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    Right now it's 46F, windy, and raining. The rain better stop before I head out the door in 10-15 minutes or else it will be a cold ride home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgaddis1 View Post

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    Great color and light in that pic CB!

    Very dapper bo-peep alternatives, rodar.

    Rollingrunner, congrats on qualifying for the Boston Marathon with that speedy time.

    Just a single layer of styrofoam snow on the deck this morning at 28F, and some black ice on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollingRunner View Post
    Found the commute to be SLOW on marathon recovering legs. Was nice to break a sweat again! Had a great marathon last Sunday, too! New PR of 3:43:00 and my first Boston Qualifyer!
    Way to go
    Since you mention that it`s a PR, I take it you`ve run full marathons before? Now that you`re riding more, you`ll need to be careful not to make the 8-bikes-a-week guy feel bad by leaving him in the dust next tri season!

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Holy cow, those willows are SCREAMING yellow. Susan River? I get a mini campout this weekend- have to be sociable Saturday, but I get to take off in hermit style Sun and can stay out until about noon on Mon. I was thinking about investigating the possibilities of dirt connections from Bucks Lake to Twain, but maybe I need a Bizz trip. Or an Antelope loop featuring the back road to North Arm Road? Other? I need color and dirt in a 24 to 30 hour trip. What do I do? This is an official poll of one- your vote sends me on my way!
    Recalculating....

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    Yes that was the Susan River yesterday. Right place, right time... I stepped down off of the trail to the river and it was glowing down there...super cool light with the sun just right in that bend of the river. Lucky. Bizz gets my vote... over the top of Antelope has gotten cold and a dusting of snow already, so the colors up there are already on the forest floor. The North Arm route would still be beautiful once you got down towards the valley though...tempting, but the Susan River canyon is rocking this year.
    It's supposed to get cold next week, so this is your last chance at the fall colors I'd bet, lots of leaves already falling. You mentioned before you've never done the whole Bizz... perfect chance. Start at my end, go all the way up, camp somewhere near the Westwood trailhead, and cruise all the way back down in the morning. If you don't want to cook, hit Buffalo Chips Pizza in Westwood at the far end.

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    I drained my airzound on one car who cut me off. I think it kills people but she was still able to drive for a while. She'll probably die later tonight or something.

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    How was your commute today?

    Heading home yesterday was a blast. I stumbled upon a little single track beside a creek bed that went on for about 3 miles, so I flew down that thing with a huge grin on my face. It was nice to break out of the concrete jungle.

    This morning was another awesome workout. Stop and go, up and down, hop this speed bump, dodge this lamp post. I came to realize just how lacking my lighting setup is when I flew off a curb I didn't even see. Glad that my MagicShine clone is coming in today.

    All in all, I call it a grand success.


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    Fatty fall foliage porn: The Candid Cyclist: Early Morning Cyclist Inspiration (from Wednesday)

    Today was another F4X day. Have I mentioned how much I love that bike. I probably have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volsung View Post
    I drained my airzound on one car who cut me off. I think it kills people but she was still able to drive for a while. She'll probably die later tonight or something.
    ^^Oh that's funny!

    On a more serious note, it was 26 degrees on my ride in this morning, but I was much better prepared than on Tuesday's ride in when it was 27. This is around 20 degrees colder than average. Yesterday's high here was 37 and we had flurries, more typical December weather for us. It should be in the upper 50s/low 60s. I can tell though that I'm getting acclimated quickly. It will be interested to see if this weather trend continues for the rest of the winter.
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    Oops, posted too fast. I see that a lot went on here while I was out yesterday.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ...Ibex tells you where the wool is from (New Zealand usually), what the sheep ate for breakfast, and where the stuff is made (US or Can usually)...
    Now I am picturing sheep eating waffles.

