Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!
I just received a message from the National MS Society and they are offering the “LOWEST” pre registration fee for all three of the 2012 events. It’s only $20 to register with the $15 discount code that will expire at 5PM on Monday, January 2nd
Use discount code: RTR_2012
I’m hoping that this will finally be the year that I ride to the lake with Thick. Thanks for the heads up!
We had the largest team at 68 last year. Let’s kill that next year.
My new years resolution will be to finish my new bike before the morning of the MS150.
Now to decide on what kind of stupid bike I want to build.
Nick- build a bike with a sidecar for me. Just kidding.
I will volunteer and I hope to stay at the campsite. I really wanna do it but I am due June 26. I hope a ton of people are able to do it this year. Go for the century!
I think I’m in for Team Thick this year. I’ll likely do the ‘return to Zelie’ option on Day 2, as it looks like a fun route and I can avoid riding the bus.
So is Team Thick a group who will ride together? Are you guys meeting each other at a certain time so you all start at the same time?
I think I’m going to join Team Thick this year, too. @mm, I think you can just join the team openly when you sign up for the ride. The meet-up part I’m not sure about, though I know the team is big enough only some folks end up sticking together.
Dan, I actually enjoy the bus ride. The return bus ride nap is my favorite part of the ride. Plus, you get a bunch of tourism brochures for Conneaut Lake!
Marvelous, if you sign up for the Thick Team, everyone tried to gather at the start for a group start. Though, it doesn’t really mean much, because it breaks up fast. (Though, it might just be me getting dropped the past two years riding tall bikes)
There is a bus you all take that you can bring your bike?
You put your bike on a truck and hop on a bus. Just be warned that even though they do their best to prevent it, bikes get scratched often.
I’ll have to look into this tuck/bus thing. My portland is already
scratched so no biggie.
@mr marv: On Day 2, you choose to either continue north to Erie, in which case you’ll get bussed back to Zelie (and your bike will be loaded in a trailer); or, you can choose to ride south back to the start on a different route than was used to come north.
Is the return route on day 2 as hilly as the first day is usually?
Dan doesn’t care about hills–he get just lean back and enjoy them.
[one of the stupid-bike ideas I was thinking of was a lounge chair recumbent trike]
@stef: (I don’t recall how hilly Day 1 was, to be honest.) I helped scout the potential Day 2 return route, and I’d say it’s pretty flat. A couple of long shallow climbs, but lots of really nice long, flat low-traffic roads.
mr marvelous – if the search on this forum wasn’t so painful, I’d say check last years thread for answers to all of your questions.
Most importantly: No whole team rides together in the MS150. It’s more of a team in that we try to start together (but not required), we all wear Thick jerseys (thanks Chris!) and we camp together (because we’re awesome.)
There’s only one serious hill on day 1, unless you opt for the century which has 3 or 4 extra ones, one of which had me walking.
but, generally it’s just rolling hills, and day 2 is even easier (going to erie, no idea on this new “return route” which I don’t plan to do)
I should also mention that the route this year should be 100% different than what anyone has done in the past, based on the large amount of route changes. So any guesses about how bad either day are going to be, won’t be worth much this year.
Dan lives in New England now, which means he is not to be trusted.
Oh, that Dan.
Well, he has a beard. We share a level of untrustworthyness.
I’m excited for this. If I’m in good enough shape by then I’m going to ride fixed. Maybe.
Really just don’t let a total noob put your bike together.
@nick: We’d need to borrow time on a mill for one pair of simple components, and on a tubing bender for one set of bends of the main body tube. Everything else could be worked with hand tools.
I know a guy with a mill, who’d likely be willing. In theory, any decent muffler shop could do the tubing bends for a few bucks or a case of beer or something.
Welding would likely be gas, although, if you’re aces with MIGing thinwall tubing, that might work too. (I’ve got both oxy-acetylene and MIG equipment gathering dust in the garage.) TIG would be ideal, but I don’t have access to one.
If you guys need to bend some tubing, I have a JD Squared manual tubing bender, so long as you want to use 1.5″ O.D. tubing with a 5.5″ center line radius bend (the only die set I have). Let me know if you want to give it a try. I am not sure how well it works on thin wall tube (I use it for .120 DOM tube), but it should do just fine.
@jacob: the offer’s appreciated, but we’d likely be bending something in the range of 1.75-2.0″ OD.
I was considering buying a manual tubing bender. Maybe this is make me do it.
When I joined I forgot to select Thick as my team and no one responds to my emails asking if they can put me on one, FML, haha
so what does it mean to join team thick? anything at all? is there added responsibility?
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