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Old 09-05-12, 04:32 PM
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Nice quickie spin today through Ashland and Hopkinton after the rain stopped. The roads were covered with small tree branches, sand and gravel, wet leaves and stones. I'm not used to riding on anything but dry roads so I dialed it back a little. I was trying out a new route today. In Hopkinton, I took a right off Front St onto Ash St and rode it all the way to Hopkinton Center. It's not too steep but it was a good hill workout nevertheless.

I'm still training for the ALS Charity ride this Sunday. I've been debating between the 50 and the 70 but now I'm leaning towards the 70. The only thing is, though, there is a 60% chance of rain. Other than the usual advice about braking early and staying dry, does anyone have any "riding in the rain" tips? One article I read suggested I put fenders on my bike. Not gonna happen.

It's not clear whether they'll hold the ride rain or shine. There's no mention of a rain date in the literature. I just wonder about the risks for a ride like this. I'm sure there will be plenty of serious riders but there will also be a mom, pop and the kiddies component. I'm sure regular commuters can handle it; I'm not sure about the more casual riders.

I'm thinking about going out tomorrow to ride the 50 mile route. The 70 is a combination of most of the 25 mile route and the 50. Is this too much distance three days before the event? I'm thinking three days should be sufficient to fully recover. It's not a race and I'm more interested in learning the route tomorrow than pushing for a fast time.

Oh, and, loved those pictures from Italy.
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Originally Posted by welshTerrier2

Other than the usual advice about braking early and staying dry, does anyone have any "riding in the rain" tips?
Wear wool, drip dry. If you don't run fenders, wear your racing stripe with pride.

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Long time no post.

Did a quick ride out from cambridge, through belmont to lincoln, around in a little circle and then back. 30 miles with some rollers.
On the way out on Concord Ave. I think I spotted jimmuller ! On his way inbound. Gave a wave. I was wearing a red jersey, unstickered black bike.

On the way back in, while stopped at a red light on Belmont (after Trapelo turns into that name) some angry old man in an equally old blue honda pulled up behind me and went ape$hit honking and screaming for me to get out of his way. Nearly ran me over peeling out from the light when it turned green (I'd unclipped and walked towards the shoulder to get out of his way... parked cars kept me from the sidewalk). I have the 5 digits of his plate (out of six)... can't decide if its worth the trouble to call the Belmont PD or just write it off to a very angry person having a very bad day.

Rest of the ride was great!
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Hi, JUF.
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On the way out on Concord Ave. I think I spotted jimmuller ! On his way inbound. Gave a wave. I was wearing a red jersey, unstickered black bike...

<description of angry driver>
I have the 5 digits of his plate (out of six)... can't decide if its worth the trouble to call the Belmont PD or just write it off to a very angry person having a very bad day.
Yow! I did get out this morning on the red Masi, wearing a platinum white jersey. About 30 miles, Waltham, Belmont, up the Concord Rd hill, Lexington, Bedford, Concord, returning via Virginia Rd & Rt2A to Lexington, then back down the Concord Rd hill at a "high rate of speed". I recall seeing someone going out Concord Rd at the time and thinking "someone else going up that hill" I wave at most cyclist and sometimes they wave back. If I missed you I apologize. It's unlikely I would have noticed either your jersey color - they all look alike to me, splash of colors and words! - or bike color unless it was bright and vintage.

About the angry driver, tough call. Without all the digits they may not be able to do anything. Even then they might not. But maybe they know the guy, maybe he's had issues before, accidents, tickets, complaints or something.
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Lots and lots of salmon around Allston and Cambridge today. All the new students coming back, maybe?
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Lots and lots of salmon around Allston and Cambridge today. All the new students coming back, maybe?
Good question. It took me forevvverrrrrrr to get through Lexington Center today, what with the city bus discharging and charging and the lady double-parked picking up children and the people crossing at the crosswalk and the students (or so I think they were, high school age, I think) walking everywhere and the ambulance coming through and the stoplight an', an', an' EVERYTHING!
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I biked a few local miles to the polls and errands but didn't finally escape for a spandex, high tire pressure 37 mile ride until 6:45 tonight. The roads were pretty empty by 8PM and the cool damp air was nice. I finished the last 10 minutes with my backup headlight. It was a nice way to change up an over used route.
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Cows or Salmon?

