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    Nice easy ride in this morning on the singlespeed.

    Tomorrow will be a ~50km day, as I trek out to my least favorite meeting spot out in the boonies. At least the temperatures will be around freezing, and not -28C like last week.

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    I don't like showing up to work (or home) a muddy mess either.

    rodar, you definitely should. The rocky coast of Maine is worth a look. If you an do them both, great. If you can only fit one, skip Portland and go straight for Acadia. Let me know when the date gets closer.

    Funny, I checked back on my map link and you can see the moment I thought "I'm going to go take a picture of that rock. Any rock that you can see on google maps is pretty large.

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    That same road has the best traction on the planet in the morning when it's frozen up... like sandpaper. Afternoons...not so much.

    Rodar I remember your pics of that trip. Sweet area. I can't imagine doing what I did yesterday with anything extra to carry. Felt like riding in soft sand with two flat tires.
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    Decent ride in this AM. A bit chilly over night so the trails firmed up really nicely and I made some good time. Just haven't been feeling it this week so far. Hopefully I get out of my funk soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Decent ride in this AM. A bit chilly over night so the trails firmed up really nicely and I made some good time. Just haven't been feeling it this week so far. Hopefully I get out of my funk soon.
    Diddo! Fast firm trails, temps in the 20's, all the singletrack along Chester and APU is fast right now! Solid commute in this AM!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Funny, I checked back on my map link and you can see the moment I thought "I'm going to go take a picture of that rock. Any rock that you can see on google maps is pretty large.
    Oh, yeah! Just to the right of that ski boat? If you`d have been just a wee bit slower, he`d have run right over you

    Yeah, will put out the word before we leave. I plan to pack my folder to entertain myself while my wife and her sister are doing "girl stuff", so if we can manage to hook up, we can make each other feel fast.
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    Not quite as windy.Only about 10 mph. Too cold for spotted salamanders, but above freezing. Still slow, but still rolling. I am definitely not using all my bike's potential either, Rodar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Funny, I checked back on my map link and you can see the moment I thought "I'm going to go take a picture of that rock. Any rock that you can see on google maps is pretty large.
    Very cool photo with the rock! But I am still thinking about your earlier photo with the crack in the ice - dude, you are going to fall through

    No riding for me this week - I was in Beijing earlier this week where the temperature was down to about 10F, but when I arrived in Taipei last night the temperature was about 75 degrees. Man this feels pretty good...

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    Bambi On Ice

    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Yeah, will put out the word before we leave. I plan to pack my folder to entertain myself while my wife and her sister are doing "girl stuff", so if we can manage to hook up, we can make each other feel fast.
    Sounds good. Thre is plenty of good riding around Acadia too.

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    Very cool photo with the rock! But I am still thinking about your earlier photo with the crack in the ice - dude, you are going to fall through .
    Nah. Those cracks were on a different lake. The one I ride every day in the dark is pretty predictable.

    I did a full Bambi imitation not once but twice today trying to test my limits climbing some steep ice flows. I've seen people do it...I can't do it. Once the wheel spins out and I have to put my foot down I hit the ice like a sack of flower. Hardwood floors aren't the only thing those plastic bottomed boots are slippery on. One time I got off my bike and was "standing" and I just lost it and slid 20' down the flow with my bike in tow. I had one other crash going down an ice flow and also bashed my big ring trying to clear a rock I shouldn't have. All and all, it was a pretty good ride in.

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    ^^ Pictures of ice flows! A 20' hill of ice sounds pretty cool.

    Speaking of hooker boots, I got a cool GoPro snap on the way home yesterday..well at least I thought it was cool...
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    All you people riding in the extreme cold make me want to go somewhere cold for a week and try it. Sounds like great adventure!
    Nice commute this morning,

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    Ooh got a good one this morning too
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    ^^ Pictures of ice flows! A 20' hill of ice sounds pretty cool.

    Speaking of hooker boots, I got a cool GoPro snap on the way home yesterday..well at least I thought it was cool...
    I'll try to grab some tomorrow before they get covered in snow. I was too late today to stop and smell the roses. One of them is pretty damn scarey. Ice with rocks on either side. My trails are about to totally change. Winter storm watch in effect for Friday. 4" to 24" depending on how it tracks. Friday is good timing to get the snowmobiles out to pack it down.

    Cool pics, where do you mount the camera? It looks like it is dangling out in space. I like the second one the best.

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    I have the GoPro mounted to the fork with a couple of extensions to keep it out away from the bike a bit. I'm still working on ideal placement... the money shot will be something like the 2nd one with an epic sunrise going off in the background...

    You can sort of make out the GoPro in the shadow of the 1st pic.
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    OOOh, it`s mounted! I thought you stretched your arm way out for them. I like the pics too, but obviously have some perspective problems. In the second one, I could see the rear derailler and wondered where the hell your chainstays went! Yeah, now I get it. Front end, not back. And one of those weird new brake calipers, not a derailler.
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    I had an excellent commute home last night. Took off from work a bit early to check out some of the social single tracks JordyB mentioned and it was well worth it! Awesome fast riding in the heart of town! As I got near home, a fellow Fattie stopped me to ask if I had ridden any of the trails in the APU area, which is my home turf, and we had a great conversation about the trails and how they are different every time you ride them, about bikes in general, about the differences in ride qualities between the Salsa, 907, and Pugs.

    This morning's ride was likewise a good one. Light snow falling so I got to make first tracks for much of the ride and just had a generally pleasant ride.

