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Old thread: >>1936689

Looks to be a beautiful autumn. You have no excuses.
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My wife makes a great soup from these white, flat pumpkins. Had them several times this summer.
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Biked all the way to my nearest conservation trails for a shakedown on my new derailleur and handlebar setup, only to have my rear saddle adjustment bolt (30yo aluminum kek) shear off before I even got to my favourite trail. Still a nice time overall :)
Oh fucks sake, sorry for sideways image
And I forget to attach a new one wow, forgive my retardation.
I'm flirting with the idea of using a MX-style bar with ~4 in rise on my Rocky. Yours looks great, is there a picture of the whole bike?
Sure is. I'd say grab one to try it out because a lot of them are relatively cheap. So far they're my favorite style of bar I've used because I can get them nice and tall and wide, but retain a lot of rigidity with the cross bar. This one's the Emgo Scrambles bar.
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They're surprisingly difficult to find in Europe.
I imported a Fairdale from Australia for a build of mine a while back, but I refuse to shell out this kind of money for a bar ever again, haha.
Oh damn really? Have you tried actual motorcycle parts shops? I figured this kinda thing would be universal because motorcycles are everywhere but perhaps not
I did, they tend to be too large and massive for bicycles. But I'm always on the lookout.
Ah gotcha, these ones are motorcycle bars but spec wise they're almost identical to my Surly bars, just a little more rise and sweep. Best of luck on the search anon!
Thank you
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,,,checkuparking lot.,they bring equipmentome.,
,inspect my "shotgun wounds,,,healed up great!,
,,,,8th lunghole?,losing trackeep mesane.,
,,lack ofeeling is good forthis.,Doc isimpressed.
oh fuck, Bacon, what happened?
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lungflats,,,last month.,month before,,,,7 monthsago.,
firstime just pumpit up,,second repump but goes flat while still in hospital so glueit back(they used talcom powder),,last week used 2inch woodscrews-that will holdit forsure!,
,,,care gets BetterandBetter!,its like a vacation!,only better!,cuteys wash!customfoods!highcity windows view,and now they needle my feets! like i care!,,,,bring a scapple and just slashit over a bucket!,,,arm needleshell is gone!
,,surgerys are FAKE?,NO discomfort?,im just gulible and thinkits good!
,,,,addvantage of Quadraplegia,,cut into ribs,,,YAWNNN.,
,,limos have nothing on my rides!
,,,,,and costis,,,,,, FREE!
,amazed howmany people know me"Your that tard who waves at everyone, I know you!have a cookie!"
All the best with your recovery, bro.
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I'm glad riding improves your life :) take it easy
>who waves at everyone
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>Road is "bicycle-friendly" according to google maps
>Get yelled by drivers to go on the sidewalk when riding on it
Shoot them through their rear window. Bonus points if their kids are in the car.
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had a lot of fun riding what was most definitely not meant to be a bike-able trail
>not meant to be a bike-able trail
those are the best kind
>,amazed howmany people know me"Your that tard who waves at everyone, I know you!have a cookie!"
lmao, I know this feel, cheers Bacon
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fortyearstoday,,,,40 yearsago was RICH,CHAD,signed lease with 3 fellow pilots to lease a Cessna jet for December,,,,life BOOMING!,
,then thathill snuckup onme! //////////////BLAM!!
,,,,,instant POOR,CRIPPLE,,,,still a touchad.,
,gotrike firsthing out of rehab,,,,has beeen a lifesaver!,
,,,whata journey its been!,you people wouldnt belive the things ive seen?!
Riding on loose gravel into a headwind is one of the most miserable things, so slow. This is the time of year they push up the edges of the gravel roads into the middle making the gravel deep, the flat part narrower and the edges sloped. Normally after the roads are graded there is a firm spot at the edge, but the edge is pretty soft at the moment.

Below freezing temperatures coming next week. I should get my fat bike out of the basement and see if its ready for the season. I think the bottom bracket is getting a bit rusty, but it moves enough I should be able to just add grease.
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nice fork
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>.08 mph and 1 second off a KOM today
>got #3 for the segment
>usually go out for ride for a few hours in the afternoon
>get back and quickly shower
>sit down and relax
>watch some anime and eat a bit of food
>look at clock
>it's already 2200

