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    Not a bad way to start the day.

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    ^^Looks like a good way to start the day to me.

    Dutchman, you know my bikes always run out of ink before they hit 25K

    IDK Woodway, I hear Seattle is a "Ghost Town". You're sure you aren't missing something?

    Yesterday's ride home was lovely but a little muddy. But most of that got washed off as I made a wake across the lake. This morning I switched to the "roads". Or those things that used to be roads before they were just stretches of frost heaves and potholes.

    Our friend is meeting my wife at work to share a ride home and I'll take her car home. I'm up to riding 12 days in a row so I'll be fine with the afternoon off.

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    Well it is difficult to say whether everything is normal or not overhere. By now a lot of big events are currently cancelled here and also the travel sector is heavily impacted because people postpone any travel that is not necessary. For the rest it doesnt look like people are avoiding public transport etc and as far as I know we have only a few cases in town. I think there is nothing much to so except staying calm, careful and just to carry on.

    I do wonder about china, on one side they are working on a manned moon mission on the other side every decade they produce some epidemic desease like a 4th world country 樂

    So I carried on again today and rode. This morning was calm and nice with temps just above freezing. The weather looked nice from inside the office but there was a nasty cold wind that was a headwind almost the entire way, but for early march I happily take it

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    Things are 100% normal around here except the hand sanitizer shelf at the store is empty. My take is it is about as bad as the flu but at this point they are just trying to keep it from becoming as widespread. But in doing so, they are may well cripple the world economy. If you catch COVID-19 and die you probably would have died of the flu. The mortality rate is higher than the flu because they are hyper focused on it. But hey, I'm no communicable disease specialist.

    So I carried on again today and rode a road bike. This morning was calm and nice with temps just below freezing. The weather looks nice from inside the office but there is a nasty cold wind that will be a headwind almost the entire way home. For early march I'd rather be on the fatbike trails...tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Things are 100% normal around here except the hand sanitizer shelf at the store is empty. My take is it is about as bad as the flu but at this point they are just trying to keep it from becoming as widespread. But in doing so, they are may well cripple the world economy. If you catch COVID-19 and die you probably would have died of the flu. The mortality rate is higher than the flu because they are hyper focused on it. But hey, I'm no communicable disease specialist.

    So I carried on again today and rode a road bike. This morning was calm and nice with temps just below freezing. The weather looks nice from inside the office but there is a nasty cold wind that will be a headwind almost the entire way home. For early march I'd rather be on the fatbike trails...tomorrow.
    The mortality rate is higher period. It had little to do with them being focused on collecting data on it. There's a crazy amount of data collected on the common flu every year, it's just got a lower mortality rate. However, bird flu had a much higher mortality rate and it never became the pandemic they thought it would. Hopefully we could be so lucky again, but maybe only if we are proactive.

    No commuting at all for me this week, at a conference. Been walking about midtown Atlanta all week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    The mortality rate is higher period.
    Maybe. Probably. It certainly makes people more conscious of transmitting viruses. Flu cases will probably drop too.

    I took the fatbike in in hopes for some nice free range riding. The crust was hard enough but a lot of the snow is gone. I'm going to have to start embracing spring soon. I did take one more pass though the Heron Colony. At about the 1 minute mark I come to the edge of the beaver dam. .

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    Well everyone may deal with it the way they think it is the best. For me I say "volunteers first".

    So it rained the whole day today and I rode both rides in the rain. I made my detour as usual to the market and made 30km as always, with wind rain and mud along the way.

    Have a nice weekend everyone!

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    Oh bedwards our posts overlapped I see now. Nice video, just like the other ones. Those trees, are they on the land or in the lake?

    What camera do you have and where is it mounted? Helmet I think?

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    They are in a bog that has been flooded by beavers for a long time. When it flooded it killed all the trees which now host a heron colony in the summer. You can see the nests in the tops of the trees in some of the videos. There are dozens of them.

    It is a Contour Roam camera. I think they went out of business in 2016. Decent cameras but lack the image stabilization and frame rate of modern cameras. The battery still holds a charge so it's good enough. Helmet mount.

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    I grabbed the brakes and failed to stop yesterday. Luckily I was just at a not very busy 3-way stop. I looked down at my brakes and the front brake pad had come loose somehow. I keep my bike in the warehouse at work. I'm half-wondering if it got knocked, or if it just came loose somehow.

    This morning's ride was windy. Fortunately I had the wind at my back most of the time. The other day I extended my commute by 15 miles and had like 6 miles of fierce headwind on the second half of the ride. It felt like I was climbing, even when going downhill. Unfortunately, a good deal of that windy portion was also uphill. I was on the singlespeed, so that made it even worse. It's good training at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    This morning's ride was windy. Fortunately I had the wind at my back most of the time.
    i rode head-on in to it this morning on the way to work. i'm about to head home and fortunately it hasn't died down or switched directions. hopefully cash in on my investment this morning, ha. those wide saddlebags act as a sail!
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    Spring is on its way here. Needed a layer less today and liked it. Calm day, lots of sun, some shower in the afternoon but I managed to ride between the rain, so no problem.

    This morning I was overtaken by a singlespeed e-bike. At first I found it weird but it actually makes sense. The motor is gives you the extra power to accelerate to 25kph and to keep that speed. If the gearing is giving you exactly your preferred cadence at that speed its all you need since the motor keeps your speed on a climb or in a headwind.

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    Where is everybody? In quarantine? (Oh, I see that dutchman snuck in a post. )

    I'm glad to hear you didn't become a statistic s0ck. I try to make a habit of testing the brakes at the beginning of each ride but I probably don't. I started that habit when I headed down my very steep drive after my cross bike had been hanging upside-down and both sets of hydro brakes needed to be pumped (unknown to me at the time)to get the pressure back.

