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Troul 10-28-23 08:35 PM


Originally Posted by jaxgtr (Post 23055228)
Been a while since I got any seat time inside or out, work is hassling my groove right now that is for sure, I am so close to retirement I can taste it, but not quite there. Got in 16 miles and 2.5K of climbing last night and 78 miles today on the new Checkpoint I built up. It was a great shakedown ride for sure. Some offroad and some on road.

I wouldn't tell HR you can taste it... they might send you for an eval!

jaxgtr 10-28-23 08:36 PM


Originally Posted by Troul (Post 23055254)
I did have enough juice to squeeze out 38 miles while the temps held in the low 50s.... the winds were not being so cooperative though.
still feel down on power.

Yea I can't imagine of dealing with riding in the cold when you are not feeling well. That would be my personal hell. I am not a huge fan of the cold anyway, but feeling like crap and cold, pass.

Troul 10-28-23 08:43 PM


Originally Posted by jaxgtr (Post 23055258)
Yea I can't imagine of dealing with riding in the cold when you are not feeling well. That would be my personal hell. I am not a huge fan of the cold anyway, but feeling like crap and cold, pass.

The forecast was all over the place all week. Right before I went lights out to count sheep, the forecast turned favorable. It was supposed to be mid 40s, windy, & heavy moiiistness. Thankfully the forecast was wrong 2 out of 3 predictions (in my favor for once) .
Getting the blood flowing when not totally in the slumps tends to help my recovery in kickin' out the snotwebs.

SpeedyBlueBiker 10-28-23 10:18 PM

Today I rode 36 miles on a sunny but quite cool day. 50F when I started but two hours later it was down to 43F.

XxHaimBondxX 10-29-23 07:57 AM

Another breezy rainy 20 miles. Missed a beautiful 65 degree day yesterday due to some relatives staying over, probably last of such days for a while.

biker128pedal 10-29-23 05:57 PM

Spent today and yesterday on the mountain bike tamping down the fall leaves, trimming branches. and marking the local single track. When I miss a turn I add more flags. Tight trail. I have 750mm bars and need to trim about 30mm off. 16 miles today and 14 yesterday.

Where the trail. :roflmao2:
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Sierra_rider 10-29-23 09:40 PM

Nothing too crazy, just a little climbing loop to finish out the week. Coupla' hours, 29 miles, and 3800' elevation gain. I was really jonesin' for more, but I needed to run into civilization to drop off a cracked Ultegra crankset at the bike shop for the recall. Luckily they didn't need the whole bike, so I was able to take one of my motos.

Sierra_rider 10-29-23 09:48 PM


Originally Posted by jaxgtr (Post 23055228)
Been a while since I got any seat time inside or out, work is hassling my groove right now that is for sure, I am so close to retirement I can taste it, but not quite there. Got in 16 miles and 2.5K of climbing last night and 78 miles today on the new Checkpoint I built up. It was a great shakedown ride for sure. Some offroad and some on road.

Probably closer than I am...I can retire in 17 years at the earliest, 24 if I want to max out my retirement. I'm not counting down the years at all lol.

rsbob 10-29-23 09:56 PM

Three mile dog walk followed by 26 miles with 1K climb. An amazing sunny day around 50*.

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Sierra_rider 10-30-23 04:53 PM

My last ride of the month, I wanted to see if I could get to 50,000' of climbing for the month...just made it with today's ride. 58 miles and 7000' of elevation gain.

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diphthong 10-30-23 09:48 PM

22-spot. santa ana winds kicking and cleared everything out...til the inevitable wildfires.

rsbob 10-31-23 10:44 AM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23057098)
My last ride of the month, I wanted to see if I could get to 50,000' of climbing for the month...just made it with today's ride. 58 miles and 7000' of elevation gain.

Damn. Way to get after it.

Was in Forest Hill a couple of days ago. Only saw a couple of cyclists out there. Lots of gain.

Sierra_rider 10-31-23 11:09 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23057709)
Damn. Way to get after it.

Was in Forest Hill a couple of days ago. Only saw a couple of cyclists out there. Lots of gain.

