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Old 09-10-22, 07:53 AM
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This has been an "off" riding season for me.
I got back into golf and my part-time job (semi retired) has become full-time again. On top of that I picked up slinging arrows ie., Traditional Archery...........
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Originally Posted by Speedway2
This has been an "off" riding season for me.
I got back into golf and my part-time job (semi retired) has become full-time again. On top of that I picked up slinging arrows ie., Traditional Archery...........
Work! Golf!?

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Just cruisin around on a 2nd check ride. I never get it 100% trusty on one check ride. About 20 miles is not bad for me on a weekday dealing with 'traffic and no shoulders' ride.
But a couple of good stops.


59cm but rides a bit small. ‘87 Bianchi Vittoria, Formula One tubing, Columbus SL is what frame mostly feels like. A predictable and responsive handler. New tires, now in the mail, will help a lot = going from stiff 25 to supple 26mm.

Private road for a few homes and small acreage suburban farms.

Except for fields, still mostly green.
The clouds were foreboding, and little spits of rain kept me cautiously watching inbound skies. But nada.
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Old 09-15-22, 05:59 AM
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I did ride iyesterday- 9/14/22 - FINALLY-was only 9 mlles, but damn it felt good to be riding. First time in 3 months, since I broke my wrist
(not bike related). Just a little pain, easily bearable, and finally enough strength back to shift the front shift/brake lever. Had new x-rays lately and doc gave me the ok to ride, road only, no trail riding yet, shouldn't be too far off. I'll know when.
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Old 09-15-22, 06:44 AM
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Yesterday I made my first attempt at my annual ascent up Mt Evans from my house in Golden Co. It's a 14,200' summit with a paved road. I got delayed way too long this year by a COVID infection in the spring. It was a rare nice day up there. I spent a lot of time in my lowest gears, and made it to Summit Lake at 12,800', just past a 13,000' rise in the road. 83 miles and 8,800' of climbing. I was pleased with that result. I'll try again in a couple of weeks if the season permits.

Maturity reared its head by keeping me from attempting the summit, just five more miles. Those five miles can be treacherous on the descent--broken pavement, half the air resistance at sea level so constant braking, surprising wind chill, dodging pesky marmots. I was starting to feel the first effects of altitude sickness--headache and nausea. I want a clear head for that now, something that wouldn't have concerned me thirty or forty years ago. An alpine rescue team started assembling at the lake parking lot while I rested there, and that could have been for me.

I also ran short on water. I always get water from snowmelt springs above treeline, but this year I'm too late in a dry season and they're dry. Next attempt I'll bring my backpacking water filter and get water from Summit Lake. Then my last full bottle bounced out of the cage on one of the larger pavement cracks on my descent. It took about twenty minutes to find it in the rocks on the shoulder.
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Old 09-15-22, 07:39 AM
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83 miles and 8,800' of climbing.
That is a monster ride!
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Old 09-16-22, 08:13 PM
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I am 70. I started riding with a club in1984 and rode 7000+/- miles thru 2016. I broke my leg in 2017(unrelated to cycling). Six months later I was riding again, but gradually lost interest. Well, it's 2022 and I am starting all over again. I have ridden two 8.8 mile rides and felt pretty good ( but VERY slow). And my butt is killing me. Bottom line, it felt really good to be back on the bike. I just got a pretty comprehensive bike fit and really feel motivated to get back in some reasonable fitness. Even in these two short rides I could feel the endorphins. It's starting to look like Fall here in Northern CA, a great time to ride.
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Old 09-17-22, 04:57 PM
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Second on don compton and the Autumn weather. Great to ride and always grateful to post this thread.


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Old 09-17-22, 05:54 PM
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12.5 miles. 1st ride since the end of July. Been battling radiation effects and kidney issues and some random dizziness. Those 12.5 miles felt wonderful!
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Just completed my 22 mile ride.

Got my weekend rides in before the rain 🌧
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Old 09-20-22, 02:46 PM
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17.5 miles, sunny, windy. Not a great performance, but .I can find excuses if I look for them. Weather Underground/IBM tell me we're at the start of a stretch of good riding weather, which is good news.
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Old 09-21-22, 04:14 PM
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Cape Cod Rail Trail

Rode a leisurely 18 miles, South Dennis-Brewster & back. Perfect weather with 15-20 mph cross winds. Stopped at the Snowy Owl for coffee and later at a hot dog truck that only services the trail - both great!

I took my ‘85 Cannondale on its longest ride ride since I acquired and overhauled it last year, while Pete rode his hybrid… we did not set any speed records and didn’t care! The trail, however, was pretty busy for mid-week, and heavily populated with speeding e-bikes.

Looking forward to riding this same stretch up to Wellfleet next month.

‘85 C’dale ST500, given to my son in law in Virginia, who didn’t want it. Now in residence on Cape Cod.

Me on the left with Pete, whom I’ve known for 57 years, and who has ridden 20K miles on the CCRT network
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Another nice day,


26mm tires (tho I have not measured) seem nice.

The beginning of the 3km hill home. No outlet, indeed.
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Soooo,
Just acquired this 2005(?) Kestrel Talon SL ….
After a wash job, inspection, and saddle/pedal/rear brake adjustments- off on a 20 mile test ride thru Carrollton.