    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Way to go
    Since you mention that it`s a PR, I take it you`ve run full marathons before? Now that you`re riding more, you`ll need to be careful not to make the 8-bikes-a-week guy feel bad by leaving him in the dust next tri season!
    We have mutual respect for each others abilities because I can't run more than a 10K (I've done that a total of once in my life). I think I'll still be able to hold my own on a bike next year. I might have to ride the Felt in a tri because that silly thing just begs me to ride it as hard as I can each time I throw a leg over it. (that sounded just a little dirty)

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    Just another boring day along Colorado's Front Range:

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    Great pics bedwards and gravelbike.

    Right at 30*F for my morning ride in. Dark out there. We've been having those weird 40 degree spreads between high and low temp. 30ish/70ish. It's pretty awesome, other than the full backpack you have to lug home There are some threats of cold temps finally reaching the western half of the country next week... we'll see if we can catch up with you easterners.
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    Weather here has been mid-high 30s and threatening rain all week. I haven't been caught in just-above-freezing rain yet, but I'm sure it's going to happen eventually, and I'm sure it's not going to be pleasant for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Now I am picturing sheep eating waffles.
    With straberries and whipped cream or drowning in Ma

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    We have mutual respect for each others abilities because I can't run more than a 10K (I've done that a total of once in my life).
    I get a jog in of a few hundred feet, but long distance stuff hurts me to think about. Congrats to those who do.

    Congrats also to some nice pics to all contributors. Fall colors just coming in here now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime View Post
    The clouds dispersed a bit by the time I left work. At one point, the sun was low between the horizon and some clouds, and I got a funny stobe effect: with the sun on my right, I rode along a field edged with bushes and saplings. Dark-Bright-Dark-Bright-Dark-Bright.
    Almost a haiku.

    sun between clouds,
    a field edged with saplings--
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    Broke down and finally ordered my first two jerseys from Amazon. Tenn-Outdoors looks like they should do the job for the cooler weeks ahead.

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    Very cold this morning, in the mid-low 30's. My hands were frozen, still tingling. I should have worn my winter gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    Almost a haiku.

    sun between clouds,
    a field edged with saplings--
    light-dark-light-dark

    Woww.....
    Sometimes, I manage to compress what I want to say - but I was never any good at poetry.
    You made that MOMENT come back to me.

    Today, the sun had just set when I got to that place. We worked a little later, trying to turn somebody's goof into an opportunity.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime View Post
    Woww.....
    Sometimes, I manage to compress what I want to say - but I was never any good at poetry.
    You made that MOMENT come back to me.
    That's what haiku is about: the moment.

    Nothing all that exciting happened on my commute other than being cut off by one of our customers and picking a couple persimmons from a tree along my route.

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    CB, did you miss out on the cold spell about two weeks ago? We got some genuine cold here for several overnights, then it jumpped back up again. Oct is my favorite month!

    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    Heading home yesterday was a blast. I stumbled upon a little single track beside a creek bed that went on for about 3 miles, so I flew down that thing with a huge grin on my face. It was nice to break out of the concrete jungle.

    This morning was another awesome workout. Stop and go, up and down, hop this speed bump, dodge this lamp post.
    Whoo, Git Some!

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Now I am picturing sheep eating waffles.

    We have mutual respect for each others abilities because I can't run more than a 10K (I've done that a total of once in my life). I think I'll still be able to hold my own on a bike next year.
    Now that I`m married I`m not allowed to picture sheep any more, so I kept picturing spiders and curds and whey for some reason

    Ride like a GOD, run like a DOG. Which is very good, really. A running dog can almost always outspirint a pedalling rodar.

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    Looks nice, Gravelbike. How is your commute route doing with respect to the flood damage you blogged about?
    Recalculating....

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    It can be a haiku:

    Picket fence of light
    Just the sun and some saplings
    light-dark-light-dark-light

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    Nice ride in this AM. 34 F in Anchorage. A bit warmer up the Valley. I'm getting more and more excited for the lower temps. Bring on the negative temps I say. Clears the riff raff off the trails! Lots of close calls this AM. Must be something in the air. Peds walking out onto the trails from the woods and from fields without looking, cyclists riding down the wrong side of the path, cars not slowing for stop signs. Whew, lucky I made it to the office at all. I certainly like Monday through Thursday better - less traffic to deal with all around.

