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Old 05-22-11, 07:30 PM
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Under cloudy skies, the wife and I rode the SUN EZ-1 SX's to get some miles on for our up coming "weekender" on the 26th. The Sun finally made it's way out for a bit, then the clouds started coming over Pikes Peak and we headed home, just beating the thunderstorm, yea!! 23 miles of streets, trails, paths, etc. FUN!
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antelope...not sure I've ever seen one...

got in 38mi with my wife today over some small hills. temps climbed to 70F which is a bit hotter than I'd like but not unbearable.
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Old 05-22-11, 10:47 PM
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3 hr ride today including Swan Mountain ... The descents never make up for the climbs


.. Still waiting for the lake to thaw so I can do some paddling.


In that event, I'd better get busy and finish the new "stripper".

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Old 05-23-11, 05:28 AM
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Corner Canyon... near Salt Lake City, UT

We've been getting a steady dose of rain for a few weeks now. The Wasatch and surrounding mountain ranges are still under several feet of snow even with the steady melt off. Corner Canyon is a nice place to ride when the itch to hit the mountain trails after waiting all winter gets to be too much.

My son and I are looking forward to hitting the high altitudes on some of the most awesome mountain bike trails in the nation. Road bikes will get a work out too!
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Old 05-23-11, 06:22 AM
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Like your kayak werks. I'm a retired boat builder. Your setup there looks like a plug for a composite or cold molded build. I often think that that smaller the boat the more fun can be had.
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Your setup there looks like a plug for a composite or cold molded build.
I can understand why you'd say that. A strip kayak is normally one layer of 1/4" woodstrips covered inside and out with lightweight glass / epoxy.

This one will be different as I'm going to use two layers of 3/4" X 3/16" woodstrips that are offset to overlay the glue joint of the first layer. Sort of like cold molding if you use your imagination This hopefully will provide adequate strength and rigidity to the hull without the need for fiberglassing.

I'd like to cold mold a kayak sometime, though it's a technique rarely seen anymore in kayak building, having been replaced by woodstrip / fiberglass. I've been practicing ripping 1/16" veneers with my Festool in preparation for cold molding. I'll make a strip first layer, and incorporate that into the cold molding process rather than using a tightly spaced stringer plug.

I've built woodstrip plugs for making fiberglass molds, but that was a long time ago. Most of my boat building is skin on frame (SOF) as they're inexpensive, quick and easy builds ... and just feel good in the water vs rigid hull kayaks.

I often think that that smaller the boat the more fun can be had.
The small 13ft X 24in Sea Bee in the pic above was designed as a multi-chine SOF, but I rounded the cross sections to accept woodstripping. https://yostwerks.com/SeaBeeMultiChine.html

Here's a 17ft X 21in "Nikumi" multi-chine (Baidarka) built as both an SOF (nylon / urethane skin) and woodstrip.


... and a 17.5ft X 19in "Sea Rider" single-chine (Greenland) with a clear vinyl skin. Stringers are WRC with 1/2" plywood sections.


If you don't mind working with aluminum tubing, HDPE plastic, and PVC skin.... you can pack your kayak in a bag.
Sonnet folder .... 16ft X 21in


... assemble the Sonnet and just add water

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Originally Posted by werks
...This one will be different...
WOW! Those are beautiful boats. It is reassuring to know that master craftsmen still exist in this world.
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15 miles, overcast and in the 60's wore and a helmet and bike shorts. First time for bike shorts and second time for the helmet. The roads are just disintegrating here and the county was out putting soemthing like chip seal in the potholes. It was quite sticky and I had to stop and get it off of my tires. The rest of the week is pretty busy, it looks like a trainer week with possibly one or two more days outside.
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I rode Friday, a short ride, and tweeked a muscle in my lower back. That happens once a year whether I need it or not! That kept me off the bike Saturday, which was really okay, because I had a 10K run race yesterday, which I did do. Today I'm a stiff, sore, mess! I may get out on the bike mid day, but the wind is blowing, so then again, I may not!
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Saturday: 70F & sunny, did 118 miles with 6,100' of climbing, with a typical cruising speed of 23mph and an average speed of 16.8mph for the duration.

Sunday: 50F and cloudy, did 25 miles with 400' of climbing, with a typical cruising speed of 12mph and an average speed of 8mph for the duration.

Monday: DNR
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Old 05-23-11, 10:51 AM
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Werks,
That cow picture is great!

I haven't posted here for over a year. Pretty much quit riding.

But now I'm in Moab, so I've been gradually building my legs and lungs back up. Yesterday I rode 5 miles on the road up in the Sand Flats Rec Area. This morning, at 6AM no less, I did the same ride, plus an additional 2 miles. It's getting easier, but slowly.

