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Old 01-25-18, 01:07 PM
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40, very nice miles with one of my cycling teammates. It's been a while since I rode with him so today's ride was an especially good ride. I only wished that my sinuses would have cooperated the first 25 miles.
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What a beautiful winter day! Temperature @ 60F and not a cloud in the sky. I was hoping to get in a two hour ride.

However, first thing this morning I had a optometrist appt for the annual eye exam, and they always dilate my eyes. I always hope for cloudy overcast skies on eye exam day, because the bright sun hurts my eyes and gives me a headache even with double sunglasses.

I waited a couple hours after getting home and started out okay on the bike ride, but eventually the bright sunlight began taking its toll and began to hurt. I turned around, but still got in 66 minutes.
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< 1/2 Birthday Ride this afternoon. Twenty miles, which is longest ride since the end of November.
Had to stop on this hill because couldn't see what was on the other side - HILL BLOCKS VIEW.

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18.3 miles (29.5k). Cold (29) but sunny. The batteries in the wireless speedo decided to konk out so mileage is a guesstimate but pretty accurate. Even with recovering from shoulder replacement I've ridden more this Jan than last years' in climate weather.


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Another gorgeous winter day in The MidSouth with an unseasonable temperature @ 60F. I got in 121 minutes.

With a brisk southerly wind I decided to head south to a regular neighborhood with nice long north-south oriented streets. So it was go north uphill with the wind, turnaround, and go south downhill against the wind. Both ways give a good workout.

I then headed to a neighborhood I've never explored. It was a challenge with some really steep hills. After riding 7 days in a row my legs are begging for some rest. That may happen tomorrow if that front with rain comes in late tonight.
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Originally Posted by JanMM
< 1/2 Birthday Ride this afternoon. Twenty miles, which is longest ride since the end of November.
Had to stop on this hill because couldn't see what was on the other side - HILL BLOCKS VIEW.

It took me a minute. Thanks! Made my day.
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I ride everything - tandem uprights, road bikes, recumbents, and trikes. The last three days have been on a trike. Still have ice on the lake.

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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
I ride everything - tandem uprights, road bikes, recumbents, and trikes. The last three days have been on a trike. Still have ice on the lake.

012618 by trsnrtr, on Flickr

beautiful. OH, the trike also.
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Rowan and I cycled our January Century yesterday, on Australia Day ...

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Nope. Was hoping the get the stuff in the mail to finish installing the fenders etc on Darla, my Red Hornet so I can go out and not feel like I don't fit because I'll be a kid for a day.
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16.4 miles (26.4k). Alternated between sunny and overcast. A little less cold than the previous few days.
Climbing onto the Roubaix is like getting into a Cadillac.


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Old 01-27-18, 03:32 PM
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CalAggie Crit, traditional opening race of the NorCal road season. I raced twice, pack finish in both, although I may have cracked the top ten in the 45+.

Good barometer of early season fitness. It’s one thing to watch wattage numbers on your Garmin, it’s another thing altogether to actually race.

It was a nice day. My son raced the 9-14 Juniors race and was second. My wife came over to watch which was nice.
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Had a nice Polar Bear ride of ten miles today. Not very cold, about 45 degrees Fahrenheit, but raining. Good time.
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Old 01-28-18, 12:11 PM
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The wife dragged me off to a sidewalk art festival yesterday, so no ride. This morning's solo ride was going along just fine until mile 17 when the wind picked up to 20 mph and stayed that way until the end of the 40 mile ride. Excellent workout.
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Old 01-28-18, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by dunelt_1954
Had a nice Polar Bear ride of ten miles today. Not very cold, about 45 degrees Fahrenheit, but raining. Good time.
Good for you - I wimped out on the Mayor's Polar Bear ride yesterday - too wet.

Sunny and almost warm today - first tandem ride since Dec. 3. 11 miles.
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Originally Posted by JanMM
Good for you - I wimped out on the Mayor's Polar Bear ride yesterday - too wet.

