Team Decaf Tuesdays

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stefb
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Dan sent out an email that they will start on April 9, but some of us may meet up tomorrow for a ride around town. 6:15 at Tazza on highland ave.


boostuv
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Going to try and meet you guys there.


stefb
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This may turn out to be a 21 mile 12 bridges ride. Meet at 6pm. We will probably leave then.


Marko82
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1st unofficial team decafe ride of 2013 – three riders: Stef, Cliff, & Marko

ETA: it was 36 degrees with steady 13 MPH wind, gusts to 23MPH. In other words a fine spring day in da’Burgh


Mikhail
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Ha, I was there at 18:14 and did not see anyone. i guess, you left at 18:00. :)


stefb
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We left around 10 after 6. We got too cold and couldn’t Stand around anymore. Sorry we missed you.


stefb
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Hoping this isn’t cancelled tomorrow… Hope to ride with you guys again.


TeamDecaf
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Our first ride is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 9. I’m torn on which map to use. Yes, it’s the first ride and it should be introductory-length, but hmmm, should it be just a little more challenging? We’ll see.

Bill Campbell and David Cohen are my co-ride leaders, same as last year.

This week, Bill and I may show up with several maps and we can all choose which suits the crowd best.

General need-to-know info:

Rain cancels. As long as it’s dry, the ride is on. There will be no notice given for cancellation if it’s wet.

The starting point is Tazza D’oro Cafe, 1125 N. Highland, Highland Park.

We leave at 6:15 sharp.

Ride speed is medium-to-fast paced. We usually break in to several groups, based on riders’ skill/speed levels. You must be able to keep up with the group or you may be left behind. We don’t have sweep riders.

Free to all.

Maps and directions provided.

Helmets and waiver sign-in required.

Over 18 years old.

We ride every Tuesday, April thru September.

Due to the shorter daylight and legs that haven’t been riding through the winter, our first ride will be under 20 miles.

Lights recommended.

Contact me via text 412.five five nine.4001, email or cell if you have any questions.

Other ride maps and more info on the Team Decaf website:

http://teamdecaf.com/


sarah_q
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Is the age limit new?


TeamDecaf
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@sarah-q. No, the age limit has been around for fifteen years, it’s just been ignored when parents bring their kids.

I’m going to check with the WPW – maybe there’s something insurance-wise or legal I don’t know about. I’ve basically used the same rules that were passed down to me when I started leading.


sarah_q
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oh okay …. oops, I had no idea! I don’t want to get WPW in trouble but my kid is training for his third season in triathlon so it’s nice when I can bring him to some of the rides. He has done the WPW fall rally 40 mile ride 2x too — I think you rode with us one year Dan. :)


TeamDecaf
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^No worries, bring him to the Decaf rides, of course. I recall you asked a few years ago and I’ve been totally okay with it.

I had forgotten he was at the fall rally, but you jogged my memory on that one – so maybe it isn’t a WPW rule after all (or one they don’t enforce when parents are there).

I’ll check the WPW group, see if there’s anything to tell. In the meantime, yes, bring your son, I know he can kick butt when he’s in the saddle!


mr marvelous
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I do not want the first ride to be the Fox Chapel ride. I haven’t done much serious climbing over the winter.


TeamDecaf
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^ Guaranteed, not Fox Chapel, mm.


stefb
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Htfu


stefb
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Why does rain cancel? Do you guys melt?


mr marvelous
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I’m made of sugar.


sarah_q
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moot point for me today — my doctor said no exercise today due to an ear infection.

I need to get my kid a new bike anyway — he keeps growing! Not only does he need a new wardrobe every spring he also needs new bikes. Maybe we will go bike shopping instead. :)


sarah_q
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Also, Dan, just thought of this…. I run a high liability event for the pgh tri club (open water swims). Kids can come but a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign the waiver. I imagine it’s the applies here — a parent has to sign a waiver for the minor. So a parent can’t bring their kid’s friend bc of liability, for example.


Marko82
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@mm. Sugar has many states: Powder on top of doughnuts, soft as in taffy, or hard as in peanut brittle. It’s only a matter of choice. /end snide remark


Ahlir
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@mm: you would remain spice and everything nice, so don’t worry (too much).


mr marvelous
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I’m getting the new bike ready so I can get dropped in style today.


byogman
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Anyone else departing from downtown, how is straight up Center Ave as a rush hour route?

