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Hi, my name is MB1, I’m a bikeaholic.(33 posts)

Hi, my name is MB1, I’m a bikeaholic.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 12:03 PM
In my mind I've been fighting it but after this I have decided that I'm going to have to accept it and get on with my life.
We all look alike.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 12:05 PM
On Saturday we met the usual suspects for a fairly flat century. Everyone except Miss M & I had missed out on the New Years day century because of the bad weather. It was wet, cold, windy and dark all day on the 1st (I am getting very tired of hearing "Winter Weather Alert" on the radio.)

Miss M and I never planned to do a century on New Years Day since we were throwing a party for the usual suspects after the ride.

We did our News Year Century like we always do on the 2nd.
Of course it was way windy on Saturday.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 12:07 PM
Not to mention cold and the roads were wet in the morning. It was interesting to look at the bikes in the lead group. Now here is a bunch of independent types who rarely agree on anything-all riding the same sort of bikes.

We all had long wheel base bikes with heavy wheel sets and tires. Each bike had full fenders all around and canti brakes. Light systems, at least 2 water bottles and junk hanging everywhere. I was the only one without bar-end shifters.
AHA! AHA! AHA! the #1 map holder...JS Haiku Shop
Jan 6, 2003 12:16 PM
clothes pin and cable
bad weather? snow, rain, sleet, mud?
just add ziploc bag

only one trouble
and this answers the debate
shimano only

:)
Oh no!....fenders....my eyes...my eyes....the agony!!!! nmeschelon
Jan 6, 2003 12:07 PM
What a bunch of tough riders.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 12:10 PM
For the first 30 miles into the wind we pretty much stuck together. These were some pretty impressive long distance riders. I am riding along with a bunch of people who have done RAAM and PBP many times. I figure that Chuck & Crista did 100 centuries on their tandem last year.

Then I realize that Miss M and I fit right in with the nutcases, I am sure that she rode more miles than last year than any of them ever have in one year-and I wasn't far behind.

That is when it hit me, I look at the people I am riding with and I realize that I'm a bikeaholic!
Hi, Mark. (just now realized it?)DougSloan
Jan 6, 2003 12:17 PM
I would think that you would have realized it back in the 70's, or at by the 10th time or so you put in over 15,000 miles a year.

I'll take your illness any day.

Doug
At last, the first sunshine of 2003.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 12:12 PM
New Years day was windy, wet and cold. Thursday was grey all day and it started to sleet a bit as we were finishing our first century of the year. Friday was bitter cold, rainy and windy-riding home in the afternoon was no fun at all.

Around the 50 mile point on Saturday the sun finally came out. It felt good!

Of course by that point Miss M and I were on our own, everyone else had stopped to refuel and warm-up.
We plan ahead.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 12:15 PM
Keith passed us at 60 miles and we rode the rest of the way without seeing anyone else. Usually with this group it is either Keith (he has done RAAM 3 times) or us finishing first with the rest coming in just before dark. We wanted to get home early to relax and get ready for Sundays ride.
Sunday in the Parks with Miss M.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 12:17 PM
The sunshine was too good to last, Sundays forecast called for a light dusting of snow starting around noon. We figured we could get in a fairly long ride before it started.

Wrong. By the time we finished breakfast there was already snow sticking to the trails.
Time to switch bikes.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 12:19 PM
We headed home from Rock Creek Park to switch to our snow bikes and explore the city in the snowfall. The snow was coming down hard and fast.
Tidal Basin and the Cherry Trees.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 12:22 PM
The studded tires came in pretty handy as we toured the monuments.
Freedom to ride.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 12:24 PM
We cut through the FDR Memorial-normally quite crowded but empty in the snowfall.
Enough is enough.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 12:26 PM
There can't be much harder riding then when the snow is falling and the temperatures are right at or just above freezing. The snow hits the road and turns to slush. Then it splashes on your bike and freezes. Pretty soon your bike weighs and extra 10 pounds and the shifters and brakes stop working well if at all.

