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Forum: Northeast
09-16-21, 06:53 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT on a utilitarian ride, off to...

Took the GT on a utilitarian ride, off to Watertown to read to my granddaughter. This was a hoot, she loves being read to, and there's more to her every time I see her. The ride from East Arlington...
Forum: Northeast
09-15-21, 04:35 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Tuesday, took the GT for a mid-afternoon ride out...

Tuesday, took the GT for a mid-afternoon ride out the Minuteman to Depot Park and back....
Forum: Northeast
09-13-21, 10:44 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Hopped on the GT and rode up Mass. Ave. past...

Hopped on the GT and rode up Mass. Ave. past Arlington High School, which was still busy being reborn....
Forum: Northeast
09-12-21, 05:47 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT on a quick sprint up the Mystic...

Took the GT on a quick sprint up the Mystic Valley Parkway, filling a little time before the Pats game. Summer was still in session at Shannon Beach....
Forum: Northeast
09-11-21, 09:36 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Saturday afternoon, I took the GT and rode East,...

Saturday afternoon, I took the GT and rode East, on my hilly route through Arlington, Medford, Malden, Melrose, and Stoneham....
Forum: Northeast
09-10-21, 10:53 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT for another quick sprint up the...

Took the GT for another quick sprint up the Mystic Valley Parkway before dinner, poor planning on my part, perhaps, but there's something to be said for go fast and finish quick at times. There was a...
Forum: Northeast
09-08-21, 06:28 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Wednesday afternoon, rode out to Lexington Center...

Wednesday afternoon, rode out to Lexington Center on the Minuteman on the GT. That ought to do it for the preposition stack....
Forum: Northeast
09-07-21, 10:03 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Tuesday, took the GT out before dinner for a...

Tuesday, took the GT out before dinner for a quick turn up the Mystic Valley Parkway as far as the Aberjona River. The sunset colors over the lakes seemed premature to me, but I guess those colors...
Forum: Northeast
09-07-21, 09:15 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Jim, I've often wondered when those granite...

Jim, I've often wondered when those granite markers were installed, and by whom. Sounds like a lovely ride. Spy Pond and Upper Mystic Lake have both been closed, off and on, over the last couple of...
Forum: Northeast
09-07-21, 09:11 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Yikes! Don't feed the fish! rod

Yikes! Don't feed the fish!

rod
Forum: Northeast
09-07-21, 03:25 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Word...

Word (https://biketothesea.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f8c193009bd382d3ea7d456b0&id=8b4b2631e8&e=ec759f40b2) that the Saugus River bridge, a.k.a., Bridge 1, on the Northern Strand Community...
Forum: Northeast
09-05-21, 10:35 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Saturday was beautiful, and I took the GT East,...

Saturday was beautiful, and I took the GT East, for the usual round of hills and traffic....
Forum: Northeast
09-03-21, 10:48 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Friday afternoon had the feel of a liminal space...

Friday afternoon had the feel of a liminal space (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liminality) between Summer and Autumn, so I took the GT up the Mystic Valley Parkway to see how the transition was...
Forum: Northeast
09-02-21, 11:04 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

The transition from Wednesday night's deluge to...

The transition from Wednesday night's deluge to Thursday afternoon's benign weather was a little bizarre, but I'll take it. I rode the GT out to Watertown to visit with my son, Sam, and...
Forum: Northeast
08-31-21, 06:54 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Monday afternoon, I was feeling kind of beat, but...

Monday afternoon, I was feeling kind of beat, but took the GT up to Lexington Center in an attempt to clear the cobwebs. The afternoon's glare felt a little oppressive....
Forum: Northeast
08-29-21, 10:10 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Got out on the GT for a quick spin up to...

Got out on the GT for a quick spin up to Lexington Center and back before dinner. I found myself ruminating on the change of the demographic and equipment mix on the Minuteman over the years. We're...
Forum: Northeast
08-29-21, 12:08 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Saturday, the weather had already changed, and I...

Saturday, the weather had already changed, and I took the 1987 GT Karakoram and rode East under overcast, drizzly skies. I chose to regard this as a pleasant change from the preceding...
Forum: Northeast
08-27-21, 11:26 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Had a mid-afternoon ride on Friday, the last hot...

