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Old 05-05-09, 10:18 AM   #4001
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riding in the rain but I only like cleaning and relubing the bike some many bikes in a row.
I seldom clean my bike. I know bad, but if I cleaned it every time I rode in inclement weather my wife would never see me.

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No clue but doubt it. Car tire stores throw out rims with tiny dents. How do I know this...my wife has more than once ran over Baltimore's curbs

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You can easily pull off the cantis and put some long reach side/center pulls on your Raleigh. Find a pair of DiaCompe 750's from an old frame or new. Put on some Kool Stop pads and a Rat Fink sticker on the frame and you'd be kickin' it old skool style.

BTW I wear my Showers Pass jacket quite often. They have some really expensive light weight models, but the century jacket is about $110. I do sweat in it when it's warmer out, but it its certainly the best ventilated jacket I've ever owned.
Thanks but I wonder what naked canti bosses would look like
Your jacket cost $100! I thought those were going for $300. Does your use eVent material?
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Thanks but I wonder what naked canti bosses would look like
Your jacket cost $100! I thought those were going for $300. Does your use eVent material?
Several high quality racks attach at canti bosses. If not that, then maybe pinwheels.
I still have the DT shifter bosses on my FG Miyata. A lot of the fixie kids dremel the bosses off, but that seems like you're just screwing up the bike for some future owner.

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If not that, then maybe pinwheels.
I like the pinwheel idea.
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Has anyone done Tour Dem Parks in Baltimore? My wife asked me if we could ride it this year, maybe taking the boy in the trailer. Their website has next to no information about the routes. I'm trying to figure out if any of them are "trailer friendly", and by that I mean not on roads, but paths that can accommodate a trailer without giving the kid shaken baby syndrome.

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Been doing it for years - trailer, trail-a-bike and now the 7 1/2 year old is on a tandem. They change the route frequently but we've never had a problem. We do the 22 mile route (or whatever the 20ish mile route is). Next month is another city ride - Tour dem Parks.
oops. read tour dem parks, thought tour du port. Done both, with child, fun rides!

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Looks like bike forums lost quite a few avatar pics. I had to re-upload mine recently.
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Pictures from the OC9 trip that I took this weekend with the Severna Park Peloton:

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Has anyone done Tour Dem Parks in Baltimore? My wife asked me if we could ride it this year, maybe taking the boy in the trailer. Their website has next to no information about the routes. I'm trying to figure out if any of them are "trailer friendly", and by that I mean not on roads, but paths that can accommodate a trailer without giving the kid shaken baby syndrome.

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I did it last year with my son in a trailer, no problem, except when they steered us onto the route of a 5k in progress, a bit difficult maneuvering the trailer past runners and cones. I think we did the twenty something route. Let's meet up this time and form a blocking maneuver.
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Maybe I'll do tour dem parks, gotta put my hands on a tagalong bike so I can pull the boy and he can pull sis (trailer gets cramped with brother and sis in there). Sis has not been to happy in the trailer for more than a few miles nothing nyquill can't fix, joking.

Pretty eventful ride home
While in the ghetto, apparently a school must have let out or something, I had a kid throw a piece of paper at me and miss and a block later some kid said something along ther lines of "stupid ass helmet", Why do these kids think this is ok? When I was growing up and even now I would never do this. Done ranting.

Good Things, someone in canton yelled from the side walk how they liked my headlight and again someone else did on the way home said "Oh snap, that $hit is bright"
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Good Things, someone in canton yelled from the side walk how they liked my headlight and again someone else did on the way home said "Oh snap, that $hit is bright"
Seriously, people really say "snap"???

I often get comments on my helmet light -- all of them on the order of how cool it is that I have a camera up there.

Riding home from work today, I hit this one stretch on which I often sort of zone out for a minute or two -- it's a nice 1%-2% downhill, huge clean shoulder, no cross-streets to worry about. So there I am, in semi-la-la land, when all of a sudden I hear a HUGE dog barking seemingly right next to my ear! There was a Doberman or some such dog in the backseat of a passing SUV, his head hanging out of the partially rolled-down window, and I guess he took exception to my eye-blistering neon yellow-green vest or something. I nearly jumped out of my skin!
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Barry, the bike lane at the harbor is suppose to be for pedestrians and bikes only right? Once again there was a vehicle parked in it, blocking both lanes completely (Dunbar Armored car)
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Seriously, people really say "snap"???

I often get comments on my helmet light -- all of them on the order of how cool it is that I have a camera up there.
Ever since "my name is earl", thats what the wifee says. I even catch myself sometimes.
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Maybe I'll do tour dem parks, gotta put my hands on a tagalong bike so I can pull the boy and he can pull sis
Josh,
I have a tagalong that you're welcome to use. Many miles on that with my older boys but Rowan is not big enough, so he'll be in the trailer. If we meet up at Tour Dem Parks you can use it. Last year I just drove to Carroll Park and parked as opposed to riding to start.
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Barry, the bike lane at the harbor is suppose to be for pedestrians and bikes only right? Once again there was a vehicle parked in it, blocking both lanes completely (Dunbar Armored car)
No parking in the inner harbor bike lane, pictures and/or license plate number are helpful in getting these folks out. Or you can email nate.evans@baltimorecity.gov, when he gets enough parking complaints he gets the police to get out and ticket folks.
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My naked red headed flying cycling women is gone....sniff I grew attached to her in recent months
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Just to note we have been reworking the routes for Tour dem Parks though the 12 mile route is the same for all years.

