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    You're in good company MTXB we work Columbus day too. Although I think they use to say we traded it for the day after Thanksgiving which I prefer.

    We've got some bonus summer days for the next 2. I opened all the windows when I left home because it is supposed to be about 20 degrees warmer outside than it is in our house right now.

    The ride was nice, I pulled the TT bike out for a change. I've been more about hunting mushrooms on my commute than riding fast. I went all out trying to get a KOM and didn't even get in my top 3 times. 391W for 3 miles. I'm going back to hunting mushrooms after today.

    I did find this beauty on the way home. Good eating size.
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    Thanx for the credits on the pics lady and gentlemen! It is the time of year for nice sunrise and sunsets and I always enjoy it after years of seeing it.

    I was so busy today I did not have time to check what happened in the discussion in the intranet in the company today.

    Sunrise was nice but not like yesterday. It was warmer though, 6C and we have some nice days ahead, already 18C on the way home, over 20C is forecasted for the next days. Yay!

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    It's been unseasonably warm here. Low 70s in the AM. Low 90s in the PM. We're about to get a crude awakening though when our lows will plunge into the 40s and highs into the 60s. Even though I can do without the humidity that has accompanied this weather, I am not looking forward to the colder temps. I've only had a few commutes in the 50s in the past month or so and am still very much in summer mode.

    My SS has developed an annoying creak. I've eliminated just about everything but the bottom bracket. I fixed up another bike I had sitting around in the garage to ride until I can get the SS back up and running and serve as a winter commuter. I used to commute on it at one point, but the chain rusted out, the cassette was old, and I never got around to fixing it.

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    ^^ I hate creaks. I put a little teflon tape on the threads of the bottom bracket which seems to help.

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    Mtbx, I thought a union was supposed to make things better ^^ or did they trade the day off for a raise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    You're in good company MTXB we work Columbus day too. Although I think they use to say we traded it for the day after Thanksgiving which I prefer.

    We've got some bonus summer days for the next 2. I opened all the windows when I left home because it is supposed to be about 20 degrees warmer outside than it is in our house right now.

    The ride was nice, I pulled the TT bike out for a change. I've been more about hunting mushrooms on my commute than riding fast. I went all out trying to get a KOM and didn't even get in my top 3 times. 391W for 3 miles. I'm going back to hunting mushrooms after today.

    I did find this beauty on the way home. Good eating size.
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    What kind is that?

    Today's commute was better than yesterday, when my chain and front derailleur cage broke. I didn't bother to shift off the small chainring by hand, so my tempo workout on the flat is a refreshing spin fest. Looking forward to the SRAM Force 22 Yaw derailleur coming in the mail... hoping the reports it works with 10 speed are true.

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    Colder today, 48F, but dry this morning. Nice ride. Weatherman is saying we could be in for almost two weeks of nice weather, lows in the 40's highs in the 60's, dry and sunny. I'll take it.

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    Bedwards did you try from the mushroom yet?

    Woodway congrats on your nice weather period, same here now. When does the rain season start in your place?

    Cold and foggy this morning at 4C. Expecting some nice days from now on, at least in the afternoon with temps upto 26C on Saturday. Ride home today was 21C - I can live with that too

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    Yesterday evening was a rule 9 commute...

    40F, pouring rain, and windy. Brrr...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Woodway congrats on your nice weather period, same here now. When does the rain season start in your place?
    A common joke in Seattle is that summer always falls on the last weekend of July and it rains all the other days.

    Another common joke is that there were two tourists standing on a street corner in downtown Seattle in the middle of July and it is pouring rain. They stop a young boy and ask "does it always rain like this here?". The boy answers, "How should I know? I'm only eight".

    In reality, rainy season starts in earnest towards the end of October, with November, December and January being the worst months. At least we rarely get snow...

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    overhere we always say "summer is the best week of the year" . however this summer was an exceptional good one.

    Normally we have june, july and august being the months with the most rain. But you made me think about it thoroughly and I have come to the conclusion that we more have a lot of rainshowers but rarely occoasions where it rains more than an hour or so. So I am able to ride between the showers most of the time. Sounds different than you riding in rain eleven days in a row like you wrote last year :-/
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    Summer gave its one last attempt yesterday. It was a beautiful 80F with sun. Well, sun until it went down. I got in a 20+ mile ride home. How was your commute today?-20181010_183119.jpg
    Well that's over. Cool and rainy today. I actually picked today to take a car and do an errand after work so let it rain.

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    ^^ Sweet ride/photo bedwards!

    Sounds like we are reversed, Dutchman. Our summers are super dry. There was less than 2.5cm of rain here for all of July, August, September and the first part of October.

    Mid-40's for the ride in this morning, but clear. Forecast is mid-60's and sunny for the ride home tonight. Planning to take the long way home again!

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    sweet pic bedwards!

    Nice rides today. 13C already this morning, so put on the sandals already. 21C and sunny on the way home, lovely day. Working from home tomorrow, so no riding planned. 2-3 more days of good weather are forecasted.

    Hope to get in some riding with the kids on Sunday afternoon, we'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b rock View Post
    What kind is that?
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    Bedwards did you try from the mushroom yet?
    Missed this last page when I posted...It is a "Hen of the Woods", Maitake, sheeps head or grifola frondosa. One of my favorite shrooms. It only comes out in the fall and we don't have many in my area. I've been watching this one grow for a week. I harvested it when it was about 5lbs. At that point you risk them going by. I made a Jägerschnitzel with some a few nights ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Missed this last page when I posted...It is a "Hen of the Woods", Maitake, sheeps head or grifola frondosa. One of my favorite shrooms. It only comes out in the fall and we don't have many in my area. I've been watching this one grow for a week. I harvested it when it was about 5lbs. At that point you risk them going by. I made a Jägerschnitzel with some a few nights ago.
    Wow 5 lbs! So meaty and delicious.

