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Old 02-22-20, 09:28 PM
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66 miles with 3300’ of hills. Rode from the house a good ways towards the coast. My wife picked me up in our van and we drove the rest of the way to the beach.

Today’s ride included about 35 miles of new roads to me including part of the Southern Uwharrie Bike Route.
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Old 02-23-20, 11:32 AM
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The Arkansas River Trail in light rain, didn't push it, just rode my bike. It still is under a lot of repair after the flooding late last year. This log in the tree boggles my mind. The picture doesn't do justice to how much water there was. That log is more than twenty-five feet above the mean level of the river (the tree is on the edge of the embankment, the river well below). The various agencies are making repairs and hopefully it will be back up to spec early this spring. Still, a good ride.



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Old 02-23-20, 05:21 PM
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20 mi today on paved trail with my Roubaix. Was nearly 50 but most importantly sunny. Yay.
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Hard to fathom all of the images displaying green lawns and posts describing warm ocean breezes. We're still in winter mode here and forecast is for another 1 1/2" of snow overnight. It's still relatively cold but I'm glad to say that the worst is behind us. Rode to a local recreational park today and only came across one other cyclist on the trails. The tree lined trail on the way to 3 Mile Bend provides solitude and tranquil rides are virtually guaranteed during the colder months of the year. Today was no exception.


This 130 yr old Canadian Pacific bridge was converted to multi-use and provides quick access across the river to the other side of town.

My trusty steed.

All of the trails along the way are well groomed and maintained by the local municipality.

3 Mile Bend Rec Park- This jump ironically is used by the local free-style club as a practice venue during the summer months. The designated off-leash park is also a popular spot for dog lovers.
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Old 02-24-20, 01:10 AM
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Early Sunday morning, 18.2 predawn miles. 34F and still. Playful hills. One of the roads on this route feels like running with the bulls in early evening (exciting but maybe not the best idea), but at that hour I had it to myself.
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Old 02-24-20, 08:31 AM
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Short 35 miler in the computer this morning. Met STRAVA friend "Ghost Rider" for 31 of those miles and he did a great job of grinding me down while he barely broke a sweat. Heading to WM on the Grocery Grabber for some NA Beer and other less important necessaries (food) then what ever the day brings.
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Old 02-24-20, 06:25 PM
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It was a great day in NYC, 60+ degrees, so I did 20 miles outdoors. It felt great, all that indoor riding gets you in really good shape. I wasn't pushing it but it felt like I could go a lot faster if I wanted.
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Old 02-25-20, 02:30 PM
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Yep

Back on the bike after a 20 year span. Quickly found out that my 96 Stumpjumper on modern trails is great if you like fear and pain.
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Old 02-25-20, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Sfriden
Back on the bike after a 20 year span. Quickly found out that my 96 Stumpjumper on modern trails is great if you like fear and pain.
Welcome back!
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Old 02-25-20, 04:55 PM
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Old 02-25-20, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Sfriden
Back on the bike after a 20 year span. Quickly found out that my 96 Stumpjumper on modern trails is great if you like fear and pain.
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Old 02-26-20, 02:16 AM
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Tuesday morning, predawn into morning light, 49F, 25.9 miles.




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Old 02-26-20, 05:49 AM
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70th Birthday is in July

... No clue if I'll be around

70 miles yesterday I cycled by

... Don't care now if I'll be underground

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Old 02-26-20, 08:11 AM
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Another steel kind of morning with our unusually mild weather in the Bay:
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Old 02-28-20, 12:23 PM
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Rode my bike and voted.

I also need to shave (not my legs).

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Old 02-28-20, 01:55 PM
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Me too, the shave! Be Well, Bluesfrog.
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Old 02-29-20, 05:59 AM
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81 miles completed so far in Segment #1 of today's Leap Year Day's Century +

Had to get back home to warm up in a HOT shower, get some food, clean kit and now back out.

Winds went from 5mph for overnight ride to 20+mph for 2nd segment. Added another 44 miles for 125 mile total today.

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Old 03-01-20, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
Still just short rides on my hill.
Checking out bikes and making written notes about minor maintenance to start the season optimally on all bikes = minimal maintenance all riding season, just ‘pick a bike time’.

Here’s my CF (almost vintage @20 yrs) comfort racer-boy bike. Custom Calfee TetraPro, fitted by Craig himself in Santa Cruzin, CA USA. Still fits like a glove, but also upgraded to threadless, and newer components since purchase.


100% ready for riding. Compact double 50/34, mid-cage for 28 teeth, MavicReflex tubies w/ Veloflex 25mm. 60X58.5 & SWEET

Riding with a neighbor’s stallions




Gorgeous bike......I could see myself riding that bike.
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Old 03-01-20, 03:36 PM
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Took a week off from the bike and golf and went to the beach with my wife and another couple........ate way too well........enjoyed a variety of brown ales and several bottles of Italian wine....put on 4 lbs. Was dreading the first ride back but felt decent and got in a glorious 77 miles today. The more I rode the better I felt. I could hear my buddy telling me “you really ought to make it a Gillon” as I know he certainly would have ridden a hundred miles.

Now I’m wondering if I should change my “training” to include more brown ales & red wine???










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First ride of the season. The roads are still messy but it sure felt good to be on two wheels again!
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Old 03-01-20, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by jppe
Gorgeous bike......I could see myself riding that bike.
Simple color, Campy, tubulars. That's the way I like my bikes.

But probably 19lbs as pictured = heavy by your standards jppe


edit: Another of my new bikes:

Built to be a 'forever' bike as aging shrunk MY frame, but it hasn't happened so forever has yet to begin (i guess). Hence, 14cm of stem.
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Old 03-01-20, 07:20 PM
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46 miles on the West Orange Trail today. Stunningly good weather -- highs near 70, clear blue sky, light breeze. I'm riding a half-century in 3 weeks so this is nearing the end of my training ramp up and all's well. Well, except for speed. Sometime between my 30 mile and my 45 mile rides the speed just disappeared. Good news is my 50-miler is about distance and having fun. Pretty sure no one is timing me, and if I can at least come in before Grandma on her 40 lb. Huffy I should be good.

I've got an 1100 mile base of training for this upcoming ride, but with no focus other than piling on miles. So after this ride I'm letting my triathlete son give me some training tips so my next rides will not be so turtle-like.

On a side note I saw a first -- a fat tire trike. Looked nice but I bet it was heavy. And it sounded like a Jeep on the road.
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Originally Posted by jppe
Took a week off
from the bike and golf and went to the beach with my wife and another couple........ate way too well....... Was dreading the first ride back but felt decent and got in a glorious 77 miles today. The more I rode the better I felt.

Now I’m wondering if I should change my “training” to include more brown ales & red wine???
training, given your mileage, benefits greatly with various breaks

yes to the new proposed regimen. More red wine than ale in a month.
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Old 03-02-20, 03:50 PM
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Second (outdoor) ride of 2020



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