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Old 02-28-24, 10:43 AM
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Not today ... but thought I'd share my less-than-professional ride report from the Arrowhead 135 last month: https://bikesbeersstuff.blogspot.com...ltra-year.html

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I got out early this morning before the high winds came in, and rode for 10 miles. At one point I looked to my left and thought the heavy low hanging dark gray clouds could be a tornado in the making. I continued on and was back home before any high winds appeared.
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Originally Posted by Hypno Toad
Not today ... but thought I'd share my less-than-professional ride report from the Arrowhead 135 last month: https://bikesbeersstuff.blogspot.com...ltra-year.html
I enjoyed your ride report. Congratulations on a heck of ride.

Cheers,

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Old 03-03-24, 05:47 PM
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Today before the sun set ... on the '71 Raleigh Sports


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Went out for a couple hours cruising around town. Went ~18 miles. This week is looking pretty good for getting some rides in. Looking forward to it.

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My wife has had Covid so we didn't go to church today. I used the morning to get out on the MUP for 15 miles. I should have went out later to have my growler filled at the brewery but I worked on a cassette and rear derailleur that was making a weird noise. Turned out one of the tabs on the 44 year old plastic Shimano spoke protector was broken so I made extra sure the limit screws were set well after I removed it.
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37°F, (2.8°C) 50MPH (80KMH) gusts, hail, sleet, thunder & lightening, at one point it even snowed! It was invigorating and exciting. I went 29.7 miles in just over 2 1/2 hours. I have never moved so fast on the flats as I did when that tailwind caught me. When I returned home I felt more like I'd spent a day snowmobiling than I did cycling. A hot shower followed by a hot cup of java was never more appreciated. Then I had to swap chains because I'm sure the elements cleaned off all the wax so it's ready for a repeat tomorrow. Hurrah!
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Originally Posted by Samac
I enjoyed your ride report. Congratulations on a heck of ride.

Cheers,

Scott
Thank you!
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Beautiful day, 68F and a little windy with 20mph gusts out of the south. Cruised my neighborhood circuit, ~17 miles.

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Wow, what a day! A perfect day on Mt Lemmon and I was able to ride to the true summit at 9,088'. 70 miles and 7,800' of climbing for the day. The road past the ski area is gated off, but it's been plowed and it was mostly rideable, just a few short icy patches I walked through. I had the pleasure of cycling with a young German guy, in town for work, and we have the same first name. Andy is a 46 year old jet engine test specialist, with one day off to play. Because he was on a MTB, soft from a winter of office work, and jet-lagged from the flight over here, we kept the same pace all day. He peeled off on a dirt trail for the final part of his descent. He was surprised at the amount of snow.


A little ice on the road.


Me, walking to the summit trailhead.


Some French Canadians hiking the road took a photo of a German and an American. A three year old burn scar is in the background.
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Old 03-05-24, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Samac
Beautiful day, 68F and a little windy with 20mph gusts out of the south. Cruised my neighborhood circuit, ~17 miles.

Cheers,

Scott
Love the Cutthroat! I have that same frame hanging in my office, and I'm getting super excited to build it up for this summer's adventures!
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Originally Posted by Hypno Toad
Love the Cutthroat! I have that same frame hanging in my office, and I'm getting super excited to build it up for this summer's adventures!
Thank you, Hypno Toad. I love it. Hope you enjoy yours as much as do mine. I predict you will.

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Was able to get out Tuesday and today around the neighborhood circuit, 16 miles. Today is the coldest 48F I’ve ever felt. Geez Louise.

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I'm heading out tonight after the SOTUS. Supposed to remain dry and the winds are calm so the temperature shouldn't be a problem and low 40's. Will probably only do a 10-12 miles because I don't want to work up a sweat. Just a nice leisurely ride
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Old 03-08-24, 07:09 PM
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First dry day in a couple of weeks that coupled with my schedule. Only a dozen miles, but Fri afternoon is not the friendliest on my roads, everyone in a hurry. But Sat morning is what I saved for.

