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Old 11-02-17, 08:07 PM
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another night ride on the MM, temps in the high 40s I think, but it wasn't bad. tried some barmitts on the road bike. they are great but you wind up riding the hoods more than usual. certainly fine for a cpl hrs, which is about all I would do in really cold weather anyway

dropped my water bottle again. at least i didn't step on it this time. I was pretty invisible to following bikers when I got off my bike to walk back to get it

also tried the $5 wide angle lens for the Magicshine headlight. worked pretty good but doesn't really help oncoming riders, still have to cover or lower it

as I was packing everything into the car when I was done, I realized my toes were getting cold (for the 1st time in a long time). later at home I would be quite chilly. read somewhere hear that bare legs draws a lot of your core temperature. so even tho I was bundled up top I vented a lot thru my legs. guess I'll did out the long pants

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11/4/17 errands in the morning & date night later squeezed a cpl hrs on local trails down near the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge & Rail Trail Corridor. temps in the low 50s high 40s I think. took the Riddlers & bar mitts out for a gravely ride. love the mitts, NO GLOVES!

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18 mph max (there was that one broken pavement hill)
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11/7/17 the usual MM trail B. to A. temps in the 40s rain drops by the end of the rode. couldn't find Novara Headwind pants so wore those expensive Under Armor golf pants which actually work well w reflective ankle bands. also used thin gloves w the bar mitts. up top long sleeve quilted 1/2 zip cycling shirt & thin regular fleece jacket. by the end of the ride I could feel the cold on my upper chest. one more thin base layer could have been added. I brought it with me but never put it on. on my head was that thin smart wool beanie under helmet. it also covers the tips of my ears. slept REALLY well last night

at the cafe after a long wait at the Mystic/Mass intersection
6:34pm 8.7 miles 19.3mph max 14.5 avrg 36min in the saddle

back at the depot w my car
17.5 miles 19.4 mph max 14 avrg 1hr 15min on the saddle (this ride is a cake walk)

the hood I put on the headlight does a nice job, not sure I need the wide angle lens tho, but that does what it's supposed to





the hood does a nice job cutting off the beam keeping it out of oncoming walkers & riders eyes


this guy sure didn't whine, he's got 4 headlights!


but with all the adjustment up & down for riders coming the opposite way (in the Arlington-Lexington section) the hood slid off partially on the way back so I pulled it off completely. (got it back on this morning but needed a new zip tie) Lexington to Bedford there are very few riders & they all have bright lights too, so it was less annoying



probably don't need the hood, this looks fine to me


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11/8/17 temps in the mid - high 30s! Brrr! added a short sleeve base & thin fleece tights. light gloves w the bar-mitts worked out just fine
forgot to clear out the computer from the previous night, but some quick calculations yield that it was a brisk ride
17.5 miles
19.6 max
13.5 avrg over the two nights
1hr 15min in the saddle

got the hood back on the light


pretty confident w the hood & the angle, that I'm not blinding anyone. looks like the wide angle lens may have rotated a little bit. the oblique angle is kinda interesting

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11/14/17 temps in the high 30s
added 6 miles to my regular night ride (Bedford to Arlington, by exploring that short (3 mile) Narrow Gauge Trail Bedford to Billerica)
saw a decent sized, VERY healthy coyote, when it ran right across my path, from left to right, only about 15 feet in front of me (camera was off at the time, darn it!)
also saw lots of rabbits!
the trail end in Billerica, at Astrig Way, has some old exposed rail ties

6:46 pm at Kiickstand Cafe 8.75 miles 19.3 max 13.9 avrg 37 min in the saddle
7:43 pm back in Bedford to rejuvenate my toes 17.56 miles 19.3 max 13.3 avrg 1 hr 19 min cycling
8:11 pm 20.75 miles at Billerica Astrig Way
8:31 pm back in Bedford & car 23.9 miles 1 hr 55 min



the extension was kinda creepy. at one point rode past a big yard w a big hound w a deep voice, but friendly enough :-)


wonder if that new noise on my sportcam is due to some damage from a drop or just rough use. don't think I get it when cam is handheld or on helmet. maybe something worked it's way loose inside

really quiet tho. there were a cpl riders, but they're few & far between now

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11-15-17 temps in the 30s & down to just 30 by the end, Brrr!
an uneventful nite ride, with Thanksgiving next week & the night job coming back the week after don't know if I'll be back doing mid-week nite-rides. might even put the bikes back in the basement for a while!

skipped the Mass Ave / Mystic St intersection & cafe, wasn't in the mood & didn't need the pitstop. took a cpl minutes on the bench at the park before running back up to Bedford. thought I might seek out that coyote from the night before but I was satisfied for the nite & wanted to go home & get some dinner

