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Old 04-28-17, 08:28 AM
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Don't know if I was supposed to ride down, but it was mid-day and a bit quiet.


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Originally Posted by mr_bill
Don't know if I was supposed to ride down, but it was mid-day and a bit quiet.

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Wow! Kind of puts the Boston scene in perspective...

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Yesterday and today both I rolled out of the garage at 0500 for wet morning rides. Thursday I wore my Gore rain jacket which I realized that upper 50's I'd have been better off without it. Today I left it in the closet and had just an Endura wool base layer under my jersee. Despite being a tad bit wet I was more comfortable without the jacket. Both days my new PI shoe covers saw action to keep the toes dryish and warm. its easier to clean the road muck from covers than shoes.
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Got out of work a bit earlier than usual, and had time for a ride out to the end of the Minuteman at Depot Park, Bedford. Temperatures were in the low 80s with erratic breezes; the trail was well used today.

The swans have made themselves at home in Peepers Pond.


A fallen skater finds his feet, with a little help from passersby.


Crossing the Shawsheen River: plenty of water.


A bumper crop of skunk cabbage in Bedford


A squadron of mothers pushing strollers constituted a rolling roadblock.




The destruction of the old farm proceeds apace.


The owners of the elegant little skating rink are breaking it down for another season.


A little farther along, abutting the long ramp descending from Bedford Street to the Route 128 overpass, someone has built a batting cage, complete with netting; this is almost as appealing as the skating rink, and somewhat more practical, given the season.


Found myself noticing sounds on this ride: a mother singing to the toddler in a stroller; balls being kicked, hit, bounced; engine noise from bizjets on approach for a landing. As I crossed Hartwell Avenue I began to hear faint, celestial music; as I continued into Tophet Swamp, this resolved itself into The Star Spangled Banner, broadcast by the Hanscom PA as part of the daily striking of the colors. Soon enough, this merged into the road noise rising from Route 128, and then transitioned to the songs of birds and frogs.

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Originally Posted by rholland1951
Got out of work a bit earlier than usual, and had time for a ride out to the end of the Minuteman at Depot Park, Bedford. Temperatures were in the low 80s with erratic breezes; the trail was well used today…
Wow @rod, that was a particularly lyrical essay and photoshoot. Recently I mentioned you on a Living Car Free thread, “Do you really enjoy riding a bike?” in reply to a subscriber who wrote:
Originally Posted by cooker
I enjoy it most of the time. When you bike to work every day it can get a bit tedious going more or less the same route every time, and I do vary it a bit, but mostly I take the route that has proven to be the quickest and easiest.…

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ver, as I said in an earlier thread, even on days biking to work kind of sucks, alternate choices would suck more.
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I'm very motivated by novelty, and stymied by boredom on a bike, but I do have the motivation of commuting to work. I have found thatwhen I drive my frequent, decades-old routes I often notice things I had not seen before. I think it’s because I can look around at more than just the road surface when driving.

So when the commute [route] is getting too familiar, I just raise my head higher and look over a wider field of view….
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
A local BF subscriber @rholland1951 who contributes hundreds of photographs to the local Metro Boston thread from the same 11-mile long MUP he rides, once commented something like that just the lighting / time of day / day of the year makes the ride “different.” So too does the direction, one way, or the reverse.

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Originally Posted by qcpmsame
Even though it was cold, and at times raining his morning, I truly enjoyed riding with some of the folks up near Boston. Meeting Jim and Sharon M, Ghazmh, and Jim From Boston, as well as our ride was truly nice for me. Putting a face with a person's screen name makes things better for me personally.

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egret that Boston Jim needed to break off and get back home, getting to shake his hand and chat for a few minutes was just a start, I hope that this wasn't my only ge ttogether up in the area. My thanks to everyone for being so friendly and accomodating. See everyone again soon
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Nice write-ups, and it was such a nice opportunity to meet my friendly fellow BFs, all of whom I read regularly. My bike is seen en face [in the group photo], rather than on profile, and is a Specialized Diverge Elite, so that’s probably why @jimmuller couldn’t remember the make.