Sunny and almost warm today - first tandem ride since Dec. 3. 11 miles.
It was not too bad. Mostly drizzle along the route. The turnout was light, I think a lot of regulars skipped it due to the rain. I don't really own any rain gear for cycling, just a poncho. The worst aspect was that I neglected to cover my foam padded saddle before transporting the bike downtown on a hitch rack. The cold, wet saddle made me wonder what I was getting into at the start, but like swimming in a cold pool, I got used to it. Mayor Hogsett was in good spirits. Nice to have a mayor that rides.
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20.8 miles (33.5k). Cold but sunny day, nice ride. Warmed up into the low 50s by 11:00. It sure is taking me a long time to get back in shape.

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No ride yesterday, because the storm front brought in rain and wet roads much of the day.

But I got in 122 minutes today with temperature in mid 50's. However, the gusty northerly wind made it feel like the mid 40's.
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Got 10 miles on my new Sun Eco-Tad SX Recumbent Trike! [IMG]2018-27-1 by BJ Ondo, on Flickr[/IMG]
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69 miles on Friday, 63.9 today. Both down in southern Illinois. Weather was fantastic for January! Well, that is except for the brutal headwind on Friday's ride. Wind was straight out of the south 20-21mph with gusts of 29mph. The trip north was sweet. The flip trip was worse than any hills that I've done. Thankfully today had very little wind.

With these rides, I have ridden 240+ miles outdoors for the month of January. Who would have ever thought I'd do that in a winter month living in northern Illinois?

P-4 is in the books. Now I can start to obsess about February's weather ;-)
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Congratulations on the new trike, it looks great. Thanks for the picture. They are a lot of fun.

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First ride with clipless pedals/shoes (Look delta style). 23 miles Sunday, pleasantly cool evening. I chose a route with little traffic to practice clipping/unclipping. Average speed was 15 mph, same as usual, but I was concentrating on spinning and remembering to unclip if I needed to stop, rather than trying to see if the pedals and shoes were magically faster. They do feel better on climbs.

The shoes are fine. The pedals feel like they might be a bit more efficient, although it'll take some practice to modify my pedaling style. But I'm not sure about the cleats. I went with the red delta cleats with float. Feels weird, like ice skating while pedaling. I may get accustomed to it. But I was used to old style toe clips and cleated shoes with no float. So I might eventually switch to the black zero float cleats or the gray cleats with less float.

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Did my first century on my new flat-bar road bike Saturday. I have a two day-double century in 2 weeks so this weekends ride went a long way in building confidence for that event. Due to a surgery last October I have only had the month of January to train (I was actually only cleared to ride last week but that will be our secret).

Weather in Arizona has been amazing but a little scary-with temps predicted in the 80's next few weeks could be an early and hot summer. Gotta make hay!

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21.1 miles (34.0k). The sun tried to come out but never did. Ugly, cold day.

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Originally Posted by Rudebob
Did my first century on my new flat-bar road bike Saturday. I have a two day-double century in 2 weeks so this weekends ride went a long way in building confidence for that event. Due to a surgery last October I have only had the month of January to train (I was actually only cleared to ride last week but that will be our secret).

Weather in Arizona has been amazing but a little scary-with temps predicted in the 80's next few weeks could be an early and hot summer. Gotta make hay!
How was the ride comfort? Any problems with the limited hand position?

I plan to keep my road bike with conventional drop bars but I'm still experimenting with bars on the hybrid. There are days when neck pain makes the road bike impractical for rides longer than 30 miles. The hybrid is a little slower, and comfortable all day for the neck, but with some wrist pain on long rides due to the limited hand positions.

I've swapped the hybrid between the original flat bar (actually very slightly arced with no rise), and riser bars with 1-1/2" rise and slight back sweep... and back and forth again. Now I'm leaning toward trying a flat bar with more arc, maybe even an albatross bar with very slight rise flipped upside down.
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