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    You're in good company MTXB we work Columbus day too. Although I think they use to say we traded it for the day after Thanksgiving which I prefer.

    We've got some bonus summer days for the next 2. I opened all the windows when I left home because it is supposed to be about 20 degrees warmer outside than it is in our house right now.

    The ride was nice, I pulled the TT bike out for a change. I've been more about hunting mushrooms on my commute than riding fast. I went all out trying to get a KOM and didn't even get in my top 3 times. 391W for 3 miles. I'm going back to hunting mushrooms after today.

    I did find this beauty on the way home. Good eating size.
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    Thanx for the credits on the pics lady and gentlemen! It is the time of year for nice sunrise and sunsets and I always enjoy it after years of seeing it.

    I was so busy today I did not have time to check what happened in the discussion in the intranet in the company today.

    Sunrise was nice but not like yesterday. It was warmer though, 6C and we have some nice days ahead, already 18C on the way home, over 20C is forecasted for the next days. Yay!

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    It's been unseasonably warm here. Low 70s in the AM. Low 90s in the PM. We're about to get a crude awakening though when our lows will plunge into the 40s and highs into the 60s. Even though I can do without the humidity that has accompanied this weather, I am not looking forward to the colder temps. I've only had a few commutes in the 50s in the past month or so and am still very much in summer mode.

    My SS has developed an annoying creak. I've eliminated just about everything but the bottom bracket. I fixed up another bike I had sitting around in the garage to ride until I can get the SS back up and running and serve as a winter commuter. I used to commute on it at one point, but the chain rusted out, the cassette was old, and I never got around to fixing it.

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    ^^ I hate creaks. I put a little teflon tape on the threads of the bottom bracket which seems to help.

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    Mtbx, I thought a union was supposed to make things better ^^ or did they trade the day off for a raise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    You're in good company MTXB we work Columbus day too. Although I think they use to say we traded it for the day after Thanksgiving which I prefer.

    We've got some bonus summer days for the next 2. I opened all the windows when I left home because it is supposed to be about 20 degrees warmer outside than it is in our house right now.

    The ride was nice, I pulled the TT bike out for a change. I've been more about hunting mushrooms on my commute than riding fast. I went all out trying to get a KOM and didn't even get in my top 3 times. 391W for 3 miles. I'm going back to hunting mushrooms after today.

    I did find this beauty on the way home. Good eating size.
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    What kind is that?

    Today's commute was better than yesterday, when my chain and front derailleur cage broke. I didn't bother to shift off the small chainring by hand, so my tempo workout on the flat is a refreshing spin fest. Looking forward to the SRAM Force 22 Yaw derailleur coming in the mail... hoping the reports it works with 10 speed are true.

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    Colder today, 48F, but dry this morning. Nice ride. Weatherman is saying we could be in for almost two weeks of nice weather, lows in the 40's highs in the 60's, dry and sunny. I'll take it.

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    Bedwards did you try from the mushroom yet?

    Woodway congrats on your nice weather period, same here now. When does the rain season start in your place?

    Cold and foggy this morning at 4C. Expecting some nice days from now on, at least in the afternoon with temps upto 26C on Saturday. Ride home today was 21C - I can live with that too

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    Yesterday evening was a rule 9 commute...

    40F, pouring rain, and windy. Brrr...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Woodway congrats on your nice weather period, same here now. When does the rain season start in your place?
    A common joke in Seattle is that summer always falls on the last weekend of July and it rains all the other days.

    Another common joke is that there were two tourists standing on a street corner in downtown Seattle in the middle of July and it is pouring rain. They stop a young boy and ask "does it always rain like this here?". The boy answers, "How should I know? I'm only eight".

    In reality, rainy season starts in earnest towards the end of October, with November, December and January being the worst months. At least we rarely get snow...

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    overhere we always say "summer is the best week of the year" . however this summer was an exceptional good one.

    Normally we have june, july and august being the months with the most rain. But you made me think about it thoroughly and I have come to the conclusion that we more have a lot of rainshowers but rarely occoasions where it rains more than an hour or so. So I am able to ride between the showers most of the time. Sounds different than you riding in rain eleven days in a row like you wrote last year :-/
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    Summer gave its one last attempt yesterday. It was a beautiful 80F with sun. Well, sun until it went down. I got in a 20+ mile ride home. How was your commute today?-20181010_183119.jpg
    Well that's over. Cool and rainy today. I actually picked today to take a car and do an errand after work so let it rain.

