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Old 12-30-10, 12:51 AM
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Nice pictures, keep posting.
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Old 12-30-10, 08:28 AM
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Great pictures, John. I can't wait to see pictures of it in the summer months.
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Old 12-30-10, 01:57 PM
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Wow. Great pictures John. Nothing like that around here unless I drive at least 70 miles from home.
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Off today (yes, I'm still working). Worked on my Rans Stratus recumbent, then took it out for a spin. I needed to change the rear brake pads. Then I took it out for a spin. I usually do not ride an Fridays (been hit twice by cars on Fridays, so this is my simple change to ensure that I don't get hit a third time on a Friday). But this time I was mostly on bike trails, so it didn't matter about the cars. 'Had a good ride. Now I need to get the info off my bikes odometers for a yearly tally. It will be interesting to see what I totaled for the year.

Okay, here's the totals:

Rivendell Rambouillet: 801.3 miles
Rans Stratus: 1271.9
Trek 1420: ?

Total, somewhere over 2073.2 for the year. I thought I was riding about 1200 per year. It pays to set it up on January 1 and find out! I don't know about the Trek, as the odometer is not giving me a total mileage for some reason. When I figure that out, I'll put it up too.

Here's a picture from our annual Bridge Pedal in Portland, this one in 2005:


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I'll be 67 in April so I guess I belong here. Retired in SW Florida. I live in a gated community with a bike club with 150 members. But there are only 10 or so who are serious riders. Our ride this morning (60 degrees at the start...70 degrees at the finish) was a hard 40 miles in a paceline of 6 riders. Average speed around 19 mph. I formerly lived in Minnesota and Chicago. No more rollers for me. It's great to ride year round.

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Dang that is fast riding.
How old are the others?
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Old 01-02-11, 06:11 PM
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Welcome, glad to see you here and posting.

Sounds like you are a Riding Dude.

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The youngest is 60...the oldest is 73 (and the fastest rider).
Might sound fast, but remember Florida is dead flat. We had a whisper of a head wind heading South to Naples and rode 17/18. Same slight tailwind coming back, my last pull was about 4 miles and I kept it at 22mph+ (Got complaints afterwards) But I felt great after a hard ride for the rest of the day.

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We have nothing but flat roads to ride on.
We don't do pace line riding.
We go for long miles.
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I admire you for those long miles. Retired or not, we never seem to find the time for more than one century a year and regular half centurys. But even then, paceline riding just seems to materialize. I used to ride a back to back century ride in Ohio from Columbus to Portsmouth and back (6000 riders). One year in my forties I did the ride in one day, making it my only double century. I was able to put in those kinds of miles in a single day by latching onto pacelines and keeping the pace to 22/24 with young strong guys pulling me along. Stops were every 25 miles. The pacelines would disolve and new ones would appear after the break.

But however you do the miles and how many you do...the secret is to never stop. Your heart legs and lungs will thank you.I'm working on my second 100,000 miles. (Somehow I think I may fall short)

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You will make it.

I started road riding at 65 years. Now 68.
Was able to ride 15,923 miles last year.
Got paid for this 4200 mile ride. NY to LA.

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Thats fantastic! Keep that up and you will pass my total miles which took me 35 years to accumulate.
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It is all about fun for me.
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We also do some camping rides.

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Originally Posted by OLBKR
The youngest is 60...the oldest is 73 (and the fastest rider).
Might sound fast, but remember Florida is dead flat. We had a whisper of a head wind heading South to Naples and rode 17/18. Same slight tailwind coming back, my last pull was about 4 miles and I kept it at 22mph+ (Got complaints afterwards) But I have felt great after a hard ride for the rest of the day.

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So how many of you use a triple and how many a compact?
I made a move from a triple to a compact and I am missing my triple.
I am thinking of going to a smaller big ring. Any ideas?
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So how many of you use a triple and how many a compact?
I made a move from a triple to a compact and I am missing my triple.
I am thinking of going to a smaller big ring. Any ideas?
Triple? I put that in the same category as recumbents. They're for "old" folks.
My main ride has a 53/39, 11-23 (9 speed).
My new bike has a 52/36, 11-28 (10 speed). Not really a compact but what is it? It's a standard setup with SRAM Apex.
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I cruise in the middle ring!

I'm 69, not trying to set a speed record. I just do my 20 miles and enjoy being out there commuting with nature.

I see every bird, smell every tree, hear every sound and truly enjoy my rides.

Kids get on me I get in the big ring for a mile or so just to mess with'em. Sometimes a new guy my age tries to show off and I get in the big ring and just let him run himself in the ground. They don't stay around long.

Love life, turn the cranks
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Originally Posted by Phil85207
So how many of you use a triple and how many a compact?
I made a move from a triple to a compact and I am missing my triple.
I am thinking of going to a smaller big ring. Any ideas?
I changed my 52/42 to a 48/38 (10sp 12/27) because I never used the 52. so the 38 gave me a quasi compact to get up some hills I was having problems with,,very happy with it..
(on my 82or 83 Gianni Motta Steel....)
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I have my city bike with a 48 big ring.
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I had a nice, 14 mile ride on my recumbant today. It was cool though, just above freezing. I had to change my route as a wooden walkway I normally take near a creek by our house had about 1/4 inch of ice on it. But other than that, it was a great ride. 'Rode to a park where a man and his daughter were feeding the ducks; I had initially scared the ducks a bit coming up, but I stopped about 20 feet away so the ducks could come back. I then walked the bike around them. The bushes and trees had a coat of ice crystals on them from freezing fog, and that was very pleasant to look at. My hands got a bit cold in my ski gloves a few times, but the stop at Great Harvest Bakery took care of that.

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Nice Ride John
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Originally Posted by oldster
I changed my 52/42 to a 48/38 (10sp 12/27) because I never used the 52. so the 38 gave me a quasi compact to get up some hills I was having problems with,,very happy with it..
(on my 82or 83 Gianni Motta Steel....)
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I just ordered a 46 to replace my big ring. The hill repeats are just to dang slow with the compact setup. I will see how it goes and I may even change to small ring, who knows. We have some pretty good climbs on my routs, and I'm not willing to give them up yet.

By the way we just had our 52 anniversary on the 5th of Jan. I can't believe it. Where did the time go? Talk about water under the bridge. 6 kids, 23 grandchildren and 2 1/2 greats.
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I'm so happy for you old man.

That's just great, really happy for you all.
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I just set in the floor and checked, I have 48/32/23 rings. Works great for me.

Seams like I had a 19 climbing ring, may be on my road or touring bikes. I'll have to check if anyone cares!
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