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03-10-22, 06:46 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

After a six week break for some wonderful...

After a six week break for some wonderful mountain hiking and snowshoeing, I managed to get to ride twice in the last two days. Alas it's March and the snow went from looking like this:

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01-30-22, 07:48 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

It hasn't been a great week for riding. ...

It hasn't been a great week for riding. Temperatures as low as -25C plus wind chills down to -35C, some snow, and unsafe road surfaces. Not wanting to land in an Omicron infested hospital, I...
01-12-22, 07:14 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

Eastern Townships, not far from the Vermont...

Eastern Townships, not far from the Vermont border!

Yesterday I managed 20 km @ -22C, my coldest ever ride. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. Mostly toes and fingers, the rest was OK,...
01-09-22, 03:22 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

Managed 27.9 km and 445 m yesterday on "gravel"...

Managed 27.9 km and 445 m yesterday on "gravel" roads that were covered in hard-packed snow. Temperature was -15C, -22C with wind chill standing still. Variable on the bike depending on speed and...
12-05-21, 07:12 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

25 cold km with a light dusting of fresh snow,...

25 cold km with a light dusting of fresh snow, temp. -4C, light winds. Some icy patches as it rained last week and then it froze the next day. I walked 9 km on Friday in what turned out to be...
12-01-21, 09:10 AM
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Posted By beechnutC23

Broke 10,000 km for the year yesterday (to be...

Broke 10,000 km for the year yesterday (to be precise, 10,003 km); total elevation change 128,965 metres (423,000 ft). And the year ain't over yet! It is getting tougher out there, winter weather is...
11-28-21, 07:50 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

We had a nice little dump of snow in the night...

We had a nice little dump of snow in the night between Friday and Saturday. I rode indoors on the trainer on Saturday, and on the tractor outdoors just before blowing out the driveway. Today, it...
11-24-21, 08:21 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

35 km test of my winter beater. Not much snow...

35 km test of my winter beater. Not much snow where I live at 160 m elevation but my ride took me up to 350 m where there was a light dusting on the roads. The studded tires reminded me of why my...
11-21-21, 08:16 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

I've been steadily building up the kilometres. I...

I've been steadily building up the kilometres. I beat last year's record (8703.5 km, 121k metres climbing) by well over 1000 km, now up to 9785 km of mostly gravel, 126k metres climbing. I've been...
08-29-21, 06:43 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

I'm Canadian and I biked through all of last...

I'm Canadian and I biked through all of last winter: 578 km in December, 480 in January. February was a bit of a write-off, only 254 km. Blame the weather. March picked up again, 340 in the...
02-21-21, 07:37 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

A short 22 km on the winter beater in conditions...

A short 22 km on the winter beater in conditions ranging from this:


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01-12-21, 06:07 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,292
Posted By beechnutC23

Retired, rode 8703.5 km in 2020 (5429.5 miles),...

Retired, rode 8703.5 km in 2020 (5429.5 miles), 121,405 metres ascent (398310 feet); 80% of it on gravel roads on my gravel bike. It was my best year ever. With Covid-19 lockdowns, there wasn't...
01-10-21, 06:53 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

Same tires that I run on my 1995 beater Rocky...

Same tires that I run on my 1995 beater Rocky Mountain mountain bike. A week ago here in Southern Québec we got a good dump of snow (about 20 cm) and it stuck around all week with tolerably cold...
11-30-20, 09:16 AM
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Posted By beechnutC23

In spite of capricious weather I had a pretty...

In spite of capricious weather I had a pretty good week for late November.

Fortunately I had equipped my 25 y.o beater Rocky Mountain mountain bike for the season. With snow and -5C weather last...
11-15-20, 07:55 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

My son's bike shop (C&L Cycles in Montreal)...

My son's bike shop (C&L Cycles in Montreal) received two demo "adventure" bikes from Tanglefoot cycles in Vermont (tanglefootcycles.com). They are prototypes, a cross between a mountain bike and a...
11-01-20, 08:26 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

37 km of mostly gravel, 541 m. Not super warm...

37 km of mostly gravel, 541 m. Not super warm (4C). Pretty barren scenery these days, no leaves left on the trees. Yesterday would have been a superb day but I spent it converting my tractor from...
09-27-20, 06:46 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

Today was a day off. Yesterday I did a 101.1 km...

Today was a day off. Yesterday I did a 101.1 km gravel ride, 1699 m. It was also a milestone ride, giving me 7001 km on the season, and 96,513 m climbing. I want to finish the season at 100,000 m...
10-18-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,372
Posted By beechnutC23

Dead thread revival, but I have a Bombtrack Hook...

