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PART B
3:40 pm left office 90 degrees
5:40 pm home 90 degrees used less than 2 bottles of water

21.6 miles
27.2 mph max
12.9 avrg
1:40 saddle time
2 hrs door-to-door

the ride was active with lots going on. not like early this morning. the drivers seemed fine. no one intentionally buzzed me but there were some spots more crowded than others. for the record, when I have little sleep the night before this round trip commute, it really kicks my a*s. passed out after dinner & woke up at 1:30 am to brush my teeth. a few highlights. in hindsight, I shudda stopped at those yellow lights that turned red before I could get thru them


the Andover Rd hill in Billerica was not kind, as usual. but I put it behind me & worked the route. vignette:


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Went to follow the end of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail where pavement turns to dirt & the old RR tracks keep going. Started at the Concord Middle School Sanborn campus approx 835 Old Marlboro Rd, Concord. parked by the front athletic fields but biked behind the school & down the gravel rd behind the dumpsters & across the soccer field to find a tiny foot path to the paved bike trail. riding South the trail went from new pavement to good wide dirt, but then changed to a path next to the tracks. some downed trees forced the path to the other side of the tracks. then at a washout one has to travel between the rails. someof the exposed rail ties were quite rough. eventually I crossed Rte 117 in Sudbury & lost sight of the tracks. continued into the Davis Farm Conservation Land. lots of double & single track exploring before turning back North & thru the White Pond Reservation trails. then back onto the BFRT to find that foot trail to the soccer field & parking lot

12:50 pm 89 degrees, started exploring around the P e a b o d y campus & rode around the property .67 miles (before discovering that was a mistake)
1:09 pm started again from the Sanborm campus & found the paved part of the trail East of the soccer field
It was .7 miles to the Powder Mill Rd overpass & the end of the paved trail
1:56 pm turned around at a wicked veggie fork (2.47 miles from the middle school)
3:06 pm 91 degrees, back at car behind Sanborn
5.9 miles
18 mph max
5.7 avrg
1:02 saddle time
2 hours away from car

riding over 100+? yr old RR ties






White Pond


Davis Farm






turned back at this fork

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some of the going was quite rough & after a cpl hrs in 90+ degree heat, despite the shade, I think I got a touch of heat exhaustion. there were plenty of obstacles to lift the bike over



home computer likes to drop the audio. just gotta imagine the sounds of grunting & vegetation hitting my helmet


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trouble sleeping? watch this boring vid. also don't know what happened to the audio in the first clip. did not want to hear any of it. oh well, funny


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Friday 7-19-19 (3rd round trip work commute)

PART A
5:44 am left home 65 degrees (high humidity)
6:39 am pit stop 12 miles (approx.. 1/2 way)
7:27 am at work (approx 70 degrees)
21.66 miles
33.2 mph max (no traffic on that Andover Rd hill, so I tucked a little …)
13.6 avrg
1:35 saddle time
1:42 door-to-door

considerably more traffic now than the other 2 rides in on 6/14 & 6/28. I should remember also that commuter traffic is very light the week of July 4th & the week after. Now, it seems the first batch of vacationers are back, & back on the road early


wash-up & change went according to plan, except I forgot to bring a towel into the bathroom & had to use paper towels before I could get to my office again where my towels are stashed

it was a pleasant & cool morning ride. This afternoon promises to be a lot hotter but less humid. I’ll be fine

1 small glitch, last night I noticed that broken spoke from –mid June & which caused some brief but fast tire rub, created a flat spot on the sidewall, even to the point of exposing some inner cords/threads! Put a layer of super glue, flex on it & it didn’t get any worse. New tire has been ordered



after a few rides with the "compact" take-a-look mirror I went back to the original to see if I noticed a difference. I think I like the original more, but I still like having 2 mirrors, that one, plus one on my left drop bar. (I unsuccessfully tried to put the larger classic mirror on the new compact arm but they wouldn't slide off)





Wifey had a good idea, bring a PB&J sandwich for when I arrive as a 2nd breakfast / recovery meal & I was glad I remembered I had a hard sandwich case to carry it in! EDIT: tummy has not been happy with this choice. think of something else? maybe it was the old milk in my coffee?



another snoozer ... Zzz ...