    It turns out what I thought was a pinky sprain is a fracture, so my commute is an interesting test of "light hands, heavy feet" when going over the rough spots. No more mtb for me for a few weeks , as I need my digits properly healed ASAP. I hope the hand specialist agrees with the general practitioner and gives the bike commute a

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    ^^ bummer about your finger b rock. Hope you get good news from the doc.

    I've decided that it's not possible for me to judge my speed by how I feel. Tonight riding home I never really felt "in the groove". My legs felt heavy and I just felt like I was riding slow. I get home, sync my GPS with Strava and see that I set 6 new PR's for the ride home. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    ^^ bummer about your finger b rock. Hope you get good news from the doc.

    I've decided that it's not possible for me to judge my speed by how I feel. Tonight riding home I never really felt "in the groove". My legs felt heavy and I just felt like I was riding slow. I get home, sync my GPS with Strava and see that I set 6 new PR's for the ride home. Go figure.
    Better than the opposite side of the coin, for sure--feeling like a god and tumbling back to earth when you discover you were actually slower than normal. I've had that a number of times. On the ride, I'm thinking about how many PRs I'm sure to set on the ride, only to find I didn't even crack my top 3 time on any of the segments.

    Coolest morning of the season so far. It was around 43F. Two days ago, the low was 30 degrees warmer and the high was just under 50 degrees warmer. We're not getting any bad weather from the hurricane, but it seems to have sucked in the colder air in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    Better than the opposite side of the coin, for sure--feeling like a god and tumbling back to earth when you discover you were actually slower than normal. I've had that a number of times. On the ride, I'm thinking about how many PRs I'm sure to set on the ride, only to find I didn't even crack my top 3 time on any of the segments.
    Exactly, see my post from a few days ago, LOL.

    We've been bottoming out right around 40F but it looks like next week we could hit freezing. It's approaching peak foliage season here. Some trees are still all green and some have fully turned. The ride was good and uneventful.

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    Thanks woodway.

    I think an old man took a shot at me, or a squirrel, or something, with a pellet rifle from his porch on my ride home last night. I heard the whiz across the street in front of me of a projectile, and I look over and see him standing there with what looked like a rifle, upright, resting on the porch. I hope I'm wrong, but I called the cops later, just in case... b/c if I wasn't wrong, that is some nutty BS

    True about not being able to tell when you are fast. I'm trying to shift my focus to technique and structured training, where I have some more immediate feedback, but PRs are nice too.

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    ^^Any feedback from reporting it to the cops? Not that I would necessarily expect it. Hopefully it was a squirrel.

    I went on a MTB ride yesterday to the top of a local mountain. Beauty of a day out there.
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    As promised, we hit freezing here this week. The temps seemed to range from the high 20s to the mid 30s depending on which particular weather station was reporting but I'm pretty sure it was in the 20s where I was because it seemed markedly colder than last week.

    This was from this mornings's ride.
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    B rock that is almost to unbelievable to be true

    Nice pics there bedwards. And already freezing temps? Oooff luckily not in sight here.

    Last day of summer. Another day with sun and 22C this afternoon, but tomorrow is supposed to rain and temps are going to drop. Really strange, rode in shorts, tshirt and sandals today while the trees are already throwing off leaves.

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    I had the joy of jump starting my car this morning in the pouring down rain. Miserable weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    ...... but tomorrow is supposed to rain .....

    Hardly posted and the weather forecast changes to sun in the afternoon. Well I'll take it but will also bring the extra pants for just in case.

    Yesterday I gave the rest of my gear a new DWR treatment so rain should be no issue the rest of this winter

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    Nothing from the cops. I hope it was a squirrel and a mix up on my part. I carefully scope that house on my approach during my commute now, but maybe I am paranoid.

    Rides were so nice today, I am doing them twice (I went home due to miscommunication, lol). The weather is perfect mid to high 70s F and I can lay the power down again and use my big chainring since I installed a Force 22 front derailleur to replace my broken Apex front d. on my 2x10 speed commuter. I also adjusted my rear indexing, and lubed my chain.

    Saw the hand surgeon and they upgraded my pinky fracture healing time to 3 months, but gave the OK for riding where I am sure I won't fall, unless I need pins in a week, then all bets are off.

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    Wicked! Warmed up to +16 C by the time I got off work (It was like +4 at 5:05 when I left the apartment for work).

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    Not a great ride in today. I rode this bike 20 miles on Sunday and had not one problem. Today, I started up when my traffic light turned green and slipped the chain about 10 feet into the intersection just when I started to lay the power down. I got a nice, hard gut full of handlebar and had to carry my bike to the side of the road. I'll have to check out my bike to see if I can find any issues with it.

    Also, I must not have tightened my seat collar enough because my seatpost sunk down until it hit the light mount. I felt like a newb out there. Just one of those days, I guess..

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    ^^MMmm gut full of handlebar. Slipped like slipped a tooth? Front or back? It sounds like it is drivetrain upgrade time. My cross bike would sometimes throw the chain off the front under heavy power. I filed down the back side of each tooth on the front chainring where it had warn so it couldn't grab it and it has been good for 2 more years. I have a complete drive train for it ready to go, chain, rings, cassette and pulleys but it is working well right now so I'm going to ride it into the ground. The last time I did that I sold the bike with the new drivetrain on the side, LOL.

    We had 20-40MPH winds overnight. I set my sites on grabbing a KOM on the way in but it had died down to 5-10 and I didn't have the power to make up the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ^^MMmm gut full of handlebar. Slipped like slipped a tooth? Front or back? It sounds like it is drivetrain upgrade time. My cross bike would sometimes throw the chain off the front under heavy power. I filed down the back side of each tooth on the front chainring where it had warn so it couldn't grab it and it has been good for 2 more years. I have a complete drive train for it ready to go, chain, rings, cassette and pulleys but it is working well right now so I'm going to ride it into the ground. The last time I did that I sold the bike with the new drivetrain on the side, LOL.
    Slipped up front. The chain came off. The chainring, cassette, and chain are all new. I'm going to have to inspect it later to see if I can identify any issues.

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    ^^Damn, the other reason I'm not in a hurry to install the new bits. I hate those problems that only happen under load.

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    Nice pic MCHB!

    Sock tomorrow will be better you'll see

    Funny you mention that drivetrain thing bedwards. I was talking bikestuff with a collegue during lunchbreak and he said he also always ride things until it is completely worn.

    I thought there were alot of flies in the air this morning but it turned out to be light rain. Nothing worth mentioning actually. Nice ride home again, made a short route and hit a pothole hidden under leaves. Fall is here.

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    I try to replace the chain before it is too worn out but even when I do, the cassette is almost always warn to the point where the new chain skips. I'm not sure why I am so hard on them. I replace my wife's chain at the same wear level and she never wears out a cassette. I've found that as long as the system wears as a system that it almost never causes problems. I've got about 7000 miles on this bike and it might have had 1000 on it when I got it and I am on the original chainrings. Unless I forgot to enter the last set, Strava says I have 3300 on the chain and cassette which is a lot for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Sock tomorrow will be better you'll see
    Tomorrow, I have to drive for some meetings off-site. Considering that I had to jump start my car twice yesterday, I don't quite know what to expect. I think a new battery is in order, but I won't be able to get that installed before the weekend. I'll just make sure to back in to my space in case I need to bum a jump from a co-worker.

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    Hi folks, some nice pics lately. I am on day 6 of no internet, thanks to ConsolidatedCommunicationsInc, so I have not been keeping up. No worries, they guarantee to have someone take a look by noon on Sunday! On the plus side I did not lose power like many last night in the bad winds, but the ride in was a little more work than usual due to the winds. Low 30sF this morning, now mid 40s for the ride home. The 13 year-old I loaned my Terra to came in 3rd in mens open in the Braintree3, that gravel enduro uphill race - awesome!

    I did some leafblowing on the local trails Saturday, wearing my new trail crew beanie the Millstone Trail Association got us. We have a trail called Angry Gnome and the gnome is kind of the trails' mascot. We also get the T's.
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    ^^ Nice lid MTBX. And even though I don't ride your trails, thanks for the effort to blow them off. It's a highly under-appreciated endeavor.

    Ouch s0ck. Usually a slipping chain is due to a worn chain, cogs or rings, but with a brand new system who knows? I have one of those Park tool $9 chain checkers that I use on a regular basis. As soon as the chain starts to show wear, off it comes and a new one goes on.

    Today was my first commute of the week...I worked at home monday and went mountain biking. Tuesday and yesterday I did my civic duty and reported for Jury Duty (I even got picked to serve on a jury). Back to "normal" today...still nice weather here, about 45F and clear riding in this morning, supposed to be close to 70F for the ride home tonight.

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    I am getting a whole different impression of you guys overseas. I always thought they all have a "work or die" kind of attitude and never thought that there are people going into the woods to clean trails or take care of someone else or caring about the community. And congrats for the 13y old that got 3rd place on a bike that he's riding for the first time. He must have lots of talent! So well done and a big thumbs up for you MTBx and Woodway!

    Today was a whole different day of riding. This morning it was 12C but dark and foggy. I made a detour on the way home and it was, well let me say, "almost epic". Windstill, almost clear sky, low sun combined with the colors and smell of fall. Really loved it

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    Nice hat MTXB.
    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    I am getting a whole different impression of you guys overseas. I always thought they all have a "work or die" kind of attitude and never thought that there are people going into the woods to clean trails or take care of someone else or caring about the community. And congrats for the 13y old that got 3rd place on a bike that he's riding for the first time. He must have lots of talent! So well done and a big thumbs up for you MTBx and Woodway!
    Amazing isn't it! I'm on the board that manages this trail system, all volunteers. https://libbyhill.org/trails/trail-maps/

    I ended up riding in with my wife this mornings. Usually our schedules don't align. It was below freezing which was expected. But it started snowing on the way in. That wasn't expected. Luckily it didn't accumulate where we were because we were on road bikes. Just 10miles north it had covered the ground.

    Right now there is about a 20MPH headwind for my ride home. It's supposed to die down some. Hope so.

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    Very good bedwards. Wish you calm weather on the ride home!

    2 pics of the ride home:
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    It was much better being there live...

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    There's not much for passing room on that bike path but it looks like it would be fun to ride (alone).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post

    I ended up riding in with my wife this mornings. Usually our schedules don't align. It was below freezing which was expected. But it started snowing on the way in. That wasn't expected. Luckily it didn't accumulate where we were because we were on road bikes. Just 10miles north it had covered the ground.

    Right now there is about a 20MPH headwind for my ride home. It's supposed to die down some. Hope so.
    Eek indeed. GL on the headwind.

    Maybe when my kids can walk themselves to school my wife and I could share part of our bike commute. I love that idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Nice hat MTXB.
    Amazing isn't it! I'm on the board that manages this trail system, all volunteers. https://libbyhill.org/trails/trail-maps/
    I used to lead a group of locals that took care of a 14 miles trail system in a county park near where I lived. As a group we put in over 1000 hours of trail work in 2016 (my last full year of leading the group). I personally blew the leaves off those trails for over ten years which is why I am so appreciative of MTBX's efforts!

