Mountain - Plains - Beautiful weekend in Colorado
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03-05-12, 07:09 PM
Hey guys, not sure who else got out this weekend but I got a nice 15 mile ride in on Sunday around Castle Rock (where I live) and had today off as a bonus an put in harder 32 miles riding a up a couple nice climbs. It just felt great to get out and breath in that crisp Colorado air again...even though i did manage to get a little bit of a sunburn on my arms and knees :thumb:.
I also picked up a new frame set on Sunday's tent event at Bicycle Village.
By dragstr4g61t (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/dragstr4g61t) at 2012-03-05
I'm super excited, by far the coolest bike I've ever owned! Will take me a little while to build it up but that will just keep me motivated.
How was your guys weekend??
03-05-12, 08:37 PM
where did you ride? I'm still in basement bike mode, but have been jonesing to get outside. If the wind isn't too bad tomorrow, I might get out and do the Tomah-Beardance loop.. I did a quick 15 around ridge road-lake gulch-crystal valley on the single speed last Tuesday, but it didn't really satisfy.
03-05-12, 10:13 PM
I live up in Sapphire Point (Crowfoot Valley Rd), I road down to Plum Creek then west to Wolfensberger Rd, took that to 105, U turned at 105 because I wanted to ride the back side of Wolfensberger Rd, then stayed on 86 (5th St) out of Downtown Castle Rock up the hill to Founders Pkwy, back onto N. Crowfoot then did the lil 6 mile loop around the neighbor hood.
The wind was normal for this time of year but nothing too crazy, I forgot to put on sunscreen and cooked myself a little.
Debating a partial commute to work but I really need to take a rest day, snow on the way Wed will have to put the bike back on the trainer.
03-06-12, 11:04 AM
You sort of inspired me. I wimped out on the big loop with the road bike, but did get out on the singlespeed for another 15 miles of fresh air bliss this morning. Had to try out my new merino wool jersey ;) I don't know why I'm so disinclined to bust out the road bike this time or year. I guess I'm just more confident on the SS in the cool and the wind and dirty shoulders.....the bennefit is that by the time I do get out the road bike, all those gears make it feel like I'm cheating!
03-06-12, 10:07 PM
I just picked up a '94 Trek 370 that I'm thinking about making a fixed gear bike with it. Granted its on the back burner till I get the Soloist up and running but I'm looking forward to it.
03-07-12, 03:46 PM
Are you going to run an eccentric BB, hub, or magic gear? That frame is not really set up for fixed. I can't imagine riding in our neighborhood on fixie anyway.....there's some big hills to climb and descend.
03-08-12, 12:09 AM
Well it was just a thought so I really haven't looked into it much. If its not right for it then I'll just have to look around for a better frame when I'm ready for another project.
03-11-12, 07:52 PM
Anyone else get out this week end? I did the 34 mile loop around Deer Creek Canyon today, it was rainy and a lil cold when I first started but I did see a lot of people starting the climb on my way back down. It was my first time riding up the High Grade Road and while I wasn't dancing on the pedals I was just glad to make it after 2 months back on the bike.
How were your rides?
03-12-12, 11:24 AM
I went on a team ride with a friend's racing team to see if I would fit in. Looks like a match.
Made it home after a decent amount of mileage, hooked up the burley, and took the wife and youngest kid on a ride.
Sunday I took them on a longer ride. It was a wonderful weekend.
03-13-12, 04:13 PM
I missed the first good weekend in CO with a work trip to CA with a weekend tagged on. I rode in the bay area, it was nice saturday and rained sunday (oh the humanity).
Today's lunch ride was something special, though. shorts & short sleeves.
03-16-12, 08:16 AM
The last two weeks have offered incredible riding weather on the front range. Especially if you get out before the wind kicks up. This thread got me motivated to move from the basement bike to regular outdoor workouts. The HRM says that I'm not burning as many calories as I do on basement bike, but every other subjective indicator tells me otherwise. I'm beggining to shed weight a little faster, and I have a much more satisfied feeling when I'm done. There should be a new steed in my stable by days end, so I'm motivated to keep cranking out the miles!
03-18-12, 12:26 PM
I'm glad to hear the thread has been a motivator for you!! I have literally gotten in 4 great rides this week and even commuted the 20 miles to work and back yesterday. I was going to go for a ride this morning but the amount of riding has taken a toll and my legs were begging for a break. I logged 138.4 miles outdoors this last week and over 18,000 ft elevation gain, a new best for me by a long shot (elevation...not miles lol). As of this morning I weighed in at 173.6 lbs, I'm down exactly 20 lbs since I got back on the bike/trainer since New Year's!!! My goal was 170 lbs by the start of the Triple Bypass but now I think 165 is possible.
I totally agree about riding outdoors also, I feel like I'm more likely to push it up a small hill and spin a little faster. Not to mention the simple effects of the wind and sun and the effects it has on me mentally.
03-19-12, 03:36 PM
You're losing more weight than I am. I dropped from 218 to between 200 and 205 depending on the day, but I just can't seem to break that 200 barrier.....I like food too much. My new steed should help keep me motivated through the spring and summer though:thumb:
03-19-12, 09:01 PM
WOW!! The belt drive is so hot!! That puppy has to ride like a dream!! I've been out of cycling to long, I didn't even realize you could get a belt drive bike. What are the advantages other than I'm sure its super quiet.
The weight is far more diet related I'm sure but I have motivation to get thin for the Triple. I'd also be lying if there wasn't some competitive portion because there is a co-worker that seems confident he can drop me up Deer Creek Canyon...I don't like to lose, even more so to this guy.
03-20-12, 07:55 AM
the belt drive is awesome. Super smooth and deathly quiet. Advantages: zero maintenance, 3-5x life of chain, weight (if running singlespeed), uber cool factor. Disadvantages: limited gear, shifter, and frame options, weight (if running IGH).
here is my build and review thread
03-20-12, 10:03 AM
I got a couple rides in at Green Mountain. I certainly wasn't the only one with spring fever as the parking lot was overflowing both times. Great riding though.
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