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Stefan Mikes

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Friends,

No interesting pictures today but that was almost a perfect day. With +5 C and less clothes on than usually (I found I actually need to protect myself against wind, not cold), with favourable winds and beautiful sunshine, it was a pleasure to ride Vado to Warsaw. The pretext was to go to Decathlon Okęcie but I just needed an excuse for making the trip ;) Taking into account I had a strong downwind on the way out and a gentle breeze on the way back, I tested the Eco mode. The range improved from 45 to 75 km! So, after 44 km ride I had 40% battery left.

But that was the second and last chance given to road SPD shoes/cleats/pedals. Unexpected braking in the "very far Aleje", forgot to release the shoe from the pedal, a fall. I have had enough! No serious injuries yet my right leg hurts and I will need to give up cycling for a couple of days...

It has been a fun on the way back, partly in the daylight, and partly at night. I am sure I am perfectly visible to drivers, with full body reflective clothing and the fantastic lights provided by Specialized with their Vados back in 2017. I had no single issue with motorists, not a single honk even.

I was moving slowly on the way back, enjoying the ride. Suddenly, I decided I wanted to take a shortcut home, a trail leading along the WKD rail, with a small bridge, a lot of loose stone there because of the way the rail embankment was made. Before I went on that dark trail, I slightly adjusted the headlight. Whoa! Now it lit all the way up for at least 30 metres ahead, any small detail perfectly visible! Of course I rode slowly and it was hard to negotiate the bridge walking in road shoes :) I intentionally extended the trip by 4 km for more joy.

Only now, after I took some nap, the leg hurts me... But I'm smiling.

P.S. I found my very old acrylic knee band I used after a knee injury back there in 2005. It helps a lot!

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The Decathlon Okęcie is located in the vicinity of the Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW).
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RabH

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With a big storm forecast for the whole weekend (with a possibilty of 80mph winds tomorrow) I wasn't holding out much hope of getting a ride but after my morning chores I was sorely tempted to take a risk and go for it as the wind wasn't too bad (only around 45mph) and I could pick the best roads for shelter, thankfully I was rewarded for my (crazy) efforts and managed yet another 50 miler! Thanks to the winds the roads even dried out :D Not the most scenic route but after missing out last weekend (again due to weather) I was just glad to get out again:) About 15 mins after I got home the heavens opened and the wind really picked up but watching from inside it looks lovely 😁
 

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Readytoride

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Everywhere I ride has water. Should be snow, but....hey. Global warming/climate change. It is taking over. We've had more temperate riding days in January and February than I've ever known.

This during a recent 50 mile ride in January - neither rain nor snow , trees or rural landscape. Instead, i wanted to capture the endless flow of cars on a 6 lane Washington DC thoroughfare (Rt 28) where the Washington and Old Dominion bike trail spans overhead. It is so neat to stop mid bridge and watch the cars speed along underneath at 60-75mph.

The shot is taken through the chainlink fence. Didn't expect the fence to take center stage, but it did, lending a very interesting geometric effect to an otherwise mundane picture.

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opimax

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Readyto ride, I used to ride from Falls Church trying to save enough battery to reach Winchester MD going up Ga Ave (MD 97) and back . Never made it but got close. Take trails to Ga ave then strait up. Pretty decent place to ride , right lane is either marked or larger lane further up to Brookeville , then still ok but doable for a long ride. Round trip a title over 100 miles


ps I would have made it sooner or later but we just moved to GA
 

Readytoride

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Readyto ride, I used to ride from Falls Church trying to save enough battery to reach Winchester MD going up Ga Ave (MD 97) and back . Never made it but got close. Take trails to Ga ave then strait up. Pretty decent place to ride , right lane is either marked or larger lane further up to Brookeville , then still ok but doable for a long ride. Round trip a title over 100 miles


ps I would have made it sooner or later but we just moved to GA
I'm impressed and wowed, both with the range *and* riding in the congested atmosphere of Wash DC. I'd be terrified of all those cars, trucks, busses, and crazy pedestrians everywhere. I'd be a fish out of water. Too used to the rural countryside.

How is the riding in Georgia? Any pics to share?
 

opimax

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Range is 3 batteries on Stromer, bike trails to Aspen hill and then just Ga , after Brookeville a little tighter but doable

i moved to Atlanta suburb , just 3 miles to the Silver Comer trail, 100 miles ending in Alabama. No pics just don’t take them but a nice rail to trail. I have not really ridden anywhere else yet. And so far only hit 100 once when visiting earlier , neither bike I have works well so not sure when I can go for a real long ride yet, weather better then VA but too cold and wet still to ride anytime I want.

I would go to Lake Kneedwood then take the trail to the Cross County hwy, then get to Ga , nicer rider used more juice so started more roads . Always opposite of rush hour.
 

Cowlitz

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The glaciers have melted, the roads are drying out, but there was a head wind, which turned into a tail wind. I went for a ride this afternoon.

In the orchards, it smelled like fermentation was taking place. In the cowish area, well, it smelled like......cows. The cows should start having babies soon.

It sure is good to see the sun again. January seemed awfully dark and gloomy.

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Stefan Mikes

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The glaciers have melted, the roads are drying out, but there was a head wind, which turned into a tail wind. I went for a ride this afternoon.

In the orchards, it smelled like fermentation was taking place. In the cowish area, well, it smelled like......cows. The cows should start having babies soon.

It sure is good to see the sun again. January seemed awfully dark and gloomy.

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What bike make/model is it? Looks nice! I cannot fail to notice the Ortlieb E-mate pannier rules nowadays!
 

Cowlitz

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What bike make/model is it? Looks nice! I cannot fail to notice the Ortlieb E-mate pannier rules nowadays!
It's a Gazelle Arroyo. I really like it. It handles like the name implies--light and responsive. I was turning the power off on the flats what with having a tailwind.

The pannier is pretty nice for grocery shopping. It comes off easy and goes on easy. It just could be bigger. Sometimes bread gets smooshed.
 

steve mercier

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Battery on a downtube is 13ah and the main battery behind the seatpost is 23.5ah. 36.5 ah in total.
Now that is a decent amount of power. I am looking forward to the day when we can get that kind of power and range in a single small bike battery. Bikes that come with small batteries today are often only puny 8 Ah batteries and are just toys.