    A couple of pics from last night's ride:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64905781@N03/8451313906/" title="photo (2) by PhilB1975, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8493/8451313906_93a7715223.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="photo (2)"></a>

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    Did my 45ish km roundtrip today. I've probably ridden this route a half-dozen times by now, and this was the first time that the wind wasn't swearably strong, so it actually made for a pretty nice ride. The one thing about a longer commute is that I saw a lot of other riders - I lost track at 2 dozen, and that included two fatbikes.

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    Warmed way up this morning... snow in the forecast for today/tomorow, but temps approaching 40... maybe some sticking overnight tonight, but otherwise it'll just be wet... it's been a nice week or two after our arctic blast...mornings around 20, afternoons hitting mid 40's. I bet this morning was mid 30's. The lobster gloves were way too hot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    ^^ Pictures of ice flows! A 20' hill of ice sounds pretty cool.
    OK, here you go, how about a 200' hill of ice? The 20' one is the only one I attempt. (actually that one is closer to 40 but I only made it half way up.) Frozen water flows.

    It looks like I'll be driving tomorrow. They are forecasting 14"-24" now, most of it tomorrow afternoon.

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    Snowy Fatback Commute on this fine Thursday. Fresh cord' on Russian Jack and Chester Creek trails, Ast sidewalk plowed with snow still falling! Big Fat Larrys sure help in the soft stuff! About 25 degrees.

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    The weather is fantastic here. It was 36F this morning and is already 53F. Temps should climb closer to 60F by the time I get off work. To make it even better, the sun is out in full force. Sucks to be indoors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    OK, here you go, how about a 200' hill of ice? The 20' one is the only one I attempt. (actually that one is closer to 40 but I only made it half way up.) Frozen water flows.
    That's awesome. We had some sections like that on my dirt road going for a while, but nothing that steep. The steeper sections were able to drain/runoff apparently. Those are crazy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    OK, here you go, how about a 200' hill of ice? The 20' one is the only one I attempt. (actually that one is closer to 40 but I only made it half way up.) Frozen water flows.

    It looks like I'll be driving tomorrow. They are forecasting 14"-24" now, most of it tomorrow afternoon.
    I'm too old and fragile. Kamikaze riders and others with a death wish are going to die happy!

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    Snow hit! Woohoooo!
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    ^^ Nice pic!!!!!!!!!!!

    Only 1 minute faster on my new commute home than last time, but I felt better, so that's something. I thought I would beat it by more based on how I felt, and the fact that I remembered to lock out & lock down (compressed) the suspension fork, reducing bobbing and improving climbing geometry. When I had a problem with the fork I think (perhaps I misunderstood) a mechanic told me not to lock it down, but I thought it was designed for that (you turn a lever, weight the fork, and it stays down). Opinions?

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    ^^I`m the LAST person who you`d want suspension advice from, but I thought the same as you.

    Byknuts, see a doctor about that tongue, dude!

    Bedwards blog: "The picture definitely doesn't do this one justice."
    If that`s true, ain`t no way I want to be looking down from the top of it

    Fairly nice today, but starting to get a little windy and cloud in time for the weekend. Tomorrow is supposed to be the worst of it, so I`ll put off riding until Sat and go work on an indoor problem with my wife`s office tomorrow.

    Though it pains me greatly to admit it, I started a simplified training program- one long and fairly quick loop each weekend, one balls to the walls 9 mile TT midweek, keep the commutes slow and mellow. Yesterday was my first shot at the short loop. Jezamahell! I must never have pulled from the depths of my soul for more than 10 minutes before (maybe never even for 5 minutes)! Had no idea what a half hour of genuine "push it till ya wanna puke" was like, but now I know why I don`t attempt any forms of racing. Honestly, I think I should shorten that route if I can come up with something smooth enough (no stops or traffic issues). I have a whole new perspecive now of what racers of any kind go through. My hat is off to all of you.
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    Serious snow fever here tonight with the forecast nor'easter. On the ride home I saw a minivan with a snowmobile stuck (mostly) in the hatch.

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    ^^Here too. They haven't had a storm this big to hype in a long time. So far it is the lightest, fluffiest snow I have ever seen. I just used the wipers to clear the windshield of the truck and by the time I hit 10MPH the rest was gone. Could be because it is only 5F.

    About the shock, see if you can find and owners manual online. That should tell you.

    Nice work on the training Rodar. Group rides are a fun way to get out there and push yourself in you can find any.

    I took my time meandering around the lake on the way home last night since that was the last chance I'll get to ride it sans snow. I'm at the mercy of the snowmobiles now to groom the trails for me but the timing is really good. Big storm before the weekend. People itching to get out and play in the snow. Maybe I'll actually break out the XC Skis

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    Awesome snow-ride in today, Super fluffy stuff that was easy to go through as long as you could stay out of the greasy car-churned part. My favorite parts were:
    1. Going down steep Hill Street with the cars all stacked up at a crawl afraid to slide out of control, and the uphill ones either spinning in place or waiting at the bottom for a chance to try their luck, while I confidently rode down with all my carbide.
    2. Going up the last ˝ mile to work and getting stuck riding the rear bumper of slow cars with cr*ppy tires that could not make it up.
    3. I got a nice shout out from my fellow bikecommuter when he saw me go by as he left McD’s.
    I did have a couple yahoos with poor passing skills and one “get off the road”, but they couldn’t ruin it for me today. I will likely take the bus from the ˝ mile point to the 8 mile point (closest stop to my house), and ride and/or walk the last 3.5 miles.