Was planning to depart from from the Steel Plaza T stop steps at 6th and Ross around 5:25 if anyone else feels inspired for a group ride before their group ride, blind leading the blind style.


mr marvelous
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Who has two thumbs and rode in the lead group the whole ride? This guy.


Marko82
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Congrats mm! and welcome to the front of the ride.


mr marvelous
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@Marko thanks and thank you for teaching me how to shift properly.


TeamDecaf
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@sarah_q

You are correct. I checked with Jim Logan, President of WPW. A parent must be present and sign the waiver for the minor.

Great first night for Decaf – an actual warm breeze.

Officially, 42 riders


pbeaves
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i had myself a wee bit of fun,
now if i could only shave 20 pounds off the weight of my bike and an inch of the width of the tires.

hmm, i might actually go fast then.

@byogman glad to see the non-spandexers represent.
you were kicking more ass than an all donkey karate tournament.
but perhaps next time change the dress shirt for a basic T. :)


stefb
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Team look at our feet while we struggle to clip in :)


byogman
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pbeaves, you were going plenty fast there, too. Bike is a factor, but you can’t discount sheer stubbornness. And drafting… wow, I love riding in a group.

I (nearly) regretted the push later that evening (took 2 naproxen and 10 minutes of stretching to get my body (mainly lower back) in a pain free enough state to sleep). But all was well after that.

As for the mode of dress, I’ll probably always be an outlier. Maybe not always a dress shirt, but likely not spandex, and at least, I’ll always have tzitzit (the threads you maybe saw hanging from where my shirt tucked to the pants), so I’ll always have two layers on top and sweat like crazy.

The real problem was the backpack trapping it all. Taking it off at the end and see just how soaked I was underneath was hilarious and more than a bit gross.


stefb
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We all have back sweat like that if we commute or carry anything on the back. It just shows up moreso on certain clothes than others. I always forget what the name for those threads were.. I think I ask my boss twice a year and forget every time.


byogman
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I think the shirt I was wearing that day had a near optimally ridiculous wet vs. dry contrast ratio.


Shawn
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Great Time! +1 on byogman impressing me.


byogman
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+1 on Shawn moving in front to screen the wind for me on the jail trail.


mr marvelous
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@byogman I say wear what you want. I think wearing dress shirts during rides is stylish. Do what makes you comfortable. I hope you plan to join us on every Tuesday ride.


byogman
Member
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My dress shirt was loose and lightweight enough to serve and I’m going to have to be washing it anyway from wearing it on the ride in and during the day, so why make more dirty laundry?

My attire has always been most heavily influenced by my laziness (cheapness comes in a close second). My wife does prefer the button down shirts, so for an easy win at home I wear them. But hearing that any aspect of anything I’m wearing is “stylish” is unexpected, and kind of hilarious to me. But thank you.

Future Tuesdays… well, there are three kids at home, so it’s a bit of a negotiation… I’ll make as many as I can.


pbeaves
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you can always take a hint from Macklemore about spending wizely, the last 8 “tech-cloth” shirts i picked up were from goodwill for under $3 each.
its pseudo-spandex/dri-release/sweat separator kinda stuff. just have to look around the store a bit, but they tend to get mixed in with the tshirts.


edmonds59
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^+++++ Macklemore! And thrift shops, for that matter. :D


Mikhail
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Just got from TD. :)

Hello Riders,

Looks like a great day to ride tomorrow.

General need-to-know info:

A ride map is attached – we’ll repeat our introductory ride from last week. If you need more of a challenge, feel free to choose the optional 57th Street hill and take a lap or 2 around Highland Park.

Rain cancels. As long as it’s dry, the ride is on. There will be no notice given for cancellation if it’s wet.

The starting point is Tazza D’oro Cafe, 1125 N. Highland, Highland Park.

We leave at 6:15 sharp.

Ride speed is medium-to-fast paced. We usually break in to several groups, based on riders’ skill/speed levels. You must be able to keep up with the group or you may be left behind. Co-leaders Bill Campbell and David Cohen generally lead the fast-paced group. I’ll be leading the medium-paced group. We don’t have sweep riders.

Free to all.

Maps and directions provided.

Helmets and waiver sign-in required.

Over 18 years old.

Contact me via text, email or cell if you have any questions.

Other ride maps and more info on the website:

http://teamdecaf.com/

danO


mr marvelous
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I will not make it this week, going to my daughters gymnastic event to cheer her on.

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