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    ^^ Sweet ride/photo bedwards!

    Sounds like we are reversed, Dutchman. Our summers are super dry. There was less than 2.5cm of rain here for all of July, August, September and the first part of October.

    Mid-40's for the ride in this morning, but clear. Forecast is mid-60's and sunny for the ride home tonight. Planning to take the long way home again!

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    sweet pic bedwards!

    Nice rides today. 13C already this morning, so put on the sandals already. 21C and sunny on the way home, lovely day. Working from home tomorrow, so no riding planned. 2-3 more days of good weather are forecasted.

    Hope to get in some riding with the kids on Sunday afternoon, we'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b rock View Post
    What kind is that?
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    Bedwards did you try from the mushroom yet?
    Missed this last page when I posted...It is a "Hen of the Woods", Maitake, sheeps head or grifola frondosa. One of my favorite shrooms. It only comes out in the fall and we don't have many in my area. I've been watching this one grow for a week. I harvested it when it was about 5lbs. At that point you risk them going by. I made a Jägerschnitzel with some a few nights ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Missed this last page when I posted...It is a "Hen of the Woods", Maitake, sheeps head or grifola frondosa. One of my favorite shrooms. It only comes out in the fall and we don't have many in my area. I've been watching this one grow for a week. I harvested it when it was about 5lbs. At that point you risk them going by. I made a Jägerschnitzel with some a few nights ago.
    Wow 5 lbs! So meaty and delicious.

    It turns out what I thought was a pinky sprain is a fracture, so my commute is an interesting test of "light hands, heavy feet" when going over the rough spots. No more mtb for me for a few weeks , as I need my digits properly healed ASAP. I hope the hand specialist agrees with the general practitioner and gives the bike commute a

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    ^^ bummer about your finger b rock. Hope you get good news from the doc.

    I've decided that it's not possible for me to judge my speed by how I feel. Tonight riding home I never really felt "in the groove". My legs felt heavy and I just felt like I was riding slow. I get home, sync my GPS with Strava and see that I set 6 new PR's for the ride home. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    ^^ bummer about your finger b rock. Hope you get good news from the doc.

    I've decided that it's not possible for me to judge my speed by how I feel. Tonight riding home I never really felt "in the groove". My legs felt heavy and I just felt like I was riding slow. I get home, sync my GPS with Strava and see that I set 6 new PR's for the ride home. Go figure.
    Better than the opposite side of the coin, for sure--feeling like a god and tumbling back to earth when you discover you were actually slower than normal. I've had that a number of times. On the ride, I'm thinking about how many PRs I'm sure to set on the ride, only to find I didn't even crack my top 3 time on any of the segments.

    Coolest morning of the season so far. It was around 43F. Two days ago, the low was 30 degrees warmer and the high was just under 50 degrees warmer. We're not getting any bad weather from the hurricane, but it seems to have sucked in the colder air in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    Better than the opposite side of the coin, for sure--feeling like a god and tumbling back to earth when you discover you were actually slower than normal. I've had that a number of times. On the ride, I'm thinking about how many PRs I'm sure to set on the ride, only to find I didn't even crack my top 3 time on any of the segments.
    Exactly, see my post from a few days ago, LOL.

    We've been bottoming out right around 40F but it looks like next week we could hit freezing. It's approaching peak foliage season here. Some trees are still all green and some have fully turned. The ride was good and uneventful.

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    Thanks woodway.

    I think an old man took a shot at me, or a squirrel, or something, with a pellet rifle from his porch on my ride home last night. I heard the whiz across the street in front of me of a projectile, and I look over and see him standing there with what looked like a rifle, upright, resting on the porch. I hope I'm wrong, but I called the cops later, just in case... b/c if I wasn't wrong, that is some nutty BS

    True about not being able to tell when you are fast. I'm trying to shift my focus to technique and structured training, where I have some more immediate feedback, but PRs are nice too.

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    ^^Any feedback from reporting it to the cops? Not that I would necessarily expect it. Hopefully it was a squirrel.

