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Forum: Commuting
09-14-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

It seems I underestimated the construction...

It seems I underestimated the construction timelines in the ravine on my route. I figured the project would be done by the end of the week, but based on what I saw today, I think it'll take a month....
Forum: Commuting
09-13-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

Due to an early morning teleconference that I...

Due to an early morning teleconference that I took from home, I got off to a later start, post rush-hour, so streets were pretty calm. Raced through two intersections on some very mature amber lights...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

My timing must have been a bit different today...

My timing must have been a bit different today because hoo boy, was traffic ever thick around the 2.5 school zones I rode through this morning. It's not normally like that.

It was an absolutely...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

Another beautiful, cool morning for the commute...

Another beautiful, cool morning for the commute in, with low winds, and the sun barely hiding behind a thin cloud cover. Just a busy (and very much alive) squirrel to report for wildlife sightings.
Forum: Commuting
09-03-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

Lots of excuses this week to keep me off the...

Lots of excuses this week to keep me off the bike, but today I rode.

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My...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

Wow, that yellow grass looks one carelessly...

Wow, that yellow grass looks one carelessly tossed cigarette butt away from an inferno. Scary.
Forum: Commuting
08-26-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

A few degrees celsius warmer than Tuesday, so I...

A few degrees celsius warmer than Tuesday, so I decided to forgo the gloves, and regretted it almost immediately. Noticeably colder in the valley. I've been in the office for nearly 20 minutes and my...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

Hey everyone, I'm back after 3 weeks off. ...

Hey everyone, I'm back after 3 weeks off.

I'm taking some inspiration from DQRider and posting a picture of today's bicycle. My photo is crap compared to his, but here it is anyway.
...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

Funny how everything is so relative! It was...

Funny how everything is so relative! It was 17C/63F here this morning, and I'm dripping sweat after my ride in. I never once felt chilly. Another decent ride in, pretty much the same as yesterday....
Forum: Commuting
07-29-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

Pretty nice ride in today. I accomplished...

Pretty nice ride in today. I accomplished something this morning I've never done before. There's a dirt singletrack trail I take home most days, but never ride to work. The reason is there's a...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

On my last commute home, I broke a spoke in the...

On my last commute home, I broke a spoke in the rear wheel during a standing climb. Guess I'm just too powerful. Made it home okay, but I can't ride that bike until it gets fixed. The same bike has a...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

Darn. I should have figured those were boutique...

Darn. I should have figured those were boutique fenders - they're way too nice to be anything else. Also way more than I intend to spend. I shall keep looking!
Forum: Commuting
07-16-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

Nice bike DQRider . I really like the look of the...

Nice bike DQRider . I really like the look of the fenders. Are they plastic or aluminum? I'd love something like those for my Surly LHT. What make/model are they (if you don't mind me asking)?
Forum: Commuting
07-16-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

During a descent this morning, nothing too fast,...

During a descent this morning, nothing too fast, going maybe 40-45 km/h (~25 mph), some largish flying insect collided with my chin and then bounced off the right side of my chest. Startling, but no...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

Do you ever get those, "Did I leave the curling...

Do you ever get those, "Did I leave the curling iron plugged in?" moments? Those things you do so much by rote that your brain doesn't register the action as a memory? This morning, I was about a...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

Pretty nice ride in. There were a few wispy...

Pretty nice ride in. There were a few wispy clouds between me and the sun which helped to keep the air feeling cool when out in the open. I saw a rabbit and a chipmunk, which isn't quite as exciting...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

Guess I'm replying to myself. This used to be...

Guess I'm replying to myself. This used to be such a lively thread! Not that I've helped much this year. I'm feeling my lack of riding. On the way home yesterday, a somewhat portly fellow easily beat...
Forum: Commuting
07-07-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

Cool and foggy this morning, but I'll take it;...

Cool and foggy this morning, but I'll take it; there's some hot dry days ahead. We haven't recovered from the last brutal heat wave.
Forum: Commuting
07-05-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,792
Posted By groovestew

Hey everyone, or at least the few regulars left...

