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Old 07-10-20, 09:16 PM
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TikaLayne Iím just down the road from Cumberland Gap. Tiprell RD. that ends in Cumberland Gap is one of my favorite rides. I hope you got to check out the bike museum.
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Old 07-11-20, 07:05 PM
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100.5 miles with 5800í of climbing along the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A little toasty the last 25 miles but the humidity was a touch improved.



Decision time to either go long or longer!

Last nights storm turned the river muddy.

Just following a well marked route.

See the Blue Ridge Mountains? Iím on the south side.

Kapps Mill Dam

Banner season for corn. Probably going to be a historic yield.

Tobacco fields making a comeback? They were everywhere today. It used to be the money crop in NC but folks stopped growing it about 25 years ago.

Masked up for a store stop.

Our favorite vineyard!
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Old 07-11-20, 07:11 PM
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26 miles - 13 into the wind and 13 with the wind
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Old 07-11-20, 07:47 PM
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35 mi in mid to high 80F pretty clear day, Windy thouh- gusts in the mid to high 20 mph.
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Old 07-12-20, 10:59 AM
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Nice day for a ride. Upper 60ís in the mid-afternoon and cloudy.


Modern lugged steel = just right for me
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Old 07-12-20, 05:41 PM
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A few more miles than yesterday.
A bit more sun than yesterday, about 70*f.

Carbon fibre fills your diet.
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Old 07-12-20, 07:02 PM
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32.5 miles, 1500 and change elevation. Seems about my average with hills.
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Old 07-13-20, 09:13 AM
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Well, I was going to do another 30+ ride yesterday, but I got a bad case of flattus interruptus which left me with post-patch anxiety for the rest of my shortened ride. I do seem to be getting better at reseating those pesky folding bead tires... or else the tires have been broken in for my wheels.
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Old 07-13-20, 09:17 AM
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Metric Century Ride on the Old Abe Trail
Darn battery in the power meter crapped out at the 55 mile point.
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Old 07-13-20, 04:18 PM
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Put my new to me vintage Brooks Competiotion leather saddle onto my Miele Beta and went for a very nice 30 kms ride. I love this saddle.

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Old 07-13-20, 07:30 PM
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35.5 m i with about 920 feet in elevation. Nice mid to high 80s but a bit windy. Good ride.
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Old 07-15-20, 04:48 PM
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A slow recovery ride of 101 miles was ordered up and completed today after my 70th birthday ride of 141 miles last Friday.
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Old 07-16-20, 08:17 AM
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I did an easy 20 miles from home to Canada road reservoir yesterday as I taper for next weeks longer back to back rides. I got my first flat tire in about 15 years when I road over a nail. Glad to say my flat tire fixing skills are still in tact although I am old school and use a specialized hand pump and not CO2. It was tough to get the tire as full as I wanted but I finished the ride. Maybe I should upgrade to C02 cartridges.



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Old 07-16-20, 10:26 AM
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Went for a nice ride out in the country today. There's a light drizzle that's not too cold and it sure enhanced a lot of nice scents.

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Old 07-19-20, 08:53 AM
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23.4 miles before the heat advisory goes into effect.
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Old 07-19-20, 09:21 AM
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Just over 25 miles this morning. May be taking the tandem out tonight.
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Old 07-20-20, 05:06 PM
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Got in a gravel ride this morning before we (may) go back into lockdown:
IMG_3449 by 2cam16, on Flickr
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Old 07-21-20, 05:38 AM
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Yes, I went to the market on the bike an hour ago and it's really very very hot out there. What about the weather n your area?
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Old 07-23-20, 01:23 PM
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I walked 18 holes, ate lunch and then rode 32 miles. It was really hot. I can tolerate heat pretty well but this NC humidity + heat is ridiculous. I got a stitch in my side and pulled over to let it subside. And with the heat I was intentionally riding easier than normal. It takes the enjoyment out of riding and forces a game of survival.
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Old 07-23-20, 01:37 PM
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I commuted to work today. The 12.5 miles to work was cold to me at 60F, but the ride back home is another route at 13.6 miles with 95F temperature and no bike lane.
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Old 07-23-20, 02:39 PM
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I walked 18 holes, ate lunch and then rode 32 miles. It was really hot. I can tolerate heat pretty well but this NC humidity + heat is ridiculous. I got a stitch in my side and pulled over to let it subside. And with the heat I was intentionally riding easier than normal. It takes the enjoyment out of riding and forces a game of survival.
Agreed wholeheartedly. Didn’t get out ‘till after 11 this morning, which is way too late in this heat. I managed 62 miles, and the route is beautiful, but there’s not a lot of cover and the asphalt doubles down on the heat indices. I bonked a bit at the end - carrying two bottles is not enough, and there aren’t any stores along the way.

A few pics from today’s ride. First, the nicest garden I’ve ever seen on the road to White Oak Canyon Falls in Madison County. Next up, is the panorama view of the BlueRidge Mtns. from Hebron Valley Road. This road is loaded with holy rollers and is quite strenuous. And a pic of the Bianchi in the little shade I managed to find in the brutal heat. I am loving the Bianchi - the Di2 and ENVE wheels are superb - closing in on 1,000 miles in a bit over a month.



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Old 07-23-20, 10:45 PM
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Finished a 2 day ride from San Mateo, CA to Costanoa and back on the next day. It was not super long by this forum's standards but it was a lot of climbing and the first bike tour I have done in many years. 45 miles each way with about 3200' of climbing each day. Lots of good sights to see. It was great and I can't wait to do more.






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Old 07-23-20, 10:58 PM
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Sweet ride!
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Old 07-24-20, 04:42 PM
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I managed 38 hard miles on a slightly truncated route in the mountains of VA. No pics today as I forgot my phone. I got a call from Chain Reaction Cycles in FL, my Domane is fixed. A whopping $470 for tires and wheel alignment, new Di2 cable and rear derailleur hanger, new cassette, tune up, handlebar tape, etc.

The bike was in a fall several weeks back, when a driver at a roundabout did not stop when I had the right of way. She never stopped....So there was that damage plus deferred maintenance.

So soon Iíll have two Domane bikes, as I ordered a 2021 SL7 with Di2. I ordered red so people can see it, and another 58cm, which is too big according to the Trek site, but I like larger frames. My present Domane is a 58. The new one will take about 2 months due to Covid, but I can slum it with the Bianchi (sniff, sniff).

I donít post a lot in this thread, but I ride between 600 and 800 miles a month......

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Old 07-24-20, 05:13 PM
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36.5 miles, 2,400 +change elevation in the back country of central NY, to Erieville on Tuscarora lake. A drinking village with a fishing problem. And a great place to stop.



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