I get dropped by old dudes wearing hi-vis vests and campy dayglo bodysuits

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mander
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Hy

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 23:19
mdilthey
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jdsmooth wrote:

Story time: When I was 18 my parents moved me out of the city and into Rural Western Mass because they were tired of working three jobs each to afford Westchester. I felt like I had been moved to Outer Nebraska because WMass was so different from NYC.

So I saved up with my new job and bought my second bike, a Raleigh Port Townsend, and started riding. And I'd ride down the hill from my house and then do the EXACT HILL IN THIS PICTURE in the opposite direction. This was before there were solar panels there, but the fence was the same.

I was beat at the top of the hill and a little depressed with myself for being beat, and I had just had Foot Surgery #2 so I was slowly starting to gain access to athleticism. I kept biking up that hill over and over for like, a year.

Eventually I switched to Mt. Greylock and by my senior year at the local college, MCLA, I was climbing it 2x a week. But that hill in your picture, no joke, is partly (or wholly) responsible for me getting a life.

I love that hill. Your pic took me back. You were about a mile or three from my parent's house.

26/M/41t N/W

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 14:05
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Anybody watching the shitshow that is the LEL Facebook page? People are asking some seriously dumb qs but then I remember some dipshits at PBP barely able to ride in a paceline

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Sat, 07/22/2017 - 14:56
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Not I

Link/ copypasta?

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 02:10
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(Reply to #6355)
Sun, 07/23/2017 - 02:12
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Holy shit the LEL FB
It seems that everyone who has Mechanicald, crashed out, or DNfd has been posting. Sob stories and pictures of broken dropouts, hangers, and this morning a dude on a gurney with a fractured femur. Ugh

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Tue, 08/01/2017 - 12:49
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I did a 300 on the weekend on my new carbon bike from pyb. It is a fast bike and was actually really comfortable. I think I'll put a dynamo on it and take it on my 600 in augusr.

I decided I hate Clif bars. I can't eat those anymore without getting that fucking dry granola shit stuck up the back of my nose.

I took a fast randos advice and cut my calorie intake a lot, like down to 150-200 per hour. It works great and practically it meant a lot less time foraging in convenience stores.

Finished in 10:45, by very far my fastest 300 ever. I got away from the main group on the first big hill and just kind of kept going. There were mostly info controls which were.easy to do without stopping and that helped a lot. Also the wind was perfect. This was a really fun ride.

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 02:04
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It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
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Wed, 08/09/2017 - 19:12
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Quote:
the chance to pursue a clear and measurable goal with a direct line back to the work they have put in.

This

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Wed, 08/09/2017 - 19:41
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Holy shit you guys ride for big distances!

I just did my 2nd ever 200K with a buddy on our MTBs. It was a SMOKING hot day in the mid 90s and the sun was relentless. We were swerving to the shaded parts of the road.

The route was mostly pavement with a couple gravel roads and the emphasis was climbing. Jeff, who's idea it was, does 100 mile NUE MTB races fairly often but i don't really do big rides. He was on a MTB as well. A fully rigid 1x12 Trek that was probably the perfect bike for this ride(if using a MTB). I used my Top Fuel and i put some old 1.9" Bontrager XR1s on it and locked out my shocks. It was an awesome ride and on the first half he was pulling me along and the second i convinced him we had to finish which was surprising. It wouldn't have been that bad if it wasn't for the heat and the sun. I got the chills once or twice which i think is heat stroke.

Pic of bike before take off...

I don't know how to embed...

https://www.strava.com/activities/1064831424

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 23:52
NOVELTYNAME
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Not sure this is the long distance mtb badass thread but good job dude

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Thu, 08/10/2017 - 00:23
Wintage Townie
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(Reply to #6362)

Same basic thing everyone says about Crossfit, essentially.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 01:14
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I finished my 600 for the year. Now I just need the 2 to get super.

I rode with someone else for 200 km, then decided I wanted to try going sub 24. He wasn't up to it so I rode alone for 400 km. Highlights of the ride were Lummi and Chuckanut in the morning, a great sunset over Birch Bay, a meter and perfect starry night out in the Fraser Valley. At 420 am my phone alarm went off from waking up the previous morning. While trying to turn it off I almost hit a baby deer. What a great accident that would have been.

I didn't make 24 at all. I stayed at 25 km/h all day but lost my mind when it got dark. Lots of missed turns, suddenly realizing I was only going 15 km/h, stops to adjust clothes, shit like that. had to sleep on the side of the road at least five times... all were rather trippy 60 second dips into liminal space. It took 25:50 which makes me pretty happy.

