Blogger's Forum Whether it's a cycling blog, or just your personal page, this is the place to share ideas and links.

Personal log

Reply

Old 09-04-18, 11:23 AM
  #176  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
Monday, Labor Day, 9/3/18 Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail (one-way) Hinsdale, NH to Keene, NH
temp in the shade 88, but predictions were for the 90s & feels like in the 100s!

parking:
GPS 199-141 New Hampshire Route 63 Hinsdale, NH
(fyi this is several miles South of Hinsdale Ctr)
Route 63 is also called Northfield Road

10:43 am left car at dirt lot
11:53 am 6.8 miles to covered bridge
12:28 pm 9.6 miles to mud-hole trail-block
1:08 pm 13.3 miles to High Banks Monadnock Speedway
1:17 pm Coombs Bridge Rd (no sign of store for water)
2:02 pm 21.7 miles to Keene State athletic complex outdoor facility
2:10 pm on overpass near junction of routes 12 & 10
2:20 pm arrived Keene McDonald's next to Wendy's
22.8 miles
20.7 mph max
9 avrg
2 hrs 30 min saddle time
trip duration approx 3.5 hrs

3:21 pm in a taxi w bike heading to parking lot
4:00 pm back at car (whew!)

made the right decision to bail. maybe I can do the whole thing round trip another day ...

had to switch bags so thought it would be interesting to use my new travel pod & record what I carry ...


summary notes (same as from thread in NE subforum)

follow-up, did this yesterday in 88 degree weather. shaded, but still hot. wow, that's a long way to go without pavement & yes it is a bit sketchy in parts. I'll come back to edit this but met a cpl guys who did the whole round trip on fat bikes, well done guys! but after 3.5 hrs of sightseeing (22.8 miles or dirt, grass, sand, mud, incl a giant mud hole requiring a difficult climb around with the bike, stone dust & gravel), I bailed the bike for a taxi back to my car! thank you John w/"Adventure Taxi". that back seat was juuuust big enough for the bike w/o front wheel. catching a ride back to my car, should have been my plan from the start. that a/c seat in the Keene NH McDonalds was great. stretching two water bottles over the whole distance, was just that, a stretch. caution to anyone else doing this trail. there are no places to buy water along the route

there's no shortage! especially no shortage of sketchy bridges! yikes, most have no side rails so you could ride right off the side! the the rotting bottoms have some visible nails (& holes), so watch out!
the covered bridge was beautiful, tho! visiting it def added some time to my trip. I rode up & down & both sides for pics & vids. some ppl were dipping their toes in the water. so jealous, it was so hot!

several old rail cars along the way & I found a small piece of coal when I climbed around a mud hole, have to go dig it out of my bag! some of the old bldgs were a but sketchy so I wouldn't encourage anyone to linger that area too long. if I recall the old mills? were south of the covered bridge

pretty trail & come the fall will be gorgeous! & having the river right there is a lovely plus! man it was so hot I kept looking for a place to jump in but there really aren't any "beaches" that I could see

another interesting landscape feature (& where I found the coal) was a weird hill I had to traverse to get around the mud hole

the maps make it look like the trail is further from the road & maybe it does, but the end I investigated looks like it's more intentional. you can see the parking lot from the end of the trail. riding that area keeps you out of a farmer's field

if a tree is down, you either go under or over it. for one of them I had to lift the bike high over a tree about waist high, then crawl under, one was high enough to tilt & go under. doing this in snowy conditions will not be fun. if it has been dry & only very cold & everything is frozen hard w no ice, this could be a fun winter trail

lots of the trail was good. an abbreviated run could be just to the covered bridge & back. should also be safe in all conditions

in general: wider tires are better (40 mm or wider) lots of sandy spots. perfect trail for fatbikes but required for dry conditions like this. add lots of rain or or some snow & things will get sketchy quickly in some spots. including plain sand along the power lines. sometimes the soil is soft & loose, or maybe it's just dark sand? dunno but had to air down for an easier ride

there are lots of landscape changes

aired down the Riddlers (which I love) for the softer stuff, but when I do I develop a slow leak. weird. I should just get wider wheels or another mike like the Marin Muirwoods! oh yeah! or maybe I shouldn't let out so much air? it was when the taxi showed up that I realized the rear tire was low.

since I had 2 cams in the pouch, the phone rode in the side pocket. I'm liking this bag!

no cleats today! just some old hikers & my trusty DIY 1/2 clips!

