RR: 3 in 2 days

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by Jimbo, Jun 1, 2003.

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  1. Jimbo

    Jimbo Guest

    I'm not too sure what the weather prospects are in your area but the weather forecast here sounds
    like a broken record.... rain... rain... rain... I have been dying to get some rides in on the fixie
    and I absolutely need to get out doors... We awoke Friday morning to (ahhh what is that fire in the
    sky!?!?!?!) sunshine. Carla had a date with work and I had to help my parents out at their house so
    I decided to make the 10 mile trip on the fixie... Down my street at a pleasant pace... I am just
    starting to get the Fix bug back in my veins... So nice...you spin the bike goes... you slack off
    the bike spins you go for a bit. I hit the big mean main road and off I went... A few whistles and
    yelps and traffic was mostly not a problem... Seems the bigger the truck the better a break they
    give you... I had to take the lane a few times and it was always the big rigs that gave me the right
    of way... I got to my destination safely, huffing only a half a lung... Did my chores for my parents
    and realized I was running way late... Off I go determined to make sure I made it back in good
    time... I stood on the beasts pedals and got the high and hard spin going... I was making awesome
    time.. back to the main road that leads me onto my street I realized there is no damn shoulder and
    Long Island drivers are not understanding of bikes on THEIR roads... I took my lane and had to make
    some one fingered gestures to get some room... I made my way into the left lane and as I did I heard
    a cop horn going off... I slowed to a trackstand and the convo went something like this: Cop: what
    are you doing?
    me: ummm riding my bike? Cop: you can't ride into traffic like that... you're going to get killed.
    mf: I am a vehicle... I have the rights of a vehicle... I took my lane... please don't tell me I
    know the traffic laws better than you? Cop: I really don't want to be scraping you off the
    pavement me (as I made my left): I've been doing this for a few years... Please don't lose any
    sleep on my count I had hoped for a ticket but I am not even sure what his point was...
    regardless I made it home in plenty of time... Damn that was fun. Later that evening Carla came
    home and reminded me we had a ride to do in Bethpage... I loaded up the bikes and as I got the
    last of the gear in the van... what had been threatening clouds turned into a rain... We agreed
    to take the ride to Bethpage anyway... since everything was loaded... we drove through the
    downpour and when we got the 2 towns over it looked like it hadn't rained... We unloaded
    everything and did our usual loop... The trail was in remarkable condition considering the
    rain... just a few small puddles... We were picturing mud bogs and having to turn around.... We
    had the bullits and flatties but the going was fast and we got in our loop before well before
    dark... As we loaded the van the rain came... Not bad 2 in one day... or 2 in about 2 weeks...
    Awoke the next morning with plans to try our luck out in Calverton... a 10 mile loop on the
    eastern end of LI... The threatening clouds were back. Carla and I decided to tempt fate again..
    we took the hour ride and unloaded... This time we are on our H/Ts. We took off and Carla
    immediately told me to slow down and warm up... I told her to take the lead and off we went...
    This is a nice 10 mile loop some small hills but the trail is very twisty... you cannot stop
    concentrating for a second or a tree will reach out and shake yours bars to wake you back up...
    I decided to leave the bike in one gear and see how I would do... This trail was made with
    riding in one gear in mind... but not wide bars... Should make an interesting loop on the new
    single speeds... I guess by now Carla was warmed up because she was flying in and around the
    trail and I was huffing to keep up... She offered the lead and I couldn't even manage enough
    wind to say no thanks... I took the lead and wheezed along.... I managed the climb out of the
    section called the Scuttle hole... I was almost proud of myself when I looked up and Carla was
    way ahead of me... and not even really out of breath. We finished the ride in a respectable
    time. Loaded up and what shows up just as we got into the van? You guessed right if you said
    rain... We'll see about this afternoon... There was a rumor of a fixie ride on the bike path...
    but I just looked out the window and the rain is streaming down... I guess I can't complain.

    Jimbo(san)
     
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  2. Bill Wheeler

    Bill Wheeler Guest

    On Sun, 01 Jun 2003 14:10:55 -0400, "jimbo(san)" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I'm not too sure what the weather prospects are in your area but the weather forecast here sounds
    >like a broken record.... rain... rain... rain...

    Sucks don't it?!

    >I have been dying to get some rides in on the fixie and I absolutely need to get out doors...

    True.

    [snip good stuff]
    > This is a nice 10 mile loop some small hills but the trail is very twisty... you cannot stop
    > concentrating for a second or a tree will reach out and shake yours bars to wake you back up... I
    > decided to leave the bike in one gear and see how I would do... This trail was made with riding in
    > one gear in mind... but not wide bars... Should make an interesting loop on the new single
    > speeds...

    Can't believe you didn't SS in the first place...shame on you.

    Small tip on your Bianchi. You may want to tie down your brake cable with another tie on the top
    tube. The rattling drove me nuts after my first ride.

    > I guess by now Carla was warmed up because she was flying in and around the trail and I was
    > huffing to keep up... She offered the lead and I couldn't even manage enough wind to say no
    > thanks... I took the lead and wheezed along.... I managed the climb out of the section called the
    > Scuttle hole... I was almost proud of myself when I looked up and Carla was way ahead of me... and
    > not even really out of breath. We finished the ride in a respectable time. Loaded up and what
    > shows up just as we got into the van? You guessed right if you said rain... We'll see about this
    > afternoon... There was a rumor of a fixie ride on the bike path... but I just looked out the
    > window and the rain is streaming down... I guess I can't complain.

    Just ride, very nice RR!

    >
    >
    >Jimbo(san)

    Peace, Bill The mind serves properly as a window glass rather than as a reflector, that is, the mind
    should give an immediate view instead of an interpretation of the world.
    :-]
     
  3. Carla A-G

    Carla A-G Guest

    "Bill Wheeler" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Can't believe you didn't SS in the first place...shame on you.

    Can't, we don't have the SS's yet.

    - CA-G

    Can-Am Girls Kick Ass!
     
  4. Jimbo

    Jimbo Guest

    Bill Wheeler wrote:

    > On Sun, 01 Jun 2003 14:10:55 -0400, "jimbo(san)" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >I'm not too sure what the weather prospects are in your area but the weather forecast here sounds
    > >like a broken record.... rain... rain... rain...
    >
    > Sucks don't it?!

    And yes it rained all afternoon... squelching any chance at a ride... I guess you can tell the
    weekend is over around here.. the sun has returned!!! :-V

    >
    > >Should make an interesting loop on the new single speeds...

    >
    > Can't believe you didn't SS in the first place...shame on you.

    Shame is the bikes don't get here for a while... Carla and I are trying to be patient...

    >
    >
    > Small tip on your Bianchi. You may want to tie down your brake cable with another tie on the top
    > tube. The rattling drove me nuts after my first ride.

    Thanks for the tip... rattling nuts make me crazy too ;-P

    Jimbo(san)
     
  5. "jimbo(san)" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    > Cop: what are you doing?
    > me: ummm riding my bike? Cop: you can't ride into traffic like that... you're going to get
    > killed.
    > me: I am a vehicle... I have the rights of a vehicle... I took my lane... please don't tell me I
    > know the traffic laws better than you? Cop: I really don't want to be scraping you off the
    > pavement me (as I made my left): I've been doing this for a few years... Please don't lose any
    > sleep on my count

    LOL. Nothing more frustrating that getting into an argument with a cop. Stay safe out there in the
    burbs, man. I'd rather be on the street in Manhattan than out where you are.

    CC
     
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