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    Rode only Monday and Tuesday, today it rained and I already took off the fenders and lights. Starting my biketour on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura next Friday. Packing the bike in the box tonight, panniers are ready to be packed tomorrow. If all goes well I will be on the bike Friday by noon in Arrecife, heading to Mirador del Rio. From there I will ride Lanzarote and Fuerteventura from north to south. Probably finish in a week, flying back end of next week on Sunday evening.

    After that I will be a week off more and in a holiday center with the whole family. Transition from lone bike touring to a crowded "touristhive" will be the toughest I think.

    Will think of all of you when I am watching the sunset on a volcano crater edge while sipping red wine

    CyclingDutchman, Germany, signing off

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    Sounds awesome! Stay safe, have fun and enjoy your trip!!
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    Some interesting stuff being posted here recently...bears, ball cleaner, dude's carrying crosses, bikes riding into ditches. I'm enjoying reading it all.

    We've had four whole days without rain here in Seattle. Amazing! This morning was especially pleasant so I took the long way to work and turned my 9 mile commute to the office into a 25 mile commute. It was glorious.

    CyclingDutchman - be sure to post some photos so we can all live vicariously through you.

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    Ride home was a tee only trip. Lovely and sunny, but damn that north easterly had a bite to it.

    Adjusted one of my cleats last night, I felt like my foot was too far back. I guess I must have put it back in the wrong place after it came loose a while back. Not sure why I didn't pick up it before. Anyway made a nice difference this morning, which was also a tee only ride. Not gonna get used to it though as the weather turns again from tomorrow.
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    Had a really nice one yesterday. Going to go on a singletrack mountain bike ride from work today instead of commuting. Here is a pic from yesterday, on the "new" vintage steed. It holds all my stuff, when I need to haul all that much, am going to start trying to reduce what I carry around, quite well. Super comfortable ride, feels more swift and lively than my converted Fisher, and will not need too much more than a new saddle to my preference, new bar, and stem. Along with general clean up. The freewheel is a little sticky on back pedaling, the shifters feel stiff, so some cable and housing work, and friction adjustment, is in order. Oh, and will need to replace tires at some point. But these old ones seem to be working fine right now for pavement. And also should re-pack stuff, just to be thorough. But, is a really nice bike that will clean up nicely!


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    I got into an intense standoff on my way home yesterday...with a groundhog.

    It was a nice day yesterday, so my wife rode with me and I had my dog loaded up on the cargo bike. On the way home along a section of MUP we were letting my dog walk to stretch her legs and there was a groundhog ahead on the path. I didn't think much of it, I see them pretty often and they just scurry away, but not this guy. We kept getting closer and closer, eventually we are about 6 feet away and he is just staring at us and not budging. I'm ringing my bell, honking my horn, waving my arms...my dog is really wanting to investigate whatever that thing is...still just stares at us. After a minute or so of trying to scare him off, I pull out my water bottle and squirt him and he shoots off like a rocket, he was probably 100 yards away before I lost sight of him and he was still going. Doesn't like water apparently.

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    ^^Good eatin' size? How to Skin, Clean, Cook and Eat a Groundhog That just happened to me with a red fox on a road ride. He didn't let me get quite as close but he did stand there and stare at me until I got pretty close.

    This week has been awesome compared to the forecast which was for mostly rain. It has been cold and gray most of the week but I'm not getting wet and I'm not complaining.

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    Completed the Global Bike To Work Challenge on Strava for the 11th. Rode to the dentist office and home which was a 10 mile trip, had lunch, rode 9 miles to work on a slightly purposeful detour, and then did 12 miles for the ride home doing some late night exploring.
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    Wore long socks and a vest to work with short sleeves, will probably just need shorts to get home. We have 30 degree swings happening around here.
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    Today is "trail maintenance" day.

    Brought a shovel with me so on the way in I could fill in a rut on my path that get's super muddy when it rains. On the way home there is a section of shoulder that is so covered in gravel and debris it's pretty sketchy to ride through, so I'm going to clear a path there as well.

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    Riding around lakes for my commute.
    https://www.relive.cc/view/982655942

    Happy Friday All! I'm bringing the car home for the weekend and resting my legs for a long ride tomorrow.

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    ^^Cool video of your route. I miss all those lakes.

    Formula4speed, haha, groundhog day!

    Nothing too exciting this week. A dusting of snow one day, and 70F another. Missing my "virtually unbreakable" Axiom rear fender; it broke. No reinforcement at forward attachment hole in the plastic, it broke there first (where it attached to the FD cable pulley), and then ziptie fix resulted in full fender destruction a few rides later. If I get another, I would consider some rubber washers on either side of the attachment hole - if they fit. Too bad, I really liked that nifty attachment to the quick release for eyelet-less bikes.

