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Old 09-24-16, 01:40 PM
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30 miles along the hilly, windy rural route. Nice ride, felt faster on the lighter Unibagel with rigid fork, but I'm still averaging 12 mph, same as with the heavier hybrid with spring suspension fork. Must be engine troubles.
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32.63 miles round trip through Duck (Outer Banks, NC) towards Corolla and back. Started off riding the roads on the Sound side (out of the winds) until the island narrowed to a Dolly Parton waisted spit of sand that could only squeeze in one road. Period. I whipped onto that road heading north, while the endless creeping southbound homeward vacation traffic of several hundred cars, SUVS, and trucks made rather a good imitation of a one lane parking lot as they all headed together lock, stock, and barrel to the one of only two bridges connecting the OBX to the mainland. The wind was NOT in my favor now, and my right knee was cranky to the point of PMS'ing big time on me. Luckily it doesn't have fingers and an opposable thumb, or access to a gun, otherwise I'd not be here to pen this. But my bike was happy to assist and thus my knee (while still having to cooperate and do its bit) was mollified enough for me to really enjoy the ride and the scenery...this being our last ride of the vacation. Tomorrow we head home. Monday the bike will have the chain taken off and deep cleaned, and the bike will get a full bath to remove any residual corrosive salt and/or sand, so that it will be sparking ready for an upcoming regional ride (a half metric) the first week of October.

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It's the Annual Street Vibrations Celebration (a gathering of all the motorcycles in the world) in downtown Reno. So I rode the normal bike path, not knowing there would be a clean-up crew (bless them) that don't realize there are fast moving bicycles on the path. Avoided three potentially bad crashes into them.

Continued on toward downtown (horrible bike path) to stop at CalNeva Casino for a $5 steak n' egg breakfast. Big mistake - an hour wait just for a seat at the counter. No steak n' eggs for you, Bicycle Boy!

I dressed for an 8:30 cold start time, but didn't get out until 10:30, way overdressed, sunny n' warm(er). But I still managed a 22.3 mile ride on the ultra-smooth Roubaix, and probably lost a pound in sweat. I'll do better tomorrow.

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Twenty miles or so today, on my "grab-n-go, lockup bike" that is becoming too nice to lockup anywhere. You ever have this problem? You pick up a bike for very little cash, and intend to use it for errands and the like; just grab it and go kind of trips. Then you find something here, something there, change the tires, saddle and pedals so it will be more comfortable, and very quickly two things happen: It becomes your favorite bike, and you don't want to lock it up anywhere you can't see it. Kind of defeats the purpose a bit, doesn't it?

Still, it's a nice problem to have...


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DO RIDER- that is a beautiful bike.

And yes, you're preaching to the choir here!
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Old 09-24-16, 08:12 PM
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Drove down to Burlington Kentucky this morning and rode the Screamer with 6 others to Rabbit Hash and back. 1680+ feet of climbing in 44 miles. Rabbit Hash is an old community right on the Ohio River. Much of our ride was along the Ohio. We shared the road with lots of motorcyclists.

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Old 09-24-16, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by DQRider
Twenty miles or so today, on my "grab-n-go, lockup bike" that is becoming too nice to lockup anywhere. You ever have this problem? You pick up a bike for very little cash, and intend to use it for errands and the like; just grab it and go kind of trips. Then you find something here, something there, change the tires, saddle and pedals so it will be more comfortable, and very quickly two things happen: It becomes your favorite bike, and you don't want to lock it up anywhere you can't see it. Kind of defeats the purpose a bit, doesn't it?

Still, it's a nice problem to have...

I've been locking up the Globe Carmel since last year for shopping and other stops, although I try to keep the bike within sight of the store windows and doors. It's still my favorite bike, like a rolling sofa. But it doesn't look valuable enough to take any extra effort to steal.

But to avoid that problem with the new-to-me Univega, I don't even carry the lock most trips. Also trying to save weight. The Master disc padlock is heavy for its size. I don't notice the weight on the Globe which is already heavy. But I'm trying to keep the loaded weight of the Unibagel under 30 lbs.
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46 miles this morning. Part of it was a slow ride with the wife, another slow 22 miles with my buddy Frankie and the rest was a nicely paced solo ride. Would liked to have done more, but for some reason, the heat really got to me today. It's still in the 90's in the Sunshine State.
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Originally Posted by canklecat
I've been locking up the Globe Carmel since last year for shopping and other stops, although I try to keep the bike within sight of the store windows and doors. It's still my favorite bike, like a rolling sofa. But it doesn't look valuable enough to take any extra effort to steal.

But to avoid that problem with the new-to-me Univega, I don't even carry the lock most trips. Also trying to save weight. The Master disc padlock is heavy for its size. I don't notice the weight on the Globe which is already heavy. But I'm trying to keep the loaded weight of the Unibagel under 30 lbs.
Under 30 lbs? Ouch! I bought a teeny-tiny cable lock (about 6oz), which could probably be broken with a strong yell, to replace the 1lb cable lock I was using, to keep the weight down (Tarmac 17lbs, Roubaix 18.5lbs, Allez 21lbs) and only lock it at the Senior Center where I have lunch (end of ride). I don't think any of those 90 year-olds are gonna try to steal my bike. Otherwise, it's either in my apartment or within 5 feet of me (trusting soul, ain't I?).

Received a new Santic lined (mid-weight) jacket ($27 ebay) that's just right for these cool mornings. Had a nice 20.1 mile ride along my usual route-Truckee River Bike Path (yeah, it's a little cooler near the water). Actually I rode an extra 6-8 blocks around home to bring the speedo up to 20. I'm on pace to hit the 5,000 mile mark this year. Missed it last year by 146 miles.

