Our Rides in Words, Photos & Videos

I’m not sure that I would have been as kind. Reporting her plate number to the local authorities might have been in order as her blatant act of negligence could have potentially resulted in serious injury to you if it wasn't for your alertness. Then again, perhaps the public humiliation that you doled out was punishment enough. I see idiots over here constantly weaving in an out of traffic in a feeble attempt to get to their destinations and wonder if they ever consider the risk that they put others in just to shave off a bit of time. :mad:

Glad to know that you’re okay and that you managed to get a ride in. Not so lucky here as we have been doing our best to cope with record low temps so early in the season. It was -42C WC early this morning!! Weekend looks more promising though.
I told her she was lucky I didn't have any cameras as I would have reported her, sadly there were no witnesses so it would have been hard to prove! People really need more patience on the roads, if she had just waited until we passed the traffic island she could have passed me easily and safely! That is some crazy temps, I hope the weekend will prove fruitful for you! 🤞
 
That is some crazy temps, I hope the weekend will prove fruitful for you! 🤞
I hope so too.🤞 For now, I have nothing better to do than watch the crews blade the side streets.

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"Fire-Roads Only", Seriously?!

An organizer posted an event for Sunday: a gravel group ride in the Kampinos National Park. The promise was an easy ride solely on fire-roads. Really? I had to check the "Short" route the day before... I agreed with Jacek to ride up to him and restart the off-road part in a group of two :)

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"Es gibt kein schlechtes Wetter nur falsche Kleidung".
"There is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothes".
Not necessarily good for Canadian winters, even too warm for Polish December :)


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On the way to my brother. As the ground was frozen, that part was even not too bad, had I reduced the tyre pressure before the ride :)

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We continued the ride together; that's why I got these pictures!

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Jacek rode a Giant Trance E+ 2 Pro, too adequate for the conditions! Unfortunately, Vado SL seemed to have too a weak motor for that harsh Winter terrain.

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"Fire-Roads Only"? Seriously?!

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Then we had to ride fire-roads consisting of a kind of "soft manure" soil. My Vado SL (Turbo mode, granny gear) was unable to let me ride at times! And it was for many kilometres.

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I got so tired I had to take a longer rest, sitting on snowy stairs of one of the many war cemeteries in the Kampinos forest (namely, the one for the year 1863 insurgents against the Imperial Russia). Meanwhile, Jacek was riding "unpowered" circles not to get cold. See the colour of my Vado SL: "Dove Gray". It is decidedly not white!

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At some point, we had had enough. Jacek just winked at me, and magically brought me out of the forest to the Biker Pub in Stanisławów :)

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We got mulled beer (Czech Opat from Broumov we enjoyed on our 2021 Czech vacation), Zhur (soup) and apple-cake. What a nice ending to the murderous Kampinos loop!

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The remaining 14 km involved mostly the pavement, although I had a single frozen gravel segment 3 km before reaching home. See the glow of CatEye Volt 1700 headlight at the full power :)

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Not a bad ride as for winter, eh? Meanwhile, most of my buddies pedal their bike trainers staring at Zwift :)
 
You should have stolen the Giant back when he wasn’t looking, Stefan! From earlier descriptions of Jacek, it sounds like he could have ridden this on a skateboard, certainly on your SL.
He said he had big doubts if he could do that trip on a traditional gravel bike. Offered swapping e-bikes with me for the ride but I said no; am too ambitious!
And on this fine cold day in upstate New York, another point for the hub drive in that age old argument… hard to plan for the pedal arm to snap right in half, and ain’t no throttle on a mid drive Giant! At least this post gives me something to do while waiting for the rescue ride.
Hard to believe that! The pedal looks quality to me, what's that?
 
An unexpected break in the weather prompted me to head out into the darkness just after sunset. Temperature at the time was -12C with light breeze coming from the NW. I took to the single tracks at Heritage Ranch and finished up my ride with an impromptu visit to City Hall to view the Xmas lights as well as a few adorned homes in my own hood.


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I grabbed the opportunity to get out on the back roads today before the ice takes over tomorrow, my new tyres got their first outing also! My tyres were supposed to arrive on Saturday but the courier gave me the runaround and finally delivered them this morning, just after they arrived I also received my new batteries for my heated gloves! I put the batteries on charge and used my old ones for the ride, it will be handy having spares now with winter starting to hit! I should be able to crank the heat up next time, today I only used level 1 and at 5C that was just perfect! Although as I was late getting out the temp really dropped near the end of my ride so I switched to level 2 and the old batteries lasted until the end so I got over 3.5 hours from them! With the windchill today it was around zero though for most of the ride, the difference with the 20mph north easterly wind behind me on the way back was very noticeable and very welcome!

