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First ride in just under 2 weeks due to the out of town holiday. Thirty miles with a windbreaker as it was 59 with a NE wind of 10. Thirty miles. Looking forward to the next 6 months of outdoor activity.
 
Found myself in Kissimmee, FL, today and my son and I did a Sugarloaf Mountain ride. We got caught by rain just after finishing Sugarloaf Mountain Road, and took refuge under Live Oaks and horizontal towable roadsigns. We stopped for the worst of it mostly to save electronics. 25+ mile ride starting and finishing at Waterfront Park on Lake Minneola in Winter Garden. The “climb” took all of 3 mins (not full gas), but it was nice to ride some hills and twisting roads for a change. 4CAF02EE-900B-49CE-9504-52566103DB55.png
 
Here's my fat tire mountain bike
That is the only type of bike I've seen on the streets these last few days. There are about 20 cross-country skiers on the street for each bicyclist. I'm walking, not biking.

But I still have electricity (most of the time).
 

FarmerTan

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That is the only type of bike I've seen on the streets these last few days. There are about 20 cross-country skiers on the street for each bicyclist. I'm walking, not biking.

But I still have electricity (most of the time).
Looks like you folks are getting our version of "lake effect snow"..... ocean effect? Hope you can keep the lights on!

Back to that bike: I would LOVE one of those with electric assistance.... Get me out of my Lazyarseboy!
 

haggis

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Back to that bike: I would LOVE one of those with electric assistance.... Get me out of my Lazyarseboy!
If you can, do it! Very common experience with e-bikes is that people ride more often (and farther) than they expected they would. So much so that the health benefits of pedelec e-bikes is about the same as traditional. I found this was true with my cargo bike. I thought I might ride it to work (before retirement) once in a while (9 miles each way) and ended up riding it every chance I could.

I just received my new e-bike; my valentine's new bike is on a ship somewhere making its way from Germany. Rare snow in PDX this weekend so waiting for a bit more accommodating weather to do much riding.

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Back to typical Florida hill climbing today with a gusty S wind.

I need to correct my post above. Our Sugarloaf Mountain ride started in Clermont, FL. It is the circumnavigation of Lake Apopka that starts in Winter Garden. Another ride...
 

haggis

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For once we somehow managed to keep power. I respect the brutal temps that much of the country has to deal with, but ice storms are no joke either. My neighborhood currently is just a giant slushee and hopefully that's the story going forward for this episode.

I'm not as bendy as I used to be and getting older by the day :p so I splurged on a full suspension low-step. No excuses now!
 
@T.Orso Awesome! There are no excuses! Anyone else out?
I didn’t actually see other riders today, but usually there are a handful even in conditions like these.

I find it quite fun to tackle snow on the bikeshare bikes. The tires are wide and semi-slick. So if you get up enough speed you float on the snow pretty well, and you can more or less keep a line despite never having a solid grip. After that, as long as you don’t stop, accelerate or change direction, you’re good!
 
Pulled the steed out of the shed in preparation for an early exercise regimen, and the tires were dry rotted bad. Started looking on-line, dang the price of bicycle tires is crazy! I saw many in the $75-100 range. Decided to hit the local mom and pop repair shop. They had some decent 700x50c beaded tires for $36 per.

Got them mounted up, really nice ride to them. And I was pleasantly relieved that the rest of the machine performed flawlessly after sitting for some months. Gotta get out and ride more!
 
Paid $64 to replace one of my son’s Contis after our Saturday ride. 700cx25 Schwalbe Lugano 2. Pretty cool that Clermont has a bike shop right at Waterfront Park. Paid a little extra, but I know it got swapped!
 
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