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Old 05-02-17, 05:27 PM
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Took the Rawland Nordavinden out for a little Spring ride before dinner on the freshly-washed Minuteman, slaloming past puddles. What a luxury to have the Sun presiding over both the beginning and the end of it! The dark season has passed.










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Originally Posted by jimmuller
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.
I'd recognize that blue tandem anywhere. I actually saw you and your tandem bike that day at Fern's. I was eating my sandwich and drinking coffee on the rocking chair before taking off. haha
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Originally Posted by rholland1951
I heard there were dragons there...

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The only dragons are my ass draggin up the access road to Blue Hill Obs.

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Originally Posted by athrowawaynic
The only dragons are my ass draggin up the access road to Blue Hill Obs.

Nice view!

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Originally Posted by Panza
I'd recognize that blue tandem anywhere. I actually saw you and your tandem bike that day at Fern's. I was eating my sandwich and drinking coffee on the rocking chair before taking off. haha
Ah! Well, according to the ancient and honourable laws of bike fellowship you are hereby required to call out the next time!

I just rode my Grandis to and from work today. A nice day, but who ordered the headwind for the return?
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Ah! Well, according to the ancient and honourable laws of bike fellowship you are hereby required to call out the next time!

I just rode my Grandis to and from work today. A nice day, but who ordered the headwind for the return?
I went up back to Lowell in time to catch a downpour and get wet. I'll know it's your tandem next time and I'll call you out, Jim : )
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I have a love hate sentiment with riding at 5:00 AM. I'd love not to do it but I'd hate not doing it. For weeks like this it's either early mornings or not ride. I got out Monday morning for a seasonally nice morning ride. The sunrise is wonderful when coupled with springs pleasant aromas. Today was also nice but wintery cold.

Enjoy the ride
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Originally Posted by Ghazmh
I have a love hate sentiment with riding at 5:00 AM. I'd love not to do it but I'd hate not doing it. For weeks like this it's either early mornings or not ride. I got out Monday morning for a seasonally nice morning ride. The sunrise is wonderful when coupled with springs pleasant aromas. Today was also nice but wintery cold.

Enjoy the ride
Nice description, and I suffer the same dilemma. My early morning ride is a minimal 14-mile one-way commute, and traffic noticeably increases at almost precisely 6:00 AM. Fortunately my ride is outbound from Downtown in the reverse commuter direction with a start time at my convenience, at least before 8:00 AM.

I always have the intention to leave at 5:00 AM the night before, but even getting up by 4:30 AM, something happens, not infrequently sitting down with coffee to peruse TV or read Bike Forums.

When I started a spreadsheet to track miles a few years ago I had a field called "5:00 AM checkpoint" to record my position at that time, sometimes already at work. I had an informal goal to greet a couple of colleagues who were out power-walking the town where I work at 5:00 AM.

My current spreadsheet now has a field labeled "6:00 AM checkpoint," usually with the entry Kenmore Sguare, where I start my ride.
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Originally Posted by athrowawaynic
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]
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
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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I heard there were dragons there...
Originally Posted by athrowawaynic
The only dragons are my ass draggin up the access road to Blue Hill Obs.
Hi @ athrowawaynic,

I now realize from your screen name why you might be perturbed by a cyclist throwing away an inner tube on the ground. From the above posts I see you travel south of the City of Boston.

FYA
most of my cycling is commuting of various distances including long Saturday rides from Downtown to the southwest suburbs along Rte 1 in a wide swath south of Mass Pike, from Quincy to Natick, and as far south as Milford, Wrentham and East Bridgewater.


I categorize my routes as along the Charles River or Neponset River watersheds, bisected by Route 1.

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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
I now realize from your screen name why you might be perturbed by a cyclist throwing away an inner tube on the ground. From the above posts I see you travel south of the City of Boston.
Haha. Maybe.

Yeah, I'm points south. We moved here a little while ago, and then I took up riding. I sorta regret not having taken it up before we moved--we were in the Wayland, Sudbury, Lincoln area before and there are just miles of scenic roads out there. Here, it's a bit dodgier--Rt. 138 to get to Blue Hills was sketchy as hell.
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Originally Posted by athrowawaynic
...Yeah, I'm points south. We moved here a little while ago, and then I took upriding. I sorta regret not having taken it up before we moved--we were in the Wayland, Sudbury, Lincoln area before and there are just miles of scenic roadsout there. Here, it's a bit dodgier--Rt. 138 to get to Blue Hills was sketchy as hell.
On occasion, even as a long 50-60 mile Saturday commute, I ride in the Lincon – Wayland area from Kenmore. FYA, I have posted an informal Cyclist’s Guide to Metro Boston, and described these sectors:
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…I would describe the sectors as (mostly for road riding outside of Rte 128):...