I'm not too far from Foresthill, they have some really good MTBing out that way. IMO, there are some epic cycling roads all along the west slope of the Sierras, and most of the cyclists in Sacramento never make the 1 hour drive to check it out.

rsbob 10-31-23 11:21 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23058476)
I'm not too far from Foresthill, they have some really good MTBing out that way. IMO, there are some epic cycling roads all along the west slope of the Sierras, and most of the cyclists in Sacramento never make the 1 hour drive to check it out.

Even though it was a weekday, there were quite a few MTBs out there. Since it takes a bit to get out there, I was really surprised. Driving those roads, its no wonder you get so much gain,

Today, 44 miles, 1,700 at 16.6 Ave. Could be the last good day for quite a while.

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diphthong 11-03-23 12:20 PM

46-spot with the santa ana winds. temps in the 75f-80f range.

rsbob 11-03-23 08:08 PM

Did my own flatish 28 mile time trial with an average speed of 19.6MPH with only 500 of climbing. My new aerobars certainly helped. Love them.

XxHaimBondxX 11-04-23 08:21 AM

My first 30 mile! Ditched the car and rode straight to the bike path from my house which added extra 10 miles round trip, plus quite a few hills, so I'm really feeling it right now.

jaxgtr 11-04-23 01:08 PM

Took the Checkpoint out do some bridge loops to see what the gearing is like with the 46 tooth up front and doing some steep angles. This bridge is not long, but starts out at 8% for about 1/4 mile and reduces to about 5% to the peak. The return trip based on which road you take can be 6.5% or 5% neither of which give me issues, but the 6.5 is longer at 1/2 mile. I decided to come back on the 5% side and on my way down the bridge, I hear a pop and then the spraying of tubeless fluid. I was starting to slide around on the back so I stood and leaned a little forward while applying steady breaking. I did not want to crash at 34 mph. I bring the bike to a stop and tire was pretty loose on the rim. The Orange Seal would not seal it, but then I realized there was nothing left. I walk back up the bridge a little and see a trail of latex. I walk down to the base of the bridge to put a tube in, and then it was then that I realized I was screwed. I did not have my little storage pack in the downtube, it was on my work bench in the garage.

:troll:

So I make the call to my wife. Get home, then start to clean the bike and look at the tire. I had 5 holes in my tire and one of them was quite sizable. I am not sure what I hit, but it has the pattern of carpet tack board but I do not remember seeing anything like that on the bridge, but you never know. I plugged the largest hole, but the others are pretty small so I dropped some super glue in them. I think for interim, I am going to run tubes on this bike which will give me the ability to run smooth tires for road or switch to more off road when I do that. Good thing is that the tubes will fit whatever tire I run. I might have to look into the TPU, since I am seeing people are quite happy with them and they seem to have a little more stretch which help reduce flatting.

So I got in 22.5 miles, 834 ft of climbing the bridges

rsbob 11-04-23 01:17 PM


Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX (Post 23061459)
My first 30 mile! Ditched the car and rode straight to the bike path from my house which added extra 10 miles round trip, plus quite a few hills, so I'm really feeling it right now.

Congratulations! Well done

rsbob 11-04-23 01:22 PM


Originally Posted by jaxgtr (Post 23061706)
Took the Checkpoint out do some bridge loops to see what the gearing is like with the 46 tooth up front and doing some steep angles. This bridge is not long, but starts out at 8% for about 1/4 mile and reduces to about 5% to the peak. The return trip based on which road you take can be 6.5% or 5% neither of which give me issues, but the 6.5 is longer at 1/2 mile. I decided to come back on the 5% side and on my way down the bridge, I hear a pop and then the spraying of tubeless fluid. I was starting to slide around on the back so I stood and leaned a little forward while applying steady breaking. I did not want to crash at 34 mph. I bring the bike to a stop and tire was pretty loose on the rim. The Orange Seal would not seal it, but then I realized there was nothing left. I walk back up the bridge a little and see a trail of latex. I walk down to the base of the bridge to put a tube in, and then it was then that I realized I was screwed. I did not have my little storage pack in the downtube, it was on my work bench in the garage.