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other interesting aspect of the event was that all the others were very technophilic and conversant about brands and components. I admitted that my LBS does essentially all my work, and I trust their opinions, so I don’t shop around.
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Regardless Jim, that is a really nice bike.There is no rule I know of, or would follow, saying you can't just enjoy riding a quality bicycle.

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e of us are real gear heads, I freely admit to being one happiest with grease and grime under my finger nails, and others aren't interested in turning wrenches as much as possible. It was still enjoyable to talk with you and to ride the short time we had.

I can pretty well assure you this isn't the last trip up to New England for us…There will be more opportunities to ride and talk, after having such an enjoyable time riding Saturday I want to cover other parts of the Boston area. I'll see you then my friend
Thanks, @Bill, for your gracious posts. Know well that I have posted,
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…In a similar manner, I have previously written an informal Cycling Guide to Metro Boston if anyone ever comes to visit.
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... I personally enjoy showing visitors around Boston, and I have offered some open-ended invitations on a few Forums to look me up if visiting Boston, for advice or to meet up. I do usually need a couple days notice to alter my schedule…

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Thanks Jim, I will definitely be back to NE/Boston area. Our son still has another academic year at UNH for his thesis.

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Originally Posted by rholland1951
A squadron of mothers pushing strollers constituted a rolling roadblock.
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
Wow @rod, that was a particularly lyrical essay and photoshoot. Recently I mentioned you on a Living Car Free thread, Do you really enjoy riding a bike? in reply to a subscriber who wrote:
Thanks, Jim.

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Originally Posted by rholland1951
Got out of work a bit earlier than usual, and had time for a ride out to the end of the Minuteman at Depot Park, Bedford. Temperatures were in the low 80s with erratic breezes; the trail was well used today…

Found myself noticing sounds on this ride: a mother singing to the toddler in a stroller; balls being kicked, hit, bounced; engine noise from bizjets on approach for a landing.

As I crossed Hartwell Avenue I began to hear faint, celestial music; as I continued into Tophet Swamp, this resolved itself into The Star Spangled Banner, broadcast by the Hanscom PA as part of the daily striking of the colors. Soon enough, this merged into the road noise rising from Route 128, and then transitioned to the songs of birds and frogs.
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Wow @rod, that was a particularly lyrical essay and photoshoot. Recently I mentioned you on a Living Car Free thread, “Do you really enjoy riding a bike?” in reply to a subscriber who wrote:
Originally Posted by cooker
I enjoy it [riding a bike] most of the time. When you bike to work every day it can get a bit tedious going more or less the same route every time,
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
...So when the commute [route] is getting too familiar, I just raise my head higher and look over a wider field of view….
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
A local BF subscriber @rholland1951 who contributes hundreds of photographs to the local Metro Boston thread from the same11-mile long MUP he rides, once commented something like that just the lighting / time of day / day of the year makes the ride “different.” So too does the direction, one way, or the reverse.
I’m going to add sounds, as well as sights and lights, to a prescription for boredom.



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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
Im going to add sounds, as well as sights and lights, to a prescription for boredom.


Hah! In that case, don't forget smells. There are days...

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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
I’m going to add sounds, as well as sights and lights, to a prescription for boredom.
Originally Posted by rholland1951
Hah! In that case, don't forget smells. There are days...

rod
Excellent! I suppose we could add touch, such as the breeze, temperature sensitivity...

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A sense is a physiological capacity of organisms that provides data for perception. The senses and their operation,classification, and theory are overlapping topics studied by a variety of fields, most notably neuroscience, cognitive psychology(or cognitive science),and philosophy of perception. The nervous system has a specific sensory nervous system, and a sense organ, dedicated to each sense

Humans have a multitude of senses. Sight (vision), hearing (audition), taste (gustation),smell (olfaction), and touch (somatosensation)are the five traditionally recognized senses. The ability to detect other stimuli beyond those governed by these most broadly recognized senses also exists, and these sensory modalities include:However, what constitutes a sense is a matter of some debate,leading to difficulties in defining what exactly a distinct sense is, and where the borders between responses to related stimuli lay.
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...So I’m just sayin,’"to live in the moment."

