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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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    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!

    https://www.outsideonline.com/241053...transportation

    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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    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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    ^^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

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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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    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.
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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.

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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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    Hi Everyone, just checking in. Still working from my place in Central Washington. Getting a steady diet of rides and walks in. Weather is getting nicer.

    Nice pics MTBX - I cannot remember seeing grave markers like that around here - quite a bit of work goes into them.

    105 years old? Wow, that's cool bedwards.

    The data looks like the peak infections may be passing here in Washington State. We are staying locked down for another month, but hopefully we can start to loosen up after that. Stay safe everyone!

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    been working remote a few weeks now so no commutes. figured since iím working remote, why constrain myself and the family to an inconsistent and generally cold michigan spring... so weíve been holed up in a remote house as well.




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    We've had some absolutely fantastic weather ever since the restrictions on everything were put into effect. Commutes in have been in the 50s and home have been in the 70s (give or take 10 degrees either way). Most of the rain has been at night. I'm still riding into the office every day.

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    Been working remote for 3 weeks now here in Germany. Actually going into the office maybe this week. I still ride daily at least 12km. Way shorter than normal but hopeful with walks and rides to stay in some shape. As an American living abroad I feel both strange, apprehensive, and guiltily relieved to be where I am right now.

    Above are a few things that recently made me smile on recent rides/walks. I hope you are are well and remain so.

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    Nice headstones, Mtbxplorer.

    Started out at 75 F was over 80 F by the time I finished the ride. Felt a lot better than the last ride.

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    ^^ Thanks! Wow, warm and nice weather there! Creeping up here, around 38F for the a.m. ride, 4 miles mostly downhill from my house and 4 miles mostly uphill (>1000') back before telework. Quite empty today, no runners or cyclists, and only a couple cars passed me.

    Hope everyone and their fam are doing OK.

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    Parking lots closed down for the parks, which kept the casuals away, which is grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!

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    Been on furlough, no work, no commuting.
    Do a longer ride occasionally. Rode through the tourist district, place I normally avoid. Interesting with it close to deserted.
    And lacking anything else to do, ride up the street and sit on the rocks and watch the tropic birds fight the wind, being a cyclist you can sympathise.
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    Hey bedwards, nice story about your grandmother. It was even in the news here in germany!

    Mtbx and all, nice pictures.

    After almost 3 weeks I had some things to do in the office so I rode to work. To make sure I would not meet too many people, I rode in after lunch and I was the only one in the office, quite spooky. Yesterday I heard that one co-worker has corona, lets hope for the best. Met my wife and kids on the way for a family ride home.

    Last week sunday morning we had snow and I woke the kids early for to go sledding before it would melt. Last sunday it was so warm that we made a nice family biketour in shorts and t shirt. Really crazy how temps went up in a week, and the upcoming long weekend is supposed to be nice too.

    I wish you all a happy eastern weekend, and stay safe and healthy!

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    Cool bird pix Taroroot, I don't recognize that one! On my ride this morning I had a cool sighting of 2 tom wild turkeys battling it out. At first I just saw a big cloud of dust at the roadside, and then feathers flapping. Both displayed their tailfeathers and raised a ruckus! I hoped to get pix or vid as I got closer, but one gave up and retreated into the woods, with the victor following behind. Too many trees for a good pic so I continued on and then I noticed on the other side of the road a bigger tom turkey idling along with about 12 hens. Apparently the 2 fighters were just young'uns feeling their oats and did not really have a chance with the ladies. I was glad to get in a ride as it soon started pouring, a miserable mid-30sF rain all day. Now this evening there is a dusting of snow so far and we'll see what tomorrow brings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Cool bird pix Taroroot, I don't recognize that one!
    Like i mentioned, they were batting strong headwinds so that allowed me to get a good pic, moving so slow!

    Interesting, authorities are now saying they will pull you over if your riding a bicycle after curfew here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taroroot View Post
    And lacking anything else to do, ride up the street and sit on the rocks and watch the tropic birds fight the wind, being a cyclist you can sympathise.
    Cool pics but I think the birds get to use the winds to their advantage more than cyclists do.
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    Hey bedwards, nice story about your grandmother. It was even in the news here in germany!
    She'll be thrilled to hear that.