    I did a long fatbike ride this weekend that included 3 lakes and a mountain. That may be one of the last ones aside from a handful of commutes like this morning. But this week is going to be above freezing even overnight so the ice on the lake won't last long. I threw my road bike in my wife's car so I don't have to ride the studded beast home on the roads. The trails will be WAY too soft.

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    iím afraid fatbiking is done here. was sunny and mid 60ís yesterday, so i got a mixed-surface road ride in in short sleeves.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I'm glad to hear you didn't become a statistic s0ck. I try to make a habit of testing the brakes at the beginning of each ride but I probably don't. I started that habit when I headed down my very steep drive after my cross bike had been hanging upside-down and both sets of hydro brakes needed to be pumped (unknown to me at the time)to get the pressure back.
    I did make one stop earlier. I guess the brake started to dangle in between somewhere. Checking the brakes isn't a bad idea, but they're usually fine. Usually...

    Daylight Savings means I finally got to run my new light. It's a lot floodier than I anticipated. My older light is less than half as bright but more spotty. The ride in was a pleasant 50F with a hint of copper sunrise on the horizon.

    Spring is pretty much here. The trees are budding. Many daffodils have bloomed. It seems a little early. Overall, the winter here was mild. I would have actually preferred a colder winter, since that would mean more mountain biking opportunities instead of unrideable slop. Bring on the warm weather though. I'll take dry trails in March with temps in the 60s any day.

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    bedwards people are quarantined at home overhere so in that case I would probably post a lot more
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    Instead of the sun rising, I caught the moon setting this morning.

    A layer less and mid 50s ride home is awfully nice. The studs probably need to come off the fat bike.

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    Ha Ha, I saw the moon setting this morning too. It was beautiful. I didn't stop to take a picture because I expected that it would come out as un-exciting as the one you just posted. No offense, LOL. Good moon pics are so hard to capture without a good camera and a tripod.

    64F here and I'm off!!!

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    Ya, crappy phone pictures. They still might be more exciting than my uneventful, but awesome commute ;-)

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    Back from a short vacation in Central Oregon. Good times were had on XC Skis, Snowshoes and even a Mtb ride.

    Dry commute this morning, but cold...darn near freezing when I left the house!

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    ^^I'm sorry your commute wasn't below freezing woodway. Oh, no, that is me that keeps wanting the sub freezing AM temps this time of year. Well, I almost got it. It was around 33F. I took the skinny bike through the trails. Anything with packed snow or ice was great. Anything with bare ground was soft mud and not so great. It didn't help that I left my fatbike at work so I was on the skinny sinking bike.
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    Hey woodway nice to hear you had a good vacation.

    Wow bedwards there is even some snow in your picture

    Jamespc, I think you pics cant be worse than my videos I even showed the moon to my kids before they went to bed last night, but it wasnt that spectacular as we thought it would be. Didnt notice too much difference. It might have to do that the line of sight to the moon was next to a streetlight, when looking from the door of the house...bad luck this case. We went up onto the attic after that.

    No moon at all this morning, grey clouds and rain. Quite warm though, 8C already in the morning. Spotted 12 roe deers, 2 groups of 6 each. This might be a new record, or at least be close to it. It was 10C on the way home and it rained again. I noticed 2 apple trees that were in full blossom already. Overhere, spring is early.
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    I was kind of on the fence about driving yesterday. The rain seemed to be clearing out temporarily, but I was running late enough I decided to drive. Good call. It turns out my sister had to go to the ER, and I had to leave early to meet her there. It wasn't the way I anticipated spending the day, but I'm glad I could get to the hospital to be there for her.

    Ride in this morning was a pleasant, semi-damp 45F. No complaints here.

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    I eventually used some common sense that people think I am lacking today. I'll start by saying that I'm pretty sure I would have been fine to cross the lake today. But when it comes to crossing frozen lakes I like to be really close to 100% sure and I wasn't.

    It's been above freezing even overnight. Typically ice warms up during the day and then hardens back up overnight so you get a hard shell over a frozen slush that supports weight. Well, that shell was mostly missing today! I jumped over the open water at the edge and went through to mid calf. Once I got out to the main ice sheet I could walk on it but... I decided to extend my ride by about 4 miles and went around. I think that may be it for the trail commutes.

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    With the snow gone, there is now so much mud on sections of the path that no rational observer would suspect it's supposed to be paved.

    Most of it seems to be a result of dig-and-dash utility construction over the winter, with companies that have close to zero accountability in repairing their excavations.

    So I'm still kind of hoping for below-freezing weather as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Hey woodway nice to hear you had a good vacation.

    Wow bedwards there is even some snow in your picture

    Jamespc, I think you pics cant be worse than my videos I even showed the moon to my kids before they went to bed last night, but it wasnt that spectacular as we thought it would be. Didnt notice too much difference. It might have to do that the line of sight to the moon was next to a streetlight, when looking from the door of the house...bad luck this case. We went up onto the attic after that.

    No moon at all this morning, grey clouds and rain. Quite warm though, 8C already in the morning. Spotted 12 roe deers, 2 groups of 6 each. This might be a new record, or at least be close to it. It was 10C on the way home and it rained again. I noticed 2 apple trees that were in full blossom already. Overhere, spring is early.
    I love that you went in the attic to see the moon with your kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    But when it comes to crossing frozen lakes I like to be really close to 100% sure and I wasn't.
    Good call bedwards. I'd like to be 200%.

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    I got back on the bike again this week after a stretch of nasty weather Iím not equipped for. Itís still muddy out there but itís warming up and getting lohtet everyday. I am looking forward the a new beautiful spring and summer here in the Stuttgart area.


    This bike was clean when I left home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Good call bedwards. I'd like to be 200%.
    I'm pretty good with 99.9%

    That said, I went around today even though it was only about 25F. It's supposed to rain tomorrow. I'm on the fence about riding. I've got a streak going that I hate to break but my legs are pretty tired. The smart me would take a rest day.