Western: Lincoln, Lexington, Concord, Wayland, etc: Very ritzy, buccolic andhistoric; very popular for riding. This area IMO has the steepest hills.

Metrowest: Framingham, Natick; pleasant suburbs though pretty commercial along Rte 9

Southwest: Needham, Wellesley, Dover, Medfield, Walpole, Westwood, etc probably more popular than the western burbs ; wealthy exurban to rural, moderately hilly country roads, horse farms, mansions.

South; Norwood, Canton, Randolph, etc: middle class suburbia; rideable[strike]but usually on the way to somewhere else (no offense)[/strike][However, see this ride report from July 2014]

South Shore beyond Quincy and Weymouth and into Hingham, Scituate, Marshfield,etc: Atlantic coastal, nice riding, though I find it hardest to get to becauseof confusing suburbs and pretty heavy and industrial sections, especially Weymouth[see EDIT, below] .

EDIT: This summer (2011) I have found a pleasant alternate route to the South Shore via Rte 53 and Broad St in Weymouth, and this sector is now a desirable area to ride. For example, see:
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
...This season I have become more adventurous, and today I found a beautiful “backdoor” route to Hingham and the South Shore bypassing Rte 3A...

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I squeezed in a few "local" rides to run errands in addition to my AM fitness road rides. Yesterday I for the first time took a quick 15 mile round trip ride last night to Washington st in Wellsley for a rendezvous to sell a saddle on Craigslist. I used Google maps on my phone in a holder on top of my handlebar bag. Not a bad way to navigate although every bump the phone switched screen views to sideways or upside down. I need to figure out how to lock it. Anyhow it was my first time heading that way and I can't say I'd do it again using that same route. Narrow and heavy traffic.

Has anybody rode 126 or 27 south from 117?

I'm comftorable with those routes north of 117 but never tried going the other way.
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Originally Posted by Ghazmh
… Yesterday I for the first time took a quick 15 mile round trip ride last night to Washington St in Wellsley for a rendezvous to sell a saddle on Craigslist. I used Google maps on my phone in a holder on top of my handlebar bag…

Anyh
ow it was my first time heading that way and I can't say I'd do it again using that same route. Narrow and heavy traffic.

Has anybody rode 126 or 27 south from 117?

I'm comfortable with those routes north of 117 but never tried going the other way.
As noted above,
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…FYA most of my cycling is commuting of various distances including long Saturday rides from Downtown to the southwest suburbs along Rte 1 in a wide swath south of Mass Pike, from Quincy to Natick, and as far south as Milford, Wrentham and East Bridgewater.
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
On occasion, even as a long 50-60 mile Saturday commute [as a long loop to Rte 1], I ride in the Lincon –Wayland area from Kenmore. FYA, I have posted an informal Cyclist’s Guide to Metro Boston, and described these sectors…:
I usually ride those Routes 126 and 27 on a Saturday morning with dimininshed traffic, and as you leave the Western sector into Metro West:
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…I would describe the sectors as (mostly for road riding outside of Rte 128):...

Western: Lincoln, Lexington, Concord, Wayland, etc: Very ritzy, bucolic and historic; very popular for riding. This area IMO has the steepest hills.

Metrowest: Framingham, Natick; pleasant suburbs though pretty commercial along Rte 9
and that’s pretty much the transition as you pass from Wayland into Natick or Framingham on those roads.


FYA, a particularly preferred route from the Western to Metrowest sectors is Rice Rd in Wayland that starts at Rte 20 (as Pinebrook Rd), and proceeds through some exurban farmland, then crosses Rte 30 as Oak St in Natick, mostly residential. Then cross Rte 9 at a traffic light through some more suburban residential; turn left at Bacon St until it ends at Rte 135 (Central St) in Wellesley.

A very short distance from Bacon to the left (West) is the quiet, beautiful forested Pond St that goes to Rte 16, a busy but residential road, then on to South Natick, Sherborn and Dover. A particularly favorite ride of mine.

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Thanks Jim. I'll give that Rice rd a try, perhaps Saturday if it isn't poring again.
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Well I didn't venture from my normal routes today. I did get a wonderful 56 mile ride in this afternoon. It was raining when I left for a few minutes which ensured that me and my Roubaix had a nice brown venier of sandy road grime. Grime aside it was still a great ride. I didn't see many other folks out today and when I rode by Ferns The racks and patio was completely empty.
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Rode a century from Andover > Groton > Townsend > Lancaster > along 117 > Concord > Carlisle > Tewksbury > Andover.

