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Old 08-25-2016, 01:40 AM   #7076
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Hehe!!

I've seen some strange things on cyclists before (micro fibre cloths as a hat/sweat trap, volley ball knee pads, garbage bags inside shoes etc).

Yea you probably want a vest and arm warmers just in case. Temps can flux a fair bit but I haven't ridden it in this weather. I think aalex did recently?
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Old 08-25-2016, 01:09 PM   #7077
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Anyone been up to Baker before? Do i need to wear a fleece vest or not?
I've been up there recently.. Bring a vest for sure. The descent is cold AF. It's a huge jump in temps. If you can, bring three bottles. No where to fill up at the top. Stop at the general store to do your fill up.. That's your last and first place to get supplies once you start the climb.
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throw in a helmet mounted rear view mirror, 10 panniers, and a +70' stem and you got yourself a certified Fred.
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^ sweet, because I just picked up a fully loaded Soma Saga touring bike. However, my mirror is on my handlebar, not on my helmet.
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:26 PM   #7080
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Anybody else doing the Ride to Conquer Cancer this weekend? I will be riding with Team BMO.

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^ nice bike.. my buddy's doing it. best of luck my man.
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Old 08-25-2016, 05:54 PM   #7082
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By the way... FYI, if you're planning on buying from aliexpress / dhgate for replica items... I went that route the first year I was riding.

For the price you pay, the quality is as you would expect. Not great, but usable.

Caveat, I do not recall ever owning a gilet/vest made by a cycling manufacturer that had FLEECE as a material.

Unless you are riding at a Stanley Park Seawall pace of <15km/hr, you will fuckin' sweat ball buckets if you use that in temps higher than probably 6-8*C.

Replica stuff is super tempting! I've bought my fair share, but at the end of the day I threw that shit out cause the fit sucked and the material was generic and would smell after a few uses.

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^ nice bike.. my buddy's doing it. best of luck my man.
Thank you! I still need to do a few things - cut the steer tube, etc. but it really is a phenomenal bike. The one thing I will say though is I have just recently got the "Cervelo Creak of Doom" from my BB... quite unacceptable for a bike with only 1800km on it in my opinion. I am going to fork over the $$$ for a Wheels Mfg threaded BB and that should be the end of it.

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^ I just got a bike fitting done and yes, i have the same thing, gotta cut the steer tube also.

604CEFIRO; you're right, i wouldn't buy any replicas online, u do get what you pay for. The fleece vest is from a race kit i got from someone who raced previously, we'll see how that goes, maybe it's a winter piece.

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MEC is basically the cheapest for the Shot Bloks at $2.55 each. If you buy 12, then you get 10% off, which makes it $2.29 each.
2nd cheapest is Running Room selling at $42.99 for 18 (1 box).
You might get lucky at REI in the States if it's on sale as one of their 'Flavours of the week' specials, but with the exchange nowadays, might not be cheaper.
FYI, I've found Clif Blok online on ebay. Not sure if you're willing to try.
1) Margarita - sodium 2) orange & punch flavor has 25 mg caffine 3) cherry has 50mg.
I'm going to get the margarita and cherry, maybe i'll get a box and see which is worthwhile.
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Thank you! I still need to do a few things - cut the steer tube, etc. but it really is a phenomenal bike. The one thing I will say though is I have just recently got the "Cervelo Creak of Doom" from my BB... quite unacceptable for a bike with only 1800km on it in my opinion. I am going to fork over the $$$ for a Wheels Mfg threaded BB and that should be the end of it.

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Most Cannondale bikes (or any bike with BB30) suffer from the creak as well. Most of the time, re-greasing it will help, but upgrading to a nicer bottom bracket usually solves the problem...like money always does.
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FYI, I've found Clif Blok online on ebay. Not sure if you're willing to try.
1) Margarita - sodium 2) orange & punch flavor has 25 mg caffine 3) cherry has 50mg.
I'm going to get the margarita and cherry, maybe i'll get a box and see which is worthwhile.
No, I don't need to buy online. I get mine at Running Room since I have a staff discount on top of the price I stated.
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my bb creaked under pressure on my specialized, just took it out, cleaned everything and regreased, squeaks no more.
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Good luck and a safe ride to everyone doing the Ride to Conquer Cancer this weekend!
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Went up to Baker today.

1) They paved the roads at the first 40kms, not smooth paving, but bumpy as fuck, very un enjoyable esp. my bladder.
2) It was not super hot and had some sun, so that made it great but it was very cloudy up top. At 5050ft at 12degrees, the decent was tough. Wish I bought long finger gloves. EVERYONE had sleeves or jackets coming down except me ... fuck.
3) Cypress has 6 switch back turns, Seymour has maybe 7-8, Baker has over 15-20+; most, if not all are single lane traffic. If you fuck up, you fly off the mountain.
My fingers were pretty cold coming down and trying to brake at some of them was difficult.

