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Old 01-01-19, 02:35 PM
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Today was a gift.

After having a upper respiratory infection for the past month, I had to get out. I only did 15 miles @ 14.2mph but it was great to be outside.
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Old 01-03-19, 10:17 PM
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First ride of the New Year and first night ride on the new horse. Coming from a bike one of my friends said was one step removed from "being made out of wood" (slight exaggeration), it's a big improvement. More mud than I expected so it is now properly filthy.

Steve, what have you as the distance for entering BP at Evelyn, going straight to the greenbelt the short way, up to the Tower loop, 1 loop and straight back the same way? I can't remember what it was and I know you are adept at Strava etc. One day you shall educate me in the ways of this sorcery.

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Old 01-04-19, 08:29 AM
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Joe, I don't have a log of this ride, I think I haven't ridden Mannetto since I started using a GPS.

RideWithGPS does have a decent trace of the mt. bike trails here though and it shows it as an 8.8 mile ride, 3 up to the MH start at Washington, than a 3 mile loop.
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Old 01-04-19, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
....RideWithGPS does have a decent trace of the mt. bike trails here though and it shows it as an 8.8 mile ride, 3 up to the MH start at Washington, than a 3 mile loop.
I think you are right......I installed on the new bike an old SigmaSport I had lying around; I had put in the wrong wheel circumference number so even though it was set to read in miles, it was giving me kilometers. As a result it was telling me I was 1.6 times as fantastic as I actually am.

Imagine how comprehensively I could screw up a more complex device, eh?
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Old 01-04-19, 04:46 PM
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Just so you know, it’s possible to desire to use bar-con shifters on a steel framed road bike and still use and like a GPS device, which as BTW, will keep you honest.
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Old 01-04-19, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
Just so you know, itís possible to desire to use bar-con shifters on a steel framed road bike and still use and like a GPS device, which as BTW, will keep you honest.
Hey, I just doubled the number of carbon bikes I ride, and am going to sell one of the steelies. And I've only got bar-end shifters on 2 bikes.

So, there's hope.
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Old 01-06-19, 03:14 PM
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I said I wouldn't but I did... joined a gym and took a spin class.

Just not as motivated as I thought I would be to ride in the cold.
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Old 01-06-19, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
I said I wouldn't but I did... joined a gym and took a spin class.

Just not as motivated as I thought I would be to ride in the cold.
I refuse to give in. I bit the bullet and purchased a pair of Lake winter shoes (MXZ303). Not cheap, but for the first time in about all the years I've been riding, my feet were not cold, during OR after (once chilled, my feet never warm up) Road ride at 9, 39 degrees, W wind at 10-15, drizzly and wet. Worth the money and looking forward to the winter now.
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Old 01-06-19, 03:45 PM
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My problem was the cold air on my throat. I went out twice in December and both times would up with a soar throat and upper repertory infection. It took almost the entire month to fully recover.

So doing spin give me the option to exercise and not turn into a fat lazy old man.

I can still ride outside when I want and when I don't... I can be the creepy old man in the back.

I also plan on doing some upper body work to even me out a bit.
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Quite an unpromising drizzly morning today, so the Mrs opted out, but about a dozen of us idiots drove out to the Glacier Ridge trails and were rewarded with a nice day after all. Glacier drains well and was 98% dry but there were some real pig wallows in the low spots. Sorry Steve no pics today
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Which one of you is the guy riding up the big hill on Woodbury Road this past weekend with the idiot in the little gray car honking and harassing you?
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Old 01-07-19, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom
Which one of you is the guy riding up the big hill on Woodbury Road this past weekend with the idiot in the little gray car honking and harassing you?
Were you that idiot?
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Old 01-07-19, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
Were you that idiot?
Gotta laugh as that was my thought as well.

What exactly are you saying Tom ?
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Old 01-08-19, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Steve B.


Gotta laugh as that was my thought as well.

