Go Back  Bike Forums > Community Connections > Regional Discussions > Northeast
Reload this Page >

Metro Boston: Good ride today?

Notices
Northeast Connecticut | Maine | Massachusetts | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New York |Rhode Island | Vermont |

Metro Boston: Good ride today?

Old 05-29-18, 02:01 PM
  #7301  
Full Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Boston-ish
Posts: 225

Bikes: Trek 800 Sport,Cavelo Gara

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 61 Post(s)
Liked 24 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by NomarsGirl
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.

Might have passed you (or more likely, been passed by you!).


Was out with a friend who is just starting back into cycling. Left India Point just after 10, didn't make it all the way to Bristol before turning around.
NewATBikeComute is offline  
Old 05-29-18, 05:08 PM
  #7302  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 4,529
Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2111 Post(s)
Liked 663 Times in 443 Posts
Overheard on the Minuteman:

The cast:
A late 20s/early 30s bearded man, riding a hybrid uncomfortably close to to the left of....
A late 20s/early 30s woman on a Blue Bike, riding uncomfortably close to the right edge....

Male on Hybrid, looking at hand on brake lever: Those are nice rings!
Woman on Blue Bike, looking ahead: Why thank you!
Male on Hybrid: So you are married?
Woman on Blue Bike: Why yes, yes I am!

The line between friendly and creepy is....

-mr. bill


mr_bill is offline  
Old 05-29-18, 05:18 PM
  #7303  
Senior Member
 
NomarsGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Easton, MA
Posts: 632

Bikes: Specialized Ruby Sport

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 318 Post(s)
Liked 314 Times in 165 Posts
Originally Posted by mr_bill
Overheard on the Minuteman:

The cast:
A late 20s/early 30s bearded man, riding a hybrid uncomfortably close to to the left of....
A late 20s/early 30s woman on a Blue Bike, riding uncomfortably close to the right edge....

Male on Hybrid, looking at hand on brake lever: Those are nice rings!
Woman on Blue Bike, looking ahead: Why thank you!
Male on Hybrid: So you are married?
Woman on Blue Bike: Why yes, yes I am!

The line between friendly and creepy is....

-mr. bill


That's way past the line of creepy.
NomarsGirl is offline  
Old 05-29-18, 05:33 PM
  #7304  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 4,529
Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2111 Post(s)
Liked 663 Times in 443 Posts
Originally Posted by NomarsGirl
That's way past the line of creepy.
Totally agree.

I was walking inbound while she was riding outbound.

All I could hear were those lines.

Short of running lines for a play, I canít come up with a context where what he said is ever ok.

-mr. bill

Last edited by mr_bill; 05-30-18 at 04:27 PM.
mr_bill is offline  
Old 05-30-18, 04:35 PM
  #7305  
Chuggin' Along
 
E53's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Billerica, MA
Posts: 123

Bikes: Specialized Roubaix

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 45 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 4 Posts
I picked up the Freeman trail from 225, and rode it into Concord. It was my first time on the newly opened part and I enjoyed it especially since the trail was not crowded being that it is a weekday.
I continued my ride onto Boston Road and took a left at the rotary into Concord Center, then "shot the rapids" on Monument Street. The second set of rapids almost got me because a car came along as I was approaching. I think I'll be
avoiding that road until it gets fixed (if ever). BTW, Last year I was asked not to lean my bike against the WW1 monument at the common. I should have had the sense not to do it in the first place.Just saying...
.

__________________
Note to self:
If a road has the word "Hill" included in it's name, it might not be a good idea to try it.
E53 is offline  
Old 05-30-18, 05:55 PM
  #7306  
What??? Only 2 wheels?
 
jimmuller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Boston-ish, MA
Posts: 13,451

Bikes: 72 Peugeot UO-8, 82 Peugeot TH8, 87 Bianchi Brava, 76? Masi Grand Criterium, 74 Motobecane Champion Team, 86 & 77 Gazelle champion mondial, 81? Grandis, 82? Tommasini, 83 Peugeot PF10

Mentioned: 189 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1222 Post(s)
Liked 641 Times in 232 Posts
Acadia National Park

__________________
Real cyclists use toe clips.
With great bikes comes great responsibility.
jimmuller
jimmuller is offline  
Old 05-30-18, 06:14 PM
  #7307  
Senior Member
 
rholland1951's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3,132
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 528 Post(s)
Liked 1,631 Times in 845 Posts
Did manage to coax the rounded binder bolt out of the Ebisu, hurrah! And thank you Tyler Oulton, for the sage counsel on how to do that...

Took the Rawland Nordavinden for a quick 20-mile sprint out to Depot Park and back. Was really focused on making time, something I was short of, but threw the chain beyond Lexington Center thanks to a dodgy shift, and found myself face-to-face with a wonderful, forked tree, whose bark was a tissue of whorls. So I fixed the chain and took a couple of pictures.