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    ^^Hmm, my rear planet bike fender broke at the front attachment hole. I considered a zip tie fix but it seemed to be happy where it was so it's just sitting there. This seems like an argument to be lazy and just leave it.

    The temps this week are forecast to be way above normal as opposed to last week where they were way below normal. I'm looking forward to the heat!

    I think it is bike to work week. Where is everybody?

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    Every week is bike to work week! Nothing fun going on here, although every time I post I seem to have some sort of "adventure" happen soon after. Weather is hot and looking to be undramatic for the week ahead.

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    Not quite dead yet. So reading but not posting. Here!

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    Back on the commuter today after a weeks vacation and another coming up soon. This has to be the windiest spring on record, it's never going to stop! Saw a couple other commuters on the trail today (I usually see none) maybe they were inspired by the ride your bike to work or school whatever it was, yay!
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    First day back at commuting. Ride to new seasonal job is about 3 miles each way. Racking up the miles! On the bright side headed to work is a good sized hill and headed home I get to coast down it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneTheJeep View Post
    Back on the commuter today after a weeks vacation and another coming up soon. This has to be the windiest spring on record, it's never going to stop! Saw a couple other commuters on the trail today (I usually see none) maybe they were inspired by the ride your bike to work or school whatever it was, yay!
    Do you know, I had that same thought this morning! It seems like the wind has been right around the low teens for months!

    That said I think it was quite welcome this morning, 17C and humid, still mostly overcast though the sun is now starting to appear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlipSpace View Post
    Do you know, I had that same thought this morning! It seems like the wind has been right around the low teens for months!
    It sure seems like it right? For at least 2 months everyone's allergies have been going nuts, mine included. All the pollen and dust blowing around.
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    Hot ride in with a head wind. Sweet ride home with a side of Strava KOM. Had one that was shared with a guy I know. Gapped that time by 6 seconds!!! The funny thing is that it felt kind of slow even though I was pushing hard. Still have a few more to take back.
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    Hey guys, just chiming in here in the middle of my biketour. All well, lots of climbing and sweet descents. I take the offroad routes where possible, but also drivers are really extremely nice, leaving a lot of space when they overtake. Body and mind are good but bike is reaching its limits on the lava gravel.roads. had a snakebite on saturday and.forgot the spare tubes so.sunday I was pumping air.every 20min and the patches held up only a few hours somehow. Got new tubes mondaymorning and I am rolling again, but the front dynamo hub bearing has some play now. Sun is really dangerous here, longsleeves and uv buff are necessary. Will probably ride 2more days and check into a hotel.friday evening cor cleaning and packing up.for the flight homr on sunday.

    I can definitely recommend the canarian islands for touring, but make.sure to bring an mtb or fatbike. My.conti speedrides are really doing a hell of s job but 41mm often just isnt enough to go where I want. A new project is on the horizon ;o))

    Best greetings to all of you from tuineje, fuerteventura.

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    PS: at least navigating with phone and charging via dynamo hub is working beyond expectations. Considering the climate, I think a solar panel would do.the job as well.

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    Mexican food + beer + commuting the next day = scary moments
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    Hot ride in with a head wind. Sweet ride home with a side of Strava KOM. Had one that was shared with a guy I know. Gapped that time by 6 seconds!!! The funny thing is that it felt kind of slow even though I was pushing hard. Still have a few more to take back.
    Strava KOMS are always an added bonus on the commute.


    I've done 66 miles of "commuting" in the last 2 rides. Managed a KOM on one of them too even though it wasn't the one I was trying for. I got 2nd on that one and I don't imagine I'll ever dethrone the current king.
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    This morning around a lot of lakes with a bonus sunrise picture.
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    Well since it is "Bike to Work Week" for the state challenge I decided it was as good a time as ever to get back into it. Mind you I just started riding consistently again, let alone period, about 6wks ago after having broken my leg/ankle in July last year while mtbing in NorCal.

    Of course this week had to be the week that I also started a new 5-day a week bootcamp, plus softball, plus suddenly having to go into scramble time for the wife's new salon construction. Needless to say it is only Wednesday and I am sore like no tomorrow and still have to commute home. Oh did I mention it has been about 30* in the morning when I have been leaving yet in the 60s when I head home?! Seriously Mother Nature, you're drunk and need to go home!!

    Feels great to be back on the bike and pedaling again... So far this week for commuting along I have racked up 19.3 miles and will be swapping one day of bootcamp for a minimum of a 10 mile ride. Go big or go home right?!

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    Picked up a ride to i can commute now. Commuting is awesome, but getting up an hour earlier is not.


