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Old 08-08-21, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Can’t remember the last time I intentionally rode a century.
I can. It was way back in the cycling renaissance of the 70s. A group of us Central Park regulars decided to do a ride from CP to Bear Mountain. The first time I did it was novel and fun, the camaraderie and all. The second time we did it, by mid-ride I questioned my sanity, thankfully, and I've never even thought of riding long distance again.
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
Those hills are about 4 miles away, at the very most.

Damn, it's pretty bad up there alright.

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Old 08-08-21, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
I remember when people started subtracting their breaks from the total ride time. WTF? Someone who I knew was slower would claim a time much faster than I had. It took a minute before I found out what they were doing. I always thought if you started @ 8:00 and finished @ 3:00 the ride took 7 hours. You don't get to say you did the ride in 6 hours just because you took 1 hour in breaks.

A local ride called The Solvang Century was my second century, organized or not. It has between 4 and 5k feet of climbing, depending on route variations. The fastest I ever did it was just over 6 hours, including stopping at all the sag stops. I've never been a fast climber so I was happy with that. I don't think I ever tried for a fast time on a century, usually just try to stay with my friends or struggle to the finish alone.

My friend, pizza guy, who I ride with on Tuesdays, used to do a lot of the local double centuries. There is a small group of guys who "race" the doubles. Friend "won" some of them until they started working against him. They figured out he had the best kick at the end so they would work with him until late then they would try and get rid of him for the finish. One time they took off from the last rest while he was in the restroom. He was able to chase most of them down.

He finished a moderately hilly double in 8 hours 53 minutes!.
That's crazy fast. We had a guy from here that flew out and did those things. He was always up in the top 5. I think his limit is around 250 miles, after that, it's hit or miss whether he gets it done or not.
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Old 08-08-21, 09:44 AM
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How do you make sure those that are right behind you STAY behind you?

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How do you make sure those that are right behind you STAY behind you?

https://twitter.com/holmanrodriguez/...34860844027905
Not if they pre-hydrated.
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Old 08-08-21, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Can’t remember the last time I intentionally rode a century.
I've never accidentally done one.
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I think that I've done six centuries so far this year, four of them solo and very necessary.
I haven't ridden any centuries this year and I'm doing just fine.
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Old 08-08-21, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
I haven't ridden any centuries this year and I'm doing just fine.
This is me giving you the side-eye.
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Old 08-08-21, 10:15 AM
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We just got done with a short, humid, windy tandem ride. My stoker fizzled out on me. She was beginning to suffer on our ride yesterday and made her fatigue official on today's ride. In all fairness, she's been working hard on the bike for quite awhile now, so she was overdue for a collapse.

We had just gotten home when a neighbor told us that she had passed us while we were climbing a hill and was scared for us and presumably for herself as she had to go over in the opposing lane.
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...as she had to go over in the opposing lane.
Phew! I'm glad to hear that she survived her harrowing ordeal!
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Old 08-08-21, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
How do you make sure those that are right behind you STAY behind you?

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Gotta do what you gotta do.
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Old 08-08-21, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post

Also just a general lack of common sense - like running bright flashing lights that dazzle the rider behind you.
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This kinda describes the Varia. Makes me wonder if the newer 515 over my 510, would be worth it just to get the "Peloton" flashing mode?
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
This kinda describes the Varia. Makes me wonder if the newer 515 over my 510, would be worth it just to get the "Peloton" flashing mode?
Other than BT, I wasn't aware of any differences between the 510 and 515. Is Peloton Mode different than Light Off/Radar On?
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Other than BT, I wasn't aware of any differences between the 510 and 515. Is Peloton Mode different than Light Off/Radar On?
I think it looks like it's an always on mode, but 'softer'

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I just basically smoked a pack. #prolly
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I just basically smoked a pack. #prolly
I (dumbly) did a ride with the AQI in the 150-180 region last week. Friggin' killed my lungs, even though I tried to take it easy once I realized the mistake.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
I think it looks like it's an always on mode, but 'softer'

Hmmmm... looking at the Garmin FAQs, it seems as if this isn't a selectable light mode so much as an automatic light mode (on both the 510 and 515) when it's detecting movement consistent with being paced by trailing traffic -

The Varia RTL510 and RTL515 can automatically detect when the rider is in a group ride and a bicycle is being tracked. Group Ride or Peloton Mode is automatically enabled when a slow-trailing bicycle (or other vehicle) is following at a distance closer than 30 m (98.43 ft) and travelling towards the rider at a relative speed slower than 16km/h (10 mph).


One of the other guys in my group also has a 510 Varia, I'll have to pay attention and see if I can tell any differences in the flash behavior. FWIW, though, I've never felt that his light was flashing too brightly for me.
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My free spirited 29 year old nephew is vaccinated but has COVID19. Guess where he lives?

Florida.

Luckily it’s a very mild case and he is already feeling much better.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
This kinda describes the Varia. Makes me wonder if the newer 515 over my 510, would be worth it just to get the "Peloton" flashing mode?
Maybe that's what my boss runs, because I've noticed his Varia is quite a soft flash whenever I've ridden with him.
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That's crazy fast. We had a guy from here that flew out and did those things. He was always up in the top 5. I think his limit is around 250 miles, after that, it's hit or miss whether he gets it done or not.
He tried a few crits and a few road races but found his strength in the endurance stuff, up to around 200 miles. He trained obsessively for those events and it paid off. There was a three century series which was timed and each event had around 10K feet of climbing. Total time from the three events determined the winner and he won that one time. He wasn't the fastest climber out there, but he was the fastest to do all three events that year. He never got into the 500 mile events, though.

I know several people who did those things. One guy I rode with a bit won a 500 mile race once. With those rides sleep deprivation plays a part. Screw that.
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My free spirited 29 year old nephew is vaccinated but has COVID19. Guess where he lives?

Florida.

Luckily it’s a very mild case and he is already feeling much better.
Woof. Glad he’s getting better. Fewer people are masked in Boulder than Austin and it wigs me out.
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