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Old 04-17-16, 12:45 PM
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Today was to be a sort of recovery ride for yesterday's windy hills ride. Didn't quite turn out that way. Got in a good 40 mile ride with my riding buddies this morning.
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30 miles on a club ride today in perfect weather - sunny and seventies. Mostly flat countryside with a few rolling hills but nothing required the 30 tooth ring.
I don't remember ever seeing warnings on the road for ROADKILL AHEAD but saw it today in advance of a smashed raccoon (I think???) in the middle of the lane.

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Originally Posted by DQRider



Absolutely gorgeous photo (and bike). Interesting spoke pattern on the rear wheel. What is it called?


Originally Posted by eatontkd
DQRider, nice photo! I feel that sometimes a photo from a ride is more telling than the ride times, avg. speed numbers, etc...

I too love to take photos along the ride. It helps me to smell the roses so to speak and focus on all the interesting things along the way. Although sometimes you just gotta be there to appreciate it - or should I say, my photos don't always capture the true beauty.



Originally Posted by jimmuller

A taste of the weather - lunch in Wellfleet:

Wow - I think I would have been tempted to stay home that morning. Looks cold.


Was in Vancouver this weekend to attend a wedding. Took a bike along and went for a 70k ride with my nephew. (For those who might remember, the put the bikes on the trainers in the living room during Christmas turkey dinner, nephew. https://www.bikeforums.net/fifty-plus...n-cycling.html )

The roads and scenery were beautiful - even if the sunshine barely peaked out.

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Finally back to 150 miles for the week, weather looks a bit better now, if the winds would calm down some now. Been busy with building a 78 Medici Pro Strada, all Campagnolo components, 5-speed rears and a 52/41 road double on front. Still need to acquire a saddle, handlebars and tape, a freewheel and chain (Regina, hopefully), brown gum Campag brake lever hoods and some tubulars. Got the bottom bracket shell threads chased by a friend that has the Campagnolo tools, at our LBS.



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After yesterday's frigid ride on the "The Cape" we took ye old vintage tandem out for a recovery ride today, only 33.6 miles. Spectacular day, temps into the 60's.

My sweetie snapped this pic at our first rest stop:


So I took this one of her at a conservation area on rt110 approaching Chelmesford:


We took a short walk through woods and on the way out I discovered the rear wheel's drag brake wasn't releasing properly. It turned out to be due to a fraying cable at the lever:


So I spent part the lovely afternoon fixing it, which means my sweetie had a chance to snap another pic:
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Went hiking yesterday on a tough hike, and my legs were dead today. However, with a new fork on my bike, I HAD to RIDE. My legs were screaming, but I still had a great time.
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Yesterday was 31 miles with my 25 year old son. Today was a recovery ride but turned into a 35 mile ride with plenty of wind.

I feel old.
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Originally Posted by h2oxtc
Absolutely gorgeous photo (and bike). Interesting spoke pattern on the rear wheel. What is it called?
I too love to take photos along the ride. It helps me to smell the roses so to speak and focus on all the interesting things along the way. Although sometimes you just gotta be there to appreciate it - or should I say, my photos don't always capture the true beauty.

First, let me say great panorama! My camera is supposed to be able to piece one of these together, but I've never taken the time to learn how. This might just be the spark of motivation I need to delve into it.

The rear wheel on the French Bike sports a Nexus 8-speed IGH, and comes from Taylor Wheels in Germany. It was available on Amazon, already built, for less than the individual components would have cost me. Darn that stinkin' "One-click" button! So I guess I just assumed that is a 3-cross pattern. Could it just be the lighting angle that makes it look different?

Normally, I like to build my own wheels, but I started this project towards the end of winter, and decided I wanted to be done with the build by Spring. So I settled for just building the front, and went "plug-n-play" on the rear.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2

I feel old.
better than dead.... And, yes, you are kind of old, but only in body. Imagine how truly old some of your neighbors are who only ride the couch!
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame
Finally back to 150 miles for the week, weather looks a bit better now, if the winds would calm down some now. Been busy with building a 78 Medici Pro Strada, all Campagnolo components, 5-speed rears and a 52/41 road double on front. Still need to acquire a saddle, handlebars and tape, a freewheel and chain (Regina, hopefully), brown gum Campag brake lever hoods and some tubulars. Got the bottom bracket shell threads chased by a friend that has the Campagnolo tools, at our LBS.



Frame set when it arrived, courtesy of Drillium Dude.

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That's going to be a sweet bike! Looking forward to seeing it all finished. It might almost be too nice of a bike to ride though.
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I cajoled the wife out for a ride for only about five miles but, baby steps. She really wanted to stay inside in front of some facebook game, but of course in this perfect weather on a lazy Sunday afternoon she was glad she did it. A good ride.
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34 miles as the sun came up this morning @ 19 mph avg.
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I finally got in my first early morning exercise ride of the year, today. I've been missing those. The sun should really just rise early every morning of the year for me! 13 miles, 1 hill, and a stop at the grocery store on the way back.