Dead thread revival, but I have a Bombtrack Hook 2 that I use mainly on gravel, but it is pretty good on the road if you don't need to go super fast. For that I use my carbon Marinoni. We recently...
10-15-19, 11:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,167
Posted By beechnutC23

It was a trend I had been noticing for some time....

It was a trend I had been noticing for some time. Moreover yesterday was a particularly windy day, and I have a stuffed up head from a head cold. Maybe my wife slipped something into my coffee in...
10-15-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,167
Posted By beechnutC23

I don't know yet. I can't help but notice that...

I don't know yet. I can't help but notice that the same model is no longer shown on their website. One thing for sure, we will be checking spoke tension.

I rode my mountain bike on gravel...
10-15-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,167
Posted By beechnutC23

Update: got an email from WTB yesterday, they...

Update: got an email from WTB yesterday, they will cover it under warranty. Kudos for a quick resolution, I sent in the claim on Saturday and got a satisfactory reply on Monday.
10-13-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,167
Posted By beechnutC23

Interesting that you guys have had the problem at...

Interesting that you guys have had the problem at around 2500 miles. My rims have 4600 km on them, which is 2875 miles. Hmm. I think there may be an issue with these wheels. I bought the bike...
10-12-19, 05:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,167
Posted By beechnutC23

Major Wheel Fail/Suggestion for New Wheels

I was out for a gravel ride with my wife today, hoping to take in some nice fall foliage on an unusually mild autumn day here in Québec. Colours are spectacular at the moment. I set out on my...
01-07-19, 09:22 AM
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Posted By beechnutC23

I rode 34 km on Saturday, January 5th. In...

I rode 34 km on Saturday, January 5th. In southern Quebec. My last ride of '18 was on December 31st 2018, 28 km, for a season total of 5031 km. So the gap between the '18 and '19 seasons was...
12-16-18, 07:07 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

22.6 km yesterday. Probably last outdoor ride of...

22.6 km yesterday. Probably last outdoor ride of the season. I used my beater mountain bike on account of the grit and salt residue on the road. Winter came early to Southern Quebec, in early...
08-13-18, 04:02 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

79.2 km and 1140 m vertical on the gravel bike...

79.2 km and 1140 m vertical on the gravel bike with my wife on her mountain bike.
08-12-18, 07:22 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

Recovery day today, did a century on Friday, on...

Recovery day today, did a century on Friday, on my new CX/gravel bike. Hadn't done one in 2 years, and I turned 60 this year so I'm feeling pretty good. Recovery takes longer now though.
08-05-18, 07:03 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

Did 37.79 km on my new Bombtrack Hook 2 gravel...

Did 37.79 km on my new Bombtrack Hook 2 gravel bike with my wife and son yesterday. We set out on a 70 or so km ride with a big climb in it (3.5 km, 8% average, two sections at 20%), then about half...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-18, 08:03 PM
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Posted By beechnutC23

N+1 Bombtrack Hook 2 CX/Gravel to replace my...

N+1

Bombtrack Hook 2 CX/Gravel to replace my 23 y.o. Rocky Mountain mountain bike that had serious corrosion to ride on our local gravel roads. As a big Campy guy, I love the Sram Rival 1...
06-11-18, 10:54 AM
Replies: 36
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Posted By beechnutC23

Sorry to revive a dormant thread but I have...

Sorry to revive a dormant thread but I have significant corrosion on my 23 or so y.o. aluminium mountain bike, where the paint peeled away. As a former aircraft owner I can assure readers here that...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-23-18, 02:02 PM
Replies: 611
Views: 111,234
Posted By beechnutC23

Yeah I know, when I pulled mine off the shelf it...

Yeah I know, when I pulled mine off the shelf it fell on me and it hurt like hell. Volkswagens weigh more than a Marinoni Genius!
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-18, 07:20 PM
Replies: 611
Views: 111,234
Posted By beechnutC23

Depends where. Here in Quebec, gas just hit...

Depends where. Here in Quebec, gas just hit $1.36/litre. That's $5.15 per US gallon. Golf wagons are literally flying off the shelves I see them everywhere. We have two and love 'em. My wife's...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-18, 07:22 PM
Replies: 611
Views: 111,234
Posted By beechnutC23

That's actually excellent fuel economy for a...

That's actually excellent fuel economy for a pick-up truck with that much power.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-18, 08:13 AM
Replies: 611
Views: 111,234
Posted By beechnutC23

Two words: "fuel" and "economy". My Golf...

Two words: "fuel" and "economy". My Golf Sportwagen averages 30-33 mpg, my wife's FWD Sportwagen does even better, around 38-40 mpg. Last tank of gas I bought, was at 1.29 per litre or nearly $5...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-18, 02:25 PM
Replies: 611
Views: 111,234
Posted By beechnutC23

Here's what I mean, loaded up the road bike for a...