    SNOW! Holy Moly! I had planned to take a car home last night but at 5:00 it was snowing many inches/hour of wet sticky snow. I carpooled with my wife in the 4WD (that is getting snow tires off tomorrow). It was some of the worst driving I have ever been in. We had to stop for a few slide-offs and were behind a UPS truck that couldn't start up the hill again. When we were moving it was 10-20MPH.

    So when the world gives you lemons (or snow) you go fatbiking. I was up early, luckily I realize now. I headed to work around the lake. Which is totally open water now. The snow depth ranged from near 0" under trees to 6"-8" in some spots. It took almost 2 hours to get to work! Shorts and snowy trails were a fun mix. It was very peaceful out in the woods without a trace of COVID-19.
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    Taroroot, what's the red thing hanging off the end of the bird?

    Love the glow in that bottom pic jerremy_burke.

    Man, winter just won't give up for you bedwards.

    Still working from home here, getting rides in when I can. It was in the low 70's here yesterday and zero wind so I did I ride over to an area called Table Mountain and climbed a paved one-lane road up to the snow line (right around 5000 feet for a south-facing exposure). Great ride, but a leg-burner.

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    Florida commuter checking in - Let me get this right out of the gate: My bike is officially paid for and i ****OWN**** it! LoL! I used the Trek 12 months zero % interest, Trek Card. I had auto pay setup for the first Tuesday of every month, but I didn't want any chance for the banks to mess up and set my April bill to be paid last Tuesday.. WIth me making that 12th payment that means my bicycle is coming up on 1 year old.
    I can't believe it's been a full year of commuting. Many lessons learned.

    Recent temperatures couldn't be better but when I tell you guys that "WIND" is unlike anything I have ever seen. Every ride home for 3 weeks has been strong, gusting headwinds. My commutes are essentially leg strengthening exercises.

    I mentioned last year that the "49th avenue" project was underway and would be life changing. Phase 1 of the of the project is finished and rideable. Man is it amazing! 4 lane road with dedicated/marked bike lanes with an "all purpose path" (in lieu of a sidewalk). It is very impressive! People are out walking their dogs and a lot of "family bike riders". I've been getting a lot of waves and thumbs up both on commutes in and home.

    I"m authorized "Teleworker" but as an IT guy, some things need me to be in person to touch. I had two firsts: I made my first commute(s) carrying my laptop in the saddlebags. AND I had a trooper need assistance with his car/laptop and instead of waiting for him to drive clear cross town I told him I would meet him 1/2 way at WaWa. I performed tech support on my commute home in a WaWas parking lot and the trooper thought it so cool, he told his supervisor, which got back to my supervisor--I just didn't want to wait on him, but it worked out for some bonus kudos.

    I hope you're all doing well. Cycling has continued to help with keeping my legs and mind busy during this weird time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Taroroot, what's the red thing hanging off the end of the bird?
    Red Tailed Tropic Bird, it's their tail streamer.
    There were some of these guys too, sooty tern, I think:
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    There were a few Lycra casuals out today on my commute, one was riding behind me for 10 industrial zone blocks. I think its the damn casual I saw yesterday as well. Atleast he knows where to go where the other casuals dont congregate and congest together.

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    Great pix and interesting stories all. Here is the first covid bikecommuter cartoon I have seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt4x4 View Post
    My commute today was that there are far too many casual recreationalists out as per usual. Atleast some are making way for 6' distance.
    Quote Originally Posted by matt4x4 View Post
    Parking lots closed down for the parks, which kept the casuals away, which is grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!
    Quote Originally Posted by matt4x4 View Post
    There were a few Lycra casuals out today on my commute, one was riding behind me for 10 industrial zone blocks. I think its the damn casual I saw yesterday as well. Atleast he knows where to go where the other casuals dont congregate and congest together.
    OK, I'll bite. What is a casual? I went on a 40 mile road ride with my wife yesterday. Does that make me a casual? Are mountain bikers casual? Because they just ride in circles and it really doesn't have any purpose. I'm a little concerned I could catch this casual disease.
    Or are you talking about the people that never ride until they were told they can't go to work and have to stay in the house?