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    You have my support bedwards - dont go on thin ice.

    Jeremy a dirty day on the bike is better than a clean day in a car Dont you have the opportunity to flush off most of the mud with a waterbottle or something? Should do the trick considerung the mud is not dried yet and should go off easily.

    Change of plans here for this week. Wife got sick yesterday so I worked from home yesterday, today and will also do that tomorrow. No riding yesterday because it was raining all day but today I made some shorter rides and rode about the distance of a oneway commute so not too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    The smart me would take a rest day.
    I never let the smart me get in the way of doing stupid things

    Hope your wife feels better Dutchman.

    It's been cold here all week, had a couple of wet rides (including this morning) but mostly dry. Looking forward to the weekend.

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    no commute for me today. kids are off school until at least April 7 due to this whole corona thing, but wife still had to report to school. so working remote.


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    ^^This whole corona thing is going to put the world into another great depression. It's crazy!
    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    I never let the smart me get in the way of doing stupid things
    Have no worries, I rode today. It was "Raining". The kind of rain that is solid, stings your face and builds up on the ground. Luckily the roads were warm enough that it melted on contact because I was on a slick tired road bike.

    I hope Mrs Dutchman has a speedy recovery. And you to CD when you eventually get it.

    In other news I just bought a "new" set of used fatbike wheels for next winter. They should be an upgrade from the stock ones on my fatboy. I probably didn't need them. But some people horde toilet paper in times of crisis, me, I horde bike tires...My name is Brian and I have a problem... But sh1t, it included a new set of Dillinger 5s for $200. Err, My name is Brian and I have a problem...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post

    In other news I just bought a "new" set of used fatbike wheels for next winter. They should be an upgrade from the stock ones on my fatboy. I probably didn't need them. But some people horde toilet paper in times of crisis, me, I horde bike tires...My name is Brian and I have a problem... But sh1t, it included a new set of Dillinger 5s for $200. Err, My name is Brian and I have a problem...
    nice, what wheels? and are the D5ís studded?


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    ^^DT Swiss BR710 rims on DT Swiss hubs. Pretty identical to BR2250 wheels. Studded 120TPI D5s. My current set has 2500 ish miles and the sidewalls are so worn that sealant blows right through them. I'm thinking I am going to attempt winter tubeless again with this new combo.

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    all that for $200?! did you feel bad leaving with them??


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    ^^$600 for all. ($200 was for the tires)

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    ah ok i misinterpreted. you must have a thru axle fatboy then eh.


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    Wife is doing better and will probably be ok next week again. Corona is also the only topic here and they are now shutting down public life. Schools, Kindergarten and everything public is shut down for 2 weeks, maybe longer if necessary. My wife will have to work at school nevertheless to take care of the kids of people that work in critical areas to keep everything going. It sure is gonna be hard for everyone but I think it is necessary to "flatten the curve", otherwise everything would collapse completely. It might get to myself too, I work in aviation which will surely take a severe hit this year.

    OK Bedwards, I really dont want to get personal and please do not feel offended, it is just that I am trying you to imagine how it is when it is coming close: about the lake you said you are not taking any chances, but I am sure it is fine for 98%. ^^Did you ride it? Would you risk it to raise the profit of the company and of the shareholders?
    >>Denying it wont make it better, remember the doc that found it first in China in December was arrested and forced to sign a paper stating he would not spread any more "fake news", and now we have it. Sounds familiar?

    *sigh*

    So I worked from home 3rd day in a row again today. I brought my son to Kindergarten this morning and got rained on. Normally on my commute I wouldnt mind since I can dress up for it, but this 1,6km/1m is not worth the effort, so I just gut nasty wet and cold. At least I managed to pick him up dry this afternoon. I explained rules #5 and #9 but I had the impression he did not really accept it ;o))

    I hope that things are getting stable soon. I am afraid we will be forced into the homeoffice for 1-2 weeks. In that case I will really have to find an alternative to commuting^^

    Have a good weekend everyone and stay upright and healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    OK Bedwards, I really dont want to get personal and please do not feel offended, it is just that I am trying you to imagine how it is when it is coming close: about the lake you said you are not taking any chances, but I am sure it is fine for 98%. ^^Did you ride it? Would you risk it to raise the profit of the company and of the shareholders?
    >>Denying it wont make it better, remember the doc that found it first in China in December was arrested and forced to sign a paper stating he would not spread any more "fake news", and now we have it. Sounds familiar?
    Not offended. I'm not sure I followed your line of questioning. No, I didn't ride it and haven't since. But the only benefit to me was a slightly shorter commute. If I had the promise of fame and fortune on the other side I might have given it a shot.

    I'm glad your wife is feeling better. Everything is getting canceled here at an amazing rate. I've never seen anything like it. With this event more any any it is hard to separate the wheat from the chaff when looking at the news.

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    Rough ride home today stiff headwind the whole way and I was hauling all my office items with me. They closed our office and all the schools as well. We are going to be attempting school and work from home for the foreseeable future. I hope all are well and stay healthy out there.

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    Things are getting cancelled left and right here, as I'm sure is happening all over. I am still on my normal schedule. I'll probably continue working in the office until it doesn't seem like a good idea any more. The spouse of one of my co-workers is a nurse and was apparently exposed to someone with the virus. I hope nothing develops there. Another co-worker called out sick today, but we're assuming she might have started the weekend a little early.

    Drivers were a bit nuts this morning. A pick-up passed me in the center turning lane and got uncomfortably close to an oncoming car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Not offended. I'm not sure I followed your line of questioning. No, I didn't ride it and haven't since. But the only benefit to me was a slightly shorter commute. If I had the promise of fame and fortune on the other side I might have given it a shot.

