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Old 12-31-22, 06:46 AM
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It's winter today, you won't ride much
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The final ride of 2022, one that started wet and got wetter. Nice weather for ducks and submarines.

Its not a real submarine obviously but its known locally as the Camberwell submarine and you can see why. It's actually home to some heating plants for the council houses nearby.

Just as soggy in the financial district.

The final piece of new street art I've spotted in 2022, this one by Dan Kitchener. Appropriate its raining in the image too.

Rain in the UK is hardly newsworthy, its been falling on our heads on a regular basis since records began. It seems fitting that I stop for a pic outside James Smith & Son, makers of fine umbrellas for nearly 200 years now, who must have been rubbing their hands with glee today at today's weather.

By now my socks and shoes have been overwhelmed by water, a day for rubber boots, or Wellington boots, or wellies as we call them. Named after this bloke, the Duke of Wellington, who was famous for handing Napolean a beating at the battle of Waterloo in addition to popularizing the welly.

For kings and commoners alike it was wet here today, Buck Pal, everyone inside hammering Netflix today, but probably not the Harry and Meghan thing.

On the plus side all the rain does make for some nice bright reflections from the lights at Piccadilly Circus.

And the final pic of Westminster Abbey, the rain now so heavy you can barely see Big Ben and London Eye in the background.

I ride the final few miles home apologizing to my Italian bike for the conditions and making it come out today. There's nicer days ahead........in a few months time maybe.

The final end of year stats are in. I cycled on 339 days out of the 365 for 2022. Of those 26 days of the year not cycled, 7 were enforced family gatherings with no cycling opportunities, only 1 day was missed due to snow and ice when there was no salt on the roads, and I didn't cycle on one day with over 60 mph winds which I deemed too dangerous. I cycled all year in the UK in temps from 23f to 104f which was officially the hottest UK day since records began.

Final mileage for 2022 was 10,246 miles, and I climbed an elevation of 329,693 feet, so 2022 was my highest mileage ever in a year. 94 more than I managed in my previous highest mile munching year of 2017. And all this in the year I turned 50, so there's hope for us old dogs yet. That makes it 60,205 miles cycled in the last 7 years since I started tracking every ride, and for that I am going to have an extra big bit of cake in a vain attempt to line the stomach ahead of the end of year festivities.

May your 2023 cycling smiles to miles ratio remain high, and may you magically remain puncture free. Well we can dream can't we.
Happy New Year folks, see you in 2023
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Originally Posted by botty kayer
The final ride of 2022, one that started wet and got wetter. Nice weather for Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Happy New Year folks, see you in 2023
Impressive stats, botty kayer.
Thank you for all the wonderful ride reports/photos you shared with us in 2022.
Cheers!
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Old 12-31-22, 01:26 PM
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A nice 34 miler yesterday in 60 degree temps.
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Old 12-31-22, 01:31 PM
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Thanks northbend more miles = more cake allowed

And thanks for your and everyone else's contributions here too, still my favorite thread on the forum. Roll on 2023's reports.
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Old 12-31-22, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by botty kayer
I then cut my way through to the river and cycle along the Embankment, where I encounter this 'bird man'. If this guy and his entourage turned up in Trafalgar Square I'm sure there would be a SWAT team taking him out within 5 minutes of his arrival.

Very nice pics and way to go on the yearly mileage!

If I calculated correctly that averages to 30 miles per ride.
Impressive!

You only beat my 2022 miles by a bit over 4.3 times as much. I think the most I ever rode in a year was 4000 miles when I was a lot younger and 2500 of that was a 52 day bike tour loaded to the gills.


This particular picture of the bird man reminds me of the 'Home Alone 2' movie I watched again last week.

There is a bird lady that helps out and befriends the main character young boy.

She has lots of pigeons around her most of the time and they play a part in helping the boy towards the end.

I wonder if the pigeons prefer Marin bikes?
Zooming in I see that's the brand of his bike.



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Old 12-31-22, 03:48 PM
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With rain forecast for all day today, I got my last ride of 2022 yesterday, a 20 mile suburban and MUT round trip between the storms. I retired at the end of 2021 and this year rode more miles than any year in the last 40. Fewer long rides but more days riding.
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Old 12-31-22, 07:12 PM
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Unbelievable. I somehow succeeded in getting my currently-very-moody 13-year-old daughter on the back of our tandem for a hilly ride in 42 degree drizzle. It was only 7 miles and 700 feet, but I felt like I got a good workout hauling 100 pounds of teen angst up that climb. Photos would have disrupted the delicate balance, so if you super-impose this pic over scenery from my last post, that'll about do it. Happy New Years, everyone!