    Today's ride wasn't casual at all. It started with a little light rain and ended with a lot of rain. At least I was in my (Lycra) shorts. I'm planning to carpool home because the rain is supposed to get really heavy with wind gusts up to 50MPH. (Up to 100 just offshore)

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    My guess would be a recreational rider but mostly they are not in lycra. Maybe a roadie on a scenic route?

    Still no commutes for me. We did make 2 nice family rides last weekend to an icecreamshop that is still open and selling through the window.

    I am now on forced leave until end of next week and hope to get some family rides in, but we'll see.

    Mtbx, the bikepacking bags are missing on the hometrainer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jelako View Post
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    whereabouts? iíve been hiding from snowy weather and covid back home in michigan here in Kissimmee for a few weeks now.


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    As of late, my commute consists of walking out the back door and digging fence post holes. We got a new puppy and she motivated a replacement fence.

    I'm finding some muscles that have been dormant for a while. The hamstring cramps a few mornings ago were quite special.

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    I was "face to face" with a car this morning. The driver pulled out from a stop sign. I hit the brakes thinking the car would pull out in front of me, but the driver instead turned the car right at me. His tires screeched to a halt, while I was like WTF. Then he screeched off behind me once I started on my way again. That got the blood going a bit.

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    Winter doesn't seem to want to let go. It was in the low 20s when I left this morning. I think we have been below the average daily lows and average daily highs almost every day for the last month. Snow in the forecast for tomorrow morning but then up to 60F on Sunday which will be one of the warmest days yet this year.

    I took the trail bike in today. The trails were a mix of good, wet, frozen and some barely ride-able ice crystal stuff that is like riding on marbles.

    That's all I have to report. I think it is Friday.

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    A cyclist was killed by a pickup in April, in Michigan.

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    whereabouts?
    Ocala, FL (about an hour north)

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    Mtbx, the bikepacking bags are missing on the hometrainer
    Excellent point cycllingdutchman!

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    Average low temp: 34F
    Record low temp: 27F (at the nearest airport)
    Today's low temp: 24F (as reported by Alexa)
    Meh

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    Rule #9 bedwards.

    I actually rode to the office today. Had to grab a few things.

    Felt weird.

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    Another commute day for me. Beautiful, warm and sunny, but with a stiff breeze as rain rolls in. Haven't been riding as much at night because of working on the house (I hate putting up drywall) and gardening. Kept my ride shorter than intended today, because I've got what I'm guessing is a sciatica thing with shooting pain at the right side of my rumpus and all the way down my leg. However I still doubled the commute to make 11 miles instead of 5.
    dang

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    April 21
    Average low temp: 34F
    Record low temp: 27F (at the nearest airport)
    Today's low temp: 24F (as reported by Alexa)
    Meh
    April 22 my home weather station
    Low temp 18F
    Wind: 22.4 mph max
    Snow: yes, all day
    April, I am leaving you for May!

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    ^^The weather has been somewhat disappointing so far. Hell, 2020 has been somewhat disappointing so far. I would think that the average temp would mean that some days would actually have to be warmer.

    Meh, today wasn't too bad. 28F. Saturday is actually supposed to be nice!

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    Hey fellow commuters, nice to read from you. Nice pics too. Bedwards I see you are trying to enforce spring by wearing shorts already despite the snow^^

    We are having nice sunny spring weather already and in the last 4 weeks I made only 1 commute and worked from home otherwise. At least we can make some nice family rides later in the afternoon although it is difficult to find a suitable destination, the usual ones are all closed.

    Happy riding and stay safe and healthy!

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    ^^I noticed the shorts too, lol. Glad you are well, dutchman - can you find some special treats to bring on the rides for the kids?

    Nice rail trail tide yesterday through Groton State Forest. Only saw 2 cyclists in 22 miles, plus a few dog walkers and strollers. Hoped for a bear or moose sighting, but no luck.
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    Hey mtbx, yes we bring some sweeties and biscuits for the kids along. And we found an icecreamshop that is still allowed to sell through the window, so we often plan the route along there.

    Nice pictures from you, but I dont see a single green leaf yet. During the last week everything slowly turned green. It is supposed to rain the coming days, I guess it will go quickly then.

    Stay safe and healthy!

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    ^^Hahah too true, but hey the ice is out! There are some ferns that have turned green (even while still pinned down from the winter's snow), and I have seen a few dandelions and some buds on the trees. Someone swimming had to be rescued Friday from an island in the Winooski River; as the news story said, "No word on why he was swimming in the Winooski River in April."

