Cukes for pickling-timing question

I am growing a small amount of pickling cukes this year. A friend who does pickling each year is going to show me how to do the whole pickling thing. But I'm wondering about timing. My cukes are starting. I just found, and I swear it wasn't there Monday, a 7 inch cucumber, a little bigger than I wanted for pickling.
Can you store these for a while? I can't leave them on the bush cause they'll obviously become huge.
Should they be refrigerated or some more preferred way? I don't like cucumbers--they repeat on me terribly-- but I LUV pickles.
Obviously I'll want to harvest them till I have a nice amount--or the plant peters out. Can't recall if this is a plant that keeps going all season or produces most of its crop in a large flush.
Thanks. DiGiTAL ViNYL (no email) Zone 6b/7, Westchester Co, NY, <1 mile off L.I.Sound 2nd year gardener http://members.aol.com/DigitalVinyl66/Garden2004.html
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