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Old 01-05-09, 12:04 AM   #51
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Yeahhhhh, about that riding in the freezing rain report. We're gonna have to go ahead and postpone that project until a later date. Like June.
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Freezing rain in June?
Could be popular in Texas!
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I have several friends in Houston that weren't happy with the snow a week or two ago... imagine it would be easier to bike on than ice though!
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June 21, 09, I'm going to try for a 311 mile day. Anyone else interested?
I'm not quite up for 300+ in a day yet, (the terrain for it out here is really intense), but I am doing a 400k on Oct 22nd. 250 miles, over 13,000 of climbing.
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It has its good and bad points, bad being that when i ride for over 3 hours i usually get a little bit of a sunburn. Nothing that will stop me from riding the next day though.
I'll take sunburn over wind burn and frostbite any day of the week. Man I need to win the redneck retirement programme and move down south. I don't mind the trainer but I'd rather be on the road.
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You want a 300 mile challenge? I got one for ya......

Last Summer, I had this attempt blown because of a hard crash a month and a half before the attempt, fracturing my shoulder.

June 21, 09, I'm going to try for a 311 mile day. Anyone else interested?
Only if it's on gravel! You know how I roll with the extreme challenges...

Also, what route? That's going to be a lot of riding, as they say.
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Texas is a lot of fun!
Saturday High 83*F
Monday High 33*F

Ah that Wacky Texas weather!

I would have stayed indoors today if not for the 300 mi. in a month Challenge.
Sometimes...a challenge can be good motivator
Keep at it man, you can do it! Once you do your first 300 mi month, it's all gravy after that. Pretty soon you are doing 200 mile weeks, then centuries, then bat**** crazy long rides...

Okay it's all downhill from here.. but it's fun! Keep it up, you are motivating some of the rest of us!
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Freezing rain in June?
Could be popular in Texas!
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Anyone ever tried to rig up Pontoons to their bike? We could use them about now, and maybe a heater.

This a bummer. Two days in a row with no bike time. grumble grumble
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Anyone ever tried to rig up Pontoons to their bike? We could use them about now, and maybe a heater.

This a bummer. Two days in a row with no bike time. grumble grumble
+1 on the heater
Maybe electric hunting socks.

My feet getting cold is what gets to me.
Oh! and my Quads....OK, My feet and my quads getting cold.

...and my hands

My feet, my quads, and my hands...definitely.......annnd my nose.
....You know what? I don't like the cold either!
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Anyone ever tried to rig up Pontoons to their bike? We could use them about now, and maybe a heater.

This a bummer. Two days in a row with no bike time. grumble grumble
Hey...it may be raining a little and cold....but at least it's not windy any more.
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Hey...it may be raining a little and cold....but at least it's not windy any more.
Ha! That's the exact sme thought that ran through my head as I was pulling in the driveway this morning.
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Damn! After Saturday's ride in 28 degree weather with some wind, I would kill for 37 degree weather. You Johnny Rebs are too used to the warm weather

Actually, here in Central PA today it is in the high 30's, sunny with no wind, but I couldn't get out for my lunch time ride. There is another obstacle we yankees in the hills have to deal with in the winter...cinders (aka gravel). Many townships put down cinders on the hilly parts instead of salt. The salt would melt the snow/ice during the day but it would freeze back up at night in the shady parts so they load up the curvy down hill parts with cinders.

It looks like I will be relegated to the stationary bikes at the YMCA for the next week due to the meteorheads calling for freezing rain/ice pellets/snow for the next 7 days. Hurry up March!!

Since signing up I am at 44 miles in 3 days. Hopefully, I can hit the YMCA tonight to keep my 10 mile/day pace going. My username for the MapMyRide is CureLCA is anyone cares and if you see me slacking off to give me a kick in the arse.
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Anyone ever tried to rig up Pontoons to their bike? We could use them about now, and maybe a heater.

