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Old 11-23-13, 05:15 PM   #4476
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The only way to beat these winters is go head to head with them.

I had the x country skis out this morning for a wax base coat.

There is already snow up at the cabin and we saw a guy walking out on the ice with a lake trout rig a week ago.

Now that's crazy.
That's the attitude. I lived in New london for a short period and vacationed at Detroit lakes, Maple Lake, and Bemidji as a kid. I can only imagine pedaling some of those roads now.
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Old 11-23-13, 05:24 PM   #4477
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That's the attitude. I lived in New london for a short period and vacationed at Detroit lakes, Maple Lake, and Bemidji as a kid. I can only imagine pedaling some of those roads now.
Beautiful areas, just gorgeous.

Believe it or not, we are riding from St. Paul to Bemidji next summer on gravel.

Going to try bikepacking on for size with some friends.
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Old 11-23-13, 05:51 PM   #4478
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Great pics everyone!

I rode 40 miles late this afternoon, racing against the sun. I did ok, 16 mph on my old Dawes.

It was cold at around 40. Tomorrow is supposed to be a lot colder.



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Old 11-24-13, 09:26 AM   #4479
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Allair State Park

Hit the trails this morning on the Lynskey Single speed, was a balmy 24 degrees..





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Old 11-24-13, 08:41 PM   #4480
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The weather was beautiful today. Went for a ride with my brother and dad on the Pinellas Trail.



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Old 11-25-13, 04:46 AM   #4481
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Between myself and Paula we have clocked up some distance this week, all around the southern part of the Yorkshire Dales.

Last weekend was a 50 miler, just the two of us.

We then got out for a 35 mile spin during the week, while work was quiet (joys of self-employment;-))

Then Saturday we went out for our first run with the local cycling club, another 50 miler, steady pace, cafe stops, two unscheduled mechanical stops.

Skipton-Grassington-Kettlewell-Buckden-Hubberholme-Cray-Kettlewell-Conistone-Hebden-Appletreewick-Halton East and back.

I then had to spruce up and do a two and a half hour gig that evening!!!!
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Well, this pic was DAWN on the waterfront, then did a 10 mile ride on my 87 Bridgestone...a bit off pace. VERY windy 7-18 knts, 66 degrees, but dry...so far.
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Between myself and Paula we have clocked up some distance this week, all around the southern part of the Yorkshire Dales.

Last weekend was a 50 miler, just the two of us.

We then got out for a 35 mile spin during the week, while work was quiet (joys of self-employment;-))

Then Saturday we went out for our first run with the local cycling club, another 50 miler, steady pace, cafe stops, two unscheduled mechanical stops.

Skipton-Grassington-Kettlewell-Buckden-Hubberholme-Cray-Kettlewell-Conistone-Hebden-Appletreewick-Halton East and back.

I then had to spruce up and do a two and a half hour gig that evening!!!!
Sounds like you've been very busy! Take a camera with you on your next ride and snap a few pictures for us. We love pictures of places that are far from our homes.
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It got all the way up to 25 degrees by 9am (we're havin' a heat wave) so did 47 miles this morning. Was a little surprised to see the St Croix already frozen over in Stillwater. Christmas decorations going up in downtown Stillwater.

Wanted to test a new mount for the bags on the Miyata, worked fine. Need to find a different front rack than I have currently to make the matching front bags work. Got the bags cheap and they seem well made, so another winter quest has been hatched.

Been riding my tourers on the road as they are the only ones with pedals that can work with my primaloft hiking boots. Also found a great set of mittens that can operate the controls, they should carry me down into the teens.

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This past weekend was picture perfect...sunny, no wind, a little chilly but not bad. Did about 35 around the south end of Lake Washington on the old Trek.


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This past weekend was picture perfect...sunny, no wind, a little chilly but not bad. Did about 35 around the south end of Lake Washington on the old Trek.

Looks like a beautiful ride. I've only ever visited Seattle on business and it always makes me jealous seeing all the people on bikes.
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yesterday's ride



Sunday's ride
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Tomorrow we head off on a day-long train ride to visit the family for the weekend. Riding isn't likely but I'll take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving, no matter where you are or when (or what) you celebrate.

This is my favorite American holiday and favorite time of year. I try to be thankful every day. I'm thankful for good health, peace, friends, family, security, and everyone who serves our or any society toward those ends.

