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Posted By clasher

Got to ride a centenary 200k yesterday! Pretty...

Got to ride a centenary 200k yesterday! Pretty awesome turnout for our rides, we had 24 starters and only one DNF. The route had some gravel and a headwind for the last 100km that was gusty, ~50km/h...
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Posted By clasher

Almost any bike can be used for randonneuring, we...

Almost any bike can be used for randonneuring, we had a rohloff thread here...
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Posted By clasher

If I were going custom I think I'd go with a Kirk...

If I were going custom I think I'd go with a Kirk frame, there's a few different models in the gallery that I caught my eye. The frames start at 4100$ so for me that falls into the expensive...
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Posted By clasher

Looks like an awesome route, I hope the...

Looks like an awesome route, I hope the conditions are favourable. Maybe next year I'll try an SR600, was thinking of the one in the Catskills since it's the closest.
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Posted By clasher

Finished my 400K for the season, just have a 600...

Finished my 400K for the season, just have a 600 left. This was a route I developed... tried to pre-ride it last year but snapped a saddle rail a 100km into it and decided to head home. I didn't...
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Posted By clasher

On the start line I didn't even think my approach...

On the start line I didn't even think my approach was the right one...
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Posted By clasher

I'd feel kinda rude doing that in an English...

I'd feel kinda rude doing that in an English speaking country :lol:
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Posted By clasher

I found that the French I learned in school is a...

I found that the French I learned in school is a lot more formal than the spoken French in France... and shamefully we learned very little Quebecois French in school.
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Posted By clasher

I've been using chain-L...

I've been using chain-L (http://chain-l.com/FAQ.html) for the last few years, I don't even use a bottle a year and it costs me around 30$ shipped. I've done rainy 600k brevets without having to...
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Posted By clasher

In my limited experience in France, everything is...

In my limited experience in France, everything is flexible if you ask the right way :)

I think any organizer that is worried about cheating should just require photo controls and/or e-pop instead...
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Posted By clasher

The roadside support is also amazing at PBP and...

The roadside support is also amazing at PBP and one of my favourite memories of it too! I guess it's neutral support in a sense.

I gotta chuckle anytime I hear about people being against the...
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Posted By clasher

I rode the 2017 edition, it was my first 1200. I...

I rode the 2017 edition, it was my first 1200. I don't recall having much problem with bugs, would only really run into them if you stop and wander into the bush. The 2023 plan is to start in Ottawa...
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Posted By clasher

The trouble for me is that I'm on a carbon roadie...

The trouble for me is that I'm on a carbon roadie that has internal routing so a roadside fix in the dark would take a lot of luck to fix. My older bikes at least have external cables so much easier...
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Posted By clasher

Got my 300k for 2021 done. I designed the course...

Got my 300k for 2021 done. I designed the course so luckily only a 6km ride to the start... we had a good turnout, around 12 folks for a miserable forecast. The route itself is very scenic and a bit...
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Posted By clasher

I dunno if I would use IGH on a long brevet (a 3...

I dunno if I would use IGH on a long brevet (a 3 speed on a 200 might fun). I've found my derailleur bike to be reliable enough and even if the shifters break or the derailleur gets smashed one could...
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Posted By clasher

I was looking at getting one and from what I...

I was looking at getting one and from what I understood it's got a dayflash mode that apparently is good for 16 hours but I guess you'd have to tape over the flashing light if there is a "no...
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Posted By clasher

Yeah, cards were stamped very quickly, 5 minutes...

Yeah, cards were stamped very quickly, 5 minutes or less seemed like the average time to me. I didn't get food at Loudeac on the way out but most other controls seemed like half an hour? If the hot...
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Posted By clasher

I was in the L wave, 18:45 depart I think,...

I was in the L wave, 18:45 depart I think, probably was in the blob for most if not all the ride. I didn't mind it at all, it was fun at the controls and there was always people around to work with...
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Posted By clasher

Got my first official 200k of the season done,...

Got my first official 200k of the season done, it's one of my favourite routes... about 1800m of elevation. Weather was almost perfect, not too hot or humid, sun was out for a change too. We've had...
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Posted By clasher

I used the dropbag service from Baxter's and it...

I used the dropbag service from Baxter's and it was handy but two drop-bag for Baxter's made it more complicated. One of my bags was lost, dunno if I left it out at the last stop or they lost it but...
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In Ontario we've been using EPP since covid...

In Ontario we've been using EPP since covid started, I'm hoping ACP makes it a permanent thing. We also required gps recordings of the ride because the insurance wanted it (dunno why), so that made...
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Posted By clasher

In Ontario, Canada the club just charges 80$ a...

In Ontario, Canada the club just charges 80$ a year, that includes 40$ insurance that all cycling clubs have to use. Most of the rides are completely unsupported aside from getting a brevet card and...
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Posted By clasher

Hoping to do some brevets in June when our...

Hoping to do some brevets in June when our provincial lockdown ends... everything organized was banned but they just relented and allowed golf and tennis to open so hopefully after the second of June...
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Posted By clasher

I've heard that the first generation of...

I've heard that the first generation of under-the-tape brifters were the worst for breaking cables. I put 30,000km on 6703 brifters without snapping a cable, there are two ways to route the shifting...
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Posted By clasher

It's not a bad time to start riding brevets, just...

It's not a bad time to start riding brevets, just the rules are a bit different than they were before covid. I managed to get a full series in last year (200,300,400,600) all ACP. Hopefully this...
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Posted By clasher

Wow yeah looks brutal. I like the look of your...

Wow yeah looks brutal. I like the look of your transPA route better... maybe I'll try to add a PA brevet to my plans to do some other brevets in the northeast USA. I also agree on rail trail, I don't...
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Posted By clasher

Not that I plan on doing it, but what sucks about...

