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    Reminder for Jan 1st

    Sorry to remind you but one or two new members may not know about this. Plus the fact that some of us may need a reminder in any case.

    I have my route planned out and Subject to no snow,although it may be raining, I shall be trying to do most of my ride by 3pm- about 20 miles offroad,and then I can sit in my favourite cafe on Eastbourne seafront with a coffee in one hand and a slice of pie in the other.

    Not pies this time, but a selection of the deserts on my holidasy in Turkey this year. Yummy as they may look- They all tasted the same- only the colours and shape had been changed to save the identity of their origin



    Have left it for a while to let you all think it is not going to happen, but a month or so ago I suggested a Forum new years ride. Along the lines of the Birthday ride, and I wish I could find out who to blame for that one.

    This is what I will be doing on January 1st 2006. At 3pm GMT (or London Time) I will on my bike doing a 1 hour ride. Not certain if the 3pm will be at the start, the middle or the end of the ride, but My 1 hour ride will be around 3pm. This will allow many of you on the forum to participate in a Forum Virtual ride. Knowing that some of you will not be up to a 6am ride at your local time, then this time is completely flexible, and so is the day if you are off visiting relations or having to work, or are just completely under the weather from the previous nights celebrations.

    Object is to have as many of us riding the new year in, and as many as possible doing it at the same time.
    Then there are those of us that will have weather that will not allow you to ride. It doesn't matter if you do it on a trainer, or down the gym, or even just go for a brisk walk. Then there are those of us that will not be able to participate , so their objective is two slices of Pie- preferanby of Irma's standard, to keep up the spirit and to provide Virtual sustinence to the rest of us.

    Then as someone else put it "Porn is no good without the pictures
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    Okay, so what time is that PST? Pacific Standard Time?
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    Consider it a "rolling ride" through the time zones. I'll ride the first (though I may forego the pie - sigh...).

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    I think 3pm for Stap is 7am for you, Gary...10am on the east coast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikingbets
    I think 3pm for Stap is 7am for you, Gary...10am on the east coast.
    Thanks for letting me know. I'm committed and all that, but I can't swear I'll be on the road at 7 a.m.!

    Especially New Year's Day!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    Thanks for letting me know. I'm committed and all that, but I can't swear I'll be on the road at 7 a.m.!

    Especially New Year's Day!!!!!
    If you're riding at 7am on New Year's morning, maybe you should be committed! LOL

    I'll be riding. I'm not sure what time yet.
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    At 10 a.m. (EST) I'll be in the pulpit delivering my New Year's Day sermon "The Fullness of Time." Later that afternoon I hope to put my wife on her Christmas present trainer for her first ride in the attic. Yeah Baby! I'll let you know how far we DON'T go.

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    9:00 Texas time and I will be there! My goal for 2006 is to be on my bike everyday. It might be 15 or 20 minutes in the neighborhood or 3 to 4 hours, but I want to pedal everyday. I was run over by a car when I was 17 and, believe me, I hurt more now at 51 than I did then (I think, I was in shock at the time). I'll be dammed if I let it get the best of me now that I am getting back into cycling. So count me in and wish me the best on keeping my promise to myself.

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    10:00am eastern time I will be in the middle of a 35 mile ride. Twenty six miles is an oganized ride, (my first) with the remaining 9 being the distance I ride to and from my home to the rally point. Weather here tomorrow is supposed to be perfect perhaps 45F at 10:00 getting up to the upper 50's by afternoon. Moravian Sugar cake and coffee when I get home.

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    The forecast for San Diego is rain, but maybe not until the afternoon. I'll get out there, come hell or high water, as they say, and begin chipping away at my goals for 2006!

    Turtleguy, good luck! Riding every day seems to be setting the bar quite high but I wish you every success!
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    I need some help with gear. I am in Illinois and the temperature tomorrow @ 7:30 AM will be 35 F with 10 mph wind. I have cold weather gear because I run nearly everyday as long as the temperature is above zero. Have a base layer of Nike Dri Fit and a windbreaker shell ... but what do I need in the middle for bike riding? I am going to carry a backpack so I can strip or add.

    Since I found this forum, I have done some screwie things ... rode my age (61) on a MTB, stopped at the LBS and picked up road bike catalogs, and now going to ride on New Years day! I ride rural roads where the traffic ( 18 wheelers used on farms) often make me get off the pavement and on a broken or no shoulder. I asked the young guy who runs the bike shop what I needed between a mountain bike and a road bike for these conditions. He said I need to assert my rights more .... I said his chances of living to my age were slim.

    Thanks in advance for the help ... and posting this message means I will have to do it tomorrow. Even us old guys have some macho left!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
    At 10 a.m. (EST) I'll be in the pulpit delivering my New Year's Day sermon "The Fullness of Time." Later that afternoon I hope to put my wife on her Christmas present trainer for her first ride in the attic. Yeah Baby! I'll let you know how far we DON'T go.

    Bob
    Did not expect it from the clergy- But wives, friends, sons and brother in laws etc. Are not allowed to do the ride for you. Mind you- If the wife is on the trainer- who's going to make the tea and eat the pies? Perhaps you DO have the right idea.

