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    So who rode their bike today?

    Every year spring there is one day where the weather really picks up and we get treated with a mild, sunny day. Everyone rushes to the outdoors: people doing yard work, parents taking their kids for a walk, birds chanting, and tons of cyclists on the road. This year, today was that day.

    Who used the opportunity to go for a bike ride? What kind of a ride did you do? How did you feel? What did you notice?

    I personally went for my first road ride of the year and put it in a few hours. Having done 900k on the trainer leading up to this, I mostly noticed how much more effort varies on a real road as opposed to a trainer. Even though there are not real "mountains" here in Ontario, I always found myself having to shift to adjust to changing gradient. On the trainer, its more like "set it and forget it".


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    Unfortunately I had to work all day so I didn't make it out for a ride. But I have already gone biking more than a dozen times this year so it wouldn't have been my first ride. This weather is gorgeous though and I can't wait for the remaining snow on the trails to melt!!
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    Okay,
    On the road for about 1.5 hrs in Mississauga. Down Cawthra from Matheson to Lakeshore and up Mississauga Rd north to Streetsville and back along Bristol to HWY 10.
    All in all about 36km. Beautiful day, and got to work out my tight left knee. Tons of people out along the marina area in Port Credit.
    Also installed my new Michelin Pro Race 2's just before I left and they feel awesome.

    Tomorrow should be another nice day to ride also, just too bad no trail riding for at least a couple more weeks and that's only if the weather holds up

    Cheers all.

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    If you want to ride, do not get a job at a bike shop.

    Unfortunately quality of ride weather is directly proportional to number of customers going to bike shops.

    I got called in to work...

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    It was touch and go wether I'd get a ride in today........ tons of errrands, kids.... = life

    Moral of the story = start early (7am), got done about 3pm = 33.5 miles in some pretty nice (wore shorts) weather

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dmytro
    Every year spring there is one day where the weather really picks up and we get treated with a mild, sunny day. Everyone rushes to the outdoors: people doing yard work, parents taking their kids for a walk, birds chanting, and tons of cyclists on the road. This year, today was that day.

    Who used the opportunity to go for a bike ride? What kind of a ride did you do? How did you feel? What did you notice?

    I personally went for my first road ride of the year and put it in a few hours. Having done 900k on the trainer leading up to this, I mostly noticed how much more effort varies on a real road as opposed to a trainer. Even though there are not real "mountains" here in Ontario, I always found myself having to shift to adjust to changing gradient. On the trainer, its more like "set it and forget it".

    I raced the tour of Pelham. It was excellent. I felt a lot better than I expected. I noticed that I love racing
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    I raced the tour of Pelham. It was excellent. I felt a lot better than I expected. I noticed that I love racing
    I was there too. This was my first race of the year. It was fun and excellent. Lots of mud and speed and beautiful scenery. I got kind of messed up in the end though. I didn't realize I was near the finish and had four guys on my wheel and then all of a sudden they started to hammer and I looked up and saw the tent for the end and thought damn! I was saving myself and had some left at the end for a sprint finish.

    I was kind of surprised how fast it went and was actually expecting it to be longer and harder (although it was still hard work).

    I wonder when the results will be posted and how many people where there. I ended up 24th.

    Can't wait for Paris to Ancaster! I might borrow somebody's cross bike though because I couldn't get enough speed in the open roads and there'll be plenty of that in this race.

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    I went out today for a 3.5 hour ride, the time just flew by. I bought a khs solo one SS 29er this winter so I took it out for it's first real ride since my xc rig has been acting up on me.
    The thing actually rides really well and is alot of fun, it is also felt alot better than I thought it would for a fully rigid, seems like the 29" tires really help with bumps and stuff. I can't wait to give it a shot on the trails, stuff was too muddy so I had to stick to the road and gravel trails.