    How was your commute today?-0517171658.jpg


    here's the pic. sorry it didn't upload earlier. it's a specialized sirrus pro, before internal routing and disc brakes. has ksyrium sl wheels. the bike appears to be unridden, but i know it's a few years old.

    does anyone know about ksyrium sl wheels? what kind of a beating can they take? there's a bit of gravel here and there, and a lot of dirt roads in the area, was hoping they were up to the task.
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    Yup, I get up at 0420 on the short ride days and 0320 on the long ride days. As much as I dislike the time I get up, I'd start at midnight if I could ride anytime in May. Stupid broken elbow.
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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    Windy af.
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    Sounds like a good time Dutchman! Not at all jealous, not one bit.. glad you're enjoying it. You'll have to let me know how you managed a week in the Canaries, on your own!

    Wow, that's early starts guys, I'm not sure I could do that to be honest. Kudos

    Gregnash, you'll be ripped AF if you make it through the week.

    Forster, how's the recovery doing?

    Tenspeed. They're just trying to go the wrong way is all.
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    Oh yeah, my rides. Humid, light wind and humid as anything yesterday. Sweating just standing around. I was a sweating dribbly mess when I got to work (more so than usual). Shower worked while I was in it but sweats started as soon as I was out. Too me a while to find my equilibrium again.

    Today, brighter, windier and cooler. Good riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlipSpace View Post

    Forster, how's the recovery doing?
    Okay, the cut is healing quickly, the swelling is better, the olecranon (elbow protrusion of the arm) is still pretty big (don't know how much of that is temporary). I'm working the joint pretty aggressively to get the full range of motion back without a second surgery but there seems to be a lot of adhesion going on now. I see the doc in two weeks and I'm expecting to be able to ride again after that visit.
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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    Long process but i'm glad it's going the right direction. All the best for the Docs visit!
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    Pics, dutchman, pics.

    Love that wind video tenspeed, agree those guys need to hop on and head the other way...KOMs to be had!

    My commute streak is up to 25 days in a row. We are expecting at least eight days without rain here in Seattle, and it's supposed to climb up into the 80's next week. Whoo-hoo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    Windy af.
    LOL, that's why all my road bikes have MTB pedals, more traction. That, and no duck walking.

    Yes, pics dutchman! Here's one from my commute yesterday. Y'all can pretend that it is from a fun vacation.
    How was your commute today?-20170517_054240.jpg

    I took the Viva Sport today. First time it's been out this year. It's also the first time it has been warm enough in the morning not to wear some kind of jacket. Supposed to hit near 90F this afternoon. I'm not complaining. In other words Whoo-hoo!

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    ^Since you aren't complaining about it, I will.

    It's going to hit 91F today, and it's making me miss winter. I do not like the heat.

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    Slipspace, woodway: will try to post some pics over the weekend. Packed.up the bike already at the local bikerental and checked into a hotel here now for 1 night. Flying home tomorrw evening.

    I rode approx 370km in 6 days with approx. 5000m of climbing. Its not much I think but I am the only one doing it without a hotel and rental car. And I think I still have seen much more of lanzarote and fuerteventura as most tourists.

    Still I am glad that I can go back home to wife n kids. Miss them really by now #papaholic

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    ^^Sounds like a great trip! Safe travels.

    Today's commute for National Bike to Work Day was fantastic. Nice warm temps with a gentle breeze blowing in the right direction.

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    ^^Sounds like a nice ride, and great photo upthread.

    Safe travels home dutchman!

    Sunshine and 70 in the Seattle area today. Feeling good.

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    National Bike To Work Day right? Rode to the shop for a shift. 2 days ago it felt like the face of the sun it was so dang hot here. Today? 44°F and a huge headwind on the way in. Had sleeves and my cold weather gloves on. Is this for real right now? Got into an argument with a guy who parked his truck and trailer in the bike lane to mow a few yards. Obviously that is far more important than blocking the bike lane. Gave up when he started cursing at me and telling me to go copulate myself. Accidentally left there with my middle finger up. Ride home amazingly had that same headwind, although it did warm up slightly into the 50's, it was raining. Booooooo.
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    No commute today but I am up early to head out to a local yearly Hospice ride that I haven't missed in a long while. 8 miles to the ride, 30 mile ride, then back home. My Mom was in Hospice (Florida) but that the location is irrelevant. Their services to a comfortable end of life are invaluable. They take just as much care of the family as they do the patient. In silent remembrance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    No commute today but I am up early to head out to a local yearly Hospice ride that I haven't missed in a long while. 8 miles to the ride, 30 mile ride, then back home. My Mom was in Hospice (Florida) but that the location is irrelevant. Their services to a comfortable end of life are invaluable. They take just as much care of the family as they do the patient. In silent remembrance.
    Amen to that. My father-in-law passed on March 3rd and the hospice care he received the last week of his life is what kept my our family from being completely drained that week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Slipspace, woodway: will try to post some pics over the weekend.
    Promise kept. For those who think they can handle it:

    https://goo.gl/photos/7vPXtDnpHsE2xj828

    The comments are in Dutch, maybe Google Photos translates them automatically?

