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    Nice day today so I rode down to Inverness on the Withlacoochee Trail. I brought my camera with me and wandered around a little taking pictures of the lake and whatever caught my eye. The ride home wasn't as much fun as I had a headwind for 15 miles, at least it wasn't blowing like last week! Total of 35.2 miles round trip.

    As for the NFL, both the Packers and the 'Fins won, so I'm a happy camper!
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    Quote Originally Posted by droobieinop View Post
    I really don't care, but live close enough to G'ville and Nease to be tired of it all by now.

    have fun on your fixie, I've not had much luck promoting them 'round here
    hehe! I really don't care either, but I have to bust Slo Spokes chops, cause my wife is a Marshall alumni, (bitter rivals of WVU).

    There's a pretty big contingent of fixed gear riders in the Tampa Bay area. I find it amusing, as I used to ride a track bike on the road as well as piddled around on the Encino velodrome, (Ca.) way back in the 70's, and now all the dreadlocked/tatooed young guns think it's something "new"! They're amazed when they see an old fat man sit up and take his hands off the bars in a track stand!

    Bound to be a shop around G'ville selling fixies. Maybe you should try and get them to promote a fixie "shop ride", or get a local club to include a fixie ride. That'd help it grow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onegun View Post
    hehe! I really don't care either, but I have to bust Slo Spokes chops, cause my wife is a Marshall alumni, (bitter rivals of WVU).
    I don't often due this but since you and your wife like to ride I am going to give her a pass on being a MOOOUUUU Thundering Herd alumni.

    Is she from WV?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onegun View Post
    Just a fast ..... well ... OK ... a "no breaks" 20 on the road bike today.

    Hey Avanti73! You listening? Gonna do the fixie ride tomorrow night out of Hands On Bicycles here in Clearwater.

    Hey Slo Spokes! Since when does a two point game with a rookie QB in his 2nd NFL start constitute a "pounding"!!??

    Oh, and uh, how about that Tim Tebow??!! GO GATORS!
    Well I guess you were spot on about the pounding. When the "D" and I left Jax 5th ave, Miami was up by 2 touchdowns so I guess I took a little to much for granted (didn't see the end of the game). Can I get a little salt and pepper with that crow.
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    Back to normal today, 22.3 miles on the trail. Seeing lots of tortoises along the trail now, must be getting ready for winter.
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    Dade City, Zephyrhills.... there are a few hills there.... I know towns like Mt Dora and the terrain you are looking for... but, you need to go 1,000 north for real hills! PA

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjc9640 View Post
    I don't often due this but since you and your wife like to ride I am going to give her a pass on being a MOOOUUUU Thundering Herd alumni.

    Is she from WV?
    No, but cross the bridge in Huntington and you're in her hometown, Proctorville, Ohio. (No proctologist jokes, please, everyone ... she's heard them all!) We do have to admit that she has relatives that are WVU, though. Hmmmph. There's no accounting for taste!

    Showed up and rode 20.3 miles last night with the fixie crowd out of Hands On Bicycles here in Clearwater. My quads were screaming by the time we got back. Not at all used to riding the fixed gear anymore!

    And what a culture shock. I talked another old roadie friend of mine into showing up, (he'd just gotten a fixie from Bikes Direct), and what a difference from our usual fare of casual, polite, organized road rides! These guys were unruly, helmet-less, barely legal light-wise, all over the road when it was clear, utilizing the sidewalk if necessary to maintain forward progress, cyclo-crossing thru the grass, shouting up the occasional impatient motorist, etc, etc. One stretch of the ride was across the East/West trail, which is NOT a rail trail. It is full of twists and turns, 20 foot high rollers, smaller whoop-de-doos, single-file style narrow bridges and a couple of 10 percent climbs thrown in just to see if you're REALLY into riding that fixed gear!

    It was absolutely pitch black in large sections interspersed with the blinding outfield lights of three different ball fields we pass behind, and I was the only one running lights with which you could actually see the road. But naturally, the young guns simply couldn't stay behind this 57 year old, so off they went! Everyone made it out the other end, but to be honest, I was amazed! (Oh, and yes, this trail is "officially" closed at night.)

    Basically, these guys reminded me of myself back in the early 70s. Back then there was no "political correctness" involved in cycling. No one wore helmets, (there were no hard shell helmets to begin with ... just leather strap "hair net" helmets), we took every advantage and short cut, rode anything less than a century ride in cut-offs and t-shirts, and cycling was a true expression of individuality. For me, this ride was a true "blast from the past", and I had a ball! My other roadie friend was somewhat more conservative in his evaluation of the night's event! (He never rode in the 60s or 70s!)
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    Monday 11/16/09 No ride... the wifes birthday
    Tuesday 11/17/09
    Yes, 31+ miles, great day for a ride today expert my riding partner has gone home to St Pete. She will be back for Thanksgiving so we will ride together again then. Weather was just picture perfect today. Mid 70s when I got back home.

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    I rode 22.7 miles today on the Puch. Wind was from the side, so it felt like a headwind both directions. It was nice though, saw quite a few Gopher Tortoises again. They seem to be real active lately.
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    Oops, forgot to post on Saturday... Friday night drove down to Largo to crash at the inlaws'. Saturday morning headed into the blinding sunrise and fog to Bartow for the local Rotary club's "Ride of Your Life". For a first ride it was pretty well done. They could have used a bit more signage on a couple of the turns and one of the sag stops wasn't marked well enough - organizers took notes and said they'd fix that next year. I rode the metric century, and was woefully unprepared for the work involved. The forecast had said just mild breezes, not 20MPH winds!?!?! I fell in with a small group of docs from Tampa who let me join up with them. Without our little paceline I'd have died halfway in. We made it around the 62 miles in about 5 hours, counting the rest stops. There was a nice spread of pasta and salads waiting for the finishers, as well as a pretty cool car show going on downtown. I'll definitely be back next year for this one, hopefully in better shape!
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    Wednesday 11/18/09
    Yes, 35+ miles, great day for a ride today . Weather was just picture perfect today. Mid 70s to 80s when I got back home.

