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The Klein comes out of hibernation!

Old 01-06-06, 02:42 PM
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The Klein comes out of hibernation!

Clouds.
Slight cold wind.
28 degrees.
Pretty dreary winter day.

But the catch here is that the roads are very dry. Dirty with winter debris, yes, but dry. No snow, no rain, no melting, no salt, no sand....just dirty and dry.

Not only did I decide to try a ride outside, I even took the good bike and left the backup bike on the trainer in the basement.

Strange thing happened on the Klein. The Campy Veloce must have been napping! It shifted fine when I hung it up for the season in fall, but when I went to the thumb button to go up a gear....nothing happened. I tried going down a gear....nothing happenend.

I tried a second time and nothing happened.

Third time was a charm....she popped and never belched again!

Anyway....cold as heck but safe and dry and a real treat to get 25 miles in...the first miles of the '06 outdoor season for me. In fact, the forecast has no mention of snow next week...maybe more miles coming on the Klein.

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Yikes...out of shape. The old hip is stiff, legs sore, breathing rough...oh well, gotta start somewhere.
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Old 01-06-06, 03:00 PM
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Gotta start somewhere!
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What's your mileage goal this year Hip?
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28 degrees is too cold for this thin blooded Texan on any bike!
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You've shamed me.... I'm going to get the Felt off the trainer (where it has gone basically untouched... been running on the treadmill) and head out for a quick ride this weekend now that the snow has all melted away...
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It's been around 40 and raining lately, but today it was about 28 here as well. Funny- I actually miss the 40 and raining weather.

Funny you should mention that you took out your good bike. I've been falling in love with my beater all over again lately. I turned it into a singlespeed, which is pretty fun. I want a real fixie, but I don't have the cash right now.

Here's hoping it doesn't snow and you keep riding. The Knave has to be out there somewhere.
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Old 01-06-06, 03:28 PM
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Thanks DX...

About this: The Knave has to be out there somewhere.

Funny you should say that.
Same route and it was funny to see some of the very same people I always used to see all last season...

Today I saw the older lady walking her long-haired weiner dog....I saw the woman who I always saw walking her large black dog....I saw the two women walking in almost the same place I saw them numerous times....Just funy how the same people were all there when I returned today...all EXCEPT The Knave...no sign of him.

I DID see two roadies riding together coming the opposite direction from me on my way back in though, so I wasn't the only one out there.
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I've seen a log of dog walkers lately too. Those dog walkers are pretty hardcore (and generally nice people). Thankfully, the rollerbladers aren't as hardcore. I saw a lot of cyclists out on the 1st, but haven't seen many since.

I love the trail this time of year.
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bro, I picked up a '06 Klein catalog a few weeks ago

--you got in at the right time, campy gruppo, campy wheels, silver paint

much better than '06 offerings, same with Lemond
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I had my Burley out yesterday and today. I'd mostly been riding either my old mountain bike or my beloved gas-pipe Schwinn since October, but since it's been dry and decent, I figured it was fair to take the proper road bike out for a spin. Sure the spin wasn't but to work and back, but still. Wheee! Nothing like a road bike for getting your crazies out.

Did you catch sight of the Knave when you were out and about?
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Did you catch sight of the Knave when you were out and about?

No sign of him out there.

FORECAST--Cloudy and 37 Saturday. If we don't get too many flurries tonight, I'm going to go for the full 26 miles on Saturday too! Weeeeeee.....
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I admire you going out below freezing. I'm too feeble and prefer riding on the trainer under such conditions.
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ok woah!

Hold on, you missed the most important part...

WHAT DID YOU WEAR?
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You think you're lucky. Check this out, SLC Saturday forcast 50 and sunny! ...Been like that for the last 3 weeks! This is easily the warmest winter I've ever had in this city, ...ever! Normally it would be in the 20s now! It would have everyone around here wondering about global warming if the ski resorts weren't still gettin the white. Thankfully it's only the valley altitudes though. It's what everybody wishes for - snow in the mountains and warm in the valley!

Heck! I even folded the trainer up. I'm gonna have to get rid of the snowflake in my sig.
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Originally Posted by hi565
ok woah!

Hold on, you missed the most important part...

WHAT DID YOU WEAR?
Ah...good point 565!

In fact, cold, winter riding can be a real challenge for the OCP. Basic black, and lots of it. Black Trek booties, black (generic brand because OCP fashion consultant position doesn't pay much) wind pants and a plain yellow wind jacket over the top of my winter riding jacket.
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
Ah...good point 565!

In fact, cold, winter riding can be a real challenge for the OCP. Basic black, and lots of it. Black Trek booties, black (generic brand because OCP fashion consultant position doesn't pay much) wind pants and a plain yellow wind jacket over the top of my winter riding jacket.
hey, its all good. You got to make sure you dont get sick so you can pose when it gets warmer!
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I'm shamed! Its sunny 36 degrees, dry, but very windy.....

.........AND ITS 1pm!!!!

I'm outta here..........o^o
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Originally Posted by reneuend
I'm shamed! Its sunny 36 degrees, dry, but very windy.....

.........AND ITS 1pm!!!!

I'm outta here..........o^o

Yeah, the wind coupled with an air temperature of 34 made me want to get on the rollers, but I decided that since I'd received so much cold weather cycling gear for X-Mas/Chanukah, I had to put it to good use. So I plotted a route that put the wind at my back for the majority of the ride and got outta the house.

I only went out 1.5 hours, but at this time of the year, anything is better than nothing. Tomorrow is supposed to be 50-55 degrees. I'm gonna put in a good solid 50-60 miles while the Bengals game is going on. Cycling>Football.
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Originally Posted by DXchulo
I've seen a log of dog walkers lately too.
Here, they don't walk 'em ... they scoop the poops and toss 'em in the trash..
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