    I'm glad your wife is feeling better. Everything is getting canceled here at an amazing rate. I've never seen anything like it. With this event more any any it is hard to separate the wheat from the chaff when looking at the news.
    Thanks Different opinions does not mean someone is right or wrong. And I can follow your logic on the commute length vs fame and fortune.

    I admit, at least over here, with all the countermeasures, things look worse than they actually are. It is mostly all done to prevent worse.

    I found an article with a graph that explains that a bit more:
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/tarahae.../#4cada9306e2b

    So to somehow get a link to biking: I think riding a bike decreases the risk of getting sick in general not because you are riding the bike, but because you are NOT sitting in a cramped public transport breathing the cocktail of 200 other people that are cramped in it with you. So to avoid corona, I would also advise everyone to start commuting by bicycle if there is any chance.

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    Hi all, I haven't been in here in quite a while. Ride today was really nice. Right around 32F so the parts of the bike path that are dirt were frozen and not mud. It also looked as though the park district flattened out some of those sections. I saw the body of a skunk in the middle of the path that looked like something ripped it's throat out. Really gross. Saw at least three deer and chased a raccoon. The only car I saw was a police car. Granted it was around 6AM on a Saturday but the streets were very quiet.

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    I understand the whole flattening the curve thing. My only issue with the current approach is that it's such a broad brush. For healthy people getting corona virus is, as I read, about the same as getting the flu. For at-risk groups, corona virus is quite a problem. So rather than shutting down all of society , how about a focus on those most-at-risk and make sure that they don't get infected (and overwhelm the health care system).

    Last year in the US there were about 4 million flu cases, according to the centers for disease control. Yet we don't go into lockdown every flu season. I'll admit that I could be thinking about it simplistically.

    Either way, my office is still open and there is hardly anyone there, so I feel just fine pedaling to work. I practice social distancing and wash my hands like crazy.

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    You may be right that those over 60 or who have diabetes, lung or heart issues are the ones most in need of slowing the infection rate as they become the most severe cases.

    The lion's share of a tropical cruise complement that tested positive for the virus had NO symptoms. Lots of sun in tropical latitudes likely upped their Vitamin D. Getting out and cycling helps D levels some. I already take some D.

    China reported that severe cases receiving lots of Vitamin C recovered. Whereas all those severe cases that did not get any Vitamin C, died. I am upping my Vitamin C. As an antioxidant it counters the effects of most illnesses. Vitamin A & E, Zinc, selenium, and lysine all helps the immune system with viruses.

    Those on ACE inhibitors and ARB's appear to die quickly from heart issues. So I am looking to up my Beta Blocker and lower my ACE. I had lower BP taking lots of C, so it may play into the heart health issue. Also hoping to ride more which boost the immune system.

    We don't want to lose our parents, grandparents, older friends, and neighbors this way. If we keep the severe case rate down maybe 0.5% won't survive. Versus 5-6% if we overload the system.

    My wife and I work from home anyway. Keep safe.

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    Some of the severe symptom COVID-19 patients are young. Two of five young skiers who went to the Italian Alps are in ICU. Young Doctors and Nurses have been hit hard. So youth is not a get out of severe symptom card.

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    Well today I began my commutes of walking down the stairs to my hastily arranged home office. We are a work from home company now. At least for the foreseeable future. I plan to still ride though as often as I can. The weather is getting really pretty.



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    Yup, my home commute of two flights of stairs officially starts today.

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    How was your commute today?

    spring already popping there jeremy, nice. still have spots of ice on some of the lakes here.

    cold but quiet ride in this morning. not mad about it, ha.


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    A little excitement on my way in this morning. First, I found my typical route blocked by cones and vehicles at an intersection. Luckily, I could turn left and ride on a generous shoulder to the next street down. It was too dark to see what was going on. Then the dog that chased me a few months ago was out and chased me again. The dog is not aggressive, per se, it's apparently old and can't see too well. Once again, I walked the dog back to its office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    I understand the whole flattening the curve thing. My only issue with the current approach is that it's such a broad brush. For healthy people getting corona virus is, as I read, about the same as getting the flu. For at-risk groups, corona virus is quite a problem. So rather than shutting down all of society , how about a focus on those most-at-risk and make sure that they don't get infected (and overwhelm the health care system).

    Last year in the US there were about 4 million flu cases, according to the centers for disease control. Yet we don't go into lockdown every flu season. I'll admit that I could be thinking about it simplistically.

    Either way, my office is still open and there is hardly anyone there, so I feel just fine pedaling to work. I practice social distancing and wash my hands like crazy.
    I've been trying to read as many different viewpoints as possible. My net takeaway is that it is not always but can be much worse than the flu. It is impossible to tell for sure. If the government doesn't try to flatten the curve and healthcare gets overwhelmed it is too late. As much as it is going to crush the economy and change the world as we know it. It is probably the right thing to do and an incredibly hard decision.

    The only hard decision I made today was to not ride my bike. I was on a streak kick but my body is tired. I might want my immune system to be more functional so I took a car. Oh, and it was also 15F and I'm not crossing the lake so it would have been a really cold road ride.

    Stay away from people BrianMc!

    This week should be a wild ride.

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    The resident raccoons are now stumbling around in full daylight with canine distemper.

    As if my commute didn't look enough like a low-budget apocalypse movie already.
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    LOL, are they the raccoons from your avatar?

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    Spring

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    I actually rode today. However in my office space of 18 desks there were only 3 coworkers and our teamleader who stayed in his own little single office with the door closed. We ended up not doing any work at all, just discussing on how to keep business going. And now in the evening news we heard that everything that is unnecessary is going to be closed. So far so understandable but it includes the p l a y g r o u n d s too And what bothers me too, is that they already cancelled events that are more than 2 months ahead. So without saying, we know how long it is going to take.