Last edited by rumrunn6; 09-06-18 at 12:15 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-18, 12:18 PM
  #177  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
cpl favorite pics from the ride





45mm WTB Riddlers












Last edited by rumrunn6; 09-07-18 at 06:04 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-18, 01:37 PM
  #178  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
cpl vids




Last edited by rumrunn6; 09-06-18 at 01:42 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-18, 03:04 PM
  #179  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
picked up a used entry level mountain bike for short money. should be interesting to see where it takes me. gonna mess w tires, rack, saddle, fenders etc. gotta sell two bikes now to make room cuz this will take the place of those hybrids. disc brakes should be interesting









these are 40mm tires, got some 2.25s coming any day now




Last edited by rumrunn6; 09-14-18 at 05:32 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-18, 07:59 PM
  #180  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
9/15/18 cloudy & humid. temps in the 70s. nice late summer ride w Wifey Bedford to Arlington & back just under 18 miles. her 1st ride after breaking her wrist on her 1st ride of the summer 7/4/18




good to get out on the new to me bike, a GT Timberline 1.0 29r. should be good for a year or two ... the more I'm learning about this bike & this one in particular, the more I'm not psyched. but it was practically free so there must be some way to get my money's worth out of it ... we shall see ...


Last edited by rumrunn6; 09-17-18 at 09:47 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-18, 08:52 PM
  #181  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
got the 2.25 Riddlers mounted up. disappointed to discover these wheels are narrower than the Trek 7.0 Alpha. the Nanos mounted up nice so I might keep the FX after all. spec for the tire says minimum inside width suggested for these is 19mm but I measured 18 mm. I forget what the FX wheels were, but they are wider! 40 psi in the back, 30 psi in the front. test ride in the parking lot seemed fine. when closely inspecting the sidewall for pressure rating I saw a tiny rotation arrow so I was able to mount the front correctly. too tired to remount the rear. not sure it would make an appreciable difference to me riding it backwards. might switch it around but in no hurry





gonna do the fenders before the rack cuz I want to mount the rack as low as possible. I have a plan to get around the rear disc brake

de-burred the middle front chain ring & gave the drive train a cleaning. think it needs more tho

chain suck appears to be gone





this thing comes in handy


Last edited by rumrunn6; 09-19-18 at 02:53 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-18, 07:50 PM
  #182  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
falling temps in the 60s wore 2 long sleeve layers & gloves after work for a ride around the perimeter roads at the Assabet River Sanctuary. no chain issues & tires didn't fall off the rims, so guess I'm good to proceed to the next levels with the bike. fenders came in but wanted to get out as soon as possible

6pm home from work
6:30 headed down to the river
7:13 finished the loop & headed home
7:26pm home again
approx 9 miles maybe a smidge over?

think the psi I used was good. for a longer gravel ride I mite let out another 1 lb front & rear, naybe 2 more up front. I'll see how they feel when I take it out again w/o topping them off

put some Teflon lube on a paper towel & wiped the pistons. squeak seems to be gone too





since the rack isn't on yet I quickly mounted my rear strobe this way



think it worked pretty well for when I was on the road. it the woods it was off



also, since no rack, no trunk. I strapped the Magicshine battery to the top tube. hmmm, worked pretty well!



used this old but useful accessory to carry the really big! spare tube. used my blue fanny pack to carry the essential tube repair stuff incl co2 & inflator. no pump tho, omg! should throw on the frame mount for that I guess



knew the jaunt would be rough so I used the helmet mount. wanted to try out the new helmet but didn't want to take time to figure out a new mounting situation. tried to keep the cam on most of the ride just in case I spotted a critter, like last year's coyote, but no luck this time


