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Old 04-19-20, 12:41 PM
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Yep (yesterday actually). Our first 20 miler of the season. Also my first ride with padded bike shorts - had a small positive impact I think.
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Old 04-19-20, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by ecsuser
Yep (yesterday actually). Our first 20 miler of the season. Also my first ride with padded bike shorts - had a small positive impact I think.
After the second or third ride you'll wonder how you ever rode without them. And wait until you try Bibs, most of us never go back to actual shorts.
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Old 04-19-20, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by smoore
After the second or third ride you'll wonder how you ever rode without them. And wait until you try Bibs, most of us never go back to actual shorts.
Thanks for that - heading out again today with a different pair from a different manufacture. Admittedly, these are cheap Amazon sold products with good reviews. I wanted to test sizing before splurging on a better product. We’ll see if more money equals more comfort.
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16 miles today. It was uphill against a 10 MPH wind going North - but downhill with the wind at my back going home. Nice! That was about 131' of climbing over 8 miles. HRM said I stayed between 125 and 140 most of the way out, and 105-115 on the way home.
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Old 04-19-20, 07:01 PM
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40 miles in humid and rather blustery conditions here in FL. Really just getting back into it, my weight is up and speed is down. But I can fix that with a bit of work.....
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Old 04-19-20, 08:29 PM
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Yippers! Attended church then off for a slow paced road ride to be with nature and do some praying.

Here I am loaded back up.

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Old 04-19-20, 11:12 PM
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120 miles, 3 of us each between 54-63, 8,919 feet of climbing. 15 mph average. Over 29 miles of climbing really brings that average down.
Awesome day on the bike with good friends.


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Old 04-20-20, 12:42 AM
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36 miles in the relative socal chill of low/mid 60’s from metro san diego out east to la mesa and back. can’t wait for the upper 70’s temps on tap starting wed...
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Old 04-20-20, 03:26 AM
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Social Distancing Compliant Century SLOW SOLO time killer by me, myself and I

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Old 04-20-20, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Miles2go
120 miles, 3 of us each between 54-63, 8,919 feet of climbing. 15 mph average. Over 29 miles of climbing really brings that average down.
Awesome day on the bike with good friends.



I'd say you guys burned a few calories on that ride. Good job!
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Old 04-20-20, 02:55 PM
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100.6 miles with 4700’ of climbing.

If only I had a bike basket!

Lunch! Footling hot dog special all for $5

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Max was good!! Lead the American League in ERA IN 1943.

One of several lake crossings

Distancing from the in laws at their little spot of paradise on the lake.
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Old 04-20-20, 03:25 PM
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100.6 miles with 4700’ of climbing.

If only I had a bike basket!

Lunch! Footling hot dog special all for $5

Do you see roses or a bike???

Max was good!! Lead the American League in ERA IN 1943.

One of several lake crossings

Distancing from the in laws at their little spot of paradise on the lake.
Ahhhhh, Denton NC. Home of the Threshers Reunion!
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Old 04-20-20, 06:36 PM
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The GF and I did a quick 14 miler - pretty windy around Stoney Creek this evening.
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Old 04-20-20, 07:56 PM
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Today I led six other cyclists on a 70-85 mile loop ride I organized with 3,000-3,500 of elevation gain. I had two opt for the shorter 70 mile version. My own ride was 85.6m with 3,500ft and average of 17.3mph. All participants rode from home. I was the youngest of the group, at 54.
Just another great day on the bike, at a social distance of course.

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Old 04-23-20, 02:25 PM
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30 miles in the mountains of VA just before the rain arrived. I’ve added a side road to my standard loop which increases both mileage and elevation. The paved section of Quaker Run Road is about 3 miles in and out, and gets increasingly steeper before turning to gravel. With wider tires, I can extend it another 4-5 miles - another reason to get a new bike.
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Old 04-23-20, 07:18 PM
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After not riding for a couple days as winter showed up yet again I was able to ride today. And I even took my first spill since returning to riding few weeks ago. It wasn't bad. I was on a trail around a small lake, taking routes to avoid others as much as possible (usually easy in this park), and saw a group of people walking dogs ahead. There were also some people fishing nearby, so I decided to turn around.

As I have been feeling more confident on my bike, I figured I could turn around within the trail without dismounting. Turns out not quite. I was nearly around, but at the edge of the embankment leading into the lake, so I decided to stop, awkwardly slipped off the pedal and tilted over before I could catch myself properly. But I was fine, discovered getting up has become much easier with 200lbs less of me, and heard a woman having a good laugh.

So I rode around the trails some more, towards the end heard a bit of a squeak from the cassette, took the bike home and gave it a good wash, lubed the chain, and oiled the shocks.

According to Strava I've now ridden the bike 238kms (147.9 miles).
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I hopped on the Moto GT and got a quick 16 miles yesterday afternoon after logging off from work. 80 degrees with a light breeze, and home for dinner with the lovely Mrs. Camjr. I did change the original Selle Italia saddle out for an Origin 8 saddle I had laying around. I was having problems with the old saddle riding back on the rails and not staying put.



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Old 04-24-20, 02:00 PM
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My buddy and I did a rolling 30 miler that we did almost exactly a month ago.
I felt a bit tired and was somewhat disappointed with the ride overall.
Then, after I downloaded my Garmin, I looked back at our ride from March 23.........
we averaged .90mph faster today.....................now I know why I got tired, and am no longer bummed.............
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Old 04-24-20, 03:05 PM
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Hit the 1,000 mile mark for 2020 today



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High 50s, low chance of rain while I plan to be out. Compact double for hills. Specialized Turbo tubulars for a heavenly ride. Endurance geometry before it was ‘invented’.

3 days off the bike so fresh legs make a ride more fun. Glad to be posting here.



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Jones Rd farm

Winter Mudslide washed clean
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Old 04-24-20, 09:23 PM
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Good looking bike Wildwood. I've found the same thing about three days off the bike; at 70 yrs. my legs feel a lot fresher after three days than they do after two and certainly after one day. I used to ride back to back to back to back and give it no thought. Sigh. But at least I can be out there and still find things to enjoy.
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3 plus me... went to our favorite nearby hill today. 61 miles and 6,998 feet of climbing. I think my legs will be happy to see this Sunday's 70m flat ride.

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I dusted off 3 of my bikes and pumped up the tires. The weather is finally looking nice so going out for a ride after morning coffee.
The question is which bike to take?




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Bittersweet pandemic. Yeah, I've lost both of my jobs to covid, but I do have plenty of time to ride now. I know the concerns with droplet patterns and all, but I'm usually the only one riding on this route I'm using. It's just a 2.5 mile round trip through a 'cutoff' neighborhood, with a little bit of a hill at one end. Perfect for working my mileage base back up. As I'm pretty good at 'living in my head', the repetitive laps don't really bother me (sure beats the heck out of an indoor trainer!).
Managed a 30 mile ride yesterday (nothing compared to what I used to do... but a lot for me now, in my recently post-obese condition), and pedaled off just under 12 miles today. Once I get the legs up for more hilly work, there are a couple routes I can access right from my driveway, but I'll work on my base a little before doing that.
Felt good enough with the 30 mile ride that I figure a metric wouldn't be out of the question, once that sort of group ride is allowable again.

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Great 50 mile ride today!



I offer no commentary, except to say it's short, wide and a dead end.
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