I headed east today to Bridgend and had to join some main roads at times, thankfully no idiots around today to spoil my fun! I did get a little rain but nothing nasty, the roads were already wet and a bit filthy so the tyres got a good workout and performed as I expected! I bought the same Schwalbe Marathons that lasted me for almost 12,000 miles as they have really good grip in the wet and really good puncture protection!

The back road from Avonbridge to Standburn!
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The Bowhouse Burn which runs alongside the road was flowing very fast today!
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Up the big climb next and I turned on to the awesome road to Standburn, one of my favourites with many ups and downs!
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I continued on towards Bridgend, which means passing through the busy town of Linlithgow! Thankfully it wasn't too bad today and I reached the far side of the town unscathed!

Looking north from Linlithgow towards the Ochill Hills!
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I arrived in Bridgend where it was time to turn south and then west towards Beecraigs Country Park! Another big climb here before the awesome descent towards the country park, another nice view of the Ochil Hills from part way up the climb! I wouldn't fancy riding through these fields! 🤣
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At the top of the climb the views are even better and you can see the snow on the mountains in the distance!
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I hammered down the descent at 41.1mph and started the climb up to the country park which is right at the top of this hill in the photo!
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A final view of the Ochill Hills before the ride home!
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With darkness descending around 4pm this was the last of the photos, I really didn't want to arrive home in darkness as I don't have the powerful lights that @Prairie Dog was sporting in his awesome ride in the dark! What a brilliant video mate, the Christmas lights were just incredible to see!👌I arrived home just before darkness with enough time to clean the bike and buzzing from another brilliant ride! I will need to use the main roads now unless we get another mild spell, I will choose the safest roads of course!

@Saratoga Dave What a nightmare you had with the pedal disintegrating like that, I hope you got home safely mate!
 

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He said he had big doubts if he could do that trip on a traditional gravel bike. Offered swapping e-bikes with me for the ride but I said no; am too ambitious!

Hard to believe that! The pedal looks quality to me, what's that?

They're Origin8 Slimline pedals, very good stuff and not particularly inexpensive either. About six thousand miles on them on my Toughroad. I was just cruising along a flat section of paved bike path, nothing exciting, and I heard this crack and the pedal was spinning off across the pavement.
 
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I grabbed the opportunity to get out on the back roads today before the ice takes over tomorrow, my new tyres got their first outing also! My tyres were supposed to arrive on Saturday but the courier gave me the runaround and finally delivered them this morning, just after they arrived I also received my new batteries for my heated gloves! I put the batteries on charge and used my old ones for the ride, it will be handy having spares now with winter starting to hit! I should be able to crank the heat up next time, today I only used level 1 and at 5C that was just perfect! Although as I was late getting out the temp really dropped near the end of my ride so I switched to level 2 and the old batteries lasted until the end so I got over 3.5 hours from them! With the windchill today it was around zero though for most of the ride, the difference with the 20mph north easterly wind behind me on the way back was very noticeable and very welcome!

I headed east today to Bridgend and had to join some main roads at times, thankfully no idiots around today to spoil my fun! I did get a little rain but nothing nasty, the roads were already wet and a bit filthy so the tyres got a good workout and performed as I expected! I bought the same Schwalbe Marathons that lasted me for almost 12,000 miles as they have really good grip in the wet and really good puncture protection!

The back road from Avonbridge to Standburn! View attachment 141756
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The Bowhouse Burn which runs alongside the road was flowing very fast today!
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Up the big climb next and I turned on to the awesome road to Standburn, one of my favourites with many ups and downs!
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I continued on towards Bridgend, which means passing through the busy town of Linlithgow! Thankfully it wasn't too bad today and I reached the far side of the town unscathed!

