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Old 02-20-11, 06:13 PM
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Yes! First ride on the new Strong! Did a 36 mile hammerfest with the fast kids...talk about a trial by fire to shake out any problems with the bike!

I'm happy to report: There were none. This bike freakin' rocks!
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Old 02-20-11, 06:28 PM
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Went for a short ride around our subdivision with my eight year old daughter. Weather was partly cloudy and 77F. Spring is coming early to south Louisiana.
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Old 02-20-11, 06:33 PM
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Got in windy 55 miles today after a foggy 100 mile ride yesterday.
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Old 02-20-11, 06:51 PM
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52 miles with 3200' of climbing on the single for a change. Moderate temps - high 40's at the start, probably mid-50's at the end.
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Old 02-20-11, 07:05 PM
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2.5 hours with 4 other riders. It was cool @ 30 degrees with 15mph winds and we finished right ahead of 2" of snow. Nice easier pace with high cadence, but nice to get out once again with buddies.
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Old 02-20-11, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by ciocc_cat
Spring is coming early to south Louisiana.
I was thinking the same thing yesterday and today. But then I remembered some late March sleet storms over the years. Still, hope springs eternal, no pun intended.

Rode 20 miles yesterday in 15 MPH wind at times - Not as far as some, but definitely up from where I was. I guess the flipside of my bike's upright geometry is when I put the wind to my back and get to play sailbike, if only for a while.
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Old 02-20-11, 11:50 PM
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Yes,17 miles on a mountain bike. Strange. Cold and sunny, one flat.
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Old 02-21-11, 12:08 AM
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Cold rainy and its Sunday, the day of rest.
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Old 02-21-11, 05:46 AM
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66 miles, 5000 ft of climbing. Did the local favorite "Blue Ridger" ride, plus tacked on some extra miles on the rolling hills around Middleburg and The Plains.
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Old 02-21-11, 06:01 AM
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Was sitting around thinking it was too cold, yeah I have become a wuss, and sort of waiting the the Daytona 500 to come on, decided riding was a better decision so I went for 38 miles.I played around with new camera trying to take movies and stopped several times fiddling around with that.. I did a few hill repeats and burned my legs pretty good.
I got home and saw the last few laps of the race---ho-hum as far as the race, glad I rode the bike instead. It wasn't that cold out either. high 40's light winds.
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Old 02-21-11, 09:58 AM
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58 miles on Saturday. Managed to miss the rain by 10-15 minutes.
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Old 02-21-11, 11:19 AM
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Got out for a one hour zone 2 hill climb this morning. 1950' elevation gain in 6.2 miles up. Very windy.
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Old 02-21-11, 04:36 PM
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Walk to pool.
Swim 40 minutes
Walk home
Later about a 2.5 hour bicycle ride.

About 41F, with maybe a 10 mph wind
Average speed - fast enough
Distance - far enough
Smiles - a whole lot
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Old 02-21-11, 06:40 PM
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33 miler in 50 degree weather. I had to ride slowly through a place where the road was flooded, and my feet got soaked. But my wool socks are good insulators even when wet, so it was cold but tolerable.

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Old 02-21-11, 07:04 PM
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Went out for my first ride today since the Century a bit over a week ago. Since i'm still having trouble walking after the fall, I wasn't sure how being on the bike would be. Did 20 miles with some hill-climbing and I felt good - make that great! It is so much easier for me to get around on the bike compared to simply trying to use my legs. If I could just manage to get the bike to take me up and down stairs, I would ride it indoors.
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Old 02-21-11, 08:34 PM
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Who needs to ride to get exercise when you can shovel the snow out of your driveway? Punxsutawney Phil for President?
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Old 02-21-11, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by pmcq
Went out for my first ride today since the Century a bit over a week ago. Since i'm still having trouble walking after the fall, I wasn't sure how being on the bike would be. Did 20 miles with some hill-climbing and I felt good - make that great! It is so much easier for me to get around on the bike compared to simply trying to use my legs. If I could just manage to get the bike to take me up and down stairs, I would ride it indoors.
That's great, Pam! I've been wondering how soon you could ride again.
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Old 02-22-11, 06:45 PM
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70+ miles. Great day, cool at the start, but still, hard to beat.
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Old 02-22-11, 06:50 PM
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Double-dip today. 19 miles on the tandem in windy conditions; might have been an overdo with all the gym work in the am. 8 miles of equine cardio in the hills.
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Old 02-22-11, 06:53 PM
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^Wow, I don't think I've ever had a ride that long with only 800' of climbing. Must be really flat.
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Old 02-22-11, 06:53 PM
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I rode just a few miles. Temperature was about 28ºF. First, I rode to see a client, about 1.5 miles away. Then back home. Later, I rode about two miles each way, in the dark, to help someone with getting pedals and handlebar off a bike. I got there too late, after he had closed his store. Oh well. I had a nice ride anyway.

The more I ride in the cold, the easier it gets. It feels comfortable and natural to me by now. No troubles!
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Old 02-22-11, 07:02 PM
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Yea this route is pretty flat. Next week I start doing more hills for the upcoming Tour de Phoenix, which is renamed Tour de Mesa this year I think.
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Old 02-22-11, 08:30 PM
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Rented a bike from the LBS. Rode about 30 minutes (4-5 miles).
First ride in 30 years (and 20 years of smoking).
Was fun and a little scary.
Now if I could only stop over analyzing things and buy a damn bike.....
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Old 02-22-11, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by twentysomething
Rented a bike from the LBS. Rode about 30 minutes (4-5 miles).
First ride in 30 years (and 20 years of smoking).
Was fun and a little scary.
Now if I could only stop over analyzing things and buy a damn bike.....
Congratulations

Now - go buy a bike. The first bike will tell you what bike you want for your 2nd bike. We've all been throught that, one way or another.
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Old 02-22-11, 08:45 PM
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Good point, fox. Buy a $400-500 bike, so it will be a good bike but not too fancy. Then you can decide if you want a road bike, a city bike, or whatever.
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