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Old 08-29-21, 11:58 AM
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Still in middle of ride and stopped here



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Old 08-29-21, 03:14 PM
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Yep, 52.5 km around the big lasso. Good ride, but it will take one or two more to get back to the "pre-Wildfire-Smoke" condition.
Retired some of my old shorts that lasted me since the early '80s, the new stuff will outlast me, I'm positively certain of that!





If we're lucky will get a few showers this week, we really need that rain.
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Old 08-29-21, 04:16 PM
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tough day for the Marine Corp and the families of the fallen. May their memories be eternal.
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Old 08-29-21, 04:32 PM
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Over to Issaquah.

What a good day to be out. Highs topping out mid-70s and starting low 60s & sunny.
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Old 08-30-21, 07:13 AM
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I crashed two weeks ago. Nothing, other than my pride, was broken, but I had some deep cuts, road rash and a very bruised hip and leg. Oh, and the bike was ok.

I couldn’t walk comfortably, let alone consider riding. But after two weeks, I was healing and the limp was almost gone, so I took the bike on a spin around my neighborhood. A total of about 1 1/2 miles.

Other than a bit of a twinge on my knee, no pain! Even in the hours after the ride.

In many ways I felt this was as much of an accomplishment as my first 40 plus miles ride. It doesn’t take much, I guess.
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Old 08-31-21, 09:23 PM
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Haven’t ridden in five days. Caught a doozy of a head cold from my 3 year old grandson. Probably will not be on it for a few more days either. The grandson currently has an R value of six or R6 (both parents and both sets of grandparents). Good thing he didn’t have COVID.
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Old 09-03-21, 11:05 AM
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This is the week to try out my equal half's Quest ebike:
https://www.londondrugs.com/quest-mid-motor-electric-bike---black%2Fgrey---mid/L1172076.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhfi4wZfj8gIVmBitBh3-pwv3EAQYASABEgIV-PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Mainly to find out what the range of the battery is. The best bet to get consistency in our neighbourhood: the flat Big Lasso aka ORT including Woodlake.




The first day I was playing with the power assist to see how much that increases consumption. Got to Kilometre 20 and "chickened out", I had no intentions to use the beast in standard analog mode and with a bar readout one is at best guessing.
Yesterday I set the PA to step one, cranked up the cadence and ..... at the PA limit (20mph/32kmh) in gear 8; my BPM was at a paltry 118 and cadence at 68.

The short of the long .... I just ordered a e-MTB that seems exactly what I was looking for the past few days. One of the advantages: instead of the bar readout it has a % display.

Two days = 94 K. One hilly 64K ride planned for tomorrow. SWMBO in stand-by mode in case the battery goes to empty.

That means my resolution of "no e-bike prior to my 80th birthday" went out the window.
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Old 09-03-21, 04:14 PM
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Morning ride.
Dry.
Sept = Fall goodness, if lucky. Very lucky today.


AustroDaimler Olympian early 80s, 531 db, Huret + Nervar, tubular 22mms.
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clear your handlebars and your mind will follow



update: afternoon ride
Mondia Super 531


Burnt Orange bike to match early Fall foliage

Dry fields - this is marshy wetland, generally

At least the road stayed empty for good stretches

And a brief Ďcheckí ride on the Falcon 26miles of saddle time for the day. Evaluating various leather saddle designs.

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Old 09-03-21, 08:46 PM
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32 miles on the fixed gear bike this morning,



So I could go to this place


and eat this crap


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Old 09-04-21, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Doohickie
32 miles on the fixed gear bike this morning,



So I could go to this place


Good one!

I needed breakfast before my 65.3 kilometre ride.
After the ride a nice slice of apple crumble pie replenished some of the calories.
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Old 09-04-21, 06:46 PM
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70th birthday today, rode 5 miles averaging 10 mph on my fat tire bike.
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Old 09-04-21, 08:06 PM
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Got an easy, flat 50 on a favorite. Sprinty lil devil it is. Maybe the red. Maybe the 23mm front and 25 rear tubulars pumped hard.

And a nice new custom saddle and new jersey.


Red

Skinny front

Custom cut on leather saddle, previously disfigured but highly functional. Perfect specimen for experiment #1, now gone successful. Maybe an experiment #2.
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Old 09-08-21, 03:27 PM
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Nice pictures and nice bikes guys. Doohickie, yours is the reason I have to ride but boy what a great reason to ride! Hahaha. I love it.

Wildwood - NICE bike and I love the colour and wear on that saddle. Very nice!

I made 15.5 (km) today which is a long way for me. I'm just getting started and never really rode a bike except when I was a kid and man it's a lot tougher than I remember.....

