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    "Ride For Life"

    My father-in-law wants me to do the Ride For Life that starts here in Anchorage and ends in Seward. As I don't own a road bike and may not be able to get my hands on one would riding my mountain bike with some road style tires be suffice or will I end up killing myself?? I've got one month to get in shape for this. What do you think??

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    May be worth renting

    If there are any places to rent a nice road bike here (Maybe Paramount?). I've never looked in Anchorage, cause I was never in need. But every time I go to Hawaii I rent a road bike and it works out nicely.

    Maybe throw some slicks on the mtb to train and rent a roadbike with a compact chainring setup. Or dive in nuts first and shave all your body hair off, get a second mortgage and get a carbon fiber-titanium-bamboo-ducati without an engine. Either way, best of luck to you.

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    What is meant by compact chainring set-up??

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    Smaller chainrings

    It's a fancy way to say smaller rings without the other roadies laughing at you. "Normal" ring sizes on a double front setup is usally around 53 and 39 teeth while the "compact" sizes are about 50 and 36 teeth. Better for hill climbing too - unless you have a triple ring setup in the front, then this whole compact crap is pointless. But road cyclists usually don't want anything to do with a triple ring unless they are touring (three rings means more weight).

    Compact also refers to the bolt pattern holding the chainrings since they too are a smaller diameter than the normal road crank.

    Hope I didn't make you fall asleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raubgee
    Hope I didn't make you fall asleep.
    pretty darn close!

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    Got it...less weight....easier climbing. Hehehehe!!

    Mike

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    raubtheknob

    ***Yawn*** sorry I just woke up from a nap after reading that other post.

    I'm not a "compact-ring needin' nancy boy" like raubgee . I rode my (drop-bar) touring bike down there with MTB gearing, heavy 28c tires and two full panniers. I had great weather (tailwinds down the arm) and sun! I broke it up into 2 days with about 13 hours on the road. It would have been about 12 if I hadn't take a bunch of stops for pictures/snacks.

    I think a headwind plus an upright MTB handlebar for 120 miles could take it out of ya. Definately get slicks. I once rode a 50 mile, windy, rainy, hilly charity ride on a single speed mtb with riser bars & 2.3 Continental Vertical Pros and it was sucky to the max.

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    Thanks for the heads up Dave. My father-in-law brought over some Kendas that are slick in the middle and a little knobby on the edges. They are the same one that Manny has. I think they should be fine. I'm fat and out of shape so no matter what I do it's going to hurt. I just want it to hurt a little less and prove to myself that I can do this. Hehehehe!!!!

    Mike

    P.S. Congrats on getting Arctic Warrior of the week two weeks ago. Classic quote about grabbing a handful of brake at the 24 hrs of Kincaid a couple years back.

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    Heh, thanks. I'm getting tired of signing autographs though!

    Good luck on your ride...just keep repeating the "Fit to Fight" mantra, haha!

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