    Tomorrow is supposed to be just as gorgeous and I was really looking forward to going out on the road bike, but unfortunately near the end of my ride my right leg unclipped from my pedal as I was about to stand to sprint and it bashed right into the brake/handlebar. It's not bruised but the muscle is swollen and it is really painful when I extend or bend my leg, I don't think riding back home after smashing it helped much. Today I learnt that I need to check release tension before riding on pedals that I bought used.

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    I rode my bike today on lakeshore goodmartin trail. This is a warm up exercise for the summer. My muscles have gone soft in the winter.

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    I got a friend riding a road bike (before he rode an old MTB way too big for him). We went for a decent ride. It's definitely nice to be able to ride without a balaclava, ski gloves, and booties, but I managed to get a nice sunburn on my neck and face
    Here we are posing for a group shot:


    Tomorrow, I'm finding my sunblock, then going for a solo road ride.

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    5 hours on the road. It was awesome not wearing 4 layers of clothing. Will be another 4 hours today.

    Get out and ride!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Yesterday I trained indoors (but I was 3 hours on the bike). In the afternoon I went walking with my wife in Unionville and it was just beautiful. I wanted to kick myself for missing an outdoor ride.

    Today I am going on the road.
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    went out for 1.5 hrs myself the other day and I kid you not...the trainer is no substitute for real riding. Was out on the road today and seeing a lot of cyclist on mississauga rd.

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    I took my son for his first bike ride yesterday. Picked up a nice rear bike seat and took him all over toronto. We saw police horses (obviously the high light) , motor cycles, police cars and fire trucks. My favorite part was him saying "zoom faster daddy"

    was easily the best bicycle ride I have had in a very long time.

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    I love this transition...

    ...finished the xc-ski season at Horseshoe with a glorious sunny day of skate skiing with perfect trail conditions last Saturday. Then this Sat & Sun started road riding under sunny skies and low teens temps. My favourite spring road ride is this rural road along which I live.. between Gravenhurst & Bracebridge, just west of Buckwallow. This scenic ride is nice on a sunny day with dry road, but mounds of snow rising up on the hills on either side. Makes it sort of other worldly. Nice breeze comes off all that melting snow too. Saw 5 deer grazing together very close to the road edge. Of course when I stopped to get a pic, they quickly moved off. But I did get a snap of the snowmobiler playing with open water at the mouth of the river. A popular activity this time of the year , watched one go down last spring





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    I went for a ride on my street to try if the bike is working fine. I've spent 4 hr's that day working on the thing. Stripped all the parts off the frame, cleaned it all up, repacked all bearings, changed shock oil and found that my handle bar is cracked - good thing.. Just ordered a new one that should be here before the next weekend. I also got some new tires

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    Did a nice 2 hour 50 km jaunt on the roadie yesterday, following by 40km that I am stinking from still as I type. Great week for riding overall. Managed to put in 160kms in the past five days...Pretty soon, well be able to hit the dirt...But yes, many folks came out of hibernation this weekend.
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    I was riding In Hamilton on the Chedoke Rail trail and surrounding area. I have already put a few rides in this year but these were the longest rides so far The trails are very messy now. I was out on Tuesday and it was still cool enough that I was able to ride all the way up the escarpment. Today and yesterday it was warm enough that everything turned to slush so it made for real messy riding. So I rode where I could and then ran the stairs a few time.

    Here were some pics from last Tuesday - ahhh springtime in Canada.






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    My numbers are slightly different than yours as we start/end in different parts of town and I tacked on a few extra km on the end of today's ride to push me over the 50km threshold. Today's total for me was 50.9km, yesterday was 53.03km.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    Did a nice 2 hour 50 km jaunt on the roadie yesterday, following by 40km that I am stinking from still as I type. Great week for riding overall. Managed to put in 160kms in the past five days...Pretty soon, well be able to hit the dirt...But yes, many folks came out of hibernation this weekend.
    Links to justify the monies spent on technogadgets...

    today: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/i...kValue=5333984

    yesterday: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/i...kValue=5333983
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    40K on Sat and Sun on my road bike. It's funny, all winter you see perhaps one or two guys on the road. Weather warms up a couple of degrees and Steeles turns into the 401
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    I did a 45km road ride today. Nice to get out. Windy though.

