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Christmas Lights Ride-It’s a date.(33 posts)

Christmas Lights Ride-It’s a date.MB1
Dec 13, 2002 3:40 AM
I usually meet Miss M after work down by the Jefferson Memorial. After a week of riding on studded tires it was really nice to be back on our road bikes-it felt like we were flying.

Of course this time of year it gets dark well before we meet.
Capital Christmas TreeMB1
Dec 13, 2002 3:42 AM
Instead of going straight home we were going to check out the Christmas lights Downtown and on the Hill.

This is the Capital Christmas tree on the grounds of the US Capital with the Washington Monument in the background.
Pennsylvania AvenueMB1
Dec 13, 2002 3:46 AM
Traffic wasn't too bad as we cut across town. But once in a while I felt like I was chasing Mario across NYC (without all the durgs in me of course).

Green means go, yellow means go fast, red mens go really fast.
Busted! LOL -nmTig
Dec 13, 2002 9:41 AM
Dec 13, 2002 3:49 AM
There is an old Department Store downtown that has old fashioned window Christmas displays.

The critters are animated-pretty cool.
Dec 13, 2002 3:52 AM
After we had enough of downtown DC we crossed over into Virginia for dinner. We rarely eat out during the week so this was a special treat.
Dec 13, 2002 3:54 AM
Dos Cervesa por favor.
Key BridgeMB1
Dec 13, 2002 3:57 AM
After we ate we hopped back on the bikes and crossed the Key bridge into Georgetown. With all the icy crud we had ridden on in the last week we had no problems with the last remnants of ice on the bridges.

Somebody going the other way decided to walk.
Let's Stop-N-ShopMB1
Dec 13, 2002 4:03 AM
As usual we dropped by the local Safeway to pick up a few groceries before heading home. Miss M figures that if we get a few items everyday we never have so much to carry that we can't do it on the bikes.

Of course I get stuck carrying it all in my messenger bag.
Last LightMB1
Dec 13, 2002 4:06 AM
One last traffic light and we are home. Notice how after a relaxing dinner Miss M has her food down at a light. We had a nice comfortable 17 mile ride and a bit of an evening out.
Hung by the chimney with care.MB1
Dec 13, 2002 4:09 AM
A quick wipe down, hang them up, attach the battery chargers to the lights and we are good to go for tomorrow.
I think you twotmotz
Dec 13, 2002 4:54 AM
are a great inspiration to the rest of us.I enjoy your pictures greatly.
Thanks, now if I could only spell. nmMB1
Dec 13, 2002 7:40 AM
Very NiceScot_Gore
Dec 13, 2002 5:06 AM
I must say you've really got me thinking. From my house, work is 1 mile north, grocery store is 1 mile south, childs school is 2 I really need the car for this stuff. Thanks for the report.

Sounds like a Burley Trailer would be perfect for you.MB1
Dec 13, 2002 5:15 AM
How old are the kids?

You could ride with them to school in the morning than do all your chores carrying the stuff in the trailer.

Trailers don't work so well in the city (too long and wide for the crazy circumstances we ride in-although a BOB isn't too bad) but they are great for carrying things.
Sounds like a Burley Trailer would be perfect for you.Scot_Gore
Dec 13, 2002 6:55 AM
I have one 7 year old. I sold the Burley two years ago. She was DONE with it in a big way.

We use a trail a bike that she likes. She's still pretty shaky on two wheels on her own.

Thanks for the tips.

OK - bought full fenders for the MTB over lunch..Question insideScot_Gore
Dec 13, 2002 1:12 PM
LBS guys say I must have the steel stud tires or I definitely have a broken collar bone in my future. Your opinion. $80.00 bucks a pop....ouch!!!!!

Hoping you'll say Knobbies will be fine :-)

We use the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 26 x 1.75-1.9. 106 studsMB1
Dec 13, 2002 3:01 PM
$50.00 each from Peter White Cycles. This is our third winter on them, the studs show no signs of wear. You may want a tire with more studs but we have had no problems at all with these. We have ridden in some pretty nasty ice without a traction problem (it was scary but that is another story).

The tires with more studs seem to be for really off road snow riding.
Scot, you're on your way to being vehicle free...Spunout
Dec 13, 2002 6:06 AM
I have organized myself also as such, my world is within a 20 minute walking distance. If I need a car on the weekend, I rent one!

