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Old 12-05-18, 05:33 PM
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Here are some pics of the Parkway from my new new neck of the woods about 50 miles north. Ice storm came through a couple of weeks ago. Wouldn’t be surprised if Thunder Ridge looked the same, especially as it’s a couple thousand feet higher. Hopefully, even with budget cuts, 5 months is enough time for cleanup. Disclaimer - pics aren’t mine. Another local rider who rides about 200+ miles per week, all of it in the mountains.
Maybe there will be some kind of of cleanup from a Blueridge conservation group. It snowed steady all morning in my area of RVA. Some stickage, but not cold enough to stay.
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Checking if this will work out. Supposedly I am riding gravel in the Black Hills around this time, but maybe I can get that moved around. SOTR has been on my want list for some time...
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Checking if this will work out. Supposedly I am riding gravel in the Black Hills around this time, but maybe I can get that moved around. SOTR has been on my want list for some time...
You know I'll have a bike for you. Of course, 53/39 and 11-21, but a bike.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post


Here are some pics of the Parkway from my new new neck of the woods about 50 miles north. Ice storm came through a couple of weeks ago. Wouldn’t be surprised if Thunder Ridge looked the same, especially as it’s a couple thousand feet higher. Hopefully, even with budget cuts, 5 months is enough time for cleanup. Disclaimer - pics aren’t mine. Another local rider who rides about 200+ miles per week, all of it in the mountains.
Paula will have them out there with axes and shovels, if that's needed. And she'll be swinging one, for sure.
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You know I'll have a bike for you. Of course, 53/39 and 11-21, but a bike.
I am getting soft. Appreciate it’s not a 42...
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If he sees my gearing, he'll be laughing so hard he won't be able to stay upright.
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If he sees my gearing, he'll be laughing so hard he won't be able to stay upright.
Not the gearing. (someone had to say it)
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Not the gearing. (someone had to say it)
That's a different conundrum I have to think about. I have to wear an XL because of the upper body. The L is too small for my neck. They won't zip up the whole way. The bottom of the XL hits somewhere between mid thigh and the knees. Even if I get ultra slim and trim, I still look like I have a tunic on. Put me on one of those mini velos and people think the circus is in town.

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Same here. XL jersey, M bibs or short.
I'm just fat.
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Since we're out in the open here, what am I really waiting for? Robbie tells me the 40 tooth small chainring on the bike I'll be bringing is too big. The big ring is 52 and the FD can handle a 15 tooth difference. So I might need to borrow/buy a chainring. I believe it's 84 bcd, but will check to be sure. I'll have a 34 tooth largest cog. Also, I think I'm going to be looking for a pair of Araya CTL 370 rims, 36 hole. And probably a 27.2 seatpost. I have a 27.0, but am unsure if it is correct for an 88 Expert. Everything else I have in stock.
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Since we're out in the open here, what am I really waiting for? Robbie tells me the 40 tooth small chainring on the bike I'll be bringing is too big. The big ring is 52 and the FD can handle a 15 tooth difference. So I might need to borrow/buy a chainring. I believe it's 84 bcd, but will check to be sure. I'll have a 34 tooth largest cog. Also, I think I'm going to be looking for a pair of Araya CTL 370 rims, 36 hole. And probably a 27.2 seatpost. I have a 27.0, but am unsure if it is correct for an 88 Expert. Everything else I have in stock.
For clarification:

1-You need to be able to gear up a bike for SOTR, separate from the Ironman?

2-You have a lot of what you need to build the Ironman where you live, and want to minimize what you're traveling with, but you still need some parts?

Once we know your exact needs, we'll see what we can have there waiting for you. I- mean, the entire Ironman is yours, and whatever you don't want to take back, we can sell for you to offset the price. I believe the small ring that comes with it is a 39t, and if the bike you're bringing has a 34t rear, you should be OK on SOTR. Just pace yourself. The harder you go up the 13 mile climb, the less you have in the leg tank when the short sharpies come up later. Still, there's no problem stopping anywhere on the route to relieve cramping. Been there, done that.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
For clarification:

1-You need to be able to gear up a bike for SOTR, separate from the Ironman?

2-You have a lot of what you need to build the Ironman where you live, and want to minimize what you're traveling with, but you still need some parts?

