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So I got back on the bike after a 7 year hiatus because of a hernia I just wouldn't take the time out of my life to get fixed. I have now go it fixed and to be honest have had all kinds of pain and problems since then but I digress. So back on the bike and training for a 540mi ride in July. Longest ride so far has been a 51 mile BEAST! I called it the Suicide Loop. I have found a few REALLY KILLER apps and a great way to connect with friends to see their rides and show mine as well. its called Strava and I am also on Relive. Relive is cool because it has a video of your ride. They show all the stats etc. I just bought a "new to me" bike. I named her "My Girlfriend" ( My SWMBO loves the name and its all in good fun). So when I am not with her she at least knows I am out riding my girlfriend and she is OK with it. I have been riding my new girlfriend all over town showing her off to all my friends...HA HA HA. Are any of you on Strava or Relive?

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I’ve been on Strava for years. Ex runner/triathlete turned cyclist only. I saw your planned ride in another thread…I wish you the best of luck on your multi-day ride! And it’s for a great cause! I do most of my rides on gravel and only post my weekend rides on Strava. Stay safe on the road! Rick Cope
 

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i'm more of a daily work biker, got myself a nice ebike this year as wintertime riding was getting a tad to heavy especially during slush season...
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I am also on Strava with the same user name. I am about to get back on the bike after about an 18+ month no ride period. I was not feeling well most of the beginning of last year which resulted in having open heart surgery July 2021. The recovery period was longer than expected and only now starting to feel more like myself. I will be riding the 5 Boro Tour in NYC on May 1. It is a 45 mile ride which used to be a pretty easy one. Not being on the bike or much physical work for 18 months will make it very challenging this year.
 
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I am also on Strava with the same user name. I am about to get back on the bike after about an 18+ month no ride period. I was not feeling well most of the beginning of last year which resulted in having open heart surgery July 2021. The recovery period was longer than expected and only now starting to feel more like myself. I will be riding the 5 Boro Tour in NYC on May 1. It is a 45 mile ride which used to be a pretty easy one. Not being on the bike or much physical work for 18 months will make it very challenging this year.
Good for you for getting back on the bike. Sorry to hear about the health issues, man that sucks! But good for you! I'll find you and follow on Strava.

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How far is the commute? That looks fast... AND COLD!

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not that bad, about 5 km each way, it's a nice bike, but the assist is speedlimited at 25 kph, so mostly for hills and when the snow is deep/soft. temps get down to -30 C in the wintertime, so having full winter kit with goggles etc is needed below -20
 

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You cycle in -30? I would never even dream of it, even when using the engine warmer my car struggles to start in the morning during those periods of 30-35 below freezing...
 

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not that bad, about 5 km each way, it's a nice bike, but the assist is speedlimited at 25 kph, so mostly for hills and when the snow is deep/soft. temps get down to -30 C in the wintertime, so having full winter kit with goggles etc is needed below -20
Respect! 👍

I quibble if the temp drops below +10 C.
 
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not that bad, about 5 km each way, it's a nice bike, but the assist is speedlimited at 25 kph, so mostly for hills and when the snow is deep/soft. temps get down to -30 C in the wintertime, so having full winter kit with goggles etc is needed below -20
Uhhhhhh -30C Are you serious. I am such a Puss! I would NEVER even consider it! You are 1 bad MOFO!

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below -20 it does get annoying, but with good gear, it's more problematic that your core gets too hot and you start to sweat(ebike makes that bit less likely).
with good mittens and face protection, including goggles, it's not too bad.
 

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on and off rider here. I've been more concentrating on running lately, so I haven't gotten a lot of miles on the bike in a couple years. Each spring I tell myself I need to get back on there, but it doesn;t happen as much.
I'm not on Strava or anything, but I do use the MapMyFitness for other sports, so it'll work out for riding also.
A ways back I was a long-distance guy, have a bunch of centuries under my belt, a lot of metrics, and would go out and ride a half-century just for fun on a weekend.
 

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I'm also a rider and have a been on Strava for several years now. Stays cold up here in ID for quite a while (and I'm a wimp riding in cold weather), so I do a lot of miles every week on my indoor trainer. You should check out the Xert app - it a great app to track and improve your fitness on the bike.
 

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I'm a pretty consistent casual rider. I get in maybe a dozen rides a summer for the past decade or so. When my first kid was born I pretty much took a couple years off. Last summer I took my bike with on the big in-laws reunion / fishing trip and rode for 5 or 6 days, about 2-3 hours each ride, and also got a few rides in around home through the summer.