    The rides were terrific today. It was sunny and quite warm, 12C on the way home. I extended the ride a bit and on a long stretch home I was chasing someone on an MTB. When I finally overtook him I noticed he was an older man. I think if he would have had slicker tires instead of the studded ones, I wouldnt have gotten him.

    No clue if I will ride tomorrow or start homeoffice. Expecting the homeoffice order any minute now, will check the company email tomorrowmorning before I leave.

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    My ride home was pretty much the reverse of my ride in. I got chased by a dog, this time a big Doberman that chased me out into the road until its owner stopped him. I was prepared to keep riding with the dog behind me. The situation was nothing like the morning.

    The road that was blocked this morning was still blocked. There seems to have been a water main break there. I thought the road would have some signs indicating it'd be closed, but there weren't any. I would have had to ride a couple miles back and around, but I remembered seeing a potential cut-through on Google maps behind one of the businesses. Sure enough, I was able to snake my way around and under the train tracks then up a small hill to connect with the MUP.

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    always fun finding new shortcuts and optimizing routes.

    iím loving these quiet commutes this week.




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    LOL, are they the raccoons from your avatar?



    <---- IIRC, that guy died (also in my backyard) circa 2012.... I think there was no distemper that year, so it must have been from general obesity-related health issues.
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    ^^Fat and happy, or at least fat. In any case good luck with your zombie racoon apocalypse.

    I was tossing and turning at 4:45 so I got up and rode to work around 5:30 or so. It is my first all dark road commute of the year. I could see snow on the radar but even after it got here it isn't any more than very light flurries.

    Life is still generally normal around Maine but things are changing fast. Restaurants and bars are ordered to be closed today for St Patrick's day to discourage big crowds. I'm infatuated with watching how it unfolds in the news. Trying to get a balanced view of fact, fiction, hype, fear and politics is nearly impossible. One thing for certain, even if it was over tomorrow it will take years to recover.

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    BB nice picture. Is it more busy normally?

    The ride in was nice this morning. 5C and sunny. I had the sunglasses on for the first time this year! The ride home was different than any other ride. Never in 7 years I have seen so many people out running, cycling, skating etc with their kids and dogs.

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    ^^quiet today here...things are getting close I guess. I even seem to belong to a risk group... Just heard that schools etc will be closed until end of april and we are expecting the lock-in order every day now. For years the unions have been fighting for more homeoffice possibilities and shortly we will be fighting to go into the office, just to be able to get out of the house.

    I rode to work again today and it was another nice day to ride. Again there were a lot of people out on bikes etc on the way home. It was 14C this afternoon and and nature is turning green. Spring is early this year but no wonder. Its warm and the ground is soaked, so we have ideal conditions. At home I quickly changed bikes and went for an mtb ride with my son, doubling my riding time today to 2,5hrs. Even in the woods there were families on citybikes around, looking jealous at our mtb's. I Made some videos, will see if I can make a compilation of ones you can watch without getting seasick I hope so, mtb'ing with a camera in one hand is difficult. I was planning to buy an action cam this spring but I postponed it for now to see how things will develop.

    Good luck all you out there, take care and stay healthy.

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    There are a lot of interesting things happening around my area as people start to get stir crazy (after 2 days). The woods are all full of people walking, there are impromptu exercise classes in the park, and dogs are getting the walks they deserve.

    That said, the rain is starting and it's going to be a rough week for all of us with little ones.

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    Interesting times for sure. Our company is still operating with a lot of safeguards in place. We develop some medical equipment that may be needed during the outbreak. People that are not in manufacturing have the option to work from home if then can do it effectively. The idea being to minimize inter-office interaction. I might be able to do that once in a while.

    Commutes have been pretty lackluster. Cold March biking isn't ideal. Spring is coming...in about 15 hours.

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    The office building holding my office is still open but the building might be 30-40% full? In my office itself most everyone is working from home but there is a group of us that need access to equipment we have at the office to work effectively, so we come to the office every day. We are spread out and follow all the guidelines of cleaning, social distance and handwashing. My hands are raw from how often I wash them.

    The weather has been fine, sunny, cold in the morning (just above freezing), but warming to 55/60F, 12.5/15.5C in the afternoons. I'm also seeing many, many people out walking, jogging, biking which is great. The roads are very quiet which makes for nicer commuting as well.

    Stay safe everyone!

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    Same story here with washing hands and homeoffice. Today we were 4 out of 18. From next week on, the company is divided in 2 groups which are not allowed to be in the plant at the same time. So my group will start with office week next week, homeoffice week in the week after, etc. Also the homeoffice limitation is cancelled, so 100% homeoffice is allowed now. I mostly miss lunch with the other bikefreaks and the usual walk along the bikeracks after lunch...

    In Europe and Americas the spreading seems to start now. In these cases it is important to take the health advise seriously and to stay calm. From China there is good news coming, once the lockdown started, they managed to fight the virus down and the virus is loosing ground. So based on that it is my own guess that we will be through most of it in 2 months. I feel with everyone who has to fear for its job in those 2 months! And I clap my hands for everyone who needs to expose themselves to keep society going (police, medics, firebrigades, food distributors/retailers etc etc).

    Oh yeah, the rides. Surprise this morning, light drizzle and I wasnt prepared, but I came through ok. I left very early, hopped on the bike at 6.15. Almost bumped into a roe deer this morning! Made a quick stop and turned myself away a bit. She noticed I was not dangerous so calmly walked away. On the way home I rode by a tree that is blossoming and for the first time I could smell spring in the air! Also had to make 2 quick stops to avoid a small kid on a bike, again a lot of kids were out there. The 3-5 year old generation will be one with above-average bike skills I guess ;o))

    Will work from home Friday and Monday, dont know after that yet. We are still expecting a hard lockdown.