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    MTBX, I think locking it out in the down position is fine... you're just closing a valve that stops letting oil flow through little holes which control compression/damping. When it's shut, the shock doesn't care which side of the valve the oil is on... if you lock it out in the 'up' position, it's all on the 'down' side of the valve...if you lock it in the 'down' position, most of the oil is above the valve... either way, won't hurt and the shock doesn't care.
    That's my understanding at least...


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    When I went to leave this a.m., the fork was way too soft and the air pressure was nil. I went back in the house and put more air back in the shock and it worked fine. Weird because it didn’t used to do that, maybe locking it puts more pressure on a seal that is not as snug as it used to be. For regular trailriding it rarely has to be aired up.

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    Well, it would compress air in there, so that's possible that a leaky air seal would be amplified by leaving it locked in the down position.
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    My new parking spot is in a prime location but unprotected from the elements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    My new parking spot is in a prime location but unprotected from the elements.
    It looks so cold and lonely. I take it this is just before cleaning it to leave? And those are your footie prints messing up the pristine snow? (Remembering Yosemite Sam as Bedouin cursing Bugs Bunny's prints in Foreign Legion Cartoon as analogy.) I mean, if you just got there, you really DID get dumped on!

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    How was your commute today?

    Good rides lately. They have been cold and fast all week. Temps hovering around zero, and no snow. Plus, two friends bought fatties last weekend, so I don't feel the need to ride every trail on the way home, because I have been going on real trail rides every...single...day. I'm exhausted. Today, it started to snow again. Our snow was rock solid, and a bit stale, with some icy spots. I went in a little bit later than usually just to let the snow pile up a bit more (crazy?). On the way home there were about 4 inches down, super light, kinda slippy. I had my tire pressure too high for the townie riding. I made it without letting air out, but a couple of sections made me think about stopping. I'm guessing I wake up to another foot or so tomorrow. It will be a heavy ride over to my buddies house with my Tele skis and boots on my pack, but it is only a couple of miles. A ride after a commute, and the impending storm.


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    it was frikking AWESOME!!
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    Nice pix, byknuts, Schott & CB! On the way home I got a bus boost for almost 5 miles, and then a ride in the back of a pickup up the steepest 1 mile of Hill St. That was awesome, as it was real greasy on that section and a denser neighborhood, so more traffic. A guy at an intersection said "nice light" as I was pushing, and I asked if he was heading uphill. He said was, and did not hesitate to give me a ride - nice! ... and I noticed he went back downhill ater dropping me off. From there it was about 2.5 mi home, mostly rideable. I pushed a couple steeper sections, more because I was running out of oomph than traction.

    B'Mc, that pic was at 3 when some co-workers and I walked around the building; I started a 2x/day 10 minute "wellness walk" to try to get people out of their chairs and cubies. Surprisingly, not too many takers yet (2-5 out of 50ish people). But even the non-walkers seem to enjoy my announcement over quiet cubieland instead of emailing.

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    B'Mc, that pic was at 3 when some co-workers and I walked around the building; I started a 2x/day 10 minute "wellness walk" to try to get people out of their chairs and cubies. Surprisingly, not too many takers yet (2-5 out of 50ish people). But even the non-walkers seem to enjoy my announcement over quiet cubieland instead of emailing.

    Good job! The ladies that I work with formed a chub club, and honestly they need to. It is so frustrating though that they talk about how fit I am and that I can eat whatever I want, yet they call me crazy for riding my bike to work everyday. They go and quit coffee and think that they are going to lose weight and keep it off. I try to tell them that a healthy diet is awesome, but you are never going to lose weight and keep it off without exercise. I did manage to get one lady to quit smoking again. Maybe I should start taking walks too...I really don't think it will go off very well starting in February, though...

    I got a great smile and conversation from some old guys headed into the basement at work, where senior meals are served. I thought it would be the normal "big tires, you need chains, where's the motor" conversation, but it was actually, "that's great, you feel good after riding in the morning eh, think about how much money he saved, Hey Darryl, he hade it all the way up that hill" kind of conversation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    Good job! The ladies that I work with formed a chub club, and honestly they need to. It is so frustrating though that they talk about how fit I am and that I can eat whatever I want, yet they call me crazy for riding my bike to work everyday. They go and quit coffee and think that they are going to lose weight and keep it off. I try to tell them that a healthy diet is awesome, but you are never going to lose weight and keep it off without exercise. I did manage to get one lady to quit smoking again. Maybe I should start taking walks too...I really don't think it will go off very well starting in February, though...

    I got a great smile and conversation from some old guys headed into the basement at work, where senior meals are served. I thought it would be the normal "big tires, you need chains, where's the motor" conversation, but it was actually, "that's great, you feel good after riding in the morning eh, think about how much money he saved, Hey Darryl, he hade it all the way up that hill" kind of conversation.
    haha , yeah, perhaps February has something to do with the lackluster attendance on my walks. That guy sounds like he would be interesting to talk to, I wonder what adventures he's had. I still get the "crazy" comments, but today they were balanced a couple sincere Wows and Awesomes.

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    Awesome as always...can't think of a better way I could spend my time getting to and from the job I despise (oh well, at least I have an amazing training ride 2x/day).

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    The reports of the blizzards in the NE look pretty bad. Hang tight, commuters!