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    ^^ The skunk cabbage is starting to pop out of the wet spots but otherwise spring is being pretty slow. My wife was itching to go swimming since the pools have been closed for a month. She got all suited up in a wet-suit, thermal cap, thermal booties....She made it 20 seconds and decided that was good. LOL. That was a few weeks ago. The water has actually cooled off in the last few days.

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    Hey fellow commuters, nice to read from you. Nice pics too. Bedwards I see you are trying to enforce spring by wearing shorts already despite the snow^^
    I've been trying to enforce it for the last 3-4 weeks since I declared that shorts season was here. So far my enforcement has been ignored. It has been colder than usual the whole month. It was snowing this morning. Well, some snow was falling. Enough for me to bitch about it.

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    Ride out was directly into a 16-17 mph wind. Averaged about 11 mph. Down to 9.5 on the most level up tp 13.5 with the most downhill (low percent grade). On way back averaged about 26 mph, long stretch at 26.4 to 26.7 mph peak at 27.4 I had to slow because my pulse was higher than the doctor recommended. It was worth it for the joy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    On way back averaged about 26 mph, long stretch at 26.4 to 26.7 mph peak at 27.4 I had to slow because my pulse was higher than the doctor recommended. It was worth it for the joy.
    I'm sure if you asked your doctor he would recommend joy!

    Maybe winter's back is finally broken here. The weekend was absolutely gorgeous with temps above normal and lots of sun. Today's ride in was sunny with maybe slightly above normal temps. A "cold front" is supposed to hit us this week but the morning temps are still 10-20F higher than then have been every morning!!!

    My wife and I went out for a MTB ride over the weekend. Our state is supposed to be under a stay at home order other than "essential" trips and exercise. Well, there must have been plenty of both going on because traffic was as thick as mid summer.

    How's everybody else holding up?

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    Still sheltering-in-place here in Washington where the stay home order has been extended through the end of the month. Still getting plenty of rides in...they are just longer and go around in big circles rather than to the office and back! Hope everyone is well.

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    Wow BrianMc, that is quite a ride, good to hear! We had a nice weekend in VT also, almost hot on Sunday, but another dusting of snow this morning is putting a damper on things. Snapped these sculpture pix while waiting for curbside service at the bike shop, I like how the closeup came out...

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    ^^Wow, that is a lot or work. Granite is hard.

    Good but breezy rides so far.

    I'm getting pretty sick of it all.

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    Hey nice to see some are still riding. Mtbx I always like those granite pix of you, really impressive how detailed they make al those sculptures! Woodway I guess I have to get me a nice cabin in the mountains too ^^

    Bedwards dont you have some shelter in the woods? On your pictures there are always trees around so I thought you would have shelter from the wind most of the time.

    Second commute in the last 5 weeks today. 4.5C and sunny this morning, just lovely. 13C and some wind on the way home. Made a longer loop on the way home and met my wife and kids along the way. We went for an icecream together and rode home after that.

    From tomorrow the lockdown orders are loosening up a bit. In our case, the very best is that the playgrounds are opening up. Finally the kids can get rid of their energy again, but cycling is working good too. We made so many bikerides the last weeks. My youngest son is now also fitting on the 20" mtb and he is going off like mad with it. Unfortunately it is not really thought through, the brakelevers are mounted switched an upside down and worse, the cranks are too long. 152mm is too long for a 20" bike. I have a 127mm on order and hope to mount it before the weekend.

    Keep riding everyone and stay healthy!

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    Oh, my post did kind of make it sound like I was sick of the wind. Which I am. But also sick of the lockdowns and extreme politics surrounding them. Sick of the home-work-home routine. Sick of wearing masks , which I only do in stores once every 2 weeks. Sock of talking about the corona virus (which i am right now). Sick of the stock market going up and up when we are entering the most uncertain times in 90 years. Sick of not being able to visit with friends and family.

    But the bike rides have been good. .

    The woods does give some shelter but we also have lots of lakes and fields. It's all good. I'm going to see if I can harness some of the wind's power and get a KOM back this afternoon on the way home.

