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Oregon trail gravel who wants to join me
Last Post 09/09/2019 08:47 AM by Cosmic Kid. 55 Replies.
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Orange Crush

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06/26/2019 08:07 AM
Thanks LSD. My friend Uli who's a year older than me properly got to rub shoulders with big boys and girls on final two stages after taking it easier on first stages. He was in front group last two days until close to end.
Cosmic Kid

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06/26/2019 09:14 AM
There was a husband / wife tandem team at Kanza....definitely bad ass.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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07/05/2019 02:37 PM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 06/24/2019 08:53 AM
I saw the pic last night of your Diverge, OC....wow! Likely won'r get covered under warranty since it was in a crash, but you should try and get a replacement anyway.


Yo - just got a call from Caps my LBS. Not only did Specialized warrantee the frame; I am getting a full carbon frame in return for my old aluminum one! The frame already arrived in shop.

CK - this means DK200 in 2021 is on. I've already decided this will become a road trip (rather than flying). Now we need to just keep this forum alive long enough for planning purposes.
79pmooney

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07/05/2019 05:45 PM
I've started training for Cycle Oregon. Fixed again. Crater Lake again. This time the North (much harder) entrance - to be done intentionally unlike 7 years ago when I rode down by mistake and had to do the unplanned ride back up.

I'm 7 years older. Even in super shape, this is going to be HARD! But unlike 2 weeks ago, well within my skill set. It's back to the every Thursday, Bald Peak Road end to end. It's a road ~12 miles long that starts 20 miles south of Portland and runs up to, then along the Chehalem ridge, going right past the summit of Bald Peak, 1600' then down to the county I live in and 200'. Total ride is 2000' elevation gain. (On a map. Not counting all the whoop-de-dos.) 42 miles total (and easy to add more).

That ride is perfect training for CO rides like this year. I can ride the loop either way for quite different climbs but both have ~1000' near continuous climbs and shorter, very hard sections. Yesterday I did the steep part in my flat ground gear to save two stops. Wow! Did it OK but the next short steep pitch took everything I had. Breathing, etc, was just fine but my legs were saying "you're kidding!".

That ride comes with two rewards. The high point is the highest point in two counties and has a great view of the adjacent county far below. Either way has great (very different) descents. Clockwise is fast - like as fast as you ever want to go if you are willing. Fixed on a 46-12 on the rock steady Mooney is fun. Lower gear and/or my quicker steering Jessica J can be nerve wracking. The other descent is much more gradual, 4 miles long and has great views. 42-13 on Jessica J is fun. Bigger means bogging down if there is a headwind.

I"m getting psyched.

Ben
Cosmic Kid

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07/05/2019 05:57 PM
OC - AWESOME! Really surprised they covered it under warranty, but “huzzah” for that!!! And an upgrade to boot...outstanding!

DK 2021 is on!! Already looking forward to it!!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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07/05/2019 09:45 PM
CK - maybe good karma from owning three Spec bikes (only one of those is mine) and being a good LBS customer.

Ben - good to hear you're back at it. Mentally I'm ready but physically not yet. Something in my left hip is getting pinched causing leg to twitch and cramp. Very unusual. And knee areas are stiff. Hope to be ready for BrewFondo next week. 90 miles 9 breweries. Yeah I can do this.
Orange Crush

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07/15/2019 04:15 PM
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CK!
Orange Crush

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09/08/2019 04:33 PM
The Diverge 2.0 finally is in house...

The shoppe had it mostly build up but when they wanted to put in wheels they realized thru axle technology had changed. Needed new wheels.

Specced and ordered new wheels which shop build up. When they wanted to put in rear wheel they realized supplier gave them wrong size hub.

They build up wheels a second time with correct size hub. And voila.

Replacement frame is an older carbon model with zertz inserts. Thankfully not the newer dampening system that I hated on Mauna Kea rental bike.
Cosmic Kid

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09/08/2019 05:47 PM
Glad you are back up and running....sucks to get the run-around like that.

What had changed re: the through-axles? I get that some brands have specific axles themselves, but a 12x142 wheel should work on any 12x142 frame. Did you have one of the earlier 12x135 Specialized frames?
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Orange Crush

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09/08/2019 06:01 PM
CK - yes. And the rear wheel on old frame was quick release. Now both are thru axle.

No runaround. Just shop guys not looking far enough ahead or checking things with crazy summer busywork.
Cosmic Kid

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09/09/2019 08:47 AM
Gotcha....and I didn't mean "runaround" in a negative way. Just that as soon as you think you have one thing resolved, another pops up, etc.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
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