Time seems to crawl by before my ride then after, it's gone in a blink. Everything I did before my ride doesn't even feel like it was in the same day. I hate it so fucking much.
A few nice days left before it gets cold and I'm stuck doing yard work.
skill issue
I know exactly what you're describing, guess I'm not the only one. I found going for a ride in the morning helped with it but I can't always do that and if I do ride in the afternoon or evening, it feels like a different day. I also get depressed and irritable if I don't ride.
>been practicing stoppies
>about to roll up to a pizza place
>lots of people dining outside
>me in my head: "perfect time to practice a stoppie"
>go too hard
>almost over the bar
>jump off
>nuts land on stem/toptube
>scream "ow my nuts"
>everybody laughs
I perfected my stoppie today, frends, soon I will be unstoppieble
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Pretty cold and really windy today. At least I got my miles in. Longest ride yet with the clipless, felt pretty good not having to stop as frequently as my weekday routing demands but my feet felt a little funny a bit afterwards. Maybe I had the toe box cinched a bit too tight.
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>"ow my nuts"
i rode the tour de bronx in nyc on sunday. the route was about 44 miles, 55 miles door to door for me. pretty good ride, could have been marked and marshalled a bit better. there were several crashes and one pile-up of rapha-clad roadies at a choke point. lots of scenic and absolutely bucolic views, which i tried to enjoy on the move. definitely going to take this route on my own time for pictures soon.
orchard beach is pretty
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this is an electric recumbent cargo trike driven by one of the support mechanics. it had solar panels and it's trailer was designed as a semi-permanent piece of the trike - not attached by a hitch, more of a pivot point with the frame of the trike and trailer sort've acting as one unit.
looks cool, but
>it avoids both climbs to the left, which are probably mild af anyway.
seems like they'd want to include them .
the parkland on the coast is probably pretty cool. show us some pics soon
It's not that kind of ride. The only organized ride in the city that doesn't avoid climbs like the plague is the GFNY which is hated by both dutch karens (OMG lance armstrong lycra louts!!~~!!) and freds (ugh but it's not a REAL race because you don't need a license!~!!) so basically the only people who participate are the kind of jerks who think fun is ok.
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I love this weather. A nice shower afterwards, fresh clothes and a hot, black cock- I mean coffee.
Fall ain't so bad.
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>single wall rims
>triple crank
>square taper
>threaded headset
>cantilever brakes
>aliexpress frame bag
>pedal reflectors
>the cheapest tyres you could find
>Vans® meme grips
>whatever the fuck those fenders are
should have thrown it in the river lmao
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Anon, don't upset me so.
Looking cozy mate.

Is this a list of based things?
>Is this a list of based things?
I was going to say, that list indeed looks like a list of the basedest bike things
We got a fair bit of snow last night. The temperatures are going to rise to just below freezing near the end of the week which makes for drive train destroying wet salty conditions. Might do rides in the evening or early mornings while everything is frozen.
f. i hate the salt so much. forecast here is 10-15 degrees above average so i'm still riding trails in a t shirt. the leaves are coming down so it's hard to follow the trails. lots of downed trees from all the storms too.
if you genuinely think rusty old shit is "based" then I don't know what to say. That bike should have been recycled into chains for my Sir Velo decades ago.
Is salt really that bad for the drivetrain?
I cant imagine we'll get another snow-less winter like last year, so I was planning on riding on salted roads.

Shit bait
bad for the drivetrain, bad for the frame if your paint is scratched. i have a beater i ride in the winter because it's usually too cold to hose it off after the ride. the snow hasn't really stuck here the past few years, so it's just a dry layer of salt on the roads that gets kicked up when cars pass which burns my eyes too. when i lived out west, they were smart enough to use sand / cinder instead of salt / magnesium chloride / whatever chemical the boomers convinced them to use on the east coast.
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Getting some laps in on the mountain while I still can, came a bit late so didn’t have time for as many as I wanted and had planned for. I’ve used easier gearing for this mostly in the past but it wasn’t that bad today, feels like my second lap was better than my first actually?
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rainstops,,,ridedown wind leaves passing me at 30 mph.,
,,,,,,life isnot allsuffering!,blessyouall!

Pulled my fat bike out of the basement to get it ready for its 10th season. Bottom bracket was seized on both sides. Unsurprising as the plastic bits that engage with the axle broke last year when I had to pull the crank off. The Shimano BB MT800 is kind of shitty compared to the old BB70. I really need to remember to at least pull the seat tube at the end of the season to let the BB shell dry out so moisture isn't trapped in there all summer.

Chain was also toast too. They only seem to last about 1500 km for winter fat bike use before maxing out the chain checker. I had also replaced the lower headset bearing during the summer which needed to be cut out.
New workplace manager said i can only park my bike outside. This sucks
love you, bro
murder him
is it cold there bacon?
>only if I can park my dick in your wife
I'd quit tbdaysue
With the cold weather here to stay I pulled out my electric toe warmers and gloves. A check with the multimeter showed an intermittent power lead break on one of the gloves and problems with both toe warmers. Got it all fixed. The toe warmer issue was due to shitty aliexpress dc barrel connectors, which I replaced with quality ones. The good ones each cost more than a 10 pack of the ali ones.