Stay safe. Be thankful.
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Great sentiments! Have a safe trip Jim, Happy Thanksgiving!
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Take care Jim, happy Thanksgiving all, and here's hoping for some more good riding weather here in the northeast!
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24 miles of mixed singletrack and paths today on the Croll. Had a pinch flat early on, and realized those CO2 cylinders don't work all that well at 12 degrees (pffft, that was all). Had the micro pump along, so with some cold hands after a couple minutes was on my way again. Found some trails I hadn't done before at Battle Creek, and some big climbs, all the chainrings were used today

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24 miles of mixed singletrack and paths today on the Croll. Had a pinch flat early on, and realized those CO2 cylinders don't work all that well at 12 degrees (pffft, that was all). Had the micro pump along, so with some cold hands after a couple minutes was on my way again. Found some trails I hadn't done before at Battle Creek, and some big climbs, all the chainrings were used today

There are some climbs there that have done me in.

Battle Creek is a mtb/cross bike playground of the first order.

Serious riders are there every time I stop by, but I have a tough time keeping some of those guys in sight.

Btw Your Croll looks hot! Very nice bikes.

Is yours made from 531 All Terrain?
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There are some climbs there that have done me in.

Battle Creek is a mtb/cross bike playground of the first order.

Serious riders are there every time I stop by, but I have a tough time keeping some of those guys in sight.

Btw Your Croll looks hot! Very nice bikes.

Is yours made from 531 All Terrain?
Thanks and yes, it's 531 AT, with fillets for the rear triangle and welds elsewhere. Handles the rough stuff nicely, though Battle Creek does have me thinking about a hardtail frame (keep looking for one that will fit the bill).
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Thanks and yes, it's 531 AT, with fillets for the rear triangle and welds elsewhere. Handles the rough stuff nicely, though Battle Creek does have me thinking about a hardtail frame (keep looking for one that will fit the bill).
I have been riding the El Mariachi there lately.

Seems like the right bike, but the tires stink.

I keep trying sets, but can't dial on the right combo for varying conditions.

But a hoot just the same.

FWIW I just now ordered Maxxis Crossmarks.

29 x 2.1s which are a bit of a mixed condition tire.

Wish they had offered something wider. Like the Ikons.
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I really like the ritchey zmax'es on my Kona, and would go for those on the Croll in a heartbeat if I didn't ride the Croll so much on pavement and gravel. I think they make the zmax evolution in a 29'er.

As a gravel/mixed tire the Bontragers I'm riding work great (nice soft sidewall, but still doesn't pinch flat until around 25lbs of pressure and a bit of bad luck). They do suffer a bit on the uphill climbs in the loose stuff though, and for a pure offroad MTB tire would go with something a little more aggressive.
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This past weekend was picture perfect...sunny, no wind, a little chilly but not bad. Did about 35 around the south end of Lake Washington on the old Trek.
That trek looks fantastic. Quite a reach for you to the DT shifters apparently.
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Happy Thanksgiving, Jim & everyone. I just got back from Safeway, where I grabbed a nice big pumpkin pie & large Cool Whip, as well as a large round container of corn bread. Did I say, they have a pretty good deli & bakery section. Oh yeah, I grabbed a half of a roasted duck, at Uwajimaya's yesterday (our local Asian supermarket). It's not home cooking, but good enough for a dumb bachelor-type person. I'm thinking about leaving around 9:00 or 10:00 for a ride, then I'll pop everything in the oven to warm up, for lunch or dinner, or whenever I make it home.
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It's not home cooking, but good enough for a dumb bachelor-type person.
Hey, it's all good eats, and that' what matters. This year, I decided to go traditional with bird in oven, candied yams w/ cranberries, a dirty rice with zucchini and red onions, and cheesecake. Overkill for this new bachelor, but leftovers is a staple of bachelorhood too.

I went on an 18 mile ride Tuesday this week in preparation for the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Day Ride in Phoenix. Nice and warm in the low 70s F and very sunny.
It's just a loop around my neighborhood. The bougainvillaea was blooming and I just had to stop for a photo.


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Yesterday, I went out at pre-dawn with Saguaro and his friends for the annual Turkey Day Ride. From central Phoenix to the top of South Mountain and back. ~37 miles.
It was a great day and sure helped build up an appetite for later.

Write up and pics can be found here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post16286277
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I got out in the early afternoon before Turkey dinner yesterday. The weather was really nice for November, blue sky and low 50s.











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