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Old 03-15-16, 07:45 PM
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Very pleasant warm and dry day in Central IN for bike commuting. 21 miles. A motorist rolled down his window at a red light in downtown Indy this morning and said "You've passed me three times in traffic" I assured him he'd get to where he was going before I would - but that I was having more fun. He agreed driving to work is no fun.
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Old 03-15-16, 09:12 PM
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Tuesday afternoon/evening I rode about 16 miles west of Fort Worth amid a multi-municipal manhunt for a fugitive after a police officer was shot and injured and one suspect killed. I passed a couple dozen officers from the city and nearby counties, who were manning various checkpoints until they captured the suspect around 7 pm. Those folks are remarkably calm and professional even during such stressful incidents.
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Not one of my better rides today. Weather is still perfect and I'm still helping my buddy Steve transition from his recumbent high racer to his road bike. He's not stable on the recumbent and not used to having weight on his hands on the road bike so I'm letting him take the lead on the rides. So as we were riding along, some dumb lady walked right in front of me with her head buried in her cell phone and down I went. Normally, it's Steve that does the crashing and why he's switching back to his road bike. I missed her by about a foot. Even after the crash, she never looked up and just kept right on walking. So with my bloody knee, we made it back to the van and I opted not to do the second loop settling for 22 miles instead.
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Old 03-16-16, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by John_V
... some dumb lady walked right in front of me with her head buried in her cell phone and down I went.
Hence the tag line: Pedestrian+Cell Phone = Road Hazard

21.8 fairly fast miles (15-20mph) @1:36 on the Allez (still my favorite bike-ever). Sunshine, no wind, cold (36), great ride. Don't mind the cold when there's sunshine (and no pedestrians with cell phones).

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Mild, dry day for bike commuting but pretty windy (sidewinds mostly) on the way home. Supposedly had a tailwind on the way in but pretty sure I was just riding strong....20 miles total.
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Old 03-16-16, 08:41 PM
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Due to the hole in my head where most folks have a compass, and my refusal to use a navigation app, I managed to turn a 9 mile jaunt to the nearest MUP trailhead and back into a 20+ mile meander. Nope, I'm not lost, I refuse to admit it. Very pleasant evening for an uncharted meander, though.

But I'm still not sure I see myself using the local MUP very often. It's an unnecessarily long detour for my rides toward downtown, and I'm reasonably comfortable riding in traffic. If traffic is heavy and I'm not up to sprinting there are plenty of quiet side streets to meander along toward downtown, and still more direct than the MUP. But I do appreciate the city's bike lanes, sharrows and signs reminding folks to share the road.
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I had a very nice 37 mile ride this morning. It started off as a solo ride but I lapped my wife in the west parking lot and decided to do the subdivision section (8 miles) with her. About 4 miles into the subdivision, the wind picked up and she slowed down so I continued the ride solo again.
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Originally Posted by John_V
I had a very nice 37 mile ride this morning. It started off as a solo ride but I lapped my wife in the west parking lot and decided to do the subdivision section (8 miles) with her. About 4 miles into the subdivision, the wind picked up and she slowed down so I continued the ride solo again.
Oh no... is that how y'all ride down south? What ever happened to the famous "Southern Gentleman" of myth and legend?

Up here in the northern wastes, it is considered Bad Form to drop the wife, once you've joined her for a ride.
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Old 03-17-16, 12:43 PM
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I had a cool, windy 35 mile ride today. Building the base for another fun year!
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Originally Posted by John_V
...the wind picked up and she slowed down so I continued the ride solo again.
I'm sure she knows you well enough by now to not consider herself being "dropped"
With all the miles you log you must keep a record. I'd be interested in seeing totals.

Put a little too much stress on the left hand on the road bikes Mon & Tue. Serious pain this AM so after lunch I took the trike out for 12.4 miles (and cursed all the brain-dead pedestrians on the bike path).


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Third bike commuting day this week - 19 miles - which is pretty unusual for mid-March. Probably drive tomorrow. (Then ride after work.)
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Did 50 miles with two riding buddies this morning. First lap with one and the second with another. I was hoping that today's ride was going to be solo as I really wanted some ME time.
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Originally Posted by Greybeard712
I'm sure she knows you well enough by now to not consider herself being "dropped"
With all the miles you log you must keep a record. I'd be interested in seeing totals. ......



We go to the park together three to four times a week but seldom ride together. She likes riding by herself because, riding a recumbent trike, she stops often to look at birds and other wildlife along the route. Normally, I don't. Also, her rides are between 20-24 miles and mine are between 35 and 50.

