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    ZIP2001: I'd enjoy trying to keep up with you, your loops are about double anything I do on a regular basis! I work nights (12 hrs) on a 4-3-4 schedule which impacts the days/times I ride. On work nights I usually go out for about 60 to 90 minutes around 2:00pm, on nights off I'm far more flexible though I do try to keep my sleep schedule somewhat consistent ( I have forgotten what 9:00 am looks like) I believe I have seen you several times out by Powels (your ride is very distinct)

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    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

    Just picked up my cleats/pedals before work. Got home (it was dark ) but I went out for just a one mile ride to try them out. They are AWESOME.

    Tbh, I look FRESH!




    They match my bike perfectly! Oh, and I got KEO Classic pedals.








    Of course the fall. I had my first fall quickly. very quickly. Up my driveway (it's really really steep, so much that in the winter we park our cars at the top, at least the FWD ones.)

    I clipped one in tried to ride up with just one. Too high of a gear. Stopped. Fell over right and didn't clip out in time haha Don't have to worry about scratching my pedals now!

    After that it was sick though. I'm so pumped, I think I'll go for a ride early tomorrow morning. Work from 11-8pm YUCK!

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    Beacon and Bees

    (Clipped in) I rode the bent in for a quick meeting near City Hall via Beacon St. A very nice ride, better than Rt 16 to Watertown where I usually follow the river to PD White or Memorial paths. beacon westbound..jpg On Beacon ST, near Waban, Boston College and the Mary Baker Eddy house there are lots of beautiful homes and these stairs beacon Bishopsgat.jpg at Bishopsgate. On the way home I turned on Cedar St in Wellesley Hills and noticed an 1848 monument to the Waterworks6 cedar st welles.jpg with a very cedar st bees..jpgimpressive, busy hornet nest right behind it!
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    dmann just yell when your available and we'll meet up.

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    today was first rainy commute home with proper gear:
    * showerspass jacket
    * seido helmet cover
    * rain-x on the glasses

    big improvement over last time!
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    Cool.....you winter time Sterling loop is one of my favorite pretend TT's! Lets see what this coming Thursday 9/9 has to offer? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtalinm View Post
    today was first rainy commute home with proper gear:
    * showerspass jacket
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    * rain-x on the glasses

    big improvement over last time!
    I'm impressed. Good for you. Very,very good. Tell me about your commute, what general route or routes?
    Any weekend rides from Westwood?
    Rain always seems a mystery. I'm torturing over a weekend ride relative to rain like it is locust and today rode in very warm humidity that caught up at every stop light. The rain was actually pretty nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmann View Post
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    Huh?

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    Beeyoutiful day for a ride! Zipp and Dmann must be flying over those hills with "hills alive with music" Julie Andrews. The two mugs I'm riding with tomorrow look nor sound anything like Julie or the Von Trapps but here's hoping the weather is the same.

    Google bicycle map predicts 125 miles to Provincetown on what appears to be a pretty good route. It's strong bias for bike trails combined with my refined ability to go off course plus 15 minute breaks every 30 miles, we should make P town in time to wave a cheery, "Bon Voyage" to the 3:00 PM Fast Ferry.

    Plenty of time to stiffen up, eat and drink too much then make shrewd decisions on souveniers for the fans back home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmann View Post
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    what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mastershake16 View Post
    what?
    I'm wondering the same thing.

    Anyway, how are the clipless pedals treating you? Did you get out on a longer ride yet?

