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    Anyone Ride on Christmas Day?

    Weather-wise, it was a rare and totally, absolutely, glorious Christmas Day here. I rode. If you did too, feel free to post pics and/or descriptions.






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    Naah--Too wet- too cold- too windy and too pissed.
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    I didn't see annnnnny other riders on Christmas. I guess they must all have families or something

    Did a little loop in the usual stomping grounds. Shame of shame, I actually had to walk part of Bear Wallow Road in Warrenton. I WILL conquer that hill when it gets warmer and I get thinner!

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    Yeah I rode (I already posted about it in the D Y R T thread). I come from a Jewish background, so Christmas doesn't mean much to me. Of course my usual Sunday group ride in Canberra was canceled, so I went out on my own. Normally there'd be scads of riders out on a Sunday morning around Canberra - I've never seen a place with so many serious roadies - but I only saw one other rider on my very pleasant 71 mile jaunt.

    Canberra gets pretty empty on Christmas - everybody heads for the coast - and so everything is closed up, including the convenience stores and most gas stations. I had to carry enough water for the whole ride, as I wasn't sure there would be any place to refill. A good time for a camelbak! In fact, I did stop at a gas station on the Federal Highway, about 65 miles in to the ride. I stopped there even though I was close to finished, as I was running dry.

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    I really wanted to ride yesterday. It would have been the first ride since my crash and back injury, 30 days ago. By the time everyone left it was too late and the wife just wanted to sit and relax. We are riding this afternoon, even if it's 10 miles around the neighborhood.
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    I rode. I live in Central Florida and yesterday it was pretty warm even for FL in December. I think it was 65 degrees F when I started. I went out and did 54 miles in hopes that the ride would cancel some of the evil effects of the upcoming scheduled gluttony.

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    Rode 10 miles in the wind
    and 45 degree temps,
    pretty nice for Illinois
    by this time of winter .
    I saw maybe 4 cars and
    no cyclists, no runners

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    We had rain off and on all day here. Not to bad temperature wise, high was in the low 60's F. I missed my ride

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    I rode my usual loop from my place in SF out to Fort Point (Civil War fort at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge) and back, it's about a 20 mile loop for me, mostly flat with a light NW breeze. It was a glorious day, a little cool (mid 50s, those of you who live where it really gets cold will laugh), and it seemed like every rental bike in San Francisco was out. Stopped and took this picture at Fort Mason:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravity Aided View Post
    Rode 10 miles in the wind
    and 45 degree temps,
    pretty nice for Illinois
    by this time of winter .
    I saw maybe 4 cars and
    no cyclists, no runners

    About the same for me yesterday
    And I agree real nice weather for around here at this time of year

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    No way. Spent the day fighting off angry Bolsheviks.

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    Yes, apparently it was just me and the 6-7 deer that I encountered though. Twenty+ miles of solitude and empty roads......
    Just your average 'high-functioning' lunatic, capable of passing as 'normal' for short periods of time.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
    Weather-wise, it was a rare and totally, absolutely, glorious Christmas Day here. I rode. If you did too, feel free to post pics and/or descriptions.
    I'm visiting family in the Detroit suburbs and brought my bike. These vacations are usually pretty decadent physically with driving everywhere, favorite home-cooked meals and old favorite restaurants, sedentary visits with the family, extended computer time etc. So the bike is a perfect remedy.

    On Christmas morning it was about 33 degrees F, and dry. So I rode about 20 miles from 7:00 to 8:30 AM down a major heavy commercial thoroughfare, Gratiot Ave. NO TRAFFIC. A cop in East Detroit did pull along side of me, but I doubted it was my for headphones. He thought I was someone he knew. He passed me again on my return leg and at a stoplight, I asked him if he really knew someone like me who would be out on a bike at that time. He did, so I replied, "Good for you."