I'm switching the power source for my toe heaters from a 7.4V pack on each boot to a single USB-C battery providing 9V. So long as running an extension wire through my winter tights isn't uncomfortable.
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outdoorshoweran,,,outof HOT!,puthechill on.,hours under deep comforter working.,
,,legs got cold last night,,church ladys taking weeks to fix coverall zipper,,,,,,lovethem!
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Started raining on my way back school. I was already soaked but decided to wait for the rain to pass and took shelter at a sonic.
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I put together a controller to use with my toe warmers. A little chunkier than my heated glove controller as I used a larger PWM board and didn't remove the screw terminals. I also just put input / output connectors on the board instead of adding wire and connectors for the outputs.

I gathered up all my heated glove power stuff including earlier ones I no longer use. At first I used USB-C PD boards with female connectors which required using a stiff USB-C cable between the controller and battery like on the one labeled 12V. Then I made a compact inline power thingy with a gender changer and putting a DC connector on the PWM board. Then I moved the USB board to the end of a flexible silicone wire so I didn't have a long thing sticking out of the battery. Finally I ordered some USB-C PD boards with male connectors so I could eliminate the gender changer.
>electric toe warmer
What the fuck?
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Heating pads made using carbon fiber rope heat bonded between 2 piece of plastic. There are similar flexible pre-made pads on ebay for cheap.

When exposed to cold blood flow gets cut off completely to my fingers and toes unless I have something to keep them warm. Heaters are probably overkill for most people but I can't ride in the winter without them.
You made those yourself? That's pretty cool
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I was originally using some heating pads out of a pair of heated socks I bought. When they broke I made my own replacement pads as I had lots of heating carbon from tinkering with heated gloves. I would have liked to reuse the push button heat controller from those, but they don't play nice with the USB batteries I use now.
how does it work, do you just attach a positive and negative end to on of these carbon fiber ropes?
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More or less. The amount of heat depends on the length of rope and voltage. The place I got it from has datasheets to give you an idea of how hot various lengths are. Too short and it can get dangerously hot, too long and it won't be warm enough. In the case of the heat pads there are 2 parallel lengths to double the area / power draw but maintain the desired heat output. You can only go so far with that before you reach the maximum current draw of the power source. With the right length you can plug it straight into a battery without the danger of it getting too hot. I use PWM LED dimmers to control the temperature, it cycles the power on / off quickly between 0 and 99%.

The trickiest part was getting wires attached to the carbon fiber. Using copper crimps is the only reliable solution I've found. I tried several other ways but they all ended up failing in one way or another. It's probably best to use a copper crimp and not solder it. Solder makes the wires stiff and more likely to break over time.

In addition to carbon rope I also have some carbon tape. I'm going to try this technique with copper tape to make new heating pads. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LnAwo1BGus
Finally got over winter denial and put my studded tires on today and will go riding tomorrow.
I'm finally moving somewhere where it snows after living in the south/tropical climates for over the past decade, is it possible to ride a road bike in the snow? Would I need a gravel bike or something and would the stock tires work?, something similar to pic rel maybe? I don't want to be confined to the trainer when it snows outside.
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It’s not optimal. You need low pressure which puts you in snake bitte territory.
So you need wider tires.
Only use your rear brake when it’s frozen.
Fenders are mandatory for the slush and water.
Salt will attack your chain. Oil will prevent this.
God lights for the darkness.
Good gloves, hands are always the coldest.
It’s always this rhythm:
>it snows, all is white
>next morning road is plowed
>here and there wet/icy spots
>road dries more and more in the next days, riding is good.
>it snows a lot more over days
>plows only on big roads
>small road - small speed
Full blown winter wonder land is uncommon for long periods
I use a bigger sheet of these to warm my guinea pig pen during winter. One time I had it set too high so that the bottom of the pen already started warping, I almost ended up with grilled pigs then.
Wait until the roads are cleared after it snowed and wash off your bike after every ride.
Why do people always put "what bike iz gud" posts in the drt?
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not only is it possible to ride in snow, the bike can ride in conditions that cars would get stuck in. A good set of fenders will improve your quality of life a lot in snow riding, anything else you need should be on your kit, like GoreTex jacket, waterproof boots, balaclava, thermal base layer, and of course, good gloves, I highly recommend mitts over gloves, they're way warmer. The only real bike thing I can recommend is good tires, tires with compound designed for cold weather riding.
This is fatbike weather in my book.
>You have no excuses
'i don't want to.'
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The forecast got revised up just enough that it will likely alternate between icy and wet for the next few weeks but not warm enough to dry things out and eliminate ice patches. The studded tires are on anyway.

