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Any interest in a Springtime SS century?(20 posts)

Any interest in a Springtime SS century?MB1
Dec 30, 2003 3:14 PM
Miss M and I have been having a lot of fun riding SS lately. It's got me thinking about leading a SS ride (LenJ said he would do it if he recovers from last Sundays ride by then).

I'll continue to lead the NSA/OCE Fixte Century in the fall but I am thinking about leading a slightly hillier SS century in the spring (no reason you couldn't ride it fixed).

We would ride from Frederick Maryland to Gettysburg and back on fairly quiet farm roads. As usual there will be several shorter options and I just may add in a tough climbing option at about mile 75.

Anyone up for it?
I'd like to try to make it, since I missed the NSA/OCE.KG 361
Dec 30, 2003 3:59 PM
When? Need to get some ss/fixie miles in.
re: Any interest in a Springtime SS century?bigrider
Dec 30, 2003 4:01 PM
I would like to try it but I may be too fat for a fixed century through the hills early in the spring. What time frame are we talking?
When? Well what does everyone think?MB1
Dec 30, 2003 5:05 PM
I'm thinking April or May if there is some response to the idea. Let me know.
April or May on a Saturday and I will play. nmbigrider
Dec 30, 2003 5:13 PM
As long as it doesn't go up Chain Bridge Road.............Len J
Dec 30, 2003 5:11 PM
I'm in. Damn that mother was tough.

Have you guys recovered yet?

Thanks again for the tour on Sunday.

I'll talk Bill into the SS century, especially when I give him the pictures from the last one (Bribery does work with Bill).

Hey J...........any chance of a trip to DC in the spring?


PS, I can't do the first two weeks of April.
see above post...JS Haiku Shop
Dec 31, 2003 8:36 AM
it's giong to be a rough 2004 first quarter. but, i'm sure i could get up there sooner than later. count me in, but tentative on dates yet.

Dec 30, 2003 5:59 PM
I'd be up for it. I would just need clearance from the wife. It's early in the season so I'd still have plenty of ride tickets. :-)

I don't expect you to plan around me but I just snuck a peak at my wife's calender. I wouldn't be able to go the first weekend in April, first weekend of May, or May 8th. Everything else is open. Once again, you pick a date and I'll come if I can. If not, I'll be waiting for a full ride report.

biknben (still bummed that I missed NSA/OCE)
Ditto. I'm game for it...Dave Hickey
Dec 31, 2003 6:03 AM
I'd really like a spring SS century.
I need to show up for this...Uncle Tim
Dec 30, 2003 6:41 PM
...but I live a long way from DC. BUT one of my best buds lives in Northern VA and I need to visit him this Spring. This might give me the excuse I need...

April is next to impossible for me ( and keep in mind that Easter is April 11...)

MB1, if you schedule a century for any weekend in March except the first one, I will try to make arrangements to show up.

I don't do the fixie thing, though, but I need to do this ride. Just give me some extra hills to compensate!

Thanks for reading,

Uncle Tim
O.K., here is the deal for geared riders-1 shift every 10 miles.MB1
Dec 30, 2003 8:00 PM
Not really, everyone is always welcome on any of our rides. Bring what you have and we will get along fine.
Yes!Gregory Taylor
Dec 31, 2003 5:54 AM
Schedule is the only variable. Easter will be verboten. My kid's Indoor Soccer season will be in full bloom, so maybe I'll just have to miss a game.

Bill? Macalu? Whaddaya say?

Oh, and maybe I'll have a DIFFERENT fixie built up by of my Christmas Presents was a very clever White Industries rear hub. It features an eccentric axle mount that can be used to convert just about any frameset into a fixie. You use the eccentric to adjust chain tension on frames with vertical rear drop outs. Nicely made, really cool.
Dec 31, 2003 6:47 AM
I'm in if you don't mind my gears (only 8). I will keep the shifting to a minumum.
Yes, and additionally...Fez
Dec 31, 2003 7:07 AM
Pencil me in for the Springtime SS century.

And BTW, I would like to ride with you and MB2 sometime, but I usually can't schedule something for the distances you two ride on the weekends. (Maybe my conditioning has something to do with that as well, LOL).

Do you ever do "short" rides (less than 50 miles) during the week and want to meet up & ride? My sched is somewhat flexible.
Yes! If schedule works out and I survive HOS 500TNSquared
Dec 31, 2003 8:14 AM
The Heart of the South 500, which I'm doing as a relay with JS Haiku Shop and our third comrade in misery, A, is schedule for early April. Without going to the calendar, I believe that would be April 4-5th.

Assuming I survive the HOS and your century is not the same weekend, I'd definitely plan to come. I just bought two frames on eBay that are great candidates for fixie/ss conversion, so I might even be up for leaving the gears at home.

Keep us posted!
april will be tough.JS Haiku Shop
Dec 31, 2003 8:34 AM
april 2/3/4 is the HOS/500, and my legs won't keep up with you, Miss M, and Len within a few weeks following that ride.

may 1 is my annual "pre-season" fitness meter: the 3 state/3 mountain century in chattanooga. it's a 1-day (drive/ride/drive) trip, but it's already committed.

may 29 is the st. louis MO (edwardsville IL) 600k, which i plan to tame (read "make my b!tch"). this is my #1 goal for 2004.

unsure at this time what the tolerance at home base will rate between may 1 and may 29, or in the first few weeks of june. must consult the stars and planetary harmonics, soothsayer sister ruby, or my magic 8-ball.

I would love to join you on a loooong ride sometime 2004, preferably fixed/ss, in a warm month, on a date when at least the four of us (MB1/Miss M, Len, J) can enjoy the day together. can't commit to april or may yet, though.
I think I've recovered from the NSA-OCEOverStuffed
Dec 31, 2003 1:08 PM
I haven't completed a century since the NSA-OCE last fall (not for lack of trying, though). I don't have a freewheel for my Peugeot. The NSA-OCE ride was the hilliest distance ride I've done fixed. I'll give it a shot.
I'm in for the centuryheckman
Dec 31, 2003 3:14 PM
Any weekend in April or May looks good, except for April 17-18, doing TOSRV South that weekend. I'd like to come up from Jacksonville and join you, if possible.

What kind of gearing would you recommend for a flatlander? I usually ride 44x17 fixed here in Fla.

44X17 ought to be fine.MB1
Jan 2, 2004 5:48 AM
I run a 42X16 fixed and a 42X17 free. The course we have in mind won't be too bad although the idea is to have a freewheel for the downhills just to make things a little easier for them that haven't been riding much through the winter.
Me, me, me!fixed4life
Jan 2, 2004 1:56 PM
I will be there with out a doubt. I hope to bring many hooligans with me. Maybe Scott will return for that one, and Todd.