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This is what we did in 2003.

Nokesville Virginia September 28, 2003
The 7th Occasional NSA/OCE* Fixed Gear Century

*No Shifting Available/Or Coasting Either​

DETAILS; Meeting time is 7:15am for a 7:30 departure. Fairly to very flat, the last 20 miles are rolling. There are 50, 70, & 105 mile options. We'll be riding our track bikes, hence "NSA" = "no shifting available", and "OCE" = "or coasting either"; but everyone and every type of bike is welcome, especially if one participates in the spirit of the ride and holds shifting and coasting to a minimum. Style points for single speeds. Ride leaders intend to ride a casual pace for the full century.

The NSA/OCE Fixed Gear Century ride report.MB1Sep 29, 2003 5:55 AM
What with the bad weather we have been having lately and all the downed trees near DC plus my desire to ride more Miss M and I decided to check out the route for Sundays century on Saturday. That way Miss M could get in 2 centuries with other riders and I could get in a century on Saturday and ride as much as I wanted on Sunday and support the ride too. Turned out that the route was in the best shape it has ever been in. A couple of sections of really bad road had been freshly paved and there were no trees down at all. Now if only the weather would cooperate. Alas Sunday started out pretty grey with a chance of rain.
 

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A nice group.MB1Sep 29, 2003 5:59 AM
This year I didn't really encourage our Randonneur friends to do the ride. The route is a little too tame for them and I hoped to increase the ratio of fixed and SS riders to geared riders. It worked out pretty well, of the 15 or so riders there were only 2 road bikes (there was also 2 ‘bents and a tandem-everyone else was fixed). The group was moving along pretty well. Most of the riders had never ridden with Miss M so they didn't know what they were in for. Humma and Len were smart enough to just let Miss M stay at the front but some of the guys just had to try to stay in front of her. That meant a really fast pace from the start.
 

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The RBR crew.MB1Sep 29, 2003 6:04 AM
Miss M at the front, LenJ, Kevin (from the Fixte board) and Humma rolling along. Let's see; Miss M was on a Fuji Track bike, Len a Gunnar Street Dog, Kevin a sweet Peugeot oddball conversion ( among other things it had one blue crank arm) and Humma on the Paramount.
 

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Downhill.MB1Sep 29, 2003 6:10 AM
For the first few miles every time the route rolled downhill the geared bikes would pick it up and pull through-pushing the pace even higher. I'm thinking to myself, "This is going to get ugly for some of them later on."
 

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Humma Styling.MB1Sep 29, 2003 6:14 AM
Humma was sporting his NOS Schwinn Bent-tube Paramount fixte conversion. I could tell he was having a good time keeping up with the leaders all the way to the first rest stop. I guess the new bike is a little faster than the cruiser.
 

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Listen to what Miss M has to say!MB1Sep 29, 2003 6:18 AM
We stopped at a Subway for lunch. Miss M tried to tell the boys that the route gets a little harder for the second half. Did they listen??? Heck no!

So what did you expect?MB1Sep 29, 2003 6:23 AM
About 12 miles after lunch the route headed to the hills and Miss M started putting the hammer down. She was having a good time and since she didn't have to wait for me she was off to the races.

So we stopped at the store, and Miss M sez ...Humma HahSep 29, 2003 8:39 AM
... "Well, I'm just going to cruise really easy now." I was ready to go, so I started out with her, looking forward to just cruising easily for a while. This pic is a few miles later. That's me in the distant background, tears in my eyes as I look at that hill with Mark up at the top with his camera. The only time I saw her on the road after that was when she stopped at tricky turns to see what was holding every one up, and make sure we got headed the right way.
 

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Reed suggests it is a tad hillier than advertised.MB1Sep 29, 2003 6:27 AM
After Miss M pulled away everyone pretty much paired up for the ride home-Humma and Kevin, Scott and Reed, Len and Bill. I guess you could day the tandem was finishing solo but is a tandem ever alone? Reed posts on the MTB Review board and is a pretty good guy to be around. He has a beautiful Gunnar Street Dog and is actually in pretty good shape. I think the high pace of the ride started to wear him down a bit just as we reached the rolly hills near the end. Those hills are lots of fun if you can keep your speed up through them. Otherwise they are quite a challenge.

I kept my eye on things from the van.MB1Sep 29, 2003 6:33 AM
I ended up riding about 40 miles for the day. The rest of the time I tried to help out as needed and fool with my new camera. Scott styling in the mirror. No question he had the most elegant bike on the ride. Looked to be about a 65cm White Waterford with gold cranks and such. Strong rider too.