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Spent the afternoon tweaking the Ebisu build. Got the seat to the right height, fiddled with the cabling for the front brake, adjusted the brake pads iteratively to get rid of canti squeal, and got a list of things to tinker with next. Just about everything I did required a test ride to confirm or diagnose, and I gleefully took a bunch, up from Ball Square to the Somerville Community Path, up and down that, and on the back streets in between. Somewhere along the line, I got the fit dialed in well enough that the particular fun of this bike began to become apparent to me. Here's a picture of the Ebisu, installed with some public art.


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Originally Posted by qcpmsame
Thanks Jim, I will definitely be back to NE/Boston area.
As Humphrey Bogart said in To Have and To Have Not, "All you gotta do is whistle. You do know how to whistle, don't you? You just put your lips together and blow."

We've been a bit harried with weather and other stuff, haven't had time to post much, but we have gotten out riding, plus I've commuteded some.

Yesterday we took the tandem out for 30 miles but took no pics so it didn't really happen. The air was warm and stuffy, very global-warmingy so you wouldn't want to see pics anyway.

Today we took the tandem out again, left the house at 9AM. The air was a cool 50degF. I was aiming for 50 miles. We'd have made it too but as we neared Lexington on the return the sunny sky got cloudy then rainy, the bike and foot traffic on the Minuteman Bikeway got, ah, dense, and the auto traffic got frenetic. So my sweetie said let's take the shorter route. We ended up with 47.8 miles, a very nice day.

A favorite photo-op:



Of course my sweetie wanted a closer-up pic:



Of course a favorite lunch stop, Fern's General Store in Carlisle, where cyclists gather to munch and converse:



Fern's patio:

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The weather forecast and sunny skies mislead me today. I dressed in my Sunday best Castelli garb on my R3 ridding on Boyd carbon clinchers with good old fashioned rim brakes. Pressing the brake levers in the rain is at best a suggestion that the bike slow down. Mid ride into what was planned to be a 60 mile spin it poured and with warmish weather clothes I pulled the plug and headed towards home. The rain stopped then started again as freezing rain. For about 5 minutes it was either sleet or hail. I was too cold and wet to tell the difference. Still a good end to a great month of cycling. 735 miles which comes in just under my highest month, May 2016.
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Originally Posted by Ghazmh
The weather forecast and sunny skies mislead me today... Mid ride into what was planned to be a 60 mile spin it poured... The rain stopped then started again as freezing rain. For about 5 minutes it was either sleet or hail. I was too cold and wet to tell the difference.
That was sort of our experience. This morning was beautiful but on our way home the weather had definitely turned sour and the temperature had dropped. The numbers said only 5 or 6 degrees but it felt much colder. We got rained on but had no real downpour.

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... on Boyd carbon clinchers with good old fashioned rim brakes. Pressing the brake levers in the rain is at best a suggestion that the bike slow down.
Interesting. Is that a "feature" of carbon rims? Back in the old days it was characteristic of steel rims which aluminum alloy completely solved. (I have absolutely no trouble braking in even a hard rain; I worry more about wearing away the aluminum because it creates a gray power dust that gets over everything.) Maybe that explains the trend toward disk brakes, a technology the benefit of which I have never understood.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
That was sort of our experience. This morning was beautiful but on our way home the weather had definitely turned sour and the temperature had dropped. The numbers said only 5 or 6 degrees but it felt much colder. We got rained on but had no real downpour.



Interesting. Is that a "feature" of carbon rims? Back in the old days it was characteristic of steel rims which aluminum alloy completely solved. (I have absolutely no trouble braking in even a hard rain; I worry more about wearing away the aluminum because it creates a gray power dust that gets over everything.) Maybe that explains the trend toward disk brakes, a technology the benefit of which I have never understood.
More like an unwanted side effect that's buried in the fine print.......

