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9/9/13 1:13 A

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The shape of my bike makes a full-size pump a little unfeasible, so I found this:

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Flexible hose makes it easier to deal with than normal compact pumps, it flips between Schrader (my tires) and Presta (most of my friends') in literally no time, and it *screws* onto valve stems instead of having to force it on and risk bending or deforming them. It won't get me much past about 85 PSI and I have to work to get that far, but it is an emergency pump, after all.

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On the recommendation of our bike club's president I just scored a TERRIFIC frame pump for my bike. I realized too late that the first one I got just wasn't going to get me the 80-90 psi that my tires needed.

So not only does this pump do that, but it has a little kickstand and flexible hose-type attachment, just like a regular floor pump...so there are none of the jitters, trying to stabilize the pump while pumping and avoiding bending the presta valve:

www.amazon.com/Topeak-Road-Morph-Bik
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9/8/13 10:21 P

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Tour de Lab! That's awesome, GHK1962.

And dittos . . . just riding is emoticon

My ride today was supposed to be a 17-miler, but I got a flat at 7 miles. I got the opportunity to change the flat all by myself, and I was so proud, BUT then as I was pulling the pump off the tube valve, the end of the valve stem flew off out of sight into the grass, and the tube went flat.

Well, you know the old saying, "Pride goeth before a flat."

I prayed and figured out the lesson--ALWAYS bring more than one tube on a ride.

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9/8/13 7:04 P

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I agree with the others ... just riding is ... yahhh. (I even don't mind riding in the rain.)

And ... update on my most recent ride ... today. (Good thing too, next week I am in work travel mode and will not have my bike with me to ride.)

Today was the Tour de Lab, a ride to benefit a local animal emergency hospital. Sponsored by a cool brew pub (that allows dogs!) ... the Lucky Lab. It was just under 20 miles ... but the day was super nice, the ride and riders pleasant ... and it had BEER at the end.

emoticon + emoticon = emoticon Hehe

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9/8/13 1:53 P

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My father and I strongly agree, DERBYMOM165. He's a recent double-amputee below the knees and not very fast when riding, but he doesn't let it stop him getting out and enjoying himself.

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9/8/13 10:00 A

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Absolutely essential...highly agreed!

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9/8/13 9:55 A

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After surgery on both knees and assorted other challenges, I've come to appreciate EVERY ride as excellent. The best rides don't concern any kind of data - no computers - just simply enjoying the ride.


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9/7/13 11:09 P

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Enjoyed a nice 60+ mile ride with fellow SP member STRIVERONE...headed up to the Colorscape Festival in Norwich...was fully loaded with self-supported gear to practice for my upcoming Cape Cod tour. Didn't fare as badly as I thought...thx goodness for those granny gears for climbing hills with all that extra payload! :-)

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9/7/13 10:44 P

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I'm cracking up about the thunderstorm musings.

Got back from a ride a couple hours ago . . . I had a nice tailwind going out, and so I was thinking, "Shoot. This is not going to be fun coming back." But it wasn't bad! It was a beautiful day, and the headwind wasn't terrible. It was a good ride--goooood workout.

emoticon I find that a random pirate head is always helpful.

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9/6/13 11:40 P

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Concurrence. Thunderstorms aren't fun. Hail...hail is in a whole other category.

Pain is weakness leaving the body.

How do you eat an elephant?

I will not fail.


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9/6/13 11:22 P

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I have a flair for the dramatic. (Every time I eat mushrooms, my lips start to tingle.) It doesn't matter that my bike is unlikely to draw a lightning strike. I can accept that intellectually, but I will still feel my hair standing on end.

Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world. It really is that simple.

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9/6/13 8:57 P

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I've been caught in a few thunderstorms. I get a bit worried about being hit by lightning, but the chances are pretty slim. Granted, I'm on rubber and aluminum, which are known for being lousy conductors (a steel frame is only marginally more dangerous), but... yeah. In midsummer when I'm dying of the heat, though, there's a certain exhilaration in being caught in the rain, provided you're not having to dodge jerks in cars or fight 45 MPH wind gusts. Gotta be prepared, though: rain is not iPhone weather.

