10K climbing per week just blows my mind! The miles are impressive too, but the elevation... Yowza!
Originally Posted by woodway
I sure wish my computers tracked total ride time like the mileage. The one on my "main" ride does track elevation gain- should have checked that just for fun before I did my year end battery change and reprograming. Rain rides? My records show 9 point 1 rain rides over my cycling career, so I`m only a decimal away from you there
I don`t blame you for going less on the commutes to make way for more fun. Even though my commuting isn`t to the degree that it interferes with my fun miles, I`m not going to be so anal about it in the future either- I got one perfect year under my belt, and that was what I wanted.
RyR year end:
234 of 234 commutes (due to more furlough days each year, total commutes is actually way down from 2010`s high of 249 bike commutes)
4389 total miles
roughly 2400 commute miles, depending on exactly what I count as commuting
I started tracking my mileage in 2010 and have increased each year. For a while there, this year`s mileage was so far ahead of 2011`s that I was concerned I would go WAY over it and then be looking at a decline from 2012 to 2013. Eventually, it`s going to have to start back down again, but I prefer that year to be far off in the future! Fortunately, I got plenty lazy for Nov and Dec
I was talking it up a little bit last week, but can now report that I`m an official randonneur since I finished my first sanctioned event Monday night. For those who have no idea what I`m jabbering aboput, randonneuring is yet another type of silly cycling sport. The main type of events they do (brevets) are sort of like rally rides or poker runs: start at "A", follow a specified route and check in or prove your arrival time at various points along the way, get to the finish line within X time. Traditionally, they run in a series of 200KM, 300KM, 400KM, and 600 KM, a few weeks apart, with a time limit corresponding to 15 KPH total time from each check point to the next. For the truly wild bunch, there are also extra long brevets ranging from 1000K to 1400K. Any rate, the ride I just did was the shortest (200K) and was sort of a one-off ride, rather than part of a series. I plan to do at least one more 200 this year and try the 300, but that`s probbly as far as I`ll go for 2013. Following the grand tradition of cycling sports, there is more than one sanctioning body overseeing all things rando. A brain fart on my part had me super excited, thinking I would be eliglible for my giant trophy (well, okay- its really just a little pin) after my ride was registered, but this ride was sponsored by the US version, not the pin awarding French guys, so no pin for me yet (pout, pout). The ride itself wasn`t particularly interresting, but it WAS my first, so I wrote it up and you can read all the fun details if you want on BFnet:
First brevet- ride report and questions
I didn`t take a whole lot of pictures, but here are a few highlights.
1. Check in (exciting, yes?)
2. Rolling with the gang (before they dropped me like a rock)
3. Johnny Cash`s home for wayward boys, Folsom CA
4. Looking back at the American River
Back on the wagon!!! First commute of 2013!
45NRTH Dillingers pulled their weight on this mornings commute to work. Anchorage is currently an ice rink, have fun with it!!! Ice, Slush, Overflow, Snow, Mud, saw it all today!
I use to ride a lot, like 1000 miles/year? I'm not sure because I never really kept track. Then I took about a 10 year break and now here's the ramp up.
Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
Year, Commuted, Gas Money, Mileage Rate, Total Miles, Fatbike Miles
"2009, 900, $119.00, $495.00, 1200, 0
"2010, 2257, $322.94, $1,141.00, 3179, 0
"2011, 3735, $691.52, $2,012.98, 4539, 0
"2012, 5218, $1,039.00 $2,896.00, 5853, 0
2013 ???, ???, ???, ???, ???
Total 12135 $2,176.90 $6,558.86 14,789
I don't think I can keep adding 1500 miles/year but I can try to break 6000 next year. That may be the plateau for me. I really can't imagine logging many more miles than I did this year. I'm not woodway or hunter. (I'd rep you guys for your high miles and 100%ers but I still have to spread it around)
Right at zero this morning, and somehow I was overdressed, haha! Tomorrow's commute time forecast is calling for -19F. I think I'll wear the same thing I did today. Goggles were awesome, and the snowmobile trails are finally riding really fast and fun.
^^ What she said. Plus nice pic mtbxplorer.