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Just shy of six hours to start the New Year Down Under. Cool and drizzly to start in spite of the southern summer. 1997-ish Bianchi TSX with 9-speed Chorus sneaks into the late classic era in my book.
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Grateful for full coverage fenders and comfortable temperatures today. Nice and easy 18 miles to end the year




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Old 12-31-22, 11:25 PM
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No pics, but 2 tandems and four singles, 2 of which were fixed.
30ish miles in dry 40's F.
A great last day of the year ride on my birthday.
Riding on New Years Day with a larger group.
I can't beat that!
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Starting 2023 with another unseasonably warm day today in the Boston area. Yesterday I fitted my Ti bike with fenders for the winter slog, and today went with a friend to ramble through the arboretum.

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One if those days you just have to get out.

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New Years Day ride with some friends in the Snoqualmie Valley..
It felt so good as it seemed like it had been ages since I'd been out for a ride.

Lynn regailing us with stories of her flight to California by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Sue, Steve and Bob by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

1st day of 2023 Ride (Steve Rossano photo) by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

The view of the cascades near Carnation Farms by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
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31 miles on a beautiful first day of the year.
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I had to work yesterday and not able to enjoy unseasonable warm and sun, but it held out today so waved the Stars and Stripes.

Top of steep climb outside of town. White building in distance is UVA Hospital (the Mothership) and the white dot all the way to the left is Mr Jefferson's Rotunda on the UVA Grounds.

Top of second stiff climb of the day at McCormick Observatory

The rare dome around here not designed by Mr Jefferson
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First snowy cold ride of the new year only a couple miles to town and back foot or so of snow and no plowing with the Monday holiday.


Only a couple more days with Christmas decorations.


Cold and snowy pretty tough riding.
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Headed out for a few warm hours today mixing urban, suburban and rural on this near modern-day classic. Down Under in the southern hemisphere summer it was perhaps 25 degrees Celsius but the sun gets pretty harsh without cloud cover. Threw in a cursory ten-minute effort for old times sake.

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30mi ride to start the New Year to the airport and back

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Originally Posted by zukahn1
First snowy cold ride of the new year only a couple miles to town and back foot or so of snow and no plowing with the Monday holiday.


Only a couple more days with Christmas decorations.


Cold and snowy pretty tough riding.
I would guess it is a different kind of sound with tires on snow.

It would be rare in the Dallas Ft Worth area although it occasionally happens.
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off to the land of Popeye's Ghost wings..
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I tried. The Ironhorse trail had all the gates locked. I'm guessing they are discouraging the campers until the next few storms pass. This area was pretty trashed up when I rode through before Christmas. The shoreline cleanups will be busy on the bay.

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20 test miles late this afternoon (my first ride of the New Year) on this:



Evaluating this:



Longer 120mm 1R stem mated to a wider CdM bar - and the stem even has a bit of a drop. First impressions is the steering feels just a tiny bit slower, but I'm also feeling things out, so... Shellac will probably go on this weekend - I want to ride it a bit, kind of patina the bar tape before I put on a protective coat. If that makes sense.

This bike also has a new, low-flange rear hub built into the same rim I was using when the original Hi-Low hub failed. This replacement is somehow not lining up in the same way as the Hi-Low, and a normal 6 speed freewheel fouls the chain ever so slightly against the inner dropout in the stand. I added a single washer and re-set the overlap on both sides to equal, just barely getting the gap I need. But the drive train isn't shifting/running as cleanly now. I have some tweaking to do - exactly what test rides are all about.

I have a project in front of me again

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Very nice ride Jeff!

Here in Virginia, the warm weather stuck around for yet another day, so I was able to get 40 miles of gravel goodness in on the VO. Right around the curve in the second pic, I came across an occasional riding buddy, except this time he was on a horse! Great day for horse and bike riding.

Bleak House Rd. Toughish climb to get up to this point but Ive yet to find any sadness here

Horse country, Blue Ridge in the distance
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Oh nice picture, but the sun light is just making the name of that beautiful bike unreadable. So, what is that beautiful bike.
Have a great day.
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