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    First sticking snow this morning! 25F & crazy wind, but I had borrowed my friend's truck and drove it in to return it. Riding home, it should be around freezing and the winds have died down.
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    Coldest morning of the season so far. 35F and clear. Not a bad commute. My chain hiccuped out back when I was pedaling out of the saddle. Other than that, the drivetrain has been smooth. I guess that's possibly a clue as to why the chain might have derailed earlier in the week. The problem is super sporadic. I'll check the chain and verify the derailleur hanger isn't bent at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    First sticking snow this morning! 25F & crazy wind, but I had borrowed my friend's truck and drove it in to return it. Riding home, it should be around freezing and the winds have died down.
    Snow! It's only mid-October. Be safe going home!

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    Coldest morning of the season so far. 35F and clear. Not a bad commute. My chain hiccuped out back when I was pedaling out of the saddle. Other than that, the drivetrain has been smooth. I guess that's possibly a clue as to why the chain might have derailed earlier in the week. The problem is super sporadic. I'll check the chain and verify the derailleur hanger isn't bent at all.
    If it wasn't for your all new components I would say worn chain or sprockets for sure. Hiccup like it skipped or was trying to shift?

    44F and clear this morning. No wind. Nice ride in. Hoping to get a good Mountain Bike ride in this weekend while the good weather holds. Have a good weekend everyone.

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    Skipping chain can be lots of things. Bent chain link, too loose axle or spoke tension too low. All of them could make the chain skip/jump when standing on the pedales. The wheel is bending and then the cassette is not aligned with the chain anymore. Just some ideas, good luck finding the real cause.

    2C this morning but fairly good weather today.

    The best is yet to come. My son noticed a big box delivered today but is visiting a friend now. He is about to come home to find out that the box contained a (used) 24" Cube MTB for him with a suspension fork, 2x10 drivetrain and tektro auriga hydro disc brakes. Just put it together and the bike is really in very good shape. I only tensioned the rear der cable a bit to adjust the shifting.

    Cant wait to see his face when he comes home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    If it wasn't for your all new components I would say worn chain or sprockets for sure. Hiccup like it skipped or was trying to shift?
    It felt like the chain popped off a cog and popped back on, and I hadn't shifted in a while.

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Skipping chain can be lots of things. Bent chain link, too loose axle or spoke tension too low. All of them could make the chain skip/jump when standing on the pedales. The wheel is bending and then the cassette is not aligned with the chain anymore. Just some ideas, good luck finding the real cause.
    I don't think it's the axle or spoke tension. I haven't re-examined the chain to see if any of the links are stiff or anything like that. It's hard to work on it with it getting dark so early. I've just been taking accelerations a little easier, and it's been OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Cant wait to see his face when he comes home.
    He should have an ear to ear smile when he sees that!

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    I've just been taking accelerations a little easier, and it's been OK.
    What's the fun in that. Sometimes you can get a stiff link with a shimano chain when you push the master pin in if it squeezes the plates together. Otherwise I would doubt it with a new chain. If you are in the small ring torquing the crank may bend it enough so the chain may be trying to climb one of the shift ramps. Since they aren't worn down they may have more bite than the old drivetrain which would explain why it is a new problem. I don't envy you troubleshooting a drivetrain problem that only happens under load.

    Good mountain bike commute today. It is amazingly dark at 6:00 these days.

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    Bedwards, yes he's home and asleep now. He came in, stopped in the middle of a sentence, jaw dropped, face brightened up: a neeeeww biiike!! We went for a short ride, mainly to get the saddle height right and to get used to the shifting. New bike got triggers instead of a twister shifter. And he almost went otb, so now he knows the power of hydro discs.

    Sockeyeus good luck solving the issues with the bike. Try tomorrow during the day, is much easier.

    Have nice weekend everyone!

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    Damp but not raining. A bear must have been out and about last night along my route because two garbage cans were knocked over and strewn about. On the way home I biked along the river bank on the sand and shmoo for a change in scenery!

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    MCHB, that sound like a nice commute, have you seen any bears on it before?

    Cyclingdutchman, that looks like a reallty fun ride for your son!

    It warmed up here, a nice sunny fall day Friday, around 50F by the ride home. A state trooper totaled his cruiser a few towns away on a snowy icy road Thursday, so that was a legit first snow. Also, Killington ski area opened - of course they also make snow, getting ready for the World Cup https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Sk...498023951.html.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    MCHB, that sound like a nice commute, have you seen any bears on it before? .
    Nope (thankfully!) People have spotted them wandering around town a few times though!

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    Well, I was told not to ride back in July. (I kept reading here, though, Proxy riding!) Two hospital visits (August & Sept) and 4 stents later I got a week off anything but walking then two weeks of cardio therapy in, I decided it was nice enough to ride again and had a feel for my new limits. Got a slow leak so called it at 30 minutes. I sure am slow! (I have not checked in with the cardio nurses on this excursion. I will see what they say Monday!)

    The weather channel still lies about windspeed: Nine to eleven miles per hour? Maybe in the calmer moments and funneled by trees and houses a consistent 20 mph with gusts to maybe 30! Pants on fire!

    No deadline to get home (or to work), other than to arrive living and breathing so more like a lifeline? Anyway, not sure what my target pulse should be. At 64 I measured my max heart rate at 177 BPM a bit above the age estimate 0f (220-64=156), and my pre-rising pulse was at 50. I could roll all day at 135-140 and might hit 160 up steeper short climbs or longer smaller inclines into the wind with no recovery issues. It's a lot of hours on the bike to get close to that again. Looks like take it easy, push a little but not a lot, and let things return to a new norm.

    As to cycling delaying or minimizing CHD, that is well demonstrated. BUT! It is not a free pass. My paying attention to chest pain (angina) after hills that went away in a minute or so then on the fourth hill the reading of 180 that soon climbed to 235 on my heart monitor was another clue. I did not have breathing issues, nor the other symptoms listed. Likely saved my life. The widow maker was blocked in the bottom 1/3 to 1% (it was single file for the RBC's!. (Well there's your problem!) So I expect to ride faster once things settle in.