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    Pretty chilly (for me; I'm a native) to start, but it did eventually warm up. Over to Historic Anaheim Colony, then down to Historic Old Towne Orange, then to Historic Downtown Santa Ana, and back again. Several photos on Facebook (Condorita). A beautiful clear sunny day!
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    No pictures, but it was the first chance to ride the '91 Trek Multi Track since it got a complete
    re do. Well the first ride of any distance. 31 miles, two hours forty five minutes. It had about
    thirty miles, four or five at a time.

    It was a beautiful day, about 60`f, light wind, pure sunshine.

    It was a great ride. No problems with the bike. Saw a few on the MUP's.

    Saw a fellow with his seven year old daughter, first bike with gears and
    hand brakes. She was burning up a large parking lot getting the feel of
    it. Wore me out watching her.

    I think most have seen the Trek since the rebuild.

    The bike is a lot faster with the 28's compared to the 35's.
    And it is about three pounds lighter than before the re do.
    Lighter wheels and tires. Saved a bit on the pedals as well.


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    I packed my panniersd with a change of clothes for a family dinner and off I went. Only anout 14 miles but sunshine ,blue skies, and 39F.

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    Awoke at 7am, did most of the dishes left over from Christmas eve and went on the bike for two hours, starting at 9am.

    32 miles in mild 40F weather with sunny skies. A 20 mph headwind made for hard work and slow going but the return ride was fun & fast.

    Gotta burn those calories!
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    I had always to take a ride on Christmas eve. Nothing long or extravagant, just a nice ride around town. This year, when I thought I might get the chance, I was felled by a severe headcold. I didn't think the 20 degree temps and dry air would help it much, nor would the general feeling of Malaise that always goes with these things.

    Stayed home, stayed quiet, watched some DVDs.

    I respect any cyclist who does manage to get in some ride time on Xmas though. Great pics!
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    12.84 miles in 40+ temps late afternoon - way above average for a Chicago area Christmas day. Took advantage of the very light traffic and rode some major roads that would be risky any other day, and toured a couple of deserted mall parking lots. A marvelous punctuation mark to a spectacular family and friends celebration, including copious servings of good food. The endorphin high lasted for hours.
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    Yes

    About an hour

    On the older steel frame, brooks swift saddle

    75 C. Average 20 mph, max 35 - whizzy. Nice steep downhill. 24 miles in total

    Back to parboil spuds, shake 'em to roughen the edges, roll in Lebanese olive oil, roast in 400 F for 90 minutes, bring to eat with friends

    Merry Christmas

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    Since it was sunny and a balmy 41F, was able to talk wife/stoker into riding the Screamer a couple of miles around and through our neighborhood yesterday. I then rode another ten miles alone (on the V3) before coming home to roast a pork loin.
    This being a three-day weekend for me and it still being sunny with a high expected to be 45................I'll be going out for a ride on Boxing Day, too! (Someone explain Boxing Day to me, please)
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    I got out around lunchtime for a quick trip around my default loop on the Litespeed. Lots of runners and dog walkers, few cyclists. Of course is was very windy. Sustained winds in the 20s with gusts to the 30s. And it calmed right down as soon as I got home. An hour later it was calm as could be.

    Drivers were behaving oddly. One paced me 50 yards back for over a half-mile--on a an empty four-lane. Another slowed down and waited in the left lane so I could go around a bus parked in the right lane at its lay-over stop. Very weird.
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    Didn't go out on Christmas day but went out on the eve as it was 40+degrees and sunny. Just a few miles on the trail. Of interest was the coyote with whom I shared the trail, if only for a moment. I can't wait for spring!
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    By the time I get back to OKC and on the bike on the 28th, it will be 12 days without a ride. Way too long! However, the chance to spend lots of time with my two grandsons only comes a couple of times a year, so well worth it. Wx forecast is calling for several days of nice temps and dry days, and I don't go back to work until January 5, so I should be able to get in some quality rides after my quality time with the boys (and their parents of course).

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    16 miles at an average of just over 20 mph with the windchill @ 64F. I survived.
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