Tried out my boot warmers with the extension cables and they worked well. I test fit them last night and immediately realized a Y cable would work better than two separate cables, so I made one. Switching to 9V USB they are a little warmer now which is nice. I can also turn them on with a single button press on my jacket instead of having to press and hold a button for 3 seconds on each boot so I can turn them on while still pedaling.

My heated gloves didn't feel as warm as they should be so I need to look into that. Might just be the extension cables which still have the shitty aliexpress dc connectors.
i really admire how you just built things to serve your needs and keep you outside doing what you want.
Absolutely but that doesn't mean my bike is inadequate for the conditions, not ideal but still capable. I'll be fair though, I do want a more sensible winter bike
>My heated gloves didn't feel as warm as they should be
One of them had a broken wire that would intermittently break the circuit when I closed my hand. Managed to track it down by putting on the glove and use a multimeter to look for a continuity break while moving individual fingers.

The other one has resistance reading 10 ohms higher than it is supposed to be, lowering the heat output. Not sure what would cause that.
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Just got back from a 20km daily ride and have been informed by a friendly local I bumped into that there's an event coming up early next year that's 145km (pic related). All on roads with the majority of them closed and then we get to head home down the great ocean road on the south coast of Australia. It looks pretty fun and it doesn't cost all that much, but how hard is this kind of thing gunna be if
>I only really ride about 40-50km usually
>I average about 20kph (gravel rider)
>I usually ride flatter terrain, my ride today was only 114m of elevation
>I don't currently have a dedicated road bike but have been thinking about it

Considering I have time to train I suppose I can get better suited to longer rides or hills, but is it stupid to try it on a 1x Gravel bike? Also what is this numbering system for the hills?
>other one has resistance reading 10 ohms higher than it is supposed to be

Turned out to be multiple bad connections at the fiber. I started replacing soldered connections with copper crimps last year as they failed and should have just replaced all of them back then. The solder is probably oxidizing on the surface making it less conductive.
-5C wouldn't be bad for riding today, but the 70 km/h wind rules that out. Jetstream must be sweeping past today, a quick drop to -19C tonight, then back to -2C tomorrow.
Just throw faster tires on
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Just a mail order canyon, my first aluminum road bike
I have faith in you. Start training with that as a goal, maybe do an easier century a couple months before to see how you do, or do a 75km ride with lots of climbing before.
The gearing will just slow you down on descents.. which should be okay. I would worry more about 1x gearing if you were riding with racers/ex-pros who are really damn fast.
Swapping for fast tires helps a lot.
I find the biggest challenge on a longer ride is just eating enough and staying hydrated. Without eating I usually have a crash in energy around the 3.5 - 4 hour mark. But its is flat here so probably sooner than that on a route with serious hills.

The other issue that pops up on longer rides is bike fit. If something isn't ideal you might not notice it only going out an hour at a time.
just brought my brother DOWN!
on the paved highway!!!
smacked head, brain injury!
guns OUT!
,,,,,,,Jesus help me not to kill their "children" or guide my shots TRUE!
Most chasing dogs that I've encountered get behind me and aim for one of my lower legs. It makes it very difficult to tell where they are when they are that close and behind. The one thing I hate about gravel riding is that there is a good chance that any house you pass a dog will come flying out. At least on the highways here the farm houses are usually very far off the road.
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,,BIGDOGS!,,saint bernard 150 pounders!,
,have been slow togeto theroad but dog up the way has alerted them for a few days,,,today they where already on the road!,
, better becaged ,,,or DEAD!,ill visithem!! BIG GUN!!not my 22,,,,357!,
,,,,,sorry forthe swearing.
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ilove,,,country folk,,,if theykeep theiragging bitchs under control!,
,gimpme blewistle.,cant handel thison my own.,winter pantsathe taylor.,
,,,thathome has history of harrasing dogshit.,
,,brotherhas MASSIVE social creditscore.,
,,medicalled outof busybody realtors to sit,scan,bandage and advise,,, other neighborsitting with Bro.,
,,,word travels FAST in valley,,,dogsonotice!,
,,brosherriff will already be alert.,
,mayhave tostitch up lip.,
,,,,,,,,,,,warnedead.,,,125 grains!
Thanks lads, they'll be 4 watering stations along the way, one right before the main elevation gain, that I think have some food too but I will have a couple bags. I entered it in the second to last section that is for riders who should be able to do it in about 7 hours, though I'm honestly hoping for sub 6 as that will average 25kph which is a little mental goal for me.