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    2 Gopher tortoise's today

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    Did the usual, although I stopped at a friends place just off the trail for a visit on the way home. Spent way too much time gabbing! Rode the Puch again, 22.8 miles total. Nice day, quite a few tortoises on the side of the trail keeping the grass cut.
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    Hmmm I didn't ride today.... but thought I would see who did ... You know check out the forums..... Only to see the new look of the forums..... ....... HATE IT !!!!!!! I hate thew new look.........

    PS....... I hate the new look......

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzOtherlandzz View Post
    Hmmm I didn't ride today.... but thought I would see who did ... You know check out the forums..... Only to see the new look of the forums..... ....... HATE IT !!!!!!! I hate thew new look.........

    PS....... I hate the new look......
    Well it sure is different... I will give myself a chance to get use to it before I pass judgment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zzOtherlandzz View Post
    ....... HATE IT !!!!!!! I hate thew new look.........

    PS....... I hate the new look......
    Awww, c'mon, zz! Get off the fence and tell us how you really feel!

    It would probably be more useful to the admin if you could be somewhat specific about your gripes, and post them in the new forum they said they set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onegun View Post
    hehe! I really don't care either, but I have to bust Slo Spokes chops, cause my wife is a Marshall alumni, (bitter rivals of WVU).

    There's a pretty big contingent of fixed gear riders in the Tampa Bay area. I find it amusing, as I used to ride a track bike on the road as well as piddled around on the Encino velodrome, (Ca.) way back in the 70's, and now all the dreadlocked/tatooed young guns think it's something "new"! They're amazed when they see an old fat man sit up and take his hands off the bars in a track stand!

    Bound to be a shop around G'ville selling fixies. Maybe you should try and get them to promote a fixie "shop ride", or get a local club to include a fixie ride. That'd help it grow.
    Sorry for the delayed response and full quote, I changed email on BF and couldn't post.

    Anyway... I live in Orange Park which is a bedroom community of Jacksonville. There is a small reckless hipster group in Jax, but only a few of us "mature" riders out here (I'm 40 btw). I keep trying to spread the word, but the "hipster connection" to track bikes and lack of a drome makes it difficult. That, however is a discussion for a different thread.

    Speaking of fixie and riding, I've not riden my fixie in a bit, but I saw one of our lbs regulars commuting on his pista to NAS JAX during our early weds am ride. Ride was 45'ish miles through some really dense fog. I had some rough times on the way back and took a short cut, I'm starting to feel the effects of my HH effort and desided not to ride this morning and might go out later on my fixie conversion.
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    What happened to my subscrided threads and stuff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onegun View Post
    Awww, c'mon, zz! Get off the fence and tell us how you really feel!

    It would probably be more useful to the admin if you could be somewhat specific about your gripes, and post them in the new forum they said they set up.
    LOL..... Actually made that post last night in the AM. Now when I logged on this morning I see the following ....

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    That message wasn't there last night when I logged on... LOL Doesn't really matter i guess.... Just get used to seeing something one way for so long.

    Anyway the only real gripe I have (and maybe I missed it) is that I have to make 2 clicks to get to the last post in the thread now instead of 1. For instance there used to be a little "last" button next to the "did you ride today thread". Now I don't see it, I have to click on the thread first and then click the last button.....

    All is good.... Going to try and get a ride in before dark...... TRY I WILL..... Do I might.... LOL

    LOL ---------> We are aware of the issue with the "Last Post" button. The issue will be resolved in a couple hours.
    We are currently rebuilding thread information. ............
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    there's a little button to the left of the thread tittle

    and I discovered the subscriptions in the settings page
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    Quote Originally Posted by zzOtherlandzz View Post
    Anyway the only real gripe I have (and maybe I missed it) is that I have to make 2 clicks to get to the last post in the thread now instead of 1. For instance there used to be a little "last" button next to the "did you ride today thread". Now I don't see it, I have to click on the thread first and then click the last button.....
    Ahhh. I don't do either. I have my settings done so that I always see the last post in a thread first. Seems easier to click to go back to a thread's beginning the few times I need to do that, rather than to click to go to the latest comment everytime.

    My settings, (that particular one as well as my subscribed threads), seems to have held in the transfer, and I guess that's a good thing right now cause clicking on "Settings" button just times out for me right now. Everybody's playing, I guess.
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    I love the new format.

    I rode today, but I'm only doing half days until my knee gets better.

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    Thursday 11/19/09
    Yes, 30+ miles, great day for a ride today. Weather was just picture perfect today. Mid 70s when I got back home.

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    Last edited by kjc9640; 11-19-09 at 03:41 PM. Reason: correced todays mileage
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    Nice day again, although the 10 miles of headwind (even a light one) on the way home is getting old! Did the usual 22.3 miles today, saw more tortoises, a couple were standing in the middle of the trail!
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    Took a break yesterday, thursday, first break in like 3 weeks and after the HH. My knees were a little sore and I'd already done about 100 mile between mon-weds. Getting ready for the am ride and then the fixie commute this pm with lights for the ride home. My bright Cygo Lite should be nicely charged now, no excuse for anyone not seeing me on the way home tonight.
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    Hammered out 40 miles solo on my road bike with perfect weather. Warm enough for shorts and short sleeves, but cool enough to keep the water cool.
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