Last edited by rumrunn6; 09-21-18 at 12:47 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-18, 08:37 PM
  #183  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
got the fenders & rack on









made a cpl clamps to size w a wedge of rubber. these held the breakaway tabs





Last edited by rumrunn6; 09-21-18 at 08:41 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-18, 08:46 PM
  #184  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-18, 05:54 AM
  #185  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
the back had 2 issues

there was inadequate room for the fender between the seat tube & tire. there was inadequate room between the brake bridge & tire. so I cut the fender at the brake bridge & mounted it as high as possible. I may still trim the slot on the bracket to raise it another 1 or 2 mm




the very nice & robust fender stay had a clip point way in the back, which even if I used p-clamps would be too horizontal to provide any use support, I think. also I think I remember the stays weren't even long enough to do that. so I mounted up the rack to see if there was some way to have it help stabilize the rear from flapping. turned out to be easy enough to make a vertical brace

going to have to find a way to keep the front derailer clean



got around the disc brake mechanism but just mounting one of the add-on rack stays with a p-clamp. it's not parallel with the opposing rack stay so that's a little weird but don't think it will be an issue in anyway. in theory I don't need the stays at all

getting lots of use out of this old seat post rack. was thinking about removing the extension but since I sometimes load up my truck bag so it's tall, I left the extension so the trunk would never conflict with the saddle



not particularly happy with the rear fender line so over time if I can adjust that, I will

Last edited by rumrunn6; 09-22-18 at 06:11 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-18, 06:15 AM
  #186  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
these are the fenders I hoped would install easily. but wound up taking a cpl hours, several tools, & various parts not included in the kit. I do like the front break away tabs very much tho. I'd bet they might have worked if I stayed with the 40mm tires the previous owner had on the bike. haha but no way that was gonna happen!

SKS Velo 65 Mountain 29 Bicycle Fenders - Pair




I think most ppl don't put fenders on this style 29er MTB. & maybe I didn't need a rear fender at all since I have this rack back there

test ride in the parking lot last night was perfect but time for an obligatory field test IRL. a torture test to see if I can shake anything loose

Last edited by rumrunn6; 09-22-18 at 06:21 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-18, 04:21 PM
  #187  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
approx 20 miles round trip, temps in the 60s
SNETT Wallum Lake Rd in Douglass, MA
to Airline in CT, 121 Riverside Drive Thompson, CT

10 am left house
11 am arrived parking lot
11:43 started ride
12:41 reached turnaround
1:00 pm headed back to car
2:22 pm back at car















Last edited by rumrunn6; 09-22-18 at 06:37 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-18, 06:35 PM
  #188  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)





rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-18, 06:51 PM
  #189  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
fenders and rack performed as expected but I think I will raise them another cpl millimeters



feet stayed dry





seems to be plenty of daylight under this front fender




new helmet checks out. should be fun on the road


Last edited by rumrunn6; 09-25-18 at 10:11 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-18, 08:52 PM
  #190  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
still waiting for the fender L-brackets so I can tweak their fitting. but I added a cpl other things

Lumintrail kickstand. seems to fit just right. time will tell if the adjusting button holds up to torture





mouse pad mudflap & Planet Bike grunge guard. maybe I don't need both. if I like the mudflap I'll attach it more permanently than with just these binder clips. grunge guard rubber straps were a nuisance so just used zip ties. I made a deflector for the front chain rings out of doubled over aluminum foil but it was more of a prototype. 3D printer would be nice, I could make a million bucks cuz it's just a triangular wedge shaped thing. might lower the grunge guard & maybe add a wing to guard the chain rings



since there is inadequate room for a rear fender between the seat tube & tire I made a wedge deflector (metal strapping & section of mouse pad glued w Shoe Goo) for the front derailer. after mounting it up, I think I can easily make the pad part wider, maybe 1/2 on ea. side. happy with the angle & position




Last edited by rumrunn6; 09-28-18 at 04:20 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-18, 07:51 AM
  #191  
2manybikes
Dog is my co-pilot
 
2manybikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 17,170

Bikes: 2 many

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 854 Post(s)
If it's big enough, the flat part of a one gallon milk container makes a good piece of a fender or derailleur cover. The thinness is nice in tight places.
2manybikes is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-18, 07:59 AM
  #192  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
while at the Outdoor Gear Exchange, 37 Church Street Burlington, VT I found a useful item in the bike dept. (Mucky Nutz Butt Fender). should have bought two cuz after cutting it to size I would like it longer (even tho I thought I measured twice!). used it as a deflector against the seat tube above the front derailer. I like the milk container idea tho!



kind of a weird angle looking up & under w/o the rear wheel in place




& since I received the Honjo Fender L-Brackets (large & small) from Bike Touring News I lifted the front of the rear fender, cut the front & lifted it as well







rear fender line looks better now


Last edited by rumrunn6; 10-05-18 at 01:32 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-18, 08:12 AM
  #193  
2manybikes
Dog is my co-pilot
 
2manybikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 17,170

Bikes: 2 many

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 854 Post(s)
Looks good. If the rack to drop out bars bend too much, just switch to angle iron.
2manybikes is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-18, 08:13 AM
  #194  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
also picked up a pre-owned XL MARMOT Windstopper Jacket for a fair price, in their consignment shop! was so happy it actually fit like an XL should! will be looking at more stuff from that brand!

gonna miss this place when Daughter graduates this spring!



not the actual jacket I bought but pretty sure this is it


Last edited by rumrunn6; 10-02-18 at 08:16 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-18, 08:26 AM
  #195  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
Looks good. If the rack to drop out bars bend too much, just switch to angle iron.
oh haha nice idea but I don't load my trunk that much! the seat post rack is strong enough w/o the diy stays. 10 years ago, I originally added those side stays when I 1st used it on an old 10-speed for stability, after adding an extension to make it longer. when I started bike commuting w/o a shower & carried just about everything back & forth ea. day. on that 1st bike the load would swing left or right occasionally, twisting my saddle with it! these stays kept it in place. when I moved the rack from bike to bike I just kept them, even if I didn't need them. but while I was at the VT store, the other day, I held a modern seat post rack. holy cow! the new ones are so light! I just might retire this one ...


Last edited by rumrunn6; 10-03-18 at 01:40 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-18, 04:31 AM
  #196  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
got out for 10 miles down by the river last night. rode the bike friendly perimeter roads. binder clips held but I might add a small bolt in the middle. rear deflector seems to work OK keeping debris off the front derailer

tried to get an action shot thru a shallow water crossing but the cam had trouble focusing. gotta check for a manual focus setting I guess



another inch at the bottom would be a little better. but looks like most of the debris drives straight down right past the derailer



longer front flap would be better I know but not sure I want / need to rethink that material. plus do they even make bigger mousepads? & with the mudflap the crud catcher is clean so maybe I can move it to the seat tube?



there were a cpl shallow water crossings, very few puddles, but there was this mud bog!






Last edited by rumrunn6; 10-05-18 at 01:28 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-18, 08:11 PM
  #197  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
about a year ago 10/28/17 rode this trail & I went back today. temps in the high 50s wore shorts & a sweatshirt for 1/2 the ride. thin gloves for most the ride

Mass Central Rail Trail, parked at 49 Miles Rd, Rutland, next time will park in Barre use GPS to start here (at Powder Mill Pond approx 1019 Route 122 aka 1107-905 Worcester Rd) or a little further down the road at the legit paved parking area. more parking info on that thread

Mass Central Rail Trail

Hybrid stats (from last year)
14.5 miles
20.5 max
10.2 avrg
1hr 25 min saddle time

MTB stats (from today)
(7.5 miles to picnic tables) 13.7 miles but I didn't put my computer back on right away so I missed some mileage
18.8 max (13.1 avrg for 1st leg)
11 avrg for the whole ride
1hr 14 min of saddle time

started ride 1:00 pm
at picnic tables 2:00 pm (34 min saddle time)
15 min break w apple, yogurt raisins, granola bar & two Oreo cookies
back at car 3:18 pm



who are the Seven Hills Wheelmen?













