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Old 08-20-13, 09:08 PM   #2926
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Old 08-21-13, 08:59 AM   #2927
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Sarah, did not see anyone on a folder, but have always wondered how they would do on the hills. What type of gearing are you running? You are correct, that is a beautiful route!
It's a Brompton with 6-speeds, and I think it's 33-99 gear inches over that range. (There's a lower-geared option that ranges 29-87 instead, but I'm pretty sure I went standard on it, since my normal commute has nothing steep and that's what I bought it for.) It's not light, but it climbs just fine, and it's perfectly comfortable to stand on. (The center of gravity/center of the wheels is so low that it's a little different when standing, because the bike rocks back and forth around a lower point.) Really, the only challenge is remembering that the IGH won't shift under load (it has a 2-speed derailleur and a 3-speed IGH) so that I needed to gear down before the hill started, or grind.

It was fun to find such a pretty section of road (the part of Concord Rd through the swamp, specifically) that I've ridden and driven on every side of but never on -- for some reason I just never realized it went through.
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Sunset ride on the Minuteman to Depot Park, Bedford, 20 miles. The low sun at the start of the ride was hot and glaring, brutal in its way, an unlooked-for return to Mid-Summer. The worst of it was experienced on the street in Arlington, the shady Minuteman providing some welcome relief soon enough. My energy level was low for much of the ride, but a need to quickly pass while being squeezed by an on-coming cyclist engendered a quick sprint, and it was easy enough to maintain that pace thereafter. There were an unusual number (meaning non-zero) of competent, athletic skaters out tonight, one of whom passed me at a good clip going up hill, another was making quite respectable speed while pecking at her smartphone. There was also the usual quota of Wobblies.

Night fell after I reached the turn-around point, the temperature cooled pleasantly, and the Night Chorus kicked in with a vengeance. This suited me fine, and it would have been a jolly ride, except for a series of mechanical gotchas on the new bike that I had to iteratively deal with, in the dark, natch. The worst of these suggested to me that I should give this bike a rest until my mechanic gets back from his vacation; the alternative would be to start naively fiddling with the rear derailleur, which I'm sure would be good for many happy hours of learning curve; might be fun, but is unlikely to be efficient. The ride proceeded pleasantly in between wrenching breaks, a fat yellow moon--blue, by some accounts--rising over Arlington.

The sunset itself had minimal glamour tonight, but here's a peep at it through the trees up Elm Brook, Bedford.


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Took the LHT for 14 miles on the Minuteman before breakfast, out to Bedford Street, Lexington, on a beautiful Summer morning. The occasional loud POP! signaled an acorn run over.


On the outbound leg, encountered apparent septuagenarian twin sisters in full road kit, tooling along stretched out on their aerobars. On the return, met an apparent octogenarian man, also in full road kit, climbing the hill at a good pace. Wonder if they've ever found each other?

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Rod, how do you know those folks were septuagenarian and octogenarian? Appearances can be deceiving, you know. To look at me you'd think I was only, maybe 25. Honest. Really.

I managed to run an errand over to Watertown today. Took this bad boy:



First ride after building those wheels, vintage Fiamme rims and high-flange Normandy hubs. I have to get some better tires for it.
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Rod, how do you know those folks were septuagenarian and octogenarian? Appearances can be deceiving, you know. To look at me you'd think I was only, maybe 25. Honest. Really.

I managed to run an errand over to Watertown today. Took this bad boy:



First ride after building those wheels, vintage Fiamme rims and high-flange Normandy hubs. I have to get some better tires for it.
True, they could have been 20-something meth addicts... Hence the hedge-word "apparent". My sexagenarian self has reached the age where "old" really means "older than me"...

That's a beautiful bike, Jim.

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Up to Lexington Center on Minuteman before breakfast on the LHT, 10 miles. The cold front had lately blown through, and the air was delightfully cool and dry. Got to witness a truly strong rider in Arlington Center, fun to watch. My brain is now tuned to old folks: a shirtless jogger in Lexington; in Arlington, two instances of middle-aged Chinese women walking and chatting with aged Chinese women, presumably their mothers, a commendable display of the virtue of filial piety. The Arlington DPW is trimming the trail margins today.


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Rode out to Bedford Street, Lexington, before dinner, rode back with the sunset in my mirror, 14 miles.


