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Did you ride today?

Old 06-19-22, 01:58 PM
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28 miles, 1200 ft of climbing (this is a fair amt of climbing for central Iowa). Rode my 1982 Peugeot PXN 10. It's pretty close to being original; the biggest change is replaced the stock 144 bcd crank with an 86 bcd one to get better climbing gears. I'm running 50/36 rings and a 14-28 freewheel. I use the 36/28 on the 10% grades.

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Haven’t ridden in two weeks due to serious medical family issues. Spent a lot of time in hospitals providing patient advocacy. Note, ER’s and hospital staffing are very challenged right now.

Nice contrails over Flat Swamp on High Rock Lake. 60 miles of headwinds under blue skies but lower humidity! Also was suffering from dehydration from Friday. I walked 18 holes Friday morning, then after lunch spent 6 hours cutting up downed trees from a really bad storm which blew through Thursday evening. Not only high winds and rain but 2 hours of intense lightning.

It was 95 degrees, high humidity and I was dressed for running my chain saw. I was lucky I had on blue jeans. I actually knicked a hole in the jeans on my thigh after my arms and mind got tired. I was drinking lots of water and Gatorade but still lost a good 5 lbs of fluids.

Terrific post ride lunch from Eve’s Diner in Southmont…..fried pork chops, fried okra and pinto beans. The heart rate got a good workout today but probably raised up the LDL with all the fried items!!!

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Old 06-20-22, 06:19 AM
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Father's Day is always a ride day but involves the family. My wife and I planned to ride a section of the Great Allegheny Passage from West Newton southward for about a 20 mile ride round trip. It was a beautiful day and I was mostly prepared. I'd gotten my gears and hydraulic brakes dialed in at the LBS the week and got the family sized bike rack all loaded up. My wife was complaining that she had had trouble on our last ride so I brought our electric pump and topped her and my son's tires up.

OTOH when it came my turn I screwed things up and the core of the tubeless valve on my front tire came out, completely flattening it and the bead came off the rim. Fortunately, I didn't get sprayed with sealant and was able to get the tire reinflated after about 10 minutes. The issue was that the electric pump uses a Presta adapter but fortunately I also brought along my manual pump which has an integrated Presta sized fitting that clamps on.

On the bright side, going into this the bead wasn't properly seated before (the tire had a slight wobble) but I actually got it seated better this time around.

That being said, I sent the family on ahead while I futzed around and only got about 17 miles in. I told my wife we're going to have to plan a longer ride in the future to make up for it.
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Sunny, hot, and humid today. Just over 20 miles. Tomorrow is predicted to be hellish at 98 or 99 F, and I can't ride early. Then 80s and 70s, sunny, and wind under 10 mph for several days.

If I stick to a 10% weekly increase for longest ride of the week, I get to 79 point something KM on 7/30. Since my goal is 79 by the end of July, I'm happy.
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55 miles around the city this morning.
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Old 06-25-22, 04:54 AM
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Rode with a Carapaz fan yesterday and was shown some different hills (always good to find in Flatland). Kept up with the kid too, mostly, 😉.

24 miles, including the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, a private roadway built in 1908 so the super wealthy could have a place to drive their new automobiles. Now a park.
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Old 06-25-22, 10:09 AM
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Some days I’m quite happy that I can climb back up this hill with the gearing this old bike has. And other days I’m quite happy to walk it back to the top.

Leisurely 23 miles on a local pathway.

"It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels." -- Heinz Stücke

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32.4 miles yesterday, which is probably my longest ride in June since 1991. Beautiful day - sunny, mid-80s, negligible wind. On schedule to build up to 79 (age+1) KM in the last week of July, my birth month. First ride with my 'new' (factory-refurbed) Edge 820. I juiced it up the night before the ride and forgot to turn it off, and I was shocked to find the battery at about 45% at the start of the ride. Afraid the battery would die on the ride, I let it sleep except for a dozen checks. It was pretty nice not having the data in my face during the whole ride. Alas, I juiced it up again after the ride, powered off, and it's at 97% today, so I can see the data all during the next ride, unless I have the fortitude to let it sleep.
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My first post in this forum! Rode 51 miles with 2,200 ft of climbing in the Boston suburbs earlier today. I was on my 1986 Raleigh Grand Prix 650b conversion. Tomorrow I take off for a sub-24 hr overnight camping trip to a state forest about fifty or so miles from home. My riding seems to be in bunches like this lately (rode 25 miles yesterday on my Milwaukee Bicycle Co. single speed). Note: pic below is not from today but from early spring.

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