    2 to 5 walkers under those conditions doesn`t get a "lackluster" rating, in my book. You must have seriously charmed or threatened your crew. Which was it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    Good job! The ladies that I work with formed a chub club, and honestly they need to. It is so frustrating though that they talk about how fit I am and that I can eat whatever I want, yet they call me crazy for riding my bike to work everyday. They go and quit coffee and think that they are going to lose weight and keep it off. I try to tell them that a healthy diet is awesome, but you are never going to lose weight and keep it off without exercise. I did manage to get one lady to quit smoking again.
    Wow, convincing somebody else to quit smoking is really tough, even for your S.O. For a coworker, I would have said it was impossible. Whatever you did to her, I hope you don`t do the same to me! Coffee is fattening? I know it isn`t exactly the best stuff in the world, but I always thought it had no effect on weight.

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    Awesome as always...can't think of a better way I could spend my time getting to and from the job I despise (oh well, at least I have an amazing training ride 2x/day).
    Awesome is good. Sorry it leads you to a job that you despise, but at least you get the pedaling incentive to help you on your way in the morning and to look forward to in the evening. I guess that`s worth something.
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    How was your commute today?

    Well, I'm sure I wasn't the only factor, but I certainly ragged on her enough about stinking up my office. As for the coffee, I think it was the quart of cream and pound of sugar that was adding on the pounds.

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    Ah, cream and sugar. That`ll do it.
    You work in a smoking permitted office? Dang, I didn`t think there were any left! Most work places out here now have us relegated to a shed (for lucky people) or just standing out in the wind and cold. As far as I know, casinos are the only places left where you can smoke inside in my state.
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    2 to 5 walkers under those conditions doesn`t get a "lackluster" rating, in my book. You must have seriously charmed or threatened your crew. Which was it?
    Neither. I think it's been their own motivations, such as knee surgery, multi-joint arthritis, and birding, but the "new office/new habits" idea and the chance to get away from the desk don't hurt either. Surprisingly, no real weight loss motivated people have joined yet. I plan to reach out to a few more people that might need personal invites to push them over the edge.

    ^^ Yeah, I think we we have places you can't smoke outside now too. Of course NH has Live Free or Die on the license plates, so Schott-land is a little different.

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    I ran into our old friend RadioActive over in the Women's Lounge

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    Mtbxplorer - thanks! I did hate to give up my bike commute. I stopped posting in the commuter thread after I moved out here to NM - I guess I just got busy and overwhelmed by the change (aside from my brief 3 months in Idaho Falls, I've lived in Las Vegas all of my life until May 2011). I lived up in Los Alamos for about a year and I was able to ride to work then, but I decided to move in with my boyfriend here in Santa Fe last September and 35 miles to work each way plus the hills is just too much. I had even picked up a new commuter ('83 Trek 640) that's a blast to ride (I gave my Novara to my sister to encourage her to start riding), but now I only use it on the rare days that I get off of work early (throw it on the bus so that I can ride home from one of the other bus stops). Thanks for the tips on keeping the saddle clean! I usually have some of those wipes around for my car. It is definitely more of a challenge keeping stuff clean here in the desert.

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    How was your commute today?

    No, you cant smoke inside the office, especially in a school..you can't even be on the grounds. They have to leave the property, some sit in their car....hence the stank on them when they come back inside. I don't think that smoking is allowed anywhere inside any longer. Live free or die...right. Don't have to wear a helmet on a motorcycle, or a seatbelt in a car, but god forbid you smoke a little pot....

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    ^^Even though I fully see the point of your last sentence, somebody that works in a school probably shouldn't be posting things like that on a public forum either.

    Do you ever have those days when you wake up and aren't really motivated to ride in... The forecast was for 28F, they got the 8 part right. The sides of the road are mostly non-existent, the trails aren't ripe yet.. Anyway, I HTFU and rode in anyway. Not an awful ride until I turned into the wind.

    We're supposed to get rain this afternoon but since they're off by 20F on the temp I'm not so sure. I'm hoping because that would ripen the trails nicely.

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    How was your commute today?

    Just speaking to the laws. Haven't smoked pot in years. That doesn't mean that I think my students should have a felony on their record for experimenting with s little marijuana. Teachers are entitled to a public opinion just as anyone else. It is a shame that we should be put under different scrutiny though, we get dumped on enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    Just speaking to the laws. Haven't smoked pot in years. That doesn't mean that I think my students should have a felony on their record for experimenting with s little marijuana. Teachers are entitled to a public opinion just as anyone else. It is a shame that we should be put under different scrutiny though, we get dumped on enough.
    Well there goes your chance for public office now.
    Teachers should be entitled to a public opinion just like anyone else. And then they get fired for posting a picture of their students having fun on Facebook. It's a crazy world out there. And your right, it shouldn't be a felony or even illegal if used responsibly.

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    I don`t understand how it is that vodka is legal and pot isn`t- seems backwards to me. But it makes no personal difference. What I`d really like to see is tobaco prohibition lifted. If a coworker had tol me to quit smoking because he didn`t like the smell that followed me in from another place, I`d have invited him to kiss my butts. Of course, when the management told me I had to start wandering outside like a farm animal, I just said bah, bah, bah

    How did you guys fare with the big storms? I saw news reports that made it look pretty awful, but my sister in law in MA says it wasn`t any big deal.
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    It was a snowstorm. We've had them before, we'll have them again. Overall we got about 30" that varied from none to 4' drifts. I was really surprised that we didn't have more power outages 'cause the wind was HOWLING! But the snow was really light. The 30" of light fluffy stuff would have been more like 12" of wet heavy stuff. It did make for some good XC skiing. These trails were totally bare on Friday morning.

