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Re: I would ride 500 km and I would ride 500 more...
« Reply #100 on: Today at 06:48:27 AM »
Great news on all the planning.  Re sponsorships, look at the Olympic skiers - they always have the ski brand free of snow and facing the camera while they wait for their marks.  And they are always smiling no matter how good/bad the run.
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Re: I would ride 500 km and I would ride 500 more...
« Reply #101 on: Today at 07:06:55 AM »
Great news on all the planning.  Re sponsorships, look at the Olympic skiers - they always have the ski brand free of snow and facing the camera while they wait for their marks.  And they are always smiling no matter how good/bad the run.

We were noticing that last night too - and that the stronger the skier the less likely they were to show the brand. (First place in Womens half pipe never took her skis off. Last place polished the face of them. Funny.

I wrote a piece about the Florida shooter's Autism for our FB page this AM, but fear it may be too raw for general consumption. Any Americans/Floridians want to read and give an opinion? PM me your email addy. I'm not sure I want to bring up the politics of that situation in our campaign - but its early, and can be buried.

We picked up the bike we had bought from the LBS on Friday, and James spent most of the weekend bombing around the neighbourhood on it. He is convinced that a drop-handlebar "race bike" (its a touring bike) is just perfect. I am torn. The bike FROG is promoting is a flat-bar since their 'cross bike isn't set up for carrying bags. In a worst-case scenario we can swap out a different handlebar on the bike he gets - but then the geometry will be all different. I'll talk with the rep today and see what he thinks.

In other news, our contact at the end of the ride is using up a lot of my energy with suggestions and changes to the route, to resoiurces, and just in general. I don't think he understands the urgency in getting a route set, and he keeps changing his mind on what is best. I'll call him tonight to settle things down.

Hope everyone had a good long weekend.
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Re: I would ride 500 km and I would ride 500 more...
« Reply #102 on: Today at 07:29:37 AM »
Can you put Jones bars on? Or at least those extender things? That would give him a little better ability to move his hands to different positions over a straight bar without changing the cockpit geometry too much.
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Re: I would ride 500 km and I would ride 500 more...
« Reply #103 on: Today at 07:33:57 AM »
Can you put Jones bars on? Or at least those extender things? That would give him a little better ability to move his hands to different positions over a straight bar without changing the cockpit geometry too much.

Jones bars would be great - honestly I'm not sure how much we can mess with a sponsor's bike, or what bars are available in kid sizes. The LBS is suggesting they can put ends/extenders on the straight bars which I think is the best alternative. I need to compose an email today... but so much other stuff to do.

Anyone want to build us a website? That's on the list too. Ergmaherd. This was easier last year.
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Re: I would ride 500 km and I would ride 500 more...
« Reply #104 on: Today at 09:26:10 AM »
Have you considered the giant saddlebag/frame bag approach to bikepacking?  This let him ride the drop bars that he wants, seems to be easier to set up on bikes not designed for touring, and is a fair bit more aerodynamic than panniers: