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Old 11-18-21, 08:08 PM
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warm night ride before the Lunar Eclipse. the moon & Venus? were prominent tonight. Concord to Bedford

the star of the show, for a clandestine loop around Great Meadows

much later about 5am, a bad photo of Earth's shadow


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even tho this ride is fine w/ the hybrid & even the road bike, brought the MTB to work because the other 2 were in the basement. the bike cover is working to help me leave 1 bike out of the basement, despite occasional bad weather (good purchase!)
took a ride Bedford to Concord so I could get a sub for dinner afterwards, hehe
parked at 4:30pm
6:30pm back at car
lots of stops for highlights but got 1:16 in the saddle
12 miles
16.4mph max
9.5mph avrg
60 degrees at the end
restrooms at the Depot still open

wore a long sleeve base w/ a short sleeve running shirt, shorts
used my 2 lite combo again, the old magicshine 808 on the bars w/o any wide-angle diffuser or the beam cut-off hood, just the original soft edge spot beam, matched with a big battery on the frame, on the helmet, the new magicshine 906 light w a smaller battery


the Concord River

used up the battery on the helmet so I moved the better light to the bars using the big battery, for the remainder of the ride. seems like on high power I'm looking at only 1-2 hrs of light. glad I had both lights & both batteries, but it might be smart to carry a 3rd, smaller backup light or battery. EDIT: decided a cpl days later to put the big battery on the helmet, like I did last winter. that is sure to last the whole ride. & the smaller battery matched w/ the smaller light on the bars. duration of both should be closer to ea. other now. it would be fun to have a 906 on the bars too, instead of the 808. turning into a "let-there-be-daylight" junkie. can't seem to get enough

used the rear light on steady, even tho it wasn't needed. & put it on strobe, for any video clips where it would show, just for fun

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extra time off for Thanksgiving, re-worked the helmet mount for the light. got rid of the drywall screws ... haha. a cpl wood shims & crazy glue. worked it so it would have a little more reach so I could tilt the head back another cpl mms. the beam should be closer to the center of the video frame. thought the previous mount was OK but then started thinking it was a little low. feels like it will hold




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I know I like the battery on the helmet. on the helmet, I can wear whatever I want not have a new problem to solve
I tried the extension wire & some options for the battery in pockets or a fan pack or on a shoulder strap, but didn't like any of them.
think I'll stick w/ the larger battery, because this light uses more juice that the other
mounted in this position works best for balance, especially w/ the camera
this is set up for night rides in the woods away from anyone else
saving these pics here as a matter of record for myself




















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still photo vs video frame angle of view

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11-28-21 temps in the 30s
7.74 miles
20.9 mph max
6.6 mph avrg
1:10 riding


did not hear or see any hunters, but played it safe anyway. 1st ride w/ thicker gloves & a thin balaclava

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last night, low 30s high 20s by time I got home. some flurries but not enough to dust the surfaces. that would come later in the evening, woke this morning to a pretty white covering
new light mount working perfectly
the large battery on the helmet was cranky & eventually died before the end of the ride & I had to move the smaller battery from the bike to the helmet. I'll try to charge the big one but I think it's done so I ordered another little one

Bedford to Concord, did a loop around Great meadows, no stop at the river, got back to the depot lot then rode down the MM for 1/10 mile to the 1st bridge just to see how the headlamp looked on the paved trail
I think the depot museum was still open!
didn't make too many stops for highlights, but there was the time spent moving the batteries. glad I brought a headlamp in my pocket!
Bedford Depot restrooms closed for the season but I could see the light was on inside the ladies room. must be some malfunction
saw 1 runner & 1 person on a bike
parked 4:30pm
got started approx. 4:45pm?
got back to the car approx. 6:15pm
so, away from the car approx. 1 1/2 hrs
11.5 miles
15.6 mph max
9.4 mph avrg
1:13 in the saddle

dry ride, no bike cleanup required!
thin running tights under Headwind cycling pants was adequate. I brought rain pants in case it was a wet snow event. but it wasn't
thick Brooks running shirt
fleece shirt
thick North Face fleece jacket
thin cycling wind vest
barmitts are on, just in time, I guess
freezer worker gloves for the 1st half then switched to thin wind stopper gloves
usual footwear, sock liners, light smart wool hiking socks, hand warmers taped over toes, winter boots