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Old 03-08-24, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Hypno Toad
Not today ... but thought I'd share my less-than-professional ride report from the Arrowhead 135 last month: https://bikesbeersstuff.blogspot.com...ltra-year.html
Dude!
I enjoyed the essay and photos. What an accomplishment.

Just my usual paddle around N Queens.

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Old 03-11-24, 01:39 PM
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Got in some extra miles today. Today's the day I normally meet a small group of seniors at Saguaro NP and ride a couple laps of the 8-mile scenic loop road. As I left the house, my wife told me to look for her on my way home--she was going to head out there after yoga in the park. I was just a mile from home when I got a text that yoga had been cancelled, but she had gotten a flat. She misunderstood the route I normally take and went a different way, so we missed each other. She's perfectly capable of fixing her own flat, but I told her I'd ride back her way just in case. I got there just in time so see her get back on her bike. (So proud of her.) She decided she'd had enough for the day and we rode home together. Total for the day 45 miles, instead of the usual 36.

I had a lot of fun on the bike over the weekend too. On Saturday I rode 20 miles to staff a repair stand for the bike co-op at an event in Oro Valley (at the turn-around point for the "Tour de Cookie"), then 15 miles to the U of A campus for their annual Festival of Books, then 10 miles home. On Sunday I rode back to the Book Fair. I love reading, and I almost had a nerdgasm at that Book Fair. I met some of my favorite authors (Craig Johnson, CJ Box, William Kent Krueger, Luis Alberto Urrea, Thomas Perry) and several new ones.
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Beautiful day, 63F sunny, 10mph wind with 18-20mph gusts from the south. ~24 miles.

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Originally Posted by Samac
Beautiful day, 63F sunny, 10mph wind with 18-20mph gusts from the south. ~24 miles.
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Being from the midwest originally, your pics make me feel nostalgic. Really like them Thanks for taking the time to put them up.
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Being from the midwest originally, your pics make me feel nostalgic. Really like them Thanks for taking the time to put them up.
My pleasure. I’m trying to establish the routine of taking a picture on a ride. More than a few times I’ve found myself nearly home and realize I haven’t taken a pic.

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Full sun, low 50*s, dry pavement. Love it.


The day has been good….but…..

….. have I complained about the last 2mi lately?

The triple gets me up without walking.
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Another Delmarvalous springlike day. Took my Orbea Avant out today, 25 miles. I have a V-O Porteur bar on it now, love the set up on this bike. I put a pair of GK semi-slick, 28mm, on the bike. I like these a lot, really good for multi-surface rides, still pretty good ride on pavement. Bethany Beach had a lot of people on both the boardwalk and the beach. Ocean was like blue tinted glass, we rarely see it like that in March.


At Holt’s landing state park

For March, a lot of people on the beach

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Well today's ride was only supposed to be 10 miles as I haven't ridden in two weeks due to traveling back to Michigan, and babysitting the grandkids. The weather was a bit chilly at 38 f degrees, though the skies were partly sunny with low winds. Anyway, I headed out and made what I thought would be a good route. But when I got to the road that would turn me around it had a very long train across it. So I had to change my plan and went to another road which the train was across. I went to another way but got mixed up and thought I was somewhere else, so I back tracked to my original ride and ended up with a 20 mile ride today. So it was a good day!
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Originally Posted by essiemyra
Well today's ride was only supposed to be 10 miles as I haven't ridden in two weeks due to traveling back to Michigan, and babysitting the grandkids. The weather was a bit chilly at 38 f degrees, though the skies were partly sunny with low winds. Anyway, I headed out and made what I thought would be a good route. But when I got to the road that would turn me around it had a very long train across it. So I had to change my plan and went to another road which the train was across. I went to another way but got mixed up and thought I was somewhere else, so I back tracked to my original ride and ended up with a 20 mile ride today. So it was a good day!
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Rode nine miles this morning on my Schwinn CrossCut single speed conversion .
longest ride this year .
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