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    Now that was a fun ride today, wanted to get the legs lose for some longer rides Sunday and Monday. So I did 45 miles with the last 17 miles
    going straight into the nice headwind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZIPP2001 View Post
    So I did 45 miles with the last 17 miles going straight into the nice headwind.
    I s there any other kind of headwind? (I didn't ride. My sweetie and I went up Monadnock again; it was her idea. The wind up there was fierce.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherbornpeddler View Post
    I'm impressed. Good for you. Very,very good. Tell me about your commute, what general route or routes?
    Any weekend rides from Westwood?
    Rain always seems a mystery. I'm torturing over a weekend ride relative to rain like it is locust and today rode in very warm humidity that caught up at every stop light. The rain was actually pretty nice.
    here's the way to work when I'm in a hurry http://ridewithgps.com/routes/133610 and when optimizing for safety http://ridewithgps.com/routes/153194

    great weekend rides from Westwood include
    * Providence: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/40741868
    * Providence rail trail, once you're in Providence: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/157428
    * little compton RI: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/134450
    * Plymouth Rock: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/126297
    * the NH border would be about a century from where I live, but I met up with some friends so it was only a metric: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/133090

    and I am hoping to ride to Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg at the CT border soon (Webster, MA): http://ridewithgps.com/routes/169851
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    I got in a nice 88 mile loop today. I started in Winchendon and hit the following towns. Ashburnham, Westminster, Fitchburg, Lunenburg, Sherley, Ayer, Sherley, Lancaster, Clinton, Sterling, Leominster, Fitchburg, Westminster, Ashburnham, and back home to Winchendon. The real fun is most of the climbing starts when I hit rte. 12 out of Fitchburg with 20 miles left. I was surprised I didn't see that many riders out on the roads today. I hope the wind is a little less for Mondays ride, hope everyone has a great holiday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by godshammgod View Post
    I'm wondering the same thing.

    Anyway, how are the clipless pedals treating you? Did you get out on a longer ride yet?
    they are good. I did a 30 mile ride but I might need to adjust them. I could just be LOOKING for a problem but....

    Early on my right knee started having pain on the outside that felt like it extended down the side of my calf. Maybe a tendon or something. It went away later though...

    but then it happened to my left knee...same pain. Then that also went away and I was relatively pain free for the last 10 miles.


    I am noticing improvement. I can now absolutely gobble some of the hills, standing the whole way

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtalinm View Post
    great weekend rides from Westwood ....and I am hoping to ride to Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg at the CT border soon (Webster, MA): http://ridewithgps.com/routes/169851
    Matt,
    Great routes and impressive mapping. You may, when on route to Lake Chargog....Webster, swing through Connecticut. I stumbled on a state boundary marker (google "10 Gore Rd, Thompson, CT). Nice area and in Webster, I enjoyed sandwich and good conversation about the area with the proprietor of Apollo Pizza on Gore Rd.

    Yesterday was a modern day distance record for three of us riding from home base to Provincetown. Great roads (Summer St) through the Bridgewaters and taking the northern side of the Sagamore Bridge was the right call. We minimized time on Rt 28 once across the canal and hugged the rail trail until we took the Shore Rd through Truro. entering p town &#1.JPGWe did manage to get off Ruebels and GPS recommended route a few times and found ourselves very pleased to just miss the 4PM Fast Ferry because we then toured sweeping views and swooping P-town bike trails. The extra touring meant a total of 150 miles. The Fast Ferry was very smooth and our 9PM arrival justified a welcomed car ride home.
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    After looking at some diagrams, I think its my LCL....

    hope its not serious

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    sherbornpeddler, that sounds like a great ride! I've only ever done a century, so I'm probably not up for 150m yet but one of these days. if you have a gps/tcx transcript of the route I'd be quite interested b/c I'm not quite sure how to get to p-town after the rail trail ends in wellfleet.

    in other news, I had a couple of nice rides using a cool tool called RouteLoops (you guessed it, routeloops.com). You give it a starting point and a mileage goal and it does the rest (can then print a cuesheet or download GPX/TCX files). here's the transcript from my second ride of the day: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/47899794
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    Wow, you guys got some some rides in this weekend. Congrats! (I feel downright lazy.)