Never planning on riding between Lancaster and Maynard on 117 again. No shoulder, too much traffic bleh.
The rest was fine though : )! Nailed the century in under 5h30m moving time. Only 3 breaks taken at the 33m and the 66m marker. Unfortunately had to take one at the 85m marker because I got got a flat. : ) Well prepared for it though! We were bookin' it so no pictures unfortunately
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Originally Posted by Panza
Rode a century from Andover > Groton > Townsend > Lancaster > along 117 > Concord > Carlisle > Tewksbury > Andover.

Never planning on riding between Lancaster and Maynard on 117 again. No shoulder, too much traffic bleh.
The rest was fine though : )! Nailed the century in under 5h30m moving time. Only 3 breaks taken at the 33m and the 66m marker. Unfortunately had to take one at the 85m marker because I got got a flat. : ) Well prepared for it though! We were bookin' it so no pictures unfortunately
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I was kinda reluctant to get out and ride when I finally had the opportunity late this afternoon. Sunday afternoon laziness was starting to set in. I pulled it together and I took out my R3 and hammered as hard as I could for the first 10 miles of my 30 mile loop. 22.1 MPH average that faded down to 19.8 during the following 20 miles. It was a hard workout.
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...22.1 MPH average that faded down to 19.8 during the following 20 miles. It was a hard workout.
Yow. The only way I could ever do 22.1 average would be to put two magnets on my wheel. Or find a loop that is downhill all the way around.

We did 55.1 miles on the tandem yesterday, a run out to Carlisle with a few stops on the return. Cool, breezy, lots of bikes out.

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Never planning on riding between Lancaster and Maynard on 117 again. No shoulder, too much traffic bleh
yeah I rode round trip Stowish to Fitchburg about 50 miles round trip using 117 part of the way. I agree 117 is not a pleasant cyclists' road. maybe on a quiet Sunday morning. but by time I get my arse in gear, I could never do a big ride that early

used to commute to West Newton on 117 East (34 miles round trip). some areas were sketchy but morning commuters are more prepared to deal w a cyclist. especially when they see the same bike on a regular basis
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yeah I rode round trip Stowish to Fitchburg about 50 miles round trip using 117 part of the way. I agree 117 is not a pleasant cyclists' road. maybe on a quiet Sunday morning. but by time I get my arse in gear, I could never do a big ride that early

used to commute to West Newton on 117 East (34 miles round trip). some areas were sketchy but morning commuters are more prepared to deal w a cyclist. especially when they see the same bike on a regular basis
I started around 9:00 but the time I hit 117 it was around 11:30.

If there's a way to make a flatter century in MA that's not an out-and-back I'm all game. I like the sights, not so much the suffering hah ... The century had 3750ft of climbing which I consider to be fairly flat. Flatter is better!
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On the bright side, after searching for frames in the area, I procured a Pinarello F8 (022) at a discounted price. I'm really excited to start this build and as a bonus, it adds to my Italian collection. I feel like a little kid all over again. Hah!
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Originally Posted by Panza
I started around 9:00 but the time I hit 117 it was around 11:30.

If there's a way to make a flatter century in MA that's not an out-and-back I'm all game. I like the sights, not so much the suffering hah ... The century had 3750ft of climbing which I consider to be fairly flat. Flatter is better!
only time I tried a century, I played it safe on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. did the up & back twice from South Dennis to South Wellfleet. when I got home &recalculated it was only 88 miles. ugh hahaha it's the same scenery up & back especially if you do it twice! but it's REALY NICE scenery!

later on, developed a regular ride, further North in Wellfleet, using Lecount Hollow Rd & Ocean View Drive to Newcomb Hollow Beach which has a bathhouse & seasonal concession truck. bring a lunch & suit, hang out a cpl hrs, swim & sun, then ride back. makes a really nice day of it! (if you don't mind driving to a bike ride)

I think w/o the stop to sunbath & swim, that round trip (x2) would be close to 100 flat miles

plus it's easy to combine this with a stay over in a motel for 1 or 2 nites & get a cpl more rides in
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Lots of good ridin' goin' on, I see. A few reflections for you consideration, to be taken for whatever they are worth. I've ridden 117 a few times from Waltham out to I495 and a bit beyond, and we've also done most of it on the tandem. There is one stretch west of Sudbury Rd (Verrill Farm) in Concord with minimal shoulder and poor sight lines. It is possible to bypass that section by taking local roads slightly to the north. Most of the rest is okay even when not ideal. The eastbound side shoulder is better and seems a safer route. I have no idea why they built it that way.

Riding a century on the Cape? Ha! Ha! Ha! well, the CCRT is a great start but Welfleet and those other outer Cape towns have their share of steepness. This is New England, after all! A better region for flat century might be southeastern Mass. between RI and Plymouth. The Narragansett Bay Wheelmen run a century through there which they bill as the flattest on the east coast (though I've seen billing for one in NC that claims the same).

Panza, your Pinarello sounds interesting! You have to mosey over to the C&V or at least post some pics here!
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