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    Wow! What a wonderful day to ride. Temps (42f) were on the more than cool side. Which makes for good riding weather. Today I made my way up to Polaris by way of Brookside to Snouffer to Linworth/Wilson Bridge to High. Rode up High across the treacherous High St/I-270 Interchange. Which wasn't that bad, as long as you move with the traffic. This is where the helmet-mounted mirror comes in real handy. Over to Campusview to some side streets, making my way to Sancus Bl. Knowing the area helps to avoid traffic. Once at the mall I took Polaris up to Cleveland Ave. making my way to the Alum Creek Trail. Everything was good.
    I'm waiting with trepidation for that one last snowstorm, which I know will come before the weather breaks. But it was a nice commute.

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    Ride in this morning, it was 20f. Coming home in the aftn. it was 27f. Wind out of the N by NW. Pretty brisk, if you ask me. But everything was good. Nice ride home. Looking forward to the change of the season.

    We have 75 days, or 2 months and 16 days till TOSRV. Better get out there and do some ridin'.
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    I rode this morning in 13f. The aftn was 25f. Strong wind out of the North. The Eastern Seaboard got clobbered with an unexpected snowstorm today. 6-14" in some spots. That was us last year.
    I'm going to go out on a limb here. And say that after Wednesday I don't think we'll have anymore teens or twenties in the morning. Crossin' my fingers

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoatw View Post
    I'm going to go out on a limb here. And say that after Wednesday I don't think we'll have anymore teens or twenties in the morning. Crossin' my fingers
    I so hope your right!

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    Just started posting here recently. First time on the regional forum so I thought I'd check in. North campus area here, soon moving across the tracks to South Linden. Been riding bikes since I was a kid, but only moved into the 'adult world' of road cycling last spring. This is my first winter riding and it's been great. Not as bad as non-bike people seem to think. Stocked up on a few pieces of gear without going overboard on cycling-specific $$stuff, and it has worked out just fine.

    Thought it was going to be warming up, but the past few days the wind and temps have been crap!! 30mph gusts have me riding at a 45 degree angle. Nothing like the wind storm last year though - that was FUN. Until a plastic bag trashed my rear derailleur...

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    I'd like to join a gym with a pool and train for a Tri, but I'm kind of drawing a blank on gyms with aquatic centers beyond Premier At Sawmill and RPAC (which I believe I, as an alum, could get access to if I chose to pay out the wazzoo). Can anybody help me out? As a point of reference, I live in Grandview and anything within 15-20 min by car would be acceptable.
    but big heads and soft bodies make for lousy lovers...

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    McConnell Heart Health Center has a pool.
    3773 Olentangy River Rd. 566-3804
    Not sure of the cost, as an employee it still cost close to $40 a month
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vodalus View Post
    I'd like to join a gym with a pool and train for a Tri, but I'm kind of drawing a blank on gyms with aquatic centers beyond Premier At Sawmill and RPAC (which I believe I, as an alum, could get access to if I chose to pay out the wazzoo). Can anybody help me out? As a point of reference, I live in Grandview and anything within 15-20 min by car would be acceptable.
    Most of the YMCA's should have pools. Maybe the one in Grove City or Hilliard - or even the one downtown.

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    The Urban Active in Hilliard (Rome-Hilliard Rd.) has a three lane lap pool that is hardly ever used. I believe they also do month-to-month memberships, which is always a plus.

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    This morning it was 33f. Aftn. hovered around 50f. The temperatures are improving. But I'll be glad when I can shed the Cold weather gear.

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    Witnessed a rider trying to get himself killed yesterday as I was driving to work, on westbound 161. He was on his way to the Olentangy trail, as it turned out. Changed from the right lane to the left (to in front of me) without warning; he moved to the centerline so clearly was planning a left turn ahead--but when he came to the intersection, just as I was about to pass him, instead of moving into the turn lane, he suddenly and again without warning swung back into the center of the left through lane and proceeded to turn from there. Fortunately I was able to slow enough, and he was moving fast enough, to not bump him from behind. I doubt he realizes how close he came to a major accident.

    Being a rider myself didn't help me to anticipate that move. I am guessing that he didn't want to slow down for the turn. Be careful out there, people!

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    Hi guys!

    Just wanted to reach out again to ya'll to see if anyone would be interested in joining my Tour de Cure team to ride around Hoover Reservoir on Sat June 6th. Please drop a note if you're interested!

