• 07-16-2017
    TenSpeed
    87.3 miles yesterday riding to pick up a friend, then we rode to a charity ride and did 50 miles, then a few extra miles, then back home. I am not upset about the 16.6 mph average for the entire trip either. Beautiful day in the low 80's with lower than usual humidity which was really nice. Still no commutes in the last two weeks. Will be heading out tonight when I get home from work for another 25-30 miles I think. Mapped out a nice route on some country roads here and I think my legs will be alright for that.
  • 07-17-2017
    bedwards1000
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    ^^Sounds like a great ride TenSpeed

    Hi all, I had a great race on Saturday. Thanks for asking. Read all about it (or at least look at some pictures) here: The Candid Cyclist: CBCC 100K 2017: Here's Mud In Your Eye

    I made it the whole race with no flat or other mechanicals and then on my way to work I hit something hard and had a blowout. I walked the last 2ish miles which is too bad because it is a downhill section that usually takes about 3 minutes, not 20+. Better than walking out of the race.
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    RIP Gatorskin
  • 07-17-2017
    cyclingdutchman
    Well bedwards that sounds like a pretty tough ride on saturday. I remember those leg cramps from my long rides years ago. After several hours I couldnt stand up on the pedals anymore....and I wasnt even racing...

    Nice rides again today, took a scenic route on the way home. Added only 7-8 minutes but its really nice to have change once and a while.
  • 07-17-2017
    mtbxplorer
    Congrats on the killer race, bedwards. My legs were tired on the commute home today from a little 18 mile hilly gravel ride in the heat on Sunday. I got just a little wet riding, but got drenched walking 100 feet from an office trailer to my car after a meeting - a little hail and lightning for good measure too.
  • 07-18-2017
    SlipSpace
    Great race Bedwards, well done!

    Glad the hardcore of commuters are still putting in the miles. First ride for a week for me today, felt good.
  • 07-18-2017
    s0ckeyeus
    Yesterday was my first day back in the saddle after a little over a week of vacation. I was hoping to rent a bike and ride some trails during my time off, but I ended up not having the time. It is nice to be on the bike again.
  • 07-18-2017
    cyclingdutchman
    Hey slipspace and sockeyeus, good to see that you are riding again. Keep going! :-)

    Lovely day today. Rode with my wife and to school and kindergarten this morning and went to work late. To compensate my late start I went home extra early today :lol: lovely day to ride too: sunny, nice temps and hardly any wind. Finally some nice days.

    Tomorrow is supposed to be 28C in the afternoon, thunderstorms during the night and thursday, then back to normal friday and on.
  • 07-18-2017
    cyclingdutchman
    Bedwards: apparently those gatorskins are not up to the task of commuting?
  • 07-18-2017
    mtbxplorer
    Roadwork is becoming a PITA. 3/4 mile added to the commute this morning due to detours; not crazy far, but not great when you need to punch in. Last night I got 1/2 mile down a hill before a sign said road closed, local traffic only (translation, go back up the hill). I ignored the sign but paid for it in flagger delays. We have a very short construction season here, so I get it, but still...
  • 07-18-2017
    Forster
    Today gets my second lowest grade "NB" for No Bueno. The rain on way in and heat and humidity were their normal PITA. On the other hand, the guy who tried to come from behind and cut me off in the intersection followed by a full 30 second horn salute got me yelling and off the bike. Then on the way home some woman videoed me crossing and intersection with the light. Safety concern aside (really prefer drivers not video while driving) I have a hard time imagining what she's gonna use that video for.
  • 07-19-2017
    bedwards1000
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Bedwards: apparently those gatorskins are not up to the task of commuting?

