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Old 09-06-10, 07:17 PM   #551
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as mentioned, float is important, just miles and getting used to pedals and spinning. Pedal too slow and there is more pressure for the same work; faster spinning spreads the pressure over more pedal strokes. I adjust cleats to shoes by putting my bike on an indoor trainer, put the cleats on the shoes and clip in. Loosen the cleats from the shoe, climb on hte bike and put the shoes on and spin. Once things look and feel "normal." I either beg for help to tighten them up or carefully take my feet out of the shoes and climb off, and tighten the cleats.
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sorry to change topic, but I'd love to know a pretty, flat 30-40 mile or so ride within easy driving distance from Boston. All I've done so far is Minuteman and Charles. Any suggestions for a newbie?
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sorry to change topic, but I'd love to know a pretty, flat 30-40 mile or so ride within easy driving distance from Boston. All I've done so far is Minuteman and Charles. Any suggestions for a newbie?
As a North Shore native, my favorite ride is going from Marblehead, up Route 127 through Beverly to Gloucester. Probably a bit over 40 miles round trip. A few hills here and there (1/3 of a mile is the longest), but mostly flat and right along the water.

You can also find some nice 30 mile routes in the Needham/Dover/Sherborn/Medfield area too. Others here can probably give you more specific information.
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sorry to change topic, but I'd love to know a pretty, flat 30-40 mile or so ride within easy driving distance from Boston. All I've done so far is Minuteman and Charles. Any suggestions for a newbie?
You are in Lexington, right? Here is a stretch that I and a zillion other riders have done many times.

Take the Minuteman to its western end in Bedford. As you emerge from the trail the intersection you see will be South St running N/S, Loomis St going to the east, and Railroad Ave going to the west. (You'll see a bike shop across South St.) Take Railroad St (keeping the bike shop on your left). That will eventually curve around through schoolyards, cross one stop sign at a school crosswalk, then another stop sign where McMahon Rd heads to the right away from a school on your left. Turn right onto McMahon which will lead very quickly to Rt 62. Turn left on Rt62, a seemingly busy road but very bike-friendly.

In 2.2 miles turn left onto Old Bedford Rd. This will eventually merge with and become Lexington Rd/Rt2 which leads to Concord Center. Make note of the seemingly important roads coming in from the left (Virginia Rd, Lexington Rd/Rt2A, and Old Cambridge Turnpike very near Concord). You'll want to make sure you find Old Bedford Rd on your return trip; well, you could take Rt2A all the way to Lexington but it's not the best road surface and is busy).

If you want to go further a very popular loop of perhaps 10 miles is to go through Concord Center and around the green with the monuments then continue on to Carlisle. You do this by looping around the green and turning right onto Lowell Rd, following Lowell Rd to Carlisle Center where it will hit Rt225. (Concord St will change its name to Concord St when it crosses the Concord/Carlisle town line.) In Carlisle Center turn right (east) on Rt225, another bike-friendly road. In about 2 miles you can turn right onto River Rd which will go back to Concord Center (and change its name to Monument St). Then head home the way you came, Lexington St out of Concord Center, left onto Old Bedford Rd, right onto Rt62, right onto McMahon, through the school yards and back to the Minuteman.

For a slightly shorter return, instead of turning right on to River Rd you can continue east on Rt225 all the way back to Bedford Center, turn right on South St which goes back to the Minuteman.

There are two water fountains on the Minuteman, one in Lexington Center and one further west. There is water at the end of the Minuteman in Bedford, and also in Concord Center.

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and I'm an aficionado of Dover's Strawberry Hill, Pine St, Claybrook and Sherborn's Farm, Forest and Goulding roads. Rubels maps, map my ride and the recently mentioned google and routeloops are on line resources, Charles River Wheelmen http://www.crw.org/cgi-bin/calendar....thCalendar=yes, Bike Boston http://www.massbike.org/newsevents/ride-listings/ and pretty much every bike shop have nice routes. For railtrails the State DCR trails folks at the State have nice trails http://www.mass.gov/dcr/recreate/biking.htm
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Yesterday I went out for a ride with the wife for the first time in a couple of years. We used to ride more frequently, after she bought herself a new bike, and when we lived in Somerville, she'd ride to work. But then we moved to within walking distance of her office, and she's spending more time at the gym and yoga, so the bike has languished. In fact, on Sunday, I had to give it a good cleaning as the lube had gotten quite gunky! Since she hadn't been out in a while, we just went out the Minuteman path to Bedford, but since it was a holiday and a nice day, the MUP was mobbed with many slow-moving folk who hardly seemed to know which end of the bike was the front. I actually saw and adult on training wheels! Also: a guy on a very large unicycle, a large cargo bike, a tandem recumbent, a couple of trikes, and a guy trying to "pop a wheelie" and hold it for the last couple of miles of the trail. I've never seen so many people on the Bedford end of the trail. There was some sort of farmer's market going on and the old train car was open; you could go in. We managed to resist the lure of the sign that said "Fresh Fudge"!
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That sounds like a great day. Sometimes going slow and enjoying the positive vibes of people being outdoors is plain splendid. The way you describe your bike day is like a Renoir
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That sounds like a great day. Sometimes going slow and enjoying the positive vibes of people being outdoors is plain splendid. The way you describe your bike day is like a Renoir
So true. Sometimes I have to remind myself to just slow down and enjoy this beautiful state we're in. I did that today during my ride in Dover. On a part that I usually hammer on... I just kind of slowed down...looked around at the beautiful pond...breathed...it was so refreshing. I really should have taken a picture.
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D, cover your mouth, wash your hands and ride.

