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Old 10-02-15, 05:06 PM
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It might be raining but Brands is having a 30% sale. I've been waiting one to buy a new helmet. So I got a Giro Atnthe MIPS for $90 off. Just have to wait since it had to be ordered.
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Old 10-04-15, 02:38 PM
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Took the mountain bike out and headed to Bethpage.

It was a shock going from a 14# bike to a 26# bike... like I was towing a trailer.

The trails are pretty over grown so I had to take it easy with a number of low branches.

20 miles @ 12.2mph
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Old 10-04-15, 08:30 PM
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I bought a new helmet at the Brands sale today, but put back everything else I picked up off the tables. There's not a whole lot I really need anymore, and the sale prices weren't all that spectacular. Once again, they seem to have staffed the floor with kids who have little knowledge of bicycles or bike accessories. Otherwise, I could have been talked into a few new tools or cans of miracle solvents. Thank goodness there are still some of the older guys around to call bullsh-t on things that don't really work.

Meanwhile, I wasted what turned out to be a pretty decent day for riding. I'm hoping Monday morning will be OK for riding to work, now that the hurricane watch is over.
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55 miler yesterday at 9:30 am 3:10 total time. I underestimated how cool it would feel especially in the tree lined streets shaded from the sun. Should have worn knickers or knee warmers for the first half. Decent north breeze for most of the ride. Absolutely beautiful day to get out there. Today too.
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You guys kill me. What I consider a "mini-tour" these days is what you all do on your lunch break. How the HECK do you find so much time????
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Also did a 55er, up to Nissequogue River at Old Dock Rd. I felt kind of slow but still a great ride. I love the cooler weather.
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom
You guys kill me. What I consider a "mini-tour" these days is what you all do on your lunch break. How the HECK do you find so much time????

I'm self employed and I like to cluster my appointments in like 2-3 days a week that way I have flexible office time the other days where I can take a looooooong lunch and or have my office admin cover for me.

That day was no appointments until 2pm. So after a event for my sons school , I beelined it home and hit the road. Going to try to get out of here today at 2pm to go for a nice 2 hour MTB ride.

In the summer I'll get up super early and go for rides but this time of year its dark and cold, so if you can swing a midday ride it feels extra good

Its the advantage of self employment. I know it sounds corny, but my philosophy is it not the amount of hours you work, its the amount of work in your hours. I try to bust my ass when I am in the office and get as much done as possible (and limit my bikeforums time).
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I was self-employed for many years, but I always felt guilty when I found myself on the bike during hours I "should" have been working. Now I have the peace-of-mind of a steady paycheck and a place to go every day, but a 55-miler is only something I do when I have a day off and can stay somewhere overnight!
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom
I was self-employed for many years, but I always felt guilty when I found myself on the bike during hours I "should" have been working. Now I have the peace-of-mind of a steady paycheck and a place to go every day, but a 55-miler is only something I do when I have a day off and can stay somewhere overnight!
Well like a lot of folks, you can also do a 25, then turn around and do another 25 back home and stay there.

And I NEVER feel guilty riding when other folks have to work.
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I telecommute, so I ride when I can take a break. Since i can work from home it means I can work on weekends, nights and when i'm sick. So i don't feel guilty riding when others are working, because I could be working when others are riding.
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Well like a lot of folks, you can also do a 25, then turn around and do another 25 back home and stay there.

And I NEVER feel guilty riding when other folks have to work.
+eleventy seven. The only thing I feel guilty about while riding (or kiting or taking off for a powder day) is if I am missing spending time with the kids.

I get over it.
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55 miles @ 15mph with 2100' and a strong NE wind.

https://www.strava.com/activities/410274621

It was cool in the morning, but when you stopped it got hot fast.
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Glorious morning for a ride! About 50 F. so still warm enough for shorts, at least for me. That was a stiff wind though and the Mrs. was glad she opted for tights. AA ride to Port Washington, 44 miles.

Not too long after we got married, my wife told me that if I intended to keep disappearing until 1130am on weekend mornings, I had better either guess again or buy "one of those double bikes", since she grew up in NYC and never learned as a child. So probably around 35,000 miles (for her) later, the double bike plan seems to have worked.
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The Columbus Day weather is looking good and I just popped into work to get ahead of myself for Tuesday morning. My wife is booked with "stuff" all day, which means this dude is gonna get on the bike and go! Now I've just got to decide where...

