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Old 01-12-17, 08:45 PM
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22 miles of loafcycling on a cool and clear Thursday evening, before the weather changes again this weekend. Too warm for a jacket, too cool to sweat but I was sweating anyway. I was supposed to be taking it easy, just stretching the lungs, legs and neck a bit after neck spasms from Tuesday's ride. Couldn't help sprinting a couple of times on a nice stretch of gravel. That sensation of the bike skittering across the surface is invigorating.
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Old 01-12-17, 10:16 PM
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We had Kona (SW) winds today so kind of warm for winter (80+). Did my usual Thursday 50. I forgot to put on the sun screen so probably will feel it tonight and tomorrow. Early in the week it was nice and cool (though our house has neither heat nor AC so when it's 55 outside at night it isn't much warmer inside).

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Old 01-13-17, 02:50 PM
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Two days of no riding due to two doctor appointments, a retirement luncheon and bike maintenance. Today's ride with Frankie and Steve, netted a nice 61 miles. First metric of the year.
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Old 01-13-17, 03:19 PM
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forgot to put on the sun screen so probably will feel it tonight and tomorrow
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Old 01-14-17, 12:39 PM
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40 miles today. Got to ride with three different riding buddies at three different times in the ride. That doesn't happen too often and it was a nice change in the daily routine.
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Old 01-14-17, 01:14 PM
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Today is cold for my home area with temps below freezing at 25 F. I went for a short ride to the library, 11 miles total and being a bit under dressed, I was cold by the time I returned home. After I got home, I noticed the Bristol Yacht Club was having a frost bite regatta out in the harbor after which they all retire to the club bar. Sounds like a plan to me. We cyclists are not so well organized.
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Old 01-14-17, 02:18 PM
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41 miles @ 15.5mph in 28*F weather.. .awesome.
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Old 01-14-17, 05:06 PM
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Beautiful day, so I got out for some base miles. 33 miles but it seemed like more, and 16 mph and it seemed like faster But I did have three personal records on Strava and four seconds so I guess it wasn't all that much slower than usual
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Old 01-15-17, 02:09 PM
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I haven't been able to ride for 12 days. Rain, snow, ice, more snow, it's like Winter out there. I ordered cyclo-cross tires for one of my bikes (the Aluminum Allez) but had to settle for 35C because no one had 32C in the cyclo-cross tread pattern I wanted. My bike friend has been riding his cyclo-cross Crux (Specialized) for the past two months and it's very stable in these nasty weather conditions.

But they won't be here until next Thursday so I went out today on the skinny 23Cs and rode the streets next to the bike path, which is still covered in snow and lots of ice. High today will be 35, it was 28 when I went out. Only 6.1 miles (9.8k) but at least I got a ride in. 12 days off takes its toll, My legs were tired before I got on the bike


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Old 01-15-17, 02:52 PM
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A great, but slow, 50 mile ride with Frankie this morning. Winds were strong and the park was extremely crowded. Not much you could do with that.
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Old 01-15-17, 04:59 PM
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Easy 30 mile ride with four other members of the group cycling skills coaching squad I captain for the Club. Roads were sloppy wet, and temps were hovering around freezing all morning, but the sun was out & the company was good!
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Old 01-15-17, 05:51 PM
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The ice storm that we were threatened with this weekend didn't materialize in Indy - I was able to get out this afternoon for a ten mile/1 hill ride in dry conditions in the mid-30's.
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Old 01-15-17, 09:13 PM
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Early Experiments in Winter Riding

I've decided to give this a try in 2017. I've got this old Peugeot Orient Express single speed that was just lounging around the shop doing nothing, in that annoying way the French have... "insouciance" I think they call it. So I've put it to work!



The Kenda Kiniption tires work surprisingly well at 40 psi, though I've got a studded front on the way and a knobby to put on the back. I'll be installing full fenders too. I suspect nothing works very well in the deeper snow offroad, but it was kind of fun trying. Man, did I work up a sweat! Steamed up my googles, too.



