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Randonneur Pre-Ride Report: 3CR 1000k – Gear

With the Santa Cruz Randonneurs’ 2014 California Central Coast Randonnée looming before me, I’ve been slowly ramping up preparations for my longest ride to date — 1000 kilometers.

The first thing I wanted to get squared away was my gear, with my bicycle being at the top of the list. While I had built up my rando-specific bike last year (which served me well during my second full series and many other rides), I debated whether I should switch to my El Camino CX bike (which I had used for most of last year in a rather kludgy set-up.) I was in the process of rebuilding my Ocean Air (trading in the Campy Athena triple group for Shimano Ultegra compact 11-speed) and my CX bike was much lighter. And after completing a few brevets on my CX bike, I was once again seduced by the allure of weight-weenieism. So after much hemming, hawing and other mental shuffling-back-and-forth — the El Camino won my internal battle and I started to prep it for the event. I just needed to make a few tweaks to get it ready: I borrowed a generator hub-equipped front wheel from my friend Martin; borrowed a Supernova headlight that fits onto the skewer from my friend Alfie; broke in my new Brooks Cambium C17 saddle with some long training rides; acquired a new Paloma handlebar bag from Swift Industries after investigating some other bags owned by other randos (Martin had lent me his Revelate saddle bag but decided I’d rather the bike be front-loaded); also bought an Oveja Negra Snack Pack for my camera; mounted some new Cygolite taillights on the seat stays. So while I feel a bit guilty leaving my rando steed behind, I hope I’ve made the best choice — I’ll be able to say for sure at the end of the ride (and I’m crossing fingers that I finish successfully!)


Here’s a rundown of the other stuff I’ll be carrying:

Contents of my saddlebag: Archive Bags saddlebag with (2) tubes; (2) Pedro’s tire levers; patch kit; (2) rubber gloves; Park Tool emergency tire boot patches; Fix It Sticks; (3) zip ties; Owleye spare headlight. (I know other randos carry spare spokes, tires and chain tools, but I’m just hoping I won’t need those.) Tools Contents of my handlebar bag:  (front pocket) sun block; (5) small packs of Chamois Butt’r; spare contact lenses; (4) Action Wipes; Salt Stick caps; ibuprofen; caffeine pills. Health (main compartment) Topeak Mini Morph pump; stuff sack with Rapha hi-viz gilet; Sheila Moon fleece arm arm warmers; Sheila Moon knee and ear warmers; possum wool gloves and neckwarmer. Clothing Accessories I’ll be wearing and have: Giro Aeon helmet; Petzl Tikka headlampVespertine Vespert; bandanna; GORE Bike Wear gloves; Joglite Rivendell Bike ankle reflectors; Sidi shoes; (2) San Francisco Randonneur water bottles.   Accessories

It’s a pretty minimal list, but I’m aiming for the less-is-more, super-streamlined approach. Plus we’ll be close to civilization for most of the time, so I’m guessing I can find whatever else I may need on the road. Gotta remember to bring a pen, too!

Up next: Drop Bags, then Food.


Randonneur Ride Report: Run to Rivendell

I didn’t take a lot of photos on today’s permanent, a 68-mile ride that stops at Rivendell Bicycle Works in Walnut Creek, because it was tooooooooo damn hot. (It was 95 degrees when we rolled up to the bike shop just before 1PM. I seem to possess a knack for choosing the most sweltering day of the week to do rides.) When the thermometer goes above 85 degrees, I turn into a cranky, whiny, sweaty, salt-encrusted mess. So I was just happy to be slowly turning the pedals, much less documenting our journey, but I still was able to enjoy this fun route.
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Randonneur Ride Report: Ukiah Double 200k Weekend

My training continued this weekend for the upcoming 3CR 1000k — it’s just a few weeks away, eek! TBO was game to attempt his longest set of consecutive rides to date (in terms of total mileage) and tackled my friend Franklyn’s 205k permanent from Sausalito to Ukiah with me. Read More


Randonneur Ride Report: San Francisco to Cloverdale 200k

Every summer, the San Francisco Randonneurs organize a super fun double brevet weekend that begins in San Francisco and heads north out to Cloverdale (riders have their choice of either a 300k or 200k route). After kicking back and relaxing over a catered dinner at the host hotel and tucking away several hours of sleep, folks stretch their tired legs and return to the city the following day on another 200k route. Last year I had done the Cloverdale to SF segment, so I thought I’d ride the other direction this time around and volunteer at the finish.
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The Start: Surfing Museum in Santa Cruz

Randonneur Ride Report: Santa Cruz Randonneurs Marina 300k

Last year, when I began riding “inappropriately long distances” as my friend Jason would say, I focused on completing the entire San Francisco Randonneurs‘ series. This year I wanted to mix things up, and my second year has been a veritable “Brevet Buffet”: I sampled rides from most of other the clubs in the Bay Area (with the exception of Fresno, which just launched their series this spring). In January, I rode an early Healdsburg to Napa 200k with the Santa Rosa Cycling Club; finished most of the Davis Bike Club’s brevet series (but had to skip out on their March 200k as I was out sick — I plan to make it up later in the year); and now, I just wrapped up my inaugural ride with the Santa Cruz Randonneurs run by Lois Springsteen and Bill Bryant.
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