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Old 11-24-16, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by DQRider
Excellent photos! You live in a beautiful place. Do they salt the roads during winter in Scotland?
Thanks DQRider.

Yes they've been spreading salt for the last 4 or 5 weeks now hence the reason I kill myself every winter on a single speed bike.

Another stunning day today, cold 24℉-30℉ and amazing sunshine, unfortunately I never took a camera with me for my 26.5 mile ride
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Originally Posted by 47p2
Another stunning day today, cold 24℉-30℉ and amazing sunshine, unfortunately I never took a camera with me for my 26.5 mile ride
Let me second the comment about it being lovely.

I'm curious about your sub-zero ride. Was that sub-zero deg F or deg C (or deg K)?
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Let me second the comment about it being lovely.

I'm curious about your sub-zero ride. Was that sub-zero deg F or deg C (or deg K)?
Thanks Jim, yes we do have a lovely country when the sun shines, if only it shone a bit more

To clarify the temperatures:- the sub zero is celsius which is the standard we use in the UK but I put fahrenheit in my text as I know that's what you guys are familiar with

24℉ = -4.5C

30℉ = -1C

Here's Ben Lomond again, I took this picture a couple of weeks ago when I was cycling along the loch side


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Had the TCR out for a little over 20 miles today. It was a great ride accept for the oncoming Cadillac that crossed over and ran me off the road. It happened to fast to do anything other than ride off of the road. The guy had to be doing 25-30 mph over the limit. Glad I was only a foot from the edge or he might have hit me.
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Old 11-24-16, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by 47p2
22 miles in the sunshine and sub zero temperatures...
Nice photos!

18.2 Miles on a cold morning - 31 (-0.5c), but sunny. Sunshine makes a big difference.
Fortunately the City of Sparks (Parks & Rec) came out yesterday and cleared most of the sticks and fallen tree limbs from the last wind storm off the bike path. There was one white tree limb (Birch?) about 8" diameter I almost ran into. So did my riding friend so I don't feel completely stoopid.

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Old 11-24-16, 04:08 PM
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Since the park was closed today, I did a nice 36 mile solo ride from my daughters house to the subdivision part of my normal route and rode several laps there. There was hardly any traffic in the subdivision so that made it nice. Tried to hitch a ride with Amanda Coker, who was also riding there, but my sinuses didn't want to cooperate after reaching 19 mph. I gave up on that idea and rode until it was time to go have a turkey dinner.

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I got in 32 miles this morning before heading out of town to gather with relatives. Started at 33 ended 1:45 later at 35, overcast but calm morning.
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Old 11-25-16, 01:48 PM
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I haven't ridden the Roubaix for over a week so I did my usual thumb test on the tires, rear was flat as a pancake. So I rode the lil' Tarmac for 20.3 (33k) miles, 35 (1.6c) and stayed there for a while. But it was sunny. Fun bike.

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y-from N.Y.), s/b here Wed (sigh). Could have used it this morning.

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34 mile club ride almost entirely on lightly traveled flat rural roads this morning. This is a M-W-F morning ride that I generally am unable to do as I work weekdays. Might be able to become a regular in a couple of years. (Fired or retired, whichever comes first.)
Kind of coldish - just barely 40F, cloudy and a bit windy. But...............dry and no ice or snow on roads so what's there to complain about?
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Old 11-25-16, 07:35 PM
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A really nice 40 mile ride while my wife recouped from her all night Black Friday shopping spree with my daughter.
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Old 11-26-16, 07:03 AM
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25 miles on the C&O canal path in MD

Joined a group ride from our local bike shop doing a late morning/early afternoon "Post Turkey Day" 25 mile tour along the C&O canal path outside Leesburg, VA. It was a beautiful day for a ride - cool, calm, and overcast - with 9 like minded folk. We must have been the few and far between who were not in their cars, stressed out trying to squeeze into overcrowded parking lots at the malls and outlets full of the hordes of humanity dedicating Black Friday to mass shopping binges.