Shopping with a backpack is an amazing experience, you never buy too much of anything.
re: Christmas Lights Ride-It’s a date.koala
Dec 13, 2002 5:08 AM
Thank you for more great pictures. As above poster mentioned, you guys are an inspiration to those like me with so many responsibilities that become excuses not to ride. Keep it up, its greatly appreciated.
darn ... I thought you were inviting us all on a night ridetarwheel
Dec 13, 2002 5:34 AM
It's about time for my annual Christmas light ride. I've been waiting for a nice evening when it's not raining and not too cold. Unfortunately, not as many lights are out this year in NC because the big ice storm hit before a lot of people had their decorations up, then we were without power for days, and then everyone was backed up on Christmas chores.
nice. one day next year, maybe...but it sure is a long drive! nmJS Haiku Shop
Dec 13, 2002 5:35 AM
True, but it would be a great 10 day bike ride. nmMB1
Dec 13, 2002 5:41 AM
true, dat...JS Haiku Shop
Dec 13, 2002 6:59 AM
we have folks in franklin (va), which would be a nice 10-day ride (850 miles driving). could meet the better half there and drive up to d.c., but don't know how eager i'd be to ride with you leg-breakers after the journey.

you know, that's a thought. there's a 350-miler i'd like to do solo, all at once next year, and that might be a nice test to see what the stresses would be like on a ride the length of elvisville to the right coast (roundabout).

you internet people keep getting me deeper in trouble. you (MB1) and Do(u)g, especially.

We are not "Leg-breakers"....MB1
Dec 13, 2002 7:11 AM
Just ask Humma or LenJ, we just pedal along nice and easy all day long.

An idea....prepare a bunch of haiku before riding with us. Every time you feel the need for a break recite a haiku.

We are patrons of the arts and would be sure to slow down to listen.
We are not "Leg-breakers"....JS Haiku Shop
Dec 13, 2002 7:35 AM
LOL sounds like a plan, man.

i'm not sure how haiku-friendly i am while putting out 530, er, 53 watts. i tried some humor on tarwheel during our highpoint ride, but it went over like a brick. then again, we were climbing to unicoi gap at the time. humor most difficult in respiratory distress.

as far as the arts go, you should see the table, and my shirt, after i clear dinner plates. :) just call me "J Pollock's Haiku Shop".

did I miss a joke?tarwheel
Dec 13, 2002 11:35 AM
I must have been gasping for air so loud I didn't hear you.
LOL nmJS Haiku Shop
Dec 13, 2002 11:57 AM
We are not "Leg-breakers"....Len J
Dec 13, 2002 7:55 AM
I'll second the "We are not leg breakers" comment.

They ride a steady 15 to 17MPH, few stops good conversation, good scenery. The only caveat is you have to be comfortable in the saddle for 8+ hours.

Let me know when your coming JS and I'll meet you up in DC with MB1. That is assuming that I heal someday.

will doJS Haiku Shop
Dec 13, 2002 7:58 AM
maybe you could meet me halfway and let me hold on to the car window up hills.

we could probably recruit Spirito too, but then we'd have to alert the media and state police. :)

How is the back coming along? nmMB1
Dec 13, 2002 8:27 AM
Thanks for asking.......Len J
Dec 13, 2002 8:32 AM
back is doing great, it's the shoulder that is giving me fits, it is just not healing, or every time it seems to be healing I do something that restarts the pain. It's hard to keep it immoboilized enough to let it heal.

The latest is the MD wants me off the bike for another month. We'll do a Cat Scan then & if still no healing then we talk seriously about surgery. I'm najor bummed. Especially with the new bike due next week.

Oh Well, must be patient


PS Yea it sucks.
re: Christmas Lights Ride-It’s a date.aliensporebomb
Dec 13, 2002 8:46 AM
You guys are the coolest!

This past summer after my wife got her recumbent we'd do
a LOT of shopping and errands on our bikes.

She got this large seatback reflective bag we could use to
put stuff in that we'd picked up and I would wear a backpack
and between the two of us it was amazing the stuff we could
carry together.

We did that almost more than we did shopping with a car.
It was fun to do it as a "together" kind of project too.

Nice pics!