    I didn't even see what I hit but it was hard enough that any tire probably would have been toast. I wore my last set of Gatorskins square after about 3000 miles. Just bad luck. I ordered new tires that day. They should be here tomorrow. I even dropped back on protection in trade for performance. These

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Roadwork is becoming a PITA. 3/4 mile added to the commute this morning due to detours; not crazy far, but not great when you need to punch in. Last night I got 1/2 mile down a hill before a sign said road closed, local traffic only (translation, go back up the hill). I ignored the sign but paid for it in flagger delays. We have a very short construction season here, so I get it, but still...

    Same here. Both direct routes home have construction and square sided chunks milled out of the shoulder in places. I've been planning for and detouring a few miles to get around it most days. That is where I had my blowout though. One of the roads that is being repaved hasn't had the shoulders paved since somewhere around 1927 of overall I'm very happy about it. The milled square sections are because the pavement is SO bad that they can't just pave over it or it would still stick up.
  • 07-19-2017
    cyclingdutchman
    Today was another nice day. It didnt get as hot as forecasted, max temp was around 26C and a nice breeze. Met my wife and sons on a bbq party and rode home all together.

    Thunderstorms are forecasted though for the night and the morning so its uncertain if I can ride tomorrow. Will check the weather radar in the morning and then decide to ride or take the bus.

    Bedwards: not repaved since 1927?? And you had paved roads already back then?? 2 incredible facts in 1 sentence.... ;)
  • 07-20-2017
    woodway
    Nice race bedwards! I got tired just watching the relive video :)

    I switched from Gatorskins to Conti GP4000s II a few years ago and have never looked back. Much better rolling resistance, wet road handling and good durability.

    Not much to report here in the Seattle area. I've been riding to work every day. We've now gone 30 days without rain and the locals are getting jumpy. It's pretty much been 50-55 in the mornings and 75-80 in the afternoons with mostly clear skies. Commuting glory days. The worm will turn soon enough...
  • 07-20-2017
    cyclingdutchman
    Weather turned out much better than forecasted. Had to hurry a bit to get to work before some showers and not much after that anymore. It was 22C only but very damp and sticky so took it easy on the way home.
  • 07-20-2017
    cyclingdutchman
    PS nice to hear from you woodway :)
  • 07-20-2017
    Skaughtto
    Beginner MTB Commuter
    I hadn't ridden my bike in about 20 years, but I recently started working on it and did a few short test rides around a local park. Monday was the first day I rode to work. My commute is a little over 5 miles, but I was beat on that first day. Today was my second day riding and I feel much better after.

    No problems with cars or other riders. The route I take has a well defined bike lane. I have a front and rear light on my bike to improve visibility.

    I definitely need to get my strength up, but I'm making it happen so far - 35 minutes door to door. I'm a little sore above my kneecaps. Sunscreen and a pair of glasses may be nice. When the weather gets bad I'll probably need some different cycling gear to wear, but I feel like I could keep this bike commute going for a long while :thumbsup:
  • 07-20-2017
    woodway
    ^^ Congrats Skaughtto! Keep it up and it will get easier!

    Thanks Dutchman. I'm envious you get to ride with your wife and kids. My sons are grown and gone...when they were younger I was not cycling and I'm wishing I would have been.

    Well after bragging on Conti GP4000s, I went and hit a rock while descending a hill today and tore out the sidewall on my front tire. In defense of the tire, it did have at least 10,000 miles on it :) I'm not sure if a Gatorskin would have survived that rock hit either but it is a reminder that when you go with a lighter, faster tire, you are making a tradeoff. Still, even after trashing my front tire tonight I happily mounted up a new GP4000.
  • 07-21-2017
    kcdude
    Congratulations Skaughtto! As woodway mentioned, it will get easier. :D
  • 07-21-2017
    cyclingdutchman
    Again a very nice ride today. Just didnt have the time for my usual friday detour. And I rode all 5 days this week :)
  • 07-23-2017
    Ghost_HTX
    Cool beans Cycling Dutchman! Its always satisfying to get the full house.

    Hi guys! Been totally innactive here for a good while, mainly due to work and becoming a father for the second time. A boy this time!

