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Old 06-28-19, 06:02 PM
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PART B
3:40 pm left office 90 degrees
5:40 pm home 90 degrees used less than 2 bottles of water

21.6 miles
27.2 mph max
12.9 avrg
1:40 saddle time
2 hrs door-to-door

the ride was active with lots going on. not like early this morning. the drivers seemed fine. no one intentionally buzzed me but there were some spots more crowded than others. for the record, when I have little sleep the night before this round trip commute, it really kicks my a*s. passed out after dinner & woke up at 1:30 am to brush my teeth. a few highlights. in hindsight, I shudda stopped at those yellow lights that turned red before I could get thru them


the Andover Rd hill in Billerica was not kind, as usual. but I put it behind me & worked the route. vignette:


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Went to follow the end of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail where pavement turns to dirt & the old RR tracks keep going. Started at the Concord Middle School Sanborn campus approx 835 Old Marlboro Rd, Concord. parked by the front athletic fields but biked behind the school & down the gravel rd behind the dumpsters & across the soccer field to find a tiny foot path to the paved bike trail. riding South the trail went from new pavement to good wide dirt, but then changed to a path next to the tracks. some downed trees forced the path to the other side of the tracks. then at a washout one has to travel between the rails. someof the exposed rail ties were quite rough. eventually I crossed Rte 117 in Sudbury & lost sight of the tracks. continued into the Davis Farm Conservation Land. lots of double & single track exploring before turning back North & thru the White Pond Reservation trails. then back onto the BFRT to find that foot trail to the soccer field & parking lot

12:50 pm 89 degrees, started exploring around the P e a b o d y campus & rode around the property .67 miles (before discovering that was a mistake)
1:09 pm started again from the Sanborm campus & found the paved part of the trail East of the soccer field
It was .7 miles to the Powder Mill Rd overpass & the end of the paved trail
1:56 pm turned around at a wicked veggie fork (2.47 miles from the middle school)
3:06 pm 91 degrees, back at car behind Sanborn
5.9 miles
18 mph max
5.7 avrg
1:02 saddle time
2 hours away from car

riding over 100+? yr old RR ties






White Pond


Davis Farm






turned back at this fork

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some of the going was quite rough & after a cpl hrs in 90+ degree heat, despite the shade, I think I got a touch of heat exhaustion. there were plenty of obstacles to lift the bike over



home computer likes to drop the audio. just gotta imagine the sounds of grunting & vegetation hitting my helmet


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trouble sleeping? watch this boring vid. also don't know what happened to the audio in the first clip. did not want to hear any of it. oh well, funny


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Friday 7-19-19 (3rd round trip work commute)

PART A
5:44 am left home 65 degrees (high humidity)
6:39 am pit stop 12 miles (approx.. 1/2 way)
7:27 am at work (approx 70 degrees)
21.66 miles
33.2 mph max (no traffic on that Andover Rd hill, so I tucked a little …)
13.6 avrg
1:35 saddle time
1:42 door-to-door

considerably more traffic now than the other 2 rides in on 6/14 & 6/28. I should remember also that commuter traffic is very light the week of July 4th & the week after. Now, it seems the first batch of vacationers are back, & back on the road early


wash-up & change went according to plan, except I forgot to bring a towel into the bathroom & had to use paper towels before I could get to my office again where my towels are stashed

it was a pleasant & cool morning ride. This afternoon promises to be a lot hotter but less humid. I’ll be fine

1 small glitch, last night I noticed that broken spoke from –mid June & which caused some brief but fast tire rub, created a flat spot on the sidewall, even to the point of exposing some inner cords/threads! Put a layer of super glue, flex on it & it didn’t get any worse. New tire has been ordered



after a few rides with the "compact" take-a-look mirror I went back to the original to see if I noticed a difference. I think I like the original more, but I still like having 2 mirrors, that one, plus one on my left drop bar. (I unsuccessfully tried to put the larger classic mirror on the new compact arm but they wouldn't slide off)





Wifey had a good idea, bring a PB&J sandwich for when I arrive as a 2nd breakfast / recovery meal & I was glad I remembered I had a hard sandwich case to carry it in! EDIT: tummy has not been happy with this choice. think of something else? maybe it was the old milk in my coffee?



another snoozer ... Zzz ...


