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  1. #7426
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbigisbudgood View Post
    Det finns inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder.
    Amen brother!

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    Windy, had to pedal downhill. 37F and damp, I was a bit chilly on the downhill, and a bit warm on the uphill, despite removing the hat and unzipping the jacket.

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    I took 10 min this morning to slap a fender on the back of the Cross Check. I've had a set that came with the bike but hadn't committed to putting them on. My Century ride is Sunday and it's looking like rain so I think I'll outfit that bike with the fenders (unless somebody kicks in the extra $1355). The rain this morning made me jump on it. I may end up taking them off if I try my hand at cyclocross next weekend.

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    A bit windy for me today too...not too bad. This weekend... fenders go on.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    Best of luck, Bedwards!

    I had micro-raindrops shooting through my headlight beam last night, then continued drizzle since then, so I`m glad my fenders finally had a purpose other than pushing a little extra air. Its supposed to clear up pretty much by tonight. That`s good cause I`m ready for another weekender. Think I`ll make this one a dirt trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Amen brother!
    Oh, was that a Swedish prayer?

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    I re-fendered today too. Actually looks a bit belts-n-suspenders now because the rear rack is still on from camping, but it doesn't block so good when it's not loaded up, so now the fender is on top of it. And I had taken off the front half of the front fender so that my camping gear on the bars wouldn't push on it and force the holder out of the fork crown. Having the rear half on the trip ended up being brilliant, since I had so much rain.

    Have a good trip Rodar, and a nice century Bedwards!

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    Mine was a quick hack job too since I decided to do it between waking up and leaving for work. Tie-wraps were involved. Nothing rubbed good to go.

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    Another good commute, the second half had wet roads, but almost no rainfall, so I stayed dry aside from sweat. Spent five minutes this morning looking at the Brooks B-17N on wallbike's website this morning, the subtle pressure points from my Adamo Race are getting annoying towards the end of the week. Need to put Eneloops in the rack light, the alkaline ones that came with it sure didn't last long (and I have both rears set to flash, not constant).

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    I thought about CommuterBoy yesterday while on a night ride. I came around a corner and came face to face with a great horned owl. He was chilling out on the trail. I stopped about 10 feet away, and the owl turned and flew straight up into the air. It was pretty cool.

    I also got my new rear wheel. My trail bike is slowly turning into a Frankenbike. The warranty replacement wheel is black and my front wheel is silver. The new rim is wider and lighter, but it's also drilled for Presta tubes. Oh well. I don't feel like spending a couple hundred bucks just for my wheels to match.

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    Commute was good but a bit cooler and windier than I anticipated. My tires are just about completely shot. The Weirwolfs I have are on their last legs and it's really starting to show lately. Hopefully I can limp them along for the next two-and-a-half months.

    Can't wait for this winter when I have a bit more spending cash to plop down on commuter tires, brakes, fork, stem, bar, cables, and saddle.

    EDIT: Forgot to add I finally had someone honk at me the other day for taking a lane through a roundabout. I didn't have a choice as I needed straight through and the right lane is for right turns only. They honked and I proceeded to leave them in the dust. Bikes are MUCH faster through roundabouts than cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Oh, was that a Swedish prayer?
    Well, maybe: "There is no bad weather, just bad clothes"

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    Hmmm, I may have "bad clothing" this afternoon, it's been blowing and snowing on and off today, but no accumulation. I leave at 5:30 and the nowcast says scattered snow showers mixed with rain or graupel will continue across the north country through about 6 PM this evening. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.

    Graupel??? I had to google it, it's that styrofoamy looking snow, aka snow pellets or soft hail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbigisbudgood View Post
    -1C this morning. And so it begins.

    Det finns inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder.
    Sucks, it got into the high 40s Fahrenheit this week in Atlanta and folks are complaining.

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    For shame MTBX using four letter words like sn*w in a public forum!
    The ridiculousness of cycling clothes increase exponentially in relation to the distance from your bicycle.

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    ^^ I apologize, that was inappropriate!