The picture I shared above is my new setup now that I'm trying to get my son to start riding. I don't want to give the company free advertising, but after trying it out yesterday, I'm pretty happy with this tandem riding attachment. My kid can ride by himself until he gets tired, and then I can hook him up and tow him the rest of the way, even though he is really early in learning to ride and doesn't have great balance yet.

Looking forward to teaching him to ride by himself.
 
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Fun dad moment I feel like sharing.

I took mini-me out for a walk / balance bike ride. I was just wondering how I could entice mini-me to keep his butt on his bike seat, when I looked over and saw him, seated, gliding on his bike with his feet off the ground for a brief, exciting moment.

Hopefully he remembers he can do this at our next bike ride.

Changing gears, does anyone ebike? I think my wife would enjoy that, so I'm looking into it and the amount of information and the variety of ebikes available is a bit overwhelming.
 

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I've posted my ebike above, really love it and if you want something practical, haibike has a new low step-in model that has the exact same features and would be great for someone who does semi-serious distances on hard/gravel roads, not good enough for full off-road stuff, but does have luggage rack and splashguards/lights etc so they are more frequently usable.

US model, slightly different than mine, but similar enough.
 

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does anyone ebike?
Wife and I did a western coastal Ireland VBT trip and had ebikes, but our hybrids are not E. We do 60/40 roads & rail trails. Doing a 300mile Wisconsin trip this summer. My knees cannot tolerate running, but have no issues on the bike, or elliptical, and complain only a little with tennis (doubles). The pollen in Western Mass is exceptional this year tho, I can testify to that. Ebike wouldn't help much.
 

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So I got back on the bike after a 7 year hiatus because of a hernia I just wouldn't take the time out of my life to get fixed. I have now go it fixed and to be honest have had all kinds of pain and problems since then but I digress. So back on the bike and training for a 540mi ride in July. Longest ride so far has been a 51 mile BEAST! I called it the Suicide Loop. I have found a few REALLY KILLER apps and a great way to connect with friends to see their rides and show mine as well. its called Strava and I am also on Relive. Relive is cool because it has a video of your ride. They show all the stats etc. I just bought a "new to me" bike. I named her "My Girlfriend" ( My SWMBO loves the name and its all in good fun). So when I am not with her she at least knows I am out riding my girlfriend and she is OK with it. I have been riding my new girlfriend all over town showing her off to all my friends...HA HA HA. Are any of you on Strava or Relive?

Cheers
Jay

Figured we’re well enough into August that you’ve potentially recovered. How did the ride go?
 

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I mainly mountain bike and then it isnt to far. My endurance has never been good but there are plenty of trails around here
 

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@Kharnynb , you are a beast! I've been a life long commuter (never had a driver's license). My coldest ride was -14F and that was plenty cold enough for me. -30C takes it to a whole different level.
 

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I went on a "long" (your definition might be different than mine) ride a few days after my last post. I wanted to get a feel for a good chunk of the path I frequent. It was also really hot that day.

About three-forths through the ride I noticed my neck was hurting. My neck was messed up for almost a month before I caved and went to a doctor to check it out. Then a week later it was a pinched nerve. On the good pain days I've been able to take mini-me on short rides around town.

I think I might be recovered enough now to take mini-me back on the bike trail, but my goal of putting x-many hundred miles on my bike this summer before my new tiny roommate arrives has vanished.

Mini-me is still making progress, though. He was so comfortable on his balance bike that I found him a slightly used pedal bike and I got another kit to hook it up to my bike. Hopefully we'll see some more progress before the snow flies.
 
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Figured we’re well enough into August that you’ve potentially recovered. How did the ride go?
IT WAS AMAZING! I ended up at 574 miles total for the 7 days! Rode next to the Hudson all the way up from Manhattan and then took a left at the Erie Canal and rode it all the way to Niagara Falls! We didn't set any land speed records but we also were not trying to just BANG IT OUT. We stopped at just about every ice cream shop along the way. We stopped at ever hydration station and refueled. We took pictures like crazy and just really enjoyed the ride! OMG I LOVED LOVED LOVED IT! You want to talk about being taken care of! HOLY CRAP that is the ride to go on if you want to feel like a KING! Best experience! Will absolutely do it again and I would challenge ANYBODY to take some time out of their lives and do something like this that will absolutely make a difference.
Thank you for asking! :)

Cheers
Jay
 
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