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Old 09-30-18, 07:46 PM
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My daughter and I rode the Roam and the Zander to the Third Battle of Winchester park (civil war battle ground). I lined the bikes up for this great shot down a shady allee.


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I had been spending a lot of time behind the bars of my '74 Motobecane Grand Touring lately, but today hopped on my 2013 Fuji Absolute 2.1 hybrid and did a quick 10 mile ride up and back to a local food truck festival where the school my wife is the Head of School (Montessori Episcopal School) had a booth. I've never had lobster from a food truck before.

Hybrids are made for rides like today's...


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Smile Cannondale Quick 5 Outtings

I LOVE this bike! Itís perfect for pavement and perfect for light trails. I ditched the slicks it came with and added some Challenge Chicane 33ís and now I can take it to some trails that are a bit more aggressive. The weather is just starting to get nice enough to really enjoy some nice outtings as fall approaches.
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I took this photo out at the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach, VA


Some pavement and some trails, I love the versatlity!
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14 mile Trail Ride at First Landing State Park

My friend and I took our hybrids on a 14 mile trail today at First Landing State Park in Virginia. I was on my Cannondale Quick 5 and she rode her Trek FX. Awesome ride with a variation of pavement, cruised rock, packed dirt with pine straw, and some sandy spots near the beach. I love my Cannondale Quick 5 and although it took most the summer to get to this point, Iím consistently riding 12-15 miles 3-5 times per week now.





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Old 10-08-18, 09:13 PM
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^^ Good for you! Sounds and looks like an awesome place to go riding.
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City then along the coast then back to the city. Dusted off the old Sakae, no totally stipped down and cleaned the old Sakae the day before then got caught out in a storm ruining my work. The ride was great though





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7 miles ride local trail in Eastern Iowa
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I rode from the city to Mt. Lofty today with the Sakae. If I ride up here again next Sunday I think I'll take the roadbike, this bikes harder work long distance climbing due to the weight. It's not all bad though, nothing descends through winding bends like the Sakae

My pre ride energy boost, a Broccoli smoothie, yummy





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Great 25 mile ride on C&O:



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Trav, what mile marker was that (the structure, specifically)? It looks like a neat spot.
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd
Trav, what mile marker was that (the structure, specifically)? It looks like a neat spot.
Do you remember where we started off on our ride out of Shepherdstown? Rather than going West, I went East. This was 5 1/2 miles from the parking lot, past Antietam viaduct and camping site. It was a very nice ride! I'm betting you and your daughter would enjoy this!


Note: The furnace area, that was about 2-3 miles further down from the house. They were around mile marker 75 if I remember correctly.

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Originally Posted by travbikeman
Do you remember where we started off on our ride out of Shepherdstown? Rather than going West, I went East. This was 5 1/2 miles from the parking lot, past Antietam viaduct and camping site. It was a very nice ride! I'm betting you and your daughter would enjoy this!
Yes, I reckon we would. Thanks!
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One reason I love riding my hybrid - it's the perfect bike for an easy, early morning run to Denton, TX for no other reason that to have really good breakfast tacos and a good Franconia Bock beer. 30 mile round trip.

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I had my broccoli smoothie before riding from the city to the coast, then an extended ride along the coast to Holdfast Bay before heading back to the city. About a 5 hour ride all up.


All this (the original Luna Park) was moved to Sydney after being sold to the NSW government. Now next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Aussie's will know what I'm talking about except the fact it was originally in Adelaide


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Originally Posted by camjr
One reason I love riding my hybrid - it's the perfect bike for an easy, early morning run to Denton, TX for no other reason that to have really good breakfast tacos and a good Franconia Bock beer. 30 mile round trip.

You Texans know how to live!
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As usual, it took me to various yard sales. . . .
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The weather down here is finally getting real nice. Took the Surly out for a wonderful Beer & Taco ride.

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I rode to Mount Lofty today but abandoned the hybrid for a roadbike. Climbing was so much easier

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Not my hybrid, but we were visiting my folks in SW Utah and did a bunch of bike riding last week. Here we are in Snow Canyon, just north of St George. Dad's got two e-bikes purchased as e-bikes, and one 2015 Trek 8.4 DS mid-drive conversion. This trip took us about 40 miles, including up and down Snow Canyon and then across Red Hills Parkway, a ride that would be an absolute killer on a pedal bike for all but the most seasoned of cyclists. Translation: I'd have been walking up the hills.


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Originally Posted by hokiefyd
Not my hybrid, but we were visiting my folks in SW Utah and did a bunch of bike riding last week. Here we are in Snow Canyon, just north of St George. Dad's got two e-bikes purchased as e-bikes, and one 2015 Trek 8.4 DS mid-drive conversion. This trip took us about 40 miles, including up and down Snow Canyon and then across Red Hills Parkway, a ride that would be an absolute killer on a pedal bike for all but the most seasoned of cyclists. Translation: I'd have been walking up the hills.
extraordinary! would love to read/see more about that ride! any vids while riding? does the motor help you maintain avrg speed going upgrade? meaning if you're running around 15mph but dip to 9 normally does the motor help you stay at 15 the whole way? or do you bump your avrg for the whole ride? did the battery last the whole day? is there fall-off with the assist toward the end of the day?
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Sorry, no videos. Here are some pictures we look last year, of same and similar rides. Some of these are in Snow Canyon. Some are in Zion National Park. I was riding the white Trek 8500 and my daughter was on the 8.4 DS, before it was electrified (again, last year).


