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I'm putting on a (free) ride, Manassas Sept 29th.(48 posts)

I'm putting on a (free) ride, Manassas Sept 29th.MB1
Sep 5, 2001 7:19 AM
50/70/100 * VA * 7:30 AM * Nokesville Comm. Park
NSA-OCE Fixte Century (With Snow Cone Option).
Fairly to very flat, the last 20 miles are rolling. There are 50-, 70-, & 100-mile options. We'll be riding our track bikes, hence "NSA" = "no shifting allowed", and
"OCE" = "or coasting either"; but everyone and every type of bike is welcome, especially if one participates in the spirit of the ride and holds shifting and coasting to a minimum. Bonus points for single speeds. Snow Cones at the park after the ride. (No seconds on snow cones for gear heads!) RSVP for Snow Cones. Ride leaders intend to ride 16mph for the full century.
This sounds like good, clean, twisted fun...Greg Taylor
Sep 5, 2001 7:31 AM
I'll have to check the calendar. Will there be Endurox flavored snowcones?
Vanilla, Cherry, Rasberry, Passion Fruit and one otherMB1
Sep 5, 2001 8:48 AM
flavor. It might even be Endurox (that's not a degreaser is it?) you will have to show up to find out.
Yum! Endurox is similar to degreaser...Greg Taylor
Sep 5, 2001 8:51 AM
...but it is one of those "Recovery" drinks.
Corona is a good flavor. nmSpinchick
Sep 5, 2001 11:14 AM
He could supply his own ...Humma Hah
Sep 5, 2001 12:19 PM
You just shave the ice, and he can pour on his own flavoring.
I'll bring the donuts ...Humma Hah
Sep 5, 2001 8:07 AM
... we did this in July, and its one heckuva fast route. Almost no traffic, few stop signs or traffic lights, beautiful country, many little country stores to stop at. While the roads close to Manassas are Bike Hell, Nokesville and south the back roads are amazingly ridable.

I set a PR on this route, even found myself ahead of the paceline a couple of times when they stopped for a break. If your're a beginner looking for an easy, friendly century, this is a great bet. If you're hoping for a PR, you can go pretty fast.
Yeah but what I want to know is...Spinchick
Sep 5, 2001 9:38 AM
will there be any llamas to race?
No, but you get to cross the mighty RappahannockMB1
Sep 5, 2001 9:51 AM
several times.

BTW have you told your husband about your newfound interest in Llamas?
Yes and beer came shooting out of his nose... nmSpinchick
Sep 5, 2001 9:58 AM
Sep 5, 2001 9:59 AM
TMI? nmSpinchick
Sep 5, 2001 10:05 AM
Too much information. nmMB1
Sep 5, 2001 10:08 AM
Ah yes, betchyer glad I left out the details...nmSpinchick
Sep 5, 2001 10:09 AM
And pardon me for obsessing about llamas but...Spinchick
Sep 5, 2001 10:00 AM
how am I going to TOP THAT RIDE????????
Many, many years ago....MB1
Sep 5, 2001 10:07 AM
I did an out and back time trial (25 miles) I had a howling tail wind on the way out and just at the turn around the wind shifted 180 degrees.

I'll never forget that ride. But I bravely struggle on. You can too.

Alternately next time you can let the llamas catch you ;-)
Uh, hmmmm, Spinchick the Great? yikes. nmSpinchick
Sep 5, 2001 11:09 AM
Might run into some elk ...Humma Hah
Sep 5, 2001 12:22 PM
A couple of the roads down there had names like Elk Marsh, Elk Run ...

I came around a corner in San Diego County once, and found myself face to face with an ostrich.
How fast can elk run??? nmSpinchick
Sep 5, 2001 2:16 PM
hmmm...only an 836.7 mile drive to the ride startSpiritual Haiku
Sep 5, 2001 9:44 AM
9,862,343 cans of PBR on the wall, 9,862,343 cans of PBR...