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MetroBoston, North Shore Division.

We rode the tandem today. Wanted to do the 62mi option of the NSCYC's Cape Ann From Ipswich ride. We didn't quite manage that. Problem was, we wanted to do to much other stuff too. First we got a late start from the house. Then we stopped at the Somerville Farmers' market and of course my sweetie/stoker had to buy more veggies. We also wanted to visit with an old friend who lives in Gloucester, since the route went right in front of her house. That stop was longer than we'd have liked because she had to dig up some milkweed stalks to give to my sweetie/stoker to plant in our yard. (Milkweed is the only food of Monarch butterflies.) Finally, the traffic in Gloucester was frenetic.

So we cut short the loop up to Rockport. Still, we managed 37.4 miles. Some of the coastal roads are narrow and hilly. Short but steep hills, fly down one side, grind up the next, and hope no car comes by. TopoNAm says the whole route had elevation gain of nearly 3800 ft. We did about 60% of the route. It was a lot of grinding.

Saw a lot of high-end real estate too.

A sample from today:

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Only had an hour to ride today. Tried something new, extending a recent ride out the Mystic Valley Parkway to South Border Road in Winchester with a return on Governor's Avenue, High Street, and River Street in Medford. This made for a 9-mile loop, with an interesting mix of parkway, suburban, and urban riding conditions, one long, steep (11%) climb, lots of rolling hills, 663' of climbing, and some new insights into Medford, a city I've lived next to for decades, but never much explored. This ride feels like a keeper, with a lot of variety packed into an hour, a less homogeneous alternative to my standard 10-mile Minuteman thing. It may also be the beginning of more rides that go East, rather than West.










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Some good variety in these parts.
Earlier in the week I did a 44 mile loop that included the Dover side of Pegan Hill and a view of Mt. Wachusett.
Later in the week I scouted out NYC cycling and found their version of Hubway intriguing. A tour group at Chelsea Pier admired the separate bike road. Some places pedestrians, bicyclists, cars/trucks and trains each had their own, separate spaces. The shared space on 9th Ave. was good to see but my comrades were still intimidated by the rest of city traffic.
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Only had an hour to ride today. Tried something new, extending a recent ride out the Mystic Valley Parkway to South Border Road in Winchester with a return on Governor's Avenue, High Street, and River Street in Medford.
I live pretty much in the center of your loop, so I know all of those. While I'm still experimenting with routes, I've been finding lots of nice roads northwards instead of blasting westward every time. The northbound part of this Medford-Lowell ride (until it hits very-busy downtown Lowell, but that was the point on the ride in question, since it was with a friend and we were stopping for lunch somewhere specific) is something I've been playing with -- and I'm really pretty happy with it. I'm going to make a version that heads east instead of west and comes back Andover-Reading-Wakefield (or goes up that way and comes back on this route), since I know there's pretty roads through there, too, and Highland road wrapping north-south up the west side of the Fells is a great way to connect over.

Yesterday, though, I went west -- went out to Mount Wachusett for the first time. Had to do the climb alternating climbing and walking, but it was beautiful out, the road is nice with a huge shoulder, and passers-by shouted encouragement. (Well, the one woman who told me I was "almost there" about halfway up the first little climb out of the parking lot, I'm not sure about, but I think she sincerely meant to be encouraging.) The route home was less hilly than the way I'd gone out, which I was thankful for -- it went through Harvard without any serious hills, which is a feat. (I wasn't the one who put together the route.) Got back to Lexington just as the sun was setting, stopped to eat ice cream and hang out enjoying the perfect weather, and then cruised downhill home.

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Sarah, congratulations on the Mt. Wachusett ride! It sounds great. And thanks for the very useful route info up to Lowell.

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Good stuff, Rod, SBP, AS. (I should look up the symbol for antimony. I'm sure you, AS, picked that name for a reason.)

I did a solo ride today. Home out to rt110 in S. Chelmsford and back without even thinking about riding the Minuteman! 56.5 miles on the Masi. Moving avg speed according to my GPS, 14.5mph. Not too shabby for a not quite 40 y.o. bike under a not quite 65 y.o. engine.

