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Old 10-27-13, 05:55 PM
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Chelmsford to Sudbury and back - 46 miles. Not too bad of a day today. Stopped at pedal power on the way back and test rode a roubaix - Did not fit me right. A little too compact
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Originally Posted by sherbornpeddler
Impossible to keep up with you big dogs but just barking along the Upper Charles Trail was great.
Impossible? You have that backwards, I think. Your rides are inspirational, and after having ridden with you I'm sure you could ride us into the ground!
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10 miles on the Minuteman tonight, before the ball game, temps in the upper 40s, gentle headwind on the outbound leg, tires hissing through drifts of leaves. Go Sox!

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Did my commute again today. T'was cold when I started this morning but I warmed up eventually. The ride back was pleasant. I think last week's driver angst must have been induced by the full moon. Or that start of the Series. Or something.
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Uncomplicated 10 miles in the dark on the Minuteman, temperatures falling through the 40s just into the 30s. A few puddles, some catching off-trail sodium lights like earth-bound moons. Home in the second inning, in time to hear Victorino hit the 3-RBI double on the raido. Go Sox!

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Did my commute again. It was awesome.

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If you haven't gotten out on a ride yet today, saddle up -- it's the most perfect cycling weather there ever was out there. No pretty pictures, since I forgot even my cell phone, but I headed out to Bolton to play with my new gearing setup on familiar hills and gawk at the last of the fall foliage. Which was beautiful, but you'll have to imagine it.
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Sarah, you could not be more correct. Wonderful day for a ride!

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Originally Posted by antimonysarah
If you haven't gotten out on a ride yet today, saddle up -- it's the most perfect cycling weather there ever was out there.
You got that right, today was awesome!

We rode with BF member otg today, did 65 miles, Bedford to New Hampshire and back. Avg spd 12.5, above our usual. Max speed 28.5. I shouldn't have hit the brakes so much, I guess.

Taking a break for lunch on a grassy triangle somewhere in the middle of nowhere:



Our destination:



We took a break by the Graniteville millpond on the return:



Across the road Halloween lingers on in Graniteville:



And just downstream the old Graniteville mills, a combination of different eras:



Tired at the end:

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I didn't ride at all over the weekend, spent what little bicycle time I had on maintenance chores, but got out tonight for 10 miles on the Minuteman, temperatures ranging from the mid-30s down to the high 20s in the unpaved cold spots near Arlington's Great Meadows, exhilarating; mercifully, there was no ice, but a few puddles may freeze overnight. There was a surprising amount of bicycle commuter traffic out, along with a few dog-walkers, a couple of Invisible Pedestrians, and one intrepid skater. In the little park at Bow Street, Lexington, a man with a flashlight was throwing a florescent yellow tennis ball for a very happy-looking golden retriever, playing fetch in the dark. When I got home, I discovered that the toe of my left shoe was covered with a clear, pungent liquid: perhaps I was peed on by an owl...

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Got out for a late afternoon ride on the Minuteman today. Love the sound of leaves crunching beneath my wheels.



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Ten miles on the Minuteman in the dark with the other lanternfish, temperatures a hair warmer than last night.

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Old 11-06-13, 08:22 AM
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Scouting report: WDC
Probably for security reasons Washington DC restricted a lot of car parking near the Mall and is more bike friendly. Biking is the best way to visit sights like the FDR Monument, cherry trees around the Basin and MLK. Hotels provide bikes, helmets and locks and the WDC version of Hubway was very popular. WDC has several bike lanes and a dedicated bike road partitioned off from a major road. Like driving in Europe, I needed extra time at intersections on a two way bike path sectioned off from a oneway motor vehicle road. It just seemed odd biking what would have been the wrong way had I been in a car.