    Keep ridin and stay safe!

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    50.2 miles done before 11:30 am, and I am spent. It was exactly 10 miles to the start of the ride. Took the fixed gear because it's my favorite bike and the rain was looking to hold off. Got a nice warm up in on the way out, so when the actual ride started, old boy here was totally warmed up. It isn't a race, and it is not timed, there are SAG vehicles and it is on the open country roads. I left with a couple of older women on nice road bikes and they set a great pace for the first 4 miles or so. She asked me if I wanted a pull on the lead so I took it, and she said she would drop back. Not a mile later, I had dropped them. Now, I was not flying, just a nice pace at 17mph which is exactly what she was leading with, so I kept it going. It was one of those rides where you just felt good, even with the bumpy country roads and the headwind, I was moving right along. The rest stop was just 19 miles in, and I made it there about an hour and 9 minutes in. Took my water and ate a Clif bar with a 10 minute pit stop and I was back out on the road.

    Ended up doing the ride in about 1 hour 50 minutes or so. Pretty good pace for a solo fixed ride I would say. Ended up being the first rider back and they were a little surprised that I was back so soon. Then the rain came a little, and the temp dropped, and I got cold. Too warm for a windbreaker or sleeves, but too cold for just a jersey. Decided that it was time to go so off I went. Wore the Jimmy John's jersey today because why not?

    My Mom received the most amazing end of life care in 2008, and actually, we did as a whole family. She was in Florida, where my parents moved and even though this is local, all of the money goes back to the amazing patient care that they offer. Never in my life have I met a nurse that was as compassionate as the wonderful woman who made sure that my Mom had her nails done, and that her hair was looking just right. She took care of my Dad when he spent a few nights there. She hugged my sister and I when she saw us. She was someone who you almost cannot believe exists because no one is that caring and loving. Well, she was, and while I ride for my Mom, I also ride for those nurses who manage to hold it together every day and night while there is nothing but death around them.
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    Thanks for sharing, that looks like quite an adventure there Dutchman! I was kind of expecting more green until I remembered where they are. Nice application of rule #7 on the arms too

    Great respect for nurses so well done on the support guys. Nice ride Ten, that's a good lick for a fixie.

    No commute friday as I had to take the car to the shop. Still got the miles in as the dealership is the other side of the city so I chucked the bike in the back, drove there, biked home with the reverse to collect. Took the SS MTB. It's quite a laugh to ride through the town, traffic was rammed but I was in and out of side roads and cycle path so made good progress. Only problem was the sporadic rain and no guards.

    Warm today, set to be here for the next week or so I believe
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    A little commuting Friday, as I had to drop the car off, and then use my time for exercise and getting to and from home so I could work while I waited for the car. Just out to a local mountain bike trail, rode there, then back into Hailey to check on progress on the car, then up to the house and back in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Promise kept. For those who think they can handle it:

    https://goo.gl/photos/7vPXtDnpHsE2xj828

    The comments are in Dutch, maybe Google Photos translates them automatically?

    Keep ridin and stay safe!
    Wow, that looks pretty barren but interesting. It looks like it might be windy too.

    Nice job TenSpeed. Unfortunately I've got to experience how important hospice care is with my dad. I'm not sure how they do it. Thanks for supporting it.

    Well, gone are the summer days we had last week replaced with 40s and rain this morning. The rest of the week looks rainy but warmer at least.

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    I was racing the rain to get to the office and a couple miles into my ride the road is shut down by what looked like every fire truck and ambulance in the state. I was told there was no way for me to go around and I had to turn back.

    Turns out a pickup truck decided to take on a building. Haven't gotten anymore detail than that yet, but they shut down a major commuting corridor in both directions at rush hour so it can't be good.

    I made it to work 10 minutes early and beat the rain.

