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lone gunman?(14 posts)

lone gunman?tarwheel
Oct 17, 2001 11:13 AM
I was looking for you during Cycle NC last week, but unfortunately didn't know what you looked like or what sort of bike you ride. You weren't the guy riding around with the Cheesehead for a helmet were you? I just rode the last 3 days of CNC. It was a nice route, but the food situation sucked.
you were there?JRG
Oct 17, 2001 12:41 PM
what were you riding?
you were there?tarwheel
Oct 18, 2001 4:10 AM
I was on my blue Gios, the only one there as far as I know. However, I just rode the final three days, including the optional century on Thursday. Camped out, but didn't do the meal plan. What were you riding?
you were there?JRG
Oct 18, 2001 5:20 AM
Was on a Trek OCLV. I think I saw you- saw only one Gios. Lots of spacers in the headset?
yup, that's me -- spacer boytarwheel
Oct 18, 2001 7:13 AM
Funny how everyone notices that. If I had a threaded (quill) stem, no one would notice.
new name?js
Oct 18, 2001 7:32 AM
SpacerBoy? After all, you can't have a BianchiBoy riding a Gios. Maybe GiosGeezer? HA ha, just kidding.
Oct 18, 2001 7:45 AM
That's me. I just added a message about the name change. I considered GiosGuy, but opted for something simpler. SpacerBoy was under consideration, as well, but it just didn't have that ring to it. Maybe spacer cadet? BTW, I'm really not as old as I look -- I've had prematurely grey hair (now white) since my 20s. I had some guy pass me on Thursday who said he had been trying to catch me for miles, and kept wondering how that old guy was going so fast. I'll take that as a compliment.
not bustedjs
Oct 18, 2001 7:59 AM
but these guys might not like it

what's in a name?
re: lone gunman?Lone Gunman
Oct 17, 2001 12:58 PM
I rode 495 miles in 7 days. Was on a white Lemond. No not the cheesehead fools. The route was better last year IMHO. If I ever do the ride again, I need to do something different with food. You got the better meals the last few days. The second night they had some sort of "Moravian Feast", salad and cabbage with little cubes of pork and rolls. I had just rode 65 miles or so, no lunch to speak of, it was cold outside and it was a Sunday night in the bible belt, 1 restaurant open and a snafu with shuttle busses. The next morning was grits or oatmeal, bagle or vending machine pastry, served outside in sub freezing weather. Ride Director almost had a mutiny on his hands. Did I mention they ran out of food the Sunday night? The weather was great, most of the sites were good, showers and portajohns clean.

Some of the time I was riding with Crackhead Joe and the Hammerheads. You know the guy with the white Trek w/Specialized trispoke wheels and all the metal sticking out of his face. Not very often though, late in the week paceline thing.
I heard about that "feast"tarwheel
Oct 18, 2001 4:19 AM
Lots of people were grumbling about that, even on Thursday when I started. I missed the deadline for signing up for the meal plan, and it sounds like I might have been fortunate. It was a real hassle, though, trying to grab something to eat in the mornings. The stupid coffee vendors wouldn't even sell me a cup of coffee and a muffin, even though they had no one in line. You had to buy a pass at the beginning of the week, which made no allowances for people riding fewer days.

I saw Crackhead but didn't ride with his group any. Got into a paceline Saturday with some guys from Shelby, NC, and it grew from 5 of us to a locomotive with about 30 people going 20-24 mph. I dropped out of the paceline at the next rest stop because I didn't like the idea of 30 people piling up if one person screwed up. Rode the century on Thursday with a guy on aerobars who passed me at the 40-mile point. He was from the flatlands, so I caught him when the hills started on the century loop, and we rode the rest of the route together.

By the way, I was riding a Gios Compact Pro, cobalt blue with chrome lugs, fork, stays.
I heard about that "feast"Lone Gunman
Oct 18, 2001 5:42 AM
The ride is turning into a money making venture for ol weird Harold, the Coffee guy, the Detail guy, the Lounge Chair guy. I was about ready to have it out with the woman running his coffee stand. Not sure how involved or tuned in you were to the overall show. Photographer guy wants $6 a pic, and then was complaining that he wasn't making any money. Harold several times during the week put on this little clinic on how to detail your bike. Laughable. If it's dirty and it matters to you, get some degreaser cleaner and some rags and brushes and clean it. The lounge chairs, $20 deposit, $20 rental for the week, I brought my own. The coffee bitch was charging me for hot water for powdered hot chocolate I had brought. It was like everyone had their hand out for money on this ride.
the coffee *itch ...tarwheel
Oct 18, 2001 7:25 AM
Funny you should mention her. I tried to buy a cup of coffee one morning. She was just standing there, no customers, doing nothing. Since I wasn't on "the plan," she wouldn't sell me a cup. I told her, "It seems like you would want to sell all the coffee you could and make more money." Her reply, "Oh, I'm doing fine." Glad she's not working for me.

The photographer might have been losing money if all his shots were as poor as the ones I looked at. The lighting and composition were really bad in most of the shots I looked at, and many were blurry. I found two shots with me in them, and both of them looked awful (partly due to the subject matter), so I didn't waste my $6.

I sat in on Harold's cleaning clinic one afternoon and it was somewhat useful, although I didn't buy any of his $15 degreaser. It was worth it just to see how he cleaned a freewheel without removing it from the bike. I cleaned mine as soon as I got home and it looks almost like new. I'll stick with the Simple Green, though, at $3 a bottle.

By the way, I rode in GOBA (Great Ohio Bike Adventure) in June, and I thought it was much better organized than CNC. There were 3X as many riders in GOBA (3,000+) and there were none of the food problems I encountered at CNC. GOBA works out the route with towns that it passes through, and many schools, PTAs, churches, etc., put on meals and sales for the riders. You can buy cheap meals that way, or patronize the local restaurants if you prefer. GOBA also had several bike shops providing technical support, rather than just one. I will say that CNC stocked its rest stops better, and I never had any trouble getting plenty of GatorAde, bananas, apples and snacks.
the coffee *itch ...Lone Gunman
Oct 19, 2001 6:34 AM
I think I am looking for a different tour to do and since I am on the PA/OH border, I may do it. I prefer to do these tour things in the fall when it it not too hot to sleep or too warm during the day. When is GOBA, I seem to have mid summer stuck in my memory for some reason?
Oct 19, 2001 7:24 AM
GOBA was in mid-June and the weather was great at that time, although I am sure it varies from year to year. It seems like there were a lot of folks from PA on the ride. The route changes from year to year, I believe alternating between flat and hilly parts of the state. Here's a link to their website:

There is another weeklong tour in Southern Indiana about that time of the year, and BRAG in Georgia is also in June (when it can get pretty hot). I rode in GOBA because my brother lives in Chicago and we were looking for a ride we could do together within reasonable driving distance for both of us. GOBA turned out to be the best option for the times we had available.