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Always grateful to post this thread

Third attempt to post - only me ? Mobile app to upload from phone.
Crap
just the pics this time
if it works



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Originally Posted by jim dandy
Soooo,
Just acquired this 2005(?) Kestrel Talon SL ….
After a wash job, inspection, and saddle/pedal/rear brake adjustments- off on a 20 mile test ride thru Carrollton.


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If the finish is nude, watch for extended full sun exposure - or use an appropriate marine protectant.
Clearcoat is good.
Paint is best.

At least on carbon fiber frames '05 and before. That's when I got the advice from a CF builder.

minimize luggage on tri builds - isn't there a Rule or sumpin? .
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Beauty.
If the finish is nude, watch for extended full sun exposure - or use an appropriate marine protectant.
Clearcoat is good.
Paint is best.

At least on carbon fiber frames '05 and before. That's when I got the advice from a CF builder.

minimize luggage on tri builds - isn't there a Rule or sumpin? .
Wildwood,
Thankfully, the carbon fiber frame is painted/clear coated and the naked fork and stays are clear coated. A few small spots need clear coat repair… no prob. there.
The Baby Raptor wb staying indoors with the other bikes unless it is actually moving.
Thanks for the advice … it’s too pretty to let deteriorate.
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Cape Cod Canal Rail Trail

I ride this trail section frequently, since I live nearby, but couldn’t deal with a steady 25+ mph headwind today after only four hrs of sleep … turned around after several miles and doubled my speed on the return.

Hung out for a while at the commercial fishing docks and soaked up some early Fall sun.


Two different forms of aluminum transport! The boat crew were busy cleaning the day’s catch of cod, halibut and squid,etc; the t-shirt guy, just a photo bomber

The blue fishing boat was just starting its work day, and is headed SW through the canal towards Buzzards Bay
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A dusting of snow in the Colorado Rockies last night:



I rode up to Evergreen for breakfast with some fellow retired firefighters. Eight am breakfast means leaving home at six am, still dark, wet roads from overnight rain. I crested the viewpoint near the start of the I-70 bike trail just as the sun came up, and I got treated to this view. The elk in the nearby herd were bugling too.

After breakfast, I finished riding the Lariat Loop back to Golden, a 40-mile scenic auto route with 3,500' of climbing.

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Especially thankful to post this thread

Rode a regular route. About 17mi.
Thoughts of a 65year friend just back in hospital ICU. Maybe his problem is stroke, seizure, complication from prior surgery, unknown.

Seahawks football in Detroit kept local Sunday AM roads quieter than normal = always appreciated.


Damn, bet it takes nearly a month to get this truck running again

Aug-tober in Seattle area = near 80*, dry and sunny. Continuing the stretch of summer-like weather.

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35 miles Saturday - brought me to over 1,200 miles this year. Usually I ride solo, but I rode with my local club for this ride.

In general, I ride a little faster than the slowest group supported by local bike club want to go, but I can't keep up with the next faster group. Riding solo, however, I can usually do maintain the necessary speed. Recently someone led a a ride that promised to be on the low end of the next fastest group, so I decided to give it a try.

Man, the problem I have with group rides really hit me on that ride. I was fine when I stayed with the front group of 5 or 6 riders who didn't let big gaps develop. Then, out of politeness, I let a couple of riders get ahead of me after a stop, and they did let gaps develop. The constant falling back and speeding up to catch the main group exhausted me quickly, and I left the ride.

I was disappointed, but now I know what I have to prepare for to join and stick with the faster group. I'm not certain my body can actually do what's necessary, but at least I know what the requirement is.
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No I did not

In fact it's been years since I rode. I was at the bike shop today buying a casual urban bike for my 30 y.o. daughter; making conversation with the bike shop guy, exchanging stories. So he challenged my excuses about health problems and whatever and basically told me I was a lazy wimp giving up what had been a lifelong passion. And he was correct. Not sure yet what I'll do about that.
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Old 10-04-22, 06:03 PM
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Pinarello Test Ride Reveals Flaw

Back to the Cape Cod Canal RT last Friday. More boat traffic than bikes while test riding a new CL find from Wednesday: a ‘99 Pinarello Stelvio.This bike rides beautifully and is very fast!
While reviewing my ride pics at the halfway point in Bourne, I noticed a chunk of front tire missing and then another missing piece when I examined the tire carefully. So… my return to Sandwich was much slower, thanks to a strong headwind and some additional rider caution.

Test rides, that’s why we do them. I’ll be on this bike again with fresh tires on Sunday on a bikeforums group ride to Wellfleet on another section of the Cape Cod Rail Trail (after another test ride).






This is the Buzzards Bay Railroad Lift Bridge. Finished in 1935, has a span of 544’ and is the 2nd longest lift bridge on the planet. If you look closely, you’ll see where a portion of my front tire is missing.



The Bourne Bridge is one of two that span the canal and are the only driveable ways to get on or off the Cape. Driving them today is an adventure, given that they were engineered for the slower and smaller vehicles of the time. Both of them were finished in the early 1930’s, and are scheduled for replacement, hopefully before I croak.
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My 20 yo carbon hike

Long ride to a nice but short trail.
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