Here's what I mean, loaded up the road bike for a ride today:
...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-18, 08:24 AM
Replies: 611
Views: 111,234
Posted By beechnutC23

You absolutely can in your 2012 *if* you fold...

You absolutely can in your 2012 *if* you fold down the rear seats, though it's tighter with a mtb with wide handlebars. My wife had a 2013 before she sold it back to VW because of the diesel...
03-25-18, 06:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,850
Posted By beechnutC23

My son is an avid cyclist in his own right and...

My son is an avid cyclist in his own right and co-owns two bike shops in Montreal. In 2009 I rode a week in Tuscany with him. I was 51 at the time, and he was 19. I could keep up with him and in...
03-25-18, 06:11 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 18,183
Posted By beechnutC23

Metric+ centuries, several times per summer,...

Metric+ centuries, several times per summer, imperial centuries, usually once per summer. Missed out last year due to various factors. With our short riding season (late-November to...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-18, 04:26 PM
Replies: 2,190
Views: 519,564
Posted By beechnutC23

Marinoni Genius carbon, Campy Record: ...

Marinoni Genius carbon, Campy Record:
...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-18, 04:16 PM
Replies: 611
Views: 111,234
Posted By beechnutC23

Alas Honda no longer makes the Element and in the...

Alas Honda no longer makes the Element and in the rust belt, it's getting harder to find a solid used one: the newest ones are already 7 years old. The Fit is pretty cool though, for two cyclists.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-28-18, 07:50 PM
Replies: 611
Views: 111,234
Posted By beechnutC23

Update, last week I traded in my Golf Hatchback...

Update, last week I traded in my Golf Hatchback for a 2018 Golf Sportwagen, 4MOTION (all-wheel drive), 6-speed manual:
...
01-28-18, 07:24 PM
Replies: 4,046
Views: 314,048
Posted By beechnutC23

22 km yesterday, road ride. Doesn't seem like...

22 km yesterday, road ride. Doesn't seem like much. But, it was the 27th of January in Quebec and it is a record early start for me; I figured +5C and nearly dry roads, why the heck not? I used...
01-08-18, 09:26 AM
Replies: 26,312
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Posted By beechnutC23

20 km indoors on the trainer yesterday using an...

20 km indoors on the trainer yesterday using an old hybrid I rarely ride. At -17C and very icy roads, no way I was riding outside! Normally in winter I cross train by hiking/snowshoeing/climbing...
12-31-17, 08:07 PM
Replies: 26,312
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Posted By beechnutC23

A braver man than I. It is also -22C here in...

A braver man than I. It is also -22C here in Quebec, strong winds, drifting snow, and wind chill -38C. I went for a short walk, did a quick 180 after 1 km and went back inside next to the wood...
11-13-17, 08:40 AM
Replies: 26,312
Views: 2,830,257
Posted By beechnutC23

Today no, but my wife and I are just back from...

Today no, but my wife and I are just back from Italy. The second week we were indoors at a conference, but we took a week's vacation the first week we were there and cycled in the Amalfi Coast...
09-24-17, 06:55 PM
Replies: 26,312
Views: 2,830,257
Posted By beechnutC23

My son's bike shop organized a group fall ride,...

My son's bike shop organized a group fall ride, about 75% on dirt roads. There were basically two options, two 40km or so loops you could either do the first one, or both, or all of the first and...
09-10-17, 06:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,373
Posted By beechnutC23

I'm sure my son could spec one out for you and...

I'm sure my son could spec one out for you and get you a price on it.

You've piqued my interest. I do a lot of gravel roads but I use a mountain bike for that, which is sort of overkill. I'd...
08-29-17, 07:48 PM
Replies: 4,046
Views: 314,048
Posted By beechnutC23

Got 81.5 km in yesterday. Detoured over a gravel...

Got 81.5 km in yesterday. Detoured over a gravel road due to road works. Relatively flat ride, only 400 m. Got more elevation on today's hike in the mountains (482 m). On the ride, I got my 6th...
08-27-17, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4,046
Views: 314,048
Posted By beechnutC23

Rode 35 km yesterday on gravel roads on the...

Rode 35 km yesterday on gravel roads on the mountain bike with my wife. Lots of hills; 16 m vertical for every km horizontal (my road bike average is 11 to 1).

I'm having a bad season. Bad...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-17, 06:52 PM
Replies: 611
Views: 111,234
Posted By beechnutC23

Exactly what my wife drives. I have a standard...

Exactly what my wife drives. I have a standard Golf (hatchback), my wife has a brand-new 2017 Sportwagen, with, get this, a MANUAL transmission!!! (my Golf is manual too).

With the rear seat...
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