Will decide if I buy a road bike or just throw faster tyres on depending on whether I enjoy road biking enough when I do some test rides.
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I needed to make another 9V USB plug for my boot heaters. While I was at it I made a 12V plug as well in case I want to run my gloves extra hot some time. I probably won't be able to run them at full power on 12V.

Also used thinner wire for these two 24 ga instead of 22. And I'm all out of good power connectors. Ordered some more from Mouser which had a lower order threshold for a price drop from $2 ea to $1.60 than digikey.
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>brain injury
,Banon from town BEGGED me noto do anything untill after papers filed,visit, notice applyed.,
,,,dream lastnight advised LOVE your neighbors,,eventhose who dont deserve it,,,and their maltreated dogs whoi would lovebutfor owners.,
,,iagreed to 48hours cease fire.48.
I'm glad your friend is going to be ok and you aren't going to shoot the dog. yet, anyway.
I wanted to do a mountain pass for my first time riding in the cold but fuck this shit I didn't even start climbing, I forgot shoes cover and froze after 1 hour, 30 minutes back and forth.
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There is a sidewalk that goes under the freeway, but nothing leading up to it on either side. The trampled foot paths can easily vanish during the winter with a little wind. Once it gets proper cold I rarely get to that part of the city while riding.

Roads have been wet in the afternoons but not warm enough to melt all the snow off. Maybe by Sunday they'll finally start drying.
Put a good amount of pain on my legs today. My chain wasn't as well lubed as I thought, maybe got overzealous with the cleaning last night - I put a good coat of dry lube, ran it through the gears a bit and wiped off excess. Had persistent squeaking from the chain/drivetrain that topping off using the wet lube with I brought would relieve temporarily. Only 900 miles and this chain is toast I think - several spots are measuring 0.75% wear now with my CC-3.2

Good excuse to do some cross training and run more while I buy a new chain, these temps are kind of miserable for cycling actually without shoe covers (yet another thing I need to get now - with my old sneakers I would just double sock and limit my rides to like an hour during winter)
>topping off chain lube mid-ride
The quality of bait on this board has risen dramatically, long may it continue.
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Saw a muskrat near the start of my ride. I was going to try taking more pictures then a duck buzzed it while coming in for a landing and scared it off. Did the gravel part of my ride at the start so it would be frozen not muddy.
great pic, great composition
My phone really hates the cold. Even keeping it in my trunk bag the battery indicator will go to 1% even though it isn't at 1% and stay there until the next time I charge it.
>month or so ago was logging 150+ miles a week
>have barely done 100 over the past week
>supposed to be nice today
>still don't want to go out

It seems once a year or so I hit a burnout period where I don't want to ride and can't be fucked to do so. This lasts upwards or 1-3 months then I'm back at it. I hate it because part of my brain tells me "you love riding, this is who you are why are you going out" then everything else screams "I don't want to go out" even though I'm bored to bits sitting inside.
That's totally fine, if you ask me. I have this with weight lifting (right now, actually).
No reason to force yourself to do something you're supposed to enjoy.
>That's totally fine,

It's nice to hear that. cycling is basically my only hobby so it feels extra shitty to not want to do it.
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weather was nice, leaves are gone though just needles now. 50mi but wattage was meh
Post more I wanna make one like it
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Didn't stop for any pictures today, rarely take my phone. Was a nice one though, barely a cloud in the sky except a rogue raincloud that showered me for about 2 minutes in the middle of my ride
Was actually quite welcome. Came home noticeably bronzed and glad I wore suncream, summer is almost here.
Mostly rural lanes with some unpaved/gravel, can't wait to get a 2x soon, just not enough rough stuff near my new house to justify 1x anymore.
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Ice paths are fun.

Nice having a 14km2 park in the middle of your city.
But I'm like dead....and pedal assist cost more than at used car.....or a used car in a reasonable market...
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A bakers dozen of chubby birds in the backyard this morning before I headed out.
Damp cloudy weather lately has been miserable. The snow melted and its warm enough I have to avoid anything brown. I don't see it drying up, gravel roads might be ok if we don't get anymore rain.

My fat bike rear tire went flat after I used it last Wednesday. With any luck I just didn't tighten the presta nut enough, that wheel is a lot of effort to remove. On a fat bike the pressure isn't high enough to keep the valve closed.
ultimate cat 6 story incoming.

