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Old 05-18-19, 09:24 PM
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My 1984 Specialized Sequoia which I rode today on my first Century ride. It was also the bike I used for my first metric century in April. I bought this from a retiree who changed bikes to a more upright hybrid for comfort reasons. He told me it was his first big purchase after getting a good job back in the 80's. It is too big for me but it is the also probably the best specced out bike in my small fleet of old bikes. Now that it's my first century bike I may never sell it, unless I run into another one that is more right sized for me.
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Old 05-27-19, 05:57 PM
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I started riding at least one century a year on my birthday, or as close to as I could. I got inspired by reading someone on the internet. I think this year will be the 5th year in a row.

I can't post pics yet, (once I fulfill the 10 post quota I'll post pics) but I've done centuries on three bikes:

1978 Trek 510. It was an odd build but it got the job done. Mix of old new and throw some fully weighted paniers on for good measure. Some friends and I took a vacation and biked from Burlington VT down to New York NY. This was my first century and before I started the birthday century tradition.

1986 Univega Viva Sport. Absolutely LOVE this bike. It was built up with 10 speed Dura Ace at the time.

1996 Scott A.F.D. 303. One of the few steel road bikes Scott has made. Other than it's a bike that fits and works for me, its not all that impressive.

I will say, all but the first century have been on Brooks saddles. I'm a huge fan of leather saddles.
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Originally Posted by rgvg
My 1984 Specialized Sequoia which I rode today on my first Century ride. It was also the bike I used for my first metric century in April. I bought this from a retiree who changed bikes to a more upright hybrid for comfort reasons. He told me it was his first big purchase after getting a good job back in the 80's. It is too big for me but it is the also probably the best specced out bike in my small fleet of old bikes. Now that it's my first century bike I may never sell it, unless I run into another one that is more right sized for me.
Very cool, I have 1983 and 1984 Sequoias in the queue to be built up and taken out for a long ride.
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Old 11-08-19, 11:49 AM
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82 Trek 710

This is the bike I've ridden almost all my centuries on. I rode 6 in 2006 for the year I turned 50. Its mostly all Dura Ace in this photo. 52-42 in front and 11-21 in the rear. A real pain on hills.

I think I've ridden in nearly 20 centuries, all in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri.

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Originally Posted by Jmpierce


82 Trek 710

This is the bike I've ridden almost all my centuries on. I rode 6 in 2006 for the year I turned 50. Its mostly all Dura Ace in this photo. 52-42 in front and 11-21 in the rear. A real pain on hills.

I think I've ridden in nearly 20 centuries, all in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri.
Looks like I already posted in this thread. Doh...senior moment!
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Love the orange man. These treks are tough!
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Originally Posted by antmaster5000
Pretty new to long days on the saddle (did my first 40+ mile ride just over a year ago after years of commuting) but I'm happy to have grabbed this guy and put a few centuries under it's belt. One of which was going around Greenlake in Seattle 36 times

Any recommendations for better tires for long day rides?

Also excuse the weird photo quality- I playing with my phone's camera a little much
I also have a 5200, many 10s of thousands of miles on it. The paint fell off long ago and it's now natural carbon. Still has a 9-speed drive train but several parts changes. I ride Conti 4KIIs on it, 23mm, Conti 5K when those wear out, also 23mm. My Rolfs wore out the second year, been through a few wheel sets on it. I like deep alu wheels because the rims are cheap to replace myself, with CX-Ray spokes. I've ridden several 400s, doubles, and other long mountain rides on it, think the ride is just great. And yes, the 23s are fast on 23mm outside rims with aero spokes. Very durable and smooth riding bike and not slow either. Nice and stiff out of the saddle. If I were riding Texas chip seal, I'd go wider, softer tires, but I'm not. Frankly, I don't see what folks are complaining about. OTOH, they aren't all riding my bike.

Even with 23s, it's very difficult to get fenders under the fork bridge. This bike was built to go fast, not a tourer. I use SKS clip-ons with it.
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Very nice bikes
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Old 03-12-22, 08:31 PM
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Yesterday, heading towards home on what would be a 185 km ride:




(It's the red one.)
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Current century machine is the Trek Emonda. Here it is at a snack stop from yesterday's century (#7 of 2022)
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I rode my 1983 Specialized Sequoia on a 400k this weekend.

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My century rides

Wont let me post pics as I am too new. Hopefully I will remember to come back and do so.
2017 Trek 920 (aka awesometank)

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One might say Iíve had the same idea in similar packages, all centuries Iíve ever done have been with a Peugeot.


1982 PH8M

1) 1982 Peugeot PH8M, my first metric century was on this bike.


198(?) PVN-10

2) 198(?) Peugeot PVN10, multiple centuries and on few occasions also a millenia/millennium ride.


1975 PX50L

3) 1975 Peugeot PX50L, latest one to join the bunch and the only one to carry me through a sub-zero (celsius) B200.
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Love all of these Peugeots. Are they all 650b conversions? What frame modifications did you do? Last year I tried to do something similar with a 1980 PXN10-E I have, which hasn't quite worked out, mainly due to chainstay clearance.
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Are they all 650b conversions? What frame modifications did you do?
Only the white one is a conversion, black is 700c and blue was 650b from the factory. For white, I crimped the chainstays just a bit more to add clearance for 38mm tire.

Blue is another story: rear triangle is shortened and widened to accept ~54mm tire, added water bottle bosses, added disc mount+brace, re-positioned cable quides and finally headtube was changed to accept that full-carbon fork.
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This Quintana Roo is the first bike I bought and the first I used to ride a brevet back in 2004. It's had multiple iterations and I rode it this weekend for a 400k.

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While it was several years ago, my first century was on a Raleigh C500 hybrid with cross tires. Still deciding what bike to ride for this years. My heart says one of my single speeds. My knees say the CAAD9.
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I've ridden two 300+ km rides in the past 2 months (and 3 total this year). Here's the two bikes I've used:

302km, 2500m elevation gain - Calgary AB to Radium Hot Springs BC (August)


351km, 701m elevation Shanghai - Hangzhou loop, China (October)
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