    Been covering a few more miles than last year, though, as Ive been delivering and collecting our oldest at kindergarten - making it 40km per day, five days a week (more or less)!

    Oh and the Anti-Platt strips are working like a dream!
  • 07-23-2017
    cyclingdutchman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Ghost_HTX View Post
    Cool beans Cycling Dutchman! Its always satisfying to get the full house.

    Hi guys! Been totally innactive here for a good while, mainly due to work and becoming a father for the second time. A boy this time!

    Been covering a few more miles than last year, though, as Ive been delivering and collecting our oldest at kindergarten - making it 40km per day, five days a week (more or less)!

    Oh and the Anti-Platt strips are working like a dream!

    Congrats ghost! Glad to hear such good news and keep riding! Most people ride less when kids enter the equation. I myself started commuting when I became a father, no time for long mtb rides in the weekend and evenings anymore....but 40kms a day is remarkable and about double the distance I ride everyday. Must be long days too.

    And glad my advise about the antiplatt stuff worked out.

    Keep going and good luck with the new family member!
  • 07-24-2017
    mtbxplorer
    Congrats on the new son, Ghost, and on pedaling your oldest to kindergarten!
  • 07-24-2017
    bedwards1000
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    Congrats Ghost! Have you got him a balance bike yet?

    I may or may not have bought a new bike over the weekend. OK, I did but the wheels and frame were separated by about an hours drive. Both great deals. (which is good because in the process of dialing it in it seems a little small and I may have to flip it.Attachment 1148169) I'm not sure I would call it a "commuter" and I may get kicked out of the mountain biking forum for posting a picture of it on principal. I will use it for commuting but probably not as a mountain bike, that would be hard.
  • 07-24-2017
    woodway
    Congrats Ghost!

    bedwards, since the wheels and frame were separated by an hour it's officially not a new bike, rather you upgraded the wheels and then the frame of your existing bike :) Very sweet looking ride. To make up for posting the roadie pic on MTBR you need to post a pic of it on a trail...
  • 07-24-2017
    bedwards1000
    ^^LOL, I like your thinking.

    On the trail, um, no. I'm going to fall back on the fact that I just finished 43rd overall out of 108 in a 100K full on mountain bike race. That should get me some cred as a mountain biker. (6:39:20.8) At least enough to pull me through this little wrinkle. :)
  • 07-25-2017
    cyclingdutchman
    Hey bedwards looks like the perfect bike to ride the lake in winter :lol:

    Was off yesterday so no commute, but made a 2hr walk with my son on my back in the kid carrier. Does that count too?

    A tunnel shortly before work is being reconstructed and is forbidden for bikes for the next weeks. Pedestrians are allowed so I walked it but its adding 6-7 minutes travelling time and even worse, is screwing up my average speed for the round trip. Oh and it rained this morning so I rode in full hardshell kit. Way home was dry though and luckily it didnt rain so much as in some other places where they had all the rain in 10minutey, causing floods etc.

    Over here it rained moderately but for 10hrs straight. This year, summer is when the rain is warm.
  • 07-25-2017
    kcdude
    ^^^ cyclingdutchman, I love that you're pulling the trailer on foot!!!

    Good ride into work today. I took the Krampus again because the Cross Check is in the shop (bent spoke, etc) after my 100-mile weekend on the Rock Island Spur. Tons of fun! Some of the trail is still under construction, so I got to test the Cross Check's handling in rough gravel and even sand. I posted a photo from the trip in the photo thread.
  • 07-25-2017
    cyclingdutchman
    Hi KCdude, nono I wasnt pulling the trailer, we have a very old version of this one here:

    Kid Comfort 3 - Kidsbackpack - Deuter

    The disadvantage is, when you are tired, the kid is still full of energy :-/ so we make sure he walks enough himself too
  • 07-25-2017
    kcdude
    ^^^ Ah I understand! HAHA