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Old 01-13-20, 09:35 AM
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I did get out both Saturday and Sunday - without the group. Ran into a local guy who will also be riding the PMC this year (his third) and was invited to join a nearby group ride when the start up in the spring. That would work better for me because of location. And they are a little faster than me, so that should push me to get faster without being completely blown away.
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Old 01-13-20, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by NomarsGirl
I did get out both Saturday and Sunday - without the group
fantastic, how did/does the shoulder feel?
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Old 01-13-20, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
fantastic, how did/does the shoulder feel?
No problems with it I still notice it a little, but that may just be the way it is going to be.
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Anyone who rode this weekend is to be commended for braving the wind! (We didn't.)

I rode my commute this morning. Haven't ridden home yet. It snowd the whole way in.
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Old 01-13-20, 02:42 PM
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heard a rumor (weatherman) we might be getting accumulating snow Saturday into Sunday. wonder if it will be early enough Saturday, so I can ride in it, before it gets bad
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Anyone who rode this weekend braving the wind
yeah, some of those long lasting gusts, if you can call them gusts, were disconcerting & had me 2nd guessing my choice to ride thru a forest of swaying trees
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Anyone who rode this weekend is to be commended for braving the wind! (We didn't.)
Serious cross-wind on my ride on Saturday. I was getting blown off the road as I went along the lake in Sharon. Took a different route on Sunday and the wind was much better. But my Christmas tree that got dumped over the edge of my deck earlier in the week made it almost all the way back to the woods in the wind. I told it I was releasing it back to the wild. I didn't think it would go there on its own.

I also think the wind was to blame for my car window shattering on Saturday. Right in the driveway. Nothing missing. I don't think it was intentional. My husband's car was right next to mine and he left his wallet in plain sight. If it was a smash and grab, he would have been the obvious target.
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Old 01-16-20, 10:37 AM
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So, yes, was crazy enough to go out in the winds all last weekend. But it was SO beautiful. And even crowded on the Minuteman on Sunday.

Cross posting some of these pics from the Mission pic game since they are all Greater Boston.

From Saturday, on my way back from Whole Paycheck in Woburn, took the hard way home (mission - "More than 10% Grade"):

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Two Saturday's ago, was in Harvard Square (mission - "travel brochure photo"):
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John Weeks footbridge. Frequent cameo for Harvard Catalogues:

And a while before that, on the way home, on Mill Street off Minuteman (mission - "veteran tree"):
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Tree enough?

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Old 01-16-20, 12:21 PM
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"ripper ahead"??? I don't see it listed on Wiki's glossary of cycling (but then, it doesn't have "brifter" either so ...)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_cycling
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Old 01-16-20, 12:36 PM
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There’s a local group who call themselves “The Rippers.” Never seen them, but have seen their signs.



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Originally Posted by mr_bill
There’s a local group who call themselves “The Rippers.” Never seen them, but have seen their signs.



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I wouldn't be running into them at 5:45 AM either!
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20.5 miles this afternoon, so glad to have my Allroads back from the shop. I also rode it 29.9 Wednesday. Before that I rode my studded tire equipped cross bike 21 miles Monday and 25 Tuesday. Today was cold but honestly with my cold weather gear it wasn’t nearly as unpleasant as the walk from the car to the office.
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With mixed enthusiasm for getting slushy and salty I aired down the corpulent Schwalbe Marathon Winter 29”x2.5” studded tires on my old Gary Fisher hybrid for some fender flap dragging fun. I headed over to the rail trail in Weston. The path had plenty of footsteps in the 4 inches or so of soft snow. I found that the drag caused by my fender flap plowing through the snow was going to be an ever present companion. What I couldn’t get used to however is the parabolic arc that I rode across the path in a desperate attempt to go straight! I eventually discovered that riding through the virgin snow on the side of the path was my best bet. That was until I found myself falling down the side of the inclined terrain that is next to the paved surface. Having regained my footing and avoiding a face full of snow I got off the path at Miriam st and pedaled that beast home for a whopping 10 miles. Since I slipped my phone into the handlebar bag getting some in the go pictures was possible.



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Yeah 4” is less fun than 2”
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Ha, nice efforts you guys. I'm a wimp and have been happing riding along in Watopia (Zwift). hah
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Today I did the same route as Friday. 20.5 miles. I rolled into the garage with toasty warm fingers and toes. It’s a little snug shifting with those gloves underneath the Bar Mitts but the added effort is worth it.



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FWIW

Assabet Trail, Acton St near Rt 27, Maynard this morning. looking North

looking South


Bruce Freeman Trail, Brooks St, Acton


Bruce Freeman Trail, approx #797 Rte 27 aka Main St, Acton
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Got 40 miles in on Friday, had the day off. Beautiful day to ride. Down here in the Fairhaven area no snow the streets are clear.
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Originally Posted by jsilvia
Down here in the Fairhaven area no snow the streets are clear.
Ooh, you know what that means ... the woods are clear too! ;-)
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need to take a day off just for riding. got out an hour early Friday & took a peak at the MM in Bedford. the station restrooms are closed for the season but the trail looks clear enough for my slick tired road bike

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On my ride on Friday I was scouting out locations to begin easing into Mountain Bike riding. I noticed the Cranberry Bogs at have walking paths, The high voltage power lines all have unpaved roads. Also I have checked out the links you posted. I'm doing it, its just a matter of when. I want to make sure I will use the Bike.
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Originally Posted by jsilvia
the Bike.
did you get the Scott?
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Not yet. The bike shop is putting a price for me the bike is selling for $999. There are some accessories I am adding, going tubeless, bottle cages. What do you think of fenders? I’m thinking of just the clip on ones? Hopefully by Tuesday I will decide.
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Not yet. The bike shop is putting a price for me the bike is selling for $999. There are some accessories I am adding, going tubeless, bottle cages. What do you think of fenders? I’m thinking of just the clip on ones? Hopefully by Tuesday I will decide.
fenders aren't critical but I like them cuz they can keep random "stuff" from being flung into my face & elsewhere. keeps the water bottles clean too. of my 3 bike,s only the MTB has fenders. the road & hybrid do not

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got out for a ride before the rain storm, Bedford to Spy Pond, Arlington. 40s & misty. always company on the Minuteman. reliably plowed, a sanctuary for a January ride w/ nice dry pavement! saw several die-hard runners in shorts!

a penny farthing?


a cpl rare moist spots


always seems to be windy near the water


kept the cover on the leather saddle


the sign at Bedford Depot


shout out to the pizza shop in Bedford. so convenient after a ride!


fun to get on the road bike after a cpl months messing with the MTB & the studded hybrid thru winter snow

always like to chat w/ riders coming off the trail as I'm getting ready to launch, to hear about the trail & climate conditions. someone loading their p/u asked if I had a rain jacket. I assured her I would be back before the rain storm. by time I got back my thick fleece jacket was damp (on the outside) from the mist but it's like thick fur so I was cozy the whole time. used the fabric nose wipe patches on the cycling gloves to wipe the eye shield occasionally. they do a nice job & the bar mitts keep them dry & protected from any precipitation

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