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Old 10-21-16, 08:03 PM
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Only a couple of miles, if that. But, then again, it was the first time on the fixie.
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did an easy 31 miles with three buddies, in a little mist and some wind, beautiful autum day in East Tenn.
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17.7 cold and gloomy, overcast miles on the Tarmac SL3. There's still a lot of debris (sticks, piles of leaves) from the recent winds. But at least a crew cleared the overgrown bushes away from the bike path, now that the season is over. Well, for some, not for me. I can ride most of the year round, just have to pile on clothing and watch for black ice.

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51 miles in the Brooksville, FL area with the Coast 2 Coast group doing a warmup for next weekends ride across the state. For Florida, there are some pretty good hills around that area and it appeared as if we got a headwind going up each and every one of them. After reviewing the week, I probably shouldn't have done 57 miles yesterday and 243 miles for the week leading into this ride.
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30 miles on a beautiful, countryside regional bike ride.... right into a chilly never ending vicious headwind (gusts past 30+mph - enough to push you sideways or stop you in your tracks) no matter which direction you were headed. The wind just seemed to swing around right into your face no matter what. I had to stop once to pull a windblown leaf out of my spokes because it was making a racket - very much like a clothes-pinned playing card. Lots of folks out for the ride, despite the brutal, nasty winds. Rest stop had pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, hash browns, pulled pork sandwiches, Halloween treats, and assorted fruits and yummies. Very well run and organized, with great road markings. Rode the hybrid e-bike, and really glad I did otherwise I wouldn't have gone. Both my bike and I worked hard against the wind, and up the hills (also straight into the winds) which had a number of riders getting off and walking. Knee complained a small bit towards the end, and leg muscles were feeling the effort, but otherwise they handled the workload well. I hadn't been on my bike since coming back from the OBX vacation a month ago (too busy now with the 4 legged rides), so was a touch out of biking shape. Really happy to have my bike share in the ride effort which made the ride a good workout, and not an exhausting ordeal.

Did see one accident - a rider either clipped the wheel of the rider in front of her, or got bumped, or ran into some crashed bikes. I was about 30 seconds after the accident, noticing the line of stopped cars and the rider's friends (about 8 or so) scrambling to get their downed bikes out of the road and get to her aid. (I think several riders actually went down, but this one rider was the only one apparently hurt badly enough not to be back up). She did end up being taken to the hospital in an ambulance, poor thing. One of the reasons I never allow myself to get into a pack of riders. I've seen more riders go down from clipping a front rider's tire, and take the riders behind them down as well. Over 40 years ago when I learned to ride a motorcycle (in my 20's), all of the class participates at the end of the program were each given an invisible "box" to ride in when on our motorcycles out in traffic. We were told that if anyone - car, truck, another motorcycle - ever tries to get in our box with us, to just give them the box and go get another box just for ourselves to ride in. Best advice ever. I haven't ridden a motorcycle in decades, but I still use my box when riding my bikes. And that box is still good as new.

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Old 10-22-16, 01:29 PM
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12 days since right total shoulder joint was installed and rode 103 miles today, on my 2002 Target Magna 7spd. Hybrid that cost $100.00 has 6" ride steel handlebars, weighs 34lbs. The wind was brutal. As of now PT has me restricted to this bike for the next 2 months, but, I've decided to convert my Paramount to an upright.
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Old 10-22-16, 03:17 PM
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My best to date. 31.6 miles. Beautiful Fall day in S. Texas. Sure does a body good.
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Rode a 55 mile gravel ride today with @mstateglfr. It was a heck of a ride. There was 2700 ft of climbing. It was a gorgeous day with the lows in the 50s and the highs in the 70s. Nothing but winding roads on some pretty tough Iowa gravel with very pretty views throughout the ride. The ride is called the Buffalo 105 and is run out of Newton IA: Buffalo 105 Gravel Race -

It goes through the Neal Smith National wildlife refuge which has, you guessed it, buffalo roaming (or in this case sleeping enjoying the nice weather no doubt) on restored prairie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neal_S...ildlife_Refuge

The most exciting part of the ride was when 2 small dogs came running after us followed by their friend, a small pony. That has to be a first, lol.

I rode it on my 1993 Bridgestone XO-2 which was designed as a gravel bike long before gravel bikes became a thing, . It has road geometry but it built around 26 inch wheels. The 26 x 1.75 pasela t serv protite tires handled the gravel well.

Couldn't ask for a finer day or a better ride.
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Old 10-22-16, 06:02 PM
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31 miles today at a more relaxed pace. One of today's group is recovering from a heart attach he suffered while riding with us in May. The cold weather this morning worked on him a bit, so we took things easy.
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Old 10-22-16, 06:20 PM
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Still chasing the Fall colors, I rode my Raleigh DL1 Roadster today; two laps of my local sixteen mile loop, for a total of thirty-two miles. A couple of sections are dirt/gravel, and the old Raleigh handles them with aplomb. At the end of what you can see in this first photo is some single-track that is considered a mountain bike trail, because it gets narrow and a bit rutted/muddy in spots, but nothing this old English classic hasn't seen before. This was the best ride I've had in a while.



