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Harmonius Wrench
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As for drop bar riders, there is at least one. Joe Meiser on a Salsa Fargo.

Interesting set ups. More running shoe/flat ped riders than I thought you might see.

The gal on the fixie......yeah. That is going to be a tough row to hoe there.
 

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The gal on the fixie......yeah. That is going to be a tough row to hoe there.
LOL...especially considering her chain tension at the start. I wonder how far she made it before she had to retension.
 

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LOL...especially considering her chain tension at the start. I wonder how far she made it before she had to retension.
Heh, she's probably like my friend V. She did a mtb race once with a borrowed 43cm long haul trucker frame (that was too small for her) with 26x1.35 cross tires, and the rest of us couldn't keep up with her. Of course, she does spend a crazy amount of time on her bike, so I guess it shouldn't be that surprising.
 

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I'm rooting for her.

http://ultrarunbikevegan.blogspot.com/

"First I would like to declare the bicycle/style:
To those who are not aware-- My fixed gear is an old school 10-speed from the 1980's that I turned into a fixed gear during the winter of 2008-2009. The bicycle brand is a Shogun model 300 series, and I refuse to repaint it. I named it Phoenix-because it's an old bicycle reborn into a new life. I'm running a 46-17 ratio. I love this ratio on, and off the roads. The back wheel I built learning off of Youtube. The front wheel is built by Steve at High Gear Cycles located in Prescott, AZ. The wheels are 700X32. I'm using BMX pedals. I honestly lose track of time when I ride the fixed gear. I feel like it almost contains a legendary magic. I do not ride with Spandex nor butt padding. I prefer cut off pants, Patagonia Capliene, and slip on Vans my personal choice when riding this non-stop beast. I will be wearing my finisher's jersey of the FC 508. I normally don't like to wear a finisher's jersey, because it makes me feel pompous. But, I'm wearing it so everyday when I look down at that jersey I will know that I am mentally, and physically capable of enduring through the Great Divide Route."
 

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If she's riding up Mt. Graham in 46-17, she's got my respect.
Mine too, it's just that riding fixed is going to be a lot different on the GDR than on the Furnace Creek 508. It's going to be brutal, just remembering Matt Chester's and Rudi Nadler's woes on the '06 version.

I figure she earned a boat load of respect just showing up, and every mile further that she goes is an awesome one, as far as I am concerned.

But still.......that's a big bite to chew. That's all I'm sayin. ;)
 

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We should start a fan cub for her and keep up with her daily progress here.
47/16 on MTB climbs? That is a crazy gear for a man!
So now the race for first fixed to complete the TD route is bikevegan from the North and Dave Nice from the South (who took a week headstart).
BTW: Are you riding fixed when you put your feet on the toptube when you descend, or is that freewheeling?
 

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Hollis said:
she lost her front brake & her chain popped off.
per her call in here
http://mtbcast.com/wordpress/?page_id=578
Holly [email protected] I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around what she's trying to accomplish with the bike/gear she's using. And I can't even imagine starting a race without a front brake. :eekster:

She's certainly got some fortitude (mental and otherwise).

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The fixie is the tribal arm band tattoo of the bicycle world.
Thank you for your well thought out post. Now I remember why your post count is so high. :rolleyes:

jw
 

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I'm rooting for her.

http://ultrarunbikevegan.blogspot.com/

"First I would like to declare the bicycle/style:
To those who are not aware-- My fixed gear is an old school 10-speed from the 1980's that I turned into a fixed gear during the winter of 2008-2009. The bicycle brand is a Shogun model 300 series, and I refuse to repaint it. I named it Phoenix-because it's an old bicycle reborn into a new life. I'm running a 46-17 ratio. I love this ratio on, and off the roads. The back wheel I built learning off of Youtube. The front wheel is built by Steve at High Gear Cycles located in Prescott, AZ. The wheels are 700X32. I'm using BMX pedals. I honestly lose track of time when I ride the fixed gear. I feel like it almost contains a legendary magic. I do not ride with Spandex nor butt padding. I prefer cut off pants, Patagonia Capliene, and slip on Vans my personal choice when riding this non-stop beast. I will be wearing my finisher's jersey of the FC 508. I normally don't like to wear a finisher's jersey, because it makes me feel pompous. But, I'm wearing it so everyday when I look down at that jersey I will know that I am mentally, and physically capable of enduring through the Great Divide Route."
She's definitely got cujones, that's for sure. I just think that Bike Snob NYC would have a field day with her...that's all. Props to her for realizing that it is far more about the rider than the bike.
 
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