>Atlanta has a Stone Mountain trail
>have done parts of it
>move closer, decide to do it instead of usual rides
>ride from ATL city limit to trail, take it all the way.
>a geological anomaly, a giant wart of granite that bubbled out of the Georgia red clay.
>15 miles?
>get to park, start on loop around the mountain
>not too long before a guy makes a point of passing me on a climb
>him: newish Cannondale, lycra, helmet, Oakleys
>me: boxers showing under cargos, "good" 80s steel frame, racks fenders, baskets, no shirt, no helmet
>as he passes, say "nice bike!"
>completely ignores me
>another climb right away, he gets out of the saddle and mashes
>I spin up
> after climb, extended fun descent
>catch up to him
>pass and say "that descent was pretty sweet!"
>completely ignores me
>after awhile, figure he's way back
>almost done with loop, longest climb
>spinning up pretty slow, take time to look around at scenery
>guy is not far behind
>give a friendly wave
>"maybe he'll pass me?"
>keep spinning normally
>before long, reach park entrance
>I did it
>coast and raise arms in victory as if I just broke the tape
>oncoming jogger smiles and also does it
>I smile and pump my arms
>finish coasting, u-turn back to entrance
>other guy oncoming
>give him the thumbs -up, yell "nice ride!"
>he nods and points at me
>finally! acknowledgement !
>yeah, you respect me now, trick-ass bitch
>ride home
>crack a Schlitz Malt Liquoooooor: Bull!
>drink it in the shower
>today was a good day
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Day after snow melted we got another 6 inches. Most of that will melt over the next few days too, so much for the gravel roads drying out. There was a nasty orange leaf paste in the older areas with a tree canopy when I was out yesterday.
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Saw 3 more muskrats today but in a different location.
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Vegetation in the way so most of the pictures I took were out of focus. Of course one of the few that wasn't it was looking the other way.
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Many like this with cat tails in focus.
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Another short night ride today. Cold enough that I might bring more then a t-shirt and shorts. Hands did okay, but my torso and nips were cold on the decent.
Took my single speed today, pic related is the late 80's/90's road bike.
>my ceramic bearing aluminum jockey wheels arrive from China
>play with them like a fidget spinner all day instead of installing them
Fat bike tire went flat again taking a few days. Luckily I was able to find the leak somewhat easily using dish soap, leaks that slow can be hard to find.

Flat appeared to be caused by the tube bonding to the tire while parked during the summer then the tire peeled a little rubber off a few spots on the tube the first time I rode it. After a few seasons rubber starts flaking off the inside casing on fat bike tires exposing the threads which stick to the tube or abraid it causing annoying flats. While I had the tire off I smeared silicone adhesive over any exposed threads.
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The roads were fairly dry today. Its been cloudy the past few weeks so it was nice to get back to our typical clear skies.
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The city added this MUP this year, repaved the road and made the on road bike lane much narrower for no particular reason. If you are riding down the road it doesn't make any sense to get on the 2 block MUP since it has annoying sharp bends at every intersection and crosses them in the spot drivers stop and wait to go. It actually goes a few more blocks but after 2 blocks it switches to a sidewalk they just made a little wider.
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We're at that time of year where shade is enough to keep snow / ice from melting even if the temperature gets above freezing for a good part of the day. Main roads clear, side roads have a lot of ice. Just as it got back to being mostly dry, more snow forecast for tomorrow night which will mostly melt the next day.
Ran into my ex who I hadn't seen for 10 years while on my ride today. Haven't dated anyone since, did not expect her to be living in my little corner of New England now.

On a more important and relevant note, one sound on the bike seemed to dissipate over the course of today (squeak of temporary contaminant in the chain's inner workings I believe- always some in there after each relube no matter how clean I keep the chain) but another cropped up. Frustrating. I think it might simple be my improvised saddle bag (it's secured in a weird way). I couldn't help but be be paranoid it was my tires - they are definitely approaching replacement mileage (1800 or so - maybe suffering from dry rot too being an older model, the sidewall cracking you wouldn't expect when new)

Also grateful that it's not so cold that I have to buy shoe covers just yet, the electrical tape over the toe ventilation is doing enough work right now.
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on my daily ride right now and a gotgeous day it is
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Some more now I’m home
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Do these types of bikes wreck your back? Never had one, have a mountain bike atm.
>Endless beaches
>Well maintained Paths

Based. Can totally tell this is an Australian posting from the bite.
it's winter in the northern hemisphere, sherlock.
of course it's Australia.
it's "winter" but its still 50-60 degrees every day in new england. some of the deciduous trees still have all their leaves.