    Hey Kaikara, i drove by the Wentworth rail trail today and it looked clear.....finally.

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    I was at my son's place near Sharbot Lake, still 2' of snow on the ground there. Went snowboarding at Calbogie yesterday, it was great!!
    Will be back to riding to work tomorrow, gotta find my stuff and get it ready! (Haven't ridden to work since January and only 1 short mtb ride in March) gotta get on the bike!!

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    phelan: ... went out for 1.5 hrs myself the other day and I kid you not...the trainer is no substitute for real riding.

    Personally I don't find outdoor riding harder than the trainer. It really depends on the workout I am doing. I went out today for a 2.5 hour ride (64km) on my new Superfly (the road bike still has the trainer tire on it). With all the hills and the crazy wind, I got a great workout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by serious
    Personally I don't find outdoor riding harder than the trainer.
    I find that climbing an actual hill is hard to replicate on my trainer. Maybe I need higher gearing? Regardless, the flywheel stores some energy and has a tendency to keep spinning, whereas when climbing, it feels like you have to push every inch of the way.

    Perhaps that is just the nature of the Kurt Kinetic trainer. It is not adjustable, and has a relatively large flywheel. It simulates riding a FLAT road very well, but as i said, i cannot get the same feeling as climbing a hill.
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    I find the same about the trainer (a Kurt Kinetic in my case) - pretty accurate simulation of resistance on flat ground, but there's no way to do "hills". I find there's no need to do hill training in the winter though - lots of base and the occasional interval workout seems fine to me.

    Today was the first 120 km day on the road and it feels great to get out. The weather has been great, but all the sand on the road makes corners a bit sketchy still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poisonfrog
    I took my son for his first bike ride yesterday. Picked up a nice rear bike seat and took him all over toronto. We saw police horses (obviously the high light) , motor cycles, police cars and fire trucks. My favorite part was him saying "zoom faster daddy"

    was easily the best bicycle ride I have had in a very long time.
    If that's you Lee good to hear. I remember how cute your little guy was when I met you last year.
    I miss those days now that mine is 10, however he rides on the occasional Kelso jaunt.
    In case you're wondering it's Henry from Great tees.

    Cheers

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    Wow, 120 kms on the road yesterday with all that darn wind!? Holy poop!

    I was begging for mercy after 80kms on my MTB on the road. Road bike needs a major tune-up and a new front tire.
    This is the first time that I actually am looking forward to my rest day.

    Yup, the cyclists have come out of hibernation. Passed by at least 20 people on my ride.
    This road riding has been relaxing but I am more then ready for the excitement of the trails.
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    Of course !! Did a road bike group ride of 80km on the country roads of Caledon to Campbellville (Milton area) and back again. Sweet day on Sunday. Really picture perfect day with lots of snow on the rolling hills, and massive water flows everywhere.

    And topped off with the coffee and pie stop at the halfway point. Even the cars were layed back and on their best behaviour.
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    Jam packed weekend in Collingwood....

    What a weekend! Saturday - Got to the ski hill at 9:30 am and snowboarded till 11:00 - back to the cottage - took 3 dogs out for a 2 hrs snowshoe - very heavy going and hoofing' it - HR was up there getting a good cardio workout!!) - back home and jumped on the new XC bike that has not seen anything but a trainer - and got lost for 2 hrs for a solo ride until I was starting to loose a light!!!
    Sunday - Back to the hill at 9:30 - 11:00 for maybe one of the last days of snowboarding - no snow shoe Sunday - went right to the bike - rode up and down Grey Road 19 on the XC with mud tires ...wishing I had the road bike with me.... then went home and crashed....feeling good today - training may be paying off....

