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Old 04-04-16, 09:07 PM
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Thanks for the beautiful photos. What a cool place to live... wait - that can't be Seattle. It's not raining!
Don't worry, it rained right after I arrive at my destination.
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50° and sunny at 8:30AM, my kind of day. 22.7 @1:51 on the Roubaix. That stop for lunch and slow 1.5 miles home on a full stomach kind of shoots the time average. Never pass up a free lunch (great salads) and free coffee.


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Met BF Member Gerryinhouston.

We got in a very nice 14 miles.

Sunny 72*F with 61 % Humidity

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Finally got in a solo ride this morning. The ride was 37 miles but since I forgot to start the ride, it's officially a 35 mile ride.
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Old 04-05-16, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by John_V
Finally got in a solo ride this morning. The ride was 37 miles but since I forgot to start the ride, it's officially a 35 mile ride.
I don't get it. How do you do a ride at all if you forget to start? And if you rode 37 miles but, let's say for the sake of discussion, you didn't start your computer until you'd ridden 2 miles, didn't you still ride 37 miles?

Some things in this world are beyond me, I guess.
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Below freezing this morning so too cold to bike commute since I'm in Spring mode. But, 15 miles in the sun in the 40's after work was good.
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Old 04-05-16, 09:27 PM
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31 miles on a beautiful spring day. Very windy but mostly from the south and I was on a west by NW route and east by SE route, so the wind was never directly in my face. Stopped a few times to take photos, but overall I'm feeling like I'm needing fewer and shorter rests to recover.

Kinda funny at one point on the highest elevation with strongest gusts (between Aledo and Willow Springs, for folks familiar with that area): I kept getting odd sensations from the bike, like the rear tire had developed a bulge, or maybe the quick release wasn't locked down. I stopped a couple of times for safety checks, but everything was fine. Turned out to be sideways wind gusts following low on the ground, shoving the bike sideways. Felt like passing someone who playfully gave the rear tire a slight kick. Very odd sensation but after realizing what was happening I just ignored it the rest of the day.

I'm still averaging 12 mph, but was surprised to check Cyclemeter later and see I'm riding 15-18 mph steadily on some splits for two or three miles at a time. And these aren't downhill grades either. It sure doesn't feel like I'm going that speed. I just concentrate on a consistent cadence and pedal effort, without worrying about speed or time. I don't have any realtime devices, just the Cyclemeter app running in the background, with the phone in my pocket or handlebar bag. Mostly I like it for exploring and finding good routes to repeat and missed turns to avoid next time out.
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Had a few errands to run downtown so I decided to ride. In the snow. On the mountain bike. In April.

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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL
Had a few errands to run downtown so I decided to ride. In the snow. On the mountain bike. In April.

Global warming?





just a little humor guys.....
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Originally Posted by Kindaslow
Global warming?





just a little humor guys.....
Yes, about 2 feet of it in the last two weeks. Gore had it all wrong.
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL
Yes, about 2 feet of it in the last two weeks. Gore had it all wrong.
I don't want to start a political argument here, but the science isn't wrong because you had mega-snow in April. In fact, one of the short-term ramifications is a greater frequency of larger storms. Storms are essentially a mechanism whereby heat is redistributed between the hot equatorial regions and the much colder poles. As long as the big blocks of ice at the poles have not yet reached equilibrium with the changing environment, meaning they haven't fully melted to their new smaller equilibrium sizes, there will be more occurrences of, ah, "thermal mixing events".

We had 5in of snow here and now very cold weather. It's kept me off the bike too. Bummer.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
I don't get it. How do you do a ride at all if you forget to start? And if you rode 37 miles but, let's say for the sake of discussion, you didn't start your computer until you'd ridden 2 miles, didn't you still ride 37 miles?

Some things in this world are beyond me, I guess.
It's a Strava thing. I sometimes wonder how I ever rode at all before Strava and all these GPS bicycle computers.