And since we decided to mention last ride that wasn't simply getting to work, that would've been last weekend. A friend is trying to get fit and asked me to ride with him. He rides bloody slow and drives me nuts, so I opted to burn off some energy by doing 25 miles before connecting up with him. And then we ended up doing ~20 miles, anyhow. I was a tiny bit tired midway through, but my second wind kicked in eventually.

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Whew! Dodged THAT bullet! :-)

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Yesterday, I was at a meeting until around 4:30. I was about 7 miles from the office. I wanted to drive back to the office so that I could ride my bike home, but I changed my mind. Good thing, too: there was a massive thunderstorm that hit at about 5:20. The lightening was amazing, and the drenching I would have received would have been severe. (We only average 8" of precipitation a year, so I rarely complain about the rain when it comes.) And as much as I love my steel-framed bike, I do not like riding it during thunderstorms.

A local TV station posted photos submitted by locals. Some of them are crap, but a lot of them are pretty amazing. www.nbcrightnow.com/story/23354897/s
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Been feeling the "pinch" of the shortening days...try to avoid riding in the dark and too many days run too late for riding now. :-(

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9/6/13 11:16 A

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You early-morning riders and bike commuters--I am totally impressed.

I love it.

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9/5/13 10:43 P

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Like Argentpuck, my rides are a lot of commuting to/from work....which like he says, is not the most exciting thing. My ride to work starts at about 4:30am...between a 17 mile ride...or shorter 8miles if driving and parking half way. Then ... back home. Home ride is not as fun for sure... hotter, more traffic, uphill, etc.

So I will cheat and use my last NON commute ride...which was with the wifey. And whenever we get to ride together is a good ride! A short 8 miler to the gym this past Monday. We found a new route that was a lot more scenic.

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Yep, hills are like that...much effort, but OH that feeling when you've conquered one...especially if one is rewarded by a long downhill SWOOP! :-)

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My most recent ride was a shorter 9 mile ride with my husband in the early morning before work. It had lots of hills which I did very well this time...so I was proud and felt like I accomplished something.

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9/5/13 7:10 P

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I get around by bicycle, so my most recent ride was to work and back (about 11-12 miles total). Hardly very interesting. It is kind of a nuisance, too, as I am basically climbing or descending a hill the whole way, which is the joy of living in a river valley, I suppose, but it gets quite obnoxious while dodging traffic (I work in a rich neighborhood, so people drive like extra-special idiots since they think the road is their possession) whilst carrying a full pack.

Oh, and since I basically spend 6 hours at work doing aerobics (... which isn't 1/10th as fun as it sounds), I'm generally exhausted by the time I get to pedal home.

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9/5/13 5:21 P

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Check out my most recent blog...just had one of the BEST cycling weekends EVER!

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My most recent ride was last night. It was just a short 10 ride with some hills to climb. I rode hard which felt good. I only had time for 10 miles because it was getting dark.
I really challenged my body in August when I went on a four day camping/biking trip. We went 180 miles in four days and carried our gear from place to place. I used a Bob trailer to haul my gear and the gear and trailer weighed about 50lbs, In the last year I have lost 60lbs. I motivated myself by telling me that the trailer and me weighed less than "me" a year ago. Every ride is fantastic and I am left waiting for the next one.

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How was your most recent ride? Did you ride with others or solo? What was the best moment of the ride? How did you feel afterwards? Etc.

Yesterday I rode by myself doing intervals. I felt weary during the ride, but I think that is the point of intervals. The best moments of the ride were either when I saw how fast I was going (but later realized I had a tail wind . . . ) or when I waved to another friendly cyclist going the other way. My quads felt heavy afterwards, and I loved that.

What about you?

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