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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Today we took the tandem out again, left the house at 9AM. The air was a cool 50degF. I was aiming for 50 miles.
Heeey, virtual wave, my wife and I passed you by the Arlington Meadow as we were coming back from a late ride to Concord. I was staring at Peeper's Pond and only realized it was you after I saw the tandem. It was pretty nice in the morning, cool but sunny and warm if you stopped in a sunny spot. But yeah, the weather definitely faked everyone out and agree about traffic, it was busier than usual for some reason. Second weekend in a row the forecasters got it completely wrong (last Saturday was supposed to be overcast yet somewhat warm, but it was cold and drizzled all day long!). Good for you for making it 47 miles.
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As Humphrey Bogart said in To Have and To Have Not, "All you gotta do is whistle. You do know how to whistle, don't you? You just put your lips together and blow."
Erm, it was Bacall (Marie/Slim)that said this to Bogart (Steve,) as he was turning to walk out of the door.

Marie Browning (Slim): You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow! Taken from "Rotten Tomatoes", movie quote section. Absolutely great Bogey and Bacall flick, I always like watching their movies.

But, yep, I'll just whistle up when I am headed back y'alls way. We still have some mileage to make up from the rain and chill.



Fern's patio:


What a great place for a mid-ride stop and snack, loved the clocks above the register, each showing a different time for the surrounding communities.
Man, that was quite a day, next time I hope we can stir up a few more BF denizens.
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Erm, it was Bacall (Marie/Slim)that said this to Bogart (Steve,) as he was turning to walk out of the door.
I admit it's been a long time since I saw THaTHN but IIRC they both said it to each other. What sticks in mind, which could be backwards, is that Bacall was mimicking the line that Bogie had fed her earlier in the move. The chemistry between them in that movie was so powerful you could see the sparks fly off the screen. Great stuff!
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Had a good ride on the Bruce Freeman Trail, midway I hung on with the Nashoba Valley Pedalers for about 5 miles until we passed by Fern's. I got a breakfast sandwich and a coffee and headed back. Just in time to get completely drenched with the sudden downpour. As soon as I got home -- the rain let up. go figure!

Are there any official Crit series in MA? The only criteriums I know of that submit results to USA Cycling are in Scarborough ME and Hartford CT. I'm not sure I'm up for a 1.5hr x2 drive for a 40 minute race ...

I know there's the Wells Avenue Training Series by Needham but they don't submit results.
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So anyone know who was riding down in Sharon the other day? Left a used inner tube by the sidewalk near the high school? FFS, trash can was less than 20 yards away.
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Don't know who was in Sharon but I'm sure somebody was. Could've been anyone.

I rode the Tommasini to work today, first "real" ride on it. It was a "nawesome" ride, a nice Italian screamer. For various technical reasons I outfitted it with an 8-speed Shimano cassette and indexing DT shifters. I'm impressed! Not that I need so many gears but what the heck, I had to fill up the space with something.
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So anyone know who was riding down in Sharon the other day? Left a used inner tube by the sidewalk near the high school? FFS, trash can was less than 20 yards away.
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Don't know who was in Sharon but I'm sure somebody was. Could've been anyone.
It wasn’t me, but I do ride in Sharon and surrounding towns. That sector of Metro Boston, including Canton, Foxboro, Walpole, Norfolk, etc is nice for cycling, but I think is terra incognita for a lot of correspondents on this thread.
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On the other hand, drivers don't seem to need provocation to be both obnoxious and stupid so maybe I shouldn't blame H.C. [Howie Carr] It seems to me that traffic levels and aggressiveness have been climbing for the past month.

However I managed to survive my commute [Waltham to Woburn] once again
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... You give H.C. a lot of credence for his ability to rile the motoring public.

Most of my recent riding has been on Saturdays this year, so I haven't dealt with the commuter flow, even though I ride in the reverse commute direction. Nonetheless, my general experience over the years in the Southwest Corridor has been pretty amicable. Is it the region, or just me?

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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
It wasnt me, but I do ride in Sharon and surrounding towns. That sector of Metro Boston, including Canton, Foxboro, Walpole, Norfolk, etc is nice for cycling, but I think is terra incognita for a lot of correspondents on this thread.
I heard there were dragons there...

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