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    I can't commute by bike. Work has closed the gym so now there's no way to take a shower. They'll probably shut down the building if this thing gets worse. Hoping for the best.
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    Snuck a ride in before another installment on the monsoon to boost the immune system.
    Met only one pedestrian. Seems like they are all at the store.

    I am trying to be self quarantined. Had to get gas and picked up 5 items. The store was a mess. Hard to get 6 feet separation. I am over 60, have hypertension, coronary artery disease, and am on an ACE inhibitor (associated with rapid death from SARS-CoV-2), so I'd sooner not get this until they sort out treatments that ease it. Lots of Vitamin C helped some in China.

    Currently throwing lots of vitamins at the problem.

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    Stay safe BrianMc.

    My office closed the fitness center as well so it's been the old sink shower for me.

    But, the CDC issued a special statement for the Seattle area asking everyone who can telework to telework. So today we are going to divvy up equipment for people to take home and we are going full virtual company for the next few weeks.

    I'll need to poke my head into the office now and then to check on things, but otherwise I'm going to have to start getting my bike rides in elsewhere. At least it's almost April and not January!

    And I saw this article in Outside that endorses cycling for social distancing!

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    Stay safe everyone!

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    I didn't ride. The weather is dank and the idea of riding didn't seem that appealing. Maybe the world is coming to an end. On a positive note, they are planning on keeping our fitness area open as long as the company is open. The limited number of machines (that I don't use) can easily be wiped down so it is no riskier than any other part of the building.

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    Saw lots of rabbits and robins during my predawn commute. Oddly there was MORE vehicle traffic on the surface streets I have to take. My wife and I will be working until one of us gets quarantined then I guess we take two weeks off??

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    Forgot to mention I heard the call of a redwing blackbird on the last ride. A nice harbinger of spring.

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    I worked from home today and we made a nice family ride this afternoon. Unfortunately it was not as sunny as expected and colder than we hoped for, but it was nice anyway. We were on our way about one and a half hours and made a quick stop on the farmers market along the way.

    In some spots of town the streets are now so empty that it is kind of spooky, but it is apparently the only way now. We still have way too many young people gathering outside, so sunday latest the lock-in will be decided I guess.

    For years the unions battled for homeoffice rights and now employees are battling to go into the office, just to finally be able to get out of the house..... I am getting afraid that we can basically write off summer this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    For years the unions battled for homeoffice rights and now employees are battling to go into the office, just to finally be able to get out of the house..... I am getting afraid that we can basically write off summer this year.
    Sounds like cats, in they want out, if out they want in.

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    I rode Monday and Friday. Drove the other days because of storms and rain. This morning's ride was so warm, even in full summer gear, I had to remove even my light gloves. Unfortunately, the cold front moved through this evening. The weekend won't be warm, but at least it won't be rainy, not that we'll really be doing anything...

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    Well my wife was one of the telecommute pioneers for her company in 2001. It is paying dividends now for that company.

    Heck of a North wind yesterday. Temps dropped like a stone on the ride.

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    With all thats been going on its thrown my job situation in chaos and my schedule is uncertain, havent commuted in almost a month. In that period i went on vacation and we had a run of heavy rains.
    This weekend the weather broke and has been nice. Riding yesterday i saw more riders on the road than ive ever seen!

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    Well the company has ordered me into the homeoffice for the next 2 weeks :-/ so commuting is going to be less. I hope I will be able to get in some rides in between but I think it will be less than usual.

    Well as long as I stay healthy I can live with it. And in 2 weeks things might get better already, at least I wish and hope so.

    Stay safe and healthy all you out there.

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    It's not pouring rain today. So I plan to ride. The Governor told all non-essential workersto stay home. They have not banned riding bikes or jogging yet.

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    Michigan is officially on lock down at midnight tonight. Biking and running are still allowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamespc View Post
    Michigan is officially on lock down at midnight tonight. Biking and running are still allowed.

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    I heard that here first. Interesting to look at the timeline about Michigan. 3 days ago the governor wasn't considering it. 1 day ago she was defending that decision. 6 hours ago she was expected to sign it and 2 hours ago it happened. At this point our governor is considering it. Hmmm.

    Even if it goes into place our workplace is considered essential so unless we have an outbreak here I'll still get to ride my bike. Which I did today.

    In other news, my wife and I practiced our social distancing by heading north in search of winter. We went from almost no snow at our house to about a 2 foot base in 2 hours. The riding was AMAZING! And we didn't touch anything but our bikes and our car. Pics here: https://www.strava.com/activities/3208130036

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    Snowed last night but it didn't look like it stuck to anything but the grass so i took my usual bike (CAADX). Well the path had a couple inches of snow and the bridges over the river had several inches, I laid the bike down twice before just walking the bridges. Saw a fox and a rabbit. I'll be working through all this unless I get quarantined for exposure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I heard that here first. Interesting to look at the timeline about Michigan. 3 days ago the governor wasn't considering it. 1 day ago she was defending that decision. 6 hours ago she was expected to sign it and 2 hours ago it happened. At this point our governor is considering it. Hmmm.

    Even if it goes into place our workplace is considered essential so unless we have an outbreak here I'll still get to ride my bike. Which I did today.

    In other news, my wife and I practiced our social distancing by heading north in search of winter. We went from almost no snow at our house to about a 2 foot base in 2 hours. The riding was AMAZING! And we didn't touch anything but our bikes and our car. Pics here: https://www.strava.com/activities/3208130036
    I am jealous of that snow! We had a pretty crappy winter, snow wise, here.

    As a school teacher and father of a 7 year old, I'll still be working. My work will just be from the confines of home, with no commute. Luckily, my commute has been replaced with long walks in the woods, games of catch, and learning to skateboard.

    Yes, the governor's timeline on this was odd. I've given up trying to figure out what any politician is thinking.