Temperature right around freezing, roads are nicely packed since we haven't gotten fresh snow in awhile, and there was the tiniest hint of light still left on the horizon as I headed home - a beautiful first commute of 2013 on the singlespeed.
Whoo-hooo, congrats Rodar on the perfect year. Virtual high-five!
Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
BTW - I like your ratio of commute-to-recreation miles better than mine...
First ride since changing my tire from a 700x32 to 700x35 trail tire. Definitely noticed a difference in the snowy stretches. The bike bit hard, even on my turn. Hoping I can avoid using studs for another winter.
Congrats on the 200K Rodar. I know several Rando guys here in the Seattle area...they are my kind of guys!
Fux, you take some of the best pics - thanks for sharing.
bedwards, I never set out to put in this many miles...it just sort of happened. Be careful, it might happen to you too...
Cold. 7F at 10PM, so it`s going to be like the real winter guys` temps for the ride home tomorrow morning.
Too late for 2013, but where do I order my 2014 Fux calendar?
Looks to me like your biggest goal should be eliminating that pesky zero in the last column.
Originally Posted by bedwards1000
I love riding my bike, I love riding my bike, I love riding my bike...
Great pics FUX! Those icy roads actually look inviting.
Schott, how much do you love riding your bike? Did you notice it is -15 but only feels like -4. Now don't be a baby and go ride your bike
Woodway, there's a good chance you could be right. Next thing you know I'll be buying a titanium bike and bashing it with a hammer.
Me, I have a meeting after work so had to drive as opposed to riding in at -5. Oh well. I don't like that at this point I've only commuted 50% this year.
-13F and my upper body was a bit too warm, owing to 1 extra layer compared to yesterday, plus switching to the insulated helmet. I still dislike goggles, but I must admit they worked great today with a gator neoprene mask - zero fogging. I tried them first with the bike helmet but they were interfering with each other, and they worked much better with the insulated helmet with a goggle keeper on the back. My feet got cold, even with boots claiming -35F rating.
A pic of Dix Reservoir and Camel's Hump (it's on the VT Quarter). Thankfully there was no wind, unlike last night.
Last edited by mtbxplorer; 01-03-2013 at 06:38 AM.
I did notice that, they obviously weren't on a bike. Went with ski helmet and goggles, could barely see after about a mile, good thing the snowmobile trails are predictable.
Damn Chinook 8C and the airport.....-8C downtown....
Originally Posted by jeffscott
Airport is about 600 feet higher in elevation so the Chinook hasn't blown all the way down to the river valley today.
Right at freezing point melting on pavement warmed by sun. Roads had random bands of compressed snow in low traffic areas. Wind much lower than forecast. Was a bit over dressed. Nice, but a bit sweaty on arrival. Better than really frozen. One sided SPD pedals worked way better with my boots than expected. The iBike test run was decent. No need for studded tires.
BURR, Upper 20's to mid 30's here in Anchorage still. Where's that fat studded fatback???
Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
Honestly, I was afeared of taking the trails to work in this cold snap, especially since the last trip on them on Monday took 2 1/2 hours! Most of the snowmobile trails are probably better packed now, but this morning I saw that my personal feeder trails I re-packed on New Years day were all drifted in.
Originally Posted by JordyB
Upper 20's on the way to work, low 20's back today. Eyeballs were burning for the first half of the ride home today.
schedule got switched to 9-6
traffic in the morning is a lot lighter on the roads at 8am when I leave
it seams everyone heads for Atlanta around 7:30 or so in order to get in for their 9am shift
The ride home is a lot darker and pausing to watch the stars for a bit really is enjoyable.
+2 for my ride home this morning, and it felt like cold, so I was a baby about it! Then couldn`t resist waking up my wife by dropping my frozen mittens on her warm face when I walked into the house.
Originally Posted by bedwards1000
The snow in my yard is getting old, but still squeaks when I walk or ride over it, so needs a lot more heat before it starts melting. The nice part about cold is that it means NO MUD.
iBike? Is that a battery assisted bike of some kind? Sounds like you mentioned it already, but I must have missed it. Report?
Originally Posted by BrianMc