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Old 10-26-18, 04:56 PM
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I've had reason to avoid the bike most commutes these last two weeks. But I did ride once last week and again today. Temp about 30F when I started, not too bad. As usual I was sweating by the time I reached Arlington.

It has gotten so that at least once a week riding the MM raises my blood pressure and stress level. ***-ing millennials with their faces stuck in cell phones and no clue about what's going on around them. I'm looking forward to going off DST so that I'll be in total darkness. Maybe the idiot pedestrians and sunny-day commuters will vanish.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
I've had reason to avoid the bike most commutes these last two weeks. But I did ride once last week and again today. Temp about 30F when I started, not too bad. As usual I was sweating by the time I reached Arlington.

It has gotten so that at least once a week riding the MM raises my blood pressure and stress level. ***-ing millennials with their faces stuck in cell phones and no clue about what's going on around them. I'm looking forward to going off DST so that I'll be in total darkness. Maybe the idiot pedestrians and sunny-day commuters will vanish.
They will, of course, vanish. But they'll still be there. Your headlight is good for it though, no sweat...

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Old 10-26-18, 07:47 PM
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It was a brilliant day, on the boundary between cold and cool.


I took the LHT and rode East.








Fiddled with layers and more or less got them right.

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This morning I rode 33.25 saturated and soaked miles. No amount of Goretex or claims of waterproofness kept my fingers and toes from being soaked. The highlight was being able to sing I'm-riding-in-the-rain-just-riding-in-the-rain. Otherwise it was an arbitrary experience.
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Originally Posted by Ghazmh
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The highlight was being able to sing I'm-riding-in-the-rain-just-riding-in-the-rain.
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Thanks for that...

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inspired me to get out for an hour today on the Assabet trails. the visitors center was closed but their outhouse was open. nice to have a sanctuary from the wind & rain





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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
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Yow!

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Originally Posted by rholland1951
Yow!
lol I love slow shutter speeds. it makes 3mph look fast haha
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Took the venerable 1987 GT Karakoram out on the Minuteman after the rain stopped, a cool, gray, breezy ride.


The sun gilded the tree line for a minute at the far edge of Arlington's Great Meadow.


Night fell, and as I parked the bike before putting it away, the headlight beams reflecting off puddles projected wraiths on the garage doors, getting a jump on Halloween.




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Over 250 miles “walking.”

In Lime news: “Captain Richard Flynn of the Arlington Police Department told the Advocate that e-bikes are allowed on the Minuteman Bikeway in Arlington but could not speak for other communities.”

Lime anecdote: A friend who hasn’t ridden a bicycle in DECADES has fallen in love with the Limes. Saw her running errands on Mass Ave yesterday, her long gray hair blowing behind her purple helmet. Wish I got a snap of her smile.

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Originally Posted by mr_bill
Lime anecdote: A friend who hasnít ridden a bicycle in DECADES has fallen in love with the Limes. Saw her running errands on Mass Ave yesterday, her long gray hair blowing behind her purple helmet. Wish I got a snap of her smile.
heart warming, but I hope you offer a some updated safety coaching. as we know, Mass Ave has lots of hazards
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Originally Posted by mr_bill
In Lime news: ďCaptain Richard Flynn of the Arlington Police Department told the Advocate that e-bikes are allowed on the Minuteman Bikeway in Arlington but could not speak for other communities.Ē
On my commute home yesterday on a slight downhill I was passed by some dude on an electric bike doing near 35mph to judge by how fast he went by me. No warning or call-out, just a blur out of nowhere close on my left shoulder. He was not on a Limebike.

It was a stretch of the MM with the surface covered with leaves hiding acorns, the occasional branch, and the occasional root heave. A fraction of a second later or earlier and I might have swerved 6 inches and we'd have collided. By that anecdote an ebike is more dangerous than a scooter or motorcycle because it can go just as fast but make less noise to let others know of its approach.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
On my commute home yesterday on a slight downhill I was passed by some dude on an electric bike doing near 35mph to judge by how fast he went by me. No warning or call-out, just a blur out of nowhere close on my left shoulder. He was not on a Limebike.
I can (or I at least once upon a time I could) go just as fast on a bicycle on the slight downhills on the Minuteman, but I don’t (or at least I didn’t).

It’s not the vehicle, it’s the operator.

Arlington police will give you a talking to if you are unsafe on the Minuteman. What they won’t do is hassle people who are safely riding a bicycle, safely riding an ebike, safely walking, safely pushing a stroller, safely....


That said I got used to the scooters in Taipei because they were loud and on the road.

But I never got used to the scooters in Amsterdam because they were loud and not on the road. The eScooters were no better or worse, but also not on the road. eBikes were a non-issue.

In Copenhagen there were few scooters but lots of eCargobikes. They were wide, pretty quiet, but not fast.

Finally, now I have to use my brake on the downhills when I “walk” on the Minuteman.