Lot of folks on the Minuteman today. This photo, taken while waiting to cross Bedford Street, is an index of that. Not shown is the guy who ran the light, or any of the folks behind me.


The feral irises are abloom in Tophet Swamp. I stopped on the return to photograph the beavers' garden, gracing their lodge.


The Norda's lively frame invites acceleration, and I cut right along, keeping a pace to make time. If you do that on the Minuteman at rush hour, you tend to meet all the people who aren't paying attention. Brakes and bell, yeah. Especially when the completely oblivious person on a bicycle wandered across the path at the skating rink. Ding! Screech! She woke up.

rod

Last edited by rholland1951; 05-30-18 at 06:17 PM.
rholland1951 is online now  
Old 05-31-18, 10:30 AM
  #7308  
Senior Member
 
NomarsGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Easton, MA
Posts: 632

Bikes: Specialized Ruby Sport

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 318 Post(s)
Liked 314 Times in 165 Posts
Trying to get in the habit of getting up early for a ride before work. I've never been a morning person, but it's really the only time I have during the week. It's getting easier. 6.5 miles today on the scenic road nearby that's not really so scenic. Tomorrow is a home office day so no crazy commute to zap all my free time. Hope to start June out strong with a long ride.
NomarsGirl is offline  
Old 05-31-18, 03:16 PM
  #7309  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 4,529
Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2111 Post(s)
Liked 663 Times in 443 Posts

-mr. bill
mr_bill is offline  
Old 05-31-18, 09:24 PM
  #7310  
Senior Member
 
rholland1951's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3,132
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 528 Post(s)
Liked 1,631 Times in 845 Posts
Rode East again.


All this, and LimeBikes too.


rod
rholland1951 is online now  
Old 06-01-18, 02:07 PM
  #7311  
Senior Member
 
autonomy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Boston Roads
Posts: 978

Bikes: 2012 Canondale Synapse 105, 2017 REI Co-Op ADV 3.1

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 507 Post(s)
Liked 237 Times in 133 Posts
Originally Posted by mr_bill
Very interesting. Those stanchions look like they're kind of randomly offset into the bike lane going inbound... but there's a wider double-lane outbound. Was the DOT strapped for space?
autonomy is offline  
Old 06-01-18, 08:08 PM
  #7312  
Senior Member
 
rholland1951's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3,132
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 528 Post(s)
Liked 1,631 Times in 845 Posts
After a day mostly taken up with getting to or returning from a funeral in Rhode Island, I took the Nordavinden up to Lexington Center and back on the Minuteman, mid-80s with occasional drizzle cooling hot riders. The informal bikes-for-sale business in East Lexington appears to be thriving.


rod
rholland1951 is online now  
Old 06-01-18, 08:36 PM
  #7313  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 4,529
Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2111 Post(s)
Liked 663 Times in 443 Posts
Originally Posted by autonomy
Very interesting. Those stanchions look like they're kind of randomly offset into the bike lane going inbound... but there's a wider double-lane outbound. Was the DOT strapped for space?
Only if you assume that there needs to be two general traffic lanes inbound on the bridge. The counter proposal was one shared bicycle/emergency vehicle lane inbound and one general traffic lane inbound,

BTW, the speed limit is 25 mph. Letís just say the 85th percentile speed of the motor vehicles were way past that. Oh, I passed almost all of them all at the redlight at the base of the bridge. Hurry up and wait is just a thing around here.

-mr. bill
mr_bill is offline  
Old 06-02-18, 09:42 AM
  #7314  
Senior Member
 
rholland1951's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3,132
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 528 Post(s)
Liked 1,631 Times in 845 Posts
Looks like repairs, closures, and detours are in the cards for the Somerville Community Path this summer. Details at https://www.somervillema.gov/communitypathclosure.

While we're on the subject of path closures, the Paul Dudley White Multi-use Path (Boston) between Mass. Ave. and River Street will also be closed for repairs. Detour on the Cambridge side of the river. Details (including a detour map) at https://groups.google.com/d/msg/bost...Q/pGi93WOdAgAJ.

rod

Last edited by rholland1951; 06-02-18 at 09:54 AM.
rholland1951 is online now  
Old 06-02-18, 12:20 PM
  #7315  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 4,529
Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2111 Post(s)
Liked 663 Times in 443 Posts
SOWA First Fridays - back to Boston's Amsterdam



-mr. bill
mr_bill is offline  
Old 06-02-18, 10:21 PM
  #7316  
Senior Member
 
rholland1951's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3,132
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 528 Post(s)
Liked 1,631 Times in 845 Posts
Ah, June: straddled a saddle, muddled a puddle, spat a gnat.
