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    We had a manageable 1', but it really helped out the ski areas when southern New England knew the storm was coming, school would be closed Friday, etc., so they got out of Dodge and came up here to ski. At 1 ski area, Friday was the biggest non-holiday weekday ever.

    This morning's ride was pretty speedy, which was good, because I got a late start after hitting the snooze, reading e-mail, and the foster dog reading the p-mail. It was supposed to be rising temps and an icy mix, but so far it has only been snow. My glasses has an awful film of dried salt spray on them by the time I got to work. It was supposed to get up to 40F, but they've revised that to 33 for my ride home, so maybe it won't be as sloppy as I expected.

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    Slow one today. Took my just over an hour to make it 4.5 miles. A system came through last night and dumped quite a bit of fresh pow - about a foot, I'd guess. Made for a heavy bike, but a nice ride. I'm ready for a nap now!

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    Yup, 4.5mph can be a little discouraging.

    We were supposed to get rain and have a high of 45. It's made it all the way up to 23 now with 4" of so so far. I'm going to have to stick to the back roads as much as possible on the way home and walk across the lake with 3 feet of snow on it, not ideal. I was counting on the rain to solid up the trails, herumf.

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    ^^ That sounds rough, hope you made it home OK. Maybe I misunderstood, I thought your wife worked in the same building, she won't give you a ride?

    I was lucky on the way home. The roads were sloppy and my dirt road was greasy with snow, but the most I got was some mist, and when I got home I talked to a friend maybe 25 miles away as the crow flies, and it was pouring there.

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    How was your commute today?

    I couldn't figure out why I was soooooo cold on my way in this morning...it wasn't that cold out, but I just grinned and carried on. When I went to put my jacket back on to go home I noticed that I had the air conditioning on full blast (pit zips fully open) from my ski yesterday. We skinned up the Cog railway on Mt Washington.... I needed the AC. It rained for a second on my way to get my hairs cut, but had cleared out by the time I was done for the ride home. Could possibly have another biggen on the way this weekend!! Fingers crossed.

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    Looking back on today's ride.

    Snow long gone. 51 F and Windy. 20-30 with some gusts over 40. So I avoided the open areas where the wind always seems to be 10 mph over the forecast.

    Resurrected the POV camera that had the lens over cover shatter. Mounted it CB style but the mount apparently vibrates a bit.



    I like the Dali-esque effect,or is that just the wind?



    Here comes the sun!



    This guy was shadowing me at times today.



    I can adjust the mount out some so it sees past my leg more and will try to take some of the bounce out of it. Curious how overtaking traffic will look.

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    Motorpaced on the way to work. Had a super long shower at the end, and felt great for doing it. Did a fast, hilly ride on the way home which made me feel happy. No shitty drivers to make me feel bad either! Today was a good day. The worst part was that there was rain mist, and really in the grand scheme of things, when the east is copping snow storms, etc. rain mist is a walk in the park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ^^ That sounds rough, hope you made it home OK. Maybe I misunderstood, I thought your wife worked in the same building, she won't give you a ride?

    I was lucky on the way home. The roads were sloppy and my dirt road was greasy with snow, but the most I got was some mist, and when I got home I talked to a friend maybe 25 miles away as the crow flies, and it was pouring there.
    She works a different schedule from me but did some local errands and came back to get me. The roads were a mess. It's like they didn't really expect 4" of wet snow so they didn't bother to clean it up. I had to take the truck today 'cause they are still about the same. We never did get any rain but it is supposed to be warm today.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    I like the Dali-esque effect,or is that just the wind?
    or your rims really need to be trued.


    Big snow this weekend?

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    Fixed a persistent creak over the weekend! Ever since I built my TI commuter, I have had a creak when I stand on the pedals to crank up a hill. I've tried every remedy that I could think of. Finally over in the Bike Forums mechanics forum I read about another guy who had a similar problem and he fixed it by wrapping Teflon tape around the threads of his external bearings. I thought "why not?" and over the weekend I pulled my bearings, cleaned them up and reinstalled them with Teflon tape on the threads. Creak gone! Yay!

    I had an encounter with an over-polite motorist this morning. Four-way intersection and I had the red light. Car approaching from the right had the green. I went into slow-creep, kinda trackstand mode waiting for the car to clear and then I was going to ride through the intersection. It was 4:45am and there were no other cars in sight - I ride through this light every morning after checking for cross traffic. Anyway, the gal in the car slows down and actually comes to a stop and starts waving me through the intersection. I look up and sure enough she has the green light, but she is stopped and waving me to cross! Why can't she just go? After I got over my initial shock I just thought "screw it" and went through the intersection. I know that she meant well, but I always hate it when drivers don't act predictably.

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    Warm enough to go hatless this morning! I could probably have lost the jacket too.

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    Well yesterday turned epic after I realized that in addition to me having the day off, my wife was working all afternoon and childcare was already lined up... this combination of events never happens, and I took full advantage. 56.8 miles, 2537 ft of elevation gain. Just under 4 hours of glorious solitude. I couldn't bust out the shorts Rodar, but the weather was still pretty great... hovering around 40 degrees.