Gorgeous bike, no brakes, one cog ... Humma HahSep 29, 2003 8:17 AM
... the guy's hard-core. Really made the rest of us look like poseurs, most with two brakes and a singlespeed cog on the other side of our flip-flop wheels. When you got a close look at it in the sun, the white paint contained flecks of gold. What's chrome on other bikes is gold on this one. Stunning.


You know, I didn't notice the lack of brake. MB1Sep 29, 2003 5:04 PM
Until you mentioned it I didn't notice that Scott was riding without a brake. I did notice that he skidded to a stop a couple of times but I just thought he was showing off. Good rider, nice bike, very nice guy.
 

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Now the truth. Len JSep 29, 2003 7:08 AM
Flat!!!......You call that Flat! My definition of flat & Marks are somewhat different. Flat to me is an eastern Shore ride with 40 ft of elevation change in 50 miles. To Mark & Miss M, it's 2000 ft of elevation gain in 100 miles, and what elevation change. For those of you that don't know the difference between Eastern Climbs & Western climbs, Western climbs are mostly long & relativly gradual, Eastern climbs are short and harsh. Miss M warned us that the tough "Rollers" were in the last 20 miles. After "Warming us up" with a very Brisk Pace in the first 37 miles, (A riding Bud Bill, who I had told that MB1 & Miss M, "Always" ride at 16 to 16.5 MPH, kept asking, "What happened to 16MPH?), and stretching us out in the second 40 miles, She did indeed "Put the hammer down", she is one strong rider. Those final rollers, damned near killed me. I did learn the value of momentum, especially on a fixed gear. All Kidding aside, as always MB1 & Miss M were great company, and great riding companions. They kept everyone "In the ride", with Mark making sure no one was left behind or lost. The group that rode, especially those that finished the century, were all wonderful company, and the ride itself was interesting. But, Damn, I am sore today. Hanging around with these two has amazing effects, two weeks ago, I hadn't done a century in a year, now I've done two, one single speed & one fixed. (As my wife says.......You're nuts!) Thanks again Mark for a wonderful day. Len
 

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What’s a fixte ride without a tattoo? MB1Sep 29, 2003 6:38 AM
Reed was sporting this nice carp on one leg-something else on the other.

I'm remembering the "World Singlespeed Championship" ...Humma HahSep 29, 2003 7:15 AM
... a few years ago, written up in a major MTB magazine. It was a mostly-amateur unsanctioned event, even had several coaster-brake cruisers, but Travis Brown showed up and won the thing. The Grand Prize was a tattoo proclaiming you as the champion. If you refused the Grand Prize, you were disqualified. The last finisher got a new BaSS singlespeed frame. The presumption was, the loser needed it more than anyone else. Folks with one gear see priorities a little differently than everyone else.

Guapos. MB1Sep 29, 2003 6:41 AM
All the riders rode really fast this year. Everyone was done by 3:30 so we headed to Guapos for some Mex and Cervecas. We had a great time-maybe we will see you this year.
 

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When? When? When?

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Dates MB! Dates! I'd love to fly out and see what all the east coast hub-bub is all about.
Some of us actually have spouses that occasionally demand that we do things other than ride bikes on the weekends. Set a date so that I can block is out ASAP.
 

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When? You want to know when????

I thought I would tease everyone for a while first......

I'm thinking about either May 21, or June 4. These are the weekends before and after Memorial Day Weekend.

What say you?
 

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Where? You want to know where????

This report is from a Nokesville, VA route. We have also ridden from Frederick, MD to Gettysburg PA and back. I'd say the 2 routes require about the same effort, winds are more of a problem with the Frederick Route.

The final option I am willing to consider is a Southern Maryland route from the Davidsonville Park and Ride off Route 50. We don't want to do anything starting in DC since it would likely be a bit too hilly/trafficy/MUTty.
 

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MB1 said:
This report is from a Nokesville, VA route. We have also ridden from Frederick, MD to Gettysburg PA and back. I'd say the 2 routes require about the same effort, winds are more of a problem with the Frederick Route.

The final option I am willing to consider is a Southern Maryland route from the Davidsonville Park and Ride off Route 50. We don't want to do anything starting in DC since it would likely be a bit too hilly/trafficy/MUTty.
Either date works for me right now. Insofar as the route is concerned, Frederick and Davidsonville both are good routes and closer to me that Nokesville. But, I always am open for new routes. I'll be there whichever of the three routes you select.
 

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May 21 would work for me. Would love to ride with you and Miss M again.
 

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Frederick is close enough to me. Not sure about Nokesville.
 

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Nokesville is doable, too. And either date is OK.
 
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