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  1. #101
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    Temperatures in Caledon, Ontario on the weekend dipped to -6c (windchill -12c)

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    Down the Humber River Valley
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    Across some flats
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    To the River
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    To the tower of mushrooms
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    Heading home
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    ^ Brrrrr! Great shots - thanks for sharing ! Hard to believe it's that time of year again. Where did the beautiful summer/fall go?
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    First ride back since the surgery. Couldn't feel the stitches (which go from side to side and are pretty extensive), but my shoulders weren't happy at the end. 10 miles in 2.5 hours at Wilder Ranch with hubby and our regular riding buddy. I wanted a very small group, since it was my first ride back.

    I was really beat at the end of the ride, but really happy. Changed the cranks before the ride so I have much more reasonable gearing, 32/24 instead of 38/26 (WTF Shimano? Who has the knees to climb in the 38/26? Gah, what was I thinking that the XT double would work for me). The climbing was much better, as I stopped far less than in the past because I wasn't struggling to breathe like I was in the past.

    At least I found a gearing combo that works for me finally, and the bike is still soooo much fun

    My confidence on the DH sections wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.. it was more a matter of how my shoulders felt. They were tired at the end, but that will improve over time. Good thing we skipped Zane Gray descent this time.

    Had to make two changes to the bike after the first MTB ride: drop my stem 5mm in height, and put on a rear tire that doesn't slide. Fortunately, it was an easy switch out: we'll see how the Spesh Captain (also much cheaper tires than the Maxxis) feels in the rear. Definitely need to try it with lower pressure so it actually brakes (30 psi is obscenely high for me), but at least the cornering on it is much better than the Ardent.


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    Great to see you back out there, Stripes!

    Nice pix Cyclelicious! I would add some snow pedaling rep, but it seems I must spread some around.

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    It was 2F when I started the 8 mile ride to work here in VT yesterday. Bikecommuting makes me look forward to every commute. You can start as a fair weather commuter, but I warn you, it is addictive. This pic is in the capital, Montpelier, less than a mile to go!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Great to see you back out there, Stripes!

    Nice pix Cyclelicious! I would add some snow pedaling rep, but it seems I must spread some around.
    I agree on all counts - great to see you back out there, Stripes and it's so nice to see that a little snow doesn't keep people from getting out on their bikes and having fun. Bring on the stoke!
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    Stripes, do you have an Ibis now? Do you still have the ventana?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB View Post
    Stripes, do you have an Ibis now? Do you still have the ventana?
    Yep, got the Mojo HD back in early August, just before my surgery (end of August). Got rid of the Ventana.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Changed the cranks before the ride so I have much more reasonable gearing, 32/24 instead of 38/26 (WTF Shimano? Who has the knees to climb in the 38/26? Gah, what was I thinking that the XT double would work for me).
    Nice to see your ride report and pic Stripes! So glad you are able to enjoy the trails more now. I'm curious - what chainrings/crankset did you get? Did you have to change derailleur at all? I too am using the lowest possible Shimano XT 2x10 gearing and completely agree - it leaves much to be desired on steeper climbs. Mr. Shred doesn't seem to notice, of course. But I do.
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    Tonight's story...

    A bottle sails, THUNK.

    Misses me, skids in the snow

    But leaves me angry

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    you are in the northeast right? how you feelin bout this storm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic View Post
    Nice to see your ride report and pic Stripes! So glad you are able to enjoy the trails more now. I'm curious - what chainrings/crankset did you get? Did you have to change derailleur at all? I too am using the lowest possible Shimano XT 2x10 gearing and completely agree - it leaves much to be desired on steeper climbs. Mr. Shred doesn't seem to notice, of course. But I do.
    My knees were not happy, so I needed something more reasonable for a near normal human being, not like Mr. Shred who's superhuman

    I had to change three things:
    - The crankset. The Shimano doubles don't use anything smaller than a 38/26.
    - The BB, sticking with what came with the new cranks
    - The front derailleur. Shimano's double specific front derailleur meant I needed to replace that with a triple version.

    So I'm now running a Shimano triple front derailleur and Race Face Turbine crankset with a 32/24/Bash. I might change my smaller chainring to a 22, but right now, this is working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB View Post
    you are in the northeast right? how you feelin bout this storm?
    Me? No, but Petey is. I'm in California.
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    pretty sure mtbxplorer is in VT if i'm not mistaken.

    be glad you're in cali!
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    Yes,I'm in central VT. Here it changed to rain this morning, but I stayed home getting ready for company. Hope they get here soon, as it's down to 32F now. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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    Milder weather this weekend

    -1c and foggy. Some snow melted but ground is frozen and Humber River remains ice covered
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    -1c mild? Sheesh? So good to see you're out riding for sure.

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    I took the fatbike and the boys out for a ride before work...

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    Unseasonably warm weather today in upstate New York. Did a nice 2 hour solo ride at Chenango Valley State Park near Binghamton. Felt amazing to get back out on the bike again after a brutally busy semester that didn't allow me to ride as much as I would have liked. Also the first ride on my bike since I rebuilt my fork..happy with how it feels.
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    ^^ for some reason i thought you were in wyoming? or was that somebody else?

    btw, got a fat bike only had it less than a week, and i've had three rides. the snow is starting to get a little slushy so i need some colder temps to firm it up. then it's game on!

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    ^Haha nope, I'm from good ole' upstate NY. And that's an awesome fatbike! Been dying to give one a try!

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    Nice fatty, selfie, and a cute pup too, Nicole. Sadly this weekend's rain, freezing rain, and temps as high as 45F has just about killed our snow for fatbiking here in central VT. I have about 2" left in the yard but it may not survive the day. Then I see we're back to below zero tomorrow night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB View Post
    ^^ for some reason i thought you were in wyoming? or was that somebody else?

    btw, got a fat bike only had it less than a week, and i've had three rides. the snow is starting to get a little slushy so i need some colder temps to firm it up. then it's game on!

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    Wow! I see you rollin' and I'm hatin'...hating the fact that you got a fat bike and I want one! Nice pics. You're smaller, so tell me how the Pugsley feels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trailrider92 View Post
    ^Haha nope, I'm from good ole' upstate NY. And that's an awesome fatbike! Been dying to give one a try!
    CVSP - my stomping grounds, too. I'm originally from Bingo but now live in Ithaca. However, I frequent CVSP most weekends. I recognized those trails right away - nice pics .
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    Petey, it's an XS! surley is one of the few that carries that size. Most others are 17in and up
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