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04-19-21, 09:08 PM
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Posted By joewein

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Views: 2,297
Posted By joewein

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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Views: 3,826
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...
Replies: 36
Views: 3,826
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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Views: 1,673
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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Views: 1,673
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...
Replies: 36
Views: 3,826
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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Views: 3,826
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...
Replies: 36
Views: 3,826
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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Views: 3,826
Posted By joewein

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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Views: 3,826
Posted By joewein

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February Century done! :) (on Strava (https://www.strava.com/activities/4749923349))

I rode...
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Views: 2,297
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...
Replies: 36
Views: 3,826
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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Views: 3,826
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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Views: 573,909
Posted By joewein

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Elephant (http://www.elephantbikes.com/stock/), meet container ship -- Container ship, meet my...
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Views: 8,868
Posted By joewein

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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Posted By joewein

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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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Posted By joewein

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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Views: 573,909
Posted By joewein

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Views: 9,715
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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Views: 8,868
Posted By joewein

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...
Replies: 14
Views: 2,426
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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Views: 2,620
Posted By joewein

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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Views: 2,620
Posted By joewein

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...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,715
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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Views: 4,651
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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Views: 573,909
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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Views: 6,408
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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Views: 9,715
Posted By joewein

I rode a second century in June, a group ride...

I rode a second century in June, a group ride with friends, plus some VeloViewer tiling, all in the mountains.
...
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Views: 2,760
Posted By joewein

Pre-Covid a lot of commercial freight used to...

Pre-Covid a lot of commercial freight used to travel in the belly of passenger jets but there are very few passenger flights between Japan and the US at the moment, since Americans can not currently...
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Views: 17,667
Posted By joewein

With R7000, either the SS or the GS would handle...

With R7000, either the SS or the GS would handle a largest sprocket of 30T, but for SS it would be up to 23T-30T whereas for GS it would be 30T-34T.

For 5800 it was 23T-28T for SS and 28T-32T for...
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Posted By joewein

I have a silver 105 RD-R7000-GS on one of my...

I have a silver 105 RD-R7000-GS on one of my bikes. It looks more grey than silver to me, but I take that over anodized black any day. The R7000-GS handles up to 34T vs. 32T on the 105 GS and the...
Replies: 19
Views: 2,716
Posted By joewein

Heat acclimatisation helps a bit, so I make a...

Heat acclimatisation helps a bit, so I make a point of doing rides even when it starts getting uncomfortable.

On top of all the great suggestions already made by others, I wear long sleeve jerseys...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,715
Posted By joewein

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After two more centuries in May, I rode 174 km on June 6 for month #94...
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Views: 9,715
Posted By joewein

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On the first Sunday in May I rode 169 km for my Century of the Month, which brought me up to 93...
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Views: 3,375
Posted By joewein

I rode 31 centuries last year. Only 4 of those...

I rode 31 centuries last year. Only 4 of those were organised rides (randonnees), the rest were all private. So to me the cancellation of brevets doesn't make that much difference with regards to how...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,715
Posted By joewein

On April 4 I headed out a little after 07:00 in...

On April 4 I headed out a little after 07:00 in the morning with a vague plan to ride some of the Greenline, a mountain road northwest of Tokyo. I had heard parts of it were closed due to damage from...
03-23-20, 12:36 AM
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Posted By joewein

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Views: 9,715
Posted By joewein

I didn't have much chance of riding in February,...

I didn't have much chance of riding in February, with a single Century ride and one 40 km ride with a friend. I also suffered some pretty bad back pain while away on a business trip.

Last week I...
Replies: 57
Views: 9,715
Posted By joewein

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01-26-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 3,960
Views: 573,909
Posted By joewein

I rode 163 km (101 mi) yesterday. It was my third...

I rode 163 km (101 mi) yesterday. It was my third Century ride this month.

Thankfully here in Tokyo we don't get frost very often. I still see flowers this time of the year, including this rose in...
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