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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Mount Weather and Real Climbing

I had planned to do this ride a week or two earlier, but weather didn’t cooperate nor did a broken bike help, but I just couldn’t wait and set out with my friend Steve to ride up a real climb towards getting real suffering and experience in. There were several routes to ride Mt Weather, … Continue reading »

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An Open Letter to Cannondale and Freshbikes Cycling

Update 4/23/2013: After sending this along to Cannondale and to Freshbikes, I’ve been able to communicate with Jason@Freshbikes to a good resolution. They’re going to refund me the cost of the Cannondale seat post, since Jason agreed that they should have provided this, though he did state that this seems to be standard practice in … Continue reading »

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Cherry Blossoms 2013

The day before, Becky, Charlotte and I went down to the tidal basin and walked around, both for exercise, and for sight seeing. It was chilly, early, and empty then, but today it was warm, in the afternoon, and crowded. Strapped on a couple bottles, grabbed a couple gels, and decided to go down to … Continue reading »

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What is it with Sunsets?

Back out on the Trek 7300 Hybrid again. Weather was nice, so I came home early and did a clockwise Arlington loop. Realize that I need to work on the fit of the hybrid, as my right knee started having pain somewhere around 10 miles from home. The pain occurs on the down stroke of … Continue reading »

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Cracks in my Heart

After the ride to Mount Vernon, the rear derailer was having issues with the mid-gear rings, and I was going to clean the chain and take the bike in to drop it off for a tune up. As I’m cleaning the frame, and starting to clean the chain, I notice something at the base of … Continue reading »

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Mount Vernon

So it was supposed to be a horrible weekend. Except the weather system pushed north and bypassed us completely. Funny that. I had wanted to do this weeks ago, but never got a good enough weekend to do so. The traffic on the Mount Vernon Trail was horrendous; so many people to pass. Though I … Continue reading »

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That point…

At some point, you realize you’re starting to do really well. And for that I do have Strava to thank. We had some decent weather (i.e. temps > 50F) in a row, which was going to end with possible snow and rain for the weekend, so I wanted to get in a ride before the … Continue reading »

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Chilly Hilly

Went out to ride after work, since the daylight savings time changeover, I’ve been rushing home to go out and ride. Didn’t travel very far from home base for this, and manageed to ride just over 14 miles and climb 1500 feet in the fairly flat neighborhoods around my home. It was my first real … Continue reading »

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First 100k+ Ride

The friday before when it rained I had really wanted to get in some base miles, so instead I did that on this ride. The goal was to ride up the hill in Leesburg up to the Rt. 9/Rt. 7 intersection. I figured it was going to be about a 60 mile ride, so I … Continue reading »

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2013 Bike Arlington Freezing Saddles

Bike Arlington is one of the local bicycle advocacy groups here in the northern Virginia area. The link to their forums is over in the blog roll. One of the long time members suggested and then created a challege for the forums to motivate folks to continue to commute by bike over the winter. He … Continue reading »

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