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    Bedwards I feel you. Everyone is slowly getting annoyed here and we are glad that the playgrounds are opening again. We are also expecting the schools to open up in small steps. The downside is that masks are still obligatory. A simple selfmade mask is ok here so my wife is sewing them for us and friends everyday. Its annoying and I get sweaty underneath them but I have to say I do understand the necessity. I kind of look at it like a bikehelmet. It was annoying when I started wearing one but now I feel umcomfortable without one.

    All in all its crazy how the world has turned within two months. At least we are slowly starting to crawl out of it I think, at least here in europe. Wish you guys all the best!

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    Oh and I just realised that my youngest son did his first urban assault mtb ride today. Its not much but danny mcgaskill started the same way I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Ride out was directly into a 16-17 mph wind. Averaged about 11 mph. Down to 9.5 on the most level up tp 13.5 with the most downhill (low percent grade). On way back averaged about 26 mph, long stretch at 26.4 to 26.7 mph peak at 27.4 I had to slow because my pulse was higher than the doctor recommended. It was worth it for the joy.
    The same slight downhill mostly section I averaged about 11 mph (above) I averaged about 20 mph yesterday. The 26.4+ uphill had a 24-25 mph lead in and I was about 14 mph, yesterday. Maybe about a 5 mph wind from the opposite direction. Averaged about 17 mph both days.

    I also need to adjust my front derailleur. A couple of small but steep hills I wanted to try the granny to spin up but no shift so I climbed them with the 36 x 29 at a much reduced cadence. Maybe I don't need as low as a 24. A bit more conditioning and maybe I can reinstall the Campy 30-42-52 crankset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Bedwards I feel you. Everyone is slowly getting annoyed here and we are glad that the playgrounds are opening again. We are also expecting the schools to open up in small steps. The downside is that masks are still obligatory. A simple selfmade mask is ok here so my wife is sewing them for us and friends everyday. Its annoying and I get sweaty underneath them but I have to say I do understand the necessity. I kind of look at it like a bikehelmet. It was annoying when I started wearing one but now I feel umcomfortable without one.

    All in all its crazy how the world has turned within two months. At least we are slowly starting to crawl out of it I think, at least here in europe. Wish you guys all the best!
    Couple years ago Having been at my dads bedside as he went from healthy active 80+ year old to battling And passing from pneumonia over course of a few weeks, i am a lot more tolerant of the restrictions. Its not a pretty way to go.
    Our office got the loan so im back at work but i havent resumed commuting.

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    Cold! Still, but I got a new bike specific jacket and it's really nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carthief View Post
    .... but I got a new bike specific jacket and it's really nice!
    Hey mister you are not getting away with that here Which one did you get?

    Brian, nice to hear from you. And I see you are still pretty speedy too! Keep going and take care of yourself!

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    [QUOTE=cyclingdutchman;14727459]Hey mister you are not getting away with that here Which one did you get?

    since you asked

    https://www.competitivecyclist.com/c...NjQ2F0MTAwMTk3

    it's just a puffy but the temperatures here change as much as 30 degrees between when I go to work and when I go home, I'm nice and cozy in this until it gets up in the mid 40's then it's kinda too warm.

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    Dutchman, I like the urban assault ride. Make sure he knows that collar bones and teeth are fragile. Who am I kidding, he'll have to figure that out for himself like I have. Who am I kidding, I probably haven't figured it out yet either.

    This place is looking a little drab. I'll add some pictures.

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    This was from today's ride in.


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    And this was from yesterday's

    I'm on a roll, I have ridden a different bike every day since Sunday. I'll see if I can complete the streak. A few of my bikes still have studs. I might have to do a token ride on the one that I don't usually bother to swap over.

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    Thanx for the link carthief but it redirects me to a german shop that they own with the remark that they sell in the US only .... But most important that you like it.

    Thanks bedwards. #2 is already going down steeper stairs with 3-4 steps. He is always just following #1 and never thinks of any danger or that it might not be possible. And he made his first rounds on the skateboard ring here and did surprisingly well. When going over a short obstacle he always got the speed just right to get over it and always got into the right gear on time. And no collisions, oh wonder. We'll see how it goes from here. #1 is more into soccer these days, but we still ride a lot around town etc, we are just showing him that a bike is a good way of getting around and not just a toy.

