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Old 12-31-05, 04:24 PM   #1
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Let's hear about your last ride of the year. (hey that rhymes, I'm a poet and don't know it!)

My new bad weather commuter bike was finished last night, so I took her out to put her through her paces today. It was barely drizzling and about 36F when I left. I rode down to the Summit County bike trail and used it to avoid the mad rush of goofy drivers around the shopping center, then went down into the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreational area. On the paved path and roads, this bike felt like I was riding a tank compared to my Fuji World. It's a 2006 Mohave 4.0 that I picked up from my friends at Century Cycle in Peninsula, OH. I had them swap out the suspension fork with a Surly Instigator rigid fork, as well as swap out the knobbie tires for some Serfas Drifters. Without those two changes this thing really would ride like a tank!

I noticed that the rear disk brake was doing some dragging, so when I got down into the valley I stopped back at Century to have them adjust them a bit. There was another feller in there with his studded tired MTB - both he and the bike were pretty speckled with mud. As I was leaving, he warned me that the O&E towpath was pretty soft in spots, if I was planning on riding it...which I was. He was right, I rode about 8 miles south on Riverview Rd, just to make sure everything was ok with the brakes, then dropped over to the towpath. By now the rain was coming down much harder and starting to become a snow/sleet/rain mix. The towpath was really soft in spots, sometimes draining all of my forward energy in a matter of seconds. I was impressed with the Drifters tires though, they handled everything just fine.

When I got back home I was still nice and dry from head to toe. My J&G wind jacket was beaded with water, but nothing really penetrated. Note this is NOT a rain jacket, I have a rain cape for heavy rain, but I like how water resistant it is. I was also clean, despite the rain and muck of both the roads and the towpath, the fenders really made a difference...as did the mudflap my LBS made for the front from a Century Cycles water bottle.

Not a bad ride to end the year...I'll be back out tomorrow to begin the year with a nice ride with my GF. It will be her first ride with clipless shoes and pedals...she's been practicing clipping and unclipping on the trainer though. Not sure which bike I'll use...guess I'll wait to see what the weather is.

I hope everyone here in BF has a safe and happy New Year, and that 2006 gives you tons of riding enjoyment and zero 'whoopsies'.
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Old 12-31-05, 04:48 PM   #2
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Nothing quite so dramatic here in Denver, Just a nice little 20mi ride in 65 degree sunshine
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Old 12-31-05, 08:32 PM   #3
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wind, stinkin swirling 10 to 20mph steady wind with freekin gusts
higher, other than that was a good ride.

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Old 12-31-05, 09:01 PM   #4
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Date: December 31, 2005
Time completed: 4:20 pm
Temperature: -6C/21F
Conditions: Overcast, light fog
Heavy fog overnight has left this part of the world covered in beautiful hoarfrost
Road conditions: A bit slick from the frost
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Old 12-31-05, 10:35 PM   #5
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Date: December 31, 2005
Time completed: 4:20 pm
Temperature: -6C/21F
Conditions: Overcast, light fog
Heavy fog overnight has left this part of the world covered in beautiful hoarfrost
Road conditions: A bit slick from the frost
Bicycle: Mongoose Mtn Bike
Distance: 10 kms

Total Annual Distance: 10401 kms

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Old 12-31-05, 10:38 PM   #6
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Had a Decent last ride of 2005. A bit of rain. ice and mud, but it was fun.
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Old 01-01-06, 01:01 AM   #7
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My last ride of the year was one of the shortest. Just rode straight home from work at 11:30 PM, 3.5 miles. I wanted to ride further but no time.... We finally got a little snow. There was a strong head wind, and the wet snowflakes stung my face. It felt great. I rode over crusty wet snow with my big new studded tires. I was cranking hard but the wind and snow slowed me down a bit. I took a look at the giant Christmas tree in front of our state capitol, knowing it would be my last time seeing it this season. When I pulled into my parking lot I almost hit my stepson Jerry, who was waiting for me on his little electric scooter. I was surprised and happy to see him.

2005 was a hard year for me. I started it with my right arm in a cast. Jerry and my own dad both almost died several times. I managed to cope. My bike and Bikeforums both helped a lot.

Peace and joy to all the riders in 2006.
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I took a 30 mile morning loop through S. Tampa on New Year's Eve. Great weather. I also had a couple of night time rides earlier in the week. I'm going to miss the holiday lights.
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Took to the dirt for the last day of the year. Did about 40 miles on the SS. Then on new years day did about another 40 miles on my SS road bike conversion.
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