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Old 09-23-13, 05:08 PM
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Great rides in these reports!
As a sign setter and bits and pieces sorter, I only rode my 3 speed about 10 minutes of latitude to mark off street portions of yesterday's Hub on Wheels tour of Boston.

Heavy rain failed to dissuade thousands of riders and hundreds of volunteers from casting off from City Hall at 8 AM. They sailed 5 miles up Storrow keeping the Charles on their starboard, gybed and tacked back with the river on portside then fell off to Fenway. The 10ers made port via by Commonwealth and rounded the Commons and close tacked to City Hall.

The 30s cruised Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, Forest Hills Cemetery and Franklin Park then Codman Square, UMass/JFK, Dorchester Bay and with fine, clearing weather across their starboard, took the Harborwalk along the southern shores of Boston Harbor. The 50s added Stoney Brook, Hyde Park, Mt. Hope and the Neponset River and made port with fair winds.
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After a long week of business travel, had an evening ride on the Minuteman, getting started at sunset. The sky was so clear that one small, pink contrail stood out against a uniform apricot tint on the Western horizon, then it was DARK. Such moon as we have just now had not yet risen. The Night Chorus seemed sparse and half-hearted in the cool air. One or two of the pedestrians seemed creepy. Seems to me my amygdala was getting a running start on Halloween. Turned around at Bedford Street, 14 miles.

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Great ride reports indeed. SBP. RH, AS, all good. I did my commute again. That makes ab out 110 miles this week, all on the black snake, the '87 Bianchi Brava. Today's ride home was glorious. Parts of RI are bucolic and quite lovely this time of year. The sun is getting low however. Fortunately it is behind me the entire ride, though that puts in the eyes of drivers I am approaching. I have to be extra cautious. Soon I'll have to start riding the Peugeot because it has wicked bright lights.

Of course I forgot to mention Bish, GP, gsg, etc. Probably a few others too.
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Rode out the Minuteman as far as Revere Street...

...then continued across Route 128 up the hill on Grove Street, Lexington, and down the hill on Page Road, Bedford, picking up the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail...



...and proceeding to Dudley Road in Billerica and Bedford...



...getting back to Page Road again via Route 4 and Pine Hill Road, and then running the tape backward, up and down the hill in the other direction, then back to the Minuteman and home, 28 miles.

The Minuteman was packed, no surprise, with what seemed like a more inept crowd than usual, today's special being out-of-control children. Something for everybody on the Minuteman, and everybody gets a chance to complain about some other class of trail user.

Fall colors are suddenly in evidence: pretty, as long as one doesn't dwell on what it implies. Three months, more or less, until the studded tires go on.

On Page Road, came across a shrine to a 21-year-old driver who perished in a single-car accident, reportedly while speeding. Not so different from the kids on the Minuteman, I guess. His friends miss him.


Back on the Minuteman, near Lexington Center, got to admire half-a-dozen freak bikes in a loosely-organized ride; saw them again, while driving later that afternoon, at the Reformatory Circle in Concord; wonder how far they went?


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60-65 miler from chelmsford through harvard and bolton. Wanted to get apples at carlson orchards 15 buck for 1/2 peck of honey crisps. Decided to ride back though bolton and pick them up at bolton spring farms. Nice apples and only $10.

Adding 10+ lbs to the back pack and riding 20 miles back - not so much fun - pulls on the neck and back a bit. It was so pretty riding today though. Riding down to wilmington market tomorrrow.
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Spent a bit of time fiddling with the 1987 GT Karakoram this afternoon: took the rear wheel off, and satisfied myself that the inner tube was intact; put the thing back together, and, figuring that the culprit in the slow leak I had noticed was the valve, screwed that down firmly, and put a cover on it. Tried dropping the pressure on the 2.15" Big Bens down into the 30s, what they're designed for, really. Adjusted one of the new bar ends, then rolled up to Lexington Center at sunset, finding myself in full dark before I had gotten half-way there. Figured out that a strange noise I had heard the last time I had ridden this bike (some weeks gone now) was actually due to careless placement of the U-lock in the rear rack. Fixed that, and the noise vanished. This was one of those nights on the Minuteman when there were relatively few people out, and I had the place to myself for minutes at a time. Dark, and getting cooler by the minute, quiet, the Night Chorus continues to wind down. By the end of the ride I was pleased with this old bike made somewhat new. It's due to have its bottom bracket replaced a little later in the fall, and I'll swap the comfy balloon tires it's wearing now for Nokian W240 studded ice tires when the surfaces start getting scary. But in the meantime, it's surprisingly fun to ride in its current configuration. I have a few mixed-terrain rides in mind for it this fall, to take the measure of the Big Bens off-road. Another possibility is to swap these tires with the Compass 1.75" tires I have on the Trucker Deluxe. That would let me run fenders on the GT again, and the frame and fenders on the other bike will accommodate the Big Bens, I think. But not this year: riding time is scarce, and getting scarcer. Ride now, wrench later.


