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    Thread: My first tour starts tomorrow, Help me make it through the first stroke

    1. Member mattgreeneva's Avatar
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      01-22-2012 06:39 PM #26
      Awesome dude. Honored to have him stop here for a couple of days. Lets keep his support up!!














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      01-22-2012 09:14 PM #27
      Good to hear buddy! I'll stay tuned for details! Hope to see you in Daytona! Just waiting to see if I should drive You know Tour de France style.

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      01-22-2012 09:26 PM #28
      Wow, you are absolutely insane and gutsy. Make sure you stay visible and stay away from a lot of jerks on the road. Surely, if you need any help in any city, the cycling community will help you out. Make sure to stay hydrated and fueled so you don't bonk out too soon. Best of luck on your adventure and keep us posted on your progress.

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      01-22-2012 10:02 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by skydaman View Post
      Good to hear buddy! I'll stay tuned for details! Hope to see you in Daytona! Just waiting to see if I should drive You know Tour de France style.
      You gonna be at the 24?

      Hope you make it to daytona in time Wilson... We'll hook you up with a warm meal.
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      01-22-2012 10:14 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbo_Pumpkin View Post
      You gonna be at the 24?

      Hope you make it to daytona in time Wilson... We'll hook you up with a warm meal.
      Yeah planning on it, I've never been and would like too. Plus Brian talked me into it

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      01-23-2012 12:46 PM #31
      good luck wilson. Sorry the.first bit has.been so tough. Should be easier when it.gets flat and warmer..... hope to.see you if only for a minute later this.week.
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    7. 01-23-2012 02:44 PM #32
      I find your adventure inspirational. Please be careful out there and take care of your little buddy.
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      01-23-2012 02:47 PM #33
      Dang! Good luck dude, make sure your dog stays warm, fed and happy too

      I rode a bit with someone lazily going East->West last year, but he stopped after Chicago. From what I could gather he got pretty lonely on the long days, so hopefully Polo will help avoid that happening.

      As others have mentioned, we have some great mechanics on here and of course the Vortex has users everywhere so please feel free to post up if you need help. There's also the regional forums if you need help ASAP.

      Stay safe, take photos if you can (we all love to follow trips vicariously!) and enjoy it!
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      01-23-2012 08:14 PM #34
      Whoa...that was my first bike! JUST like that one! It's supposed to be getting nicer starting tomorrow. Sun and warmer temps down the East coast...
      ... you're not a hipster. But you definitely have hipster tendencies. Stay vigilant... like diabetes, you can manage this.
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      01-23-2012 10:23 PM #35
      I'm really understanding the reason people swap out the crank sets on this thing, too much gap in shift points and not enough hill climb gearing.

      I am becoming a more avid typist.

      Matt has been a wonderful host!!! Beer, food, and nice snugly couch. We even put air in my tires. 6 days = now 80 psi from 110 rear, 100 front.

      Almost forgot- We even got to see Black Chris!!!

    11. 01-24-2012 09:55 AM #36
      i dont know if you already know, but there is another site that is full of people who are doing what you are.

      it's http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/?o=1

      it seems like a good place to find stuff where youll be going for the nights.

      also, http://www.warmshowers.org/ if you ever need a safe dry, warm place to sleep.

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      01-24-2012 12:17 PM #37
      Yes, sir already on both and "liked" on facebook.

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      01-28-2012 08:48 PM #38
      updates?

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      01-29-2012 10:16 AM #39
      Last I heard from him was the 26th he was in NC.

      He had some troubles with his bike before he left my house and got him a little behind so he is probably working hard to get to FL. I know he wanted to be there by this weekend
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      01-29-2012 10:31 PM #40
      Had to cheat. Got swiped by a truck on a road deemed "bicycle safe". Post 45 and 55mph with no shoulder. Doubled back after the incident 100+ miles. Got picked up by Sky just outside of NC at Emporia, VA. Spent the weekend in Florida at the Rolex24 weighing the option of surrendering or continuing on to Houston, TX. Sky went back north, and Polo and I are still here in Florida. Before we can venture out, the bicycle needs updated gearing. The rear cassette is wobbly again. It is French made hydra-something-or-rather-poo. Front wheel needs replaced, bearings which i just had serviced are grinding terribly.

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      01-30-2012 01:22 PM #41
      Helicomatic...

      It was a weird system that didn't last long. You won't find a set-up like than in any shop. You'll be lucky to find a mechanic that a) has the tools, or b) knows how to work on it.
      ... you're not a hipster. But you definitely have hipster tendencies. Stay vigilant... like diabetes, you can manage this.
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      01-30-2012 08:24 PM #42
      Yeah, we ended up at Revolution Bike shop. The looks on the mechanics faces was priceless. Tried a pair of 700s on the frame fit perfect to just sliding the brake pads down on their mount. The next problem being the 6 gear set of the rear and lack of support of a 40 hole hub for the rear. Getting a custom set wheels made at this point is the only option.

      We are going to see how long the wait is tomorrow. Atleast the price point was cost effective - just hope the quality is not an issue.

      still enjoying Florida 70+ degree weather

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      01-30-2012 08:27 PM #43
      Good to hear there is an option. Yeah froze my arse when I got back to VA, weather in FL was nice!

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      02-03-2012 08:51 AM #44
      Albuquerque or bust.


      We got new hubs and rims. Leaving Melborne, fl back to St Augustine, Fl then we head west. Picked up some sweet rest stops on the way via Warmshowers.org. The weather .....pfft..... hot, yes ...High winds warned at 20-30mph, greeeaaaaatttttt. Many bridges to cross.

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      02-04-2012 12:24 PM #45
      We did 114 miles yesterday wizzed through Daytona. Had a kid pull the "hey did you drop this money?" bit. I said no, but he persisted to give me the money anyway. It is funny how either i am a bum or a crazy traveler. The bum thing makes me laugh- Under Armor Backpak, cell phone, laptop, maps, lights and reflectors, riding gear, and a healthy dog -WTF, kinda bum is that??

      We are in St Augustine. been here since about 11. Riding on much nicer wheels, makes a huge difference. Should have opted for taller gearing on the freewheel.

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      02-04-2012 12:51 PM #46
      good to hear wilson.
      10.201@143.35mph - VR6T

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      02-04-2012 11:11 PM #47
      Very cool to hear! Keep us up to date. I bet the flatness of down south is relieving!

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      02-05-2012 07:33 PM #48
      We are now in Starke, Fl 79 mile day.

      The flats of the south are stupid dumb. I ran into several riders on a trail along SR-100. 2 guy went out their way to hang out and ride along with us til we got to Starke, Fl which is on US-301 (cannot shake that road). Went off-roading and picked up 6 ticks. Despite the looming thunder clouds, not a drop of rain. 82 degrees out. Drank water like a fish. Stay with a Warmshowers.org host Mrs. Barbara- awesome family she has. It was right next to the School For the Blind Ray Charles went to. There are some housing issue going on with the school trying to take over the historic neighborhoods.

      sweet motel from the night before


      St Augustine fort/castle


      Cannonsssssssssssssssssssssss


      Polo in St Augustine


      Castle pic....naw sneaking that chick in the pic

      another one

      Officer got mad after I did that, lol.

      This one is from Williamsburg Va

      Tomorrow we are going to shoot for 100 miles. First a stop at Walmart (ughhhh... Walmart people of the south are as depicted on that site)
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      02-05-2012 07:50 PM #49
      Debating on sending my boots and thick winter coat home. These 2 items gone would save a ton of weight. I still have a fleece and windbreaker to rely on. Thoughts???

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