Spotted on the trail: 0 people, 1 squirrel, 2 white-tail deer, 12 rabbits, and... I stopped counting the cardinals after 15...
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Absolutely gorgeous day; 80 F at the conclusion of the 19.2 mile ride. Visited the doctor for a check up early this morning and good news all around. I'm a happy camper. Lost 16 lbs since November. Yeehaw.
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Rode my 17mi personal TT combined with a 15mph headwind made for an excellent "let's see whatcha got" ride.
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Originally Posted by macpolski
Absolutely gorgeous day; 80 F at the conclusion of the 19.2 mile ride. Visited the doctor for a check up early this morning and good news all around. I'm a happy camper. Lost 16 lbs since November. Yeehaw.
You lost lbs - I found 'em. Originally I lost 73lbs cycling over 2 seasons, but somehow I've gained about 8 of those back. Just look for the fat guy on a skinny bike.

Still cold in the AM, warms up by 10AM. 24.7 @1:59 miles on the Roubaix. Gravity hasn't changed, it's still there.



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You lost lbs - I found 'em. Originally I lost 73lbs cycling over 2 seasons, but somehow I've gained about 8 of those back. Just look for the fat guy on a skinny bike.

Still cold in the AM, warms up by 10AM. 24.7 @1:59 miles on the Roubaix. Gravity hasn't changed, it's still there.
I would assume that you'll lose those 8 quickly as you lost 73 lbs. Now that's some good work!!

Between the cycling, esp. on the 'skinny' road bike, and the low carb diet, losing weight for me has been much easier than ever. I don't feel starved; I can eat; the good stuff that is. As long as the body holds up, I plan on riding and eating good.
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Very slightly cool this morning but the first sorta-hot ride home from work this afternoon. 22 miles bike commuting.
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Loafed along an 18 mile ride checking out the local riverside MUP and surroundings after some heavy rains. Not bad so far, although flood control decisions can change everything quickly.
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I am once again amazed at the workout that a headwind can bring to a ride. Yes, I am feeling yesterday....and I love it.
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Commuting, ah yes. Lost pounds? Great! One nice thing about riding regularly is you can eat just about anything and everything and still thin out!

Originally Posted by OldsCOOL
Yes, I am feeling yesterday....and I love it.
I feel yesterday most every day, including today.

Yesterday's commute was on the Gazelle, a lovely 531C speed machine with sew-up tires. The day's new experience was passing a flock of half a dozen chickens pecking away on the shoulder of the road oblivious to the heavy traffic zipping by just 10 ft away. Today's commute was on the iconic Miami Vice Centurion Ironman. The chickens were still there, but a bit further away from the road.

A few pics from last year:


Crossing over rt128 a.k.a. I-95, just west of the 128/I-93 interchange, a.k.a. malfunction junction:


This is metro-Boston where way down near the other end of 128 you go from I-95 South to I-93 North by continuing straight east while driving on what everybody knows is really 128.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Commuting, ah yes. Lost pounds? Great! One nice thing about riding regularly is you can eat just about anything and everything and still thin out!



I feel yesterday most every day, including today.

Yesterday's commute was on the Gazelle, a lovely 531C speed machine with sew-up tires. The day's new experience was passing a flock of half a dozen chickens pecking away on the shoulder of the road oblivious to the heavy traffic zipping by just 10 ft away. Today's commute was on the iconic Miami Vice Centurion Ironman. The chickens were still there, but a bit further away from the road.

A few pics from last year:


Crossing over rt128 a.k.a. I-95, just west of the 128/I-93 interchange, a.k.a. malfunction junction:


This is metro-Boston where way down near the other end of 128 you go from I-95 South to I-93 North by continuing straight east while driving on what everybody knows is really 128.
Cool Centurion, I like those. I'm currently on a weight cutting diet and on rest days will put in a 7mi ride around town just after dinner. If I lose 2lbs a week, that's cool with me. I need to lose 14lbs, the difference is felt the most on sustaining speeds on the flats. Right now, not much difference on the hills due to snowriding all winter so with the weight loss and conditioning in place, the hills will get easier....no, faster.
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A good 51 solo miles this morning. Took it somewhat easy since the legs were still a bit stiff from this past weekends rides and the wind wasn't too kind.
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76 miles with 20+ miles in the 53/12 standing into the wind at 17mph. Great workout for simulating a hilly ride when there are no hills around.
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Cool then warm, comfy then too warm. Took the trike out for 22.7 @2:11 miles. Turned out to be a beautiful day.


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