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I'll be sending PM's to people on the house options, as I actually found another house, also sleeps 4 in separate bedrooms. Both houses are in Mineral Point.

Which means I'm going to be sending PM's for commitments. If you commit, you pay, and if you can't make it, we'll do what we can but I'm not fronting $$ for someone to change their mind. Just laying that out there now.

(And there are always people who contact me last minute needing a place to stay. Well, it's January, and this is for September, so I want it out of my mind once reservations are made).
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PM's sent to 5 folks for 4 slots in the first house. (trying to get 3 nights).

If that house books up (pretty sure it will), I've got a second house that has 4 BR.

PM me if you are interested.

I do want to warn folks about the Traveler Inn in Mineral Point.
Rough. It's a bed and a passable bathroom, and I'll leave it at that.
I've stayed there because the other hotels were booked up, but would not choose it.
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House 1 is full and I'll book it. (4)
House 2 looks like it will fill (4)

I can look for more lodging if people contact me via PM. Once I book a house, you're committed, but it's still cheaper than a hotel and a bit easier in some ways.

Mineral Point still has the Dairyland Motel at 608-987-3141, and the Quality Inn.
Barneveld has the Deer Valley Lodge and Dodgeville has many.
New Glarus is also an option, and puts you right in middle of the ride (and a brewery).
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Man, I'd love to do this ride but I don't think I could keep up with you guys. But to see all the old bikes, wowzers...
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Heck, I can't keep up with them either! But at least I'll do the ride. Thinking of bringing something really old so I'll have an excuse.
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Man, I'd love to do this ride but I don't think I could keep up with you guys. But to see all the old bikes, wowzers...
It's not a race, and it's a good sight to see. Just to start out with all the classic bikes, look at them. No need to ride more than a mile or two, just pretty flippin' cool. No need to really ride at all. We do have need for SAG and photography and a rest stop or two...
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Yeah, I know we're not racing. But Chrome Molly rides way faster than me when he's just lollygagging
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Man, I'd love to do this ride but I don't think I could keep up with you guys. But to see all the old bikes, wowzers...


Originally Posted by Salubrious View Post
Heck, I can't keep up with them either! But at least I'll do the ride. Thinking of bringing something really old so I'll have an excuse.


Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
It's not a race, and it's a good sight to see. Just to start out with all the classic bikes, look at them. No need to ride more than a mile or two, just pretty flippin' cool. No need to really ride at all. We do have need for SAG and photography and a rest stop or two...


We got 9+/- months to train so it shouldn't be that bad. I am sure there will be fast groups and slow groups but the main this is the fun and friendship.

I expect to off the back in the first few miles but I can't wait to go!
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Yeah, I know we're not racing. But Chrome Molly rides way faster than me when he's just lollygagging
We have ways of making him slow.....
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There aren't too many hills here along the south shore of Lake Erie that I could use to train... Flat ground, no wind and I'm good for 18-20mph for an hour or so, but longer rides are more like 16-18. Add hills to the mix and I have no idea... I suppose I could start riding in a southerly direction from home - I'm about 30 miles from some good rolling terrain with 300' elevation gains...

If I go, I'm trying to decide which bike(s) to bring. The Miyata 710 got all scratched up during the poor packing job for transport from AZ to Ohio. The old Fuji is definitely getting a bit long in the tooth. Maybe both Univegas? Both look very good for their age (look almost new!), and I'm sure that marque will be sparsely represented at this event... The Viva Sport - the way it is now equipped - for a bit of 'go faster' (pretty close to a Miyata710/Ironman) and the Gran Tourismo (with its 3x6 touring gearing) if the hills get to be too much for this old man...
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There aren't too many hills here along the south shore of Lake Erie that I could use to train... Flat ground, no wind and I'm good for 18-20mph for an hour or so, but longer rides are more like 16-18. Add hills to the mix and I have no idea... I suppose I could start riding in a southerly direction from home - I'm about 30 miles from some good rolling terrain with 300' elevation gains...

If I go, I'm trying to decide which bike(s) to bring. The Miyata 710 got all scratched up during the poor packing job for transport from AZ to Ohio. The old Fuji is definitely getting a bit long in the tooth. Maybe both Univegas? Both look very good for their age (look almost new!), and I'm sure that marque will be sparsely represented at this event... The Viva Sport - the way it is now equipped - for a bit of 'go faster' (pretty close to a Miyata710/Ironman) and the Gran Tourismo (with its 3x6 touring gearing) if the hills get to be too much for this old man...
1-This is a challenging ride, but being in riding shape is likely the best way to train. Just log in the miles, let the gearing do the rest. Most of the ride is chatting, from my experience. Especially if we find some miles on Saturday, would be Rails-to-Trails and no hills. I, too, have never had any real hills to train on, so I just ride. Riding into the wind is good, especially on the return leg, when your legs are already a bit tired.