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    My BIL was a third degree black belt, naturalist, woodsman, a trim 145, an expert in Japanese history, and professor of mathematics who died of a heart attack at age 42, so fit young men and women are struck down early in spite of being fit. Remember the 5 signs. I like reading of your cycling exploits!

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    ^^ Good to hear you have been able to get out, sorry to hear of the hospital time logged. I hope you enjoy many many more miles of pedaling, taking it easy feels great when it gets you back on the bike. We had some wicked winds here too this week, at the courthouse it looked like the POW flag was going to get ripped off the pole. Then 10 minutes later strangely calm.

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    ^^ Good I rode when I did 40-50 mph with 80 mph gusts hit just before sunset. Going to need to rake the yard tomorrow!

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    ^^^Hey BrianMc, good to hear you are back on the bike!

    I got out for a great gravel ride over the weekend. I'm really happy I opted for my mountain bike vs. my gravel bike - even through I was on a gravel "road", parts were so rough and chunky that there is no way I could have climbed it without being on a mountain bike.

    No commute today, working from home.

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    Hi BrianMC! Nice to hear from you. Apparently you had a rough time but good to hear you are doing better now. And dont overreact now that you can ride again ok?

    Nice Pics Woodway! From the pics it doesnt seem like such a rough ride as you describe...

    Fall weather here. Windy today and light rain this morning, but the Windstopper stuff was sufficient.

    Made the first MTB tour with my son and his new 24" bike on Saturday. It turned into a 18km/11m loop with ~300m/1000ft of climbing. On the steeper climbs we both had to walk the bike, on the less steep parts he was faster than me. He is 7 and the bike weighs about half of his body weight....I definitely am not the MTBiker I used to be. On some climbs I remember I rode them 10 years ago with ~15kph, now it was only 5kph until I had to get off the bike and walk.....

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    About 28F for the ride in, not a bad ride, just rushed when I got to work as I had to change and grab stuff for a meeting and get downtown, where they have been busy putting a new layer of gold leaf on the capitol dome and also replacing the statue of Ceres (Agriculture goddess) from the top of the dome. She was wooden and had been carved by the statehouse janitor 80 years ago, so she had rotted out. Here’s an AP story from a CA paper, with the new one being sculpted https://www.sanluisobispo.com/entert...220012905.html Has anyone tried the BIRD scooters? There were a bunch downtown, I guess you check them out with a phone app. I wonder if they would make the mile uphill back to work.

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    -2C this morning...I find it quietly amusing that everyone shows up to work all bundled up and warm and there I am sitting in a run of the mill carhartt shirt with a t shirt over-top and denim pants with sweat pouring down my face lol. Weather was gorgeous after work; came home, showered and soldier marched directly to the ICBC and hemorrhaged money. I can get my truck out of the impound lot later this week so I figured I'd better pay the first fine and get that over with (4 weeks after the fact!)... I can't get my license back for another two months but my winter work stuff is in my truck (along with my soft shell north face coat that I've used for biking in colder temperatures in the past!) I've had people ask me at work "Aren't you afraid of the cold?" , "Nope."

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Nice Pics Woodway! From the pics it doesnt seem like such a rough ride as you describe...
    I was too busy trying to get through the rough spots to stop and take pics. At one point, I stopped at a narrow bit of road to let a truck crawl down...the gentleman rolled down his window and said "you'll probably have to walk your bike up ahead, the road is in really bad shape". I did not walk my bike, but I sure worked hard!

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Has anyone tried the BIRD scooters? There were a bunch downtown, I guess you check them out with a phone app. I wonder if they would make the mile uphill back to work.
    They banned e-scoooters here. Too many issues with people riding them like idiots.

    42F and foggy this morning. Uneventful commute.

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    Hah woodway that sounds interesting.

    eventful commutes today. Lots of wind, rain and leafs flying around everywhere. 10C all day but will have to get out the shoe covers tomorrow. Too much cold air blowing into my shoes and pants...

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    Wet ride last night and this morning. Warmer this morning at 50F/10C. No wind for me, unlike you Dutchman.

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    Today was calmer and dry. Nevertheless I wore the shoecovers today and will do so from now on. Rain coming back tomorrow anyway apparently...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    .....

    Rain coming back tomorrow anyway apparently...

    ......and it did. It started with drizzle at home but soon turned into real rain. Windstopper clothing started to leak at the end, had wet spots on my elbows and knees. Ride home was dry but windy. Rode the second half with a coworker this morning, he caught up with me at a traffic light and said he recognised me in the dark from far away, because "no one else has so much reflective stuff on his clothes and bike"

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    The sky was awesome this morning. My commute is almost completely dark now, but there was a dark purple glow in the clouds. On mornings like this, I'm pretty happy to be traveling east.

    My Radbot 1000 has started to turn off during my ride. It turned off twice this morning, which kind of sucks. Maybe I should have a second light on glow just in case. At least the Radbot has a reflector, which gives a better chance of being seen when the light is off, but that's not ideal.

    I haven't had any drivetrain issues after making a couple small adjustments. I'm crossing my fingers I don't have any more issues.

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    A bit of a headwind on the way in, but I left early enough that it didn't matter. Amazingly, it was still blowing in the same direction on the way home for an unusual tailwind! Hovered around 29F both ways, so a bit brisk with the wind (>10mph with gusts over 20). A noisy sports car coming in from a parking lot on the right saw me at the last second and stopped halfway into the road; I pedaled around the nose and waved, and he might have apologized (not sure what he said).

