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Old 03-31-21, 02:18 PM
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I got in a ride today, only 6 miles until it started raining heavily.
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Old 04-01-21, 06:52 AM
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Over 60* (barely) for the 2nd day this year - and sunny - meant a long ramble was in order. Got 50 mi and was totally flagged at the end. 1978 Batavus Competition, Ishi022, Ergo9 triple.
From home, northward to Redmond via sunny E Lk Samm Rd- and the large, multi-use Marymoor Park. Return same.

Past the paragliders. Someone touching down when I rode by.


Not everything is in bloom yet. But the eagle still flies at the police station entrance

Marymoor Park open areas

No suntan on those pasty legs - but I give you = The Chainring Tatoo

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Old 04-02-21, 09:57 PM
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Windy Friday afternoon ride.

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Old 04-03-21, 07:33 AM
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Friday, Apr. 2, had a MTB sized triple crankset put on my Giant Escape 3 Comfort to make hills easier to climb so I walked the 3 miles from the apt. to the shop, then took the bike out on the Midland Trail over to the 31st. street bike lane to pick up the Foothills Trail that goes by the outside of the Garden of the Gods, here in Colorado Springs, CO. This trail has several steeper uphill grade spots so I could test out the 22/32/44 triple set up and VERY happy with the difference!! 3 miles walking and 11 miles for the ride, Sunny 60 F with bit of breeze, really enjoying the new bike!!!

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Old 04-03-21, 08:53 AM
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42 mile gravel ride. Cloudless skies but brisk winds and temperatures in the 40’s. Things you see out gravel riding.



Nice rack!

My one planned stop was closed for Good Friday

Spring Flowers

Lunch at another small store

Look at the long haired dude

Dash Rd with a tailwind!

More gravel

Another nice section

Crossing the interstate near the finish
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Old 04-03-21, 06:51 PM
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WOW, a unbelievable early spring day here in So. Colorado, 75 F (new record), just a breeze and lot's of SUN!! Had to take my old bike up to the shop to be packed and shipped to a new owner, the shop don't open till 10 AM. So we got a late start but went for a ride anyway as it was WAY to nice not to!! 19 miles RT, several Urban Trails, stopped at a 7-11 on 8th. St. for a BIG BITE Hot Dog, we only splurge for one of these every once in a while but we found them, ON SALE 2 for $3 dollars so we chowed down, YUM. We then headed west to end up in Manitou Springs at a park for stop, break and a apple! Headed back home but added more distance so we could ride the Shooks Run Trail back north and arrive at our Apt. at 3 PM. Heading out tomorrow too, putting the bikes in the old Ford Ranger, heading 40 miles south to Pueblo, CO. to ride the Arkansas River Trail along the water way in the Pueblo Reservoir State Park, be sweet to actually get out of town for once!!!

My Giant Escape 3 Comfort and the wife's LIV Alight 3

Jo is happy with her new bike!!!

Cheyenne Creek and the Duck Pond in Scheriver Park in Manitou Springs, CO.
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Old 04-04-21, 06:05 AM
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2 rides, one in the morning then again after lunch. 60 miles total.


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Old 04-04-21, 11:49 AM
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Yesterday, 16+ miles. Sunny, high 60s-low 70s, winds over 15 mph. The wind shifted, so I had to pedal into a headwind for over half the ride ... and it was worth every pedal stroke. This was my first ride with my new headset, installed by LBS mechanic because I messed up my old 39 year old Avocet. This was also my first ride with a 45/42/28 crank, and it shifted fine; I'm really glad I did something right. I tried out what passes for a hill around here, and my HR at the top after riding in a 28/20 gear was 15-20 BPM lower than when I used 42/24 or 42/22.
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Old 04-04-21, 04:32 PM
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Haven’t ridden in 5 days after getting 12 yards of garden mulch delivered for our steep property. Have 5 yards to go. Probably should take a day off and get one in.
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Old 04-04-21, 06:48 PM
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Got 19 miles in.today. the last mile was walking with a flat tire!
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65 miles up to the in-laws for an Easter visit and meal. Perfect weather for riding! Surprisingly I lost some energy from not eating enough and felt puny the last few miles. My wife is losing weight and preparing us healthy but smaller portions. It’s helping her lose weight but I’m burning a heck of a lot more calories!

The meal today was prepared by my wife was terrific, ham, deviled eggs, potato salad, asparagus, Lima beans and cooked apples. I had plenty!!



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Old 04-05-21, 03:50 PM
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Changed it up today and gave a little love to my '94 Stumpy. It needed to stretch it's legs. Played around in one of my "playgrounds".
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Old 04-05-21, 03:52 PM
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I rode 11 miles today. Yesterday, I rode 42 miles.
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Old 04-05-21, 11:01 PM
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29 miles, mostly tarmac 4 gravel. 58* and sunny
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Old 04-06-21, 10:46 AM
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Glad, as always to post this thread

The lowest lands still a bit wet, but most Valley fields and bogs are drying. At least in the lower foothills east of Seattle. This valley is about 400’ in the Tiger/Cougar/Squak Mountain hill region. Flatish roads north to Sammamish Lake. Good trails most directions from Redmond - after I build better than ‘50mi form’, hopefully soon.



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Old 04-06-21, 12:13 PM
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The ride above was yesterday.
Today I was also just cruisin 'round.
JRA.


Yes, we have no tomatoes - we have no tomatoes today. Or potatoes either.

Color is out. I am still in tights - wool - Baaa!

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Old 04-07-21, 05:15 PM
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32 miles today. Off to see the Easter bunny. I am really enjoying riding this 37 year old bike. I don't want to give up my Bianchi, but for a change you can't beat old steel bikes.
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Old 04-07-21, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by ultrarider7 View Post
I don't want to give up my Bianchi, but for a change you can't beat old steel bikes.

I don't want to give up my 37+ year old lugged steel bikes, but for a change you can't beat CF and Ergo.
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Old 04-07-21, 06:49 PM
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62 miles with 3400’ of hills. My slowest time ever doing that loop. No power to push the gears. Probably dehydrated from walking 18 holes this morning and the temperatures this afternoon reached 85 degrees. I did manage a a 1 under par 71 this morning.

I left my phone at home so no pictures. My wife didn’t like not being able to track me riding!
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Old 04-08-21, 02:37 AM
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My 2014 Giant Escape. I love this bike and where it takes me. Most of my riding is around north Naples and Bonita Springs, FL which is somewhat flatter than where you ride. So the Shimano 105 double compact chain rings meet my needs here. I don't ever want to see this bike die. It is a perfect ride for me.
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Old 04-08-21, 05:26 AM
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Rode my 6.5 mile TT. It's fairly flat. I'd guess about 200-300 ft of climbing. My fastest time ever is 19 mph. This was my first TT of 2021. At this time of the year I was hoping to crack 15 mph. So I was surprised and happy to come in at 17 mph.
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Old 04-08-21, 03:15 PM
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Started at 7 am and got 24 miles in and mowed the yard before the rain started.
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Old 04-08-21, 06:22 PM
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I got the second shot of the Pfizer yesterday morning, so only about eight miles of goofing off afterwards with a Contigo full of coffee in the water bottle holder.
For the four days before that, 145 miles.
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Forty miles yesterday, with ten repeats on what counts as the second-steepest hill in the county.
Today is rain, rain and more rain, so it's looking like a walk instead of riding.
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50 miles in the wind today.
https://www.strava.com/activities/5104583937
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