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  1. #46
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    One more thing. Our weather has been almost dangerously hot for so early in the summer. We've been having July kind of heat - July is our hottest month - and here it is only May. Can't imagine how July will actually be for us, then.

    Hope everyone is staying safe if you're getting this kind of heat so early. This is crazy. Never seen anything like it.

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    Interesting, nwg -- we've definitely been warm in Florida, but not excessively by Florida standards. Mid-80s is the highest so far, and will probably have a cooler weekend when the tropical (depression/storm, whatever it ends up being) comes through. Rainy days are always cooler, obviously. I hope your May heatwave is an anomaly and doesn't bode for a crazy hot summer.

    Enjoyed reading about your Single Speed adventures. You are a very strong rider and are getting stronger every day doing this! When I ride my cruiser bike around the campground, which is pretty much flat, just a slight slope up towards the eastern side, I can really feel it when riding into a headwind and spend a lot of time out of the saddle. But nothing like your trails or actual hills on the road like you are riding.

    Looking forward to photos of your Log Lady (cool name!) when she comes in.
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    Thanks, Emily. This crazy weather pattern this year makes it so hard to predict anything down the road. As for the heat, it really doesn't bother me, but I have to ride slower with frequent stops when Star is along. Border Collies are very susceptible to heat. It's a lot harder on her than me. In this kind of heat, I usually take her back to the house after a few laps, then continue my workout.

    The Gunnar really is the best ride, ever, for me. It's decked out with all high end stuff, but it's that marvelous frame. It's made by Waterford, in the Waterford plant. The Gunnar line is the more economical Waterford line. It's tig-welded (still by hand), instead of lugged as with a standard Waterford. The Gunnar line has fewer custom options. Interesting factoid I learned about Waterford is that the company is owned and run by a guy the name of Schwinn of the Schwinn bicycle family.

    Riding a single speed is very reminiscent of riding those old cruisers we had as kids, yes. Very different bikes as far as all the technology and outfitting, of course, but the principle is still the same. Next time on vacation, I may just rent one of those cruisers like you're doing. Sounds like a lot of fun. Hope you don't get too much of storm, down there. Send some of that rain, up here. We really, really need it.

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    Ha, I've only ridden a beach cruiser once, on Hilton Head Island. After 3 days of that, my knee was killing me, and I don't have knee problems! I love my gears.
    So, we rode 32 miles this morning. We ended up doing a run through of our club rally ride, which we lead one group of. It's not new and we designed the route, but there is a hill that is pretty hard, so I wanted to test myself on that one. We rode to the start, 5 miles and then proceeded until we were a mile from our house and, then we headed home. The ride next week is 29m miles. It was 72 when we left and close to 85 when we got back, but this route is mostly shady. It was also breezy. The heat did get to me by the end, but more than that, the damn pollen is just gross; I kept swallowing stuff in the air, which made me feel like I was choking. I dealt with it, though, but next time, I will take my inhaler with me, in case. After the big hill, there is one other smaller, short climb that is annoying and DH got ahead a bit, and that's where I was dealing with the pollen. However, we had a great tailwind on my favorite road, so we increased our speed a lot and by then, we were about 4 miles from home.
    I was starving and overheated when we got home, and today was my first spray the bottle down my bra ride! Going out tonight, to celebrate a long weekend.
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    Sorry about the pollen, Crankin. We dealt with that here back in March -- or was it February!? It's truly summer here now, and with a tropical storm or sub-tropical depression or whatever the h*ll it's gonna be, the season is starting early! I'm expecting a lot of rain from tomorrow afternoon through Monday, at least, so am very glad the weatherman was wrong this past week. It looked like a washout, and we actually got all four of our rides in! We could have ridden all five weekdays, but we always take one off (usually Wed.) to do laundry, gym, errands, chores, etc. We did just have a brief downpour, but overall, a pretty dry week after a very wet week the one before.

