he swears it rode just as good as his Paramount. Joe
I had the opportunity to buy an 88 Schwinn circuit on CL San diego for $280 on christmas Eve! Didn't move on it though and someone else got it the next day and is trying to flip it for $450 now.

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Seller droped the asking price!

I had the opportunity to buy an 88 Schwinn circuit on CL San diego for $280 on christmas Eve! Didn't move on it though and someone else got it the next day and is trying to flip it for $450 now.
Yeah , Those get pretty good money. I would guess it is because those who have had the chance to own or ride one see the value. I never rode my buddy's bike , I can only go by his word on the ride quality. Columbus tubing bikes have a certain stiffness that can be felt when riding them. i have a couple of early racers with Columbus tubing that definitely feel nice when climbing or accelerating.
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Planning for the "coastal" route on my Colnago Super, just need appropriate pedals/straps.
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Planning for the "coastal" route on my Colnago Super, just need appropriate pedals/straps.
I used some MKS Sylvan pedals, and they worked great. I was going to run some NR pedals, but the races had some dimples and were not totally smooth.

I was actually a little worried that the MKS pedals would die (because of the outrageously reasonable price), but after I fine tuned the preload before installing, they worked awesome. I put on maybe 400? miles before the Eroica, and will use them again without reservation. I also used the steel MKS (NJS) clips and the straps. Very impressed!

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Kit decisions - wool or modern reproductions?

For those of you riding CA for the first time, what are you doing for a kit? I thought it would be easier to find authentic wool team jersey's, but that's proving to be a challenge. Even the "official" L'Eroica jersey's on the Santini site are microfiber polyester. The repro team kits from Prendas Ciclismo looks great and are far better quality than the eBay junk, but again they're polyester.
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For those of you riding CA for the first time, what are you doing for a kit? I thought it would be easier to find authentic wool team jersey's, but that's proving to be a challenge. Even the "official" L'Eroica jersey's on the Santini site are microfiber polyester. The repro team kits from Prendas Ciclismo looks great and are far better quality than the eBay junk, but again they're polyester.
Mine's wool.

https://www.santinisms.it/us/black-f...jersey-26.html

The jersey is made of wool and beautifully embroidered with the original "L’Eroica" logo both front and back, and finished with some authentic details such as mother-of-pearl buttons on the back pockets and metal zip on the front.
I'm thinking I'll wear plain bibs with a good chamois, and a modern jersey under the wool jersey - for the extra pockets and itch-prevention.
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Originally Posted by keithdunlop View Post
For those of you riding CA for the first time, what are you doing for a kit? I thought it would be easier to find authentic wool team jersey's, but that's proving to be a challenge. Even the "official" L'Eroica jersey's on the Santini site are microfiber polyester. The repro team kits from Prendas Ciclismo looks great and are far better quality than the eBay junk, but again they're polyester.
Don’t worry too much about it. Push the authenticity as far as you want. Last year I wore a repro Fausto Coppi Jersey from an eBay seller in Serbia and “wool-like” acrylic shorts. There will be plenty of spandex jerseys and modern shorts there.
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Vintage look, and modern materials is what we ran. That's my oldest brother on the right. I wouldn't get too hung up on fashion, but that's just me.
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Mine's wool.

https://www.santinisms.it/us/black-f...jersey-26.html



I'm thinking I'll wear plain bibs with a good chamois, and a modern jersey under the wool jersey - for the extra pockets and itch-prevention.
My bad! I see now that much of the L'Eroica Santini stuff is wool. Looks like the US website also distributes from an Arizona warehouse. This is probably the way to go!
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I just assembled my 2019 Eroica freewheel on a Suntour body and got 14-15-17-21-25-30.

Last year my bailout chimp gear was 43/24 and it definitely had me paying the piper on some hills. On one hill (0.2 miles), my average speed was a gasket blowing 5.6mph.

Anyway, I am hoping that my derailleur is going to handle the 5 tooth (25-30) jump ok. I will post back here if it does or doesn't!
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I just assembled my 2019 Eroica freewheel on a Suntour body and got 14-15-17-21-25-30.

Last year my bailout chimp gear was 43/24 and it definitely had me paying the piper on some hills. On one hill (0.2 miles), my average speed was a gasket blowing 5.6mph.

Anyway, I am hoping that my derailleur is going to handle the 5 tooth (25-30) jump ok. I will post back here if it does or doesn't!
I had a 42-28 last year. I’m a little worried that the big climbs come later in the ride this year, so I have a Velo Orange compact crankset that I think I might use.
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I had a 42-28 last year. I’m a little worried that the big climbs come later in the ride this year, so I have a Velo Orange compact crankset that I think I might use.
I also thought about a compact, but my Somec has a braze on, maybe too high?- Plus I have some NOS Ofmega Super Competizione (51-43) that I am dying to use.
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...I have some NOS Ofmega Super Competizione (51-43) that I am dying to use.
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After last year's survival of the course..................anything over 24 teeth is gravy!
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Lots of choices on jerseys. In 2016 I used a modern wool jersey from Oregon Cyclewear, with embroidered logos by Spectrum, also in Oregon. I forgot my wool arm warmers, used a long sleeve t -shirt on a drizzly day that hung like a wet rag. Skip the t shirt.

Last year I found a modern polyester lycra type by Specialized, which matched my bike, more or less, and still had a vintage look.

I got a Peugeot - ish looking Voler jersey for Christmas that I think might also work, especially if I ride the PR10.

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I used some MKS Sylvan pedals, and they worked great. I was going to run some NR pedals, but the races had some dimples and were not totally smooth.

I was actually a little worried that the MKS pedals would die (because of the outrageously reasonable price), but after I fine tuned the preload before installing, they worked awesome. I put on maybe 400? miles before the Eroica, and will use them again without reservation. I also used the steel MKS (NJS) clips and the straps. Very impressed!

The fashion show ends at the base of the first hill, so function before form is the phrase of the day.
MKS will never let you down, the preload from the factory is intentional albeit tight. I have used several new ones in the last few years and all have broken in perfectly with no hint of not easily going the distance, which will be forever. Their price, process, function seems to have changed very little from the first pair I had over 40 yrs ago. Easily one of if not the all time best in the business. They don't make anything you can't rely on.
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