leaves are building & mudflap is holding tough


Last edited by rumrunn6; 10-06-18 at 08:35 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-18, 04:28 AM
  #198  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
low 50s & light drizzle. 1st ride in long pants since I don't know when.. cotton headsweat & a shower cap over the helmet was just right. light gloves. short sleeve poly t, under my go-to long sleeve thick cycling/running shirt & a thin rain jacket. wound up sliding up the jacket sleeves & venting with the zips. threw on some sock liners for cozy good measure. gotta start digging that stuff out cuz I couldn't find a matching pair. DOH! I think I have the correct wheel factor for this GT 29er

6:40pm left house
parked behind the Concord Visitors center in the public lot
7:10pm rode the Reformatory Branch Trail to Bedford approx 5 miles
then the Narrow Guage Trail to Billerica approx 3 miles
8:47pm back at car

15.79 miles
17.7 max
11 avrg
1hr 26min saddle time

I should do this again. the GT was more than I needed but it's nice to have the confidence in the darkness. & as the seasons turn wetter & colder it will be good to have the wider rubber. a little wet snow or mud would be A, OK ...





pit stop in Bedford



wound up wearing a headlamp just cuz it fit. & it was occasionally handy but didn't keep it on the whole time





Last edited by rumrunn6; 10-09-18 at 06:35 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-18, 11:30 AM
  #199  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 20,776

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2360 Post(s)
10/13/18 temps in the high 40s low 50s & raining, a light rain but def. steady rain. Since Iím not a bike commuter any more I donít normally ride in the rain. Certainly not for a joy ride.

Then it dawned on me, I donít have to worry about gloves if I use the bar mitts. So I took off the bar ends & moved a cpl things on the bars to make room. Then with just thin glove liners I was cozy as can be


Went down to the river for a quick 10 miles that should take only about an hour. But today I explored the inner trails. Then took the loop around the whole thing.



14.87 miles
24.5 max
8.7 avrg
1hr 43 min saddle time

Had the trails to myself, well at the end there were 2 runners on the perimeter trails. The interior trails were really mostly old abandoned roads.

The old WWII? Munitions bunkers are still there.


I think they discourage bikes for the sake of hikers not for preserving the trails. They arenít fragile or anything. It wasnít as big a maze as I anticipated. Didnít get lost. They all lead back out to a perimeter road. I kept coming out then going back in. Then looped around the perimeter road from about Ĺ way? Wutz that expression? When you come to a fork, take it



The rain eventually stopped & the sun almost came out, well kinda sorta did.

Trishorts
ĺ running tights
Showers Pass Rain pants
Thick smart wool socks
Columbia waterproof low hikers (Wifey confirmed dry socks only moist from a little perspiration) One L.L.Bean ankle band (long enough to wrap around the loose fitting pant leg)



Brooks quilted long sleeve shirt (why does it have just 1 tiny pocket?)

Novara rain jacket (why does it have just 1 pocket on the back)
Manzella Glove liners
RockBros Bar mitts
Pearl Izumi MicroSensor cycling Headband
Pace Sportswear head cover



Kept trying to get an action pic of the fenders & mudflap in action. Hahaha pretty funny Ďspecially in deep water


came to a big flood zone, not a puddle. Didnít even think about trying to ride thru it!


Trusty rain cover for the trunk

Basecamp helmet with integral face shield worked brilliantly. Occasionally wiped the shield with my glove. Looking forward to using it in more & varied precipitation. Used a shower cap helmet cover but the rain wasnít that bad, probably didnít need it. Cuz it doesnít have so many vents. Should be a good winter helmet. The shower cap usually likes to wrap around the front brim, so without that used a cpl tabs of shipping tape to secure it. guess I still look like a crossing guard


Found a stone marker showing the border to 3 towns, Stow, Sudbury & Maynard. Rode right by it then was like, what was that? Circled back to check it out. These are the things that make my rides longer. Circling back to take a photo. Saw a unique mushroom too, but the photo is unremarkable


Last edited by rumrunn6; 10-15-18 at 11:51 AM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service