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finally got around to picking the tiny sand particles jammed into one tiny screw head on one of the sport cams when it crashed into the ground, in August? resulting in a huge scratch patch, right in the middle of the lens cover. kite camming is risky business. was so glad to find some replacements online

couldn't replace the scratched lens cover until I got the screws out


very glad I invested in some tiny precision screw driver sets

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used 3 lights on high when no one was around everything lasted the duration but the 906 & small battery on the helmet died a cpl minutes from the car
here is the original MJ808 & a cheap knockoff. the orginal on the left had my DIY beam cutoff hood & the knockoff on the right had the wide angle diffuser. combined, it makes for an interesting beam pattern

used the road bike since we still have clean dry roads & paved trails. strapped on the barmitts even tho the temps weren't lower than approx. 40F for the whole ride

4:30pm parked at Bedford Depot 40 degrees, still some light, but it would be dark when I started
5:48pm at Spy Pond Arlington, 43 degrees, 9.27 miles, 19.1 mph max, 12.9 mph avrg, 43 minutes in the saddle

6:45pm back at the car, 43 degrees, light rain, 18.47 miles, 21.7 mph max, 12.6 mph avrg, 1:27 in the saddle
tried a new cam stick setup with a light attached so I could illuminate more than what the bike lights lit. still photo results were disappointing, but I might be able to make the idea work, the video was a bit interesting, but not very, haha

also used the Lone Peak brand toe clip covers I bought last January. it was fun seeing 2 of my pics featured on Amazon. they used them on their own website last year, but I just recently saw them on their Amazon product page. they asked my permission before using them. cam stick for the win, haha



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cleaned the dryer lint shute & ductwork before company showed up




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Good job. It's so annoying when company checks your dryer ducts.
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replaced a burned out fog light bulb then went for a ride in the woods

was gonna jump this log, then figured, why temp fate? plus I can't do that

speaking of NOT tempting fate, this was another opt-OUT

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Good job. It's so annoying when company checks your dryer ducts.
thank you. we used to have it exit over the bedroom ceiling to the back wall of the house. a much longer run & used the spiral wire, vinyl kind of ductwork. that stuff would be torture to clean with all the dips & ridges. don't know how anyone would ever "check" dryer ducts w/o cleaning them. can't imagine they would ever NOT need cleaning
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aggressive winter studded tires were good over wet crusty snow & leaves


no shame riding around this instead of thru it. looked too questionable


wanted to avoid the usual water crossings so I wound up on trails I don't normally ride. just enough of the white stuff to be interesting. should be safe enough after sun down too. the white stuff should brighten a night ride I think




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43 degrees & humid but not wet



w/o rain, no bar mitts required

BFRT Ice House Pond, 120 Concord Rd, Acton to Brickhouse Center Restaurant 1 Central Sq, Chelmsford
1st 1/2
9.87 miles
22mph max
12.5mph avrg
:47 minutes in the saddle

whole ride
20.16 miles
22 max
12mph avrg
1:41 in the saddle (did a little detour on a side trail)

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1-7-22 29 degrees with somewhat wet snow
4-5:30am
5.85 miles
17.9 mph max
7.9 mph avrg
:46 min saddle time

too fun to resist. adding a small light to the cam stick is a game changer. hoping for more evening snow storms

got back home in good time



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timed it just right for the worst of it, but before it accumulated. got back home w/ 3"? on the ground

I could see far enough ahead to know where the trail was. but there was a lot of back-scatter which obscured line of sight. so light & camera, side by side, was not ideal. w/o snow or fog great, but with? not so much

2.25" studded winter tires were great

great snowball/snowman snow. highly compactable & slightly moist

at some ice, I slid a little while stopping, then my feet slid & I went down on my back, breaking the ice next to a large hole & water appeared under me. fresh compacting powder, over ice, is slippery

slightly surreal environment

got home in one piece. could have ridden longer, wasn't cold even at 29 degrees. but snow was getting deeper & had to go in to the office. playtime over


the Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Softshell Glove, Black, XX-Large were perfect

under the RockBros Barmitts (photo from a cpl yrs ago)