    I only do short rides on the cruiser bike so haven't had any knee or other issues. But I also had a cruiser bike in Belize and Mexico and did longer rides there. My crotch was more of a problem than anything else, since I typically rode without bike shorts. I did at least upgrade the saddle in Belize, since we were there longer, but never bothered in Mexico, since I bought it and sold it within six months, before we came back to the US for the summer.

    Hope everyone has a good Memorial Day weekend. I'll be quacking like a duck down here in the rain and am just hoping to get some walks in between downpours. Will try to send some of this wet stuff up your way, nwg!
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    Quote Originally Posted by north woods gal View Post
    Interesting factoid I learned about Waterford is that the company is owned and run by a guy the name of Schwinn of the Schwinn bicycle family.
    Hello friends,

    I stumbled across this board while searching for information about the log lady. I must say, it took a good bit of work to find my way here. The G search engine was very insistent I stick to only 2 specific sites.

    Anyway, I thought NWG might be interested to know that the Log Lady was developed and engineered by Anna Schwinn while she was head engineer for All City Cycles. You are on a Schwinn roll! She also developed the Space Horse, which I believe is their best selling bike.

    I’m picking up my own log lady today at noon. Super excited!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Railtrail View Post
    Hello friends,

    I stumbled across this board while searching for information about the log lady. I must say, it took a good bit of work to find my way here. The G search engine was very insistent I stick to only 2 specific sites.

    Anyway, I thought NWG might be interested to know that the Log Lady was developed and engineered by Anna Schwinn while she was head engineer for All City Cycles. You are on a Schwinn roll! She also developed the Space Horse, which I believe is their best selling bike.

    I’m picking up my own log lady today at noon. Super excited!
    Wow, oh, wow! And welcome to the forum. Nice to have you with us. Should be a lot of fun comparing notes.

    Record hot for us. If the forecast holds, we'll hit 92, tomorrow, making it the hottest day we've ever experienced since moving up, nine years back. To put this in perspective, we hit 90 once a summer in July, but on an every other year kind of basis. The only AC we have is a window unit and in some years, we don't even bother to put it in. It's in, now, though.

    I'm adapting, all the same. No way will I stop riding. Just a matter of riding pavement early before peak heat and for trail work too, though the heat isn't as bad back on my forested trails. Riding close to home is also a help, in case I start to bonk. I just need a bit of time to adapt to this early heat. Very strange weather pattern for us.

    If this heat holds, it can be bad for a lot of our native plants that are not adapted for prolonged heat. Our forest experts have told us that their studies show that our north woods are slowly retreating northward, now, thanks to global warming and becoming more hardwoods as in the central part of the state. Maybe we should have retired farther north!

