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Old 04-14-20, 08:20 PM
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Short ride today, testing a new-to-me wheelset with vintage tubulars. There’s zero tread wear and the sidewalls aren’t too bad. Glued well. But will be changed pretty soon. Or sooner.
Just about 18 miles along May Valley.


Perfect weather 60s with low humidity.

How long can this weather last?

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Love your bike. I took out my M2 mountain bike April 3rd for just 9 miles. Three of that was mud and dirt , Bike was covered in muck but it was fun. Had to carry bike across two sections and a stream wash out. Made for a good day.
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Old 04-16-20, 06:10 PM
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Managed a 2 segmented ride yesterday/today. Began 8:34pm yesterday with temps low 80°F humidity close to 100% as the winds were settling down and rode a slow/easy/sweating bullets 83 miles. Met Ghost Rider as he was heading home so I took a coffee/NY Style Cheesecake break at Café Ghost Rider then back out for another 38 miles.
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Old 04-16-20, 10:22 PM
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The east side of Puget Sound, especially the foothills towns, hit 70*. First time since Sept. Low humidity and full sun. Finished a new-to-me bike, built up from a frameset. Also posted more photos in C&V ride thread.



Starting from home

looking for stuff to photo



a good 50 mi
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Old 04-18-20, 07:35 AM
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covid, it’s snowing & a knee is troubling

me, no, not riding today. got up, hobbled downstairs, did the morning routine & now back upstairs in bed w wifey thinking about a prefab log in the fireplace for a cpl hrs
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Old 04-18-20, 01:21 PM
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Nice half an hour ride through almost empty streets of Jupiter, FL, 8 miles, good enough as I am trying to restart my regular biking trips this year. Still mostly trying to work on improving my running endurance which seems to be exhausting and putting much stress and strain on my cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system. Biking seems to be perfect cross training between runs and vice versa. All pools, beaches still closed. Weather near perfect mid to high 70's in the morning, light wind, sun on and off, and some rain too.



A1A between Jupiter and Juno



before the beaches were closed



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Old 04-19-20, 12:41 PM
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Yep (yesterday actually). Our first 20 miler of the season. Also my first ride with padded bike shorts - had a small positive impact I think.
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Old 04-19-20, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by ecsuser View Post
Yep (yesterday actually). Our first 20 miler of the season. Also my first ride with padded bike shorts - had a small positive impact I think.
After the second or third ride you'll wonder how you ever rode without them. And wait until you try Bibs, most of us never go back to actual shorts.
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Old 04-19-20, 01:26 PM
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After the second or third ride you'll wonder how you ever rode without them. And wait until you try Bibs, most of us never go back to actual shorts.
Thanks for that - heading out again today with a different pair from a different manufacture. Admittedly, these are cheap Amazon sold products with good reviews. I wanted to test sizing before splurging on a better product. We’ll see if more money equals more comfort.
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Old 04-19-20, 05:53 PM
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16 miles today. It was uphill against a 10 MPH wind going North - but downhill with the wind at my back going home. Nice! That was about 131' of climbing over 8 miles. HRM said I stayed between 125 and 140 most of the way out, and 105-115 on the way home.
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Old 04-19-20, 07:01 PM
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40 miles in humid and rather blustery conditions here in FL. Really just getting back into it, my weight is up and speed is down. But I can fix that with a bit of work.....
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Old 04-19-20, 08:29 PM
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Yippers! Attended church then off for a slow paced road ride to be with nature and do some praying.

Here I am loaded back up.

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Old 04-19-20, 11:12 PM
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120 miles, 3 of us each between 54-63, 8,919 feet of climbing. 15 mph average. Over 29 miles of climbing really brings that average down.
Awesome day on the bike with good friends.