    Yesterday I skipped the commute to do a night trail ride before the trail system closes for hunting season (deer rifle season). It was fun, so different in the dark, even with a good light. We heard a barred owl call quite close, and then the lead rider was surprised by a big porcupine in the trail (it was also surprised and I got to see it run off). I had a couple step-offs and the wet snowy leaves were much harder to navigate on foot, super slickery. It had snowed an inch or so that morning.

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    Well, from the tenor of the posts you can tell winter is on the way!

    Good to hear your drivetrain is OK s0ck. I really enjoy night riding as well MTBX. It's really a different and fun vibe.

    This mornings ride was a real soaker, but warm at 55F. My normally quiet route was full of cars this morning! I could not figure out why until I got closer to my office and my route parallel's the interstate highway as it goes through downtown Bellevue. A semi had tangled with a car, hit a lightpole, jackknifed and caught fire. The semi was blocking the northbound lanes of the freeway and the lightpole was down across the southbound lanes. Flashing lights everywhere when I rode by. What a mess! These are the days when I am especially happy to be a bike commuter...

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    I always like riding in the dark too .looks like we are all the same kind of people.

    It rained again this morning but this time I eas well prepared. Put on the rain jacket and stuffed the rainpants in the pannier just in case. Made my detour to the farmers market and it rained again, but not enough to justify puttingon the hardshellpants.

    Wish you all a nice weekend.

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    Rain all day today. I drove my car, even though I had to jump it this morning and will likely have to jump it again this afternoon. I need to get a new car battery this weekend. Next weekend, I'm going to a mountain bike festival.

    I emailed PDW after getting fed up with my Radbot shutting down mid-commute. It looks like they'll be able to get a new one to me under warranty, which is awesome. I should be able to limp along until the new one arrives.

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    41 degrees. Wore a new columbia fleece that offered no wind resiatance. Big mistake. I'll learn eventually. Great, pieceful night though. Looking forward to the morning home. Not a soul out at 7 am on a cold saturday in new england. Road to myself!! Hope I beat the rain. Tons of birds out. Normally the roads are littered with squirrels Lately. Wierd. Go south already!!

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    Fattycommuter, windproof clothing is where it all starts....hope you didnt catch a cold or something?

    Up to me to start the new week apparently. The time shift didnt get into my head yet so I got up early and still started in the dark. Had a long day at work so I rode home in the dark too. Cold and windy today. I put on the winter tires on Saturday and did not put enough air in, so the combination of soft tires and headwind made me slow. Aired up when I got home so tomorrow should be better.

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    Hey all, I'm checking in after vaca. I spent last week in Utah hiking and biking. I'll post some pics sometime. It is amazing out there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fattycommuter View Post
    41 degrees. Wore a new columbia fleece that offered no wind resiatance. Big mistake. I'll learn eventually. Great, pieceful night though. Looking forward to the morning home. Not a soul out at 7 am on a cold saturday in new england. Road to myself!! Hope I beat the rain. Tons of birds out. Normally the roads are littered with squirrels Lately. Wierd. Go south already!!
    Another New England commuter to commiserate with! Welcome to the group. But squirrels going south? Have you been in the area long, they are around all winter.

    I brought a cold back with me, crossed back and forth 3 time zones and took a red-eye flight so I wanted nothing more than sleep this morning. And it was raining... so I brought the car. Maybe tomorrow I'll get in the swing of things.

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    I felt kind of slow this morning, perhaps due to my second-place finish yesterday in the Barre Bombers 16" wheel downhill MTB race I'm in yellow.
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    Amazing, 80 degrees today and tomorrow snow is forecast. We already had one snow earlier this month, then temps climbed steadily until this weekend when they were back in the upper 70's.

    After that first snow and some subsequent rain, I finally got around to installing some clip on fenders.

    I haven't gotten around to trying the studded tires to see if they'll fit in this new frame. The last few winters I was spoiled, I had the Motobecane setup for studded tired and the old Red bike setup for good weather. Had to cannibalize the Motobecane when I built the Macho Man. If the tires won't fit, I'll just put them on my MTB. It's not like I can ride real fast in the snow and ice anyway.

    I have been lucky in that with both my boys now in High School, I don't have to take turns driving them to school and can ride the bike to work 5 days a week if the legs are willing.

    Will let you know how it goes tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Hey all, I'm checking in after vaca. I spent last week in Utah hiking and biking. I'll post some pics sometime.
    Welcome back! Do tell on the vacation! Where did you go? Awesome riding down there.

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    I felt kind of slow this morning, perhaps due to my second-place finish yesterday in the Barre Bombers 16" wheel downhill MTB race I'm in yellow.
    Hah, very cool MTBX, good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by z1r View Post
    I have been lucky in that with both my boys now in High School, I don't have to take turns driving them to school and can ride the bike to work 5 days a week if the legs are willing.

    Will let you know how it goes tomorrow.
    Good luck z1r!

    48F, partly cloudy and dry today. Nice commute in. Uneventful, the best kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    I felt kind of slow this morning, perhaps due to my second-place finish yesterday in the Barre Bombers 16" wheel downhill MTB race I'm in yellow.
    Hey the guy on the end is cheating. Those aren't 16". Downhill race, it must be kind of like Red Bull Rampage but different. 2nd place...NICE!

    We went to Zion National Park and the surrounding area. I did about 20 miles of hiking and a 20 mile ride one day. More details to follow, sometime. Here are a few teaser pics.
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    I got up and didn't feel like going to work much less riding to work with my cold. But I put on my big boy panties and rode anyway. I guess I'm glad I did. The fresh (33 degree) air can't hurt, right?

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    Heya folks, some nice posts here.

    MTBX: You got snow already?! That pink bike is a 12" right? Reminds me of the kids' first bike. The youngest now rides 16" too so we sold that one. How many participated btw?

    Nice pics bedwards! Cant wait to see more!

    Drizzle this morning. Forgot to put my gloves on the heating so they were still damp when I put them on for the ride home. Quite windy today, ~15kts, and will remain so for the rest of the week.