IMG_20180330_125627122 by jnjadcock, on Flickr


IMG_20180331_101406657 by jnjadcock, on Flickr


IMG_20180331_111214633 by jnjadcock, on Flickr


IMG_20180328_135552999 by jnjadcock, on Flickr

The last one is one of dad's e-bikes, a Magnum Peak (27.5" MTB). Mom has a Magnum Metro (26" step-thru) that I rode on this year's trip. The 8.4 DS now has a 750W mid-drive kit from Luna Cycles. In general, they all work the same, and all three are pedal assist with a cadence sensor. That is, as long as you're turning the crank, the motor will assist. The Trek is a mid-drive, so the motor is at the bottom bracket and assists through the chain and drivetrain. The Magnums are hub-drives, so there's no torque at all through the chain. All three operate in a similar fashion. There's a control panel where you dial the assist level, from 0 (none) to 6 (max on the Magnums) or 9 (max on the Luna kit). At 0 assist, you're pedaling a really heavy bike. At max assist, as long as you turn the cranks, the motor will be trying to get you to its maximum programmed speed, which is 20 mph as he has them set now (that's programmable, faster or slower). At a middle assist setting, the motor will try to get you to a certain % of the max speed.

For example, assist level 9 on the Luna kit is 20 mph at the moment. So if you start from a stop and start turning the cranks, it'll bring in a certain amount of wattage (all programmable) to get you up to 20 mph. You can pedal it faster than 20 mph, but it's all you at that point. If you're going 25 mph down a hill, pedaling, and you come to an uphill grade and you keep pedaling, your speed will slow down and once it gets to below 20 mph or so, then the motor will ramp back in and try to keep you at 20 mph. It can, of course, fall below that if the grade is steep enough, which happens often in St George.

All three bikes also have a thumb throttle, so you can go completely pedal-less. This is helpful in traffic. Just kick the throttle all the way up and you get max assist from the motor, and then you can resume pedaling at your own pace. You can leave the bike at assist 0 and still use the thumb throttle if you like. Range is about 30-60 miles, depending on conditions and usage. So yes, we got all day on these. Mom and dad regularly go for 50 mile rides. Go out 25 miles from home, have a picnic, then come back.

I never rode e-bikes before last year's trip, and this year's trip out there confirmed what I felt last year: these are complete game-changers for bikes. My aging parents can ride all day and be active on bikes, without fearing being out and not being able to get back home due to fatigue or soreness. If I lived in an area that had literally hundreds of miles of paths like they do, and if I had more time to enjoy biking like they do, I'd absolutely have a couple of these also!
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd
Not my hybrid, but we were visiting my folks in SW Utah and did a bunch of bike riding last week. Here we are in Snow Canyon, just north of St George. Dad's got two e-bikes purchased as e-bikes, and one 2015 Trek 8.4 DS mid-drive conversion. This trip took us about 40 miles, including up and down Snow Canyon and then across Red Hills Parkway, a ride that would be an absolute killer on a pedal bike for all but the most seasoned of cyclists. Translation: I'd have been walking up the hills
Last June we took most of the month off and traveled out west to several national parks. Zion was one of the places we went to. It was really hot and really hilly and of course really pretty. In spite of some controversy about ebikes, they wouldn't be an option, they would be mandatory for me out there... I don't get along with steep, long grades and temps near or above 100 degrees .

Anyway, thanks for posting those photos, absolutely gorgeous and a great memory(s) for you. I'm a bit jealous because I didn't do any bike riding out west except for a comfort bike rental at Grand Canyon.
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd
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Zion was one of the places we went to. It was really hot and really hilly and of course really pretty. In spite of some controversy about ebikes, they wouldn't be an option, they would be mandatory for me out there... I don't get along with steep, long grades and temps near or above 100 degrees .
We went to Zion last year, but dad had only one e-bike (the Magnum Peak), and my brother rode that. We parked at the lower campground and started up the hill to the top/back of the canyon, and we made it about halfway before the rest of the group was too pooped to go any further. My brother, of course, could have gone all day! In fact, mom and dad sometimes take the their bikes (now that they both have e-bikes) to Zion when it's cooler there to escape the heat of St George, and they'll ride up and down the canyon road a few times. We didn't get a chance to do that this trip, but we'll aim to do it next time. Cycling in Zion is a real treat. Here's my daughter last year, riding the 8.4 DS before it was electrified, in Zion. For those who haven't been before, the grade really is as steep as it looks in this picture.

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