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Weekend Cycling/Exercise Reports - July 7/8

Old 07-08-12, 06:48 AM
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Weekend Cycling/Exercise Reports - July 7/8

It's well into summer in the northern hemisphere ... are you out riding this weekend? Where are you riding? Show us what you see when you ride.


Saturday - Rowan and I did a little sightseeing tour from the Tomakomai area out to Shiraoi and back (Hokkaido Japan). We saw a parade in the town of Shiraoi, the "beach" (not very nice), and a steaming volcano. All up approx. 43 km.

Sunday - Rowan and I cycled from Tomakomai to Lake Shikotsu, where we are spending a couple days in a hostel. Approx. 43 km again.


I've been uploading photos of the past few weeks here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-...7630063348587/

And a full description of what we've been up to over the past few weeks is here: https://www.machka.net/2012/RTW_2012/RTW_2012.htm



From last week ... cycling along the ocean on the east side of Taiwan ...




From a few days ago ... a cycle path between Chitose, Japan and Lake Shikotsu.



How about you?

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Anyone cycling this weekend?
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no riding for this guy this weekend. I really need to commit to a training regiment.
 
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Did a 600k brevet out of Mineral Wells, out west of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Nice scenery and generally low-traffic roads. It's hot this time of year, but Saturday afternoon, a thunderstorm blew through. It mostly missed us, but did cool it off for the whole evening and good part of this morning, so all in all, it was a whole lot nicer than it could have been. I rode the tandem on the ride, and that worked out well for us.
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Originally Posted by StephenH
Did a 600k brevet out of Mineral Wells, out west of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Nice scenery and generally low-traffic roads. It's hot this time of year, but Saturday afternoon, a thunderstorm blew through. It mostly missed us, but did cool it off for the whole evening and good part of this morning, so all in all, it was a whole lot nicer than it could have been. I rode the tandem on the ride, and that worked out well for us.
Congrats! Glad to hear the tandem is still going.
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Originally Posted by KoolAidnPizza
no riding for this guy this weekend. I really need to commit to a training regiment.
You don't need a training regiment ... just go ride!

When the weather is nice and the birds are singing, it's great to spend the day on the bicycle enjoying it all.
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Saturday was good, just a quick 28-mile ride with some friends.

My usual Sunday ride was cancelled as most people were doing the ACS (cancer) ride, so I went to another ride that has a reputation for being fast.

I thought, well, no problem, I'll just stay towards the back and hang with them instead of trying to pull at 25mph. That worked until we went around a corner and I realized that there was suddenly a gap up ahead, and the three guys now in front of me were fading...oh no! One guy stayed with me and we pushed it to try to catch up, but we weren't closing the gap. We decided to just ride together at our own pace.

Then I got a flat - nice blowout in the rear tire. I changed it and got going again, and maybe 5 miles later I feel it going down again. Change it again and this time find a piece of metal stuck in the sidewall. That kept me going until about 2 miles from the end of the ride, then it started losing air again. I think it was a bad valve this time, though.

As for the rest of the riders, we caught up to the main group and found out that the lead two riders had dropped everyone. The lead guy had just won the NJ state championships for his age group and was apparently feeling very racy yesterday.

Last night had me shopping - a new set of GP4000S tires and some tubes from PBK, and some CO2 cartridges and Park patch kits from Amazon.
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I did two metric centuries on the weekend. My anniversary for this bike is Aug 1 and I want to hit 10,000km by then. At this point it's well in hand as I've got 875 left. If the weather holds out I'm good. It is hot here, imagine that in Winterpeg, but still nice in the morning. Yesterday I left at 6:15am and it was 12C and just awesome, no wind. When I returned 3 hours later it was 27C. At least the humidity was low.
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It was a hot weekend in Coastal Virginia. Liz and i got out early Saturday morning for a 40K out and back to the Newpoint Comfort Lighthouse overlook in Mathews County, Virginia.

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Originally Posted by DaveWC
I did two metric centuries on the weekend. My anniversary for this bike is Aug 1 and I want to hit 10,000km by then. At this point it's well in hand as I've got 875 left. If the weather holds out I'm good. It is hot here, imagine that in Winterpeg, but still nice in the morning. Yesterday I left at 6:15am and it was 12C and just awesome, no wind. When I returned 3 hours later it was 27C. At least the humidity was low.
When I lived in Winnipeg (13 years!) some of the summers got very hot and humid. I've been in Taiwan recently, and Taiwan's weather reminded me a bit of those summers in Manitoba.