if you can ride a mountain bike, you have enough core strength for a road bike too. most "gravel" bikes have shorter reach than older race bikes which makes them more comfortable.
spot on, this is a gravel bike so it's even more 'comfortable' than an endurance road bike, in fact i got the merida silex because people say it is so comfortable. i ride mostly on road but i have little interest in racing, cycling for me is two things, fun and a good workout.
i can get just as good a workout on an endurance focused bike as a race one, i just won't be going quite as quickly with the same power output. i actually find these handlebars far more comfortable than my mountainbike for long rides like the one i did yesterday because they offer a variety of grip locations up, dow, forward and back from each other, that release the pressure on your hands, neck and back from being stuck in the same position all day

and yeah this was on The Great Ocean Road, Aus
Nice to hear your thoughts, I was actually looking at a Merida Silex recently since the value seemed good for the components I wanted. One of the LBS pauses road rides after September and transitions into gravel rides alongside the MTB stuff and I was kind of interested in joining.
I got mine cheap and second hand, its the 2020 model and i bought it this year then had a local mobile bike mechanic come round and give it a workup for less than 100 bucks he sorted everything out and it rides very well
I took it on about a 50/50 gravel/road split 40km ride the day before the beach ride I posted here and it help up well. I might get some better tyres though
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I moved to Rotterdam in the Netherlands and while the biking infra is wonderful, there is little to no nature around here. Dutch anons, where should I plan for long term settlement if I want nature around for easy access? I miss the hills, and I want a homestead. UK is out of the question, as I am not a bong. Am I completely fucked? I love Kikkerland but I miss these things mentioned above.
I love those types of cows
>been using the same two pairs of bibs consistently for the past 3-4 years
>bought 1 or 2 other pairs here or there but ended up shelving them because I didn't like the way they fit (why the fuck does a size small fit so different between brands, I hate this shit so god damn much)
>finally bought a new pair of the old pair I've been using (Eliel Laguna Seca short length)
>also replaced my base layer that I've been using about as long

I can't fucking believe how worn out my other bibs were, you get used to stuff and you don't realize how bad it was until you switch to something new. I got some bibs from Attaquer coming soon so hopefully they fit good.
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Starting to see more rabbits in full winter mode. Still a lot of brown ones.
>gain 1426m
Total elevation gain over the course
Somehow I messed up my hip from a hard day of sitting yesterday. Made today's ride less pleasant. Felt it most when I stood to pedal.
what is this phone mount? do you like it? I saw something similar on GCN lately but thought is product placement jew sonI passed
looks comfy though
Mous was that sponsor and honestly they first caught my eye from one of their other ads for the product. I’ve been fairly happy with my case/mount combo from them. Quad Lock has been on the market forever so I guess you could say they’re pretty proven and possibly more secure but I prefer the slimmer look and flat back of the Mous case design. And >99% of the time it’s fine. I use a wrist loop accessory with mine - good for snapping pics over guard railing- cinch it around the mount for a backup should the phone come out of the mount.
I guess it was more tendon that connects high in the back of the leg. Yesterday's ride made it much worse. Sitting hurts, standing hurts, laying down hurts.
Nothing like a trip to the pharmacy for Advil to trigger my decision paralysis. About 15 different sizes / varieties and an equal number of corresponding generics. Even within the same brand several products appear to be identical just branded for different uses.
Bit of a cold blast tonight, down to -18C and a high of -10C tomorrow, then -23C tomorrow night before it starts warming up Friday.
That is a quadlock ‘out front’ mount (non ‘pro’ version). It works well enough, was easy to install and had rubber grommets for other handlebar sizes which was cool though my bars are standard so just used the main one. Phone hasnt fallen off yet and Ive been on some very rough gravel. Case is acceptable, fits well but obviously theres a big locking mech on the back, but its for my old iphone cause dont really wanna crash and break my new phone and the old one still has adequate battery life to be a pure map/camera device, so dont have a huge amount of experience taking it out and about in the case as a normal phone.
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Had the most mental daily ride I've ever had today
Was on a 50km~ gravel ride through rural Australia and about 35km in I'm travelling down this empty unpaved road when I see this old fella flagging me down. He asks me to stop for a bit when I waved back, so I did and asked him if anything was wrong. He told me that he'd been held hostage in his own house for 18 days and he'd managed to escape while they were out of the house. His hand was burned/bleeding to fuck and it was a huge wound. I had to go up the road to get signal and phone for help but he said he couldn't walk much and told me to go alone. While I was on the phone to police a car came up the other end of the gravel path and pick him up and took him back into the house.

