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Old 07-10-10, 07:59 PM   #526
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17,5 miles (with a lot of hills)

You guys are monsters that post 50 to 70 miles, ( you might be on the wrong forum )..LOL.
Fun ride, took videos, and pictures, just to tired to post them........... Richard
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No long distances, just a quick 2 mile ride up to see the South Shore Frolic parade in Milwaukee followed by the University of Wisconsin Band performing their fifth quarter show at South Shore Park. Its so relaxing to avoid the traffic and parking issues. Just ride up and enjoy the weather and the music.

Saw a lot of hybrids. Some Trek Navigators, a few Multi Tracks and even a Fuji Crosstown.
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Old 07-11-10, 03:04 AM   #528
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Met up with some friends yesterday who had dug out their bikes. We did a 20 mile ride roughly, headed out along the towpath and hitting the pubs we found (no heavy drinking though) but as we didn't start 'til late, we ended up having to race the light back, a fairly brutal 15mph average over none-too smooth terrain, my ass knows about it this morning...
Was a good ride though, good to have some company for once.
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Old 07-11-10, 08:33 AM   #529
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Well, this morning was the maiden voyage for my Jamis Coda Comp and it was a sweet one. Took 15 minutes off my 27 mile ride compared to my Giant Cypress DX. Even though the Jamis has a solid fork the ride seemed smoother than the Giant. The Giant has an aluminum frame and suspension fork and the Jamis has a cromoly frame and carbon fork.

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Old 07-11-10, 01:19 PM   #530
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Took off 15 minutes..

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Well, this morning was the maiden voyage for my Jamis Coda Comp and it was a sweet one. Took 15 minutes off my 27 mile ride compared to my Giant Cypress DX. Even though the Jamis has a solid fork the ride seemed smoother than the Giant. The Giant has an aluminum frame and suspension fork and the Jamis has a cromoly frame and carbon fork.
That 15 minutes it took off, was the excitement of the new bike, just had to poke a litle fun at you. Congratulations on the new bike..... ( Remember, new shoes make you run faster)
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You guys are monsters that post 50 to 70 miles, ( you might be on the wrong forum )..LOL.
You might be right.
Another 50 miler today, 1/3 road and 2/3 trail and a few good sized hills.
Fairfax, Springfield, Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Vienna, Reston and back to Fairfax.
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8.5 miles, 39 minutes, trying to see how fast I could go. Roll me back to the granny section.....LOL....Richard
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You might be right.
Another 50 miler today, 1/3 road and 2/3 trail and a few good sized hills.
Fairfax, Springfield, Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Vienna, Reston and back to Fairfax.
I lived in Alexandria back in the 90's, AWESOME ride my friend, when reading where you took
your Hybrid today, it just wants to make me try harder....: ) Richard
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Nice Ride !

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You might be right.
Another 50 miler today, 1/3 road and 2/3 trail and a few good sized hills.
Fairfax, Springfield, Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Vienna, Reston and back to Fairfax.
I lived in Alexandria back in the 90's, AWESOME ride my friend, when reading where you took
your Hybrid today, it just wants to make me try harder....: ) Richard
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20.8 miles on the Arkansas River Trail this evening. 1hr 37min. This was my first 20 mile ride. Riding my Sirrus Sport I got a couple weeks ago.
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Old 07-14-10, 08:44 PM   #536
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Great ride !

Yesterday, 3.5 miles to the post office, Today 12 miles, with hills and my son.. He wants a road
bike or a Hybrid...12 miles on that Mountain Bike, Whew !!!Were going to start shopping for a
new Hybrid for him....He did an awesome job riding that beast,,, Richard
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Old 07-17-10, 03:09 AM   #537
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Riding with a Roadie and the storm..
Well this is a pretty good story to tell.. My son and I set off for a 25 miler needed for
a merit badge for scouts. The weather conditions were isolated thunderstorms, but
that is normal for around here. A few miles into the ride, a Roadie passes us, but
being completive I want to draft with him. We catch up to him, and hang with him for
around 4 miles. Then the rode turns left or right, and we were going the other direction.
I noticed a old barn on the way, ( thinking of the storm ), so we start making the loops
needed for him to get the 25 miles in. Then the hail and lighting comes, we bolt for
that old barn, after about an hour of the storm, we decided to call the wife, cell
phone batters dead, LOL….so no help there ! About an hour and half of
storming to the max… We decided to ride home, in a drizzling rain, ( no lighting), our
average was 14 MPH….personnel best for the both of us… Richard
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Near true newbie just completed short loop

I just joined these forums and my intro is here in my intro section thread.

I just completed a short 3.4 mile "rookie" loop that I mapped out myself on my local roads. It has a really nice combo of some mild+ grade climbs and descents. For now, I'm channelling most of my effort on the climbs and coasting through the descents since I am still sort of gaining mastery of balance and shifting and this affects my efficiency with both. I was real happy with my 22 minute perfomance (9.1 MPH avg.). Once I start pedalling the descents this avg will go up quite a bit.