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We managed 36.6 tandem miles today. That counts as 73.2, right? Three rafts of migrating geese in migrating-V formation dive-bombed us. One lucky goose got direct hits on both of us. Had to stop and clean up.
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Saturday I rode my single speed about 20 of the 30 mile Hub on Wheels route to assist in removing any signs that hadn't been removed immediately after the event.

Funny thing was the night before I put on a new wheel, tires and chain and had a few grinding noises. It turns out I managed to install a 3/32" chain instead of the correct 1/8" width. Other than grinding hills and a little of the chain ring it was fine and will get the proper chain tomorrow.

I rode my recumbent on a nice 23 mile loop to Dover, Natick, Wellesley, and back through Dover, Medfield and Millis. Cool dry weather sure is nice.
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Originally Posted by gabedad
60-65 miler from chelmsford through harvard and bolton. Wanted to get apples at carlson orchards 15 buck for 1/2 peck of honey crisps. Decided to ride back though bolton and pick them up at bolton spring farms. Nice apples and only $10.

Adding 10+ lbs to the back pack and riding 20 miles back - not so much fun - pulls on the neck and back a bit. It was so pretty riding today though. Riding down to wilmington market tomorrrow.

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Your post is perfect. What a great MetroWest ride and photo. Thanks!
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I had set a September goal of at least matching my August cycling mileage total. With colder weather starting to set in, fewer and fewer daylight hours available to ride, and having used up all my vacation time in August, I knew this wasn’t going to be so easy. But I was already close… Really close. So, I set out late Monday night to cram in a quick 17-mile ride before the month's end. With that achieved, I would reach my goal.

About 10-ish miles into the ride, my headlight batteries died. This meant I couldn’t pull the headlight off and use it to look at my odometer like I usually do at night, (my bike computer’s display isn’t backlit). It was really dark out, and streetlights are pretty scarce where I live and do most of my riding. So, I was left to more or less guesstimate the remaining distance.

I estimated as best I could, and I was fairly sure I’d gone at least a mile past my goal when I pulled into my garage. It was a couple of minutes before midnight. I flipped on the garage light, looked at my odometer, and was disappointed to find that…

August total: 187.11 miles
September total: 186.92 miles

Dang, so close... ::sigh::

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anyone with a cross bike ride blue hills? anyone know good maps of the riding trails out there? This cool dry air has me thinking of a gameplan for the winter once it gets too cold to ride road(sub 35).

Also, this thread is somewhat obsolete with Strava. normal training loop around blue hills from Dorchester today. Only 1 medal, a PR up trailside museum. only segment i contested.

https://www.strava.com/athletes/276145

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Originally Posted by caffein8ed
August total: 187.11 miles
September total: 186.92 miles

Dang, so close... ::sigh::
I'm pretty sure your odometer is reading a bit more than 0.1% low. It happens all the time, something to do with the relationship of intended vs. unintended consequences. You really did beat August's total.
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I'm pretty sure your odometer is reading a bit more than 0.1% low. It happens all the time, something to do with the relationship of intended vs. unintended consequences. You really did beat August's total.
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Wonderful day for a ride today! Did a 62 mile out and back to Harvard. Lots of other cyclist out today.

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Originally Posted by caffein8ed
I estimated as best I could, and I was fairly sure I’d gone at least a mile past my goal when I pulled into my garage. It was a couple of minutes before midnight. I flipped on the garage light, looked at my odometer, and was disappointed to find that…

August total: 187.11 miles
September total: 186.92 miles

Dang, so close... ::sigh::

Should have headed back out and ridden around the block....
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Work is cutting into my riding time this week, but it does pay the mortgage. 10 miles on the Minuteman tonight, decompressing and communing with the bugs and frogs.

