Team Decaf Tuesdays

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byogman
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Thanks Dan for an awesome ride and Mikhail for saving my behind with camelback elixir when I was cramping badly (yet again).

Note for the future. This is GOOD stuff. Must go and buy. Rushing to the point of not eating, not have a water bottle cage on the bike… BAD.

At South Millvale and Liberty, tried to stretch out my cramps for a while, talked to bumper bike dude for a while. Will update that thread.


jonawebb
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I think I saw some of you guys on my commute home, when you passed me on Beechwood.


htric
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Can someone explain what this means? I don’t speak roadie yet.

“Ride rating is C+-B/3+/22:
We break into several groups from Medium to Fast pace, few stops; 3+ = moderate+ hills; and 22 is the average number of miles we’ll cover. The ride is NOT for the novice and NOT for the race enthusiast. Think middle.”

Could I get an idea of average speed maybe? I want to be able to do those kinds of rides in the future, but I don’t want to make an ass of myself before I’m up so snuff.
This whole a, b, c thing is really confusing. Is there maybe a guide for translation somewhere on the internet?

Thanks


Marko82
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The ratings are listed somewhere but they can be rather subjective in my experience.

The deCafe rides are well organized and fun. It usually starts out with two or three groups fast/mid/slow.

Expect to do high teens/very low twenties on the flats with the fast group, tapering to low teens for the slow group. But since the rides are mostly in the city, traffic lights and such will keep your overall pace quite a bit lower. The nice thing is that you can start with a faster group and if it’s too fast a pace just drop back and join one of the slower packs since everyone is riding the same route.

This is a friendly ride and no one cares how fast you ride or what pack you start/stay with. If you are interested at all I’d suggest giving it a try – especially since the first few weeks are shorter and more flat.

Be warned though that this is not billed as a “no drop” ride, but since most routes are centered around the city you are never that far from where you started (or a bus).


edmonds59
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Here’s the Western PA Wheelmen system, I assume it’s based on that: http://wpwbikeclub.org/?page_id=34


Ahlir
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Someone will post a useful pointer eventually.

As a rule of thumb I use the following as average flat speeds (in mph): C=14, B=18, A=22; the +/- annotation means add/subtract ~2mph. The next number codes difficulty; 3 would be a typical Pittsburgh ride covering from a river to a hilltop (like Mt. Washington). The last number is distance. Of course as Marco points out, it’s the city and there’s stops. So, the example ride will probably take somewhat less than an hour and a half and involve some huff’n puffin’ up hills.

If you’re not quite sure where you fit in, take a ride up and down the Jail Trail and see what you get; that’s probably your inherent flat speed.

A nice thing about the Decaf ride is that it indeed sorts out by speed, and you can always drop behind if it’s too fast. It’s not no-drop but the slowest group is effectively no-drop(ish). Check it out; you can always veer off along the way (though maybe shout “goodbye” so people don’t worry).


TeamDecaf
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Yep, all of the explanations make good sense to me. Thanks to all who pitched in and thanks for your compliments and recommendations about the rides.

Personally, I’ve been a bit of a slug recently, so I expect to be on the slowish side for our first week. Happily slow.

See you on the road, every Tuesday, unless it’s raining.


htric
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Thanks guys. As of last night I was averaging 13 mph on a 32 mile ride to McKeesport and back. I think I could definitely hang with the C’s. Now all I have to do is convince my husband to come along, and I’m in.

Thanks so much!


stefb
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Wondering if it was cancelled? I live a mile from the start and it was raining at 6. I didn’t feel like destroying my skin this early in the year.


Mikhail
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No, there were about 20 people I think (I was late and catch the ride at Negley-Baum).


Shawn
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Does Team Decaf still exist? Someone told me there were still rides last year, but I hadn’t heard anything. I’ve been stealing some of the routes to do on my own after work.


Ornoth
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The Decaf rides are in hibernation over the winter, but are expected to resume in April. Typical attendance might range between 20-50 riders. There is an email list at teamcaffeine@yahoogroups.com. From their emails:

Team Decaf rides every Tuesday from April to September.
The ride starts and finishes at Tazza D’oro Cafe, 1125 N. Highland, Highland Park, 15206
We leave at 6:15pm sharp. Plan to arrive around 6:00pm for sign-in and route talk.
Ride speed is medium-to-fast paced. We usually break in to several groups, based on riders’ skill/speed levels.
Ride distance is typically 20 to 30 miles based on the amount of available daylight.
If it’s wet or raining, the ride is cancelled. There is no formal notification for cancellation.
Free to all


TeamDecaf
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^Yep, that’s all correct. I’m not the leader any longer (passed the hat 2 years ago). Expect fast-paced rides.

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