    Never be rich--- Clothing should be layers in between the Nike and outer shell. A Sweatshirt or light fleece should be enough, but take an extra sweatshirt if possible- providing the outer layer is windproof. At around freezing The hands and feet will take the brunt of the cold-- 2 pairs of socks helps me if the shoes are windproof. If not a plastic bag between the socks helps alot. Gloves--- If you generally don't have a problem then take a full fingered pair with you just in case. If you do have a problem then put on the warmest gloves you have and carry a spare pair inside the jacket. Then if you get cold hands- change to the warmer gloves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam
    Did not expect it from the clergy- But wives, friends, sons and brother in laws etc. Are not allowed to do the ride for you. Mind you- If the wife is on the trainer- who's going to make the tea and eat the pies? Perhaps you DO have the right idea.
    Stapfam,

    Ginger made peanutbutter fudge this afternoon. We'll be able to nibble while we crank in the New Year!

    Bob
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    Peanut butter fudge? I need that recipe......
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    Well, it's pretty flooded here in my Northern California area with another storm moving in, but...

    I'm going to give it a try. I'll pump up the tires on my hybrid tonight. It'll be hard to find a spot where I can ride without foot deep puddles. Sounds like fun. I'll lay out some warm cycling clothes right now!!!

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    PastorBob,
    PB fudge.........pic please....Irma's pie, Ginger's fudge, Stepfam's turkish delight, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithA
    Well, it's pretty flooded here in my Northern California area with another storm moving in, but...

    I'm going to give it a try. I'll pump up the tires on my hybrid tonight. It'll be hard to find a spot where I can ride without foot deep puddles. Sounds like fun. I'll lay out some warm cycling clothes right now!!!

    Keith, not as badly as up there, but it's raining steadily down here in America's Finest City. Looks to be an all-nighter, as well. Were I a man of ambition, I'd trade out my slicks for my knobbies tonight, but that just ain't going to happen.

    I am still laboring under the illusion tha I can rise, get coffee made (Hey -- maybe I'll get THAT prepared tonight!), don a few layers of Fred bike clothes, and be out on the road at 7 a.m. Of coure, I'm also laboring under the illusion that I'm going to win the lottery this year, as well.

    So -- let's see what happens. I'm entering the last ninety minutes of 2005 with a smile on my face, a sense of accomplishment and completion, and a twinkle in my eyes when I think of the possibilities that await us all in 2006.

    Now, if I can just stay awake until midnight!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    it's raining steadily down here in America's Finest City. Looks to be an all-nighter, as well. Were I a man of ambition, I'd trade out my slicks for my knobbies tonight, but that just ain't going to happen.
    DG,
    Many people believe that you're better off with slicks on "slick" pavement. Knobbies especially are not very traction-worthy on pavement wet or dry. Those soft, wiggly knobbers are meant for soft or irregular surfaces; hard surfaces just cause them to bend & wiggle-- I especially wouldn't want to lean the bike in a turn with them (I wouldn't lean the bike too much with any tire in the rain). Besides, that wiggle robs you of energy! Slicks or mildly treaded (inverted tread) give you more contact patch on the road. Softer compound tires are better than hard "armadillo" like tires. You might try letting out a few pounds of air to get more contact--but don't overdo it and pinchflat. So, go to bed with a clear conscience leaving the "slicks" on. And be sure to watch out for slippery metal manhole covers and white painted center lines, crosswalks, etc.

    End of Sermon.
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    Thanks, GG, I really didn't know that! I shall sleep soundly after all!

    Here's a pic taken seconds after midnight of the street where I live. As you can see, no rain but slick streets. Be interesting to see what the morning shall bring!
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    HAPPY NEW YEAR! You CA riders may have rain, but we had about 3 inches of snow over black ice. Only studded tires (which I don't have) would make for a semi-safe ride. I'll be in the pulpit and my bikes are staying in where it's warm.

    Have wonderful rides!

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    My New Years Ride is already scheduled for 9AM CST so I hit the 3PM GMT perfectly. See you on the road... well, sort of.
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    Its about 30 deg and doesn't look too wet outside. I'll give Skipper another 20min before I give him a call and we will be on the road by 9am, which I believe is the correct time here in cst land.

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    29 degrees, wind supposed to get up to 45mph and snow showers But, I'll be one of those on the "rolling" ride indoors and will report mileage. On today's menu, riding 2005 TDF first real mountain stage. Beastie Boy Jens Voigt of CSC will defend the yellow jersey he won before yesterday's restday. Something tells me his time in yellow is limited though . Well its only on tape, but it helps the time pass.

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    Well, I didn't make the Early start, but this afternoon I was able to get in about 20 moderately paced miles. I was with my 14 year old son & we were breaking in a "new" (to him) high end road bike. Only a couple of minor adjustments & the ride went smooth. Nice 45 F weather here in Maryland, Sun out. A real nice day. The only draw back was me trying to twist out of my old toe strap campy pedals. This past year I switched to some Speed Plays. Because of the weather, & expected pace, I put on an older pair of pedals so I could use my Bata Bikers to kep my toes/feet warmer. I didn't realize that I had gotten so used to the Speed Plays until trying (repeatedly) to twist out of the toe straps. So much for old dogs & new tricks. Bob

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