    Started with a monster climb:How was your commute today?-picture7.jpg

    topped out with a nice view:How was your commute today?-picture8.jpg

    Obligatory summit sign shot: How was your commute today?-picture6.jpg

    Then the questionable "will it be a mudfest" 1st dirt road section: How was your commute today?-picture5.jpg

    Wide open spaces. I spooked a Golden Eagle in this area, eating a rabbit on the side of the road. Massive birds! How was your commute today?-picture4.jpg

    Then I went looking for a new bike: How was your commute today?-picture3.jpg

    Didn't find one. On to some Americana: How was your commute today?-picture2.jpg

    Decisions, Decisions: How was your commute today?-picture1.jpg
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    Absolutely lovely ride report, CB! Was it a loop around Eagle Lake? I need to get up and try some of those roads one of these days- I bet 139 is really low traffic. You were moving pretty good. The climbing is similar to my Redrock loop and I can`t quite get the 62 mile version under 4 hours with skinny tires. With Apples or dirt detours, I don`t know what it would be.

    I like the Dali rim
    Camera looks a lot bigger than I imagined it. Or maybe it`s Dallied too.

    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Fixed a persistent creak over the weekend!

    I had an encounter with an over-polite motorist this morning.
    Whoo, noise abatement program! I`m currently going nuts over an occasional squeel from my dynohub. Sounds like the seals, so I dripped a little Triflow around them, but it didn`t help. Unfortunately, the bearings are a "don`t touch" thing, so I dunno what else. At least it never makes any noise above about 25 degrees.

    Overpolite drivers who want to give away their rights of way are kind of frustrating too. At a 2-way stop, where he driver doesn`t have a stop sign is not unusual, but I don`t think I`ve ever heard of one stopping at a green light. Good thing it was Oh-dark thirty, and didn`t back up any other traffic.
    Recalculating....

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    OH don't get me started on overpolite drivers. I've had them stop in the middle of an intersection on a green light, backing up traffic in their lane, while the other lanes keep going and the people behind them start honking, all the while thinking that they're doing the biker who's actually following the laws a big favor. It's horrible. Idiots.

    Rodar, it was up 139 towards the north shore of Eagle, but then a right turn down a dirt road canyon back to the valley.
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    Nice ride CB. I'm still in winter mode where long rides like that aren't even on the radar. Although we did break the freezing mark for one of the few times in the last month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Absolutely lovely ride report, CB!
    Yes. Nicely done.

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    I like the Dali rim Camera looks a lot bigger than I imagined it. Or maybe it`s Dallied too.
    Check the rear rim's cubist side step and warped bottom. It isn't tiny but not that large. Just the camera phone in macro.

    Compared to newer, smaller helmet cam:



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    They are set at the 0" mark, so the older one is 5.25" long, not the 14 inches or so it appears to be in the close up. I have inverted the mounting bracket for less torque on bounces hoping to reduce the funky effects. We don't have front plates, so reading them is not an issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Over polite drivers who want to give away their rights of way are kind of frustrating too. At a 2-way stop, where he driver doesn`t have a stop sign is not unusual, but I don`t think I`ve ever heard of one stopping at a green light. Good thing it was Oh-dark thirty, and didn`t back up any other traffic.
    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    OH don't get me started on overpolite drivers. I've had them stop in the middle of an intersection on a green light, backing up traffic in their lane, while the other lanes keep going and the people behind them start honking, all the while thinking that they're doing the biker who's actually following the laws a big favor. It's horrible. Idiots.
    They are especially nice when sprinkled in with impatient, blind, and cyclist hating motorists! One 4-way stop intersection and I am over half way through when a car arrives to my right and the driver proceeds to go *then* looks (could be the bright helmet light aimed right at him got his attention?) then the next block and you are 100' away when the car to our left gets there and the driver doesn't go until you madly wave them through. They don't until you post. Then you have the dolt behind bunny tail them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    You were moving pretty good. The climbing is similar to my Redrock loop and I can`t quite get the 62 mile version under 4 hours with skinny tires. With Apples or dirt detours, I don`t know what it would be.
    Strava said 14.7 for an average speed. Better than I thought it would be, especially with that climb... I was definitely not pushing myself up that, stopping for pictures and what-not. I got slow towards the end too... dragging. Should have brought more food.
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    Sweet pics, CB!

    How many of you upload to Strava? I upload everything, commutes and all. Is there enough interest to form a MTBR-Commute Strava group?

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    I only use Strava on 'fun' rides like that, or stuff I'm curious to map. For just mapping, I actually use MyTracks because it uploads to google maps if you want it to, and you can save the map file. So I'm not religious about using Strava at all.
    I don't generally record the commutes at all. Sometimes if I'm trying a new trail combination. I map them once so I know the distance, and that's about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Rodar, it was up 139 towards the north shore of Eagle, but then a right turn down a dirt road canyon back to the valley.
    I see a Rice Canyon Rd that goes from the summit to the prison, guess that was your southbound route? Looks pretty cool on sat images. I don`t recognize that sandwich shop- not on the highway? I used to stop at 7 Acres (RIP) in Litchfield for bread pudding every time I was out that way. Yum.
    Recalculating....

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    Great pix, CB, glad you were able to get away. We have a Bianchi St. as well, courtesy of the graniteworkers/sculptors I'm sure. I didn't ride today, had to pick up the BFL (big fat lab, 101 lbs) for dogsitting. So far he and the foster dog are doing great. Tomorrow the car is being inspected, so I will ride from the shop, which cuts off the 4 mile downhill and 4 mile uphill, which means the pups will have a shorter day at home.

