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Forum: Commuting
08-03-22, 09:10 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

Cool and cloudy this morning, with a few showers...

Cool and cloudy this morning, with a few showers starting halfway to work. Honestly, if it had been raining at home, I might have driven instead.

Back when the office was downtown, I had...
Forum: Commuting
08-02-22, 09:29 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

A little cooler, a bit windy. Now that it's...

A little cooler, a bit windy. Now that it's August, I think I can expect cooler mornings. As I was riding along, I thought my front tire seemed a bit squishy, so I checked at a stop light, and yeah,...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-22, 09:05 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

Streak broken, I drove yesterday :(. One of those...

Streak broken, I drove yesterday :(. One of those days where my schedule was all messed up and driving was more practical.

Back on the bike today, on another lovely morning. Uneventful, other than...
Forum: Commuting
07-22-22, 09:19 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

This morning I came across a couple of police...

This morning I came across a couple of police training groups on a gravel path in the valley. The first group of about 20 looked like they were in some kind of SWAT training, wearing body armour,...
Forum: Touring
07-21-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,517
Posted By groovestew

Agree with Stadjer , once out of Brussels, it's...

Agree with Stadjer , once out of Brussels, it's safe. There are safe cycling routes everywhere, just depends on where you want to go. I've since been to The Hague, which is nice, as are Kinderdijk...
Forum: Commuting
07-21-22, 09:14 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

I rode a multi-geared bike today after riding...

I rode a multi-geared bike today after riding nothing but my fixed gear for a couple of weeks, and I be like...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

Five commuting days in a row, but perhaps more...

Five commuting days in a row, but perhaps more significantly, the third consecutive day this week. It's been a while since I've done that. I can feel my legs getting tired due to overall lack of...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-22, 09:33 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

Four days in a row! That's... not unprecedented...

Four days in a row! That's... not unprecedented actually. I think my record is somewhere around 15 days, which seems exceptionally lame when I'm posting right after Tundra_Man . Oh, and welcome back...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-22, 09:36 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

Three days in a row! I'm unstoppable! Until the...

Three days in a row! I'm unstoppable! Until the next time it drizzles in the morning. Actually, I just missed a few raindrops this morning. Good ride; these are nice summer mornings with quiet roads...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-22, 10:11 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

Two days in a row! Quite a streak I've got going....

Two days in a row! Quite a streak I've got going. Got hit in the mouth by a dragonfly, otherwise uneventful. Like, really uneventful. Traffic was nearly non-existent. Have a great weekend everyone.
Forum: Commuting
07-14-22, 09:37 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

Sunny, warm, and a little breezy. It's gonna be...

Sunny, warm, and a little breezy. It's gonna be hot for the ride home.
Forum: Commuting
07-08-22, 09:29 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

It's feeling very lonely here. Another warm and...

It's feeling very lonely here. Another warm and very humid ride to work today. There's an older gentleman that I see out for a walk almost every time I ride to work, and usually in the same area. He...
Forum: Commuting
07-07-22, 12:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 578
Posted By groovestew

Due to three different major construction...

Due to three different major construction projects between home and work, I'm being forced to take detours. Nothing major yet, just a km or two longer than normal, but I think additional detours are...
Forum: Commuting
07-04-22, 09:41 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

Oh the humanidity! Also: going (slowly)...

Oh the humanidity!

Also: going (slowly) uphill on gravel, hit a soft patch which slowed me to nearly a standstill, then spun out the back wheel and almost went over. Getting started again on a...
Forum: Commuting
06-30-22, 11:37 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

Hey everyone, it's been two weeks since my last...

Hey everyone, it's been two weeks since my last bicycle commute. Only two other posts since then on this thread! I guess some of the few of us still posting are on holidays.

It's been really wet...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,788
Posted By groovestew

I have nothing to add to this thread other than I...

