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Old 10-24-21, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
oh well, I don't bike commute anymore, but I hear ya. for you it's a necessity. for me it's an escape from everything
Most people escape into drugs, tv or food. Not all escapes are as healthy as this one
But let me ask you, if i may, what are you referring to when you are saying everything?
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Mine is a 7 mile loop around the area where I live. I treat it as a personal time trial each ride. It has two short fairly steep climbs that I attack and one long lesser climb that I try to maintain speed. I ride this course clockwise most of the time. When I feel my muscles have memorized the loop too much, I ride it counterclockwise. If I struggle too much I give it up for about a month and do another 10 mile loop instead.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
Depending on the mileage desired, my 'go to' ride involves a loop or two around Shelter Island, Harbor Island and\or Fiesta Island.
I used to live in Claremont Mesa and while I didn't ride it all the time, one of my favorites was out and back to the Point Loma Lighthouse. I was there for a conference in Feb 2020 and rented a bike just to ride there again from downtown.
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Old 10-24-21, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by msu2001la View Post
Wicker Park to Ft Sheridan is one of my favorite weekend morning rides. It's a great road and amazing to see all the cyclists and group rides that are on that route.
my mother in law lives in fort Sheridan and told me how annoying all the cyclists are who go around the fort. And then I told her Iím obsessed with cycling. We get along ok now
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Old 10-24-21, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by holytrousers View Post
But let me ask you, if i may, what are you referring to when you are saying everything?
oh nothing special, the usual mumbo jumbo of obligations & stressors like work & dealing w/ distant elderly parents. nice to get out on the bike for a little time just for me
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Indian Hill Road looking north into the Horse Creek drainage. A 42 mile loop from my house north of Cheyenne. Mostly gravel with some asphalt on the way home.

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Old 10-24-21, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
oh nothing special, the usual mumbo jumbo of obligations & stressors like work & dealing w/ distant elderly parents. nice to get out on the bike for a little time just for me
Thanks for sharing that, may they give you warmth and good company when you're not riding
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Old 10-25-21, 01:47 AM
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Tres San Pedros

Upper San Pedro to Middle San Pedro to Lower San Pedro forms a four-mile loop about a mile from my house. They were re-paved this summer and went from very bumpy to smooth as silk. It's almost as if they did me a personal favor!
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Old 10-25-21, 02:55 AM
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Thankfully I have no need to travel miles by car to begin an epic ride. Roll out my garage and no farther than 8.5 miles from my driveway can yield a good crank spinning work out. Starting around a (+/-) midnight time frame and under a full moon with music as company = a no traffic cosmic drift experience

https://www.strava.com/activities/4669579494
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Old 10-25-21, 03:18 AM
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snaking road up steep mountainside
yikes! not for me!
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Old 10-25-21, 11:21 AM
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I have several go to routes that are about two hours in duration. Typical rides are on rural roads with rolling hills. Below ride is 62 km with about 500m of climbing.

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Old 10-25-21, 11:49 AM
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Lake Natomas loop

Around Sacramento itís pretty flat until you get in the foothills. Thereís a 12 mile paved, cycling and pedestrian only loop around Lake Natoma near Folsom. It has some gradual elevation changes and superb views of the lake, salmon hatchery and Sierras. Itís not very crowded during the week with lots of spots to stop for a breather if so needed. Thatís my ďgo-toĒ ride.
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Old 10-25-21, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Inusuit View Post
Indian Hill Road looking north into the Horse Creek drainage. A 42 mile loop from my house north of Cheyenne. Mostly gravel with some asphalt on the way home.

I think I'd get a gravel bike to ride that, if only I didn't have to drive 20 hours to get there!
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Old 10-25-21, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway, to Crown Point and back is the backbone of many rides. Options off the highway for more miles and climbing. Partial climb up Larch Mountain if even more time. Full Larch for a long grade. Making it a loop via Bull Run. Extend it to Cascade Locks for a full day ride.
Used to live in Hillsboro (like the Hillsborough in Nor. Cal., but without the "ugh" at the end decades ago. Was not into cycling at the time (married to the wrong woman but drove the Columbia Gorge many times. Beautiful drive. So many waterfalls along the way. Can actually take it all the way to Boise, ID, if one has the time. Also can do a "u-turn" at Bridge of the Gods and return on the WA side of the Columbia. Hmmmm...maybe I'll put that on my bucket list for a near-future getaway trip....cheers....
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Originally Posted by Steeler_fanatic View Post
I have several go to routes that are about two hours in duration. Typical rides are on rural roads with rolling hills. Below ride is 62 km with about 500m of climbing.

That's close to area I roll often. I hate losing ride time driving places since I have kids, but I make it up that way often. With more time I go longer on the piece out to the marina and back also. I know "when" it is a decent time to go.

This is a "go to" route of about 2 hours for me that similar area:
https://www.strava.com/activities/6156322917
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Old 10-25-21, 12:12 PM
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My Specialized Rock Combo is my go to ride for this loop. Recently put some Schwalbe Land Cruiser tires on it, which seem ideal for gravel but still run quiet and smooth on pavement. I'm fortunate to have several great dirt road rides within a mile or two of my house.
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Old 10-25-21, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Broctoon View Post
When my wife and I want a quick, convenient route, we have one pretty good option, a rectangular loop of 9.5 miles. It starts and ends right out our driveway, as we live about midway along one of the rectangle's long sides. This is the only part of the ride that's on a road. The other long side and both short ends are paved MUPs.