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Lots and lots of salmon around Allston and Cambridge today. All the new students coming back, maybe?
Telkanuru, around these parts is it more likely they are alewife or other species of herring? Alewife Station, Alewife Brook Parkway? Then again there used to be a terrific picture of Alewife Cows. https://www.flickr.com/photos/k_starr/284245669/sizes/o/
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Telkanuru, around these parts is it more likely they are alewife or other species of herring? Alewife Station, Alewife Brook Parkway? Then again there used to be a terrific picture of Alewife Cows. https://www.flickr.com/photos/k_starr/284245669/sizes/o/
Hah! No, I think they're imported salmon

Today I got caught in the first little bit of that T-Storm that hit around 6:30. Mostly avoided getting wet, though I do love riding in the rain, an all my best times are in the wet. I was going to be disappointed but then it started hailing, so I wasn't. Did almost get doored by a dude who got out of the passenger's side door of a car in the left turn lane, which earned him a bit of swearing, but otherwise uneventful.
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Alas, we have done no riding this past day. Tomorrow we are off to Mt. Desert, Maine for a week or so, taking the tandem and the Masi. We hope to do the Park Loop Road and possibly the rt102 loop on the "quiet side". And I hope to do Cadillac and the Park Loop Road (probably twice) on the Masi.
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Bon Voyage!
Late Sept. last year I enjoyed casual biking around Winter Island with "amateurs" and enjoyed exploring, good food and great conversations with the locals. We planned but never took the ferry to Bar Harbor.

This afternoon I rode 66 miles up to Carlisle and back to Sherborn. Nothing too eventful except a couple of unnecessarily close cars and a yellow jacket caught in my shirt stung once and at least tried a second time. Seems like more bees this time of year.
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I was out riding on Quincy Shore Drive around the same time. I got a little wet from the rainstorm, but the light show was worth it. The only time I got a little concerned though was when I was on the Neponset River bridge. The light show was pretty intense and I started feeling like I was sitting on top of a lightning rod.

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Hah! No, I think they're imported salmon

Today I got caught in the first little bit of that T-Storm that hit around 6:30. Mostly avoided getting wet, though I do love riding in the rain, an all my best times are in the wet. I was going to be disappointed but then it started hailing, so I wasn't. Did almost get doored by a dude who got out of the passenger's side door of a car in the left turn lane, which earned him a bit of swearing, but otherwise uneventful.
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Originally Posted by Crash_N_Carry
.......The light show was pretty intense and I started feeling like I was sitting on top of a lightning rod.
Is this a case for non-conductive carbon bikes or at least an explanation why we see so few all silver frames?
I'm impressed with your rain riding. I anticipate rain with dread and memories of crowded PMC pelotons and next day's soggy shoes. Like taking a bath as a kid, it is always better once in the tub.
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Originally Posted by welshTerrier2
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I'm still training for the ALS Charity ride this Sunday. I've been debating between the 50 and the 70 but now I'm leaning towards the 70. .....
WT2, Have a great, fun ride! Looking forward to your ride report.
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Had a lunch-time ride on the 32-mile North Bridge loop through Arlington, Lexington, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, and Lincoln. The air was warm and breezy to start, warm and gusty to finish, head-winds and cross-winds to be reckoned with, a stubborn bit of late Summer. Lots of folks out riding today, most in a sociable mood. A pleasure to be back on my own bike again.

The svelte woolly bear caterpillar crossing the Minuteman in Bedford suggested another mild Winter, let's hope, as did, perhaps, the trim-for-a-woodchuck woodchuck on Skelton Rd, Carlisle.


An enormous hawk was on a commuter's trajectory down Lexington Road in Concord, perhaps looking to meet that woodchuck. The crop of cabbages--the essential Winter vegetable--at McHugh's Farm in Concord looked good, so we'll have soup when the cold weather comes.


The acorns have started to come down, and I rode over several with a palpable bump and an audible crunch. The flock of turkeys that hangs around the intersection of Old Bedford Road and Hanscom Drive was back, wondering what's for Thanksgiving Dinner.


After all that, I went home and had a late lunch.

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Traffic, traffic, traffic.

I really need to get out of the city and go for a long ride, but I don't like riding far on my commuter, and my 80's Trek 720 which serves me as a road bike is still at Harris waiting on a new fork, my old one being busted by the combination of a 30mph hill descent and lazy Boston Public Works workers.
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Oh boy, this was just great. I did the ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) 50 mile charity ride today. All week long, the forecast was saying heavy rain and t-storms. Driving to the start in Wayland early this morning, the roads were still a little damp, the air was even a little chilly, but, it was easy to tell that this was going to be one of those "magic" days. It didn't disappoint.

I don't know how many riders there were at the event. I think it was somewhere between 100 and 200. The rides were 10, 25, 50 and 70. I agonized all week between the 50 and the 70 until I came down with a pretty horrible cold on Friday. I didn't feel too sick but I just couldn't breathe. I opted for the 50 and I'm glad I did.

It was a staggered start with the longer rides starting earlier. My ride went off at 9:00 am. I started fairly slow because I just had no idea how I would respond to the cold. After about 10 miles or so, I decided to push things a little and moved up to the front of what you might call the B group. I think the top riders were up over a 20 mph pace or so. Forget it. I was cruising along at a best-of-the-season 16. I was also concerned that I couldn't maintain that pace over the full route.

Blew by the first rest stop at 11 miles. Too soon. The next one was at the 19 mark. I tried one of those Gu things... chocolate-raspberry. Just awful. No idea whether it helped with my energy level.

