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Author Archives: AJ Gemperline

March April and Now May

What can I say? The weather in March sucked! The winter wouldn’t end. There was lots of snow still around and in the day time it would get just above freezing in the afternoon and refreeze at night. The morning temperatures were cold so lots of black ice. It was just plain sloppy. I did … Continue reading »

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My First Group Ride of the Year!

I met up with my buddies in the Charles River Wheelmen Bicycling Club. This is a social bicycling club open to everyone. We met at a member’s house and had a choice between a supershort (25 miles), short (about 36 miles) and a long ride (around 54 miles). Since I had ridden 4 miles to … Continue reading »

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Where is Spring?

Today is March 18, 2013. On this day last year it was over 70 degrees. Today for my ride it was barely half that temperature. Thanks to my new GPS and ride with GPS, I drew up a new ride the other night and had it on my GPS in less 1/5 the time it … Continue reading »

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General Craziness

http://americablog.com/2013/03/gop-rep-says-cyclists-pollute-by-breathing-air-so-tax-them.html I encourage you to read that link and realize their are a lot of crazy people out their who just hate bike riders, even politicians. You will probably have to copy and paste it into a new window March 8th: Well the weather forecast called for a couple of inches of snow on Friday … Continue reading »

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My First Ride in March 2013

Well, if the weather goes south this month I did manage to get an 18.1 mile ride in today. So I have three months where I rode at least one day. The route I did said 17.1 on the map, but my GPS says 18.1 miles. The only reason I can attribute to the difference … Continue reading »

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Road Biking in February

Well it is February 26, 2013. My goal of riding at least one day per month in 2013 looked to be in jeopardy just two months in. This New England winter seems to have flipped flopped January and February, at least in the terms of snow. There are some differences to consider between summer and … Continue reading »

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February 8th 2013 – The Blizzard of 2013

Well, it’s been over a week since I rode last. I only have 16 miles and around 800 ft of elevation to show for my one ride this year. (See the page I set up so you guys and gals can track this.) This past week has been a mixture of cold weather and small … Continue reading »

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A. J.’s 2013 Bicycling Adventures

January 31, 2013: Believe or not I made it out riding today. There were some instances were I was regretting this decision. I was surprised how much I got blown around by 30 to 40 mph wind gusts at times. It really sucked as a headwind or off your 10 to 11 o’clock as you … Continue reading »

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Disc Brakes on Road Bikes

Someone has finally done it, disk brakes on a road bike. I like this idea. I have disc brakes on my mountain bike and love the increased stopping power. Roadies on the other hand have been obsessed with weight: Disc brakes weigh too much. Come-on give me a brake. The average roadie is not going … Continue reading »

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Training for Rides after Injury

Here it is the last couple of days of June 2012.   I have not had much chance to update my blog; here are the reasons.   Last fall I went down hard on my knee during a mountain bike ride.  I was not wearing my knee pads, something I am doing now and will … Continue reading »

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