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Old 05-24-18, 09:43 PM
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Rode 11 miles on the Minuteman with Ellen, who's breaking in her Clem-L. No pictures of this one, but it was the rolling equivalent of a stroll in the park. I rode the Ebisu, and concluded that I really need to replace that binder bolt: the saddle height isn't quite as optimal as I was trying to convince myself it was... Put it in the basement at the end of the ride, we'll see if I can coax that bolt out without drilling.

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One more animation from Wednesday's ride along the Charles. A Blue Bike (bikeshare, nee Hubway), a cell phone, and no helmet: what could go wrong?


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Originally Posted by NomarsGirl
Thanks. I just got clipless pedals so I'm really trying not to stop much. I guess it's really not that hard to clip out and back in again now that I figured out that the guy at the shop put my cleats on upside down. I fixed them but it was 4 very frustrating days of wanting to throw the pedals out a window.
Yikes - doesn't say much for the bike shop guy's knowledge.

Definitely worth practicing clipping/unclipping especially when you can do it with anticipation. The worst I remember from going clipless is when you have to unclip unexpectedly and you can't do it easily - that's the only fall I've taken as a result of clipless - a few days after starting and I had to stop abruptly because of some need like a car stopping/not stopping unexpectedly)
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Originally Posted by rholland1951
been taking a series of photos manually and using the CREATE ANIMATIONS interface on Google Photos
my sportcam has a time lapse mode. if I ever take another bike ride (sarcastic), gonna try making a gif from a series that way. should be interesting experimenting with various time settings
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
my sportcam has a time lapse mode. if I ever take another bike ride (sarcastic), gonna try making a gif from a series that way. should be interesting experimenting with various time settings
That sounds promising! Looking forward to see...

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Originally Posted by NomarsGirl
trying not to stop much
mounting versatility is a plus. I have a sportcam with quick release mounts on my bars & my helmet. so, while riding, without stopping, I can move it from mount to mount or hand hold it

on bars

hand held

from helmet

also have a bean bag mount for the car dash

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Old 05-25-18, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by drewguy
Yikes - doesn't say much for the bike shop guy's knowledge.

Definitely worth practicing clipping/unclipping especially when you can do it with anticipation. The worst I remember from going clipless is when you have to unclip unexpectedly and you can't do it easily - that's the only fall I've taken as a result of clipless - a few days after starting and I had to stop abruptly because of some need like a car stopping/not stopping unexpectedly)
I bought a GoPro years ago for Autocross, so I just had to put a mount on the bike. Most of the footage ends up in the bitbucket, but I'll grab stills from the video and post here, and occasionally a video.

Did catch my Club Tombay moment on video.
I never clip in to the clipless until I hit the street.
Except this time I accidentally clipped in.

No damage, but bruised ego.


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Old 05-25-18, 12:51 PM
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Here's to the Multiple Users, continued....


(Way back, I think I had the only one. At least I never saw anybody else with one.)
Trailer bike:




Hand-cycle:



Third joyous jump by this roller blader with kickout. You can see the wheelchair hazards here:




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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
mounting versatility is a plus. I have a sportcam with quick release mounts on my bars & my helmet. so, while riding, without stopping, I can move it from mount to mount or hand hold it

on bars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wjzv0E0yyx4

hand held
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY9fq4TYfVU

from helmet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-f5mavUz14

also have a bean bag mount for the car dash
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u39MlxZdAP4
It's been almost 25 years since I was last in the area of the rotary by the prison riding. That area at times can get a tad crazy.
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Originally Posted by mr_bill
I bought a GoPro years ago for Autocross, so I just had to put a mount on the bike. Most of the footage ends up in the bitbucket, but I'll grab stills from the video and post here, and occasionally a video.

Did catch my Club Tombay moment on video.
I never clip in to the clipless until I hit the street.
Except this time I accidentally clipped in.

No damage, but bruised ego.

club tombay - failure to launch

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At least no one saw you, oh wait it's on video. No damage, and we've all had our ego's bruised at one time or another.
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Half day Friday and the start of The Memorial Day weekend. So it was off to play on some hills and eat some wind and get this long weekend started.
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Originally Posted by ZIPP2001
It's been almost 25 years since I was last in the area of the rotary by the prison riding. That area at times can get a tad crazy.
I go through it several times a week - in my car. Not a tad.

On my bike I climb Strawberry Hill.