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmto
    If that's you Lee good to hear. I remember how cute your little guy was when I met you last year.
    I miss those days now that mine is 10, however he rides on the occasional Kelso jaunt.
    In case you're wondering it's Henry from Great tees.

    Cheers

    yes it's me/ 2.5 now and still a little cutey, second one on the way any day now. woohoo more stress!

    Drop me a PM Henry, I am going to need to get some stuff done once i get all caught up after baby gets here.

    +13 today, just might have to break out the "street" bike and see if i can still spin myself around with out falling over. Hurry and dry up DON, I WANT DIRT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    rkj__: I find that climbing an actual hill is hard to replicate on my trainer.

    I understand what you mean. My trainer is not too bad. In the highest gears it is quite hard (or I am quite weak ). But then my trainer (1upUSA) is generally much harder than the road when running at the same speed. For example I cannot hold 29-30 km/hr for more than 4-5 minutes, yet I did a solo century (fairly flat course) with that average speed on the road.
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    Yeah I thought the same thing

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricksom
    Even the cars were layed back and on their best behaviour.

    Close to 70KM on Saturday and 45KM on Sunday. I even got sunburnt! loving it!!

    I was most surprised by the car traffic though. Lots of waving and being polite. I thought there would be a lot of impatient drivers who arent used to cyclist but I only had one redneck in a big pickup yell something. I took no notice.
    All and all, I was thrilled to be out on the roads again and in the sunshine.

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    My Mom rode farther than I did this weekend. True story.

    The only riding i did was the tour of pelham which was about 30km. Mom pushed the pedals for 40km on her first ride of the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    My Mom rode farther than I did this weekend. True story.

    The only riding i did was the tour of pelham which was about 30km. Mom pushed the pedals for 40km on her first ride of the year.

    Your Mom rocks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricksom
    Of course !! Did a road bike group ride of 80km on the country roads of Caledon to Campbellville (Milton area) and back again. Sweet day on Sunday. Really picture perfect day with lots of snow on the rolling hills, and massive water flows everywhere.

    And topped off with the coffee and pie stop at the halfway point. Even the cars were layed back and on their best behaviour.
    That didn't happen to be you at the corner of 15th Sideroad and 1st Line at the cafe on the corner?

    If so, I was the guy on the Cervelo. (Wow, did that ever sound like a Craiglist personal ad... )

    Anyhoo, Mrs. Monster and I got in a windy metric century. Great day and tons of other smiley riders out.
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    That picture with the guy sea doo'ing the ice covered lake is now my desktop background. The emotions of "I cant wait for winter to be over" sizzle from it.

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    We did ride by that corner at around 12:30pm Sunday, but ended up eating at the Trail End Bistro in Campbellville (after coming down 1st Line). I was riding a Guru with 3 others.......a Cervelo, an Opus, and another Opus. Yes, windy ride back going east along 5th Sideroad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superlightracer
    That picture with the guy sea doo'ing the ice covered lake is now my desktop background. The emotions of "I cant wait for winter to be over" sizzle from it.
    I can send you the hi res version for your desktop if you wish . btw, its a snowmobile, not a seadoo

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog
    I can send you the hi res version for your desktop if you wish . btw, its a snowmobile, not a seadoo
    New caption: "If only this winter lasted longer so I can keep riding the snowmobile on ... snow".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dmytro
    New caption: "If only this winter lasted longer so I can keep riding the snowmobile on ... snow".
    correction:

    new caption: "I wonder how thin is too thin"

    or "Natural selection is overrated"

    or "Darwin is so 1800's"

    i could go on.

    Thanks for the hi res offer, i think this one will do fine.

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    Doh!