I only rode about six miles today, but it felt like twenty, at least. This is going to be interesting, once I figure out what works and what doesn't. Definitely better than spinning away on the trainer, going nowhere.


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Old 01-15-17, 09:50 PM
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Did a rail trail ride Thursday, 1st time this year. Not too motivated, gotta get out more. 20 miles round trip and my ass was killing me. I tried the new long pants with some padding, not the same as the bicycle shorts. Won't do that again.
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Old 01-16-17, 07:36 AM
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[SIZE=4][FONT=Century Gothic]French ... "insouciance"
ha, thanks for that. reminded me of a French woman I used to know. soooo frustrating
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Old 01-16-17, 07:40 AM
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[SIZE=4][FONT=Century Gothic]Peugeot Orient Express single speed, in the deeper snow offroad, Man, did I work up a sweat! only rode about six miles today, but it felt like twenty, better than spinning away on the trainer, going nowhere
yeah I look at the time spent rather than the miles. single speed tho - kudos to you! beafy looking bike especially with those tires. are those 26" wheels? that fork has a decent rake to it
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Old 01-16-17, 07:43 AM
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long pants with padding, not the same as the bicycle shorts
were they cycling pants?. I use my favorite cycling shorts under a variety of other outer wear depending on the weather & temps. the outer wear is always cycling specific
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Old 01-16-17, 08:11 AM
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were they cycling pants?. I use my favorite cycling shorts under a variety of other outer wear depending on the weather & temps. the outer wear is always cycling specific
Yes, they were but didn't have to much padding. I will wear my regular shorts 1st next time.
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yeah I look at the time spent rather than the miles. single speed tho - kudos to you! beafy looking bike especially with those tires. are those 26" wheels? that fork has a decent rake to it
Yes, 26" wheels. I saw these tires on another bike and just had to try them. They give pretty good traction on the ice and snow on paved trails, but they're not too effective offroad in the snow. The studded/knobby combo will be skinnier, but the fenders will add some visual weight to the wheels.

That biplane-style fork was one of the main reasons I bought this Pug. I like relaxed geometry in my bikes, it's more comfortable for long rides. This one is definitely a keeper.
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Old 01-16-17, 02:03 PM
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A great, but very windy solo ride this morning. First solo ride in a few weeks so I got to kick it up several times during the ride. Even got a short ride (about 1/2 mile) with Amanda. Too bad I jumped on so close to where I was turning off. I haven't really ridden with her since October; before all my sinus issues started up.
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Old 01-16-17, 02:16 PM
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The sun finally came out today, but it hasn't had time to melt the frozen snow and ice yet. I rode part of the bike path, snow/ice in the middle but clear pavement on the sides (mostly). Some of it just wasn't conducive to cycling (see pics). I still managed 13.5 miles (21.7k) on skinny tires.

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Old 01-16-17, 11:09 PM
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50 miles Monday, first long ride since Thursday. The day turned out nicer than expected after Sunday night's huge t-storms.
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Old 01-17-17, 03:06 PM
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Sunday I was up early and out as daylight broke, I did the toughest 41 miles I've ever done on a bike with 5000 feet of elevation. The climbs weren't steep but relentless and just kept going on and on and on. Even worse coming back down as I started to cool down and the twisting road didn't allow for a reasonable speed to heat me up.
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Old 01-17-17, 03:10 PM
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12.3 miles (19.8k) but Ol' Man Winter got the best of me. I slowed down approaching a patch of white ice but before I could even touch the brakes a small patch of super-slick black ice zipped the Roubaix right out from under me. Sprained the right wrist and scrapped the knee. My bad, I should have known not to try riding the uncleared bike path. But it's the last day I'll be able to ride because there are three storms on the way starting tonight (sigh ) Maybe next January I should take a month long trip to warmer climes.

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After a month of holidays,bronchitis, and pretty consistently rotten weather, the stars all aligned
and let me get in a ride yesterday.
17 whopping miles for the first ride of 2017.. How fitting....
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