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Originally Posted by ZIPP2001
At least no one saw you, oh wait it's on video. No damage, and we've all had our ego's bruised at one time or another.
The reason I stopped was I saw a black car coming from the right. Turned out to be my neighbor.

Walking (then running) up the street was my neighbor across the street, a pediatrician. She checked if I was ok.

So video or not, blushing.

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Friday, took the LHT and rode East. Lots of urban riding and hill-climbing, few photos. Did get this one, though, from Mysterious Medford.


The wind had its moments today, often wanting to steer. Once, encountered a sharp cross-wind while executing a turn, and had the unnerving sensation that the bike had suddenly gotten lighter. Was reminded of Elvira Gulch riding her bicycle in the tornado. Told myself jokes about "planing" after that, and tried not to cackle.

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Windy commute home yesterday. No pics, no turkey encounters.

It appears the derelict farm on the top of the hill between Lexington and Woburn is being converted to housing. The building on the south side of the road has already been torn down and the greenhouses on the north side are surrounded by fencing and big backhoe equipment. The house on the hill, which I always took to be the old farmhouse, has a sign mumbling about housing of the future or some such marketing nonsense. I didn't take the time to read it, just glanced as I rode by.
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Originally Posted by ZIPP2001
It's been almost 25 years since I was last in the area of the rotary by the prison riding. That area at times can get a tad crazy.
my first time going around was an accident. I wound up there & figured I would give it a try. seemed OK & it's an important piece of a convenient 30 mile loop. so I don't avoid it. glad tho, that I only have to jump in for a quick little bit of it
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Originally Posted by ZIPP2001
off to play on some hills and eat some wind and get this long weekend started.
that was entertaining. the clip from roadside takes some dedication to the journal, good for you
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I hit the road early just after 0500 for a great Saturday morning ride on my R3. 71 miles in all. Every hour got sunnier, warmer and funner.
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Wow it was a hot one today. Managed the 12.5 mile loop around the lake. It seems like it's uphill both ways but I know it's not. Iced coffee break at the midpoint.
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Note to self. If you have head to one of the colleges of the Fenway, check the schedule.
The chaos was so bad it was good. By far the fastest way through here....


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Originally Posted by NomarsGirl
Wow it was a hot one today. Managed the 12.5 mile loop around the lake. It seems like it's uphill both ways but I know it's not. Iced coffee break at the midpoint.
I'm not sure what lake you are talking about but that looks like a great place to take a break!
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Originally Posted by Ghazmh
71 miles
oh man, so jealous
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I packed the Smoothie on my roof rack and headed down to the CCRT before picking the kids up for the grandparents. It was cool, dreadfully windy and the pollen coated the trail, myself, and my Smoothie in a dull sneezy eye watering green. The wnd was visibly shaking clouds of pollen from the trees to join the swirling mass of pollen already in the air. My greyish blue shirt and gloves had taken on a green hue. It felt like being in a Kuwaiti sandstorm again albeit green instead of tan. I racked the Smoothie after 49 miles just as it began raining. Coming down from yesterday's sunny warm long ride high today's ride won't go down as a great Sunday ride.
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This mornings 30 mile ride on my Boone 7 cross bike was wet. It drizzled the whole time except for a few minutes stretch in Lincoln when it was raining steadily. It was nice knowing that it wasn't to be followed by a day at work. After 20 miles of solitude I crossed paths with a few other wet cyclists.
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Originally Posted by Ghazmh
I packed the Smoothie on my roof rack and headed down to the CCRT before picking the kids up for the grandparents. It was cool, dreadfully windy and the pollen coated the trail, myself, and my Smoothie in a dull sneezy eye watering green. The wnd was visibly shaking clouds of pollen from the trees to join the swirling mass of pollen already in the air. My greyish blue shirt and gloves had taken on a green hue. It felt like being in a Kuwaiti sandstorm again albeit green instead of tan. I racked the Smoothie after 49 miles just as it began raining. Coming down from yesterday's sunny warm long ride high today's ride won't go down as a great Sunday ride.
We thought about the CCRT today but didn't want to get caught in all the holiday traffic coming home so went to RI instead and rode the East Bay bike path. The weather actually was better than I expected. My husband is still a little faster than me but I held my own and actually had to wait for him at the top of hills. I have better climbing gears on my Trek hybrid than he has on his vintage 10-speed Fuji.

No pictures because I didn't want him to get too far ahead of me on the flats.
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