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    Both sides of the divide have much to appreciate....

    Both sides of the divide have much to appreciate. Funny, but in 28 years of living here, this was my first time to visit the Monument, on a bike or otherwise. I'm definitely going back-I hope on a...
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    This is where I worked today

    452284Okay, so not really.

    This is where I went after I worked today, on the recommendation of a friend. It was a worthy (read ***** of a) climb to the top of the Colorado Monument outside of...
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    Huh? I'm a guy who has to ask one of my kids for...

    Huh? I'm a guy who has to ask one of my kids for help programing the coffee maker, but I've been running Di2 for a year and a half now. Once every couple of months, when I'm charging my lights, I...
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    Nicely, nicely done. Life doesn't get much better...

    Nicely, nicely done. Life doesn't get much better than a ride with one of our kids.

    For Mom's day, my 22 year old treated his Mom and me to a ride up Hylight Canyon outside Bozeman, MT, where we...
  5. Thread: joyful and slow

    by tigat
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    As the teller of many stories that don't go...

    As the teller of many stories that don't go anywhere, I really appreciated this one, although I think it went many wonderful places. Just reading it made me too relax. Thank you!
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    OC: Your initial reply was about as far from...

    OC: Your initial reply was about as far from causing offense as the east is from the west. Thanks for the kind words and good wishes.
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    Thanks, guys. I get what you're saying on the...

    Thanks, guys. I get what you're saying on the preparedness front. I think I'm still a bit scarred by being kicked out of Boy Scouts at a young age (smoking related offense).
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    Some Rides Just Aren't Meant To Be

    I left this morning for work during a break in the storms that have been roiling the area. The roads were wet but not slick, and only a slight drizzle was falling, more like a mist than real rain. My...
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    JM: since you're a newbie and not yet afforded PM...

    JM: since you're a newbie and not yet afforded PM privileges, I'll reply publicly. The engineers at SRAM built me a splitter for my hydraulic rim brakes that they say will work as well for their...
  10. Thread: Why I Love This

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    Why I Love This

    Commuting home from work today, in the detour that passes through the industrial district, I went by a single rider in racing kit, and then caught and passed a young guy on a fixed gear and an older...
  11. Thread: 168miles

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    All great advice here from many wise elders who...

    All great advice here from many wise elders who have been there and done that. What we may be underestimating though, at least a bit, is the power of a 21 year old ego and the heart, legs and lungs...
  12. Thread: Late bloomers

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    From spring 1984, when our first son was born, to...

    From spring 1984, when our first son was born, to the fall of 2010, a few years after our youngest learned to ride a two wheeler and got booted off the trail a bike, 300 miles on a bike was a good...
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    I can think of few greater joys in life than...

    I can think of few greater joys in life than getting to ride with my kids and grandkids (someday for me). As for keeping up, I am equally looking forward to the day that happens only with their help.
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    As a one-handed rider, I can't generate any power...

    As a one-handed rider, I can't generate any power standing, so I'm a sit down guy on climbs. A few things have helped me.

    On shorter climbs, I tend to start slow in a lower gear, high cadence,...
  16. I'm truly sorry that the comment on scientists...

    I'm truly sorry that the comment on scientists came across as snarky. It was not intended as that. I totally agree that studies that help people understand practices that might extend their days are...
  17. Tomorrow, I might get hit by a car (again). A...

    Tomorrow, I might get hit by a car (again). A genetic defect in my heart, thus far undetected, may put me in the grave, right in the middle of a really challenging climb.

    Those are things I can't...
  18. Great question. On the short downtown...

    <br><br>Great question. On the short downtown segment of my commute, I have been avoiding the streets with the marked bike lanes for that very reason. In this case, my riding partner picked the bike...
  19. Sobering thoughts, blt, but for good reason....

    Sobering thoughts, blt, but for good reason. Thank you.

    On today's commute home with a friend, in a bike lane headed west on a one way street, a very safe bike lane with cones separating it from...
  20. Yet another reason many of us want to be you Vic...

    Yet another reason many of us want to be you Vic (fifty plussers--see the recent I'll Fly Away thread if you don't get the reference). Your grown up behavior casts a good light on the biking...
  21. Thread: Autism on a Bike

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    Very cool! You have done a great thing for your...

    Very cool! You have done a great thing for your son.

    In Colorado where I live we have a very active Special Olympics cycling-racing program. My daughter, who has Down syndrome, has been racing for...
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    I'm pretty sure you're right on this, Bill. I...

    I'm pretty sure you're right on this, Bill. I changed out the battery on the actual computer in January. At the time, the manual said to change both, since they drain at about the same rate. The...
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    Lost my speedometer yesterday

    About 2 miles into my ride yesterday, my speedometer-odometer started acting flaky, on sometimes, off others, and by about 10 miles it was showing 0 except for an occasional blip. My guess is it's...
  24. Thread: broke a wrist

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    Moth: sorry to hear about your injury. I broke my...

    Moth: sorry to hear about your injury. I broke my hip-femur in a crash in 2013, and know that rehab at our age ain't easy.

    As Bill mentioned, I ride one handed, because that's what I have. I've...
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    Pictures, so it must have happened

    Those of you who have asked for pictures, these just arrived. None of the butterfly, unfortunately, but note my little show off standing up on the pedals with her hands in the drops.

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