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    Thanks SS and bedwards. Indeed it was VERY windy. It is normal for the zone just above the equator, but locals told me that the last 3 weeks were exceptional. Most mountain tops that are in the clouds are usually well free of clouds. There go hiking trails up there that I wanted to explore too but I skipped that. Sometimes I.was pushed uphill by the wind without pedaling and sometimes I had to WALK downhill :8 So no red wine on a volcano crater edge as I had hoped for. Nevertheless it were 8 incredible days and I could talk ages about it but it is too off-topic here and I am not sure if it is.on topic enough for a trip report: too much road, partly gravel, no mtbiking. And most here will probably not go there anyway. I guess its quite similar to the south of the usa and mexico.Keep riding and take care ya all

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Promise kept. For those who think they can handle it:

    https://goo.gl/photos/7vPXtDnpHsE2xj828

    The comments are in Dutch, maybe Google Photos translates them automatically?

    Keep ridin and stay safe!
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    Instead of the usual trail I took the roads and bike lanes on the way home today. I don't think I'll do that anymore. You roadies are loco! Got my left elbow shaved a couple times.
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    It was a pretty day today, and I felt like taking pics on the commute home. Kinda showing off, I know. So, here you go.

    Heading out toward Sun Valley from Ketchum to add on a little hill and some scenery over the Elkhorn area.


    The big bad bald one. (Bald Mountain as seen from Dollar)


    Remains of the half-pipe still hanging out on Dollar. Takes a lot of snow to make that thing.


    At the top.


    Cruising down through Elkhorn. You can see "The Bowls" of Bald mountain peeking through.


    The Big Wood River is running high and muddy! It will be a bit before fly fishing starts. This about mid-valley, mid-commute.


    A little detour through the Valley Club north of Hailey. Breaks up the ride nicely, and gets me out of the headwind when there is one.


    Nearing Hailey. Often a big headwind here. You can see how this used to be the railroad.


    Nearly home. The northern outskirts of Hailey.


    11-ish miles one way. About 500 feet elevation gain in the morning and descent in the evening. Pretty nice commuting!
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    ^^ Nice pics and spectacular commute. I've done some mountain biking in your area. Super beautiful.

    Tenspeed, great job supporting the hospice. Had a close friend pass from cancer a couple years ago and hospice really helped him out. Condolences on your mom.

    Thanks for the pics, dutchman. Looks like a great trip. I really like those barren terrains. So different than what we have around here. Appreciate you sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    ^^ Nice pics and spectacular commute. I've done some mountain biking in your area. Super beautiful.

    Tenspeed, great job supporting the hospice. Had a close friend pass from cancer a couple years ago and hospice really helped him out. Condolences on your mom.

    Thanks for the pics, dutchman. Looks like a great trip. I really like those barren terrains. So different than what we have around here. Appreciate you sharing.
    Thanks Woodway. Yeah, the mountain biking is more spectacular, IMHO. But not bad for a bike path commute.

    @cyclingdutchman, awesome trip!

    @Tenspeed, good on ya. Both my own father, and my mother-in-law, benefitted greatly from hospice, not to mention all the family members. And sorry about your Mom.

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    Great looking commute route SunValley! Dodging through the golfist park too lol

    Nice day yesterday, warm and sunny but still with the wind. There are some roadworks on the city end of my route, normally it's busy but oh boy was the traffic backed up. Good day to be biking. Due there for 3 weeks so I imagine folk will find alternative routes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunvalleylaw View Post
    It was a pretty day today, and I felt like taking pics on the commute home. Kinda showing off, I know. So, here you go.
    You win. That is some pretty country!

    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    PSA: A 10-speed chain does not work on an 11-speed bike.
    And a 9-speed chain won't work on a 9 speed bike with 10 speed chainrings either. I replaced a drivetrain for a friend but 9 speed rings weren't available. Shifted like crap so I changed to a 10 speed chain and all was well.

    The commute was wet last night, cold and clammy this morning but looking good for the afternoon.

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    Thank you for the kind words. This ride is something that I have done a few times now and will continue to support. It was back in 2008 but some days it feels like yesterday.

    sunvalleylaw - that is your commute? So jealous!!!!
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    Actually caught a tailwind last night which was nice. Got to the foot bridge over the main road and it was rammed and barely moving. Still don't know what the cause was, anything from a breakdown to a serious crash seem to have the same result. People were diverting through the city so it was pretty much gridlocked to. Good day to be on the bike.

    This morning is sunny and 21C at 8am but still with a strong wind, the same one that helped me home last night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post

    sunvalleylaw - that is your commute? So jealous!!!!
    Yep. 45 degrees this morning and a mountain headwind, so uphill and upwind. But a nice, sunny day! Gonna take the converted Fisher to test out the Jones loop bar I put on there today.


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    It was great! 48.3 miles round trip. The rain held off. I didn't feel fast this morning but eeked out a 19.5mph average over 24 miles. Worked 8+ hours on my feet and the ride home was a little slower. With a 2 1/2 yo I don't get many opportunities to commute so I'm stoked.