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PART B
for sunny rides home
- sunglasses (bought a pair cuz I forgot to leave a pair at work) moved my mirror from the clear glasses to the dark shades
- mount a quick release mount to my summer helmet which has more vents & a visor
- small tube of sunscreen for cheeks, forearms & knees

got 'er done. it wasn't pretty. it was hot. so glad that big him is close to work. stopped at the gas station in Bedford about 1/2 way for cold water & sunscreen. shortly after, I offered assistance to a young man walking his bike. unfortunately he had presta valves & my stuff only works with shrader. so he kept walking

3:06 pm headed home 89 degrees
3:56 pm 9.67 miles 91 degrees, pit stop for water, sunscreen & air conditioning
stopped to help a guy but I couldn't. he was a native MA kid, 27 yr old named Chris, moving to Montana. he was taking his last bike ride before moving, to Walden Pond, but wound up doing a long walk of shame
5:16 pm home 90 degrees
21.61 miles
28 max
12.2 avrg
1 hr 46 min saddle time
2 hrs 10 min door to door (thanks to the two long stops)

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got a "comp" day off from work, this Friday. replaced the worn tire & took off late in the day for a test ride. wasn’t 100% sure where to go until I took a shower & got refreshed & inspired. headed East toward Concord

Bedford Depot restrooms are air conditioned!

developed a hot spot? area of soreness on top of my left foot. weird. tried relacing a cpl times & added some padding but by time I got home & even the next morning was disappointed to see a persistent red spot & continued soreness

3 pm 89 degrees (but not horribly muggy)
3:40 pm 7.7 miles reached start of Reformatory Branch dirt trail in Concord
4:11 pm 13 miles reached Bedford Depot (this includes another ¾ miles for back tracking to get my sunglasses that fell off my bars)
5:04 pm at Arlington Kickstand Café for restroom, air conditioning, choco milk, apple juice & a cpl patries (worked on the foot)
21.89 miles
26.5 max
12.6 avrg
1:44 saddle time
2 hrs door to door including all stops, breaks & mishaps
5:42 pm headed back 84 lovely degrees
6:28 pm reached Bedford 30.6 miles
6:40 pm left Bedford (13 miles before home) worked on the foot some more
7:50 pm home again
42.6 miles
27.2 max (didn’t want to smoke my legs but couldn’t resist a little sprint down that slight grade on the Western end of the MM)
12.1 avrg
3:31 saddle time
5 hrs away from home (nice road test for the new tire)







mounted up a quick release cam mount on my "summer" helmet for my next ride

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since we're taking off for a few days together next weekend & since I had our LBS tune Daughter's bike I thought it would be good to do a short test ride. also cuz it's been a cpl years she's ridden it. wound up raising the saddle an inch. everything went as planned & no ill side effects or discomfort for her. wound up only being 6 miles but it was a nice time together. looks like we'll be bringing the bikes for our short family get away



dusted off the old Alpha 7.0 & mounted up the old rack & a cpl frame bags & tweaked the saddle angle. this will be fun to use casually. also was a test ride with the big 40mm WTB Nanos that came w my used mountain bike. they seem to work fine on the FX







felt funny riding w regular pedals, but they were fine for a short casual ride



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replaced the rear 25mm Michelin Pro4 Endurance with a 25mm Michelin Power Endurance. at time of removal the Pro4 measured 27mm at 100 psi & at time of installation the Power model measured a true 25mm at 100 psi. on my ride I didn't notice anything about the tires front/rear being different models & widths
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the month of August has been a whirlwind with family & friends & I did get some biking in. took lots of pics & video. the mileages may not be impressive but time with family is more important. had another shop take another look at daughters rear derailer & chain. replaced her chain, straightened the derailer a bit & fine tuned it. love watching a master at work. she'll be off for a temp work assignment so it's doubtful if she'll get back on it this year ... :-( maybe if we have a warm December? I can get her out w/ her Mom ... both kids wil be out of the house again this fall so maybe I will get back into my Saturday solo rides & maybe another ride or two w/ Wifey. busy season at work right now ...
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shake out ride, shakes out. the bike anyway, not sure about me & my riding skills. thought I might dump it in the gully