As it was, I dropped off hubby at our son's house so he could assist in son's workshop project that day - putting up drywall - while I headed to the bike shop to meet up with the group. Once we set off we enjoyed the quick 4+ mile route from Leesburg to the ferry crossing over the Potomac, the leisurely transport over a very shallow Potomac (the riverbed bottom was almost touchable, making me worry for the draft of the ferry which looked far too close to scrapping the bottom silt and rocks for comfort) then the group was off on the Maryland side and soon cruising down the leaf covered canal path to our halfway point - the canal bridge over the Monocacy River. There we all enjoyed lunch and a respite before turning towards home. The canal path was in lovely shape with very little tree debris, so the group did a decent job keeping up a nice 9-10 mph pace the entire way. Picked up hubby afterwards, admired the completed drywall project, and then off towards home.

I hadn't been on my bikes since the last regional ride around Halloween, so was happy but tired - and if truth be told -maybe a touch sore afterwards, which translated into a great night's sleep.

Today will be a 10 mile ride on my horse. Love that the headwinds today won't make a whit of difference riding in that saddle.
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Old 11-26-16, 01:45 PM
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18.3 miles on the Ultra-smooth Roubaix. Patched the tube from yesterday. Dunno what it is with the past two weekends but there have been heavy winds. Storm on the way, might snow tonight. But at least it was a relatively warm wind from the south (high 40s).

Yesterday and, to a lesser degree today, I played Dodge-The-Cars-SUVs-Pick-Em-Up-Trucks around the Legends Shopping Center. Massive traffic. I even succumbed to the Black Friday mania online from GaMiss. Black Friday discounts plus an additional 16% "BFRIDAY" coupon for a faux-fur lined hooded jacket for $33 (incl direct shipping and ins). Saved about $150, the trade-off being waiting 15 days for delivery. (I don't pay retail. )

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Only 29.3 miles on the tandem today due to time constraints. Still, it was better than a good day at work!



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Originally Posted by momsonherbike
As it was, I dropped off hubby at our son's house so he could assist in son's workshop project that day - putting up drywall - while I headed to the bike shop to meet up with the group.
Let me get this straight. The options were go out on a bike ride or hang drywall....

You made the right choice! It amazes me sometimes what male humans will choose to do.
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Met my buddy Frankie this morning for our weekly Saturday ride. Weather was perfect with a nice breeze. Frankie was nursing his knee again so it was a slow 57 miles. It didn't help that the breeze turned into a pretty strong wind during the ride.
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Grocery run down Lincoln Blvd in Venice/LA. Here visiting our kids and fabulous grand daughter. Love LA but these folks are nuts! Riding here is not for the faint of heart.
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20 miles Saturday afternoon/evening to explore a new route and pick up some parts to fix a balky front shifter. Cool, overcast, very pleasant.
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Another ride with Frankie this morning. Shooting for a 57 miler but the legs didn't want to fight the winds today. A short and very windy 28 miles for today.
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It snowed last night, thick crystaline snow. It took me an hour just to get ready to ride the trike, clearing the snow off the SUV, ready the trike (I've only ridden it twice now in the past 3 months), etc. 6.1 (9.8k) miles leaving a funny looking triple track in the snow behind me. Didn't try any hills . Die hard cyclist.

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did our 35 mile loop today , great weather 75 degrees , slight breeze on the return, just a perfect day .
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10 mile tandem ride Sunday afternoon with no hills. Nearly 50F but cloudy.
Probably not too many more Screamer rides this year. Captain not overly fond of cold riding and my stoker is not at all a fan of cold riding.
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18.1 (29.1k) cold and windy miles. Most of the return trip was an easy 16-18mph (tailwind) but into the headwind, whew! It rained shortly after I got home, just made it.

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Didn't ride today. Rode yesterday. 55.4 miles.



Had to deal with a technical problem at mile 24.5, a long walk home if it came to that, which it didn't, now did it?

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It wasn't today, it was last Thursday (11/24), my Thanksgiving ride.


19.3 miles. Temp when I started was 36F. I rode faster than I expected: 15.3 ave. mph.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Didn't ride today. Rode yesterday. 55.4 miles.
Had to deal with a technical problem at mile 24.5, a long walk home if it came to that, which it didn't, now did it?

Nothing quite like good ol' American ingenuity! Kudos to you!

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