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Old 05-23-12, 04:13 AM
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10 miles today, commuting home. Nice folks, not as slow as I thought I'd be .
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Did the shop/club 30-mile training ride last night, in the third (slowest) group. We didn't really work that hard on the way out, but coming back was killer. Stayed with the bunch and ended with a 19.4 average.
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35 miles today starting before sunrise, 5:35 AM.
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Old 05-23-12, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey
35 miles today starting before sunrise, 5:35 AM.
32 miles on the fixie last night/this morning... got back at about 1:00 am. So I finished before sunrise (but not before the birds started chirping).

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Baby I'm back (boom) ... back in the New York groove (boom, boom, boom)


15.2 neighborhood miles on this:



the wife's recumbent trike.

Pros:
1. My wife has almost the same inseam, so no need to adjust the boom.
2. SPD combo pedals allowed me to use my riding shoes and clip in.

Cons:
1. Steering this thing singlehandedly was not a pretty sight. Anything over 12 mph, and I looked like a snake going down the road.
2. Unable to shift rear gears using my left hand without the bike going off the road or into the oncoming lane.
3. There are 5 U-Turns on this route; three requiring full stops. No shifting meant starts were all leg powered.
5. Several inclines and without being able to shift, it was all leg muscle getting to the top.

I loved it and I'll be doing it again on Friday. Have to babysit the grandson tomorrow.
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Old 05-23-12, 01:00 PM
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Returned after 4 weeks away for I.V. antibiotic infusion treatment for MRSA. Did the local out and back, 90 during the ride but wasn't uncomfortable. Felt great to be back but I was weak the entire ride. Kept the speed at 15.xxxxx average so as not to overdo things. Mileage tracking starts tomorrow and the rider's diary comes in to play Monday, if things stay this good.
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Old 05-23-12, 01:05 PM
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FYI, for you and others, you can make the degree sign, , by holding down the Alt key and, while holding down the Alt key, pressing in sequence 0, 1, 7, 6. You will then get the sign for degrees, .
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Old 05-23-12, 01:07 PM
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Roger that Mikey. Thanks much. It doesn't work for me but I'll keep trying so I get it right.
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Old 05-23-12, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey
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FYI, for you and others, you can make the degree sign, , by holding down the Alt key and, while holding down the Alt key, pressing in sequence 0, 1, 7, 6. You will then get the sign for degrees, .
Oh, right. Memo to self - remember 0, 1, umm, 7, um, wait, start over, I think it 0, 1, something. Or maybe 1, 0.
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Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey
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FYI, for you and others, you can make the degree sign, , by holding down the Alt key and, while holding down the Alt key, pressing in sequence 0, 1, 7, 6. You will then get the sign for degrees, .
That's interesting. I've always just held down the Alt key while pressing 2, 4, 8.
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Old 05-23-12, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by locolobo13
That's interesting. I've always just held down the Alt key while pressing 2, 4, 8.
That works too. Good find. I always use 0,1,7,6 but will likely use 2,4,8 as it's fewer key strokes and seems easy to remember(each being the double of the previous starting with 2, or powers of 2-->2[SUP]1[/SUP], 2[SUP]2[/SUP], and 2[SUP]3[/SUP])
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Old 05-23-12, 06:02 PM
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22 miles on the Badger south to Orangeville, Il. and back. Average speed of 13.5mph which is fast for me at least on the trail, however, I was riding with a friend who is not only strong but also riding a fixie. Nonetheless, it was a good ride to include a brisk tailwind on the return trip and how often does that happen?
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Old 05-24-12, 04:34 AM
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8 miles and a flat, but I found the source of the problem and added a newish saddle whilst I was at it .
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Neither of the shortcuts work for the degree symbol. It must be the fact I am running XP. Thanks anyway. Now back to our regularly scheduled programing.

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23 miles this morning. I just was out of gas and did 23 instead of 35 like I planned.

@qcpmsame,
I'm unsure why it won't work for you. I run XP and both shortcuts work for me.
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Old 05-24-12, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame
Neither of the shortcuts work for the degree symbol. It must be the fact I am running XP. Thanks anyway. Now back to our regularly scheduled programing.
It may have to do with the character set / locale your're configured for. You can also use the Character Map applet (charmap.exe) to see what's available. You can then select, copy and paste it (if it's worth the trouble :-). By default my browser uses Verdana on BF, and here's the degree symbol :
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While you folks were discussing degree symbols I took the Masi out for a spin. Not too warm but very humid. A good day.
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I took my wife ( a new cyclist) out to a local path, and we got in 20 miles. It's the farthest she has done since she was a teeneger, and that was a long time ago! She is very happy with herself this evening. We both started riding again late last summer, but I got really hooked and she didn't. She might be coming around though.
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To and from work on a beautiful day. Took a slightly longer route home for 22 miles total.
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Had to stand down today as the Infusion Center Nurses wanted me to let the entrance where the PICC line went into the vein seal for 24 hours. Got the PICC line out this afternoon and I am officially cleared to ride (I just thought I ride yesterday) they were actually good with my riding yesterday just wanted to not take a chance with MRSA into the heart.

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Hi all. I'm back into biking at age 61 (soon to be 62) after a 45 year hiatus. I bought a Trek 7100 a month an a half ago and have tried to ride every day (when I've been in town and when it's not raining). I rode 7.78 miles today and loved every minute of it. I have two artificial hips which limits the types of physical activities I can do, but biking is perfectly OK. I'll be reading the posts in this 50+ section to get some insight into this terrific activity.
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Just 7 miles to the LBS to have some upgrades done to my main flat bar road bike, (ok, ok, it's a hybrid, gee wiz! Also the wife's commuter beater bike, which is being upgraded to give to our daughter so she can start riding.
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Tonight was the weekly ladies ride. More like a recovery ride given my last few rides. The wind was WSW to WNW so on the south leg we had a quartering tailwind, and the 4 of us practiced the echelon. I was last (after pulling for 6 mi.; nobody else wanted to work). I was not happy being so close to the yellow line. Spent those long minutes fighting to hold my place. Overall fun, nothing epic, just good riding.
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10 miles on the ride home,
and caught up with my clubs' group ride
on the way.

Welcome, Andy.
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17.5 miles until I hit a car.
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