After a couple hours of this it was time to head home.
Now all I have to do is shovel 6” of snow off the walks.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 12:29 PM
Great, just what I need-a longer workout.
Thats a podium placer for sure.Kristin
Jan 6, 2003 12:34 PM
You must compete with this image, its a winner and deserves to be seen. I've shot I truckload of snowy tree scenes and never once thought of that perspective. Nor have I ever seen this perspective shot before. Good eye!!
How I took it.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 2:44 PM
Camera on a tripod pointing pretty much straight up. The overcast sky was lit to a red glow by the city lights. Fill flash blocked a little bit by my finger.
yes, great pic! nmDougSloan
Jan 6, 2003 12:47 PM
Now all I have to do is shovel 6” of snow off the walks.jim gravity
Jan 10, 2003 2:16 PM
awesome picture...love the orange sky.

I'm using it as my desktop.

Enter it in a contest. camp4.com has one going in right now.
"Hi MB1!!" Just remember, the first step is admitting:128
Jan 6, 2003 12:47 PM
"You are powerfull over the wheels, but never overpower, and your life therefore proves a great journey."

(For the record, I was totally couched out and in a mad fit of similar affliction donned my cleats at 9:30 pm and trotted 2 miles in post blizzard conditions. And believe it or not, found another set of fresh prints?? hmmm....Sometimes, you just gotta get outside.)
Post a better picture......PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 6, 2003 12:58 PM
...so we can get a better look at you.
one thing that really sucks about your illustrated ride reportsJS Haiku Shop
Jan 6, 2003 1:01 PM
...i'm usually online when you're posting the pics. my F5 key is pretty much well worn over the others.
AgreeFez
Jan 6, 2003 1:27 PM
That part about returning home yesterday during the snowstorm to change bikes and ride some more definitely qualifies you as a bikeaholic.

Maybe we can meet and ride together some weekend (preferably on one of the days you two decide to do a shorter ride).
Anytime.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 2:54 PM
We often do an easy tour of town on Sunday (after Saturdays long ride). We usually stop for breakfast in Bethesda and just putz around. Not more than 100K.

You are welcome to join us for part or all of the ride.
Anytime.Fez
Jan 6, 2003 6:16 PM
Do you mean at the Bethesda end of the Cap Crescent?

Sure, I'd be up for it in the near future.

What time do you leave Bethesda to do your easy 100K?
Well....MB1
Jan 7, 2003 6:28 AM
e-mail me.

franthis@iwon.com
Well....Fez
Jan 7, 2003 12:36 PM
your email address above doesn't work - i get an "unable to send" message.

have another one?
Miss M is the bikeaholic, you're the co-dependent enabler...Scot_Gore
Jan 6, 2003 1:46 PM
Who does the routes ?
Who shops for the gear ?
Who keeps the gear in working order ?
Who looks for a community of equally obsessed addicts ?

Call 1-800-BIKEANON now.

:-)

Scot
LOL - Good Call. nmKristin
Jan 6, 2003 3:05 PM
re: Hi, my name is MB1, I’m a bikeaholic.mapei boy
Jan 6, 2003 2:15 PM
You are a fine photog. Yeah, the self-portrait could've either used a fill flash or perhaps an angle that wasn't backlit, but otherwise all the photos are swell. Much better than my bike pics. How about changing your RBR handle to Graham?
It came out exactly the way I wanted it to.MB1
Jan 6, 2003 2:41 PM
Backlit and hard to make out my face. This is a self portrait I took while riding.
It's MB1's world, we just live in it. (nm)VertAddict
Jan 6, 2003 8:21 PM
Icebiker Websiteno excuses
Jan 7, 2003 5:39 AM
http://www.enteract.com/~icebike/index.html
A Mountain Biker friend at work passed around this website. You guys would fit right in. Tried to nominate Chuck and Christa's home page for a link, but it got rejected. You might want to give it a try.