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    @joe: I know. I have 2 kids at home and have only time to commute by bike, not much more. But it gets better when the kids get older, dont worry!

    @sunvalleylaw: indeed your.commute looks very nice !

    @tenspeed: I know too, C took some of my relatives as well....


    Came back from my vacation yesterday and had no time to work on the bike. Hence I had to ride without fenders today. Murphy ordered rain this morning so I had to ride on wet roads. In addition he ordered 30minutes of rain in the afternoon, exactly during the 30minutes that I rode home. It.was so warm that it didnt matter much. Caught up with a collegue about halfway and we chatted the rest of the way.

    It has gotten really warm since 2 weeks. When I unpacked my commuting pannier all winter kit came out: buff, gloves, shoecovers, etc etc....

    Why is it so quiet here?

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    In case anyone is interested in the exact routes I rode last week on my bike tour incl gps tracks etc, here you go:

    Https://www.komoot.com/user/370602732000

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    In case anyone is interested in the exact routes I rode last week on my bike tour incl gps tracks etc, here you go:

    Https://www.komoot.com/user/370602732000
    Cool, thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks Dutchman. Looks like some good riding. I like how the map shows contour lines to give a better idea of terrain. Still not sure how you got a week in the canaries on your own though...

    Really warm and sunny so far this week and humid (pronounced hoomid around here) but no rides for me. Various reasons and running about, the main one being that I'm replacing the boundary fence to my neighbour. Technically it's his fence but as he's in his 90s I volunteered to erect it for him to save him a few quid. Fence itself is easy to remove but the maybe 18" cube of concrete on the bottom not so much. Basically I need the time in the evenings and the work makes me realise I'm not as young as I was; knackered!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlipSpace View Post
    Thanks Dutchman. Looks like some good riding. I like how the map shows contour lines to give a better idea of terrain.
    Thanks. Komoot is an online routing planner especially for outdoor activities. Together with the app you can also use it on your smartphone. I have planned the routes for every day but had to deviate from that the last days, but you can also use it just to record your route. It worked flawlessly although it was the first time that I have really used it seriously. I just made 2 short testrides. The same applies to the charger that was connected to the dynamohub. When the display of my phone was off, it even charged when I was walking up a steep hill or something. All in all, it worked flawlessly. I had a map with me but the app has way better maps, since the map is mostly for driving and doesnt show all unpaved roads / hiking trails. Regardless, the old fashioned paper map was nice to have a complete view and make plans for the next days. The online maps (you can download them for offline navigation) are based on OSM I believe but edited to add more information. When you register, 1 map region is free, the others have a price. I bought the complete world package for 20 Euros - for that, data is protected by German law which is way different than Google, Facebook etc whereas they basically own everything you write or post as soon as you press <enter>.

    Quote Originally Posted by SlipSpace View Post
    Still not sure how you got a week in the canaries on your own though...
    You mean how to get permission from the Control Center? Well I admit that it took some time and discussions. In the end my wife and kids managed pretty well without me ( ..... ) and I missed them after a few days. Couldnt stop thinking "wish they were here to see all this stuff" .

    *

    Nice rides today. It was windy but this morning it wasnt that bad and in the afternoon it was a nice tailwind :-)

    Need to drive tomorrow, have to pick up a new fridge on the way home. Friday on the bike again. Friday is forecasted to be 4C in the morning and 26C in the afternoon. I am really wondering if that is going to happen, such a big spread I havent seen before.

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    A beautiful commute this morning. So nice to have the warm weather after freezing all winter and spring during the commute.

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    Been very windy here. Did a bit of riding over the holiday weekend. Riding today and taking the carbon road bike for a change.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Need to drive tomorrow, have to pick up a new fridge on the way home. Friday on the bike again. Friday is forecasted to be 4C in the morning and 26C in the afternoon. I am really wondering if that is going to happen, such a big spread I havent seen before.
    Driving just because you need to pickup a new fridge. What a snowflake. Sheesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Driving just because you need to pickup a new fridge. What a snowflake. Sheesh.
    Hey it is a big one!

    Hopping on the bike now in 5 minutes. Its going to be a nice summerday so a detour on the way home is mandatory

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    Carbon road bike and a beautiful and sunny day with a headwind. Can't really complain. Friday will be interesting. Made a "slight" modification to one of my bikes. Will post some pictures.
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    I found this on YouTube Dutchman...try this next time:

    https://youtu.be/tHRNwewLO5Q

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    Unfortunately I do not have such a nice trailer

    Scenic tour was cancelled due to several reasons today but I did ride 32k instead of the usual 22. It was nice out today. Sunny all day with light winds. 8C this morning, 23C on the way home. But because of being off on Monday and driving yesterday, I rode only 3/5 days this week. Yesterday was a bit of a shame because it was cycle to work day at work....but they didnt give away any goodies this year. Previous years we got a saddle cover, spoke reflector or something. Profit optimisation isnt making a halt for C2W day apparently.

