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Old 02-03-12, 06:36 AM
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02 Feb 2012, Rode a moderate paced out and back in mostly cloudy but no wind at all conditions. Good ride and very satisfying.

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Old 02-03-12, 08:09 AM
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It's supposed to be rainy and 45 tomorrow. I feel so amped by Wednesday's ride that I will probably try to get a Floyd Fork run (20 modestly hilly miles) in the morning.
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Old 02-03-12, 09:54 AM
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Dusted off the old Schwinn Crisscross that I have not ridden for, oh, right around 20 years or so.......................drove the wife to her exercise thing in a local park and proceeded to put 12 miles on some local trails. Need to clean and lube the derailleurs, but other than that it did great!! All I did was put some new rubber and tubes on the bike.
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Originally Posted by avmech
Dusted off the old Schwinn Crisscross that I have not ridden for, oh, right around 20 years or so.......................drove the wife to her exercise thing in a local park and proceeded to put 12 miles on some local trails. Need to clean and lube the derailleurs, but other than that it did great!! All I did was put some new rubber and tubes on the bike.
Sounds like a wonderful fun trip down memory lane.
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Got Grampa out for his first ride since rotator cuff surgery in October. I really felt the ride I did yesterday, and we didn't go quite as far. It's supposed to be fun.
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Old 02-03-12, 03:01 PM
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81º, heavy overcast and 15 mph easterly winds for a 15 mile ride at the wilderness MUP. It started to get real dark out and I figured I was going to get caught in one of our afternoon thunderstorms so I went home after one lap. Got home and the sun started to come out. Go figure.
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Old 02-04-12, 03:21 PM
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Rode Today, 25 miles 40 temp., 10-20 mph wind. Its nice to get out and ride.
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Old 02-04-12, 03:39 PM
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Took it easy today and rode the hybrid with the wife at the wilderness park. Rode 15 miles at a slow 10 mph average speed. It was nice to enjoy the nature at the park instead of whizzing right past it.
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Did my taxes, ordered a Campy groupset, and rode a windy 45.
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Does shoveling snow count?
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Old 02-04-12, 08:48 PM
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Rained today but was dry and unseasonably warm in the 50's (again) yesterday so I rode to and from work. 21 miles. Went through the Super Bowl crowds in downtown Indy on the way home. The streets were packed. Never seen so many porta-potties in one place!

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73 miles, following a cue sheet called the "Hills of Maryland."

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/147119648

Don't know why, but for some reason it didn't dawn on me that the route might be a little... hilly. Started off with a ride on the Jubal Early ferry in Leesburg, to cross the Potomac. Then some cruising on some new roads to me, and then hit some other roads and hills I'm familiar with from doing the Civil War Century, and a couple of other MD rides. There were some really nice steep shorties, at 16+% grades. High 30s and low 40s for the ride, and not too windy. The rain held off until I got back to the ride start.

This is one I'll definitely need to do again later in the spring when things green up a bit. It would be easy to ride on up to Harpers Ferry, and maybe back via Hillsboro/Round Hill to put it over 100 miles.
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5 miles,cold , windy and damp. Near freezing enough to have bike handling get a little squirrely
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21 miles this morning before going to the theater this afternoon with the wife. MUP was extremely crowded, especially on the service roads, and that slowed down the mph considerably. I'll have to wait until tomorrow when everyone is at work to hit it hard again.
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25 surprisingly chilly miles (it was up to 45F, so I felt like a wuss but my fingers got numb so the wind chill was no doubt higher) with 1600' of climbing. Not bad for a n00b bent rider.
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19 miles this afternoon. Very Nice Weather! Thank you, weatherman! 46F and sunny.
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I rode a dozen miles or so in the heart of Los Angeles. The crux of the ride was a zig-zag, uphill .6 of a mile lung-buster, with much of the climb at a 13% grade, which I did on my fixed gear bike.

From the top of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, the view took in the bright glare off the Pacific Ocean to the west. The soaring San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains marched confidentatly off to the east. An eye-popping panorama of the ciity spread out below me. The climb was worth the hard effort, on a clear and warm winter's afternoon in Southern California.
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Old 02-06-12, 08:48 AM
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Wasnt online much this weekend. 62 miles on Saturday, and 30 on Sunday.
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I had a ride in my room (on the trainer) - not much of a view, not much of a ride. Can't wait until spring.
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Out and back into a fresh north breeze and a tailwind on the return. Turned cool last night and much less humidity today, still overcast the temperature was 57F and comfortable in tights and a long sleeved riding sweater. The achilles tendon is still bothering me but the ride loosened it up and I stretched both right and left before and after the ride. My son rode with me for the first time that was worth everything for me.

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Yes I did, but it took me forever to get going! First, I go to put my tights on and the ankle zipper was broken, so I have to sew that back together. Then I go to get my bike and the front tire is flat, so I change that. Finally, out the door, put on my helmet and that darn little helmet mirror keeps flopping down, so I have to fiddle with that to get it to stay put.

But, I did eventually did start pedaling! I was going to ride the local rail trail, but there were too many icy patches, so I hopped off that after about a mile and instead road up the hill into the next town over. My legs would have liked to stay on the rail trail. I did about 1 & 1/2 hours at a medium pace. It was fun!
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Rode 15 miles today. Weather was good, temp was about 50 light wind. My feet almost froze off! Don't have fancy riding shoes and was wearing crew socks. Have noticed that when it's cool and my feet sweat they get cold but today was killer! Got to get some socks that wick the sweat away. Anyone have the same experience and suggestions?
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I managed to get a few miles in today and took these photos.....

While out and about in Hampton, Virginia......

Oh NOOoooooo......Speeding???.....


Three times the fun.....
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My feet almost froze off! Don't have fancy riding shoes and was wearing crew socks. Have noticed that when it's cool and my feet sweat they get cold but today was killer! Got to get some socks that wick the sweat away. Anyone have the same experience and suggestions?
Maybe wool socks? Wool keeps you warm even when wet. You should be able to find thin wool socks to fit in your shoes.
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Got another late start today but enough that I could get in another 30 miles. No such luck! I only managed to get in 14 miles at the MUP before getting rained out twice. Good thing for the shelters that they have. I hate being in the rain, regardless of what I'm doing.
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