At one end of the rectangle, there is pretty scenery, especially at sunset. At the opposite end, there are lots trees and a pond. The long sides take us through residential neighborhoods and farm fields. There are no commercial, industrial, or urban areas.

The route sits on a slight incline, not steep, but just enough slope to make it interesting. We can choose how we want to take the incline by riding the loop clockwise or counter-clockwise: descent at the beginning and end of the ride with climbing in the middle, or climbing at the start and end with descent in the middle.

We ride this quite often, and I've also walked and jogged all or part of it many times. It is one of my favorite things about the place where we live.



Edit: Looking at the map, I realize it's technically more of a parallelogram, with slightly curved ends.
Your ride loop is around the entire perimeter of Montana? wow
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Old 10-25-21, 12:16 PM
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My typical ride is about 12 mi. and is usually as the sun rises. Abt a 1/3 of the ride edges the Stevens Creek on an MUP (The Stevens Creek trail....mostly quiet at that time of the morning). For a change up (usually once a week), I can follow the MUP all the way out to the SF Bay for ~30 mi. R/T. Lots of water fowl to be seen: White, Black-Tipped Pelicans, California Brown Pelicans, 4-5 species of duck (including wood, teal and mallard), egrets, herons (blue and black-crested night) Canada geese, Avocets, Sandpipers and lots and lots of seagulls (especially when a storm is on its way). Occasionally see jackrabbits and Golden Eagles along with red-tailed hawks. Hard to pay attention to where you're going when looking at the wonderful scenery. Silicon Valley is also bounded by the Santa Cruz Mtns. on the west and the eastern foothills in the east (well, duh! Seen some amazing sunrises over the east foothills.

Planning to modifiy my route so I can still make a longer ride when the trail out by the bay gets all muddied up like from the recent rains we just had ("Bomb Cyclone" or "Atmospheric River"?).
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I live in waltham, MA, about ten miles from where I work in Boston's back bay.
But my most regular because I want to ride is to head west on route 117, and wind up on great back, country roads in Westin, Lincolna and other towns. I go past the Dcordova Museum (a modern art museum surrounded by a huge sclupture park), past the gropeius house, past Walden, and into Concord center. Sometimes I go Carlisle. Those roads are great, rural, they go past horse farms and vegetable frams, ponds and lakes, battlefields from the revolutionayr war, etc. 20 to 35 miles, depending on what I do.
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
That's close to area I roll often. I hate losing ride time driving places since I have kids, but I make it up that way often. With more time I go longer on the piece out to the marina and back also. I know "when" it is a decent time to go.

This is a "go to" route of about 2 hours for me that similar area:
https://www.strava.com/activities/6156322917
Rolling View is one of my destinations also. You're a bit faster than me - my kids are probably a bit older too . I sent you a Strava request...
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I live in Bend Oregon so for road-ish rides we use the Larkspur trail to loop through town and maybe part of the Deschutes River path. Off-road we like the DRT and our new favorite is the Metolius Preserve, although it's a bit of a drive.
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Originally Posted by stephr1 View Post
Used to live in Hillsboro (like the Hillsborough in Nor. Cal., but without the "ugh" at the end decades ago. Was not into cycling at the time (married to the wrong woman but drove the Columbia Gorge many times. Beautiful drive. So many waterfalls along the way. Can actually take it all the way to Boise, ID, if one has the time. Also can do a "u-turn" at Bridge of the Gods and return on the WA side of the Columbia. Hmmmm...maybe I'll put that on my bucket list for a near-future getaway trip....cheers....
I have been waiting for someone to petition to have that bridge renamed as I'm sure it offends someone.
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I have been waiting for someone to petition to have that bridge renamed as I'm sure it offends someone.
Prob'ly the atheists and a few agnostics
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I have been waiting for someone to petition to have that bridge renamed as I'm sure it offends someone.
Originally Posted by stephr1 View Post
Prob'ly the atheists and a few agnostics
Imagine some dude in Florida wanted to go to Pittsburg to buy some steel, but was really bad with maps and ended up at your house instead. So he murdered your dad and brother who were visiting, and moved in to your house. First he let you and your kids live in the garage, until he decided he wanted the garage so he let you live in your minibarn. Then his son ***** your daughter, and when you attacked his son he murdered you. Then he decided the minibarn was useful so he got the police to come and relocate your two remaining kids to a homeless camp across town.

A couple generations later, when his grandkids are still living on the property formerly yours, and your grandkids have moved back to the area, imagine what they think when they realize his grandkids built a gazebo in the old backyard, and call it "Trek 520" because you had a Trek 520 hanging in your garage back in the day. The gazebo builders think it's a quaint name, and it honors the people who lived there before.

Does anybody alive at the end of the story feel offended?

It's a weird story, but truth is stranger than fiction.
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