    I went on a MTB ride yesterday to the top of a local mountain. Beauty of a day out there.
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    As promised, we hit freezing here this week. The temps seemed to range from the high 20s to the mid 30s depending on which particular weather station was reporting but I'm pretty sure it was in the 20s where I was because it seemed markedly colder than last week.

    This was from this mornings's ride.
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    B rock that is almost to unbelievable to be true

    Nice pics there bedwards. And already freezing temps? Oooff luckily not in sight here.

    Last day of summer. Another day with sun and 22C this afternoon, but tomorrow is supposed to rain and temps are going to drop. Really strange, rode in shorts, tshirt and sandals today while the trees are already throwing off leaves.

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    I had the joy of jump starting my car this morning in the pouring down rain. Miserable weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    ...... but tomorrow is supposed to rain .....

    Hardly posted and the weather forecast changes to sun in the afternoon. Well I'll take it but will also bring the extra pants for just in case.

    Yesterday I gave the rest of my gear a new DWR treatment so rain should be no issue the rest of this winter

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    Nothing from the cops. I hope it was a squirrel and a mix up on my part. I carefully scope that house on my approach during my commute now, but maybe I am paranoid.

    Rides were so nice today, I am doing them twice (I went home due to miscommunication, lol). The weather is perfect mid to high 70s F and I can lay the power down again and use my big chainring since I installed a Force 22 front derailleur to replace my broken Apex front d. on my 2x10 speed commuter. I also adjusted my rear indexing, and lubed my chain.

    Saw the hand surgeon and they upgraded my pinky fracture healing time to 3 months, but gave the OK for riding where I am sure I won't fall, unless I need pins in a week, then all bets are off.

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    Wicked! Warmed up to +16 C by the time I got off work (It was like +4 at 5:05 when I left the apartment for work).

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    Not a great ride in today. I rode this bike 20 miles on Sunday and had not one problem. Today, I started up when my traffic light turned green and slipped the chain about 10 feet into the intersection just when I started to lay the power down. I got a nice, hard gut full of handlebar and had to carry my bike to the side of the road. I'll have to check out my bike to see if I can find any issues with it.

    Also, I must not have tightened my seat collar enough because my seatpost sunk down until it hit the light mount. I felt like a newb out there. Just one of those days, I guess..

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    ^^MMmm gut full of handlebar. Slipped like slipped a tooth? Front or back? It sounds like it is drivetrain upgrade time. My cross bike would sometimes throw the chain off the front under heavy power. I filed down the back side of each tooth on the front chainring where it had warn so it couldn't grab it and it has been good for 2 more years. I have a complete drive train for it ready to go, chain, rings, cassette and pulleys but it is working well right now so I'm going to ride it into the ground. The last time I did that I sold the bike with the new drivetrain on the side, LOL.

    We had 20-40MPH winds overnight. I set my sites on grabbing a KOM on the way in but it had died down to 5-10 and I didn't have the power to make up the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ^^MMmm gut full of handlebar. Slipped like slipped a tooth? Front or back? It sounds like it is drivetrain upgrade time. My cross bike would sometimes throw the chain off the front under heavy power. I filed down the back side of each tooth on the front chainring where it had warn so it couldn't grab it and it has been good for 2 more years. I have a complete drive train for it ready to go, chain, rings, cassette and pulleys but it is working well right now so I'm going to ride it into the ground. The last time I did that I sold the bike with the new drivetrain on the side, LOL.
    Slipped up front. The chain came off. The chainring, cassette, and chain are all new. I'm going to have to inspect it later to see if I can identify any issues.

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    ^^Damn, the other reason I'm not in a hurry to install the new bits. I hate those problems that only happen under load.

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    Nice pic MCHB!

    Sock tomorrow will be better you'll see

    Funny you mention that drivetrain thing bedwards. I was talking bikestuff with a collegue during lunchbreak and he said he also always ride things until it is completely worn.

    I thought there were alot of flies in the air this morning but it turned out to be light rain. Nothing worth mentioning actually. Nice ride home again, made a short route and hit a pothole hidden under leaves. Fall is here.

