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Old 02-22-20, 12:00 PM
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all stems and top tubes are level with the ground on my 4 road bikes
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It's just weird for me to see the team kit on the Twin Six site -

Those are hot, I'm going to have to check into a couple of those, even though I might have to refinance the house.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Rode outside for the first time in a while. I did not wear nitrile gloves.

Did you behead that snowman?
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Rode outside for the first time in a while. I did not wear nitrile gloves.

Looks like major fun.
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I kinda wish I was rollin' one with the paddles right now, but I'm on one with clickety brake levers...
LesterOfPuppets , where is that park, it looks really familiar?
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
Did you behead that snowman?
He has a head. You never saw a two part snowman before?
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
Looks like major fun.
Totally.

I didn't go out for long - like an hour and a half - but is was sunny and I rode right out the back door of the bike shop. Next time, I'll ride more of the trails at the park.
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We had a really good ride. As predicted, it was quite cold at the start, but the sun shone brightly and warmed up above freezing an hour or two into the ride.

I did wear the nitrile gloves under my winter gloves, but honestly canít say if they made much of a difference. Next time maybe I will wear only on one hand so I can do a side-by-side comparison.
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thatís a sick looking mountain bike rj! what kind is it?

Graduated button school so now iím in the sims. First one was this morning, good news I didnít crash bad news I evacuated passengers when I should have. Now I know not to do that.

Got 4 days off hope to get some real miles in, I used the hotel gym a little bit. Focused more on full body but I also logged some fake miles. Exercise bikes are not fun whatís so ever, even with a tv attached to it. Not too mention it was more like riding a recumbent.

Fun note, I flew home not in uniform but I did have my badge on and with my luggage itís pretty obvious that I am a crew member. TSA took my ice pack. They asked me what itís intended purpose was since it was not frozen, I also didnít have any food in my lunch box. I said I was going home to freeze it and provide it food to keep cold so that it could do itís intended job. Basically told me because it wasnít frozen I couldnít have it. So for those of you about to travel make sure if you have an ice pack it is indeed frozen.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
We had a really good ride. As predicted, it was quite cold at the start, but the sun shone brightly and warmed up above freezing an hour or two into the ride.

I did wear the nitrile gloves under my winter gloves, but honestly canít say if they made much of a difference. Next time maybe I will wear only on one hand so I can do a side-by-side comparison.
Glad you were able to get out. What was the temperature when you started? 44 here currently in VA.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
Glad you were able to get out. What was the temperature when you started? 44 here currently in VA.
Start temp was about 26. Fingers were cold. I would have been comfy with my mittens but not as dexterous. That seems to be the trade off with cold weather riding.
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thatís a sick looking mountain bike rj! what kind is it?
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
He has a head. You never saw a two part snowman before?
A snowy excrescence, I would call that.
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I was previously all about that desire and it was zero problem for me to spring out of bed before dawn on work days to get a workout in.

But gradually a lot happened to erode that:
1. Coach assigned almost all TT workouts which are hard to do with friends (although I do have friends who routinely ride before dawn year round)
2. My train schedule has gradually crept earlier, meaning I have to finish my ride earlier in order to make my train. I also have to finish my ride with sufficient time to upload data and make notes for coach. So itís usually a 4:20 or 4:30 wake up time. It gets tiring.
3. I became more reluctant to ride solo pre-dawn on the road after I crashed and got a concussion. That was on a ride with friends and thankfully they were there to help me when my brain wasnít working too well.
4. Physiologically I need a fair amount of rest to TT well, so my fun weekend rides with friends were of necessity kept somewhat under wraps
5. I got a dog who wasnít super self confident so I started doing dog sports with her to give her something for her to feel pride/confidence in. Sheís young but this season turned out to be a super little rabbit dog and sheíd rocked her Field Trials and Hunt Tests. Iíve met a whole new circle of friends who want to do dog stuff together, and these trials and tests are literally all day events (sun up to sun down, no time to ride). Plus Iíve gotta train the dog and also the puppy.
6. We bought a Disneyland Annual pass this year which Iíd like to enjoy and get our money out of.

So suddenly I was super tightly scheduled all winter long (field trial season), getting up Uber early, only doing TT trainer workouts and started to feel overwhelmed. Iíd skip workouts and that kind of thing doesnít sit well with me. Iím just the kind of person who shows up for all scheduled things, on time and prepared. Something had to give.

Ironically the field season is essentially over and my schedule is going to lighten up in a big way. It feels like thatís happening just a few weeks too late for me.

Whatever, I can always go back to it, either with my recent coach or some other one, if I really miss the structure.
I get it. Lots of competing interests and activities, something has to give. It will sort itself out in time. I still miss cycling but I make up for it with the other enjoyments that I do.
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Start temp was about 26. Fingers were cold. I would have been comfy with my mittens but not as dexterous. That seems to be the trade off with cold weather riding.
Good on you for getting out. I have convinced a tri-geek acquaintance to come with me for at least part of a longish ride tomorrow.

Mittens and clumsy or non-grippy gloves scare me, especially in the drops.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Rode outside for the first time in a while. I did not wear nitrile gloves.

Yaaaaay snow!
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Wanna see a super boring video? Cervelo/Fly 12 test... while trying to avoid ice and water and icy water. And roostertails of icy water.

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So, a) I've gotta change that kmph to mph b) the drifting and locking of the stabilization is kind of obnoxious - I think I'm going to try to leave it off for road rides b) a little bit of a sync issue between the video and the Strava data.
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Wanna see a super boring video? Cervelo/Fly 12 test... while trying to avoid ice and water and icy water. And roostertails of icy water.

https://youtu.be/DfbC6z1_jPg
Very cool!

Thats a lot of Watts to go km/h.

WADR, extremely glad I donít live there.
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WADR, extremely glad I donít live there.
What, you're not a fan of my fantastic road cycling conditions?
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Hard pass.
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Good on you for getting out. I have convinced a tri-geek acquaintance to come with me for at least part of a longish ride tomorrow.

Mittens and clumsy or non-grippy gloves scare me, especially in the drops.
Agree that I feel less secure with mittens but better than totally numb/frozen fingers.

Time to move to AndalucŪa and render the problem moot.
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One of today’s riders showed up on a new Ridley he just built up. It’s got SRAM Red eTap and medium section Enve wheels.

I asked him if he had the wheels set up tubeless, he said “no, I really did it stupid. Tubulars. But I got a great deal on them!”

I worry about him.
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One of todayís riders showed up on a new Ridley he just built up. Itís got SRAM Red eTap and medium section Enve wheels.

I asked him if he had the wheels set up tubeless, he said ďno, I really did it stupid. Tubulars. But I got a great deal on them!Ē

I worry about him.
Here is a screen grab copy of his bike. Hot or not?


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