    Long weekend now since Monday is a public holiday here. So next week hopefully 4 days of riding and then holiday season is over and it is going to 5 days every week again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    Carbon road bike and a beautiful and sunny day with a headwind. Can't really complain. Friday will be interesting. Made a "slight" modification to one of my bikes. Will post some pictures.
    Cant wait Tenspeed! What is it ?? Bullbar on an MTB? Jones Bar on roadbike? Square wheels?? full sus roadbike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Cant wait Tenspeed! What is it ?? Bullbar on an MTB? Jones Bar on roadbike? Square wheels?? full sus roadbike?
    Not quite, you almost had it though.



    Drop bars on a mtb, fixed gear, 700x43 tires, super small ratio. It's all wrong, but it is so right.
    Still figuring out the brakes and can't decide if I want to do hoods and maybe some TRP Hylex or just go with Avid BB7's that I already have.
    Rode it to work at the bike shop today and it is interesting to say the least. 36:15 ratio is super easy to ride, but gets ridiculous at 16.5mph +.
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    Form follows function 10S

    I cant see the picture, am I the only one having that issue?

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    Rode the bike to the market and back when my last ride was over a month ago. I had a bit of an adrenal crash after the ride and my temperature dropped to 98 F. Need to schedule more regular riding. I was having issues with BP that I think I have fixed that was keeping me from riding.

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    ^^Good to see you back on the bike BrianMC.

    I took a long weekend and did a metric century on Friday. https://www.relive.cc/view/1017985636

    The rain is back for the commuting week but I don't mind because I got the garden all planted and it needs a good soak. The week from Wednesday on looks very summery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    I cant see the picture, am I the only one having that issue?
    I don't see the picture either.

    Been off the bike for almost a week as we moved our stuff to a new weekend house on the other side of the mountains.

    Rode to work this morning (from our regular place)...beautiful morning...set a new world record into the office.

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    ^^ World Champions need to celebrate:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTCAndfA98A

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    Very nice ride in this morning. Sunny and a light tailwind at ~13C.

    The ride home was different. First of all, I think that my favorite weather radar website has changed the software because for the 2nd time in a few days, the forecast was way off. When I checked the radar it looked like some showers had passed through and there would be a 1hr gap. When I came out of the building 10 minutes later, the dark sky ahead already made me question that and it started raining when I unlocked my bike. I rode through the tunnel, then at the bus stop I checked the weather radar again on my phone and in that 15 minutes, the next shower had grown to 3x the size. So I went for it and rode in the rain. I had just a T-shirt, shorts and sandals on. It was 18C but being wet combined with a 15kt headwind made it quite unpleasant. After 20 minutes it stopped raining and I was home 5 minutes later.

    I know there are not many Europeans around here, but still:
    Does anyone have a suggestion for a good weather site for Europe / Germany?

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    I don't understand why the picture is not showing. Uploaded to Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet and copied the BB code like I always do. Seems like it has been a constant thing with my pictures. Will try to load it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    ^^ World Champions need to celebrate:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTCAndfA98A
    Unlike Chris Froome, I am a legend only in my own mind.

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    First commute in about a week and a half have been on vaca, was having fun just zoning out. It's getting hot, 103f today on the way home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Unlike Chris Froome, I am a legend only in my own mind.
    I may be heavy, old, and slow, but I am way faster than most of the lard-butt cagers! My feats are also legendary not only in my own mind but also in the minds of some I have talked to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    I may be heavy, old, and slow, but I am way faster than most of the lard-butt cagers! My feats are also legendary not only in my own mind but also in the minds of some I have talked to.
    LOL. Yes, I am faster than than everybody that is slower than me! I too hold the KOM on both my home-to-work segment and my work-to-home segments. Of course they are private so that's not too surprising.

    Today is a beautiful day after a few days of cold wet weather. Yes!

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    Like BikeColorado's signature: I may be old and fat but at least I am slow In addition I would say: And at least I ride a bike.

    Could hold up with a guy on a 25kph e-bike this morning. He was looking behind him every minute and I could see him thinking "he's still there" . dry, windy, 14C.

    Ride home was less pleasant but at least I was prepared. Had full rainkit on and it was raining all the way. 12C only and the last part was straight into a 15kt headwind.

