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Just got in from the NSA-OCE century ...(11 posts)

Just got in from the NSA-OCE century ...Humma Hah
Sep 28, 2003 12:31 PM
Congrats to MB1 and Miss M. They always do a great job with this event, but this one was even better.

Mark is favoring his recently-broken knee, and pre-rode the whole course yesterday, so today he only rode the middle. For the beginning and end, he pre-rode the course in his van, taking pix which looked like a huge pro-grade Nikon digital. I can't wait to see what he posts.

He also offered SAG support ... water, cookies, and some donuts of questional heritage which nobody touched.
The weather was great ...Humma Hah
Sep 28, 2003 12:37 PM
... and better than expected. The forecast was for left-over showers from the thunderstorms that came thru last night, but none materialized. The high winds from the cold-front passage also caused little problem. We fought them occasionally in the second half, but the route is in trees most of the time, and we were well-sheltered.

The temperature this AM was delightfully cool, and it did not warm up excessivly. Perfect for riding, and a good day to try out my new long tights and long sleeved jersey. Call me the man in black, and I apologize in advance for the brown cycling shoes I usually wear with my MTB shorts.

The sky was blue and mostly clear, and stunningly pretty. The beautiful VA countryside was at its best, and a stuntplane from Bealton's Flying Circus Airshow added some additional eye-candy.
The ancient Paramount performed as expected ...Humma Hah
Sep 28, 2003 12:56 PM
... just about perfectly. It only had 260 miles on it since I got it, the longest ride about 30 miles, so it was an experiment to try a century on it. The fixte gearing was left at my flat commuting 48:17, a bit high by most ways of thinking. But it did fine ... I had the option to excape to a SS freewheel with an extra tooth, but didn't use it.

Peak speed: 35.5 mph on one brisk downhill. I was probably pedaling very close to 160 RPM. Now, to see if I can learn to do that in the flats.

This was my first century on any bike besides the cruiser (which has done eight so far, all singlespeed). My first on a fixed gear, first on a roadbike.

My rolling time at 100 miles was 6:02, my best yet. Hardly a surprise ... I got the Paramount because I knew I needed a lighter, faster bike for some of my riding goals. I'd calcualted it would be 2.5 mph, give or take, faster, and that's about what I saw. Now, maybe if I get serious, I can catch up with you guys who ride 100 mi in under 5 hours.

We were expecting a 15 mph pace, but things got a little out of hand in the first half. At 37 miles, the group was averaging 17.7 mph, and I (unlike previous efforts) was with the group. That's positively blistering, for me, but just about 2.5 mph faster than the cruiser's best time on that stretch on one of the best rides of my life. We pulled into lunch averaging 17.1, and I finished solo at 16.1 mph, taking it easy thru the hilly finish. All of these speeds are a couple of mph faster than my best efforts on the cruiser.

My rolling time at 100 miles was 6:02, also a personal best. Total time was about 7:30, and I've done as well on the cruiser. The difference is, on the cruiser I'm usually solo and don't stop much. On the Paramount, I was with the group and stopped when they did.

Anyway, the bike did what it was supposed to do. Now I need to get serious about riding it and train for a 300k brevet and a double century.
The Man in Black.MB1
Sep 28, 2003 2:46 PM
Humma looking happy tucked in behind LenJ and the group was indeed flying. I'll post a report tomorrow.

BTW it is a Canon EOS-10D.
Wow. There's a site I never thought I'd see.Kristin
Sep 28, 2003 6:50 PM
Humah Hah with drop bars and Speedplays?? I feel as if I've entered a parallel universe. Hey, when'd you get the Canon????? I'm green with envy and jealousy. Compliments of the person who hit you?? Very, VERY nice camera. In fact, isn't that the best full SLR digital on the market currently? Okay, give me all the torid details. How much, what lenses did you get for it? How do you like it so far? Is it heavy??
I'm not MB1 but...PbOkole
Sep 29, 2003 3:47 AM
I can answer your questions about the 10D. It is the second from the lowest priced Canon DSLR. It retails for about $1500. Roughly 6.3 effective Megapixels. Higher in the Canon line are the 1D which retails for around 3500-4000 USD and the 1DS which goes for around $8000. The 1D is a 4.5 MP camera that is really designed for sports and photo-journalists. It shoots up to 8 frames a second for 21 shots. There is nothing faster out there. The 1Ds is 11MP and is probably best suited for studio and product photography as it doesn't have the frame rate of the 1D. It's a sweet camera if you can afford the price of admission. Canon has recently introduced the 300d which is essentially a Digital Rebel. It has the same resolution as the 10D but not nearly as customizable as it has no custom functions that can be set. Retail on it is around $800. I personally shoot a 10d and really like how it performs over the d30 that I have been using.

Canon really needs a better naming scheme for their digi line.Kristin
Sep 29, 2003 5:55 AM
10D, 1DS, 1D... unless one is memorizing their product line daily, its really easy to get confused. I did think he was talking about the 1D. Thanks for the info. I'd like the 1D myself, but don't have the purse for it. I'll stick with my Elan for a few more years and then get into digi when they make a solid ametuer level camera with the same offerings the Elan7 has.
How would it compare to a Nikon digital?Humma Hah
Sep 29, 2003 9:26 AM
My company has a fancy pro Nikon digital, that swaps lenses with my film-based Nikon F4 (for which I have wide-angle and telephoto AF zooms, plus a 50mm). The digital is a fascinating piece of hardware, but I have not had the chance to use it yet.

I have a nice collection of Canon AE stuff. Three AE-1 bodies, an F1 body, two zooms, 50 mm, extension rings, microscope and telescope mounts ... the works. All made obsolete by the EOS system. Which is why I switched to Nikon. EOS was a stinking, lousy trick to pull on faithful Canon users, and I fully expect them to introduce an all-new, incompatible system again at some point.
The Canon is pretty cool.MB1
Sep 29, 2003 5:04 AM
So far the only Canon lens I have is the EF28-135 F3.5-5.6 IS USM (whatever all that means).

The camera has so many features it will take really long for it to become second nature. I am just taking lots of pix in lots of conditions and having fun while I learn to use the thing.
That's the only way to learnKristin
Sep 29, 2003 5:51 AM
Best photography advice I ever received was, "Take lots of pictures." Once your abilities begin to stagnate, then pick up a couple books. I know some very good pro photographers who learned on thier own--not an ounce of formal education in the trade. Nice camera.
Do do do do ... do do do do ...Humma Hah
Sep 29, 2003 3:14 PM
Yes, but in this parallel universe, Humma also rides a silver Schwinn from the 70's. And he's still a cheapskate ... the drop bars were $2 at a flea market and those pedals are brand X, on clearance sale at Performance, along with the shoes.