What I love about events like this, or really any group ride, is the sheer joy of riding with other riders. And, imagine this, the ones you end up riding with are going the same pace you are. Go figure. I met this very nice woman who told me she did oncology surgery. Man could she climb. Frankly, my climbing stinks. At times, going up some of the tougher hills, I ended up a good half-mile behind her. I was much faster, though, when the road flattened out. I suppose I'm more of a sprinter than a climber. I like to tell myself that but the truth is I really need to get stronger on the hills. My riding friend told me she does spinning classes all the time and thought they really helped her. Perhaps I'll think about getting a trainer when the winter arrives. The better ones seem so damned expensive though. We'll see.

The ride took us through Wayland, Sudbury, Hudson, Bolton, Harvard, Acton, Concord and back in to Sudbury and Wayland. There were no killer hills but there were also very few level roads. Up-down-up-down... it was a great workout through some really beautiful country roads.

Wanna see the routes for all the rides? I was "the mapper" for the event. Here are the links:

10 mile ride

25 mile ride
50 mile ride
70 mile ride (combines the 25 and the 50)

For another day, MapMyRide was OK but it was a bit of a PITA. I'm switching to RideWithGPS even though I don't use a GPS... at least not so far. That's a topic for another day and another forum.

Anyway, keep an eye out for the "Ride to Defeat ALS" next September. There were all kinds of prizes and jerseys and food and a very, very high energy atmosphere surrounding the event. This one's a keeper; I'll definitely do it again next year.

I finished in a little under 3 hours. I couldn't be happier.

Next? Can I get my act together to ride from Ashland to Longmeadow (just South of Springfield)? It's about 70+ miles but there are some fairly nasty hills along the way. I need more distance training and more hill work if I'm going to put this one on the calendar.

OK, time for my post-ride nap. Night all.

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Congrats, WT2 on the ALS ride. Sounds like you had a wonderful ride!

My riding is postponed for a bit while I gear up for a couple of (running) road races.
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Originally Posted by bikinggrrrl
Congrats, WT2 on the ALS ride. Sounds like you had a wonderful ride!

My riding is postponed for a bit while I gear up for a couple of (running) road races.
I used to run... and swim. I miss the "cross-training" a bit. That's probably the best way to get fit without getting injured. At least for now, I'm sticking to cycling.

When are your races and what kind of distances are you doing?
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When are your races and what kind of distances are you doing?
I have only been running for a year now after a 10 year break. I do like the way it compliments the cycling, giving my body the weight-bearing, high-impact exercise that my old bones need to be strong(er).

10K next Sunday in Concord; 1/2 marathon first weekend in October in Hollis NH. Not sure I'll ever do a 1/2 M again ... my body does not seem to like running more than 10 miles at a shot. I'm grateful, though, for learning so much this year!
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Great Trail, Great Blue Heron

My wife and I rode a few roads in Rockport yesterday before the rain and today she dropped me off in Watertown so she could attend a social event and I could escape by biking back to Sherborn. https://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/charle...perCharles.htm
I hopped on the trail along the Charles River in Watertown Square. DCR has a Great Blue Heron logo on their markers and I saw several (socially) plying the Charles River in Watertown and Waltham. DCR uses blue painted heron footprints to connect trail sections but I still got slightly lost trying near the western end. It was well used, very pleasant and well maintained. There are root bumps but they are well marked and several section are stone dust so larger size tires are a little easier. A 1.5 min promo video
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last weekend we did a metric century on the Cape, part of which involved touching the Atlantic Ocean.

this week I was in L.A. for a conference and brought my folder, so I rode from where we were staying near the Staples Center to the Pacific Ocean.

pretty cool to ride to both coasts within a week of each other. someday I hope to ride from coast to coast
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Mtalinm,
Cool geographic and bicycle perspective. Beats carrying a golf bag through airports and there are no greens fees. With biking, you can tip the starter by taking money out of one pocket and putting it in the other.

I biked across country as a youth with patch kit, sleeping bag and can of DintyMoore. I would do it again for the adventure and nomadic, carefree lifestyle. I have, in modern times, ridden shorter segments and decided a motel shower is nice, warm food and occasional soft bed tolerable. Faded memory and denial about age keeps me from understanding why I managed 30% fewer miles per day riding through Michigan a few years ago. Life seems more complex and by the time I get around to making the time, I may choose a less ambitious goal.

The more riding and more fit the more likely. Keep riding!
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arrgh, pretty sure I tore a calf muscle running for my flight. it had been tender ever since the Mt. Washington climb, but something in the same area went pop as I hopped down the escalator. remind me never to buy a flight with a 30m layover.
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Great stories, all. WT2, good for you for pushing through your cold. SBP, nice!

Today Sharon and I rode two circuits of the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park, Mt Desert Island, Maine. Total of 37.7 miles, 2400 ft of climbing. It was great day! Some images form the ride:

Checking tire pressures at the start



Starting



Sharon and bike at an overlook



Lunch at Jordan Pond, the Bubbles in the background



A 1974 Schwinn Voyager II, being ridden by a gentleman we met at the Jordpn Pond House. He and a friend were then heading back by bike to Manchester, Vermont



The bike at rest, somewhere overlooking the Atlantic Ocean

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