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Old 10-23-16, 06:44 AM
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I hammered out 81 miles in beautiful Florida weather as part of the annual Santa Fe century. I now know 100 is doable as I felt great after the ride. The last 15 miles I was lucky to hook up with four guys doing 22+, and was able to keep up. Not bad for a 59 yo. man.......

The Domane felt super comfortable, and the electric shift nothing short of perfect.
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Old 10-23-16, 12:04 PM
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Good rest for the legs ride this morning. Did a short and slow 25 mile ride with the wife. It warmed up pretty nicely after this morning's 49 temps.
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Old 10-23-16, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by John_V
Good rest for the legs ride this morning. Did a short and slow 25 mile ride with the wife. It warmed up pretty nicely after this morning's 49 temps.
John_V that sounds more like Northern Nevada temps. It was just a few lower than that here at the start of the ride. Tomorrow s/b 55 at 9AM, a warmer ride.

18.5 miles today on the restored Tarmac SL (love this bike). Nice amber leaves mixed with the evergreens on the bike path.

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Old 10-23-16, 03:04 PM
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ride today was great, my new personal record, 52 miles, 2:53:00 ave speed 18.1. my first charity ride and the my previous distance was 42 miles. i feel pretty good about todays ride. it's only been 4 months of road cycling and i really had a great time.
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Old 10-23-16, 03:34 PM
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Just under 20 miles on a pure recovery ride in the Blue Ridge Mtns. The riding here in VA is much more challenging than FL, and it was cold and breezy once the sun dropped behind the mountains.

I'm riding a Giant Defy 0, which I've come to the conclusion does not quite fit me as well as the Domane. Oh well, I'm off all week, so I should get in some good hill time in.
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This weekend was the 49th Hilly Hundred in Southern Indiana and 40 years since I first rode it. 54 hilly miles yesterday on my long wheelbase 'bent while my stoker volunteered and 53 hilly miles today with my stoker. About 4000 ft of climbing. No mountains but lots and lots and lots of hills.

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Nothing better than a group ride with BF friends!
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Old 10-24-16, 09:47 AM
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Rode 36 miles Sunday night. First ride in a week since recovering from an infection and dental surgery. Barely finished the last couple of miles but overall felt good to ride again.
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Old 10-24-16, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Greybeard712
John_V that sounds more like Northern Nevada temps. It was just a few lower than that here at the start of the ride. Tomorrow s/b 55 at 9AM, a warmer ride. .....
Not sure what is going on with our weather down here. It normally waits until mid November before we start seeing temps in the 40s. Today, it was in the low 50s. Still chilly enough for arm warmers for us southern folk.


Did another single lap around the park today for a 24 mile ride. Rode with my buddy Steve who didn't want to ride too fast in the chilly morning air and that was OK with me. Saving the legs for this weekend's ride.
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35 wonderful miles in the rolling hills of the BlueRidge Mtns. I'm here for the week and going to ride every day, weather permitting. It was blustery, which made for some intensive cardio. Ill send pics tomorrow.

Separately, John V and I have been PMing and will endeavor to hook up in Inverness, about midway between where he is in Tampa and me in Gainesville. That is, if the C2C across FL next weekend doesn't kill him ( I'm sure it won't).

We're going to ride the Withlacoochee trail, one of the best in FL I am told. I cant wait. We might be flat, but we do have an excellent trail system!!
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25.1 relaxed miles on Monday. Ivan, who is recovering from a heart attack, rode with us on this cool morning, so we took things at his pace. Still, at 14.7 average, my hat is off to him!
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The last short ride until Friday when the Coast 2 Coast ride starts. 25 miles this morning with my buddy Steve.
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Man, was it windy in VA today. I left the house underdressed and had to turn around and regroup with long pants and a jacket. Thank God, the wind was like a million knives slicing in every which direction. I did virtually the same ride as yesterday, just under 35 total.

I think someone has put a spell on me, I honestly cannot recall such a relentless period of persistent wind. It's followed me from FL to VA, and it's actually worse here.

The sunshine was brilliant, transparency through the roof, the kind of fall days we get here in the Mtns. this time of year. FL may be constant peddling with no coasting, but today I didn't get more than a few moments off the gas. It was intense and I'm spent!!

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A New Englander cycling Florida for four weeks - 55 miles today. It's always interesting with the different wildlife, and trying to not become a statistic......
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High winds yesterday so no ride. 14.9 today on the super smooth Roubaix. The winds came back around 10:15 so I cut it short.

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