    No riding tomorrow, will work from home. But will check in here to read about all your adventures.
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    I found out that the other reason I felt slow is that air was leaking from the rear tire. Limped in by stopping to pump up a few times, and changed the tube after work, inside in the warmth and light. Miraculously I had the right tube, sometimes I space when I switch bikes. The cause was a tiny piece of wire that I had to pull out with pliers.
    Around freezing both ways and a bit windy.

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    ^^I dedicate a small seat bag for each bike with the right tube for the bike. There is no way I am responsible enough to swap the tubes in my pack for the right one every day.

    Last nights ride had a great sunset and this morning had a great sunrise. I'm still battling a cold or something but maybe it is a little better today. Or I am just getting use to it.
    Around freezing both ways and a bit windy.

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    Morning all. Easy ride in this morning. Light rain but almost 60 degrees!??! On November 1! Supposed to be warm and rainy going home this afternoon. These warm temps and rain make layering selection difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    ....These warm temps and rain make layering selection difficult.....
    especially when you don't know whether it will rain or not.

    First morning ride in daylight since some time. For that first ride home in complete darkness. Luckily the wind calmed down a bit, that was nice. Somehow on the first part of the route there was a lot of traffic jam which I can avoid since there is a MUP. Second half of the ride was unusually busy with people trying to avoid the traffic jam, thus causing a second one. Luckily there was some space for me to ride past traffic safely. Must have had a lot of jealous looks today

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Luckily there was some space for me to ride past traffic safely. Must have had a lot of jealous looks today
    I always enjoy riding past long lines of stopped traffic too!

    We change over to standard time in most of the US this weekend. Mornings are already dark for me, so I'll be dark both ways starting next week...

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    I always enjoy riding past long lines of stopped traffic too!
    I call that trafficsfaction.

    No ride for me today and probably not tomorrow either. Still Sick.

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    halloween eve commute home prob wasnt brightest idea. Wierd traffic jam patterns, ambulance going by, oncomming Leaf turning in front of me despite my blazing headlight, pickup truck cuttin in from side street on right close enough that i could have grabbed onto bed and get a tow. Weather was good but my time to get home was slower due to all the wierdness. Also hitting twilight now.

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    This is a strange week. I only managed 1 commute. I was off Monday. Commuted Tuesday. Skipped Wednesday and Thursday because of rain (and I agreed to transport up my co-worker who's had a bad streak of luck lately). I drove again today because I'm going to a mountain bike event all weekend and want to get home ASAP to pack and hang out with my family a bit before leaving. How do people drive to work every day? My body is screaming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I call that trafficsfaction.

    No ride for me today and probably not tomorrow either. Still Sick.
    trafficsfaction - I like that! Hope you feel better soon bedwards.

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    How do people drive to work every day? My body is screaming.
    I'm with you s0ck. If I had to drive to work everyday...well life would just suck.

    This morning's ride had the three W's: Warm, Wet and Windy. Happy Friday everyone. Have a good weekend.

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    Hey Bedwards, get well soon. I think I am getting a cold too, my throat is sore and have to cough sometimes. I hope it wont get worse.

    Trafficsfaction sounds good too and fits the description well

    Nice rides today. I rode in late and because of that I left early so both rides were in daylight. The ride home was even sunny, a lovely day for this time of year. And I am growing a ringbeard because my coworkers and I are participating in "movember" and I notice already that it isolates pretty well...maybe something for the entire winter.

    I am also on the edge of buying a new bike, found a good deal on this one:
    https://www.merida-bikes.com/en_gb/b...300-10627.html

    It is in stock in a store in town and will check it out tomorrow. I found a good deal with 33% off somewhere online and since they offer a price guarantee, they already assured me the same price. It is pretty much exactly what I want in specs, it only doesnt have thru-axles but normal QR skewers. I like that because I probably want to mount my other front wheel with the dynamohub, so I can power my phone on longer rides. But we'll see when I get there tomorrow.

    Wish you all a good weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    .............I am also on the edge of buying a new bike, found a good deal on this one:
    https://www.merida-bikes.com/en_gb/b...300-10627.html
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    New Bike Day here!
    So I went to the store, rode it a while around the shop and bought it. They gave me some nice pedals along with it as well, although it was on discount already. I was surprised to find Jagwire KEB-SL cables on the brakes, that's really good. I just got it home and swapped the saddle and adjusted the bar, now its good to go for a first ride. Brakes and gears were already adjusted and when turning over the stem I found all bolts greased very well. All in all I think I made good buy here. And it's a long time since I have bought a brand new bike....

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    ^^^ Nice looking ride Dutchman! Congratulations. Pics and a commute report when you can!

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    Thx woodway, I will. Unfortunately my slumbering cold beat my resistance today and hit me hard, will probably have to call in sick for a few days :-/ so the commute report will have to wait some.

    I already found out that the PM bb7 do not fit the flatmount fork will try some more bedding in and I have a pair of unused b01s pads that I could try otherwise.

    I also ordered a pair of schwalbe hurricanes in 42-622 and a venturemax bar in 46cm, the same that I have on my other bike. The stock bar is horrible, narrow on the hoods and really hurts in the drops...the hurricanes will be a tight fit with little room to spare, but I would send them back in worst case.

    Bedwards I hope you are better already?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Bedwards I hope you are better already?
    Not quite but I may be turning a corner. The symptoms changed from sore throat to sinus infection to fever and then exhaustion. The first week I hiked around 10 miles/day, last week I made 2 bike commutes to work (which is really low for me). And this weekend I barely had energy to sit on the couch. I took today off because I couldn't imagine it would be good for me to attempt it. I haven't been down for this long in years.

    Anyway, nice looking new ride! I haven't had a new bike day in over a year(which is really low for me) Too bad you are too sick to enjoy it.