Speaking of riding, I'm coerced into the COVAC Century 12 Sept. http://www.amherstrotaryclub.org/covac/
Nice ride along the Connecticut River up to Vermont and NH then back. I've not explored "out west" of Metro West much.

Rain is forecasted so maybe I'll go single speed or bent; both have fenders. The recumbent has a windscreen thats nice in heavy rain but braking is significantly not nice due to 20" front wheel with brakes close to wet roads and the front wheel doesn't have much weight on it. It is comfy though.....
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Looks like a nice ride, SBP! Enjoy!

For those of you who like to pass through Concord, they are having their 375th birthday celebration this coming weekend (Sept 11 & 12). This may influence your decision to either avoid the CF that will certainly be going on, or draw you in to the festivities. Cyclists should be able to get in and around but I know traffic is stopped Sat am from 9-12.
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This may influence your decision to either avoid the CF that will certainly be going on, or draw you in to the festivities.
I'm shocked, shocked to find that carbon fiber is going on in Concord. Next thing you know, they'll be letting people choose their own house color!

Alas, I will likely do no riding this weekend. Will be gigging all weekend.
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I'm shocked by cool weather and darkness decending earlier. What the heck is going on?

Should we be talking about snow narrowed roads, cleaning salt and sand off the bike, lights and indoor trainers??

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What happened to the heat ? it sure went away quick. I ended up rolling out 50 miles today, with a chilly start.

SBP I hope you have a great ride tomorrow, a couple of guys from work are doing the COVAC also, I did it well over 10 years ago, and
didn't know about it until it was to late this year or I would have done it.
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It's an old New England tradition called "Autumn." Often people will say it's their favorite time of year, but I think that is mainly relief at having survived August.

I like this weather--it was a little chilly when I left, but it warmed up, and I didn't get overheated.

I was in your neck of the woods today--I went out 16 to Sherborn, then down 27 to 109. Or was trying to anyway. I turned onto the Old Hospital Rd. when I heard rifle fire coming from the woods. In West Roxbury, some little kids in the back of an SUV decided to say hello. Rode by the Newton Community Farm, once known as the Angino farm, a place I knew well as a kid--my dad was friends with Jerry Angino, and we used to visit there frequently. The Anginos are gone, but I'm glad to see it's still a farm.
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mmmmm New England Fall weather...

love it.

football.
crackling fires.
apple cider.
Halloween Festivities.
October brews. mmmmm

Autumn is the spice of the four seasons. It is the dim light that is comforting and soft, it is the brisk air filling my lungs, and the rustling of the fallen leaves. my favorite season.

I LOVE FALL!

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mmmmm New England Fall weather...

love it.

football.
crackling fires.
apple cider.
Halloween Festivities.
October brews. mmmmm

Autumn is the spice of the four seasons. It is the dim light that is comforting and soft, it is the brisk air filling my lungs, and the rustling of the fallen leaves. It is my favorite season.

I LOVE FALL!
Nicely said! I love autumn too, except that I hate Halloween. We played at an apple farm in Hampton Falls today, will be at the Lake St Garden Center in Salem, NH tomorrow. Maybe, just maybe, I'll get to do some riding when I get home tomorrow. Then we're off to Mt. Desert for two weeks. Probably take my bike with me, may try to ride up Mt. Cadillac.
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went to my first group ride today!!!!

Drove 30 minutes to Manchester

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forgot my skewer when I took my wheel off to put it in my car...
so I said sorry, and left.
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forgot my skewer when I took my wheel off to put it in my car...
Oops. Sorry to hear of your error. It must have been frustrating.

But why did you remove the skewer? They are meant to be loosened while remaining in the axle. The only time you should need to remove it is when you are servicing the bearings (if people even do that anymore).
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to try and fit it in my jetta. It will only fit if I take the front wheel off.
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to try and fit it in my jetta. It will only fit if I take the front wheel off.
Yes, but you shouldn't have to take the skewer off the wheel. You just flip the lever to release the locking tension then slip the wheel out of the dropouts. That's why they are called quick-release. Unless today's technology is so very different than it used to be. And if so then it has regressed.
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Some fork ends add safety bumps to keep the wheel one and the "cam" quick release needs to be loosened more than just flipping the lever. As Jim says, no need to completely unscrew the acorn nut or remove the skewer from the wheel.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/skewers.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfu96dIcPdA
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Broke out the arm warmers for the first time this weekend for a couple of early morning rides. Sad to see the days shorten. Most of my mid-week club rides have ended for the year b/c of it which leaves me doing more and more solo rides. Even so, I am loving riding in the cool temps for a change.

That reminds me that I need to buy a new head light for my morning commutes. Before I know it I'll be riding to work in the dark.
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