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    Roadie content: What's a better century ride?

    Bob Lebow or the Blue Cruise? I know a couple of folks here (lv2ride, EP, Crash) did the Bob Lebow century ride a couple of months ago.

    I don't know what flew up my arse, but I have this inkling to try to tackle a century next year . If things stay constant in 2007 with the TVCBS rides, then it's either the Bob Lebow ride or Blue Cruise ride.

    I'm leaning towards the Blue Cruise ride since it'd give me an extra 2 months to prep for instead of the Bob Lebow ride. Also, I do believe the Bob ride falls the weekend before Cycle Idaho (do I really want to do that again????).

    So which one is the better of the two?

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    I would do the century that's early in the year (LeBow) as I like to avoid the heat.

    Do you mind riding in somebody's slipstream or hanging on their rear wheel?
    It's difficult to pull the hundie by yourself.

    You should be coming out to the tues night road ride up Bogus (6:30 at Highland School). That will test your metal real quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash_Burn
    I would do the century that's early in the year (LeBow) as I like to avoid the heat.
    Ahhh good point. Didn't think about that. I must say though that we were lucky during the Blue Cruise to have pretty pleasant weather. But jeez mid-August sometimes ya' never know how hot it can get.

    Do you mind riding in somebody's slipstream or hanging on their rear wheel?
    It's difficult to pull the hundie by yourself.
    Another good point. The Blue Cruise was tough cuz of the wind and I rode solo for most of the ride.

    You should be coming out to the tues night road ride up Bogus (6:30 at Highland School). That will test your metal real quick.
    I schlep shoes and women's sports bras at the store each Tues night. Blah.

    I think once my September calms down, I'm gonna try to join lv2ride on some of the Nampa Rec rides. I think Lost River does 'em.

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    Doing the rec rides is a great first step to getting used to the pack mentality.

    On the Cycle for Independence and the LeBow rides expert riders hit the pavement hard after touching wheels.

    On the Lebow ride a guy went down on chicken dinner road and had to get bambulanced out.

    I think the guy on the Independence ride had a separated shoulder.

    Caution road riding can be dangerous.

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    Yes - you really want to do the Cycle Idaho ride again.

    You can watch me pee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFloyd
    Yes - you really want to do the Cycle Idaho ride again.
    I agree with Terry. Regardless of which century you do (or do them both), you should do Cycle Idaho anyway.

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    You can watch me pee.
    I really do not want to know what the two of you were doing.
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    Cycle Idaho - How Many?

    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    I agree with Terry, you should do Cycle Idaho anyway.
    What's the deal with Cycle Idaho? I've done it three times and I don't even think about doing it anymore.

    What makes it so good that people want to keep going back?

    I know I know I've done it three times and should not be asking, just curious what keeps you guys going back.

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    For me it is a real accomplishment, 'cause I'm not that good at mountain biking, and I'm apparently not in very good shape (or maybe I'm just old :^)

    Plus, the two times that I have done, there have been really great groups of people.

    This year, my friend Mark and I rode most of the way with BelaySlave and his friend Jay and pretty much laughed the whole time (well, when I wasn't peeing - if I peed less I couldprobably finish an hour sooner).

    It's just great fun - even if it does kick my butt.

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    Bras? Tues Nite?

    [QUOTE=BelaySlave]I schlep shoes and women's sports bras at the store each Tues night. Blah.QUOTE]

    Saw an article on training for a Century in the magazine Bicycling - When your not eyeing the girlie undies head on over to the magazine rack and poke around in the current issue.

    Here's a link to how to handle the day of

    http://www.bicycling.com/article/0,6...3182-1,00.html

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    Why did I do Cycle Idaho? Hmmm....good question. I *think* I signed up for it in April...maybe. Anyways the timing of when I signed up doesn't matter. At the time I signed up I was going through a sorta "odd" period in my personal life. I came into the office one morning and *snap* I was on the Cycle Idaho site and signed up for it. An odd reason I know, but that was really the impetus for selling my soul to Harley Parsons. Well that and I really did want to challenge myself.

    Prior to that day in June, my rides really haven't been really long or extremely challenging so I figure if I do this, then that would be a great accomplishment. Much like my boy Terry, I'm just not a strong, hammering, epic-ish rider.

    Jay and I originally were planning to do the whole weekend, but it became apparent shortly after the halfway point that we had bitten off more than we could chew, so we decided that it would be best if we finished the Saturday leg and then catch a ride with Terry and Mark back to Boise. We learned our lesson. While it was pretty humbling to be one of the last riders to finish that Saturday, I still had a great time riding with Jay, Terry, and Mark.

    Will I do it again in 2007? Yeah more than likely....Jay and I keep saying that we are gonna train better for it....we'll see if that happens. If Terry is gonna do it, then damnit I'll probably do it.