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Old 04-20-20, 12:42 AM
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36 miles in the relative socal chill of low/mid 60’s from metro san diego out east to la mesa and back. can’t wait for the upper 70’s temps on tap starting wed...
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Old 04-20-20, 03:26 AM
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Social Distancing Compliant Century SLOW SOLO time killer by me, myself and I

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Old 04-20-20, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Miles2go View Post
120 miles, 3 of us each between 54-63, 8,919 feet of climbing. 15 mph average. Over 29 miles of climbing really brings that average down.
Awesome day on the bike with good friends.



I'd say you guys burned a few calories on that ride. Good job!
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Old 04-20-20, 02:55 PM
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100.6 miles with 4700’ of climbing.

If only I had a bike basket!

Lunch! Footling hot dog special all for $5

Do you see roses or a bike???

Max was good!! Lead the American League in ERA IN 1943.

One of several lake crossings

Distancing from the in laws at their little spot of paradise on the lake.
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Old 04-20-20, 03:25 PM
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100.6 miles with 4700’ of climbing.

If only I had a bike basket!

Lunch! Footling hot dog special all for $5

Do you see roses or a bike???

Max was good!! Lead the American League in ERA IN 1943.

One of several lake crossings

Distancing from the in laws at their little spot of paradise on the lake.
Ahhhhh, Denton NC. Home of the Threshers Reunion!
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The GF and I did a quick 14 miler - pretty windy around Stoney Creek this evening.
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Old 04-20-20, 07:56 PM
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Today I led six other cyclists on a 70-85 mile loop ride I organized with 3,000-3,500 of elevation gain. I had two opt for the shorter 70 mile version. My own ride was 85.6m with 3,500ft and average of 17.3mph. All participants rode from home. I was the youngest of the group, at 54.
Just another great day on the bike, at a social distance of course.

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Old 04-23-20, 02:25 PM
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30 miles in the mountains of VA just before the rain arrived. I’ve added a side road to my standard loop which increases both mileage and elevation. The paved section of Quaker Run Road is about 3 miles in and out, and gets increasingly steeper before turning to gravel. With wider tires, I can extend it another 4-5 miles - another reason to get a new bike.
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Old 04-23-20, 07:18 PM
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After not riding for a couple days as winter showed up yet again I was able to ride today. And I even took my first spill since returning to riding few weeks ago. It wasn't bad. I was on a trail around a small lake, taking routes to avoid others as much as possible (usually easy in this park), and saw a group of people walking dogs ahead. There were also some people fishing nearby, so I decided to turn around.

As I have been feeling more confident on my bike, I figured I could turn around within the trail without dismounting. Turns out not quite. I was nearly around, but at the edge of the embankment leading into the lake, so I decided to stop, awkwardly slipped off the pedal and tilted over before I could catch myself properly. But I was fine, discovered getting up has become much easier with 200lbs less of me, and heard a woman having a good laugh.

So I rode around the trails some more, towards the end heard a bit of a squeak from the cassette, took the bike home and gave it a good wash, lubed the chain, and oiled the shocks.

According to Strava I've now ridden the bike 238kms (147.9 miles).
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Old 04-24-20, 06:20 AM
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I hopped on the Moto GT and got a quick 16 miles yesterday afternoon after logging off from work. 80 degrees with a light breeze, and home for dinner with the lovely Mrs. Camjr. I did change the original Selle Italia saddle out for an Origin 8 saddle I had laying around. I was having problems with the old saddle riding back on the rails and not staying put.



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My buddy and I did a rolling 30 miler that we did almost exactly a month ago.
I felt a bit tired and was somewhat disappointed with the ride overall.
Then, after I downloaded my Garmin, I looked back at our ride from March 23.........
we averaged .90mph faster today.....................now I know why I got tired, and am no longer bummed.............
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Old 04-24-20, 03:05 PM
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Hit the 1,000 mile mark for 2020 today



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Old 04-24-20, 08:42 PM
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High 50s, low chance of rain while I plan to be out. Compact double for hills. Specialized Turbo tubulars for a heavenly ride. Endurance geometry before it was ‘invented’.

3 days off the bike so fresh legs make a ride more fun. Glad to be posting here.



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Jones Rd farm

Winter Mudslide washed clean
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