Had a mid-afternoon ride on Friday, the last hot day of the most recent heat wave. The weather broke as I was taking the bike out, with a noticeable temperature drop and some harmless (actually,...
Forum: Northeast
08-26-21, 10:00 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Rode the old GT out to Depot Park and back in the...

Rode the old GT out to Depot Park and back in the heat of the day....
Forum: Northeast
08-25-21, 11:55 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT out before dinner on the Mystic...

Took the GT out before dinner on the Mystic Valley Parkway on another hot and hazy day; was that ozone, or particulates from a distant fire that made the air visible? I wondered at that a bit, but...
Forum: Northeast
08-24-21, 10:18 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Found myself squeezed for time Tuesday afternoon,...

Found myself squeezed for time Tuesday afternoon, so took the GT Karakoram up the friendly neighborhood Mystic River and along the Eastern shore of the Mystic Lakes, a quick ride before dinner to...
Forum: Northeast
08-23-21, 06:33 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Rode the 1987 GT Karakoram out to Depot Square...

Rode the 1987 GT Karakoram out to Depot Square and back on a delightful Summer day before it reverted to Henri's wet remnants. This, the ride itself, made me glad, and other comments are beside the...
Forum: Northeast
08-21-21, 10:55 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Saturday, took the 1987 GT Karakoram East, ahead...

Saturday, took the 1987 GT Karakoram East, ahead of Henri, who was somewhere South of there, chasing his tail (while the weather forecasters were chasing his tale). I noted that the Kurukulla Center...
Forum: Northeast
08-19-21, 04:50 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Quick sprint to Lexington Center under...

Quick sprint to Lexington Center under post-hoc-ominous clouds on the GT, with a little rain in the face to remind me that my timing of the ride was pretty random, given the attention I had paid to...
Forum: Northeast
08-18-21, 10:00 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Today's weather had more than a little of Summer...

Today's weather had more than a little of Summer in it, and I took the GT out for a little ride along the Mystic Lakes before dinner. Clouds, treetops, raindrops, sails, and swans were peaceably...
Forum: Northeast
08-17-21, 10:06 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Rolled out on the GT to Depot Park on the...

Rolled out on the GT to Depot Park on the Minuteman mid-afternoon, once again cranking hard and focused on making time. Just took a picture of Sam at the start, who explained that nobody is...
Forum: Northeast
08-16-21, 06:48 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

A conversation with a low-level healthcare...

A conversation with a low-level healthcare bureaucrat left me in a foul mood. A quick-paced ride astride the GT up to Lexington Center on the Minuteman largely cured that. Fastest time on that route...
Forum: Northeast
08-15-21, 11:15 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT Karakoram for a quick spin up the...

Took the GT Karakoram for a quick spin up the Eastern shore of the Mystic Lakes Sunday before dinner. The fact that the sun was so low before 7pm reminded me that the long days are passing, the long...
Forum: Northeast
08-14-21, 10:18 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the Surly Trucker DeLuxe and rode East on...

Took the Surly Trucker DeLuxe and rode East on the last hot day....
Forum: Northeast
08-13-21, 11:14 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Rolled out on the Surly Trucker DeLuxe noonish on...

Rolled out on the Surly Trucker DeLuxe noonish on Friday, the heat already hot enough, but with ambitions for a bit more, and the ozone getting tasty. In contradistinction to Thursday's speedy ride...
Forum: Northeast
08-12-21, 09:43 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

That's wonderful news! rod

That's wonderful news!

rod
Forum: Northeast
08-12-21, 12:16 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Breaking a pattern, I took the GT up the...

Breaking a pattern, I took the GT up the Minuteman to Lexington Center and back at mid-morning, while the heat was just starting to build and before the ground-level ozone got nasty. I rode hard, put...
Forum: Northeast
08-11-21, 06:47 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

91 F with 60% relative humidity didn't really...

91 F with 60% relative humidity didn't really put me off this afternoon. Back in South Georgia, 50 years back at this point, that would have been considered a nice, warm day in August, with "hot"...
Forum: Northeast
08-10-21, 10:27 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the GT Karakoram on a quirky little ride...