    S0ck, I'm beginning to understand driving to work all too well. I'll probably take another rest day tomorrow when it is supposed to pour and hopefully feel well enough on Wednesday.

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    Good to hear your feeling a little better bedwards.

    I had to go to an early meeting yesterday over in Seattle so I had to drive my car. I hated it.

    Back on my bike today. 45F, wet roads, lot's of slipperly leaves on the ground this morning. All is right again with the world today.

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    "It's quiet...too quiet".

    It was quite a soaker riding home last night. Reminded me that I need to Nikwax my jacket.

    This morning was dry and 43F and an uneventful ride.

    The roads have really emptied of cyclists and the bike room at the office is back down to the winter hard-core's. Guess that means fall has officially arrived.

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    First day back in the saddle after a weekend full of riding and 2 days off work recuperating. I mountain biked over 43 miles of some pretty tough trail on Saturday (27.5 miles) and Sunday (16 miles). Either my tire pressure was a little low on the way to work this morning or I'm still more worn out than I thought.

    I received a warranty replacement light from PDW. It sucks my previous light would turn off for no reason, but the response by PDW was more than satisfactory. They processed my warranty and shipped in the same day, and I received the light two days later. Can't complain with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    "It's quiet...too quiet".
    Do you feel like you are talking to yourself?

    Sounds like some good riding last weekend S0ck!

    I'm still only feeling about 68.2% normal but I got out on the bike anyway. Can you say slow! I'm glad I did though, it was a fantastic morning for a ride and probably the last one like that until spring. I also found a few pounds of oyster mushrooms just growing on a tree in the woods waiting to be picked. Fall mushrooms are the best because the bugs have started leaving them alone. So, I saved 4 bucks on gas today and found 12 bucks worth of food, pretty cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Do you feel like you are talking to yourself?
    My best conversations

    Good to hear you are slowly on the mend bedwards.

    Turned cold here all of a sudden with temps hovering near freezing and dense fog. Ice Patrol for sure. Supposed to be sunny and 50 for the ride home. I hope so!

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    It is quiet here. Hi Woodway!

    I'm up to 75% capacity. I took the road bike in turned out a 19mph average on the way in but that was top speed. I know I need to take a car home so I didn't reserve anything. The day wasn't quite as nice as yesterday but more fall appropriate. Crisp cool blustery temperatures.

    Not much else to report. Maybe I'll get to the pictures this weekend.

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    Hey All, just checking in. Been ridiculously busy lately.

    Hope all of you get over your colds soon. Nothing worse.

    I woke up dead tired today. I rode my gravel bike on the local MTB trails on Sunday which took a lot out of my legs. Rode to work every day but today. Still haven't adjusted to the stoopid time change. Forgot to wash my gear last night and being so tired was enough to convince me to drive today. Temps in the low 20's and when I got to work a few snowflakes started falling. Looks like I picked a good day to take the cage.

    Lately it seems the drivers around here have gotten worse. With the time change in effect, I am getting home after sundown. With the cold front rolling in last night it was pretty dark when I got to my street. We have a "T" intersection midway up my block with a stop sign. I had my headlight on flash mode and it will light up reflective signs a couple hundred yards away. Idiot driver runs the stop sign and stops inches away from me, then hollers, "couldn't see you!" The only way you couldn't see the headlight is if your eyes are closed. Maybe he was napping in his self driving car? :-)

    Down to 450 miles to go. Yay!

    Stay warm and healthy!

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    Dutchman, congrats on the new ride! It looks fast. Which model# did you get? It's hard to believe but I have already put 2,000 miles on the Macho Man I built this summer.

    I like the dynamo front hub idea. Is your's compatible with disc brakes?

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    Hi z1R and all,

    Yes I am doing better by now. Because of the cold and coughing, I could not sleep very well the last 5 days so I got sleep deprivation on top of it :-/ But I have the feeling it is getting better today.

    So I got the "basic" model cyclocross 300. It is spec'd quite ok, the only thing not on the "highest" standard is that is still has the old-school QR axles. But I wanted that actually to keep it simple in case I want to get a 2nd wheel set or a front wheel with dynohub - Shimano still doesnt have thru-axle models in their lineup. I want this bike to become my summer-weather-commuter and for some bikepacking experiments. I intend to sew some simpler bags myself and I am thinking about getting a seatpost mounted rack (like the Topeak MTX rack) to strap a drybag on it. Since I will be experimenting first, I dont want to invest in expensive bags from Apidura, Revelate & Co. I will probably start experimenting with some 90gr/sq.m tent floor that I still have around.

    I already swapped the saddle because I had that one in the parts bin. Also the rest of the parts arrived the last days, it will get:
    -a new bar, Ritchey Venturemax Comp 46cm
    -Cinelli cork gel bartape, wrapped double
    -new tires: Schwalbe Hurricane 42-622 (I guesstimate they will fit)
    -Spoke reflectors
    -a bell
    -SKS bottle holders Topcage (as on the other bike)
    -Speedometer Sigma Alti 14.12 (as on the other bike)
    -Saddle SQLab 602 Active (as on the other bike)
    -Lezyne Pump and bottlecage mount (high pressure version)
    -Bar Extender for phonemount, lights etc.

    In the shop they already mounted flat pedals with antiskid surface. I wanted good hold but no pins.

    Except for the tires and pedals, all parts are known to me since they are on the other bike as well.

    Concerning a dynohub, I would like to get one but I think the wider flange will make it collide with the brake actuator arm. On my other bike I have a 203mm rotor on the front wheel, so no issues there but I am not sure if the fork would handle such a big rotor and it is also out of warranty. I dont want to end up with a screwed up fork someday.

    I guess somewhere next week I will be done and will have some pics of the complete setup.

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