Looking north from Linlithgow towards the Ochill Hills!
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I arrived in Bridgend where it was time to turn south and then west towards Beecraigs Country Park! Another big climb here before the awesome descent towards the country park, another nice view of the Ochil Hills from part way up the climb! I wouldn't fancy riding through these fields! 🤣
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At the top of the climb the views are even better and you can see the snow on the mountains in the distance!
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I hammered down the descent at 41.1mph and started the climb up to the country park which is right at the top of this hill in the photo!
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A final view of the Ochill Hills before the ride home!
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With darkness descending around 4pm this was the last of the photos, I really didn't want to arrive home in darkness as I don't have the powerful lights that @Prairie Dog was sporting in his awesome ride in the dark! What a brilliant video mate, the Christmas lights were just incredible to see!👌I arrived home just before darkness with enough time to clean the bike and buzzing from another brilliant ride! I will need to use the main roads now unless we get another mild spell, I will choose the safest roads of course!

@Saratoga Dave What a nightmare you had with the pedal disintegrating like that, I hope you got home safely mate!
love your reports - thank you
 
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I grabbed the opportunity to get out on the back roads today before the ice takes over tomorrow, my new tyres got their first outing also! My tyres were supposed to arrive on Saturday but the courier gave me the runaround and finally delivered them this morning, just after they arrived I also received my new batteries for my heated gloves! I put the batteries on charge and used my old ones for the ride, it will be handy having spares now with winter starting to hit! I should be able to crank the heat up next time, today I only used level 1 and at 5C that was just perfect! Although as I was late getting out the temp really dropped near the end of my ride so I switched to level 2 and the old batteries lasted until the end so I got over 3.5 hours from them! With the windchill today it was around zero though for most of the ride, the difference with the 20mph north easterly wind behind me on the way back was very noticeable and very welcome!

I headed east today to Bridgend and had to join some main roads at times, thankfully no idiots around today to spoil my fun! I did get a little rain but nothing nasty, the roads were already wet and a bit filthy so the tyres got a good workout and performed as I expected! I bought the same Schwalbe Marathons that lasted me for almost 12,000 miles as they have really good grip in the wet and really good puncture protection!

The back road from Avonbridge to Standburn! View attachment 141756
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The Bowhouse Burn which runs alongside the road was flowing very fast today!
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Up the big climb next and I turned on to the awesome road to Standburn, one of my favourites with many ups and downs!
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I continued on towards Bridgend, which means passing through the busy town of Linlithgow! Thankfully it wasn't too bad today and I reached the far side of the town unscathed!

Looking north from Linlithgow towards the Ochill Hills!
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I arrived in Bridgend where it was time to turn south and then west towards Beecraigs Country Park! Another big climb here before the awesome descent towards the country park, another nice view of the Ochil Hills from part way up the climb! I wouldn't fancy riding through these fields! 🤣
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At the top of the climb the views are even better and you can see the snow on the mountains in the distance!
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I hammered down the descent at 41.1mph and started the climb up to the country park which is right at the top of this hill in the photo!
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A final view of the Ochill Hills before the ride home!
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With darkness descending around 4pm this was the last of the photos, I really didn't want to arrive home in darkness as I don't have the powerful lights that @Prairie Dog was sporting in his awesome ride in the dark! What a brilliant video mate, the Christmas lights were just incredible to see!👌I arrived home just before darkness with enough time to clean the bike and buzzing from another brilliant ride! I will need to use the main roads now unless we get another mild spell, I will choose the safest roads of course!

@Saratoga Dave What a nightmare you had with the pedal disintegrating like that, I hope you got home safely mate!
Milk it for all it’s worth. It will be months before I can even begin to see a glimpse of grass let alone any signs of blades that even resemble the color green. Here’s hoping that winter solstice on your side of the pond looks and feels much like it does in those wonderful images. 🤞

@Chargeride – I was hoping that you might see some snow on the few days that it does occur there. Anyways, perhaps this might perk you up, not that you’re in need of it. The Shred Collective is a group of guys and gals based out of Calgary who love to bike in the mtns of Canmore, Banff, and Bragg Creek and who take their winter fat biking seriously. I don’t ride a fattie but thought this might be right in your wheel house. Cheers!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShredCollectiveBike/

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@Djangodog – With its white winter coat, I wasn’t sure if anyone would have noticed Thumper scampering ahead of me. The deer can be spotted in yards almost on a daily basis and during the winter season they are virtually everywhere nibbling on anything they can reach. My wife just adores them….NOT!!
 
it was 36 degrees out but the bike path was getting frosty so we decided to get home on regular roads so as not to take a chance.
we had a full moon with the overcast looked kinda cool. I am surprised how light my iphone made it. looks like it works pretty well in the dark.
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