maybe next year. i have relatives in franklin, va, which is 190 miles from ya. i'm also considering that mountain mama ride in monterey, va for 2002, and it's 300ish miles from franklin and 200ish miles from you, and only 756.3 miles from me. 100 miles, 9 mountains, 10k feet of climbing. DOH!
Just think of the money you will save on entry fees. nmMB1
Sep 5, 2001 9:52 AM
Hmmmmm. Mountain Mama. Looks interesting.look271
Sep 5, 2001 12:41 PM
Not too far away from me. Did 6.5k of climbing in 62 miles. What's another 3.5k? (Alot of pain I suspect!)
=) maybe see you there next year. on my list of possibles. nmSpiritual Haiku
Sep 6, 2001 5:07 AM
Sep 5, 2001 9:54 AM
I want to ride with you, but I've got to figure out how to travel 3000 miles, get a fixie, get the time off work, and stay married. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
Start now, can U ride a 58CM, quit, bring her. No problem man!nmMB1
Sep 5, 2001 9:57 AM
OK, yes, OK, OK. Kids too? (nm)Mike
Sep 5, 2001 10:10 AM
Don't they have to be in skool? (nm)MB1
Sep 5, 2001 10:22 AM
A good ride is more important than their education ;-) nmMike
Sep 5, 2001 10:33 AM
They can ride Spinchicks llama. nmMB1
Sep 5, 2001 11:42 AM
As long as they don't mind goin' real fast... nmSpinchick
Sep 5, 2001 2:03 PM
They're speed demons (nm)Mike
Sep 5, 2001 2:32 PM
By all means bring them. They'll get alongSpinchick
Sep 5, 2001 2:51 PM
great with my little adrenaline junkie.
Sep 5, 2001 2:57 PM
Bring your wife and kids. They can hang out with Hubby and the Little Biker (3 1/2).
Can I ride my 20-speed ...bianchi boy
Sep 5, 2001 10:25 AM
And just shift real quietly?

Seriously, though, if you rode a multi-speed, what gear combo would you choose? Could you change your mind every now and then? What if I drive up from Raleigh and keep my truck in 5th gear the whole way, does that count?
5 miles per shift. Start in your top or bottom gearMB1
Sep 5, 2001 10:54 AM
and go in order through the entire range. Oh man, that would be hard LOL.

We had 2 riders ride multi-speed road bikes the last time we did the ride. At first one of them tried to pedal everything without shifting. He lasted maybe 20 miles.

Actually it is just going to be a low key fun ride, everyone and everything is welcome. Bonus and style points for amusing and entertaining the other riders.
That settles it. I am definetely bringing my llama. nmSpinchick
Sep 5, 2001 11:05 AM
And my husband. And beer. nmSpinchick
Sep 5, 2001 11:05 AM
Good, is he willing to make the snow cones?MB1
Sep 5, 2001 11:15 AM
We will supply the ingredients.

If the weather is ok it would be a great place for an after ride picnic. Your llama can hang with the cattle in the next field.
Now that would be an excellent task for he and...Spinchick
Sep 5, 2001 11:19 AM
the little biker to coordinate. I think it just might be a plan. How about some cheap motels/B&B's in the area?
Humma, any suggestions? nmMB1
Sep 5, 2001 11:24 AM
I'll check. Gotta be a Motel 6 or something ...Humma Hah
Sep 5, 2001 12:17 PM
My mum-in-law doesn't go for "cheap" when she visits, so I don't know about that end of the market, but there are plenty of motels available.
Let's see, we gots ...Humma Hah
Sep 5, 2001 2:36 PM
A Best Western, on Mathis Ave, Manassas, 800-258-7171

Super 8 Motel, Manassas, 703-369-1700

Olde Towne Inn, Old Town Manassas, 703-368-9191

Home Style Inn, 703-221-1141

There are others, too, but this is a start.

I can be e-mailed at, in case the e-mail link function is still not running.
Thanks Humma...something on this list will work for us. nmSpinchick
Sep 5, 2001 2:54 PM
So, you gonna try the 5 miles per shift?MB1
Sep 5, 2001 11:33 AM
You know it is just crazy enough to try sometime. Would you start in the easiest gear and work your way up or the other way around?
I'm afraid I'd kill myself on a single speedbianchi boy
Sep 5, 2001 11:09 AM
I admire others for riding them, though, but it's just too hilly where I live.
Bianchi makes a nice one.MB1
Sep 5, 2001 11:23 AM
It is amazing how many places you can actually ride on a single speed. When shifting isn't an option riding becomes a lot simpler.

Even more so on a fixte where coasting is also not an option.

And they don't have to cost much and really change your perceptions of riding. Variety is the spice of life (llamas are a little too spicy for me).
where do you live?cyclopathic
Sep 5, 2001 11:26 AM
Mel rode BMB on single speed this year (crossing Vermont twice) with 42x16 gearing.
Sounds like too much fun!mr tornado head
Sep 5, 2001 6:12 PM
However, I've already somewhat committed to a ride up here (south-central Ohio) and the only single speed I can lay my hands on is my kids' GT freestyle bike.

It'd be worth it to see Spinchick's Llama, beer-flavored snow cones and watching a few peoples ride 5 miles before they shift.

You all have fun and when I go by the Llama farms up here I'll see if any are up for a race.