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Your Weekend/Week Ride Reports -- March 16/17

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Your Weekend/Week Ride Reports -- March 16/17

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Old 03-16-19, 02:14 AM
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Your Weekend/Week Ride Reports -- March 16/17

Tell us all about your cycling this weekend!!!!!
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Saturday -- Rowan and I cycled again today!! It's been a while ... since Feb 24.

Good ride ... nice day ... bit of seabreeze headwind on the way back.

My injured right hip isn't as strong as it used to be, and I was running out of power toward the end, but at least we gave it a go! And it felt SO good to ride again.

Distance: 27.06km
Elevation: 169m
Moving Time: 1:28:20
Elapsed Time: 1:31:15
Speed: Avg: 18.4km/h | Max: 29.2km/h


Rowan got me a new jersey for my birthday last weekend ... and several other things (helmet, bicycle earrings) as well. But this is the new jersey.



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75 mi hard yesterday thanks to a work holiday. Lots of climbing and lots of drilling it into headwinds. Beautiful quiet country roads, sunny, and reasonably warm. Pretty cooked at the end, and ready for a big meal/nap. 25 mile spin today on a standard loop. Legs still tired from yesterday. So happy that the cold dreary winter is almost over and I can spend more time on the road and less time tied to the trainer.
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Just 27 miles with 1800 ft of climbing in Southern Wisconsin. A 10-15 west wind made a fast 10 mile leg even faster. I've been on the trainer 3 or 4 days a week. Getting outside is great.

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Back on the road in western Wisconsin! Well...SE Minnesota for most of the ride, actually. I also threw in a short gravel detour just for fun. 31.8 miles, 1,965'.

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Saturday: Just getting back on the bike this week after a Dr imposed 4 month break. So today I finally got a chance to test out the three "new" bikes I landed this winter. Weather was in the low 40's with a mild breeze. Super clear though with beautiful blue skies.

First I took out the 1985 Eddy Martens made steel beauty for a little over 6 miles. Never really pushed it, just trying to get a feel for it and any problems. The brake pads are dry and need replacing. This one is slowly being converted to 7400 series Dura Ace as I acquire parts.

Next up was the 2006 Lemond Versailles. The first I've owned one of Lemonds "spine" bikes. This one is carbon and steel. It felt really good especially when I really got on it. Pretty comfortable too but I need to flip the stem on it and lower the bars. This one I upgraded from a mismatch of ill working components to mainly Dura Ace with a sprinkling of Ultegra and Wickwerks triple chain rings.

Finally I finished up with about 8.5 miles on the NOS 1999 Trek Y-Foil I found. This one is built up with some really sweet shifting Ultegra R8000 parts. This one made me focus more on smooth cadence as it could feel a tad bouncy if I was sloppy. I think there's a ton of potential in this one.

The bikes all lined up after the ride.


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Couldn't have had a more perfect weather today to ride. Went to Mt Lofty again but rode the Ricardo Pinnacle that I haven't ridden for some years. It needed a 7 speed accushift specific downtube band for the shifters because one of the bosses had broken off. Also playing in my head this week was riding a 42-21 low gear up here but the day before found a sunrace 13-25 freewheel laying around, bingo it works and improves the shifting . These accushift systems need to be perfect to work.
The first climb to Norton summit was slow but crawled there without trouble then honestly didn't think I was doing it any harder to Lofty than 39-29 on my main bike .
I loved riding the Ricardo again and Suntour Sprint is so utterly silent and smooth. Think I'll be riding this bike again soon .

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Standard longer bakery loop.

Tragically, after a late start the bakery was closed when I got there, & had to settle for lesser fare.

Power meter whacked out, & a racket which turns out to have been ( I think) a rattling valve stem.

First day in shorts since can't remember.

73, 4,700'


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More Riding! I was not going to ride today, but got a text from a riding friend. The weather was not as great (32F and gloomy with a bit of wind) but I got in ~36 miles, mostly flat (846').

I was very happy to be on the gravel bike. The roads we took were crap, and there was a good deal of actual gravel on the roadways.
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Sunday - I got back out for 20 miles today on the Versailles. Still not warm but really sunny and clear out. Worse pace for this route in forever but hey, I got 'er done.

Couple of pics I grabbed out on the ride.




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Saturday, 32 miles. Pretty flat.
I went for a ride with the Nishiki Tri-A I just finish to put together. Yay, my first steel around 20 lbs (my size is 49 ).
Found out the left brifter was pointing outside when compared with right brifter.
Rear derailleur was not shifting smoothly.
Front derailleur had the chain rubbing the outside of derailleur for faster gears.

Sunday, 20 miles, also pretty flat.
Fixed/adjusted all the founding above.
Went to help a friend to choose a bicycle for himself - He is starting on biking to get to do some exercises.

My butt seems happy with the new Selle Italia SLR Superflow S3 Ti-316 I got for the bike
On another bike I have the SLR Flow S3, that works good too.
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
Back on the road in western Wisconsin! Well...SE Minnesota for most of the ride, actually. I also threw in a short gravel detour just for fun. 31.8 miles, 1,965'.

looks cold!!!
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I had a concert to attend early afternoon so limited to a 40 mile loop with 1800 ft of climbing. Started in the morning with temp in the low 50's but it was close to 70 when I got back. Later in the day it was almost 80.
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22 hard miles Friday, 35 casual Sunday. Felt sluggish Sunday but it included a fun group ride.

Weather is improving, clear, just a bit coolish in the high 50s to low 60s, but the worst year I can remember for allergies. I always have allergies so I'm sorta used to it. But I'm hearing friends saying they think they have the flu, the describe symptoms that are allergies, not flu. They're just not accustomed to the routine allergy symptoms other folks deal with every day. After awhile you forget how miserable it is, until you get a good day and don't need Sudafed or the inhalers.
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