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    Well the wind was 10-15 out of the northeast. About 62 F. I took the errand bike with two ghetto panniers to the last farmers market of the season (until the indoor one on Saturday's in November). Empty The Schwinn weighs about the same as a fully racked Big Dummy. The very erect position and the barn door panniers made for a slow ride in empty into the wind. Really put the BP up pushing to keep drivers from doing something stupid close to stop signs. The wind was brisker if anything, homebound. Nice when loaded with corn, turnips, broccoli, white and orange cauliflower, beefsteak and medium tomatoes. Full up. The meat lady wasn't there so I couldn't bring home the bacon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    I thought about CommuterBoy yesterday while on a night ride. I came around a corner and came face to face with a great horned owl. He was chilling out on the trail. I stopped about 10 feet away, and the owl turned and flew straight up into the air. It was pretty cool.
    Nice

    I actually see what I assume is the same owl maybe once a week, usually at a pretty good distance but occasionally swooping fairly low off of a telephone pole by the road. Big stinking birds.
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    Today's ride home was a real mixed bag (literally and figuratively). Couldn't get my mind off the Jessica Ridgeway announcement, but stopped to take this photo:



    Rest in Peace, Jessica.
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    Odd day...

    Was a slightly crazy day today. Woke up to thunderstorms around midnight followed by a frantic call from the mother-in-law about a tornado warning. The morning commute was gritty, damp and chilly but not too bad. Since the weather folks predicted storms all day I hauled the bike up to the office and watched in horror as the tire went flat in front of me. I spent lunch fixing the tire and attempting to free the now seized lock off of the rack which was a success. Did I mention that I started to get a migraine after lunch?

    I needed a ride to vanquish the bad mojo of the day. Luckily the rain had left the trails tacky and soft, a far cry from the gluey mud they tend to devolve into when it rains. Was out riding as the sun was dropping and got these:





    Migraine well gone, tire still inflated, tired and happy from a good ride I met my wife at a local pub for dinner and a flight of microbrews.



    Perfect ending to a strange day.

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    Cooool pics today X 3!

    I always thought that styrofoamy snow was called "that styrofoamy snow". Is another term really needed?

    Orange cauliflower? I`m really expanding my knowledge base today

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ... My Century ride is Sunday and it's looking like rain so I think I'll outfit that bike with the fenders (unless somebody kicks in the extra $1355).
    I believe I had a sighting of bedward's century this a.m. on my way back (by car) from my friend's woodsplitting get together in Maine. I saw only a handful of cyclists but a bunch of state trooper escorts/traffic control and a rest stop. At that time it had stopped raining but I'm guessing it was raining when they started.

    Not a bluebird day like Saturday, but then Saturday was 20F in VT when I got up - Killington opened 1 trail for skiing/riding!

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    A section of video of Friday's ride on the errand bike after two frost nights. More color but colored trees from the week before are mostly leafless. Gusts of over 45 mph today and rain may mean this is as good as we get color wise this year.

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    Don't post much, but thought I would because today's commute marked my second rainy commute! This time with fenders

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    I believe I had a sighting of bedward's century this a.m. on my way back (by car) from my friend's woodsplitting get together in Maine. I saw only a handful of cyclists but a bunch of state trooper escorts/traffic control and a rest stop. At that time it had stopped raining but I'm guessing it was raining when they started.
    I tried to wave to you but I didn't know you were going to be there, I didn't know what vehicle you were in and I don't know what you look like. Otherwise I would have. I was the one in the day-glow yellow rain coat.

    As it turns out, doing a century on a cross check decked out for commuting and expecting to stay near the front of the pack is exhausting. I was feeling pretty smart about my fenders when we started in the rain at 38 degrees. This was my hardest century yet. I finished in about 7 hours - 6 1/2 riding time.

    Today's commute was...slow.

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    ^^ Congrats, that sounds speedy to me.

    This morning I found out I am not faster than a German shepherd. I had a little jump on him, the owner was yelling, and I had a slight decline on the trail, but no, after I thought I might be safely away I heard yelling again and thought I'd better look. Sure enough he was right alongside the rear wheel already. I thought my left calf looked too much like a juicy steak, so I tried to stop and get the bike between us, but through some combination of panic, looking at the dog and the fall leaves I went down. I popped back up with him barking agressively, but it became clear he was not serious as he kept a little distance, and he soon returned home. I tweaked a knee enough to hurt for a bit, but not seriously. [ugh - now my knee is stiffening up ] That was a little too much excitement for Monday morning.

    I continued on my way without further incident except for a pickup at the rotary that gave a good impression of someone about to plow into me, so I braked, he braked enough to squeel a bit, and we were both slowed down.
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