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thanks to fellow BF contributor @ZIPP2001, I got back on the bike & in a big way! did an all out effort ride on the MTB. the Southern section of the Cheshire Trail from State Line Circle, Fitzwilliam NH to Troy is a straight course. we said our hellos then jumped on the bikes to ride! right out of the gate we gauged each other's tempo & settled in. Zipp is a much stronger rider so I worked as hard as I could, as fast as I could, for as long as I could. In the back of my head, I knew this might be a miscalculation. we dodged obstacles like rocks, mud, steep road crossing climbs, fast rocky descents & thumbtacks!

for the 1st 1/2, I felt good & strong. after a long break we headed back & my legs were like, wait? what? no. but w/o any options I persevered & Zipp got me back in short order. pleasantly surprised what I could do with a stronger rider

1st 1/2
11.6 miles
17.7 mph max
10.6 avrg
1:02 saddle time

back at car 12pm
22.1 miles
18.9 mph max!
10.5 avrg
2:06 saddle time




back wheel felt squirmy early on the 1st 1/2. thought it was a spoke, but nope. picked up a thumbtack!. 13 minutes to patch it up w/ Zipp's help. didn't remove the entire tube& tire. heck we cudda left the wheel on the bike!



Rema patches for the win!



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picked up a cpl new Rema Patch Kits. probably could have just bought the adhesive but this was easier & I'm lazy?



funny thing is, with all the hybrid riding I did in August w/ Wifey & the family I put my big 29er tubes in a safe place. when I was getting ready for the recent MTB ride I couldn't find them. I knew I had other tubes that were 700x45mm that maybe I could use in a pinch & patching materials. desperate, I ordered a new tube, but also found my tubes the morning of the ride. none of which were needed for the trail side patching. but it was good to find a new tube supply that's a tiny bit bigger than the other big 29er tubes I have. I got this one after I got home from my ride

EVO Mountain Bike Tube - 29" x 2.125/2.4-35mm Schrader Valve (29er)


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4/1/19 (Monday) Nickerson State Park. took a vacation day (for my 60th birthday later in the week)
8:00 am left house. great sunny day for a drive. rush hour traffic on 495 wasn’t too bad
forgot my jacket so had to go shopping! ugh! tried a cpl cheap stores but they sucked. wound up at EMS. got something good but freaking expensive. looks like you're never too old to be forgetful
12:00 pm dived into the woods from lot near fields (840 Freemans Way, Brewster MA). It always helps to view a Google street view to know what to look for
1:00 pm 5.38 miles found my way North to the bay, Crosby Landing & checked out a marsh & back dune trail. without the mud flap picked up a decent amount of mud & sand on the chain. which started some chain suck. used some water from the water bottle but then knocked more off manually cuz I needed the water. these trails were firm enough to ride on. the marsh trail led to an osprey nest but I stopped well before it. saw one osprey fighting the wind to bring some large clump of grassy material to the nest. the back dune trail (different than the marsh trail) was surprisingly firm & easy to ride on, until the end, where I stopped at the soft sand approach the beach. the foot trail continued much further East, but that too was soft sand, too soft for 2.25" tires even at 21-25 psi. visited the beach, then ate my lunch next to a fence / wind break

crossing route 6A in both directions (to & from the park to get to the beach) was interesting. leaving the park, heading North had to make a left onto 6A & ride 6A for 2/10ths mile? but coming back I found a crosswalk at the end of Crosby Lane & 6A which led into the park right there (a much safer crossing)

did a little more exploring of paved bike trails, a gravel power line trail & a bunch of single tracks. some of which were ridiculously narrow & steep. the weather was great, I was safe, had plenty of daylight ahead of me so didn’t mind the occasional, partial lost, feeling. I wouldn’t want to be doing this in the dark, but I imagine it wouldn’t be impossible

2:45 pm back at car. fairly impressed & partly surprised I was able to find my way back. some trails I recognized, some I did not. the maps don’t show just how many trails there are. I had plenty in the tank & could have easily ridden another hour or so, but kept it conservative & headed home. I can certainly build on this experience & go back another day

when I first parked my car, before I was heading out, I chatted w a young man heading head out. he had an impressive full suspension bike, dressed lightly & didn’t appear to be carrying much. this was his regular stomping ground

early April can be good or bad for outdoor activity. I picked the right day to take off from work. riding these trails I learned why someone would want full suspension & a dropper post. but regardless of bike, I would still be walking up some of these steep climbs. for example the trails around the fire tower

12.3 miles
22 mph max
6.7 avrg
1 hr 51 min saddle time
5:30pm back home
Mix of trails, narrow single track, old double track, paved bike trail, gravel power line trail, paved road & marsh trails

temps mid 40s w 15mph wind & some higher gusts, so "chilly". base top, fleece shirt & new (EMS) Columbia brand wind break was perfect
crossed the CCRT North of the park before the beach
there is a cross walk at the beg. of Crosby Lane that crosses Route 6A into Nickerson Park. this is where the CCRT travels thru the park. never knew that was 6A right there!