    My wife took my daughter to the ski and bike shop in Palmer yesterday and she made sure to tell me that they had studded fattie tires in "two different threads per inch." Bless her heart. She also mentioned the price for a pair. I wonder if this means she's thinking of buying me a set or if she was just in utter disbelief.

    Probably the later. 450 for a set of tires for a bike does seem ridonkulous. Of course, I'm trying to sell her on the idea of getting another fattie for them to share so that they can go with me in the winter. Not sure how well that's going though. Right now I plan on renting a couple this winter so they (wife and kiddos) can see just how much fun it is and then let the kids convince the wife that we need at least one more fattie in the house, if not four.

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    Stupid ancient poem
    Multisyllabolic count
    Search for right amount
    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    Last night I got to catch the sunset from the top of the hill I watch it rise in the morning behind. The high voltage lines are an even sharper contrast from that direction, and the nuclear plant is a good touch. This'll be nice for another week anyway before it gets totally dark. Saw a couple nice bucks right after I put my camera away of course :-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    While I really like the Nashbeanie, I LOVED the BoPeep.
    My lil bo-peep arrived already today, yes 1 day after ordering it, thanks to shopping local. It is super-cozy, 2 layers & really soft, thinner than I thought it would be, which means it will probably be perfect for all but the 10% or fewer coldest days. Fits my pinhead perfectly, not sure that it well stretch for fatter heads. Not too girlie in the gray/black jacquard though, rodar!

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    Great haiku's (spellcheck says haikus is wrong) and pix everybody, thanks for sharing!

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    Yesterday started way too early with me realizing that I hadn't charged the headlight this week. Yeah, it cut out on me halfway to work leaving me with a battery-drained back-up for the mostly lit remainder. I had thought ahead and brought the charger with, just in case so it was fully charged fir the ride home. Hit this little section of trail on the way home and it was a different experience at night...just too fun riding inside a little cocoon of light hurtling down the trail so much so I almost turned around and did it twice but was far too tired from the day.

    Spent some time this afternoon getting lost in the woods on the way home, linking up portions of the "secret" trails (that very one knows about) and fire roads to get me home with no more than 3 miles on pavement (out of 15). It beat the crap out of me - rigid bike vs. rocky terrain makes me hurt, but it's a good hurt. Was spectacular out there though, leaves ablaze and falling, trail conditions decent enough with a bright blue sunny cloudless sky overhead - this is the time of year that makes me love living here!

    Big thing for me though is rolling over 3,000 miles (and nearly 150,000 feet of climbing) for the year today. That's the most I've ever put on a bike ever and a huge chunk of that is from commuting but also it's due to the fact I rarely ever go straight to work/home that's its gotten this high for me. It's not as much as some but it's a new high for me.

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    Riding a cone of light
    Lost , yet found at the same time
    Heart and leaves ablaze

    Poetry is where we ride it.

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    How was your commute today?

    Anyone else commuting tomorrow?


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    ^^Not commuting but I might go out for a ride sometime this weekend.

    Nice pics Alex. I'll bet they looked even better in person.

    I took a trail home last night that I usually take in the winter and consider "smooth" I was on my cross-bike and it was not smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ^^Not commuting but I might go out for a ride sometime this weekend.

    Nice pics Alex. I'll bet they looked even better in person.

    I took a trail home last night that I usually take in the winter and consider "smooth" I was on my cross-bike and it was not smooth.
    Don't you ride a fattie in the winter, or am I thinking of someone else? I'd imagine that smooths things out quite a bit Even the road feels rough on my cross bike - gravel and buff singletrack is about all I ride on it anymore. I think I'm getting too old for aluminum.