This a bummer. Two days in a row with no bike time. grumble grumble
Pontoons? We don't need no stinkin' pontoons.
You just need to get your feet up off the ground a bit. Along with some fenders and you'll be going through those 6-10 inch puddles in no time flat without any paddling the water on the pedal stroke

Or perhaps something a little more fitting of your name

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You want a 300 mile challenge? I got one for ya......

Last Summer, I had this attempt blown because of a hard crash a month and a half before the attempt, fracturing my shoulder.

June 21, 09, I'm going to try for a 311 mile day. Anyone else interested?
Where is this held?
Fees and costs?
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Where is this held?
Fees and costs?
I'm guessing it's a N-S state crossing. Indiana's N-S UMCA records all seem to be in the 302mi - 307mi range.
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OK, which one of you "Northerners" sent the ice? It was very kind of you, but the order was was for June, lol.
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It's been done.
http://www.pedal-paddle.com/order.htm
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Meh, Hadn't ridden since Saturday, so hunkered down and suffered through 10 miles and some change.

That may have been the 10 suckiest miles I have been ever ridden, but at least it didn't take all that long.
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I think I may have to build a LWB recumbent with full fairing and electric heater...that will ensure that all our winters will be 65* or above.
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I think I may have to build a LWB recumbent with full fairing and electric heater...that will ensure that all our winters will be 65* or above.
Heated seat, heated grips, vents behind the fairing. You could put an mp3 player and some speakers in there... Posh it out like a Goldwing.


Back on topic, though; I'm well on my way to 300 for January. 2.5 days of commuting, 60.7 miles on the odometer. With the upcoming century near the end of the month, I'll easily get 300 miles.
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OK, which one of you "Northerners" sent the ice? It was very kind of you, but the order was was for June, lol.
It was me. It's a bonus with your order from my Amazon store.
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Logged another 22 miles today.
Drove to Arlington TX and rode the River Legacy Park trail. It's a nice trail with posted speed limit for bikes at 20mph! Most MUPs want it down under 15 mph.
Anyway...I did get up to 18.1 a couple times, but was coming off of 2 days being sick. (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. I did manage to average 12.9mph, though!)
It's amazing what 2 days off can do to your stamina...the first 18 miles kicked my keister!
Did the first 18 on the Trek 1220, then switched out and did another 4 miles on the Trek 750.
Big tires and Trekking bars felt pretty good after the road bike.
My Butt bones were not happy after the ride though. Gotta build up my achey breakey parts down under again. (That and mount the Brookes on the 750.)

Hopefully tomorrow will yield another 20+ miles (off road) on the Chaparral Trail (Rail to Trail in progress) from Merit to Celeste and back.
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Is River Legacy Park any less of a zoo then White Rock Lake? I think it may be closer for me too. Closer still in Texas Motor Speedway. The parking lot is a nice 5 mile loop road with no traffic signals. I rode around the parking lot at the cross timbers classic last year and it was pretty nice. That ride starts on the the speedway track itself but I don't think they'd let us in there for mile building

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Is River Legacy Park any less of a zoo then White Rock Lake? I think it may be closer for me too. Closer still in Texas Motor Speedway. The parking lot is a nice 5 mile loop road with no traffic signals. I rode around the parking lot at the cross timbers classic last year and it was pretty nice. That ride starts on the the speedway track itself but I don't think they'd let us in there for mile building
I don't know how well known RLP is (I think not as well known as WR). I see where it could be a zoo at peak times.
There were quite a few people out walking their dogs and children. Kids were in strollers and dogs well controlled by owners. I did have to slow and stop for a couple of Dads who had kids out on tiny bikes w/ training wheels when walkers were approaching from the other direction. It was towards the end of the ride, though, and I didn't really mind.
I could see early mornings being a good time to ride, before parents can get kids organized and out of the house.
I wouldn't even consider WR on the weekend....I agree it's more of a battleground than a ride most of the time.
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I'm a little late, but I'll give it a shot. I have 107 miles to date.
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