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Old 04-28-05, 07:54 PM
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My intent today was to take my roadbike to Marymoor Park where the Grouphealth Velodrome is located and play on the track... maybe ride around the Sammamish River Trail back and forth a couple of times too. However, after getting the bike loaded up onto the Jeep, I went to turn the key only to be greeted by one crank of the engine before the instrument panel went dark. Because I'm rarely driving it and some of the onboard systems continually draw power, I usually keep the trickle charger hooked up to the battery. I guess I forgot the last time I drove it. I didn't have time to wait for the battery to even get enough of a charge to start.

So instead of doing the same tour of my plateau I did yesterday (no thanks) or going down the hill and fighting the traffic coming off the major expressways during rush hour, I instead opted to leave the roadbike on the hitch rack and hop on the MTB. I of course selected my favourite local trail (right outside my doorstep) and did a quick 5-mile loop. I decided to stick to mainly the open areas and hardpack because a thunderstorm rolled through last night and there were portions that were still a little too wet to ride on responsibly. It turned into a fast but short mainly XC ride. Oh... I also did a couple of poseur loops around my block to cool down.

My ride was only around a half-hour but it was it nice little workout. What was the shortest ride you've had? I know all rides are worth it but do you feel fulfilled from rides under an hour?
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Old 04-28-05, 08:01 PM
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Shortest ride?

down driveway to get mail. Jk!

I go to 7-11 a block away to get milk for my mom all the time but natrually I must take my time and go about 2 miles out of my way. *Hard core!*
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Old 04-28-05, 08:10 PM
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Um, when I'm bored I ride on my tennis court to get skills up, like mono's, manuals, stoppies, turning... Every minute you spend on your time mucking around is good to get a fell for your bike. I also would spend between 10 minutes to 40 minutes on my court.
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Old 04-28-05, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Hopper
Every minute you spend on your time mucking around is good to get a fell for your bike.
Okay. I know it was a typo but I still had to chuckle.
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Old 04-28-05, 08:39 PM
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Most of my rides are under 2 hours. Hence the reason I want a road bike. I need to get into shape and riding the trails here is making me strong and fast, not getting my shape down
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Old 04-28-05, 08:48 PM
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My daughter and grand daughter live about 900 feet from my house...I ride up there nearly every time I go. Takes 3, maybe 4 minutes.
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Old 04-29-05, 08:53 AM
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I rode around the parking lot for probably about 10 minutes Wednesday ... playing with my new Time Alium pedals
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my shortest was up and down my block the day i bought my bike.
i rarely ride over 1 1/2 hours.
i want a road bike for endurance and the fact that i like to ride long distances.
going the other way, 35 miles is the longest i've ridden my mountain bike on a mix of trails and road.

at the same time, when i know i am only going out for 30 minutes or so, i push much harder. i use harder gears and really make myself work.
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Old 04-29-05, 09:15 AM
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I'll ride my bike to my buddies shop. Soemtimes I'll stick around after he closes and we sit around and drink some beer. I stick to one beer when I have my bike. I'll take off around 3:30am to 4am. I spin the 34X16 gearing of my Hardrock SS,with two goals in mind... 1. no slow spinning, and 2. not to coast. By the time I get home (5 miles) I am sooo stoked I can't go right to sleep.
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