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Old 03-28-19, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Indeed, he claimed that the cyclists would likely be the most inconvenienced, and harmed by the scooters.
"Serious" cyclists are already all up in arms over kick e-scooters. Plus it is a huge inconvenience to become an "expert" on something that you've never stepped a foot upon.

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Old 03-28-19, 07:23 AM
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area ERs are gonna be busy w new patients
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Old 03-28-19, 06:49 PM
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56 degrees in Leominster and Fitchburg today, WooHoo ! Been having rear brake issues since the road bike came out of hibernation, so decided to visit the boys at Tomten Biketown. Can't say enough about the service I've received whenever I've dropped in. Now the bike is back to normal and hoping the temps keep going up.
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Well, I rode my commute today, first time since the snow started falling some time back. Life, weather, and other things kept getting in the way until today. Except for the wind on the return it was a nice day to be out!
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Old 03-29-19, 08:36 AM
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Took the LHT up to Depot Park, Bedford, thus ending a hiatus that started with that unseasonable cold snap in late November. That was the first time in 7 years I hadn't simply bundled up, put the studded tires on, and ridden through the Winter. Seems like an error in judgement now, but I partially made up for it with hiking and travel (Florence, Bhutan, Nepal). After ~4 months, the very familiar touring bike felt a little strange, and I found I had lost several gear ratios against the very familiar and gentle grades of the Minuteman.








The wind turned when I did, and the headwind outbound became the headwind inbound, only colder. But the red wing blackbirds in Tophet Swamp were singing, and I glimpsed a beaver swimming near its lodge, so I agreed it was Spring, and pedaled home with a big smile.


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Old 03-29-19, 05:12 PM
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Despite the threat of rain, I thought it would be a good idea to try to squeeze in 25 miles. The "threat" turned into a promise fulfilled, but it was great none the less! I rode into Concord and set up at the Dunkin' for a nice hot coffee. Then it was back home with a few added miles for good measure. Stopped at Ferns also for more coffee and a nice cup of soup.
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Old 03-30-19, 04:56 AM
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Wow, everyone’s back.


Thursday afternoon I snuck out the back door for an extended lunch break ride of 41 miles on my new Seven Redsky followed by 21 more Friday morning on my Boone 7 cross bike. I think it’s time to put the “nice” wheels back on. Still seeing the occasional dirt covered snow mounds hiding in the shade but they are getting harder and harder to find. After months of AM cyclist isolation I finally crossed paths with a few headlight beams yesterday morning.
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Old 03-30-19, 06:29 PM
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Hi Mike! Great seeing you this afternoon, even if only for 1.3sec.
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Old 03-30-19, 08:25 PM
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So, no pics, but....

Thanks Kickstand Cafe for hosting a much needed gathering.
Thanks Rev Laura for figuring it out as we go along.
Thanks Cary’s family.

This so sucks, but it sucks less together.

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Old 03-30-19, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
Hi Mike! Great seeing you this afternoon, even if only for 1.3sec.
Hey Jim, it was good to see you 2 enjoying this nice day. I rode 51 miles in all. Lots of folks out today. Much like seeing all the same car as ones own I counted at least 10 Sevens. On the climb up Baker Bridge road I got enveloped by a group of riders just inches away. It didn’t give me much room to maneuver. It kinda felt like being at a party I wasn’t invited to and didn’t want to attend. As the hill caused the group loose steam and spread out I held my line when a large enough gap opened up I drifted left and pedaled until I overtook the leader and made sure that didn’t happen again. A few minutes later as I was sitting upright sipping water I heard coasting hubs getting close again. I caged the bottle and pumped my legs opening a gap that ensured they didn’t have a chance, otherwise it was the best ride of the year.

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Old 03-31-19, 10:38 AM
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I eagerly hit the road shortly after 8:00 AM to recapture the essence of yesterday’s ride. It felt so liberating to cast aside the shackles of winters Bar Mitts, clacking carbide studs and SPD winter boots in favor of fingerless gloves and shorts. Again I rode 50 miles. Adding the 1.5 mile round trip I did with my hybrid and Burley Nomad cargo trailer (with Ghazmh junior riding behind) to the grocery store it added to 52 miles in all.