    Nice pics from you there too. That first bike is a real classic right? The front hub flange looks so big I thought it was a 140mm rotor until I noticed the classic bar on it.

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    Yeah, that is my old bike. That is actually the pickup ring for the original Cateye Velo Bike computer on it. Looks like this:
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    I think it has a 4 bit processor in it. I could pull it off and save the equivalent of $500 in upgrades in weight, LOL.

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    I guess nobody is commuting but me.

    I kept my streak going and road every one of my bikes: 10 bikes in 10 days.

    Works sucks. Not much more to report.

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    Hi bedwards, you are right I am not commuting either. Yesterday I felt so miserable about it that I made a 30minute loop from home after work. Today I only rode 3km/1.4m to the skatepark with my sons. But it is energy draining to stand and watch those constant near-misses and crashes. They always look at me and yell I'm OK, get up and move on.

    Nice story on your blog too about the bikes. My fatbike is creaking like mad too, mostly in the lowest gears on short steep climbs. I am in the process of removing and greasing all bolts and joints. Cranks and BB bearings are next...

    I am now in homeoffice for 6 weeks and the first numbers at work indicate that there is no difference in performance. For that the sickness rate is not even half of that of 4 months ago.

    Do you still have to wear a facemask at work?

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    The last time my fatty was creaking it was the wheel bearings. I bought that extra set of wheels that I haven't even tried yet. I was going to put those on and see if it stopped. I think I actually have a spare set of bearings too.

    Thankfully we haven't needed masks at work. I have my own desk and can generally keep a 6' distance. I couldn't work from home. Too much test equipment needed.

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    Impressive array of bikes utilized there, Bedwards! Went skiing yesterday, and more snow overnight, egad! May is out of control here in VT! These are from this morning, sorry for the sideways ones

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    Even more off topic, but if anyone has a dollar or two to spare, it could put my trail dog over the top in the fundraising competition for the local animal shelter. We are currently tied with a dog in a tutu with a light-up unicorn horn, please don't let us get beat!

    Vote here https://www.gogophotocontest.com/cvh...entries/211468

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    Holy Snow In May! It is getting old. At this rate summer will be about 2 months long. Can you see Mt Washington from Barre? It has been pretty impressively white this "spring".

    I put Keeper in the lead for you! Good cause.

    It was right around freezing and breezy again this morning but the sun was out.

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    Holy smokes, look at that snow!

    Nice work on ten bikes in ten days bedwards.

    I actually bike commuted to the office yesterday for this first time in a while. I had to go in and grab some equipment. Just me and one other guy in the office, no problem keeping our distance.

    Otherwise I continue regular riding in big circles from my place in Central Washington. Here are a few pics from recent rides.

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    Boah incredible all that snow. Doesnt even look like that here in real winter like january....probably skipping spring this year. Nice pic from the dog too are they taking paypal donations?

    Woodway nice pics from you too. The notsonewanymore habanero is holding up?

    For me just a short 25minute ride today but full of adrenalin: my 5yr old son disappeared from the playground with a girlfriend. They turned up at her grandma who was so smart to call her mom to ask if they knew where they went. So I went to pick them up and brough them back, one on the toptube and one on the rear rack. Phew...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Holy Snow In May! It is getting old. At this rate summer will be about 2 months long. Can you see Mt Washington from Barre? It has been pretty impressively white this "spring".

    I put Keeper in the lead for you! Good cause.

    It was right around freezing and breezy again this morning but the sun was out.
    Thanks so much for the generous donation! Keeper, I and the homeless animals thank you!
    Can't see Mt. Washington from here, but you don't have to go far for a view of the White Mtns.
    Same weather here this a.m., got down to the reservoir before work and got to see an osprey (aka fish hawk) diving in for a fish. They really go for it, he/she was totally submerged. Something told me to take the old Litespeed MTB/commuter with the Happy Mediums which are wider than the gravel bike tires. That decision was rewarded because I met the road grader a few miles in and some parts were really torn up and soft.

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    Woodway, I see our pix and bikes today were pretty similar! Dutchman, it looks like just credit/debit cards, but thank you! Nice recovery and return of the kids by bike too.

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    ^^Oh, that would have been miserable on skinny tires.

    Windy again last night, chilly again this morning. It looks like this pattern may finally break.

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    Spring is Here! SPRING IS HERE! Spring is Here!