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Went north and rode around Cape Ann. A soggy 30 miles. What started as sprinkles turned into a downpour. Still beats riding the trainer.
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Rode my commute again today. Took the '73 Raleigh Gran Sport. It was wonderful. The weather was clear and sunny when I left the house this morning, still sunny when I got off the train. But it clouded over before I got to work. And a hour or so later it started pouring rain at the office. Then about 2PM it stopped raining! The ride back to the station was soggy from wet roads but otherwise not a problem.
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Took the LHT up to Lexington Center tonight, 10 miles, good to roll on 700c wheels again. A raucous football game was in progress at AHS, complete with much cheering and play-by-play announcements on the PA; at the end of the first quarter, the score was Arlington 14, Belmont 0.


A couple of emergency vehicles went tearing into the Drake Village parking lot with the usual flash and clamor. Just a little fog out tonight, enough to make the beams of the headlights visible, and enough to make the one bozo operating a very bright headlight flashing at a high blink-rate and pointed into the eyes of on-coming cyclists a real menace; guess it was his be-obscene light. For the most part, though, it was a peaceful ride, with the die-hard members of the Night Chorus singing in their reduced numbers, like stubborn drunks having one last drink at closing time.


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Great ride on RI's East Bay Trail from East Providence to Barrington. We stopped to let more rain drip off than was falling on, had too much lunch and rode back. Great sightings of herons and comorants along the bay and oblivious-to-the-rain biking school kids. A beagle was more concerned about getting wet than it's human and generally a good time was had by all.

I rode my 3 speed with fenders and saddle cover. I brought a small umbrella for the heavier rain when it was better to stand under a tree and an umbrella. It was too much trouble to open the plastic bag and snap a photo.

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We rode the tandem 42.3 miles today. The sun came out despite the weather prediction. It was lovely.

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Rode out to the Cranberry Bog today, 37 miles through Arlington, Lexington, Bedford, Billerica, and Carlisle.


The bog isn't flooded yet: the harvest in a typical year happens around October 15th, so I jumped the gun for that. I rode around the service roads/trails on the berms, enjoying the bog and the abutting reservoir. The surface ranged from sand to pea gravel to gravel the size of meatballs. That last was somewhat jarring to ride across, but the 44mm Compass tires rolled over it without incident.
























The route out followed the Minuteman to Revere Street, then crossed Rt 128 on Grove Street, over the hill to Page Road, Bedford, continuing on Pine Hill Road to Route 4 (Nashua Road); took Route 4 past the Job Lane house into Billerica and across the Concord River, briefly picked up Treble Cove Road as far as West Street/North Road, then followed North Road to Curve Street and the Bog in the usual way. Took Route 225 back, and was pleased to note the improved surface on the long, fast descent after the Towle Land conservation area: hit 31 mph there, and the old pavement used to rattle my teeth. Picked up the Minuteman in Bedford, and rolled home.

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Night ride on the Minuteman on the edge of the storm, 10 quick miles. Lots of wind, snapping flags and tossing tree-tops, the air warm and moist, tropical. The raindrops started flirting with me as I turned around at Lexington Center, and followed me back for most of the return, a few drops at a time. I seemed to outrun them at Arlington Center; it began raining in earnest the minute I had the bike back in the garage. Felt good.

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Rolled out at sunset for a 14-mile mental health ride on the Minuteman. Feathery clouds glowed pink, and East Arlington was suffused with a golden light.


On Broadway, a fit young man rode by with a little girl in a pink play-suit clinging to his back, piggy-back. This was a "Two Americas" moment, although of course the cardinality of Americas is greater than 2; arguably, it was a little specimen of Third World cycling, whether home-grown or imported, I couldn't say. While it was almost certainly a violation of Massachusetts law, the cop parked across the street took no notice.

The sunset changed by the minute, and a little crescent moon, God's fingernail paring, rose. Got a picture of that perched over the barbed wire on top of the fence separating the Minuteman from the AHS athletic field.


It got dark quickly after that, and I was running both headlights once I had cleared Lexington Center. Got cooler, too, down to the low 50's by the end of the ride. I had dressed in anticipation of that, first ride in long pants of the season, I think. The cool and dark cleared my head, which had gotten pretty cluttered with work detritus. Rolled home, put the bike away, and made some dinner.


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10 miles on the Minuteman tonight, the overcast keeping things a little warmer and a little brighter than they would have been otherwise. Bicycle light technology has made wonderful progress in this decade, but I've come to the conclusion that many of my fellow cyclists are too young, or too urban, to have ever spent much time driving on dark country roads: they seem to never have learned to dim their high beams for on-coming traffic. As my father would say under these circumstances, "Dim it, dammit!"

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