    Cycling to work is gaining popularity in my office. One collegue changed from motorcycle to bicycle after he moved closer to work, 3km one way. We have a new supervisor who moved from the other plant in France to Hamburg in winter, he is coming by bike now too. And I have another collegue who started to ride in summer. At first he wanted to ride on nice days only, but I told him directly that once you get used to it, you dont want to get stopped by bad weather. And I got it right: He came on the bike this morning, despite a tough wind and predicted rain

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    None for me this week. Stupid long hours and winds upto 40 mph mon, tues, weds, have put me off. The weather is calmer today but in early and will be out late. For some reason the family seem to want me around so losing another hour or so from them in addition to the extra time at work is not popular...
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    Still commuting on the slowly being modified Davidson. One or two times per week right now. Conditions are generally good. Not much to report really!

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    For me the same as yesterday. Dry ride in, wet ride home....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I don't understand why the picture is not showing. Uploaded to Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet and copied the BB code like I always do. Seems like it has been a constant thing with my pictures. Will try to load it again.
    You can try the Go advanced button and then use the picture button and paste the URL.

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    Mountain Bike Friday!!!

    I hadn't commuted on the MTB lately so...

    My legs are tired as hell from last nights ride but I got the job done. And it's FRIDAY!!!

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    How was your commute today?-0u431ve.jpg

    Trying this again. Needs a bigger front ring that is for sure.
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    Ah now I can see your "new" bike 10Sp! Looks awesome!

    Father-son commute this morning, brought my eldest son to school and since we were early, we made a few rounds on the skating ring near school. Had to raise his saddle approx. 2 cm. Dang is he growing fast lately. Very nice ride to work after that too. Sunny, light winds and 16C made it really enjoyable.

    Ride home again was wet. It rained about 2 hrs in the afternoon and I had to go through it. Rode in shorts, sandals, t-shirt and a new windstopper jacket that repelled the water really well, I was barely wet inside and probably it was more sweat than rain. Shorts and underwear was really soaked though. Had Teva Kimtah sandals on, they are more closed like Keens are. So at some points I hat so much water in the front of my shoe that I had to take them off the pedal and hold them up in the air to drain water out of it. Must have been a funny sight. Currently I have "just" the standard fenders on my bike, really have to glue some extra parts on this weekend. Front light, BB etc was completely sprayed with water. I dont understand how SKS became market leader because those fenders should be like 30% longer to work properly....

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    Another week, another farmer's market, and I am getting faster with less adrenal stress.

    I may have discovered the food item that was doing a number on by blood pressure. The local ride in sin 2 weeks so more time in the saddle! I will ba able to eat the support food! Yay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Another week, another farmer's market, and I am getting faster with less adrenal stress.

    I may have discovered the food item that was doing a number on by blood pressure. The local ride in sin 2 weeks so more time in the saddle! I will ba able to eat the support food! Yay!
    Glad to hear you're doing better.

    I sat out on the ride Wednesday and Thursday this week because I sprained my ankle on Tuesday night while kicking a soccer ball around the yard. Friday I jogged/ran to work, which was not too shabby. It's about 2.5 miles, so a good run in to get PUMPED for the work day.

    I did ride my bike about 5 miles each way to the trailhead of the local MTB trails today. Northwest Indiana has a surprising amount to offer in the way of trail diversity within one trail system. Hardened clay, roots, sand, flat sections by the Little Calumet River, hilly terrain. All in 12 or so miles. I have not been disappointed.

    On the other end of the stick, I helped a buddy move today, and somehow got recruited to drive the moving truck he rented to a storage unit. Now, driving a monstrously sized truck full of other people's stuff through a construction zone is somewhat nerve racking, considering I've never driven anything that big. I'll take biking over that nonsense any day.
    dang

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    Overcast and windy this morning. Temps have dropped to high teens which is ok.

    Good to hear things are improving Brian!

    That's pretty minimalist Ten, I'm not sure I could commute on that unless I was on trails though, or though the city.
    2017 - 868/4000 commute miles

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    SEXY looking bike Tenspeed!

    Good you are feeling better Brian.

    I set a NEW WORLD RECORD riding to work this morning. Crushed my old record by 1:40. Feeling good this morning.

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    Yes Brian, good that you can ride again. Stay healthy!

    Congrats on the new WR Brian!

    Father-sons commute this morning. Brought the eldest to school, then the youngest to Kindergarten. Then rode to work in nice sunny weather. The weather turned over the day. Ride home I managed to stay dry between the showers and it was very windy again. 18C only and the rest of the week will be like that....

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    I set a NEW WORLD RECORD riding to work this morning. Crushed my old record by 1:40. Feeling good this morning.
    Another world record! Amazing, truly amazing!

    Hot humid summer weather has finally hit! So nice to ride in without a jacket. We'll see if I am as happy with the ride home.

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