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st. louis brevet series: reminder/invitation...(11 posts)

st. louis brevet series: reminder/invitation...JS Haiku Shop
Feb 24, 2003 9:12 AM
200k is this saturday.

should be a long drive and a cold ride.

look me up if you're there.

that's a huge bagcyclopathic
Feb 24, 2003 12:31 PM
for such short ride. what do you have there? Hairdryer? space blanket? sleeping bag? 3 day food supply?

irregardless ;) good luck. Stay dry and warm; hopefully it won't get cancelled again.
bagJS Haiku Shop
Feb 25, 2003 6:33 AM
just a few things for "special occasions".

I have a thing about riding 125 miles in the middle of illinios 5 hours from home in the winter. makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to have all the stuff i think i might need.

besides, with fenders and lights and full 32 oz bottles, the bike only weighs 46 pounds (bathroom scale).

btw, i'll be trying a different fueling method for the brevet series: real food. PB&J, fritos, newtons, fruit, etc. This will be my first departure from clif bars and the like. will report back.


good luckcyclopathic
Feb 25, 2003 7:22 AM
I only did it once. I rode 400km in Boston on 46lbs bike. We got some rain (it was coming hard enough for cars to stop) and panniers picked up some moisture so I'm guessing bike was over 50lbs at some point. Needless to say I will never do it again.

Last year I did all rides with a small wedgie (big enough to hold 2 spares and patch kit) and a bottle of hummer jell stuffed in pocket. There're always many stores alone route you can stop and get some hot food if you need.

With the way weather is I'd go with PCV rainsuit with hood (either Performance or 20$ Walmart special), balaclava, goretex oversocks, booties and Warm winter gloves. A couple gells, maybe a bar and enough money to buy some food and ride back to car if need. And yes plastic bag to cover cue sheet.

There're many places you can get improvised gear alone route. I've used supermarket plastic bags to wrap saddle and feet in. Big 50gal trashbags make a good vest with hood just cut the holes.

You wanna get in and out as quick as possible. Even with bad weather it shouldn't take more then 8-10hr and you'd better ride nonstop. Suck it up.
want to do 200k-400k with only what food i can carryJS Haiku Shop
Feb 25, 2003 1:08 PM
...and stop only for water at controls.

600k may be a different story.

I have considered vapor barrier or goretex socks, but not used them yet. might pick some up this week.
You sure about this, JS?crosscut
Feb 24, 2003 9:57 PM
Man, we have had some horrible weather here in the St. Louis area this year, and there's more on the way this weekend, I hear. The brevets here are on relatively flat country roads across the river in Illinois. Your biggest challenge will be the wind (it's flat farmland, no hiding from the wind), cold temps, and potential percipitation. Let me know if you're really going to do this, and I will meet you there for morale support. You'll need it. Trust me. I find riding in Illinois in Feb. and March some of the most challenging riding anywhere in the country because of the wind. Give me hills, mountains even, any day. So, if you decide to go, I'll see you in Edwardsville.
You sure about this, JS?JS Haiku Shop
Feb 25, 2003 6:52 AM
i've heard about the wind. edwardsville is closer than KY, GA, or FL--that's the major consideration. i'll ride provided they're not canceled. i expect they won't be canceled unless there's ice on the ground. the only other reason i wouldn't go is inclement weather road conditions between home and edwardsville--today we have a bunch of snow on the ground. pretty, but it only serves to disguise the ice underneath (on the roads).

see you there.

come to California, JS...PeterRider
Feb 24, 2003 10:56 PM
did you look at my ride report from saturday ? (nobody looks at it :-( ). The 200K was very nice and warm and I got sunburnt.

There is a last brevet close to LA in 2 weeks, hopefully weather will be good as well and I'll go.

come to California, JS...JS Haiku Shop
Feb 25, 2003 6:36 AM
california? i wish. i read your ride report. your friend in the RUSA jersey looks well-nourished. :)

i'm totally envious of your weather. however, it's also good to have 4 full seasons here.


Hey, JS Haiku, hope you have a good ride!Mike P
Feb 25, 2003 4:38 AM
Do you have a time goal or are you riding to finish in the time limit? Which bike are you riding? Anyway, GOOD LUCK!!! and, just keep riding.

Hey, JS Haiku, hope you have a good ride!JS Haiku Shop
Feb 25, 2003 6:38 AM
i'm just going to have a nice ride. no speed or time expectations, but i don't much like stopping for long periods for any reason. i'm there to ride, so standing in a convenience store eating donuts doesn't really fit into my plan. that may change as the rides get longer, though. :)

riding? the green surly cross-check (pictured). add fenders and a little "character" from recent gravity checks, plus a frame pump, and that's what i'll be riding.