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Old 10-22-18, 09:01 AM
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was interesting to see how much fork compression I used on this trail



actually used the feedbag for it's intended purpose! 2 PB&J sandwiches cut into quarters


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was surprised but also interested to see the mud splashes on the rear trunk. don't think I'll rush to do another mudflap just yet tho



while squeezing thru one of the downed trees had a little issue with a big branch pushing up on the rear fender. easily bent my DIY brace, but then it also straightened out just as easily



rear deflector is working but I think it can be better. not much room to work tho



how hard would it be to invent a deflector for the bottom bracket & chain rings? wonder how strong that little screw that holds the BB cable guide is?

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1 more horse pic. didn't stop on my way north when the light was better. but this back lighting later in the day had some potential

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after a lot of hemming & hawing I got out for a ride in the nor'easter down at the river. only rain today

9.52 miles
22 max
8.9 avrg
1 hr 4 min in the saddle




since I knew I would be back before "dark" used just a cpl small lights. but did bring the big light in my trunk (just in case). got home in last light

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took a loop around the Assabet preserve after work. the rain cleared so it was only chilly. did my best to avoid the mud. tried a velcro mount on the new helmet & I guess it worked cuz I still have my camera

high 40s?
6:45 left house
7:45 back home
9.53 miles
19.4 max
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1hr saddle time (hmmm unusual saddle times equals trip duration, guess I didn't stop much)



getting onto Summer St


crossing rte 117


riding around the mud




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last year's winter bike vs this year's winter bike



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finally got a window of opportunity & got out for a cpl hrs. temps in the high 30s. stayed upright & stayed dry. nice to see ppl out for walks on a sunny day. there were a handful of riders as well. since there was no ice I guess it was a good day to set the studs on the new 29x2.0 tires. at 50 psi the rear measured 49mm. the front was at 40psi. they are noticeably slower than the 29x2.25 Riddlers. when the mush & ice appear I'll try lower, maybe 30 front 40 rear. not exactly sure what wheel factor to use so I tried the middle number of these three

2273
2288
2289

11.20 miles
25.6 max
8.6 avrg
1hr 17min in the saddle but had a leisurely time exploring & was away from the house for a cpl hrs













hoping to get a ride in this week after work left the bike outside in the rain. covered the saddle & also clipped the barmitts closed to keep the rain out


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12/5/18 Concord, Bedford & Billerica using Reformatory Branch & Narrow Gauge Trails, at night in sub-freezing temps, approx. 26 - 32 degrees. didn't want to lug all my stuff to work so i prepped the night before so I could drive home, get my stuff then drive to Concord. don't count on Bedford Depot restrooms, they are closed for the season! too bad they were always a welcome sanctuary, especially at night!

7:10pm - 8:08pm 7.9 miles to Billerica
14 mph max
9.1 avrg
52 min saddle time

9:12pm back at car
Whole ride
15.9 miles
15.9 max that's a weird coincidence!
9.3 avrg
1hr 43min saddle time
Trip duration approx. 2hrs (not including driving the 15 miles (round trip) to home)
I slept well

even tho it's been real cold, the mud was not solid, a little crunchy at the edges & tops of the ruts, y folded right over & made riding a little tricky in spots. all good fun. I let a little air out of the front tire for the ride back, I think it's time, & steering thru the mud was a little easier. this is a nice little night ride. doesn't feel long but when I;'m done I'm over 15 miles & got a cpl hrs of outside exercise!

used the 2nd sportcam. so kept one on my helmet & one in my pocket. I like that instead of having to move one around to do everything. unfortunately these are not effective at night. I might take my wide angle diffuser off for a little more punch thru the darkness





this is at 62 heading back west down into what is some pretty soft mud. good thing I knew it was coming or I might have hit it to fast


always a good idea to wear a headlamp around my neck to help take leaves out of the fenders & derailers, or in this case, air down a smidge






on my last cold ride my phone turned off I guess due to the cold even tho it was in my jacket pocket, so this time I added a toe warmer! it worked!


finally got to use these PI winter gloves. they worked out very well, even inside the bar mitts. but at the 1/2 way point I swapped them for my lighter go-to wind stopper gloves


I also swapped out the balaclava at the 1/2 way but 3 miles later put it back on. the very thin beanie & cycling headband weren't quite cutting it. shud have brought a thin knit hat maybe. but it was no biggie the balaclava wasn't that wet & I just turned it inside out. I also unzipped the pitzips for a little while but soon zipped them back up. this temp range may be the limit for the Marmot jacket. I had a zip neck poly base & fleece shirt which was fine, but if I was gonna be out any longer I would need another layer or a different top layer. I was eager to find out how the Basecamp helmet & visor would work with a balaclava & I'm happy they pair up well.

sock liners, hand warmers & winter socks in the winter boots were good too

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12/1/18 Concord, Bedford & Billerica using Reformatory Branch & Narrow Gauge Trails, again with temps in the high 20s. lugged all my stuff to work so I could just go straight to the Concord parking lot. Wound up being away from my car for 2 hrs this time. Hmmm guess I had more stops … didn’t bring the computer cuz I was rushing to get to work w/o being too late. Plus I know it’s approx 16 miles

With a gym session at lunchtime & a nice night time bike ride, it’s easy to go to bed early

the mud is solid now, glad I let a little air out of the front tire last time, might be time to let a smidge out of the rear

used a new-to-me waterproof digital point-&-shoot cam I got off ebay for $40. It has very limited usefulness. Kept the polaroid sportcam on my helmet but experimented with FHD (full HD) but the file sizes are so much bigger & with poor lighting it was a waste

took my wide angle diffuser off for a little more punch thru the darkness, it was nice to have all that light back. But I couldn’t find the original clear lens so I used the lens from the cheap knock-off headlight. It fit but not perfectly so I had to listen to it rattle the whole time. Ordered the proper lens

after the way point I put the headlamp that I wear around my neck in my pocket, it’s too annoying around my neck & gets in the way when I want to zip up or down the various layers I had on

I added a toe warmer to my cell phone again, wish they came as singles

use the PI winter cycling gloves again. but again at the 1/2 way point I swapped them for my lighter go-to wind stopper gloves

again I also swapped out the balaclava at the 1/2 way & this time brought a thin knit hat to take it’s place. My headband was in my trunk so I didn’t add that but it would have been helpful because even tho the knit hat is long enough to cover my ears, I could have used more "sealing" from the cold wind

added a layer up top this time, a modest fleece vest. It was just the ticket. Kept the pit zips on the Marmot jacket closed except toward the end I opened them a cpl inches ea.

down below I wore the Headwind pants under the Showers Pass storm pants. Good cold weather combo. Trishorts under both of course

used the usual sock liners, hand warmers & winter socks in the winter boots

hot water with honey in the Corkcicle thermos! oh yeah!









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