    Did you hear? Spring is here.

    After what seemed like an eternity of cold, windy, miserable, freezing, windy, damp and windy weather that went on way way way too long after the lake thawed we have finally had a few nice days in a row. That is what we call spring in New England. I might seem pretty excited seeing that the temperature this morning was about 40F. But let me tell you, that is an improvement.

    In fact, the ride was quite nice. I took the trail route which was mostly dried out. In some spots where water was accumulating I stopped to dig some drainage trenches so it could finish drying out the muck holes.

    The weather for the rest of the week looks equally wonderful.

    Spring is here!

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    It was fast. That's just my experience. It was fast since I just used my bike to deliver food to my neighbor. Covid just stopped me from biking

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    Trust me, It wasn't fast. . And I spoke too soon. It was only 35F this morning. But the afternoon is supposed to be wonderful. It is up to 58 in 2 hours.

    I took the full squish mountain bike today. What a difference from the carbon hard tail. It was like riding a couch through the woods. Both the good and the bad. Plush but heavy.

    COVID on.

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    Advanced tools for the paranoid:

    https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2020/05/...nnect-app.html

    TLDR: Uses your Garmin radar to add the overtaking speeds of cars as another metric in your gps tracklog.

    I installed this immediately and it appears to be working. I have no idea what I will ever do with this data.
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    greats pics everyone.

    still working from home here, so the commuterís been collecting dust aside from the occasional MUP ride with the kids. been thinking about riding my commute route just for old times sake.


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    Iím still working from home, mostly, but they have asked us to start coming back with the provisional goal of being back 100% in June. Time will tell. I still ride a lot though. Here are some shots from what I dub my milk run rides. Some of which I pick up literal milk and eggs on.













    Hope you are well and enjoying what you can in these strange days.

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    despite the commuter getting dusty, i have had some adventures myself











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    Nice pictures. This place went from dull to fun in a few posts. I can get behind that collection of bikes bbender.

    I don't have any pictures that pretty but I can do a before and after. I've been doing trail rides every morning and noticed yesterday that I had bashed my pedal apart. It seems like it should have fallen apart on the trail but it held. Luckily being a bike part hoarder I had a brand new pair in stock.
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    I've got the TT bike for the trip home for something completely different. And Friday and Monday OFF!

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    I was told to get all of the field gear from the office, because we might be able to go do field work in TN next week (hoping). You know I made it a commute. No idea how much this setup weighed.



    Damn, looking at that I need to get some chomky tires on the trailer...or maybe just throw the "skinny" 43 mm tires back on for commutes like this. I like the ETs, though.
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    Hey everyone, nice pictures and adventures there. I hope you are all well, safe and healthy.

    I had vacation this week but the planned trip to the netherlands had to be shifted to october. I took the opportunity to go out camping with my sons. I went on a paddling overnighter with nr2 on an island in the river elbe. After a day at home I went on a 3day biketour with nr1 and he did great. We completed the tour as planned, no mechanicals or mishaps whatsoever. He did learn however on how to cope with unforesoon circumstances (bridge closed due to construction works), how to camp in a stealthy way and how to plan food/water supply along the route. We rode 40+40+23 kilometers and he did not make the impression to be exhausted. I planned the route along a railway line and with a tailwind all the time to have some backup, but it was not necessary. The rest of the week(end) will be a staycation, but I have stuff to do anyway, and the fatbike is still creaking so it needs more attention too. Unfortunately I still didnt figure out how to post pics here, but an album is here:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/SHg46CtVHBm43MH96

    I wish you all a nice weekend. Bedwards, enjoy your extended weekend too!

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    How was your commute today?

    Well I finally had a real wreck this weekend. I was doing a milk run stretched to about 25km and 16km in I took a gravel corner too fast a bit it hard. My knee took the brunt of the fall followed by an elbow. Iíll be laid up a few weeks and have about a dozen stitches but outside a ruptured and removed Bursa sack no serious injuries. Hope to be back on the bike with regularity before we leave Germany in August. Time and healing will tell. But bending my knee more that 10-20 degrees is probably required before I can ride much. I would share pictures but itís pretty ugly and no one wants that with their coffee.