2-Bring whatever bike you want to show, or not. Coppi is about celebrating his 100th, riding steel, and having fun with like-minded sorts. Univega could really use some representation, one of the more interesting back stories in American cycling/bikes. A cool bike is a cool bike, period.
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My big question would be the gearing choice. Here in flat 'coastal' Ohio where the largest 'hill' is a highway overpass, my three primary road bikes wear 13-21 six speed freewheels, and even at that I don't think I've ever used the 19t or 21t cogs.... The only outlier is the Gran Tourismo that is set up for touring. Then again, I have a stockpile of 'spare' six-speed freewheels, ranging from straight-block 13-18 to 14-32. All I'd need to swap to a larger freewheel is the appropriate-length chain since all are 'Ultra'-spaced SunTours. I'm also thinking of swapping my 52t big chainring for a 45... I'll have to take a few rolling-hills rides.to test out the choices...
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We have ways of making him slow.....
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I'm working with my wife to see how I could make this work - I know the terrain is awesome and I want to see the bikes and meet all you screwballs.
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My big question would be the gearing choice. Here in flat 'coastal' Ohio where the largest 'hill' is a highway overpass, my three primary road bikes wear 13-21 six speed freewheels, and even at that I don't think I've ever used the 19t or 21t cogs.... The only outlier is the Gran Tourismo that is set up for touring. Then again, I have a stockpile of 'spare' six-speed freewheels, ranging from straight-block 13-18 to 14-32. All I'd need to swap to a larger freewheel is the appropriate-length chain since all are 'Ultra'-spaced SunTours. I'm also thinking of swapping my 52t big chainring for a 45... I'll have to take a few rolling-hills rides.to test out the choices...
To enjoy the ride, get the tallest gearing you can make work, and then just ride.
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We are excited

Registered! Jill's registered. Ride Sunday is her birthday. We are excited!

Now have to figure out what to bring and get some things done.
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My big question would be the gearing choice.
My bike will have a 48/32 crank mated to an 11-32 cassette. I dont think I've ever used the 32t cog and maybe used the 28t cog a few times ever, but I still like to have them when needed.
The terrain in SW WI is similar to a couple of routes I ride(same avg climb per mile and general grade). Im 230# though so that 32/28 combo i do use might not be needed for you depending on heft.
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Registered! Jill's registered. Ride Sunday is her birthday. We are excited!

Now have to figure out what to bring and get some things done.
Great! Should be fun. Probably better than the Dare.
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I'm working with my wife to see how I could make this work - I know the terrain is awesome and I want to see the bikes and meet all you screwballs.
If your wife wants to spend time doing cool stuff not related to riding, Mineral Point is a great place for just going in/out of galleries, and there are parks, a pool, and the House on the Rock is not far. Just a few miles south of Hollandale, New Glarus has a lot of Swiss heritage on display. We used to go to a yodel club there.
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If your wife wants to spend time doing cool stuff not related to riding, Mineral Point is a great place for just going in/out of galleries, and there are parks, a pool, and the House on the Rock is not far. Just a few miles south of Hollandale, New Glarus has a lot of Swiss heritage on display. We used to go to a yodel club there.
Alright Robbie, I talked her into it and we're both going to do the ride. I think we'll drive down late Saturday morning, spend the night, and drive back after the ride on Sunday. Yeehaw!
What would you recommend for just one nights lodging?

EDIT: I just registered both of us. I think she'll be riding my old Trek because it's a triple, and I wasn't sure of the second bike (might buy one, you know, for this event ) - I put down my pink Bianchi as a placeholder of sorts. Hope that's ok.
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Great! Should be fun. Probably better than the Dare.
Quite frankly, the vintage group was the best part of the Dare (yes past tense regarding the Dare). Awesome people, awesome bikes. This is such a great area to ride in. I'm anxious to see all of you who are going and to share a good time.
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Definitely OK.

I recommend the Dairyland Motel 608-987-3141, walking distance to the Pointer Café for good food, plus a number of BnB's, and a couple of touristy places like the Brew Pub (rooms upstairs, and the Mineral Point Hotel (same, very small place) and if you want haunted, Lincoln-era lodging, there's The Walker House.

It's unique to say the least. Reading material in the communal bathrooms is Camus, owned by Loyola University and run, for some reason, by a nice couple as "World of Beauty" or something like that. Cash or check only, and no WiFi, for sure. Stone inn from the mid 1800's.

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Alright Robbie, I talked her into it and we're both going to do the ride. I think we'll drive down late Saturday morning, spend the night, and drive back after the ride on Sunday. Yeehaw!
What would you recommend for just one nights lodging?

EDIT: I just registered both of us. I think she'll be riding my old Trek because it's a triple, and I wasn't sure of the second bike (might buy one, you know, for this event ) - I put down my pink Bianchi as a placeholder of sorts. Hope that's ok.
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Folks, about registration:

Your registration is so cards can be printed up for your bikes, among other things, so register all the bikes you think you'll bring, and bring the ones you can. That way, any excess cards can simply be tossed, but we'll have a display card for your bike.
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There aren't too many hills here along the south shore of Lake Erie that I could use to train... Flat ground, no wind and I'm good for 18-20mph for an hour or so, but longer rides are more like 16-18. Add hills to the mix and I have no idea... I suppose I could start riding in a southerly direction from home - I'm about 30 miles from some good rolling terrain with 300' elevation gains...

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To prepare for this terrain the first step is to get a low range gear that drops at least 10-12 gear inches from your typical setup in your small/small combo. This is a challenge on many of our non-triple vintage rides when you don't want to swap a rear derailleur, so for example I am preparing to fit a Stronglight or SunXCD crank to one of my bikes, which will let me use a 34 inner on a double. These hills are punchy and short. You are never on the steepest portions for more than a few minutes at a time. Then you cruise and relax for the interim before the next one. But on the 100k route, there are a number of climbs. To really prepare your body for this if you don't have the terrain available, you would want to add some hard but short efforts to a longer ride. They have a modern name for this technique now, HIIT for high intensity interval training. In reality it just mimics what you do when you ride around here - a big effort for 2-5 minutes, then relax for awhile while spinning the pedals. Lather, rinse, repeat.
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