1st half
8.6 miles
18.5 max
13.3 avrg
39 min

back at the depot
17.32 miles
21.2 max
12.6 avrg (hmmm)
1hr 22min

the late fall chill is slowing me down, oh well

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11/18/17 temps in the 40s but storm clouds moved in this afternoon
got out before the freezing rain, sleet & 70 mph winds. the worst will be out west & down south. got home just before dark, but not before the drizzle
10 miles down at the Assabet




filled up my sportcam card, so stopped vids & pics early in the ride. got desperate for a cpl pics & used my phone cam. if I ever get a smartphone I'll be filling that card pretty quick too. shud probably start bringing my little Nikon again



this field was really pretty a cpl weeks ago but I'm impressed w their mowing as well. wonder who does it




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12/2/17
Douglas State Forest
Southern New England Trunkline Trail
Airline State Park
42 degrees to start & 36 degrees when done
20.27 miles 20.3 mph max 9.9 mph avrg 2hrs 2min saddle time
was glad to get the Riddlers on this trail, they were perfect. they are designed for dry to damp & hard pack to sand but the 45 mms work great on rough large gravel. also worked well on the steep climbs for some road crossings. 1 or 2 minor short slips but actually better that the bike's original deep grooved tires
before leaving the house I remounted the rear to get it less wobbly. during the day I found it needed topping off, especially when close to finishing the ride. the next morning it was flat. must have damaged the tube & will probably have to replace it



















finding the correct low pressure is a fun problem. glad I carry a fast & easy CO2 inflator for on the fly adjustments

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a cpl road crossings, didn't photo the steepest. hard to tell in fisheye photos but had to get out of the ssddle to climb these & the tires held well



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got the layers right for 42-36 degrees)
1 multi sport glove, swapped to a thinner glove liner at the turnaround
zip neck long sleeve poly base
long sleeve fleece 3 button shirt
cheap thin cotton orange hoodie
thin lined trishorts under headwind pants
MTB shoes, sock liner & light hiking REI smart wool sock, at the turnaround inserted regular toe warmers



heard only a single (very loud) gunshot as I was starting out in Douglas State Forest. dropped the hood 3/4 the way to the turnaround, then when heading back put on only a cycling headband that covered my ears




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just found this one from 4/26/10

night ride
had to get out of the house last night. what to do? when in doubt ... RIDE! :-)

41.5 miles
29.7 max
13.6 avrg
3 hrs 3 min saddle time

stow; sudbury; weston; wellesley; w. newton; watertown; lincoln and back to stow

fired up the dual rear strobes and mr. magic shine up front. had him at low power most of the ride but brought it up to full power in some more dangerous and brighter sections, then for the long haul after the 1/2 way mark I put it on fast strobe which is remarkably bright. since i was only out for 3 hrs I could have used high or medium the whole time, but I had no idea how long I would be out or how far I would go, nor had I planned wha roads I would take.

it was quite free spirited & morphic. I climbed most hills out of the saddle. of course those long grades I had to do in the saddle with some exceptions. I'm getting better at this.

I got home in time for SNL but I had no idea it was so late. the roads were quite & I didn't get wiped out by a drunk teen driver. wonderful

I like this night ride idea & have been toying with the notion of a night time century. maybe to woods hole! :0

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just found this one from 4/26/10

night ride
had to get out of the house last night. what to do? when in doubt ... RIDE! :-)

41.5 miles
29.7 max
13.6 avrg
3 hrs 3 min saddle time

stow; sudbury; weston; wellesley; w. newton; watertown; lincoln and back to stow

fired up the dual rear strobes and mr. magic shine up front. had him at low power most of the ride but brought it up to full power in some more dangerous and brighter sections, then for the long haul after the 1/2 way mark I put it on fast strobe which is remarkably bright. since i was only out for 3 hrs I could have used high or medium the whole time, but I had no idea how long I would be out or how far I would go, nor had I planned wha roads I would take.

it was quite free spirited & morphic. I climbed most hills out of the saddle. of course those long grades I had to do in the saddle with some exceptions. I'm getting better at this.

