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Road Cycling ďIt is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.Ē -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 06-18-20, 08:41 AM
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Finished my first metric century this morning. Enjoying the view until datlas knocks me back down.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I may go on hiatus.
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Obviously boredom sets in, but for a number of minutes it is nice to mindlessly pedal without having to think about hills or traffic.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
The weather had been great here in Philly since last weekend. That ended today. Humidity has increased, and its raining. Going to get hot and muggy for the weekend.
After acclimating to the humid sub-tropics, there is nothing in the temperate zone that can touch me.
Makes it a nice place to tour

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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
The Virginian? Food wasn't bad there, not great, but I'd eat their open face hot roast beef sandwich again, and again.


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Yes! That's the place. We only stayed in each town for 1 night. I had a stack of pictures from the trip but I think my ex took them with her when she left. She wasn't on the trip, the pics just got mixed in with her stuff, I think.
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Friend did this mostly on a fixed gear.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
but I'd eat their open face hot roast beef sandwich again, and again.
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An open face sandwich is not a sandwich in my book.
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Originally Posted by big john
Friend did this mostly on a fixed gear.

I wish I had the time for that, Iím happy to crack 120 on a weekly basis given how busy Iíve been.

Need to be better about being up in time to hit the road at 5:15
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Originally Posted by big john
Friend did this mostly on a fixed gear.

and I thought I was a beast when I did 500 in flip flops.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Need to be better about being up in time to hit the road at 5:15
I wish I could* ride in the mornings - I'm always so envious of the folks I see out riding on my way in to work.

*of course, I could, but even a quick 20 in the morning would require being out the door by 4:45 at the latest. Just not going to happen on a regular basis.
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Originally Posted by abshipp
I wish I could* ride in the mornings - I'm always so envious of the folks I see out riding on my way in to work.

*of course, I could, but even a quick 20 in the morning would require being out the door by 4:45 at the latest. Just not going to happen on a regular basis.
20 is about all I do, leave at 6ish, back by 7:10 and immediately start working. Iím permanently remote so donít need to account for commute or anything else. If I got up and left at 5:15, I could get 30 in instead of 20.
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I wonít say that it didnít hurt, but it was more of my comfort level reached a zero by mile 57. Nothing I did was comfortable, and it was actually more painful to stop pedaling than to pedal.

As far as route. I just go where my comfort level takes me. I stay to the west of warwick blvd which is one of the major roads through newport news. I havnt crosses a major intersection on my bike yet. Something I think I would feel safer with a group than by myself the first couple of times. Iím also really familiar with the roads that I use, and no about how long it will take me to get where I am going if that make sense.
When I get more comfortable I would like to ride from my house to williamsburg via york town.

I have yet to eat at first watch, weíre heading to sals by victor today.
Yeah, we end up in NN multiple times per VA trip, and the area doesn't strike me as very cycling-friendly, though most of our time is spent on, or very close to, those main drags.

I assume that you'd be taking the Colonial Pkwy? I don't think that I've had a particularly close pass on the Pkwy, but it still makes me a little uneasy. Just the fact that there are no lines and some people drive on it like it's the freeway. Also, you're going to want some big, plushy tires - that pebbled surface gets tiresome. I rode it with the Domane and 28s, but still would have preferred 32s or so. I'll probably stay away from the Pkwy with the Cervelo, unless I get some new, wider wheels that'll let me run my tires at 60 psi or so.

First Watch is pretty decent. It got the impression that it was a small chain when we first started going there, but they seem to have expanded pretty rapidly. It's good, though - the stuff is fresh and prepared well. Decent options if you're looking to eat healthy(ish) or if you want the standard breakfast fare. My wife and son always want to hit it up a few times when we're there - I'm glad that they recently opened one in Williamsburg, it's cut down on some of my driving.
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Originally Posted by abshipp
I wish I could* ride in the mornings - I'm always so envious of the folks I see out riding on my way in to work.

*of course, I could, but even a quick 20 in the morning would require being out the door by 4:45 at the latest. Just not going to happen on a regular basis.
This made me consider my mornings. With the wife working from home, clocking in at 8am, it wouldn't be too tough for me to get out for a quick 20... but I'm anticipating some coffee fallout. The daily espresso has my wife addicted and if I don't get some caffeine in her veins, she's cranky and has trouble functioning. At the same time, I wouldn't want to wake her with a coffee before I left on my ride, either.

Maybe if I just aim to be back by 7:30 and she has her tea, first. I might just try it...
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
20 is about all I do, leave at 6ish, back by 7:10 and immediately start working. Iím permanently remote so donít need to account for commute or anything else. If I got up and left at 5:15, I could get 30 in instead of 20.
I unfortunately have a 30 minute commute to a 7am start time

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This made me consider my mornings. With the wife working from home, clocking in at 8am, it wouldn't be too tough for me to get out for a quick 20... but I'm anticipating some coffee fallout. The daily espresso has my wife addicted and if I don't get some caffeine in her veins, she's cranky and has trouble functioning. At the same time, I wouldn't want to wake her with a coffee before I left on my ride, either.