Once we know your exact needs, we'll see what we can have there waiting for you. I- mean, the entire Ironman is yours, and whatever you don't want to take back, we can sell for you to offset the price. I believe the small ring that comes with it is a 39t, and if the bike you're bringing has a 34t rear, you should be OK on SOTR. Just pace yourself. The harder you go up the 13 mile climb, the less you have in the leg tank when the short sharpies come up later. Still, there's no problem stopping anywhere on the route to relieve cramping. Been there, done that.
1.) I thought you knew....I'm picking up a Trek 414 in Youngstown Ohio, and riding it across the state, to the home of my step-daughter, in Athens. At the proper time and place, I will meet-up with someone coming from Indiana and ride with him to Virginia. You. And then ride the Trek for SOTR, since it's already complete and fitted. Ultimately, after a couple more weeks in VA., I will pack everything up and fly home with it.

2.) I have most of what I need to build it up, here at home. The rims will actually be for my other Trek, the 930. Sunshine hubs and a corncob. Its 6 speed wheel can move over to the IM. (That is, if I am unable to find suitable rims here.)

3.) I initially thought I would break down even the wheels of the Trek, in order to get everything into the same box. (I did that once, and then re-built them when I got home). And then sanity struck and I realized I can pack them in a box that fits airline standards for checked bags. And I can squeeze a pair of rims in there somewhere. I've never been charged oversize for a bicycle box. In this case, as in all cases, I'm ready to pay the extra if they charge me, since I will actually have two bikes in there. And this is the last time I carry frame sets on a plane!! I have a lovely S&S case and S&S bike for that kind of travel.

4.) If a 39 would be fine, then the 40 that is already on the Trek will also be fine. I won't be doing the 13 mile climb, because I'm signed up for the Curtis Loop.

5.) All I ever wanted in an Ironman was the frameset and a few parts which I don't already have. Feel free to sell off anything that is not discussed here.
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OK, got it. The Ironman wheels are Araya, I think, but prior to the CTL-370. I'll ask seypat, who is storing the bike.

Pat, you listening here?
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OK, got it. The Ironman wheels are Araya, I think, but prior to the CTL-370. I'll ask seypat, who is storing the bike.

Pat, you listening here?
Since it is out that I am storing the bike, let me check. Give me about 15 minutes.

88 Expert, speced out just like in the IM info thread. 52/42 Biopace. 13-24 cluster. Araya CTL370 with a good set of Gatorskins. I took some pics if someone wants to see them. Some parts need cleaning, but that is it.

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Sorry I outed you on the bike storage. ("Not that there's anything wrong with that.")

Thanks for the info
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And the reason behind the frame set thing is the difficulty and expense of transporting a complete bike on an airplane. It gets really old after a few efforts. I'm bringing the wheels for the Trek only because they are 27" and original .I still might decide to break them down though
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I pretty much knew who had it. Didn't know it was a big secret.
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I pretty much knew who had it. Didn't know it was a big secret.
Old men have their little thrills.
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If I read that right, Seeds is thinking about using 27" wheels on a IM. I don't think that will work. He could use 700 on the other bike and adjust the brakes. I could have read it wrong. I will post some pics to the IM thread. We can go from there.
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No. The Trek I will already have, has 27" wheels. For the IM, I'm only interested in the frame set, and possibly one or two small items.
One day when we all speak in person, it will all become clear.
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One day when we all speak in person, it will all become clear.
If you think that, you really need to spend more time with us.....
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11 weeks out, time to get the thread back going. Let's see if we have recruited any new riders this year. Still have time to make plans.

My fitness is lacking at the moment. I was doing ok till about a month ago. Then some things got in the way. I've had a cold for about a week, so the respiratory system is shot. I have a half marathon in 3 weeks. Not going to be a PR on that day. Still, I'm losing some weight. All is not lost. I haven't decided on the bike yet. I have seen some pretty bikes from the rest of the gang.
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I am much stronger than I was a year ago, simply because I've made a point of riding as much as I can. Can I do it on a 40/34 granny? Time will tell.
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No clue what I'm riding. I'm very slowly losing weight, not getting miles in on the road, but on the trainer, a bit. I'm on Central Time, so as soon as we have an end to this miserable weather, I can ride after work (3:30 pm CST). Most likely the Bob Jackson, but I never decide until the day before. This year, I'll have to decide a day earlier, as the trip is now 3x longer.

One new person is @speedevil. He's making the journey with me.
We're picking up @seedsbelize in WV, I imagine.
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I've noticed some VA people on some of the other C&V threads. Maybe they are thinking about it.
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