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Forum: Commuting
09-22-22, 10:50 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By groovestew

Hey everyone, I said I wasn't finished...

Hey everyone, I said I wasn't finished cycle-commuting this year, and I meant it! Finally back on the bike today for the first time since school started.

Got to ride on a completely rebuilt trail...
Forum: Commuting
08-31-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By groovestew

Last day before the start of school, so today is...

Last day before the start of school, so today is my last day of "regular" cycle commuting. I'll still ride, but not as often, and once it snows, I'm done. Pretty nice morning, sunny and not a breath...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-22, 09:10 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By groovestew

Ever seen a murder of crows? There were several...

Ever seen a murder of crows? There were several dozen in one area on the way home yesterday, but only a few let me take their picture. There were tons more in the trees off to the left.
...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-22, 10:29 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By groovestew

Really dogging it today. I'm tired from a fitful...

Really dogging it today. I'm tired from a fitful sleep last night with many bad dreams, undoubtedly caused by eating too much fried chicken and rich creamy sides last night, topped off with a big...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-22, 09:23 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By groovestew

Well I managed 5 solid days this week, but...

Well I managed 5 solid days this week, but neither of my kids broke any bones, so...

Around here, school starts next week Thursday, and then I'll be scaling back my riding since I generally drive...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-22, 03:34 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By groovestew

I was a lot farther away than the picture...

I was a lot farther away than the picture suggests; the picture is massively cropped. I'm actually impressed with how much detail was retained by the cropping. After I took the picture, I moved...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-22, 09:43 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By groovestew

My patch held for the trip home yesterday, so...

My patch held for the trip home yesterday, so it's probably good. On the way home, a couple of deer jumped onto the path a little ahead of me, so I stopped to take a picture.
...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-22, 10:57 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By groovestew

A little cool on the arms when I first started...

A little cool on the arms when I first started out, but I warmed up.

At the start of the pandemic, the city decided to drastically cut back on weed control, both chemical and manual, to save some...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-22, 09:40 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By groovestew

Sunny, warm, calm, uneventful.

Sunny, warm, calm, uneventful.
Forum: Commuting
08-22-22, 09:36 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By groovestew

Back from a two-and-a-bit week vacation in the...

Back from a two-and-a-bit week vacation in the Rockies, during which I managed to get in an epic (to me) mountain trail ride. I don't own a mountain bike, but I try to rent one when I'm vacationing...
Forum: Commuting
08-03-22, 09:10 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 5,672
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 26
Views: 989
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 2,071
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: 853
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 853
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 220
Views: 7,872
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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: 26,814
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.
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