    It's definately not for everyone though. 90 miles over two days on Forest Service roads doesn't sit too well with many, but I thought it was a great experience.

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    Ya may as well sign up now, Nick! God willin' an' the crick don't rise, I will do it again next year.

    Besides, Laffeaux needs charming fellows like us to keep him company when he rides sweep.

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    i actually like riding the road...

    solo or with a couple of other rides with me... what i fear about pack riding is this:

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/20..._eliteWomen_03

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    solo or with a couple of other rides with me... what i fear about pack riding is this:

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/20..._eliteWomen_03
    You're afraid of lying doing in the middle of the road and having a swarm of lycra-clad heavy-breathing women riders fall on top of you. Then groping around on the ground, hand and sweat all over each other, as you struggle regain your footing and your composure. Then meeting for martinis after the race only to have several of them invite you up to their room to watch porno videos with them. When you get to their room they tell you they always do things as a team. You fear that? That's odd...
    Nobody cares what kind of bike you ride.

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    That's it.

    I'm buying a road bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFloyd
    That's it.

    I'm buying a road bike.
    just don't have TC crash into ya.... or you'll be in for a long and fun night...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    solo or with a couple of other rides with me... what i fear about pack riding is this:

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/20..._eliteWomen_03
    C'mon Flip, some of us have done the "road bike face plant" even when riding solo!!

    Mountain biking - better for the soul and easier on your health insurance plan.
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    Was that the time you crashed your Salsa a year or so ago on Hill Road cuz your front wheel wasn't secure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Was that the time you crashed your Salsa a year or so ago on Hill Road cuz your front wheel wasn't secure?
    Bingo. My jaw still hurts when I get tired or stressed (such as the entire past week or so.)

    The long and the short of it is that I wouldn't recommend any centuries. I've only done one (the Lebow whenever that was this year), and I only did that because my company was one of the sponsors. Frankly? It s_cked. I was able to keep up with the hammeringest of the hammerheads for 76 miles before I blew up, and I STILL had 30 miles to go. (Poor Crash_burn - he had to make a spackle stop at mile 26 and never caught back on.) I road ride only when I can't mountain bike. It bores me to tears. I thought perhaps after the '04 Bogus Hill Climb that I might do more road biking, but IMHO, road biking has all the pain of mountain biking with none of the rush (except when that 2C'er driving his [email protected] monkeytruck comes within 6 inches of your left arm as he attempts to sideswipe you off the road).

    I have genuine concern for the mental well being of those who actually enjoy road biking. I wonder if their closets are full of S&M and dominance equipment and if they confuse pain with pleasure.

    Road biking is like nipple torture, but at least you don't have to shave your legs for nipple torture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig
    C'mon Flip, some of us have done the "road bike face plant" even when riding solo!!

    Mountain biking - better for the soul and easier on your health insurance plan.
    Dude... which nose hair clipper do you use? Is it an All Mountain nose hair clipper?

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    Stay outta my closet...and give me back the fuzzy handcuffs.

    Oh...I don't shave. I wax.

    At least you didn't use the word "appliance".
    ...building wherever they'll let me...

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    road riding isn't that bad.

    Living here in 2C ville i Like road riding when I dont have the time to drive 30 minutes to the dirt. I have also found that riding both has made improvements (not they they are noticeable the the hammerheads in this forum).

    Nick, I loved the route for the Lebow this year. I looked at the BC and the downer was riding up 45 from the snake river at about mile 65 ugh!!

    I might also suggest the MS150. It is usually the weekend before Lebow. If they do it the same as this year, there is the main ride from Boise to emmett that is 50 miles. There are three optional 25 mile loops so you can go anywhere from 50-125 miles. (this is a two day event)

    Nick, let me know when you are planning to do the saturday ride/. I will do my best to make sure I am there ofr that one

    swede
    I just don't understand my wife....she thinks its nuts to ride when the temperature is in the 20's....go figure

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    Dude... which nose hair clipper do you use? Is it an All Mountain nose hair clipper?
    No, I use a fully rigid set of singlespeed nose pliers. It makes it more painful (yet strangely satisfying in an odd, S&M sort of way) when I yank those big funky nose hairs out.

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    Swede - I've been meaning to ask - what the he!! is your avatar picture? It looks like one of my big, funky nose hairs if it were all balled up and stuck to the monitor with the extra snot that always attaches to a removed nose hair.

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    ive tried believe me

    Geoff,

    i tried to download a pic from moab. It kept saying that it was too big. By the time it accepted it....you see. I am not sure what you guys do t make your avsatars acceptable.
    I just don't understand my wife....she thinks its nuts to ride when the temperature is in the 20's....go figure

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    I do believe the max avatar size is 80x80 pixels. Do you have the pic now? Just upload it here or email/PM one of us and I'm sure we can make one up for you.

    Swede --- what was your avg speed on the Lebow? For the four TVCBS rides I averaged 15 mph. So if I keep with that and decide to do a century...I'm looking at spending 6.5 - 7 hours in the saddle!

