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    Today's 26 mile road bike adventure..

    OK, after posting the puny ride on my hydrid the other day, I wanted to post a faster ride so today I rode my Specialized Allez road bike along a 26.79 mile route I ride all the time. In addition to my hybrid I have a full suspension MTB and wow, when you wind up a road bike, it really goes fast! At least fast for me.

    This ride is in my town Santa Clarita, California whch is nestled between the juncture of Interstate 5 and Interstate 14. My ride takes me from where I live on the west side to the east side of town and back. The Amgen Tour of California had a stage in my town along some of this route...

    I didn't see any snakes but I did see all kinds of squirrels. I was hammering along on a downhill section and I saw a recumbent up ahead, traveling in the same direction. Recumbents are fast and hard to catch, so I threw a couple of cogs on the fire and attacked from about 200 meters away. Recumbent riders are always nice and friendly so I like to at least say "hi" when I see one in the wild. My road bike shot across the gap like a rocket and I caught the 'bent just before going supersonic...

    I chatted with him for a few seconds and then hunkered down in the drops and hammered away at warp speed. Hey, I realize I suck and any of you guys can drop me like a bad habit, but let me have my fantasies.

    Distance: 26.79 miles
    Ave Speed 15.1
    Max Speed 25.5
    Average Heart Rate 138
    Time 1:46




    Here's the speed - elevation chart:



    Here's the elevation - heart rate chart:



    OK, let's hear about your bike adventures!
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    Hope you had fun!

    I commuted to work today for a total RT of about 20-miles. It was the first time I had been on my bike in 9 days! I had a kidney stone taken out last weekend, and spent two days in the hospital as I passed a couple fragments.

    Felt good to get back on board. Lacked energy this morning, but managed to feel much better on the way home in the PM. Muggy. Unusual for our neck o' the woods, eh?

    I'm trying to spot where you went. It looks like the eastern end is up the Soledad bike path to it's terminus just after the 14 bridge. But I can't recognize the rest. Castaic on the West & The Old Road?

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    You should come down for a GMR ride someday. You'd love it! Bring the roadie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkadam68 View Post
    I'm trying to spot where you went. It looks like the eastern end is up the Soledad bike path to it's terminus just after the 14 bridge. But I can't recognize the rest. Castaic on the West & The Old Road?
    Yeah, I live at Hasley Canyon & The Old Road. I ride over to McBean and pick up the bike path there since the path is closed for construction at McDonalds I take that path by Bridgeport. Then on the path to the bowling alley, across Soledad and all the way out to where the path ends at Lost Canyon, just shy of Sand Canyon. Then turn around and come home.

    They are currently constructing a bike path extension to Rye Canyon & The Old Road, across the street from Jimmy Dean's burgers. That will be sweet when it's done.

    We've got some awesome bike paths but currently with all the construction they are heavily segmented. You know the old bridge over the creek at Magic Mountain Parkway, by the freeway? That is part of the bike path extension, they have poured a cement bike path on top the bridge.

    Anyway, I'm gonna ride the same route tomorrow. Where do you like to ride?

    And good job on that commute, take it easy for a while...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    You should come down for a GMR ride someday. You'd love it! Bring the roadie!
    I gotta lose a little more weight and get a little faster before I start screwing up other people's rides. But yeah, definitely, when I'm in better shape I'm up for it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard_Rides View Post
    I gotta lose a little more weight and get a little faster before I start screwing up other people's rides. But yeah, definitely, when I'm in better shape I'm up for it.

    Wouldn't be ruining my ride! I've done forum rides with 20 -30 riders. We rode up GMR and Gina was deadlast. I hung back with her no problems. Gives me a chance to enjoy the ride. Heck I'm always telling Gina that I'd carry a picnic basket so we can stop and eat on the way up!

    I met a couple up there (in their 70's) at the shack, popular turnaround point for several riders. They were an older couple, very nice . I was reall shocked they made it. But the lady did tell me it took them 2 hours. GMR aint always about chasing Markadam up the hill!....I'm always happy to ease up that mtn!

    If you ever want to give it a try, I'll ride up with you! Forum ride or just the 2 of us, maybe Gina. I've invited several friends that would have no problem but always seem to shy away. It's not tough if you don't race up with Markadam. But it is a great ride that every Socal Dude should do!

    Heck, I'll even carry your powerbars for you!

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    Yesterday I did the longer commute in, then decided to get a nice long ride under my belt on the way home. 12 miles into a brutal headwind, it was so bad that at points I was just trying to keep forward motion! I did a "highway" ride, so there wasn't a lot (except for the steep hills ) to block the @#$!#@! wind. To give you an idea of how bad it was, on downhill sections I was pedaling with some pretty brutal force, and I barely got a decent cadence going in a 36x11!

    Now, that in mind, the way back was.. amazing! 8 or 9 miles of blissful tailwind. I alternated between 48x11 and 48x13 the whole way back, dropping down to 36x13 to crest one particularly steep hill. In fact, on the way back, after cresting a mild hill there's one of those "speed limit" signs with the display of "your speed" - know those? I was happy to note that when I came into view it displayed 25mph, I started hammering and when I went past it was at 28mph. I figure on some of the other sections I was going pretty dang fast, but no idea how much.

    That's the best part about those brutal headwind rides. You don't remember the suffering on the way out, only how danged nice the way back is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard_Rides View Post
    They are currently constructing a bike path extension to Rye Canyon & The Old Road, across the street from Jimmy Dean's burgers. That will be sweet when it's done....

    Where do you like to ride?

    And good job on that commute, take it easy for a while...
    Thanks. Feeling good, so it'll be difficult to go easy for the first few days

    Bike path to the Old Rd, hmmm? I always just take Ave Stanford. Low traffic, wide road, easy. It'll be interesting when they are done, though, yes. I didn't realize the path was closed all the way to McD's (by Bridgeport on McBean?). I knew it was closed over on this end at Magic Mtn/Soledad/Valencia just before it ducks under Soledad/Valencia. Kind of a pain.

    When I'm working, I actually don't get too much riding done in Santa Clarita. I commute to Silver Lake area, Wed--Fri, Rose Bowl Tue eve, Mon maybe with Roger at Newhall Bike Co., and race/events on weekends. When I'm off-track (school teacher), it's hard to find relatively easy routes in SCV. I can do hard, climbing routes 1-2 a week, but the rest need to be somewhat flat-ish. Hard to find flat routes in SCV. I almost always ride out Soledad at some point. I like
    • Sand Canyon/Placerita Canyon, Bear Divide,
    • Soledad up to Acton, Old Road to Castaic or Val Verde,
    • Old Road to Stevenson Ranch and Calgrove to Newhall, Into the Newhall Pass.
    • San Francisquito up to Green Valley & back down Bouquet.

    And many others. But much climbing I also go down to SFV and ride with the club down there frequently throughout the year. Good peeps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    It's not tough if you don't race up with Markadam.
    Me??

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