I got home in time for SNL but I had no idea it was so late. the roads were quite & I didn't get wiped out by a drunk teen driver. wonderful

I like this night ride idea & have been toying with the notion of a night time century. maybe to woods hole! :0

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Lots of good rural road riding southeast of Boston, past Plymouth and towards the canal. And also a little west of Miles Standish. The best time is late Sunday night into early Monday morning. I think everyone goes in early to be ready for work on Monday. The traffic is so sparse that you can hear cars a mile away.
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the past 4 weeks has brought extreme changes such as a big drop in temperature & several small snow events. the last, on Christmas morning w 7". temps in the teens & single digits, it's not going anywhere & at the bottom is a solid 2" layer of compacted snow/ice. been avoiding using the bulkhead due to tarping for rain protection. carrying some of the snow tires for the cars thru the kitchen. eventually tho the bulkhead is used for sheer convenience. mounted the studded bike tires last night & brought the bike up & out thru the kitchen. but after getting it snowy the return trip to the basement wasn't going thru the kitchen! the tarp def. makes it easier to clear snow & ice, so I put it back on. going into this winter kicking & screaming



had to test ride the tires & bike to be sure it would all be ready when I actually ride it. all around the complex incl the big hill, maybe 1/2 mile in all, hahaha. guess I have no excuses now. working new year's eve day, today, so it's just a matter of time & opportunity



recently rigged a free standing bird feeder pole so the condo ppl can dig a trench for drainage around the perimeter of our end unit. they move as slow as a glacier responding to the basement flooding in August. who knows when they will actually dig that trench. certainly not during the winter. regardless, I got the pole out of their way. put the glass top away weeks ago so using the table as part of the system seemed like a no brainer



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finally got back out on the bike. used some new stuff (Pearl Izumi lobster gloves & Showers Pass storm pants). the barmitts have been used several times before but this was the real test. also got another bar extender accesory mount so I could leave my road bike alone. temps 19 degrees to start, ending ride at 29 degrees (if my car thermo was accurate). the blizzard conditions were rough especially riding back West into the wind. left goggles in car cuz they just fog anyway. tried using safety glasses but kept getting blasted by freezing spray. wound up just squinting & using the big honkin' visor on the helmet. all way stations closed on the MM, so good thing I brought yogurt raisins & granola bars plus hot tea w lemon & honey in the Corkcicle! there were no other bikes that I saw, but at one point I DID see tracks from a sole fatbike! Who was that?



17.37 miles
16.6 mph max
8.8 avrg
1hr 58min saddle time

spooky desolation



Eastern end was plowed & easily passable



ice under wet powder is normally pretty darn slippery



but 2nd winter on the 40mm studded Marathons kept me upright



1st ride with the Pearl Izumi lobster gloves. pleasantly surprised. my new favs. no glove liner required & they fit nicely in the barmitts. bad picture of slushy water bottle. the top & mouthpiece only lasted about 30 min into an approx 1 hr ride to Arlington. approx twice the time it takes on my road bike in good weather



this bar extender may be awkward looking but it does what it is intended to do because the barmitts take up a fair bit of bar space

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left house 2:20pm
got back approx 5pm, 2 1/2 hrs later
whole ride approx 30 degrees but by the end it felt waay colder
13 miles
24.8 max
7.8 avrg
1hr 39 min active cycling

ran down to the Assabet River trails
used the old shoes, 1 pair thick socks & hand warmers


we had a thaw & some rain


& then a flash freeze. got home just before the super cold came back, but it was frosty out there


would have gotten out earlier but Daughter needed a new carry-on bag for her trip to NZ. glad it was a bright, sunny & clear day



riding the studs on dry roads thanks to a January thaw

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Concord to Arlington round trip, just under 27 miles
left Concord 1:09 pm
temp 44 degrees the whole ride. had to unzip my jacket 1/2 way to Arlington, but zipped it up for the return leg
Bedford at 1:48 4.6 miles, man that Reformatory Branch trail was slow. snow, slush, ice, mud & water
40 min to go less than 5 miles
Arlington 13.45 miles 2:37pm
18.5 max
10.6 avrg
1hr 16min in the saddle
Left Arlington 3pm
Back at concord 26.9 miles 4:30pm
18.5 max
9.9 avrg
2hrs 42min riding
3 1/2 hours in the great outdoors








gave the rear tire a big shot of gas when I reached Bedford to make the most of the clear pavement




the 40mm bear paws were good on the mush & a good workout on the pavement


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well that was a first. Ran down to the river with the gravel bike but got surprised that all that ice was still there! started w the lobster gloves w no bar mitts



rode back home, switched bikes & went back w the studded tires! Lots of water over ice. when I switched bikes I switched to bar mitts & light gloves






when I got to the flowing culverts I just rode thru the water (since I took the ramps last time)



supposed to go up to high 40s maybe 50 but still used hand warmers over my toes inside the old walking shoes



just a fleece shirt & light orange hoodie up top. Only needed the thin beanie under my helmet. Novara Headwind pants & trishorts finished up the attire