Update (Columbus Day): I ended up driving to Nyack and riding the rail trail that goes to Tappan, plus the "new" branch that goes off to Orangeburg. Will report in another thread that is not Long Island-specific.

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Did a easy recovery ride but ran into some road rage at the base of Round Swamp.

I was heading west, on Bethpage Road signaling a left at the triangle onto Quaker Meeting House when a minivan decided to make the left at the same time and forced me over. I caught up to him at the yield sign and said "thanks for almost running me over" and continued on. The van pull along side and he started to yell at me and then pulled to the right and force me to stop. After some verbal exchange, where he threatened to run me over, I decided to walk to the back and take a picture of his license plate. He got out of the van and and said if I was taking a picture of him, he would take a picture of me. So I obliged and indicated that he was #1 . At which time, he got back in his van and sped off.

I spoke to a cop and he said, without it being witnessed, there's nothing they can do.

Otherwise it was a really nice day to be outside.
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Old 10-11-15, 11:29 AM
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What's "#1?"
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom
What's "#1?"
https://www.thishandsforyou.com/_Gallery/youare1.jpg

The funny part is he kept calling me "tough guy" when I never threatened him, I was wearing spandex and was still straddling my bike. Now if i was a tough guy, i would of gotten off my bike and taken my shoes off. At all times he stayed well out of reach.

I've had more problem with that intersection and should know better than to ensure there's not a car in sight. I wish they put stop signs on all corners.



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"The funny part is he kept calling me "tough guy" when I never threatened him"

The "Tough Guy" Guy!!! OldnSlow, I think we might have a mutual friend. A blue minivan?

My encounter was last year? on Spagnoli Rd. and RT 110. I was headed down the hill towards 110, not blocking the lane, when several cars passed me, one of them leaning on the horn. When we all got to the light, I went alongside the first car in the L turn lane and asked nicely if the horn was really necessary. He said "friend, it wasn't me, it was the blue minivan in the right lane. I've been watching him drive and he's nuts. Please don't even look at him." I was already reflexively turning just to look, and this guy came boiling out of the car red faced and angry as a hornet. He made all kinds of threats but never actually accused me of anything that might have pissed him off. He also had an odd fixation with my glasses and kept telling me he was going to break them. I found that funny because he was wearing glasses as well.

I told him that if he hit me we would both have a bad day, and the driver I spoke to told him to back off. He sputtered his way back to the car and that was that.

2 AA rides today, some went to Hauppauge and our group to Northport, 40 delightful miles.

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Time to breakout the leg warmers.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
Time to breakout the leg warmers.
Have you done your Old Croton ride yet?
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom
Have you done your Old Croton ride yet?
Not yet... maybe next Sunday.
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25 miles @ 15.5mph.

It was breezy but nice to be out.
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A bit breezy, but I held out in shorts for at least one more ride. The leg warmers are ready, however. Unfortunately the always sad for me day grows nearer when the tandem goes up on the hooks for the winter, to reappear when there is a warm spell. My stoker is OK down to about 35 degrees; colder than that and I'm on the "half bike".

We managed to make a Bethpage/Locust Valley loop stretch out to 47 miles. Very nice day, I was surprised by a fairly high average speed as it felt pretty easy.

OldnSlow, don't wait too long to do the OCA, the foliage makes it a really nice ride. A fairly big group of people I know is doing it tomorrow but I'm working and can't make it. It should be a classic, crisp fall day.
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My legs are the last things that get cold, so I can wear shorts in temperatures all the way down to the high 20s. It's my chest and neck, and more than anything my hands, which feel the cold first.

So, on a day of 30 or 40 degrees, I'll wear about seven layers of shirts and sweatshirts (including a non-porous outer layer consisting of what is ostensibly rainwear), three or four scarves, three pairs of gloves...and shorts.
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"So, on a day of 30 or 40 degrees, I'll wear about seven layers of shirts and sweatshirts (including a non-porous outer layer consisting of what is ostensibly rainwear), three or four scarves, three pairs of gloves...and shorts."

Ha, that's funny. My line in the sand for shorts vs tights is much higher than yours, low 40's. But I don't think I've ever worn 7 (!!!) layers, ever, and I've never owned a scarf. My record temp for a bike ride (mtn bike) is -1. I wore a cheap non-porous shell over 3 layers, and when I took it off hundreds of little shards of ice fell off the inner surface. Breathable is good.....
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