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Anyone here going to the Solvang Century in November(13 posts)

Anyone here going to the Solvang Century in Novemberlotterypick
Oct 9, 2003 9:56 AM
I'll be there with my wife (she barely rides). We're going to be doing only the 25 miler (twice her longest).

Here's my bike choices assuming she uses her hybrid. full suspension with slicks or road bike. My concern is her slugging it out whilst I'm whistling riding circles around her.

If I get her the new Trek 1500 WSD, then I'll road bike it.

Let me know what you think about the bike choice if she rides the hybrid and any tire choices to make her roll best. Thanks.
It's the PreludeNo_sprint
Oct 9, 2003 10:10 AM
The longest ride is a hilly 63 miler. They use different routes for the preludes and the centuries. I'll probably be there. I've done both the century and the prelude. They're nice. I usually bring stuff for downpours and 40 degrees to sunny, bright and 90, just to be prepared.
Oct 9, 2003 10:25 AM
The spring century was cold in the morning and warmer in the day. Thankfully I had the leg warmers on and could take them off.

My dad wore tights and just got sapped later in the day.

I bought some for my wife and she'll use her goretex jacket for the morning.

Hope to see you there. I'll probably wear my Rincon Racing jersey to support them.
Oct 9, 2003 11:11 AM
No_sprint at yahoo ddot com if you're interested. I don't advertise my team on the board. I'll be doing the long route unless I decide last minute for the 50 miler. Don't know when I'll start. If you've done it before you know what it's like trying to find someone there, impossible. Since racing season is always over for these rides and I've been Jonesing to go full bore since early Sept. I usually go out for best time sorts of rides. Absolutely no let up.
I rode it on the cruiser in 2001 ...Humma Hah
Oct 9, 2003 11:14 AM
... durned near killed me, but I finished.

Anyway, for that length and assuming she rides like my wife (record day, 20 miles on a 3-speed), I'd say the FS with knobbies and pulling a Burley ought to just about level the playing field.
No tips as to tyre choices but.......PatC
Oct 9, 2003 11:15 AM
why dont you just let her ride her 25 miles at her own pace, without any pressure of any kind, and on the bike of her choice !! I would have hated it if my friend had made a show of accompanying me for my first century !! ......You may well put her off cycling by milling around her all the time.....Ask her !
Oct 9, 2003 12:04 PM
The most important thing you can give her in order to have her complete the ride, is the will to do so. Let her choose. If she feels like this is "your thing" and not hers, it does not matter what bike she's on.
Let me saylotterypick
Oct 9, 2003 12:19 PM
That she signed us up, not me.

I'm more than happy to ride at her pace, whatever that is. I was just kidding about me riding around her in circles.

Her father in law said that he was frustrated when I went the first time with him on his 8 mile loop. He had a hard tail with slicks and I had my road bike.

He was huffing and puffing (at his normal pace) up the long hill and sneered (in a fun way) when I was just talking and not working going up the hill next to him. Hey my bike is 17 lbs and his is like 28.

So my goal is to go at a real easy fun pace where we can talk, take in the sights and just have a great time. Not good to knock your wife out when you're hoping for more important (blasphemous here?) events later (well maybe the night before).

I think I'll go the FS with knobbies. If you see a red cannondale SV1000 with a smiling husband, that'd be me.
Yes, I had figured as much......PatC
Oct 10, 2003 12:31 PM
.....meaning I had understood that you were kidding about you riding around her in circles - any other interpretation would have been truly 'blasphemous' !!

But mind that your 'easy fun pace' is not her uneasy painful pace....she won't say it out of her regard for you or pleasure of being with you but still....
But don't worry, everything will be all right for one ride.
So enjoy it well as the 'more important events' !
Oct 9, 2003 11:45 AM
Why not just leave the knobbies on?
I think I'd ride the fully with knobbies given the situation... even if you do get your wife a 1500. Level the playing field if it won't offend her.
I agree with you.lotterypick
Oct 9, 2003 12:27 PM
I want to feel her effort and share things with her. Thanks for the good thought.
Bring the MTBjtolleson
Oct 9, 2003 12:35 PM
While I won't be on that ride, whenever I lead beginner club rides or ride with newbies I often take the mt bike with knobbies. I get the satisfaction of a little better workout and don't feel as impatient, and they don't feel like I keep slipping away.

It works out pretty well.
Oct 9, 2003 1:08 PM
That's what I'll do. I know since I've been riding I'm much stronger, so the FS with knobbies is the call, as you've pointed out!

Thanks again.