    Does anyone else commute on a fixie/ss? Do you gear down for the winter?
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    Okay. Back on the bike tomorrow after nearly a week and half off the peddles. No doubt that some fitness will have been lost. Also just in time for a cold front heading in tonight.

    Also rigged up my geared mt. bike (fully rigid Haro Vector) for commuting duties. Found a rack and an old crate in one of the washes at work several weeks ago. They're both sunbaked and weathered, but sturdy and sound. Put 'em both on my geared bike so I have a way to get my winter wear back home each day, with the hydration pack being for tools and lunch.

    Got a new commute ahead of me that's fifteen miles each way, so the singlespeed will likely take a bit longer than I want to commit to a commute. I'm hoping to make the fifteen mile uphill trek home in one hour and fifteen minutes (I know, I'm slow) on the geared mt. bike, which seems doable because of the gears.

    So let the week begin. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    It can be a haiku:

    Picket fence of light
    Just the sun and some saplings
    light-dark-light-dark-light
    Nah, mine was a haiku. The whole syllable count thing is a misconception. The Japanese count onji, which are small units of sound that may or may not correspond to a syllable count. In English, haiku generally have fewer syllables than 5-7-5. Many times people will shoot for somewhere around 12 syllables in English with around 2 stresses in the first and last lines and 3 in the second line, but there is no set rule for haiku in English.

    Also, since we're talking ground rules. You should generally avoid metaphors and definitely avoid abstractions (like "picket fence of light"). The point is to deal with concrete objects and images, using only words that add to meaning. Writing in syllabics tends to encourage the use of superfluous words. Anyway, this is probably more info than any one wanted to hear, so here is my correction of your poem:

    picket fence
    the sun and some sapplings
    light-dark-light


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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Stupid ancient poem
    Multisyllabolic count
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    Ha! I like the addition of the extra syllable in multisyllabic.

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    I use the 5-7-5 rule because I'm simple.

    Sunrise on the lips
    Moments hang in the balance
    Night turns to day

    (I broke my own rule)

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    Decent commutes for me. Even the weather seems to be holding out in the 70s and 60s for my rides. I think someone has been getting me with a thumbtack in my rear tire. The holes I've been getting are tiny but are round just like a tack.

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    Well I survived race day on Saturday. First "super-d" downhill race (on my hardtail of course)... achieved my goal of beating someone on a full suspension bike Based on time I would have been 9th of 14 or so in the open class...wound up 2nd of 17 in the 'sport' class.

    Only one vehicle in the trailhead parking lot when I went by this morning... nevada plates. Rodar, I presume??

    How was your commute today?-picture1.jpg

    Kind of looking forward to his little trip report... someone flipped the 'weather' switch yesterday. Crazy wind, rain/snow overnight...
    He could have had quite a miserable little experience Would have been a monster headwind for 27 miles up the wind tunnel canyon, wet cold night with snowflakes, and possibly a rainy ride back today.
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    We got a skiff of snow yesterday, that had all disappeared by noon. This morning was just below 20F though, so it was finally time to break out the jacket and gloves.

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    This morning's commute was the coldest yet, it was 32 when I left home. Some lady gave me an awful right hook, she was hauling ass and she actually turned right around me, like she was purposely trying to do it. It wasn't like she passed me while going straight then turned, she almost hit me WHILE she was turning. Otherwise a good ride.

    Got an email for 25% off anyone item from nashbar so I ordered a set of Stan's Iron Cross wheels for the CX bike I'm building, a 2014 Kona Jake the Snake. Got them for $427 shipped, incredible deal for those wheels. Most places are charging over $550 not including shipping. The LBS said he would give them to me for $485. I'm probably going to buy an additional set from him for road tires since this is replacing my road bike. I need to either have a commute/CX bike or a road/CX bike. I hate having to take the fenders and rack off the commuter all the time, so I'm parting out my road bike and going this route instead.

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    How was your commute today?

    This morning went well. Nothing major, other than the realization that I'll need to put some double sided foam tape under my bar light, to put an end to the constant bobbing and need for readjustment.

