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Old 07-14-2020, 03:49 PM   #341 (permalink)
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Local trails for a change

Deer trails!


I have been riding our local trails more this summer than in many years since our competitive sailing evenings were cancelled.

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Old 07-15-2020, 02:14 PM   #342 (permalink)
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Deer trails!


I have been riding our local trails more this summer than in many years since our competitive sailing evenings were cancelled.
And dear trails. I have been blasting big jumps at the bike park and hammering down really challenging and tricky stuff so much lately that those comfy, fun local deer trails felt amazing. And no need to drive your car for an
hour just to go biking.
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Old 07-15-2020, 03:07 PM   #343 (permalink)
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I have noticed that if I drive to a natural area, it takes me hours to feel in tune with my surroundings, but if I ride my bike, I'm there even as I approach. If the goal is to be in nature, a bike is often the fastest way there.
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Old 07-15-2020, 04:16 PM   #344 (permalink)
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If the goal is to be in nature, a bike is often the fastest way there.
Top of the efficiency 'food chain': https://duckduckgo.com/?q=efficiency+bicycle+salmon. (Most efficient apparently is a dead salmon in a vortex street)

But not the highway food chain:
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One time I was passed too close by a jacked-up truck, which I easily caught at the next red light. I gave the driver a top-volume harangue all about how messy a bike and rider can get in a wheelwell, going on about blood and gore and bones, scratched paint and punctured tires as he looked increasingly nauseous. I kept an eye on the lights, and when it got to yellow, I finished up with "And that's not to mention the PAPERWORK!" Even when I didn't catch the offenders, the chase was the best way to deal with the adrenalin.
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I was once almost blind-sided by that second trailer.

To be fair though, the driver sings the song in her cab as she's tooting "ON YR LEFT" to a convoy of bicyclists lest they do something random.

edit: I looked it up it's Newton's Third law.
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Not mine but on topic:


https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/202...y-adopted.html
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Next to long distance hypermiling with my Green TDI, I am mainly a cyclist. Untill 10 years ago I cycled and camped around in Western and Southern Europe. Now I have a family and things have changed But we still do as much as possible by bicycle.

Mine is a costumized Santos SCC2:


... in hauling-mode ...


My wife's car is an electric one!
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If I am riding mostly on roads I move my bar grips inboard to reduce wind resistance. Like the TT riders the forearms deflect the air somewhat. I space mine 10 inches (250 mm) apart. Nice setup overall.
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If I am riding mostly on roads I move my bar grips inboard to reduce wind resistance.
Never thought of that, it's worth a try. I mainly use the bar ends when pulling the trailer. It feels more secure, steering requires less force and it's more precise.

For the rest, that Santos consists of lightweight parts, weighing 24 lbs in total. Especially the Mavic rims and Schwalbe tires are ultra light. The drivetrain is Shimano XTR. Already quite old but - in my humbe opinion - still the very best material today.

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