Back in MetroBoston yesterday, I rode (the right way) on a leaf strewn 26 miles. I did have cold toes and hot head and need to recalibrate my seasonal clothing selection. Nice to be back.
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Shorts and a sweater fit this fine afternoon weather. Now I need to work on 4:30 PM lights. 20 miles to loosen up after desk work and before evening meeting.
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A short ride on the Upper Charles Trail in Holliston this morning and I saw prints from a range of human shoes, bike tires as well as dogs, horses, and maybe raccoon and deer. A Great Blue Heron took off when I got too close. I admired the new trail work then had a nice chat with Herb in his front end loader volunteering time on the trail putting down gravel before the top layer of stone dust. Herb is active in a range of other community causes including an assistance program for Veterans. He figures good deeds are paid back and then some. I figure he is in for a lot of good fortune.

Biking is not so fast you miss paw prints, a heron and folks like Herb.

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Originally Posted by sherbornpeddler
...Biking is not so fast you miss paw prints, a heron and folks like Herb.
Well said, sbp; so true.
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Friday night ride on the Minuteman, temperatures in the mid-30s. Not a lot of company tonight, the solitude not absolute, but pervasive. The Night Chorus was still present in an attenuated form, a few hardy individuals of a few hardy species, still singing for reasons they find good and proper. A fat crescent moon rode low in the West.

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JJScaliger and I did our ride today. The threatening weather made us cut it shorter than the originally projected mileage, ended at 68.55miles, Bedford, MA to Nashua, NH. That's okay though because it still made a metric century and bettered my birthday-ride requirement (by 3.55 miles). And it was 5 days early. JJS rode his Dawes, I rode the Bianchi. That Dawes is quite lovely!

Cold (mid-40's at the start), damp, wet roads, but predicted to become sunny. Yeah, right.


A quick stop at Fern's in Carlisle turned up this C&V bike. My eyes hurt:


JJS hunting up some interesting gravestones in Carlisle


On the way outbound to New Hampshire JJS had to stop and look for the source of bump in the rear tire. (He rides sew-ups.) We found this.


Our destination, New Hampshire before noon!


The ride back was uneventful until mile 55 when we heard a rifle shot. Guess what that was?



The only other noteworthy events were the two times the Bianchi threw its chain onto the BB when I went to downshift. I guess St. Tullio was getting back at me for not riding the Masi. The sun came out for a while, but in Dunstable just after we started back home the temperature fell and brought with it a few drops of rain or sleet. Otherwise it was a great trip! We even managed a moving average of 14.5mph, not bad for this C&V engine.
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Cold 30 mile loop from Belmont out to Bedford on the Minuteman, then on to Concord and back to Belmont via Hanscom.

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14 miles in the moonlight on the Minuteman, temperatures in the low 40s to high 30s, calm air, almost all trail users festooned with LEDs of various sorts, evoking a Winter Carnival atmosphere augmented by the happy racket made by a girls' soccer practice in progress at a playing field near TJ's. Saw my first three dozen Winter Moths of the season, and cordially damned them to Invasive Species Hell. Didn't eat any. First ride on the LHT since it received a new chain and cassette: after 8800 miles, the teeth on the old cogs had been sculpted into little shark's fins. The new bits worked nicely.

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Group ride out to Chelmsford today.

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After one of those too busy, too productive Saturdays (at least the leaves got raked), got a ride this evening on the Minuteman, 14 miles, temperatures in the 40s. Nobody much out tonight, half a dozen cyclists and half a dozen Winter Moths; other than that, just me and the Beaver Moon, riding to the accompaniment of the diminished Night Chorus.

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10 miles on the Minuteman after work and before the Pats game, through puddles and drifts of leaves from the morning's storm, a quiet ride in the moonlight, temperatures in the now-balmy-seeming 50s.

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10 miles on the Minuteman tonight, cold and clear, stars to start, then the moon rose. Below freezing for the whole ride, got a little ice in the water bottle for the first time this season.

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Originally Posted by rholland1951
10 miles on the Minuteman tonight, cold and clear, stars to start, then the moon rose. Below freezing for the whole ride, got a little ice in the water bottle for the first time this season.

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Rod,
Your observations always seem to hit the nail on the head but did you have to mention, "ice in the water bottle" so..., so..., gosh, so soon? If you didn't mention it would cold weather come any way?
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