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    I try to replace the chain before it is too worn out but even when I do, the cassette is almost always warn to the point where the new chain skips. I'm not sure why I am so hard on them. I replace my wife's chain at the same wear level and she never wears out a cassette. I've found that as long as the system wears as a system that it almost never causes problems. I've got about 7000 miles on this bike and it might have had 1000 on it when I got it and I am on the original chainrings. Unless I forgot to enter the last set, Strava says I have 3300 on the chain and cassette which is a lot for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Sock tomorrow will be better you'll see
    Tomorrow, I have to drive for some meetings off-site. Considering that I had to jump start my car twice yesterday, I don't quite know what to expect. I think a new battery is in order, but I won't be able to get that installed before the weekend. I'll just make sure to back in to my space in case I need to bum a jump from a co-worker.

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    Hi folks, some nice pics lately. I am on day 6 of no internet, thanks to ConsolidatedCommunicationsInc, so I have not been keeping up. No worries, they guarantee to have someone take a look by noon on Sunday! On the plus side I did not lose power like many last night in the bad winds, but the ride in was a little more work than usual due to the winds. Low 30sF this morning, now mid 40s for the ride home. The 13 year-old I loaned my Terra to came in 3rd in mens open in the Braintree3, that gravel enduro uphill race - awesome!

    I did some leafblowing on the local trails Saturday, wearing my new trail crew beanie the Millstone Trail Association got us. We have a trail called Angry Gnome and the gnome is kind of the trails' mascot. We also get the T's.
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    ^^ Nice lid MTBX. And even though I don't ride your trails, thanks for the effort to blow them off. It's a highly under-appreciated endeavor.

    Ouch s0ck. Usually a slipping chain is due to a worn chain, cogs or rings, but with a brand new system who knows? I have one of those Park tool $9 chain checkers that I use on a regular basis. As soon as the chain starts to show wear, off it comes and a new one goes on.

    Today was my first commute of the week...I worked at home monday and went mountain biking. Tuesday and yesterday I did my civic duty and reported for Jury Duty (I even got picked to serve on a jury). Back to "normal" today...still nice weather here, about 45F and clear riding in this morning, supposed to be close to 70F for the ride home tonight.

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    I am getting a whole different impression of you guys overseas. I always thought they all have a "work or die" kind of attitude and never thought that there are people going into the woods to clean trails or take care of someone else or caring about the community. And congrats for the 13y old that got 3rd place on a bike that he's riding for the first time. He must have lots of talent! So well done and a big thumbs up for you MTBx and Woodway!

    Today was a whole different day of riding. This morning it was 12C but dark and foggy. I made a detour on the way home and it was, well let me say, "almost epic". Windstill, almost clear sky, low sun combined with the colors and smell of fall. Really loved it

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    Nice hat MTXB.
    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    I am getting a whole different impression of you guys overseas. I always thought they all have a "work or die" kind of attitude and never thought that there are people going into the woods to clean trails or take care of someone else or caring about the community. And congrats for the 13y old that got 3rd place on a bike that he's riding for the first time. He must have lots of talent! So well done and a big thumbs up for you MTBx and Woodway!
    Amazing isn't it! I'm on the board that manages this trail system, all volunteers. https://libbyhill.org/trails/trail-maps/

    I ended up riding in with my wife this mornings. Usually our schedules don't align. It was below freezing which was expected. But it started snowing on the way in. That wasn't expected. Luckily it didn't accumulate where we were because we were on road bikes. Just 10miles north it had covered the ground.

    Right now there is about a 20MPH headwind for my ride home. It's supposed to die down some. Hope so.

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    Very good bedwards. Wish you calm weather on the ride home!

    2 pics of the ride home:
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    It was much better being there live...

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    There's not much for passing room on that bike path but it looks like it would be fun to ride (alone).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post

    I ended up riding in with my wife this mornings. Usually our schedules don't align. It was below freezing which was expected. But it started snowing on the way in. That wasn't expected. Luckily it didn't accumulate where we were because we were on road bikes. Just 10miles north it had covered the ground.

    Right now there is about a 20MPH headwind for my ride home. It's supposed to die down some. Hope so.
    Eek indeed. GL on the headwind.

