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Old 02-11-12, 06:03 PM
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Yield sign

Today was an experiment. I loaded the panniers with food and clothing for a weekend camping trip and Camel Bak with the tent. Me @ 260 lbs, the bike @ 40 lbs, Panniers @ 30 lbs and the Camel bak 16 lbs. About 346 Lbs total
I set out on a 44 mile trek North into a 15 mph biting north wind at 6:15 am. Temp was about 36 and warmed to 48along the way. I really like sunrises. I chose a major artery (route 59 @ New Cany, TX) and used the frontage road.
As vehicles passes me they would interrupt the wind and it would swirl around me. I needed to hang on.

The obligatory incident: at the yield sign I was approaching an intersection where the other drivers were , according to the sign, to yield to traffic in my lane. I signaled with my right arm as i was going to the berm. And had a better thought why don't i look first as i turned to look over my right shoulder a pickup flies past his yield sign at about 60mph. The intersection was a left handed curve and it was difficult to get into a position to look. From now on I will stop there to be sure.

I continued on into the wind but not quite gone with the wind
As planned I made it to the campground a few minuets ahead of my 2:00 pm pick up time The route was uphill so I did well at 6.9 mph average. During the trip in had about 45 minutes off the saddle.

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Old 02-11-12, 06:49 PM
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Very little riding this week. Two miles today! 20F and windy but the streets remain clear. Found that some oldish Goretex over-mitts really help when worn over moderately warm gloves.
Supposed to be sunny and up almost to freezing tomorrow.
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Old 02-11-12, 07:03 PM
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https://app.strava.com/rides/4075054

45 miles on a cold (by my standards) and very windy day. 20+ mph headwind for the final 20 miles. The wind was whipping me around so much it was just silly at times. A stop at Maebob's Diner at 18 miles for coffee and sweet potato pie made it all worthwhile.
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Old 02-11-12, 07:57 PM
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I got a dozen miles in today, after a few days of cold, rain/snow and no riding. https://retrocycler.blogspot.com/2012/02/mohar.html
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Old 02-12-12, 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Jamesw2

Data recorded to be analized
Getting a little anal about it, aren't we?
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Old 02-12-12, 05:28 AM
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Originally Posted by John_V
I thought that the Di2 models could be shifted manually in the event of battery or electronic component failure. That would really suck if you were 25 miles or more into the ride and you could no longer shift. I have ridden a Di2 as a test ride at a LBS and I admit that the shifting is clean and very smooth, but I didn't see that much difference in it than shifting with my Ultegra w/o Di2.
The RD still worked. It's supposed to have 100 or so shifts available after that point. I was close enough to the start that I just turned around. If you run it down to the point where the RD won't shift you can manually put it in one gear and just ride that one. And hope there's no hills...
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Old 02-12-12, 06:55 AM
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10 miles on the trainer , 25f outdoors .
At my church book sale, I found a copy of "The Bicycle Wheel" by Jobst Brandt .
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Old 02-12-12, 10:36 AM
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We did the 100K at the Tour of Palm Springs. Temps were fine, but the headwinds for the first hour were brutal; I think I was in our small chainring on a 2% grade. I'd guess the wind might have been 25-30 mph. Heading downhill, downwind on a very minor grade we hit 45 mph coasting.
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Old 02-12-12, 03:29 PM
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Perhaps foolishly, I went on a 30 mile group ride with 5 other people...with temps at 26F and wind speeds averaging 30mph, the wind chill was somewhere around 14. I must be insane.
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Old 02-12-12, 06:30 PM
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64.4 @ 18.2 on the club ride Saturday (about 49 on the ride itself and the rest on the way to/from the start). 27.9 @ 17.2 on a solo ride today
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Old 02-12-12, 07:43 PM
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hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, uh no, did not ride today

wishing I could have though, but the day started at 19*, never got above 26 and looked like this outside for a good part of the day.



I did enjoy the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am today as Phil Mickelson kicked butt on Tiger all day.
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Old 02-12-12, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by cruisintx
wishing I could have though, but the day started at 19*, never got above 26 and looked like this outside for a good part of the day.
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII fail to understand the problem****************************************?
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Old 02-12-12, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII fail to understand the problem****************************************?
must be the thin air up there.
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Old 02-12-12, 09:24 PM
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A group of us took the Amtrak up north and then rode home. Got in a nice 50 miles.
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Old 02-13-12, 05:11 AM
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10 miles on trainer . Soon to be a warming trend, but with snow .
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Old 02-13-12, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Dudelsack
Getting a little anal about it, aren't we?
I suppose so but even if i could spell the word correctly it's still anal (analyzed)

The data ,hopefully , will show up on a Science Daily article Hee Hee
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Old 02-13-12, 12:10 PM
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Finally back on the bike. Rode 23 miles.
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Old 02-13-12, 02:51 PM
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Forecast is temps in the 40s on Wednesday. With alny luck at all I'll get in 20-30. I have a populaire in March coming up, and I really want to do that one.
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No ride yesterday, butI did get in 13 on Saturday and 25 today. Cool temps at the house, hot when I got to the MUP. Yep! I overdressed.
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Old 02-13-12, 09:12 PM
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Yesterday: 11 miles. Temp in the mid-30's.
Today: Zip.
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Old 02-14-12, 08:00 AM
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Yesterday, rode the regular out and back, North-South route. Winds finally abated somewhat and swung to the South. It was cool but comfortable with a long sleeved jersey, a sweater and a wind jacket with tights over the shorts. Good day over all and, today it is raining, hope it breaks before afternoon so I can ride after my optometrist appointment.

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Old 02-14-12, 08:16 AM
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10.5 miles of intervals early this morning...one of those sprints was unintentional, motivated by a skunk that ran out into the road and decided my clanking chain was a threat!
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Old 02-14-12, 02:45 PM
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23 miles again today. Fought a bloody wind around 20mph today. Hand is doing fine. Didn't get out until 1:30 since I had a bunch of errands to do--one being personally delivering a dozen roses to the wife at the school where she teaches.
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Killer head and cross winds today at the MUP. Had a cross wind that gusted and darn near had me on the ground. All-in-all, it was good for a 31 mile ride in otherwise great weather.
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Yesterday, mid twenty's, winds over 30mph, snowed almost four inches.

Today, mid fifties, no wind, no clouds. Rode 22 miles, beautiful day!

If you live in Arkansas and don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes.
It will be totally different.
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