I tested myself on Slickrock Trail. I got as far as the cattle guard, 50 feet from the parking lot! I'm just not ready for that ride yet! LOL
There was a time, 6 or 7 years ago, when I could ride that trail.

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Old 05-23-11, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by BikeWNC
20.25 miles from town to Waterrock Knob with 3800' of gain. 40.5 miles total and 3950' in just over 3 hours this morning. My legs are toast after this weekend's rides.
Here's a quick video, low res. no Go Pro here, handheld on the way down off the summit on the BRP.

Nevermind. I can't seem to get decent quality video that doesn't take forever to load.

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Old 05-23-11, 02:14 PM
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did you ride today
Yes! Thought I would do a quickie before
breakfast and didn't make it. Rode the
eight miles back in a frog drowning
down pour. To the rate of five inches
in three hours.

But if you don't die you are a stronger person!! ?

I will let you know tomorrow!
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Old 05-23-11, 03:59 PM
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Springtime in the Rockies ...

Today's climb to Montezuma (10,200ft). All this snow makes me want to ski

Slow climb ...


Fast descent...
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Birthday ride today. 66 miles. Windy 8 to 15 mph, gusts to 25. 58 degrees when i left, 70 at the end. Overcast to sunny at the beach. Almost did not go but felt better as i went along.
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Old 05-24-11, 08:26 AM
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Oh man I stomped out a ~25-miler full of sprints (well, for me they were sprints) in an hour-ten last night between the storms... I hadn't been on the bike in three days and felt stronger that I have in two weeks, full of energy. Someone here must have an explanation for what occurs in the body to create that higher level of energy sometimes... I can't think of anything I had done different in terms of hydration or nutrition. Wish I could bottle it and keep it for later.
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Old 05-24-11, 08:55 AM
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YokeyDokey, I had just the opposite effect on a club ride last Sunday. I had intended to ride the 50 mile loop of a century but for an as yet unexplained reason, I couldn't really get going and instead cut the ride short at 21 miles. I did notice a small amount of chest congestion the following day.

Lots of rain last week and this week seems to be a repeat. Not many miles ridden but at least no tornados
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Today’s ride: Met my friend Dick at 7:00 AM this morning at the San Sebastian Trail Head and we rode to Panera Bread for breakfast. Our friend and other riding partner Jim caught up with us at the breakfast table. From there it was out to Seminole Heights and Deer Path. We took a break for some water then back to the Sylvan Lake Trail Head where we took our second break. The temp was in the low 90s when we got back. Summer is here…

Statistics for: 05/24/2011
Miles today: 56+
Mileage this month May: 766+
Mileage this year: 3736+ (over half way to my goal)
Percent of 2011 goal achieved: 53%
Over/under riding days 2011 vs. 2010: +6
Over/under miles 2011 vs. 2010: +967 miles
Average miles per ride this year: 39+
Average miles per ride this month: 45+
Miles needed to hit my 2011 goal of 7,000: 3359, and an 8,000 mile year (best ever) is not out of reach.

Tomorrow will be a shorter ride….
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Today, I rode 8 wasted miles. 8! I have a cold, my back still hurts, and I had zero power - nada. My legs felt like mush. For days like today I carry a pacifier so I can whine silently. It was shoved in my mouth the whole ride while I quietly munched on it and swallowed my complaining!

Tomorrow will be a better day.
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Sara, I give you some of my power :-p I'm not riding today and, looking at the forecast, probably not tomorrow either.
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I am off today, and a lot of personal things to take care of , but I did get in about 5 miles around the neighborhood. That was my FIX for today.., dam, I needed that too!
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I had to stop for a rest walking up my driveway this morning. Think I'll give my legs another day off. I've got 104 miles coming up this Sunday.
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Just back from a 7 mile ride. Did it as a warm-up for my physical therapy session for my injured knee. Averaged 12.4 mph - which is the fastest I've ever ridden. I usually do between 10 and 12 miles at a crack. Some of you guys and your long distance rides have me jealous. I'm still working my way up to 15 miles.

Gotta hop in the shower and head out to PT
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Old 05-24-11, 06:59 PM
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Finally finished my "cross training" project today. Three days of shoveling up gravel and laying down pavers. Made two flower patches for the front of the house with a bench all with pavers too. That's a lot of bending!! Not sure I will ever straighten up again. Hope to get in a few hill climbs tomorrow. We will see.
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Old 05-24-11, 07:38 PM
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We had our first really hot Tuesday ride of the season today, about 95F. Between the heat and the inactivity and overindulgences of the weekend, I didn't feel like pushing it much today. My slowest time on the 30 mile ride since I started riding it 5 weeks ago. But still a decent ride right at 2 hrs.
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