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    got bored waiting behind the minivans and luxury sedans, turned onto the snow-covered grass and said "fuggit!" and shot across the parquette diagonally.
    hey, you know those slushie looking patches? ooh dang! a foot deep compared to the surrounding snow!! wet park ground dips up n down!
    packed the bb area and derailleur with nice icy slush! grinned like a moron anyways.

    unimportant!
    the fun part? getting out of work and finding that it had not all fallen off as I'd hoped, but rather froze solid!
    HEHEHEHE!
    "FUGGIT!"
    pedal off and just watch the ice shards shatter off the chain and club their way through the derailleur cage.
    some days... world's just awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    I see a Rice Canyon Rd that goes from the summit to the prison, guess that was your southbound route? Looks pretty cool on sat images. I don`t recognize that sandwich shop- not on the highway? I used to stop at 7 Acres (RIP) in Litchfield for bread pudding every time I was out that way. Yum.
    Yep, and hang a left when you get to the bottom (prison), take that till it hits the highway in Litchfield, and you're basically in the parking lot of Heard's Market. Just a stone's throw from this (a treasure from my private collection...note the 'vintage' 916 area code ):

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Sweet pics, CB!

    How many of you upload to Strava? I upload everything, commutes and all. Is there enough interest to form a MTBR-Commute Strava group?
    I went so far as to make an account last summer. For the most part I can't be bothered with starting it every ride and it sucks my battery dry pretty fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Overpolite drivers who want to give away their rights of way are kind of frustrating too. At a 2-way stop, where he driver doesn`t have a stop sign is not unusual, but I don`t think I`ve ever heard of one stopping at a green light. Good thing it was Oh-dark thirty, and didn`t back up any other traffic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Sweet pics, CB!

    How many of you upload to Strava? I upload everything, commutes and all. Is there enough interest to form a MTBR-Commute Strava group?
    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I went so far as to make an account last summer. For the most part I can't be bothered with starting it every ride and it sucks my battery dry pretty fast.
    I upload every ride. This is one I did on Sunday in response to a LBS's challenge: Bike Ride Profile | E004 This is what I think of Woodinville Bicycle's elevation challenge. near Seattle | Times and Records | Strava

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    ^^ Haha. good one! Strava art!

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    Nothing like a 25F shower of water and slush up the rear in the morning! I switched to the cross bike and forgot to switch the rear fender. The mistake was evident in the first ˝ block from where I dropped the car for inspection. Everything is filthy and my pants and shorts are soaked through. It was nice to go studless and knobless for a change though. If I’m lucky, the pants will dry but I expect it to be a chamois-less ride this evening. I did at least remember to switch over the lights, and was glad I grabbed the booties at the last minute.

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    How was your commute today?

    Yeah, slushy commutes for sure. I've just been expecting it and embracing it. Waterproof feet and fenders, go. Dropped in on trail above the house on the way home late last night. Riding was firm thanks to snomos, until just a couple hundred yards above the house, which was a nice descent of Nemo snow. It would have been a good ski.

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    No slush, but took a hell of a piece of road debris today. 1/8" hole in the tire casing, broke ~8 threads in the tire. First time I've had to boot a flat on the road :/

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    No slush, no road debris. Actually a nice ride home with some light in the sky when I left and temps right around freezing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
    No slush, but took a hell of a piece of road debris today. 1/8" hole in the tire casing, broke ~8 threads in the tire. First time I've had to boot a flat on the road :/
    Glad you were fine. Rode by a new house on Saturday and picked up a sharp wedge shaped trimmed piece left by gutter installers on the new house there. Nice. This time the tire went flat over about 100 feet after a turn. Decided to swap the tube out so did not mark the spot on the tube. Replacement tube shed its valve core. Expletive deleted. Got to change the tube twice.

    Last flat was a sudden coring of the front tier in the middle of a turn and I suffered some loss of face.



    Wish I knew about the macro feature on the phone then, but that lighter color is the casing inside the tire and that is a 3/16" plug that is cut about 7/8 of the way around down through the center rib of a low mileage tire (about 3/16") and the kevlar belt. Yes a hell of a piece of road debris.

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    harrumph.
    tried to skip across the park through the slush.
    bastard slush had turned into ice-crusted slush which I assure you is a lot harder to zip through.
    ah well, a couple dabs'll do ya!
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    Byknuts, you`ve been having quite an adventurous week! Did you ever get a new crankset for your studmuffin wife?

    No flats on my commute in a long time, but had one Sat on a pleasure cruise. I`m terrible at spotting debris before I run over it- same thing every time... Bump! Whawaz dat? PFt,ft-ft- fffft,pffffft. Flat.

    And no slush, ice, or rain either. I`m taking advantage of the warmth and sunshine, but really would rather see some kind of precip from time to time. I`d even take it if it came with cold. Well, not my decision, so I`ll just enjoy what we do have. Did a personal 9 mile TT around my valley this morning in 53F temps. Shorts, long sleeved poly shirt, no gloves or jacket. Sufferin. I was trying out a new stem for my new bike, it saved me over a pound, believe it or not. It`s working well, but I`m still hankering for something more lighter more roadier in a couple years. Maybe a Rodriguez Rainier?
    Recalculating....

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    Rodar, did you miss my coffee mug post? I was so proud of the coffee mug, and not even a mention.... You can't just trade Litchfield lore with anyone...first opportunity I've ever had, actually.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter006 View Post
    Me too, I use both Strava and endomondo. Nice to keep track of your rides. To much work to log them all down.