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    Wow, it's warmer where you are, although it's about 86 here. Thankfully, today is overcast, with a breeze, and no pollen flying into my lungs!
    We did a low key ride to a café that specializes in waffles. It's at the beginning (or end) of the Minuteman bike trail, so there are a lot of cyclists around there, as it is also a meeting place for group rides. But, as usual, there's a story here. So, I haven't ridden my Guru since last fall. This is the bike I'll be taking on our trip in August. You guys know I don't like the geometry of this bike as much as my Trek, but I also really disliked the Frog pedals I had, because I was becoming unclipped all of the time. This was an issue for some, so I know it's not all in my head, as I read about this. Last fall, I put an extra set of Speedplay road pedals on the bike, but I don't really like to use road pedals when I am on a tour. So DH bought both of us spd pedals with huge platforms. I used the shoes at the gym once and they seemed fine in spin class. So today, I was a wreck before starting; too many changes at once brings out all of my anxiety. Dealing with the different feeling of the bike was heightened about 10X by the different pedals. After a little screaming in the parking lot of our condo, we were off, and it seemed like I was not easily clipping in my left foot, which is the one I unclip with. I was fine with that... the restaurant is about 10 miles from my house and DH insisted we take a packed dirt path that takes you off the main road and ends up near the café. I've been on this trail with my mountain bike; the part in Concord is always muddy and wet, but the next town, where we got on the trail has totally graded it. But... DH had not been on the trail since last fall. There was one section that was sandy, rutted, and torn up. I started skidding, and luckily, I put my foot down and didn't crash into anyone behind me. There was a group of guys on road or cross bikes who told us this was from the town taking down trees from the winter storms and not regrading. I walked over this part. But, I was so spooked I slowed down to such a slow speed, a runner passed me! This would be OK, without the wrecked part, or with the right tires/bike. The waffles were great, and it was not too busy. Obviously, we did not take the trail back, so had a non-eventful trip, except at one stoplight where I had to work to get unclipped. DH fixed that when we got home.
    I wish I wasn't so sensitive to change going back and forth between bikes. I love the way the Guru feels, once riding, but, the top tube is not slanted quite enough for me. So, a nice 20 mile ride, and I will ride this bike on Monday to get the muscle memory back.
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    I totally get it about changing bikes. With me and all my bikes, even though they are all flat bar bikes, it takes me awhile to settle in on my bike of the day. Have learned not to get in a hurry about changing anything on the bike till after I've been riding for half an hour or so. Like you, I am very sensitive to changing the little things on the bikes. I do a lot of fussing with adjustments, too. When I get a bike that just fits me like a glove the way it is set up, though - my new Gunnar is a good example - I get religious about not changing anything.

    I think you did exactly right on playing it safe in the soft and rutted section. When I'm riding a new trail, I often stop and scout out a rough section, rather than get into it and find I'm in over my head. Believe me, we do have some trails around here that are truly "expert only" trails.

    As for me, did 16 miles on the pavement with the single speed shortly after breakfast to avoid the heat. Wasn't too bad, with temps in the mid 80s by the time I got back. Hit a recored high of 91, shortly after noon and looks like another record high for tomorrow. Finished the day with a late afternoon trail workout of about 4 miles, but had to go it alone. Star wanted to go, of course, no way was I going to risk taking her along in this heat. And here it is still May. Crazy.
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    Well, sandy, rutted trails are not a place for road bikes, even with 25 cm tires. I was just happy I didn't crash! I can ride this kind of stuff on a mountain bike; it was the rocks and roots of the northeast woodlands that did me in, a few years ago. Being in the woods is why I wanted to mountain bike, but when I really got out there, it was so technical and scary, I gave up. I'd be fine with gravel riding or easier trails, if I had the right bike. For now, I hike!
    It's 55 and drizzly today, so maybe no more than a walk.
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    I've ridden every day this month

    Yesterday I even got my Xtracycle out and successfully diagnosed why it was dragggggging... I thought it must be the disk brakes 'cause I couldn't see anything else but when I took the wheel off ... oh, the bags on the rack were sagging down and rubbing madly.
    Brakes still squishy so I rode it out to bike shop which was not busy ... and ... it rode pretty sweetly -- well, it's hardly been ridden... so I asked "hey, will it be just an adjustment?" and ... he peeked at them and said "well, for starters, you've got no brake pads left."
    Note to self: when I drop it by for periodic maintenance remind 'em to check and ... check 'em myself...
    ... b/c new pads didn't fix things either, so it's staying there 'til they can look at it again...
    but an honest 35 mile day in the heat yesterday~ today we'll have a moonlight ride THat's the time to ride in these conditions...

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    Hi Sue. Great to hear about riding every day. It's what I do, too, but I'm retired so it's something that is practical to do. Yeah, I've worn down pads to the point of damaging the discs, so good reminder for me to have some of the bikes checked.

    Our record heat wave continues. It's either morning or evening rides, now, but by the time I got home, this morning, it was already 88 and not even noon, yet. Tomorrow looks to be another 90s day, too. All in all, though, I'm managing. Had a brisk headwind on the way home, so that helped keep me cool. Not a big fan of headwinds, of course, but sometimes they are a blessing.

