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Sierra_rider 05-09-24 08:17 PM


Originally Posted by Troul (Post 23236147)
so you were bearly trying today? :D

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f43018a6d7.jpg

Smaug1 05-10-24 07:53 AM

Yesterday was a rest day.
Today, I will have 4 miles on the eBike commuting.
Then, I will pack the car and drive up to the northwoods for the Hungry Bear gravel race: https://hungrybeargravel.com/information
I waited too long to register, wanting to be sure of the weather before I drive 4+ hours each way, so they sold out. I emailed the director and he replied simply: "If you show up, we can figure something out."
I booked a hotel and will pack and leave after lunch.
Note that I won't be "racing". I'm slow and so's my bike, I just thought it would be fun to do a gravel ride up in the northwoods.

Troul 05-10-24 12:46 PM

107 miles. Decided to take a mostly unpaved route back to avoid sharp debris that has been more evident than usual on the cycling "friendly" roads. Kinda pooped & need to clean everything up.

WaveyGravey 05-10-24 03:57 PM

Today I rode 26 miles. Almost to my 100 mile per week goal.

Sierra_rider 05-10-24 04:02 PM

54 miles and 6300' of climbing today. My legs didn't feel the greatest at the start of the day, as I did some gym work last night, but they quickly warmed up. Managed to set a PR on the main climb of the day, a measly 13 seconds faster than last week over a 5+mile climb.

The last time I did this exact loop was over 3 years ago. I managed to do it 22 minutes faster today, with an average HR 4 beats lower, yet with an average power of 15ish watts higher.

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...11f4aafc14.jpg

jaxgtr 05-10-24 06:19 PM

Got in 24 miles and 1220 ft of Rouvy, was out of power most of the day due to some heavy storms that rolled through this morning and I tree limb down the road took out a powerline. Now I get to play catch up on the work I needed to do today. However, tomorrow is supposed to be a nice day, calls for wind < 10, but it is still blowing pretty hard here, 25+, so thinking the < 10 is a lie, but will see.

Troul 05-10-24 06:23 PM


Originally Posted by jaxgtr (Post 23237120)
Got in 24 miles and 1220 ft of Rouvy, was out of power most of the day due to some heavy storms that rolled through this morning and I tree limb down the road took out a powerline. Now I get to play catch up on the work I needed to do today. However, tomorrow is supposed to be a nice day, calls for wind < 10, but it is still blowing pretty hard here, 25+, so thinking the < 10 is a lie, but will see.

Just curious, were the storms expected? the forecast here has been pretty much flat out wrong & not in a positive way... I may need road tires with wake paddles & a wet suit.

jaxgtr 05-10-24 06:54 PM


Originally Posted by Troul (Post 23237123)
Just curious, were the storms expected? the forecast here has been pretty much flat out wrong & not in a positive way... I may need road tires with wake paddles & a wet suit.

No it was pretty spot on. They been calling for strong storms on Friday mid morning, but we had a set last night about 8, then the really bad stuff this morning, it blew out quicker than expected, but the winds were blowing 25-40 pretty much all day. I just took the dog for a walk and it has calmed down quite a bit since I last posted about an hour ago, so maybe the < 10 will be true.

XxHaimBondxX 05-11-24 08:08 AM

32 miles this wet chilly morning, didn't see rain in the forecast overnight.

Sierra_rider 05-11-24 12:24 PM

Little recovery ride today, 41 miles and only 3000' of climbing. Saw a bunch of cyclists out today, there was dang-near a small peloton pace lining up what we call the "creek" road. Saw even more down in town getting ready to start their ride, which for me is the low spot/turnaround point of my ride...the joys of living on top of the climb.

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...47e8cd0e28.jpg

jaxgtr 05-11-24 01:31 PM

Was planning for about 60, wind was pretty heavy, 20 to 25 from the Northeast, but I powered through it. On my way back, with the wind at my back, at mile 49, something jumped up and bit me.

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d4af313d0.jpeg

It's a good size cut, but I decided to put in a tube and a $1 bill to see if I could make it home, but after a 1/4 mile, it just seemed really sketchy, so I made the call of shame to my wife.

Once I got home, I still felt good, so I grabbed another bike, and went back out for another 28. This experience sort of puts a big hole in my 1 bike to rule them all theory I had last week, LOL.

So a total of 77.4 miles and a rethink of selling some bikes.

diphthong 05-11-24 03:18 PM

40-spot vintage ride.

WaveyGravey 05-11-24 03:25 PM

Today I rode 26 miles completing my 100-mile goal for the week.

Ubie 05-11-24 03:27 PM

25mi even, MS Coast the Coast short route

jaxgtr 05-11-24 08:19 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23218375)
Several different manufacturers. I found mine here for a super price: https://www.aliexpress.us/w/wholesal...468a1c91eaMhBC

I can't tell, is the core removable on those that you bought? I see some that have it, but some that do not specify one way or the other.

jaxgtr 05-11-24 08:29 PM

I was cleaning up the bike after the tire cut this evening, and when I was taking off the tire to remove all the tubeless sealant residue, I noticed I have a nice little nick in the rim right near the top of rim edge. I do not think it compromises the rim, but I am going to take it in anyway to have to checked on Monday. I wish I knew what I hit, it sounded like a shot gun when the tire popped. I did not see anything on the road either, but the tire has such a clean cut in it.

rsbob 05-11-24 08:44 PM


Originally Posted by jaxgtr (Post 23237915)
I can't tell, is the core removable on those that you bought? I see some that have it, but some that do not specify one way or the other.