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Originally Posted by mr_bill
I can (or I at least once upon a time I could) go just as fast on a bicycle on the slight downhills on the Minuteman, but I donít (or at least I didnít).

Itís not the vehicle, itís the operator.
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FWIW, I can go much faster than I do on the MM, especially on the downhill between Lexington and Arlington. I choose not to for various reasons.

Of course it's the operator, not the bike. The same could be said about scooters or motorcycles on the MM too, and carrying swords or sidearms on public streets, yet those are mostly forbidden because of what the "operators" can do with them. I'm not advocating outlawing ebikes, just wishing in vain for better judgment by all MM users, wheeled or afoot.
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my hot spot is heading west, west of Lexington, on the long downgrade. but I think I max out at 26 or 27 mph. but only near dusk or early evening when the trail is empty. I need a steeper hill to get over 30 mph. I think this is the section


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Great “walk” today, from BIDMC on Brookline Ave back to home. Not wanting to curse myself, doc is happy so I’m happy. Surgical wound is finally on a healing track. New dressing protocol is working better, so more surgery is back on the back burner. (However, still not cleared for weight bearing, let alone PT. But it no longer feels like indefinite hold.)

Other than that, October marks the first month since that bizarre February that I haven’t been on a bicycle.

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Originally Posted by mr_bill
Great ďwalkĒ today, from BIDMC on Brookline Ave back to home. Not wanting to curse myself, doc is happy so Iím happy. Surgical wound is finally on a healing track. New dressing protocol is working better, so more surgery is back on the back burner. (However, still not cleared for weight bearing, let alone PT. But it no longer feels like indefinite hold.)
glad to hear it. how fast can you go on that kneeling skateboard
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glad to hear it. how fast can you go on that kneeling skateboard
I’m going to get in trouble, but I’ll confess to a 6 minute km split (10 km/h).

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Iím going to get in trouble, but Iíll confess to a 6 minute km split (10 km/h).
yikes, get the body armor but we won't tell
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
my hot spot is heading west, west of Lexington, on the long downgrade. but I think I max out at 26 or 27 mph. but only near dusk or early evening when the trail is empty. I need a steeper hill to get over 30 mph. I think this is the section

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqJ_6prVc9A
I believe the stretch of road right past Rt 4, past the robot signs, over 95 by the swamps, near the no-longer-stinky Lexington compost dump is the longest downhill stretch on the MM going west (going east, that would be either Woburn St to Arlington Meadow in Lexington or TJs to Mill St. in Arlington). Yeah, you can go pretty fast here but only if no one's around.
https://www.strava.com/segments/10949765?filter=overall

My beef with e-bikers is if they're going too fast*, acting like they own the bikeway, or pass silently with no warning (all of which some of the roadies on the path do as well).
*going too fast without building up to it means possibly not having the critical thinking skills and reaction time to avoid dangerous situations

My preference lately has been for views like this, though I haven't had many opportunities to get out there:


Fewer e-bikers, roadies, cars, people walking their dogs on a 10-foot leash.
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My preference lately has been for views like this, though I haven't had many opportunities to get out there:Fewer e-bikers, roadies, cars, people walking their dogs on a 10-foot leash.
that's a bit of Heaven right there
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Got out on the Rawland Nordavinden this afternoon for a little ride between the showers on the Minuteman, low clouds and temperatures in the lower 50s. The Mile 4.0 Cairn Builder is back at it; this is somehow reassuring.


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Originally Posted by autonomy
I believe the stretch of road right past Rt 4, past the robot signs, over 95 by the swamps, near the no-longer-stinky Lexington compost dump is the longest downhill stretch on the MM going west (going east, that would be either Woburn St to Arlington Meadow in Lexington or TJs to Mill St. in Arlington). Yeah, you can go pretty fast here but only if no one's around.
https://www.strava.com/segments/10949765?filter=overall

My beef with e-bikers is if they're going too fast*, acting like they own the bikeway, or pass silently with no warning (all of which some of the roadies on the path do as well).
*going too fast without building up to it means possibly not having the critical thinking skills and reaction time to avoid dangerous situations

My preference lately has been for views like this, though I haven't had many opportunities to get out there:


Fewer e-bikers, roadies, cars, people walking their dogs on a 10-foot leash.
Now there is a little bit of paradise, been spending most of my year riding out in the woods. .
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I've had a few nice Sunday rides, a few cold mornings rides and a few nice morning rides since my last post. The rain has kept my miles lower than I was hoping it would. Poring rain can be tollerable, the dark can be tamed. When you mix the 2 together than I sometimes think twice.

I figured I'll share the first ever pic of my new bike. So new it's still being built. I went to see the Seven factory today.


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Iíve now ďwalkedĒ 500k.

From a couple of days ago on the minuteman, the rain got busy painting:



P.S. He who is always walking still says nothing, but now huge smile and waves to me every time we cross paths.


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