:troll:

So I make the call to my wife. Get home, then start to clean the bike and look at the tire. I had 5 holes in my tire and one of them was quite sizable. I am not sure what I hit, but it has the pattern of carpet tack board but I do not remember seeing anything like that on the bridge, but you never know. I plugged the largest hole, but the others are pretty small so I dropped some super glue in them. I think for interim, I am going to run tubes on this bike which will give me the ability to run smooth tires for road or switch to more off road when I do that. Good thing is that the tubes will fit whatever tire I run. I might have to look into the TPU, since I am seeing people are quite happy with them and they seem to have a little more stretch which help reduce flatting.

So I got in 22.5 miles, 834 ft of climbing the bridges

Rotten luck. When I screw up, I call that, paying the stupid tax. Running tubes sounds like a good idea. Better days to you.

Troul 11-04-23 01:28 PM

86 miles. Was cooking the wet pavement without much effort it seemed. The intent was to do a moderate distance before the clouds blew in, which happened later than forecasted. The last dozen miles I ended up soaked in the 51F "heat" .
trying to proactively get ahead of the upcoming gobble day indulgeindulgence.

jaxgtr 11-04-23 02:48 PM


Originally Posted by Troul (Post 23061722)
86 miles. Was cooking the wet pavement without much effort it seemed. The intent was to do a moderate distance before the clouds blew in, which happened later than forecasted. The last dozen miles I ended up soaked in the 51F "heat" .
trying to proactively get ahead of the upcoming gobble day indulgeindulgence.

Nothing worse than getting wet in that kind of heat

jaxgtr 11-04-23 10:00 PM

You know, I generally have the outlook that most things have a reason for happening even though we don't see it at the time. Some long time friends of my wife came over for dinner tonight and I have ridden with one of the husbands here and there. I was showing him my new bike and told him of my adventure today and the lack of an emergency tube. He called me a rookie and I could not disagree with him. I mentioned that my tire look like I ran over some carpet tack board and decided to switch back to tubes for now. He asked if I was going to stick with the gravel tires or was I looking to buy some more road like. I told him I was thinking about it, but I wanted something 35mm or larger which really limits the options. He walked out to his car and hands me a box which has pair of Cinturato Velo 35mm that he was going to return to Amazon as they mounted just a bit too wide for his bike and the rear was rubbing the front derailleur. I took them off his hands, so win win for everyone. :thumb:.

Troul 11-04-23 10:08 PM

That is a great random "happen" ! those tires are pretty supple based on my experience.

jaxgtr 11-04-23 10:13 PM

Yea they review very well and I know dude that has been riding them for the last couple of years I think in a 32. He speaks highly of them.

Troul 11-04-23 10:21 PM


Originally Posted by jaxgtr (Post 23062083)
Yea they review very well and I know dude that has been riding them for the last couple of years I think in a 32. He speaks highly of them.

When it comes to tires, it's hard for me to stay with one type/kind. I find myself trying out new designs/compounds.... thankfully that habit hasnt crossed over into whole new bicycles as that might make financial recoveries very difficult.

rsbob 11-04-23 10:25 PM

Stormy weather in the PNW. Managed to squeak in a 2.5 mile dog walk between showers and 17 leisurely fake miles on ZWIFT using the Orbea.

On the Bianchi, mounted risers on the aerobars regain access to the bar tops. Its all good.

rsbob 11-05-23 07:19 PM

Dragged out the vintage steel with fenders due to wet roads and threatening rain.

With its mighty 39x26 7 speed gearing, I managed 35 miles and 2600’ climbing at a whopping 14.2 MPH. Did I mention the bike weighs 25 lbs? Good ole Columbus tubing. Yeesh - can’t believe I rode that beast for 20 years. Two days ago I did 32 miles at 19.6 MPH average on my plastic bike.

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jaxgtr 11-05-23 09:00 PM

@rsbob, wonderful scenery with the red leaves. I got in a late evening 21 before the sun called it a day.

rsbob 11-05-23 09:12 PM


Originally Posted by jaxgtr (Post 23063007)
@rsbob, wonderful scenery with the red leaves. I got in a late evening 21 before the sun called it a day.

many thanks. Hope your ride was a good one.


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