MS 150 2010: June 12th &13th

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caitlin
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I know it is January but I just put this on my calendar. I didn’t go last year, which was silly, I should have made time to go!

Not sure who is into heading up a team… Brett (does he post here?) and I talked about it but we don’t want to split up since Thick Bikes took it on last year.

Any thoughts?

Either way this is a FUN ride, and even though it sounds like it is long and hard, you can do it!


joeframbach
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I’m already registered with U.S. Steel, since I work for them. Last year we had about a dozen people riding.

http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/joe.frambach


pratt
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I didn’t go the last couple for some reason…gotta do it this year. I see there are lots of options for the overnight stay, are people planning on camping or getting rooms?


caitlin
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we usually camped. camping was awesome because you still dont have to carry all your stuff on the ride… they bring it all for you.


alnilam
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Am I misunderstanding, or are we talking about setting up a bike-pgh team for this?


StuInMcCandless
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Tentatively I’m in. I’ll go with the campers, too. Keep me in the loop!


joeframbach
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Camping, every year, no question. I usually squeeze in a bivy sack so I can wake up and have breakfast in my gullet in 5 minutes.


caitlin
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either setting up a bike pgh team or going with an established team if thick bikes does it again.

personally i think we should totally have a bike pgh team but i dont want to divide up the group.


spakbros
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Keep me posted, my father has ms and I really need to do this.


joeframbach
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Thick has their team set up:

http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?pg=team&fr_id=13002&team_id=178442

I’d recommend joining this one if you’re on the fence about teams.


alnilam
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Uh…so what’s thick bikes?


joeframbach
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It’s the LBS in the South Side, near 15th/Carson. Quality shop.


StuInMcCandless
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Thick I know what is. But what is LBS?


edmonds59
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This is going to sound pretty weak, but, I have avoided these kind of fund raiser rides because I despise hitting people up for money. Don’t you have to raise money to ride these things? How does that work?


joeframbach
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LBS is a TLA. Local Bike Shop.

The MS150 “requires” a $250 minimum donation, plus $40 or so to sign up. If you join a larger team, you might get more help from other members to reach the goal.


caitlin
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youd be shocked at how easy it is to raise the $250. You just put the word out to a few folks and your family and it’s done.


maggie
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i’ll be riding on the thick team again. am i reading the registration info right – if we need to get carted back to pgh to our cars on sunday the registration fee is 50 bucks?


maggie
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errr 55 bucks that is…


caitlin
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what?? really? that’s f’d I think we should email the woman that keeps sending us emails to join about how that is prohibitive

Also if you want to register since Thick is already on I would say just register with Thick Bikes! they are awesome.


caitlin
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huh. it seems like there are all these options, like you can ride and not stay at the university, but get back to cranberry with your bike, ride and not stay and not get back to cranberry, ride and camp and get back to cranberry, etc.

what did you guys do last year? was it like this? usually its either 1) camp 2)stay in dorm with stay in dorm costing more


alnilam
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Is thick bikes welcoming to random folks they don’t know? And folks who can definitely do the trip, but probably not competitively?


joeframbach
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In the past, transportation back to your starting location was always part of the deal. This is just weird.


Nick D
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Has anyone talked to Erok or Scott about a BikePGH Team? I would be into a sweet Bike PGH jersey…


chefjohn
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@ alinilam: I’m sure the Thick team would be happy to have you, and just about anyone else. The ride is not competetive at all. Once you find your pace you’ll gravitate towards others (Thick team or otherwise) with a similar pace and before you know it you’ve covered 75-80 miles. Plus the camping is a great time and a chance to meet alot of other local bikey folks. I’ll be there and I encourage anyone who has never done it to give it a try. It’s easier than you think.


Nick D
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John, did you ride with Thick last year?


chefjohn
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sure did Nick. good times, good times…


joeframbach
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I didn’t ride on the Thick team, but I sure jumped in their congo line for a dozen miles or so.


robjdlc
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I’ll be riding thick again this year, I registered for the 2010 ride back at the reception in august. This transport thing you’re all talking about is news to me, though.

alnilam: Thick takes anyone, and the MS150 is strictly non-competitive. You’ll get taken off the road if they catch you racing.


edmonds59
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I can race so secretly no-one even knows. Ninja racing.


cburch
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join thick! we love company and we have riders of pretty much every ability level, from people doing the century option on day one fixed to people that barely beat the sag wagon in (and for them finishing the ride alone is a huge accomplishment and we are all always REALLY proud of them). even if you dont join our team, DO THE RIDE!!! and stop by our tent to hang out at the overnight, we always have tons of food and drinks.

btw im going to be designing another monster jersey for thick this year.


joeframbach
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I’m already on a team, but the Thick jerseys last year were pretty decent. I might be in for one this year. I’ll just pretend to be on the team.


Stef
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i’ve been on thick bikes or whatever team chris from thick has called itself for the past 3 years. it’s always fun. and i read that they aren’t going to have a bunch of climbing to start out with so that should be encouraging to people who are worried that they can’t do it. i have gotten one of my friends to start working out at his gym so that he can get in shape to do this ride in june.


chefjohn
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those hills in the beginning last year! good morning legs!


caitlin
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join thick!

it would be cool to have a bike pgh team at some point with sweet bike pgh jerseys, but thick has all that covered, and is awesome, and is welcoming, and you probably already know Chris in some way

(did you drink any pbr at the bikefest party? did you see others with ‘wizard sticks’?). Two years ago we combined the Thick Bikes-D.O.R.C-Bike Pgh teams for the ride so we could unite ourselves. Last year Thick Bikes had sweet jerseys that made me sadder I didn’t ride.

Also the ride is NOT COMPETITIVE at all. It’s fun! All paces and skill levels are welcome. But get a pair of riding shorts if you don’t have them . Your butt will thank you.


Willie
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I spoke to chris yesterday and decided to join the Thick team. Just have to register and hit people up for pledges now.


Dave
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Speaking of Thick-DORC, you should Chris to see the special, limited edition Thick-DORC Pirtae Bike spokecards.

Hint: NSFW


joeframbach
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special, limited edition Thick-DORC Pirtae Bike spokecards

It has something to do with the administrative districts of the capitol of Estonia?


alnilam
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Maybe I’ll drop by the actual Thick shop to say hi. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna end up doing this ride. I know I can, I’m just glad to hear it’s not competitive.

Road bikes okay?


cburch
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road bikes are the way to go. touring style would be the most comfy (too bad all i have is a ss/fixie now, time to get back in shape!) but any road bike will do. if you have a mountain bike, do yourself a favor and get some skinny, slick tires for it.


salty
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Everyone should ride it on a MTB with big fat knobbies at least once.

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