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Apr-02-11 01:44 pm
Topic: 16+
Category: Technical
Forum: Riding Style

Been a while since I was on the site.  Has 16+ replaced 15 - 17?

This year's ride is Sept. 18th, with registration opening in May.  It's a pleasant day in the saddle, and maybe by now they might have levelled out the bike-eating railroad tracks just before the White Post rest stop.  Sign-up early.

Jan-26-11 08:18 pm
First Single Speed
Category: Technical

I'll still stick with the freewheel (to start)  I'd like to do the Sea Gull on it, and maybe perhaps the "Ride to See" over on the Shore.  I'm quite caught up in the Buy American thing, and I'd love to see if that's possible.  I couldn't find a website for the shop in New Freedom, but, wow, they have a phone too.

Jan-26-11 06:19 pm
First Single Speed
Category: Technical

"Single speed is OK, but you should try riding fixed.  It's addictive, helps you get supple as you spin madly down hills. "

Thinking of Tank Road on a fixie...

A couple of years ago there were 2 guys doing the Civil War on fixies.  I didn't see them at the finish.

Jan-25-11 10:42 am
First Single Speed
Category: Technical

Back for the first time in a while.  2011 will be the first year I've had a single speed since I was about 8.  I saw a Cannondale Capo (2009) at an LBS, which I think would be perfect, and also had the important (for me at least in these times) "Handmade in the USA" sticker.  Unfortunately, there was only a 54 and a 58, and not the 56 I need.  The shop is diligently searching for a 56, and huge kudos to them for doing so, but in the meantime I'm soliciting tips for a substitute, with a strong preference for a US-made product, or, if not, European.  Caveat: $800 budget.  The new Capo has two spec levels, one at $900 and one at $1,500, so that counts those out.  I'd prefer a drop bar, but that can be switched out easily enough.

Any hints?

Sep-30-10 06:55 pm
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Isaias ODaniell wrote:

Got a flat just before pulling up to the bike rack:

I've heard the best way to find the flat is dip the tube in water...

Sep-26-10 09:20 pm
Not much mention...
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

There was a brief mention of the upcoming 3-foot rule in a WBAL story about the Larry Bensky ride, but it occurred to me just how little coverage it has received in the press.  The law's going to be extremely difficult to enforce as it is, without the feeling of it having been sprung on motorists without warning...

Sep-26-10 08:03 pm
Cue Sheets?
Category: Social

Has anyone seen a cue sheet for the TdP metric yet?  I couldn't find one on the OLC site.

Sep-24-10 02:07 pm
Pencil it in for next year
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Did you think of me swooping through the twists and turns with the grace of a gazelle, or flat on my back in the bushes post-endo?

I don't know the rider concerned, but just grabbing numbers out of the air, what might the combination of rider and bike have weighed? 140-150 lbs maybe?  I defy anyone to tell me they wouldn't stop after the BANG of hitting something weighing 140 lbs.  Who has ever hit a fragment of truck tire weighing 4 - 5 lbs?  That's quite a thump.  Someone's not telling everything, but it still won't make a difference.

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