Woooo hooooo! (Holds the flaming lighter aloft . . . bangs the head . . .)
Harry, I'd be up for a monday morning ride. ~8AM start 40-50mi?
Work's been killing me and I'll have to work again this monday, but hell if I'm going till afternoon.
I'm vaguely considering the DCRando's ride on sunday, but unlikely with my currently crazy sched.
Cold ride this AM, 23F.
Harry, do you live in Rodgers Forge? I grew up near there, Walker Ave. That's where I was headed. Took Keswick, my old standy-by. I did follow the bike lane until it went on Roland. Lots of traffic on Roland so I went Keswick. That's a pleasant ride: Hampden, Roland Park, Homeland and Cedarcroft. I never hit a main road. The bike lane has excellent signage by the way. Kudos:thumb: I knew getting off of the JFT onto Keswick was going to be confusing because of the number of roads converging but the signs got me through, nice. Thanks Barry et al.
In Hampden I passed a pizza shop, Angelinos...Any good? Smelled wonderful.
NR: such a Poet. 5:30 is way earlier than me but I enjoy traveling in the dark on empty streets. I came home at 11:00PM two nights ago and loved it, just me and the moon:)
I wanna see Max banging her head.
MARC train Penn Line was spot on yesterday. When it works well it is a great way to travel. For the life of me I can't see how they are going to allow full sized bikes on the train. I struggle w/ the folder. I bet they never contacted cyclists to get their thoughts.
Right now I use two smart wool socks and down booties (found on sale at REI) that keep my feet warm in the teens without toe warmers.
GB-Been wondering where you were. Let me check my schedule. I know I have a This Old House sketch due but may be able to do that on the weekend.
Charlie-I live in Pinehurst, directly over the city line two houses north of Gittings which of course becomes Walker. If you come up Pinehurst I'm the guy with the elaborate SLOW DOWN sign out front. Roland is actually not bad for riding once your north of Coldspring, that was part of my Hampden commute. I also cut through the Loyola and Notre Dame campuses to avoid Charles.
I finally got my ass out in the cold this morning for the first time since Jan 1, coach Troy was getting on my nerves. Went down to Montebello with the fixie, met up with Ms. Goldstein who instructed me on the finer points of winter gear. I used chemical toe warmers which I guess helped but my toes were frozen after 1.5 hours. Those were my ten year old mt biking shoes, no covers. She showed me her very nice winter riding SiDi booties-ca-ching!! I guess it was in the high twenties at 7:15, always a stiff wind which can wear you down on the fixie. My GPS was dead as was my i-pod and my hr monitor, keeping up with batteries is a challenge. Idid 1.5 hours but I'm only recording it as a 20 miler.
Oh, and here's the real pub ride!! I'm on the list but have never done it.
Newbie checking in. Fort Washington, PG.
Amtrak doesn't even do it right.
1.You must be going to and from stations with checked baggage.
2.I found this out in July going to NYC. Not every train will take baggage, very few actually. I got on one train, my bike on another. I had to return to Penn station in NY several hours after my body arrived to retrieve my bike. And of course I left the pedals in my hotel room so like a ****** had to walk my bike up town, 33rd to 48th!
I took NJ Transit from NYC to Edison to NJ to join the family. NJ transit and the Path both allow bikes but don't really have racks or much space. I was crammed into the handicapped space.
Next bike purchase-folding!!
Sorry to be so negative on the train issue but it is in a sad state. I imagine before the automobile took over, was made cheap and available to the masses that the train and trolley system was incredible, maybe 1900-1930s, look at all the money they spent on such opulent stations like Union Station and the old Penn Station in NY, torn down for a basketball court.
I will occasionally ride my bike over some half buried tracks somewhere and go wow they must have had a trolley here at one time, now just millions of cars. Must have been a much quieter world but for the train whistle of course, and the clip clop of horses. Supposedly the hey day of bikes in America was the turn of the century, quite a spectator sport then too.
:bike2: Just to let you know on my way home Wednesday night the wet roads were starting to ice/slush up and on the hill on Falls Rd just south of Kelly I went down, hard. The guys at Pizza Boli's were real nice offered me no end to kindness as I waited for someone to pick me up. Anyway it looks like I'll be off the bike for awhile while my bruises heal.
And out of curiosity would have letting some air out of my tires helped with traction?
Barry, I know exactly where you crashed, I used to work at an auto shop next to Joe's, sorry to hear about your spill, hope you heal up soon.
That's a busy little stretch, glad you're okay. Hope you're back on the road soon.
I'm assuming only studs will help on ice.
Welcome CMJ, you will soon find yourself checking the site several times a day. It's a great group of people.
Barry, sorry to here you went down, hope you're healing up well. I'd have to say it's surprising we don't hear of more accidents with as many miles that you guys are putting on. Be safe out there. I'm glad the guys at the pizza shop helped out..
Oh crud! So sorry to hear that Barry. Give me a yell if there's anything I can bring you.
I'll be commuting past your place starting this week. -GB
BTW Thanks for the good ride last sunday.
Wow! Barry, here's to you healing fast and well.
IMHO, letting some air out -may- help, but I don't know if you can go low enough with regular clincher tires/inner tubes without getting into pinch-flat territory. I know you can get very low with Tufo tubular clinchers. I've probably ridden them for miles at around 40 psi (after flatting, but hole wasn't bad enough to let all of the air completely out.)
On some ice, the only thing that will help is studded tires. Without them, it really depends on the thickness of the ice, the moisture layer on the ice, your perpendicularity as you cross the ice, your speed across the ice, and whether both wheels are on the ice at the same time.
For your viewing pleasure, from the camera of WABECK, pictures from the DC Randonneur ride "Psyched Out in Sykesville":
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wabeck/...7612070954929/ <--- Photoset found here
Man I gotta pay attention more often to the rides that pass right in front of my house.