Couldn’t tell you since the bike is at the shop getting climbing gears and a new chain. Will let you know.

WaveyGravey 05-12-24 01:30 PM

25 miles today. First ride towards 100-mile goal for the week.

Troul 05-12-24 02:42 PM

88 miles. didnt get back to the future though.

biker128pedal 05-12-24 06:31 PM

I’ve been alternating MTb and road. Mtb usually when I need to stop by the store after the ride. Road the new Checkpoint SL5 I got for gravel, mixed surfaces and with the rack stop offs at the vegetable and fruit and fish stands. Road 27 windy miles. Picked up some tomatoes cucumbers cheese and tuna steaks. Was planning spaghetti but thought the SO deserved better for Mother’s Day. So sorry no pictures.

Sierra_rider 05-12-24 10:29 PM

Short little MTB ride before visiting some family this morning. 10 miles, 1000' of climbing, and it brought me to over 15 hours of rolling time this week.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...61439c9adb.jpg

rsbob 05-13-24 10:10 AM

36 miles, 1900’ climbing. Bested previous PR on 3 mile climb by 40 seconds. Still 2nd fastest per bracket but will never take the KOM. The winner is too damned fast.
Got a KOM for bracket on 2.1 mile segment that Mr Speed-demon didn’t ride. :)

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...cf2371536.jpeg

Smaug1 05-13-24 11:44 AM

Saturday: I did the Hungry Bear 100 gravel race. (though I wasn't racing) That was 60 miles, and I added in a few more at the end to round up to the metric century to get my May Gran Fondo in Strava. That was the toughest ride I've ever done. Lots of climbing for this part of the country. Details here: https://www.strava.com/activities/11387948578

Today: just the 4 mile eBike commute, but my battery died halfway to work, so I had to pedal that 60 lb. bike home (half uphill) and got a decent workout anyway.

XxHaimBondxX 05-13-24 12:08 PM

Just noticed today I'm down 8 lb. I only started riding a month ago, couple of 20-30 mile rides per week, much greater appetite, yet still down. Hopefully I can shed another 20ish by the end of summer.

rsbob 05-13-24 01:09 PM


Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX (Post 23239196)
Just noticed today I'm down 8 lb. I only started riding a month ago, couple of 20-30 mile rides per week, much greater appetite, yet still down. Hopefully I can shed another 20ish by the end of summer.

That is remarkable losing 8 lbs only doing a couple of 20-30 milers per week. You must still have quite the metabolism. Shedding another 20 shouldn’t be too hard. What is your age - and resist the urge to eat - or just eat healthy snacks if you must give in.

Troul 05-13-24 02:29 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23239246)
That is remarkable losing 8 lbs only doing a couple of 20-30 milers per week. You must still have quite the metabolism. Shedding another 20 shouldn’t be too hard. What is your age - and resist the urge to eat - or just eat healthy snacks if you must give in.

must be nice to have that metabolism!

rsbob 05-13-24 04:22 PM


Originally Posted by Troul (Post 23239320)
must be nice to have that metabolism!

In my 30s, I could drop 4-5 lbs on a weekend if I was active and didn’t eat. Back in those days, I saw eating as an inconvenience so skipped it quite a bit. Rather be hiking or biking than eating. Now, I have 2 lbs to get me down to my semi-idea weight but 5 to get me to an ideal weight for power to weight ratio. Not so easy anymore.

XxHaimBondxX 05-13-24 05:11 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23239246)
That is remarkable losing 8 lbs only doing a couple of 20-30 milers per week. You must still have quite the metabolism. Shedding another 20 shouldn’t be too hard. What is your age - and resist the urge to eat - or just eat healthy snacks if you must give in.

I'm almost 43. Last time I weighed myself was right after winter holidays, so I bet 8 lb includes a turkey and whatever comes with it. Eating less is definitely a challenge, especially since my wife's cooking is pretty good. I do try to stay away from late night junk foods binges.

biker128pedal 05-13-24 06:37 PM

19.6 mile mountain bike ride this afternoon at York River State Park. A cool 79 F. Did not see any Cicadas but heard them. I don’t know how to upload a video from my iPhone so trying a could have links to the Video I uploaded to YouTube as a short. Hope it works. Just the sound and panning.

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f8a60761f.jpeg

Cicadas

https://youtube.com/shorts/ZbyrQmMlCGg?feature=shared

Sierra_rider 05-13-24 07:40 PM

31 miles and 4500' of climbing.

My favorite local "HC" rated climb was finally free of snow, so I did that today...the climb itself is 10 miles, 3200', and a 6% average gradient. The average doesn't quite tell the whole story, as it's punctuated with a handful of short false flats. Anyway, averaged over 290 watts for the bulk of the climb...I managed to lift the tempo towards the top and average 4.0 w/kg for the last 20 minutes of the climb. Humblebrag...beat my PR by a minute and if I can find another minute(actually doable IMO,) I can overtake a pro CX'er for the #2 spot on Strava. It's seldom done as a segment, despite being a legit road climb, otherwise I'd normally not feature anywhere near the top 10 on a big road climb like this.

Partway down the descent...you can barely see the road ahead on the 2nd away ridge:

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...bdbc8941c6.jpg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...913f8a2e37.jpg
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f336e7743b.jpg


Thunderstorms started moving in on the way back up...was hearing thunder in the closing miles of the climb:
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...36d7a47f08.jpg


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