Hey everyone, or at least the few regulars left on this thread. My latest first cycle commute of the year ever! I think I've been saying that every year for the past 5 years. Crazy that it took me...
Forum: Commuting
11-03-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 614
Views: 118,266
Posted By groovestew

I have not ridden to work since September when I...

I have not ridden to work since September when I started driving my kids to school again. But we're having a few unseasonably warm days (after some decidedly unseasonably cold days), so I arranged...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 614
Views: 118,266
Posted By groovestew

I have been practicing bunny hops recently to...

I have been practicing bunny hops recently to jump over some bumps on my route, but yesterday, I started hearing a funny noise whenever I landed, like:

<bunny hop> !tung! "What the heck was that?"...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-20, 09:07 AM
Replies: 614
Views: 118,266
Posted By groovestew

First day of school for the public system today,...

First day of school for the public system today, so there was a noticeable uptick in traffic this morning. Riding past a school and seeing masked kids lined up 6' apart, with a teacher holding a...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 614
Views: 118,266
Posted By groovestew

I was a little bit dismayed when I glanced...

I was a little bit dismayed when I glanced outside at my thermometer and saw the needle pointing at the number 5. That's 5 Celsius (41 American degrees). Long sleeves and gloves today. Thick fog. The...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-20, 10:03 AM
Replies: 614
Views: 118,266
Posted By groovestew

Rode Friday, and again today. That's 4 bicycle...

Rode Friday, and again today. That's 4 bicycle commutes in the past 5 work days. I'm doing awesome! (Never mind that I've ridden a total of 9 times this whole year...)
Forum: Commuting
08-19-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 614
Views: 118,266
Posted By groovestew

Two days in a row...what's wrong with me? Nice...

Two days in a row...what's wrong with me? Nice and sunny, and uneventful except that today is the first time that I can recall ever doing the whole ride in without stopping. Yes, I ran a couple of...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 614
Views: 118,266
Posted By groovestew

Nice and sunny today, how could I not ride? Today...

Nice and sunny today, how could I not ride? Today is forecast to be the hottest day of the year in my city (33C/91F), so I guess I'll look forward to a good sweat for the ride home.
Forum: Commuting
08-14-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 614
Views: 118,266
Posted By groovestew

I think I can still count on one hand how many...

I think I can still count on one hand how many times I've ridden to work this year (haven't cut my thumb off with the table saw yet)...today makes number five for 2020. A little chilly on the bare...
Forum: Commuting
07-21-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 614
Views: 118,266
Posted By groovestew

Cloudy, calm, and uneventful. I'm wondering if I...

Cloudy, calm, and uneventful. I'm wondering if I will need to modify my route sometime this summer. There's some major construction in one area that will eventually involve adding some new girders to...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 614
Views: 118,266
Posted By groovestew

2020 bicycle work commute number 3: Cool and...

2020 bicycle work commute number 3:

Cool and sunny. Lots of puddles from a big thunderstorm last night, but it's been so wet again this summer, there's permanent puddles on some of the paths...
Forum: Commuting
06-25-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 614
Views: 118,266
Posted By groovestew

Got absolutely drenched in a downpour riding home...

Got absolutely drenched in a downpour riding home on Tuesday - nice way to cap off my first bike commute of the year. Today was commute #2...
Forum: Commuting
06-23-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 614
Views: 118,266
Posted By groovestew

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I've...

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I've checked in on this thread (and BF in general). I see most of the posts in this thread are from familiar names, and understandably sparse! I've been working...
Forum: Commuting
10-02-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 89,646
Posted By groovestew

A series of small adventures to start my day. ...

A series of small adventures to start my day.
First, when I opened the garage door to get my bike, a bird flew in, so I had to chase him out.
Then, when I was a few blocks from home, my phone...
Replies: 23
Views: 5,452
Posted By groovestew

Congrats kingston! I clicked on your RWGPS link,...

Congrats kingston! I clicked on your RWGPS link, and saw the route went past some old stomping grounds of mine. I lived for a year in Vernon Hills in the early 80's. Now, I was only 8 years old at...
Replies: 259
Views: 52,303
Posted By groovestew

Two weeks ago I DNF'd a 300; after 93km, I had no...