The 000 (Aussie 911) operator told me to leave and that police were coming. I hope he was just a dementia patient that accidentally harmed himself and got the help he needed. I stuck around for a while but wasn't going to actually enter the property (big rural farm property with fences not a suburban home) and the operator told me to go again so I did. The ride home was bizarre I was having a full on crisis about whether or not I should have helped him more and nearly rode straight out into traffic on a roundabout as I re-entered civilisation because my mind was elsewhere.

Scary stuff lads.
It really sounded like a movie plot at first, but if the police was already involved I wouldn't worry
dude, that's fucked up
Police were comingg because of my call as far as I can tell they werent involved. Now Im home and slept on it Im wondering if he was just some old dementia patient but he was defs injured so either way spooky. No super rural rides for me for a while I think. Weird to think I’ll likely never know the outcome. Least I didnt get silence of the lambs’d though.
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goby,,,again,,bring tape,antibiotics,,,tandem bike.,
,,kidnap,,,feed snacks,,patchup., take back tohishome.,
,,,everyoneeds a dungeon break!,
anotherweekin,,,hospital getting bottom of lung patched.,,,if theyd tattooed each time id have a beutiful garden.,doctorstape came lose firsthing home so used ductape!,3 daysheal.,butim doing Church tomorow anyways!
A week later and my gluteal tendon is still bothering me. A literal pain in the ass. I think sitting is the worst thing for it so I'm trying to do less of that.
Oh I misunderstood the car who picked him up as being a police car
hang in there, Bacon
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Beach ride again today
Was mega windy and I got actually sandblasted by the crosswind on the way back, but overall a good time
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Summer is here bros. Not my favorite season but we'll make it work.
With 7 psi I wasn't able to get across the snow covered meadows near my commute on my Friday lunch ride. Lowered to 2.5 psi and went back today and was able to get across.
I like your frame but I got to admit, I've always thought this saddle was kind of ugly. Nice flowers - summer over winter any day, as far as cycling is concerned.
hot bikes
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It hot
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Hot hot hot
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hayfeveratack!,,,thanks again,,to ALL /n/,,
,,,,,seeing yourWonder machines,,,,blastingreen,,singaltrack,,,
,,,ialmost regretrike life.,
,,,,,tears,,itshay fever,,,cowboys dontcry.
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>Manitou forks
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Went down to the lake today, winds were treacherous and cold but it was still nice. I try not to take for granted the fact that I live so close to it, so I like to spend some time there every now and then.
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If you zoom in far enough you can see where I abandoned my bike because fuck carrying it over these rocks lol
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And one of my bike on a trail on my way back home. Hope you fellas have a nice day and get some good rides in!
>the lake
this is one of the Great Lakes?
Yeah sorry, used to just calling it "the lake" lol. It's Lake Ontario
I figured. used to live in MI. there aren't many lakes in the world that you can't see the other side of except the Great ones. My hippie mom used to take me to Point Peelie all the time
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Does your country provide cyclist and pedestrian friendly underpasses leading to your local lake trail?
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Yea that's where I took this
Damn, this bitch sideways
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16miles,,,quitethe distance forme!,
,,,,and gotugged around to fitinthe exam room.,
,,,Docsays "less drugs is better drugs, knife wound is sealed nicley!",
,,everyone isoonice!,,God Bless Them!,
,oooo ya,,,,itwasucky CoLD!
I'm glad you're going to be all right
I noticed something about my heated gloves today. For the past few weeks they didn't seem as warm as I remembered. I cranked the temperature control to max and they still didn't feel hot. Also the battery was lasting far longer than I should have.

I washed them last night and they were much warmer today. Maybe salt from sweat builds up inside the carbon fiber increasing conductivity impeding the ability to generate resistive heat.

I guess I should wash them more often. I'd been washing them by hand, infrequently. Getting tossed in the washer didn't seem to harm them so I'll just do that when I clean my other bike stuff.
>stop a few times in slushy conditions
>spd-sl gets clogged and won't engage
yep, it's time to go back to platforms.
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Nice ride today. Left around 3 am and it was a comfy 50F with some light sprinkling of rain. Ran the armwarmers which was just enough to keep me warm.
New taller stem worked good today and this bike is solid for now. Will go ride some of my other bikes tonight or early tomorrow.
To think that I almost sold this puppy to make room. It rides so nicely and the gears snap in place like a dream.
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Must have been misty today since my beard was wet after the ride. This bike is pretty slow but I got my 3 laps in so I am happy. Noticed more people walking and running today towards the end of my ride which was 5:00am.
Felt like a retard finding a good light to get a picture, and then realizing my phone had flash.

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