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Quedecree

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A slow relaxing cruise along the Murray River track (Victoria side), Aus. One thing I love about the bike is it's ability to sneak up on unsuspecting critters - in this case I startled a Goanna which went up the closest tree and I was able to grab the camera and get some pics/video. I think this is only the 4th one I've ever seen in the wild - not that they're rare, just darn well camo'd!

 

RabH

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I feared I wouldn't get out today as it rained last night and this morning it was -3C and extremely icy, thankfully the sun eventually melted the ice and I decided to take a chance and go for it! I managed just over 40 miles and although the temp dropped to -1C it was a very enjoyable ride, I actually arrived home just before it got dark with around 35 miles in the bag but I decided to ride around my home town to get it up to 40 miles so it was dark when I did get home! I have now surpassed last years total by 4 miles, total mileage for 2019 is now 3,274 from 56 rides, my average mileage is now 58.46! I'm approaching 10,000km overall now in 20 months, I'm currently at 9,981 so I will pass it easily on my next ride! I have 3 days off work very soon so I'm hoping the weather will be kind to me...
 

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Jaxx

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I feared I wouldn't get out today as it rained last night and this morning it was -3C and extremely icy, thankfully the sun eventually melted the ice and I decided to take a chance and go for it! I managed just over 40 miles and although the temp dropped to -1C it was a very enjoyable ride, I actually arrived home just before it got dark with around 35 miles in the bag but I decided to ride around my home town to get it up to 40 miles so it was dark when I did get home! I have now surpassed last years total by 4 miles, total mileage for 2019 is now 3,274 from 56 rides, my average mileage is now 58.46! I'm approaching 10,000km overall now in 20 months, I'm currently at 9,981 so I will pass it easily on my next ride! I have 3 days off work very soon so I'm hoping the weather will be kind to me...
No flooded roads for you then Rab? Also luck around here, however 30 mlies south (Doncaster) it's awash. Was going to Planet X store at Barnsley this weekend for cold weather gear. They are also flooded out. Keep up the milage.
 

RabH

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No flooded roads for you then Rab? Also luck around here, however 30 mlies south (Doncaster) it's awash. Was going to Planet X store at Barnsley this weekend for cold weather gear. They are also flooded out. Keep up the milage.
Thankfully no major floods here, lots of the back roads are flooded but most of them are passable! I'm glad I live at the top of a 500ft hill... ;)
 

Cowlitz

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Today's ride up on "the flats". There's a couple of turkeys in the picture if you look closely at it. There is a big group of wild turkeys that winters in the orchards. They do not hold still for photos, in fact, I didn't think I got any turkeys by the time I dug out my camera.

It was very windy and I needed no assist once I got going with the wind at my back. Then, I had to head into the wind but it was in a more sheltered area. Anyway, here be turkeys. The looked fat. I wonder if they eat the apples that are on the ground?
 

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RabH

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It was the first day of my short break from work today and I was lucky to get out for a ride, it was very icy at first but the forecast was looking promising and it was expected to hit 4C around midday! I looked outside and it didn't look too clever though but I decide to go for it...I was extremely lucky not to get soaked! I finished with a very flithy bike but still enjoyed a nice 48 mile ride, you will see from the photos that I was very lucky to get home relatively dry!
 

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David Roy

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I took advantage of a "warm" 44 degree sunny day and rode 42 miles. Yesterday it was only 10 miles at 24 degrees. Five miles of the ride were along the Airline Trail in eastern Connecticut. The trail was a little muddy but avoids a problematic highway crossing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Line_State_Park_Trail

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No more pretty colors but its nice to see blue sky and sun.

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Several nights with temperatures in the low teens have frozen the small ponds.
 