    Maybe when my kids can walk themselves to school my wife and I could share part of our bike commute. I love that idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Nice hat MTXB.
    Amazing isn't it! I'm on the board that manages this trail system, all volunteers. https://libbyhill.org/trails/trail-maps/
    I used to lead a group of locals that took care of a 14 miles trail system in a county park near where I lived. As a group we put in over 1000 hours of trail work in 2016 (my last full year of leading the group). I personally blew the leaves off those trails for over ten years which is why I am so appreciative of MTBX's efforts!

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    First sticking snow this morning! 25F & crazy wind, but I had borrowed my friend's truck and drove it in to return it. Riding home, it should be around freezing and the winds have died down.
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    Coldest morning of the season so far. 35F and clear. Not a bad commute. My chain hiccuped out back when I was pedaling out of the saddle. Other than that, the drivetrain has been smooth. I guess that's possibly a clue as to why the chain might have derailed earlier in the week. The problem is super sporadic. I'll check the chain and verify the derailleur hanger isn't bent at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    First sticking snow this morning! 25F & crazy wind, but I had borrowed my friend's truck and drove it in to return it. Riding home, it should be around freezing and the winds have died down.
    Snow! It's only mid-October. Be safe going home!

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    Coldest morning of the season so far. 35F and clear. Not a bad commute. My chain hiccuped out back when I was pedaling out of the saddle. Other than that, the drivetrain has been smooth. I guess that's possibly a clue as to why the chain might have derailed earlier in the week. The problem is super sporadic. I'll check the chain and verify the derailleur hanger isn't bent at all.
    If it wasn't for your all new components I would say worn chain or sprockets for sure. Hiccup like it skipped or was trying to shift?

    44F and clear this morning. No wind. Nice ride in. Hoping to get a good Mountain Bike ride in this weekend while the good weather holds. Have a good weekend everyone.

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    Skipping chain can be lots of things. Bent chain link, too loose axle or spoke tension too low. All of them could make the chain skip/jump when standing on the pedales. The wheel is bending and then the cassette is not aligned with the chain anymore. Just some ideas, good luck finding the real cause.

    2C this morning but fairly good weather today.

    The best is yet to come. My son noticed a big box delivered today but is visiting a friend now. He is about to come home to find out that the box contained a (used) 24" Cube MTB for him with a suspension fork, 2x10 drivetrain and tektro auriga hydro disc brakes. Just put it together and the bike is really in very good shape. I only tensioned the rear der cable a bit to adjust the shifting.

    Cant wait to see his face when he comes home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    If it wasn't for your all new components I would say worn chain or sprockets for sure. Hiccup like it skipped or was trying to shift?
    It felt like the chain popped off a cog and popped back on, and I hadn't shifted in a while.

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Skipping chain can be lots of things. Bent chain link, too loose axle or spoke tension too low. All of them could make the chain skip/jump when standing on the pedales. The wheel is bending and then the cassette is not aligned with the chain anymore. Just some ideas, good luck finding the real cause.
    I don't think it's the axle or spoke tension. I haven't re-examined the chain to see if any of the links are stiff or anything like that. It's hard to work on it with it getting dark so early. I've just been taking accelerations a little easier, and it's been OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Cant wait to see his face when he comes home.
    He should have an ear to ear smile when he sees that!

    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    I've just been taking accelerations a little easier, and it's been OK.
    What's the fun in that. Sometimes you can get a stiff link with a shimano chain when you push the master pin in if it squeezes the plates together. Otherwise I would doubt it with a new chain. If you are in the small ring torquing the crank may bend it enough so the chain may be trying to climb one of the shift ramps. Since they aren't worn down they may have more bite than the old drivetrain which would explain why it is a new problem. I don't envy you troubleshooting a drivetrain problem that only happens under load.

    Good mountain bike commute today. It is amazingly dark at 6:00 these days.

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    Bedwards, yes he's home and asleep now. He came in, stopped in the middle of a sentence, jaw dropped, face brightened up: a neeeeww biiike!! We went for a short ride, mainly to get the saddle height right and to get used to the shifting. New bike got triggers instead of a twister shifter. And he almost went otb, so now he knows the power of hydro discs.

    Sockeyeus good luck solving the issues with the bike. Try tomorrow during the day, is much easier.

    Have nice weekend everyone!

