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dbacklover
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Got an email from Marc (guy heading the ride) about the ride.

It starts at REI Southside at 11 a.m. From there it crosses over to the Eliza Furnace Trail and heads downtown. We end up on the North Side and go to the 16th St or 31st St bridge. Then downtown and cross the Smithfield St bridge to South Side Trail/Carson st back to REI. Come early for coffee/tea/hot chocolate.”


Swalfoort
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I put in a 311 request that it be cleared, but there is no certainty that they will even get the request today (is the City working?)

Additional 311 requests might be motivational….. maybe.


Vannevar
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I just exchanged emails with Marc Yergin, who says the route is adapted to Probably Carson to Smithfield to 6th Street Bridge to General Robinson to River to 16th St Bridge. See yinz all tomorrow.


stefb
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Thanks. Remember we are supposed to get additional acumulatiom by tomorrow. Hoping that the streets don’t turn to shit again.


helen s
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I tried to ride in to town on 700 x 28’s on the trail this morning, but bailed part way and took 2nd Ave the rest of the way. I will not be riding home on that in the dark tonight on New Years Eve.

If anyone is out riding, and you make it out towards the Science Center, there is a rack on the trail side of the building and it will be open. You can use the cafeteria without coming all the way into the building.


StuInMcCandless
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Looks like an inch and change, and sub-freezing the whole time, so just enough to make things {pick one: interesting | difficult | chancy | slippy | type 2 fun}.


Anonymous #

I’ll take “What are Soggy Britches” for $200, Alex.


pinky
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Hubby and I are in, but now I’m debating if I should switch to the knobby tires on my pink bike, or bring my new ride that I got for xmas. What is everyone else riding, given the route change and current snow predictions?


Swalfoort
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Not an ideal solution, but the ‘qualified’ public use sjovels are now in place along EFT. Email/PM me if you want access/combination.


CPollack
Participant
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I don’t have knobby tires or a mtb, but i’m hoping to come along anyway…Hmmm..


StuInMcCandless
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I made a test run on the unicycle. It might just work.


Marko82
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I just put knobies on the MTB. It’s a little slow, but probably safer than the 25’s.


dbacklover
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Im gonna do my best to make it in. Its not the ride. But the ride to the that is making me wonder. @marko. Call me if im not there by the start


stefb
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So is anyone using a bike with slick skinnies? My street is just wet, but I am not sure about other streets.


pinky
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My streets, including the alley on the corner, are also just wet. Hubby is riding on slick skinnies for sure. I’m still undecided.


stefb
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Dammit there is snow on the road again.


helen s
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Peering out the window of Carnegie Science Center around 11:40, I saw what I assume was this group- 32 cyclists coming from the casino heading towards town.

Anyone have any idea whaqt kind of shape the jail trail is in?


Anonymous #

Skipped out on doing this official ride, but Emma and I went out on our own first day ride. We rode from Bloomfield to Downtown and then decided to check out the state of the jail trail. From the jail parking lot it was clear that the trail was uncleared, but there appeared to be a bit of a trail worked in it, so we decided to give it a go. That “trail” ended about 100′ in, but we kept on. It is passable, but you probably want some beefier tires. i think we both have 32’s. We slipped around a lot but we slowly made our way to the other end and then through Junction Hollow as well.

Was fun, but the trail certainly isn’t commuter ready.


Anonymous #

this is the basic state of the trails…


edmonds59
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The temperature is going to start dropping, so the mildly impassable mush will soon turn into completely impassable ice ruts. Yay!


jonawebb
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Everything was very smooth and easy today. The weather was warmer than expected, I think, around freezing, and we stayed on the roads, which were merely wet. It was a very nice Icicle Bicycle.


Anonymous #

Everything was very nice.


Vannevar
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Anybody got any online pictures from today’s ride? TIA.


stefb
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the jail trial looks better than it has been. when i was through there yesterday morning, there were already frozen track marks and foot prints everywhere.

i have some blurry pictures of people standing around before the ride. none on the ride, as it is painful to take my gloves off to use my phone to take pictures.

stu had a flat. did you get that fixed before the ride, stu?


stefb
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i am very happy with the large turnout. there had to have been over 100 people there on a cold day with snow on the ground. i think this reflects the increase in number people who have started to bicycle. this is very exciting.

i believe it is channel 11 that interviewed Dan B. just know that i was behind the camera man interviewing him trying to make Dan laugh. It was either that, or do the Pee-Wee herman dance in the background, but I wanted the footage to be used.


dbacklover
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Great ride. So happy i went. It was one of my goals for the year. Now to the rest of them


Pseudacris
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The Cheescake Factory kitchen crew kept peeking out the door at us — great turnout.


Anonymous #

so glad i went, unsure how i ended up as route relay – pseudo marshal, but i guess its just how i end up rolling on these rides.

still amazed i swapped a detective innertube inside of 4 min. #madpowersftw.


Jack
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Great ride today and a very impressive turnout. Does anyone have an official headcount?


hooty
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I believe it was 125


hooty
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You can check out my FB page for some pictures from today’s ride:

https://www.facebook.com/brent.hudock?ref=tn_tnmn#!/media/set/?set=a.10151326961430827.497263.658185826&type=1

May have to copy/paste the link.


TeamDecaf
Moderator
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IcycleBicycleScreen

Not a great video, but shows a little about the day.

Yes, some parts are in fast motion to get through it quicker.


stefb
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hooty, your facebook is locked down and i can’t see the photos.

dan, nice video. I always enjoy them. I kept trying to look up while watching the video to see more, but it didn’t work haha.


TeamDecaf
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^Yeah, I need to raise my camera mount, jeesh.


stefb
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i do this with my camera sometimes and i try to look up while watching it, too! do you have a certain program you like to use to edit these?


Anonymous #

perhaps changing from a headmount to a handlebar mount.


TeamDecaf
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@stefb – iMovie for editing – built-in with the MacBook Pro. It’s fairly easy to get started and edit at the low levels I use.

@pbeaver – yeah, might be a good idea – easier to turn off and on too, I bet.

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