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I always turn the baguettes upside-down so that...

I always turn the baguettes upside-down so that the "smooth" bottom side is against the roof of my mouth and the buzz-saw-sharp top side is against my tongue. That really helps avoid the damage to...
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Posted By thebulls

That was my thinking, too. But between Loudeac...

That was my thinking, too. But between Loudeac and St. Nick, everyone I encountered was planning to sleep in St Nick, and I figured by the time I got there it would be full. So I slept in a roadside...
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FWIW, DCR fleche is a little later, for most...

FWIW, DCR fleche is a little later, for most riders it's the weekend of April 22/23 (teams can start as early as Thursday under the fleche rules).

Nick
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Posted By thebulls

Most Post Offices are open 24/7 and at least let...

Most Post Offices are open 24/7 and at least let you get out of the wind &/or rain.

I find it useful to de-addict myself to caffeine during the SR season so that when I do drink a coke or eat a...
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Posted By thebulls

I'm not disagreeing with you, since I think I...

I'm not disagreeing with you, since I think I would describe my PBP bike as a light touring bike that will take fenders and a rack. That said ...

Well, some people are strong enough that they can...
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Posted By thebulls

I still don't understand quite what you're really...

I still don't understand quite what you're really looking for.

Like carbonfiberboy, I also think that early 80's bikes, particularly Treks, are a great value. If you want tires bigger than 25's...
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Posted By thebulls

Maybe I don't understand what you mean by "Top...

Maybe I don't understand what you mean by "Top Shape" but my instinctive reaction to your post is: Utter bull****.

I've ridden PBP twice, will be finishing my 132nd consecutive R-12 ride on New...
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Posted By thebulls

Not sure I understand your comment. When the...

Not sure I understand your comment. When the route is being designed and submitted for approval, you have to have ridden it or at least driven it, at which time you can make a note of some info...
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Posted By thebulls

After reading some of this and other threads,...

After reading some of this and other threads, I've decided to give LCHF / ketogenic diet a try. I only started in earnest Sunday a week and a few days ago. Then a friend invited me to go ride a...
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Posted By thebulls

Another potential resource is "The Paleo Diet for...

Another potential resource is "The Paleo Diet for Athletes" by Cordain and Friel:
https://www.amazon.com/Paleo-Diet-Athletes-Nutritional-Performance/dp/160961917X

Here's a summary:
A Quick Guide...
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Posted By thebulls

Take a look at RUSA's route-approval guidelines,...

Take a look at RUSA's route-approval guidelines, here:
https://rusa.org/Download/RBAProcedures.htm#_Toc382805959

When you are justifying a route, you have to explain why _apparent_ shortcuts do...
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Posted By thebulls

DC Randonneurs starts their 400's and 600's at...

DC Randonneurs starts their 400's and 600's at 4am. Usually that means that by lunch-time you've got a hundred miles or more, done. I usually get to the overnight around 2 to 3am, usually around...
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Wow, usually I'd expect to see this question from...

Wow, usually I'd expect to see this question from someone else, and Machka contributing to the answer :-) (Your website was a great resource for me when I was a newbie randonneur.)

OK, I've...
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Posted By thebulls

Hi, Hilltowner/Phil Gilles Berthoud 28. I...

Hi, Hilltowner/Phil

Gilles Berthoud 28. I bought it in 2011 so it's got five years of year-round, all-weather riding and over 36,000km. I've re-waxed it once. Photo was taken in late 2014, I...
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Posted By thebulls

I think you're making a mountain out of a...

I think you're making a mountain out of a molehill. Photo shows my Luxos-U mounted to a VO clamp, mounted to the front light-attachment braze-on of a Campee. The light is far enough forward that...
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Posted By thebulls

FYI, a ton of randonneurs ride on Selle-Anatomica...

FYI, a ton of randonneurs ride on Selle-Anatomica saddles. Main reason for me and many others: Impossible to get the Brooks set back far enough (even on a long setback seatpost like a Nitto S83). ...
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Posted By thebulls

Reading your message, I couldn't help but think...