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this is the other side of that, on a diff. day. it's pretty long & w/ a running current in winter? stay out
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historic blizzard forecast, hmmm what to do, what to do ... get on the bike of course!
11:18pm 28 degrees with flurries

back home 1am 27 degrees & an intermittently profuse bloody nose
8.8 miles on the studded MTB
21.8 mph max
9.2 mph avrg
57 minutes in the saddle
1.5 hrs away from the house. about 5 minutes used to swap the helmet battery, which is what started the bloody nose.
being headed toward a more remote area, I aborted & rode home instead. bit of a desperate end to the ride. amazingly the blood flow stopped while climbing hills ... go figure (I shud say "re-started" the nose. I had a bad bloody nose earlier in the evening & I was on-the-fence about riding later) too bad cuz I was feeling great & the snow was starting to pick up! I was headed toward the forest entrance & the river & had a larger loop in mind depending on the ground effects. come on winter, one more more night storm please?

by time I got home the wind was picking up, but gusty. sometimes the flag was just drooping, but then a gust would by I what got my attention was the sound of the flag flapping & rope banging against the pole

another bad selfie. decided to use shop glasses instead of ski goggles. forehead was cold at first but then I warmed up & all was well

I lost most of my napkins from my pocket. all I had was a little ball. at one point there so so much blood in my throat I gagged & spit out a giant clot. this did not install confidence, but what could I do, but just keep pedaling

sat to review pics & vids briefly, but then time for bed!
EDIT: happy w/ current lighting situation. don't like swapping the battery for the big lite on the helmet tho. but I'm getting better at it
2 heads on the bar, 1 spot, 1 defused, 1 big one on the helmet
3 batteries & a 4th as spare, which I used

train station was desolate

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was glad to get back & get in bed & watch the worst from inside (all day the next day). bringing the bike in thru the kitchen after 1am was surreal. glad Wifey didn't see!

the next day

between crazy gusts, went out to check the cars before dark

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I went out to trample a path for the dog through the snow. to have a place, to "go". Some spots are way over my waist. I can't walk across the yard. !!
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I went out to trample a path for the dog through the snow. to have a place, to "go". Some spots are way over my waist. I can't walk across the yard. !!
ha! I believe it! crazy band coming thru now we just picked up more inches, & the wind is also moving snow like it's a sand dune. tomorrow morning will look very different. good luck. don't give yourself a heart attack!
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ha! I believe it! crazy band coming thru now we just picked up more inches, & the wind is also moving snow like it's a sand dune. tomorrow morning will look very different. good luck. don't give yourself a heart attack!

The dog realized she could go on the screen porch, when I told her to go. I'm OK with it today There was a couple of inches on the porch.
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Saturday 2-5-22 got out on the mountain bike for just under 20 miles at about 25 degrees & 15mph wind, higher prolonged gusts at the pond. the ride felt more like being in the teens, but the water bottle didn't freeze up due to the higher temp. the MM was plowed right to the end of Depot Park in Bedford! took a cpl detours & explored around the pond. was away from the car about 2 1/2 hrs. felt good riding in the sun & felt good to get back to the car & back home for a hot shower



definitely needed a cleanup. riding on the back of the car, it sometimes accumulates frozen salty road slush on parts of the wheels. had to fill the small garden sprayer twice. warm water on the hot side w/just 1 drop of dawn. wiped it down w/ paper towels, mostly just the fork stanchions, chain & front rear derailers. getting some use out of the can of compressed air too

longer version of this has the parking lot on Hartwell Ave & sped up donning of the jacket at the pond, kinda funny. still a little longer than I'd prefer but a relaxing tribute to peaceful, hard packed snow

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miraculous hard packed snow for the entire length on the trail. super rare conditions. lucky me! very few ppl out so didn't feel too stupid using my cam stick

just a gorgeous winter day

despite some recent very cold weather it hasn't been sufficient to freeze over the pond adequately. saw this person inching out on the ice, slowly going further, drilling holes as he went. didn't stick around long enough to see how far out he got

neglected to bring an outer wind layer so, for parts of the ride, like starting out, at the lake & most of the 2nd 1/2 resorted to a super large fleece jacket I keep in my car. 5 layers total.
1 thin base
2 thicker quilted running shirt
3 thin fleece shirt
4 thick fleece jacket
5 XXL fleece jacket (normally my 5th layer on super cold days would just be a thin wind block, either w/ arms or just a vest)

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