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Forum: Commuting
10-02-19, 09:41 AM
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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: 3,313
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: 257
Views: 23,468
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: 10,226
Views: 2,077,778
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: 1,619
Views: 49,816
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: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

Sunny, cool, and calm. Nice ride.

Sunny, cool, and calm. Nice ride.
Forum: Commuting
09-04-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
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: 1,619
Views: 49,816
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: 1,619
Views: 49,816
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: 1,619
Views: 49,816
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
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Views: 49,816
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: 1,619
Views: 49,816
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: 3,313
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: 42
Views: 3,284
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: 257
Views: 23,468
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: 1,619
Views: 49,816
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...
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Views: 3,313
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: 3,313
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: 1,619
Views: 49,816
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...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-19, 10:45 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

Foggy and chilly. As soon as I hit the road, I...

Foggy and chilly. As soon as I hit the road, I wished I had gloves and long sleeves. When I got to work, I noticed some water droplets clinging to arm hairs (from the damp air, not sweat).

It's...
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Views: 3,313
Posted By groovestew

I'm not afraid of walking...Back in April I rode...

I'm not afraid of walking...Back in April I rode up Haleakala (on a proper road bike, and yes, I spent lots of time in the lowest gear) and did a fair amount of walking at the higher elevations.
...
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Views: 3,313
Posted By groovestew

Thanks guys, especially 79pmooney for the...

Thanks guys, especially 79pmooney for the specific advice on the gears. You've pretty much answered a question I hadn't asked yet. I don't have a proper flip-flip hub, just a flip-flop with a...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-19, 08:50 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

Nice and sunny, still a bit on the cool side.

Nice and sunny, still a bit on the cool side.
Replies: 23
Views: 3,313
Posted By groovestew

What's the most climbing you've done on a fixed gear randonnee?

For the fixed-gear long distance riders out there, what's the most amount of climbing you've done on a 200? I'm looking at doing a randonnee this weekend with 2100 meters of climbing (6800 feet) and...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

I don't want to start an argument here or diss...

I don't want to start an argument here or diss recumbents...I find this comment interesting. A number of years ago, I went on a casual, friendly group ride, and one rider had a trike (tadpole)...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

I've said before that I don't ride to work in the...

I've said before that I don't ride to work in the rain anymore, but I'm okay with riding home in the rain. Truth be told, I've tended to not ride to work if I even knew there was a high probability...
Forum: Commuting
07-17-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

A bit warmer than yesterday (12C/54F), so I...

A bit warmer than yesterday (12C/54F), so I didn't bother with long sleeves. Sunny, breezy, nice ride.

Heading into the valley on a winding trail, something caught the corner of my eye. Glanced...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-19, 11:08 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

...said no one ever in relation to any City of...

...said no one ever in relation to any City of Edmonton civic project. Bridges start a year behind schedule here.

Nice ride in, but a bit chilly again at 10C/50F. Wore long sleeves, but was pretty...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

Nice sunny morning, a bit cool on the bare arms...

Nice sunny morning, a bit cool on the bare arms (14C/58F), but a pleasant ride overall. Tried to draft a bus that pulled away from a stop just ahead of me, but he gunned it and got away too fast. Or...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 06:14 PM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

not a bit!

not a bit!
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

Ha, I'm that guy! I'm not necessarily faster than...

Ha, I'm that guy! I'm not necessarily faster than you, but I'm either riding a fixed gear, or riding a geared bike like it's a single speed. I know how to shift, I just choose not to.
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,533
Posted By groovestew

I used to encounter longboarders regularly in my...

I used to encounter longboarders regularly in my evening commute home, flying down a hill with a few switchbacks. They slow down/turn/stop by getting low, turning the board sideways and sliding, like...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

Wow Tundra_Man, glad you're okay.

Wow Tundra_Man, glad you're okay.
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

Bit of a tense ride home on Wednesday. I pulled...

