Crush the Commonwealth 2013

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stefb
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This is scheduled for 4/19/13. It is Pittsburgh to Philly this year. I am hoping than the weather will be better than last year’s weather.


Anonymous #

nice, starting line party. :D


stefb
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If people other than the riders showed up for a 5am start, I would be impressed. I don’t recall any well-wishers from Philly seeing us off last year..


Anonymous #

thats because philly sucks.

i’ll be there. (its my day off anyways.)


Eric
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Actually Philly has consistently had riders show up to ride out to Valley Forge.

Pittsburgh, not so much.


stefb
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Ooohhh well looks like a party is needed haha.


Anonymous #

Heck Yeah,

Crush The Furnace Trail!!!!

Downtown to Oakland (then over to Pamela’s for eggs).


Marko82
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^Bacon!


Nick D
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Awesome. That means I’ll be able to make it to NYC for 5 Boros/Bike Expo NY.


Pseudacris
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^good, they could use your product at the Bike Expo


stefb
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the 5 boros tour/calvin’s challenge is always the weekend of my nephew’s birthday. I can’t make it for the next few years. Once my nephew gets old enough that he just wants to have a party with friends (like my niece now does), i can do it, but I would hate to miss birthdays while he is young (he will be 3.. and man, he grew up fast between thanksgiving and christmas).

anyway, for those of you curious, this is the EASIER way to do it (west to east), so if you wanted to try it, this would be the year. this is my first year going eastbound.

I really really want to do it fixed, but I think that I may end up hurting myself and not be able to do the rando stuff later this year. I have the goal of doing it single speed and may try to shoot to do it in under 40 hours that way.

http://ctcpa.blogspot.com

there is some helpful info there, blogs, etc. Reddan (dan b.) is a very good resource. He emailed me some very very helpful info and a .gpx file last year that i am so grateful for.


Anonymous #

I found a place to crash and a ride back from Philly so I am fairly committed to giving this a shot this year.

I am in the same boat with the likely regret of not attacking this fixed.

But I do plan to have a freewheel mounted for the flip flop if things get too intense and that might be something to consider.


stefb
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Ah I did think of that, but the bike I plan to use has disc brakes.


Nick D
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Maybe I’ll finally finish the bike I started building for CTC last year.


Anonymous #

Okays cool I just am use to seeing you at group rides on your fixed gear.

For me it was a internal debate of lacing a internal gear rear wheel or a flip flop.

I decided to stick with the minimalist route and just go for it.

Tire size is something I have to settle now.


that guy
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“I am hoping than the weather will be better than last year’s weather.”

Don’t be too sure. Last year was by far the best weather of the three times I’ve started this ride.


steevo
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Has anybody ever really regretted NOT doing

something on a fixed gear?


stefb
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I have. I feel like it has helped me climb hills better. Can’t say that it is good for my knees…

But there have been some rides with more downhills than I expected and wished that I had a freewheel.


Anonymous #

I think that doing ctc on any bike is admirable, But for myself on a personal level I want to push as far as I can go fixed even if a /fail could be the likely outcome.

I was simply putting myself in stef’s shoes because she too seems to work hard at consistently improving in fixed riding.


stefb
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Just get some sort of puncture resistant tire. The abandoned turnpike really isn’t as bad as they say. Just bring a bright light so you know when To stand up over some uneven pavement.


tomh
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Stef did you do the turnpike in daylight? I havent had a chance to do that yet. It sucks at night and conditions vary quite a lot across the width of the ‘road’. One lane is worse than the other if I remember correctly. I probably have been choosing the wrong one.


Anonymous #

ok, so it looks like at the minimum Marko and I are in for the sendoff fiesta.

WE have to represent & have a sendoff ride for these brave souls.


stefb
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Yeh we did it in the daylight. I guess it is a different ride through it at night from what people say.


rice rocket
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Hmm, I’d need a new pair of glasses before attempting this. I am cringing at the idea of wearing contacts for this length of time.


tomh
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Two years ago on the first night, somewhere in the region of Hustontown, we were riding along and I remarked to Dan G. how foggy it was. He said there wasn’t any. Um ok. Can’t you see this thick fog we’re riding in, Dan? Dan repeated – there isn’t any fog, Tom. Something wrong with your eyes? Um. yeah. Took out contacts on the side of the road in pitch darkness. Put on glasses. Oh yeah. No fog.


Anonymous #

optics ftw


Pierce
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@tomh

I did that for like a year when cycling at night on the red belt back home from work. (Oh wow, way less foggy without additional layer of vapor)


stefb
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I wear glasses on long rides. On a pedal Pittsburgh, one of my contacts got dried out by the wind, I blinked, and the contact popped out of my eye. Good thing it landed on my cheek and I put it back in.


sarapgh2
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Having done the DD, I feel like I now have to at least consider CTC. I’m very 50/50 on this. Pros? Cons?


sarapgh2
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Edit. Double post.


Anonymous #

pro: its probably a blast to ride.

con: you end up in philly :P


helen s
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I would seriously consider showing up for a send off that day. Where will the start be? Some days I am up at 5am anyway.


jonawebb
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Pro: If you finish it you’ll be the second woman to do so, if I’m not mistaken.

Cons: It’s really really hard. Here’s Dan’s ride report from the 2009 CtC: http://randanneuring.blogspot.com/2009/05/crush-commonwealth-2009.html

BTW when you read Dan’s report use this handy translation guide

DAN’S EXPERIENCE YOU WILL EXPERIENCE



Neutral Demanding pace

Not happy Soul-crushing despair

Burst of energy Barely able to get on bike

Annoyed Insanely screaming with disappointment

etc.


sarapgh2
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Dan’s post definitely reads as waaaay to easy. I will assume my experience would be absolutely nothing like his.

I think a few women have done it, I know Stef finished last year and she wasn’t the first.

Have tandems done this?


stefb
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I think a tamdem did it. There have been other women to do it, I found out. Carol, whose last name I forget, did it a few times. She did a bunch of 24 hour mtb races if I am not mistaken.


Anonymous #

the start is down @ point park.


Eric
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I finally pulled the finishing info from the 2 blogs and stuck them in a spread sheet. Still getting the numbers worked out, but it looks like 3 women have finished

2009

Carol

Kelsey (not sure about this one, seems there was a question about when and/or if a small group including Kelsey finished.)

2012

Stef

Did you start in 2011 too Stef?

Will eventually post the complete info on the blog.


steevo
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PIRATE TRICK:

If you are approaching a tunnel and know it

well in advance, hold one eye closed for

10 mins prior.

When you get into total darkness switch eyes.

Your eye that had been closed has the

correct pupil size.

People thought that all pirates wore patches

cause when they stormed galleys they had

an eye patch, but they were just for

storming galleys. THey would just switch

eyes.

But yeah, I did this at the end of the

wilderness 101 and it totall worked for

the dark scary tunnel 100 miles in.


Anonymous #

Yarrrrr, ’tis a good bit o reason thar be.


Anonymous #

@steevo Trick works but pupils could change it size very fast (less than a second). AFAIK, You need to regenerate rhodopsin, the light-sensitive pigment in the rod cells. and it takes time.

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/vision/rodcone.html

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