We had a very wet January and February this year and that kept me indoors a few days more than what I hoped. But year to date, I have 1,876 miles, including today's ride.
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Old 03-18-16, 12:25 PM
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I rode to/from work yesterday, got a bit wet on the trip home. Rode to work today too, still at work...

Come to think of it, I've ridden most days this week. I forget to remember which days.
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Old 03-18-16, 01:51 PM
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Old age (70) and Ma Nature still messing with my hand. Took the flat bar Sirrus (easier on the hands/wrists) today for 19.2 - 1:36 miles, including at stop at the Senior Center for lunch (1.5 miles to home to end the ride). A little cold this morning so I dressed for it (sweatshirt-thermal mittens). Half an hour into the ride and it was too much. But a good ride.

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Woke up at 1:45AM and out on the bike($100.00 grocery grabber) an hour later after grabbing a quick banana half with pb and a gel. Just wanted to enjoy the crisp air, beautiful moon, almost dead silence and empty roads. Easy pedaling for 31 miles, grabbing a quick bite, change clothes, air up tires on the Giant and off to join the LBS group for a spirited ride of 30 to 40 miles, as long as the rain stays away. If lucky I'll try to add an additional 20 to make a 80 mile day.
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Old 03-19-16, 10:40 AM
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Woke up this morning to a damp, cloudy, low 30's temp kinda Pennsylvania mid-March day. Didn't have the desire to get all layered up, check tire pressure, check brakes and chain, get hydrated, and deal with back road rural Pickup truck drivers... Then, I read the ride posts here; thanks people, I found the volition I needed to do it anyway. And I'm better for it!! Had a great ride BTW....
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Got the riding in before the rains came down. Was hoping for the 80 mile mark but got in a total of 103 miles instead. Good LBS ride started with 15 and finished with 5 in lead group. We managed 23.1mph average for 37.5 miles.

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nope, no riding today.

windy as hell here in central TX...

but, did 30 miles last nite after work and will get out tomorrow for 35-40.
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Rode in the New Tampa Rotary Club's charity ride this morning. Only 39 miles but lots of fun with some teammates that I haven't seen in quite a while. All was doing good until we got about 3 miles from the finish line and it started to rain. Then off to Chili's for some beer and lunch.
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I decided to brave the fates (RA flare-up in left hand recently) and took the Allez out for 26.1 - 2:03 in decent weather. I'll be glad when the sun comes out to play. Dunno what it is about Saturdays, I just can't seem to get out the door until after 10:30 (couldn't be me being lazy, nah). The last two weekends have been horrible weather (rain-big wind) and it looks like Ma (Nature) is going to mess with me again Sun & Mon with high winds (over 20mph). If I can get out early enough Sun...

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I dood it. Got out early enough to beat most of the wind.16.2 @1:19 on the Roubaix. Wind picked up enough on the way home I decided not to take the circular route (about an additional 6 miles). I'm such a Wind Wimp.

There is a weekend group of older riders in Reno that call themselves "The Wussies". They ride down a long hill onto the flats then have the Hotel-Casino drive them back up (a Ford or Dodge anti-gravity device).


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Modest ten mile ride this afternoon - rode through a bunch of local neighborhoods. Kinda cool and breezy on the first day of Spring!
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Ended the week at 132 miles, I lost two days to weather this week both were due to high winds. Supposed to be cool tonight and tomorrow night but its forecast to warm back up, quickly. winds are due to die back tonight, too.

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Rode approximately 30 miles Saturday, between an art gallery night crawl with a friend, and the rides to/from downtown/home -- forgot to reset the new-to-me Cyclemeter app. I know the ride out was 12 miles -- that much was recorded by Cyclemeter -- and showed I averaged 12 mph and peaked at 25 mph (which I doubt - I don't remember ever riding that fast on that route, unless it was a brief downhill section). The ride eastward was into a continuous stiff headwind and I'm surprised I averaged 12 mph, which is already my usual pace. I had to drape my forearms across the upright handlebars to minimize my profile, which helped a bit but not enough to keep pace with a fellow on a standard road bike who passed me and seemed to be loafing along while steadily putting distance between us.

We probably rode another 5-8 miles between galleries. And I took a 10 mile long route home. Fun, but I was too tired for a locally organized gravel ride Sunday. Maybe soon I'll be able to handle back-to-back rides longer than a few miles.
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