The distances you all cover is awe inspiring and a shake my head moment for me. My hat's off to ya!
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Old 09-08-21, 10:20 PM
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Nice 30 miler (yesterday), but with an extended climb I took too aggressively, perhaps. Stiff this morning.


Lugged Columbus steel w/ endurance geo. Jon Tallerico from central CA. Chorus/Record 10spd + FSA compact crank circa ~2003/04.

Shortest route around Cougar+Squak Mts means climbing up to Lakemont Blvd fire station and downhill past Starbucks - itís Puget Sound, they are everywhere.

Past the Zoo, No I did not climb it.

Then a Hand Forged doughnut and head home.

A good outing. Cleaned drivetrain before the ride. New rear tubular. And trying out a newly modified old saddle. Maybe on to something.
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Old 09-09-21, 03:59 PM
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70 miles today.
https://www.strava.com/activities/5933723052
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Old 09-09-21, 09:41 PM
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Just got back from a quick 17-mile fixed gear ramble

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Old 09-16-21, 05:04 PM
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Doing a solo unsupported 200+ mile ride from my house to the NC coast. 109 miles today and another 100 miles tomorrow. Tomorrow is flatter but itís all about wind direction!!



Todayís rig. Small handle bar bag, top tube bag and oversized saddle bag.

The best place to cross the Pee Dee River on a bike. At the Tillery Dam. Limited choices!

Soybean fields about and turning yellow.

Rockingham Drag Strip

Rockingham Speedway just next door

Cotton fields are poppin!

Supper! Couldnít decide on bbq or chicken so got both???

Topped off with banana pudding
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I made it to Sunset Beach about 2:30 Friday afternoon. 103 miles today. Thank goodness for the clouds today as it was muggy as heck. Very flat today which meant hardly any coasting …..which can be as tiring as hills.

Pretty uneventful trip except for a fully loaded logging truck and a vehicle from New Jersey. They weren’t playing nicely.

At least it was dry all day. Margaritas and cold beer afterwards plus local seafood were very welcome.








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Yep, SWMBO felt like going for a spin, fine with me. An easy leisurely 25.8 km. On our e-bikes,




Kind of crisp today, 10ļ C, time to check on Amazon for cycling tights.
BTW getting the right gear and PA level allows me to just keep turning at a "slacker pace"; I call that perfect for the recovery day.
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Did 52 miles on this mornings group ride near Charlotte, NC. The miles weren't the killer of my knees, but the 2200ft elevation gain was. Beautiful day!
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Old 09-20-21, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Quakertownrich
Did 52 miles on this mornings group ride near Charlotte, NC. The miles weren't the killer of my knees, but the 2200ft elevation gain was. Beautiful day!
Where were you riding around Charlotte? I usually average around 2500í per 50 miles so it sounds like very typical terrain for our area. Itís a great area for training if you know roads that get you away from traffic.
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Originally Posted by jppe
Where were you riding around Charlotte? I usually average around 2500í per 50 miles so it sounds like very typical terrain for our area. Itís a great area for training if you know roads that get you away from traffic.
Yes. I ride with CAC (Charlotte Area Cycling) and connect with the Meetup app. I expect the elevations, but hate when it's all at second half, but..I'm just thankful there are ppl to host the rides. Had a great summer doing many rides with CAC.
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Old 09-20-21, 08:18 PM
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About 35mi today. Road as well as paved & some gravel trail.
great weather - 55* at the start. Knickers and knee socks.


King county, Washington

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Chilly morning legs.
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Originally Posted by Quakertownrich
Yes. I ride with CAC (Charlotte Area Cycling) and connect with the Meetup app. I expect the elevations, but hate when it's all at second half, but..I'm just thankful there are ppl to host the rides. Had a great summer doing many rides with CAC.
Cool! Iíve seen folks wearing the CAC jerseys on local rides. I live in Concord and do most of my rides from the house but venture towards Davidson/Mooresville, Kanna/Cleveland/Salisbury/High Rock Lake and Indian Trail/Piedmont/Unionville for longer rides.

Have you ridden the Morrow Mountain loop?
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Originally Posted by jppe
Cool! Iíve seen folks wearing the CAC jerseys on local rides. I live in Concord and do most of my rides from the house but venture towards Davidson/Mooresville, Kanna/Cleveland/Salisbury/High Rock Lake and Indian Trail/Piedmont/Unionville for longer rides.

Have you ridden the Morrow Mountain loop?
I have not. I saw there was a ride called "assault on morrow mtn" last week , but that was a 60mile/4k elevation gain gravel ride. Not into gravel.
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