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Old 03-16-10, 08:34 AM   #2526
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^^ Missed the ride again - was able to get in a 50 mile road ride though.
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Old 03-16-10, 07:04 PM   #2527
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Beacon Hill. Reflecto-Bike. Had a good XC-ish ride, starting with the fading daylight and ending in full night-ride mode.
Feels like i'm watching Blair witch project!
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Beacon Hill. Reflecto-Bike. Had a good XC-ish ride, starting with the fading daylight and ending in full night-ride mode.
Here is a ride I did with my son about a month ago at Beacon - same run I have been doing with Dminor a bunch. I am holding the camera with both hands while riding a SS full ridgid 29"er (OK, that last part is not true).
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Old 03-19-10, 02:36 PM   #2530
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Five miles on the road, to the trails. ~16 miles of sweet, funky New England singletrack. Five miles of road home.

Gutbomb breakfast on the way? Check.


Tuneage? Check.


Fortification for the road spin home? Check.


Post-ride re-fueling? Check.
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Bacon and pinkish ground beef both in one day? You do live life on the edge, scrub!
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Old 03-19-10, 03:02 PM   #2532
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Bacon and pinkish ground beef both in one day? You do live life on the edge, scrub!
Gotta' keep those lipid levels up there, man!

I figure the booze content of the Imperial Stout helped offset things. Well, that and the exercise. Pedaling off to work in a bit over an hour.

BTW - the burger had bacon on it as well.
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Old 03-19-10, 04:23 PM   #2533
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That is a lot of eating for only 16 miles! Anyways, glad you had fun.
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That is a lot of eating for only 16 miles! Anyways, glad you had fun.
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Not really, considering that was breakfast and lunch.
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Not really, considering that was breakfast and lunch.
I dunno... i won't tell the roadies if you don't, lol.
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I dunno... i won't tell the roadies if you don't, lol.

Pffft. What the hell do they care, or why would I care? A nice bonus of riding? Eating whatever the hell I like. I'm not racing, so don't give a rats ass about being some

skinny whelp. Granted, I still only weigh 150# at 5'9" - I'm not exactly worried about ballooning up, and my cardiac risk profile and lipid levels are "stellar" in

the words of my G.P.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a large piece of cheesecake which is in need of my attentions.
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Woo! First off road ride of the year. Got my ass kicked by a measly 7.5 miles.
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Awesome ride today. My shoulder would only let me do about 10 miles but it a great. Sunny, 70f.
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That's it! I'm going to start deleting these "I went riding" posts if there aren't any pictures with it!

BTW, I went for a ride today with the boys and I did take a couple of pictures. It was a trail I hadn't ridden before and it was really fun. It had some icy patches and I had to go slower because I didn't want to go too fast with Steve (he's only 9 mos old and I don't want to run him too hard too early). But this trail will be a super fun pinner trail once it dries out...fast, flowy singletrack with lots of berms. The climb up on the road isn't anything exciting but at least the sustained spinning feels good.

Looking back at the exciting climb:


The dogs taking a break:


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Another break:


Most of the trail looked like this...decent grade, lots of nice turns, and very little reason to use any brakes:
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Went out on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon, only my second time out on the trails this new year, and had a blast. No really epic pictures, except there was all this weird green stuff all over the ground.

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Great weather and new trails. Life is good. 5 hours of riding over two rides, breaking in some new raptors.
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That's it! I'm going to start deleting these "I went riding" posts if there aren't any pictures with it!

BTW, I went for a ride today with the boys and I did take a couple of pictures. It was a trail I hadn't ridden before and it was really fun. It had some icy patches and I had to go slower because I didn't want to go too fast with Steve (he's only 9 mos old and I don't want to run him too hard too early). But this trail will be a super fun pinner trail once it dries out...fast, flowy singletrack with lots of berms. The climb up on the road isn't anything exciting but at least the sustained spinning feels good.

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Man, I HAVE to get back up there this year.
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Half a ride missed. Can't wait for 10 speed.
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Half a ride missed. Can't wait for 10 speed.
Appears as if it was just your chain? No carrying a spare link or two, chaintool or anything?

I've broken enough bits in the past, I now carry some spares. A small baggy has a couple spare links, a hanger for each of the bikes (so i'm covered whichever i'm out on) and a couple m5 and m6 bolts to fit various things, zip ties, a bit of duct tape, a chainring bolt, a spd cleat bolt, and a spare set of Avid pads - same brakes on all the bikes. Over the years, I've ended up using all that crap, either on my bike, or someone elses, to be able to keep riding, rather than have to head back to the car.

Nice stuff, though! Stuff around me was just drying enough to ride a bit, and we got roughly 4" of rain last night. Sucktastic.
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Disagree on the 10 speed crap, but nice trails, where do you live?
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Disagree on the 10 speed crap, but nice trails, where do you live?
Western Ma. Do you disagree that it's going to be less durable? Or do you think that the benefit of the 10 speed system will outweigh the slightly less durability factor? Or did you not catch my sarcasm?

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Appears as if it was just your chain? No carrying a spare link or two, chaintool or anything?

I've broken enough bits in the past, I now carry some spares. A small baggy has a couple spare links, a hanger for each of the bikes (so i'm covered whichever i'm out on) and a couple m5 and m6 bolts to fit various things, zip ties, a bit of duct tape, a chainring bolt, a spd cleat bolt, and a spare set of Avid pads - same brakes on all the bikes. Over the years, I've ended up using all that crap, either on my bike, or someone elses, to be able to keep riding, rather than have to head back to the car.

Nice stuff, though! Stuff around me was just drying enough to ride a bit, and we got roughly 4" of rain last night. Sucktastic.
Ya just a chain. It's just a ridgeline above my house I ride. I use a small Camelbak with just enough for one flat repair. I just coasted down a road and was basically home. Going to put together a lightweight tool kit for it now though, probably my cheapo chain breaker and 2 or 3 allen wrenches. Just don't want it to turn into my Camelbak Hawg that I can barely get the straps cinched down on.

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Western Ma. Do you disagree that it's going to be less durable? Or do you think that the benefit of the 10 speed system will outweigh the slightly less durability factor? Or did you not catch my sarcasm?
Tis the problem with the internet, you never can tell sarcasm lol.
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