Reading your message, I couldn't help but think of this old cartoon about project-managing a tree swing ...

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Posted By thebulls

My VO randonneur front rack weighs 212 grams...

My VO randonneur front rack weighs 212 grams while my Mark's rack weighs 332 grams. Over a quarter-pound difference! Can't say I've ever noticed it while riding. But I have contemplated replacing...
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Posted By thebulls

Attached photo shows my PBP setup. Light goes on...

Attached photo shows my PBP setup. Light goes on a VO mount under the GB bag, where it is sheltered from rainfall. GB bag does not affect the beam since it cuts off at the top, anyway. My bags have...
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Posted By thebulls

It's pretty hard to improve on the Gilles...

It's pretty hard to improve on the Gilles Berthoud waxed-canvas bags. I have a GB28. They are expensive but if you have done enough randonneuring to determine that you'll be using the bag for many...
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Posted By thebulls

I really don't understand this comment. I've...

I really don't understand this comment. I've ridden Sugino XD or Velo Orange triples for over 60,000km of randonneuring without once having any sort of problem. I can't imagine riding PBP without...
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Posted By thebulls

On older steel bikes, I've used water bottle cage...

On older steel bikes, I've used water bottle cage clamps with excellent success. Like these:
VO Bottle Cage Clamp - Water Bottles & Cages - Accessories...
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Posted By thebulls

Yes, I read the article after your original...

Yes, I read the article after your original response. It does sound like fun to ride an event like that in a remote region where road choice doesn't matter much. I'm not sure I'd want to ride...
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Posted By thebulls

The DC Randonneurs fleche usually ends at the Key...

The DC Randonneurs fleche usually ends at the Key Marriott in Arlington, VA, just across the river from Georgetown. What makes it fairly easy to design a fleche that ends there is 1) there are bike...
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Posted By thebulls

Thanks for the report. Look forward to the...

Thanks for the report. Look forward to the longer-term report. What kind of rims are you using these with?

I am "tubeless curious" but not entirely ready to make the jump. I do have one...
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Posted By thebulls

If it's set up in a remote region where all the...

If it's set up in a remote region where all the roads are safe--as Machka points out is the case with the race she cited--then OK. Anywhere in the region I administer, a race like this would be a...
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Posted By thebulls

Seems to me like it combines the worst of all...

Seems to me like it combines the worst of all possible worlds. Riders routing themselves on dangerous roads because they don't know that safer ones are available. And riders racing on those roads...
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Posted By thebulls

Well, I can do math, but in this case it has to...

Well, I can do math, but in this case it has to be abstract algebra since I don't know the quantities involved. So which is heavier? tube + good-quality regular tire + regular rim? Or sealant +...
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Posted By thebulls

I was going to make the same suggestion about...

I was going to make the same suggestion about Boulder Bikes ...

As to steel vs Ti. Ti fatigues faster than steel. I know three randonneurs who have reached the fatigue limit on their Ti rando...
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Posted By thebulls

Haha, the thread that won't stay dead! OK,...

Haha, the thread that won't stay dead! OK, here's my update to mileage:

Mileage since 9/9/00.

Rambouillet 13804
Gunnar Sport 17359
Trek 400 5809 -- now dead; seat tube detached from BB...
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Posted By thebulls

My advice: Don't ebay anything for now,...

My advice: Don't ebay anything for now, particularly not a front rack. My handlebar bag is the most useful piece of rando equipment that I own!

Go with what you already own, to start with. ...
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Posted By thebulls

Hmm, I don't recall saying that I've seen people...

Hmm, I don't recall saying that I've seen people DNF with a hydration pack. I can't think of anyone who I would say has DNF'd because of one. I know a half dozen or so people who regularly carry...
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Posted By thebulls

Measure LT: warm up for ten or fifteen minutes...

Measure LT: warm up for ten or fifteen minutes then do a half-hour time trial at maximum effort for the full half hour; figure out your average heart rate over the final 20 minutes.