Took the GT Karakoram on a quirky little ride Tuesday afternoon. I needed to verify that the Alewife Station hadn't completely replaced ordinary bike racks with bike cages, so I hopped on the...
Forum: Northeast
08-09-21, 10:20 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the venerable old GT Karakoram sporting its...

Took the venerable old GT Karakoram sporting its new pair of shoes (Rene Herse Humtulips Ridge Extralights, the Rat Trap Pass's knobbier brother) for a quick if somewhat drizzly spin up to Depot Park...
Forum: Northeast
08-07-21, 09:51 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Saturday, took the Surly Trucker DeLuxe and rode...

Saturday, took the Surly Trucker DeLuxe and rode East....
Forum: Northeast
08-06-21, 10:30 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Made use of the rainy weather yesterday to...

Made use of the rainy weather yesterday to troubleshoot my flat front tire on the GT. Determined that this was due to a manufacturers defect in the Schwalbe SV-14a tube, some microscopic porosity on...
Forum: Northeast
08-05-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 9,474
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Posted By rholland1951

That would be fun! We're blessed with good places...

That would be fun! We're blessed with good places to ride.

rod
Forum: Northeast
08-04-21, 11:26 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Wednesday afternoon, as the clouds leaned over...

Wednesday afternoon, as the clouds leaned over the town, I took the Surly for a quick sprint up the Minuteman to Lexington Center and back. I was expecting to get wet, but in fact only encountered a...
Forum: Northeast
08-04-21, 06:57 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

When the MCRT-Wayside was paved through Wayland...

When the MCRT-Wayside was paved through Wayland and Weston, I puzzled a bit over how it fit into the larger cycling map; it's pretty enough in itself, but what's it for? Soon enough its role as an...
Forum: Northeast
08-04-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 9,474
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Posted By rholland1951

Sir, you remind us of what a bicycle is for. ...

Sir, you remind us of what a bicycle is for.

rod
Forum: Northeast
08-02-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 9,474
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Posted By rholland1951

Monday, once again I took the Surly Trucker...

Monday, once again I took the Surly Trucker DeLuxe out for a quick spin before dinner on the Mystic Valley Parkway, up along the Eastern shore of the Mystic Lakes and back....
Forum: Northeast
08-01-21, 09:31 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Sunday, I took the Surly on a little ride up the...

Sunday, I took the Surly on a little ride up the eastern shore of the Mystic Lakes before dinner, just to keep the moving parts moving and to check on the scene there on a tranquil evening....
Forum: Northeast
07-31-21, 09:58 PM
Replies: 9,474
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the Surly Trucker DeLuxe and rode East....

Took the Surly Trucker DeLuxe and rode East....
Forum: Northeast
07-31-21, 09:31 PM
Replies: 9,474
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Posted By rholland1951

Good test results! rod

Good test results!

rod
Forum: Northeast
07-29-21, 04:00 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

Speaking of bicycle therapy, I took the Surly out...

Speaking of bicycle therapy, I took the Surly out noonish today, intending to spend the afternoon revisiting some old haunts. All this depended on the weather behaving itself, of course, but I had...
Forum: Northeast
07-29-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 9,474
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Posted By rholland1951

:D These fits of literal-mindedness come and go....

:D These fits of literal-mindedness come and go. Yeah, the shoes are salient indicators of me-ness until the cold weather returns. Time for another course of bicycle therapy...

rod
Forum: Northeast
07-29-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 9,474
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Posted By rholland1951

They're a pair of New Balance Minimus...

They're a pair of New Balance Minimus cross-trainers. They're in their second year. I find they work well with BMX-style platform pedals. Model code MX40RD1, size 13, width 2E. "Minimus" is a broad...
Forum: Northeast
07-28-21, 07:04 PM
Replies: 9,474
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the Surly for a fast-for-me sprint on the...

Took the Surly for a fast-for-me sprint on the Minuteman to Lexington Center and back, the basic before-dinner ride. I was making sufficiently good time that I observed some of the behaviors of the...
Forum: Northeast
07-27-21, 09:48 PM
Replies: 9,474
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Posted By rholland1951

I managed to get started a bit earlier than usual...

I managed to get started a bit earlier than usual on Tuesday afternoon, which created some ride opportunities, but not quite as early as I had hoped, which ruled out some options. In the event, I...
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