I also took care to make sure I wasn't in the highly travelled areas too long. The loop starts and returns to my front door.

This cycling thing is cool!

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Old 07-18-10, 11:31 AM   #539
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11.5 mile loop with my wife and 9 year old son. I was riding my '97 Bianchi Advantage, my wife was on an'07 Trek 7000 WSD, and my son was riding a late 90s or early 2000s Trek 800 Mountain Bike with slick tires.

We did that loop in about an hour.
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4 mile loop around the block and to the post office, somethings better than nothing. Had to wait till 10:00 PM
rained all day here.....Richard
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I just joined these forums and my intro is here in my intro section thread.

I just completed a short 3.4 mile "rookie" loop that I mapped out myself on my local roads. It has a really nice combo of some mild+ grade climbs and descents. For now, I'm channelling most of my effort on the climbs and coasting through the descents since I am still sort of gaining mastery of balance and shifting and this affects my efficiency with both. I was real happy with my 22 minute perfomance (9.1 MPH avg.). Once I start pedalling the descents this avg will go up quite a bit.

I also took care to make sure I wasn't in the highly travelled areas too long. The loop starts and returns to my front door.

This cycling thing is cool!
Welcome to the Forum, you will get there, I can remember when a 1 mile ride seemed far, I started back at 44
year old and am now 47, my average riding speed is not that fast, but I can ride all day long. 10 miles now, in
under 2 hours.....I've managed to average 14 MPH just a couple days ago for 17 miles. personal best..Richard
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Ugh! Almost too hot for riding.
Managed 32 miles from Arlington, VA through DC to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (Water Lily Festival was today.)
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Old 07-18-10, 02:51 PM   #543
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I got myself some nice shimano A530 hybrid pedals yesterday and went to test them out today on a trip to Geraardsbergen doing 14 miles at an average of 19,5mph.
My first time ever with clipless SPD system and I gotta say I love it.
Did a stretch of flat road of about 1 mile in Geraardsbergen at an average of 29mph thanks to the eficiency of the new pedals ... I was actually passing the cars at that point, since the speed limit was 30mph there ... yay!
You should go and talk to Mr Merckx about getting some sponsorship...
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Have not been riding my hybrid much for the past month as it was out on loan and returned with a stripped seat post bolt and the wrong saddle height which required some destructive removal (need a new clamp now)... was looking forward to taking it out this afternoon to rock some trails in the valley but will have to settle for my hardtail.

Have been racking up the miles this month and had ridden over 600 km in the first ten days with most of those rides being no less than 55km and the longest was 160km.

Used to ride as much as 16,000 km a year and then injured my back and had to start all over again... those first rides were a just a few km and by this June was averaging 40km a day which got me in good enough shape to tackle longer rides.

Am planning on more longer rides and will take the hybrid on a few of those as one of my riding mates is also riding a hybrid and it is always nice to match bikes / gearing with the folks you ride with.

The ability to ride long distances comes from putting in the base miles and working yourself up to doing longer and longer distances and it is nice when you realize you are capable of riding 50, 70, or 100 miles.

I have to be able to do this on one good leg as my other one is not always reliable.
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sixty fiver, congrats on pushing through! I hope that if anything like that happens to me, I'll have the determination to do the same.

I just got back from a 55 mile out and back. I intended to do 62, a metric century, but I forgot how horrible the hills are on the last 5 km, stinking 1400 feet of climbing. Heat exhaustion got me, I had to get off and cool down in the shade of my bike. I looked up at the last hill, and away went my confidence, so I headed home. Hardest ride I've done me thinks. I should try a century of flat ground first lol.

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76 miler today. Bought a Trek 7.3 FX on 5/5/10. Back on bike after 12 yrs. Over 1,800 miles ridden! Not bad for a guy soon to be 67. Been running for 34 yrs (over 71,000 miles). AT overuse running injury brought me back to a bike. The running fitness made the transition very ez. Just getting back to running after nearly a 7 week layoff. Got in 24 miles running and 174 miles of biking: 12-18 July. I am very greatful. Nick
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You should go and talk to Mr Merckx about getting some sponsorship...
My dad grew up in the house next to Mr. Merckx ... so I might have an angle there ... but I'm definately not a pro rider ... just an amateur trying to ride hard sometimes
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Rural Rode Ride

Around 32 miles just riding, average time was not so great, but that is still a good ride
for me..very hot and humid. Working on picking up that speed...Richard
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I've had my bike for 8 days now and have clocked about 35 miles on it. I'm new to the sport so thats pretty good for me (for the time being). I'm primarily riding a nice river trail by my place that takes me through a regional park and down to the beach.
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Did 100km of riding yesterday which was a good mix of urban, road, some fresh gravel, and even some trails and was packing a crap load of gear to boot... it is quite a commute.

Those bags have my work clothes, tools, and a set of tandem cranks on them and there's a saddle / stoker stem on the rack.

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