With the problems I have had with flats on my road bike, I broke out the lead sled: a fixed suspension Trek 930. No clipples pedals, heck not even toe clips and considerably more weight.
Even so, I finished in 2:45, netting out organized rest breaks. It was less than 50 degress when I started the ride, with wind gusts up to 20 MPH. I rode the first 15 miles with my ears covered.
I took it at a conservative pace, and honestly think I could have done the 50 miler. The behavior of some of the roadies to the other riders was rude, arrogant, and dangerous: passing on the right, weaving and darting through slower, densely packed groups. No wonder some car drivers do not have good impressions of cyclists.
The low point: getting passed on an uphill by a rider on a fixed speed bike.
High point: riding the last five miles at a near sprint pace, passing some folks on much fancier, more expensive bikes.
Really would love to do a group ride with the PA/OH folks on this board. Let's make it happen.
Here is a link to a story about the ride by a local columnist: www.post-gazette.com/pg/09132/969471-155.s
"John" or "JoPa" if John only makes things confusing.
* 5K. July 4, 2013 - Brentwood Firecracker 5K. 23:24
* 10 mi. June 16, 2012 - Baltimore 10 Miler. 1:23:12
* HM. March 30, 2012 - Just a Short Run. 1:49:59
* Marathon. May 5, 2013 - Pittsburgh Marathon. 3:53:43
| Pounds lost: 9.0