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Old 01-11-18, 12:30 PM   #22151
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Finally getting some decent weather without any rain. This year has been the slowest start for me since 2011. Got in a decent 40 mile ride this morning with my buddy. The legs haven't been doing too much since Dec 31st so I thought I would get back into this gradually since the forecast for the next 15 days looks pretty good for riding.
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Old 01-11-18, 04:40 PM   #22152
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6.4 miles (10.3k). I had late morning VA appts. so I went riding at 1:30. Just couldn't fight the wind.

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Old 01-11-18, 05:24 PM   #22153
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Nope. Back to cold and crummy weather.
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Old 01-11-18, 05:32 PM   #22154
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Only 8.3 miles which took an hour and a half because I combined it with doing road litter clean-up, plus stopping to chat with neighbors. So lots of starts and stops and stomping on cans to flatten them before bagging them up. Still, it was nice to be on the bike for a quiet, gentle pedal down our quiet, lovely gravel roads after way too many weeks of sub-zero wind chills and single degree weather. Met only one other cyclist who was "walking" his dogs the easy way - letting them run while he biked along. Nice man, very sweet dogs. Several riders on horses out hacking, enjoying the spring-like weather in the low 60s. Tomorrow hope to go for a longer ride since it will be mid-60s. Only have the one day, though, before we plunge back into the deep freeze.
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I rode 6 soggy miles on the I&M Canal Trail near Ottawa, IL, on my Mongoose Fatbike. The temperature was dropping like a rock as I was ending the ride, and it was starting to rain. It was 57 degrees when I started; 38 by the end of the ride....
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Old 01-11-18, 10:47 PM   #22157
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Nice looking Bike. Question, are those fat tires more impervious to goat heads and such than the thinner tires?
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Old 01-11-18, 11:14 PM   #22158
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Nice looking Bike. Question, are those fat tires more impervious to goat heads and such than the thinner tires?
Thanks! It's new to me, but I would have to guess, "NO" to your question. I rode the thing in the snow the first week I had it, and crossed over an iced over weed-infested creek, and had caught a thorn that required a tube replacement (fine, as the original tires/tubes on this thing weigh a TON!) Guys that run tubeless tires will have much more luck avoiding punctures, I'm sure, but this basic Walmart bike, while fun, is NOT a $5000 Specialized/Salsa/etc... I DID have a lot of upgrades done to this one by a buddy of mine who works on bikes, and had some nice used stuff laying around.
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Old 01-12-18, 07:34 AM   #22159
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Here We Go Again!

The latest winter storm started about midnight with rain, then came the freezing rain and sleet. Now we get snow to top off the wintry mix. The temps fell below freezing early this morning and we may stay there for another week as the Arctic Blast follows behind the storm front. I may not get a ride in until next week. The only caveat is that I do have to get out into the rat race,
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Old 01-12-18, 09:38 AM   #22160
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Cold weather here in the DFW area this morning. Temperature the low 20s. Cold wind from the north made it feel like 11. But it was still a fun ride.
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Old 01-12-18, 02:45 PM   #22161
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20.5 miles (33.0k). I've ridden in colder temps but this morning (38) felt really cold to me. I must be getting old. At least I'm getting back to 20+ mile rides.

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Old 01-12-18, 03:11 PM   #22162
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Did the usual 'Le Tour de Bullhead' with a stop at the bike shop for new tires. . .
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Short 30 minute ride (COLD!) on singletrack near Champaign/Urbana, IL, today.

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Those wheels and tires are GIGANTIC! You could probably go anywhere with those.
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Old 01-12-18, 10:32 PM   #22165
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Yes they are, and he probably can.
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As long as I can keep them rolling!! The bike, a Mongoose Dolemite with some upgrades, is still pretty dang heavy.... Still, lots of fun for a really cheap bike; by the time summer riding season arrives, my light road bike is going to feel like a feather!
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20.7 miles (33.3k). Pretty cold to start but it warmed up nicely to just cold. Is it summer yet?

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Old 01-13-18, 07:04 PM   #22168
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57 Miles Friday, on a cloudy day, today Saturday it's 60 with blue skies, I did ride today, 5 miles down to the library, picked up the book "The Haywire Heart, How too much exercise can kill you". I guess it's required reading for this forum. I'm going out for another long ride tomorrow, I hope the weather is as nice as today's, but I din't remember how to dress for 60 temps anymore. Last summer I would have thought it very cold. I guess start with layers and keep taking them off.
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Old 01-14-18, 06:41 AM   #22169
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I haven't been keeping up with posting rides this week. Friday morning, we had temps in the low 70s with a heavy fog and no sun until after I got done with my ride. What we did have was a wind that practically came out of nowhere with 30+ mph gusts. I was getting tossed around so much, I ended the ride at 25 miles because it was getting too dangerous to do the last 15 mile lap.

Yesterday, the temps feel to 52 at the start of the ride. It was overcast, humidity was at 70% and it was windy. Just a cold and nasty ride. Would have been better had the sun come out but we had no such luck. Rode with my buddy, who wanted to do at least 40 miles, so that's what we did.
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18.1 miles (29.1k). Cold and cloudy, not the most pleasant of rides but the '06 Tarmac is a fun ride.

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Old 01-14-18, 04:38 PM   #22171
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A bit of a actual "Road Ride" on the comfort bicycle, normally I don't stay much off the trails/paths but the view of Pikes Peak is awesome from here. 14 mile RT with a lot of HILLS! [IMG]2018-Jan-BRoad-1 by BJ Ondo, on Flickr[/IMG]
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22.5 miles Sunday evening on the road bike at a decent clip considering how low my energy level has been lately (usual flu or whatever bug everyone else in my area has). Actually felt like riding more but didn't dress warmly enough and it got very chilly after dark so I cut it short. Gonna make up for it with a walk to the store in a little while.
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A bit of a actual "Road Ride" on the comfort bicycle, normally I don't stay much off the trails/paths but the view of Pikes Peak is awesome from here. 14 mile RT with a lot of HILLS! [IMG]2018-Jan-BRoad-1 by BJ Ondo, on Flickr[/IMG]
That's a good workout on a comfort hybrid. I rode one for my first year after resuming cycling in 2015. Tackled some hilly roller coaster routes to get back into shape.

I didn't realize how much of a workout you get with a comfort hybrid until I got a faster hybrid and road bike. Now when I use the comfort hybrid for errands and short rides it's a real challenge, especially the adductor muscles at the top front of the thighs/hips.

I keep thinking of selling my comfort hybrid but every time I ride it I still enjoy it, even if it's mostly for short errand rides and hauling groceries.
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38 Miles, Yesterday it was 60 blue skies everywhere. today was supposed to be in the 50s with lots of sunshine. I went out and it was cold! like 32 cold. I live on a large hill, or bute as they call it, I rode around to the other side where I rode into thick, cold fog. So I turned around and headed I towards the mountains where I could see sun. I rode up a road that goes to the ski resort, some sun and a little warmer, hands got very cold again.
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