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PART B
for sunny rides home
- sunglasses (bought a pair cuz I forgot to leave a pair at work) moved my mirror from the clear glasses to the dark shades
- mount a quick release mount to my summer helmet which has more vents & a visor
- small tube of sunscreen for cheeks, forearms & knees

got 'er done. it wasn't pretty. it was hot. so glad that big him is close to work. stopped at the gas station in Bedford about 1/2 way for cold water & sunscreen. shortly after, I offered assistance to a young man walking his bike. unfortunately he had presta valves & my stuff only works with shrader. so he kept walking

3:06 pm headed home 89 degrees
3:56 pm 9.67 miles 91 degrees, pit stop for water, sunscreen & air conditioning
stopped to help a guy but I couldn't. he was a native MA kid, 27 yr old named Chris, moving to Montana. he was taking his last bike ride before moving, to Walden Pond, but wound up doing a long walk of shame
5:16 pm home 90 degrees
21.61 miles
28 max
12.2 avrg
1 hr 46 min saddle time
2 hrs 10 min door to door (thanks to the two long stops)

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got a "comp" day off from work, this Friday. replaced the worn tire & took off late in the day for a test ride. wasn’t 100% sure where to go until I took a shower & got refreshed & inspired. headed East toward Concord

Bedford Depot restrooms are air conditioned!

developed a hot spot? area of soreness on top of my left foot. weird. tried relacing a cpl times & added some padding but by time I got home & even the next morning was disappointed to see a persistent red spot & continued soreness

3 pm 89 degrees (but not horribly muggy)
3:40 pm 7.7 miles reached start of Reformatory Branch dirt trail in Concord
4:11 pm 13 miles reached Bedford Depot (this includes another ¾ miles for back tracking to get my sunglasses that fell off my bars)
5:04 pm at Arlington Kickstand Café for restroom, air conditioning, choco milk, apple juice & a cpl patries (worked on the foot)
21.89 miles
26.5 max
12.6 avrg
1:44 saddle time
2 hrs door to door including all stops, breaks & mishaps
5:42 pm headed back 84 lovely degrees
6:28 pm reached Bedford 30.6 miles
6:40 pm left Bedford (13 miles before home) worked on the foot some more
7:50 pm home again
42.6 miles
27.2 max (didn’t want to smoke my legs but couldn’t resist a little sprint down that slight grade on the Western end of the MM)
12.1 avrg
3:31 saddle time
5 hrs away from home (nice road test for the new tire)







mounted up a quick release cam mount on my "summer" helmet for my next ride

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since we're taking off for a few days together next weekend & since I had our LBS tune Daughter's bike I thought it would be good to do a short test ride. also cuz it's been a cpl years she's ridden it. wound up raising the saddle an inch. everything went as planned & no ill side effects or discomfort for her. wound up only being 6 miles but it was a nice time together. looks like we'll be bringing the bikes for our short family get away



dusted off the old Alpha 7.0 & mounted up the old rack & a cpl frame bags & tweaked the saddle angle. this will be fun to use casually. also was a test ride with the big 40mm WTB Nanos that came w my used mountain bike. they seem to work fine on the FX







felt funny riding w regular pedals, but they were fine for a short casual ride



cam mount on the summer helmet seemed secure enough






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replaced the rear 25mm Michelin Pro4 Endurance with a 25mm Michelin Power Endurance. at time of removal the Pro4 measured 27mm at 100 psi & at time of installation the Power model measured a true 25mm at 100 psi. on my ride I didn't notice anything about the tires front/rear being different models & widths
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the month of August has been a whirlwind with family & friends & I did get some biking in. took lots of pics & video. the mileages may not be impressive but time with family is more important. had another shop take another look at daughters rear derailer & chain. replaced her chain, straightened the derailer a bit & fine tuned it. love watching a master at work. she'll be off for a temp work assignment so it's doubtful if she'll get back on it this year ... :-( maybe if we have a warm December? I can get her out w/ her Mom ... both kids wil be out of the house again this fall so maybe I will get back into my Saturday solo rides & maybe another ride or two w/ Wifey. busy season at work right now ...
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