"SMART Ride" Bicycle Run To Key West Starts This Week!

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    Nov 11, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    The 165-mile SMART Ride from Miami to Key West starts this week! The first day is Fri, Nov 16, 100 miles, and we finish Sat, Nov 17, after another 65 miles to Key West.

    http://thesmartride.org

    As committee members my partner & I will be at the starting point Tuesday setting up for 3 days. He then becomes ride crew while I'll be a rider with Team Pride Pack. Then he & I remain in Key West for a little vacation, returning home the day before US Thanksgiving. (When we meet a friend from Holland at the airport who's spending 10 days with us - we are always busy) My RJ activity will therefore be reduced during that time period.

    We have over 500 riders and 200+ crew, totaling over 700 this year. Our goal is to raise $800k USD for 7 HIV/AIDS non-profit agencies in South Florida. We've raised millions over the past 8 rides. Some images from previous rides:

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    Leaving our Marathon Key Friday night stopover, me in the orange helmet on the left.

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    Parading down Duval Street, Key West:

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    On the White Street Pier at the AIDS Memorial in Key West:

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    Nov 11, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    I wish I could be a part of it. Hopefully I'll be able to ride it next year.
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    Nov 11, 2012 10:42 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI wish I could be a part of it. Hopefully I'll be able to ride it next year.

    I know you wanted to be, but your recent relocation to South Florida didn't make it doable in time. You know you'll always have a place with the SMART Ride guaranteed so long as the 2 of us are involved with running it. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 11, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidI wish I could be a part of it. Hopefully I'll be able to ride it next year.

    I know you wanted to be, but your recent relocation to South Florida didn't make it doable in time. You know you'll always have a place with the SMART Ride guaranteed so long as the 2 of us are involved with running it. icon_biggrin.gif
    Next year (if I do PHX again) I'll be keeping this apt, so the move back will be easier. And I'll have a road bike by then. Right now I have a hybrid, but it's got 29x2.2" knobbies for trail riding. The road tires are in the closet. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 11, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
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    ART_DECO said
    paulflexes saidI wish I could be a part of it. Hopefully I'll be able to ride it next year.

    I know you wanted to be, but your recent relocation to South Florida didn't make it doable in time. You know you'll always have a place with the SMART Ride guaranteed so long as the 2 of us are involved with running it. icon_biggrin.gif
    Next year (if I do PHX again) I'll be keeping this apt, so the move back will be easier. And I'll have a road bike by then. Right now I have a hybrid, but it's got 29x2.2" knobbies for trail riding. The road tires are in the closet. icon_lol.gif

    Yeah, can't do the ride with knobbies. Even my touring bike is considered a bit of a tank, so I almost bought a featherweight carbon fibre road bike last week, with tires as narrow as my little finger. The dealer actually didn't want to sell it to me, said I needed at least a month on it before trying the ride.

    In any case, if you do ride next year then try to arrive a little early in the rider registration process. I'll give you a "behind the scenes" tour of how we put it all together.
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    Nov 12, 2012 12:19 AM GMT
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    paulflexes said
    ART_DECO said
    paulflexes saidI wish I could be a part of it. Hopefully I'll be able to ride it next year.

    I know you wanted to be, but your recent relocation to South Florida didn't make it doable in time. You know you'll always have a place with the SMART Ride guaranteed so long as the 2 of us are involved with running it. icon_biggrin.gif
    Next year (if I do PHX again) I'll be keeping this apt, so the move back will be easier. And I'll have a road bike by then. Right now I have a hybrid, but it's got 29x2.2" knobbies for trail riding. The road tires are in the closet. icon_lol.gif

    Yeah, can't do the ride with knobbies. Even my touring bike is considered a bit of a tank, so I almost bought a featherweight carbon fibre road bike last week, with tires as narrow as my little finger. The dealer actually didn't want to sell it to me, said I needed at least a month on it before trying the ride.

    In any case, if you do ride next year then try to arrive a little early in the rider registration process. I'll give you a "behind the scenes" tour of how we put it all together.
    I don't even like riding to the store with knobbies, much less a double-century. They're too expensive to wear out on concrete. Not to mention my "hybrid" has a front fork suspension with 80mm of travel (3")...handles MTB trails fairly well. It's quite heavy and way too robust for long distance road rides, but I have went 50 miles on it with no problem (29" wheels pedal easily), without locking the suspension.

    I saw the road bike I want in the store a few days ago. Can't remember the model, but it was a Trek. Now that I got a Gary Fisher bike, I'm kinda hooked on it. His stuff is awesome. icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 13, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI saw the road bike I want in the store a few days ago. Can't remember the model, but it was a Trek. Now that I got a Gary Fisher bike, I'm kinda hooked on it. His stuff is awesome. icon_cool.gif

    Gary Fisher makes great bikes. But honestly, what they do is all in the frame, because all the "working parts" of the bike (rims, axles, crank, cassette, shifters, brakes, saddle, pedals, etc) are add-on components made by outside companies like Shimano, SRAM, Bontrager, and so forth.

    Therefore I look for a road frame that meets my non-competitive touring and club ride needs: longer wheelbase, shock absorption, durability, lightness. The components I can select separately, and swap out as I wish.
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    Nov 13, 2012 10:19 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidI saw the road bike I want in the store a few days ago. Can't remember the model, but it was a Trek. Now that I got a Gary Fisher bike, I'm kinda hooked on it. His stuff is awesome. icon_cool.gif

    Gary Fisher makes great bikes. But honestly, what they do is all in the frame, because all the "working parts" of the bike (rims, axles, crank, cassette, shifters, brakes, saddle, pedals, etc) are add-on components made by outside companies like Shimano, SRAM, Bontrager, and so forth.

    Therefore I look for a road frame that meets my non-competitive touring and club ride needs: longer wheelbase, shock absorption, durability, lightness. The components I can select separately, and swap out as I wish.
    Yeah, the frame is what sold me on the Trek Mamba. It's quite a bit heavier than most other frames in its price range, but the geometry is more conducive to my type of riding (technical trail, single track). The components can be upgraded as my skills increase, but the frame has to take one helluva beating on the rocky/rooty downhills.