12 miles is all trail/closed roads so fine for trailers and tag-a-longs, there will be 4 optional miles for this as well.

25 miles is sorting going in reverse the year, Carroll, Druid Hill, Herring Run, Paterson Park, Federal Hill

40 miles is going out Gwynns Falls, Gwynn Oak (new this year), Hanlon (new this year) and joins the 25 mile ride in Druid Hill.

64 miles is the 40 mile route plus a run out to BWI trail and back.
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Correction to Tour dem parks millage options, it's 12, 25, 36 and 64.

Also note One Less Car has teamed up with the American Lung Association for CBAR and you can get a 10% discount. http://onelesscar.org/page.php?id=206
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I'm doing this race tomorrow (45+ category):

http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?EventID=7370

Then, if I can swing spending time with Mom Saturday after the race, Sunday I'm planning on joining DC RAND for this ride:

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SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2009

"MIRACLE AT MOUNT HOPE," starting from Catoctin High School, Thurmont,
Maryland. **MEETING TIME 7:45 a.m.** The first quarter of the ride is
very hilly, beginning with the long climb up MD77 and becoming more
interesting with each passing mile, as we climb about 2500 feet in the
first 25 miles to Mount Hope, Pa. The scenery is fabulous and the
descents are thrilling. After the first rest stop in Fairfield, the
terrain moderates quite a bit on the way to lunch at Mamma's in
Biglerville. We'll visit the reputedly haunted Sachs Covered Bridge
(circa 1815) during this stretch. See
http://www.nycivilwar.us/sachs.html. After lunch we'll head for the
hills again and ride through some of the beautiful orchard country of
northwestern Adams County (yes, we really do love this part of the
world, even though we're probably a week too late for the apple
blossoms). Other points of interest include the Eisenhower Bridge
(circa 1886), the Land of Little Horses, and the Eylers Valley Chapel.
100 miles, with many shorter options. You can even omit the steepest
climb of the day (Iron Springs Rd) and substitute it with the kinder and
gentler Jacks Mountain Rd...but then you'll miss Mount Hope! Total
elevation gain for the century 7000-7500 feet.


Directions to the ride start:

CATOCTIN HIGH SCHOOL, 14745 Sabillasville Road, Thurmont MD 21788
From DC Beltway go North on I-270 about 31 miles to Frederick. Continue
north on US15. In about 19 miles, take 3rd Thurmont exit
(MD550/Sabillasville). Turn left on MD550 (restrooms at Sheetz). In
about 0.2 mi., turn right into high school parking lot.
What's everyone else doing?

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NR, you actually tempted me into trying that race even though I'm not in any physical condition to do so. Then I mapped it out, saw a relatively decent climb across the finish and decided against it. Good luck!

I'll try to get out for a ride Saturday and then Sunday maybe do a trial run for Tour Dem Parks with the boy in the trailer around BWI.
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What's everyone else doing?
I've been watching all these races closely. I probably won't do my first race until June, and even then it will be just trying not to be last. I am doing a sprint triathlon on May 31st, so concentrating on that. Been sick and wiped out past few days, managed to ride 30 miles with Bob at Montebello yesterday at a moderate pace. Man, that guy has some tales, ran the NY Marathon a few times.

No riding on Saturday as I'll be preparing for our fundraiser. Though I may try to get up at the crack of dawn for a few miles, but my wife is working hard so I cannot leave her in the lurch.

Sunday is Mothers Day and that means breakfast in bed for Melissa, plus I'll most likely be hungover, cleaning up from the party and so will probably not ride until Monday, but hey that's when the weather turns. Swimming might be a good hangover workout.

As I posted before, all are welcome to the party.
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No riding on Saturday as I'll be preparing for our fundraiser. Though I may try to get up at the crack of dawn for a few miles, but my wife is working hard so I cannot leave her in the lurch.

Sunday is Mothers Day and that means breakfast in bed for Melissa, plus I'll most likely be hungover, cleaning up from the party and so will probably not ride until Monday, but hey that's when the weather turns. Swimming might be a good hangover workout.

As I posted before, all are welcome to the party.
I will be living up to my civic responsibilities by being there and making sure Harry gets a hangover on sunday.
Anyone else making an appearance?
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I'll ride saturday am, 530ish to 8ish, same old story wife has school. Might go out saturday night if I can find sitter, see Wolverine and go to Texas Roadhouse (been with wife for 10 years now). Sunday AM ride early. Sunday evening go hiking with the kids while the wife rides.

Next week I'm riding to-from work thurs and friday, too bad theres no bike to work get togethers at 6AM, hope I get a t-shirt I signed up.
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Josh, did you see the after bike to work day event I posted? I should be able to score some t-shirts after the B2W, I'll keep you all posted on that.

Harry, I'm not sure I'm going to go, I still sort of freak out on slippery roads and the thunder showers has me concerned.
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Josh, did you see the after bike to work day event I posted? I should be able to score some t-shirts after the B2W, I'll keep you all posted on that.

Harry, I'm not sure I'm going to go, I still sort of freak out on slippery roads and the thunder showers has me concerned.

I did see the bike after work event, cool idea. The wife would kill me if I went........or maybe I can let her know I got a flat tire multiple times and sneak in, mmmmm, gotta think this through.

Didn't ride this morning,the sleep bug bit me. I am going to load up the kids and the trailer and head to loch raven around 11ish, see how the baby does.
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