Today's ride was with my buddy Steve. Temps were in the upper 60's and the wind was calm for the first 20-30 minutes. Then they picked up to around 17-20 mph with 25-30 mph gusts that were mostly side winds. At least I remembered to start my computer and got full credit for the 46 mile ride.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
I don't want to start a political argument here, but the science isn't wrong because you had mega-snow in April. In fact, one of the short-term ramifications is a greater frequency of larger storms. Storms are essentially a mechanism whereby heat is redistributed between the hot equatorial regions and the much colder poles. As long as the big blocks of ice at the poles have not yet reached equilibrium with the changing environment, meaning they haven't fully melted to their new smaller equilibrium sizes, there will be more occurrences of, ah, "thermal mixing events".

We had 5in of snow here and now very cold weather. It's kept me off the bike too. Bummer.
This we are well aware of. I am no global warming fan, however. The only thing that came out of the 70s that I agree with are the bikes.
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Road back from the islands today.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
…We had 5 in of snow here and now very cold weather. It's kept me off the bike too. Bummer.
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[Recently] I was presented with a golden motivation to achieve my optimal mileage. The organization I work for is promoting an "Activity Challenge," for teams of five members to track their physical activity: type, intensity and duration, from March 6 to June 6, and points are assigned. Two of my co-workers are on an opposing team. Results will be posted weekly [...TRASH TALK... ].

That may be just what I need to “win this one for the Gipper.”

For my amusement I’m thinking about posting my weekly results on this [Metro Boston] thread. I figure public pride (or humiliation) here is an additional motivator (even if nobody else reads them).
Well, @jmm, I know you are an intrepid winter commuter, and your commuting “microenvironment" is about 20 miles north of mine, but I did ride last night as well as this AM to meet the Activity Challenge.

It was 27⁰F this AM at my beginning in downtown Boston, with a simultaneous report of 16⁰F at my suburban terminus 14 miles away, with no notable wind, and roads were salted, with debris, but free of snow.
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80 miles with 4300' of hills. Nice day to ride.
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Originally Posted by DQRider
You have discovered the same truth I have, in my fifties with all those old injuries coming back to haunt me. Comfort is King. If you can pull that off with style, you are doing it Right.
I've raised the quill stem about 2" from bottom, which now puts the down-turned bars about 1/2" above saddle height when measured from the center end of the grips. But the position where I actually hold the grips is about an inch above saddle height.

I rode 31 miles Tuesday with the bar slightly elevated another 1/2", stopping briefly about every 5-10 miles to stretch, snap a few photos, etc., usually for only a few minutes. It was less uncomfortable than the previous week.

I'll try this position a few more days, then maybe raise it another 1/2". But it feels like I'm pretty close to a good compromise between efficiency for longer rides, and enough comfort to not suffer the next day.

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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL
Had a few errands to run downtown so I decided to ride. In the snow. On the mountain bike. In April.

All I can say is, glad I don't live in Michigan (anymore).

Haven't ridden since Sunday ... but in contrast to the snow, thought I'd post a short video clip from the ride north of the 49.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9xKKLyYAWBHckxSMlBvU3cwZk0
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Took the day off yesterday to rest the shoulder (Drs. Orders) and took the trike out today for 19.9.@1:52 miles. Takes a bit more "push" but I love the beast.

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Another very windy day. Got a late start due to rain this morning but still managed a good 37 mile, solo ride.
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Yes....
50 miles in sunny, yet windy Florida. It's great to be back on the road bike.
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48 miles with my buddies Steve and Frank who just got back from vacation. No winds, for a change, and blue skies made for a very nice ride.
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Got a real late start this morning (10AM) but it was warm enough for shorts. I'm sure I blinded people on the bike path with my ultra-white legs (heh heh). 19.2 @1:29 on the Allez and tuna salad for lunch.


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Had a great ride on my fully rigid SS, which is going to be getting a suspension fork in the near future. Did have a moment though, which would have been nothing if there happened to have been ground where I had put my foot....
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