4) No need to go in if you have Nexus. If you go via the office, you can use their bathrooms + fill up on water.
~40kms from Sumas to bar called Cloud 9 and a bathroom station+ water fill up station. There are 3-4 gas stations further up, after that, there is no water or food support. So stock up.
5) 40km up wasn't bad, few pic ops and pee stops. There is another 1-2 km until you get to the very top at 5100 ft. PS: the bathrooms up there are the worse smelling bathrooms I've ever been into.

If anyone needs any tips let me know. Happy to pass on any knowledge as it would make someone's experience much more enjoyable.
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A couple more bikes that I got recently

Trek 1000

and a(N)o(+)her Trek (1)000! Love the old school...
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Anyone want a KHS DJ25 mtn bike? Make me an offer, asking $175obo...it's gotta go!
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and a(N)o(+)her Trek (1)000! Love the old school...
Nice! I saw the Trek last night on CL and glad you got it!
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Well, my first Ride to Conquer Cancer is in the bag.

It was a very cool and unique experience, but also a tough one. I have done some training for this ride but my longest ride to date before this weekend was 100km - that was a mistake. The climbing numbers are not much for reach ride, but they are somewhat concentrated - both days have their climbing in kms ~75-100 so you end up with a very tough section. I had a great team who helped me and another few first timers along, and ultimately we were fairly successful in being one of earliest of the bigger teams to finish.

Day 2 was a bit more eventful for me - ripped a 3/4" hole in one of my GP4000s with 13km to the nearest mechanical assistance... we cobbled together a solution using the old tube as a patch but that was a dicey 13km! I then proceeded to have a nasty crash and go flying over the bars onto the concrete. Then finish the day with somebody giving me a bump while we were riding that was enough to bend my derailleur hanger.

But all in all a success! I made it, raised $9400, and will be back next year. If you are on the fence, know that it's not an easy thing, but it's an immensely satisfying one, both for the "feel good" about it being for a good cause and for the accomplishment of finishing a tough two days.

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I thought this was interesting:

I occasionally ride a 1992 Trek 2300 - it's lugged Carbon with Shimano 600 components (i.e. predecessor to Ultegra). It weighs about 20lbs with everything.

I'm sitting on the fence on whether to buy a new bike - with my budget of $1500, the weight would be about the same for the used bikes I'm looking at (Defy Advanced). But I think it might worth upgrading for all the other reasons mentioned in the video.
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ripped a 3/4" hole in one of my GP4000s with 13km to the nearest mechanical assistance... we cobbled together a solution using the old tube as a patch but that was a dicey 13km!
I saw the pics of your ripped tire on strava.. holy crap that's crazy. Did you only bring spare tubes (and no spare tires?)

100km as your longest ride, I can see how this might be a tad difficult with the duration and some hill climbs. Very cool insight, definitely interested in participating next year. I'm thinking of STP ride (Seattle To Portland) too.

Training is key, I know a couple who did Fondo last yr but couldn't finish. Turns out they never ever practiced up Cypress; nope, just 60km rides in Whiterock every week... well go figure...
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Yes - we only brought spare tubes. In all honesty, 90% of the ride is so well supported with mechanical cars that you would never have a problem, this was just the only off road 20km stretch - the perfect storm of where to have this happen.

The mechanical support in general was great. Even having had this happen, I'd ride with tubes but not worry about a tire next year.

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Well, my first Ride to Conquer Cancer is in the bag.

It was a very cool and unique experience, but also a tough one. I have done some training for this ride but my longest ride to date before this weekend was 100km - that was a mistake. The climbing numbers are not much for reach ride, but they are somewhat concentrated - both days have their climbing in kms ~75-100 so you end up with a very tough section. I had a great team who helped me and another few first timers along, and ultimately we were fairly successful in being one of earliest of the bigger teams to finish.

Day 2 was a bit more eventful for me - ripped a 3/4" hole in one of my GP4000s with 13km to the nearest mechanical assistance... we cobbled together a solution using the old tube as a patch but that was a dicey 13km! I then proceeded to have a nasty crash and go flying over the bars onto the concrete. Then finish the day with somebody giving me a bump while we were riding that was enough to bend my derailleur hanger.

But all in all a success! I made it, raised $9400, and will be back next year. If you are on the fence, know that it's not an easy thing, but it's an immensely satisfying one, both for the "feel good" about it being for a good cause and for the accomplishment of finishing a tough two days.


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Nice, looks like the weather is better to do this ride in august for sure. When I did it a few years ago, it was pissing rain for 2 days in June, made the ride absolutely miserable and doing it alone without any drafts was tough. I slept almost nil since the Russian dude in my tent snored like a fuckin' lion.
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I believe last weekend was the first weekend in four years where it didn't rain during the RTCC. I remember doing it last year when we had that crazy windstorm at the end of August.

Congratulations again on doing the ride and for raising a whopping $9,400!
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Just visited Richmond Caps, Krusty Cycle. Great deal on entry level full carbon frame road bike. Raleigh Revenio 1.0.

Here is link to Krusty's - http://krustysbikes.com/, click on hot deal. $1949 down to $1299. Tiagra 10 speed shifter with 105 rear derailleur. 19.0 lbs. Internal cabling.

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