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 01:16
NOVELTYNAME
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Wow, sub 26 is still pretty good
Well done

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Mon, 08/28/2017 - 01:42
jdsmooth
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Indeed, a major achievement. Even more so considering you went solo for that long. Good job not falling asleep while riding.

Five-foot drops at speed on unstable terrain? Yep.

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 15:02
Endpoint
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If you're near central VA and want to come do some fall randoish rides we have 3 200ks on deck and a 100mile(ish) cx adventure ride with some pushwhacking as well. One of the 200ks is a 7pm to 3-4am one mostly on the VA capital trail. The other two are day time and hit some really nice back roads north and east of Richmond.

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 23:03
NOVELTYNAME
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It's really not that difficult to register those rides to get credit

Talk to your local club and submit them as permanents

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Mon, 08/28/2017 - 23:29
iwillbe
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Central VA rando-esque rides fall 2017:
I'm doing some of these, and have a couch (in an apartment) in Richmond on which a tarcker or two could crash before / after. PM if interested.

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 23:49
Endpoint
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We don't have a local club yet.... it's on the ever growing list of things I should be doing instead of posting here.

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 07:17
Endpoint
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If two tarckers ride two hundred kilometers does that constitute a tarck 200k.

Good weather. Good route. Good dudes to ride with.

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 18:34
iwillbe
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Nah, it' a 400k, shit all adds up.

Thanks for organizing it, the route was great, and those were indeed fun people to ride with. that one dude's many many flats were an amazing advertisement for wider and tubeless tires.

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 18:59
Endpoint
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You missed his freehub shitting the bed at rocketts landing.

I jinxed him by saying his hub sounded rough this morning.

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 19:14
NOVELTYNAME
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Awesome dudes

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Sun, 09/17/2017 - 19:43
NOVELTYNAME
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Gooey is that you on the inside cover of AmRand?

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Sun, 09/17/2017 - 19:45
kmcdon
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Endpoint wrote:
freehub shit

Pls do tell. I have a feeling one of my freehubs is about to grenade itself. Not super psyched about it.

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 00:40
Andrew_Squirrel
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This made me cringe:

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That’s right, she rode nearly every one of those 100,000 miles around a seven-mile loop in a wooded suburban park.

http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/from-the-mag/qa-mileage-world-record-holder-amanda-coker_448158

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 16:59
yummygooey
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it me

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 17:11
iwillbe
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(Reply to #6378)

Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
This made me cringe:

Quote:
That’s right, she rode nearly every one of those 100,000 miles around a seven-mile loop in a wooded suburban park.

http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/from-the-mag/qa-mileage-world-record-holder-amanda-coker_448158

It sounds as if she was exorcising some traumatic experiences by riding that much, and in a car-free spot. Good for her, and holy hell I never want to do that myself. A year+ spent literally only riding a bike, with just enough time to eat and sleep off the bike.

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 18:22
Andrew_Squirrel
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I have so many logistical questions for her.
How were you able to survive for a year without working?
Did your family cook all of your food for you?
How much money did you spend on drivetrain and tires?
Did you listen to podcasts every day?
How clean is the nearest public bathroom to the wooded suburban park?

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 18:43
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When you consider that six years ago Coker suffered a traumatic brain injury after being hit on her bike from behind by a distracted motorist — which left her with a multitude of debilitating symptoms, including depression and anxiety — it seems unfathomable.

Translation: settlement

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Mon, 09/18/2017 - 18:52
Wintage Townie
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Yeah, sounds like settlement and, I presume, living in the care of her parents, which seems totally normal following a TBI.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 19:04
Endpoint
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(Reply to #6382)

kmcdon wrote:
Endpoint wrote:
freehub shit

Pls do tell. I have a feeling one of my freehubs is about to grenade itself. Not super psyched about it.

Opened it up today... Fulcrum Racing Sport uses a complete garbage Shimano/Formula style freehub rather than the cheap/heavy yet serviceable one on most of the after market Fulcrum wheels with steel axles.

Bonus: Q is out of stock

Actual bright side: wheels going in garbage. Getting Bitex hubs laced to DT Rr411 and tubeless tires from Outpost

Next Outpost 200k is next Friday night. Come eat pizza and ride 8 hours in the dark?

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 20:38
iwillbe
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that's a happy ending, I guess. Why ride a a Synapse with 25mm tubed clinchers anyways? It sounds as if they can get up to a 32, which would probably make that bike feel pretty awesome.

The nocturnal 200k sounds rad, but I've got my kid that night. I'm up for the West Point 200k in October, though. It's good riding around here, and I liked the vibe of the last ride- spirited, but not aggressive.

I might do this one at some point, too: https://rusa.org/cgi-bin/permview_GF.pl?permid=3250

Lots of cap trail and small towns east of RVA.

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 23:10

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