    Hope you are all well and safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy_burke View Post
    Well I finally had a real wreck this weekend. I was doing a milk run stretched to about 25km and 16km in I took a gravel corner too fast a bit it hard. My knee took the brunt of the fall followed by an elbow. Iíll be laid up a few weeks and have about a dozen stitches but outside a ruptured and removed Bursa sack no serious injuries. Hope to be back on the bike with regularity before we leave Germany in August. Time and healing will tell. But bending my knee more that 10-20 degrees is probably required before I can ride much. I would share pictures but itís pretty ugly and no one wants that with their coffee.

    Hope you are all well and safe.

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    Wow glad you're ok. This happened to someone else I'm the forums last year. I suppose it's an inherent risk of riding gravel that people don't consider often. This was on the Fargo? You must've been hammering it!
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    No it was on my single speed el mariachi. At the end of a decent. Itís a longish hill followed by two turns a 70degree followed by a 120 degree. I have been working the speed up a little trying to improve my turning form. I had been upset with how much I slowed down and not carrying enough speed through the corner. I vividly remember thinking mid turn ďthis is the time I went too fast.Ē Hit my left knee hard on some big sharp gravel and rolled over with the bike then hit my right elbow and right shoulder. Elbow and back of my shoulder have varying degrees of road rash but my knee had a big gouge lots of road rash. I jumped up and road back home about 2.5-4km with blood running down my leg and then told my kids I was going to the hospital and to tell my wife as I thought she was napping. (I would live to regret that choice).

    I am living in Germany but got an a Russian ER doc that beat and ripped at my knee removing the gravel and Burst Bursa sack. Im told Iíll be nearly whole in a few weeks when the stitches are out but time will tell. Right now I have a lot of bruising around the knee and swelling but I am seeing major improvement each day.

    I only broke a brake lever on my bike so I need to get that ordered, but am considering an upgrade at the same time to 4 piston 180mm up front. Also will be buying knee and elbow pads for future gravel rides. Iím considering the 7iDP Sam Hill set but would take suggestions if people had them.

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    Whoa jeremy that sound stough indeed. Hope you recover well! And doesnt sound well about that russian doctor either ??

    I went for a short after work mtb ride while my son was at soccer training. The worst was a twig snapping back from my arm onto my leg

    Sad to hear you are leaving jeremy. My businesstrips in your direction are over because of the corona crisis so not much chance anymore of a meet n greet with gettoknow mtb ride :-/

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    Yeah Dutchman, Iím bummed we never got to meet up. But if you ever make it to Oregon in the US I would be happy to take you out for a beer and a ride. Also my work says I will be back to Germany regularly so there is still a chance we could meet and ride here. Although not with my bikes.

    Just as a side not after 2 years on the Fargo which I love I have decided I will likely part with it when we return. If someone on this side of the pond had interest in taking it off my hands I would let it go with both sets of wheels and possibly even the Jones H bars I tried on it and never loved. Shoot me a PM if interested. It will come with the rear rack as well.

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    Jeremy, that sounds rough. I'm glad I read it after chasing that gravel KOM last night. It has a nice S-Turn in the middle of it Which I took at about 20MPH.

    Ducthman, your camping staycation sounds as good as any traveling vacation.

    Well, we have gone from early spring temps to mid summer temps in about 1 week. There was NO in-between this year. We went from generally 10-20F below normal to 10-20F above normal. I'm happier with the latter. I've been mixing up the rides with trails quite a bit. I'm liking the light hard-tail I built up last year for my mixed road/trail commute. Today I'm on the road bike because it gets me from here to there with the least effort. It is supposed to hit 90F this afternoon.

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    Hey bedwards that sounds like the start of the super summer we had in 2018. Back then we also went from winter to summer within 2-3 weeks, I remember riding in freezing temps and in shorts in the morning during the same month.

    Jeremy are you selling the fargo because of the tiagra brifters? I remember you complained about them and that it was the reason to try the jones bar. I have those on my cx bike and they hurt on my hands too. It must be them because I have the same tape and bar as on my commuter, which has sram brakelevers on them and those feel much better. If you liked the rest of the fargo you could consider to rebuild the frame with sram gearing?

    Again no commute this week but at least 2 after-work fatbike rides. This long weekend we are at the baltic coast for some family rides, sun and beach.

    I wish you all a nice weekend, and stay safe and healthy!

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