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Old 03-28-14, 06:32 PM   #1
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Where did all the activity on this thread go?

I've been a big fan of the Northeast forum for several years, but, like others, I also dabble in the Commuting and Touring forums. Both seem to stay active all year round, but this one seems to have been dormant for a while.

Is this just because of the wicked winter we've had in the northeast, or did the party move somewhere else without anyone inviting me?
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Old 03-28-14, 07:29 PM   #2
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I think it was just this brutal winter. We certainly weren't out there riding, at least I wasn't, but I was still doing work on the bikes, and lights! But it sucked that I did all these upgrades, especially my dynamo light, and hardly rode it at all.
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Old 03-29-14, 06:20 PM   #3
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I've been lurking around here only because I've had very little to contribute.

I'm waiting to receive a Tubus Ergo front rack for my Surly Long Haul Trucker. I've been searching through old threads to decide whether to get Arkel or Ortlieb front panniers to go with it.

There's already have been plenty of debates going back-and-forth discussing the merits and liabilities of waterproof vs. non-waterproof panniers so that I found no reason to begin a new thread.

I happen to be leaning towards getting Arkels because I already have Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus rear panniers and am thinking that the flexibility of having both would be good.

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Old 03-30-14, 09:22 AM   #4
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I've been lurking around here only because I've had very little to contribute.
This is my excuse as well. Perhaps when this bad weather moves away and I start riding again will I have more to say.
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Old 03-30-14, 12:44 PM   #5
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I've been out maybe 6 times this month, all easy and short road rides, except for a mt. bike ride at BP on Friday. It's been chilly -high 30's to low 50's typically and every road ride has had a lot of wind. The BP ride had some muck and then drizzle. And that pretty much sums up March. It seems we are about 2 weeks late on mileage this year, but some years like that. Looking forward to shorts weather.
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I've been a big fan of the Northeast forum for several years, but, like others, I also dabble in the Commuting and Touring forums. Both seem to stay active all year round, but this one seems to have been dormant for a while.

Is this just because of the wicked winter we've had in the northeast, or did the party move somewhere else without anyone inviting me?
Check out the thread Metro Boston: Good ride today?, active since 3-08-09 with currently 3271 replies (see this one and the following), which is the de facto "subforum" for Metro Boston. I'd estimate about 3 to 5 well-written posts per week, including during the winter, with a lot of photos, and a congenial group of posters. The OP, sherbornpeddler IMO, writes just about the most elegant posts I have read on BF.

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…It's always interesting to note where various subscribers hang out. For me it's mostly here [Living Car Free], Commuting, Fifty-Plus, and the Northeast Regional Discussion Forums[Metro Boston…]; occasionally A&S, Winter, Touring, and General Cycling.
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Old 03-30-14, 03:37 PM   #7
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I thought, for sure, we'd get a break in the wet weather this weekend and have a mild, sunny gift waiting for us by Sunday. As I type this at 5:33pm, it's been thundering on and off here on Long Island, and my bikes are still in the basement, the tires soaking up the rainwater from the narrow streams running from the windows, across the floor.

I've become conscious that the two or three restoration projects I had slated for this winter never even got started. Nor did the usual winter overhaul I do on my main bike sometime in January/February. I guess I just really need to see some sun and feel some Spring.

Like the rest of you, I've got nothing useful to say, but that hasn't stopped me from posting here all winter anyway.
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There's already have been plenty of debates going back-and-forth discussing the merits and liabilities of waterproof vs. non-waterproof panniers so that I found no reason to begin a new thread.

I happen to be leaning towards getting Arkels because I already have Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus rear panniers and am thinking that the flexibility of having both would be good.
Do you mean the flexibility of having waterproof and non-waterproof? If so, what flexibility do you gain from having waterproof rears and non-waterproof fronts?
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Old 04-01-14, 02:21 PM   #9
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I'm in Rhode Island but do most of my posting on the 50+ along with the other old folks. Narragansett Bay usually moderates and warms winter weather enough here that the bike club schedules rides throughout the cold weather which is seldom that cold. During winter, my own riding slows somewhat but this year it has slowed a lot. First we'd get several inches of snow and then it would warm and melt followed by several more inches of snow followed by more melting and so on and so forth. I suppose in total we have had several feet of snow but at no time was there ever several feet of snow on the ground. Finally, today it warmed to about 50F and I got in a nice but short 20 miles on the bike. So for me anyway, there had not been that much to post about with the bike but I did get in several days of cross country skiing at state parks and a state forrest. Cross country skiing is much like climbing a 6% grade on a bike for hours at a time.
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