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Old 05-08-24, 04:00 PM
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Yes. Yes I did ride, and I'm very happy - 17+ miles, low-mid 70s, E/SE wind 5-10 mph. I look down at my hands, and I see the beginnings of tans in the big spot not covered by my gloves. I'm using crocheted gloves now, and I'm looking forward to the small checkerboard tan showing up.

As I approach 80, I'm dealing with the emotional fallout of crossing over into what I can't deny is old age. On one hand, it's finally getting through to me that younger people probably think I crossed that line years ago. OTOH, I guess I'm an OPIL, and to those who don't like seeing old people in lycra, tough.

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Old 05-08-24, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by philbob57
Yes. Yes I did ride, and I'm very happy - 17+ miles, low-mid 70s, E/SE wind 5-10 mph. I look down at my hands, and I see the beginnings of tans in the big spot not covered by my gloves. I'm using crocheted gloves now, and I'm looking forward to the small checkerboard tan showing up.

As I approach 80, I'm dealing with the emotional fallout of crossing over into what I can't deny is old age. On one hand, it's finally getting through to me that younger people crossed that line years ago. OTOH, I guess I'm an OPIL, and to those who don't like seeing old people in lycra, tough.
Donít forget what Toby Keith told us- donít let the old man in.
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I was out at 8:30 AM for an early ride this morning. I think my new favorite ride is the Senior Center. It gives me a place to ride, somewhere to stop and have a break, and then get back on the bike and ride home. I am going to look


to find a place where I can stick in a few more miles to make the ride about 30 miles round-trip that would be ideal.
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Old 05-09-24, 12:14 PM
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Rode to the train station. Starting the GAP/C&O trails tomorrow in Pittsburgh.

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Old 05-09-24, 12:26 PM
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Neat!!

Originally Posted by john m flores
Rode to the train station. Starting the GAP/C&O trails tomorrow in Pittsburgh.
Nice compact kit that! Curious what it weighs, how long it takes to make ready/ take down between rides?
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Old 05-09-24, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by spclark
Nice compact kit that! Curious what it weighs, how long it takes to make ready/ take down between rides?
Full size bikes aren't allowed on the commuter train during rush hour but folding bikes are.
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It took about five minutes on the train platform to get the bike ready for the train, by taking off some bags and putting them inside the large Ikea bag/backpack. I rolled the bike onto the train. The conductor said, "Please fold it just in case my boss walks by" and then he proceeded to tell me about another bike traveler from about ten years ago who was from France and riding a bicycle around the world for the French government.


Bike with panniers and other bags mounted

Ikea bag/backpack has 2 panniers and other small bags.
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Got about 30 in today. It was beautiful and the tourists were pleasant towards me. That changes near the end of tourist season haha.
This is now my favorite ride,.the bike and the route.

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Another day, another ride. Due to my husband, having an appointment this morning my ride didnít start until 10 AM. I got out and rode for 15 miles. as I was also limited on time on the other end, but still a ride was had.

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@essiemyra - "....but still a ride was had."
Love it. Words to live a healthier life by.
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I rode 26 miles today. Tomorrow I'll get to my 100 miles for the week goal.
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I did another 100km ride out to Saitama, and then to Tokyo Bay. I felt very good heading out, I’ve managed to ride nearly 2000km since the end of February, and my fitness level is now pretty high. But the headwind going back toward Tokyo bay was ridiculous, the water in the river had white caps. I dogged it out as best I could, and kept up a strong pace, but it wore me out.

But this morning I feel very good, I wish I had time to go for another ride.
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Originally Posted by WaveyGravey
I rode 26 miles today. Tomorrow I'll get to my 100 miles for the week goal.
A worthy goal
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Old 05-11-24, 03:58 AM
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Whew! I've been off the bike for about 10 days due to life stuff and then a cold. It felt so good to hammer out an hour on the trainer yesterday!
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Originally Posted by BTinNYC
Whew! I've been off the bike for about 10 days due to life stuff and then a cold. It felt so good to hammer out an hour on the trainer yesterday!
Careful what you say, there are people on this forum that don't believe trainer time is riding Good on you. I too use the trainer for more than a work stand.
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Today I rode 26 miles completing my 100-mile goal for the week.
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12 miles today.
I rarely see another cyclist on my daily route, but there was a scattered group today that must have been from a club ride out of the city or something.
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Nice ride on the Brian Baylis ride + round trip from home.
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25 miles today. Hopefully can complete 100 miles this week. But rain is coming in my area.
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Cheated the wind tonight. Went out at 7:15 when it had died down. Got 16 miles in.

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I was out early this morning, at 8:15. I was able to get a 25 mile in. I didnít go to the Senior Center today as again life obligations get in my way. But 25 is a good way to start the week.
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Originally Posted by essiemyra
I was out early this morning, at 8:15. I was able to get a 25 mile in. I didnít go to the Senior Center today as again life obligations get in my way. But 25 is a good way to start the week.
It's not only a good way to start the week, it's the best way to start the week!
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Cruising the neighborhoods. Good for 16 miles.

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Yesterday, I rode over 20 miles on the American Tobacco Trail in the Raleigh-Durham area. While I have ridden ATT many times, this ride had a few firsts for me:
  1. I explored some trails (not greenways) that branch off from ATT. One of them, up around mile 8 or 9 on ATT, turned out to be an entire maze of singletrack through a densely wooded area! And while that was a blast, the rocks, roots, gullies were beating me up on my fully rigid bike; and the mud from our recent rains was a bit much. But my goodness, that was fun!
  2. I believe this may have been the first ride since I resumed riding back in 2020 where I was fully hydrated. Yes that is crazy, but I have a helluva time staying hydrated even when doing nothing; and I sweat like crazy when doing any physical work or activity. Net of this: over the 20+ mi, I hardly sweated - mild perspiration of course, and my heart rate stayed down (avg was 140bpm, which was inflated because the last 5 miles I pushed pretty hard). Best part was upon concluding the ride, I felt I could easily go another 20, had no soreness, no pain, and tons of energy. It helped that most of the ATT is shaded and the temps were in the low 70's when I started.
As I got ready to head home, I thought - this is what bicycling is supposed to be like! instead of the sweaty suffering to which I am accustomed. Wow.
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Another day out riding, I thought I gave myself plenty of time to get to the senior center for cards, but I walked in just in time. I stayed for lunch and cribbage and then went home. The best part is I got 24 miles in today.
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We did 52 miles on the tandem today, down to and around Mission Bay and lunch with friends in Pacific Beach and back home. My better half did great (her longest tandem ride yet)!
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