official 2017-2018 biyf thread

ridgehog

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My prior post had a glitch. Anyway Super Bowl Funday. Took a 3 hour break and headed up to Ringwood in a hurry. Lower sections were icy but as I rode up towards the ridge I encountered perfect snow. Scenic overlook photo shows New York City as well as high mountain in the distance. Great to get out before eating Doritos and drinking Beer (and watching the game of course).
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pygmypony

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Fun group of new and old friends in the woods this morning. Hit some stuff I have not been on in awhile; mostly all good until my derailer and hanger exploded near (at) the ride's end. Time for repairs and deferred maintenance.

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hey w_b...my group passed your group as you were finishing up that derailleur repair...nice work...glad to see you made it out, and great use of the JORBAnd!
 

huffster

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Had to make a delivery in Poughkeepsie for my daughter so I decided to try Taconic-Hereford MUA (aka 909). Trails were ice and snow mix, but they had the texture of a popcorn ceiling, so grip was actually quite good. Ride was cut short when I felt a sudden wobble in the rear wheel. Turns out the frame cracked at the chainstay. Wish me luck with a warranty claim.

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Kaleidopete

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Had to make a delivery in Poughkeepsie for my daughter so I decided to try Taconic-Hereford MUA (aka 909). Trails were ice and snow mix, but they had the texture of a popcorn ceiling, so grip was actually quite good. Ride was cut short when I felt a sudden wobble in the rear wheel. Turns out the frame cracked at the chainstay. Wish me luck with a warranty claim.

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huffster

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This is what today’s “time spent on the bike” looked like. On the bright side the warranty claim is moving forward positively...SO FAR.

EDIT: I didn't quite realize how scratched up my frame is after 3 years of abuse until stripping this thing down. Hope I remember where all the parts go.
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huffster

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Since my yard is like an ice rink, I was relegated to the road today for a brief 1:05. No pics were taken. The boring ride on the road in the cold, was still an improvement from yesterday's time on a stationary bike at the gym.
 
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huffster

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@Kaleidopete I learned something today about why these bears keep wandering about.

Source: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts_biology.htm

WINTER DORMANCY

Black bears are not true hibernators and may be active all year long. During the winter, black bears enter a state of winter dormancy called torpor. While in the state of torpor their heart rate and respiratory rate slow and their body temperature slightly drops, but not as much as in true hibernators (such as chipmunks or woodchucks).

Black bears typically do not urinate or defecate while in torpor. The small amount of urine that is produced is reabsorbed by their kidneys. They live off of their body fat, which is metabolized to produce the calories and water that they need to survive. They generally lose between eighteen percent (18%) and twenty percent (20%) of their body fat while in their dens and they are able to maintain their bone and muscle mass. While in torpor black bears are capable of being easily awakened if disturbed and they may leave their dens on mild winter days in search of food.

Black bears begin entering their winter dens in the fall to avoid periods of food shortage and severe weather. Impregnated females typically enter dens first, during the last week in October. Males may not enter dens until December. Den sites generally include ground nests, excavation sites, brush piles, hollow trees, rock cavities and sometimes beneath houses and other buildings. The den sites are typically small in size to retain body heat and ensure that black bears stay well insulated.
 

fidodie

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hmm - my dad would say, Why you walking around in a stupor - seems like "stupid torpor" to me.....(that would make it a portmanteau) :D
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Kaleidopete

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@Kaleidopete I learned something today about why these bears keep wandering about.

Source: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts_biology.htm

WINTER DORMANCY

Black bears are not true hibernators and may be active all year long. During the winter, black bears enter a state of winter dormancy called torpor. While in the state of torpor their heart rate and respiratory rate slow and their body temperature slightly drops, but not as much as in true hibernators (such as chipmunks or woodchucks).

Black bears typically do not urinate or defecate while in torpor. The small amount of urine that is produced is reabsorbed by their kidneys. They live off of their body fat, which is metabolized to produce the calories and water that they need to survive. They generally lose between eighteen percent (18%) and twenty percent (20%) of their body fat while in their dens and they are able to maintain their bone and muscle mass. While in torpor black bears are capable of being easily awakened if disturbed and they may leave their dens on mild winter days in search of food.

Black bears begin entering their winter dens in the fall to avoid periods of food shortage and severe weather. Impregnated females typically enter dens first, during the last week in October. Males may not enter dens until December. Den sites generally include ground nests, excavation sites, brush piles, hollow trees, rock cavities and sometimes beneath houses and other buildings. The den sites are typically small in size to retain body heat and ensure that black bears stay well insulated.
Funny it should mention chipmunks, I saw two today run across the trail.