What exactly are you saying Tom ?
I was driving Woodbury/Pulaski Rd, rooting hard for a guy who was kicking butt pedaling up that huge hill by the Cold Spring Harbor train station. He conquered the hill like a champion, only to be honked at and harassed by some angry guy in a little grey sports car as he merged left to continue on Woodbury Road. The cyclist was doing exactly what he was supposed to, but that happened to inconvenience the driver a little, so he started doing the whole banging-on-the-steering-wheel/shaking-his head-in-disgust thing and I just wanted to hit my gas pedal and ram the guy head-on. Instead, I went to the Woodbury Deli and got a Rice Krispie Treat. That made me feel much better.
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Old 01-11-19, 09:15 PM
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Great conditions this evening. Even the usual mud holes were frozen solid. Tomorrow morning should be really fun. Get out there while it lasts.

After it got good and dark, I heard a huge flock of Canada geese approaching. I put my hand over my light, looked up through the trees and there they were, between me and a bright crescent moon. It was a nice moment.

I do like my sunsets.


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Old 01-14-19, 02:57 PM
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Good day to get a mt bike ride in, 26 at Bethpage so conditions frozen and fast. Up the Blue trail to Washington and back, plus another 5 or so in BP. The Lake insulated boots are doing their thing and my feet are staying warm, finally. Should have bought these years ago

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Originally Posted by Steve B.
Good day to get a mt bike ride in, 26 at Bethpage so conditions frozen and fast. Up the Blue trail to Washington and back, plus another 5 or so in BP. The Lake insulated boots are doing their thing and my feet are staying warm, finally. Should have bought these years ago


Nice pic, I see we went to the same school of photography! Keep em coming, you blue trail riding hooligan.

What is the unit on your stem cap? One of these days I'm going to pick your brain re electronics for dummies, me being the dummy.

I've been riding the Exustar knock-offs.....not the quality of Lake winter boots(I have had to address them with shoe-goo) but have never had cold feet in them.

I might go out in the morning, hate to miss out on these optimal conditions.
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Old 01-15-19, 06:45 AM
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]Nice pic, I see we went to the same school of photography! Keep em coming, you blue trail riding hooligan.

Yeah,I'm always forgetting to take pic's the way you and olnslw2 do. And leaning on a tree is about the only option.

What is the unit on your stem cap? One of these days I'm going to pick your brain re electronics for dummies, me being the dummy.

Garmin Edge 1000. Good unit that I got a good price for 2 years back. The LiveTrack function I use when going solo, lets my wife know where the GPS fell off the bike, yuk yuk,

I've been riding the Exustar knock-offs.....not the quality of Lake winter boots(I have had to address them with shoe-goo) but have never had cold feet in them.

I might go out in the morning, hate to miss out on these optimal conditions.


The Lakes have finally solved my cold feet problem, mostly. I'm still playing with sock weight. I was a touch cold yesterday with very light polypro liners only. But better than standard shoes with a neoprene cover, the Lakes eliminate the cold coming up thru the sole. I'm looking forward to getting in the road rides this spring that have it at 35 in the AM.
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I'm back together after having the frame repaired.

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Sasquatch saw the forecast and went down to his condo in West Palm.

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Lots to do today so took a quick pre-dawn outing on this beautiful frosty morn. I might get out again, trails are frozen up nicely. A lovely sight in the southeast sky was the crescent moon, Venus and an impressively bright Jupiter all lined up. Tomorrow before dawn the moon and Venus will be separated by only about 1 degree of arc. Going to have to get out there again if it's clear.
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For everyone that works, you need to call in sick for the next two days.

I told my spin instructor don't expect to see me in class for the next two days.
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shore ice, cold spring harbor, ny
Nice day for a road ride for a change, 35 miles. Headed up to Laurel Hollow beach where there was about 100 yards of shore ice in Cold Spring Harbor. I half expected to see some Inuit paddling about, wielding harpoons.
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Road and tandem bikes back in their cave after brief reappearance. But frozen trails are very nice too. Hope some of you are getting out. I'm having a good time on this 29er and am going to hate hanging it up when spring springs.
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Off Maxess Rd in Melville


Not much left


I guess this was kind of a pirate ride


Lots of this. Some of it was surprisingly steep.

Hope you usual suspects are getting out.

I've had a perfectly terrible week and just had to get out, the hell with the discomfort. Let it hurt.

I explored a bit of the proposed NYC-Montauk MUP in western Suffolk Co. I'm kind of not optimistic that this is going to happen but I've been surprised before.
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