Some Team Thick MS 150 results and the unplanned pace line

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Nick D
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@stu, I estimated it around 40lbs, a few others said it was at least 50lbs. I’m not really sure, but I would say it is definitely under 50 lbs.

@cburch, I’m talking about actual DH bikes. I got passed by a guy with a good 10in of front suspension travel going down a hill.

@lyle, I would have rode the century any how, but due to mechanical issues, I was leaving the first rest stop as they were packing it up.

Even though it is slow, I don’t think one person passed me going up a hill. It was really interesting to observe riders’ reactions as I passed them going up hills–some would pick up their pace, other walking would hop back on, and some would just make comments about how ridiculous it was.


robjdlc
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I imagine you have the same affect as being passed by the dude who rides the unicycle.


stefb
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sorry for the about the mechanical problems, nick. i would have liked to have seen which one of us could have done the century faster. probably you.


cburch
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only one production fork ever had 10 in of travel and it has been out of production for years. here’s the super monster t on a bike and then next to a couple normal (8″) downhill forks.


salty
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it’s got to be tough to judge a few inches of difference when you’re sitting 6 feet in the air.

drafting off the tall bike was awesome, but no doubt nick was faster than me going uphill.


Nick D
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Colin, it was an estimation. What I was saying is they were not department store bikes like you implied.


cburch
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i just wanted an excuse to post those pictures. josh bender is insane and the super monster t is the most ridiculous fork ever.

i have a hard time imagining trying to get up any of those hills on a downhill bike. going down not so much, the travel doesn’t slow you down and the average dh bike has a high gear of 36:11 or 38:11. its the low gearing, or lack thereof, that would screw you. pushing a 35-40 lb bike with 8″ of front and rear travel up those hills in 36:26 or 38:26 (being generous, my lowest gear is actually 38:23)? screw that. i saw a few mediocre to decent xc bikes and a couple ok trail bikes on the ride but a dh or even freeride bike is totally nuts, especially if they were using dh tires! the tread would be gone by the third rest stop! people are freakin wacky.


robjdlc
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Pictures soon. In the meantime, I’ll just leave this here:


Kayla
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Good thing there’s nobody around to hear me laughing out loud at that gif.


dwillen
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He shakes the whole field with that wrench.


Kayla
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I bet you felt the tremors all the way over in your air conditioned dorm…


dwillen
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Yea, that must have been the shaking I felt from my private shower.


robjdlc
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dwillen
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They’re all fantastic photos, but that first photo is beautiful. They should put that on the front cover of the brochure next year :) Nicely done Rob.


Nick D
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That picture of me was taken right before it broke for the first time.


Kayla
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That picture of me was taken right after it broke for the first time.


robjdlc
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Thanks, Dan! Lauren actually just contacted me about using my photos for their marketing materials :)


dwillen
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If you have one of me without a flag protruding from my head, I’d love to use it for a thank you postcard ;)

Otherwise I’d really like to use the foggy road in the green forest shot. I’d hang that on my wall.


dani
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I had another great year with yinz, thanks for the camaraderie! I’m glad other people enjoyed the canadian government whiskey, even if i was doing most of the enjoying. ^___^ I thought I had learned from all my mistakes last year, but now I know to pack lots of warm things next time! They tried to get me in a medical van on day two when they saw me shivering. No way would i have finished the ride if they wrapped me in a heated blanket! Thankfully, Nick’s snarky advice to just ‘ride faster’ worked, and i regained feeling in my digits.

I hit over 40mph on the lovely downhill on day one, which is faster than i’ve ever gone. That felt great.

Can’t wait to see yinz again next year!


justin
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lots of fun riding with you all, especially the pace line with p-rob and marcus. I was on the redline cross bike. bummed my cassette came loose on saturday, but it gave me an excuse not to do the century. c’est la vie. till next year.


bikeygirl
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BUMP

Pictures from this year’s MS ride are up!!!

There is a lot of Black & Gold & Thick Bikes jerseys in there!! :)

http://bikemswesternpa.shutterfly.com/pictures/643#645


mr marvelous
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Wow that is impressive how many Thick jerseys were there. So is does can anyone join Thick or do you have to actually have skill and speed.


cburch
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That’s not quite half the team there. The team is open to everyone. One of the reasons we are in all the pics is that we were so spread out on the ride.


mr marvelous
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I think I’ll get more info about Team Thick


robjdlc
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mr marvelous – as we’ve talked about in other MS 150 threads, the MS 150 is in no way a race, and treating it as such will get you taken off the road by the organizers.

“Team” for the MS150 just means a bunch of folks raising money and hanging out under the same team name – not team as in riding the whole thing together in a pace line or trying to win a race. You’re free to find someone who matches your speed and ride together with them, or treat it as a day of you as an individual making your own time. Whatever suits you.


mr marvelous
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^ Oh well that makes more sense. I like the idea of a bunch of folks getting together as a more efficient way or raising money for good charity. I am to slow to race anyway.


P-Rob
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hey, the pace line was not planned at all. Our goal was to encourage each other and the pace of our tiny group picked up when we got cold. Please do not feel as though you need to compare to any other rider out there. The goal was to go out there and ride to fight MS, and as a team we smashed that bad boy.

This was my 4th ride and the first with Team Thick. This was the best because we didn’t set out to do anything more than ride. Some with one gear, some 5 or 6 feet off the ground.

Since that ride I have gone out with Chris and others mountain biking, and although I am but a beginner there has been no judgment, only humor and encouragement to keep at it. All decent folk who just like to ride.

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