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October done (192 km with 2335 m elevation gain on Strava...
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Posted By joewein

As kingston correctly points out, any disk brake...

As kingston correctly points out, any disk brake fork (steel or carbon) will have to be built somewhat stiffer for longevity than a rim brake fork, so it may not absorb quite as much road buzz, but...
08-30-21, 09:20 PM
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"Ites green and gold is the rainbow..." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6dB7jFixvE)
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Posted By joewein

I did two century rides in August two weeks apart...

I did two century rides in August two weeks apart (plus one metric century). The centuries completed 9 consecutive years of "Century a Month".
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Posted By joewein

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My first real summer ride this year. It got as hot as 33 C (91F). For the past couple of weeks we...
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Posted By joewein

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On June 13 I rode my June Century (on Strava (https://www.strava.com/activities/5462822700))...
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Posted By joewein

What I do there is to keep my last pair of shoes...

What I do there is to keep my last pair of shoes around. They may be a bit tattered and the cleats worn out, but in principle they're usable and I know there are no size issues. Once I buy the next...
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The tend to buy the exact same brand, model and...

The tend to buy the exact same brand, model and size of shoes if available to avoid issues like that. Yes, it's definitely safer not to try something new on a brevet (new saddle, new position, etc)....
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Posted By joewein

That! I think before Shimano moved the shift...

That! I think before Shimano moved the shift cables under the bar tape to make them more aero, things used to be better (Tiagra 4600, 105 5500, etc) and if you're using downtube or bar end shifters,...
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It's not really a problem as long as you make it...

It's not really a problem as long as you make it part of your maintenance schedule and replace the cable before it breaks, which tends to be fairly predictable by distance.

I replace my rear...
05-23-21, 07:54 PM
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Posted By joewein

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78 km of cycling to the mountain trail - 5 km of hiking the forest in clouds - 92 km of cycling...
05-11-21, 09:03 AM
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Mount Fuji and Tanzawa mountains on a hazy day
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Posted By joewein

On Saturday, May 1 I did my first Century ride...

On Saturday, May 1 I did my first Century ride for the month (on Strava (https://www.strava.com/activities/5223920943) with pictures). That brings my streak to 105 consecutive calendar months with at...
04-19-21, 09:08 PM
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https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/pxl_20210414_070921639_58f540eaac01461239f797213768103baa97ed4a.jpg​​​​​Things you see on a bike on a rainy day
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I managed to snag a signup for a 400 km in...

I managed to snag a signup for a 400 km in mid-May, which will be my first regular brevet this year, although I also participated in a Fleche in early April (DNF). I still have three weekends to...
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Posted By joewein

I survived my second Flèche ride from Toyohashi...

I survived my second Flèche ride from Toyohashi in Aichi prefecture back to Tokyo (on Strava (https://www.strava.com/activities/5065640949)) and my third Flèche overall.

Although we officially did...
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Posted By joewein

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215 km with 1600 m of elevation gain (on Strava (https://www.strava.com/activities/4906351051))....
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Posted By joewein

Yeah, but in my experience a flat course often...

Yeah, but in my experience a flat course often means you trade hills for headwinds, which are much more frustrating than hills (no coasting once you reach the top to get payback). As she wrote on her...
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Posted By joewein

She followed the main highway. There's also the...

She followed the main highway. There's also the Old Seven Mile Bridge supposedly now for pedestrian and cyclist use (which was closed for repairs and I'm not sure if it has re-opened yet), but even...
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Posted By joewein

I wouldn't know if other saddles now give me...

I wouldn't know if other saddles now give me trouble as both of my bikes use a B17.

A lot of saddles are OK for 50 km. People like soft saddles on shopping bikes, but those become very...
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Posted By joewein

I would use whatever bike is most comfortable and...

I would use whatever bike is most comfortable and can carry what you need to bring.

Whichever bike you ride, using the widest tires that will fit the frame, fork and brake calipers will minimize...
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Posted By joewein

Congratulations on completing what must have been...

Congratulations on completing what must have been an extremely boring Century! :-D

I also use my B17 with non-padded clothes and felt a pad was overkill with a B17 as both the saddle and the pad...
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Posted By joewein

My guess would be it's a bidon-sized tool box....

My guess would be it's a bidon-sized tool box. Many people carry those in 2nd or 3rd bottle cages. Under the downtube a water bottle may get dirt on it, but for a tool box it wouldn't matter that...
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I rode a second Century in February, as the 5...

I rode a second Century in February, as the 5 person Fleche team with which I attempted a 360+ km ride last October...
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February Century done! :) (on Strava (https://www.strava.com/activities/4749923349))

I rode...
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Posted By joewein

I expect 2021 to be similar to 2020, rando-wise...