    Oh, and P.S. Does anyone know of two dudes who ride side-by-side, SLOWLY, and take up the entire path on Olentagy Trail? I had several choice words for them on Saturday when I nearly face-planted into their handlebars because they wouldn't move aside for me to pass them in the other direction. Ugh.
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    New to this site

    I am new to this site. Am a seasoned rider who commutes from Kenny and Henderson to the West Edge industrial park (near Cooper Stadium). I was on the Olentangy trail on Saturday too. It was packed. Any rider worth his or her salt should have gone to the roads. There are too many weekend warriors out there trying to set land speed records in the crowds. I got off at Weber heading South from Broadway. It was just too busy to enjoy anything but a slow and gentle ride. The path is far more dangerous than the streets.

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    Campus here, would love to begin touring if anyone is interested let me know!

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    Yes, the Olentangy trail is a very popular multi-use recreational trail & is best avoided a lot of the time if you are wanting to put in a hard or fast ride. You will find rude users, who won't share the road, just as you do on the streets, in your car, or walking through the mall!

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    ridin' home today was OK. Had a nice gusty wind pushing me home. I was comfortable in the rotten 37f weather. Which I'm really gettin tired of. In the morning I rode against a 15-20 mph wind coming out of the west. Typical for this time of year. The temperature was 31f.
    ...Notice the weather pattern we're in. Rotten weather during the week. And nice sunshiny stuff on the weekends. If it holds out. We could have the same for TOSRV. That would be sweet.
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    I don't know, it's been mighty beautiful today and also s'posed to be a great day tomorrow. I leave at around 6:30 a.m. and it's sooooooo nice to see the sun. Love giving my lamp a rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rae View Post
    Yes, the Olentangy trail is a very popular multi-use recreational trail & is best avoided a lot of the time if you are wanting to put in a hard or fast ride. You will find rude users, who won't share the road, just as you do on the streets, in your car, or walking through the mall!
    I think there also could be more than average people there since its just now starting to get nice out. The first few nice days there will be extra but as we get into summer then number of people will lesson a little bit as some will choose to sit in an air conditioned mall.
    That nice day in December we went out and people were walking side by side on the trails, though when they saw the big burley trailer behind me they were pretty good about getting out of the way, its a little more intimidating.

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    Forecast calls for rain on Friday. Sunshine all weekend. More rain on Monday and Tuesday.

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    megam, you should check out TOSRV or GOBA if you haven't yet... this year is going to be my first TOSRV and i haven't been this excited in a long time... it will be amazing to share the road with thousands of bikers.


    if that doesn't float your boat, there are websites that will make you a map of a route if you give them from and to location. it will give you bike friendly back roads and etc.... happy riding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kunselman.2 View Post
    I'm in Carroll, just SE of Columbus near Canal Winchester. New the the site and riding. Picked up a 09 Giant FCR in August and have enjoyed riding the country roads of Fairfield county and a few charity rides so far, the Trek Breast Cancer ride and the AF Challenge. I've also turned into a bike nerd already, which has led to a large deficit in my checkbook...oops.
    Same here, live up by Lithopolis.

    Got my bike at Cyclist Connection in Canal.

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    My commute today was Great! A little windy. But better than the crap we've had to ride in the last few days. This morning had some fog that was cool. I could see the beam coming off of my flashlight 'er' I mean my headlight. The aftn was 64f and sunshiny. I wore a long sleeve jersey, cotton shorts and sandals with the socks on. I listened to Pink Floyd on the radio. Life is groovy.
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    I'm in Clintonville, use the OBP to commute on an old hand-me-down bike. Recently bought an awesome new road bike and can't stop riding it. It's so much fun. I'm starting to explore different routes out of town to get to roads where I can ride further. I'm also signed up for the 1/2 TOSRV this year, although now I wish I would have signed up for the full ride.

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    I rode in this morning in 45f temps. It dropped to 42f when I got to work. So I had the balaclava, gloves and Shoe covers over the sandals. Comfortable ride in. The aftn was your typical great sunny afternoon. 66 degrees. I had on the short sleeve jersey and cotton shorts with the sandals and socks. I prefer cotton shorts over Lycra shorts. To me, they're more comfortable in this kind of weather. I'll start wearing the Lycra when the temps get in the 80's and 90's. Much cooler then. I took my time riding home this afternoon to enjoy the weather. I was thinking about Bike to Work Week. And where the individual riders stand against the Team riders.


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    "new" (to me) road bike will be here any day. so excited.
    but big heads and soft bodies make for lousy lovers...

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