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Old 09-25-16, 02:14 PM
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Whew... Yes, I did ride today. I just got back home to a very concerned wife --- "You've been gone for hours, are you crazy?"

35.05 miles in 2 hrs and 20 min, for an avg speed of 15 mph. My legs are tired and my right hip is a little sore, but I had a great time!

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The route I did, as per MapMyRide:



Inside the business complex of West Creek Pkwy, stopping off at the duck ponds. In the background is the big VA Farm Bureau building.



Stopped at the sign to the entrance of Carmax's corporate office.



Looped my way around and came back on Shallow Well Rd, which crosses over I-64.



No bicycle ride into the Manakin Sabot area is complete without stopping at Dover Estates (huge mansion) and taking a photo.



I turned around and took a photo of Manakin Rd and the horse farm across the street (people were riding horses in the pasture).



Lastly, I stopped at Patterson Ave & River Rd, to finish drinking my water bottle. I decided to take a photo of the cow pasture and looking west down Patterson Ave.
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Old 09-25-16, 03:13 PM
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i did 33.5 today, was a bit hard as the heat got me. i did my best week with 107 miles over 5 days. my new goal is a 50 mile ride in 1 day. so here's to a new week of cycling
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20 miles this afternoon. Hot and sunny but the heat is supposed to go away in the next couple of days.
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Old 09-26-16, 03:19 AM
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Second CycleNorthGeorgia.com Home of the Six Gap Century done and in the record books. Weather was fantastic, the Hogpen Gap descent was rip-roaring fast with the new pavement, sag stops well supplied and the spaghetti dinner after hit the spot. 10 hour drive back to flatland SW FL. after breakfast.
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26.6 mile solo ride today at a bit of a pokey pace.
I am having a load of trouble getting myself to do solo rides lately;
just can't seem to get motivated.
But, I met a new rider on the roads today. Maybe we'll meet again..........
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy
Second CycleNorthGeorgia.com Home of the Six Gap Century done and in the record books. Weather was fantastic, the Hogpen Gap descent was rip-roaring fast with the new pavement, sag stops well supplied and the spaghetti dinner after hit the spot. 10 hour drive back to flatland SW FL. after breakfast.
I have some friends from Central Florida who did Six Gap.
Glad y'all had a great time!
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Rode with the Kiwanis Coffee Riders (Kiwanis Club Bicycle Shop) this morning. Whomever shows up determines the speed and route. Today was slow paced (yawn) but a nice ride.
The current weather is: Do I dress for the early cold and deal with being a little too warm later -or-
Do I go out being cold and just right in the warmth later. Ennine-meenie-minnie...ah, to hell with it, I"m wearing a lined jacket. But before riding up to have lunch I doffed the jacket in favor of a long sleeved bike shirt. Actually pretty good riding weather.

19.1 miles on the "comfort" road bike-Roubaix with some peaks of 19mph with Roger (he runs Kiwanis bikes). He's a couple years older than me, heavier, and can probably outride me any day of the week. He (and the rest of the mechanics at Kiwanis Bikes) are my go-to guys. What he doesn't know about most all types of bikes you probably don't need to know. It's been a good day.

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42 miles Monday. Intended only to stretch my legs a bit. Cool overcast day so I just kept going. This is how I'm gonna trick myself into riding 100 miles in a day by the end of this year. Just wander around lost all day pretending I'm just stretching my legs.
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Originally Posted by Ronno6
26.6 mile solo ride today at a bit of a pokey pace.
I am having a load of trouble getting myself to do solo rides lately;
just can't seem to get motivated.
But, I met a new rider on the roads today. Maybe we'll meet again..........
Good company helps with motivation for some of us. To hit my first major goal of the year -- to ride my age on the one year anniversary of resuming cycling after a 30 year break -- I decided to split up the ride. I rode the first half mostly solo, but met a new cycling friend on the return trip home. Then I rested for an hour and hooked up with a casual ride group for a leisurely ride and pub crawl to finish out the journey.

I'm planning to try this for my first century ride in three decades. I'll start early one a day when a nighttime group ride is scheduled. Then meet up with those folks to finish out the last 30-40 miles.
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32 mi of 20 mph + wind commute. At least it was against the wind going in and with it coming home
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First day of the ride week and it was a really nice ride with my buddy, Steve. He was still somewhat tired from his ride yesterday so today's pace was mixed. Ended up with another 50 mile ride which means I only have to do 30 mile rides till Friday to have another 1,000 mile month.
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23.7mile "Social" ride today.
One member is 69 and has not ridden much lately.We're trying to get him back into shape.
One member suffered a heart attack in early May. He's recovering nicely.
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This mornings ride was nice. Plenty cool. So cool I wore a jacket the entire 20 mile ride. I liked it.
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Finally received the lined jersey I ordered (they sent a summer one, too small, but made good on the order). Just right for cool mornings. It was so nice out, not the usual afternoon wind (yet), I decided to change my shirt and go for a second power ride (fast, climbed a steep hill, 30mph down the other side) for a total of 28 miles on the Allez Sport. Life is good.

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First commute of the year wearing tights and a jacket. Pleasantly warm in the pm, though. 25 miles total.
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A short 35 mile ride this morning. Hurt my back getting the wife's trike out of the van but I rode anyway. Was going to do another 50 miles with my riding buddies but the more I rode the stiffer the back got. Ibuprofen seems to be working well so I'll be back in the saddle in the morning.
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