    My ride, this morning was 5 miles into our little town. Just got a little lonely, I guess. Thought it would be nice to ride over to our local park to be around people enjoying the holiday. Remember, most of my riding is solo on very lightly traveled roads. Not that I like traffic or crowds, of course, but sometimes I do miss bicycling in the city, just cruising around with no particular destination in mind. As luck would have it, ran into some of my bicycling pals from one of our bike shops. They drooled over the Gunnar, of course.

    Speaking of the Gunnar, after only a few weeks of riding the Gunnar out on the road, I've built my strength up to the point where it's probably time to go to a bit higher gearing if I'll only be using it for road work.
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    Didn't ride yesterday, it was still kind of misty and cool in the AM. When my son and family got here for the holiday, we walked to the playground, which ended up being just under 4 miles RT. It was interesting to watch my granddaughter play around other kids her age. She is way more physically agile and unafraid than most of the other girls we saw. I am so happy they are encouraging this!
    This morning I went out and did my usual short "dark ride," although now that the sunrise is at 5:10, it's not dark. It was 57 out and humid as hell. Rode the Guru, with pedals loosened, it was better than Saturday, but now that I am used to the electronic shifting on my Trek, my hands are sore from the regular Ultegra. It's really more on the front (left hand) that bothers me, so I will have to do some kind of strengthening before my trip. I can definitely see how Di2 would help someone with arthritis.
    Tomorrow, the club ride is another beach ride, up on the North Shore. However, this time, it starts in a place that is a pain to get to. I have no time restrictions, but I just can't get motivated to drive in traffic for this. I do want to ride in some different places, though. Well, I'll do something on my own.
    Weather looking horrible for our club rally on Saturday. Looks like I'll be getting a free happy hour and dinner, without the volunteer leading part!
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    Hope everyone had a chance to ride over the long weekend. If not, still hope you had a nice holiday.

    Crankin, I've had the same problem, too, with shifting up to the higher chainring (left side) on road bikes. I get a little arthritis, too, now and then. Some days, it seems like it takes way too much effort. Down is not bad, but on a compact double, that's a lot of teeth to cover when you shift to the big ring. My usual 105, though, was at least better than the SRAM Apex is used for a while. That one was really hard to shift.

    We broke records with our weekend heat wave and, believe me, heat waves are a rare thing in these parts. Spooky strange. Still, I managed to do my usual daily 15-20 miles by riding early and/or late. My morning rides army favorite because I get to ride laps around the neighborhood with my husband. (A lap around our neighborhood is 2.2 miles, by the way and all hills.) This time of year, we often get to stop and visit our neighbors, which we all know. Mostly, though, it's just special being able to ride with my guy.

    He's good for a few laps, but because of his long history of back issues, longer rides are out of the question. I then continue on my own to finish my road workout farther from home. Ever since I got that darn single speed, it's been what I've been riding for my road work. It's a "skinny" tire bike as far as MTBs go, so it's does fine on good gravel roads or hard pack dirt roads, but a 29x2.2" bike wheel is no match for the worst of our gravel and sand roads. Time to grab the ECR and do some exploring on those roads.

    Late afternoon is when I finish up my daily riding with trail work on my own MTB trails. Our trails are so dry, right now, that I rarely grab a fat bike. Besides, I get plenty of fat bike riding all winter long. Even the skinny tire MTBs do fine, right now, but my favorite to ride on my trails is still my Krampus with its 29x3 wheels. What can I say? I love riding steel bikes, either on the road or the trail. I may just sell off a couple of aluminum bikes, in fact, and stay with almost all steel bikes to ride.

    One note to add: my Gunnar SS was built with a carbon flat bar. It's my first ever carbon handlebar. I love it! Has just enough flex to absorb a lot of buzz that gets to my hand with metal handle bars. Very nice feel. Feather light, too. May get one for the Log Lady when it arrives.
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    I am too busy on my task at work that I only get to ride my bicycle on weekend. BTW, I am a newbie so pardon me for being an intruder.

 

 

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