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    Hello bikecommuter friends, hope all are well! I am fine, here in VT we got about 8" of snow last night. Good timing as today is my first telework day. It was optional before and I was in the office with 1 or 2 others in a space usually holding 60ish. Had some good bikecommutes with fewer folks on the roads, although you really notice the slugs of cars from light changes. Got a killer deal on some Rolf wheels for the gravel bike through the VT Bicycle Shop's adventure team, looking forward to trying those. They will be a summer set as the original wheels are getting corroded. I organized a RATride (Ride Alone Together) on the weekend, it was nice to get out and see some friends.#RATride!

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    We're full Spring here. Snow for the year has been almost non-existent. The rain is getting tiresome.

    I'm still commuting to work. I work in the safety supplies industry, so we're really busy trying to fulfill PPE and decontaminant orders. It's getting harder and harder to fulfill orders as the manufacturers struggle to keep up with demand. We're also in the process of switching ERP software, and I'm the lucky dog in charge of implementation. It's proving tricky to manage my team, transitioning most employees to work remotely, and still get everything else done that I need to. I'm thankful to not have to worry about job security right now. It's tough out there right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    We're also in the process of switching ERP software, and I'm the lucky dog in charge of implementation.
    Ouch! That would be stressful even if everybody and his brother weren't transitioning to remote workstations.

    Good to hear from you MTXB, it's been a while. Enjoy your RATPack rides.

    We got 8" of snow overnight but it is 45F now. I'm expecting to ride the road bike home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Ouch! That would be stressful even if everybody and his brother weren't transitioning to remote workstations.
    Tell me about it. Luckily, we're fairly small, but it's still a huge undertaking. Most of the data was uploaded just before COVID-19 started really picking up here in the US. I have never really suffered from insomnia, but I've spent many sleepless nights tossing and turning with spreadsheets flashing through my head non-stop.

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    We are under a shelter in place order here in Washington State, but outdoor exercise is permitted as long as you stay the requisite 6' away from anyone. I'm teleworking from my place in Central Washington where it's very rural and, except for the deer, elk and turkeys that come wandering through, it's no problem to stay away.

    My only commuting will be the local bike rides I undertake. Got a good one in yesterday. Stay safe everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    We are under a shelter in place order here in Washington State, but outdoor exercise is permitted as long as you stay the requisite 6' away from anyone. I'm teleworking from my place in Central Washington where it's very rural and, except for the deer, elk and turkeys that come wandering through, it's no problem to stay away.

    My only commuting will be the local bike rides I undertake. Got a good one in yesterday. Stay safe everyone.

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    Same boat here, except I live in the city and it's like a ghost town. So many people keep acting like they can't go outside. No worries it's quite serene, actually. I will be going to the office and greenhouse once a week, but I have to take care of live material, so there's that.
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    I had a 21 mile commute through a ghost town today. Of course, I only commuted from my garage to my garage because we're in shelter in place here too. Wish we had those blue skies.

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    ^^ Nice you guys got out! Pic of last night's snow on our walk this morning. A few weeks ago the snow was soooo sticky it brought my mtb with studded tire and fenders to a complete halt on a downhill. The snow was all jammed up between the tire and fender. It only happened once, but the rest of the ride was a slog as the wheels were coated and heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    So many people keep acting like they can't go outside.
    Well the pathways are jammed pack, thats the problem. Also the sidewalks are packed with walkers too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt4x4 View Post
    Well the pathways are jammed pack, thats the problem. Also the sidewalks are packed with walkers too.
    Huh, have not experienced this problem on my walks.
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    can see the MUP from my window here at home and it was jamminí bust all day yesterday.

    iím into week two working remote, so the commuter has been collecting dust. as said above weíre pretty locked down here in michigan.


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    MTBX nice to hear from you! Snow?? We are close to shorts here.

    Woodway nice to see that you can keep riding too

    What are you all doing to compensate the cancelled commutes?

    After 3 days of homeoffice I was climbing the walls so today I made a long break after lunchtime and hopped on the fatbike for a nice ride of 1h30m. I noticed that my legs wanted to ride so I had quite some speed on the climbs and hammered it on the short steep climbs that we have here, which I usually never do. I ended up with a higher average speed as usual - no wonder.

    For the rest it is all quiet here. We are not really locked in, but it is more like a contact ban, noboday is allowed to be closer than 2meters to anyone not living in the same household. At least it is not forbidden to go outside, so there are a lot of people in some spots, all trying to stay out of each other's way.

    I liked the long break today, will try to do that more often.

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    Here's a pic I snapped in the parking lot yesterday afternoon. I ride by these vehicles every day, and it almost feels like a motivational message for me, although I don't really need motivation to ride on a day like this.

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    i ended up riding the commuter in to the office yesterday for some mental sanity, but also to get some supplies to set up an actual office in my basement instead of working at the dining room table. crazy how empty the streets were. filled and took my thermos with me, and stopped in the courtyard at work to enjoy some coffee in the sunshine before the return trip. snapped a pic in front of the building since thereís no one inside to judge me, lol.




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    ^^^ Took me a second to figure out how you got that pic. Nice bbender!

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    haha itís an interesting piece for sure.


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    ^^Cool pic bbender! I think I need to try to ride a bit midday while teleworking, as at the end of the day if I am already home I am ready to just wind down with a beer. Or maybe before work. LBS closed for COVID emergency, yours?

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    Caught a ride before it rained. A few people out on the multi use path. Couple of stir crazy parents with little ones.

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    My bike made it onto BikeRumor.com

    https://bikerumor.com/2020/03/26/bik...ound-missouri/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeCOLORADO View Post
    My bike made it onto BikeRumor.com

    https://bikerumor.com/2020/03/26/bik...ound-missouri/

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    Nice! Didn't realize you were a fellow Missourian. Wasn't there a bike race in some underground mine out that way a while back?