RabH

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I had to wait a while today for the frost and ice to melt but eventually I was rewarded with a beautiful sunny day and although it was very cold I had such a good trip with lots of ups and downs, just the way I like it :) 42 miles today which takes my 2019 total to 3,364 miles from 58 rides which earily means my average distance is also exactly 58 miles:D Hopefully another ride tomorrow and Tuesday before the dreaded return to work;)
 

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PaD

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I had to wait a while today for the frost and ice to melt but eventually I was rewarded with a beautiful sunny day and although it was very cold I had such a good trip with lots of ups and downs, just the way I like it :) 42 miles today which takes my 2019 total to 3,364 miles from 58 rides which earily means my average distance is also exactly 58 miles:D Hopefully another ride tomorrow and Tuesday before the dreaded return to work;)
Well done. Cool 58;58 ratio.
It will however from now and on be hard to keep that 1:1 ratio between number of rides and average distance per ride. 59x59 = 3.481 so you would have to do 117 miles tomorrow😉
Don’t try, it’s not the right time of year😄
 

RabH

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Well done. Cool 58;58 ratio.
It will however from now and on be hard to keep that 1:1 ratio between number of rides and average distance per ride. 59x59 = 3.481 so you would have to do 117 miles tomorrow😉
Don’t try, it’s not the right time of year😄
I would say impossible😁 maybe I should just finish my year now;) I was actually hoping to keep my average above 60 but its looking unlikely now unless the weather is more kind to me!
 

Jaxx

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I would say impossible😁 maybe I should just finish my year now;) I was actually hoping to keep my average above 60 but its looking unlikely now unless the weather is more kind to me!
Great year for you Rab. I've knocked it on the head now until Jan 2nd. Got a few Snooker tournaments to play in too keep me occupied til then. If I only break even paying the travel and such expenses, it will be fun.
 

RabH

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Great year for you Rab. I've knocked it on the head now until Jan 2nd. Got a few Snooker tournaments to play in too keep me occupied til then. If I only break even paying the travel and such expenses, it will be fun.
Yeah I'm happy with it, I will keep going until I have to stop! Today was like a carbon copy of yesterday weather wise, maybe just a touch colder! Another very enjoyable ride despite the cold, lots of whiteness where the sun didn't get through which made for some stunning scenery :) Just under 45 miles today so my 59:59 ratio didn't happen as expected:p I just love riding so onwards and upwards!
 

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JayVee

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Yeah I'm happy with it, I will keep going until I have to stop! Today was like a carbon copy of yesterday weather wise, maybe just a touch colder! Another very enjoyable ride despite the cold, lots of whiteness where the sun didn't get through which made for some stunning scenery :) Just under 45 miles today so my 59:59 ratio didn't happen as expected:p I just love riding so onwards and upwards!
Some of that white stuff on the road doesn't look very reassuring. Careful where you put those tires. :)
 

RabH

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Some of that white stuff on the road doesn't look very reassuring. Careful where you put those tires. :)
My Schwalbe Marathons are actually quite grippy in the frost but I'm always extra careful at this time of year and stick mainly to the gritted roads!
 

Stefan Mikes

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With Lovelec Diadem in Tłuste, Mazovia, Poland. I now take daily 40+ km (25+ mi) rides for commuting, fitness and fun. I enhanced Lovelec with proper winter tyres, strong lighting, a Mirrycycle, better saddle, better pedals etc etc. I have chosen this e-bike for the coming winter as it gives great range at good average speed (the bike is "restrictable on demand") and comfortable riding position. It is also quite cheap and simple in maintenance. I even ordered a spare 576 Wh battery so inexpensive it is compared to the Western standards.

Cold and strong headwinds are issue here now. I took the photo from inside a bus shelter where I was taking some rest after riding into headwind on the PAS 3 (this is effectively a Turbo mode as PAS 4 or 5 take no apparent effect greater than PAS 3).

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Here, with Turbo Vado 5.0 on another regular ride in a nearby village. Again, resting in a bus shelter. I must say Turbo Vado 5 has hopeless battery range even if it is a 604 Wh battery. There's no fun riding in Eco mode on the fast Vado; it becomes only agile in the Sport mode but the battery is used up definitely too early. So no real winter rides with Turbo Vado. Beautiful e-bike, so fast, comfortable and cutting fly-overs like a knife cutting butter but the range anxiety is beyond belief here...

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