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For all of you Brevet riders, check this out...........(3 posts)

For all of you Brevet riders, check this out...........chopper
Apr 17, 2003 1:35 PM

This guy has to be insane. I wonder what gear ratio he's using? Not that it would matter for sanity but just curious. I'd love to chat with him sometime.

More pictures here if you scroll down.
re: For all of you Brevet riders, check this out...........Trent in WA
Apr 17, 2003 10:50 PM
Kent's a fellow SIR member. He is insane, in a variety of very good ways: his family is car-free and has been since 1986, which is the last time he bought a tank of gas. He rides MB1 quantities of miles every year, maybe more, on a collection of bikes most folks on this board wouldn't take a second look at--except, perhaps, to gawk at the homemade coroplast fenders and bar bags he hangs on them. He just rode a perfectly respectable 15:44 on a f'in' brutal, hilly, windy, rainy, and cold 300K while hacking up a lung. Besides being a real animal as a randonneur, he's a terrifically funny and humane guy and a wonderful writer who narrates the sort of ride reports that you find yourself quoting in conversations and mulling in your free time. My favorite Kent quote: "There are some flowers you can only smell at 25 miles an hour."

Oh, and I think his gearing on Fast Eddy (the coroplasted, touring-adapted, fixed-gear-converted Merckx in the photo) is something like 48 x 16.

re: For all of you Brevet riders, check this out...........Heron Todd
Apr 18, 2003 10:57 AM
Kent rides a fixed gear for many brevets. Robert Gray also did the Rocky Mountain 1200 on a fixed gear, then switched to a singlespeed freewheel, rode from Kamloops to Boston, and then did Boston-Montreal-Boston (another 1200K) on fixed gear. Not too shabby, eh?

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776