I have nothing to add to this thread other than I can attest to this remark:



I rode from Brussels (starting near the EU buildings) to Amsterdam once a few years ago. I was warned about...
06-21-22, 01:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 688
Posted By groovestew

Well, it took about 4 days for the pain to...

Well, it took about 4 days for the pain to completely go away. I've ridden my fixed gear a few times after that, and no pain at all afterwards. Just some cobwebs that needed clearing, apparently.
Forum: Commuting
06-16-22, 09:38 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

Near the bottom of a gravel trail into the...

Near the bottom of a gravel trail into the valley, someone had placed some large rocks across the path, far enough apart to ride between, but close enough that I had to slow way down. WTF? Twenty...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-22, 09:44 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

Construction is starting up again in a ravine on...

Construction is starting up again in a ravine on my route. They're completely rebuilding the trail (actually an old road, closed to motorized traffic for ~20 years), and I'm really looking forward to...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-22, 09:00 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

Look all around, nothing but blue sky Look...

Look all around, nothing but blue sky
Look straight ahead, nothing but blooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sky!

I know there's a million versions of this song; this is my favourite:
I can see clearly...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-22, 03:15 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

Not in Canada, or at least, not in the province...

Not in Canada, or at least, not in the province of Alberta. Summer holidays are July and August.
06-01-22, 03:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 688
Posted By groovestew

Yesterday I rode my FG for the first time in almost 3 years...

...and today, hoo boy are my quads ever sore.

I guess I'm a bit surprised that there's that much of a difference in how the muscles are worked, compared to a coastable bike. I did the same route...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-22, 09:27 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

I need to leave 15 minutes earlier. The traffic...

I need to leave 15 minutes earlier. The traffic around the two schools I ride by is pretty insane. Beautiful day for a ride otherwise.

I rode my fixed gear for the first time since 2019. That...
Forum: Commuting
05-26-22, 09:16 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,403
Posted By groovestew

Good morning! It's May 26, and I rode to work...

Good morning! It's May 26, and I rode to work today! Last year, I didn't ride until July, so I'm ahead this year. I enjoyed reading through the posts here and hope to be cluttering things up with my...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Some time ago I mentioned my primary route was...

Some time ago I mentioned my primary route was closed due to construction - an old road, closed to motorized traffic, through a ravine was being completely torn up and rebuilt. I've been checking on...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-21, 09:14 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

The most interesting thing about my commute today...

The most interesting thing about my commute today was before I even started, standing beside my bike on the driveway, when a bird threw a chicken bone at me. Bounced off my arm. It was the weirdest...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Got a late start, then got slowed down a bit by a...

Got a late start, then got slowed down a bit by a headwind, and ended up getting to the office 7 minutes after the start of a (virtual) meeting. I wheeled my bike right into my office, got set up as...
Forum: Commuting
10-14-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Cold this morning at about -3C (27F). I'm not...

Cold this morning at about -3C (27F). I'm not hardy like the T-man, and I can feel my enthusiasm fading as the days get colder. Face and digits were all cold during the ride. Apart from the cold, it...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Frosty - as in, everything had a layer of frost...

Frosty - as in, everything had a layer of frost on it this morning. I mostly dressed for the weather, but I had forgotten my toe covers at the office yesterday, and didn't have them this morning, so...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

I had to look that up, and I'm a bit sorry I did....

I had to look that up, and I'm a bit sorry I did. :)

Chilly - verifiably below freezing this morning, and foggy for the ride in. Had my heart skip a beat when making a slow, tight, downhill turn...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Pfft. Go for the gusto. Get a 46t chainring and...

Pfft. Go for the gusto. Get a 46t chainring and power up those hills!
Forum: Commuting
10-04-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Has anyone seen the movie "Hero" with Jet Li?...

Has anyone seen the movie "Hero" with Jet Li? There is an excellent fight scene in a forest where the ground is thick with yellow leaves (colour is very important in the movie). On the trail portion...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

The nice fall weather continues, for now at...

