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First Bike ride of the Season

post #1 of 23
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After the Match yesterday I had alot of nervous energy to burn off. It was 50 degrees , and the kids weren't due home for 2 hours.

So I got the baby out of the basement and warmed her up for the season.

It was a GREAT ride - felt good - but my A$$ bones were a bit out of touch with the saddle. Maybe I just have less padding back there - lost 14 pounds since last summer.

Great Rail-Trail system here and my route paralleled the Mon River - but in 20 miles there were FOUR heavy steel gates that had been smashed and ripped off their hinges over the winter. (The kind that is meant to keep vehicle traffic off the trail) What is WRONG with people anyway? I don't get it - Destruction of something nice, just "because".:
post #2 of 23
ummm... slednecks maybe?
post #3 of 23
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LOL - took me a couple of beats for "slednecks" to sink in.

It's possible - but this section wasn't that far out of town. And if it was "kids", then they had a durn big rig - these gates were bent/twisted/MAULED - not just off the hinges.

It really ticks me off, 'cause it's a non-profit group that maintains the trails and it will cost Thousands to replace those gates. Guess I should 'up' my dues when I get a real paycheck again.

I really was a great ride though - I may go out again this afternoon if I can get some of my paper written in the meantime. The surface was kind of soft up toward the PA line, and I was starting to think I should have taken the mtn bike instead. I have 28 armadillos on the roadbike, so at least they weren't skinny racing tires.
post #4 of 23
We're eyeing up a Connellsville to Meyersdale weekend ride this spring.

Ultimately we are planning a ‘rails to trails’ outing from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. The Great Allegheny Passage should be complete by year's end.

The PA Pine Creek Valley from Slate Run to Wellsboro (PA Grand Canyon) is a great 50 mile RT but surprisingly flat considering the surrounding mountains.

Support 'Rails to Trails' by voting in local referendums and joining local trail organizations.
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by Springhill Crazie

The PA Pine Creek Valley from Slate Run to Wellsboro (PA Grand Canyon) is a great 50 mile RT but surprisingly flat considering the surrounding mountains.
It's very tame. But a few miles E or W in either direction there are some lung-busters.
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by Springhill Crazie
We're eyeing up a Connellsville to Meyersdale weekend ride this spring.

Ultimately we are planning a ‘rails to trails’ outing from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. The Great Allegheny Passage should be complete by year's end.
Awesome! I did a leg of the C&O last summer. I thought about taking a week or so and doing the Cumberland to Georgetown thing, but it just didn't all come together. Let me know if it happens for you - that would be a cool trip. I would LOVE to do that sometime!
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post #8 of 23
Did my first road ride of the season on Jan. 1, but then it snowed again. Next week will be one of those rare weeks, at least in the east, with both riding and skiing. Maybe both on the same day! Those gates must've been taken out with a big pickup, or maybe daddy's SUV with a brushguard -- the kind that doen't get enough use in the mall parking lot.
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by evansilver
Next week will be one of those rare weeks, at least in the east, with both riding and skiing. Maybe both on the same day!
I'm gonna try to do that, ... if not the same day, then the same weekend.
post #10 of 23
Have any of you PA guys (or anyone) biked the Lehigh Gorge / Jim Thorpe area? There's some scenic as well as extreme stuff all over the place.
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by evansilver
Next week will be one of those rare weeks, at least in the east, with both riding and skiing. Maybe both on the same day!
Between the cold/snow and rain, I've gotten over in approx. 400 miles so far this year (on my rd bike). With the snow, I won't be able to break out the mtb for a while...

A few weeks back I biked up little cottonwood canyon to Alta and then skied a few runs before heading back down.

L
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by PA Ridge Racer
Have any of you PA guys (or anyone) biked the Lehigh Gorge / Jim Thorpe area? There's some scenic as well as extreme stuff all over the place.
All the time. There used to be even more possibilities there before the State Game Lands changed their policy, 'designated routes' vs. 'off limits to MTB routes'.
post #13 of 23
Hoping to get back into it this summer. I used to do alot of single track and I am excited about getting back into it and getting real muddy. French Creek, Wissahicken and Don Guinella are on my list. I owuld also like to get back up to Killington for some ridding up there.
post #14 of 23
This was one of those rare bike/ski weekends for me. Skied New Hampshire on Saturday, and I dragged my bike out today. Ok, I rode all of about 8 miles, and I walked about 50 feet of that due to snow / ice / slush still being on the roads in the shady spots. I didn't have the heart to take my new one out -- I'm still in the "it can't get dirty!" mode.
post #15 of 23
Kevin: That is a sweet bike. Very nice. I understand why you don't want to get it dirty. Wow.
post #16 of 23
Kevin: Sweet. I think the neatest modern bike I've seen in a while was a Calfee tandem on the '93 PMC. Weighed 23 lb. I have the FSA compacts on my new Spectrum Ti ultralight.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by skier31
Kevin: That is a sweet bike. Very nice. I understand why you don't want to get it dirty. Wow.
Thanks! I only got it in December, 2004. I had it for all of two days before the snow started falling and the roads started getting salted / sandy / filthy, etc. So it's has all of about 25 miles on it. Sooner or later I'll just have to suck it up and get it dirty, but not quite yet.
post #18 of 23
Anybody know a good message board like epicski but for cycling? specifically i'm interested in road/cyclocross not mtn
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by Billd
Anybody know a good message board like epicski but for cycling? specifically i'm interested in road/cyclocross not mtn

www.cyclingforums.com

It's world wide. Even more traffic than epic.

L
post #20 of 23
cool thanx man. Looking for good route suggestions around Boston.
post #21 of 23
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Women's cycling

This is a pretty good site for discussion specific to women's cycling.

http://forums.teamestrogen.com/
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by Billd
cool thanx man. Looking for good route suggestions around Boston.
Have you stumbled across CRW yet (Charles River Wheelmen)? They're the largest recreational cycling club around Boston that I'm aware of. They have some routes online as well at: http://www.crw.org/CueSheets/index.htm
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by Billd
Anybody know a good message board like epicski but for cycling? specifically i'm interested in road/cyclocross not mtn
The ones I read the most are:
http://www.bikeforums.net/

and

http://forums.roadbikereview.com/
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