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    Damp but not raining. A bear must have been out and about last night along my route because two garbage cans were knocked over and strewn about. On the way home I biked along the river bank on the sand and shmoo for a change in scenery!

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    MCHB, that sound like a nice commute, have you seen any bears on it before?

    Cyclingdutchman, that looks like a reallty fun ride for your son!

    It warmed up here, a nice sunny fall day Friday, around 50F by the ride home. A state trooper totaled his cruiser a few towns away on a snowy icy road Thursday, so that was a legit first snow. Also, Killington ski area opened - of course they also make snow, getting ready for the World Cup https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Sk...498023951.html.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    MCHB, that sound like a nice commute, have you seen any bears on it before? .
    Nope (thankfully!) People have spotted them wandering around town a few times though!

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    Well, I was told not to ride back in July. (I kept reading here, though, Proxy riding!) Two hospital visits (August & Sept) and 4 stents later I got a week off anything but walking then two weeks of cardio therapy in, I decided it was nice enough to ride again and had a feel for my new limits. Got a slow leak so called it at 30 minutes. I sure am slow! (I have not checked in with the cardio nurses on this excursion. I will see what they say Monday!)

    The weather channel still lies about windspeed: Nine to eleven miles per hour? Maybe in the calmer moments and funneled by trees and houses a consistent 20 mph with gusts to maybe 30! Pants on fire!

    No deadline to get home (or to work), other than to arrive living and breathing so more like a lifeline? Anyway, not sure what my target pulse should be. At 64 I measured my max heart rate at 177 BPM a bit above the age estimate 0f (220-64=156), and my pre-rising pulse was at 50. I could roll all day at 135-140 and might hit 160 up steeper short climbs or longer smaller inclines into the wind with no recovery issues. It's a lot of hours on the bike to get close to that again. Looks like take it easy, push a little but not a lot, and let things return to a new norm.

    As to cycling delaying or minimizing CHD, that is well demonstrated. BUT! It is not a free pass. My paying attention to chest pain (angina) after hills that went away in a minute or so then on the fourth hill the reading of 180 that soon climbed to 235 on my heart monitor was another clue. I did not have breathing issues, nor the other symptoms listed. Likely saved my life. The widow maker was blocked in the bottom 1/3 to 1% (it was single file for the RBC's!. (Well there's your problem!) So I expect to ride faster once things settle in.

    https://www.bicycling.com/training/a...t-should-know/

    My BIL was a third degree black belt, naturalist, woodsman, a trim 145, an expert in Japanese history, and professor of mathematics who died of a heart attack at age 42, so fit young men and women are struck down early in spite of being fit. Remember the 5 signs. I like reading of your cycling exploits!

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    ^^ Good to hear you have been able to get out, sorry to hear of the hospital time logged. I hope you enjoy many many more miles of pedaling, taking it easy feels great when it gets you back on the bike. We had some wicked winds here too this week, at the courthouse it looked like the POW flag was going to get ripped off the pole. Then 10 minutes later strangely calm.

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    ^^ Good I rode when I did 40-50 mph with 80 mph gusts hit just before sunset. Going to need to rake the yard tomorrow!

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    ^^^Hey BrianMc, good to hear you are back on the bike!

    I got out for a great gravel ride over the weekend. I'm really happy I opted for my mountain bike vs. my gravel bike - even through I was on a gravel "road", parts were so rough and chunky that there is no way I could have climbed it without being on a mountain bike.

    No commute today, working from home.

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    Hi BrianMC! Nice to hear from you. Apparently you had a rough time but good to hear you are doing better now. And dont overreact now that you can ride again ok?

    Nice Pics Woodway! From the pics it doesnt seem like such a rough ride as you describe...

    Fall weather here. Windy today and light rain this morning, but the Windstopper stuff was sufficient.

    Made the first MTB tour with my son and his new 24" bike on Saturday. It turned into a 18km/11m loop with ~300m/1000ft of climbing. On the steeper climbs we both had to walk the bike, on the less steep parts he was faster than me. He is 7 and the bike weighs about half of his body weight....I definitely am not the MTBiker I used to be. On some climbs I remember I rode them 10 years ago with ~15kph, now it was only 5kph until I had to get off the bike and walk.....

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