I expect 2021 to be similar to 2020, rando-wise (events postponed or only happening with reduced number of signup slots). It's going to be a while before things can go back to near normal here as...
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Posted By joewein

I rode my first January Century on Sunday. It...

I rode my first January Century on Sunday. It came to 200 km (on Strava (https://www.strava.com/activities/4560980072)), with temperatures between -2 C and 8 C (28F to 46F). I left late-ish around...
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Posted By joewein

2021 Century-A-Month Club

The rules are simple, as always:

1. Ride a century every month.
2. Post a report here. Pictures are always nice if you have them.

Just to answer a few questions that may come up:

(a) A...
12-28-20, 05:29 AM
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Posted By joewein

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Elephant (http://www.elephantbikes.com/stock/), meet container ship -- Container ship, meet my...
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In my experience if you run wider tires at...

In my experience if you run wider tires at pressures suitable for tarmac and gravel roads then pinch flats are really not much of an issue. After 32,000 km (20,000 mi) on Compass/Rene Herse Babyshoe...
12-07-20, 03:57 AM
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Mt Fuji with rain clouds seen across Suruga bay from the village of Heda on the west coast of Izu...
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One hundred consecutive months of Century a Month...

One hundred consecutive months of Century a Month complete! 172.5 km (on Strava (https://www.strava.com/activities/4433698472)) in Izu peninsula some 120 km west of Tokyo and also +24T (VeloViewer...
11-25-20, 03:27 AM
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Posted By joewein

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Posted By joewein

November Century complete, 99 consecutive months...

November Century complete, 99 consecutive months of CaM!

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Yesterday I returned to Chichibu for...
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Posted By joewein

Here's what I have on my Elephant Bikes NFE with...

Here's what I have on my Elephant Bikes NFE with Haulin Colin porteur rack:
...
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I'm in my 9th year of randonneuring and have had...

I'm in my 9th year of randonneuring and have had had exactly ONE puncture in all the brevets I have entered. It prompted me to give tubeless a try for about half a year, but then I went back to...
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Posted By joewein

I am currently on the regular Babyshoe Pass but...

I am currently on the regular Babyshoe Pass but have also used the EL before. I ride predominantly on roads, with only a small percentage on gravel but most of my rides include small forest roads in...
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A week from today I'll already be asleep at a...

A week from today I'll already be asleep at a cheap hotel, the night before the Fleche. We'll mostly be riding through an area where I've never cycled before, too far from here, and ride back towards...
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I rode a Fleche last year...

I rode a Fleche last year (https://www.bikeforums.net/long-distance-competition-ultracycling-randonneuring-endurance-cycling/1167263-my-first-fleche-ride.html) (24 hours, 360+ km randonneuring) and...
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Posted By joewein

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It had been almost 16 months since my last randonnée, but yesterday I rode a 200 km one, the...
09-20-20, 01:32 AM
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Posted By joewein

If you're standing to climb, you're probably...

If you're standing to climb, you're probably lacking low enough gears :) Either that or you're racing.

For me the only good reason to stand is to give the rear end some rest on my 100+ mile rides...
09-20-20, 01:19 AM
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Posted By joewein

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Far off rain clouds in the mountains
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Posted By joewein

I have used both SP and Shimano dynamo hubs,...

I have used both SP and Shimano dynamo hubs, 30,000+ km on either. Both are extremely reliable, but SP is nicer and (unlike SON, which I have no experience of) not much more expensive.
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Posted By joewein

201 km. 33 C. 48 Veloviewer tiles. It was a...

201 km. 33 C. 48 Veloviewer tiles. It was a looong day (on Strava (https://www.strava.com/activities/4030501663)).

I left late, it was almost 08:00 already and I got back after midnight. I drank...
09-09-20, 11:39 PM
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Posted By joewein

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Interior of a bus stop, decorated by school kids from a local school in Ogose (near Tokyo) and my...
09-07-20, 06:06 AM
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Posted By joewein

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Elephant Bikes National Forest Explorer in its natural habitat.
08-11-20, 09:14 PM
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Posted By joewein

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Fading daylight at Lake Miyagase, a reservoir in the mountains that supplies the cities of...
08-04-20, 07:56 PM
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Posted By joewein

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Haijimadaishi, a Buddhist temple in Akishima (Tokyo) that I cycled past on my way home on a 163...
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Posted By joewein

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(Haijimadaishi, a Buddhist temple in Akishima.)

Another month, another Century to ride.

In...
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Posted By joewein

The stock Elephant Bikes National Forest Explorer...

The stock Elephant Bikes National Forest Explorer checks all of the above boxes. With a choice of one of 4 sizes and 2 colours it's not a custom build, though it's only made in small batches. After...
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