    I got out today,went to some local trails that I haven't ridden since I was a kid-Kings forrest. Parked at the Pritchard rd. entrance, beautifal day and a fair amount of trail traffic for a weekday. Was my maiden voyage with the new helmet cam, and when I put it in the camelbak I must have knocked the selector knob to another setting, cause when I got home all i had was video of the inside of my pack. YES. It was still a good ride, and man am I out of shape, guess I should have hit the gym for some cardio a little more but, it'll come back. on another note am going to pick my stem up in Fort erie tomorrow, what's the local shop in the falls or even st. catherines, whatever is better wouldn't mind checking one of em out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tylerdurden119
    I got out today,went to some local trails that I haven't ridden since I was a kid-Kings forrest. Parked at the Pritchard rd. entrance, beautifal day and a fair amount of trail traffic for a weekday. Was my maiden voyage with the new helmet cam, and when I put it in the camelbak I must have knocked the selector knob to another setting, cause when I got home all i had was video of the inside of my pack. YES. It was still a good ride, and man am I out of shape, guess I should have hit the gym for some cardio a little more but, it'll come back. on another note am going to pick my stem up in Fort erie tomorrow, what's the local shop in the falls or even st. catherines, whatever is better wouldn't mind checking one of em out.

    Any ice still left in Kings Forest? I tried to ride over to the West Mt. and there was too much ice, snow, and mud.

    Probably another week for the West Mt.

    Not sure if you noticed....but did you see anyway you can crossover to the other side of the expressway at Red Hill? Some nice trails over there, but i'm not sure how to ride over there other than the road(stone church). Back in the day, you could just cross Mt Albion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tylerdurden119
    what's the local shop in the falls or even st. catherines, whatever is better wouldn't mind checking one of em out.
    There are two shops on St. Paul street: Rapid City Cycle and Liberty! Bicycles. On Queen Street in Niagara Falls, there is Pedlar Bicycles.

    Liberty! is a very small shop, but they are more focused on higher end stuff. Rapid City is huge, but they don't have a ton of high end stuff in stock usually. Pedlar is somewhere in between the two i guess.

    I got in a good 44km on the roads today. Mostly around the Dundas area. Old Dundas, Olympic, Sydenham, Harvest, Webster's Falls, Sulfur Springs...

    I also stopped by Freewheel cycle in Dundas. They have a very nice shop, with a nice array of high end mountain bikes. The people I spoke to seemed very friendly as well.

    Could not have asked for a better day weather wise.


    EDIT I also forgot to mention BikeFit on Scott street in St. Catharines.
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    A GREAT day today as well! Did 60k on the roadie, and it explored some great new connecting roads around my usual route

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    yeah the west mountain still has snow patches(pretty thick too) but only on the top. The trails heading into the valley are fairly clear. riding on the east side was pretty good a few muddy patches and some puddles. There is a way to get across if you can find ur way to the trail that rides alongside the expressway, about 3/4 of the way up the escarpment there's a trail that heads east and under the expressway and meets up with mount albion just before that steep curvy section of road( which i don't think is open anymore). Don't quote me on this but I'm pretty sure if you park at Pritchard rd. and head down the main trail and then veer right at the bruce trail that will lead you to the promise land. Never rode those trails(west) so I'm not sure if they connect there. Only if I didn't screw the film job up I could have posted the vid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    There are two shops on St. Paul street: Rapid City Cycle and Liberty! Bicycles.* On Queen Street in Niagara Falls, there is Pedlar Bicycles.Liberty! is a very small shop, but they are more focused on higher end stuff.* Rapid City is huge, but they don't have a ton of high end stuff in stock usually.* Pedlar is somewhere in between the two i guess..
    Thanks rkj your the man


    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    I got in a good 44km on the roads today.* Mostly around the Dundas area.* Old Dundas, Olympic, Sydenham, Harvest, Webster's Falls, Sulfur Springs.
    and a beast, sydenham is brutal **** i'd be pukin lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    ..I also stopped by Freewheel cycle in Dundas.* They have a very nice shop, with a nice array of high end mountain bikes.* The people I spoke to seemed very friendly as well.Could not have asked for a better day weather wise.
    Thats where I ordered my bike, super bunch of guys

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