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    CB, I did indeed see your totally awesome coffee mug, and was duly impressed by both the fact that it was from the nearly forgotten Seven Acres Cafe AND the period correct Ma Bell era area code. I didn`t mean to slight you by not commenting, but I remained dumbstruck because I couldn`t come up with any response appropriate to express my immense admiration.

    Recalculating....

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    Had four solid days of commuting this week so that's 152km in the can.

    As I rode in this morning, I crested a small rise to see a large bunch of high-viz cyclists around the upcoming intersection. At first I thought it was some sort of early morning critical mass thing, but as I got closer, I saw it was a cyclist down in the middle of the road.

    I was great to see a crowd of other cyclists crowding round the guy to protect him from the surrounding traffic while they waited for the ambulance.

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    I'm just going to say it.

    It would have been a great day for a fatbike trail commute. The regular mountain bike, not so much. The trails were just good enough to make me think I could ride them. I had to walk across the lake because there were no trails packed enough. The temps were right around freezing so the trails were soft.

    If I were the cyclist down and all the other cyclists in the area gathered around me...I'd be alone.

    BrianMC, a picture is worth 1000 words but I think that one is only worth about 142. Pretty fuzzy

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Maybe a Rodriguez Rainier?
    That Rodriguez Rainier is a pretty sweet looking ride rodar. Course if you want to shave a few more pounds off, I can recommend a certain TI Habenero CX build to you

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    CB, I did indeed see your totally awesome coffee mug, and was duly impressed by both the fact that it was from the nearly forgotten Seven Acres Cafe AND the period correct Ma Bell era area code. I didn`t mean to slight you by not commenting, but I remained dumbstruck because I couldn`t come up with any response appropriate to express my immense admiration.

    Thank you. That feels much better. I had the underage cowboy kids in my class that were served the alcohol that led to the police being involved that led to the 7 Acres being shut down. Punk kids. No place else local can touch the steak and eggs or biscuits and gravy that came out of that place.


    I've been trying to figure out a GoPro mount for the rear that works with the smaller size of the chainstay, and also doesn't interfere with the derailleur, chain, or foot...I think I'm finally on to something...How was your commute today?-muddy.jpg
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    Only commuter in my area with tons of cars and buses around. Wish everybody could appreciate the smile on my face and join the environmental friendly, physically healthy and psychologically rewarding bike-commute. A nice wish...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I've been trying to figure out a GoPro mount for the rear that works with the smaller size of the chainstay, and also doesn't interfere with the derailleur, chain, or foot...I think I'm finally on to something...
    Which GoPro model do you have CB? I'm thinking about buying one...

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    The big dog. The Hero 3 Black Edition. It will take a picture, run down to the art store, purchase a frame, adjust exposure and color levels, crop, matte, make you a sandwich, and prepare a place for you at a table in front of the picture after it hangs it on the wall. And it will do all of that 30 times in one second. It's rediculous.
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    Good commutes both yesterday and today. Yesterday I had to take a different route home as I was working at my main office. The change of scenery was nice. Good trails all around. Fairly firm and fast. Glad for the wide tires on part of the commute, though, as one section has not firmed up quite as much after grooming as the rest - less traffic on it overall. Good temps, good snow, good legs. What could be better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    The big dog. The Hero 3 Black Edition. It will take a picture, run down to the art store, purchase a frame, adjust exposure and color levels, crop, matte, make you a sandwich, and prepare a place for you at a table in front of the picture after it hangs it on the wall. And it will do all of that 30 times in one second. It's rediculous.
    That's the one I was thinking about. I have read dissatisfaction with battery life and problems with the firmware (camera locking up requiring battery removal, etc.). You experience any of those issues?

    BTW - why did you not mount the camera on the non-derailleur side? Seems like the mount would be simpler on the non-derailleur side and if you are riding on the road, that's where all the interesting action is going to be...

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    Rodar: she's rocking FSA carbon roadie cranks. debating the options for long-term, she's insisting on having cross gearing on the bike (it's a 29er mtb so clearance for the chainrings is tough)
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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    Nice ride today...after I got started. Got down to the garage with a few minutes to spare before I HAD to go, and...the tire was flat. Apparently, more threads gave way last night after I got home, and pushed the boot out far enough to spear it and the tube on the mudflap's pointy mounting screw thing (SKS fenders). So, with a few minutes to spare, I had to run back upstairs, ditch the shoes I was wearing, grab my pair of clipless, switch my lights, and hopped on the mountain bike.

    Got to practice wheelie-ing though. fun.

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    Nice ride in tonight, it was a bit chilly until I got warmed up. I was ridding in shorts and tee shirt and it was in the high 30's. Strava crashed and would not upload however, Endomondo was working and I copied over to Strava. Even though I feel lazy most nights I do feel much better when I ride in to work. It is only 6 miles but I am on a heavy Mtn bike so I still earn it.

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    Not to sound like a broken record.

    Or these days I guess it would be a dirty DVD. But damn that was a hard ride in. I thought fatbikes were supposed to make you happy. I'm just pissy that I don't have one. The trails looked perfect but it took me nearly 2 hours and that was bypassing some of the trails. It would have been a damn good ride on a fatty. I may have to step up my search from *****ing to looking. If I could find one under $1200 this weekend it would be mine.

    Anyway..

    byknuts, I'm still waiting on that pic of your wife's legs. I can't imaging having the power to snap a crank..

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