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Old 05-16-19, 09:40 AM
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CMD, as you've seen, probably in "eco" you'll have great range. One thing you might consider: most of the Lithium chemistry batteries in use seem to thrive at 20% - 80% of charge (reportedly that's how Tesla provides and 8 year or whatever warranty). You might consider charging your battery to 80% (four lights) and not letting it go below 20% (one light). This should maximize battery life. If you don't do this, at least keep it above one light.
I'm surprised by the difference in off road riding conditions in MD vs CA. It's raining now here (new record), but usually we can ride 350+ or so days a year (I remember riding 20 days in a row when my kids were at camp and there were no "family" factors prohibiting it).
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I'm surprised by the difference in off road riding conditions in MD vs CA. It's raining now here (new record), but usually we can ride 350+ or so days a year (I remember riding 20 days in a row when my kids were at camp and there were no "family" factors prohibiting it).
In order for me to ride MTB ( off road ) now ( which is only weekends unless I'm on vacation ) I almost have to pray it doesn't rain on Fridays. Of course it all depends on "how much" and for how long. To make the decision "to ride or not to ride" I have to browse the Weather Underground website and check out the local private weather stations. WU allows you to access the private weather station's stats using their "Wonder Maps" which show all the stations and yes there are hundreds to chose from so that helps. I can get graphs and historic tallies of rain fall in almost any location from these private stations websites. Many of the MTB trails I ride in Md. are in low lying areas so that doesn't help either once the rain moves in.

The big problem is that I like to ride late in the day and that tends to be one of the times when rain seems to move in from the west. If I find a certain area has received more than 0.5" of rain in the last 24hrs I'll usually chose not to ride at that area. Then there are those days when it's not raining but threatening to rain. On those days I have to keep checking the radar to see where the rain is moving to. Last thing I want to happen is to get caught back in the woods as a thunderstorm moves in. ( not to mention I would hate to drive over an hour to a trail head only to find rain moving in right as I get there ) Thank God for weather apps! Those apps have saved me many times from being caught in a bad situation or driving somewhere and end up having to turn back.

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Just a brief little ride after work tonight. Simply amazing how sometimes you think you're dressed appropriately for the weather and suddenly realize that you a slightly under-dressed. I wore the same clothes as last night and temps were almost the same. Felt great last night but tonight I was slightly chilled, go figure. Should of worn the full finger gloves and maybe the lighter tights. Anyway not cold enough to shorten the ride but would of been nice to have been a bit warmer.

I got rewarded on the last leg of the route. Full moon in the sky and CCR's "Bad Moon Rising" playing in my ears. Nice when music gets to provide the background theme for what's going on around you. ( and yes the moon was on my right )

Interestingly my boss asked me if I wanted to work Saturday. I just kind of stared at him not knowing what to say. I was dying for overtime a couple weeks ago and now the big choice. Sacrifice my planned Saturday ride or make some easy money. Took a moment but I told him to find someone else. Boss man is also a good friend and he knows I love cycling so no big deal opting out. 20% chance of rain on Saturday with temps in the 80'sF. The planned ride is about 20-22 miles and includes a number of hills with some nice Spring time country scenery. Crossing my fingers and hoping for the best weather.
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.... 20% chance of rain on Saturday with temps in the 80'sF. The planned ride is about 20-22 miles and includes a number of hills with some nice Spring time country scenery. Crossing my fingers and hoping for the best weather.
Saturday just wasn't my day. Just wasn't feeling good, very sad. I ended up sleeping till almost 3:00 in the afternoon so I really must of been worn out. This of course precluded that I wasn't going to get that daytime ride in. In a way probably worked out for the best because if I had taken my planned ride I more than likely would of seen the rain that eventually reached my community as well. After the rain passed I did take a 12 mile local ride but truthfully I hate riding on wet roads at night.

Sunday turned out to be a barn burner. Not sure but I think it was the hottest day of the year so far with temps in the upper 80's. If it hadn't of been so hot / muggy I'd of gone for the longer ride. Thing is, takes my body a couple weeks to acclimate to the warmer temperatures so I had to pass on the longer ride. I did take a shorter local ride ( 6 miles ) and after I got home I was real glad I didn't try the planned 20 miler. Usually when I do day rides I really don't like riding if it's hotter than 85F when I start. Once again did another short ride at night. While it was cooler it was still muggy and warm. Geez, two weeks ago it was in the low 50's. I hate sudden temperature jumps. Nope, my aging old bode can't handle heat real well any more. Twenty years ago ( in my forties then ) I used to MTB when the temps were in the 90s. Oh how things change when you get older.
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