    I did commute today, despite having worked from home all week. It was my one day to go to the lab and greenhouse. Not totally devoid of traffic, but pretty light. Narrowly missed a storm getting to the office and my work kept me there through it, so when I left for the greenhouse it was dry again. What good timing! With the wonderful spring temperature, I took a slightly longer way back home as a treat.

    MTBX, I think that a morning ride would be a good option for you. When you work from home it's easy to conk out the same way you would as if you commuted. You're done with work, you're home, it's time for a beer. That's what I did today (ok I did yard work and tried to figure out why my brakes on my single speed started rubbing - seems to be a worn out spring on one side).
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    Thanks NDD,< you might be right. I was thinking midday when its warmer, and also because I walk the dog in the morning, but it can be hard to break away. I guess I have a while to experiment .

    Cool pic Colorado and interesting workplace. I was like "Missouri has a subway?", but I see the Springfield Underground is something else. Safe travels.

    BrianMc, nice to see you are getting out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Thanks NDD,< you might be right. I was thinking midday when its warmer, and also because I walk the dog in the morning, but it can be hard to break away. I guess I have a while to experiment .
    That's right I should've known that. We walk our pups at night. Also wasn't really thinking about it being cold anymore. Actually unless I'm commuting or it's a weekend, I usually wait to ride until after dark to avoid the most people if I cut through the park or have to interact with traffic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeCOLORADO View Post
    Very cool youtube video! Thanks for sharing it. How many miles of your commute is underground?

    My wife has been needing to get up early (4:20 today) to manage COVID-19 stuff at work and once she gets up I can't get back to sleep. So this morning at 5:00 I was swapping brakes on my commuter. I changed the back Mini-V to a standard Cantilever. When the mini-v brakes are adjusted right they are great. But that only lasts a few days. And, then can't be released to get the wheel out. 1mm of pad wear seems to be 2cm of lever travel and they rubbed on my rear fender. So I put a $20 CR720 set on and they are better in every way. Well, except they stick out more.

    The commute was good, about 32F. I'm ready for real spring. Everybody's been posting their pictures. I wanted to get into the action but didn't' feel like stopping.
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    Nice moving shot, sunset.

    I just switched the front breaks on my commuter. They were cantilever, but they chattered and bucked under hard breaking. I switched forks a few years back, so I switched to a disk. It still needs to be dialed in, but it's a huge improvement.

    Looks like I'll get a few more years out of my Poprad.

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    Hi all,

    I got the order to work from home until further notice so no commutes for me now. I hoped to be able to get in some rides durung lunchbreak or after work but it doesnt work that easy now that the kids are home. I only got in 2 mtb rides last week and a family ride during the weekend. Is no one doing any fake commutes as asked for in the other thread?

    Anyway, stay safe and healthy!

    Edit: some vids pasted together from last weeks ride with my son. As usual it involved some onehanded mtb'ing while holding the cam in the other hand, I call it suicide mtb'ing so the vid is wobbly in some spots.
    https://youtu.be/LSXDY-EISQM

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    This ginormous dam in E Barre VT was built mostly by hand in the 1930's by several thousand CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) workers. This was after the 1927 flood killed 84 people in VT. I rode the fatbike because the dirt roads are a muddy mess right now. You can ride across the top as a shortcut between rte 302 and 110.

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    ^^Damn that's cool mtxb.

    No mud here, just nice spring weather....How was your commute today?-capture.jpg

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    ^^ Nice pic, I like the bike color too.

    I finally ďcommutedĒ to work (my house) by bike, as I was not going after work or at lunch. That was nice. At one house I slowed down as they have had a dog out in the past and with everyone home I was on alert for loose dogs. Sure enough, a giant rottweiler (with cropped ears) came running out and I had to put the bike in between us and yell NO!. GO HOME until the owner came out and put it in the house. Funny though, I heard the dog's name was Spock.

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    As much as I am committed to bike commuting "whenever possible" I found no urge to do so in the heavy, cold, wind driven rain we have had in the last few days.

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    Hi bedwards I can imagine that. Unbelievable that you still have some some snow too.

    We are supposed to get up to 18C from sunday on! And no commute possible. We are still ordered to work from home and they are now even thinking of a 2week company shutdown after eastern. We will see but its gonna be difficult to go.outside without getting close to too many people. We will see how everything works out.

    I enjoyed all the pics lately and I hope you are all ok and stay careful!

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    Essential Commuter, checking in...

    The rain has cleared and even though the temps haven't changed much it is still starting to feel a little more springy. Today's commute was just above freezing but I made the crossover to shorts over the weekend and I'm planning on keeping it that way for the most part from now on.

    In other news (literally), if anybody happened to see the news blip about the 105 year old birthday party parade, that was my grandmother. Apparently it got some national and even international coverage. (Facebook link, second story on the first video.) And how does that relate to bike commuting? Not much, but we took a long ride to go stand on her porch to wish her a happy birthday over the weekend.

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    ^^ Oh I did see that story, awesome! And Happy Birthday to her. No ride tday but I got out yesterday when it got to around 50F I think. I was amazed how many motorcycles were out. Ambled through the Hope Cemetery which has a monument to all the Spanish Flu victims in 1918. Neither that pic nor the odd gravestone labeled "Instructions" came out, but here are a couple that did. Since I live in the granite capital of the world, there have always been amazing sculptors and monuments.

    Laquerre raced at the local track, Thunder Rd.
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    Elia Corti, carved by his brother after Elia was shot and killed outside the Old Labor Hall in 1903 in a dispute between the socialists and anarchists. One article about it: https://vtdigger.org/2017/04/02/then...ant-community/
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    My commute today was that there are far too many casual recreationalists out as per usual. Atleast some are making way for 6' distance.

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