The nice fall weather continues, for now at least. Chilly, but otherwise sunny and calm.

Ask anyone in Edmonton what the best feature of the city is, and 9 out of 10 will answer the river valley....
Forum: Commuting
09-27-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Does anyone have a nicer commute than me these...

Does anyone have a nicer commute than me these days? Probably, but mine is pretty nice. I'm starting to come around to liking my new route, even though it's longer and has a lot of gravel.

Cool...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Officially, it was 3C in the big city, but the...

Officially, it was 3C in the big city, but the thermometer on my house out in the 'burbs had the needle hovering a hair's breadth above the freezing mark. Definitely around 0C in the valley.

Still...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

To avoid the construction on my main route, I...

To avoid the construction on my main route, I took a secondary route that had me riding into the blinding sun for a couple of stretches. In a residential area with the sun straight ahead, I heard a...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

It seems I underestimated the construction...

It seems I underestimated the construction timelines in the ravine on my route. I figured the project would be done by the end of the week, but based on what I saw today, I think it'll take a month....
Forum: Commuting
09-13-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Due to an early morning teleconference that I...

Due to an early morning teleconference that I took from home, I got off to a later start, post rush-hour, so streets were pretty calm. Raced through two intersections on some very mature amber lights...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

My timing must have been a bit different today...

My timing must have been a bit different today because hoo boy, was traffic ever thick around the 2.5 school zones I rode through this morning. It's not normally like that.

It was an absolutely...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Another beautiful, cool morning for the commute...

Another beautiful, cool morning for the commute in, with low winds, and the sun barely hiding behind a thin cloud cover. Just a busy (and very much alive) squirrel to report for wildlife sightings.
Forum: Commuting
09-03-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Lots of excuses this week to keep me off the...

Lots of excuses this week to keep me off the bike, but today I rode.

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My...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Wow, that yellow grass looks one carelessly...

Wow, that yellow grass looks one carelessly tossed cigarette butt away from an inferno. Scary.
Forum: Commuting
08-26-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

A few degrees celsius warmer than Tuesday, so I...

A few degrees celsius warmer than Tuesday, so I decided to forgo the gloves, and regretted it almost immediately. Noticeably colder in the valley. I've been in the office for nearly 20 minutes and my...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Hey everyone, I'm back after 3 weeks off. ...

Hey everyone, I'm back after 3 weeks off.

I'm taking some inspiration from DQRider and posting a picture of today's bicycle. My photo is crap compared to his, but here it is anyway.
...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Funny how everything is so relative! It was...

Funny how everything is so relative! It was 17C/63F here this morning, and I'm dripping sweat after my ride in. I never once felt chilly. Another decent ride in, pretty much the same as yesterday....
Forum: Commuting
07-29-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Pretty nice ride in today. I accomplished...

Pretty nice ride in today. I accomplished something this morning I've never done before. There's a dirt singletrack trail I take home most days, but never ride to work. The reason is there's a...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

On my last commute home, I broke a spoke in the...

On my last commute home, I broke a spoke in the rear wheel during a standing climb. Guess I'm just too powerful. Made it home okay, but I can't ride that bike until it gets fixed. The same bike has a...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Darn. I should have figured those were boutique...

Darn. I should have figured those were boutique fenders - they're way too nice to be anything else. Also way more than I intend to spend. I shall keep looking!
Forum: Commuting
07-16-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

Nice bike DQRider . I really like the look of the...

Nice bike DQRider . I really like the look of the fenders. Are they plastic or aluminum? I'd love something like those for my Surly LHT. What make/model are they (if you don't mind me asking)?
Forum: Commuting
07-16-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,652
Posted By groovestew

During a descent this morning, nothing too fast,...

During a descent this morning, nothing too fast, going maybe 40-45 km/h (~25 mph), some largish flying insect collided with my chin and then bounced off the right side of my chest. Startling, but no...
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