Of course I forgot to grab a camera so this cell phone pic will have to do.
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56 mle ride yesterday

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/364314420 pepperell groton westford


Lexington sudbury concord today

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Left the house at sunset, rode out the Minuteman to Bedford Street, Lexington, and back, 14 miles. After leaving the roads, cut back to taillight only for the first half hour, part of the dark-adapted majority. Switched on the headlights at dusk, joining the lanternfish. Rolled out to the turn-around point, where the Lexington Town Yard kept bright, silent vigil, waiting to be of use.


Rolled back through the darkness, punctuated by the lights of Lexington Center. The temperature dropped noticeably riding through Arlington's Great Meadows, and the Night Chorus was in good voice. This ride, a hinge between two busy weeks cluttered with tasks and obligations, gave me a feeling of peace.




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...Tried something new, extending a recent ride out the Mystic Valley Parkway to South Border Road in Winchester with a return on Governor's Avenue, High Street, and River Street in Medford. This made for a 9-mile loop, with an interesting mix of parkway, suburban, and urban riding conditions, one long, steep (11%) climb, lots of rolling hills, 663' of climbing, and some new insights into Medford, a city I've lived next to for decades, but never much explored. This ride feels like a keeper, with a lot of variety packed into an hour, a less homogeneous alternative to my standard 10-mile Minuteman thing. It may also be the beginning of more rides that go East, rather than West…
I live in Kenmore Square in a village east of Metrowest known as Boston (“City of immediate supervisors”) and I have ventured even farther East than Medford and reported my discoveries:

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Hello, Metrowestopolitans.

This weekend, I rode my bike to the mysterious and fabled Metroeast to a city that the natives call “Hull,” meaning “the frame of a large boat” (bigger than a canoe). The wonders that I saw, unbeholden by so many Metrowesterners!

Ocean views:


Beach Houses:


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I’m planning to go back and establish a trade route from West to East. We’ll send BMW’s, brie, and chardonnay in exchange for dune buggies, hot dogs, and cotton candy. There are fortunes to be made I tell you.
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I live in Kenmore Square in a village east of Metrowest known as Boston (“City of immediate supervisors”) and I have ventured even farther East than Medford and reported my discoveries:
Jim, that ride, along with SBP's visit to the Deer Island space station, helped convince me that riding East was a good idea, and wouldn't necessarily involve drowning.

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Speaking of Metro East, here are some pics from a recent ride around Cape Ann.



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Yesterday, though, I went west -- went out to Mount Wachusett for the first time.
Sarah, interested to know the route you took to get to Wachusett. Would rather ride out there than drive.
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10 miles on the Minuteman at sunset; no color in the sky, just a progressively darker gray until lights out.

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Sarah, interested to know the route you took to get to Wachusett. Would rather ride out there than drive.
There are a lot of really nice routes put together by various clubs/rides -- I saw arrowing for several, including Climb to the Clouds and some I couldn't identify from the arrows. But the route I took was this one:
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2334347

It's longer than it needs to be to get out there -- it's a RUSA 200K permanent, so it heads out and then meanders past the mountain for a while, but you could just turn right instead of left on Mountain Road when you get there and cut off all that wandering. Or take the route it comes back on both ways, which is much less hilly and more straightforward than the way it goes out.
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Rode the 14-mile circuit out to Bedford Street, Lexington, on the Minuteman after work. In Arlington Center, a cop ticketed a cyclist who was riding the wrong way on Mass. Ave., lining up to run the pedestrian walk light. I refrained from cheering, but it made me feel pretty cheery. Come to think of it, the cop looked pretty amused at the explanation he was getting from the gentleman receiving the ticket.

Spent the first third of the ride stopping every few hundred yards and messing with the seat height/angle/horizontal position; this was driven by a dialogue between my knees and my crotch, each of which were making compelling arguments. Eventually, found a sweet spot in which nothing hurt and I had lots of power & acceleration, put the wrench in my pocket, and had a nice ride. Dunno if the seat is as dialed-in as it was before I started this nonsense, but it's now better than it's been in weeks.


Conversational fragment overheard on the Minuteman:
He: "I knew the answer: Chevy Impala."
She: "Yecch! Who wants to know that?"

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But the route I took was this one:
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Thank you for posting that. It gives me a few new ideas for routes westward. Of course we all know that west is the only direction we can ride without getting wet.
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