Were/are you involved in any of the clubs in Winnipeg?
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Originally Posted by Machka
Were/are you involved in any of the clubs in Winnipeg?
Nope. I ride solo. I've yet to find a group or individuals that would want to leave as early as I do on weekends. On weekdays I work at home & leave whenever the market is in a lull, or when the weather allows. I love the solitude of cycling alone on the highway so it's all good. I do go in organized/charitable rides.
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Originally Posted by DaveWC
Nope. I ride solo. I've yet to find a group or individuals that would want to leave as early as I do on weekends. On weekdays I work at home & leave whenever the market is in a lull, or when the weather allows. I love the solitude of cycling alone on the highway so it's all good. I do go in organized/charitable rides.
If you like longer distances and early mornings, you should look up the Randonneuring group there. I rode with them for a few years. There are only a few events each year, so it isn't a year round commitment, and they do start the rides quite early.
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Rode my usual 70 km Saturday morning - but solo because my brother had to stay home and babysit.

I started at 650 am and managed to maintain a 32 kmh average speed because there was minimal wind - 28kmh into the wind and 37 kmh with the wind.

It was 80F when I started and 90F when I finished at 910 hrs! I pre-hydrated with 500mL of water, then finished off a 750mL bottle of Pocari Sweat (Japanese Gatorade) in the first hour and another 750mL bottle of water with a Nuun tablet for the second hour.

All in all, it would have been an uneventful ride except that I ran over a 1M long snake as it was slithering across the road! I did not see it in time to swerve and was to shocked to even think of bunny hopping. When I rode back on the same path again, I did not see the snake so I guess I did not kill it.

Wow - that was scary.

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Only had my bike a few months and just finally starting to take riding seriously. Got new tires on the bike and some other stuff on Fri/Sat, so I wanted to try it all out, was able to ride each day

Friday: 11.4mi, 100+ weather
Saturday: 19.7mi, hot but a beautiful day
Sunday: 14.5mi, cooler (mid 80s) but my legs were killing me the whole ride, and windy

Finally getting comfortable enough on the road where I don't even think twice about it, before I would cut into neighborhoods to get miles and avoid traffic, but I guess familiarity with the roads and bike (clipless pedals) is increasing to where I can take further and more interesting routes. Also been using the strava app for the last couple weeks and now I can't imagine riding without it. I'll probably upgrade to premium and get the garmin computer.
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Originally Posted by Machka
You don't need a training regiment ... just go ride!

When the weather is nice and the birds are singing, it's great to spend the day on the bicycle enjoying it all.
simple words can be so helpful. I get caught up on improving so often. Might just need to enjoy the bike for a while Thanks for the reminder man
 
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Spending 3 months in northern Utah to escape the 100+ degree warmth of our desert home in southern Arizona.
Currently testing a new battery system/setup inside stoker's seatpost for the Di-2 Shimano electronic shifting on our Zona tandem.
500+ miles so far. Shifting is incredibly quick/easy/noiseless. Battery is not even halfway discharged; keeping track with a voltage meter for test purposes.
Greener/cooler riding in northern Utah; quiet farm/country roads. Your choice of near-flat riding to hard climbs.
Do have to share the road (with cattle) every so often!
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Opened my July mileage bank account Saturday morning with a 47 mile, 3000' foot route.

I was planning a longer ride but I didn't want to get up at 5a to be out at the crack of dawn...so I slept in and didn't hit the road until 7:30a. Temp was 78 when I left, 95 when I returned.

My Tifosi Slip lens split in two at my rest stop so I had to buy a pair of cheap Walgreen's sunglasses...they're pretty nice.

I also had my front tire slowly go down. The smallest thorn you can imagine was the culprit. I absolutely couldn't feel it on the inside, even when pressing on it from the outside, but the hole in my tube lined up correctly so I knew that was the problem. Not long before the flat I remember riding over a particularly rough spot of pavement and thinking "Boy...this steel frame sure is smooooooooth!" Of course it is, when you have 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30 psi in your front tire.
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Lots of places in the US seem to be hot right now. Maybe you could share the warmth with the UK so we could have nicely moderate temps there in a few days.
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