Bit of a tense ride home on Wednesday. I pulled my bike out of storage and discovered the front tire was flat. Normally I'm well equipped to deal with such a situation, but I'm all out of patches in...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

Yesterday I had a nice net tailwind for the ride...

Yesterday I had a nice net tailwind for the ride to work and no wind for the ride home. This morning I had light headwinds up until the last quarter mile when I turned a corner and all the wind rush...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

Cool and humid. I've slept poorly the last couple...

Cool and humid. I've slept poorly the last couple nights and I'm dog tired, but I somehow still had some good energy for the ride. Now that it's summer (by the calendar at least, certainly not by the...
Forum: Commuting
07-05-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

Nice and sunny this morning, but still a bit on...

Nice and sunny this morning, but still a bit on the cool side. Shoes were still a bit damp after getting drenched on the way home yesterday.

I'm pretty sure a bird flew between my wheels, under...
Forum: Commuting
07-04-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

wphamilton, how do you find your bike rides with...

wphamilton, how do you find your bike rides with that trunk? I tried a similar setup for randonneuring, and I couldn't stand how the bike handled with the weight so high up.

Pretty nice ride in...
Forum: Commuting
07-03-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

What a miserable city I live in. We've had rain...

What a miserable city I live in. We've had rain almost every day for the last month, and this whole week, there isn't a single day with a forecast daytime high above 20C (68F). While Europe is...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

Warm (for Edmonton) and calm. Gonna be wet the...

Warm (for Edmonton) and calm. Gonna be wet the rest of the week.
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,134
Posted By groovestew

Looks like grease/grime on the rim is spreading...

Looks like grease/grime on the rim is spreading outward, not the other way around. Centripetal force and all.
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

A rather warm 16C/61F for the commute in, going...

A rather warm 16C/61F for the commute in, going up to a scorching 27C/81F this afternoon. I don't know how I'll survive in this heat.

Probably my only day to cycle this week.
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,787
Posted By groovestew

Wow, riding brakeless is one thing; taking your...

Wow, riding brakeless is one thing; taking your feet off the pedals going downhill in traffic is a whole 'nother level of crazy. I realize he can brake by jamming his foot between the tire and seat...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

Same here. What's with that? I had a good...

Same here. What's with that? I had a good breakfast.

Nice calm, cool, morning. Rode fixed. Twice I forgot I was riding fixed and tried to coast. Doesn't work.
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 04:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,130
Posted By groovestew

This spring, I've had two flats on two different...

This spring, I've had two flats on two different bikes, about two weeks apart. Each bike was sitting in the garage when the tire went flat. In both cases, there was a single tiny hole on the rim side...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 10,386
Posted By groovestew

You only see helmets in the Netherlands if you go...

You only see helmets in the Netherlands if you go outside the cities where people ride road bikes. I've done a couple of short bike tours in the Netherlands, first without a helmet (and I felt...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

First bike commute in a couple of weeks. Felt a...

First bike commute in a couple of weeks. Felt a little winded on the climbs, but made it okay.

On Saturday, my youngest daughter turned 6. The next day, she taught herself how to ride a bike. I've...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

Hey, second day in a row! Weather decided to...

Hey, second day in a row! Weather decided to cooperate, so I rode. No rides for the next two days for sure. Maybe Friday if the weather is decent.

Yesterday, I did something on my fixed gear I've...
Forum: Commuting
05-13-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

2nd bike commute of 2019, and probably the only...

2nd bike commute of 2019, and probably the only one this week, unless the weather forecast changes. Rode my fixed gear for the first time since adding the rear brake back in. I've always had the...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 1,619
Views: 49,816
Posted By groovestew

Wow, it's May 10, and today was my first bike...

Wow, it's May 10, and today was my first bike commute of the year. Gets later every year it seems. I've definitely become a fair-weather commuter, and it was a long, cold winter...heck, we still had...
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