    This evening I'll be heading over to the parish where my oldest is practicing for a Christmas play. I've got the trail-a-bike, so when I get there, we'll make the 7.5 mile trek home. He's gonna be stoked. I just picked it up this weekend as a Craigslist score and we haven't had the opportunity to give it a go.


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    ...More high winds today!

    "Rain developing. Highs in the 50. Across town...north wind 10 to 20 mph becoming southeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph in the morning...then diminishing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Along the hillside and South Anchorage...southeast wind 20 to 35 mph with gusts t0 55 mph diminishing to 15 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations...southeast wind 45 to 55 mph with gusts 75 to 90 mph decreasing to 40 to 55 mph during the late morning."

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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
    ...More high winds today!

    "Rain developing. Highs in the 50. Across town...north wind 10 to 20 mph becoming southeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph in the morning...then diminishing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Along the hillside and South Anchorage...southeast wind 20 to 35 mph with gusts t0 55 mph diminishing to 15 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations...southeast wind 45 to 55 mph with gusts 75 to 90 mph decreasing to 40 to 55 mph during the late morning."
    Yowza. I have never ridden in winds like that and I dont think I ever want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
    ...More high winds today!

    "Rain developing. Highs in the 50. Across town...north wind 10 to 20 mph becoming southeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph in the morning...then diminishing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Along the hillside and South Anchorage...southeast wind 20 to 35 mph with gusts t0 55 mph diminishing to 15 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations...southeast wind 45 to 55 mph with gusts 75 to 90 mph decreasing to 40 to 55 mph during the late morning."
    You might want to invest in one of those squirrel suits if the wind is to your back. Might get some free commutes out of it.

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    There is a big car

    I hope it doesn't run me

    Stupid big cagers

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    CB`s mandate...

    Haha, yes- a weather surprise!
    I got a later start than planed, unloaded at the TH (VERY near to that Ogre parking stand, in fact) and noticed I had no helmet, rode anyway. Wind up the canyon was noticeable to say the leat, but bearable. Ate dinner at the world famouos Buffalo Chips, which I just learned about a couple days ago. Flew back down the canyon with a blessed tailwind and hit the sack. Quite a surprise this morning when I crawled out! Could have used an extra pair of socks and my warmer gloves, but did fine other than that.
    Liked the Southside Trail
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    Excellent, Rodar. I know all of these places Sorry the weather turned on you at the last minute. Looks like a decent day going up though, and some color left in the trees for you to enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I know all of these places
    Of course. You told me how to find them

    And congrats on the race. Nothing like blowing your intended goal right out of the water!

    Wet stuff drying, lunch packed, time for a nap...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
    ...More high winds today!

    "Rain developing. Highs in the 50. Across town...north wind 10 to 20 mph becoming southeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph in the morning...then diminishing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Along the hillside and South Anchorage...southeast wind 20 to 35 mph with gusts t0 55 mph diminishing to 15 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations...southeast wind 45 to 55 mph with gusts 75 to 90 mph decreasing to 40 to 55 mph during the late morning."

    Heard we recorded a gust of 105 up on Glen Alps, I think. Crazy. The highest I recorded overnight was 34 and it sounded like the world was ending.

    No commute for me today. Brief write up over here: Multimodal Alaska Adventures: Solving the Correspondence Problem

    Oh, and there's pictures, too.

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    ^^^Were you able to ride the groomed ski trails on your FB?

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    put on my knobbies finally and ditched the skinny slicks. I forgot howw much rolling resistance they had i kept looking down thinking something in my drivetrain was dragging. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
    ^^^Were you able to ride the groomed ski trails on your FB?
    I did ride from the lower parking lot to the upper parking lot at the mine - the area that is generally considered multiuse. Once at the mine, I wouldn't even think of riding on those trails - I'd love to, but don't want some nordic goober in spandex jumping my portly behind. I also rode a bit of the Willow Fishook road, which is where the bike pics were taken.

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