17.5 miles
22.6 max
8.4 avrg
2 hrs of riding
Out of the house approx 3 hrs


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home by 3pm 27 degrees & sunny (but feels like the teens)
water bottle did not freeze up, yay
decided to ride the road bike where there was no traffic. started an old favorite 30 mile loop toward Carlisle but cut it short when I hit 10 miles by free styling a right turn from the Reformatory Branch trail onto Lowell Rd in Concord
tested the branch trail for a cpl miles. it was dry but still icy so I bailed back to the road

17.49 miles
29.7 max
12.8 avrg
1hr 21min active cycling

pretty cold today. always like to gauge & adjust my effort depending on my planned route. I was unable to calculate exactly when I would be home because of my early turn. but I did know it would be under 20 miles

these turned out to be good choices

long sleeve zip neck base
favorite fleece shirt
North Face brand thick fleece jacket
wind vest (hi-viz, day-glo, cycling jacket w sleeves zipped off)

full face balaclava (but I brought other options in case this was overkill)
clear glasses w strap
new grey helmet (it's been working out for cold rides cuz it's roomier for head wear)

Zoot brand trishorts
Novara brand Headwind Pants
Showers Pass brand Transit Pants
(1st time using this combo, worked out pretty well!)

1 pair thick socks
hand warmers taped to socks
old roomy walking shoes
(this was the only weak link but I survived)

Pearl Izumi brand lobster gloves under the road bike bar mitts
I threw a cpl hand warmers into the bar mitts so they would sit in the bottom
not sure if they helped cuz they sat so far down in the barmitts (but they sure didnít hurt)
hands were so cozy, was able to ride on top of the bars

almost forgot what itís like to ride on the road. almost. quickly remembered. had fun hitting that Concord rotary by the prison. went pretty well. the drivers were courteous & forgiving. it helped that some were paralyzed cuz they have no clue how to merge. also helped that I followed a cluster that forced their way thru the rotary, kind of running block for me

need to replace this sportcam, too much buzzing over rough surfaces when mounted on the bars. I must have tortured it too much



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good workout yesterday but I busted my bike DOH!

2-10-18 40 degrees to start & 47 degrees at ride's end
Air Line State Park Trail Connecticut
FROM "Pomfret Station". (near 1 Railroad St., Pomfret Center, CT)
TO James L Goodwin State Forest, 23 Potter Road, Hampton, CT
this was primarily all uphill & downhill on the way back. but coming back the soft mud felt like glue & I was using low gear just to keep moving. brutal. kept looking for ice but it was harder to find on the way back since the temps rose & started to drizzle
made a wrong turn when I got to the paved road so the 1st leg has more miles

8:41 am left house (only 40 minutes later than planned)
drive was a little over an hour. arrived parking lot (time TBD)
10:03 am started riding
12:07 pm reached the forest parking lot, shelter & outhouse 12.4 miles 24.4 mph max 7.3 avrg 1hr 42min active riding
12:19 pm started back
1:33 pm trashed my rear derailleur & fender (approx 2.3 miles from my car)
1:40 pm temp field fix & pedaling again
1:57 pm back at car 23.6 miles 24.4 max 7.5 avrg 3hrs 9min
3:15 pm arrived home

roughly a 6 hr endevour, not including prep, cleaning & resulting bike repair

I would do this trail again if it was dry & hard or had a light hard layer of ice w temps in the teens. starting at Pomfret Station is definitely a good idea. next time I might try the trail going the other way (left from the parking lot)

the night before was cold so starting out the snow/ice pack was secure. it was softer than colder days, granular. would have been OK with the Riddlers but the studs came in handy. but the aggressive Marathons were pretty sticky on the way back in the softer mud



the further North I went the less ice I had the pleasure to ride on. coming back this mud would prove to be like quicksand. but not deep & soft but rather just sticky like glue


the trail is interesting enough. not sure what made this audio drop out


audio OK on this clip but can barely hear the lead rider mentioning the rain


riding the leafy edge was useful, until it wasn't ;-(



trashed a cpl parts after flipping a stick into the spokes



after bending everything back into place (sort of) was glad to have 1 gear combination to limp on. really did not want to walk the remaining 2.3 miles. Wifey would have had my head cuz we had dinner reservations on the Boston waterfront


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3/17/18 temps in the 30s got a little over an hour of riding. in case I forget next winter, March is tricky. got to 78 degrees in February but March had 3 Nor'easters. rideable snow & ice this time of year is unpredictable because it's soft. paved road shoulders are loaded w junk & are smaller due to uncleared snow. at least it's not bitter cold. the Assabet River Rail Trail is not plowed like the Minuteman.

rode down to the river but only did the dirt road along the river. wore the big boots cuz they did't get much use this winter. the new derailer & helmet cam mount work fine
1hr 15 away from house
6.25 miles
25.8 max
7.6 avrg
49 min riding time
Temps in the 30s
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