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    Boston rider looking for some winter miles

    I am a commuter/tourer/prospective randoneur between brighton and newton. I would love some company to put in some pretty slow rides durring these cold months as i am trying to build up some base miles/get mentally tougher/toughen my ass. I plan on going west, mostly into the burbs, but am down for whatever. I'd love to put down 20+ mile rides a few days a week. I finish work by 5ish on weekdays and 2 on saturday. off sunday. pace will be pretty sluggish depending on weather, bike choice and hills. I forsee a 13-16 mph pace being typical (including stoplights, pee breaks, etc.).
    shoot some responses here if you are interested. thanks and stay warm.
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    no takers? i have been riding alone to the west most saturdays, i have yet to see one cyclist. Many runners though. I guess the trainer is not that bad.
    Offer's still on the table. Let's ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ldesfor1@ithaca
    no takers? i have been riding alone to the west most saturdays, i have yet to see one cyclist. Many runners though. I guess the trainer is not that bad.
    Offer's still on the table. Let's ride!
    hey, sorry, didn't see this post originally. Thanks for reposting.

    I'm in a similar boat (prepping for my next randoneering season and a 2007 PBP bid) and wouldn't mind having some company for training rides. Unfortunately, work will probably have me out of town for the next two weeks, but I can ping you in March if you still need partners. I hope to get a century done around 3/10 or so, but will probably want to do a 40 or 50 miler on 3/3 or 3/4

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    It's still a bit cold for my taste, but once the temp is above 40 or so I'd be happy to put in some miles together. Typically only weekends will work for me, though I may start riding some evenings after the clocks change back.

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    hey guys, thanks for the relplies. I'm interested in a 40 - 50m ride that weekend and a century would be very helpful for the 200k 2 weeks later. I've been riding my touring bike/commuter with a front studded tire and am waiting to get my wheels for my new road bike. In 2 weeks i should have that bike built up and will be more enjoyable to ride with (as i wont be so slow and noisy). When you get back from business, just shoot me a PM and we can start riding on saturdays and evenings if it works for you guys and anyone else that is interested.
    40 degrees? ok, when it's warm enough for you, let me know if you want to ride as well. shouldnt be much longer.

    thanks again and I will look foward to some company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldesfor1@ithaca
    40 degrees? ok, when it's warm enough for you, let me know if you want to ride as well. shouldnt be much longer.
    Not much longer, let's hope! Winter is tough for me, because I have asthma and cold, dry air is one of my triggers. I still commute in the winter (50 miles/week), but I try not to push it. Hopefully by exercising in cold air in a controlled way over a long period of time, I can train my lungs to cope better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldesfor1@ithaca
    hey guys, thanks for the relplies. I'm interested in a 40 - 50m ride that weekend and a century would be very helpful for the 200k 2 weeks later. I've been riding my touring bike/commuter with a front studded tire and am waiting to get my wheels for my new road bike. In 2 weeks i should have that bike built up and will be more enjoyable to ride with (as i wont be so slow and noisy). When you get back from business, just shoot me a PM and we can start riding on saturdays and evenings if it works for you guys and anyone else that is interested.
    40 degrees? ok, when it's warm enough for you, let me know if you want to ride as well. shouldnt be much longer.

    thanks again and I will look foward to some company.

    -leo
    cool beans.

    The 40 mile loop that I had in mind would be out to Lexington and Carlisle (kind of your standard Western suburb loop that looks for hills), we can stretch it out to 50ish miles if we feel like it later on. The century would be out to a little beyond 495 and back. Both starting from Harvard Square.

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    yah, those routes look awesome, just PM me as soon as you are avaliable to ride and we will get going.

    I know what you mean about the cold, and i dont have asthma, but i have found that i have adapted to the cold air over the last 3 months. A fleece neck gaiter helps to keep my breathing air warm below 20 degrees. Hopefully you can join us on some rides.

    Any other Bostonians??
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    also for weeknights, i have an urban hillclimb that i've been trying to do. it is a 3 mile loop that has 300ft. of climbing mainly on summit st. up to outlook park which is right off beacon. 3 or more loops are a pretty nice workout. If you guys know of some other local climbs, please share. thanks again, leo
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    This is my hill climbing figure eight. Starts in Watertown (near the Deluxe Town Diner) and basically orbits and crosses the big "Beautiful Mount" that is the town of Belmont. 1000 ft. of climbing across 16 miles, with a 350 ft. ascent to the Arlington water tower via Park St. followed by another rather steep climb out of Belmont center.

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    looks awesome, i will try it out ASAP. thanks
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    heres my mini-loop from my front door. too many trafic lights though... http://veloroutes.org/bikemaps/?route=407
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    i'm riding tommorow. let me know if anyone is interested
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    That looks like a pretty unpleasant route to me. How about cutting out the beacon st/harvard st part, instead going (assuming counter-clockwise ride) summit->atherton->winchester->brainerd, then left on harvard with only one block to go before comm. ave. That will take out all the traffic lights along beacon and harvard, and obviate the need to cross the T tracks twice (again, assuming counter-clockwise).

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    I agree gredner, and i have adjusted the route accordingly, but still going in the same direction as the climb up summit coming from beacon is the real challenge (10-14 degrees for 1/2 mile). my new route is 312 ft of climbing in 2.7 miles. By the way, spokenword, this hill makes park st. (on your hillclimbing figure 8) seem very tame in comparison. My internal gear hub's granny gear is appropriate on park st. and on summit i'm wishing for a much lower gear.

    On a seperate note, i rode spokenword's hill figure 8 today almost twice once foward, once backwards and had a great time. On my touring/commuting bike here were my stats: 38 miles, 14mph average with about 5 minutes of non-pedaling (stoplights, map reading, banana peeling).
    Any more routes?
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    i plan on going out for 45-50 miles this weekend... sunday should be warmer, so sunday afternoonish... any interest from the bostonians? pace will be slugish to slow (14ish average)
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