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    Sticky: First commute of the year, that I can recall....

    First commute of the year, that I can recall. About 22 miles total because I took the long way home to take advantage of the 75-degree weather. Windy, but fun!
  2. Don't let me dissuade you from modifying your...

    Don't let me dissuade you from modifying your bike, but just as a side note on Skyline Drive. It's definitely hilly, but none of it is extremely steep. There are maybe a couple of 8% grades for short...
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    Sticky: 60 miles, 5K of climbing. Legs held up, but the...

    60 miles, 5K of climbing. Legs held up, but the butt was sufferin'

    I stopped more for pics than I usually do, so here are a couple for you:

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is up among those hills in the...
  4. For some of these rides such as MoM and Civil War...

    For some of these rides such as MoM and Civil War Century there are rider limits, and they sell opretty fast. So if you're interested, keep an eye on the registration opening dates.

    Two rides I...
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    Sticky: Warm, but WINDAAYYY ride on the bike path, 25...

    Warm, but WINDAAYYY ride on the bike path, 25 miles. Trying out a new saddle.
  6. This is a great ride. I'm sure you'll enjoy it......

    This is a great ride. I'm sure you'll enjoy it... if you LIVE :)

    I've done it four times. On the third time I ended up having to walk about half a mile up to the finish. I signed up for it again...
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    Sticky: Two miles and change. I had a bad chest cold and...

    Two miles and change. I had a bad chest cold and sore throat over the weekend, so I went out to see if I could ride through it. Decided I couldn't. Missed out on a beautiful warm spring day...
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    Copying currency is a federal crime...
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    It's a lot heavier than my road bike, so that's a...

    It's a lot heavier than my road bike, so that's a drawback on the hills. I use a 34/28 as my lowest gear on the road bike, and the 34/32 on the Diverge. I find the need to bail out to the lowest gear...
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    Sticky: 31 warm-enough miles on the bike path again, this...

    31 warm-enough miles on the bike path again, this time down to visit Abe and Thomas along the Potomac.

    Glad to hit actual ROADS again this weekend, at least on Sunday if the weather holds out.
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    Sticky: 33 miles, back on the bike path.

    33 miles, back on the bike path.
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    Sticky: 46 more miles on the gravel bike in the bright...

    46 more miles on the gravel bike in the bright sunshine. Ended up with a pretty good sunburn on my nose and cheeks.

    I seriously overextended myself on this ride, which seems crazy to me for such a...
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    Sticky: 25 miles on the gravel bike. Only rode about .2...

    25 miles on the gravel bike. Only rode about .2 of a mile on actual gravel, but the bike still came back covered in road filth, salt, sand, slush etc. Really glad I have this new bike as an...
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    Got the new Diverge a couple of weeks ago, but...

    Got the new Diverge a couple of weeks ago, but have only been able to do four or five rides so far. But I have gotten it nice and dirty at least once, so it's seen a little bit of action:
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    Sticky: Did my first ride in over two weeks on Friday....

    Did my first ride in over two weeks on Friday. Out and back on a nice little hill climb, about 2K of climbing over 25 miles or so. Legs really feeling the layoff.

    Cold, but sunny. We had about 18"...
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    There are some great rides anywhere between...

    There are some great rides anywhere between Gettysburg and Frederick, MD. The Catoctin Mts are wonderful. You can ride past Camp David above THurmont as long as the Prez is not there for the weekend,...
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    Sticky: One week with no riding. Got on the trainer for...

    One week with no riding. Got on the trainer for about 5 minutes, and then got a phone call.

    Never even got back on the trainer...
  18. I don't think the riding can be beat around the...

    I don't think the riding can be beat around the Lexington area. Beautiful countryside in the Shenandoah Valley, and right in the shadow of both the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains. Home to VMI and...
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    I'm not an expert, but I've done some organized...

    I'm not an expert, but I've done some organized rides around there. Mostly quite flat, not awfully scenic. Good bike club (RABA.org) probably has some suggested routes. I prefer the riding in the...
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    When this happens to me I just stop the route and...

    When this happens to me I just stop the route and re-start it. It finds where I am mid-route and just picks up from there. No rerouting or anything like that.
  21. Clovis at Freshbikes gets good reviews. I had him...

    Clovis at Freshbikes gets good reviews. I had him do my initial purchase setup, which took about an hour. A full setup would be more involved. He can do the work at the Merrifield shop.
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    Stock tires for now. I think I'll need something...

    Stock tires for now. I think I'll need something knobbier on rougher roads. I lost traction a little bit while standing on some of the steeper sections.
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    Sticky: I've been remiss :( Pics of the new bike next...

    I've been remiss :( Pics of the new bike next weekend hopefully. I need to get back to a place where I have a white garage door.

    Saturday I did 58 miles on the road bike, about 4500 ft. of...
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    Here's my 2nd ride, from today. ...

    Here's my 2nd ride, from today.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/252270255

    Ride was at least 80% on gravel, but about 12 miles of it was on the C&O canal, so that was dead flat. The rest had...
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    Sticky: My Specialized Diverge came in (a dedicated...

    My Specialized Diverge came in (a dedicated gravel bike, also suitable for long-distance road riding.)

    Did a little 25 miles shakedown cruise, about 80% road, 20% gravel, with about 2800ft of...
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