    I did get some miles in yesterday. We visited some friends who live in an apartment in one of the old Ashton Mill buildings in Cumberland, RI, and a 10 second walk to the Blackstone River Bikeway. He used to race (I know a lot of guys who used to race) but that was ages ago. Now he rides the Blackstone for training. So we went out and did the whole thing from Woonsocket to the "Stop and Shop bridge" in, uh, Lonsdale I think, both directions, plus some extra stuff. Ended up with 24.2 miles but most of it was at 18 to 20mph. Get two guy with bikes together and some level of testosterone takes over.

    On the other hand, it was still a busy weekend. Climbed Monadnock on Saturday, spend 5 hrs in a canoe on the Concord River today, about 9.5 miles. Great weekend. I'm sleepy...
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    our ladies out walking while we biked
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastershake16 View Post
    After looking at some diagrams, I think its my LCL....
    hope its not serious
    Sorry to hear you are hurtin'. It doesn't sound serious though. A knee ligament sprain is typically like a ankle sprain, something that will heal in time if not too serious. If you didn't tear it in a traumatic event like a crash then it might just be a minor tweak. It is curious that both knees hurt and both pains went away. That doesn't sound like a typical sprain. There are other possibilities too. More likely, it is an over-use injury of some sort, asking you knees to do something they aren't use to doing. When you finish riding, ice them to keep inflamation under control. Then consider the angle of the shoes on the pedals. I know little about that. Perhaps someone here can help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastershake16 View Post
    Early on my right knee started having pain on the outside that felt like it extended down the side of my calf. Maybe a tendon or something. It went away later though... but then it happened to my left knee...same pain.
    I can't recall, did you get a fitting at a bike shop? I know there are tons of people who feel comfortable tweaking their position on the bike, but for me, I prefer to have someone who does it for a living figure it all out for me. Perhaps that would help? Muscle pain is a good thing after a bike ride; joint pain, at any time, is not a good thing. You seem to be enjoying your adventures so much, I would hate to see it diminish due to injury (or overuse).

    Wow .. you fellows sure have been getting the miles in! Sounds like some gorgeous rides. We have had the week of breakage here: blown tube in the trailer, snapped cable, annoying bottom bracket squeak, busted spoke on the sweet 16's, etc., each one cutting the ride short. But I'm ready to hit the roads again tomorrow!
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    [QUOTE=mtalinm;11418576]if you have a gps/tcx transcript of the route I'd be quite interested b/c I'm not quite sure how to get to p-town after the rail trail ends in wellfleet.QUOTE]

    M,
    I have difficulty downloading my Garmin Vista HCx but will try Routeloops.
    The trick from the Wellfleet end of the trail is to decide how much fuel you have left. Once you do that you can take the Saltonstall route by turning right out of the trail parking lot and then a left uphill; up lots of hills that take you to beautiful views, beaches and did I mention...hills? Not so much fuel and take a left out to RT. 6. Either way you get on 6 eventually until you get past Wellfleet and into Truro. Wait for it, wait for it, okay now take the left on Shore Rd. Don't turn on the several roads going to Wellfleet Ctr. It's a nice center and worthy of a visit but no roads lead to P Town.

    Shore Rd. nicely rolls along the western shore to flats then into Ptown center. Alternatively, stay on 6 if you like praying to the I-hope-they're-not-texting gods, the hum of a deisel truck and the gentle breeze of a 65 mph rearview mirror passing a foot from your left elbow. Refresh, chill, watch then ride on through town to the trails, They are a combination of a nature walk, roller coaster and beach tour. Fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastershake16 View Post
    After looking at some diagrams, I think its my LCL....

    hope its not serious
    I'd bring the bike into the shop do get a fitting done with the new cleats. I know when I've had knee pain the cleat angle is usually off. A lot of times with my left leg I'll rotate my heel so much that I have my toe pointing in. My natural foot position is to have the toe pointing out. I leave my Looks with a fair amount of float so I can usually readjust during a ride.

    I think that's probably your issue. A good tip is to sit on the edge of a table and let your feet dangle. However your toes point is probably a good indicator of what your cleat angle should be.

    All that being said, it wouldn't hurt having the pros at the bike shop take a peek.

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