Sadly my next opportunity to ride wont be until Saturday. I’ll be at work HQ in CA until Friday evening. Not long enough to justify bringing a bike again.
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Old 04-01-19, 07:10 AM
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So, just a some thoughts about Liming around town....

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Fifth surprise - helmet.

I - just - can - not - feel - comfortable - riding - a - bike - without - a - helmet. That's just me. A couple of times I have passed on riding because I didn't have my helmet. So now I just carry it with me.

When I am far away from home, walking around with a helmet never feels - stupid. But walking around close to home with a just-in-case helmet feels - stupid. Maybe because in "travel" mode I usually carry a bag.

Find myself wanting a folding helmet.
In New York City last week and found a collapsible helmet at the Cooper Hewitt Museum gift shop.


Wore it for the first time this weekend. Works great, it's trivial to collapse and open. It's a proper CSPC certified bicycle helmet (I would compare it to sub $50 "normal" bike helmet), good ventilation and comfortable.

It is "small enough" (volume is less than 1/2 when collapsed) to fit in my bag.

One note is that the temple strap adjusters do not lock, so every time I open it and put it on I have to slide the temple strap adjusters. However, it does have a dial adjuster for the back of skull fit.


So, compare this $99 helmet to a modern sub $50 helmet, the collapsible feature about doubles the price.


So, the inevitable questions.
  • Why would anyone want to put a sweaty collapsible helmet inside a bag?

    I don't. I put an unsweaty collapsible helmet inside a bag. There it stays until I decide to pick up a Lime. I unlock the Lime, put on my headsweats, open the helmet and put that on, then ride away. For short rides (common on the Lime) literally no sweat. For longer rides on hotter days, my sweaty helmet hangs on the outside of my bag al fresco.
  • So now I carry around a bag?

    I always carry a messenger bag biking, and now carry a messenger bag walking. When I was "walking" I got in the habit. And now that I'm walking with trekking poles, I still carry the bag. I think it's a habit that I won't be able to break now.

    So I walk, stop, shop, put stuff in my bag. I also ride, stop, shop, put stuff in my bag.
  • But how can you fit your stuff AND your helmet inside your bag?

    I take my helmet out my bag, put stuff in my bag, hang my helmet outside of the bag al fresco.
NOTA BENE: There are several counterfeits of this helmet (actually, counterfeits of the earliest prototype helmets shown on the Kickstarter video). Most are selling for $36 and change and don't carry the Fend name. But one counterfeit calls itself FEND and goes for over $200.

WRONG - DO NOT BUY HELMETS THAT LOOK LIKE THIS:


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Old 04-04-19, 02:08 PM
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Nice riding weather today, and I'm stuck in the house waiting for a plumber. Yes, I do want my toilet fixed, but I wish he would at least give me an estimated arrival time. He's a neighbor and doing this as a side job, but just "sometime in the afternoon" is really not that specific. I could have gone for a ride and been back by now.
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Old 04-06-19, 06:02 PM
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First joy ride since Labor Day. No PT, no errands, just got on my bike, rode east, rode south, rode west, rode north.

50k to nowhere and back.

So good. So damn good.

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Old 04-06-19, 06:17 PM
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After a quick stop at Fern's in Carlisle, I hit the hills on 225 toward Westford. I love the cool weather for doing hills. Listening to the voices in my head, I went to Maynard and hung out with the "Babe" for a little bit.Good day, good ride.
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Old 04-07-19, 03:15 PM
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Hi all. Been following this thread for awhile, thought I should make a contribution.
Got out for my 4th ride of the season today after coming out of winter cycling hibernation just a few weeks ago.
Made it to the end of the Reformatory Trail at Lowell Rd (started in East Arlington). Was a great ride, about 28 miles.
The Minuteman was not too busy when I started out about 9:45am. The Reformatory was mostly dry, though some sections were quite rutted with hardened tracks from others riding when it was muddy.
I was surprised to see there was still ice on one of the ponds near Great Meadows Rd in Concord:



Need to enjoy the Reformatory Trail while it is still dirt, as it appears Bedford still plans to pave their section in the next year or so.
Maybe I will see some of you out there.
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Old 04-07-19, 04:19 PM
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planted grass yesterday w Wifey then went for a walk at Great Meadows & we walked on part of that trail and also saw some ice way over in the shade by the entrance road & parking lot






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Old 04-08-19, 05:12 AM
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We might have crossed paths with some of you yesterday (Sunday). Sharon and I spent about 3 hrs walking Great Meadows and the ORRT. The frog chorus was in full voice!
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Great Meadows and The frog chorus was in full voice!
oh yeah that was crazy loud. did you happen to see the mating carp? never before do I remember seeing them "breach" straight up, vertically, out of the water, except for their tail!
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  • Sunday
    • 25 k, another ride to nowhere, but shorter.
    • Also went out on 5k my new ride, another two wheels in the stable. Riding goofy (right foot forward, left foot kick) so absolutely nowhere to hide my weakness. The Minuteman is WAY steeper than I remember.
  • Monday
    • Ortho - great progress, they are happy, I am thrilled, but I still have a long long way to go. Next appointment in August.
    • 12 k, ride to Cary Coovert's ghost bike dedication. Beauty, sorrow, anger, joy, laughter, hope, and cries.
  • Tuesday
    • 25 k, to PT and back. Ankle inversion/eversion 5/5, flexion 3/5. No longer need to work out with resistance bands, and no longer need trekking poles. (But I still want my trekking poles.)
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Wonderful gift we have around here. Getting to share the Minuteman with world class athletes.


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I took a ride this afternoon out to Bedford on the Minuteman. Saw the ghost bike memorial at Seasons Four. Very sad. Also noticed a fresh asphalt patch at the driveway crossing there, where the pavement has been crumbling and there is often a big puddle. I don't think it's a coincidence that finally got addressed. Related to that, I've noticed that Arlington has been marking and repairing bad pavement near Thorndike field this week.

I went out today to avoid the crowds that tomorrow's warm weather will bring. I was rewarded by having Depot Park all to myself:

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gave the mtb a break & rode the road bike. 1st time since last summer, I think. a good 20 miles round trip Bedford to Alewife in Cambridge. Lexington & Arlington were pretty busy. the Lexington Visitors Ctr had a gathering inside but the doors were locked so could only use the restroom in Bedford. nice that those are open again. can hardly believe it's spring again





not particularly scenic but I think these are dogwood blossoms?


solemn reminder






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...I've been appalled more than once at the careless disregard for margins of error by some people on the MM. Also at the discourtesy. On weekends it is a rule-free playground.
Why I avoid the MM on the weekends, and I live 200 feet from it.
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One ride I love to do is the ride from Auburn back home to Billerica. It's 55 miles of varied terrain. My route starts off near the Auburn Mall on Pakachoag Road where the town has installed this anti-bicycle road grate.
Going South, I head up onto Central Street toward Town Hall. There is a little climb there, and on Strava it is called "Stairway to Heaven". This climb isn't such a much, but there's a cool old piece of equipment that's pretty cool.
From Central to South Street, then across Rt 20 to Stone Rd then Auburn Sportsman's club is on the right. Next comes the biggest hill on the ride. Looking at it on Strava, the hill is about a half mile long, and starts off at around 19 degrees. I gradually slopes to 10ish, but it gives this old guy a pretty good workout.
Once on the top of this road, the fun begins. Here is a repurposed bike made into a funky planter.
Now I start heading north toward Millbury. There is a field where there are a few cows which I usually stop to shoot the breeze with.
Through Millbury and onto Riverlin Road, and then I pick up 122A for a few miles. I pass by Noel Motors where I bought my gently used Pickup truck a few years ago. A zig and a zag, then I'm at the start of route 30 in Grafton. I think this is my favorite part of the ride. I goes through the campus of Cummins Veterinary School, and Tufts is on the right.
A gentle climb brings me to a hilltop pasture.

First cool mailbox is this eagle. If you look close you'll see that he's clutching a fish.


Second cool mailbox is this moose. They need to paint the mailbox brown though. Come on people!


This was my final pic from this ride. The Mass Fire academy in Stow.
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