Good day for fenders.

rod

Last edited by rholland1951; 06-03-18 at 11:02 AM.
rholland1951 is online now  
Old 06-03-18, 01:05 PM
  #7317  
Senior Member
 
Ghazmh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: The banks of the River Charles
Posts: 2,016

Bikes: 2022 Salsa Beargrease, 2020 Seven Evergreen, 2019 Honey Allroads Ti, 2018 Seven Redsky XX, 2017 Trek Boon 7, 2014 Trek 520

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 691 Post(s)
Liked 898 Times in 482 Posts
This morning I got out for what was to be a 70 mile ride on my R3. I was happily cruising along loving cycling. I was rolling up Main st in Maynard when I heard and felt what was unmistakably something important breaking. The back end started shimmying back and forth as I came to a stop at the side of the road on a thankfully empty Main st sidewalk. A quick visual revealed a broken rear spoke. It was a good 35 mile ride until it wasn't. Mrs. Ghazmh came to my rescue again (first time for 2018). It looks to be repairable. It's my Boyd 44mm carbon wheel that isn't ready to become wall art quite yet. My Roubaix's in the shop, looks like I'll be picking one up and dropping one off.
Ghazmh is offline  
Old 06-04-18, 09:10 AM
  #7318  
Full Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 466

Bikes: Trek Domane 4.3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 193 Post(s)
Liked 50 Times in 35 Posts
Originally Posted by autonomy
Very interesting. Those stanchions look like they're kind of randomly offset into the bike lane going inbound... but there's a wider double-lane outbound. Was the DOT strapped for space?
Looks to me like they didn't paint the second line on the inbound. The placement of the delineators on both appear to be inside the right traffic lane about 9", which is the center of the double-line marking on the outbound. There's just no second line and cross hatching on the inbound (yet?).
drewguy is offline  
Old 06-04-18, 09:27 AM
  #7319  
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 29,497

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r, Marin Muirwoods 29er, Trek FX Alpha 7.0

Mentioned: 112 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5215 Post(s)
Liked 3,552 Times in 2,324 Posts
Originally Posted by rholland1951
puddle GIFs
those were fun!
rumrunn6 is offline  
Old 06-05-18, 11:00 PM
  #7320  
Senior Member
 
rholland1951's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3,132
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 528 Post(s)
Liked 1,631 Times in 845 Posts
It was another day in Eden.


When the rain let up, I took the Ebisu for a cool, gray ride on the Minuteman.




I had spent a couple of happy hours getting a seized seat pin out of the frame yesterday, and replacing it with a Campagnolo QR seatpost binder bolt. I fiddled with that a bit on the ride, and was pleased to observe the saddle stayed put once it was set.


Of course, it wasn't the ideal day to be out on a white bicycle without fenders. But it was one of those quick rides that simply feel good. As is sometimes said of beans, good for the heart.

rod

Last edited by rholland1951; 06-06-18 at 11:40 AM.
rholland1951 is online now  
Old 06-06-18, 06:57 AM
  #7321  
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 29,497

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r, Marin Muirwoods 29er, Trek FX Alpha 7.0

Mentioned: 112 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5215 Post(s)
Liked 3,552 Times in 2,324 Posts
Originally Posted by rholland1951
rod
pics not showing up for me
rumrunn6 is offline  
Old 06-06-18, 07:15 AM
  #7322  
Senior Member
 
rholland1951's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3,132
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 528 Post(s)
Liked 1,631 Times in 845 Posts
Originally Posted by rumrunn6
pics not showing up for me
Should be fixed now.

rod
rholland1951 is online now  
Old 06-06-18, 07:57 AM
  #7323  
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 29,497

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r, Marin Muirwoods 29er, Trek FX Alpha 7.0

Mentioned: 112 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5215 Post(s)
Liked 3,552 Times in 2,324 Posts
Originally Posted by rholland1951
Should be fixed now
hmmm, still negatory for me ...
rumrunn6 is offline  
Old 06-06-18, 09:46 AM
  #7324  
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 29,497

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r, Marin Muirwoods 29er, Trek FX Alpha 7.0

Mentioned: 112 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5215 Post(s)
Liked 3,552 Times in 2,324 Posts
Originally Posted by rholland1951
OK, tried a different fix, please let me know if that works for you. The Google Photos state transition diagram lies partly in the Twilight Zone; come back Picasa, all is forgiven!
I can see 1,2 & 3 but not the 4th
rumrunn6 is offline  
Old 06-06-18, 09:56 AM
  #7325  
Senior Member
 
rholland1951's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3,132
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 528 Post(s)
Liked 1,631 Times in 845 Posts
Originally Posted by rumrunn6
I can see 1,2 & 3 but not the 4th
Just tweaked the 4th. Did that help?

rod
rholland1951 is online now  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.