4 months later (in August) it was fun to sit on this rock jetty in a bathing suit talking to Wifey while she happily floated in front of me. wound up being a decent summer swimming beach! thought I might see some crabs or other life but no luck


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Sat 9/28/19 tons of errands & chores, then felt sleepy cuz I didn't sleep well due to a migraine. had a short nap then rallied for a ride. was still feeling lazy & since my rack was still on the car, drove the bike down to the Assabet, for a roll thru the woods & around some perimeter roads

sunny, 80 degrees but trails were shady
the trail was dry & the water crossings were empty
some areas seem to always hold water, but they are easy to ride around
7 miles
18.5 mph max
8.6 avrg
49 min saddle time



Fall is here but it's still warm enough to smell the pine needles drying in the sun







a cpl of couples for late afternoon paddling in the Assabet




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got out to Myles Standish state forest for a fun exploration of single track, old roads & foot trails
sunny & temps were steady at 54-55 degrees
was very happy that the 2.25 Riddlers were adequate for the sandy trails & roads w/ only rare exceptions
started from parking lot #2 at the intersection of Upper College Pond Rd & Three Cornered Pond Rd
did a clockwise loop & there were plenty of signs so I always knew where I was
12.12 rugged miles
21.5 mph max (thanks to some old abandoned paved sections)
7 mph avrg
1 hr 44 min of saddle time, but away from the car approx 3 hrs (lots of stops to mark the map & a few sections to walk up)

other logistics for the day

10:49 am left house 50 degrees
bought a turkey club sub & ate 1/2
12:27 pm arrived parking lot 2 at intersection of Upper College Pond Rd & Three Cornered Pond Rd 54 degrees
12:43 pm leaving car
3:30 pm back at car (used just 1 big water bottle) ate 2nd ½ of sub
4:09 pm headed home
5:25 pm back home (away from house 7 hrs)




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broke the old Trek FX 7.0 Alpha out of retirement this summer for fun w/ the family. glad I didn't sell it. was at the bike shop for my road bike & also brought the FX. I noticed some creaking so wanted a look-over by a pro in case the BB needed service or replacement.

creaking turned out to be the old POS pedals I put on when I intended to flip it for cheap (not the BB). they gave me some cheap take-off pedals. they replaced the chain & cassette & tuned it up, truing wheels & adjusting derailers. but really it was working just fine & I could have swapped the pedals myself, if it had occurred to me. but I got the bike for little money several years ago from a guy who bought it for fitness but never really rode it. it was mint when I got it & I tortured it, including a couple active & rough winters of riding. it deserved some pro TLC & has many more years of life left

since I put some money into it, I guess I shud keep torturing it ... meaning, I might have 2 bikes w/ studded tires this winter. unsure if I will put the fenders back on. don't know if I can handle all this pressure to ride. still have to bring the palm plants in! they all got damaged by the wind storm yesterday






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Sat 10/19/19 Myles Standish State Forest

cold start but forecast for warming & bright sunshine, so by time I got started all I needed was 2 base layers, yellow short sleeve under orange long sleeve. thin smartwool beanie. sock liners & thin smartwool socks. orange work gloves. bright yellow helmet w/ tinted shield

13.7 miles
23.3 max thanks to the gravel powerline rd
6.2 avrg
2hrs 14min saddle time
4hrs 15min away from car (11:45am-3:33pm)
sunny 56 degrees

did some exploring trying to spend as much time as possible on the "Pine Barrens Trail". wound up out of the MSSF on the East Side & turned around whn I located myself at the lower edge of Gallows Pond. Yay for the iPhone "Find My Friends" native app. cuz it can also find me!

pretty fall riding


at Gallows Pond. the trail up to the left was too steep, narrow & rooted to be a viable MTB trail, so I stopped here as my 1/2 way point & snacked


the iPhone "Find My Friends" app for the win!