Maybe if I just aim to be back by 7:30 and she has her tea, first. I might just try it...
It would be very difficult for me to sneak out without disturbing my wife. The bikes are all in the garage, which sits directly underneath the master bedroom, and our door opener is very loud in the room when it actuates. I could wheel one out through the front door but that involves some really annoying maneuvering due to a 90į corner leading in to a narrow hallway to the front door, and that's just asking to get tire marks on the walls.

I really can't wait to move out of this townhouse.
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An open face sandwich is not a sandwich in my book.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
This made me consider my mornings. With the wife working from home, clocking in at 8am, it wouldn't be too tough for me to get out for a quick 20... but I'm anticipating some coffee fallout. The daily espresso has my wife addicted and if I don't get some caffeine in her veins, she's cranky and has trouble functioning. At the same time, I wouldn't want to wake her with a coffee before I left on my ride, either.

Maybe if I just aim to be back by 7:30 and she has her tea, first. I might just try it...
We both get up around 5:30 every day so I never have to worry about waking my wife. Coffee is set to auto brew starting at 5. I have a cup black before I go out on ride days. If itís not a ride day, we do our house chores before the savages, err kids, get up
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Originally Posted by abshipp
I unfortunately have a 30 minute commute to a 7am start time



It would be very difficult for me to sneak out without disturbing my wife. The bikes are all in the garage, which sits directly underneath the master bedroom, and our door opener is very loud in the room when it actuates. I could wheel one out through the front door but that involves some really annoying maneuvering due to a 90į corner leading in to a narrow hallway to the front door, and that's just asking to get tire marks on the walls.

I really can't wait to move out of this townhouse.

Ive gotten used to mornings, but it was rough in the beginning. I have to go before my wife wakes up otherwise I would be very limited on my ride time. Since my job keeps me away from home, when I am home all available time is family time. I donít knock it, but sometimes it frustrating in the since that there never seems to be enough time in a day.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
This made me consider my mornings. With the wife working from home, clocking in at 8am, it wouldn't be too tough for me to get out for a quick 20... but I'm anticipating some coffee fallout. The daily espresso has my wife addicted and if I don't get some caffeine in her veins, she's cranky and has trouble functioning. At the same time, I wouldn't want to wake her with a coffee before I left on my ride, either.

Maybe if I just aim to be back by 7:30 and she has her tea, first. I might just try it...
I make coffee the night before and drink cold right when my alarms wakes me up. I use my fitbit to that vibrations wake me and not the wife.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
This made me consider my mornings. With the wife working from home, clocking in at 8am, it wouldn't be too tough for me to get out for a quick 20... but I'm anticipating some coffee fallout. The daily espresso has my wife addicted and if I don't get some caffeine in her veins, she's cranky and has trouble functioning. At the same time, I wouldn't want to wake her with a coffee before I left on my ride, either.

Maybe if I just aim to be back by 7:30 and she has her tea, first. I might just try it...
That's one way to put it.
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Amazingly, per Garmin, my last 7 days have 6 rides and 208 miles.

Of course, even though Tuesday's was my best ever, it still only did 256w normalized for 2:08 and I'm still down on power from it.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Ive gotten used to mornings, but it was rough in the beginning. I have to go before my wife wakes up otherwise I would be very limited on my ride time. Since my job keeps me away from home, when I am home all available time is family time. I donít knock it, but sometimes it frustrating in the since that there never seems to be enough time in a day.
I donít know anything about your home life and this may be way out of line- feel free to say so...

One of the biggest contributing factors to the end of my first marriage was the arguing and resentment around ďnot spending enough time with the familyĒ when I had a job with a ton of travel, late nights, etc as though I was doing all of the travel for my own pleasure and not explicitly so my ex could have the picture perfect family she wanted...

not saying this is the case, but a little bit of alone time is something everyone needs
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Guess I should get in an afternoon ride today. It's only supposed to hit 100į or so and I went a little carb heavy for breakfast.

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Chased Mrs. rjones28 (she was riding her ebike) into Cazevovistan today. Included a cafe stop.

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Originally Posted by indyfabz
An open face sandwich is not a sandwich in my book.
True. But that doesn't deter me
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Yeah, we end up in NN multiple times per VA trip, and the area doesn't strike me as very cycling-friendly, though most of our time is spent on, or very close to, those main drags.

I assume that you'd be taking the Colonial Pkwy? I don't think that I've had a particularly close pass on the Pkwy, but it still makes me a little uneasy. Just the fact that there are no lines and some people drive on it like it's the freeway. Also, you're going to want some big, plushy tires - that pebbled surface gets tiresome. I rode it with the Domane and 28s, but still would have preferred 32s or so. I'll probably stay away from the Pkwy with the Cervelo, unless I get some new, wider wheels that'll let me run my tires at 60 psi or so.

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Newport News isnít cycle friendly at all. Seems most drivers hate us, and the roads done have bike lanes or shoulders. Another reason why I ride in the morning, I do not have to worry about cars passing me.

Yes, I would be taking the colonial parkway, as long as your not on it during morning rush or afternoon rush most of the drivers are there for pleasure and are doing the speed limit. I rode it once on the CAAD with tires pumped to 115. It was a pretty rough ride but manageable. If I take the C2 iíll lower the tires to 80.
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