John Hughes...
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Posted By thebulls

Watching the movie, I found it jarring to see...

Watching the movie, I found it jarring to see people riding on the wrong side of the road. Made the riders seem kind of nuts and seemed like it sets a bad example for all the kids who'll see this. ...
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Posted By thebulls

Good job! This weekend's riding weather sure...

Good job! This weekend's riding weather sure beat last weekend's!
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Posted By thebulls

I don't think it'd be fun to ride rando distances...

I don't think it'd be fun to ride rando distances on what is essentially an underpowered motorcycle on public roads. If I wanted to ride a motorcycle, that's what I would buy. I think a lot of the...
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Posted By thebulls

Thanks, Machka! Congratulations. Maybe I will...

Thanks, Machka! Congratulations. Maybe I will give MyFitnessPal a try. Unlike Drew Eckhardt, who is the only person who I have ever heard of who finds weight loss "easy", I am like the millions of...
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Posted By thebulls

Let me know if you ever find it! In answer...

Let me know if you ever find it!

In answer to the OP: I'm slow enough that even with a GPS helping me to notice turns, randonneuring is plenty exciting enough, if by "excitement" you mean risk of...
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Posted By thebulls

+1 on clearance for big tires, fenders, and...

+1 on clearance for big tires, fenders, and presence of rack mounts.

Looking at the "endurance" road bike category on the Performance web site, I don't think a single one in your price range has...
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Posted By thebulls

John Hughes posted some excellent PBP training...

John Hughes posted some excellent PBP training timelines on the Google:Randon list last year....
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Posted By thebulls

I also have a Soma Grand Rando, which I ride as...

I also have a Soma Grand Rando, which I ride as my regular brevet bike and I find it quite responsive. Still, it's very capable as a light touring bike, particularly when the load is carried up...
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Posted By thebulls

You posted stupid stuff saying that continued...

You posted stupid stuff saying that continued training for the next two weeks has no effect: "You will not gain any fitness in the next two weeks. "

I posted accurate stuff that points out that...
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Hmm, let's see: Nick Bull, RUSA #2931...

Hmm, let's see: Nick Bull, RUSA #2931 (http://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2931) , RUSA km 57982 + PBP twice.

Your extensive rando experience, Mr Anonymous who first...
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Posted By thebulls

Haha, there have been times when I have been...

Haha, there have been times when I have been inside a control and hoped my bike wouldn't be there when I come out, so that I have an "honorable" way out :-) Hasn't happened yet and I am sure that I...
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Posted By thebulls

Can't possibly be true. If it were, we could...

Can't possibly be true. If it were, we could backwards-extrapolate. If it is true that you can't gain fitness by training for the next two weeks, then it has to be true that you couldn't have...
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Posted By thebulls

Congrats on finishing! #1...

Congrats on finishing!

#1 (http://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) : Basically you have two touring bikes, LHT and 520. You might as well make one of them be your rando...
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Posted By thebulls

The DCR fleche is in two weeks so I am...

The DCR fleche is in two weeks so I am pretty-much in the same boat as you. Planning to ride a hilly populaire this coming weekend as hard as I can. Just finished an easy/moderate 200 last...
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Posted By thebulls

Congrats! I wear either clear glasses or...

Congrats!

I wear either clear glasses or sunglasses almost all the time to help avoid getting stuff in my eyes. Basically the only time I don't is if they are getting so foggy that I get sick of...
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Posted By thebulls

Count yourself lucky to have not found a 614. ...

Count yourself lucky to have not found a 614. The Ishiwata CCL fork crown on the '81 610/613/614 and '82 613/614 does not have a proper lug point on the inside of the fork leg, so the forks get...
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Posted By thebulls

Haha, yes, we really should finish that equipment...

Haha, yes, we really should finish that equipment link on the DCR website. But the "Lights" link is well filled in:
DC Randonneurs: Rando 101: Information About Randonneuring...
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