indulged myself w/ too much splashing in mud puddles. wound up causing dirty drive train, chain-suck. had to stop a cpl times to rinse the chain, chain rings & cassette DOH! shud probably have a shop check them for wear

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BFRT Sat 10-26-19

12:40 pm left car

1:28 pm turnaround in Chelmsford
9.9 miles
22 mph max
11.9 avrg
50 min saddle time
sunny 59 degrees

2:20 pm back at car
19.79 miles
23.4 mph max
12 avrg
1:39 saddle time
2:20 away from car






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yesterday was chilly, 35 degrees? to start so I waited until it rose to the low 50s. drove the road bike to Bedford Depot cuz it was the most readily available bike

2pm start

2:44 pm at Spy Pond Arlington
52 degrees
9.2 miles
20.3 max
14.4 avrg
38min saddle time

3:36 pm back in Bedford
52 degrees two stops for saddle adjustments, need a new seat post
17.6 miles
25.5 max
13.8 avrg
1:21 saddle (round trip)

wore 3 layers up top, thin long sleeve base, long sleeve quilted running top & the cheap Walmart orange hoodie. & with the orange work gloves I'm pretty sure I took care of daytime visibility. cars at the crossings stopped for me, so that was good. thin smart-wool beanie was just right but it may be time to stuff the vent holes with foam again





used the bar mount for the cam again. thought it would be fun to compare the same clips from both that & the helmet mount. but the bar vids were so bad I just deleted them. by comparison, the helmet vids are enormously less jittery. plus they often feature a moving viewpoint as I turn my head



broke out the toe warmers too. they were no longer warm an hour after I got home. but I think they were useful for the ride



the trail wasn't super crowded like summer weekends





the little trail at Spy Pond is well groomed & clean



had a chat w/ a man who brought his kids fishing. little to no wind so maybe they got lucky


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11-9-19 Myles Standish State Forest sunny & cooler. successfully found my way back to the Pine Barrens Trail. but man, parts or super rough. meaning narrow, soft & sandy, steep & some areas so eroded the edge was 24" higher than the bottom of the gully

Feet - sock liners & light hiking socks & chem pack toe warmers, which were perfectly adequate for today. they were still warm when I got home
Hands - orange work gloves & bar mitts
Head - thin Smart-wool beanie under helmet w/ visor
Legs - trishorts under cycling pants
Torso - zip neck base & thin orange hoodie

started ride wearing more on but wound up taking off my fleece shirt middle layer about 30 min in

12 pm Started ride 36 degrees
2:25 pm Back at car 38 degrees
8 miles
16.1 mph max
6.2 mph avrg (lots of stops for walking up steep sandy grades, map stuff & pics)
1 hr 18 min in the saddle
2.5 hrs away from car
2:40 pm left lot
4:40 pm home (cpl stops for food & coffee)

the cold threatened but the high 30s wasn't as bad as the hype. parked in lot 2 again & worked my way East & South. stayed inside the park boundaries this time & took the paved bike trail back North. it was super covered w pine needles which made a weird crunching sound riding over them


did pretty well again w/ map & compass but had to use the find my friends phone app to locate myself. it's great to know exactly where you are!


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lots of family today but got out in the morning for a roll around the Assabet

29 degrees, sunny & windy
10.48 miles
23.8 max
8.7 avrg
1:12 time

1st ride of the season w/ hand warmers for my toes. they fit in my light hikers but after a cpl hrs my toes were cold. not enough air space. when I got home I let them breath before putting on roomier hiking shoes for a walk w/ Wifey & they were much happier. so those shoes aren't the best choice for that temp for that duration. might be time to break out the winter boots


used my PI, fingered, winter gloves with thr bar mitts. it was a good choice. I brought lighter gloves but these worked OK without my hands sweating


1st ride of the season w a balaclava. I brought a regular knit hat just in case this was overkill, but it wasn't. also I think it's time to put the foam inserts in the vents holes


this was interesting. my water bottle didn't freeze, that threshold is 17 degrees I think. but I noticed this ice buildup on the bottle cage, I guess my bottle leaks? or this is from my squeezing the bottle as I take it out & return it? so 29 degrees is cold enough for freezing spray? that's a nautical term!




the beaver are active


more recent wind storm damage


a slice of tree pie?


a water crossing was dry w some remnant crusty ice (not slippery)


another had water but it was low

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