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Old 04-15-16, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by DQRider
Beautiful imagery there.

Ya know, I'm just jealous because I can't ride with drops anymore, (back problems) - and my right knee is held together by four screws (at least those are titanium!), so I can't ride as hard as I would sometimes like. So I've learned to appreciate the joys of slow. That's why all my bikes have rearview mirrors - so I can see you guys coming up "On yer left!". Cheers!
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Old 04-15-16, 10:26 AM
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Suddenly it's Spring. Temps are getting warm, trees are budding, dogwoods are in bloom and birds are nesting. I love it.
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Tried for a 37 mile ride before the rain came but was only able to get in 24 miles. Hoping the weatherman is wrong for tomorrow's forecast calling for rain all day.
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Old 04-15-16, 02:38 PM
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April is a strange month. Cold this AM, back to lined pants, sweatshirt, thinsilite mittens and knit cap under the helmet. The wind cut the ride on the Roubaix to 18.0 @1:26 miles. When the tree tops try to kiss the road it's time to go home.


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Great weather rolling in. Errands in the morning, 15.8 miles late morning; at this point I am really just trying to burn fat and continue to eat healthier. In the afternoon, got some soapy water in a bucket, and washed/lubed my ride. Good rides are a coming.
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Old 04-15-16, 08:54 PM
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Drove to work today but got in a nice ten mile ride in the early evening.
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Old 04-15-16, 09:08 PM
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I was very happy to ascend a soul-sucking hill today that has humbled me more than once in the past several weeks.
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did this season's first 50mi ride with my wife today. 20 of it was flat, 30 quite hilly. really nice.
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Rode 27+ miles (forgot to restart Cyclemeter a couple of times) to and from a local street arts fair. Just loafing along and enjoying the ride instead of fighting the wind. And ran into (not literally) a couple of folks I'd met before on some local group rides. Very pleasant day.
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Originally Posted by DQRider



Had a nice little picnic on the park bench there, and rode alongside the river until it was time to go home. It always amazes me how quickly we transition from winter to Spring
DQRider, nice photo! I feel that sometimes a photo from a ride is more telling than the ride times, avg. speed numbers, etc...
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Beautiful weather here in PA. Signs of spring everywhere, including my lawn which I should be mowing instead of riding...
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Old 04-16-16, 09:19 AM
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First longer gravelride of the year today, 50 miles on snowbare springroads. Nice ride and quite a bit slower than wwhen the gravel is dry. Love my "New" Gitane Trophee With GP 4000 in 28 mm. Faster than the narrower GP 4000's on tarmac and Works surprisingly well on gravel.

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Old 04-16-16, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by eatontkd


Beautiful weather here in PA. Signs of spring everywhere, including my lawn which I should be mowing instead of riding...
What a lovely image! The countryside around our city lags just a bit behind that; but the bugs are out, so I'm sure things will be budding soon.

You know, that's the irony, though, isn't it? Unless we are truly hearty, we don't ride all winter. Then, when riding weather finally arrives, so do all the chores that go with it. Good weather for riding is also good weather for landscaping, working on cars, house maintenance... so many competing priorities. But I insist on taking at least an hour out of every nice day to ride, even if that hour is at sunrise, or sunset. In fact, I find those golden hours are the best times to ride.The photography is also best then, of course.
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Old 04-16-16, 11:28 AM
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Spring has sprung!


San Clemente Canyon (San Diego area)
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Old 04-16-16, 12:59 PM
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A breakout day. Sunny, 72 and no wind. Rode the Boyne Triangle (open road 20 mile). For the first ride time riding it this year, a 15.4avg not bad.
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Cold but sunny for 20.1 on the Roubaix. Ran outta steam when the wind came up so I didn't take the have-to-cross-several-blasted-traffic-lights loop. Nice ride overall.


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Old 04-16-16, 01:21 PM
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Did a very nice 47 mile ride with the Coast 2 Coast group this morning. Looked as if it was going to be rained out, as of last night, but the rain held off all morning. Drove up to the Brooksville area to get some hills done. Believe it or not, Florida does have some areas with some pretty good hills. Did 1,800 feet of climbing and for Florida, that's pretty darn good.
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Old 04-16-16, 02:07 PM
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Just got back from a very nice 13.5 mile ride down to the James River here in Richmond, Virginia.

13.5 miles total
50:38 time
16.0 mph (avg)
...done on my beloved C&V "old school" '85 Fuji Del Rey

The main reason for the ride, was to test out the new stainless steel toe clips that I picked up at Performance Bike. I got a nice "Happy Birthday" email from them with a coupon for $10 off, so I cashed it in and got the toe clips for just about 5 bucks. Can't beat that!


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Old 04-16-16, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by tyrion
Spring has sprung!


San Clemente Canyon (San Diego area)
Spring in San Diego... How can you tell?

When I was out there in the eighties, we were told there was a local ordinance to the effect that it was only allowed to rain after sunset, and that they set the thermometer for the day at City Hall. The only way we knew another year had passed was the start of House Racing Season down the hills above Laguna Beach. That's when they called out the Marines to go and fill sandbags - and watch multi-million-dollar McMansions slide down the muddy cliffs.

Good times...
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Originally Posted by DQRider
Spring in San Diego... How can you tell?
Good point. It's not a big temp change, but (since we had some rain over the winter) it's getting greener. Here, winter is brown, spring is green.
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Old 04-16-16, 05:14 PM
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rode 73.4 today , wind out , climbed 1,950 ,then paid the price back 5 hrs 16 min .
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We rode the CCRT today with a bunch of other crazy folks. 44.7 miles round trip Dennis to Wellfleet. A lovely summer day except for the weather.
A full report here: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...l#post18696015

A taste of the weather - lunch in Wellfleet:
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Old 04-16-16, 08:25 PM
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Nice group ride of 61 miles with 3500 ft of climbing. Temps were 43 degrees at the start and 63 at the finish. Averaged 18.5 mph. Makes me wonder if I can ever do a sub 5 hour century again???
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53 miles with 1673 feet @ 16.6 avg. Finally starting to feel like spring. Temps climbed to 65 by the end of the ride and the winter bite had left the wind. Long time coming.
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Cool at 9AM but warmed up quickly. I was overdressed by the end of 24.1 @1:53 on the Allez. Spring hasn't quite sprung yet but it's bouncing.


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