Dirty Dozen

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mark
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once upon a time i thought i could do this on a SA 3speed… now i don’t think i can do it on any bike.. i don’t know if i’ve become wiser or lazier


reddan
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I remember watching you weave up High St on the S-A…I seem to recall you did ok up until that sharp left at the top of the steep bit…


StuInMcCandless
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Practice helps. I might try it this year.

I know Federal Street on the North Side isn’t a D.D. hill, but a couple of weeks ago I made it up that w/o pausing. A month ago, I climbed Suffolk/Hazelton/Burgess though had to pause four times. A year ago I thought Negley was unconquerable but last week climbed it on a bike w/o a granny gear.


alankhg
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I’m thinking that when the Sturmey-Archer S3X comes out we might well have the first fixed-gear finisher.


reddan
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You should try it, Stu. It’s all kinds of fun and social and stuff. Oh, and a bit hilly in spots.


mark
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i’m tempted to be the first single speed finisher… i could do that i think… 28×20 gearing…


alankhg
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imakwik1: Better work on your spin, because there’s also 50 miles or so of riding interspersed, and you need to keep up.


steevo
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at 33mph through the tunnels


mark
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i’m not trying to win the thing… not saying its practical, but i think its definately possible, a lot of its downhill anyway.


alankhg
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There’s winning, and there’s staying in the group. Might be hard at 28×20– you’d be going at 12mph doing 150 RPM.


mark
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whats the group average? 15ish? considering the downhills and uphills (both places i think i’d be able to keep up fine) how much time am i really spending spinning at 120 (i can loose some ground on the flats)


alankhg
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Dunno. Last year, not having trained much, I was feeling like I was about to be dropped by the end on a geared bike.


Andrew
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It could be done on a single speed with some fairly low gearing (low enough to get up canton). Staying with the group in between hills would be somewhat hard.

I remembered I had a tough time staying with the group on the ride out to the last hill. ~18mph on flat was killing me after all the hill climbing.

Fixed is out. No way would that work!


reddan
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The official word from Danny Chew is in; the 27th Annual Dirty Dozen will be on Saturday, November 28th, starting at 10 AM at the Oval. (Danny recommends showing up between 8-9 for registration.)

Entry fee is $15; apparently, tee-shirts will be a new feature this year. Also, there’s prize money for the ladies; $150 for first, $100 for second, and $50 for third. The men will have to be satisfied with a sense of accomplishment and some munchies atop 3 or 4 of the hills.


joeframbach
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I think I’ll give it a shot. I ride up Darraugh to Trees Hall from South Oakland at least twice a week. I’d say that’s training enough.


Andrew
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I might be up for it this year if the weather is good. I need to get the t-shirt…lol


Lyle
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Once again, I’m going to be out of town. Nuts, I need to do this thing before I get too far down my sedentary senescence slide. I ride up Hazelwood three days a week, but that’s not nearly training enough.


reddan
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@lyle: If you’re interested, I’m running a Dirty Half-Dozen this Saturday the 14th(Sycamore, Canton, Boustead, etc.), and a “start at the beginning and ride until we get sick of ’em” DD ride the following Saturday the 21st. Prompt 8 AM start at the Jail Trail bike rental by 1st and Grant; see the Wheelmen calendar for details.


mfac84
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Look forward to Saturday Dan…had a blast last week. Think I may just be able to swing this thing.


HiddenVariable
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dan, are you still planning on doing a ride tomorrow? what time and where? i have finally gotten to a few hills over the past few weeks, and would like to see what i’m capable of.

i’m planning on being out sometime between 8am and 12 noon.


Hayduke
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@hiddenvariable

Dan had to cancel the ride he was leading this morning. It’s been updated on the WPW calendar. Have fun out there if you hit the hills.


Chris Mayhew
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You guys wanna do me a favor? The more people that show up to this thing the more lawless it gets. Share the road cuts both ways, eh? Thanks.


mfac84
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This was probably the most fun I’ve had on a bike in Pittsburgh. 180 cyclists clogging the Liberty Tubes = classic. I’m now going to lay down and hurt some more.


Andrew
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So how many people showed up? Who won? Any amusing traffic tie ups?


mfac84
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180 people… I guess it was the new record. Can’t think of any amusing traffic tie-ups in particular. They were all pretty amusing to me.


steevo
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Best traffic part ever:

Riding inbound on evergreen through milvalle. Right

where you have to stop, but traffic coming from

“downtown” millvale does not stop… There was

a cop sitting with his lights on…. blocking

traffic for us!


erok
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so,uh…did you win again?


steevo
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barely


joeframbach
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I woke up pretty early, around 7:30, and while getting dressed I had a change of heart and went back to sleep for another 4 hours. Sorry guys.


alankhg
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Y’all hear that a guy finished on a fixed gear?


vegbreath
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sometimes i have this problem where i think that being a bicycle commuter who rides about 50 miles a week entitles me to attempt rides normally done by real cyclists who train all year but still drive cars. then i end up eating trolley tracks in dormont, getting left behind, and accepting a ride through the tubes in a maintenance truck.

you people are physically and mentally amazing.


Chris Mayhew
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I hope you’re ok! I assume you crashed at the top of Boustead? How on earth did you talk PennDot into a ride thru the tunnels? Did they say anything about us?


vegbreath
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haha. i was standing there on the sidewalk outside the tunnel looking totally confused; and this dude walked out of the tunnel and waved me over. i click-clacked across west liberty, and he’s like, “Yeah, they went through about five minutes ago. Throw you bike in the back of the S-10, I’ll drive you through.”

I told him about the ride and tried to figure out where the next hill was by looking at my official shirt, but I don’t know anything about the south side and couldn’t find Walsh.

And yeah, up in dormont after boustead. I had pretty much given up by then anyway, so it was nice that my bike, too, decided it was the right time to sit down.


steevo
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that sucks todd. Sorry man.

The kid who finished on a fixed gear totally had his legs unclipped on the downhills…. thus making it a single speed in my book.


Mick
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The kid who finished on a fixed gear totally had his legs unclipped on the downhills…. thus making it a single speed in my book.

Either way, props to that guy.

Adaptability counts for something and having to unclip and keep your feet out of the way of the pedals is not quite like coasting on a SS.

Congrats to all you guys who finished. Hell, congrats to the guys who even started.

Mick


rsprake
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Heh, it’s still quite an accomplishment. Did he have brakes other than his drive train?


Montana
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The kid who finished on a fixed gear totally had his legs unclipped on the downhills…. thus making it a single speed in my book.

That was me. And come on Steevo, putting my feet up did not make it a SS. My junk had to take the full impact every time I hit a bump, not to mention the loss of control I had riding without my feet on the pedals. Those things are distinctly fixed gear. It would have been a ton easier and different on a SS. Trust a me. And the race is not on the downhills away.

Congrats on the win.


erok
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Todd- i have that problem too. props for trying this ride, i’ve never done that


brian j
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What gear ratio did you use?


Chris Mayhew
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I am always amazed how nice the PennDot (and construction guys in general) are around here.

Sorry you crashed and got left. That really sucks. Is your bike OK? Are you ok?

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