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Old 02-28-16, 01:34 PM
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What a awesome day. I did a brisk 31 miles with a strong headwind most of the way. I took mostly back roads trying to avoid the potholes and debris. it was great to be back on the road bike after riding the MTB during the winter... it's a slug.
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Were you riding the E-Tap bike ?,

We need a ride report on the new toys !
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
Were you riding the E-Tap bike ?,

We need a ride report on the new toys !
Yes... after riding my MTB for the past few weeks, it's amazing to get back on a nice road bike.

31 miles with 1200' of climbing and I have to say it works flawlessly. Shifting is crisp and quick, since I never rode Di2, I don't know why people think eTap is slow. Never a miss or a hiccup. I need to work on the timing of knowing how long to hold the shifter to shift multiple gears. For example, when shifting to the large ring you would downshift the cog to match cadence. With the mechanical I knew how many "clicks" of the shifter. With eTap you have to know hoe long to hold it... over time i'm sure i'll learn.

I'm very impressed.
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"We need a ride report on the new toys !"

OldnSlow, pretty cool stuff! (but I'm a retro-grouch
). Are the batteries affected by colder temps?

In the No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Dept., I rode in again and did some more kicking aside of blowdown debris, on the Tower trail and also the blue dot where my very presence marks me as a hooligan. There is just so much small stuff just waiting to leap up into the works, and sure enough this outing cost me 2 mangled rear spokes. I just finished replacing them & re-truing it. Thankfully the RD and hanger remained unbent.

We are starting to hear birdsong again so spring cannot be far away. I think I hear that long yellow bike rattling on the hooks.......
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Still a bit cool and pretty windy on the south shore, so I only did 18 miles.

Still nice to be outside.
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32 miles, headed to Brickwell Syosset.

https://www.strava.com/activities/512741373

Awesome weather.
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First outing on the tandem!!!!!! 46 miles, not too shabby. Also my first 100 mile week of the year, so things are looking up. I've been sick all week, but illness be damned. We were a bit sluggish, but that will improve.
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31 miles with a strong north wind.
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Oh boy. Methinks the 46 was too ambitious for Mrs. first day on the bike this year. She was sore*.....but was game to do it again this morning. I convinced her to sleep in this morning, let it warm up and we did our own short ride, 26 miles.



*so was I
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Old 03-16-16, 12:19 PM
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Ran into Joe at the Haypath crossing of the Bethpage trail... nice to finally put a face to the name.
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We've met before, at Bethpage library at the start of MPBC rides. Of course with my lovely wife not present today, I'm much more forgettable.
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Just a short 15 mile ride, I needed to get out but didn't have much time.

I hate the wind.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
Just a short 15 mile ride, I needed to get out but didn't have much time.

I hate the wind.
Yes, windy it was. The wife grumbled a bit for the first 10 miles, but warmed up and enjoyed the next 29 on AA ride up to Northport. Had the first real egregious Butthead Driver Experience of the season. Yay.
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Damn... i HATE the wind. Of course it switched on the way back so I was riding into it both ways. Only 21 miles but it was still nice to be outside.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
Damn... i HATE the wind. Of course it switched on the way back so I was riding into it both ways. Only 21 miles but it was still nice to be outside.
We didn't think it was as windy as yesterdays ride. A smaller group went out earlier, Bayville today. Worse than the wind was an unusual run of really nasty drivers. We had a couple of them shout epithets while driving in the opposite direction on the other side of the road. I guess we have come back into their world after the winter, and they don't like it.

'Merica.
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Is it bad timing, or has it been a very windy spring so far ?

Seems like the few times I've been out the past few weeks, the wind is west at 25, south at 20, etc...

Tired of it.
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
Is it bad timing, or has it been a very windy spring so far ?

Seems like the few times I've been out the past few weeks, the wind is west at 25, south at 20, etc...

Tired of it.
Agreed.. .every mile is a fight against the wind.
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Aaaaand, the sky gets blue just in time for me to head to work. Oh yeah.
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Went to the test ride event at Brickwell Farmingdale. There both my son and i got to ride the new Trek Domane SLR 6 with Ultegra disc brakes. We took them for a 2.5 mile ride to Bethpage and tested the 30mm tires on the grass, dirt and potholes on the way there and back.

