The Not A Nutritional Role Model
May 1st, 2005
Pictures by Max Maxon and Mark Vande Kamp
Text by Kent Peterson
and Amy Pieper were the main instigators of this ride. The plan was
simple: a ride of about 100 kilometers from North Bend up to Snoqualmie
Pass and back. The route would mostly be on gravel rail-trails, some
gravel roads and a bit of pavement. Snacks would be served up at the
pass would be patterned after the kinds of foods favored by Kent
Peterson: Payday candy bars, Peanut M&Ms, Chocolate Milk,
Cheetos and other such things. Kent
is not a nutritional role model.
Rather than have a set entry fee, Robin and Amy set up a donation jar.
All the donations would go towards Kent's Great
Divide Mountain Bike Race fund
which will help keep a roof over Kent's family and food on the table
while he is off racing the length of the Great
Sunday May 1st turned out to have just about perfect weather and as the
above photo shows, we had quite a handsome group show up for the ride.
Getting ready to head out.
Peter McKay is almost always smiling.
Faye and Wes Pieper
Check out those Speedblend tires!
fund raising jar really did the job. Folks put over $500 in this classy
little container and a few people who couldn't make it to the ride
mailed and emailed in several hundred more dollars. I really do get by
with a lot of help from my friends! Thanks to everyone.
Rolling out on a perfect day.
Riders in the sun.
Almost all of the ride was on quiet
forest roads and trails. Why then would all these riders stop here,
along the brief section where we rode along the shoulder of I-90? The
answer is that a stray hunk of wire flipped up into Robin's rear
derailler and fender, stopping him really abruptly.
Uh oh, this doesn't look good.
Robin works to untangle the mess.
Check out how the fender folded into the rear brake. Robin's rear tire
left about a 6 foot long skid mark on the roadside.
I had no idea a fender could fold up
like that. Robin managed to remove links from the chain, strip away
most of the broken rear derailler and remove the fender from the rear
brake. Although his bike has vertical dropouts and we could get the
chain length quite right, he was able to make the bike ridable as a
crude single speed.
It was a lovely climb up Denny Creek
Road. On some of the bumpier gravel on Tinkham Road, Robin was moving
fairly slowly because his chain would tend to jump off. Some of the
rest of us were just moving slowly because of the climbing!
Dave Reed rolls into the summit rest stop at Hyak. Dave's single speed
Fisher sports a set of really nifty Jones titanium handlebars.
The snack area
Kent Peterson is not a nutritional role model.
Neither is Max.
Georgia and Paul relax in the sun.
Wood is nature's original carbon fiber.
At the snack break, I decided to give a demo of the Tarptent
I'm explaining to Max about my latest
trip up to Keechelus
. What I'm holding in my right hand is the little $30 sleeping
bag that I got from Sportsman's
. When asked if I slept comfortably in the snow in such a
little sleeping bag, I replied that the bag is rated at 50 degrees, but
50 degrees for wimps! I wore all my clothes inside the bag and woke up
every hour or so to flap my arms to get warm. But if I'd been really
comfortable, then I'd figure that I'd over packed.
Robin shows off his fender. Note the slackness in the chain.
Here we are brainstorming about how to make a chain tensioner.
Randonneurs are a resourceful lot. One
rider dismantled part of his light mount to donate a section of PVC
pipe and a hose clamp. Add a bit of work with a swiss army knife and a
couple of zip-ties and you have a workable chain tensioner.
Robin shows off the repair.
Elegant field engineering.
Robin rode the 30 some miles from the
summit to North Bend without incident. Unfortunately, the same can't be
said for Mark Thomas. We don't have any pictures of this, but Mark had
a front tire blowout and he pretty much endoed his Marinoni. He landed
the bike on the front Campy Record brifters and banged himself up in
the process. The left lever was basically destroyed but we were able to
get the right lever semi-functional as a brake. Mark rode in very
slowly and carefully and finished the ride. As I said before,
randonneurs are a resourceful bunch of folks. It's a good thing Mark
owns a bike shop.