u can put a union in steam. pipe dope & teflon tape.
not sure why my pipes are going, probably corrosion. I have pitch on all returns but the flatter sections are the issue. at this point i have replaced most of the flat sections.
Its Time, to crank it up and welcome a new season.
It feels good to be back on a bike again. A common loop I have done routinely on my bike yesterday, was a breath of fresh air as the March winds blew. As I pedalled along, it was the slowest I can remember going but it was not about speed or training. The ride was about a renewel of fun. Hope everyone had a chance to enjoy some saddle time this weekend. Most trails in NJ are still not ready but the roads are just fine. Get on your bikes and ride!
Mitch, I'll keep you in mind to get out to Allaire after work or hit some road miles. I need to start riding again.
Jermy, when its cold with snow on the ground its time to xc ski. When its above 30 degrees and snow is not suitable for xc skiing its time to cycle.
Tell em Kev.
Yesterday I did 30+ road miles with Norm, Utah, Pearl, Woody, Robin, D, and Lou.
It felt so nice to be;
-on a bike during the week
-riding at 5:30 w/60 degree temps
-in shorts w/ base layer on top
-in a group sharing the same joy of cycling.
Afterwards Norm fed us good food that was too complicted for me to figure out what I was eating...I think it was Thai. Utah entertained us as usual with childhood stories of growing up with 12 siblings. When the conversation got dull we made fun of Luke. I think Luke is the new Rob(old man rob who disappeared after his Battenkill swansong).
So did you ride yesterday, I want to hear what you did. If you did nothing make up a good story to entertain me.
Firsts are always memorable, like first day of school, first beer, first lay and first rides of the season. Sunday was one to add to the list of firsts that go down as memorable.
I met 26er and Bard Sunday at the 50 mile Marty's ride that was billed as a Hell of Hunterdon prep ride. As we headed out I'd say we had about 25 cyclists bundled up in winter gear to battle hills, dirt roads and 30 degree temperatures. This was a no drop ride and the pace was not blistering, although the climbs did hurt and everything felt like an effort in the last 10 miles.
Just when I was thinking we were doing well as a group to have no mechanicals in 20 miles, 4 people got flats within the next 45 minutes. These rest periods were welcome, as most of us were not in 50 mile shape at this point in the season.
The dirt roads were not many but the ones we rode on were the worst I'd ever seen, soft, muddy, rutted, and crater pot holes. In a large group, spotting these obstacles and avoiding them is tricky, luckily no one got hurt. The climbs at the end did break the group, I found myself with 3 other cyclists holding on for the last 7 miles. 26er was solo, slightly ahead of us in no mans land. Bard was mid pack foder behind me wishing he was still in Florida. Towards the end a ride like this becomes everyman for himself...even though its supposed to be a no drop intermediate ride. Enough folks knew the loop so everyone made it back to the shop fine.
I limped back to the shop with the 3 other riders as the 3 hr. mark appeared on my Garmin. Looking at my data, the numbers don't show any great efforts or pace. However since I have done no riding over the winter my percieved effort was a lot higher. This was a good training ride and a damn fun social one as well...one to remember.
I know people park at my house for this. You may not want to this year. My driveway has never been worse. And there's a tree down too. The contractor half assed it and only removed part of the tree. Most of it is still there. You have to squeeze through a tunnel he cut out through the canopy.
Capers, clean up your driveway so me and 26er can park at your house.
In da bike lane...note the new improved cycling icon w/helmet but without hands and feet:hmmm:
Last night was the Tuesday night ride out of Norms house. Its early in the season so we are still at mello pace, which is good. I am starting to train with intervals but at this point in training there are a lot of JRA miles involved as well. 26er and Utah attacked the climb on Sommerville rd., I was content to just spin it.
I do feel the need to comment on Utah's jacket, its the one in the picture that looks like it comes with batteries. At this point that thing has become somewhat of a novelty, like Norm's helmet that he used to wear or his ski jacket...or my 10yr old flip phone. These items just don't seem right and yet it becomes something that defines you and makes for some fun conversation.