Very nice. The brakes were impressive, but being a Sram Red rider, the Shimano shifters tossed me a curve.

I wish we came prepared with proper clothing, shoes and gloves.


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Went out for a "quickie", just couldn't let the day go by without being outside.
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FFFFinally got a chance to try out our new (to us) tandem after a long and tedious process of getting it ready. All went well except for the fact that the stoker saddle it came with does not get along with the stoker at all.....much pain after a measly 23 miles. Without ever hearing it before, she independently invented the term "a$$ hatchet". She's already done rides more than twice as long as that already this year, so it's definitely the seat. Despite it being a rather pricey Terry women's model, I find it's narrower than any of my men's saddles. Oh well, worth a shot......hell, I'll use it. Also the front brakes screamed like a demon from another planet, but that was easily remedied.

Most importantly the bike is a gorgeous ruby red and she loves the color.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
she loves the color.
That's the most important thing.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
That's the most important thing.
Second only to replacing the saddle!

But truth be told, it really IS a gorgeous bike.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
she loves the color.

Originally Posted by oldnslow2
That's the most important thing.
Actually it closely matches the jersey you're wearing in your avatar......

Various tweaks done, and a new Serfas saddle installed, which should make for a comfy and happy stoker. As for me I can't help but have mixed emotions on this bike. It's the "best" bike I've ever bought, but there's a story here. I'm in a ruminative mood, so be warned.

It was custom-fitted and made by a fairly famous builder, beautifully fillet brazed out of the best tubes available, for a couple we knew well. They had a Santana and we rode thousands of happy miles alongside them. (Oddly enough they both matched my wife & myself almost to the centimeter in stature.) The "captain" and I became pretty tight, rode club rides together, toured all over the NE. But, he was a restless type, wanted to challenge himself, wanted to race. So he had this very light racing machine built. "5,700 clams!", he used to like to say. His wife, although she enjoyed club riding a great deal, wanted nothing to do with her anaerobic threshold. So, he raced with other stokers. I even rode stoker once. We were both young(ish) powerhouses then and thought we'd rip the asphalt right off the road. (We didn't.)

What happened next, mid-life crisis, I don't know. But a young fit lass showed up, and poor choices were made, which I wouldn't endorse and certainly wouldn't facilitate. Ugly things were said, by both of us, and my friend and I, were no longer that. The bike went with him after the divorce, although I don't think it was used much.

We saw each other regularly on group rides, and studiously ignored one another for years. No words were exchanged, but with time the tensions lessened. We'd nod. One day, up on the front of a long pace line, he dropped his bottle. I had taken my turn and was on the back. I picked it up, and when he came back, I handed it to him. He said "Thank you, Joe" and I said "No problem". Not much there, but, first words in, what, a dozen years? It was a start.

And very soon after that, suddenly, shockingly, and way prematurely, he was dead.

I like to think that given time, we'd have buried the hatchet and put difficult times behind us. Yes, I think we would have. But that was a door neither one of us quite mustered the courage to step through, and then that door closed.

At some point he had sold the bike to another very well known L.I. rider, (and inimitable character.) Both his real name and nickname had initials B.B.; some of you knew him, I'm sure. He didn't use it much either, being an older single man. A year ago, we lost him too, and we bought the old beautiful tandem from his estate. A lot of us are gone now.

I'd certainly have liked the story to have spun out differently. We are still close to the ex-wife, and will be attending their daughters wedding this summer. But....

It should have been different. Instead of me turning wrenches on his bike, we should have been in my dining room, with the maps spread out on the table, 2 cold bottles of Spaten holding down the ends of the paper, as we traced winding roads yet unridden.

Well, I gave fair warning about being in a ruminative mood. Now, i just have to wipe the greasy fingerprints off that ruby red. No doubt, tomorrow morning my spouse will say "Jeez, did you use one of my good washcloths?"

Well, yes, dear, yes I did. This one deserves it.

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Originally Posted by kaos joe
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she loves the color.



Actually it closely matches the jersey you're wearing in your avatar......
Actually my point was that she loves the bike and enjoys sharing your passion.

The color doesn't really matter.

If my wife was able to ride faster than 5mph and farther than 5 times around Burns park... i'd have a tandem and let her pick the color.
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