    And yeah....us 2C'ers have limited options of riding dirt that doesn't involve riding through orchards or farmland and not counting the Owyhees. We have endless miles of pavement though!!!

    Also with the Lebow (since they no longer have the route info up)....what was the ride like through Oregon? Also...did you also have to come up the hill out of Marsing?

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    This it?

    Quote Originally Posted by lv2ride
    I am not sure what you guys do t make your avsatars acceptable.
    If you need another pic or this does'nt work let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash_Burn
    If you need another pic or this does'nt work let me know.
    man, i don't even wanna know what's going on in that avatar...

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    Brokeback Moab action.

    Man...that pic takes me back to the days when I'd have to climb up to the top of the Black Cliffs and set a damn toprope cuz I didn't have the balls to lead anything. Remember those days Visi?? It got to the point where I started getting so paranoid that I'd have someone come up with me and have them secure themselves and then secure the rope onto my harness while I rigged up the anchors and set the rope. Jeez....a number of years ago we were either at West Car Body or Populace/Tall Cliffs and my buddy was trying to set the rope up top, but the chains were just a smidge too far down to do it easily. He got it, but it was scary to see him that close to the edge running a rope through.

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    lebow route

    I loved the route. Once we got to Adrian (rolling hills nothing too big) we went east then dropped south and hooked back into the route at the west side of the dam at lake lowell then rode orchard, lake, amity back. So we didnt go back through marsing.

    I really wanted to try and hang with EP and Greg, but I committed to riding with my son and another friend. I ended up pulling them from mile 40-75 when they botyh decided to call for help (wife with car). I did the last 30 (about 106 total) by myself. I ended up doing it in about 5:45.
    I just don't understand my wife....she thinks its nuts to ride when the temperature is in the 20's....go figure

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    No good avataRd

    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Brokeback Moab action.
    Sorry Nick, but Swede's booger/nosehair action is much better than your Patrick Swayze 'tar. WTF is up with that anyway?

    Avatards. So July, 2006.

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    be careful EP

    Now that I know who works for you I can let them in on your darker side. I can't believe that Joye thanks oyu are great. And I thought she had such good insight jk
    I just don't understand my wife....she thinks its nuts to ride when the temperature is in the 20's....go figure

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    So by my guesstimation....your clocking in around 17-18mph right? Guess I need to up my speed. Heck...didn't EP average 20+ on that ride?? How slow were the back-o'-the-pack riders? I just want to get back to the finish before all the food is gone and they give out all the raffle prizes. Speaking of....was the Lebow ride a bit stingy on the giveaways? Didn't they only give out one prize?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lv2ride
    Now that I know who works for you I can let them in on your darker side. I can't believe that Joye thanks oyu are great. And I thought she had such good insight jk
    She only thinks I'm great because I sign off on her paycheck. If I'd known that she hangs out with the likes of you, I would have never have hired her!

    Now, get your toe out of the 2C gene pool.

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    yeah the money is nice ....but

    wht accounts for the fact that she thinks you are fair, listen and the best boss she has ever worked for?
    I just don't understand my wife....she thinks its nuts to ride when the temperature is in the 20's....go figure

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Heck...didn't EP average 20+ on that ride??
    I only made it back because Swede's buddy Greg was kind enough to tow my pooped, cramping butt back to Nampa High for the last 20 miles.
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    not true

    there were a bunch of giveaways (not all good ones)

    EP and the lead pack shot out from the start. They were averaging probably 25ish at the start. But that isn't too bad in a 40 person group.

    EP can't wait to ride it with you next year.
    I just don't understand my wife....she thinks its nuts to ride when the temperature is in the 20's....go figure

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig
    I have genuine concern for the mental well being of those who actually enjoy road biking. I wonder if their closets are full of S&M and dominance equipment and if they confuse pain with pleasure.
    I enjoy road biking - maybe not as much as mountain biking, but it's fun (in a different way).

    If you manage to do a 105 miles in under 5 hours, then yes, you'd better check out your closet for the leather. At that speed you're likely not talking to your buddies, or drinking beer at the rest stops. What fun is that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher
    Stay outta my closet...and give me back the fuzzy handcuffs.

    Oh...I don't shave. I wax.

    At least you didn't use the word "appliance".
    Visi - If that's what's in your closet, do you mind if I raid your closet for a costume for this weekend's Tour de Fat cruiser ride? I'm thinking something along the lines of "Mr. Slave" from South Park. Handcuffs and a$$less leather chaps. I'm sure you have both.

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    Um no...we don't need to see Geoff's ass again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lv2ride
    wht accounts for the fact that she thinks you are fair, listen and the best boss she has ever worked for?
    I'm only an @sshole when I'm ONline. Offline, I'm a big furry teddy bear of sweetness and love.

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