Two weeks ago I DNF'd a 300; after 93km, I had no energy and my legs were cramping up. We had done only 800m out of almost 3000m of climbing, and the thought of another 2200m of climbing and 210km of...
Forum: Foo
09-16-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 11,848
Views: 2,501,958
Posted By groovestew

Source:...

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/load-alberta-highway-unsafe-1.5277048...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 89,646
Posted By groovestew

There's a few trees that think it's fall already;...

There's a few trees that think it's fall already; in a few weeks the river valley will be resplendent with colour. Or, we'll be hit with a polar vortex, and the leaves will just turn brown and fall...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 89,646
Posted By groovestew

Sunny, cool, and calm. Nice ride.

Sunny, cool, and calm. Nice ride.
Forum: Commuting
09-04-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 89,646
Posted By groovestew

Nice ride in at 12C/54F, sunny, and no wind. I...

Nice ride in at 12C/54F, sunny, and no wind. I think technically I was supposed to drive today so that I could pick up my kid from piano lesson on the way home, but my wife let me off the hook today.
Forum: Commuting
08-29-19, 09:02 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 89,646
Posted By groovestew

The thermometer on my house read 6C (43F) when I...

The thermometer on my house read 6C (43F) when I left. But not a breath of wind, which was lovely. Is it Thursday already?
Forum: Commuting
08-22-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 89,646
Posted By groovestew

Some ominous clouds in the sky, but any...

Some ominous clouds in the sky, but any precipitation fell before I got there, with some damp spots on the trail.

Yesterday I got to ride home on the back dirt trail. It's been too muddy the last...
Forum: Commuting
08-21-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 89,646
Posted By groovestew

Warmish and breezy. Got mad at a driver who...

Warmish and breezy. Got mad at a driver who encroached my space.
Forum: Commuting
08-20-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 89,646
Posted By groovestew

Sounds like the public construction philosophy in...

Sounds like the public construction philosophy in my city. Why do things right the first time, when you can do it wrong and then fix it?

We're in for a couple more days of summer...I think that...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 89,646
Posted By groovestew

I've really fallen off the wagon here recently,...

I've really fallen off the wagon here recently, but finally rode again today. Nice and sunny for a change, nary a cloud in the sky. Chilly though; the thermometer on my house read 9C/48F, so I put on...
Replies: 23
Views: 5,452
Posted By groovestew

It's worth doing at least once, if only to figure...

It's worth doing at least once, if only to figure out why you'll never do it again :)
Forum: Commuting
08-07-19, 02:50 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,033
Posted By groovestew

And wash whatever you use regularly, as well as...

And wash whatever you use regularly, as well as your helmet pads (if applicable). It's not that hot where I live, but I still sweat and the salt accumulates in the pads, then when it rains, all that...
Replies: 259
Views: 52,303
Posted By groovestew

On Saturday, I completed my first 200 in two...

On Saturday, I completed my first 200 in two years. The last 200 was on a fixed gear on a pretty flat course. After that, I said I would never do another fixed gear 200, and definitely not in the...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 89,646
Posted By groovestew

Single digit temps (Celsius) for the ride in;...

Single digit temps (Celsius) for the ride in; should have worn long sleeves and gloves. But I didn't. Nice and sunny though.

This past Saturday I did a 205km ride (127 miles) with 2000m (6500') of...
Replies: 23
Views: 5,452
Posted By groovestew

Well, that's done. Finished in just under 9:30. I...

Well, that's done. Finished in just under 9:30. I did have to walk for about a kilometer total at the steepest section near the midpoint. I would ride until my heart rate got too high, then walk for...
Replies: 23
Views: 5,452
Posted By groovestew

Thanks everyone. I found reading this thread...

Thanks everyone. I found reading this thread (https://www.bikeforums.net/long-distance-competition-ultracycling-randonneuring-endurance-cycling/1177451-any-advice-fixed-gear-century.html) to be...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 89,646
Posted By groovestew

Finally, some...heat? Can we call 15C/59F heat?...

Finally, some...heat? Can we call 15C/59F heat? Warmest ride in for a while, anyway. Edmonton is normally a reasonably dry city but we're pretty soggy this year. Supposed to be mighty humid for the...
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