Not that I plan on doing it, but what sucks about the CtC route?
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Posted By clasher

I've finished two 1200s, and dnf'd one. I did a...

I've finished two 1200s, and dnf'd one. I did a lot of volume in the months leading up to the 2018 Cascades but I dnf'd due to achilles pain and didn't want to risk injury. I had done a devil's week...
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Posted By clasher

I'd signed up for the CHC1200 last year but with...

I'd signed up for the CHC1200 last year but with the border still closed I don't really want to deal with all the hassles of quarantine and whatnot... will have to hope they run it again in 4 years....
03-27-21, 09:49 PM
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Posted By clasher

If I wanted to do something like this I think I'd...

If I wanted to do something like this I think I'd buy a 25.4mm carbon post and the 26.2 -> 25.4 shim. I don't have any recommendations on 25.4 carbon posts though.
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Posted By clasher

Not sure mine are an exact match, they are...

Not sure mine are an exact match, they are partially covered in tape but I think they are stamped with "Sakae Randnner" (typo is on the bars itself) so I dunno if they are knock-off or a different...
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Posted By clasher

I think I have a pair of these on a bike, I'll...

I think I have a pair of these on a bike, I'll try and see if it's a match tomorrow.
02-23-21, 06:26 PM
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Posted By clasher

I keep meaning to get it downloaded and give it a...

I keep meaning to get it downloaded and give it a try now that I have a better windows computer to run games. I am also thinking of trying the GTA5 bike mod but that means buying a copy of GTA5 so...
02-16-21, 09:58 PM
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Posted By clasher

I bought a reconditioned kickr'18. I got a few...

I bought a reconditioned kickr'18. I got a few hundred hours of training out of it before it started making clunking noises and metal filings came out of it. Wahoo was pretty good and had another...
02-14-21, 09:07 AM
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Posted By clasher

I think making the saddle height and setback the...

I think making the saddle height and setback the same as your road bike is the most important thing. Reach is a bit less important for me but I ended up a bit closer since I only had a short stem on...
02-08-21, 05:09 PM
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Posted By clasher

I use https://zwofactory.com/ to make .zwo to...

I use https://zwofactory.com/ to make .zwo to load into zwift and do the workouts in that program. That site will also let you export workouts as erg or mrc files that can be used with various head...
02-04-21, 08:39 AM
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Posted By clasher

Yeah the alpe is easier since it's usually over...

Yeah the alpe is easier since it's usually over quicker :) I think overall Ventoux is a little less steep but there are definitely a few nasty steep spots where it hits 14%! It seems like the alpe...
02-03-21, 08:44 AM
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Posted By clasher

I like Ventoux more than alpe de zwift, a bit...

I like Ventoux more than alpe de zwift, a bit less steep, especially in the second half and there isn't a screen full of clutter. I'm doing more alpe climbs these days just on a quest to get the...
02-02-21, 01:57 PM
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Posted By clasher

I've taken an approach like this one: a simpler...

I've taken an approach like this one: a simpler guide to interval training (https://blog.mapmyrun.com/simpler-guide-interval-training-cyclists/). I have 4 workouts I made that are basically the same...
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Posted By clasher

I did a 200 and 300 on some 32mm gravel kings...

I did a 200 and 300 on some 32mm gravel kings slicks, they were pretty smooth rolling for me but for gravel I'd go wider if that frame could fit them, they aren't my favourite when there is fresh...
01-28-21, 10:43 AM
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Posted By clasher

Yeah, at first that difference between imperial...

Yeah, at first that difference between imperial and metric doesn't seem to be a lot, but I think it works out to being over a 1000 miles more riding to get to level 50 in imperial vs. metric. Though...
01-27-21, 12:28 PM
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Posted By clasher

That's a good tip!

That's a good tip!
01-27-21, 12:17 PM
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Posted By clasher

That's where I'm at now that I have all the route...

That's where I'm at now that I have all the route badges and all the easy 'extra credit' badges... working on the 25x alpe badge but dunno if I will ever do the everest one. Riding in metric earns a...
01-25-21, 08:40 AM
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Posted By clasher

I did it last year, was 4:05. I did the alpe in...

I did it last year, was 4:05. I did the alpe in less than 60 minutes so I got the liftoff badge during that ride. I did take a break before the radio tower to grab a quick meal though.
01-03-21, 06:35 PM
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Posted By clasher

I found zwift to be a lot of fun if you embrace...

I found zwift to be a lot of fun if you embrace the fact it's a game and a simulation. There's a lot of routes, you can earn in-game currency to buy stuff to change your character's bike and wheels....
11-11-20, 04:46 PM
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Posted By clasher

https://trainerday.com/ has a catalogue of...

https://trainerday.com/ has a catalogue of workouts and you can download them to a wahoo bolt and use that to control the kickr. I did it a few times in the summer when I didn't want to ride in the...
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Posted By clasher

The a600 is a great pedal, really easy to clip...

The a600 is a great pedal, really easy to clip into. The es-600 looks like it's designed to look like an spd-sl pedal. Wellgo makes some magnesium one-sided spd pedals that are pretty good and light.
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Posted By clasher

I'm a two-bolt spd rider myself... never thought...

I'm a two-bolt spd rider myself... never thought about trying the spd-sl or other "road" cleats. I think with the growth of gravel there are a lot better spd options than even a few years ago. I have...
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Posted By clasher

Try them if you want, there's no harm if you know...

Try them if you want, there's no harm if you know they work for you. People ride brevets on all sorts of bikes. You could even try using aerobars if you want another position for headwinds. Some...
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Posted By clasher

I started tracking my tire usage this year since...

I started tracking my tire usage this year since strava has that functionality (might be premium?). I have over 3000km on my current front and it hardly looks worn. The rear only has ~1200 and it...
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